Germ warfare

If you haven’t changed your pants in two weeks, you’re probably working from home. Isolated. So, like, what’s the point? Maybe you don’t need pants at all.

Millions of people aren’t going to the office, the shop floor, the store or visiting clients any more. They haven’t for months. And more months to come. Working remotely hasn’t happened on this scale since before the Industrial Revolution when peasants were paid for the piece-work they turned out at home, in hovels shared with rats and kids. So not much has changed (fewer rats, though).

Yesterday we weighed in on elevators, office towers, cubicles and commuting. Last week we had a poll showing most people think their productivity at home is just peachy. There are a lot of folks who believe, in a post-pandemic world, that the old model of herding wage slaves into enclosed spaces overlorded by supervisors and vice presidents is, well, medieval. When everybody is online, on tap, on call connected all the time, why do we need to share an office? Especially when it takes hours and dollars to get there?

We’ll see if this is really a change. Or just a hiatus.

In any case, let’s discuss how you, the home worker in questionable underwear, can benefit from not going to the workplace. Assuming you’re still gainfully employed it’s possible to write off a number of residential expenses that would normally be paid in after-tax dollars. This is because a portion of your house is, in effect, being used by your employer as an extension of the office. So you get a break – on your 2020 income taxes. Fight back. Germ warfare.

But be careful. This will take a bit of work.

First, the boss has to promise you’ll get a signed copy of Form T2200, which is a Declaration of Conditions of Employment, with one little box at the bottom of page 1 checked off. That line reads, “Did you require the employee to pay other expenses for which he or she did not receive any allowance or reimbursement?” Yes. Check.

Here’s the form – you can download it from the CRA site to get signed by the company and included in your tax return for this year.

The CRA normally requires people deducting expenses for an office outside the workplace to use it for at least 50% of their total work time during the year. That may not be possible in 2020 if you’re called back in a couple of months, but let’s assume the meanies at RevCan relent and change the rules (which they will).

So what can you legitimately deduct?

The list includes paper, pens, staples, computer supplies, new equipment you have to purchase, repairs to your printer, yellow stickies, Tums and anything else necessary to do your job (except alcohol). Plus you can claim the cost of your Internet connection (but not Netflix), and a portion of the running costs of the house – heat, electricity, water. But not the mortgage, property taxes, condo fees, office furniture or capital improvements to the work space unless you are self-employed. In that case you can even deduct depreciation, but not on a spouse. Keep records. Every receipt and bill.

The amount of deductible home operating costs must relate to the actual square footage of your work area – for example, 20% of the area of the residence. Be realistic. Don’t cheat. Not worth it.

Then there’s the car.  If used in the course of generating income – visiting clients, going to Staples for supplies, delivering work product – there are more deductible expenses. Gas, insurance, maintenance, license cost, usage can be claimed in part. Also the lease payment (a good argument to rent a car, instead of owning, since accounting is simpler). Keep a detailed log of every trip, including date and distance. Record the odometer readings. Retain fuel slips. The CRA loves to disallow sloppy vehicle claims.

Be aware if you accept reimbursement from your employer for any of these costs they’re no longer deductible. And cheese doodles consumed while typing reports or loading Zoom are not a write-off.

A final word on taxes: that traditional April 30th deadline for filing the 2019 return was pushed out to June 1st. And you need not pay any outstanding balances until the first of September. Yay. If you’re self-employed, everything has to be filed by the middle of June.

Now, regarding those pants. Sheesh. Get some dignity.

About the picture: “That guy was walking in front of me in the No Frills supermarket this afternoon,” writes blog dog DB, from Thornhill, “and I thought that it would make a funny photo for one of your posts – about how insanely scared so many people are.”

 

258 comments ↓

#1 just a dude on 05.12.20 at 2:23 pm

“In that case you can even deduct depreciation, but not on a spouse.”

Thanks, Garth – needed a good laugh today and that line did it.

#2 Blog Bunny on 05.12.20 at 2:26 pm

God loves warriors, not pussies.

#3 Rolldaddy of Surrey on 05.12.20 at 2:27 pm

Of course, if your job can be done from home, it can obviously be done from India, or the Philipines ar some other place with far cheaper labour costs, so don’t get too comfortable. Also, consider that you might well be considered a non essential employee, if you are not missed.
The other thing to consider is whether you are producing anything of value from your desk. What is the end product and is your role economically viable? Don’t kid yourselves

#4 Attrition on 05.12.20 at 2:27 pm

Wait a sec.

I thought no one was ever working again and the world ended forever (this time) back in March.

Did I miss it?

#5 Howard on 05.12.20 at 2:30 pm

#216 CRA is coming on 05.12.20 at 1:36 pm
Just saw in the news this morning CRA has red flag 200,000 CERB payments! and I saw on twitter some bank refused to give a mortgage because when they reviewed his banking he was getting paid and getting CERB. His answer to the bank well everyone is applying.

The sad point is if everyone spends the money the government will have a hard time recovering the money from deadbeats.
But CRA does have longgggggggggg memories
200,000 that’s unbelievable whats that 3%?
That’s just the quick scans, imagine deep audits!
I still think public shaming, print the names!

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Yes but Trudeau told the CRA not to go after CERB frauds.

I expect the CRA will investigate these frauds with the same vigour with which it investigated money launderers. Like being hit with a wet noodle.

https://nationalpost.com/news/do-not-impose-a-stop-pay-federal-workers-ordered-to-ignore-cheating-in-cerb-and-ei-claims?video_autoplay=true

#6 Felix on 05.12.20 at 2:39 pm

Nothing wrong with being a cat, and being around them will help you get out of this crisis and live longer. Science proves it.

Having a dog, however, will doom you to early extinction.

Choices are tough for low IQ canine fans……..

#7 Linda on 05.12.20 at 2:53 pm

Thanks to blog dog DB for the smile:)

About today’s post. Working from home might become the norm post Covid, especially with many employers looking to cut costs. Those shiny tower digs aren’t cheap, though one does wonder if employees will be expected to continue to occupy digs for which the rental is still being paid. Because there is a cost to the employer to set up employees to work from home. Can’t see a lot of enthusiasm to pay to keep the employees working at home AND pay for expensive empty space that those employees would normally occupy. Even if half the space can’t be occupied in order to maintain the social distancing rules we are all supposed to abide by even as the first cautious steps are being taken to reopen the economy.

#8 Armpit on 05.12.20 at 2:55 pm

CNE announce they will not open this summer… I wonder about the rural Fall Fairs?

It ain’t over, folks

#9 Sold Out on 05.12.20 at 2:58 pm

About the picture: “That guy was walking in front of me in the No Frills supermarket this afternoon,” writes blog dog DB, from Thornhill, “and I thought that it would make a funny photo for one of your posts – about how insanely scared so many people are.”

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What is so difficult to understand about masks?

The dude in the pic isn’t wearing a mask because he’s afraid of contracting the virus; he’s wearing because he doesn’t want to transmit the virus.

Don’t be Patient 31:

https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-HEALTH-SOUTHKOREA-CLUSTERS/0100B5G33SB/index.html

And that happened in a country that actually tests and traces contacts. Imagine that damage in Canada or the US.

#10 Figure it Out on 05.12.20 at 3:03 pm

That feeling when you slide a T2200 across your boss’s desk and he slides a Form 1 right back at you.

#11 Lambchop on 05.12.20 at 3:03 pm

Trudeau has been keeping himself busy in his leadership isolation.

“Critics were questioning the Trudeau government’s Security Council campaign even before the global pandemic upended government agendas around the world. Now, the government is saying Canada needs to be at the big table to have a say in how the world recovers from the pandemic — even though the Security Council has been relatively silent on the crisis to date.”

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5556149

So Trudeau wants to have a say as to how the world recovers from covid, but not a single peep as to how the country he is meant to be in charge of might go about this recovery.
At least now we know exactly where his priorities are.

What a farce.

#12 CJohnC on 05.12.20 at 3:04 pm

Great post. Do you expect using these deductions (because of the virus) to affect the capital gains exemption on your primary residence.

Not at all. – Garth

#13 cramar on 05.12.20 at 3:05 pm

What’s this!? T2 is giving more money away today as usual. But today it is for seniors…to compensate for “hardships!” Like I really need it!

