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Offering an open, free blog in my own name with millions of visits and 382,745 published comments (so far), almost all from the bravely anonymous, is a risky thing. How could it be otherwise? Dorothy’s smart. She says I have a death wish.

The goal of this pathetic offering is to help empower people with financial knowledge. Since that’s inherently boring, and sucks a bit, I try to convey information salted with humour, sass, attitude and personality. And lots of dogs. They’re my metaphor for goodness.

Since the kid became PM, a new gust of intolerance has blown through here. The other day when I referred to Bill the finance minister as ‘gender-challenged,’ there was a shocked reaction, for example. Here’s a taste of my mail:

Your permissiveness around obvious misogyny has fouled this blog the last day, the last months. You seem more like someone from another planet to us, as also seem some of your old stock male readers (not all, of course) who comment so often. You might want to consider your legacy and reputation in terms of what you permit and, frankly, foster on here in terms of the many truly narrow and anti-woman comments.

That’s not part of the world we’re creating behind you, the newer Canada, because as someone just said, it is 2015. Things have been changing for quite a while actually, but sometimes got obscured in the neocon backlash we’ve been living through. You may have noticed, that is over now.

You may have also noticed – our generations just took over. Females and males. In a big way. We appreciate the efforts of those coming before. We appreciate mentorship and information sharing such as you so often provide here. But if you foster antiquated and hateful attitudes and don’t acknowledge your actions, our generations will make you irrelevant and forgotten sooner than you might think possible.

Meanwhile a few visitors here (self-identified as women) openly wonder why some comments aren’t nuked and replaced with “DELETED (sexist)”, as happens with words I deem racist or offensive to religious groups. So, here’s why.

This blog is about information and knowledge, not censorship or dogma (except the shedding kind). It’s an extension of the digital democracy I tried to create when in politics, which I sure hope ends better this time. Equality should mean the freedom to make fun of everyone’s foibles and their stage in life, from moist Millennials to thirsty-underwear-wearing wrinklies, to testo cowboys and house-horny brides. The real danger comes when we all think we matter. We don’t. Actually we’re kinda hilarious.

This brings me to Groupthink. I ran into that when I was an MP, trying to open the doors and windows of government with my blogging and outreach. Mr. Harper punted me for it. The exchange of ideas was not what he wanted, since the only valid ones were his. Today we have a new Lib version of Groupthink. The kid, for example, says no MP can be pro-life. He says elected females must be granted a greater proportional share of influence. He says the highest-taxed should be taxed more, government should grow larger and citizens denied the ability to save more. Not everybody agrees with that. But it’s the meme. To object makes you a Neocon or a misogynist.

Politicians may know the most powerful words are ‘us’ and ‘them’, and love social engineering. But this blog ain’t buying it. Instead it’s a mirror held up to the people who come here millions of times a year. My job is not to tell them what to think, or shield them from anything other than the topics I have chosen to restrict – categorization by race or religion. Maybe even that’s too much. If you think so, leave.

So, I allow everybody to engage in conversations rife with ageism, sexism, elitism, envy, boomer-baiting, stereotyping and the open dissing of old, white guys. The moderating of comments is done with a light hand, and that’s the way it shall continue.

Finally, there’s no generation that ‘just took over. Females and males. In a big way.’ More people voted against the old guy than voted for the new kid. Using this to create a generational divide, or to swallow the rhetoric that the election was about ‘values’ is an adolescent mistake. Hopefully life will get better for people. But this is no more a transformational moment than was the election of a black American president. Or hippies putting flowers in police gun barrels.

Suggesting we stop talking about things because they may offend some folks is a big deal. Obviously the last thing I want is for this blog to start smelling like the rancid comment section of the Huffington Post, but there’s a valuable middle ground. Respectful arguments from all corners. Lusty debates. Uncomfortable prods. Rapier wit plus the occasional kick in the groin. And a halt to pretending we’re all equal. Or special. We’re not.

388 comments ↓

#1 TurnerNation on 11.12.15 at 6:45 pm

Not deleted :-)

#2 Mouse on 11.12.15 at 6:45 pm

We need more people like you Garth.

#3 Osgem on 11.12.15 at 6:46 pm

Great article, keep it up!

#4 Imalwaysright on 11.12.15 at 6:47 pm

Calgary 2035

http://coolinterestingstuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/hashima-ghost-town.jpg

#5 Lil'est pitbull on 11.12.15 at 6:49 pm

Uh oh! The safe space-seeking cry-bullies have invaded Canada from their former domain, the college campus!

I am more hopeful about JT’s leadership than Garth, but I support his right to say what he wants.

#6 rob on 11.12.15 at 6:50 pm

Well said Garth.

#7 Ro0k on 11.12.15 at 6:54 pm

How DARE you, sir! Your heteronormative, patriarchal, white cis-gendered misogyny hurt my feelings and triggered me.

You have single-handedly undone years of talk therapy and violated my expectation that society should change to accommodate ME and MY unique, empowered experience. You’ll be hearing from the feminist social justice warrior brigade just as soon as I draft a strongly-worded tweet/instagram alerting the fem-stapo on you!

Just kidding. Doubleplusgood job on calling the overly-p-c people on their censorship and attempts at thought control. Glad to see the pendulum swinging ever-so-slowly back in the other direction.

#8 Paul on 11.12.15 at 6:55 pm

Amen

#9 Muttley O'Toole on 11.12.15 at 6:56 pm

Well said, Garth.
Too many people out there think it is all about them.
It is not, of course; but we the people can blithely ignore the incoherence of the great unwashed and their so-called liberal friends.
What a ghastly lot of . . . (take your pick).

#10 gut check on 11.12.15 at 6:56 pm

oh good lord

#11 mitzerboy aka queencity kid on 11.12.15 at 6:56 pm

money talk and sass talk that’s why I come here

thanks garth and all you dog bloggers

#12 Adam Smith on 11.12.15 at 6:56 pm

I’m quite a leftist in my thinking and this new word/thought policing by people I often agree with disgusts me. They took what was originally a distasteful part of religious conservatism and adopted it.

Adopting censorship to shut up people whose opinions you don’t like is a stupid practice no matter how you look at it. All it does is legitimate said opinions because who bothers censoring stupid opinions that can be killed quickly in open debate? I do some stand-up comedy occasionally and this censoring is literally murdering satire, the most useful weapon oppressed people have ever had.

Young leftists need to get back to the economic battle that they are losing and focus less on the microaggressions and hurt feelings.

Anyway, what should my move be Garth?

I’m young with no debt and fortunately own almost no Canadian stock but what should I be looking at getting more of? The fear of interest rate hikes has pushed down my emerging markets stuff so I’m considering picking up some more of that stuff. It’ll be at least 35 years before I need access to any of it so Eurasian integration should be completed by then and things like EEM worth quite a bit.

Or should I sit on cash and wait for a larger correction?

#13 Broke Dick on 11.12.15 at 6:59 pm

Sorry VREU-
There’s also Victoria, where prices climbed 0.3 per cent from September and 6.4 per cent from October of last year..
But we’ll always have Calgary.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/top-business-stories/authorities-poking-into-facebook-accounts-of-hundreds-of-canadians/article27225904/

#14 patrick quinn on 11.12.15 at 6:59 pm

Great article. We are not all the same but some cultural Marxist just cant stand individuals and their thoughts.

#15 drop the mic on 11.12.15 at 7:00 pm

well said and thanks… really unnecessary since it’s your blog and all but maybe some needed a reminder.
I’m happy to consider this post a GT dropping the mic moment “deleted!!”……. awesome

#16 Love my Kia on 11.12.15 at 7:01 pm

At least you stopped posting pics of barely clad women that used to dominate this blog not that long ago.

That’s progress enough for me.

Regarding the textual portion of this blog goes, there’s a saying, if you want to start an argument just give your opinion.

I hope to hear more on the further drop in oil $ tomorrow.

#17 Panhead on 11.12.15 at 7:01 pm

This must be the awaited “ponies and sunshine” post …

#18 Count Flipalot on 11.12.15 at 7:02 pm

Nice summary Garth of something that society of all cultures have been facing for a long time. Basically its the individual versus the collective mindset. Group think is alive and well and …………….. intolerant.

#19 Yitzhak Rabin on 11.12.15 at 7:03 pm

A convenient subject changing distraction from today’s market carnage. The pattern is:

1) Markets rally on continued ZIRP and easy money
2) Fed jaw-bones about an improving economy and rate hike.
3) Markets sell-off on the false belief this will actually happen
4) Fed delays rate hike citing the best excuse of the day (weather, Greece, China, don’t want to ruin Christmas?).

Repeat cycle. We are at stage 3 again. Global central banks have never been more trapped, despite Garth claiming they have never been more in control.

Perhaps the payouts on those juicy Calgary office tower REITs will never fall and we can all be happy.

#20 Harry on 11.12.15 at 7:04 pm

Well said~~
Thank you!

#21 Canadian on 11.12.15 at 7:04 pm

Welcome to politics: Millennial style: That which does not conform to my views is wrong, evil, and must be silenced. Those who do not conform to my views are wrong, evil, and must be silenced. You can thank the confrontational nature of the internet, going all the way back to BBS’ for that.

And its only going to get worse.

#22 S.Bby on 11.12.15 at 7:06 pm

I have never been “Deleted” here. I will try harder.

#23 Smartalox on 11.12.15 at 7:07 pm

As a Gen X’er, I’m sometimes left aghast by the degree to which sexism, misogyny, and racism are expressed so casually by members of other generations. I get the same vibe about people who cling to the notion of having a right to a middle-class lifestyle from performing un-skilled labour. For Life.

But I see it as anachronism; and that it says more about the speaker’s dysfunctions than my own.

Still I can’t say claim that I don’t envy it; it might have been nice to vacation in the 60’s or the 80’s, but I don’t know i’d want to live there.

#24 Frank on 11.12.15 at 7:08 pm

I like your blog Garth and I like the message. I’m a middle class white guy so I’m not offended by you or….well anything. However I’ve got wonderful women in my life in the form of a partner, a caring mother and 3 amazing sisters. Having close relationships with them I get exposed to sexism that still exists. With that said, yeah you are a little sexist.

It’s a shame because I don’t think you consciously think differently of women, I think you’re just a product of your time. Things like assigning gender roles in the little stories you tell. Whenever you caution people about their foolish spouse it’s generally the house-horny wife with throbbing ovaries that is the irrational one. Or referring to situations where someone uses sex appeal to make influence the other, in your little tableau it’s always the woman batting eye lashes to get a mortgage signed. Gender roles aren’t oppressive in the same way as not allowing women to vote etc but as a software developer I see the end product of it. A dearth of women in the industry because they’re subtly told from a young age that certain things are for ‘boys’ and certain things are for ‘girls’.

It’s a little sad because I think that people like my sisters need to hear your advice but they might be turned off by your writing style.

#25 SWL1976 on 11.12.15 at 7:09 pm

Good job Garth,

I agree. The fuss about having to tip toe around peoples sensitivities and feelings is getting nauseating. We need more respect in this world and less finger pointing. People should either ignore the comments they don’t agree with, or respectfully debate them.

If one can’t handle that then perhaps they should go suck their thumb in the corner while hiding away from anything that might upset them in this world.

Bed wetters

We need more freedom and less protection.

Life is to be lived, not sheltered

#26 farm wife on 11.12.15 at 7:10 pm

Well said Garth.

Maybe rural women have a different outlook on gender comments as in it means diddley sqaut to most of us because we live in a world where gender based jobs do not exist unless it be of the womans’s work kind (grin).

Can’t see why folks get so upset over when they find out that it’s not all about them and their stupid little agendas.

I’m off too feed the critters and in case anyone is interested cattle aren’t much different from humans when the goodies are being dished out.

Need keeps the herd together and greed drives them apart.

#27 the Hammer on 11.12.15 at 7:12 pm

My Dad used to say the best way to expose an idiot was to give them the bully pulpit. The person whose letter you quoted might do well to remember that. (He also taught me that life ain’t necessarily fair…death either. 1944-45 in the South Pacific Theater kinda had a way of teaching things like that. Semper Fi.)

#28 Michael King on 11.12.15 at 7:12 pm

I did notice the “gender-challenged” remark about Bill Morneau in the original post. It didn’t offend me, I am a Frank subscriber, but I still don’t get the joke. He doesn’t look effeminate, does he Garth? What am I missing?

#29 Justin on 11.12.15 at 7:14 pm

I came here hoping to see something on the market downturn we’ve seen over the last week. My 40 safe (bonds and preferred) – 60 growth (equities) has sure taken a nose dive this past week. Maybe I should have just put my money into real estate?

How’s that for baiting?

#30 polecat on 11.12.15 at 7:15 pm

Many years ago I wrote the Jack Daniels company to sponsor my funeral. They declined…but I was such a loyal consumer! Not fair, Im special! Now I’m just old and make my own booze. Cheers to you Smoking man.

#31 Andrew on 11.12.15 at 7:17 pm

Don’t get disgruntled by those yuppies garth you got this ;)

#32 Ryan on 11.12.15 at 7:17 pm

I was so impressed with this post I sent it to my girlfriend. Come to think of it, I should have made the subject heading “Healthy Cookie Recipe!”. Next time Garth, next time…

#33 Deebo on 11.12.15 at 7:20 pm

Repeat after me, all together now…

No one has a right to not be offended.

It’s not the job of the world at large to only serve up opinions and views that conform with your own.

The mistake people make is in failing to simply move on when they read/hear something they don’t agree with.

Enough with the faux OUTRAGE! at everything… (starbucks holiday cups, gender balanced cabinets, etc.)

Don’t like something….just move on, preferably without commenting on how offended and outraged you are. Save that for the echo chamber of your own home, rather than the internet. No one cares.

As Garth said, your mistake is in thinking that you (or I) matter. We don’t. Silly humans.

#34 Yaroslav on 11.12.15 at 7:21 pm

Am I missing something Garth? Explain your previous comment that the new Finance Minister is gender challenged? What do you mean? To my knowledge, he is a man who identifies as a man. Am I incorrect? Where is this coming from?

#35 Me on 11.12.15 at 7:22 pm

Here, here Garth! Does anyone really want to live in an uber politically correct hyper-sensitive world where we all have to watch every word that comes out of our mouths? Have a sense of humor people!

#36 RW_Z on 11.12.15 at 7:22 pm

Amen.

In nomine John, et Garth, et Spiritus Turner.

#37 Doug T on 11.12.15 at 7:24 pm

My wife tells me often that I need to get in touch with my “feminine” side – I keep telling her if if I had a feminine side I’d be touching it all the time BADABOOM

#38 JG on 11.12.15 at 7:24 pm

great article.

#39 Mark H on 11.12.15 at 7:24 pm

Been reading reading your website for over two years. Never commented before–this is by far the best post written to date. Keep up the good work. Many thanks.

#40 Matt on 11.12.15 at 7:28 pm

Nicely put. And better to be gender challenged than sense-of-humour challenged.

#41 LH on 11.12.15 at 7:30 pm

Amen. And let’s all take a moment to decry those ridiculous school forms with more than two checkboxes for gender. Sorry, not at grade 1.

#42 TRT on 11.12.15 at 7:31 pm

I don’t think you are in any danger. Wishful thinking on your part.

I think people that disagree with you want to know whether you are telling people YOUR truth as you know it or whether there are ulterior (selfish) motives in your quest with this blog.

If it your truth, then its just differing opinions. Thats all.

Answer that and negative comments towards you will obviously simmer down.

#43 Ontario's Left Coast on 11.12.15 at 7:35 pm

Thank you, Garth, for what you do and for sticking up for free speech. I know it gets a bit crazy here in the steerage section, but it’s so darn fascinating and I’m sure an overwhelming majority of your readers like things just as they are. Cheers!

#44 It's not all progress on 11.12.15 at 7:35 pm

#16 Love my Kia on 11.12.15 at 7:01 pm

At least you stopped posting pics of barely clad women that used to dominate this blog not that long ago.

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You say that like it’s a bad thing!

#45 I'm stupid on 11.12.15 at 7:37 pm

What do you expect from a generation that was told they were special and that the world revolves around them. It’s a failure of boomers, with their inflated egos that spawned this narcissistic generation.

#46 Patrick on 11.12.15 at 7:38 pm

“Respectful arguments from all corners. Lusty debates. Uncomfortable prods. Rapier wit plus the occasional kick in the groin. And a halt to pretending we’re all equal. Or special. We’re not.”
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But we still get a trophy at the end, right?

I’m a millennial and I want my participant medal, damn it!

#47 IHCTD9 on 11.12.15 at 7:39 pm

“…Lusty debates. Uncomfortable prods. Rapier wit plus the occasional kick in the groin. And a halt to pretending we’re all equal. Or special. We’re not.”
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Bravo, offered while standing!

#48 common sense on 11.12.15 at 7:39 pm

Pictures of scantily clad women? I got here too late..

#19 Rabin…Well said. 2 more days of down markets and the rate increase put back til the world finally goes cold turkey on debt, the system washes out, 90% suffer and a real market based on true supply and demand returns……what do you think? 10 years lost in the desert?

Garth your just too logical in your thinking that the FED will raise rates..they have people to answer to. Goldman Sachs, JPM, etc….Back to reality? Don’t hold your breath.

#49 RayofLight on 11.12.15 at 7:39 pm

“And a halt to pretending we’re all equal. Or special. We’re not”
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It even gets better. The only “Theory of Everything” that works mathematically is the “M-Theory”. This one theory unifies all the forces in the universe, and shows that the 5 versions of “String Theory “are actually the same, only transformations of each other. In “M Theory” there are 11 dimensions. One for time, 9 for space, (all string theories agreed to this), and one for ‘Branes”. The last one is the interesting one. This states the universe as we know it is a membrane of energy, (Brane for short). The 11th dimension is an infinite number of branes (think of how many numbers there are from zero to whatever).
(The “Big Bang” was caused by a collision of two “Branes”)
So, not only is every one of us unique and special, just like everyone else, so our universe is unique and special, just like as all of the rest of infinite number of them are.

#50 Millenial on 11.12.15 at 7:41 pm

Garth, your rights end where my feelings begin.

#51 james on 11.12.15 at 7:41 pm

“Suggesting we stop talking about things because they may offend some folks is a big deal.”

Then why censor comments about immigrants, ethnic or religious groups?

I think the women have a point. Not that I think that you are misogynistic, but you come down hard on anyone who makes comments about foreign buyers. You also have dropped ad hominems like ‘bigot’ frequently.

It’s your blog… you can do as you like, but it strikes me that these critics are not entirely wrong. Why is race off limits but gender and age are not?

My preferred stance is to take liberalism seriously. Liberalism entails tolerating differences of expression and opinion, and accepting that other people will offend you just as you offend them.

#52 james on 11.12.15 at 7:45 pm

As for the left ‘liberal’ (I use that term in quotes because most ‘liberals’ don’t have a clue as to what liberalism is) bias, I totally agree.

I see this teaching law school most acutely, where studies have shown that the most under-represented groups among law professors in the USA are conservatives and European Americans. White conservative women are virtually non-existent in law schools, despite making up a substantial percentage of the population.

Kristen Powers’ new book “The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech” is worth a read. It echoes much of what I see in academia. Also read gay critic Bruce Bauer’s work on intolerance in ‘progressive’ culture.

There’s an enormous groupthink out there, and those of us who hold jobs in companies or teach university are acutely aware that it is not our libertarian, conservative, christian (etc) students that we have to be worried about.

#53 Enthalpy on 11.12.15 at 7:46 pm

Amen Garth. Tired of this pc malarkey.

#54 Frustrated Kiwi on 11.12.15 at 7:46 pm

What I think many people miss is that this your blog and you get to set the rules.

Your poll of a few weeks ago showed that your readership is around 85% male – if you’re comfortable with that then who are we to complain? There were other anomalies in the demographics as well. Besides, getting more women here might involve showing more cats (as well as a firmer hand on the comments section and the style suggestions made by Frank in #22).

#55 DR. WAYNE on 11.12.15 at 7:48 pm

When there is a criticism of this blog for injecting truth with humour, in conjunction with education the ignorant, it is the critics who should look in the mirror and say … I’m an asshole.

God, it’s been a long time since I said that here.

#56 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 7:49 pm

Raving Fema-Nazi said.
Your permissiveness around obvious misogyny has fouled this blog the last day, the last months. You seem more like someone from another planet to us, as also seem some of your old stock male readers (not all, of course) who comment so often. You might want to consider your legacy and reputation in terms of what you permit and, frankly, foster on here in terms of the many truly narrow and anti-woman comments. – Raving Fema-Nazi

Obviously a seething attack on a little old Nectonite.

What a pathetic suck up thing to do. Rather that debate me like a Man you chose to operate like you did in school, whispers to the teacher’s ear, hoping to get little fat Johnny who slipped out a wee fart and giggled at himself sent down to the principles office. You entailed snot nosed chicken shit.

You want equal rights, you want to be on the same level as a man, then act like one. Debate me, don’t go crying to the teacher.

This clip just for you. James Bond from back in the day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo0d1zTAFKA

Hopefully this will inspire you to write something directly to me.

#57 Garden Maven on 11.12.15 at 7:49 pm

It amazing what poor writers your critics tend to be. I’m a fan of your colorful way with words, and a female one at that. Keep on provoking, that’s what makes your blog worth reading.

#58 imadoofus on 11.12.15 at 7:50 pm

Please don’t let the PC crybabies wear you out.
I come here daily for a dose of reality. Warts and all.
Yours is a rare honest voice in a sea of spin and data smog out there.
We need you.
In a non-sexual way, in my case.

Thank you for your hard work, Garth.

#59 Bobs ur uncle on 11.12.15 at 7:50 pm

This comes to mind:

http://m.imgur.com/gallery/SjXAB

#60 Time is #1 on 11.12.15 at 7:51 pm

Can we have a “Sunshine Girl” on this blog everyday like the Sun used too?

#61 Garden Maven on 11.12.15 at 7:58 pm

Yaroslav #32: Gender challenged = he ain’t a woman. Duh.

#62 Harbour on 11.12.15 at 7:58 pm

I like it for the links… G&M or HP or FP, etc…

Directs me to good current articles

By the way, oil cracked $42 today… waiting for it to crack $40 here quick

Yippee!!

#63 VanMan on 11.12.15 at 7:58 pm

Is anyone else completely tired of the “that offends me generation”??

Why don’t you all just “grow a pair” already.

Wait a minute, is that offensive?

#64 debtified on 11.12.15 at 7:59 pm

This reminds me of those kids who crash a party they weren’t invited to and then complain to the host about how the party did not meet their expectations or served their purpose.

