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[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 day ago

I'll take text over video any day, but that summary didn't mean much to me.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 day ago

It seems to descend into a word salad. I suspect the video would make more sense.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 day ago

I don't get it either. Thanks for posting.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 1 day ago

There is a lot of love in that blog post.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 day ago

Many have never really stopped working nor begun living the life they worked all their lives working for.

That's sad. We have the stereotype of the rich boomer enjoying an easy retirement, but that isn't the case for a lot of people.

Their dreams die in their sleep. As do they.

That's the most evocative thing I've read in a while. Props.

I'm sorry about your friends.

submitted 1 day ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

The family is moving to find more financial flexibility. Owning their current home is a financial burden, and the stress would only get worse with a mortgage renewal coming up soon.


Proceeds from the sale plus a cash top-up will mean they can live mortgage-free in their new three-bedroom townhouse. Current mortgage costs are $3,965 per month.

As well, Ms. Deane has estimated that her family will save on electricity, heating, insurance, property taxes and maintenance. Even with strata/condo fees of $710 per month at the new place, Ms. Deane calculates overall savings of $4,640 per month.

Props to them for making a smart move.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

this 1.7million is an interest free loan, so taxpayers are only covering the lost potential of that money being used elsewhere, unless something happens whichs exempts them paying back.

If it's a 0% loan, then taxpayers lose the value of inflation - over the past few years that has been relatively high. And there's whatever administrative overhead is involved in selecting and administering the loan. And the cost of the photo op. Relative to the value of the loan, the overhead seems high.

The article makes the argument that this is where investors should step in. For an established factory, that seems reasonable.

IMO the EV plants are a different story, since the plant isn't established, and the PBO expects (some of them) to break even within 13 years.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 days ago

We can care about both.

Sidewalks need to be safe. Personal mobility devices need a safe area to drive, separated from pedestrians. Both need to be separated from cars. The endgame should be car-free cities.

In the meantime, nobody should be hurt or killed just because they're trying to get around town.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 days ago

I think that's part of the joke.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 days ago

A witness previously told CBC Toronto that the attack began after the girls allegedly took a liquor bottle from Lee and his friend.

Killing a person because they felt like it? Ugh.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 4 days ago

A three year old was left with a broken leg after being hit by a teenager on a fat bike in Sydney’s south in April.


[-] [email protected] 18 points 4 days ago

we can rebuild her

submitted 1 week ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

"The evidence establishes that the City knew that its failure to properly enforce the 2012 Bylaw would likely cause harm to the taxi industry.

"A multinational giant was invading Ottawa, and because of the City's unpreparedness and its lack of efforts to develop a plan to enforce the 2012 Bylaw, the City's enforcement efforts against Uber drivers were ineffective."

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

Nurse practitioners could help fill the void, advocates for the profession say, if more provinces would adopt policies to integrate them into primary care and pay them fairly for their work. Some physicians’ organizations have pushed back against that approach, arguing that NPs don’t have as much training or education as family doctors and therefore should only be funded publicly when they’re embedded in interdisciplinary teams with MDs.

Aren't these the same organizations that have been dragging their feet on recognizing foreign credentials?

I've been seeing a nurse practitioner for the last couple of years. So far, she's provided the same level of care I'm used to from family doctors: prescriptions, forwarding me to specialists when appropriate, providing the usual advice during checkups. It's fine.

Edit: took out my grumbly summary, since our healthcare spending seems to be middle of the pack, compared to peer countries.

submitted 2 weeks ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

In 2022, Global News said the quiet part out loud: poverty is driving disabled Canadians to consider MAiD. Those “some” who are driven to assisted death because of poverty or an inability to access adequate care deserve to live with dignity and with the resources they need to live as they wish. They should never, ever feel the pressure to choose to die because our social welfare institutions are starved and our health care system has been vandalized through years of austerity and poor management.

Given the way our institutions and economic and political elite create and perpetuate poverty in Canada, particularly among disabled people, we should be particularly sensitive to the implications of the country’s MaiD regime for those who are often ignored when warning about the dangers of the law.


While MAiD may be defensible as a means for individuals to exercise personal choice in how they live and how they die when facing illness and pain, it is plainly indefensible when state-induced austerity and mismanagement leads to people choosing to end their lives that have been made unnecessarily miserable. In short, we are killing people for being poor and disabled, which is horrifying.

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Is anyone else boycotting Loblaws? I don't have many alternatives, but I'm doing my best to take my business elsewhere.

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US regulators have found evidence that TD's anti-money laundering fraud detection is insufficient

For months, analysts have predicted a fine in the range of US$500-million to US$1-billion, but that’s now jumped. “We believe cumulative fines could easily hit $2-billion,” Mr. Dechaine wrote.

