Francophone vs Anglophone battle in Ontario getting old

Does anyone else think the Francophone vs Anglophone battle in Ontario (and the rest of Canada) is getting (literally and figuratively) old?  The number of ethnicities populating Canada reported on censuses rose from just 20 in 1871 to 250 in 2016!  Thanks to the massive increase in immigration since the mid 80s, the population of allophones (mother tongue is neither French or English) doubled to 20% in 2006 and is projected to be a whopping 30% in 2030.

Francophones (French being their mother tongue) now make up less than 20 percent of our nation.  Anglophones (English as a mother tongue) have dropped from 62% to 58%.  So what makes the Francophone population so special and more important than any others in Canada?   Why are they demanding their own universities and hospitals within Ontario?  Why has this issue invaded our provincial politics?  Have we not got better (more important) things to worry about?

Canada has always been known for their acceptance of all ethnicities and I hope we continue to carry and own that reputation.  My maternal grandfather was named Beaudette; you can’t get much more French than that.  His parents immigrated from France shortly before he was born in 1904.  I am very proud of my own French heritage, but not to the exclusion of the other parts of my ancestry,

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Seat belts on buses recommended

Apparently seat belts on buses were recommended long ago after a Transport Canada investigation confirmed the fact that occupants are at unnecessary risk when riding on a large bus.  Doesn’t this seem like a no brainer?  It sure does to me.  I’m also pretty sure it must be to the parents of the hockey players killed in the Humboldt Saskatchewan crash last April.

The results of this investigation were kept under wraps for years, but recently outed by The Fifth Estate.  Why the delay?  They (Transport Canada) were waiting for the USA to change their laws so we could just follow suit.  Why does Canada have to wait for the USA to update their laws?  Good question, we shouldn’t.

School buses, coach buses, and possibly even city buses (although their use would be much harder to enforce) should be equipped with seat belts.  We could then add another step to train drivers that their vehicle must not (even cannot) operate unless occupants are compliant.  Surely with the technology available today sensors are available to monitor such things.  Retrofitting buses currently in use might be expensive, but one taxpayers might be willing to swallow.

I can vouch for the fact I would rather pay for that than the expense accounts of former Governors General and the pensions of former politicians.  Are you with me?

Social media busts vandal in Kingston

If you read one of my previous posts you will know how angry and disgusted I was with the idiot that trashed our car at Queen’s University Home Coming celebrations in Kingston, Ontario recently.  Well, thanks to social media his actions were captured and displayed for all to see, including the Kingston Police Department.  Their investigation is pending.

This video shows him on the roof and stepping off onto the front hood.  Listen for the “holy F***, he dented the hood!” at the end.

 

These are the pictures my son’s friends were able to provide us with when we asked for help finding this guy. Thanks to social media!

 

Damages have been estimated at $7200.  Our insurance has said the damages will cost more to repair than what the car is worth.  In other words, it is a write off.  If we pay the $500 deductible, we will end up with a pittance in compensation and no car.  Here are a few pictures of the damage.

We can only assume he broke the brake light on the back spoiler while climbing onto the hood. We also don’t have (visible) proof for the dent in the door, the gouged out rust spot, or the Toyota emblem missing off the front of the car.  We can only hope now that the police prosecute this idiotic (drunk) vandal to the fullest extent possible. I realize we will probably not recover more than the current value of the car, but it sure would be nice to see the police (or other authorities) make an example of this idiot. Too bad Judge Judy doesn’t practice in Canada, she would be all over this guy!

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I believe (and judging by the response I have received) it’s the principle of the matter that should rule here.  We are not asking for a new car.  I do think though that this guy should pay to fix the car to the condition it was in before he trashed it, regardless of what it’s blue book value is.  Am I wrong? You be the judge!

Canada going to pot today

Canada is going to pot, literally.  Personally, I have thought so since our last (2016) federal election, but that’s another story.

Today, October 17th 2018, Canada is legalizing marijuana, much to the chagrin of many citizens.  This was an election promise our prime minister made to win votes from the younger age group.  He’s now making good on that promise with as much thought and preparation (not much) as many other ridiculous and ill-advised things he is responsible for.

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AKA pot, weed, or cannabis, marijuana can now be smoked anywhere (with few exceptions) regular cigarettes are allowed.  Users are supposed to act responsibly.  Parks, arenas and recreational centers are pot-free, but this will be very difficult to enforce.  As will driving under the influence of pot if roadside testing is as inefficient and flawed as rumored.   So difficult in fact that the mayor of Ottawa predicts legalizing pot will cost the city (at least) a cool 8 million dollars per year.  The federal government has created (another) the mess, but is leaving the municipalities to deal with the fall out.  Great, just what this country needs, more examples of how to fritter away the tax payers’ hard earned dollars.