#65 Goldie on 11.12.15 at 8:00 pm

I’ve been mentioning this subject to anyone who cares to listen for a while now: a wave of politically correct oppression has been sweeping North America, western and northern Europe, and Australia for some time. It started well before Justin’s term in office, although he certainly panders to it, which is one of his greatest weaknesses. If you do some digging, you can easily find several prominent people, most often heterosexual white males, who have had their entire careers ruined because they offended the wrong group of social justice warriors/campus feminists.

A previous comment today mentioned that they employ twitter and Instagram to disseminate their intolerance. It’s true: social media in general is where they draw their power, and they are growing more powerful, so be ready soon to fight it or to cower from it, because you won’t be able to ignore it, being a middle aged wealthy white man with a strong public profile.

The only time I’ve ever had a post deleted at this blog was when, in the early days, I posted a little too enthusiastically about gold (I’m Goldie, what do you expect?). Although I found that to be a strange thing to be censored for, I assumed that people had been “gold spamming” in times prior to my arrival, and so I respected the censorship and to this day I’m very careful with the topic.

Since that time, I’ve posted about HAM, false “refugees”, SJWs, and my posts have always been allowed through. For that I give my thanks. This blog is generally very permissive, with just light (necessary in anon-land) levels of censorship.

Finally, remember what it feels like to be on the receiving end of libel when you’re tempted to throw out the “xenophobe/racist” label to HAM truthers. Some are, many are not, and it’s malicious laziness to classify all as such. The same goes to you other posters who write things like “Vancouverites are racists” without realizing the hypocrisy/soft bigotry which you are guilty of.

#66 kommykim on 11.12.15 at 8:01 pm

RE:

#16 Love my Kia on 11.12.15 at 7:01 pm
At least you stopped posting pics of barely clad women that used to dominate this blog not that long ago.

I’m still hoping that he’ll post pics of barely clad women on or in Kias!

#67 saskatoon on 11.12.15 at 8:02 pm

garth,

this is your best blog post.

liberal language nazis are the new class of psychologically unhinged stasi; they neither exist as individuals, nor in reality.

they are the most dangerous of people:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRlRAyulN4o

#68 Johnny D on 11.12.15 at 8:03 pm

PC (political correctness) is the worst idealogical poison on this planet. It does more to segregate and divide people than any hate group can attempt.

#69 Gentleman prefers bonds on 11.12.15 at 8:04 pm

Those of us who believe in the concept of government of, by, and for the people, may be forgiven for suggesting that before the U.S. assumes the mantle of democratic initiator for the world, it would be expedient to enforce its own constitution and the rights it guarantees its own citizens.

#70 Victoria Real Estate Update on 11.12.15 at 8:05 pm

# 13 Broke Dick

Caution should be used when considering any information that basically matches the year over year price increase claim made by the Victoria R/E board’s price index.

The frankenumber index used by the Victoria board is part of the same index used by the Calgary board – and we all know what that index is all about. Calgary’s board didn’t include sales of two houses that sold for 60% less than appraised value.

Claims made by the Calgary board through their index can’t be trusted as an accurate gauge of pice changes over the past year and the same must also be said about claim made by the Victoria board through their index.

I haven’t seen any credible data that shows that there has been an increase in house prices year over year in Victoria.

#71 Nova Scotia Diva on 11.12.15 at 8:08 pm

Garth, I don’t how you stand all these foolishly self important and entitled people that don’t seem to understand everything is not a government sponsored good or service. I’m of the female gender, a MBA graduate of so long ago, we only were about 10% of the class. I appreciate and like your “seasoned” perspective because it reflects the economic reality of life in Canada.

If someone doesn’t like what you write or how it’s said
– they can start their own blog. You are appreciated, I ways look forward to what you have to say – it’s irrelevant if I agree or disagree with the content- although I do usually agree!

#72 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.12.15 at 8:09 pm

I dreaded moments at work when I was trapped in meetings full of buzzwords like ‘synergies”, “empathy”, ‘wholistic”, ‘gender neutral”, “segway”, “empowerment”, “strawman”, …..

Gag me with a rusty, pc dipped, spoon. Useless buzzwords that make people sound like they actually know what they are talking about. I’ve found the exact opposite is usually true. The more the buzzwords the more incompetant a supervisor usually is.
As for me? I quit. Was losing my mind listening to the endless babbling bullshit.
Work in construction now. Possibly the most non pc job I could find.
Lots of female trades. Trust me when I say they make the biggest guy’s cringe in terror when they let loose with a volly of politically incorrect expletives. I think I’ve actually learned a few new combinations of gutter speak from the gals….
Its very enlightening and refreshing to know that in 2015 not all the younger people have been sucked into the pc pablum speak vortex.
Keep up the good work Garth.
If the pc crowd cant handle it they can move somewhere else.

#73 Hawk on 11.12.15 at 8:09 pm

People finding this blog or even the comments here öffensive are living in Cloud Cuckoo Land. They aren’t on another planet, not even in another solar system, but altogether another galaxy.

They have no idea of how the vast majority of mankind functions. They have no freakin’ clue about what “misoginy”, “racism”, or even “prejudice” is.

When the old white guys are long gone and replaced with largely men from the Middle East, …….a near mathematical certainty……..on current demograhic trajectory, they will understand too late, just how unbelievably lucky they were, for this transitionery period in history.

LOL – Just the amused observation of a relatively young brown guy, coming from a religious minority background in the Middle East.

#74 Edward on 11.12.15 at 8:10 pm

“This blog is about information and knowledge, not censorship”

“So, I allow everybody to engage in conversations rife with ageism, sexism, elitism, envy, boomer-baiting, stereotyping and the open dissing of old, white guys.”
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Sounds great in writing. But in practice, you’ve deleted my comments and banned me. All because I’ve provided links to articles that have been written by the MSM – oranizations like CNBC, BNN or Bloomberg. Seldom do I offer my own opinion and I never disregard yours. And, I thought I posted somewhat relevant and interesting stuff, contrary to some of the other posts on here.

You allow the articles that agree with your opinion but won’t publish the articles that run counter to your views on the markets, real estate, preferred shares, interest rates and particularily financial advisors.

In all likelihood you’ll block this post as well.

#75 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.12.15 at 8:12 pm

An interesting article by James Kunstler from a few weeks ago when he was “attacked” for his non politically correct comments…..
My apologies for the non pc title of his blog.

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/good-little-maoists/

#76 Mike on 11.12.15 at 8:14 pm

Do not go quietly into the night.
RAGE!, RAGE!…..

#77 Meek and Mild on 11.12.15 at 8:15 pm

Re:#21,”Welcome to politics:Millennial style:That which does not conform to my view is wrong, evil, and must be silenced….” Believe me, millennials are not the only ones. I know of many instances, during the election, where people were bullied into replacing political blue or orange signs for red by an old die hard liberal. Yes, they actually changed the signs. JT must be proud.

#78 VanMan on 11.12.15 at 8:15 pm

#16 Love my Kia on 11.12.15 at 7:01 pm

At least you stopped posting pics of barely clad women that used to dominate this blog not that long ago.

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What blog are you reading? As a male I’m offended by all these scantily clad men!

Just have a look at these…

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/10/13/take-it-2/

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/09/02/failure-to-launch-2/

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/05/29/the-accident-2/

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/05/04/surprise-11/

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/04/02/built-to-fail/

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/01/16/the-other-half/

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2014/12/02/pushing-it/

#79 broader mind on 11.12.15 at 8:16 pm

Freedom in all it’s forms are Canada’s greatest asset. Very thoughtful post. Garth’s early efforts towards transparent governments should be considered visionary.

#80 Goldie on 11.12.15 at 8:18 pm

#22: frank

Assuming that you truly are a guy, you personify in your post the problem with modern emasculated young men: Your subtle passive aggressive insults to Garth, your statement that you are a middle class white male, and are therefor not offended by anything, calling your GF/wife “partner” because it’s not gender specific (similar to “we’re pregnant”), your belief in the cliche that there are more male programmers than female because young girls are discouraged from taking an interest in STEM subjects by society, when in fact they are simply less interested generally.

You may as well have just walked in off of an east coast university campus.

#81 lala on 11.12.15 at 8:21 pm

I didn’t understand a thing about your post today. Anyone else or just me!?

#82 hahaha Edward on 11.12.15 at 8:23 pm

Hey Eddie, How was that non blocking for a change?
And i think Garth is using links from MSM, but in Canada they are GlobeAndMail, CBC and FinancialPost. They have comments sections too so you can post there too.

#83 Smartalox on 11.12.15 at 8:27 pm

I didn’t get the joke about the new Finance minister, either. I assumed that the comment related to the gender balance in the cabinet, that Bill Morneau wasn’t one of the ‘groundbreaking’ women. Meh. As a forty-something white guy, a gender-pared cabinet means less to me than a cabinet where the ministers are competent and capable, and if it turns out that they’re not, replace them with someone who is.

#84 Retired WI Boomer on 11.12.15 at 8:27 pm

Interesting, yet mainly meaningless post. We all have seen, read, digested, or were disgusted by previous posts.

So, you will continue to Post as you have, not a dam thing wrong with that. You moderate fairly, and above all, the financial advice has been first rate. It has been worthless however, to those who chose to ignore it.

Merely proving, once again, you can’t fix stupid. Duck tape can help muffle the sound.

Continue this most excellent venue, it is needed now more than ever in our ever changing world, populated by the last of the silent types, more boomers than expected, needed, or wanted; generation X, Y (who knew), and the now whiney millennial’s.

The Circus’s will continue, a new act every few years.

Canadians have selected your joke, ours is yet to be determined. The carnival barkers will yet take your money if you let them. It is a curious place this world of ours.

Live Well

#85 Habs76-79 on 11.12.15 at 8:31 pm

If say I were to fund a new beauty/glamour boutique business and was advertising to have 60 positions filled. I then find that 30 males applied with appropriate qualifications and 70 females applied with appropriate qualifications. I want the business work floor to reflect gender neutrality. Those who read this post here especially the feminists (BTW whom many are not really feminists but use such moniker to beat and abuse others , men and women, who DO NOT AGREE WITH THEM!) to please tell me if this quota I figure is a fair is the right one.

So I need 60 employees so I figure hire 30 males and 30 females. Is that not gender neutral even though 70 females applied and only 30 males applied… THINK ABOUT IT!
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A true fair ratio should be 18 males hired and 42 females hired, RIGHT?

So which format of equality should my business go with. Remember especially those blinded by the light feminists. The decision you make should apply the same to any business including say the next one where 70 males apply for work but only 30 females do as well… GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER, RIGHT?

That said the 60 positions for my business should not see gender but QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITY OF NEW HIRES TO WORK WELL WITH EACH OTHER AND IN THE SYSTEM!!! If it’s 30-30, 40-20 50-10, 70 hires of one or the other gender the best business is the one which gets it right in hiring the best and most acceptable employees. P.C. run amok can and may likely KILL A BUSINESS!

#86 Mr smith on 11.12.15 at 8:31 pm

They are dumping millions litters of seweage water in the st-laurence river…. But the liberals approved so it’s ok.

This is the danger of the left, trendies stop being angry at issues because it is now ok coming from the left so its ok. If harper had approved it it would be crazy on facebook.

Just like everyone was so pissed at bush bombing iraq but totally ignited obama bombing 7 countries during his years. Yes 7, google it trendies!!!!

#87 bob on 11.12.15 at 8:34 pm

Excellent post today Garth.

especially about the “us” versus “them” meme.
And you are very correct too about Trudeau’s mantra.

He does that with “us” the middle class masses and “them” the wealthy. He tries to divide, he does not unite in that way. In not so many words, he basically called Doctor’s crooks because they have small business incorporation. And one of his biggest supporters? The Ontario Liberals who can unilaterally claw back your income.

Same story as neocon — just different reversed definitions of “us” vs “them”

#88 Arfmooocat on 11.12.15 at 8:36 pm

#16 Love my Kia on 11.12.15 at 7:01 pm

At least you stopped posting pics of barely clad women that used to dominate this blog not that long ago.
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All I see are pics of dogs? (no pun intended)

#89 Randy Randerson on 11.12.15 at 8:37 pm

People, young and old, male and female, need to unplug their anuses (or is it ani?) and stop being so anal-retentive.

If you find the blog offensive, you can leave. The customer is never right, only the masses of customer is. GT is selling his advices for free, and the majority of his readers agree, if you don’t, you’re more than welcome to start your own blog.

#90 Randy on 11.12.15 at 8:37 pm

Is that guy in your picture swimming in the St Lawrence River near Montreal ?

#91 Where is my tylenol on 11.12.15 at 8:38 pm

Je suis Charlie! Remember? Garth, ill remarks are by idiots you identified in your yesterday’s blog, those who bought into real estate propaganda without being able to afford it. Your time is up bitches! Time to eat the dirt is coming faster than the highway sign.

#92 Hunday Snotta Driver on 11.12.15 at 8:38 pm

#13 Broke Dick

Garth, I take great offence to the ongoing comments you permit by this poster, whose pseudonym is an obvious reference to the former Prime Minister Harper and his troubles.

Oh, wait…that was electile dysfunction…..

Never mind. Carry on.

#93 Patrick on 11.12.15 at 8:38 pm

Lets get all the ideas out in the open. That way we can mock and ridicule the dumb ones and have some fun. Otherwise, we never learn and the stupid ideas persist. The more dissent the better.

The climate change deniers, environmentalists, feminists, misogynists, liberals, dippers, neo-cons, 1%ers, millennials, boomers and whatever those other generations are that nobody cares about. I hope they all stay, this is fun. Better than the drivel on TV.

For all those who are still offended beware of leprosy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceS_jkKjIgo

#94 Frec on 11.12.15 at 8:42 pm

Garth, I think you just gave the politically correct police the middle finger

#95 Scott Cordier on 11.12.15 at 8:44 pm

Since last Friday’s U.S. 271,000 jobs gain report Canadian and U.S. bond yields have fallen about 4 to 5 basis points.

Why are bond yields not continuing to go up anymore? If the Fed is going to keep raising rates beyond the 0.25% increase over the next few months shouldn’t Canadian and U.S. bond yields keep rising.

The last time 30 year Canada bond yields were close to 4.00% was back in 2009, 6 years ago. We are at 2.39% today and we were as low as the historical low of 1.83% back in January-2015 when Greece was flaring up again and Oil prices were crashing.

#96 Randy on 11.12.15 at 8:48 pm

Garth…I’m not offended yet. Please try harder.

Is there something wrong with me ?

Looks like 20 years of training in Liberalism didn’t work for me or I wasn’t educated beyond my level of intelligence.

#97 fishman on 11.12.15 at 8:49 pm

Sounds like our illustrious host would be right at home at Confratellanza Italo-Canadese & North Burnaby Boxing Club Night of Fights tonite. Great food, but come early or your dinner might get sprayed with blood & sweat. No women, well a few ,but their boyfriends got their colours on. Packed with “old school”east siders. No PCers at the Italian Cultural Centre tonite. Just good, strong Italian wine, little Italy food, & full on boxing. Best of Times. Eat your heart out Smoking Man.

#98 rory on 11.12.15 at 8:51 pm

Hey GT, what these SJW’s aka cultural Marxist do not get is that if you do not have real freedom of speech you have nothing. Sorry – you do have something – fear.

#99 Rexx Rock on 11.12.15 at 8:51 pm

If oil breaks $30,Canada will crack and even the booming economy of Toronto and Vancouver can’t save it.Its sad we have such reckless government that will tax us more and put us in more huge debt.Time to get out of dodge before its to late.

#100 PS on 11.12.15 at 8:54 pm

Great post. Reminds me of the Yale incident from a few days ago regarding the Halloween email. Everyone must be free to voice their opinion, and offensive opinions are just as valid as the inoffensive. The alternative to free speech and free thought is a scary proposition. Written by a 34 year old who secretly wishes he was a Gen Xer but generally feels like a Millennial.

#101 nonplused on 11.12.15 at 8:55 pm

If a person can use the word “misogyny” and “heuristic” in the same sentence, even incorrectly, you need to get a restraining order and contact your local MGTOW chapter immediately for assistance. And if someone believes we have a “rape culture” in Canada anywhere besides the prisons well you should run very far away. You can’t reason with these people.

#102 Daisy Mae on 11.12.15 at 8:56 pm

#27: “My wife tells me often that I need to get in touch with my “feminine” side – I keep telling her if if I had a feminine side I’d be touching it all the time…”

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THAT is so funny! LOL Had to pass it on to my friends…

#103 Patrick on 11.12.15 at 8:59 pm

#24 Frank on 11.12.15 at 7:08 pm

I grew up in the exact same set-up. Mother, 3x sisters, no brothers, girlfriend. It’s a trap, they got ya. Sorry buddy. I bet you let them pick out your clothes too. Big mistake. That’s how we ended up with young men wearing skinny jeans. Thank god that wasn’t the style during WWI.

Product of his time? I’m 30 years younger. Maybe you’re a product of your home environment? ever think of that, huh? If I was you I would give your sisters more credit. I bet they’ll handle this site better than you think.

#104 For those about to flop... on 11.12.15 at 8:59 pm

#95 For those about to flop… on 11.11.15 at 9:49 pm
#29 Retired WI Boomer on 11.11.15 at 7:14 pm
No sunshine? No unicorns? Suck. Blow. Pick one.
Eloquent, the warning time is apparently getting short now. Investing has been a ‘meh’ thing this year. Not much return for risk.
Could rates finally get off the mat? I dunno, I am just the idiot bystander. I think the economy kind of sucks myself. I go with suck.

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You chose to skip the anal?

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Boss ,this is my post from yesterday.
To some it might be a little risqué but it was just a play on words from your post which is why I’m sure you posted it.
As I wrote when I stuck up for you about being heckled about rate increases I love the predictions and the humour , the more predictions and the longer odds of them predictions coming true the better.
Who wants to listen to a guy write ” I predict the sun will come up tomorrow ” ,not me I want edginess and no one to be safe from a joke.
This blog is different because this blog is different!

#105 MIster Obvious on 11.12.15 at 9:01 pm

I gave up reading comments and posting here several weeks ago. It was incredible the amount of extra time it freed up in my life. For today’s posing I make a single exception. Thanks Garth for reminding once again why I gave it up. Ta ta….

#106 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 9:02 pm

I’m not always at the casino, sometimes we just start up the engine and go for a ride.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-RPWhigpQg

#107 Prairieboy43 on 11.12.15 at 9:04 pm

To much governing on the throttle will kill the engine! I hope we do not achieve that.
PB43

#108 lee bow on 11.12.15 at 9:05 pm

“That’s not part of the world we’re creating behind you”

Just another moron. Who is “we” and what is it precisely that you are creating? Full of *her/him*self.

Making a problem out of nothing.

Garth could have written some major groundbreaking, truth-revealing piece. That would make everybody go “WOAAAHH GARTH”. Instead, wasted time on an amoeba.

By the way, Garth, when you were talking about them border collies yesterday, was it about he-collies, or about she-collies? A group of comrades here is sincerely concerned.

#109 Freedom First on 11.12.15 at 9:05 pm

Todays post reminds me of when I saw Warren Buffett being interviewed a few years ago. The interviewer asked him what he thought about what other people were saying. To which Warren replied, “I don’t care what anyone else thinks”.

We were all given brains to use. However, with many people it is difficult to believe this is true. Any idiot can see this. I know.

#110 benchwarmer on 11.12.15 at 9:06 pm

I don’t sleep well at night if I haven’t offended at least one person.

#111 Entrepreneur on 11.12.15 at 9:07 pm

Okay, okay, I’m sorry, okay, no I’m not. I have not been deleted yet, but you sure have to have tough skin. Pushing the submit button takes courage especially when thinking different from the others.

Comment section should try to keep to the topic (GT’s writings), keep it short and to the point, do not give gender name, lay off the swearing and any sexual comments. I suppose how one has been taught to debate issues and how to correctly master it.

I sometimes disagree with GT but find ways to work with it. I like the free speech and the chuckles that go with it; I ignore the weird, rude ones but there are more intelligent bloggers. Come here all the time!

#112 JamesA on 11.12.15 at 9:07 pm

Here is an interesting read about the topic:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/11/can-we-take-political-correctness-seriously-now.html

if that makes you sad, fear not, here is a splash of happy from reddit:

http://i.imgur.com/U407R75.gifv

maybe when humans mess up the world to an irrevocable state, the furry ones can take over and do something with the place.

#113 Prairieboy43 on 11.12.15 at 9:10 pm

Fort MacKay First Nation, doing a water test. All is good. Keep mining oil sands.

#114 BigJack on 11.12.15 at 9:14 pm

Never apologize, Garth.
Let the losers hate all they want. The only other thing they know is how to fail.

#115 the Jaguar on 11.12.15 at 9:16 pm

How could anyone think Garth was misogynist with Dorothy on the miles high pedestal she resides on? There is real anger and resentment behind that email, though. It’s tiresome the way some young people beak off endlessly about boomers taking jobs, boomers hanging on too long, etc etc. And then everywhere I go they are playing our music. I mean everywhere. Secretly (or maybe not so secretly) we all just want to get away from them. They are so incredibly boring. Don’t ever change, Garth.

#116 Mark on 11.12.15 at 9:22 pm

When will the insanity end? Wynne wants transvestites to use the men’s room, that wont work, how will we know they’re not just crossdressers?

#117 Frank on 11.12.15 at 9:25 pm

Assuming that you truly are a guy, you personify in your post the problem with modern emasculated young men

laugh.

Your subtle passive aggressive insults to Garth

Nothing I said was passive aggressive or insulting. You’re too stupid to use the phrase “passive aggressive” correctly. See, that’s an insult.

calling your GF/wife “partner” because it’s not gender specific (similar to “we’re pregnant”)

My use of ‘partner’ has nothing to do with gender roles. We’re not together so ‘wife’ is incorrect. We’ve been together a decade so ‘girlfriend’ doesn’t quite the relationship properly I find, it leans towards more casual/recent relationship. I don’t really like the word ‘spouse’ so ‘partner’ is what I got. I’d normally just say ‘Katie’ but that would be confusing in this context to strangers.

your statement that you are a middle class white male, and are therefor not offended by anything

Personally offended, it’s true. Go ahead, call me a honky I don’t care. Refer to me as a ‘typical guy’. Nope, don’t care. You can’t make a white guy feel

your belief in the cliche that there are more male programmers than female because young girls are discouraged from taking an interest in STEM subjects by society, when in fact they are simply less interested generally.

Yikes. Not the correct use of the word ‘cliche’, reign your vocabulary in.

It’s not a ‘cliche’. It’s fact. There are few women programmers because there are fewer women in computer science courses in university because there are fewer women in technical programs in high school. Yet when you talk to children the boys and girls a like show an equal interest in science and technology at a young age. There is no ‘innate’ interest per gender. This is fact.

So either girls aged 7-13 are saying “Actually I change my interests of my own free will and will pursue a line of education that results in fewer jobs, less pay and job stability because that sounds like fun”

or

There are external, subte forces that cause the 50/50 childhood split to migrate to 15/85 by college.

