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Long weekend report

- July 3rd, 2012

How did you ring in Canada Day? Let me know in the comment box below.

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16 comments

  1. Charlotte says:

    Can I just ask what the heck was up with the weird ‘holiday’ hours over the weekend?

    Stores open on Canada Day, but closed on Monday? I understand getting Monday off if you work Monday to Friday, but isn’t the point of having Canada Day to take time off work to celebrate Canada? Why was half the country at work?

  2. dan.brown says:

    Charlotte: I couldn’t agree with you more. The closings have never seemed more capricious than this weekend. The legislation makes no sense to me. Wouldn’t stores have rather been open Monday?

  3. question says:

    What right does a government have to dictate store hours anyway?

    Sure “its a free country” except that [We the Government] will tell you what to do with your private property, your business, your livlihood. [We] know best how to run your business—when it will be open, when it should be closed. [We] will not tolerate, in fact, we will punish entrpreneurship, initiative, and will do our best to stamp-out free enterprise. [We] will be in charge of all decision-making when it comes to your business because [We] are your new silent partner.

  4. question says:

    There is no logical explanation, other than obscure, twisted selective reasoning why stores can’t be open but hotels, airlines, TV/Radio stations, hospitals and ao many other enterprises…are “allowed” to be open.

    Arbitrary and Patronizing! plain and simple.

    And since our benevolent government pays for the fireworks on holidays to mollify the citizens into believing that odd government dictates aren’t so bad, nor need to be held to account, who need trouble themselves to make any effort to question sensless outdated laws when we can all just sit ooh and aahhh at the big show instead.

  5. pinkypie says:

    We celebrated on Saturday…It was sun, sand, kids, grandkids, good friends, good food, a few umbrella drinks, a few brewskis (and disignated drivers: -) and some great memories of Canada Day 2012! I love summer…

  6. Patrick says:

    …When I see the “full on” sickening extent of government expense (mostly waste) of my (and everyone elses!) tax dollars, including just in terms of our hundreds of MP’s and MPPs’ over the top salary, generous benefit and gold plated pension costs; multiple office staffing and infrastructure costs (per MP and MPP!); travel costs per MP and MPP (and of many of their staff); etc., etc., etc. “to the power of 10” in terms of the overall costs of the, so-called, “civil service” (at all 3 levels of government) – quite frankly I found it hard to “celebrate” being taxed to the max, in large measure just to cover the costs of such a bloated, expensive, self-serving (and self-perpetuating) government cottage industry. If more people were aware of the true costs of government – indeed including all of the inherent waste and “overcharges” – more people would begin to feel as utterly despondent as do I. As it stands, most people I know still get all starry-eyed and jelly kneed at the prospect of just catching a glimpse of such “VIPs” as any of our Right Honourable MPs and MPPs. Hell, recently I talked with a woman who told me she fainted when our Governor General (…don’t even get me started on that particular waste of money) deigned to shake her hand at a parade. She said she felt like she had been “touched by the hand of royalty”. …Oh my God, please pass me a Gravol …hmmm, better make it two.

  7. Wayne says:

    CAW 1520 at the now-closed Ford St. Thomas Assembly Plant negotiated that they’d always get the Monday off and work the actual July 1 to create a long weekend every year. It helped rob local celebrations of volunteers and attendance.

  8. Charlotte says:

    @Question

    I’ve got nothing wrong with a day off. People need a chance to be people, not a cog in a machine. I’m just wondering why it wasn’t Canada Day itself.

    @ Patrick

    Anytime I hear people complain about how ‘over priced’ politicians are, I can’t help but wonder why they don’t run for office themselves. Surely if it’s easy money, you’d be stupid not to, right?

    Stephen Harper makes less money than the guys who have run RIM into the ground.

    Mayor Joe Fontana makes less money than the union negotiators to let down the St. Thomas Ford plant employees (that’s for you @Wayne)

    If you want the best people running our city, our province, our country, you have to pay for them. Until then, you get the people who don’t mind taking a pay cut because they are trying to do the right thing. The politicians we have are worth every penny (remember those?) they earn.

