This weekend, the Grammies are up for grabs (figuratively speaking- perhaps more literal in the football world) and the Oscars will be in March. Not surprisingly, I’m not a contender. I’m okay with that.
None of my NFL teams made it to last weekend’s Super Bowl, so, that was, well, a so-so game for me. Plus…defence is under appreciated…because… inside baseball. Not so okay with that.
Deciding who makes the cut or is on the list is often subjective, a popularity contest, an opinion. (Yes, even in football…because Rams v New Orleans…don’t get me started.)
Sometimes, lists are actually objective. For example, each year, Manitoba’s Vital Statistics branch posts the 10 most popular boys’ and 10 most popular girls’ names. This is based on birth name registration numbers, not merely opinion, and, unlike many top ten lists, factually accurate.
Recently, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, and person who ought to be thoughtful, politically aware and old enough to know better, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, came under fire for his calendar choices of 12 notable Canadians. Where to begin on the idiocy of this move? (Not rhetorical.) Three things:
Know that whomever you are and however you made the choices, you will be criticized.
Unless you love controversy, are ready for rigorous debate, and welcome opposing views, never publicly choose a favourite, or the top three, five, ten, whatever, of anything. My top ice-cream flavour is vanilla. Bring it, peeps!
Think before you act. Of all the “bone-headed” (Thanks for the perfect word, Kelly Saunders, BrandonU) moves a public figure and politician (and, not just any politician, but a member of a political party that operates under a much publicized banner of gender equality) could make, omitting women from almost any list of notables demonstrates a tone-deafness and ridiculously narrow view of the world, and is a faux pas of the highest order.
Now– and I thought you’d never ask- here are some of my contenders for notable Canadians from Winnipeg:
Nellie McClung: Social and human rights activist
Hannah Taylor: Founder, Lady Bug Foundation
Anne Ross: Social activist and long-time director of Mount Carmel Clinic
Kathleen Richardson: Philanthropist
Carol Shields: Author
Muriel Smith: Politician
Evelyn Hart: Dancer
Sr. Geraldine McNamara: Founder, Rossbrook House
I’ve thrown down the gauntlet. Debate and opposing views?
Bring it. I’m okay with that.