I think the latter is more reasonable. You can believe the former if you want, then again you’re the guy that can barely speak properly so I’m not sure if I should trust what you say.

#118 Terry on 11.12.15 at 9:26 pm

Classic….refreshing….wonderful post today garth!

“rancid comment section of the Huffington Post” LOL..

You’re absolutely right-on with this comment. I’ll go even further and add the left leaning CBC and the Toronto Star to the list.

Keep up the great articles Garth…..Onward Christian Soldier!

T.

#119 EddyAndy on 11.12.15 at 9:27 pm

Thoughtful post, Garth. Freedom of speech and accepting even the slightest of disagreeable sentiment is kryptonite to any kind of extremist (those on the left or those on the right). The notion that someone -dare- to say or propose anything other than their narrow view of the world is repugnant to them because they fail to grasp that there are many ways to interpret reality with none being objectively ‘right’.

That being said, these sorts of attitudes appear to be multiplying, from the extreme ‘left’ (media censorship at Mizzou, Yale Halloween costume controversy) to the extreme ‘right’ (county clerks refusing to provide gay marriage licenses, the ongoing abortion debate).

I can only hope that our just and august judiciary helps to maintain people’s rights and doesn’t attempt to delegate this responsibility to commissions (a la Human Rights Commission) or University administrations, both of which are quasi-judicial, but have the ability to severely sanction individuals.

I wonder how long it will take before portions of this blog will be considered ‘hate speech’? To say nothing of the comments section..

#120 DigDeep on 11.12.15 at 9:27 pm

“… newer Canada…” still has to go to work and pay taxes. Change that will not.

Infrequent visitor whom is frequently amused by stuff like this. Blog on Garth.

#121 VICTORIA TEA PARTY on 11.12.15 at 9:31 pm

FREEDOM OF SPEECH UNDER ATTACK BY THE POLITICALLY CORRECT LEGIONS OF “ELITE” LOSERS

This following scatological nonsense submitted by a reader, this day, is chilling, scarey…

“Your permissiveness around obvious misogyny has fouled this blog the last day, the last months. You seem more like someone from another planet to us, as also seem some of your old stock male readers (not all, of course) who comment so often…”

Is this horrific comment similar to the Fascistic left-leaning nonsense that is ongoing on some US university campuses?

I think so.

The reader who submitted the above comment, I quoted, must be an ageing refugee from the 1960s, a decade of a Maoist-style “Cultural Revolution” Baby Boomer-style. Mobs ruled on campuses and in the streets back then. It was a bleak time culturally and in every other way. Freedom took a big hit. I was there.

We now we have a new “all-inclusive” government in Ottawa that will include ONLY those who toe the Liberal Party line of course. Is this a return to the Trudeau 60’s?

So, all of the “suppressed” Lefties, victims of the “savage” Harper years, are lining up to give it right back to those of us who are NOT Liberals or Lefties. It’s called revenge and it’s not funny. Revenge has a nasty blow-back, called Karma.

It is indeed tragic that otherwise fairly well-to-do citizens, who have not read their 20th Century history lessons, dealing with the dangers of various “-isms”, must resort to this kind of group-think or mob rule.

You are entitled to write what you want. But you have no right to tell me how I must comport my comments in this civilization. None. You are not gods.

My message to these folks is this: There WILL be firm and solid push-back. Stick around and see for yourself.
You will get what you deserve, in that quarter.

BUT THERE’S EVEN MORE COMIN’ AT YOU ON A GLOBAL SCALE RIGHT NOW!

The other “deserve” is the fall-out from the ghastly world economic crisis.

HERE’S ONE FOR INSTANCE YOU WILL NOT HAVE HEAR ABOUT

You might want to check out the numbers of very large crude oil tankers (see Zero Hedge blog) anchored at sea around the world containing enough oil collectively to provide the whole world with one day’s supply, 30-plus million barrels, to begin to understand what’s shakin’ out there (I wonder what the salt sea water is doing to those rusting tanker hulls as some ships have been anchored for months even years in one place).

Why is so much oil NOT being purchased?

Because more is being pumped than can be sold.

And more is not being sold, because people and countries can’t afford the stuff no matter that prices have now collapsed to $41 US a barrel and is heading south some more. Won’t buy it at ANY price.

THAT is one of many signs of economic depression.

Not even the legions of government employees will be unaffected by what’s really going on: the effects of collapsing commodity prices.

Low prices over a long period, such as for copper, AND oil, denote a sick economy with no “cure” in sight.

One of the causes is debt, and another is low interest rates.

Mainly it is the failure of free markets to determine “price discovery”, the REAL value, of any goods and services sold anywhere in this world. THIS REALITY is gonna whack you but good. It’ll knock you off your perch.

Other indicators? Canada’s nutzoid real estate market which IS falling, no matter where you live, and is based on the fallacy that low interest rates will never go up! Wait for them to do exactly that.

And between your bitching and howling, about the need to abolish free speech, have you checked out food prices recently? Now THAT’S inflation. And another worrying sign that all is not well.

Study your history to gain a broader view. You really need to do this.

And, no, Mr. Obama and Mr. Trudeau will not provide y’all with unicorns, comfort food and government grants to bend things more your way. Failure will be the outcome there.

Advice to St. Garth of Hold the Fort: Keep on crankin’ it out Laddy. And I’ll keep on keeping on too!

#122 conan on 11.12.15 at 9:32 pm

Hopefully there is some resistance at TSX 13K.

#123 Frank Blood on 11.12.15 at 9:36 pm

Re:#72. Crowdedelevatorfartz- “I dreaded moments at work when I was trapped in meetings full of buzzwords like ‘synergies”, “empathy”, ‘wholistic”, ‘gender neutral”, “segway”, “empowerment”, “strawman”, …..”. Don’t forget that classic “engage”…

#124 John on 11.12.15 at 9:38 pm

Clearly folks are hysterical! Smells like a little panic or something. Pink slips picking up?

#125 SI2K on 11.12.15 at 9:39 pm

I think the timbre of these comments is a blight on an otherwise excellent personal finance blog. But I also did grad school with a leading feminist (now at McGill) and taught on this topic for many years. Frank pretty much nailed it. I’m here for the financial wisdom, but I don’t comment much, and the back room boys atmosphere is the reason. Leave the cheesy free speech defense to Ann Coulter. Elevating the conversation without losing your personal voice is entirely possible.

There’s a line in the sand between funny and offensive. You, being trained as a journalist, step over it with some savvy most of the time, but your commenters rarely know where it is. It has surprised me, also, on a number of occasions that you nip racist comments directly in the bud but give a pass to vast quantities of hillbilly misogyny. Either take editorial control over inappropriate stereotyping or don’t. Halfway shows bias.

No one’s perfect, but you may want to examine this more closely if there’s a critical mass of concern. It could sink your more worthwhile message. My professional opinion having sat in front of feminist firing squads (academic panels) for a living, on purpose, to elevate the conversation and improve the lives of women. I am also Gen X, but my boomer sisters and silent gen mother would likely say the same.

#126 Beaver on 11.12.15 at 9:39 pm

You are right. There are always those who drink the Koolaid. This post indicates to me that you, Garth, drank the conservative koolaid (if we can call it conservative- what would Burke (a TRUE conservative) think of what Harper did to the Senate, the Courts etc.). Get a grip. Go back to talking about financial issues. You utterly suck when it comes to social policy. And let’s face it, JT doesn’t. As much as you wish he did. He understands that YOUTH should be a priority. As well as young families. Now what would an old wrinkly think of that. But wait, it’s not about generational change, right?

#127 Patrick on 11.12.15 at 9:41 pm

#114 the Jaguar on 11.12.15 at 9:16 pm

And then everywhere I go they are playing our music.
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How could you possibly know that? We all have headphones and iPods on. lol. Boomers: They think stereos are still a thing. If more than 1 person can hear it, it’s being played by somebody over 40. Guaranteed.

Forget pensions and health care funding. I’m more concerned about all the old people that are going to be driving 30km/h everywhere. I saw this one old lady do a 15-point turn at Timmies today. This is gonna be a productivity disaster.

#128 tri state pat on 11.12.15 at 9:41 pm

#16 Love my Kia on 11.12.15 at 7:01 pm

At least you stopped posting pics of barely clad women that used to dominate this blog not that long ago.

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I like the barely clad women…

So there.

#129 Ontario's Left Coast on 11.12.15 at 9:45 pm

Okay, this group hug has been quite touching but now I’m becoming more than a little nauseated. Now, WTF is happening with the TSX over the last few weeks? It’s through the floor. Commodities and the Canbuck, I know…

So glad my advisor recommended shoving so much into U.S. equities when we were at par. The ride down has saved my bacon.

#130 Rational Optimist on 11.12.15 at 9:46 pm

The Grit pledge to set aside half of cabinet seats to women (without first waiting to see which candidates of either gender were elected) was asinine. Not because equality is a bad goal- given a large enough pool, you can find an equal number of competent men and women for just about any role- but because their candidate selection meant that a half-and-half split was illogical.

Less than a third of Grit candidates (31%) were female. Why was that? Any given riding is going to have at least one committed female Liberal with the brains and drive to represent her constituency, but only a third of ridings found one. What’s more, the women the Liberal Party chose as candidates were more likely to be chosen in ridings where they were cannon fodder, and only 27% of their caucus is actually female.

Sooo…the Grits took decisions that led to a situation in which only a quarter of their eligible pool were female, but had promised that half of their choices would be.

But, anyway, “it’s 2015.” So obviously the cabinet should be half female. And I guess no big deal that only a quarter of our representatives are.

#131 bigtowne on 11.12.15 at 9:51 pm

Canada is a swamp of mediocre winers profuse with milinieals. Mediocre does not sell ..that is why we are in the dust bin. Being gentle and goody 2 shoes might work for butt sucking civil servants but try to sell it offshore. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

#132 AB Boxster on 11.12.15 at 9:52 pm

Just as the recent Conservative government groupthink was dangerous so is the current liberal government mindset.
There are radicals on the end of every spectrum.
Unfortunately the liberals are trying to legitimize one side.

No debate on abortion?
Because it’s been decided?
Hardly.

Misgynist to want the best candidate? (male or female)
Because the liberals have decided?
Hardly.

The vast majority of people in Canada fit in the middle of most issues.
The universities, once institutions of free speach and debate, seek to engineer society to their ends.
As a ‘priveledged white male’ I choose to no longer donate to these bastions of PC nonsense.

Because it’s 2015, my ass.

#133 MF on 11.12.15 at 9:52 pm

Best blog out there by far. We should be grateful Garth takes the time to write it for us. I know I am.

The comments section is always interesting. I think Garth’s level of moderation is perfect. Actually, we are lucky he moderates at all.

I’ve learned some great things in the comments section from seasoned veteran investors (HD, Retired Boomer) and had great discussions with lots of other posters.

This blog is the place to be.

Thanks again Garth,

MF
(former moist millennial)

#134 Dave on 11.12.15 at 9:54 pm

“THis blog is not about censorship…” –except when we make a comment that you don’t agree with, such as you calling for a crash in real estate for over five years that has not happened…

I have not called for a crash, but a correction – now taking place in a majority of markets. — Garth

#135 Gregor Samsa on 11.12.15 at 9:55 pm

#116 Frank on 11.12.15 at 9:25 pm
>Yet when you talk to children the boys and girls a like show an equal interest in science and technology at a young age. There is no ‘innate’ interest per gender. This is fact.

Complete and utter bullshit. Men and women are not identical. Millions of years of evolution have created biological based behavioural differences between the sexes. This is a scientific fact.

Garth’s own poll showed that few women visit this site. Other financial and political sites I visit seem to get virtually no women at all. I suppose these PC feminists would get their pointing finger revved up and start accusing Garth of sexism, creating an inhospitable environment, denying equal opportunity, etc?

When the reality is simply this: most women are just not interested (sorry Garth). You know what women read? Facebook. When I catch a woman surfing the net at work, it’s almost always facebook. You know how many times a day I look at facebook at work? Zero.

And you can trace this all back to the innate differences between men and women. Men are more concerned with financial issues because they are the modern day expressions of hunting and protecting the tribe instincts. Women are showing their innate community building and nurturing instincts through their preferences.

That’s not to say these traits are universal. Of course some women like finance and math and programming. But most don’t. That’s not because of any conspiracy of oppression, it’s just how things are.

I’ve met women who were tricked by social engineers like Frank into technical engineering roles. These have been some of the unhappiest women I’ve ever known in my life… they were certainly competent, just unhappy.

#136 Lana on 11.12.15 at 9:58 pm

Someone said… “It’s a failure of boomers, with their inflated egos that spawned this narcissistic generation.” I laughed at that generalization, as I laughed at Garth’s blog today. Garth is hilarious…the more so because he is sometimes politically incorrect (according to whom?). I’m a liberal, wrinkly boomer female, and I’ve never been offended by anything Garth writes.

People generalize on here…so does Garth….about females, liberals, old people, but when Garth does it, it cracks me up. He reminds me of Bill Maher. When it is said with nastiness or narrow-mindedness, I figure the writer is just a jerk, and I move on.

I’ve received great advice on here, and there is never a dull moment. If people don’t like what you say, Garth, then they can bugger off.

#137 vulcan without ears on 11.12.15 at 9:58 pm

2015 begins to smell more like the 1984 of George Orwell

#138 Ralph Cramdown on 11.12.15 at 9:59 pm

The problem with this blog lately (IMHO) isn’t so much the obiter dicta as the economics claptrap spouted by all and sundry. I’ve never taken an econ course and it’s taken me about 2 1/2 decades of reading in my spare time to get to my current level of understanding. I’ve made a lot of progress since 2008 because economic conditions have changed so rapidly all over, which made it easier to separate the professors &c whose theories were wrong from the useful ones.

Read books, people! Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. David Ricardo on trade. Marx’s Capital and Keynes’s General Theory (maybe summaries, these are tough slogs). Hyman Minsky. “Adam Smith” (pseudonym) The Money Game. Steve Keen’s Debunking Economics.

If you can get through that you’ll have a general idea about how the economy works, and I guarantee that you’ll be astounded by the ignorant claptrap spouted by all manner of politicians, economists, businessmen, investors and money managers, and media outlets.

The internet has a lot of economic gold but, as Theodore Sturgeon reminds us, that’s only 10% of the total. Surf carefully. Scrupulously avoid anyone who’s been pessimistic or bearish more or less continuously for a few years or longer, unless you’re reading them critically to test your generally optimistic thesis.

Don’t confuse investing with economics. If you aren’t a macroeconomics whiz, diversify and rebalance. If you aren’t an annual report reader and accounting junkie, use technical analysis. If you aren’t prepared to spend a lot of time investing, pick a method which doesn’t take a lot of time.

Spend more time reading quality stuff than silly blog comments.

#139 Renter's Revenge! on 11.12.15 at 9:59 pm

YAAAAAWN!!!

When do we go back to talking about investing?

#140 Drill Baby Drill on 11.12.15 at 10:01 pm

To all and any female person who maybe offended by what has been to date pretty innocuous comments relating to sexism on this blog “Please grow a Pair”.

#141 DAN on 11.12.15 at 10:01 pm

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#142 Helen on 11.12.15 at 10:01 pm

#Girls4Garth
#TurnersTarts
#WealthyWomen
#FinancialFreedomForFillies

#LightenUp

#143 Habs76-79 on 11.12.15 at 10:02 pm

Imagine if the Canadian Army had a mandate that half of all combat troops had to be female? Imagine how small of a combat force Canada would then have? Simply this a much smaller percentage of Canadian Forces members are female, and a much smaller percentage of that would be in a combat role.

I’m guessing that the male/female demographic of the Armed Forces would be what 80% male 20% female at best? Why? Because it’s only natural that most females DO NOT want a military career let alone a combat role. Same goes with my earlier post in beauty/glamour and hair styling. I’m pretty sure that 80+% of employees are females. So gender equality in the work place must not be a simple 50-50, but based on if doing so on the demographic totals of the collective employee pool.

#144 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 11.12.15 at 10:02 pm

My father always said “if you don’t like the heat get out of the kitchen” still rings true today.

#145 joblo on 11.12.15 at 10:07 pm

“from moist Millennials to thirsty-underwear-wearing wrinklies, to testo cowboys and house-horny brides.”

Easy Tiger…..you talkin bout my fam and friends now?

#4 Imalwaysright

Calgary is the NEW Detroit!

#146 Estrella on 11.12.15 at 10:08 pm

I’m not sure who the “us” is in this letter. The writer apparently has delusions of grandeur if she believes that because the liberals have ascended, they will change the world.

Number one thing about gender bias is that women are their own worse enemies. Ladies, its not the man boss you have to be worried about. Its the other female in the cubicle next to you.

Obliviously the writer of this letter probably has not had enough “experience” to figure this out.

Good luck, lets talk in 2017 and access how well the new generation of governors are doing.

#147 Paul on 11.12.15 at 10:08 pm

#130 Rational Optimist on 11.12.15 at 9:46 pm

The Grit pledge to set aside half of cabinet seats to women (without first waiting to see which candidates of either gender were elected) was asinine. Not because equality is a bad goal- given a large enough pool, you can find an equal number of competent men and women for just about any role- but because their candidate selection meant that a half-and-half split was illogical.

Less than a third of Grit candidates (31%) were female. Why was that? Any given riding is going to have at least one committed female Liberal with the brains and drive to represent her constituency, but only a third of ridings found one. What’s more, the women the Liberal Party chose as candidates were more likely to be chosen in ridings where they were cannon fodder, and only 27% of their caucus is actually female.

Sooo…the Grits took decisions that led to a situation in which only a quarter of their eligible pool were female, but had promised that half of their choices would be.

But, anyway, “it’s 2015.” So obviously the cabinet should be half female. And I guess no big deal that only a quarter of our representatives are.
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Everyone gets a trophy

#148 MF on 11.12.15 at 10:09 pm

#129 Ontario’s Left Coast on 11.12.15 at 9:45 pm

Lol it’s because we are so numb we don’t even notice anymore.

Potential fed raise = commodities tumble = tsx has lots of commodity related stocks = tsx tumbles too.

Since April I’ve been down 80% of the time, up or even only about 20%. Meh I’m getting used to it.

MF

#149 pathcontrolmonk on 11.12.15 at 10:14 pm

You mean all these years I could have been using profanity and making fun of Baird’s sexual proclivities?

#150 Marlene from Victoria on 11.12.15 at 10:15 pm

#125 SI2K

It has surprised me, also, on a number of occasions that you nip racist comments directly in the bud but give a pass to vast quantities of hillbilly misogyny. Either take editorial control over inappropriate stereotyping or don’t. Halfway shows bias.
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That nailed it exactly.

Garth, you do show a clear permissive bias to allow misogynistic comments, while claiming to crack down on other forms of hate speech or otherwise offensive comments.

That is the definition of bias. Own it, or change it.

But if decide as you seem to, to own it, why, is the puzzle?

You’re a good fellow Garth, but you know well your approach would make you a disastrous loser in any court case or human rights tribunal, in any political battle, in any serious public forum. (I have a wee bit of legal training in such things, hoping to be ‘Washed Up’ myself in a few years and retired on the beach, and know very well what our laws say on such things. If you were an employer acting this way towards female employees, you would be swiftly defeated in court and likely bankrupted by successful civil actions)

Our Charter of Rights says that there are prohibited grounds of discrimination for governments, something that serves as a guide for all forms of lower courts and laws. If you want to be a champion of totally free speech, go ahead and allow everything. But to righteously ban some forms of ugly and discriminatory comments, but not others, while proclaiming your virtue as a free speech moderator…..

Sorry, that just doesn’t wash.

Why you would choose to ally yourself with what are frankly some Jurassic attitudes of some on here is a mystery that just makes me a little sad for you.

Why limit yourself this way? Why risk what you have created?

#151 Bob on 11.12.15 at 10:16 pm

This is fun…

Replace all vowels in words you type with ub.

DELETE THIS!
DUBLUBTUB THUBS!

“Our Generations just took over.”

“Ububr Gubbubrubtububns jubst tububk ubvubr.”

JSS!

#152 ben on 11.12.15 at 10:16 pm

Hey Garth, here are your latest dispatches from the future. By which I mean the UK.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11992413/Older-borrowers-may-be-offered-mortgages-into-their-80s-and-90s.html

“Older people could be offered mortgages that last into their 80s and 90s in a move that would enable them to help children and grandchildren on to the property ladder.”

They need greater fools Garth.

#153 lfy on 11.12.15 at 10:23 pm

Great post Garth.

But please, stop blaming bandit for future falls on the street when you get visits with offers you cannot refuse. :)

#154 tundra pete on 11.12.15 at 10:24 pm

Wow. Cry me a godamn river you pantywaste, gender confused, morally and common sense illiterate, rainbow bus riding, still stuck to the breast, femachismo, inadequacy of skin and oxygen. What a friggin joke. Some baby is always crying about hurt feelings these days. We truly should be back to the schoolyard bully days where whimps got their asses beat. There was no whining in those days. Jesus Christ!!

Thanks Garth. Have a great day everyone!

#155 wendi1 on 11.12.15 at 10:25 pm

The reason you need more women, proportionally, in the cabinet is that voters sometimes fail to vote for a woman MP because they think she will lack influence in a place that still doesn’t have enough places for women to pee.

#156 Old Stock Male Reader on 11.12.15 at 10:27 pm

Thanks for the shout out!

#157 For those about to flop... on 11.12.15 at 10:28 pm

#138 Ralph Cramdown on 11.12.15 at 9:59 pm
Spend more time reading quality stuff than silly blog comments.

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Ralphie ,you might find this hard to believe but I learn just as much about investing from the comments as I do from Garth.
When people say ” should I load up on Bombardier”
while some people laughed I just thought that’s not the sort of investing I’m interested in and so I learnt something about my risk tolerance and seen what other people’s thoughts were at the same time.

#158 lfy on 11.12.15 at 10:29 pm

I remember the past living for some time in a place where the government was that “correct” that you do not have the right to think otherwise, in a democracy so perfect that you do not elect the president, no matter how the coin is flipped the statistical records were broken producing 100% of time the same side.

The government was that big that you had a few people spying every single neighborhood.

I just hope Canada does not become like that place in terms of intolerance.

#159 Mark on 11.12.15 at 10:29 pm

“Potential fed raise = commodities tumble = tsx has lots of commodity related stocks = tsx tumbles too. “

Historically commodities have done very well in an environment of rising interest rates. Not the opposite. Why? Hurdle rates for new investment in the commodities-producing sectors are increased (minimum IRR). Speculators suffer lower opportunity costs by committing their capital to margin payments to speculate in commodities. And in a rising rate environment, theoretically, commodities are in increasing demand as the economy is likely to be vigorous and growing. Commodities also have inflation hedging properties as well.