  9. question says:

    @ Patrick,

    I’d agree with the partial quote here that I’ve taken from your above comments, But where you wrote “government,” I’d write “government-run Helath-care Bureaucracy” …so, as you wrote: “quite frankly I found it hard to “celebrate” being taxed to the max, in large measure just to cover the costs of such a bloated, expensive, self-serving (and self-perpetuating) government cottage industry “government-run Helath-care Bureaucracy”. If more people were aware of the true costs of government “government-run Helath-care Bureaucracy” – indeed including all of the inherent waste and “overcharges”

    Canadians have been led to believe over the past 45 years of the OHIP and other “government-run Helath-care Bureaucracy” Plans that this is the “best healthcare in the world” and “ain’t we so lucky” and let’s not make waves or else they (the goverment) might take it away, punish us and then where will be be…so everyone, Let’s tow the line pay sky=high taxes, stop asking pesky questions and have a Happy Canada Day.

  10. question says:

    Typo alert: Helath=Health

    duh

  11. dan.brown says:

    Charlotte: What’s the defence for Bev Oda?

  12. question says:

    @Charlotte,
    I agreee with you about pay and politicians: generally you get what you pay for. That is unless we made all offices volunteer positions. Perhaps it might work: especially if candidates are independently wealthy. (see Romney or Bloomberg in the US), but might set up a situation where individuals get into office only to enrich themselves later (and oh, I guess that never happens now, with present system).

    More to your point: I’d also like to see our City Councillors have full-time positions and receive full-time wages while they deal with our City’s full-time problems in a full-time way.

    Paying politicians as professionals, I think would make for less blatant confict of interest, under-the-table wheeling and dealing and cushy backroom business in and out of office..

  13. Maggie Hughes says:

    I follow government and business policies and ways of how they operate, just to watch for the results on the public. CEO’s of major companies like Enbridge make ovr $6 millioon a year. While they are the biggest oil polluters with cheap pipeline production. The result to the public is permanent. The risk to water permanent.

    Politicians are supposed to watch out for these kinds of situatins to protect the public from corporate abuses, but the whole system in Canada has changed. There has always been Capitalism and Poverty, but today it is the environment on a Global scale that is being affected.

    I find it hard to Celebrate Canada Day, when I see Harper selling it off to the highest bidder. All of our resources, all of our natural Bio system is destroyed and will continue to be destroyed with the current thinking.

    Joe Oliver has shown me to be just another politician sucking up the corp teat. He and Harper really do not know or want to know the reality of their actions. Glad to see the Fed Government in the U.S. at least sued Enbridge for $37 b because of sloppy work in a sensitive environment.

    It should never be protit at any cost. Including selling the Country. We don’t have a Canada anymore. Only those younger than 35 would think what we are living with and in today is normal. It is not.

    All the best to the NDP in exposing the deadly corruption that has ruined Canada’s reputation all over the world.

    .

  14. Observer says:

    @ question: what is a full time wage? If you paid more, you would still have bumblers, just paid more.
    @Patrick: our corporate taxes are lower than the US. No one likes to pay taxes. What is overtaxed vs. taxed just right? The other guy is always overpaid and we always pay too much tax (but like the services that come with it).

  15. Charlotte says:

    @Maggie

    That’s my point though…

    Presumably a person making $6million has earned it (we can debate what ‘earned’ means, but they have certainly convinced enough people they’re worth $6million, and that doesn’t happen by accident). Can you seriously expect the House of Commons, whose total pay scale isn’t much more than that, to compete in a business deal?

    It’s shameful that Canada has to sell things to make ends meet. It’s shameful that the most electable people we have feel that they’re not getting their fair share.

    However, a viable alternative does not yet exist. If i beleived the NDP could make ends meet, I’d vote for them in a second.

  16. a says:

    @Charlotte,

    Often CEO’s take-in much more than $6Mil. Many even upwards of $16Mil to $21Million including additional stock options and perquisites as disclosed in company annual reports by mandatory regulations. Often it is not what is “earned” rather what fellow cronies on the Board wish to pay themselves. Additionally since the ownership of the company is in many cases concentrated, they can have carte-blanche on pay unbeholden to shareholders “opinion”

    You may also be surprised to know that there are many multi-millionaires serving in the political realm. Some amassing fortunes before, after and even during there public tenure.

    I must say, your characterization of ‘Canada selling things to make ends meet’ is perhaps too simple and naive. Of course it is the people and corporations who own property, mines, resources and industry who are “selling” and after-all this is what trade and commerce looks like. And don’t we all sell things to make ends meet: our time, skills, energy, labour, knowledge, possessions…etc?

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