Canadian town is no longer 'Land of Rape and Honey'

TORONTO • The town of Tisdale in western Canada is no longer calling itself the "Land of Rape and Honey".

The slogan - a constant source of complaints - referred to rapeseed or canola, which is a major product of Tisdale and the surrounding region, which also produces honey.

But over the years, there have been complaints from many people who misinterpreted the meaning, said the town's economic development director Sean Wallace.

Tisdale, which has a population of 3,500, and is located in Saskatchewan province, had used the old slogan since 1958. Its new one, the town said on Monday, will be: "Opportunity grows here".

Officials said 57 per cent of respondents in a poll were in favour of changing the slogan, according to CBC Radio. Tisdale Mayor Al Jellicoe said the town grows a large variety of crops, is a hub for rail and highways, has low land prices and modern infrastructure.

Tisdale has also rolled out a new website. As of yesterday, however, the old website - with the "Land of Rape and Honey" slogan - was also still accessible on the Web.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2016, with the headline 'Canadian town is no longer 'Land of Rape and Honey''. Print Edition | Subscribe