The environment to fear is the one we have today where growth has fallen off a cliff, most world economies are in recession if not depression, and policy interest rates are likely to fall including in the US (the completely nonsensical narrative concocted by the media at the moment notwithstanding).

The TSX typically has behaved much better in the rising rate environment and the falling rate environment. The fact that the TSX is performing so poorly at the moment portends future rate cuts, not hikes. But the TSX carnage has most likely significantly run its course as most of the stocks in the commodities sectors are trading at their 2009 lows, adjusted for inflation and retained earnings.

#160 VICTORIA on 11.12.15 at 10:31 pm

Well said Garth….

#161 Habs76-79 on 11.12.15 at 10:32 pm

#146 Estrella,

YOU SAID IT!

In all my years of employment in various jobs/occupations. I found that often in an environment with multiple females working to see, acrimony, hostility, junk gossip and outright detest at times among the women and between in any and all positions. Men, well we may not always like some of the other guys and even give em a piece of our mind at times but often when it comes to WORK , while at work we put it behind us.

So yes, ladies in some work places especially male dominated ones you may see, hear or read some vulgarity from the guys but we do not really go out of our way to beat you down and or belittle you, and not as much as some of your female contemporaries may with you and each other.

A lot of women from what I have seen/learned in my life who were or are in power positions suffer from a female form of Napoleon, small man syndrome. They feel they have to over compensate and often in the wrong ways to try and prove something rather than just trying do a good job.

#162 BG on 11.12.15 at 10:35 pm

Well what you say Garth, sounds reasonable.

I really laughed at that quote: “our generations will make you irrelevant and forgotten sooner than you might think possible”.
It’s quite a ridiculous statement, or threat.

#163 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 10:36 pm

#150 Marlene from Victoria on 11.12.15 at 10:15 pm
#125 SI2K

It has surprised me, also, on a number of occasions that you nip racist comments directly in the bud but give a pass to vast quantities of hillbilly misogyny. Either take editorial control over inappropriate stereotyping or don’t. Halfway shows bias.
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That nailed it exactly.

Garth, you do show a clear permissive bias to allow misogynistic comments, while claiming to crack down on other forms of hate speech or otherwise offensive comments.

That is the definition of bias. Own it, or change it.

But if decide as you seem to, to own it, why, is the puzzle?

You’re a good fellow Garth, but you know well your approach would make you a disastrous loser in any court case or human rights tribunal, in any political battle, in any serious public forum. (I have a wee bit of legal training in such things, hoping to be ‘Washed Up’ myself in a few years and retired on the beach, and know very well what our laws say on such things. If you were an employer acting this way towards female employees, you would be swiftly defeated in court and likely bankrupted by successful civil actions)

Our Charter of Rights says that there are prohibited grounds of discrimination for governments, something that serves as a guide for all forms of lower courts and laws. If you want to be a champion of totally free speech, go ahead and allow everything. But to righteously ban some forms of ugly and discriminatory comments, but not others, while proclaiming your virtue as a free speech moderator…..

Sorry, that just doesn’t wash.

Why you would choose to ally yourself with what are frankly some Jurassic attitudes of some on here is a mystery that just makes me a little sad for you.

Why limit yourself this way? Why risk what you have created?

…….

Typical Libronazi.

Why don’t you go directly after the perpetrator of these dispicable comments.

Debate the hillbilly… give to him hard baby….

Why not?

Because you can’t, your programmed in appropriate behaviour. Only thing you know to do is cry to the teacher..

You’re like fish out of water….Flapping on the cement in the hot sun..

The only time you’ll open your mouth to take on an asshole like me is when you got the mob backing you…

So go get em.

I’m here….

But then, that would be beneath you special person you..

#164 45north on 11.12.15 at 10:38 pm

The kid, for example, says no MP can be pro-life. He says elected females must be granted a greater proportional share of influence. He says the highest-taxed should be taxed more, government should grow larger and citizens denied the ability to save more.

The Truth about tax cuts:

What might surprise many middle-income voters, though, is how the $3 billion in tax savings will be distributed.

The roughly 1.6 million families making about $48,000 to $62,000 will see their tax bills trimmed by, on average, just $51, while those making $62,000 to $78,000 will save $117. The tax savings rise steadily with family income, to $521 on average for families in the $124,000 to $166,000 range, and $813 for those making $166,000 to $211,000.

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/the-truth-about-justin-trudeaus-tax-cuts/

Je suis très surpris.

#165 NJS on 11.12.15 at 10:41 pm

Social justice warriors can eat my shorts!

#166 lawboy on 11.12.15 at 10:43 pm

Yawn. We get it. Trudeau isn’t an old guy, so it seems old guys have to knock him. BOOOOOR-ING. (get it?)

It’s going to be a long eight years for you guys if you don’t change your attitude.

#167 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.12.15 at 10:47 pm

@#123 Frank Blood
“Don’t forget that classic “engage”…
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Ahhh yes. “buy in” and ‘teamwork” and “teamplayer”
all of which really meant it doesnt matter if the new idea/direction is mindlessly stupid and poorly thought out…….
“Do this without questioning, comment, or critcism” Or “Do as I say, not as I do.”

So much for ” upside down pyramid information flow”

Ugh.

#168 Chris in Langley on 11.12.15 at 10:47 pm

Nothing screams insecure like that e-mail you referenced Garth. I have been coming to this site for 6 years if I’m not mistaken, and not for the political correctness that this naive woman craves, but to face head on the fear and greed that I’ve been conditioned to believe in.

My wife and I have thought deeply about the ideas that were planted in our brains by our families regarding money, wealth, houses, etc. I don’t come hear to be coddled because when it comes to tough subjects like money, it rarely works, because there is too much emotion attached to it.

As a result of this blog and the great work Garth is doing, my family of 5 is moving to the other side of the country, 6000 km away, in order to get out of the insanity that is the wet coast-financial enslavement plan.

I do not want to be pandered to because of my conservative Christian views because that’s not what is best for me and my family. What’s best is an open and frank discussion about money, housing and investing of one’s time and resources.

This lady wants to be pandered to because she isn’t clear on what she wants and why she’s coming to the blog. If she were to focus on her own back yard and stop wanting people to feel sorry for her because she’s female, young, insecure, controlling (pick one), she’s likely to gain a lot of insight from the thought provoking ideas this blogs brings forth.

#169 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 10:52 pm

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#170 Tony Warren on 11.12.15 at 10:54 pm

When we decided that “hate speech” was not to be tolerated we lost the argument for free speech entirely.

All speech short of incitement to violence and riot should be allowed anywhere and anytime.

Being aware of sexist or racist words is important, but it really is just about good manners. One should not try to cause others hurt, but hurt feelings are a lot better than the current fascist idea that one must be protected at all cost from ideas that might somehow offend someone.

#171 Washed Up Lawyer on 11.12.15 at 10:56 pm

At five foot and seven inches and 140 pounds, all of my aggression is micro. Nifty in the faceoff circle though.

#172 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 10:56 pm

#166 lawboy on 11.12.15 at 10:43 pm
Yawn. We get it. Trudeau isn’t an old guy, so it seems old guys have to knock him. BOOOOOR-ING. (get it?)

It’s going to be a long eight years for you guys if you don’t change your attitude.
……

Come cut my grass, after four years of Wynne and Jastina, carbon tax, toll roads, billions missing.

Your 8 year call is 4 years short.

#173 Granite_counters on 11.12.15 at 10:58 pm

Nice post Garth.

Free speech is actually dying because people who get offended stop listening all together.

And what ever happened to sticks and stones…

Keep up the good fight

#174 Bottoms_Up on 11.12.15 at 10:58 pm

If a woman was called gender-challenged, would that be a slight against men? Don’t think so. Thus, Garth’s comment on the new FM was not a slight against women.

And for this commenter to say it was, and then attempt to create a generational divide, is hypocritical at best and idiotic at worst. Try harder.

#175 common sense on 11.12.15 at 10:58 pm

Smoking Man.

Stop spilling corectly…I kant take it.

#176 Trev on 11.12.15 at 10:58 pm

I’m not usually one to comment, but sometimes I wish I could post pictures here … But there’s one with some very fitting text

“(Jane/John) is on the Internet. (S)He sees something that offends her/him but (s)he ignores it and moves on with her/his life. Good job, (Jane/John)”

#177 the Stealth M.C. on 11.12.15 at 10:59 pm

Bravo, Garth! I am a Chinese-Canadian male who holds a range of opinions on politics and finance, mostly liberal, some conservative. Due to voicing a few opinions which may be considered slightly right-of-centre on social issues, I have been called on multiple occasions “sexist”, “colonized”, and “white-supremacist” by groupthinkers on the far left. It’s appalling, and caused me to vow never to discuss identity politics or social issues online again. Keep fighting the good fight!

#178 Retired WI Boomer on 11.12.15 at 11:00 pm

#104 For Those Who Are About to Flop

Sorry, missed your reply to mine.

The economy (so called) is sucking on air! Oh, and DEBT, and it doesn’t look to ME as if an interest rate hike is really in the cards…rate hikes on utilities, medical care, insurance, and food will be in the cards. Your pay -forget that-NOT in the cards.

Therefore, I say the economy sucks! Oh, it will get better, someday, maybe. To get there, however, we need to raise interest rates, and do it soon. We never flushed the failed chumps from the 2008 meltdown, they still linger.
The flush will be bigger, more agonized, and longer.
(Payback for meddling) you will understand.
After which oil, metals, and the rest of the bewildered, dazed, and confused might start to understand “economics” DEBT and SAVINGS & INVESTING.

In the interim, just cover your behind.

#179 Snowboid on 11.12.15 at 11:00 pm

#13 Broke Dick on 11.12.15 at 6:59 pm…

Wow, those ‘frankenumbers’ look really good – obviously a great time to buy in Victoria.

Likely more telling is how well real estate has done in the last five years. Here are VREBs’ own statistics:

SFH Peak in 2010 Average – $711,392
Condo Peak in 2010 Average – $344,020

SFH October 2015 Average – $647,525
Condo October 2015 Average – $335,369

Just keeping the price level with inflation, SFHs should be $774,000 and Condos $374,000 – instead it appears to be a depreciating asset!

It could be awhile before prices get back to 2010 levels.

Like I said before, we waited until early spring 2011 to sell our mini-McMansion near the inner harbour – if we had sold earlier in 2010 we would realized at least another $ 50,000!

VREU – keep it up, your posts are great.

#180 MF on 11.12.15 at 11:00 pm

#166 lawboy on 11.12.15 at 10:43 pm

I’m a millennial and I can’t stand him or his policies.

None of my friends voted for him either. Male and female.

We live in the GTA.

See you in 4 years at the polls.

MF

#181 Bravely Anonymous on 11.12.15 at 11:02 pm

Well said, the younger generations did not “take over”. Enough voters simply got pissed off at the way that Harper had been running his “crew” and OUR country. The ‘kid’, who is currently the same age as JFK was (approx), has been in and around government for plenty of time. Yes, we will end up with a larger deficit, but, hopefully we will get a more energized country/society.

#182 VB on 11.12.15 at 11:04 pm

Love the blog, its awesome and not politically correct thankfully but still sensitive and fun. Giddy up!!

#183 LGBTQQIP2SAA on 11.12.15 at 11:05 pm

Every single one of us is deeply offended by the existence of this blog, and that is the only thing we have in common with Harpo.

#184 LGBTQQIP2SAA on 11.12.15 at 11:07 pm

#169 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 10:52 pm

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Yeah baby – we luv ya.

#185 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 11:07 pm

#180 MF on 11.12.15 at 11:00 pm
#166 lawboy on 11.12.15 at 10:43 pm

I’m a millennial and I can’t stand him or his policies.

None of my friends voted for him either. Male and female.

We live in the GTA.

See you in 4 years at the polls.

MF
…..

Took a while, but I’m starting to like you..
You have brain…

#186 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 11:09 pm

#175 common sense on 11.12.15 at 10:58 pm
Smoking Man.

Stop spilling corectly…I kant take it.
….

Happens everytime I get pissed.

#187 Mr Buyer on 11.12.15 at 11:15 pm

This woman is amazing … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw12EEamFBc

#188 BG on 11.12.15 at 11:17 pm

I really dislike feminism in modern western societies.

It might have been a cause worth fighting for at some point, but now they remind me of a band of old bored soldiers after the war, craving for more battles and starting shooting at civilians for fun.
You won a long time ago. Drop down the gun now.

Some female feminists seem to confuse being equal with men in rights VS being equal to men period.

Women and men are not equal and will never be.
We are wired differently and think differently.

#189 Big Dipper on 11.12.15 at 11:17 pm

And here is the progressive version of group think as re-written from this blog:

“The fossil, for example, says no MP can be pro-choice. He says elected females must never be granted an equal share of influence. He says the lowest-taxed should be taxed more, government should forever shrink and citizens denied guaranteed old age government pensions. Not everybody agrees with that. But it’s the meme. To object makes you a lefty or a commie.”

#190 pretentioushipsterbicycle on 11.12.15 at 11:21 pm

Here here Garf well said!

Have you seen the CBC comment section recently? Polulated by sycophantic PC groupthinkers!

#191 Sydneysider on 11.12.15 at 11:23 pm

Canadians are a very sensitive people, and that is at the heart of the offence that some people feel. Australians say what is on their mind, and can be offensive even when they don’t mean to be. For example, “Jap pumpkins” are going cheap at the local supermarket this week. The important thing is to look beyond the mode of expression and understand the intention.

#192 M on 11.12.15 at 11:29 pm

Gartho baby,.. can we have less dogs more bikini please ?
Regarding the post : IT’S BEAUTIFUL !!!!!
As the misogynist in chief I would loudly scream: babes-> kitchen and children, but I would be so outdated. Most of today’s babes are
useless in the kitchen and regarding kiddos,… we’re goin’ extinct :)
The social model of today’s babes is tofu, yoga, gym and anti-depressants. Maybe a shrink or two. And a career . And no sense of humor.
..now I’ll dig a hole in the ground and take cover … :)

#193 Yep on 11.12.15 at 11:30 pm

Smartalox and the rest of you smug, annoying, priggish Gen Xer’s:

Get a fricking sense of humour. You are embarrassing yourselves with your holier-than-thou spoutings, which are utter nonsense. Your total inability to see satire, to take anything with a grain of salt, to see other points of view, fills me with fear for the future and I apologie for you — I’m a GenXer too; I think we have much to learn even yet, and if you were in this room I would kick your asses.

#194 Emmeline Atwood Wollstonecraft on 11.12.15 at 11:30 pm

While I like Garth’s posts and his financial advice, and read the blog every day, I must admit to being even more entertained by the posters.

For instance, read #135 Gregor Samsa – while a small number of women may have responded to Garth’s poll, that does not necessarily mean that women do not read the blog. Reminder – correlation does not imply causation. I am not surprised at this, as Gregor is obviously good at wild extrapolation. How else to explain his assertion that women are not biologically evolved enough to have careers in technical fields (they get sad if they try), and that all they are capable of is surfing Facebook all day? Maybe the women who read here are too busy working, keeping house, looking after kids, volunteering, running businesses, and taking care of elderly parents to be regular posters. And maybe, just maybe, women reading the blog get a little offended by the stereotyping, and don’t post as a result?

And #132 AB Boxster – the abortion issue has been decided. A woman decides with the advice of her health care provider. If you truly believe in the autonomy of the individual, and his/her right to make his/her own decisions, this is what happens. Otherwise is is not “groupthink” to take over the rights of others to make their own decisions? You can’t have it both ways, depending on what you personally want everyone else to do, to think, or how to behave.

If the comments on this blog were the only source of information on women that a newly arrived alien being read on the intertubes, he/she/it would think that all women are stupid, greedy, house-horny gold diggers, not capable of using a computer for much more that Facebook and salivating over MLS listings, with no life outside of entrapping some poor besotted man before their bodies deteriorate into middle-aged undesirability. Because freedom and independent thought is apparently only a biological attribute of the middle-aged men among us.

Maybe some of you guys need to open your own minds a bit and get out of the 1950s and into the new millennium, and start spending time with a new group of people. You can believe what you want, of course, but you might want to reflect a little on how you are limiting your life with these beliefs. There are plenty of us awesome, techie, articulate, financially literate, self-sufficient women out here, but the people we want to hang out with need to equally interesting, open minded and open hearted, willing to discard the forty year old stereotypes and learn a new approach. I would much rather spend time with my bright, funny, hard-working millennial kids and their friends than with most of you guys from what I read in your posts.

I’ll keep reading for the financial information, which is gold. But I must say I really wonder at times what it will take for the middle aged Canadian Male to get off his Lazy-Boy recliner, turn off the tv, and wander into the 21st century. (There’s your stereotype, boys – have at ‘er!)

#195 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 11:30 pm

DELETED.

#196 Gen X Confessions on 11.12.15 at 11:31 pm

#24 Frank on 11.12.15 at 7:08 pm
“With that said, yeah you are a little sexist.

It’s a shame because I don’t think you consciously think differently of women, I think you’re just a product of your time. Things like assigning gender roles in the little stories you tell. ”

#125 SI2K on 11.12.15 at 9:39 pm

There’s a line in the sand between funny and offensive. You, being trained as a journalist, step over it with some savvy most of the time, but your commenters rarely know where it is. It has surprised me, also, on a number of occasions that you nip racist comments directly in the bud but give a pass to vast quantities of hillbilly misogyny. Either take editorial control over inappropriate stereotyping or don’t. Halfway shows bias.”

———————————————
You guys nailed it – thank-you. I’m not sure I can add more to your eloquent responses.

If this is a personal finance blog with a bit of dogs and politics on the side, then I’m in. If this is an old boy’s club blog, then I’m out.

#27: “My wife tells me often that I need to get in touch”
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I thought that was actually quite funny. I’m not asking for this blog to be p.c. and boring.

#197 Bcweatherman on 11.12.15 at 11:32 pm

Great post Garth. It’s ironic that some of the most dogmatic intolerant opinions/thoughts I’ve heard have come from people who consider themselves “liberal” and broad minded, when their liberal dogmas are challenged. I’ve read, and it seems true, that if someone tells you they’re broad minded, you can be sure you’re looking at a very narrow minded person.

#198 Timmy on 11.12.15 at 11:35 pm

Canada is a home for illicit real estate and corrupt cash
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/canada+friendly+home+illicit+cash+corrupt+real+estate+buys/11512836/story.html?__lsa=9f26-916e

While Transparency International doesn’t single out any Canadian cities, the Berlin-based corruption watchdog makes clear that lax standards in Canada and other countries — China and the U.S. also rank in the basement with Canada in TI’s assesment — open the door to billions in “hot” money pouring into major cities like Vancouver, according to TI’s Canadian spokesman.

#199 Fuzzy Camel on 11.12.15 at 11:36 pm

Well today was an eye opener, I am a building inspector.

I go into a house to see this women balling her eyes out. Seems the couple miscalculated much the total amount of the house was going to be at closing, and were $50k short, and the bank said they were maxed out and refused to up the mortgage to cover the shortfall.

I asked how often is the happening? About 35% of the houses this builder is trying to close. Think people are a bit maxed out? Yup!

These women are house horny, and their wimpy husbands won’t dare stand up to their wives house lust, they just allow the dumby to drag them both into certain bankruptcy.

Get this, the builders cost to build a subdivision house is $100/sqft. This house was 3000sqft. Total cost to builder was $300k. These silly people paid $600k+. The builder is not backing down, and with a fine of several hundred dollars a day for holding up closing, this couple is screwed.

#200 Valleyboy on 11.12.15 at 11:38 pm

Well said Garth.
Keep up on the good work.

#201 NotAGreaterFool on 11.12.15 at 11:48 pm

boring post. zzz…zzz….

I come here every day and have been doing so for 5 years. It is a refreshing view and ‘free’ opportunity to learn.

To those that complain about bashers or critique Garth, change the channel.

This is ‘free’ insight!

Garth – you wasted a bullet tonight. Does this means you will double up tomorrow with some juicy stuff? :)

#202 common sense on 11.12.15 at 11:48 pm

#184 Smoking man

Funny when I was young I never stuttered when I was pissed off and everyone knew to watch out.

Git bac two what ewe due beast.

#203 Zenmeisters on 11.12.15 at 11:49 pm

Garth

You should have gone all in Zen and tried a blank column, sans aucun mot….it would have been an interesting social experiment to see the comments section!

#204 Zenmeisters on 11.12.15 at 11:52 pm

#17 Panhead on 11.12.15 at 7:01 pm
This must be the awaited “ponies and sunshine” post …

No that post was deemed to be offensive to animals and solar astrologers…..

#205 Entrepreneur on 11.12.15 at 11:54 pm

Maybe it is my old age or maybe lived in the seventies but I like the “group hug” comment from above blogger. Come on everyone, hug the lap top or computer now. Feels good, now to legalize marijuana then we will feel really good, lol. (I actually would not recommend it, the marijuana.) Hugs are good, stick to just hugs.

#206 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 11:55 pm

#194 Emmeline Atwood Wollstonecraft on 11.12.15 at 11:30 pm
While I like Garth’s posts and his financial advice, and read the blog every day, I must admit to being even more entertained by the posters.

For instance, read #135 Gregor Samsa – while a small number of women may have responded to Garth’s poll, that does not necessarily mean that women do not read the blog. Reminder – correlation does not imply causation. I am not surprised at this, as Gregor is obviously good at wild extrapolation. How else to explain his assertion that women are not biologically evolved enough to have careers in technical fields (they get sad if they try), and that all they are capable of is surfing Facebook all day? Maybe the women who read here are too busy working, keeping house, looking after kids, volunteering, running businesses, and taking care of elderly parents to be regular posters. And maybe, just maybe, women reading the blog get a little offended by the stereotyping, and don’t post as a result?

And #132 AB Boxster – the abortion issue has been decided. A woman decides with the advice of her health care provider. If you truly believe in the autonomy of the individual, and his/her right to make his/her own decisions, this is what happens. Otherwise is is not “groupthink” to take over the rights of others to make their own decisions? You can’t have it both ways, depending on what you personally want everyone else to do, to think, or how to behave.

If the comments on this blog were the only source of information on women that a newly arrived alien being read on the intertubes, he/she/it would think that all women are stupid, greedy, house-horny gold diggers, not capable of using a computer for much more that Facebook and salivating over MLS listings, with no life outside of entrapping some poor besotted man before their bodies deteriorate into middle-aged undesirability. Because freedom and independent thought is apparently only a biological attribute of the middle-aged men among us.