Meanwhile, in Canada, TD is facing record fines (archive) from Canadian regulators.

submitted 3 weeks ago by [email protected] to c/lego

The octopus is one of nearly 5m Lego pieces that fell into the sea in 1997 when a storm hit a cargo ship 20 miles off Land’s End, Cornwall. While 352,000 pairs of flippers, 97,500 scuba tanks, and 92,400 swords went overboard, the octopuses are considered the most prized finds as only 4,200 were onboard.

submitted 1 month ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

The Ottawa Carleton District Schoolboard is winding up to drop early French immersion.


submitted 1 month ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

Let’s start with one of the highest-voltage [third rails] in federal politics: Old Age Security.

OAS only begins to be clawed back once a senior’s income exceeds $91,000. And payments aren’t zeroed out until income hits $148,000 – or $154,000 for those 75 and older. Senior couples earning a quarter-million dollars a year, and living mortgage-free, are getting cheques from younger and (much) lower-income taxpayers.

That has to be fixed. The OAS threshold should be lowered – to, say, $60,000 – and the clawback sharpened, with benefits tapping out at $100,000.


End the capital-gains exemption for principal residences. It’s even more untouchable than OAS. It’s also more economically harmful and inequitable.

It pumps up housing prices and pushes more and more national wealth into housing. It’s dumb economics, plus the tax break only goes to the two-thirds of families who own a home. And the richer you are, and the more home you own, the bigger the tax break. It adds up to a hyper-regressive policy to make Canada less productive.


Let’s restore the two percentage points of Goods and Services Tax the Harper government cut. Our tax system is too tilted to income taxes, and away from taxes on consumption. And the cut to the GST costs Ottawa about $20-billion a year.

If the GST were raised, some of the proceeds could beef up the tax credit for low-income Canadians.

There's some good stuff in there.

submitted 1 month ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

Interesting article on growth in public sector jobs over the past decade. What I got from it: lots of people were hired during the pandemic to handle pandemic-related initiatives; aside from that, lots of people were hired in general; governments appear to hire in times of economic uncertainty (e.g. growth under Harper during 2008+); federal unions argue staffing levels are returning to "normal".

But the killer is the last section where the author tries to figure out if we're getting value for money. The answer is short and sour: Canadians don't think so, and internal targets aren't being met.

Are Canadians getting bang for their taxpayer buck?

... One way to gauge that is through surveys, which doesn’t leave Canada looking good relative to its international peers. The OECD polls residents at its member countries on their satisfaction with public services such as health care and education, and between 2017 and 2022, Canada experienced the largest decline in satisfaction among G7 countries for education (from 73 to 67 per cent) while the drop in health care satisfaction matched that of the United Kingdom, but to the lowest level in the G7 (from 69 to 56 per cent).

... The share of respondents who said their provincial government had done a “good” or “very good” job fell overall from close to half in the first quarter of 2019 to 30 per cent at the end of 2023. Both B.C. and Quebec, two provinces that have seen public-sector job growth rise particularly quickly, registered some of the worst declines.

... the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) reviewed four years of results reports to see how the government measured up against nearly 3,000 performance targets it had set for itself. The assessments weren’t promising. For fiscal 2021-22, roughly 25 per cent of targets were not met, up from 20 per cent in 2018-19. But that didn’t capture the full scale of the performance shortfall. One-tenth of performance targets included no information on results, while another one-third stated results would be achieved at some point in the future.

Yeah, that mixes provincial services with federal ones.

submitted 1 month ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

What's the next wave of dystopia in popular culture?

I think the classic CRTs, mirrorshades, and black synthleather look of cyberpunk doesn't really work with our expectations in 2024.

In the 70s and 80s, we expected acid rain, ozone holes, and lawlessness to fill our future, as companies took over from (relatively) responsible governments and civility/civilization collapsed. The outfit fit with that: keep the burning rain and sun off, while protecting against looters and raiders. Meanwhile, writers didn't see how technology would shrink and get better.

In 2024 we expect our dystopia to be hot: the world is heating up, so black synthleather is out. Maybe mirrorshades stick around. Corporations aren't taking over any more, governments are becoming corrupt/evil (e.g. Hunger Games). And technology is tinsy tiny, verging on invisible.

I'm thinking of the Hunger Games and Upload. (And the first five episodes of Fallout)

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It's good to see some kinda/sorta/almost direct spending on affordable housing being announced:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of a $1.5-billion rental protection fund that will provide a combination of loans and grants to help non-profits buy affordable rental apartments when they go up for sale.

It's nowhere near enough, but it's better than the neoliberal tHe FrEe MaRkEt WiLl SaVe Us shoveling that both the Liberals and Conservatives have been pushing.

The article explains how the number of homes affordable to people making $30k annually is crashing across the country (but less so in Quebec).

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