He must think that giving everybody free money from a bottomless well will guarantee his re-election. Sadly he is right.

It is not us Boomers who are screwed it is the Millennials and younger.

#14 Elementary Schools on 05.12.20 at 3:10 pm

How can people go back to work outside of their homes if elementary kids may not be able to go back to school?

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/12/more-than-50-kids-in-new-york-city-have-coronavirus-inflammatory-syndrome-mayor-says.html

#15 conan on 05.12.20 at 3:10 pm

The amount of deductible home operating costs must relate to the actual square footage of your work area – for example, 20% of the area of the residence. Be realistic. Don’t cheat. Not worth it. – Garth

My guess is that putting down 20 % is a one way ticket to being audited. 10 percent, however, should sail through.

Not if you live in a 500-square-foot condo. – Garth

#16 Overheardyou on 05.12.20 at 3:13 pm

My bet is this is just a blip on the radar. Given enough time, people need human interaction, a handshake is not the same as a video conference and new things get old fast. Plus if I were signing a contract, real trust can’t be established through digital means.

#17 Ronaldo on 05.12.20 at 3:15 pm

#3 Rolldaddy of Surrey on 05.12.20 at 2:27 pm
Of course, if your job can be done from home, it can obviously be done from India, or the Philipines ar some other place with far cheaper labour costs, so don’t get too comfortable. Also, consider that you might well be considered a non essential employee, if you are not missed.
The other thing to consider is whether you are producing anything of value from your desk. What is the end product and is your role economically viable? Don’t kid yourselves
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You bet, and you had better be worth the $35 s.f. that you are occupying under that desk.

#18 Grandv!ew on 05.12.20 at 3:15 pm

Why is something like this even allowed to happen. And to be encouraged by the government is even more appalling.
It appears no one believes there will be any consequences to cheating.

https://nationalpost.com/news/do-not-impose-a-stop-pay-federal-workers-ordered-to-ignore-cheating-in-cerb-and-ei-claims

#19 jess on 05.12.20 at 3:15 pm

the red flags were on “applications” does not mean they paid out ? and so…why taxpayers paying for ppe?

“Slaughterhouse profits flow through tax havens to keep Cargill billionaires rich while our money pays for their protective gear.

The Cargill meat plant in High River, Alberta, where 2,000 workers and another 600 in the community are now infected.
It took the largest Covid-19 outbreak in Canada to put a spotlight on food conglomerate Cargill ’s safety measures at its Alberta slaughterhouse, and with public funding going to help the corporation, it’s time their finances face greater scrutiny as well.
A recent investigation by Canadians for Tax Fairness found that Cargill, the largest privately held company in the world, channels most of the profits from its Canadian operations to its American billionaire owners through holding companies based in the tax haven of Luxembourg. Cargill also has a major financing and trading subsidiary based in Switzerland and subsidiaries based in Caribbean tax havens of Bahamas, Barbados and the British Virgin Islands.
Although Cargill’s ultra-wealthy owners have more than $50 billion net worth among them, the corporation failed to provide adequate PPE to workers at its Alberta plant, where half its 2,000 employees and another 600 in the community were infected by Covid-19. Most of the workers at their Canadian slaughterhouses are recent immigrants or temporary foreign workers, with starting wages at about $20 an hour, who face pressure to show up to work even if conditions aren’t safe. The company was recently forced to shut down a Quebec facility due to another outbreak among 13% of its workforce.
Despite opposition from workers and the union, Cargill re-opened its High River, Alberta plant last week. Days later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $252 million in aid for farmers as well as food processors like Cargill, which could also be eligible for the federal wage subsidy.
While the safety of workers and Canada’s food supply is the biggest priority, the Cargill case raises serious questions, such as how much public funding is going to private companies that use tax havens and what assurances are there that money will go to help workers — not billionaire owners?
As we’ve been urging for weeks, Canada needs conditions in place to ensure billions in aid aren’t flowing to corporations and owners that don’t pay their fair share. The union that represents the Cargill and other workers in the food processing industry has also been critical of these corporate hand-outs with few strings attached. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has insisted that taxpayer money to corporations must first guarantee the health and safety of workers – and food workers must have a say in determining the conditions of their own health and safety.

#20 Sail away on 05.12.20 at 3:20 pm

Our physical offices will always remain. When designs need coordination, it’s far more efficient to do it with the team in a single office.

So, for engineering, I think at least 50-75% in-office requirement will continue. For us, this is the same as before. We’re all on laptops and VPN for work from anywhere…

#21 Dolce Vita on 05.12.20 at 3:32 pm

Oh Garth, just admit it, you love playing hookie from the office just like everyone else even though you are the Principal of your firm (2 Blogs in a row husting for this). ;-)

One thing for sure, this whole work from home meme will have the Organizational Behaviorists throwing out every book they have ever written on Corporate Culture, Team Building, Corporate Soothsayers, etc. out the window. Ought to be interesting with what they come up with if indeed the Zoom meme becomes reality.

Speaking of Zoom, SNL had a pretty good take-off about a month ago, the Secret…, oops, the Admin. Assistants were priceless:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3byTN8NTCkc

#22 jess on 05.12.20 at 3:34 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUUhDoCx8zc

#23 Yukon Elvis on 05.12.20 at 3:35 pm

#14 cramar on 05.12.20 at 3:05 pm
What’s this!? T2 is giving more money away today as usual. But today it is for seniors…to compensate for “hardships!” Like I really need it!

He must think that giving everybody free money from a bottomless well will guarantee his re-election. Sadly he is right.

It is not us Boomers who are screwed it is the Millennials and younger.
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The daily briefings / giveaways are a summer long stealth election campaign with no competition from the Cons or the NDP. The Libs are busy behind the scenes restructuring the country as they would have it. No federal budget until after the fall snap election. Their platform will be free stuff and covert wealth redistribution through taxation. Ponies for all. The 32 % will elect them again.

#24 Dolce Vita on 05.12.20 at 3:39 pm

#70 Don Guillermo, yesterday.

Searched for Babylon Berlin on Netflix Italia and could not find it. We usually get other European productions, hopefully it will come soon. The viewer reviews look very good. Thank you for that. End of the roaring 20’s though, set in 1929 they say at Rotten Tomatoes.

I wonder if they will get into the Great Depression when Hoover repatriated American reconstruction funds for Germany and in effect, exported the American depression to Europe?

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#98 Howard, yesterday

Yes, I know Howard. As of late, devouring everything I can find on YouTube about the 1918 pandemic, how they coped and what came out of it.

Deflation expected but it was regional. Where there were a lot of deaths, there was worker wage Inflation. Surprisingly, there was little labour mobility back then.

Another economic take on the 1918 pandemic is by the prescient St. Louis Fed’s (November 2007):

“Economic Effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Implications for a Modern-day Pandemic.”

https://www.stlouisfed.org/~/media/files/pdfs/community-development/research-reports/pandemic_flu_report.pdf

The Wikipedia link you provide is an overview, “one shoe fits all” expose and not regional in its review.

#25 FreeBird on 05.12.20 at 3:45 pm

We own our car and claimed mileage backed up by mileage log for many years. Our CA warned us about local meal claims and local trips to supply stores etc. We just claim client related trips incl parking slips etc and odd non client biz travel. If self employed Quickbooks is great (just had sale) and have an mobile app (of course) for travel expenses. Easy. Converted a client for their staff few months ago. When in doubt for tax issues and self employed ask a good accountant (worth the fee).

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed-income/business-income-tax-reporting/business-expenses/motor-vehicle-expenses.html#bsnss_s

#26 So What on 05.12.20 at 3:49 pm

UBI makes all those “red flag” applications null and void. It’s like cracking down on people trying to get free healthcare before Medicare was a thing. Now it’s a requirement of citizenry and some people consider it a right.

#27 TurnerNation on 05.12.20 at 3:51 pm

Looking totally structrual the response. Every org is on the same script. Keep humans at home in front of a screen. Limit all contact, you must stay on your Mark, 6, 6, 6 feet apart. Prison planet.
The medical dictatorship has spoken they all parrot the same line. And they are selling the next lockdown “2nd wave) hard.