Maybe some of you guys need to open your own minds a bit and get out of the 1950s and into the new millennium, and start spending time with a new group of people. You can believe what you want, of course, but you might want to reflect a little on how you are limiting your life with these beliefs. There are plenty of us awesome, techie, articulate, financially literate, self-sufficient women out here, but the people we want to hang out with need to equally interesting, open minded and open hearted, willing to discard the forty year old stereotypes and learn a new approach. I would much rather spend time with my bright, funny, hard-working millennial kids and their friends than with most of you guys from what I read in your posts.

I’ll keep reading for the financial information, which is gold. But I must say I really wonder at times what it will take for the middle aged Canadian Male to get off his Lazy-Boy recliner, turn off the tv, and wander into the 21st century. (There’s your stereotype, boys – have at ‘er!)

..
I don’t watch tv…
21 century is Shit…

Now looking into an empty bottle of JD….. with your eye ball stuck in the nozal.

Thats writing….

You’re over rated..

#207 MajorTom in Waiting on 11.13.15 at 12:00 am

Garth,

Civilization is on its last legs…even the latest James Bond offering was a limp version of the past, with the poor totally emasculated dude, driven deeper and deeper into the bottle by the horrendous plot and diminishing need for strong male characters…..

I predict the Jennifer Lawrence and friends will rise up and crush the establishment and Bond (think Godzilla-King Kong) before establishing a new world order.

Where do I sign up to be an astronaut and head to Mars to avoid the coming male meltdown???

#208 Scully on 11.13.15 at 12:04 am

#24 Frank,
As a woman I find your feminist comments offensive and a bit ignorant. You criticize Garth for gender assigning in his personal stories. However, personal experience gives the audience – us – a more holistic perspective, bringing everyone into the conversation. I believe that to be politically correct excludes, divides and does not allow for free expression or an honest exchange of ideas, which I find very refreshing on this blog. I also work in the real estate industry and I can honestly say women are overwhelmingly the ones “buying” into the meme of home ownership. Futhermore, I am the one who reads this blog for sound financial advise, not my husband. So please, you can speak for your sisters but not all of us women on this blog find Garth sexist. I got the balls to take it – do you? ;)

#209 Victoria Real Estate Update on 11.13.15 at 12:04 am

# 179 Snowbird

I appreciate that.

It’s always nice to read what you have to say. From your assessment, SFH prices near downtown are below peak levels of 2010.

It would be nice to see the SFH median price data for individual areas of Greater Victoria. There is a good chance that it would be in conflict with the local board’s frankenumber in terms of what prices have done year over year.

That information is the most valid and reliable price data by far and the local board continues to keep it hidden from Victorians (that’s been the case since the beginning of 2014). That they hide that median data makes their frankenumber look completely suspicious.

Victorians deserve better than that.

#210 ed on 11.13.15 at 12:06 am

よく言いました.

Indeed. — Garth

#211 nonplused on 11.13.15 at 12:07 am

#199 Fuzzy Camel

I don’t think you can build much for $100/sqft these days, certainly not if you include the lot. If they could do it for $300,000 k as you say, what did the lot cost? $180,000? Probably. So the place is $480,000 in at least and they want $600,000. Ya, it’s too much profit but the builder isn’t going to do it for less than $530,000 is my guess and they have a contract.

I think a better number to use is $150/sqft plus lot and $200/sqft if the place is fancy.

My insurance company thinks my house is worth $271/sqft to replace in the event of loss, and it’s only a bit fancy. Now it has some up market stuff like a tile roof, stucco instead of that crappy vinyl siding, granite tops, solid oak fronts, and tile and hardwood, and a walk out basement with a heated floor. But that stuff doesn’t get you from $100 to $271. $100 is too low. And my insurance company is talking about the structure only, not the lot and all the services.

#212 BG on 11.13.15 at 12:08 am

#194 Emmeline Atwood Wollstonecraft

Maybe some of you guys need to open your own minds a bit and get out of the 1950s and into the new millennium, and start spending time with a new group of people.
[…]
There are plenty of us awesome, techie, articulate, financially literate, self-sufficient women out here, but the people we want to hang out with need to equally interesting, open minded and open hearted, willing to discard the forty year old stereotypes and learn a new approach
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My 30 years old girlfriend would love to be a stay at home wife like the 50s.
She would like to spend her time cooking. I’m not even kidding.

To each their own model.
However your are defending the current mainstream -most common – model. Just like the reactionary were during the 1950’s.

You should know that stay at home wives, like beards and 80’s music, are cool again.

#213 Hawk on 11.13.15 at 12:12 am

It seems quite a few people have bought into this silly fanciful term “misoginy” lol.

The fact that some women have also come to this blog and made commentary that in equally fanciful terms would be classified as “misandrinistic” is something they are oblivious to, or have not even contemplated the possibility of.

More important than even all of that, why is the developed world breeding an over abundance of such weak, lily livered people that need to be coddled so much by society. How will they deal with REAL problems (the non-first world) kind should they ever be confronted with such?

#214 Smoking Man on 11.13.15 at 12:14 am

#208 Scully on 11.13.15 at 12:04 am
#24 Frank,
As a woman I find your feminist comments offensive and a bit ignorant. You criticize Garth for gender assigning in his personal stories. However, personal experience gives the audience – us – a more holistic perspective, bringing everyone into the conversation. I believe that to be politically correct excludes, divides and does not allow for free expression or an honest exchange of ideas, which I find very refreshing on this blog. I also work in the real estate industry and I can honestly say women are overwhelmingly the ones “buying” into the meme of home ownership. Futhermore, I am the one who reads this blog for sound financial advise, not my husband. So please, you can speak for your sisters but not all of us women on this blog find Garth sexist. I got the balls to take it – do you? ;)

Love you..

#215 stage1dave on 11.13.15 at 12:15 am

Interesting post, & one I wasnt expecting…

I’ve often noticed as the urgency or true importance of a given situation, subject, or profession decreased; the the resulting coverage, investigation, or needed qualifications to perform it increased…usually a sure sign of a civilization that has nothing better to do.

We should concern ourselves with larger issues, & build from the bottom up. A house can have great curb appeal, & still be shoddily constructed and on top of a rotten foundation. (and apparently still bring 500K!)

It’s important to get informed & stay informed; voicing yer opinions is something more people have to get comfy with to get any community (regardless of size) to function properly. Being critical is only a small part of the battle, the larger part is forming & proposing solutions. That won’t occur without open discourse, which is bound to offend somebody…

Today, a blog such as this is an important piece of the puzzle; lots of useful info & a pretty free exchange of ideas & opinions. (MSM has turned into a PC wasteland, simply full of event coverage…just what, no why) Anyway, in exchange for being offended now & then, I’m OK with that…besides, if I’m offended enuff I can always post up.

Think it’s called democracy, more or less…and we need more of it…prepare to be offended, haha.

Keep up the great work!

#216 Ralph Backstrummer on 11.13.15 at 12:17 am

#171 Washed Up Lawyer on 11.12.15 at 10:56 pm
At five foot and seven inches and 140 pounds, all of my aggression is micro. Nifty in the faceoff circle though.

Unfortunately, the new PC crowd will probably try to outlaw the hockey faceoff as it is too conflictual….now both teams have to share the puck equally, and everyone gets to play and score…..

#217 LGBTQQIP2SAA on 11.13.15 at 12:18 am

#206 Smoking Man on 11.12.15 at 11:55 pm

Now looking into an empty bottle of JD….. with your eye ball stuck in the nozal.

Thats writing….

You’re over rated..
———————-
So when is the book coming out??!!….. we are all waiting you studly beast of a man.

#218 Ralph Backstrummer on 11.13.15 at 12:21 am

#210 ed on 11.13.15 at 12:06 am
よく言いました.

Indeed. — Garth..”

Garth the correct response was,

口は災いのもと

The mouth is the root of all evil…..

#219 For those about to flop... on 11.13.15 at 12:21 am

Who is the tougher gender?
I played semi professional football for ten years and was
accidently/deliberately kicked in the balls a few times.
It brings tears to your eyes.
Having said that if I was to have the same pain as giving birth I would “tap out” in a heartbeat.Thats not the sort of pain I’m willing to compete with.You win girls,I’m out!

#220 Retired WI Boomer on 11.13.15 at 12:22 am

We’re not “special?” Most of us have been told by our parents, friends, even the odd teacher that we’re special.

What a shock!! What an AWE!! Guess I’ll have to re-think that whole childhood thingy. OK, we’re done.

Not special. Never was. Never pretended to be. Knew I was merely a guy who, like the hordes of there guys was merely trying to get ahead in this crazy place.

Now, if I were a woman, what would be different? Well, back in the early 70’s women didn’t earn nearly what a man did, even for identical work in most jobs. Women, while being educated the same, seemed to be less selected (yeah, I know it’s anecdotal here) than a man for the same jobs. (not talking fireman or heavy physical work here). I always thought they dressed better, but I am no clothes horse either.

45 years later… have things improved? Hardly, they still earn less. The US has never passed the ERA (equal rights amendment). Men (US lawmakers in the main) still try to obstruct a woman’s right over her own body. A country that bellows its FREEDOMS…. yet still wants to tell you what to do, what to think.

Intersting, that we improved so little…no bias here…

#221 Jeff on 11.13.15 at 12:24 am

This is actually part of a larger cultural phenomenon of the new right to not be offended. There is a religious fervor behind this inquisitorial attitude toward dissenting opinions. I don’t know where this comes from but it seems to be everywhere nowadays.

#222 Patrick on 11.13.15 at 12:39 am

#117 Frank on 11.12.15 at 9:25 pm

It’s not a ‘cliche’. It’s fact. There are few women programmers because there are fewer women in computer science courses in university because there are fewer women in technical programs in high school. Yet when you talk to children the boys and girls a like show an equal interest in science and technology at a young age. There is no ‘innate’ interest per gender. This is fact.

So either girls aged 7-13 are saying “Actually I change my interests of my own free will and will pursue a line of education that results in fewer jobs, less pay and job stability because that sounds like fun”
___________________________________

lol great example. When I was 7, I would have told you I was going to be a police officer or a ninja turtle. My ‘innate’ interest was fighting crime, not STEM. Luckily, for all of you, my ‘innate’ interests changed and I became a engineer instead.

If you really are a computer programmer than you will understand that it is not the type of career you pursue unless you really, really enjoy doing this type of work. Without substantial practice and hours of sitting at the computer pouring through lines of code you do not get good at it.

It’s not exactly the line of work you pursue just for job security and pay. And I hope you are not promoting this to young people. If you want a good, secure technical career there are plenty of better options. Because 4 years of writing code will be hell to 95% of the population. Male or female.

The civil engineering program at my school was at least 40% female. Software had only 3 girls out of a class of 50. And any of those civil’s could have switched if they chose too. So to say that female enrolment in technical schools is too low is not the whole picture. At least in the last 10 years.

It’s kind of like how few boys there are in nursing. Do we need to start an awareness movement for this problem too?

#223 Hawk on 11.13.15 at 12:40 am

#207

You got it right, but for the wrong reason. Civilization is toast, ……..because the fact that James Bond (symbolizing good guys) will be long gone, ………doesn’t mean the ME Warlords & strongmen will.

#224 Mable Gamble on 11.13.15 at 12:42 am

Garth Turner, the Donald Trump of the North!!

#225 JacqueShellacque on 11.13.15 at 12:43 am

Garth, thanks for not being afraid to point out the narcissism behind politically correct umbrage. Insisting on only being presented with viewpoints and tone that’s in keeping with one’s own sensibilities isn’t a sign of maturity or consideration. It’s deeply dysfunctional.

#226 dosuth on 11.13.15 at 12:44 am

Yes we are not all the same and tired of this PC world that is creating a beige everything. Words, actions, decisions…..it’s all morphing into the same.

No reward to individualism…everyone should not get a ribbon.

#227 just a normal giy on 11.13.15 at 12:44 am

Less smart people don’t understand your humor :).
I know you had made your mission to help the masses. But unfortunately you can duo only so much sir!

#228 Protea on 11.13.15 at 12:45 am

Garth always appreciate what you have to say whether I agree or not. The following expression epitomises you !

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch

#229 robert on 11.13.15 at 12:46 am

#21 comment hit the nail on the head

My workplace is so divided now that the older crowd avoids engaging them at all costs.

The second a person states ‘It takes a village to raise a child” the workplace scatters. If any of the older crowd says its raining outside the younger ones say its sunny, after all, 2 plus 2 is 5 nowadays, up is down, bad is good,

go garth go

#230 Randy Randerson on 11.13.15 at 12:48 am

#188 BG on 11.12.15 at 11:17 pm

I agree! Everyone is applauding this gender equal cabinet, without stopping to think, are the jobs being handed out because of merits? Or are they being handed out because T2 needs equal numbers of vaginas and penises?

Men and women have equal rights, but they’re not equal. Men can’t give birth, and women can’t grow beard. Give it a break, feminazis.

#231 Dr.NickRiviera on 11.13.15 at 12:51 am

This is one of the best things I’ve read all year. Thanks for standing up for freedom, Garth. Canada needs more people like you.

#232 john duffy on 11.13.15 at 12:56 am

Good one Garth:
I am so tired of this PC BS. I go out of my way to annoy these people now. A woman asked me if I helped with the housework at home. I said sure, I lift my feet when my wife vacuums…………………….calm down ladies, I must have something going for me, after 30 years my wife is still with me.

#233 Ret on 11.13.15 at 12:56 am

#211 “My insurance company thinks my house is worth $271/sqft to replace in the event of loss,..”

Worth to replace, I agree. Someone has to get what’s left demolished hauled away to a land fill, clean up the site, building permits etc. Lots of good contractors don’t do fire or flood work. Too messy, unpredictable and the whims of local building inspectors can cost big time and money.

A clean new build site, exclusive of the lot and foundation, square foot for square foot, would always cost less.

#234 Frank on 11.13.15 at 1:00 am

Sorry buddy. I bet you let them pick out your clothes too.

Let them? Hah, I beg them to. I’d rather pound nails into my leg than shop for clothing.

That’s how we ended up with young men wearing skinny jeans.

I don’t wear ’em because I have pretty thick legs and would look rediculous. It’s funny however because growing up my dad (born late 50’s) always criticized my generations clothing and now kids are dressing like he did in the 70’s.

Product of his time? I’m 30 years younger. Maybe you’re a product of your home environment?

Some people are discriminatory because they were raised in a different period. Some are just ignorant assholes. I think we’ve figured out which you are.

I bet they’ll handle this site better than you think.

Handle it? Yeah no, their feminine sensitivities can handle it. They’d just be at risk to turn away. There are lots of people out there telling you what to do (garth included) it’s easier to tune out than in.

#235 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.13.15 at 1:02 am

Best post you’ve ever written, you neocon bastard!

Although I’m what you would consider left of centre on some things, I definitely can’t stand PCism.

PS- As I can see from some of the posts above, the SJW PC brigade is out. Their MO is to get the word out, then flood your site in full force. I’m sure you’ve considered this, but be ready for the possible onslaught.

PPS- No comments from Nora? Perish the thought! I do however suspect a few sockpuppets above.

#236 Patrick on 11.13.15 at 1:10 am

#234 Frank on 11.13.15 at 1:00 am

You’re on a roll. Do my other post now. Frank the Tank! Frank the Tank!

#237 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.13.15 at 1:10 am

@Retired in WI-

The “women make less than men” myth has been debunked so many times it’s not even worth repeating anymore.

You’re brainwashed. You need to get out more.

#238 Cici on 11.13.15 at 1:12 am

Personally, I’d like to believe everything you are saying Garth, because I do get a lot of value and insight from this blog.

But, I have a hard time with the fact that you let Freedom First post hateful comments against every and all women, just because they are women, and when a woman (like me) responds to his personal attacks by telling him to go * a *, I get deleted for supposedly being vulgar.

I do sometimes call out the rotten behaviour of certain men AND women who I think display very bad (either misogynistic or misandric) attitudes, but never an entire group of people based solely on their chromosomal make-up. And I find it very insulting that certain people like FF are allowed to post such debasing comments directed at an entire group of individuals, just because. Both misogyny and misandry are forms of discrimination that are just as ugly and dangerous as racism.

As for mixed-gender cabinets, these days there is no shortage of brilliant and qualified men and women, so there should be no debate about equal representation. Maybe, like if this were the 1920s, and there was a lack of educated women in Canada that were qualified for the job, I’d be against the equal representation thing. However, I think that in today’s nation, there are enough brilliant women and men to go around that you could stack your cabinet either way: all men or all women, but quite frankly I’d rather not have to be confronted with either one of those gender-biased options.

#239 Milk in the Cowtown on 11.13.15 at 1:12 am

“You may have also noticed – our generations just took over.”

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Ralph Goodale, John McCallum, Jim Carr, Marc Garneau, Diane Lebouthillier, Bill Morneau, Lawrence Macaulay.

Not many teenagers in that group.

#240 kommykim on 11.13.15 at 1:16 am

RE:

#132 AB Boxster on 11.12.15 at 9:52 pm
No debate on abortion?
Because it’s been decided?
Hardly.

I’d love to see this. It would mean that the CONs would be reduced to 3rd or 4th party status. Harper was smart enough to realize this. I’m hoping now that he’s gone that the CON back benchers will speak freely.

#241 Ken Nash on 11.13.15 at 1:18 am

Wonderful post today Mr. Turner. Like it when you throw the kennel a thoughtful bone. For those who write emails full of vexatious accusations, I liked something Gerry Caplan said, “People most often accuse others, of behaviour they themselves, are most familiar with”

It’s a problem in society, I only heard Donal Trump mention the NY Times article the increase in deaths, mainly suicide, of middle aged old stock (for lack of a better term) men. Times are tough and there is no helping hand extended like other demographics enjoy for them.

I was especially encouraged when Trump was asked if he’d follow Justin’s lead on gender equality. Trump replied it’s 2015 and I hire based on ability. It’s a mess, feminists in 2015, are true laggards to cause, that dog hunt no more.

Systemic gender discrimination doesn’t exist. The true feminists, Adelaide Hoodless, Nelly McClung and Queen Victoria had legitimate issues, equality, voting and birth control. You know a 100 years ago! Today so much on such issues seems self serving to me. Claim to be a victim, kick the guy to the curb, because of something stupid like “objectification”, take the job for yourself Get real be natural.

This is why I like your blog so much and following real estate.
Sociology in real time. How large groups of people delude themselves. Garth’s tip’s, rates will go up a bit and housing will spike, as people rush to get in.

The belief houses always go up in value isn’t that far from, racist slave society, group think “coloured boys are lackadaisical”. Because that’s what everyone has been saying for so long.

I worked with a poet once. He won a governor general award for his haiku stuff. Worked at huge multinational, now a BMW Dealership, Joe Cote interviewed him at and work and me. Wanted what I thought of poems. The Senior Executives where all happy and attended too. Obviously none had read his poems. The CBC guysif he’d read a poem with the sound of the packing floor machines in the back ground he said sure. “Ted’s a good worker. He hates his job. He shot himself in the head. Now he’s dead” The execs where horrified. Would have been funny if Ted hadn’t been real. It was a tough time in the 80s, alienating job and mortgage rates spiking to 18% took a toll. To the company’s credit they tried to take steps to help the guys working feel better. Not much they could do it was really a society, economic thing.

#242 Cici on 11.13.15 at 1:20 am

#24 Frank

Thank you. Amen ;-)

#243 Musty Basement Dweller on 11.13.15 at 1:22 am

This article argues Canada is one of the best places in the world for money laundering via real estate and other means.
. http://www.vancouversun.com/business/canada+friendly+home+illicit+cash+corrupt+real+estate+buys+report+says/11512836/story.html

– The Vancouver Sun

#244 Danger Dan on 11.13.15 at 1:32 am

“We appreciate the efforts of those coming before. We appreciate mentorship and information sharing such as you so often provide here. But if you foster antiquated and hateful attitudes and don’t acknowledge your actions, our generations will make you irrelevant and forgotten sooner than you might think possible.”

What an embarrassing display of self-righteousness. With that attitude, I wouldn’t give you time of day. Grow the hell up.

#245 DON on 11.13.15 at 1:36 am

#100 PS on 11.12.15 at 8:54 pm

Written by a 34 year old who secretly wishes he was a Gen Xer but generally feels like a Millennial.
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Being a GenXer is like arriving at a party and swimming in a pool after the boomers left. Just sayin!

Joking aside. I understand your views. Gen X – vastly outnumbered confined to the shadows, yet powerful in its own right…the link between youth and old.

#246 Emmeline Atwood Wollstonecraft on 11.13.15 at 1:40 am

#212 BG

Interesting that you say I am defending the mainstream – how?

Don’t assume, please. I applaud your girlfriend’s choice – I was a stay-at-home mum in the ’90s, which I assure you was definitely not mainstream. Wrote freelance when the kids were napping to add money to the pot. Went back to work nights in tech support for a multinational when my ex lost his job so I could be at home during the day for the kids and we wouldn’t need after school care. It was a tough road but so worth it – my boys are wonderful young adults.

This is what I mean. Why would being a “awesome, techie, articulate, financially literate, self-sufficient women” mean I couldn’t also stay at home with my kids to care for them when they were young?

People are so much more interesting and the conversation is so much better when we don’t assume we know everything about another person from one blog post. True freedom, and a basic tenet of feminism/humanism as I understand it, is that every person, regardless of gender, race, country of origin, etc etc etc, should be able to live the life they are willing to work for, and that they should not be denied opportunity. And that means stay at home with the kids if you can manage it, or go and work outside the home if that is your preference.

The stereotypes, they burn.

#247 pwn3d on 11.13.15 at 1:48 am

butthurt pc’ers can suck it. tired of the bully tactics.

oh and you know the biggest misogynistic device ever created? it’s called the abortion. nothing has killed more females in the history of the world. think about that one before throwing out that word about a financial blog.

also ironic is hillary accusing the republicans of a war against women when she is married to a predator.

the activist left is a sad group of power hungry people. they’ve fooled so many who have good intentions but fail to look deeper.

#248 Cici on 11.13.15 at 1:48 am

#125 S12K

Thank you!

#249 Arthur on 11.13.15 at 1:53 am

Garth, I think you make a good point, my only suggestion is to stop censoring the racist posts made in your comment section, it’s fine to call out the racists, just don’t censor them. That way we can look in a spotless mirror and see the whole picture.

#250 kommykim on 11.13.15 at 1:53 am

RE:

#192 M on 11.12.15 at 11:29 pm
Gartho baby,.. can we have less dogs more bikini please ?

Canines in bikinis coming right up!

#251 pypes_diver on 11.13.15 at 1:55 am

Maybe you should listen to your readers and learn yourself.
You have talk a lot for the housing bubble to happen in Canada but it has been 7 years.
Learn something about the stock market forcast.

I don’t think the crash has happened yet. In 1970’s an individual in the US, with 20 hours of work, I could buy the S&P 500. Now you need more than 90 hours of work to buy the S&P 500 if you’re young, say with a medium income. When I was young you could buy a home at a reasonable price, even in Hong Kong.

