48

My marriage has been great. The wedding sucked. Too much family. Too many expectations. Lousy musicians. But that was decades ago. Almost five of them.

Happily, my wife’s still hot. More importantly, she puts up with me. A serial entrepreneur. Getting elected a few times. Moving every year. No vacations. Taking risks. Always online or on the phone. Too many dogs. Blogging in bed. My marital sins are legion. Still, she’s supported every chapter. From the idiocy of owning restaurants or publishing Canadian fiction to fighting in Parliament and vainly running for prime minister. Dorothy was there. I sometimes failed, of course. She smiled and said, “So what’s next?” It was perfect.

This last anniversary (48, yikes) we reflected on this journey. Not so much on us (we’re okay), but the world (not so sure).

In August of 1971, as the crappy Polish bugle-and-accordion band played at our wedding reception, the population of the planet was 3.84 billion people. That seemed like a lot, when anybody thought about it. After all, when I was born there were just 2.5 billion humans.

Today the population of Earth is 7.7 billion. In other words, it’s doubled in the time Dorothy and I have been hitched. So, apparently, nobody missed the children we didn’t have. Some people have come to this pathetic blog over the years to call me ‘selfish’ for that decision. But I think the shoe may be on the other foot.

Then, the animals. Fifty-nine scientists working with the World Wildlife Fund claim 60% of the mammals, birds and reptiles have been wiped out since that summer when I put on a shiny tux. The onslaught of humanity, they say, pressured resources and habitat that destroyed species taking millennia to evolve. In forty-eight years.

Lately climate change is the big political issue. The left says people caused it. The right says nonsense. The Amazon is burning. Weather’s more extreme. Can’t recall the last day I saw a toad. I’m no scientist, but when – during the time of my marriage – the number of humans has doubled and the number of animals halved, it makes you wonder. Where will we be in 48 more?

Anyway, I love my wife. And my life. Looking back, wouldn’t change a thing. Except that damn wedding.

 

288 comments ↓

#1 Ben Smith on 08.28.19 at 4:29 pm

Congrats Garth!

#2 sm_yyc on 08.28.19 at 4:30 pm

Happy anniversary Dorothy and Garth!

#3 Sebee on 08.28.19 at 4:31 pm

So what’s the answer Garth? If there too many of us that is. Not everyone is self disciplined with “birth control” like you, which leaves desease and war as methods of population control unfortunately.

We’re going for 11B and then it will level off apparently…if each if us average out about 2 kids.

#4 Flop... on 08.28.19 at 4:32 pm

No mention of my phone call ruining your anniversary and so the scar must have healed quickly.

I think we are both non religious and childless.

Next time I’ll call on Christmas Day…

M45BC

#5 Bob on 08.28.19 at 4:40 pm

Congratulations!

….on to the next 48….

#6 Yukon Elvis on 08.28.19 at 4:40 pm

. Fifty-nine scientists working with the World Wildlife Fund claim 60% of the mammals, birds and reptiles have been wiped out since that summer when I put on a shiny tux.
………………………………..

What do the other 941 scientists that work there have to say ?

#7 Jeff on 08.28.19 at 4:41 pm

Whenever I hear doomer stuff about the environment I’m apt to roll my eyes. 60% of mammals gone since 1971?
Doubtful.
The Amazon is apparently no different this year than any other…people just decided to pay attention to fires in a forest in a way they didn’t last year.

Read Julian Simon or Bjorn Lomberg.
Things are fine and getting better all the time.

#8 Stats freak on 08.28.19 at 4:42 pm

Congratulations! Fabulous pic and best wishes for your ongoing adventurous life together.
Xxxxxooooo

#9 Leigh on 08.28.19 at 4:44 pm

Having children is the most selfish thing we all do..well most of us anyways!

#10 Don Vittly on 08.28.19 at 4:44 pm

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#11 Leo Trollstoy on 08.28.19 at 4:46 pm

Best post in a long time Gartho

By far.

Beautiful

#12 Mike in Airdrie on 08.28.19 at 4:46 pm

Congrats to your both! My marriage flamed out at 26 years.

#13 45 on 08.28.19 at 4:48 pm

Congratulations.
We are doing 45 in 3 weeks.
You are not selfish given all that you give back to our children with your good and free advice. If they listen to it, they will do well. If you were their Dad, I can assure you they wouldn’t listen.

#14 Russ on 08.28.19 at 4:50 pm

“…but when – during the time of my marriage – the number of humans has doubled and the number of animals halved, it makes you wonder. Where will we be in 48 more?”
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Sorry Garth. You will not have 48 more anniversaries.

Happy Anniversary to Dorothy and yourself.

So many milestones, so many ahead.

Cheers & Best Regards, Russ

#15 Lesley on 08.28.19 at 4:51 pm

What a lovely post. I hope my husband and I are as fortunate as you and Dorothy. We just celebrated 30 years and I am very much looking forward to the next 30.

#16 Russ on 08.28.19 at 4:51 pm

.

BTW, nice smile.

:)

#17 Watcher on 08.28.19 at 4:52 pm

Kudos and Great Respect.

#18 Old gringo on 08.28.19 at 4:53 pm

Congrats Garth , to you , your hot wife and Bandit!
I paddle the same canoe as you and live with few regrets.
Life’ s the journey, the destination not as important.
Every days a gift
Thanks for all you give us amigo

#19 Shawn on 08.28.19 at 4:54 pm

Congratulations! You have lead a dynamic life.

#20 Caledon dave on 08.28.19 at 4:55 pm

I chose not to have children as well because 30 years ago I realized that the world was pooched. Good on you for not having kids as well because you are not selfish. Your carbon footprint as they call it is very low. So please go down to the seashore and burn some firewood.

#21 Niagara Region on 08.28.19 at 4:56 pm

Garth, congratulations to you and Dorothy on your 48th wedding anniversary! (Yes, I believe that to reign in a pending climate catastrophe, people need to seriously rethink the commonplace expectation that every couple should reproduce.)

#22 unbalanced on 08.28.19 at 4:56 pm

Congrats on 48 and many more. I think I had the same Polish band.

#23 Bill Grable on 08.28.19 at 4:57 pm

Congratulations to you and Mrs. Turner on 48 years!!

#24 GreaterFool on 08.28.19 at 4:58 pm

The boomers had all the kids and all the houses. Now the millennials have no kids and no house…. Yes the world has changed. Lucky boomers, poor millennials.
Congratulations on your anniversary, Garth.

#25 Eric & Kylie on 08.28.19 at 5:05 pm

Hi Garth, Eric here with the big white motorhome, met in Lunenburg. Congrats on a great marriage for so many years to the same wife! Rare these days. I’ve just had my 30th wedding anniversary. Just got my Australian visa approved, moving Down Under in February!. Another 6 months in the RV travelling around North America!
Take care, thanks again for what you do!

#26 Gord In Vancouver on 08.28.19 at 5:07 pm

Congratulations to you and your wife, Garth!

No arguments from me whatsoever with regards to your comments on climate change. Given the rise of artificial intelligence, automation, and outsourcing, demand for labor will soon plummet as well. Hopefully, our pension system will change before it’s too late.

#27 Chimingin on 08.28.19 at 5:10 pm

Congratulations Garth & Dorothy on your anniversary!

Hope to drop by the bank next time I’m down your way; this year’s visit kept us further west of you. Thanks for the fun and frivolity of this blog. :) If it’s any consolation, we’ve been lousy with toads this year in our ‘hood. And rabbits.

…Polish buglers?

#28 Smartalox on 08.28.19 at 5:12 pm

Congratulations Garth & Dorothy!

Just celebrated 10 years of marriage myself. About the same number of years I’ve been following the blog, actually. We’re grateful for the advice that you’ve provided, and the example that you’ve set, and by extension, the patience and support of your missus.

Thanks for all that you’ve done, and continue to do,

Alex

#29 Hypocrites on 08.28.19 at 5:13 pm

Hi Garth,

If you care so much about the planet and nature why do you invest in corporations that create waste and pollution? All those profits come from someone making and selling something.
Invest because corporations grow, but growing corporations cause more pollution…
Sorry for sounding like an ungrateful reader, or maybe you’re having cognitive-dissonance, but how can you tell readers to stay invested when it’s those very same companies they invest in that are causing pollution?
Virtue-signalling seems to be the new zeitgeist- or more the new religion.
I will stop investing and making money off of these polluting corporations when you do.
So how about it? Stop being a hypocrite and follow the environmental dogma. Let me know once you’ve liquidate all of your investments!

And then what? The economy also educated you, provides your health care and social protection. Life is not about extremes, but wise choices. Oh yeah, and not being a dick. – Garth

#30 Retired in Kelowna on 08.28.19 at 5:13 pm

Fantastic Garth and Dorothy. Congratulations. A wonderful tribute by you to your partner Garth. I applaud you. Best to you both.

#31 yvr_lurker on 08.28.19 at 5:15 pm

Lovely picture and thoughtful reflection, and fancy clothes. Too bad no dog with muddy feet was included in the photo jumping up on its owner….

#32 Djumbe on 08.28.19 at 5:15 pm

Bravo! Congratulations!

#33 Stan Brooks on 08.28.19 at 5:16 pm

Wife is hot.

Time is all we got. Some decide to give it all away for the mortgage.

I would do anything to be 22 again, even with a lousy band.

Cheers,

#34 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.28.19 at 5:19 pm

48 years…..Well done.

Enjoy the day , the Long weekend, and best of all,
the wife.

#35 DON on 08.28.19 at 5:21 pm

Wow…48 yrs. Congratulations!

Weddings suck…too much hoopla for one day. Better off on a trip for two somewhere else.

All the best in the future. Did I mention I am putting myself up for adoption…

#36 Bob on 08.28.19 at 5:22 pm

So, apparently, nobody missed the children we didn’t have. Some people have come to this pathetic blog over the years to call me ‘selfish’ for that decision. But I think the shoe may be on the other foot.

I think you’re right about that. It seems to me that the root cause of the most intractable problems we face today is just too damn many people and our complete unwillingness to even discuss (much less do something about) our numbers.

#37 Tony Warren on 08.28.19 at 5:23 pm

Wow, did you marry up!