Hoping to remove the (still) illegal street sources, the new laws say brick and mortar stores must apply for a licence to sell pot.  These licences will not be available until spring, so these stores currently open for business must close their doors and reopen when they have been granted a licence.  Those that do not close while waiting for their licence will be shut down by authorities and will relinquish their right to ever obtain such a licence. Until then pot is only available (legally) through government run facilities.  Yep, that will eliminate the illegal sources. Not.

So, who wins with this new legislation?  The group of individuals that already (not so covertly) smoke pot recreationally.  Partakers have been asked to “use pot responsibly.” The problem is (or will be) that this group of people are not typically recognized for being responsible or their sensitivity to other people’s concerns, more focused on their own wants and needs.  Who cares if pot has been proven to aversely affect the health of children, pets and anyone else with a set of lungs? Not them.

Who loses?  Anyone that prefers and strives to keep their own and their loved ones’ lungs smoke and drug free.  And the tax payers who are left holding the bag.  This YouTube video by Bryan Cox and Jason Leblanc is one of those funny/not funny things.  You either laugh or cry.

 

 

 

 

Heat waves and air conditioning

The worst part about heat waves is the air conditioning you need to keep your home cool.  I hate air conditioning, at least my body does, because it does not like to be cold.  I hate feeling like its cold outside too, reminds me too much of the winter months where we can’t wait for the weather to warm up.

Every year at this time we (my family members and I) have the same argument on whether to open the windows to cool the house or turn on the air conditioner.  I favour open windows, they favour the air conditioning.  I usually win until the heat wave arrives.  If the temperature does not cool off at night, I cave in and the air conditioner has to come on to keep our upstairs bedrooms cool for sleeping.

Me, I sleep with lots of blankets regardless of the temperature.  When the air conditioner is on I really need the blankets, even to sit around watching TV.  Even though we keep the setting to 22 degrees, (a concession to me as they would prefer 18) I still get chilled.

We are expecting a heat wave here in Ottawa over the next week or so.  Brrrrrrr.

Mudslinging and grandstanding politicians

The worst part about pending elections is the inevitable mudslinging and grandstanding that goes on.  Don’t we teach our children that bullies are insecure when they pick on others?   The same thing applies to politicians.

Your mudslinging does not make you look intelligent or clever, instead it makes you look insecure and weak. It is not attractive, in fact it is a real turn off. Can you not run your campaign outlining your own values, plans, goals and credentials or experience instead of smearing your opponents?

The other tactic I cannot stand in politicians is grandstanding.  If you are good at something you do not have to tell everyone how good you are.  This is another lesson we try to teach our children; tooting your own horn is not attractive.

Sadly it will only get worse as elections to choose a leader for the Conservative party (to replace ousted Patrick Brown and then a premier here in Ontario are fast approaching.

Anyone else feel this way?

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Marketing ploy or innovative method to raise awareness?

Is Bell Let’s Talk Day a clever marketing ploy or a generous and innovative method to raise awareness (and tons of money) of mental health issues?

Call me naïve, but I think the latter.  If it was a marketing ploy they would offer to donate 5 cents for every NEW CUSTOMER that tweeted, posted, shared, etc.  Obviously they could only reward the phone calls and texts from their own customers, but all other methods of communicating the Let’s Talk message was open to all forms of social media, using any account, anywhere.  Rewards were generated from people all over Canada and around the world, regardless of who provides their cell phone or internet services.

Another argument could be made on the fact that BCE ( Bell Canada Enterprises) is not in the health care industry.  Yes, they are a telecommunications mogul here in Canada, but only a company with that status could achieve such success raising money for initiatives they have no monetary stake in.

The fact is mental health is fast becoming a major issue in societies worldwide.  The more people made aware of the issue, the more money is raised.   The more money raised, the more progress will be made.  Social media is definitely a clever way to promote global awareness.  After all, social media is the reason we now live in a very small world.

I don’t mind saying I am getting tired of all the negativity, the “glass half full” attitudes, the nay-sayers.  Yes, mental health should be talked about all year around and not just on one day.  But, which other major fundraising events, telethons etc happen more than once a year?  If other companies or groups think they can do a better job at raising awareness and money, let them put their money where their mouth is. What have we got to lose by participating? Not a thing.  Bell is the one footing the bill.