The Fed has basically created with their colleagues in Japan and at the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BOE), they’ve created a colossal asset bubble. And the returns going forward are going to be disappointing.

Advance/Decline numbers
The composition of an index is that it’s usually capitalization weighted. So one stock that goes up vertically could theoretically drive up an index and 99 percent of the shares don’t make new highs. We had a strong day on Wall Street, but on the New York Stock Exchange, out of more than 3,000 shares that are being traded, only less than a hundred made a 12-month new high. The advance is very narrow.

#252 Cici on 11.13.15 at 1:57 am

#150 Marlene from Victoria

Thank you…that is the best post that I’ve ever read in this comment section.

#253 kommykim on 11.13.15 at 1:58 am

RE:

#230 Randy Randerson on 11.13.15 at 12:48 am
Men can’t give birth, and women can’t grow beard. Give it a break, feminazis.

You’re wrong Randy. I’ve seen bearded feminazis.

#254 macroman on 11.13.15 at 2:00 am

Gartho reminds me of a closet goldbug…rates will rise in June, August, October now December. As a real goldbug, I can tell you Garth you are waiting on Godot, just as we have been.

One will be right

#255 aerozone on 11.13.15 at 2:14 am

#26 Farm Wife

Well said, and a “credit to your gender” dear.
For many, post secondary institutions are no more
than day care up to a doctoral level now; almost 2
generations with an ever increasing percentage of
’em walking around the pasture with the blinders on.
Can’t see the wisdom of the elders like that!

#256 Ralph Cramdown on 11.13.15 at 2:22 am

#52 james — “I see this teaching law school most acutely, where studies have shown that the most under-represented groups among law professors in the USA are conservatives and European Americans. White conservative women are virtually non-existent in law schools, despite making up a substantial percentage of the population.”

One of the greatest trolls of recent times. Whipped the American conservative movement into a tizzy demanding — get this –affirmative action! Masterful.

I find the whole concept of wanting a law faculty representative of the political views of the broad population to be dubious. “You teach yourselves the law, but I train your minds. You come in here with a skull full of mush; you leave thinking like a lawyer.”* And then we’ll compose a faculty representative of those with skulls full of mush?

* — Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.

#257 jane 24 on 11.13.15 at 2:33 am

Canadian political correctness is indeed starting to smother free speech. Canada is a democracy and EVERYONE has a right to an individual opinion. Others may not agree with it but the right to express it is a birthright given to you by generations before who suffered in the two great wars.

I also think that Canadians are losing their collective sense of humour to political correctness.

Garth go back to the babes as it is good for my pre-Christmas diet.

#258 Parsonage on 11.13.15 at 2:34 am

Re: race, religion, relevance of majority & PC:

http://www.mrctv.org/embed/127748

Viewer discretion is advised. (Too hot for Snowflakes.)

#259 jane 24 on 11.13.15 at 2:38 am

… and if you don’t like this website, then don’t read it. It is not a set text. It is private property with its own fan base.

#260 WillWorker on 11.13.15 at 2:46 am

This is possibly my favourite post in the two plus years I’ve been reading.

Oh god! Look what you just did. I’m no longer a lurker, but one of the unwashed rabble in the comments section.

SOMEONE CALL 911!

#261 Trudy and the Turds Demand Silence on 11.13.15 at 3:09 am

Yeah…the Libs are trying to silence all opposition…Fruity Trudy and the Tempestuous Turds are running scared against the tsunami of bad news that’s overwhelming Canada’s economy. We’ll have to be converted to true believers if Trudy and the Turds hope to survive.

I’m waiting for the photo-ops of absolute obedience and capitulation from Trudy and the Vapors ( Notley and the gang) snuggled around Obama’s coat tails.

In the rest of the world people are buying gold bullion with both fists.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/12/investing/us-gold-demand-surges-markets-fed/index.html

#262 canuck on 11.13.15 at 3:18 am

#24 Frank on 11.12.15 at 7:08 pm

I like your blog Garth and I like the message. I’m a middle class white guy so I’m not offended by you or….well anything. However I’ve got wonderful women in my life in the form of a partner, a caring mother and 3 amazing sisters. Having close relationships with them I get exposed to sexism that still exists. With that said, yeah you are a little sexist.
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Gee Frank, think you’ll ever get your pants back?

#263 Paolo Jaccuzo on 11.13.15 at 3:20 am

Garth, you are made of awesome. Thank you.

#264 David on 11.13.15 at 3:21 am

One would like to think there is still a small civic square space for fearless independent journalism. The words inclusive and cabinet should never be used in the same sentence. Just a thought. Back in the not so distant Chretien-Martin years cabinet was a composite of bumbling anonymous Silent Sams that did what they were told. Long forgotten and never missed.
After three weeks this Liberal saccharine laced propaganda is starting to wear really thin.
Watching the latest media blab fests makes one feel like they just picked up a copy of Tiger Beat magazine with all the in depth journalism that embraces.

#265 3s on 11.13.15 at 3:44 am

Funny how I just pondered today on how we are NOT all equal. We want to be, and aspire to be, but we are definitely not! So simple, and that’s awesome!

#266 Freedom First on 11.13.15 at 4:21 am

208 Scully

I got the balls to take it – do you? ;)

Scully-2 Frank-0

#267 BC Guy on 11.13.15 at 4:36 am

“Gender-challenged” implies that Bill Morneau is at a disadvantage because he is not female.

“Elected females must be granted a greater proportional share of influence” implies that 50% of the population having 50% of the influence is unproportional.

Harper and the Cons had ten years to call the shots and look at the mess they left. Let the Boy Wonder enjoy his honeymoon for a couple months at least.

#268 Gary on 11.13.15 at 4:42 am

Garth, you´re a smart guy but I think you missed the obvious reason for all the backlash about sexism. It´s not about gender equality anymore. The pendulum has now swung past the middle and we are very obviously living in a gynocentric society. I now live in europe and am able to see the difference in how comments and gender stereotyping are treated in wider society. In Germany for instance, there is way more gender equality than in Canada and yet men don´t feel muzzled and shut down about expressing themselves as they do in Canada. Canadian men know in their heart of hearts, that politically correct now means honouring, admiring and hailing all that is feminine, and fearing, despising and dimissing as irrelevant all human attributes and qualities generally thought of as masculine. Men have become second class citizens in Canada, even to the extent that this very commentary is likely to be attacked as misogynist, anti-female and hateful. In other words, any pro-male commentary is automatically deemed to be anti-female in your warped society. Good luck to you all. I´ve left the country for a society where gender justice really means something.

#269 OXI in GREECE !! on 11.13.15 at 4:43 am

My 30 years old girlfriend would love to be a stay at home wife like the 50s.
She would like to spend her time cooking. I’m not even kidding.

To each their own model.
However your are defending the current mainstream -most common – model. Just like the reactionary were during the 1950’s.

You should know that stay at home wives, like beards and 80’s music, are cool again.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Too bad that will never happen again as we are going to be taxed more and more and more in order to pay for the ever increasing size of Govt and Govt Worker Pensions of the money to pay for said pensions….does not even exist right now…….

BYE BYE CANADA

#270 Freedom First on 11.13.15 at 4:51 am

#219 For those about to flop

Did a man really write this?

#271 Freedom First on 11.13.15 at 5:00 am

#237 Bytor the Snow Dog

Yes. You’re right about what Retired said. However he is usually quite lucid and sensible. I think he must of had a few too many tonight. He is not a dickhead like broke dick or for those about to flop, among others.

Bytor, keep writing. You’re good.

#272 Bob Santarossa on 11.13.15 at 5:39 am

You are correct about group think.

Google has been using it since circa 2007 to predict markets and the future, of interest to them, with high success probabilities (Harvard Case: PREDICTION MARKETS AT GOOGLE by Peter A. Coles; Karim R. Lakhani; Andrew McAfee).

Why I read your blog and BEST of all, the people’s opinion on what you posit – in essence you have a “Turner Prediction Market”.

Also, this is your blog.

If someone is not happy with what you write, they need not read it. You are not forcing anyone to read your “Pathetic Blog”.

As for the Comments, well, your “Lusty debates. Uncomfortable prods. Rapier wit plus the occasional kick in the groin” say it all or intelligence/fun with a smidgen of decorum.

____________________________________

I have always maintained that jobs will be the tipping point to a RE price reduction in hot markets such as YVR and 416.

I believe now that the coming mortgage rate hikes, over the next few years, may well be the tipping point to RE prices and not the other way around (i.e., jobs) since RE and its activities amount to 25% of our GDP.

Slow that down and we will have problems in our economy not to mention if that single asset RE devaluation actually occurs (MSM talk about 20 to 30% price reductions from CMHC and others), it will amount to a large net wealth asset loss for far too many Canadians.

I agree with you on foreign ownership: small % of the market to affect it and if so, only in the very high end luxury homes.

Besides, if a Chinese investor had bought a home a few years ago and even with price increases in YVR and 416, they would have been near wiped out by the devaluation of the CDN dollar (since they will receive CDN $ is they sell). So there has to be another reason why they are buying here and certainly, it is not for a short to intermediate term investment gain.

#273 The Other Chris on 11.13.15 at 6:51 am

@222 Patrick on 11.13.15 at 12:39 am

I wouldn’t mind if they started special scholarship programs/financial subsidies to get more men into nursing. I’d actually consider taking advantage of those to retrain. It’s not my favoured career, but it’s a career that pays well and would reliably support my family.

#274 Bob Santarossa: #23 Smartalox...give us Boomers some credit on 11.13.15 at 7:03 am

#23 Smartalox

In the spirit of “lusty…uncomfortable…kick”, here goes:

We Boomer’s gave you, GenX and Millenials, for better or worse:

1. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll (could not resist) – our parents generation was very “straight laced” to the point of suffocation. The free wheeling digital egalitarian/democracy you so love today was because of us and our rebellion (called the “Generation Gap” back then). For example, if you spoke out in class as the teacher was talking (this in high school), expected to get whacked by a wood yardstick (or a 0.9144 meter stick to you) anywhere handy on your body with complete impunity…and the list of the then fascist restrictions went on. If you told your parents you got whacked today in school, you’d get whacked again at home for having created trouble.

2. The Internet (yes junior, DARPA, CERN and USA “Lefty” universities of our generation started it all where “it” is the Internet, and no, it was not Al Gore…thank God, it would have been a boring Internet if he had started it). For example, a couple of professors at lefty Stanford wanted to send “email” to each other from building to building and that resulted in Cisco (i.e., they invented the router, then the size of a refrigerator and now reduced to nearly the size of a calculator, well, Smartphone to you).

3. Our generation started the Smartphone craze when we purchased slightly larger than a brick sized “portable phone” and made that industry take off in the early to mid 80s. We thought we were so chic back then with those things.

4. We gave you the PC and all the technologies necessary to create it in the 70s and early 80s. Geeks like me of the time bought them (early adopters) and made that industry take off. Still remember when I had 365 KB of RAM with an 8 MB hard drive and thought I owned the world in 1980.

5. Here is one you would like: we gave you Steve Jobs and Apple…OK, we also gave you Bill Gates and Microsoft…1 out of 2 is not bad (and we voted in R. Reagan but we also voted in Trudeau I)…a 50% success rate better than 0%.

6. We gave you environmentalism (save the trees, save the bees…see George Carlin “The Planet is Fine”, that ought to get any GenX/Millenial’s hackles going, but it is too funny): I recall in ’76 picketing at the U of Alberta campus as a part of STOP (Save Tomorrow, Oppose Pollution). This is when Green Peace was just starting to spread its wings…looks like we gave you mainstream environmentalism. True, most Boomers today are riding around in gas guzzling 4×4’s but not me, I still take the bus and own no car (although I had a 635 bhp supercharged Corvette Z06 for a few years…so shoot me for car lust). And no right wing people, I am NOT a lefty.

7. The feminist and gay movements of the late 70s and early 80s. I can still remember watching Germain Greer and William F. Buckley debates about feminism back then…in black and white tv of course (OK, our parents gave us TV). Took it upon myself when I was in upper management with companies such as GE to hire more women and minorities including disabled and make sure they got paid the same as men, WASP’s and those without disabilities for equal work. Practice what you preach I say, and I did and so did a lot in my generation.

8. Yes, yes…we also gave you Disco. I liked it. This is no worse than the Rap et. al. genres of music popular today where they repeat, over and over, the same catchy lyric and tune to get you to buy their music.

9. A man on the moon, the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

I could go on…like Vietnam Protests/Kent State, Woodstock, Stonewall, Romper Room (LOL), Muppets, Rafi, Zamfir, Grateful Dead/Beatles/Rolling Stones, black light posters, Haight-Ashbury, Charlies Angels, Mod Squad, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Charles Manson, 402 (not 416 Garth)…ya da, ya da, ya da, ad nauseam for certain to any self respecting GenX or Millenial.

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The list of freedom’s and digital toys that make your life more informed/comfortable were brought to you by those:

sexist, misogynistic, and racist

Boomer’s that still post on this “Pathetic Blog”…like me.

Besides, we cannot do everything to make this a better world…we did the best we could given the times.

Now the BATON IS IN YOUR HANDS GenX and your compatriots such as Trudeau II…WE WILL BE WATCHING what you all accomplish until we kick it in about another 15 to 20 years (on a selfish note, please bring back shoulder length hair, bee hive hairdo’s, miniskirts and jeans that actually belt around your waist and not your hips or butt and thanks for Touch of Grey, no, not the G. Garcia Touch of Grey, the chemical).

Deeds and actions speak louder than words…never forget that.

They were incredible times, worth living again and for MORE than just a vacation.

Garth, just when I needed an emoticon, I can’t put one here…oh well, you can’t have everything (and no

;-)

does not cut it).

#275 CJBob on 11.13.15 at 8:49 am

Garth, I disagree with many things you say. But that’s why I come back. You make me think about things from a different perspective than mine.

However women make up just over 50% of the population, so having 50% in the cabinet IS proportional to the ratio it represents. We the people. It is, in fact, 2015.

#276 Julia on 11.13.15 at 8:53 am

For what it’s worth, this is a pathetic blog with a known host that writes what he wants, anonymous posters hiding behind keyboards and readers that are free to ignore or leave.

Personal attacks are unwarranted although they can be entertaining – dogs have been easy on Mark lately BTW.

Some comments are irritating, some are downright rude and others can be seen as sexist/ignorant/racist whatever. Read, ignore, move on.

On the equal representation issue, whether in Parliement or corporate boards, I understand why it is wanted but I personally disagree. As a get X woman, I don’t want to be chosen or hired because I’m a woman. I want to be hired because I am the best for the job and I kick ass.
I also understand why some woman join woman only groups and associations. I don’t. I don’t want to separate myself from men to bond with other women. I work with men, that’s what life is, I consider myself “one of the boys” in a male dominated environment – and I don’t get offended by that term either. I am equally as competent – sometimes more so – and can swear with the best of them.

That’s just me. Can we move on to the financial blog now?

#277 Mr. Frugal on 11.13.15 at 8:54 am

#150 Marlene from Victoria
#125 SI2K

It has surprised me, also, on a number of occasions that you nip racist comments directly in the bud but give a pass to vast quantities of hillbilly misogyny. Either take editorial control over inappropriate stereotyping or don’t. Halfway shows bias.
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That nailed it exactly.

Garth, you do show a clear permissive bias to allow misogynistic comments, while claiming to crack down on other forms of hate speech or otherwise offensive comments.

That is the definition of bias. Own it, or change it.

But if decide as you seem to, to own it, why, is the puzzle?

You’re a good fellow Garth, but you know well your approach would make you a disastrous loser in any court case or human rights tribunal, in any political battle, in any serious public forum. (I have a wee bit of legal training in such things, hoping to be ‘Washed Up’ myself in a few years and retired on the beach, and know very well what our laws say on such things. If you were an employer acting this way towards female employees, you would be swiftly defeated in court and likely bankrupted by successful civil actions)

Our Charter of Rights says that there are prohibited grounds of discrimination for governments, something that serves as a guide for all forms of lower courts and laws. If you want to be a champion of totally free speech, go ahead and allow everything. But to righteously ban some forms of ugly and discriminatory comments, but not others, while proclaiming your virtue as a free speech moderator…..

Sorry, that just doesn’t wash.

Why you would choose to ally yourself with what are frankly some Jurassic attitudes of some on here is a mystery that just makes me a little sad for you.

Why limit yourself this way? Why risk what you have created?

…….

Typical Navi-Fem-Tard B.S. Marlene from Victoria is only trolling here to spew out hateful remarks against men. Too bad! Maybe you should read what Garth has to say about finance and ignore the rest. It’s called humour. It’s funny! If you don’t like it, ignore it or go read something else. And as for the comments, just don’t read them. What a novel idea! Just don’t read the comments! Or is it more fun to troll through the comments in search of some remark which offends.

#278 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.13.15 at 9:00 am

So much whining. So little cheese.

#279 Paul on 11.13.15 at 9:11 am

#210 ed on 11.13.15 at 12:06 am

よく言いました.

Indeed. — Garth
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG4nsMa5BKs

#280 -=jwk=- on 11.13.15 at 9:27 am

The kid, for example, says no MP can be pro-life. He says elected females must be granted a greater proportional share of influence. He says the highest-taxed should be taxed more, government should grow larger and citizens denied the ability to save more.

This whole list is so twisted – a classic case of neo-conservative desperation to believe in Reagan’s dream.

#281 LoveThisBlog on 11.13.15 at 9:32 am

Ahhh, the arrogance/entitlement of youth. Ignore it. You are going good work here Garth.

#282 Mud Baller on 11.13.15 at 9:35 am

Awesome response Garth, and good restraint too. Mine would have been shorter, less eloquent, and laced with profanity. I cannot believe the arrogance of the email-writer; just dripping with smug, self-congratulatory platitudes and self-importance.

This “new generation” (whatever that is) won an election, not a war. They should probably stop acting like conquerors who can now police the English language. That nonsense should remain on campuses. (Well, it shouldn’t be there either, but as long as it stays there, we’re OK, since university politics are entirely irrelevant, despite what the students and faculties might think.)

These self-entitled sissies think the world should be a giant “safe space” where they can be permanently sheltered from “micro-aggressions”, “triggers”, and everything else that makes them feel “alienated”. The longer we coddle them, the longer it will take them to grow up. Some never do. They want to purge the language out from under our noses – hamper our very ability to communicate and express ourselves as we choose – replacing it with boring, humourless, lifeless platitudes that guarantee that no one person will ever feel offended. What a miserable world this will be if they ever get their way.

We’ve still got freedom of speech. And from the looks of things, with modern-day campus values and “sensitivities” now making their way into government and cabinet, we need to exercise it more than ever. Why? Because it’s 2015.

#283 LoveThisBlog on 11.13.15 at 9:35 am

#24 Frank

You said “It’s a shame because I don’t think you consciously think differently of women, I think you’re just a product of your time. Things like assigning gender roles in the little stories you tell. Whenever you caution people about their foolish spouse it’s generally the house-horny wife with throbbing ovaries that is the irrational one. Or referring to situations where someone uses sex appeal to make influence the other, in your little tableau it’s always the woman batting eye lashes to get a mortgage signed. Gender roles aren’t oppressive in the same way as not allowing women to vote etc but as a software developer I see the end product of it. A dearth of women in the industry because they’re subtly told from a young age that certain things are for ‘boys’ and certain things are for ‘girls’.

It’s a little sad because I think that people like my sisters need to hear your advice but they might be turned off by your writing style”

Well, that’s just too bad for them then, isn’t it? They can either grow a bit of a skin, or miss out on the wonderful information

#284 LoveThisBlog on 11.13.15 at 9:39 am

“The reason you need more women, proportionally, in the cabinet is that voters sometimes fail to vote for a woman MP because they think she will lack influence in a place that still doesn’t have enough places for women to pee.”

Garbage. More trying to promote someone on something other than merit.

#285 Mud Baller on 11.13.15 at 9:45 am

Oh, and #24 Frank? Grow a pair. Seriously. I’ve got a wife, mother and sisters too. Nothing Garth has said was even remotely “sexist” in the true meaning of the word. Learn the difference between sexist humour and sexist hate. (Hint: one is witty and funny and actually makes fun of real sexism through humour and irony; the other is just mean and nasty.) Anyone who can’t tell the difference is either too dull, too sensitive, or just takes themselves and their cherished values way too seriously. As our blog host is fond of telling people, “You’re problem is you think you matter.” If you think Garth is sexist, you need to man up. Yes, I said that. Now you can call me a sexist too.

#286 Granny Annie on 11.13.15 at 9:51 am

Way back in the sixties, when at university, I came across a saying that became my mantra and saved me a lot of grief:

An insult is like a drink. It affects one only if accepted.

#287 Alison on 11.13.15 at 9:59 am

Growing a thicker skin is fine, but talking about women and money overwhelmingly as money sucking parasites that salivate for a new home, then trying to offer “advice” to their husbands (most of the time) isn’t exactly in good faith. I can only remember 2-3 times in the past 6-8 months a letter from a female was posted and everyone collectively coo’ed over how reasonable and financially literate she is. Otherwise it’s exactly as described. You don’t have to be politically correct, it’s your own blog. You can say whatever you want! I’m also allowed to read it, and go “you’re a freaking tool, please leave”.

#288 Hot Albertan Money on 11.13.15 at 10:06 am

Don’t let them get you down, Garth.

Sure, don’t let this blog get so disgusting that it loses it’s appeal, but please don’t ever, EVER apologize for anything.

Because the folks that “just took over” and are threatening to “make you irrelevant” sure as hell won’t apologize.

#289 Yanniel on 11.13.15 at 10:17 am

I just don’t understand why people go around in life looking to be offended; why people care so much for political correctness. I say this people have very low self-esteem and deep inside they regret belonging to whatever group they are part of. Being man or woman, black or white, who cares? The fact that these people care, to the point of getting offended when called this or that, tells me it is them who are really sexists, racists, and xenophobes. The problem is inside. Shame.

Garth, your work is excellent. I thank you. I came to Canada as an immigrant 6 years ago and I came across your blog about 3 years ago. Since then I have enjoyed it daily. For the first 3 years I was very ignorant about all financial matters; but then I saw the light. Thank you.

PS: My contact info is real. Even my name.

#290 ANON on 11.13.15 at 10:23 am

#218 Ralph Backstrummer on 11.13.15 at 12:21 am
#210 ed on 11.13.15 at 12:06 am
よく言いました.
Indeed. — Garth..”

Garth the correct response was,
口は災いのもと
The mouth is the root of all evil…..

…and I got deleted for posting in Quebecois. :p

You were profane. — Garth

#291 Ralph Cramdown on 11.13.15 at 10:28 am

#284 LoveThisBlog — “Garbage. More trying to promote someone on something other than merit.”