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/drastic-changes-coming-to-conestoga-college-1.4935293?cache=

“According to Tibbits, it could be a year or longer until a vaccine is produced, and post-secondary education won’t get back to normal before that.

“I don’t understand how we could possibly think we could be up and running in this kind of institute without social distancing until there’s a vaccine,” he says.”
…..
In the long term, Tibbits says Conestoga is moving toward digital simulations and virtual reality to shift the trades and healthcare out of the classroom.

“Heavy equipment operator now has a major simulation, so you can be in the simulator and it’s as if you’re operating heavy equipment. So we’re gonna have to do more of that.”

#28 TurnerNation on 05.12.20 at 3:57 pm

#15 Elementary Schools – every single “news” story will be used to continue our enslavement. People eat it up. Look around you at all the healthy people.
There is no more science being applied only mind control.

#29 ER on 05.12.20 at 3:58 pm

RE, “God loves warriors”

More accurately, “The Gods love warriors, not pussies”

(exchange the g and d)

#30 blogshark on 05.12.20 at 4:08 pm

Well Garth The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in “advanced” countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. Maybe its time we look at a different way of life permanently.

#31 cl on 05.12.20 at 4:08 pm

I will go back as soon as they open my office. I feel alone at home.

My wife too: It’s very hard for her, when you never meet your co-workers, other than by email, when you just join a new company.

My son just came back from is second day back at school (Quebec). He seem so happy.

I assume I’m not alone, most of the parents in my public school send back they kids, even doctors we know.

Now, how people can feel confident, when every news in the media about sending back kids to school, where they belongs, seem there to create fear , and how it’s a mistake… But, this is the first step to go back to work for most people.

#32 joblo on 05.12.20 at 4:09 pm

So in a snap fall election….
Can Mackay defeat Trudeau?
or
Can O”Toole defeat Trudeau?

O’Toole = Bernier = disaster. – Garth

#33 Jokkon on 05.12.20 at 4:11 pm

Regarding self-employed individuals payment deadline:

It is due on the first of September as well.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/covid-19-filing-payment-dates.html

#34 Blair on 05.12.20 at 4:12 pm

Working at home sounds diabolical. Plus there’s something about a personal transaction in an office that a telephone or computer one doesn’t have.

#35 Dolce Vita on 05.12.20 at 4:14 pm

Humanity is gregarious by nature. Working from home, though it has its attractions including tax deductions, will eventually give way to our base herd instinct.

Just like after 1918, a worse pandemic than now, they all returned to their office buildings and resumed life as normal. No masks, social distancing, etc. which they had as well. By 1923 unemployment in the US fell to 4%. Yes, they had their discombobulations post 1918 like Prohibition, Labour in Revelt, etc. (humanity going the complete opposite to cure all ills, where somewhere in between was where they eventually ended up.

It will get better Canada. No one will miss being dressed from the navel up.

And yes, there will be a costly economic outfall for years to come since this time around Govs went ballistic with their social net and mollycoddling ways (well some Govs, not threadbare Gov Italia though they talk up a good story).

That’s the unknown this time around, massive Gov spending during the Pandemic and its effect on the economy sopping up market funds that would otherwise have gone to capitalization, wealth generation, new technologies and job creation.

THAT

#36 joblo on 05.12.20 at 4:17 pm

Bubububut…Kenney endorses O’Toole

Ah, Albertans get it

They get what? Majority Conservative to majority NDP to majority UCP in three consecutive elections? Very impressive. – Garth

#37 soldier on 05.12.20 at 4:24 pm

As a soldier in the Canadian Forces, “stewardship” is a principle I’ve grown up with. And now as an older soldier, the reason i don’t kick a recruits helmet down the stairs is stewardship. Stewardship to me means maximizing Canadian Forces resources. I think about that word every day. Seeing the government act like this towards abusers is so strange.

#38 Don Guillermo on 05.12.20 at 4:25 pm

#27 Dolce Vita on 05.12.20 at 3:39 pm
#70 Don Guillermo, yesterday.
Searched for Babylon Berlin on Netflix Italia and could not find it. We usually get other European productions, hopefully it will come soon. The viewer reviews look very good. Thank you for that. End of the roaring 20’s though, set in 1929 they say at Rotten Tomatoes.
I wonder if they will get into the Great Depression when Hoover repatriated American reconstruction funds for Germany and in effect, exported the American depression to Europe?

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You’re very welcome. It’s an incredibly interesting time in history. It looks like Season 3 will take us through the depression and the rise of Hitler. End of S2 was the market crash. I’m surprised it isn’t shown in Italia. Soon I hope.

#39 Annek on 05.12.20 at 4:26 pm

Rolldaddy of Surrey on 05.12.20 at 2:27 pm
Of course, if your job can be done from home, it can obviously be done from India, or the Philipines ar some other place with far cheaper labour costs, so don’t get too comfortable. Also, consider that you might well be considered a non essential employee, if you are not missed.
The other thing to consider is whether you are producing anything of value from your desk. What is the end product and is your role economically viable? Don’t kid yourselves
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I agree. Thanks to globalization, we share the same virus and can share the same workers ( out of the country. )
Companies like to do what is most economical in order to maximize their profits , and if outsourcing is cheaper , they will do it. As for manufacturing, it has already been done. So much has been outsourced. Hopefully, one day we will have a sane government to put in these checks and balances for the good of the Canadian people. But not as the government is now. Sorry Garth, I do not believe globalization benefits us at present or in the future.

#40 FreeBird on 05.12.20 at 4:29 pm

I was born and raised in Thornhill back in late 60s and left in my early 20s. Prob couldn’t afford to buy back in to area I grew up (then historical area just off Center St.) A lot of change. Not sure I want to admit my birth city after this picture…he could be related ; )

#41 TurnerNation on 05.12.20 at 4:42 pm

So much going on all affecting the economy and cancelling the old culture. It’s being replaced.
Anyway, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) was cancelled for this year. The last time that happened was…WW2.

We are in WW3. They have us using weapons terms like Vector. We are all bio-weapons according our elites. Guilty/unhealthy until proved innocent. Say when are those courts – a cornerstone of our old life – re-opening? Don’t bet it on – wartime means government rule only.
– We are being bombarded by media Campaigns. Campaigns, and Theatres, are terms of war.

You will be able to tell your young kids how life was in the Old System: independence, freedom of movement and gathering. The new system the State is running all of this – you don;t move unless they say so.

#42 Things Will Change on 05.12.20 at 4:43 pm

My adult son, who is living with us during this pandemic, just received notification from his company located downtown – that going forward, their office will not be requiring people to work from there anymore. He’s happy because he wants to get a place out in the boonies, lower cost of living, less germs, fewer people – win, win and win!

#43 cramar on 05.12.20 at 4:46 pm

Already thinking of how I will spend my Trudeau seniors gift. Let’s see…$300…I’ve got it! Buy a dirt bike too! Dirt bikes are the in thing!

#44 Deplorable Dude on 05.12.20 at 4:46 pm

#202 Faron on 05.12.20 at 12:24 pm

“Can you name a female thinker/CEO/scientist/leader who you admire and who isn’t Anne Coulter, Margaret Thatcher or Ayn Rand?”

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Gwynne Shotwell. President and COO, SpaceX

#45 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 4:49 pm

#26 Yukon Elvis on 05.12.20 at 3:35 pm
#14 cramar on 05.12.20 at 3:05 pm
What’s this!? T2 is giving more money away today as usual. But today it is for seniors…to compensate for “hardships!” Like I really need it!

He must think that giving everybody free money from a bottomless well will guarantee his re-election. Sadly he is right.

It is not us Boomers who are screwed it is the Millennials and younger.
………………………………….

The daily briefings / giveaways are a summer long stealth election campaign with no competition from the Cons or the NDP. The Libs are busy behind the scenes restructuring the country as they would have it. No federal budget until after the fall snap election. Their platform will be free stuff and covert wealth redistribution through taxation. Ponies for all. The 32 % will elect them again.
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Yep, probably a majority too.

Like many here have said before, Canadians just want free stuff.

#46 Please Stop Eating Animals on 05.12.20 at 4:50 pm

Go Vegan! Save the planet, save the animals, save yourself!