What a wonderful tale you both have. Congratulations. My hope is that she somehow puts up with your for another big pile of years!

#38 Village Whisperer on 08.28.19 at 5:27 pm

Happy anniversary Dorothy & Garth. Beautiful picture. Thank you both for your time and efforts.

#39 Renter's Revenge! on 08.28.19 at 5:27 pm

I wouldn’t hold it against anyone if they decided to not have kids, especially nowadays. There are a lot of other ways you can contribute to the world besides producing offspring, like writing a financial blog!

I find it weird when people accuse others of being selfish for not having kids. Do they not realize how significant a factor overpopulation is in current environmental problems? Do they consider spreading their own genes a selfless act?

On the other hand, overpopulation isn’t really anybody’s fault. Nobody wants to die, most people still want to reproduce, and medical, nutritional and sanitation advances have allowed people to live longer. Even a slightly higher birth than death rate will cause the population to increase exponentially over time.

Anyways, it’s only been 100 years since the Spanish Flu wiped out 5% of the people on the planet. The world population does goes down from time to time as well. Imagine if that happened today. It would take out 385 million people! Not that I want that to happen.

Some people say that the planet will be fine – it’s the people that are in trouble. Nature always finds a way to balance things out. I think we just have to find ways to make the best of the current situation, rather than wishing it were some other way, or waiting for nature to sort it out.

#40 MicroGX on 08.28.19 at 5:28 pm

Amazing life and an amazing wife! Thanks for all the sharing.

#41 Bluebird on 08.28.19 at 5:30 pm

Congrats to you both and many more!

#42 Rick Danger on 08.28.19 at 5:30 pm

Great post. Congrats to you both!

#43 Alfred E. Neuman on 08.28.19 at 5:31 pm

I’ve noticed a lot less bugs on my car windshield after a long drive, these last couple of years, Garth ..
I hope its just isolated to our area.
If not, what are the birds eating?

‘Congratulations” to Dorothy and you, on your 48th ..!! You BOTH, are great Canadians ..!!

(And Bandit, yes, you’re a terrific Chow-Canuck pup ..!!)

#44 Lynne Fay on 08.28.19 at 5:32 pm

Lovely to meet you Dorothy

#45 Doug t on 08.28.19 at 5:33 pm

I agree on all points – funny enough I asked my bro 3 days ago when was the last time he saw a toad. Civilization (if you can call it that)is pooched – we hung our global hat on Progress based on extreme capitalism over the last couple centuries and it is coming home to roost. Humans have lost the knowledge that we ARE part of nature – we have “jumped the shark” so to speak and sadly what lays ahead will not bode well for the planet and all creatures including us

#46 paracho on 08.28.19 at 5:36 pm

Congratulations !
I am 46 and rarely see or hear of 50th wedding anniversaries anymore .
Most of my High School and University friends are divorced .
You are lucky to gave such a great wife . Blessed .
I am concerned for this world we live in . We are dependent on one another as species . I sketines wonder how my nephews and nieces will deal with this world in 50 odd years .

#47 Howard on 08.28.19 at 5:36 pm

Millennials increasingly too broke to attend weddings as guests, let alone plan their own:

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/08/15/weddings-expensive-and-millennials-know-best/1692119001/

#48 Retired DINK on 08.28.19 at 5:38 pm

Join the DINK crowd double income no kids.

Agree with her to with she puts up with me, after 31 years and the wife has never said What’s Next, as we are 17 years into retirement and trying to protect the income stream as we get crushed by inflation, low interest rates, lower returns over the last years and high taxes, high capital gain liability in the future.
We can’t over winter in the USA anymore as the C$ has been down, car and condo rentals up, and insurance way to high. Maybe joining you leaving the big city is one of the solutions.
Avoid the next What Next.
The next recession is sometime in the future as RV and luxury goods are both in the crapper as this is one of the most reliable indicators that it is coming. I agree with you never to panic during a crisis as during the GFC I looked at our accounts and my face turned beet red and thought my goose was cooked and did nothing as I had stress tested the portfolio before with a tool no longer available that runs simulations of crisis scenarios and knew it should survive. Well it went down 26% the next year it went up 37%! The MAWER balanced fund a 60/40 best in class fund took 3.5 years to recover to its highs. We had 2 years cash expenses put aside. At a few points in the downturn I tried to bottom fish the market but the bid ask prices were so wide the pros were the only ones who got the bargains as market orders would fill the up gaps and one would never get the bargains. I should have used index etf for that.

#49 Westcdn on 08.28.19 at 5:38 pm

My X.. living with a contrarian introvert was hard on her. I will not say anything bad about her – I hope. She left me her journals to discover and she documented why she had to leave. It hurts to say she thought I was dragging her down. Personally, I think there were too many males seeking her favor. She found me wanting – fine – I will move on and not die in the process.

#50 Re-Cowtown on 08.28.19 at 5:38 pm

Congratulations to you both!

#51 Chris S on 08.28.19 at 5:40 pm

Hi Garth,

A lovely post. Congratulations to Dorothy and yourself.
Thank you for all that you do.

#52 Alph Ray on 08.28.19 at 5:40 pm

Congrats.. Enjoy. After 40 years and retirement, we finally figured out money is not everything. My wife says she is happy with half the money and twice the husband.

#53 Atrate on 08.28.19 at 5:40 pm

Very best wishes and congratulations on achieving a high number of years of marriage and staying together and still loving each other. Wishing you many more happy ones. Many thanks to Dorothy for so unselfishly sharing Garth and his wisdom and good advice to the rest of us. Happy Anniversary!

#54 Mr Canada on 08.28.19 at 5:41 pm

48 years is epic. Congrats. I share your concerns. Everyone is focused on the symptoms not the causes. Remember back in the 70’s when it was all about zero population growth — today, nobody talks about how we should slow down the birth rate in mostly third world countries and I think the lunacy is because its politically incorrect to do so. The highest? China (8.45% growth) , then India, followed by most middle eastern and African nations.

#55 Dustin on 08.28.19 at 5:41 pm

I’d like to thank your wife for her patience while you teach the financially illiterate masses (including myself) how to avoid retiring under a bridge. I’d also like to congratulate you both.

#56 Party on Garth on 08.28.19 at 5:42 pm

Happy anniversary Garth and Dorothy.

#57 Mean Gene on 08.28.19 at 5:44 pm

Lovely photo!!!

As for the other issue, the planet has become over populated even with decent birth control since the 1960s.

Biodiversity is going down the toilet too.

Happy I never had children.

#58 Shoshin on 08.28.19 at 5:45 pm

WRT to the climate change fiasco, I wonder if Trudeau et al. will change their minds now that the temperature Hockey Stick graph that ignited this world wide lunacy has been disgraced as being fraudulent?

https://principia-scientific.org/breaking-key-un-climate-fraudster-makes-concessions-tim-ball-lawsuit/

I didn’t think so. T2 will spend any amount of our tax money to get accepted by the European elite.

#59 tccontrarian on 08.28.19 at 5:45 pm

So, apparently, nobody missed the children we didn’t have.

Well, that depends on what your child(ren) turned out like – the next Isaac Newton maybe, or Bethoven?

But congrats on your 48! Your wife obviously deserves a (golden) medal! LOL

tcc

#60 Tyberius on 08.28.19 at 5:46 pm

48! Wow… and congrats.

#61 JonBoy on 08.28.19 at 5:49 pm

Congratulations on your 48th anniversary and may there be many more in the future.

Thanks for what you do on here, and thanks to the missus for letting you do it.

#62 Nbe on 08.28.19 at 5:50 pm

Like all lucky men, you sir, have married up. I wish you another 50 years.

#63 Andrewski on 08.28.19 at 5:51 pm

Congratulations on 48 years Dorothy & Garth!

My better half & I will be celebrating 29 years next month in lovely Napa.

We aspire to hit 67 years as my parents did.

#64 John on 08.28.19 at 5:51 pm

Congratulations Garth – your post makes me worried that we will destroy the earth soon. Will bars of gold help me survive such an event?

#65 Alberta Ed on 08.28.19 at 5:57 pm

Just celebrated our 50th — like Zorba, “Wife, children, house — the full catastrophe.” Wouldn’t change a thing. Congratulations, Garth & Dorothy!

#66 Flop... on 08.28.19 at 5:57 pm

I’m one of the guys on here fighting hard to not to end up under a bridge.

I should be fine.

My wife is the most comfortable pillow I’ve ever had…

M45BC

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#67 Dances in the light on 08.28.19 at 6:01 pm

Beautiful tribute and acknowledgment to someone who has clearly inspired and energized your ambitions, both, those realized and those not so realized. It’s not an easy road supporting one who dances under the lights, applauding the successes, but also picking up the broken pieces when they fall. All the while feeling they may just be in the shadows.

The reality is that they are the light under which we dance.

#68 FreeBird on 08.28.19 at 6:02 pm

Congrats. Here’s one of my favorite quotes (there’s many) on the subject…

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half-shut afterwards. – Ben Franklin

Some like Garth and Dorthy mean it when they say for life. My parents made it just shy of 50 before dad died then mom a few years later almost to the day. Officially cancer but truthfully a broken heart. They got married on $5 with a simple ring replaced years later but not without much persuading. She knew it wasn’t about the ring but the man and commitment behind it. Did they argue? Hell yes! But always made up and laughed. Im only half way there. Time will tell. It’s not easy. Let the small stuff go. It’s all small stuff in the end.

#69 Richard (aka Dick) on 08.28.19 at 6:03 pm

Over population is a myth:

https://overpopulationisamyth.com/

Watch the 6- 2 minute long cartoons that easily debunks the over population hysteria.
Our population is plateauing then will begin to shrink.

Keep Calm and make more babies!

#70 Paul on 08.28.19 at 6:04 pm

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations to both of you!
Great pic and great article as usual.
Thank you for the daily blog updates and free education.

#71 WpgMan on 08.28.19 at 6:07 pm

Congrats! I’m also childfree, and have come to realize that those people/parents who label us as selfish are doing so due to jealousy. They resent having children and need to justify it as a noble sacrifice that is worthwhile (it is not, of course). Ask a parent why they had children, and the reasons are usually selfish (how it makes them feel, kids to take care of them when they age, distraction from a bad marriage, etc).

