Canadian Town Changes Motto, No Longer the ‘Land of Rape and Honey’

TISDALE, SASK. — Finally, the town known since 1958 as the ‘Land of Rape and Honey’ is changing its town motto. Tisdale, Saskatchewan is now using the catchphrase ‘Opportunity Grows Here.’

For nearly six decades, the northeastern Saskatchewan town motto has confused outsiders, who were unaware the ‘rape’ in ‘Land of Rape and Honey’ refers not to the violent crime that first comes to mind for most, but rather the bright yellow rapeseed plant — aka canola — a key crop grown in Tisdale.

Tisdale’s town council voted last fall for a re-branding after a majority of the town of around 3,200 asked to drop the old motto out of concern for what the rest of the world thought, according to The Canadian Press.

What took you so long, Tisdale? But good for you and congratulations on all of the new opportunities you have growing!

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Credit: Town of Tisdale