Results are in.  Last year (2017) results tallied 131.7 million interactions which raised 6.6 million dollars.  This year 138.4 million interactions raised 6.9 million dollars.  Good job folks, and Bell, and yes, keep talking!

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Tim Hortons is the not the bad guy here folks!

Timmys is not the enemy or bad guy here folks.  I would love to see the statistics as I am willing to bet that most Tim Hortons franchise owners are not billionaires or even millionaires.  In fact, I doubt many other small business owners are either, franchise or not!

 

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The fact is any business, small or large, has a budget for employee wages, Tim Hortons included.  Even professional sports teams do, there is a lot more money in the salary budget, but there is a budget.  It’s called a salary cap, just ask former Ottawa Senator Kyle Turris.

It is simple math, but much easier to visualize at the small business level.  If you have the budget to pay four employees fifteen bucks an hour and the rate gets raised to twenty bucks an hour, your budget now only allows three employees to get paid. (4×15=3×20=60) It’s not rocket science, just simple math, and it’s going to happen in all small businesses in Ontario after the hike in the minimum wage.  Sooner or later, probably sooner.

This latest vote grab by the Ontario Liberal government is just another reason small business owners are struggling to survive.  Aiming to Wynne (pun intended) the vote from the minimum age earners in the province, our premier has screwed the small business owners.  Not to mention the employees who have worked several years to get to the level that new employees will now get upon starting.  Do you think they will get a raise to compensate?  Right, not a chance!

So go enjoy a coffee at Tim Hortons, they are not the bad guys here!  Maybe while you are drinking your coffee the math will become easier and the picture clearer.

Mooooove over greenhouse gas emissions and carbon tax!

Can changing our cows’ diet really lower greenhouse gas emissions?  What would it hurt?  Wouldn’t that be a better way to deal with greenhouse gas emissions than creating a carbon tax?   Watch this video, courtesy of The National on CBC News, and tell me what you think.

 

 

It has been a well-known fact for years that cows produce methane gas from both ends. It is also a fact that methane gas is responsible for a large chunk of greenhouse gas emissions. Cows and their methane gas are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

Granted, carbon dioxide from our cars and our industries is another undeniable source of greenhouse gases.  Research, however, shows that Canada is not anywhere near the biggest culprit.  Especially in the industrial sector.

 

 

 

Although greenhouse gas emissions are much lower in Canada than many other countries, we do have our share of beef.  In fact, we probably have more cows than cars in Canada.  So why is our current Canadian government gouging its citizens with a carbon tax?  That’s another beef, pun intended.  Perhaps the major contributors around the world should be more concerned about their share of greenhouse gas emissions.   Canada’s government should be less concerned about how we appear to the world since we are not the problem.  Solutions to decrease the gas emissions from cows, cars, and industries that pollute should be a priority. Then maybe the citizens of the non-complying countries should be hit with a carbon tax.  What a concept!

 

I call a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a band-aid fix, not a proactive solution.  I believe in fixing the root or cause of the problem instead of creating a diversion from it.  Instead  of covering up the root with a carbon tax, why not help fix the problem at one of the main sources?  In other words, rather than apply a band-aid on a bleeding limb, first fix the bleed.  A band-aid is only effective at helping the victim emotionally. In this case, our Liberal government likes to make everyone, especially the rest of the world, feel that Canada is doing the right thing.  A bigger band-aid will be soon be required if the bleed is not first fixed at the source.

Let’s start feeding our Canadian cows seaweed to see if they produce less methane.  Less methane will mean lowering our greenhouse gas emissions.  And, while we are at it, scrap the carbon tax, it solves nothing!

Increased taxes for small business owners

Our Canadian Liberal government wants to increase income taxes for small businesses.  As a small business owner of GARDENS4U I cringe at the significance this has for me.

 

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Like myself, many small business owners have risked starting a business based on a particular passion.  We have taken many years to build clientele and show a profit.  Tax breaks are few and far between making it possible to follow a dream and succeed, but rarely get rich.  Some years are good, others great, yet some not so good.  Proceeds from the good and great years must be used to subsidize the not so good years. You know the saying “save for a rainy day.”  Increased taxes mean less savings.

 

Most owners and employees of small businesses are dedicated and passionate individuals that do not get benefits, pensions or severance packages if the business goes under.  The absence of these “perks” creates a great risk for both the owner and the employees.  New taxes will squash the dream of entrepreneurs with a passion whether the business is already up and running or still in the planning stage.

Does the Liberal government really believe increasing the income tax levels of small business owners will significantly build their coffers?  The money gained will be a drop in the bucket compared to the massive national debt owed. They might want to look elsewhere for bigger fish and leave us little guys alone.

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