#72 TRUMP2020 on 08.28.19 at 6:07 pm

SHE IS HOT!!!

YOU LUCKY DOG YOU……

#73 FreeBird on 08.28.19 at 6:09 pm

WWF has royal roots via Philip who has some controversial history with animal conservation.

The WWF has had its own controversy…
https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/04/wwf-international-selling-its-soul-corporations

#74 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 08.28.19 at 6:10 pm

Wow
Congratulations Garth & Dorothy
Bandit must be so proud

Life is short make it sweet

#75 Steve Veillette on 08.28.19 at 6:12 pm

Lovely post. Very different

#76 Bill Puffle on 08.28.19 at 6:18 pm

Even the IPCC admits that there has not been an increase in extreme weather. The media just focuses on any extreme weather event and attributes it to human produced CO2.

#77 kommykim on 08.28.19 at 6:19 pm

It always boggles my mind that the majority don’t understand that you cannot have infinite growth in a finite world. Eventually it will end in disaster.

Congrats on your anniversary and for not adding to the problem.

#78 Yanniel on 08.28.19 at 6:20 pm

“6 Bob on 08.28.19 at 5:22 pm
So, apparently, nobody missed the children we didn’t have. Some people have come to this pathetic blog over the years to call me ‘selfish’ for that decision. But I think the shoe may be on the other foot.

I think you’re right about that. It seems to me that the root cause of the most intractable problems we face today is just too damn many people and our complete unwillingness to even discuss (much less do something about) our numbers.”

That’s a slippery slope. Atrocities can be committed in the name of population control.

I don’t think I am selfish for wanting to have an offspring. I’ll teach him/her/them to love the Earth as I do. And I’ll put an effort into not taking from others (including the Government) to do this.

Kind off like “carbon neutral”: children neutral.

#79 TheDood on 08.28.19 at 6:24 pm

Wow! Hat’s off for 48 years. I’ve only just passed 20 and although it sounds like a long time, seems like yesterday.

What was happening in ’71?

– Trudeau Sr. was in office, fingering the West and pushing his BS human rights agenda
– Nixon was president
– Leon McQuay fumbled, and Stamps won the Grey Cup (Boooooo!)
– Henri Richard scored 2 in game 7, Habs beat Hawks in one for the ages (Jean Beliveau’s last game)
– Vietnam war was raging half a world away
– All in the Family debuts on TV
– Colts beat Cowboys in Superbowl V
– Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda
– Montreal receives 16″ of snow in the Snowstorm of the Century
– Led Zep IV released
– Frazier defeats Ali in the Fight of the Century
– Kareem Abdul Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks are NBA Champions
– Jim Morrison died
– Jackie Stewart was the F1 World Champion
– Pirates beat the Orioles in 7 game World Series
– DB Cooper escapes with 200K and is never seen again

#80 jess on 08.28.19 at 6:25 pm

to the both of you for remembering the real music
communication, commitment, kindness, acceptance, and love

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The rise of the single-family-rental industry
https://fortune.com/longform/single-family-home-ai-algorithms/

#81 Stan Brooks on 08.28.19 at 6:26 pm

#70 WpgMan on 08.28.19 at 6:07 pm

Most people make a choice on whether to have kids or not. Some can’t, it is a life/biology after all. We need to respect it.

On whether it is worth it or not: You are lucky that your mother and father made you, even though I agree with you that in your case it is a total waste, so much effort to raise someone with so little return on the investment.

#82 Smoking Man on 08.28.19 at 6:30 pm

Cute couple…

#83 Long-Time Lurker on 08.28.19 at 6:30 pm

Happy anniversary, Garth and Dorothy!

You’re always looking so cheerful, Garth!

Hee hee.

#84 Rargary on 08.28.19 at 6:40 pm

Happy 48! You’ve been married one month less than I’ve been alive. It looks like Dorothy is holding you up in that picture. That’s what marriage is about. Who is dogsitting Bandit tonight?

#85 Mikeshouse on 08.28.19 at 6:43 pm

Congrats to You and Your Lady Garth.

#86 Dolce Vita on 08.28.19 at 6:44 pm

It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east:
Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops:

More light and light.

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-Buonanotte, congratulazionie e ciao d’Italia Garth.

#87 S Harper on 08.28.19 at 6:45 pm

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#88 theoryAndPractice on 08.28.19 at 6:46 pm

Happy anniversary and congratulations
Garth & Dorothy, All the best !

#89 Uncle Rico on 08.28.19 at 6:48 pm

Let me tell you something Garth. While you have been skipping down memory lane, your Uncle Rico has been out hustling and made himself 75 bucks.

#90 The Wet One on 08.28.19 at 6:48 pm

Congrats Garth!

You actually notice the toads!

Good on ya.

That’s a sharp wife you have there too. I hope that I’m so lucky as well. So far so good.

God bless and godspeed.

#91 ts on 08.28.19 at 6:49 pm

Congratulations to you both! Also, great post today. Thanks for all you do.

#92 S on 08.28.19 at 6:51 pm

Congratulations Garth & Dorothy on your anniversary!

#93 Nonplused on 08.28.19 at 6:51 pm

Happy anniversary!

Not having children is not “selfish”. I’d say having children is the more selfish decision. And some couples can’t so people should just shut up.

NASA says the rain forest fires are pretty much within the normal range and all the hype is one big ol’ Pile of fake news. But the deforestation for agriculture is pretty alarming.

7.7 billion people seems like a lot. Most of them live in what we would call poverty. Reduced birth rates seem to correlate to increased wealth but I don’t see how we bring all 7.7 billion of us up to a lifestyle as enjoyed in the 1st or even 2nd world. We simply don’t have the resources. So this seems like a problem that can only in the end prove to end badly.

#94 Stephen Harper on 08.28.19 at 6:55 pm

Congratulations Garth on your fine accomplishment. The country is proud of you on this day.
Ps: you are still fired.
Sincerely,
Stephen

#95 Guy in Calgary on 08.28.19 at 6:56 pm

Have enough children to replace yourselves. It is not people with 1-2 kids that are causing this but families with lots of kids. Having more then that in this day in age is indeed selfish in my opinion.

With my first on the way, the state of the planet and humanity makes me depressed.

#96 Joe on 08.28.19 at 7:00 pm

Looking good Garth!, make sure you still have some milkweeds hanging around for those Monarchs

#97 The Great Gazoo on 08.28.19 at 7:02 pm

Remember Quadriga that Bitcoin company where the founder died and left a mess. He was the only one who had the password and “investors” were unable to access their accounts. Now we have a pretty good idea why he was the only one who had the password.

Below is an excerpt from today’s G&M that provides an update. Seems as though the founder, Gerald Cotten was moving funds to a personal trading account – and I’ll bet he wasn’t investing in a portfolio of balanced and diversified ETF’s. Ernst and Young claims he also purchased $12 million of assets like luxury vehicles, boats and properties with Quadriga funds. Nice.

Another reason to stay clear of Bitcoin or equivalent cryptocurrencies.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/

“In an earlier report, Ernst & Young said that Mr. Cotten failed to hold cryptocurrency belonging to Quadriga’s users in company wallets. Instead, he moved large sums to his personal accounts at competing exchanges, in some cases using it as security for a trading account he operated that generated substantial losses and fees.

A significant amount of funds were transferred to Mr. Cotten and his widow, Ernst & Young said. The couple frequently travelled to vacation destinations via private jets and acquired assets worth approximately $12-million, including 16 properties in Nova Scotia, a boat, an airplane and luxury vehicles.

Ernst & Young says those assets were paid for with Quadriga funds and it is now seeking to recover them.”

#98 Miss Anthropic on 08.28.19 at 7:04 pm

Congrats to both of you for surviving each other. Dorothy sounds like a trooper! And thank you so much for recognizing what is happening, for loving dogs, and for sharing your knowledge. It is greatly appreciated.

#99 Bytor the Snow Dog on 08.28.19 at 7:05 pm

Congrats on the 48 years.

Re: the Pic. One of you looks happy to be there. The other looks like he missed bathroom break.

To smile, one must raise the corners of the mouth. Come on, you can do it!

#100 The Wet One on 08.28.19 at 7:05 pm

#48

Flop, does that analysis still hold true when a significant fraction of that GDP goes a small fraction of the population?

If I recall rightly, the spread of GDP amongst the U.S. population isn’t great. It’s not the worst in the world, but it’s not great.

Testament to that is the spread of wealth. The U.S. may have a higher GDP per capita, but Canadians have a higher median net worth per capita:

file:///C:/Users/christopher.audain/Downloads/global-wealth-report-2018-en.pdf

US median wealth is $61,667 USD
Canadian median wealth is $$106,342 USD (which is better than it used to be though it’s suspect due to the amount of wealth in housing values)

Comparing the wealth distributions between the two countries, well, I’m not sure that Canadians aren’t, on average, better off than Americans despite having a lower GDP per capita.

Something to think about…

#101 Rick on 08.28.19 at 7:07 pm

My guess?….you’ll be in a box in 48 years.

#102 expat on 08.28.19 at 7:07 pm

We don’t agree on much
But when it comes to family it’s all good.

Congratulations to both of you…

#103 No Debt on 08.28.19 at 7:10 pm

Congratulations to you both on your anniversary. Wishing you many more, just not another 48.

I’m not so sure any of us will want to be around in 48 years from now.

#104 Geoff on 08.28.19 at 7:10 pm

Happy anniversary to you and Dorothy! We wish you both all the best.

#105 will on 08.28.19 at 7:12 pm

Congratulations. What a surprise and great post.

#106 Polecat on 08.28.19 at 7:17 pm

Happy for you two. Maybe time to slow down and travel, enjoy life. She is quite the lady.

#107 Out Of Work CEO, Will Travel on 08.28.19 at 7:17 pm

Staying with the one that brung ya truly is underrated. We all imagine the grass is greener..congrats Garth and Dorothy. The environmental change is scary with the fall coming and I saw maybe one “monarch” recently. Climate change is a result of doubling the population in a single generation.