Yes, to civil liberties being restored.
No, to mandatory bill gates vaccine.

Be informed, go to your cottage and don’t let the fake news fuel your fear.

#47 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 4:50 pm

Oh Mighty Garthman, the computer itself is deductable over 2 years no?

In other news from survivor-ville

Twitter is making all it’s workforce remote

Telegraph UK has ‘leaked’ that United Kingdom will either have to raise taxes or cut spending if it’s to avoid another 1976 IMF crisis (look it up)

Think Canada can avoid the same fate? Think Again.

And finally Royal Bunk of Canuckistn asking in surveys if you really need branches. Lol can’t say I’ll miss the people working in my local branch, they’ll probably miss their wage and might rethink their work attitude.

It ain’t over, only the big boys come out alive on the other side. the true alpha not the sail away omega types.

#48 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 4:51 pm

#46 cramar on 05.12.20 at 4:46 pm
Already thinking of how I will spend my Trudeau seniors gift. Let’s see…$300…I’ve got it! Buy a dirt bike too! Dirt bikes are the in thing!
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Just make sure it is made in Japan, not China! Mel’s gonna regret it.

#49 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.

For many in admin, public health, and government, this is the defining moment of their careers. They won’t admit the models were wrong and that their Draconian response has significantly wounded our society. The rock is rolling too fast down the hill to stop.

The feds certainly can never admit they torpedoed the economy for nothing, so this charade will have to go on. The paranoia and fear created to dramatize this run of the mill viral illness is incredible. And you have to buy in or else you’re an irresponsible citizen, despite experiencing the dissolution of our freedoms.

We gave this virus more than two months to crap or get off the pot. It’s time to move on.

#50 Sail away on 05.12.20 at 4:53 pm

#2 Blog Bunny on 05.12.20 at 2:26 pm

God loves warriors, not pussies.

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Depends on your god. You can even create your own if the existing models don’t fit.

It’s usually best when creating a god to make him/her/it a being that completely validates one’s own beliefs and opinions.

Then you can use him/her/it as justification and also to shame unbelievers.

A friend of mine believes that every religion takes your money while telling you who to love, who to hate, and who you’re allowed to sleep with.

#51 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 4:56 pm

#42 Annek on 05.12.20 at 4:26 pm

Very true, you have to own your IP .

Check this article:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52624000

Even frontline workers might not be needed for long.

Empire/sobeys signed a contract years ago to use Ocado’s delivery tech, if they’d woken up on time with a triple triple and launched that service in Toronto/GTA they’d be making a killing. Got to be in front of competition, not behind waiting to see how things pan out. That worked in the 90’s. Beaverland’s gotta wake up,, life aint about weed and freebies from the nanny state. Well, ain’t a llife for me

#52 Dave on 05.12.20 at 4:57 pm

What does Bryan Adams this of this?

#53 Sail away on 05.12.20 at 4:58 pm

“In that case you can even deduct depreciation, but not on a spouse.”

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Paul St. Pierre wrote a good dialogue between Smith and Larsen:

Larsen: When my wife turns 40, I’m trading her in for two 20s.

Smith: 220 is more than you could handle

#54 Sail away on 05.12.20 at 5:01 pm

Larsen: I’m keeping one of the studs and selling the other

Smith: If I had two studs like that, I’d sell two of ’em

#55 Michael King on 05.12.20 at 5:04 pm

This piece has had over 11 million views. Reassuring re: shopping and outdoor interactions but bad news about indoor environments for prolonged periods. Our family has decided that hair salons, restaurants, aircraft etc. are simply not on until there is a vaccine, cure, treatment or herd immunity. Best wishes to Mr. Turner, his colleagues and all readers.
https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

#56 Piano_Man87 on 05.12.20 at 5:07 pm

Guy in the pic looks somewhat like Garth.

in a No Frills? – Garth

#57 Sail away on 05.12.20 at 5:09 pm

#50 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 4:50 pm

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For goodness’ sake, sailedaway, if you’re going to parody me, at least stop making spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.

Dumb opponents are so embarrassing. Want to just meet in the parking lot and yell, “You’re stupid!” at each other for half an hour?

Or in your case: “Your stupid!”

#58 Re-Cowtown on 05.12.20 at 5:11 pm

Ah, Albertans get it

They get what? Majority Conservative to majority NDP to majority UCP in three consecutive elections? Very impressive. – Garth
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the only reason NDP saw the light of day was vote splitting on the right. Please don’t make the argument that Albertans consciously elected the NDP. They didn’t. If anything Albertans were massively united in their distaste for socialism but the system got in the way.

Just like Justin lost the popular vote and Trump lost the popular vote and both still ended up in charge.

It’s a quirk/feature in the system. But I’m not complaining about it as first past the post tends to ensure that radicals are squeezed out rather than squeeze their way in.

If Albertans didn’t elect a majority NDP government in Alberta, who did? – Garth

#59 God on 05.12.20 at 5:14 pm

#2 Blog Bunny on 05.12.20 at 2:26 pm
God loves warriors, not pussies.

———

Uhmmm…no. That’s not true.

My readership is apparently expanding. – Garth

#60 Lost...but not leased on 05.12.20 at 5:15 pm

#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm
I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.

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Wow….it’s taken years to get such a bang -on comment.

More later….

#61 Wait There on 05.12.20 at 5:20 pm

Working from Home?

The process of discovery of what can be attended to by AI and what cannot. We know AI cannot replace interactions where human to human situations are required. What we are yet to discover is what processes are better attended to by AI. How does one gain other skills that one could gain in the workplace via cross training? How many persons ended up in positions that they had no idea they would end up when they started?

Two years ago there was a lot of talk of AI. Today, there is hardly any. Did it go away? NO. It is still progressing and some in the work at home sector should be worried. Really worried, in fact. Is this period just a stepping stone to the next era?

COVID cleared the offices and offered a valid reason for downsizing office space. Just what is needed for the progress of automation without the publicity. When the work at homers are laid off permanently, it will hardly ring bells. Who will notice?

#62 SWL on 05.12.20 at 5:24 pm

I don’t enjoy working from home. Most of the work I have done over the years has always been very hands on, in manufacturing and maintenance. Now being more involved with design and planning has allowed me to work from home, but I prefer my home to be my home and not a place for business. Especially someone else’s

Around 6 or 7 years ago now when I went deep down the rabbit hole of sadly what is playing out before our very eyes I came across a NASA document with all sorts of crazy ideas and plans for the future. One of which was to have public shootings broadcast on national television

Crazy right?

Flipping through the crappy channels not so long ago I come across a reality show of cops wearing body cams and what do they show… A police officer shooting a perpetrator. Live. I am not here to either defend or discuss the show, but simply to point out that there are many plans that have been put in place for us over the years that may sound too crazy to believe. These plans are real and do require useful idiots to play along, and unfortunately there’s an ample supply right now

People best understand that there is a sinister plan in place and most of the details are hidden in plane site

#63 Reality is stark on 05.12.20 at 5:37 pm

So you goose the housing market and seniors are the main beneficiary of the artificial largesse.
The young get precarious employment as the cheating CCP steal our manufacturing jobs and decide not to honour international commercial rules.
The young are the future and they are dead in the water. They will have few if any opportunities. Migrant labour work may in fact be the best job they can find for decades.
Let’s suppose you have the average brilliant Canadian mind, what do you do?
You give seniors another $300 tax free.
Idiots.
A 60 cent buck because we are just plain stupid.

#64 Ponzius Pilatus on 05.12.20 at 5:50 pm

#225 Sail away on 05.12.20 at 3:47 pm
#202 Faron on 05.12.20 at 12:24 pm

Can you name a female thinker/CEO/scientist/leader who you admire and who isn’t Anne Coulter, Margaret Thatcher or Ayn Rand?

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I also admire my wife, who is a research scientist and BC Ministry section head and is none of the above.
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Yeah sure.
My wife is the Finance Minister of Austria.

#65 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.12.20 at 5:52 pm

@#202 Faron
“Can you name a female thinker/CEO/scientist/leader ….?”

