Vintage Voice

As annoying as a federal election during a pandemic might be, even more annoying is that August 20 is World Mosquito Day!  Who gave those little pricks their own day?

The thirteenth zodiac?  Columnist Hazel Anaka contends 2011 should be named for Alberta’s plague of skeeters.  “According to Alberta Health Services, there are 43 (yikes!) varieties of mosquitoes in Alberta (only 3 carry the West Nile virus).”  From Where I Sit – The Year of the Mosquito, July 29, 2011.

You lost me at “snow.”  Debbie Jabbour laments the scourges of Canada’s two seasons.  “The experts tell us this represents several life cycles of mosquitoes, and we are treated to different varieties, some of which supposedly do not bite. I’ve never met that kind.”  From My Perspective – Snow Removal and Mosquitoes, May 18, 2005.

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