#108 oh bouy on 08.28.19 at 7:22 pm

@#70 WpgMan on 08.28.19 at 6:07 pm
Congrats! I’m also childfree, and have come to realize that those people/parents who label us as selfish are doing so due to jealousy. They resent having children and need to justify it as a noble sacrifice that is worthwhile (it is not, of course). Ask a parent why they had children, and the reasons are usually selfish (how it makes them feel, kids to take care of them when they age, distraction from a bad marriage, etc).
________________________

LOL. dude you are an epic curmudgeon.

Wonder if your folks resent having you.

#109 Dean on 08.28.19 at 7:24 pm

What a sweetheart…and beautiful too!! You should try and smile Garth, life’s good!

#110 Rahul on 08.28.19 at 7:25 pm

Congratulations Dorothy and Garth !!

#111 Fidel Castro II on 08.28.19 at 7:31 pm

Congrats on your anniversary.

Dorothy is pretty and looks pretty happy with you – heaven knows why !

#112 Great expectations on 08.28.19 at 7:33 pm

So what were the expectations the in laws had for you!

Married at 22…. seems you skipped the Woodstock freelove thing…

#113 Stealth on 08.28.19 at 7:36 pm

Congratulations to Dorothy and yourself,

Who is the millennial lady in the picture, I did not think you had a daughter. I could be wrong, in that case do forgive.

#114 Keen Reader on 08.28.19 at 7:37 pm

Congrats and thanks to both of you for all the significant contributions. This is no doubt a real team effort!

#115 EnnDeePea on 08.28.19 at 7:37 pm

You get married when you were 10?

Hey! Congratulations!

#116 Lianne on 08.28.19 at 7:39 pm

Happy Anniversary to both of you! Great pic!

#117 Georgist on 08.28.19 at 7:39 pm

What will it be like? Worse, if we maintain rentier capitalism, which requires constant growth.

If we made land cheaper and let people refuse to work for the bankers? Far less energy wasted. Happier lives. Less landlords.

Sounds good.

#118 Darryl Coombs on 08.28.19 at 7:39 pm

Happy Anniversary to you and Dorothy Garth.

#119 Cici on 08.28.19 at 7:40 pm

Dorothy is a bella and you are an amazing couple.

Thanks for tonight’s cute and prophetic blog.

Sadly, there are too many of us on this planet, along with too much ruthless destruction of land and natural resources.

Hope we can restore some balance before nature takes care of it for us.

#120 Blessed Canadian Millenial on 08.28.19 at 7:44 pm

Congratulations on the 48 years, Garth!

Beautiful couple and I hope that you live a long and healthy life.

Thanks for sharing your picture and keep on doing what you do.

#121 Blessed Canadian Millenial on 08.28.19 at 7:47 pm

As a parent, I can attest that kids are EXPENSIVE. It costs at least $12K per year in direct costs and another $10K+ in indirect costs per year. This doesn’t even include saving for education.

With that said, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Over-population? Ha. Certainly not in developed countries. We do not produce enough babies, and I’m happy to have done my part.

I also believe that we are in much better place than we were in 1971. Poverty level, in absolute terms, have gone done. People are living longer and healthier. We have more things to do, places to go.

#122 NoOneOfConsequence on 08.28.19 at 7:56 pm

Pssst. Hide this email from Dorothy!

It might be fun for your 50th to arrange a “do-over”!
An event where you can renew your vows, get rid of the polka, and this time hire a better band!

I’ll start the Go Fund Me for ya! If everyone here kicks in a dollar or two – we should be able to give you guys the bash you deserve!!

#123 Jeff in Vic on 08.28.19 at 7:59 pm

Beautiful… thank you for sharing. My wife and I married 21 years ago in August. (Wedding was amazing… sorry to rub it in) I met you in Vic along with Dorothy ten years ago on your cross Canada tour The connection with your blog dogs is authentic and means more than you know. Thank you Dorothy for putting up with us!

#124 T on 08.28.19 at 7:59 pm

Congratulations to you both. I wish you many more.

#125 Jimmy on 08.28.19 at 7:59 pm

Congratulations!

#126 NoName on 08.28.19 at 8:04 pm

Congratulations !!!

As for legion of sins, I’ve learned that nice beerd helps a lot, but you know that already.

#127 islander on 08.28.19 at 8:06 pm

Happy Anniversary to you both.
Such a great photo – thanks for sharing!

…and now here’s Annie!
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/21/overconsumption-environment-relationships-annie-leonard

#128 the Jaguar on 08.28.19 at 8:08 pm

Nobody’s a saint, but Dorothy must be somewhere near to one. If you had a Polish band at the wedding, maybe she’s Polish. Lots of brain power and common sense has come out of that country.
Producing children isn’t and shouldn’t be everyone’s destiny and ‘selfishness’ has nothing to do with it, but bad parenting and sanctimonious attitudes are on display everywhere.
Many of us have taken that leap of faith but it doesn’t always work out, and many marriages that seemingly stay together do so for reasons that have little to do with the marriage vows taken. They drift along, absent of love, respect or any real affection.
But there are some real gems. Ones that reinforce hope, faith, and belief in lasting love and friendship.
Best wishes to both of you.

#129 Barb on 08.28.19 at 8:17 pm

What a wonderful photo, Mr & Mrs T.
Nice to see our “smiling” blog host.

Great blog post that puts the world’s “condition” into such a clear (and scary) perspective.

Hey, we were married in 1971 too, albeit in November and we’re still together, too.

Dorothy is a saint, as I’ve said before.
Bet she knew she was in for an interesting life with you.

#130 Gramps on 08.28.19 at 8:18 pm

Congrats!
Well done!

#131 Shawn Allen on 08.28.19 at 8:19 pm

Congratulations. A life well made.

#132 J on 08.28.19 at 8:20 pm

Happy anniversary! A lovely photo of both of you. I agree with your thoughts on what is truly harming the planet. Over-population of any species never ends well.

#133 Calgary Retiree on 08.28.19 at 8:24 pm

Congratulations! We just did our 50th. Big party….Not! Just the thought exhaust us. Most of the original wedding attendees, (other than us, obviously), have long passed on. Nice restaurant dinner and a cruise is about our style.

Do not worry about humanity. We are an evolutionary mistake. Sure, we’ll cause some major damage short term, but in one million years it won’t be noticeable.

Decades ago, I asked my dad what the secret was to marriage longevity. His answer: endurance…

#134 Treasure Island CEO - 30 mil offshore on 08.28.19 at 8:24 pm

Good probability the recession hits before your next anniversary.

World “Is Living The End Of Western Hegemony”

#135 PastThePeak on 08.28.19 at 8:25 pm

Congratulations on 48 happy years!

I respect anyone who decides not to have children. There are good reasons why that is the perfect decision for a couple. No one should ever ask them why.

I do have to roll my eyes at those (and there are a few in the comments section here) that state that having children is “selfish”. My only answer is – I wish their parents had also thought that way…

#136 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.28.19 at 8:28 pm

@#82 Smoking Man
“Cute couple…”
+++++

Jealous that Garth is so much better looking than you Smokey??? ( I cant comment on your wife. Never seen pics of her on YOUR blog)

Hair implants buddy….. and dont tell me you cant afford em with all yer billions……OR grow a beard and do a “comb over” like your hero Trump

#137 Tom from Alberta on 08.28.19 at 8:29 pm

So marry her again and have the wedding you have always wanted. If she will have you.

#138 PastThePeak on 08.28.19 at 8:29 pm

#36 Bob on 08.28.19 at 5:22 pm
So, apparently, nobody missed the children we didn’t have. Some people have come to this pathetic blog over the years to call me ‘selfish’ for that decision. But I think the shoe may be on the other foot.

I think you’re right about that. It seems to me that the root cause of the most intractable problems we face today is just too damn many people and our complete unwillingness to even discuss (much less do something about) our numbers.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You can absolutely do something about the numbers right now, and you don’t have to impact anyone else…

#139 Yuus bin Haad on 08.28.19 at 8:38 pm

Didn’t the World Wildlife Fund used to be a wrestling league?

#140 Samuel on 08.28.19 at 8:41 pm

I was born in the 70’s. Was feeling old until I saw you have been married this long. Enjoy the day.

#141 Kevin on 08.28.19 at 8:43 pm

Congrats, Garth! Great post and picture, but smile a bit more eh? You got nice teeth to show!

#142 PastThePeak on 08.28.19 at 8:43 pm

On the population issue:

All of the “West” (Europe, Can, USA, NZ, Aus…) have natural birthrates below replacement level. Take away immigration and the populations of these countries would soon start to decline.

China has a very low birthrate, and once they work through some of the older generation, their population will (on average) age quickly and shrink quickly. Their workforce is already shrinking (4 years ago). There is no stopping this as they don’t have any immigration of note.

Russia’s population is already shrinking.

For those wanting to give population control advice, please direct that to the correct regions of the planet…

#143 SW on 08.28.19 at 8:44 pm

Congratulations, Mr. T and also to your good lady!
Thanks again for your service and your efforts to help others.

#144 MaryEn on 08.28.19 at 8:45 pm

Happy Anniversary to you both and keep doing great job!

#145 Madcat on 08.28.19 at 8:49 pm

Bill Burr 85% have to go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdphbmIZ4nI

#146 Diversified in Oakville on 08.28.19 at 8:49 pm

Congratulations Dorthy & Garth.
Wishing you both many more.
I can’t make 48 years if I add both of my marriages.

#147 mark on 08.28.19 at 8:51 pm

Congratulations to both of you.

#148 Carpe Diem on 08.28.19 at 8:53 pm

I’ve not posted in many years.

Garth. Thank you. My marriage did not last but not having money in one asset (and matrimonial home sure helps!)

Dorothy, thank you more!

Dorothy you are GOLD. Or may I say … a HOT ETF!

All the best and I wish you get to 60 years together!

#149 gulnar on 08.28.19 at 8:55 pm

Happy Wedding anniversary and please erase the memory of that polish band.
Happy to hold your hold to help you get over.
you are a great mentor and great person and wish you a long happy married life ahead
thanks for every thing you do!