Golda Meir was pretty HOT when she didnt smoke of course…..

https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-17-golda-meir-quotes-on-her-117th-birthday-1.5356683

#66 Toronto_CA on 05.12.20 at 5:52 pm

#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

I have to agree with this. People keep rooting for Sweden to turn into some sort of 28 Days Later movie set, and the deaths aren’t really any worse than the rest of Europe (markedly better then the UK/Italy/France/Spain and way better than Belgium and on par with Netherlands).

Could they have had LESS deaths? Yes, of course they could have by restricting liberties. We could also lock everyone from birth in a white padded cell and give them nourishment and no contact with the outside world. No one would die, but we don’t do this because at some point we make trade offs between risks and freedoms.

And Sweden it seems made a very correct choice. They’ve done social distancing without destroying young people by keeping schools open, let businesses run, and most importantly given individuals the freedom of choice.

I hope people take lessons. Spare me the rhetoric of how Norway has “less deaths” please, we certainly don’t stop everything in life to prevent every death we can. There’s a trade off, and Sweden’s was well struck.

#67 Tbone on 05.12.20 at 5:53 pm

I know of a company that sells mechanical equipment that sent all its salesman to work from home after they relocated to a smaller facility .
Well, two years later they are bringing the salesman back to work out of the office as the insides sales people had no one to mentor them .
Don’t know how well that went over with the sales guys .
I worked from home and I wouldn’t like going back .

#68 Westopia on 05.12.20 at 5:55 pm

Self-employed (and your spouse), payment of current year tax, deadline extended to September 1.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/covid-19-filing-payment-dates.html

#69 Eco Capitalist on 05.12.20 at 5:58 pm

Last year, when our department (IT) brought up the topic of working from home more, we were told the company didn’t want to deal with the WSIB hassles. Something about working from home makes the employer responsible for any injuries sustained while carrying out your job functions, so they’d need to audit everyones’ home office to ensure they were safe.

If this is true, the work from home thing is a hiatus.

Anyone with more knowledge on the subject care to comment?

#70 JMS on 05.12.20 at 5:58 pm

I’m assuming that a portion of rent is also claimable for those of us that rent our accommodations. What’s a reasonable portion of rent that can be claimed??

#71 SOMETHINGS UP on 05.12.20 at 6:00 pm

NICE…… Thanx!!

#72 Monica on 05.12.20 at 6:00 pm

#31 TurnerNation

“every single “news” story will be used to continue our enslavement. People eat it up. Look around you at all the healthy people.
There is no more science being applied only mind control.“
——————————
You’re a geazer without grandchildren right?

#73 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.12.20 at 6:02 pm

Just received this notice from the Govt.
Financial eligibility for medium and Large business…..

Buried among the gobbledy gook was THIS partisan requirement.

“Recipients would be required to commit to publish annual climate-related disclosure reports consistent with the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, including how their future operations will support environmental sustainability and national climate…..”

#74 Faron on 05.12.20 at 6:05 pm

62 God on 05.12.20 at 5:14 pm

Uhmmm…no. That’s not true.

My readership is apparently expanding. – Garth

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Ha ha. That’s the real reason I keep coming back. Garth’s on a roll today.

#75 I’m stupid on 05.12.20 at 6:07 pm

The t2200 my enemy for the last 15 years. I’ve battled CRA multiple times over deductions allowed with a t2200. My accountant loves me because CRA keeps rejecting my claims, even though I’ve won in tax court. I’m always having to file a notice of objection (extra accounting costs) in order to have my deductions accepted. I remember one year CRA disallowed my accounting fees incurred because of the notice of objection.

I’ve crossed t’s and dotted i’s and still I get rejected. The major sticking point is always my truck. I even send pictures of it with 2000 pounds of material in it along with the court ruling accepting my deductions and they still deny the deductions. I remember one agent telling me that the court ruling was no longer valid because it was from last year. I replied to him asking if they changed the laws, which they have not.

Just be prepared to fight if you use a t2200.

#76 Re-Cowtown on 05.12.20 at 6:24 pm

If Albertans didn’t elect a majority NDP government in Alberta, who did? – Garth

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

As I said. Quirk of the system caused by ego food-fight between two conservative leaders. Rectified at the next opportunity.

#77 Ustabe on 05.12.20 at 6:25 pm

Garth keeps mentioning Cheese Doodles.

But Hawkins Cheesies is a made in Canada product that is far superior…and I have never had a Cheese Doodle.

On a globalist note, the US makers of Cheese Its have entered the Canadian market recently, I hear great things about them.

http://www.cheezies.com/static.htm

#78 KNOW IT ALL on 05.12.20 at 6:29 pm

FEDS Buy corporate bond ETFs.

We are screwed my friends, we are screwed!!!!

#79 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:32 pm

#65 SWL on 05.12.20 at 5:24 pm

“People best understand that there is a sinister plan in place and most of the details are hidden in plane site”

-By all intents and purposes, life is better now than it’s ever been -minus the temporary pandemic of course.

If someone is trying to carry out a sinister plan then they are doing a real bad job.

MF

#80 Not Now John on 05.12.20 at 6:39 pm

#69 Toronto_CA

Great post.

#81 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:39 pm

#69 Toronto_CA on 05.12.20 at 5:52 pm

“I hope people take lessons. Spare me the rhetoric of how Norway has “less deaths” please, we certainly don’t stop everything in life to prevent every death we can. There’s a trade off, and Sweden’s was well struck.”

-And who says you get to decide whose life is more valuable then the next?

I couldn’t care less about the Sweden story in this pandemic.

MF

#82 Brian on 05.12.20 at 6:39 pm

It is a common misunderstanding that you can deduct home internet costs:

Check out T4044 (which is the guide for T2200 and T777).
See “Chapter 3 – Employees earning a salary”.
“You cannot deduct the monthly access fees for home Internet service.”

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/forms-publications/publications/t4044/employment-expenses.html#chapter3

Depends on what your 2200 says. But this is peanuts over the course of a few months. – Garth

#83 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 6:41 pm

#50 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 4:50 pm

It ain’t over, only the big boys come out alive on the other side. the true alpha not the sail away omega types.
——

Sail Away is ex-US Army, lived in Alaska, shoots, catches, and forages his own food for fun, and runs his own company.

How about you?

#84 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:46 pm

#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

“I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.”

-Medicine is the complete opposite of natural selection by it’s very nature.

If you want to troll and fake being a Dr, at least put some effort into it.

MF

Identity verified. – Garth

#85 Faron on 05.12.20 at 6:46 pm

#47 Deplorable Dude on 05.12.20 at 4:46 pm
#219 Howard on 05.12.20 at 1:55 pm
#180 Sail Away on 05.12.20 at 10:21

Every thinking adult eventually realizes Elon is the man.

__________

Sincere thanks for answering my query. In good faith:

Radio: Terry Gross
Authors: Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Tessa Hadley
Thinker: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
CEO: Susan Wojcicki CEO of Youtube. I heard an interview with her recently and was impressed.
Scientist: No big names, but admire many of those I have worked with.
leader: Susan Collins, Michelle Obama (a reluctant leader)
Athletes: Jeanne Socrates, Stephanie Gilmore, any 40+ y.o. woman who can regularly and handily beat me in an ultramarathon. The eldest being a 60 y.o. friend of mine who trains for long ultras, gives blood as often as she can and is a live-in care taker for her mom while working a full time job.

Your answers below:

Howard:

Btw here are a few female thinkers I admire : Camille Paglia, Melanie Phillips, Orianna Fallaci. Marie Curie was radiantly brilliant too. And as you noted, 13-time NYTimes best seller Ann Coulter.

Sail Away:

Lael Wilcox: endurance off-road bike champion
Goldie Meir
Margaret Atwood

And, although I wouldn’t class her as a hero, I also think favourably of Jodie Wilson Raybould

I have no use for Kim Campbell.

I also admire my wife, who is a research scientist and BC Ministry section head and is none of the above.

And she even, I think, voted Liberal

Although I’ll try to be more one-dimensional if it helps with the box you’re trying to put me in.

Deplorable:

Gwynne Shotwell. President and COO, SpaceX

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#86 binky barnes on 05.12.20 at 6:58 pm

Does JT even give a bleep about Canada?