I don’t know when some of you fell off the turnip truck, but cabinets have NEVER been primarily about merit. Remember that time Mr. Harper appointed a Quebecer to the Senate just so he could have one Quebec cabinet minister? Remember that time PEI elected a lobster and it made cabinet?

Examine these photos of Mr. Harper speaking in the house:
https://goo.gl/8oYywT
… Why goodness, it appears his caucus was 1/2 women and 1/4 visible minority, with Tim Uppal starring as Waldo. Think that was an accident of framing, random seat placement, or merit? Think again.

#292 Jack on 11.13.15 at 10:31 am

Dear Garth, a few years back you posted an article about being able to buy a nice home on a tree lined street in Cobourg ON for cheap (or was it Brockville??) Would you suggest people to buy homes in these places, at today’s price, for retirement purpose? The price has not gone up as much as GTA but obvious a bit higher than say 5 or 10 years back. Thanks.

#293 H on 11.13.15 at 10:31 am

Annnnd….there goes the December Rate Hike.

PPI Down, well below target for Fed.

Cue up March 2016

#294 LI on 11.13.15 at 10:38 am

Garth, your blog is refreshing, cutting through the crap we read elsewhere. I skip comments I don’t like. Simple, isn’t it?

#295 Claire on 11.13.15 at 10:41 am

Obviously you have many critics, and I find it interesting how these people seem to totally disagree with you, yet keep coming to read on, as if addicted or something. And you keep telling them, just go away if you don’t like what you here.

I am female, and don’t always agree with the sexist comments you include. But I have a vested interest in financial knowledge and as such value the information you provide to educate. You cut through the hype, the politics, and explain to the lame person what it really means. That is something difficult to find, and you are not selling us anything. Just sharing your opinion, and your interpretation of where we are headed. That is a rare find.

Knowledge is power, and you educate us financially, which is something our education system fails at. Basic math is not that difficult. If you earn $2 and spend $4, well it eventually will cause you grief. You would think the concept is so simple. But we don’t even see the $4 leave our hands. Its just a piece of plastic whose limit keeps magically moving up. Someone is making profits at your expense when you choose to live beyond your means. Most people don’t realize it’s a choice they make, on a daily basis. Immediate gratification, for long term grief, sad choice.

Unfortunately, most Canadians seem to be totally financially illiterate. They have bought into the notion that obtaining material good will get them to the happy place. Financial independence is wonderful, and provides freedom. Balanced people will manage that well and make it work to their advantage. The others, well they always seem to have someone to blame for their ills.

The school system taught us to read and write, so we have all the tools at our disposal to learn how to help ourselves. I read once and never forgot: “the poor remain poor and rich remain rich because we learn how to manage money from our parents”. Our parents did the best they could with the knowledge they had. But financial literacy was not their strong points. I vowed to myself to choose a different path, and I am proud to say, I have succeeded. We have no one to blame but ourselves for not choosing financial freedom.

At the early ages, we all think we will change the world. After a few years out there, well reality sets in, and you learn that its a big world out there, and as you say, none of us really matter. It can be so simple, if we just learn to put our egos aside, and enjoy the simple things in life.

I for one say, THANK YOU for your persistence in trying to educate a crowd that simple does want to learn the basics of financial freedom. Its like everything, simple ABC’s.

#296 Ronaldo on 11.13.15 at 10:48 am

#291 Ralph Cramdown

”I don’t know when some of you fell off the turnip truck, but cabinets have NEVER been primarily about merit.”

The only cabinets that I know of that were primarily about merit were these. They were great in the house.

http://www.merit-kitchens.com/cabinet-manufacturer.cfm

#297 Yuus bin Haad on 11.13.15 at 10:54 am

This is the only place I feel safe.

#298 ANON on 11.13.15 at 10:56 am

…and I got deleted for posting in Quebecois. :p
You were profane. — Garth

And you were right to delete, dear Sir, as I should have used the milder spelling, since it does make a difference. :)
It is one of the weird peculiarities of “la parlure” I found hard to get accustomed to, after I first got off the boat right on the footsteps of the Cartier dude.

#299 Ronaldo on 11.13.15 at 10:57 am

#282 Mud Baller

Well said.

#300 Prairieboy43 on 11.13.15 at 11:01 am

“Take Off Eh!” (1980) = “S’up!” (2015). We Canucks are still Hosers!

#301 Ronaldo on 11.13.15 at 11:13 am

#274 Bob Santarossa: #23 Smartalox…give us Boomers some credit on 11.13.15 at 7:03 am

4. We gave you the PC and all the technologies necessary to create it in the 70s and early 80s. Geeks like me of the time bought them (early adopters) and made that industry take off. Still remember when I had 365 KB of RAM with an 8 MB hard drive and thought I owned the world in 1980.

Well Bob, one of the best things I ever did for my two sons is when I bought them the Radio Shack Model III 16K which at the time cost $1000 and I believe it was around 1980/81. They were 10 and 11 at the time. At first it was just playing games on it but after awhile they got into programming. By the time the schools got these things, they were far advanced. Today, they thank me for it and has been one of the things that has resulted in the great successes they have achieved in their lives and businesses. Indeed, the best investment I ever made. I still have it.

#302 IHCTD9 on 11.13.15 at 11:19 am

#280 -=jwk=- on 11.13.15 at 9:27 am
The kid, for example, says no MP can be pro-life. He says elected females must be granted a greater proportional share of influence. He says the highest-taxed should be taxed more, government should grow larger and citizens denied the ability to save more.

This whole list is so twisted – a classic case of neo-conservative desperation to believe in Reagan’s dream.
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I see..

So you think Garth twisted what Trudeau said?

So Trudeau actually said that Pro Lifers were welcome in the LPC?

That Women should not be granted (indeed that is the appropriate word) a greater share of influence?

That the highest income earners should be taxed less?

That the LPC plans to increase Canadians’ ability to save?

Guy, give your head a shake and admit the truth. Garth is relating FACT. We have already seen one of his statements come to fruition.

Come back to planet Earth.

#303 eddy on 11.13.15 at 11:20 am

Someone mentioned Kent State. From the perspective of today‘s psudo reality, ie NO STOP psyops, all past event should be re examined, I‘d say Kent State was a fake event. Of course we will never know the truth. What is the probability of American National Guard murdering four American student protesters,? I say Zero. Of course that would make protest singer Neil Young a total phony, or dupe

#304 Ronaldo on 11.13.15 at 11:22 am

#265 3s on 11.13.15 at 3:44 am

”Funny how I just pondered today on how we are NOT all equal. We want to be, and aspire to be, but we are definitely not! So simple, and that’s awesome!”

You are so very right.

#305 IHCTD9 on 11.13.15 at 11:22 am

Damn, there are just so many great posts from the Dogs today! :)

#306 gladiator on 11.13.15 at 11:23 am

Garth,
it’s your blog, it’s free for everyone, so those offended are free go get the heck out of here.

It’s your way or the highway.

I know that you are having a good laugh at all these sensitive and easily-offended people’s expectations that you will conform to their views. I am laughing my guts out myself.

#307 Quiet Man on 11.13.15 at 11:26 am

Cultural Marxism is alive and well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdBuK7_g3M

#308 ban ip in Calgary on 11.13.15 at 11:27 am

Garth your entries make an effort to explain finances, that is true. At the same time both viewpoints of renting vs. buying real estate are not covered.

If I had listened to your advice to rent, well, that wouldve ended very badly. Yes, it is good to consider renting. In all areas in Canada renting does not give the renter many options for financial gain and freedom. In some, such as Calgary, it does the opposite. The argument that you can always leave if the markets tank and you lose your place is a good one, however what if your position is unionized and you are not likely to lose that position and will be working another 30 years? It is not in that case the best idea for renting the entirety of that time.

If some people get offended by comments, well they shouldnt read them.

#309 waiting on the westcoast on 11.13.15 at 11:27 am

I called my Mom… It really is all about me. Feel much better now.

#310 NorthOf49 on 11.13.15 at 11:30 am

Back to stuff that matters, NYMEX crude is down 3% in the first hour. Soon to be below $40 as Garth said. We’re swimming in the stuff. Last person leaving Ft. Mac, please turn out the lights.

#311 gladiator on 11.13.15 at 11:42 am

And by the way, my 9yo girl at school has an audition for… an Oliver Twist role!
How crazy is that? School has become so out of touch, that now girls can play male roles. Even if she is my girl and I want her to be in plays, I told her that this is wrong. That in this case the main character’s name should be Olivia Twist. She will audition anyway.

#312 Randall on 11.13.15 at 11:46 am

Garth

Referring to our new Prime Minister as “The Kid” makes you sound like a pathetic, weasely, condescending little man.

Kindly show some respect.

The elfin deity never complained. Are Libs special? — Garth

#313 bdy sktrn on 11.13.15 at 11:47 am

mr ralph c “Scrupulously avoid anyone who’s been pessimistic or bearish more or less continuously for a few years or longer”

——————
isn’t that the main theme of this blog with regard to RE?;)

otherwise, those books are working it seems. don’t stop giving us your pov, thx.

i vote for you as the best economist here.

#314 IHCTD9 on 11.13.15 at 11:48 am

#288 Hot Albertan Money on 11.13.15 at 10:06 am

Because the folks that “just took over” and are threatening to “make you irrelevant” sure as hell won’t apologize.
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Not to mention that they did not take over anything, nor will they be making anyone irrelevant. Someone is trying to play politics like it’s a sport.

Trudeau is a wildcard, sure he’s talking a good game right now, but the real world awaits.

Wynne talked a good game too, now she’s laying off health professionals in droves, selling major public assets to the private sector, and sending millions to the teachers unions to buy labour peace. She was the darling of the center-left crowd upon election – now she’s Mike Harris’s evil twin…

Time will tell, I’ve laid my bets…

#315 bdy sktrn on 11.13.15 at 11:53 am

on topic – these uptight dried out crybabies just need a good man to calm them down.

smart , confident, successful chicks would die before spouting this victim garbage. (but they still LOVE the facebook!)

#316 jess on 11.13.15 at 11:57 am

…”the employees they bullied eventually brought them both down”

Boards’ familiarity of ‘ bullybezzlers’ allowed fraud
http://www.fraud-magazine.com/article.aspx?id=4294989597

#317 Justin Harper on 11.13.15 at 12:00 pm

“There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one’s grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers.

GK Chesterton

#318 Don Derc on 11.13.15 at 12:04 pm

Yes Garth, I’ve seen you take a few kicks to the shin…

What do you call a basement full of Canadians? A whine cellar.

#319 Greg on 11.13.15 at 12:08 pm

What do you eat and feed your kids or dogs?

If you haven’t been paying attention you will find this (article’s) information more than just thought provoking, is my guess.

$10mn dare: MIT grad challenges Monsanto over ‘nonexistent GMO safety standards’ (Nov. 13, 2015)
“Formaldehyde is a known class-one carcinogen,” Dr. Ray Seidler, a former EPA senior scientist, said in a statement on Ayyadurai’s study. “Its elevated presence in soybeans caused by a common genetic engineering event is alarming and deserves immediate attention and action…”
https://www.rt.com/usa/321802-monsanto-gmo-safety-standards/

Re: Dorothy’s smart

I have found that most of the good women are smart.
Lucky for many men the smart women put up with us most of the time.
Why women chose to marry us is a mystery for me?
Men that have figured out women are smart are wise to publicly acknowledge that they are, IMO.

Women brains are physically wired differently than men’s are.
That testosterone flux in the womb to make a baby/fetus become male also causes calcification between the two hemispheres of the male brain, so men tend to have poorer brain cross hemisphere communication, I’ve been told by women scientist, and a mom of 3 boys. And women have additional white brain wiring between the two halves of their brains because they don’t have the calcification of tissue issue that men half, helping make them smarter I guess.

Let’s all hope Dorothy can help Garth put off that one wish she talks about from coming true for as long as possible.

#320 family beagle on 11.13.15 at 12:12 pm

#292 Jack on 11.13.15 at 10:31 am
Dear Garth, a few years back you posted an article about being able to buy a nice home on a tree lined street in Cobourg ON for cheap (or was it Brockville??) Would you suggest people to buy homes in these places, at today’s price, for retirement purpose? The price has not gone up as much as GTA but obvious a bit higher than say 5 or 10 years back. Thanks.

…..

Jack, why don’t you rent a place there for a year? See if you like the town. If it turns out you’re ahead of the popularity curve, buy. If prices drop a bit and then you buy… It’ll be like free rent. You’ll be aces.

Btw. I own lots of rural land, but I rent in town. I don’t care if my land goes up or down in value. I won’t sell, it’s too precious to me. I told the seller to name their price and I paid it. I didn’t want to sour the good spirit of the terra firma with negotiation. I’ll be buried there. Point being, if you like the property, do as you please and never look back.

The rest of this blog topic smells a little fishy to me.

#321 IHCTD9 on 11.13.15 at 12:26 pm

#316 bdy sktrn on 11.13.15 at 11:53 am
on topic – these uptight dried out crybabies just need a good man to calm them down.

smart , confident, successful chicks would die before spouting this victim garbage. (but they still LOVE the facebook!)
___________________________________________

Bang on, Men are pretty much fully caught up on the various levels of feminism these days. We’ve all seen the red headed, F bomb dropping, feminaziSS on YouTube. Real Feminism should be trying to put a stop to these psychopaths as they identify as feminists.

Confident Women who don’t need any reassurances are probably the quiet majority.

Won’t stop me from having a little fun with the pantybunchers though.

#322 Roasted Nutz on 11.13.15 at 12:30 pm

What a bitch fest of free speech! Political correctness is nauseating crap that leads to mediocrity.

#323 IHCTD9 on 11.13.15 at 12:31 pm

#321 family beagle on 11.13.15 at 12:12 pm

The rest of this blog topic smells a little fishy to me.

____________________________________________

LMAO?

Cobourg is a nice place. Have a look at Campbellford as well – very nice out that way. Good fishing too.

#324 Ronaldo on 11.13.15 at 12:38 pm

Yesterday, my wife and I were in Vancouver to meet with our FA. We do this a couple times a year. To kill some time we went over to the new Holt Renfrew store on Georgia to see what all my wifes female friends were raving about. Well, it was an eye opener. 3 floors in this place and staffed to the hilt with young males and females dressed like they were going to some fashion show. Wife decides to go over and look at some shoes laying on a table….several different single shoes….she picks up this hi heeled open toed pair and flips it over to see the price. $1800. I started to laugh. I could not see where they were any different than what you would find at the Bay or Sears and likely made in the same factory in China or Viet Nam. We then checked out the luggage and a similar one that we’d seen at Sears for $250 was being sold for $750. We both had a good laugh and wondered how could people be so fooled by it all. It’s all an illusion. Just like the real estate there.

#325 RSSReader on 11.13.15 at 12:39 pm

A M E N !

#326 Nagraj on 11.13.15 at 12:41 pm

I was gonna write about LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.

I was gonna write about LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD because I had so much fun with my HANSEL&GRETEL post. I had even more fun with my APOLLO&CASSANDRA post.

But unfortunately Garth’s “Deleted” epistle has, I see, resulted in a frothing “tsunami” of hoity toity comments lamenting, in the gravest terms, the rather simple and rather salutary fact that yas can’t say “chick” and “faggot” anymore without gittin looked at sideways. Oh the humanity!

So much for LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD and the question of Grandma’s financial situation. (I would assume the wine LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD had in her basket was a local non-dry sweetish Riesling.)

#327 cramar on 11.13.15 at 12:49 pm

#52 james on 11.12.15 at 7:45 pm

Kristen Powers’ new book “The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech” is worth a read. It echoes much of what I see in academia.
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Thanks for this information. From a book review of the above work, I found this:

“Kirsten describes two main techniques that ILLIBERALS use to silence free speech, and gives copious examples throughout. The techniques are:
1) Dehumanization–you’re not a good open-minded person (GOMP)!
2) Demonization–you’re racist, sexist, misogynist, or any other *-ist”

It is obvious that our blog host is the recipient of both these techniques—to the letter.

To the writer of the email (Garth quoted) who wrote:

You may have also noticed – our generations just took over. Females and males. In a big way.

If you think anything will R-E-A-L-L-Y change in the SYSTEM, you are totally deluded!

A real problem with this country has been PC. Not Progressive Conservative, but POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! The new PM is PC personified.

I like Trump’s comment regarding JT’s gender-parity cabinet. He said he would chose on merit not gender. The best person for the job gets the job! No Political Correctness with The Donald!

#328 Sheane Wallace on 11.13.15 at 12:54 pm

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/canadian-dollar-sinks-below-75-161236793.html

loonie on its way to .6 handle
oil on its way to the 30 handle,

maybe both happening this year, specially if Fed hikes

#329 Panhead on 11.13.15 at 12:56 pm

How the heck is Garth gonna top this? And this is without babes in the pic… Dohhh.

#330 calgaryPhantom on 11.13.15 at 12:58 pm

Grandpa was right. Choose boring over exciting, when investing.

http://www.bnn.ca/News/2015/11/13/Pattie-Lovett-Reid-Listen-up-millennialschoose-boring-over-exciting-when-investing-.aspx

#331 Ryan on 11.13.15 at 1:02 pm

If this blog is so offensive and misogynistic, why keep reading it? It’s not like it’s being broadcast over an intercom where you can’t turn it off. You have to choose to open your browser, type in the URL, load the page, and then read the entire thing. You could avoid being offended by simply stopping at one of those steps.

This is for whoever sent you that email (who by the way, doesn’t speak for “our generations” as much as they might delusionally believe):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceS_jkKjIgo

#332 Greg on 11.13.15 at 1:04 pm

Robots what are they good for, or not as the case may be?

Seems that not are terminator robots are all bad, unless you’re on the receiving end of a military robot, or a weed! What about your means to earn a living in the future?

If this robot technology like in the link below can helps stop the use of very toxic chemical being applied to food and our environment then bring it on!

Bosch’s Giant Robot Can Punch Weeds to Death.
See video in link
http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/bosch-deepfield-robotics-weed-control

And add some extras like a laser to help deal with the flying egg laying crop eating insects, but only if there on the plants you want to eat, and zero need for toxic chemicals and the supposed rational for questionable GMO’s at all.

There are good insects like Bees and earth worms… They can find a face in a crowd using software, surely software can be written to distinguish between bugs. And laser the unwanted ones if there on the plant you want to eat. You need to leave some bugs for the birds and animals that need the bugs for food.

#333 family beagle on 11.13.15 at 1:12 pm

#312 gladiator on 11.13.15 at 11:42 am
And by the way, my 9yo girl at school has an audition for… an Oliver Twist role!
How crazy is that? School has become so out of touch, that now girls can play male roles. Even if she is my girl and I want her to be in plays, I told her that this is wrong. That in this case the main character’s name should be Olivia Twist. She will audition anyway.

….
Veronica Lake
Mia Farrow
Mary Martin
Hailey Mills
Jean Arthur
Eva LaGallienne
Betty Bronson
Marilyn Miller
Pauline Chase
Cecilia Loftus
Maude Adams
Nina Boucicault
Sandy Duncan
Cathy Rigby
Allison Williams
Since 1904, there’s a short list of fifteen women who played male roles in film and on Broadway. Namely Peter Pan. Now go tell your daughter you’re proud of her and she can act as anyone she wants. It’s all been done before. The only one out of touch is you. And I sweat testosterone.

#334 eddy on 11.13.15 at 1:15 pm

Trump may not be PC, but he is 100% insider
Have you seen the ‘majestic’ green screen performance the day after 911?
He‘s a modern day Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson shilling for a
League of Nations two weeks into WWI

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CXQZlWZvQpU

#335 just a dude on 11.13.15 at 1:21 pm

Garth,

I’ve agreed and disagreed with some of your views for years now. You’ve pissed me off at times, but I got over it: life’s too short and free speech is too precious. This latest post is an excellent example of why I keep coming back. Well done, superbly expressed, and thank you.

#336 westcdn on 11.13.15 at 1:27 pm

I appreciate this blog. I say dumb things but then if I was never wrong I would be a billionaire by now. I learn from other beliefs – keep on trucking…

#337 cramar on 11.13.15 at 1:28 pm

#222 Patrick on 11.13.15 at 12:39 am
#117 Frank on 11.12.15 at 9:25 pm

Because 4 years of writing code will be hell to 95% of the population. Male or female.

—————

Ah… takes me back many decades ago to the height of my programming career. A time of life that I loved. Someone told me that is because you have to have a logical mind. No wonder I admired Spock!

Creating an organized task-oriented operating system out of the building blocks of hexadecimal machine code was like walking in the steps of The Creator! Mine was not just code that worked, but layers of organizational structure before structured code became common. The printout of the compiler showed a work of art! So easy for humans to understand what the machine was doing. Everyone can paint, but not everyone is an artist!

My finest hour. There was nothing better. I was Michelangelo, and I loved it.

#338 family beagle on 11.13.15 at 1:48 pm

#322 IHCTD9 on 11.13.15 at 12:26 pm

Confident Women who don’t need any reassurances are probably the quiet majority.

Confident men who don’t need any reassurances are probably the quiet minority.

#339 AB Boxster on 11.13.15 at 1:55 pm

#240 kommykim
#194 Emmeline Atwood Wollstonecraft
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Abortion – The issue has been decided.

See, this is the arrogance of the left.

Have you decided that it is ok to terminate a pregnancy right up until birth?

Have you decided that it is ok to terminate a pregnancy only because the child is female and certain cultures prefer male offspring?

Have you decided that the unborn, despite being fully viable, have no rights whatsoever, until they magically appear after 9 months?

Have you decided that even when science and medicine are able to take a fetus from the human womb, and have it survive to term to be a human being, that you have the right to choose to terminate it regardless of this fact?

There are many areas of abortion that have little room for debate. Certainly, the fringes of ‘right to life’ may disagree.

But there are many areas of the issue that are not settled despite your beliefs.

If anyone one the radical left could possibly have a civil debate on these issues without pulling the:

“Over empowered white guy”
or
‘Typical male misogyny”
or
“Trying to control women’s bodies’

bullshit, it would be a miracle.

Easier just to pretend that its all been decided, and all is good.

#340 Vangrrl on 11.13.15 at 2:05 pm

I don’t think Garth is sexist (but sure gets hurt when accused of being so), but there is no doubt there are sometimes loser comments from men here who DO have some issues and will make demeaning comments every chance they get (like, er, Smoking Man). Today’s post was basically free day for Garth (to answer your question #81). What is interesting though is that in scrolling through 300 (mostly idiotic) comments, the only two male commenters who DISAGREED with Garth (Frank and S12K) were repeatedly insulted. Wow, just wow. Do you guys even see that?? It’s so predictable it’s ridiculous.
#150 Marlene- excellent post!
#194 Emmeline- you go grrrl!
Cici- I liked the same comments you did, now shall we sit back and see how many insults we get? *yawn*.