#150 Vampire studies phd on 08.28.19 at 8:56 pm

Garth, we are your children……

As for overpopulation, birthrates in many developing countries are declining as women’s rights are slowly being recognized.

29 hypocrites – so buy some shares in these companies and make some changes.

#151 Madcat on 08.28.19 at 8:56 pm

George Carlin on saving the planet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=7W33HRc1A6c

#152 AR on 08.28.19 at 9:06 pm

Congrats.

I’m hoping you’re healthy. We need you. Sounds like you’re reflecting?

Well, in any case you’ve had an amazing life. Smart guy. Sometimes rude unnecessarily. She’s a gem. Dorothy.

#153 pierre gauthier on 08.28.19 at 9:06 pm

congrats Garth! you should do a post on structured notes sometimes, interesting new market

#154 The real Kip (Ret) on 08.28.19 at 9:18 pm

“Can’t recall the last day I saw a toad.”

I almost ran over one with the lawn mower today. Saw him hoping at the last second. Near miss for sure.

#155 Axehead on 08.28.19 at 9:18 pm

Congratulations Garth and Dorothy!

We too, had a horrible wedding but awesome marriage:

– caterer went bankrupt
– best man forgot the rings
– photographer was drunk and took excellent pic of the church ceiling
– bugs in August decended on brides dress once outside for pics
– groomsman got speeding ticket (rings in hand)
– some guest flashed the bartender
– more … I forget

#156 ShawnG in TO on 08.28.19 at 9:20 pm

Congrats to Garth
condolences to Dorothy …
… kidding !!
youre alright Garth, youre alright
wishing you guys 48 more

i like Tom’s idea. have another wedding. get proper music this time.

the big hunk of dirt under our feet has survived the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the rain forest that used to grow in middle Alberta, i think Earth will find a way to spin just fine with or without us.

most people dont appreciate how harsh is the Nature. death and extinction is normal. new species are also formed to get their try. homo sapiens rose to control their environments so they dont get eaten by lions or starve or suffer from thirst or from the elements. some nut bars really want to send us back there.

besides, we are the good guys. not burning our forest. not building coal power stations. if it werent for immigrants we would have a shrinking population like japan.

you worry too much. have an ice cream

#157 Cal on 08.28.19 at 9:22 pm

Congratulations Dorothy and Garth. I am so very glad for you.

#158 espressobob on 08.28.19 at 9:30 pm

A man’s greatest treasure is a great woman.

That could be juxtaposed to be correct in modern thinking.

Just a thought.

#159 GBiddy on 08.28.19 at 9:31 pm

Hmm, difficult to be critical about the eco alarmism/boomerism when couched in a lovely anniversary message of love and, I suppose, hope.

However…

Choosing to not having kids could be the most selfish and short-sighted decision. What if the fruit of your loins could have been the one person who had the luck, good genes, or innate intelligence to solve some of the world’s worst problems?

You gotta roll the dice in life, man. It’s a shame not to.

Regarding the eco alarmism that rears its head with regularity here, it’s sad and scary how otherwise wise and intelligent people can fall for the doom and gloom and not see it.

You’re emoting and being manipulated. Sharpen up the critical thinking, please. Evidence, not alarmism.

Overpopulation is NOT a threat facing the human race and extrapolation of population trends proves this. This is known. The human race will most likely start to decline at 10-11 billion or so, and then start a long great reduction that has nothing to do with resources or the climate. Sheesh.

Over consumption is an issue, but no one really wants to talk about or address it. Stop being a glutton and you do you part. Teach your offspring the same and you set an example. Not rolling the dice tho? Sad.

Climate change? Oh lordy. The symptoms of deforestation and urban sprawl are not climate change, they are predictable outcomes of poor planning and resource exploitation.

Again, you’re being manipulated into having emotional reactions which suspend logic and critical thinking. “The children, what about the children!” I hear your inner voice uttering = proof.

Can’t imagine letting only other people’s dullard children inherit this great earth…

#160 the Awakened One on 08.28.19 at 9:33 pm

Sir Garth, you’re a lucky man! Someone like your gal is not easy to find these days: I wish I were in your generation.

To you both, many more years of joy! A lasting couple nowadays is such a rare, endangered species. You are both dinosaurs ! :O)

#161 Scruffy on 08.28.19 at 9:40 pm

Happy anniversary Dorothy and Garth! Great post. Thanks for sharing your personal details. And thanks for the ongoing education. You and Dorothy (and Bandit) are a Canadian treasure.

#162 Spectacle ( in appreciation) on 08.28.19 at 9:42 pm

“Anyway, I love my wife. And my life. Looking back, wouldn’t change a thing. Except that damn wedding.”
Garth Turner 2019

Just WoW.

Already 150 plus entries tonight….more in the morning.

Your wife is a charm, lovely | beautiful woman Garth.

You are an inspiration in so many lives , a daily center for us, and clearly Dorothy is the same shining light for You.

Big Thanks for sharing Your valuable time with us all.

And Thank You Dorothy for supporting our beloved, Beard, steely Abs and all, Sir Garth Turner.

Just lost my own nephew ( 23 year,s) to cancer, only made 3 weeks and it went wild…… Got a beautiful wife, even more beautiful Young 4 year old son to Love. My journey involves being as happy as Garth.

Regards, M

#163 Congrats Garth! on 08.28.19 at 9:42 pm

Happy Anniversary Garth! and many more for you and your wife!
I’ve traveled to many countries on nature trips. Mostly the same story -there are isolated natural areas but mainly territory occupied by humans who are expanding more and more into the remanent nature. Usually by cutting (or burning) wild jungle areas to create fields for crops or pastures of foreign grasses. Meanwhile people only shrug when they hear of the masses of species that are becoming extinct so nothing will change. When it all hits home to people on a personal basis, only then will people howl.

#164 Sierts on 08.28.19 at 9:45 pm

I don’t remember, who said this, but I think he was right:
“Behind a remarkable man always stands an extraordinary woman.”

My wife endured me for 40 years now (I still ignore why)
and we had a bad wedding band as well.
They were named LosBufalos – and played acordingly.

might there be a correlation?
Bad music at the wedding = good marriage?

Congratulations!

I think it goes, “Behind every great man is an astonished mother-in-law.” – Garth

#165 Westcdn on 08.28.19 at 9:46 pm

Err, I wanted children. I was prepared to sacrifice. I don’t think we made a mistake – the kids/grandchildren are great. I think they will be better than me.

#166 45north on 08.28.19 at 9:46 pm

nice picture

congratulations on your marriage

my wife and I got married, October 1971 – still married.

#167 Bruce on 08.28.19 at 9:55 pm

Garth, you’re an inspiration to us all. Congrats on yours and your wife’s anniversary!

#168 cmj on 08.28.19 at 9:56 pm

Congrats to both of you! I can relate. Today is our 48th anniversary too.
Thanks for all you do for us

Congratulations to you, as well. Hope your band was better. – Garth

#169 Peppy sue on 08.28.19 at 9:56 pm

Happy Anniversary to you and Dorothy, Garth. Wishing you many more wonderful years together.

#170 Anniversary Song on 08.28.19 at 9:57 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-y1O_r55Mw

#171 acdel on 08.28.19 at 9:59 pm

Not sure Garth; instead of all the negatives in your column focus on what Dorothy and you ( I have to add) in Bandit have accomplished. Wow, 48, that is an incredible milestone, congratulations to the both of you. That makes me feel good! :)

#172 Just to be a Dick on 08.28.19 at 10:02 pm

$41.12 8/27/1971 Gold closing price

Forgive me and Congratulations.

#173 Glengarry Girl on 08.28.19 at 10:09 pm

Congratulations Garth, you and your wife have truly been blessed. I am married for 30 years now to a man who is very adventurous and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I suspect that through the ups and downs, your wife would also not change a thing. I am a daily reader and enjoy your Blog very much. Its common sense and comforting logic in an unpredictable World. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts here with us.

#174 gfd on 08.28.19 at 10:09 pm

Life is trouble, it is trouble to establish a permanent relationship. And to be married for 48 years? It is not a triumph of happiness, but rather triumph of character, triumph of negotiation, it’s a triumph of the will to do that and that’s what is to be celebrated. If you are lucky….it’ll make you a better person.

All the best, Dorothy and Garth.

#175 Keith on 08.28.19 at 10:09 pm

Happy Anniversary to the father of the TFSA and his wonderful wife. What a great legacy, thank you so much.

#176 Sold Out on 08.28.19 at 10:16 pm

Congratulations

Dorothy looks like a sweetheart. Why is she standing next to the guy from American Gothic, though?

#177 Good musicians on 08.28.19 at 10:20 pm

Stuff your musicians pockets like your ETF’s, with research and all the $$ you can afford. After all the good ones don’t mature until at least 10 years of professional tuition, 20 years in the game and a lifelong passion to constantly evolve. (If only realtors were this educated……) Unfortunately it sounds like you ended up with the ‘realtors’ of the music world on your wedding day. Sorry to hear about that. Congrats on your anniversary and thanks for the blog. Its very much appreciated!!.

#178 Animal Lover on 08.28.19 at 10:25 pm

Happy Anniversary Garth & Dorothy!

Such a lovely picture, and a wonderful glimpse into the understanding you have with each other, the understanding you have OF each other. The support over the years. This is love.

As someone who played in a Polish wedding band in the 70s in Montreal, I completely empathize. Great mazurkas, got everyone up on their feet, but lots of iffy cover tunes, I must say. Nevertheless those gigs helped pay for my cold flat in Verdun while I went to university, so if I was involved I thank you for your patronage!

Wishing you many more happy years together! I know you know, every day is precious. And priceless.

#179 psydney on 08.28.19 at 10:26 pm

Congrats to both of you, that’s quite an accomplishment… for Dorothy I mean! And good on you for keeping your post short tonight! Now please don’t approve this comment in bed.

#180 BlackDog on 08.28.19 at 10:30 pm

@AlphaRay #52 re: ” My wife says she is happy with half the money and twice the husband.”

So who’d she leave you for? the pool boy?

#181 Capt. Serious on 08.28.19 at 10:37 pm

Happy Anniversary Garth and Dorothy!

