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Hap­pened to catch a old ver­sion of Ques­tion Pe­riod in the House of Com­mons, where Pierre Trudeau, as Prime Min­is­ter, was all over then Op­po­si­tion Leader Joe Clark, and it showed how much the two dis­liked each other. Trudeau was speak­ing in re­sponse to state­ments made by Clark, that Canada had fallen a few rungs down the lad­der of stan­dard of liv­ing ac­cord­ing to other world coun­tries. And it was not so much that Clark had made the state­ments to the House, be­cause ac­cord­ing to Trudeau, Clark had only read what his staff had put be­fore him. His main com­plaint was that Clark be­lieved what had been writ­ten for him, and then Trudeau be­gan telling the house that Clark was, for lack of a bet­ter term, a fool for do­ing so. The ex­change had to have been around 1980-83, af­ter Clark was de­feated as PM on a non-con­fi­dence mo­tion. Prob­a­bly what made it com­pelling to watch was Trudeau's skill as an or­a­tor.

Learned the other day that, ac­cord­ing to Mer­riam-Web­ster, the dic­tio­nary peo­ple, that one of the most-looked up words in 2016, was the word "bigly". Ap­par­ently, that word be­came known when in­com­ing Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, used it a num­ber of times in his path to the White House, when he said in so many words, that if he was elected, he was go­ing to re­duce taxes, "bigly".

One guesses that if you con­fuse enough peo­ple while on the cam­paign trail, to get elected like Trump, hope­fully in four years, we'll get to know what he meant.

A be­lated thank you to ev­ery­one who came out on Christ­mas Day to en­joy one of the best tast­ing din­ners we have ever served. There was close to 600 lbs of turkey cooked and served, and the guests were rav­ing, it was hot, lots to eat and the mood was en­cour­ag­ing to the many vol­un­teers that showed up to help with all the work. The Yavis fam­ily should be thanked for their gen­eros­ity, and it takes the ef­forts of a lot of peo­ple to make it hap­pen. Christ­mas Day would be a lot dif­fer­ent for a lot of peo­ple with­out that din­ner.

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