#87 Faron on 05.12.20 at 7:05 pm

#219 Howard on 05.12.20 at 1:55 pm

#202 Faron on 05.12.20 at 12:24 pm
#180 Sail Away on 05.12.20 at 10:21

Is that what passes for cultural marxist rebuttal these days? Why don’t you look at all the marxist paraphernalia in your closet sporting the visage of an Argentinian mass murderer from the 1950s and tell me whose heros are virtuous are not.

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Che Guevara? I’ve never owned an image of him other his image on a Starbucks coffee cup on the cover of a book written by economists describing the commercial appropriation of political/humanitarian/environmental movements. Insofar as Motorcycle Diaries was an accurate portrayal, he seemed like a good doctor who cared about poor and dejected folks. I never liked nor understood the mass-marketing of his image just as I despise same regarding Bob Marley and the resurgent popularity of Nirvana t-shirts on Gen Z kiddos ’cause “you don’t get it mannn, Kurt was revolutionary”.

Karl Marx had some good ideas, but to be honest, I haven’t read him. I gather that somewhere on the spectrum between Marx and Smith there is a workable economic solution. I would argue that truly free market capitalism leads to concentration of wealth and very poor conditions for the vast majority of humans.

#88 JM on 05.12.20 at 7:09 pm

We are screwed my friends, we are screwed!!!!

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I don’t get it myself…Suzi Orman reminds that we should have 3-6 months of savings in the event of life altering event. Here’s all society, pooched because we didn’t have 3 days worth of savings. Capitalism is dead. We forever live in a bail out society. Airlines, banks, automobile companies…everyone gets a ribbon for a good job. You can’t really blame the average schmuck for taking what they can get.

#89 Faron on 05.12.20 at 7:10 pm

#80 Ustabe on 05.12.20 at 6:25 pm

But Hawkins Cheesies is a made in Canada product that is far superior.

———————

Whenever I travel to the US I bring 6-8 big bags of cheezies to keep the Americans happy.

#90 DrR on 05.12.20 at 7:11 pm

1800DrB
Totally agree. I’m a specialist physician and our ICUs are at half capacity. The backlog in the system of tests and surgeries will take years to work through. In this age of twitter shaming no one, including our leaders can handle the complex arguments needed to explain to people the economic costs and health costs related to not treating other conditions vs fighting the virus. It’s all black and white and down the rabbit hole we go.

#91 Do we have all the facts on 05.12.20 at 7:22 pm

#52 1-800-DOCTORB

For some reason the media and our government officials remain focussed on the number of people who might test positive for Covid 19 if current restrictions were relaxed. I am pretty sure that an unbiased examination of the deaths being attributed to the a Covid 19 virus since early March 2020 would reveal that the net impact on the overall mortality rate in Canada fell well below the scary predictions that resulted in the current lockdown.

Time to assess overall risk from a more holistic perspective.

#92 Vik on 05.12.20 at 7:26 pm

“We’ll see if this is really a change. Or just a hiatus”
My take on this is if the work someone was performing in
a tall office tower downtown can be done at home in Brampton or Burlington, it can just as easily be performed in Mumbai or Manila for a fraction of the wages.

#93 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.12.20 at 7:27 pm

#202 Faron on 05.12.20 at 12:24 pm sez:
“#180 Sail Away on 05.12.20 at 10:21

Every thinking adult eventually realizes Elon is the man.

__________

Every right-wing wind bag needs a father figure. Funny that.

Can you name a female thinker/CEO/scientist/leader who you admire and who isn’t Anne Coulter, Margaret Thatcher or Ayn Rand?”
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I’ll take the bait. after all, I’m shameless. Essentially you’re asking the ole “wife beater” question.

Can you name a female thinker/CEO/scientist/leader who you admire who espouses individual self reliance and who doesn’t blame anyone else for where she’s getting in life?

She would be someone I would admire.

#94 Faron on 05.12.20 at 7:32 pm

Non-political question:

There is now a kink in the yield curve between the 6 month and 2 year rates. The spread is 0 for US treasuries and -0.01% for Canadian treasuries. Is this saying anything more than “next 6 months will be hell. By 2 years things should be more golden?” Is this an indicator of upcoming market turmoil (like today’s slip-slide)?

#95 Plaxtothemax on 05.12.20 at 7:33 pm

Can you deduct a portion of your rent if you’re not self-employed?

#96 Fused on 05.12.20 at 7:39 pm

#58
If everyone stays inside and self isolates how is the herd suppose to get immunized from it.
I like that there is a big rush on UV ray disinfectant/virus killing systems, you know the same UV rays that the sun produces for free, when your outside.
Just stay inside for a couple more years and wait for it to blow over.

#97 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.12.20 at 7:40 pm

This the spellchecked version:

@ #14 cramar on 05.12.20 at 3:05 pm:

Hey Cramar I know you’re from the Leamington area. I heard an interview on CBC Radio this morning with a certain 66 year old Mr. Winter and his wife who was hospitalized and eventually ended up on a ventilator and actually recovered.

What was weird about this whole thing is that he was admitted to hospital before any Covid cases were even confirmed in Essex County. It wasn’t even known he had Covid until several weeks later after the testing began.

This man never went out of the country and pretty well stayed at home until he finally had to go to the hospital in an ambulance as his wife thought he was gonna die.

Yet he caught Covid before it was even here! Even the Windsor Essex County Health Unit and the CBC couldn’t explain it. Personally I’m surprised that CBC even broadcast the interview.

#98 John on 05.12.20 at 7:42 pm

Asset prices weakening, i see no hope for a V recovery unless V stands for Velocity.

I see a L shape recovery as in Long and Very painful.

#99 FYI on 05.12.20 at 7:42 pm

@#14 cramar on 05.12.20 at 3:05 pm
What’s this!? T2 is giving more money away today as usual. But today it is for seniors…to compensate for “hardships!” Like I really need it!

It is not us Boomers who are screwed it is the Millennials and younger.
________________________________

meh, time holds more value than $$s.
the mils have ample time, boomers not so much eh.

#100 Lorne on 05.12.20 at 7:44 pm

#10 Sold Out on 05.12.20 at 2:58 pm
About the picture: “That guy was walking in front of me in the No Frills supermarket this afternoon,” writes blog dog DB, from Thornhill, “and I thought that it would make a funny photo for one of your posts – about how insanely scared so many people are.”

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

What is so difficult to understand about masks?

The dude in the pic isn’t wearing a mask because he’s afraid of contracting the virus; he’s wearing because he doesn’t want to transmit the virus.
………
Then, please tell me why Dr’s and nurses are wearing masks and face shields….hint, NOT because they fear they will be transmitting a virus to their patients! I am waiting for the time that the country feels they have enough face masks, to finally come out and require everyone to wear one in public….and watch the infection rate go down.

#101 S on 05.12.20 at 7:50 pm

Rent is also deductible

#102 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 7:52 pm

Has anyone else received a return for 2019 taxes? I submitted a little over 3 weeks ago and nothing yet. Usually it takes less the 2 weeks.

Strange that they can get 2K to a 16 year old in 3 days but they can’t get me the fairly large sum I’m owed in under a month.

#103 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.12.20 at 8:05 pm

#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm sez:
“I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.

For many in admin, public health, and government, this is the defining moment of their careers. They won’t admit the models were wrong and that their Draconian response has significantly wounded our society. The rock is rolling too fast down the hill to stop.

The feds certainly can never admit they torpedoed the economy for nothing, so this charade will have to go on. The paranoia and fear created to dramatize this run of the mill viral illness is incredible. And you have to buy in or else you’re an irresponsible citizen, despite experiencing the dissolution of our freedoms.

We gave this virus more than two months to crap or get off the pot. It’s time to move on.”
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Damn, too much beer after work today.

Anyway….Like, uh, you’re like fake, ok. Wear your mask or everyone will die. Mommy’s life depends on it.

#104 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.12.20 at 8:09 pm

#55 Dave on 05.12.20 at 4:57 pm sez:

“What does Bryan Adams this of this?”
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Cuts like a knife?