About the toads: I was just canoeing in Algonquin, and they’re doing quite well.

About the planet: ??? Maybe humans will make the leap, but I’m not overly optimistic. Too many gods still.

#182 BlackDog on 08.28.19 at 10:38 pm

So I admit I and my spouse, life time Canadians, contributed to overpopulation here in Canada. We birthed an heir and two spares. All planned. But the good news is all three are clever, on their way to being better educated than we were (thank you RESPS), concerned about the state of the world, and in the science fields. Maybe they will help change the world for the better.

#183 Prairie Gal on 08.28.19 at 10:49 pm

Congratulations! As the Dorothy to my own Garth, I know how hard she has worked, how much she has sacrificed, how much you must sometimes drive her crazy, and how very much she loves you. Wishing you both many more years of happiness.

#184 BlackDog on 08.28.19 at 10:49 pm

Oh yeah and congrats on 48 years of wedded bliss Garth. I won’t say how long my marriage has lasted but it is has been decades and I am a lot younger than you. Probably wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for the overpopulating we decided to do when I hit thirty. Can’t wait (eye balls rolling) till the offspring are all gone and hubby and I are alone together with time to figure out why we got married in the first place.

#185 SoggyShorts on 08.28.19 at 10:52 pm

Congrats!

BTW, am I misremembering or was Maple only supposed to be 20%? If so, how does 15% prefs fit?
I’ve had a great first year as a DIY investor so far, but I’m worried that I’ve been a cowboy and should rebalance to be more conservative.
Currently at
60% US equity ETFS
13% Developed
7% emerging
10% Canadian REIT
10% Canadian equity ETFS

100%

If I trimmed the US from 60 to 45, adding in 15% preffereds, that puts me up to 35% maple which seems high, no?

#186 Paul on 08.28.19 at 10:59 pm

I’ve been waiting 11 years for a picture of Dorothy. Congratulations to you both!

#187 Flamed out in Kitchener on 08.28.19 at 11:02 pm

All the best to you and your wonderful best friend, your wife Dorothy, on building a joyful life together over 48 years! A true example to all. And thank you for so many years of tirelessly trying to educate the steerage section to build their own futures and take some responsibility. The TFSA is the free ride to financial independence … for those who care to learn and understand.
I’m having an extra single malt in your honour.

#188 Basil Fawlty on 08.28.19 at 11:05 pm

Keep rocking Garth!

Basil the Dink

#189 Sam on 08.28.19 at 11:06 pm

Dorothy and Garth,
Congratulations on your anniversary!!!
Well deserved and thank you for all of your time.

#190 Hannah McBladesworth on 08.28.19 at 11:10 pm

Garth, with no kids, who gets your inheritance? Bandit or Douggie R?

#191 Not A Thing? on 08.28.19 at 11:13 pm

“Looking back, wouldn’t change a thing.”

I suggest that if you had shown some more humility and much less hubris, you might have gotten much further in achieving what you have been so eagerly pursuing your whole life. The lack of humility cost your political career, and the hubris is why many look elsewhere to invest. If you ditch the two, you will finally elevate above Kevin O’Leary

#192 Tim on 08.28.19 at 11:16 pm

Best wishes to you and Dorothy, Garth! Congratulations on your long marriage. That’s a rare and special accomplishment.

#193 Party on Garth on 08.28.19 at 11:23 pm

Garth. You forgot to put Bandit in the photo.

#194 Gulf Breeze on 08.28.19 at 11:27 pm

Congrats Dorothy and Garth!

I didn’t have kids either, for personal reasons more than anything else. At 64, I don’t regret that decision.

As I mentioned in a post the other day, I sold my gold miners on Friday, even though I figured they would go up. It damned near killed me. I gritted my teeth, while watching the Amazon burn and just did it.

I can’t be a party to what is going on. Gold isn’t a necessary commodity. It really is a barbaric relic and a terrible polluter. Not to mention some Canadian gold mining companies are being criticized for what they are doing in South America.

Other posters have mentioned fewer insects. There are also fewer birds where I am. When I read the stats on extinction that Garth also mentions here it causes me tremendous anguish.

I am doing my best to help others with their basic needs, putting my wants on a back burner, for the most part, and taking Prozac to deal with my dying Mother–the Earth.

This winter is going to be epic. We’re reaping a whirl wind…literally.

If anybody knows of a public company that is cleaning up the planet in really appreciable ways, please let me know.

#195 Spock on 08.28.19 at 11:28 pm

What a wonderful post.

Congratulations Garth and the Mrs. Wish you many more years together and god bless you and of course – Bandit.

#196 Armpit on 08.28.19 at 11:29 pm

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DORTHY AND GARTH
Happens to also be the National Red Wine day. Hope you enjoyed both!.

Nice to have seen the Wedding Pic as well.

#197 Viesia on 08.28.19 at 11:35 pm

Congratulations!!! I am Polish as well and I knew my husband for 3 months before we got married. It is 28 years later and we are still going. I didn’t have Polish music at my wedding, no Polish family with me so I was so sad :(

#198 akashic record on 08.28.19 at 11:48 pm

Congratulations!

48 years should be enough to let go even the memory of the worst wedding. Especially if the marriage is good. Letting go is key to good health and happiness – that’s what I wish to both of you.

#199 Jon B on 08.29.19 at 12:05 am

Congratulations GT. I think all of us blog dogs really do appreciate your guidance.

#200 Mark in Vic on 08.29.19 at 12:06 am

Happy Anniversary Garth! We share same anniversary albeit ours is 26 years not a colossal 48! Here’s to 48 more!

#201 Actual Meteorologist on 08.29.19 at 12:10 am

The weather is NOT getting worse.

Humans are mostly ignorant of how bad severe weather has been in the past, how hot it was in the 1900 – 1940 timeframe (INSANE heat waves in N America).

#202 April on 08.29.19 at 12:17 am

Happy Anniversary you two. And Bandit makes three. Perfect – a happy couple and a dog!

I agree with your blog tonight. My e-mail inbox is flooded every month with requests for help from groups working to save animals in horrible situations around the world. And this week the e-mails have been about the Amazon. You are right Garth, the more of us two legged beings on the earth the worse things seem to get.

Anyway, great post. And have a Happy Anniversary.

#203 Not So New guy on 08.29.19 at 12:18 am

Blessed.

And just letting you know…since you don’t have kids you are more than welcome to put me in your will. I don’t mind doing you that favor :)

#204 Sail Away on 08.29.19 at 12:23 am

Hey mister, turn that frown upside down. You’ve done a fine job with the marriage.

Btw, there are many toads still out there. Sometimes eyesight gets fuzzy with age, though. I thought frogs and toads were getting scarce until the kids found them everywhere.

#205 Blacksheep on 08.29.19 at 12:44 am

Congrats Dorothy & Garth!

#206 Not So New guy on 08.29.19 at 12:47 am

This reminds me of a joke.

Behind every great man…

…is a woman with her arms crossed rolling her eyes. :D

#207 I'm Still Around on 08.29.19 at 12:57 am

Congrats Garth and thank you for all that you do

#208 Tracey on 08.29.19 at 1:18 am

Beautiful wife, beautiful life – well done. Congratulations and blessings to you both.

#209 Loon on 08.29.19 at 1:20 am

Much love, thanks for putting up with us !

#210 Smoking Man on 08.29.19 at 1:23 am

Dorothy if you knew the real me you would like me a lot., would love my wife of 36 years.

But my job is to deprogram the over scholled mental cases here. Your hubby knows me.. Fellow Risk taker.

Looking good Dorathy.. Your man, he’s
Ugly……get him to shave the beard. Murder him if he used Gillette.

#211 Stylite on 08.29.19 at 1:54 am

This blog is a gem. Bless you both! Some of the comments on this one are so rough to read. You really do have a big heart though! Keep it up bud.

#212 Smoking Man on 08.29.19 at 2:26 am

It’s a shit hole now. .. Except for orange country.

https://youtu.be/N-aK6JnyFmk

#213 Jimers on 08.29.19 at 2:34 am

Beautiful woman Garth, you lucky dog.

#214 Smoking Man on 08.29.19 at 2:38 am

Driving a Volkswagen I stole back in the day in fort Lauderdale, can’t remember the year. But this song was playing..

https://youtu.be/P5ZJui3aPoQ

#215 Dries on 08.29.19 at 2:46 am

Congrats! Awesome adventure:)

#216 Midnights on 08.29.19 at 4:08 am

Armstrong on heatwaves…

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/climate/heatwaves-are-serious-only-on-a-sustained-basis/

And your a lucky man Garth and all the best.

#217 Soggy Bottom Boomer on 08.29.19 at 4:15 am

Congratulations to my second favourite financial advisor and his charming wife on their Anniversary!

#218 Al Whyley on 08.29.19 at 5:18 am

Happy Anniversary.
You’re viewing the world through the eyes of doomsayers. Try looking at it the way you look at the market. Stay invested and don’t believe every scary so called expert that is preaching doom and gloom.

#219 Just wondering on 08.29.19 at 7:09 am

Hey Garth, is that your bank in the background?

After these comments I’m renaming it the Bank of Dorothy. – Garth

#220 Dr. Human on 08.29.19 at 7:12 am

“And then what? The economy also educated you, provides your health care and social protection. Life is not about extremes, but wise choices. Oh yeah, and not being a dick. – Garth”

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Now that the obligatory suck-up is out of the way (kidding)…

Children who grow up to be adults are probably the biggest source of providing health care and social protection. People have to be running and employed in all those corporations to expand your portfolio earnings.

I’m not sure why you and your wife decided not to have kids and what the circumstances were, it is none of anyone’s business. Nor does that decision make you any less of a couple.

However, I do sense a strong defensiveness there. Perhaps other people made you feel bad about it? Shame on them. Just live your lives.

#221 Catalyst on 08.29.19 at 7:48 am

Congratulations to you both – that is quite an accomplishment in this day and age.

#222 pathcontrolmonk on 08.29.19 at 7:49 am

Thanks for sharing Garth, I was born in the year you were married and now only married for 10 years. If I live for 38 more years, I am sure my wife will be as hot as yours, but expect I will be more curmudgeonly than you. Congratulations.