Keep the great investing info and doggie pics coming, Garth!

#341 Smoking Man on 11.13.15 at 2:05 pm

#308 Quiet Man on 11.13.15 at 11:26 am
Cultural Marxism is alive and well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdBuK7_g3M

everyone should see that vidio

#342 El Gartho Magnifico on 11.13.15 at 2:08 pm

Higher interest rates you say? Don’t think so, just ask the Japanese. Pretty soon we get to have our own lost generation of young people, too. Pro-business policies have failed us. Healthcare is just about all we’ve got left. The rest is corporatism gone wild, taking us all down with the ship. Greed. Greed is good. Ain’t that right, Garth? Putting the value of absolutely everything down to dollars, and money makes right. No wonder species after species of animals are going extinct. If they don’t make money, screw them.

Well, look where it got us.

Read and weep.

http://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCAKCN0T21F320151113

Of course, you can always blame humans for being humans or plumbers for not knowing what a preferred share is. Or you can blame right wing policies and corporatism. Whichever you prefer. It’s not like anyone comes here with an open mind anyway, our host included. We’re all here to beat our own drum, because just like Steven Harper in his 20s, we have the whole world figured out, baby.

Negative interest rates ARE coming. But like Garth said, that’s for the banks and the banksters. Your mortgage will always be interest-positive. Keeps you showing up at that JOB.

#343 Vangrrl on 11.13.15 at 2:09 pm

#340 AB: In Canada it HAS been decided. Deal with it.

#344 BlackDog on 11.13.15 at 2:14 pm

All I was getting at with my comment regarding wanting to see a “DELETED – SEXIST” comment for a change was that a little consistency would be nice. In other words, don’t whine about the racist comments if you are cool with the sexist ones.

#345 Roasted Nutz on 11.13.15 at 2:21 pm

Yowzers these folks are bonkers… RE and debt til the end of time……… oh well

http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/family-finance/couples-plan-for-60000-wedding-1-4m-home-would-start-their-lives-off-with-unnecessary-financial-strain

#346 Pete on 11.13.15 at 2:22 pm

I have always wondered about women in software engineering, having been in it for 17 years myself, why are there so few to almost 0 in some company that are Canadian raised and born white women? All the women in my 200 ppl company in Vancouver are Asian immigrants.

#347 The Great Canadian Housing Bubble Co. on 11.13.15 at 2:34 pm

BOC talks Negative Interest Rates

http://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCAKCN0T21F320151113?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

#348 kommykim on 11.13.15 at 2:40 pm

RE:

#340 AB Boxster on 11.13.15 at 1:55 pm
Have you decided that it is ok to terminate a pregnancy right up until birth?

Yes. It is a quirk of Canadian law that never happens in practice. So why get worked up over a non-issue?

Have you decided that it is ok to terminate a pregnancy only because the child is female and certain cultures prefer male offspring?

Yes. Just like no one has the right to tell me whether I have kids or not.

Have you decided that the unborn, despite being fully viable, have no rights whatsoever, until they magically appear after 9 months?

Duplicate question of #1 above. You seem to be obsessing about this non-issue.

Have you decided that even when science and medicine are able to take a fetus from the human womb, and have it survive to term to be a human being, that you have the right to choose to terminate it regardless of this fact?

Yes. Sperm and eggs can be frozen and stored for long periods of time, thawed, combined, and produce a child. Do sperm and eggs have rights too? Is wearing a condom murder?

This post is about freedom of expression. Not this topic. Enough. — Garth

#349 AB Boxster on 11.13.15 at 2:45 pm

344 Vangrrl
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Maybe in the radical liberal mind.
Not even debated yet.

#350 Ronaldo on 11.13.15 at 2:54 pm

#333 Greg

Here is a much better way to control weeds and you get something back out of it as well. It’s used a lot in Switzerland where I just returned from especially on the sides of mountains and there are a lot of those.

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/weed-control-goats.aspx

#351 Joe Schmoe on 11.13.15 at 2:55 pm

I come here frequently, rarely post…and if I do post, it’s after too many beer so likely incoherent.

I like the antics of this blog. It’s entertainment. With some good information to ponder.

There are plenty of factual/tangible things to be angry about. Why get angry about what faceless anonymous internet people think?

#352 TurnerNation on 11.13.15 at 3:07 pm

What’s going on today – 400th?

I glean that 25% of blog dogs live in RVs or trailers. An equal percentage have girlfriends half their age.

#353 Nemesis on 11.13.15 at 3:11 pm

“Lusty debates. Uncomfortable prods. Rapier wit plus the occasional kick in the groin.” – HonGT

#Precisely,Or… #James&Vesper… #DebateGenderedStereotypes… #EnrouteToMontenegro…

https://youtu.be/l5C7LMOWyYc

#354 kommykim on 11.13.15 at 3:14 pm

RE:

This post is about freedom of expression. Not this topic. Enough. — Garth

Ok, I’ll refrain from commenting further on this. Thanks for allowing me to post.

#355 Armando on 11.13.15 at 3:23 pm

Garth is 100% correct in his comments here! First off this blog is uniformly hilarious and a very entertaining read (that is, if you have a sense of humor which seems to be an attribute that is harder to find these days). Secondly this leftist nonsense about a “newer Canada” stinks to high heaven! There is definitely a global battle brewing between Collectivists led by politicians like The Kid and Bernie Sanders, and those who truly believe and respect the individual. Unfortunately, many on the so called “right” also show little respect for individual rights, and parties of all political stripes love to lard it up waist deep in Big Government and its baby Crony Capitalism.

Here are the details of the Collectivist game plan:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-04/tools-collectivists-use-gain-power

#356 Cry Babies on 11.13.15 at 3:24 pm

To: Those who are offended

No one is forcing you to read this blog. If you don’t like it GTFO. You won’t missed and the loss of knowledge will only make you even weaker. There are certain types of people who only want to whine and never offer any solutions…

#357 Carlyle on 11.13.15 at 3:30 pm

The culture of “you are offending/triggering me” is one of the most annoying trends of 2015. It’s been building up for years through various PC styles of censorship but I feel 2015 is going to be marked as the year it really blew open.

I’m by no means a social right wing guy, I lean left on most issues, HOWEVER, I am hard to the right when it comes to freedom of expression and overall Libertarianism. The right to express even distasteful opinions forms the bedrock of modern American and Canadian democracies, and I find it horrifying to see these rights in danger.

Fascism is fascism even when oppressing people whose opinions I find disgusting. It is the ability to be challenged by those disgusting opinions that keeps society strong IMHO. Not to mention that the current culture of PC’ism feels like it’s leading to a society that may deem opinions once (and maybe still by some of the populace) thought to be moderate, to being “hate crimes” etc ..

THat’s the problem with deciding which opinions and ideas are “right and wrong” … You see this in the States with the ultra polarization of the left and the right … some of the forums I visit the ultra left hardcore are just as crazy as the ultra right in terms of the rights and freedoms they would restrict in the name of their ideology.

It’s scary stuff to me, yet even voicing concern over the erosion of free speech is handwaved away with “get with the times, it’s 2015, you are just a misogynist/racist/religious conservative nut/insert opinion we don’t like here”

That’s always been my issue with the whole PC movement. Not the ideas behind moving away from racism, misogyny, etc, those are actually good things those ideas … my issue has always been the black and white world that is argued by Social Justice Warrior’s with no room to see any kind of dissenting opinion on hot button issues such as pro life versus pro choice for example. Worse yet the shut down of ANY dissenting opinion via political process, again chipping at our core rights and freedoms. Labelling of those opinions as subversive, without actually bothering to debate conflicting ideologies that aren’t always black and white.

#358 Chris on 11.13.15 at 3:39 pm

I call BS. Garth, you said “The kid, for example, says no MP can be pro-life. He says elected females must be granted a greater proportional share of influence. He says the highest-taxed should be taxed more, government should grow larger and citizens denied the ability to save more.” Garth, you should know better than anyone that a smart politician like Mr. Trudeau will choose his cabinet based on many factors – skill, experience, geography and yes, gender. It is clear he had many strong candidates, and he therefore played a smart political card and chose a 50-50 m/f mix. I agree that people should be chosen based on merit, so which of his female ministers do you think is unworthy of the job? I also disagree with citizens denied the ability to save more. Just because TFSA’s were clawed back a small amount doesn’t deny anyone the ability to save – just to save tax free. Surely an uber-smart investor like you can figure out a way to continue to save profitably in a regular taxable account. Quit choosing your words to make it sound like this government is so much worse that what we just had – it’s beneath you. Why not discuss something useful like the weak US retail sales numbers and what that might mean.

#359 IHCTD9 on 11.13.15 at 3:44 pm

#73 Hawk on 11.12.15 at 8:09 pm
People finding this blog or even the comments here öffensive are living in Cloud Cuckoo Land. They aren’t on another planet, not even in another solar system, but altogether another galaxy.

They have no idea of how the vast majority of mankind functions. They have no freakin’ clue about what “misoginy”, “racism”, or even “prejudice” is.

When the old white guys are long gone and replaced with largely men from the Middle East, …….a near mathematical certainty……..on current demograhic trajectory, they will understand too late, just how unbelievably lucky they were, for this transitionery period in history.

LOL – Just the amused observation of a relatively young brown guy, coming from a religious minority background in the Middle East.
___________________________________________

Interesting point, one I have considered as I travel to the GTA for business frequently. Some have the same thinking as you around me. Large enclaves in the GTA where assimilation into Canadian culture is slow, filled with socially conservative families from the Middle East, Pakistan, India etc…

Will be interesting to see how this plays out. We’ve already seen the protests in Wynne’s Riding over her sex ed curriculum.

Will be pretty tough to shove the PC/Femstapo crap down the throats of these folks I’m guessing :). Maybe Immigrants will save [what’s left] of the white man!

#360 Axehead on 11.13.15 at 3:57 pm

Garth,

Can we have more pictures of steel testicles?

I did not vote liberal because of the boy wonder’s excusive ‘pro life or get out’ stance.

Love the term: gender challenged.

#361 Axehead on 11.13.15 at 3:58 pm

#358 Sorry…meant to say ‘Pro Abortion’ restriction that Liberals mandated.

#362 Bottoms_Up on 11.13.15 at 4:04 pm

#361 Axehead on 11.13.15 at 3:57 pm
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‘pro life or get out’ stance vs. the alternative governing party’s ‘my way or the highway’ stance [which by the way got Garth booted out]?

#363 Bottoms_Up on 11.13.15 at 4:06 pm

#359 Chris on 11.13.15 at 3:39 pm
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The problem is that they chose to highlight the 50/50 ratio up front. They should have not said anything, and given the jobs to the best candidates (which they did).

#364 Testosterone Alberta on 11.13.15 at 4:09 pm

#320 Greg:

What kind of man are you? “Women are smarter than men.” Some women. Just as some men are smarter than most women. And women “put up with us” or “marry us”. What? Are you that brainwashed?

Your comments are just as pathetic as all the women that think they are in power or the tv shows with domineering women. Some women are in power because men allow it. And some men refuse to put up with women’s nonsense.

“Superior wiring of the corpus collusum”. Oh please. Spare me. Not better brain wiring, just different. If your hypothesis was true, why arent women competing at the same level in chess, Go, or any other sport? Why? They can’t. It’s called DHT and testosterone. Now go get some Greg. Or marry a man.

#365 Bottoms_Up on 11.13.15 at 4:14 pm

#312 gladiator on 11.13.15 at 11:42 am
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You are so out of touch. Go read a Shakespeare play or two. Gender-reversed roles were all the rage back then. Acting is acting…that’s the whole point of doing it.

#366 OXI in GREECE !! on 11.13.15 at 4:19 pm

I rest my case…..

#367 OXI in GREECE !! on 11.13.15 at 4:21 pm

#74 Edward on 11.12.15 at 8:10 pm
“This blog is about information and knowledge, not censorship”

“So, I allow everybody to engage in conversations rife with ageism, sexism, elitism, envy, boomer-baiting, stereotyping and the open dissing of old, white guys.”
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Sounds great in writing. But in practice, you’ve deleted my comments and banned me. All because I’ve provided links to articles that have been written by the MSM – oranizations like CNBC, BNN or Bloomberg. Seldom do I offer my own opinion and I never disregard yours. And, I thought I posted somewhat relevant and interesting stuff, contrary to some of the other posts on here.

You allow the articles that agree with your opinion but won’t publish the articles that run counter to your views on the markets, real estate, preferred shares, interest rates and particularily financial advisors.

In all likelihood you’ll block this post as well.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I sent in a post like this….it also did not even get posted.

Tough. You post here hourly. — Garth

#368 Smoking Man on 11.13.15 at 4:27 pm

The Prime minister Tinkerbell

commonly know to real men as Justina just killed thousands of private sector GDP positive private sector jobs.

I can just see the smug faced Adam Vaughn snickering that he helped kill the Billy Bishop air port expansion.

Not only did he kill the thousands of Quebec Bombardier jobs, but all the construction gigs that would have been required and paid for by the private sector. And to top that the extra USA revenue the runway and extra travel would have created.

Tinkerbell is now going to spend ten billion dollars a year of your money on ridiculous pie in the sky climate and feel good nothing projects.

Further more, I’m not sexist. I respect two kinds of woman, first my wife, who without hesitation will punch this x JR hockey player in the head whenever I get out of line.

The other, Woman Entrepreneurs.

Most of the rest fall in the category of Communists. And I despise commies.

So there.

#369 213comm on 11.13.15 at 4:31 pm

here we go:

“The Bank of Canada, Wilkins added, has already begun taking a closer look at innovative monetary-policy tools that have been used by central bankers around the world, including asset-purchase programs, or quantitative easing, and negative nominal interest rates.”

more here:

http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/13/bank-of-canada-looks-to-innovate-as-conventional-monetary-policy-stretched

#370 Jinx on 11.13.15 at 4:34 pm

While no one should believe in jinxing, I have to say that after two posts/comments were made on the inevitable fed rate hike and preferred shares, it sure seems that the conditions changed almost instantaneously.

After the post on the ‘inevitable rate hike,’ markets retreated as they have always done after the fed gives any hint of a pending increase. This seems to be the new norm – markets rally, fed say an increase is around the corner, markets retreat, fed then maintains status quo.

With preferred shares, their SP have taken a serious hit (20-30%) this year, and after a few days where they popped 10%, another comment about them rising. Now, once again, their SP is retreating.

Lets just let the market ride this out…

#371 Blobby on 11.13.15 at 4:45 pm

I assume todays low retail stats from the states mean the rate increase is likely on hold again?

(despite the fact that im amazed retail matters anything at all in this day and age)

#372 Parsonage on 11.13.15 at 5:00 pm

#344 Vangrrl on 11.13.15 at 2:09 pm

#340 AB: In Canada it HAS been decided. Deal with it.

NOT!!

https://www.facebook.com/canadiancbr/?fref=ts

#373 Quiet Man on 11.13.15 at 5:06 pm

Yes. Two posts in one day. On a roll.

http://thewebfairy.com/killtown/pentalawn.html

I wish I had me some penta-lawn.

Justin Trudeau=Hope and Change Canadian style.

#374 AB BOXSTER on 11.13.15 at 5:11 pm

#369 Smoking Man
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You know, most of the time I haven’t got a clue what you are writing about.

But your last post gave me a good chuckle.

Your gonna get spanked for those comments.
Communist indeed!

#375 BlackDog on 11.13.15 at 5:38 pm

OK. Now I get it. The reason there is a blatantly obvious discrepancy regarding how Garth claims to promote freedom of expression, yet censors and berates those whom he feels are being racist, is that it’s his blog. He gets to decide what is offensive.

Did I make you come here? — Garth

#376 Freedom First on 11.13.15 at 5:44 pm

#295 Claire

Claire, well said!

#377 JB on 11.13.15 at 5:50 pm

I come for the dogs and the sarcasm humour, and the collection of people interested in the Canadian economy.

I get deleted, and or banned for being rude (usually after a couple of scotches).

I apologize Garth. You’re a great writer, and you’re knowledgeable about what you write about. Even if I don’t agree with everything you say.

#378 Smartalox on 11.13.15 at 6:23 pm

@ Yep #193:

Wow. I’m pretty sure that my sense of humour is deeper, and my tolerance for others’ viewpoints is much greater than yours, if your little tantrum is anything to go by.

Instead of trying to curb my free expression with an empty threat to ‘kick my ass’ (if I were in your room, which I assume is in your mother’s basement), I’d work on your tolerance limits, and possibly your sense of humor.

And in terms of that ‘ass kicking’, I’m 6 foot 4, 260 pounds and was once a provincially-ranked amateur boxer. I may be older, fatter and slower, but I’m pretty sure I’d make short work of you, tough guy.

#379 Derek R on 11.13.15 at 6:41 pm

#328 cramar on 11.13.15 at 12:49 pm wrote:
I like Trump’s comment regarding JT’s gender-parity cabinet. He said he would chose on merit not gender. The best person for the job gets the job!

Steady on, cramar. We want to end up with at least one man in the cabinet!

#380 Smartalox on 11.13.15 at 7:01 pm

@ Bob SantaRossa (#274)

Like many boomers you seem to like to take credit for taking up space on the ground that somebody else went though the trouble to clear out and level for you.

A lot of what you claimed credit for in your rant may be things that you remember from your boomer life, but were not, actually brought to you by boomers. That is, not actually originated by people born between 1946 and 1964. In fact most of your generation-defying heroes were pre-boom members of the ‘Greatest generation’ (born before 1925) or the so-called ‘silent generation’ (1925 to 1945).

Including:
Bob Hunter (founded Greenpeace) b. 1941
Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. b. 1929
Gloria Steinem b. 1934
Stephen P. Morse (Intel 8086 chip architect) b.1940
Jimi Hendrix b. 1942
John Lennon b. 1940
Zamfir (master of the pan flute) b.1941
Jim Henson (Muppeteer) b. 1936
Rachel Carson (author ‘Silent Spring’) b. 1907
Alan Shepard b.1923
Neil Armstrong b.1930
Gene Kranz (Nasa mission Control) b.1933
(And for what it’s worth, those guys used slide rules, not calculators)

But to be fair, you were right about Bill Gates. Don’t get me wrong though, you boomers are all right: I have several aunts, uncles and in-laws who are boomers, and some have actually accomplished some credit-worthy things with the opportunities that were handed to them.

Your article was nice, though. It reminded me of a quote from Hunter S. Thompson (b.1937), for Rolling Stone magazine:

“… A masterwork of insane bullshit, if nothing else.”

#381 Drac on 11.13.15 at 7:23 pm

Willingness to express an opinion that might offend is like a breath of fresh air. Thanks, Garth

#382 Blogbitch on 11.13.15 at 8:24 pm

“The mark of an educated mind is the ability to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle. Seems to me, folks should work a little harder on educating themselves — both intellectually and otherwise. We seem to have forgotten that we actually have the ability (should we choose to use it) to disagree without hating one another. Debate is healthy. I am often amused (and simultaneously saddened by) those insisting on tolerance when they themselves are intolerant of others.

#383 Cici on 11.13.15 at 8:32 pm

#162 BG

Re-read her post, because you totally missed the point.

She did not say there was anything wrong with being a mother or a stay-at-home mother, or that women should keep up with what is “cool again.”

Emmeline simply said that many of the guys commenting in this blog section are mentally fixated on outdated and incorrect stereotypes about women, and that those misconceptions are clouding their visions and causing them to unfairly lash out againt women.

Women and men don’t need the limitations that come with gender bias. Both can be great parents, stay-at-home parents, doctors, lawyers, astronauts, physicists, athletes, technicians, bankers, teachers, nurses, secretaries, volunteers, firefighters, soldiers, police, paramedics, and so on and so on.

Oh, and not all men are wired the same way, and nor are all women.

Open your mind and get over yourself.

#384 family beagle on 11.13.15 at 10:17 pm

#73 Hawk on 11.12.15 at 8:09 pm
People finding this blog or even the comments here öffensive are living in Cloud Cuckoo Land. They aren’t on another planet, not even in another solar system, but altogether another galaxy.

They have no idea of how the vast majority of mankind functions. They have no freakin’ clue about what “misoginy”, “racism”, or even “prejudice” is.

When the old white guys are long gone and replaced with largely men from the Middle East, …….a near mathematical certainty……..on current demograhic trajectory, they will understand too late, just how unbelievably lucky they were, for this transitionery period in history.

LOL – Just the amused observation of a relatively young brown guy, coming from a religious minority background in the Middle East.

….

Bring snowshoes and a touque. Canada’s like Russia with fewer amenities. A national pastime is watching tourists exit international arrivals. Do visit our shoppes and boutiques!

#385 great noida on 11.13.15 at 11:21 pm

#338 cramar on 11.13.15 at 1:28 pm
#222 Patrick on 11.13.15 at 12:39 am
#117 Frank on 11.12.15 at 9:25 pm

Because 4 years of writing code will be hell to 95% of the population. Male or female.

—————

Ah… takes me back many decades ago to the height of my programming career. A time of life that I loved. Someone told me that is because you have to have a logical mind. No wonder I admired Spock!

Creating an organized task-oriented operating system out of the building blocks of hexadecimal machine code was like walking in the steps of The Creator! Mine was not just code that worked, but layers of organizational structure before structured code became common. The printout of the compiler showed a work of art! So easy for humans to understand what the machine was doing. Everyone can paint, but not everyone is an artist!

My finest hour. There was nothing better. I was Michelangelo, and I loved it.”

Nerd alert! Nerd alert!

#386 Kamilapea on 11.14.15 at 1:30 am

I can’t help but think the mailer was groovin’ to “The revolution will not be televised…” I don’t know why you bother Garth but glad you do.

#387 BS on 11.15.15 at 12:15 pm

I am glad T2 does not want to spend government money on supporting Canadian jobs. He has other plans with our money.

Trudeau made his diplomatic debut Sunday morning with a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. In that meeting, the prime minister pledged $14 million for infrastructure spending in Indonesia.

Then as other world leaders were planning a response to ISIS and T2 was planning to cut and run T2 moved onto his true strength, taking selfies.

The prime minister was “mobbed” for selfies at the event, according to a Canadian Press report.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/15/justin-trudeau-seeks-to-reassure-canadians-in-wake-of-paris-attacks.html

I feel so proud of our new PM.

#388 Jim B on 11.16.15 at 2:54 pm

“More people voted against the old guy than voted for the new kid.”

Why does everyone take this as gospel? Have they asked millions of voters why they voted the way they did? The “we all hate(d) Harper” meme is just that – a meme parroted by the meme-dia (sorry, couldn’t resist) because they have nothing original to bring to the table (‘twas ever thus). It may be true, but we don’t know, and really never will.