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A Saskatchewan Town Is Changing Its Slogan From “Land Of Rape And Honey”

It's about rapeSEED, people!

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After more than six decades, the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, is ditching its rather unfortunate town slogan.

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The town council voted on Tuesday to ditch "land of rape and honey" as Tisdale's motto, which is emblazoned on the signs welcoming visitors to town.

Residents were polled earlier this year about whether to keep the slogan or change it. They voted 57% in favour of changing it, while 36% wanted to stick with rape and honey, and 7% were indifferent.

The "rape" in the slogan refers to rapeseed, from which canola is derived.

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While it was once a common crop, today rapeseed only comprises 1% of what is grown around Tisdale; honey production has also declined.

The town consultation on whether to drop "rape and honey" was kicked off earlier this year partly because of those changes in local production, although there's no denying that the slogan also evokes sexual assault.

In a statement, Mayor Al Jellicoe called the name change "a good news story for Tisdale."

"Updating our brand with a focus on our current strengths and local capabilities will help us better convey what our community has to offer to residents, visitors, tourists and investors," he said.

  1. What should Tisdale's town slogan be?

    The town hasn't settled on a new slogan yet, but these were the options residents voted on during the public consultation earlier this year.

    Hub of the Northeast
    Land of Canola and Honey
    A Place to Grow
    A Place to Bee
    Land of Rape and Honey

A Saskatchewan Town Is Changing Its Slogan From “Land Of Rape And Honey”

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What should Tisdale's town slogan be?
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    Hub of the Northeast
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    Land of Canola and Honey
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    A Place to Grow
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    A Place to Bee
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    Land of Rape and Honey

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