#223 RedKnave on 08.29.19 at 7:52 am

Dorothy, my deepest sympathies.
Garth, you lucky sumbtch.
Party on!

#224 Mohammad on 08.29.19 at 8:01 am

Garth is starting to sound like Thanos from the Avengers. Kidding obviously. Happy anniversary to you and your wife.

#225 Daniel on 08.29.19 at 8:05 am

She is hot! You should be smiling!

#226 Hathor on 08.29.19 at 8:14 am

Happy Anniversary!

#227 Big Mike on 08.29.19 at 8:15 am

Agree with this completely. Too many people.

#228 Intelligent man on 08.29.19 at 8:17 am

The problem isn’t companies polluting – it’s us!!

No one wants to accept this. Companies exist because we buy the crap. Stop buying crap to fill your ugly house which looks like everyone else’s and they won’t keep making it.

#229 Alec on 08.29.19 at 8:22 am

Hi Garth,

I’m curious about your decision (as a young millennial who’s torn on the decision) what led you to decide not to have a family? Especially in your generation I feel like there was more pressure!

We did not get married to have kids. We married to be together and do interesting stuff. The world has enough children. – Garth

#230 Almost There on 08.29.19 at 8:30 am

Congratulations! Lunenburg looks good on you!

#231 Earlybird on 08.29.19 at 8:32 am

Wow…she is just beautiful, did you ever luck out!
“No kids” was the best decision we ever made….frees up time and resources to help others! Thanks for all you do!

#232 dharma bum on 08.29.19 at 8:35 am

You saved mucho dinero by not having children, lemme tell ya!
I had 3.
That amounted to several hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially since I funded their respective educations.
That’s just the way the cookie crumbled for us.
Not that I regret it, though.
It’s just that it boils my blood when I read that others chime in with their opinions of your choice being “selfish”. Why are “other people” always so dumb?
Speaking of others, and the population being outta control, there are simply too darn many people in this world, so thank you for doing your part to help minimize that problem. (I certainly didn’t help any!)
Anyway, happy anniversary.
You guys make a great looking couple.

#233 Polozified on 08.29.19 at 8:36 am

The only regret I have about my wedding is that I got the vegetarian meal. What the dong was I thinking?

#234 TurnerNation on 08.29.19 at 8:36 am

A poster for Canada’s Climate Change Couple :-)

Of course we’d expect the changes to allow certain species’ overdevelopment. We’re being over run by. ..nothing?

Witches. ..everywhere. .we must hunt them down. Everything old is new again.
Fly over North America and enjoy the vastness of pristine untouched fertile land. A bounty ,we’ll not be allowed enjoyment .

#235 dharma bum on 08.29.19 at 8:39 am

https://imgc.artprintimages.com/img/print/american-gothic-1930_u-l-pgiohp0.jpg?h=550&w=550

#236 Lisa on 08.29.19 at 8:39 am

Congratulations! You are indeed blessed to have this lady to put up with you and support your endeavours. Still hoping she might do a guest post but she looks far too sensible for such nonsense! Cheers!

#237 milly on 08.29.19 at 8:43 am

Congrats on your anniversary! You should have posted this lovely picture side-by-side with your wedding photo, I always love seeing retro pictures and styles!

#238 n1tro on 08.29.19 at 9:03 am

Garth,

Why didn’t you spell out the secret to your success?

Happy wife, happy life.

#239 Leftygroove on 08.29.19 at 9:21 am

Sincere congrats to you both! And an FU to the Scheer wanna-be commenters pontificating on what marriage should or shouldn’t be about.

#240 baloney Sandwitch on 08.29.19 at 9:28 am

Congratulation & Best Wishes. Looking forward to the 50th anniversary blog.

#241 Oakville Rocks! on 08.29.19 at 9:42 am

Congrats Garth! and thank you to Dorothy for allowing you to run for parliament and serve as my MP.

Hope your adventure together continues for many more years and that you continue to allow us to be a part of it.

Best wishes always!

#242 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.29.19 at 9:44 am

Speaking of Marriage.

The 1st Crime committed in Space……. 100% American made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxgGYeJ8Y5s

#243 Bravo on 08.29.19 at 9:56 am

Dorothy is obviously an intelligent person. To pick at partner driven by a moral compass is not obvious at age 2 (there is no way she is over 50)!

Congrats mon ami.

#244 Robert Ash on 08.29.19 at 10:04 am

Hey Garth and Dorthy Congratulations, on 48 years.. time flies, and you remind us, occassionally to relax and take a break and enjoy life… It is great when folks, like you want to help others, and are serious about that goal… it would be great if more people had your attitude, and Dorthy’s as well… what’s next man!

#245 James on 08.29.19 at 10:16 am

Happy anniversary to the both of you. I hope I can make it to 48 years like you two. I’m only at 10 so far. You have done well and live a good life, nothing wrong with being successful and content.

Just returned last night from my place up on Lake Joseph Road where the locals are talking about the “incident.” I mentioned previously July 18th in the blog about similarities to Salt-spring Island that we have a few similar islands up at my cottage here where I can see them just off Lake Joseph Road. The party time just off Hamer Bay road is insane. These are extremely wealthy people with bad habits. Just a matter of time before a tragic event was to came to pass.

#246 Canadian Moose on 08.29.19 at 10:26 am

Oh my, congratulations are definitely in order. Happy Anniversary to you Garth and Dorothy.

Truly remarkable and the definition of LOVE!

Cheers from the Hinterland

#247 Felix on 08.29.19 at 10:39 am

She looks smart. Definitely a cat lady. But don’t feel inferior Mr Turner, you can still improve.

#248 Adrian on 08.29.19 at 10:54 am

Happy Anniversary Garth and Dorothy!

I’ve been reading your BLOG for what must be approaching 10 years. I’m not one to comment but thought today was the day.

Thanks for your BLOG and everything you’ve contributed to Canada through your various ventures and your time in the public service.

#249 Jesse on 08.29.19 at 10:57 am

Congrats Garth! Sadly, us millennials are forgoing long term relationships/marriage for short term fun or just one night stands. Instagram has young women chasing likes and online comments of adoration over long term boyfriends/husbands. Porn has most men under 25 completely addicted to the point they prefer virtual sex over real sex…good luck getting one of these guys to look away from their laptop with 20 incognito browsers open. Marriage rates are down, and so are fertility rates. Millennials are approaching 40 and are about to hit their mid-life crisis at a time of extreme loneliness and depression…

I wonder where this is all heading…?

#250 Bartman on 08.29.19 at 11:02 am

Congratulations to you and your beautiful wife Garth!
Love reading your blog, rarely comment, but had to with this one.

#251 FL on 08.29.19 at 11:13 am

Congratulations!

#252 debtified on 08.29.19 at 11:27 am

Happy Anniversary, Garth/Dorothy! Congratulations and wish you both many more years of marital bliss to come.

Thank you for everything, both of you!

#253 GCR1968 on 08.29.19 at 11:33 am

Thank you for this fantastic blog and all your hard work.

Happy Wedding Anniversary to you both.

Beautiful Picture.

I celebrate my 20th this year and unlike you my wedding was fantastic and unforgettable. My wife and I won the grand prize at a wedding show in 99. Yep – all expenses paid, including a honeymoon.
Everything went down without a hitch.

She’s the best and I Wouldn’t change a thing.

#254 Flop... on 08.29.19 at 11:46 am

Population is one thing, what about the explosion of debt?

In 1971 Americans probably owed 550b in mortgage debt.

I want to remain childless, so I will continue to look at financial charts each anniversary…

M45BC

“Mortgage Debt Spiral Accelerates to All-Time High

Since the 1940s, housing prices have soared to new levels. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median home value in the U.S. was $30,600 in 1940 (adjusted for inflation). By 2017, that number was $193,500. Not surprisingly, as housing prices increase, so does the amount of mortgage debt that a homebuyer must take on in order to afford a home. Our new visualization takes a closer look at how mortgage debt in the U.S. has changed over time.

Evolution of the Mortgage Debt – Every Five Years

1953 – $112 billion
1958 – $187.8 billion
1963 – $297.6 billion
1968 – $424.5 billion
1973 – $694.2 billion
1978 – $1.21 trillion
1983 – $1.94 trillion
1988 – $3.28 trillion
1993 – $4.18 trillion
1998 – $5.6 trillion
2003 – $9.37 trillion
2008 – $14.69 trillion
2013 – $13.34 trillion
2018 – $15.44 trillion

https://howmuch.net/articles/mortgage-debt-outstanding-by-year

#255 Prince Polo on 08.29.19 at 12:25 pm

Are you saying that you wish that there had been more accordion?? :)

#256 Sail away on 08.29.19 at 12:34 pm

Interlisted stocks and exchange commission:

Many on here probably already know this, but for those who don’t…

As an investor, there’s no reason to ever pay exchange commissions between USD and CAD. Norbert’s Gambit can be used, and maybe even simpler is allowing dividends to accumulate in your currency of choice with interlisted stocks.

You’ll need USD and CAD non-reg investing accounts as well as a USD savings or checking account.

Then buy an interlisted stock (ENB, BCE, T, FTS, etc…) in CAD, have the brokerage journal it to your US account, and allow dividends to accumulate as USD cash for use as needed. A healthy US portfolio can throw off a lot of cash. Easy peasy. Keep your money in your own pocket because 2% matters.

#257 Almost A Boomer on 08.29.19 at 12:46 pm

Congratulations to both of you.

We’ve just celebrated 46 years of marriage and although it has not always been easy, we believe we are very, very fortunate. As are you and Dorothy.

Too many people (especially politicians, media and the naive) ignore the fact that the extreme population growth in the last fifty years is responsible for many problems.

#258 WIN not lose on 08.29.19 at 1:35 pm

Congratulations!
Will you post any wedding pics?

#259 AB Boxster on 08.29.19 at 1:54 pm

Re: having children

It’s seriously no ones business as to why a couple decides to have children, or to not have children.

Its also seriously absurd for people who decide to not have children, to preach to those that decide to have children.

People that have children are selfish. How the hell would you know. You have not had any.

