We’ve reached a point where if you leave a child in a car on a hot day, your arrest should include an IQ test.
While we won’t speak to the specifics of an incident in the area, we can say that this isn’t an isolated case.
Consumer Reports wrote in 2011 that 500 children had died in hot cars since 1998 in the United States while another source wrote that 13 have died there this year. Canada doesn’t keep that particular stat but one source suggested that a handful of children die that way every year in this country.
We have a measure of sympathy for anyone who has made an unchangeable mistake that cost them a loved one. Our sympathy scale decreases if you made a calculated gamble to leave them and the scale doesn’t work if it was on purpose.
Please don’t tell your children or pets in the car on a hot day. It’s a simple message that has been repeatedly ignored with lethal results.
• • •
Pallet innovation an ingenious way to reuse
Bravo to Mel and Bonny Sanderson for a completely different reason than usual.
The two operators of Jessy’s Garden -- a charitable effort the married couple operates to help feed the area’s less fortunate -- are obviously fighting the good fight against hunger as they treasure the memory of their daughter.
But the Daily Herald’s Tyler Clarke chatted with them for a completely different reason over the weekend.
Mel has been turning wood pallets into benches, planter boxes, fences, tables and various other odds and ends. It’s the sort of repurposing of used items that is a hallmark of the recycling era but never seen often enough. The story did go on to say that the pallets are never just thrown out.
Some go to the city’s compost program, where junk wood is chipped and mulched into compostable material.
The other destination is the Prince Albert Pulp Mill, where it will help power the on-site cogeneration facility, which is producing power to the SaskPower grid.
What Mel is doing is one of the many small steps that all of us can do to keep things out of the landfill. We can’t all build pallet benches but each of us has our own good ideas.
• • •
Good luck to area rockers
Another feel-good story in Monday’s Daily Herald was the story of Penny Reign, a Saskatoon-based rock band that includes Prince Albert’s Gary Ostafichuk.
The band will open for legendary Scottish rockers Nazareth, who first hit the charts 41 years ago with songs like This Flight Tonight and Love Hurts.
The story is so neat because Ostafichuk grew up liking Nazareth as a young musician.
“I speak for all of us -- that we’re all Nazareth fans. They’re definitely one of my influences, so this is going to be a real honour to share the stage with them.”
You never know what’s going to become of Penny Reign but for one night they’re on the bill with rock royalty.
Prince Albert Daily News