#105 Sold Out on 05.12.20 at 8:10 pm

#104 Lorne on 05.12.20 at 7:44 pm

Then, please tell me why Dr’s and nurses are wearing masks and face shields….hint, NOT because they fear they will be transmitting a virus to their patients! I am waiting for the time that the country feels they have enough face masks, to finally come out and require everyone to wear one in public….and watch the infection rate go down.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hint, the guy in the pic is wearing a home-made mask, which is only useful for slightly lowering the risk of transmission.

Drs and RNs require N95 masks and face shields to prevent both infection by, and transmission of, the virus.

If the patient is lower risk medical staff might wear a surgical mask under the face shield, to save N95s.

It’s also worth remembering that PPE is not the first choice for preventing infection; PPE is at the bottom of the hierarchy of controls.

Elimination
Substitution
Engineering controls
Administrative controls
PPE

#106 joblo on 05.12.20 at 8:13 pm

#106 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 7:52 pm

Going into the 8th week

#107 Ballingsford on 05.12.20 at 8:14 pm

#87 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:46 pm
#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

“I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.”

-Medicine is the complete opposite of natural selection by it’s very nature.

If you want to troll and fake being a Dr, at least put some effort into it.

MF

Identity verified. – Garth

—–

Great response Garth! The doctor is correct and I thank him too for posting that!

#108 Valley of Kings and Slaves on 05.12.20 at 8:15 pm

Don’t know about other cities/towns – but Calgary has been hiccupping with their property tax revenues for a few years.

When the economy took a downturn a few years back – all the large downtown office towers property values dropped due to the high vacancy rates… and the City of Calgary ‘revenue’ had a shortfall.

Consequently, this led Calgary to rejig their taxation rates (higher) further out into the surrounding areas – which had a knock on effect of 200% and higher property tax increases on smaller businesses and restaurants properties surrounding the downtown.

The outcry was loud and immediate – Calgary has been finding ‘property tax’ forgiveness for the last few years and reshuffled the property tax burden to all residential units as well… but…

What do you suppose is going to happen if companies are not renting office space in the big shiny towers, paying big fat property taxes to feed the city operations and “big blue ring” art projects.

Do you see a city property tax bullseye on your chest…

Hold on blog dogs… city tax accountants are coming for your dog house.

#109 Ballingsford on 05.12.20 at 8:15 pm

Whoops, maybe the doc was a ‘she’. Sorry about assuming something.

#110 Nonplused on 05.12.20 at 8:22 pm

About the picture: “That guy was walking in front of me in the No Frills supermarket this afternoon,” writes blog dog DB, from Thornhill, “and I thought that it would make a funny photo for one of your posts – about how insanely scared so many people are.”

My understanding is that masks are close to useless if you have a beard. That is why firefighters, who have to be ready to done a “Scott Pack” at any time sport mustaches but not beards. The Scott Pack covers the face from the chin to over the eyes but does not contact where the mustache gloriously displays the manliness, so mustaches are ok but beards are out. The face must be clean shaven. And I can speak with authority on this because I myself have worn a Scott Pack when rebuilding pumps that move nasty chemicals back in my summer student days with the gas company. Or simply be suited up when my coworker was entering a potentially hazardous environment so I could put on the mask and open the valve if he hit the floor and drag him out. We faced all kinds of potential hazards but the 2 biggest were lack of oxygen and sulfur dioxide. Although if sulfur dioxide had knocked someone down I am not sure dragging him out would help. That stuff kills right quick.

Anyway my point is that masks don’t work with a big bushy beard. Maybe for drywall dust but not for chemicals or smoke. Or viruses.

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My wife works from home but for a company so she is probably entitled to deduct some expenses. But her office takes up all of about 1 bedroom in the basement of a 1950 sqft home. The basement is a walkout so she has a nice window, but our ratio would be about 200sqft/3900sqft. We did buy her a upy/downy desk at Ikea for $700 and 2 monitors for $200 each and yes she uses the internet heavily, but so does the boy playing Minecraft all day while he’s quarantined. The laptop is provided and maintained by her employer. So basically I never bothered deducting anything. We save so much on gas and insurance and clothes and transit and lunches with her working from home it just doesn’t seem worth the bother. I suppose we missed out on a one time $1100 deduction for the office equipment and are missing out on maybe a 5% annual deduction on running the house, but that’s about it. I suppose every penny counts so maybe next year I will claim it but you know filing all these complicated tax returns detracts from the time I have to comment on GreaterFool or watch Netflix.

For perspective If I claimed $3000 for utilities per year times 200/3900 sqft at a tax rate of say 45% this whole deduction would save us $69 a year. I am not going to spend an hour on that. The tax breaks for working from home are a joke. When I was working most recently I was billing out at $200 US an hour. I have time now, things died (like completely died), but at that time I had better things to do than bring down an audit from the CRA for $69 a year. The work from home tax breaks are a joke. It hardly hurts you to ignore them unless you are running a full on business from there and your accountant prepares everything. But even then I think you pay the accountant more than you save. Accountants are not cheap. I know from experience. You have to charge $200 US an hour just to pay your accountants and have a little left over for beer.

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“Self employed” has become an unusual term. See, I operate through a numbered company because this is how most companies want to hire contractors, so they are not viewed as employees and have there own insurance, what have you. “Not an employee.” “We hired a company under contract.” So every year my accountant submits to the CRA a T4 for $1200 and a T5 for whatever dividends I pay myself. This makes the “Self Employed” section of TurboTax entirely redundant as the CRA already has the information and it downloads automatically. There is no point in reporting it twice. So if you have a numbered company and an accountant that fills out the T4’s and T5’s for you you are not self employed, for tax purposes.

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Today I filed my taxes, and it turns out that I had a substantial capital gain as I sold some gold (CEF) to diversify. That money was immediately redeployed by my advisor into other assets. But the net effect of it was that I owed this year more in taxes than I took in in income. This is why capital gains taxes are stupid. I didn’t take in a penny, I just changed one holding for another, and the tax man said “Wait, not so fast! We’ll be having a cut of that!” I had to pay the money out of cash savings because I didn’t want to sell something and incur another capital gain.

This is just a reminder of why capital gains taxes on primary residences will not work unless primary residences are treated as a capital business in all other ways, including interest deductions, maintenance deductions, utility deductions, deductions for other costs like realty fees and land transfer taxes, and of course the big one coming up capital losses. If a primary residence is going to be treated as a business and thus subject to capital gains, bring it on! We already know what the rules are.

No property, including a cottage (where did Karen go?), should be treated as a business and thus subject to capital gains unless it was used to generate revenue and thus is a business.

Let’s look at a boat. You buy a nice Mastercraft boat and now you are the most popular with all your friends and you take them all out wake-boarding, but don’t charge them anything. Maybe they pay a bit for gas and beer. But the boat declines in value. Do you get to claim the depreciation? No. Establish a numbered company and rent the boat out or charge people for rides and guess what? Now you can claim depreciation on that very same boat because it is a business asset. This is why taxing capital gains on private property without treating them as full blown business entities will not work. They can tax the capital gains, but the other side goes too. Everything is thus deductible. Even the mouse traps. Business expense. Cat food too. Even wasp spray.

#111 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 8:27 pm

#110 joblo on 05.12.20 at 8:13 pm
#106 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 7:52 pm

Going into the 8th week

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Really? And you eFiled? If so thats brutal. I didn’t even have my T4 or first 2 months RSP slips until 5 weeks ago

#112 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 8:28 pm

#86 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 6:41 pm

Lived in Asia, went to war in ex-yugoslavia your point being fake nick?

#113 WFH forever! on 05.12.20 at 8:30 pm

Say bye to open-office and say bye to the office forever.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/may/12/twitter-coronavirus-covid19-work-from-home

https://news.google.com/stories/CAAqOQgKIjNDQklTSURvSmMzUnZjbmt0TXpZd1NoTUtFUWltMjlMZGo0QU1FZk9xaDBwWnpkUWdLQUFQAQ?hl=en-CA&gl=CA&ceid=CA%3Aen

#114 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 8:32 pm

#60 Sail away on 05.12.20 at 5:09 pm

So never judge a book by its cover
Or who you gonna love by your lover
Love put me wise to her love in disguise
She had the body of a Venus
Lord, imagine my surprise

Please go back and concentrate on saving your business dude – I’m up 12% month of month. Capice

#115 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 8:38 pm

#59 Piano_Man87 on 05.12.20 at 5:07 pm
Guy in the pic looks somewhat like Garth.

in a No Frills? – Garth

Garth is more of a Fortino’s man, his taste go above the mundane and the banal.