It’s a little like only eating vanilla ice cream, and yet preaching to the rest of the world that they should not eat chocolate. Even though they have never tried chocolate themselves.

This is classic virtue signalling based on their vast knowledge and experience of: nothing.

If you have had children, then you really know what it is like to not have had children, and to have had children. I would suggest that you have the right to a reasoned opinion on the topic, knowing both sides.

For those espousing the belief that they will sacrifice having children in order to save the world from overpopulation, well perhaps its better not to have their progeny as part of the gene pool.

The world needs more intelligent people to address it challenges, not just more people.

https://business.financialpost.com/technology/teslas-elon-musk-debated-alibabas-jack-ma-in-china-the-audience-was-spellbound

For someone arguing against others being preachy, that was a work of art in hypocrisy. – Garth

#260 Tater on 08.29.19 at 1:54 pm

153 pierre gauthier on 08.28.19 at 9:06 pm
congrats Garth! you should do a post on structured notes sometimes, interesting new market
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These are not new at all, Canadian banks have been selling them for 15 years at least. And the only thing interesting is the amount of fees they have embedded in them.

#261 Tater on 08.29.19 at 1:55 pm

Congratulations on the anniversary Garth. I would have only guessed that you are 60ish, so my first thought was that you got married as a teenager!

#262 jess on 08.29.19 at 1:59 pm

Ukrainian real estate play in Cleveland highlights need to know the beneficial owner: Tom Cardamone (Opinion)
Posted Aug 28, 5:37 AM

By Guest Columnist, cleveland.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier this year, an important legal complaint filed in the state of Delaware alleged that two Ukrainian oligarchs laundered hundreds of millions of dollars via opaque shell companies in a venture that enriched themselves and, in turn, made them the largest commercial real estate holders in Cleveland.”

alleged –
unjust enrichment, for fraudulent transfer under state laws (including Delaware and Ohio), for violations of Ohio’s RICO statute, and for civil conspiracy.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/images/royaltyfree/kolomoisky_case.pdf

#263 SERGEY ORLOV on 08.29.19 at 2:17 pm

Congrats Garth to you, your family and to our humanity. All the best!

#264 SimplyPut7 on 08.29.19 at 2:18 pm

Happy Anniversary!

#265 Piano_Man87 on 08.29.19 at 2:21 pm

Thank you for raising the issue of climate change and our huge population, Garth. These are issues that are constantly on my mind.

You might be aware of the forecasts recently published showing a decline in worldwide GDP by 2100 due to environmental constraints like climate change. Makes you wonder if the whole “buy the market” strategy that index investing more or less represents has much more time to yield its 7% YoY average gains.

#266 Andrew on 08.29.19 at 2:26 pm

Congrats!

Wishing you 48 more healthy, happy years together. While I also worry about the state the world will be in down-the-road, hopefully humanity will have figured things out by then. One can always “hope” :)

#267 n1tro on 08.29.19 at 2:27 pm

#259 AB Boxster on 08.29.19 at 1:54 pm
Re: having children

It’s seriously no ones business as to why a couple decides to have children, or to not have children.

Its also seriously absurd for people who decide to not have children, to preach to those that decide to have children.
—————-
I’d support your position if it wasn’t for the fact that so many are having children and not being responsible for them but rather depending on the government or society to bear the burden.

Garth is partially right, there are too many people on the planet. The hard truth that no one wants to face is that a good chunk of them need to die like any other ecosystem where there demand exceed resources.

Contrary to current “progressive” thinking, I don’t believe the answer is to make everyone else suffer equality through wealth transfer.

#268 TR on 08.29.19 at 2:35 pm

Big congrats to you and your lovely wife Garth! All the best for the next 48!

You’re absolutely right btw, too many ppl getting married for all the wrong reasons (ie. kids, and security…in the form of bricks and mortar). There really are enough kids in the world already, and sadly many are without parents and/or a home.

A sincere thank you for continuing to educate (and humour) us year round. Cheers!

#269 Grey Dog on 08.29.19 at 3:15 pm

Congratulations Garth and Dorothy on your Wedding Anniversary!

It is very apparent from all the time and patience you take educating and moderating the blog dogs Garth, there are days that poor Dorothy probably wants to throw your computer out some window high high up in downtown Toronto!

Blessings to you both…what a team!

#270 Ronaldo on 08.29.19 at 3:30 pm

They say that behind every good man there is a good woman. Here’s the proof. Congrats Garth and Dorothy. Hoping you have many more years together. Keep up the good work.

#271 Ronaldo on 08.29.19 at 3:34 pm

And the quote is just as true in reverse.

http://courtneyreissig.com/blog/2019/1/23/behind-every-good-woman-stands-a-good-man

#272 Jesse on 08.29.19 at 3:47 pm

Garth is partially right, there are too many people on the planet. The hard truth that no one wants to face is that a good chunk of them need to die like any other ecosystem where there demand exceed resources.

Contrary to current “progressive” thinking, I don’t believe the answer is to make everyone else suffer equality through wealth transfer.
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That’s kind of a non-sense answer. Western populations have been declining for a long time. The only reason the US population is growing is because of immigration. Africa’s population is EXPLODING but only because of western intervention (lot’s of money). The world will re-balance: “Life, uh…finds a way.”

#273 n1tro on 08.29.19 at 4:16 pm

#272 Jesse on 08.29.19 at 3:47 pm
Garth is partially right, there are too many people on the planet. The hard truth that no one wants to face is that a good chunk of them need to die like any other ecosystem where there demand exceed resources.

Contrary to current “progressive” thinking, I don’t believe the answer is to make everyone else suffer equality through wealth transfer.
************************************

That’s kind of a non-sense answer. Western populations have been declining for a long time. The only reason the US population is growing is because of immigration. Africa’s population is EXPLODING but only because of western intervention (lot’s of money). The world will re-balance: “Life, uh…finds a way.”
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Non-sense in that West for the most part is guilted into transferring wealth to 3rd world countries in the form of the carbon tax? If so, that was my point. Wildlife loss, forest destruction, pollution….where is it mostly happening? In those regions, are the birthrates increasing or decreasing?

The world will re-balance: “Life, uh…finds a way.” <– Nope.
The world will re-balance: "Nature, will force the way."… aka "A lot of crying and plenty of dying" in the future.

#274 Sask to AB on 08.29.19 at 4:36 pm

Congratulations Dorothy and Garth!
We celebrated our 22nd anniversary this spring.
What a milestone! Wishing you all the best.

F56AB

#275 Jesse on 08.29.19 at 5:16 pm

#273 n1tro on 08.29.19 at 4:16 pm
#272 Jesse on 08.29.19 at 3:47 pm

Non-sense in that West for the most part is guilted into transferring wealth to 3rd world countries in the form of the carbon tax? If so, that was my point. Wildlife loss, forest destruction, pollution….where is it mostly happening? In those regions, are the birthrates increasing or decreasing?

The world will re-balance: “Life, uh…finds a way.” <– Nope.
The world will re-balance: "Nature, will force the way."… aka "A lot of crying and plenty of dying" in the future.
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I'm not sure what you mean, populations are shrinking in the west, but exploding in the developed regions (especially Africa). Developed countries can't support that many people so they migrate north to the EU and USA (the news loves to blame climate change).

Eventually we'll reach a tipping point and a financial or political crisis will emerge and reset the problem for us. Us humans seem to be suckers for pain as we often ignore history.

#276 Marco on 08.29.19 at 6:24 pm

Anyway, I love my wife. Brave statement in the age of me too and all media bashing of hetero couples.
Well, for kids I regret than people like you do not have any because I am sure that they would be responsible human beings. A lot of bad kids are running around with loaded guns and nobody keep their parents responsible.
I am 40 years wed and hope will reach 50 and beyond.

#277 Marco on 08.29.19 at 6:31 pm

And, yes I believe that rich will have to contribute to poor otherwise poor will come and rob your fine homes.
Forget about fine dining under Gardiner with a view of homeless tents. It is too cynical and when adult people are cynical they are either stupid or evil or both….

#278 Marco on 08.29.19 at 6:38 pm

Well, global warming is a reality because Sun is hotter now and is happened before. What I do not like about all that chatter is that Al Gore made more than 300 millions preaching and guess what? Now he is flush and he ditched his old lady and get a new one…
Because now he can afford it, right?

#279 Valentino on 08.29.19 at 9:10 pm

Dorothy, dump the dweeb and come away with me.

#280 Robin on 08.29.19 at 11:17 pm

Happy Anniversary Garth and Dorothy. Honestly, though, you should be smiling in the photo. Dorothy is.

#281 Oakville Sucks on 08.29.19 at 11:25 pm

Congrats!

Can’t help but think what a good looking couple together!

#282 Oakville Sucks on 08.29.19 at 11:30 pm

#279 Valentino on 08.29.19 at 9:10 pm
Dorothy, dump the dweeb and come away with me.

I think she’d much rather be with a guy who writes about finances and making money than a guy who reads and dreams about making it.

#283 Anna on 08.30.19 at 6:46 am

Congrats Garth! What a lovely couple you are ☺️

I’m sorry that you faced judgement about not having kids. I suspect most of us younger folks don’t really care whether people do or don’t choose to have kids (and some can’t), as long as those who do are good and loving parents who raise their kids to be good citizens and to take care of the planet!

#284 GLK on 08.30.19 at 8:39 am

Happy anniversary Dorothy and Garth.
I wish you better ahead.
GLK

#285 Fabio on 08.30.19 at 10:44 am

Happy Anniversary!

#286 GoldnSilver on 08.30.19 at 11:41 am

Happy Anniversary Dorothy and Garth

My wife and I just celebrated our 49th. Married not long after finishing high school. Dated throughout high school as well. Listening to your comments made me smile as I’m sure you and Dorothy, like us perhaps are totally tuned in together in so many ways. Thereby making for a long and lasting, fun and compatible relationship.
Once again Happy 48th Anniversary and cheers to many more.

GnS

#287 Scott on 08.30.19 at 3:28 pm

Garth just let his endorsement for the upcoming election slip.

THANOS2019

Congrats and wish you many more happy years together :)

#288 Dave on 08.30.19 at 7:04 pm

Congratulations