Saskatchewan Town Reconsiders "Land of Rape and Honey" Slogan


If there’s one thing I love about Canada, it’s its forthrightness—that fresh, earnest ability to put it all on the table without shame, take it or leave it. Like Tisdale, in the Saskatchewan province: a landlocked little town of 3,000 or so people, proudly home to rape and honey.

That’s “rapeseed” and honey, rather—rapeseed being the grain that canola oil is derived from—but it doesn’t hide the fact that for the past 60 years, the town has relied on the above-pictured slogan as a way to promote its finest exports (and attract what I presume would be a very small number of tourists). That might change, according to CBC News, which says that the town has released a survey asking residents whether the “brand” is still relevant.

The answer, of course, is no—but old time-y residents are still hanging on, with the responses somewhat divided on whether the slogan will stay or go.

New, improved replacements the town is considering include “A Place to Bee” (haha, get it? they make honey so it’s a bee joke); “Land of Canola and Honey” (#arteries); “Hub of the Northeast” (kind of geologically not true, according to the map, but what do I know); and “A Place to Grow” (rapeseed).

Until then, keep Tisdale in mind as your rape and honey destination, and remember that relevancy, not unlike tastebuds, is within the eye of the beholder.

Image via CBC News

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