Friday, December 06, 2019

Canadian Economy Showing It's Weaknesses

While our Prime Minister fiddles ........
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Not to worry though, we do have a balanced cabinet based on gender, rather than merit. That was the same type of cabinet we had for the past four Liberal years whose biggest accomplishment was adding another $100 billion to the debt.

In BC we lost another 25,800 jobs in November which now means in 5 of the last 6 months, BC has been losing jobs, across all sectors.

According to Better Dwelling  Statistics Canada (Stat Can) released gross domestic product numbers for Q3 2019. The numbers show healthy growth for the economy – until you dive into them. A single-industry represented more than half of quarterly growth – real estate transactions.

Meanwhile to the south, that despised Trump and his policies just seem to keep adding to their economic job growth by leaps and bounds. It is reported the US economy added nearly 300,000 jobs in the month of November.


Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Answer To High Cost First Home Ownership

All it takes is some political willpower
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49 Fully serviced homes on 5 acres

This is a project to provide housing to US veterans who are finding themselves either homeless or in danger of being homeless. Hats off to a group of veterans who felt government simply wasn't doing enough for those who have serviced their country. Canada could take a lesson.

While this project is to aid veterans it is a model that could easily provide low cost, first time home ownership to people just getting started. It could also provide affordable housing for seniors trying to fit housing into a limited fixed income. Seniors with equity in their family home could sell that home and move into this type of housing and then not have to decide between taxes, heat or food. This project not only puts 49 houses on 5 acres but it includes a large community center which houses medical services among other amenities.

It could be done if those in 'leadership' were to simply make the necessary zoning changes to allow for this type of development. All it takes is a little bit of common sense and very little bureaucratic interference ................... I must be dreaming.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019

LGBTQ Groups Opposed to The Salvation Army

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Collateral Damage in the LGBTQ war??

Militant LGBTQ groups have been successful in getting the US restaurant chain Chick-fil-A to quit donating funds to the Salvation Army as the Army supports traditional marriage. A view that LGBTQ see as a threat to their view of same sex marriage.

This is the time of year the Salvation Army ramps up it's 'kettle campaign' to raise funds to support the work they do helping those in need of assistance. The collateral damage inflicted in the LGBTQ war will be those the Salvation Army would be able to help if their funding wasn't impacted by this action.

The tactic of simply trying to label and shout down anyone with an opposing view is all too common among those in the LGBTQ camp. In fact Nanaimo has some first hand experience of this tactic a few short years ago. Councillor Pattje was successful in getting the council of the day to oppose a Leadercast event at our conference centre because of a Chick-fil-A connection. It brought Nanaimo some national attention we could have done without.

Those in the LGBTQ quarter have every right to make their case for their opinion as do those with opposing views based on their faith and interpretation of what their scriptures say about marriage. In a civilized society rational open debate is the way to address differences, but shouting down and intimidating others who oppose you does nothing for civil society.

It will be difficult to determine what kind of damage this LGBTQ action will have on the Salvation Army fundraising, but it will no doubt have a negative impact.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Your Nanaimo Tax and Spend Council

Hang on to your wallet
this bunch still has two more terms
Screengrab News Bulletin click image for complete article

Nanaimo taxpayers wanted change last civic election (for good cause) and have given the city purse to a council that only exists to spend. They will justify every increase while never reflecting on the true cause of the never ending tax increases. The true cause you ask?? Well in my humble opinion the fact that CUPE 401 has controlled city hall for decades and now has a union friendly council in place there will be no limit on the creative ways they will invent to spend tax dollars. Bureaucracies serve a purpose in the beginning, but sooner or later become a malignant, ever-increasing growth that sucks the life out of it's host.

Couple that with an inflated sense of their purpose as a city councillor (climate crisis, homelessness, drug addiction, social planning etc. etc.) when their real mandate is to supply taxpayers with services for their tax dollars. Taking on problems which should be dealt with by senior governments (Island Health keeps getting a pass on their role with drug addiction, Social services needs to be dealing with inadequate housing funding etc. etc.). This council needs to be providing the citizens of Nanaimo with water, sewer, roads and public safety at a price the average taxpayer can AFFORD without trying to fund all these grandiose programs that may soothe their egos, all the while going well beyond their pay grade and skill sets.