Yet more evidence that Saskatchewan Rulez

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Gopher #2, originally uploaded by Keira.

Yes, my home province, having already launched the first avowedly socialist government in North America, the first publicly-funded universal health care, flat land of the co-op, is taking the next natural step in its collective(ist) history.

Residents and visitors to the downtown business districts and post-secondary institutions of Saskatchewan’s four largest centres will soon be able to access the country’s largest wireless Internet network, free-of-charge. Premier Lorne Calvert and Minister responsible for Information Technology Andrew Thomson made the announcement today in Saskatoon.

Linktribution to Alec Couros.

And go Roughriders!

Update: leave it to a displaced but ancestral nonetheless flatland blogger to make an obvious comparison with the decidedly paranoid reaction from groovy Van Rock City’s finest.

And it wasn’t until I read it on Darren’s blog that my brain processed the name of this initiative as something other than an HTML glitch — remember people, when we hail this worthy effort, let’s not fail to loudly articulate the boldly-placed internal emphasis in the “Saskatchewan! Connect” project. A quick perusal of the government website reveals not only the ultra-cool appropriation of the Roughriders insignia as a URL field favicon, but that the homeland braintrust have embraced aggressive and unorthodox use of the exclamation mark as the core strategy of its marketing blitz. I’m optimistic. I think this is going to work. I really believe they will stem the population drain with their relentless use of dissonant punctuation.

Hell, I’m ready to move back (for the summers, anyway) just so I can literally pronounce the name of every one of these new Saskatchewan! Initiatives every chance I get. This is Freaking! Awesome

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5 Responses to Yet more evidence that Saskatchewan Rulez

  1. Jim says:

    Now there is something to both endorse and believe in. Imagine that, free, open wireless access for the people of a lived community. Why does something so civic-minded and right in the age of information, seem so extraordinary and remarkable in this day and age?

  2. Rob Wall says:

    You forgot Saskatchewan’s other vital gift to the world – Kaiser!

  3. Brian says:

    Good point. Of course, if I want to play Kaiser Online I have to pay for it (and use Windows to boot!)… when will Calvert and Thomson get their priorities straight?

    As it stands, I have to convene three other Saskatchewan expats to make up a game — unless Alan Levine or members of his family happen to be around.

    And Rob, accept my sympathies that the Battlefords have yet to become Saskatchewan! Connected.

  4. Elaine says:

    Gods love Saskatchewan! I want this image in poster size.

    And speaking of Kaiser – it’s been awhile since the last kaiserfest… I count two expat Saskies in this house that are game – get a fourth and you’re on.

  5. Brian says:

    If only I knew where the poster could be had… it seems the Prairie People’s Populist Proletarian Post-Revolutionary Progressive Printshop has no web presence whatsoever, at least nothing indexed by that name on Google.

    You know well that I was thinking of you when I mentioned expats. I agree, we Saskies must prevail, if only in the spirit of prairie forbearance, and the pursuit of the perfect twelve point bid hand — KAISER! KAISER! KAISER!

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