#116 Nonplused on 05.12.20 at 8:38 pm

#3 Rolldaddy of Surrey on 05.12.20 at 2:27 pm
Of course, if your job can be done from home, it can obviously be done from India, or the Philipines ar some other place with far cheaper labour costs, so don’t get too comfortable. Also, consider that you might well be considered a non essential employee, if you are not missed.
The other thing to consider is whether you are producing anything of value from your desk. What is the end product and is your role economically viable? Don’t kid yourselves

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Holy geese, angry much? Microsoft, Google, iOS, and other less know names like Oracle, were all produced from a desk. That is why there are desks. Just because it wasn’t for you, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

#117 love-in-an-elevator on 05.12.20 at 8:41 pm

#86 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 6:41 pm

sailedaway has the biceps of an east german female gymnast, the brains of Putin on acid and bags full of Canadian pesos of which he donates 53% to save people losing their companies and jobs.

#118 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.12.20 at 8:41 pm

Last one today Garth and I’m done. Honest.

The Hardware Chronicles Part 2

Went to big American based building centre chain today after work. Had to wait outside in line while properly social distancing (After all, I’n not a TOTAL D-bag). Looking around while in line of about 75-100 people I estimate about 30-40% practiced Fearful Mask compliance. I have a hard time understanding why someone would go to that place if they are so fearful as after all no emergency needs could be supplied there.

Annnnywayyyy… After about a 20 minute wait I got almost everything I needed….except for grass seed. GD grass seed. Why? Because the garden centre line was a separate line from the store proper. Whatever. Wifey got it at Costco later in the day.

I have to say that the staff in the store properly protected themselves and went above and beyond the call of duty to help me out. I really appreciated that.

(Garth if I can’t name company names please delete this part).

Yay Home Depot. Boo Home Hardware. Tried to shop Canadian, but virtue signalling cost you $200 today. And judging by the lineup at HD which was even longer when I left, it probably cost you a helluva lot more.

#119 DrR on 05.12.20 at 8:47 pm

Capital gains tax on homes

You buy a house For $1 million
You do $1 million of internal renovations
It sells for $2 million
Does the government now take a percentage of your $1 million capital gains ???

#120 Nonplused on 05.12.20 at 8:51 pm

#46 cramar on 05.12.20 at 4:46 pm
Already thinking of how I will spend my Trudeau seniors gift. Let’s see…$300…I’ve got it! Buy a dirt bike too! Dirt bikes are the in thing!

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https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2020/01/13/2020-yamaha-tw200-buyers-guide-specs-price/

And you can ride it on the street!

#121 Little Claim on 05.12.20 at 8:54 pm

My employer started offering a $50/month assistance package to their employee pool of 500/ppl about a month ago. If they were to stop this now would we all be able to get on board this claim train? If not, would we simply deduct the $50 from the overall expenses claimed or are we all exempt from these write offs?

#122 Filed on-line ... on 05.12.20 at 8:55 pm

#105 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 7:52 pm
Has anyone else received a return for 2019 taxes? I submitted a little over 3 weeks ago and nothing yet. Usually it takes less the 2 weeks.
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and got a deposit in my account in less than 2 weeks.

#123 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 9:00 pm

#115 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 8:28 pm
#86 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 6:41 pm

Lived in Asia, went to war in ex-yugoslavia your point being fake nick?
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I think you got my point chumpy.

#124 TurnerNation on 05.12.20 at 9:01 pm

#75 Monica – Gen X here.

Maybe you should meet this blog dog above you:

“#34 cl on 05.12.20 at 4:08 pm
My son just came back from is second day back at school (Quebec). He seem so happy.
I assume I’m not alone, most of the parents in my public school send back they kids, even doctors we know.”

#125 joblo on 05.12.20 at 9:02 pm

This one’s for my kid.

Went oldschool.

#126 hey on 05.12.20 at 9:02 pm

@#86 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 6:41 pm
#50 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 4:50 pm

It ain’t over, only the big boys come out alive on the other side. the true alpha not the sail away omega types.
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Sail Away is ex-US Army, lived in Alaska, shoots, catches, and forages his own food for fun, and runs his own company.

How about you?

_______________

lol, you’re gullible.

#127 joblo on 05.12.20 at 9:02 pm

#114 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 8:27 pm

#128 Michael in-north-york on 05.12.20 at 9:05 pm

#61 Re-Cowtown on 05.12.20 at 5:11 pm

“If anything Albertans were massively united in their distaste for socialism.”

It seems that Albertans are massively united in their distaste for the Liberal Party. So once they decided to change the scenery for a few years, they jumped over the Libs and went straight to NDP. A few years later, jumped back to the Cons.

And I guess it has to do more with the T1 / royalties thing, and less with socialism vs free enterprise.

#129 cramar on 05.12.20 at 9:16 pm

Americans are drastically increasing their savings! Maybe closing the barn door after the horse has left! But it is a real trend now.

“Americans are slashing their spending, hoarding cash and shrinking their credit card debt as they fear their jobs could disappear during the coronavirus pandemic.

“US credit card debt suddenly reversed course in March and fell by the largest percentage in more than 30 years. At the same time, savings rates climbed to levels unseen since Ronald Reagan was in the White House.”

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/12/investing/jobs-coronavirus-consumer-spending-debt/index.html

Will Americans ever spend like before? Probably not for quite a while. So much for the economy.

#130 Mithan on 05.12.20 at 9:18 pm

When this is all over, most of us will be back to the office. Too many people have old thinking, and don’t want that to change. I work for a Telecom and the expectations are that people work in the office. When this is over, you may see a little bit less office work, but for the most part, its a thinking that needs to die.

The funny thing is, I have been working from home. My productivity has probably increased by 5-10 hours a week, just because I am not bothered by people, be it water cooler talk or irrelevant questions.

When we look at Climate Change and other environmental concerns, whats the point in having an office if people are effective at home? The savings in pollution on a world wide level are worth it alone. The legal issues can all be dealt with of course, and a good manager doesn’t need to worry about good employees doing their work. Some people say that “Zoom Meetings are draining”, which means that people just get to the point faster.

This is an adjustment that needs to happen.

#131 willworkforpickles on 05.12.20 at 9:22 pm

There are mountains of suggestions seeking solutions out there. There aren’t any solutions among them. Not a one.
Mankind to the rescue? Forget about it.

#132 -=withwings=- on 05.12.20 at 9:25 pm

@A Do we have all the facts

The point I was making was that a non government agency that initiated a $675 million fund raising program in February 2020 responded to the Covid 19 virus by publicly announcing that it would claim millions of lives worldwide unless drastic measures were taken to control its spread.

This is completely false. They are being blasted for waiting too long to declare the pandemic, and yet you say they did it too early? They followed the 2005 IHR to the letter. They announced the PHEIC on jan 31 2020….and no one did anything. So on Mar 11 they declared a Pandemic. A pandemic is a technical term, like epidemic and endemic that describe the spread of a contagion. A harmless contagion can ne a pandemic. Their Response fund, which is just like the ones they ran for SARS, BIRD, H1N1 etc is for private research donations. How else can individual or organizations who wish to fund research contribute?


Initially the International Classification of Diseases was amended by the WHO to record deaths where Covid 19 was the primary cause of death UO7.1 and where the Covid 19 virus might have contributed to a death UO7.2.

Also false. The U codes are provisional. They added Two new codes for COVID-19, they are not part of ICD-10 until the disease can be properly classified. And WHO doesn’t tell you how to code (in USA insurance companies do, in Canada it’s provincial)

In March 2020 the WHO instructed health authorities around the world to record all deaths where the Covid 19 virus was present, but not necessarily the primary cause of death, under UO7.1.

No, they did not. U07.1 is virus confirmed as present. It has nothing to do with what they died from. U07.2 is when Covid is suspected due to clinical symptoms but lab results were inconclusive. They could have died from V43.6 and still have U07.1 This is standard ICD coding stuff. I am happy to have left this field of work at the disaster that was ICD9-CA ( Canada had to have their own special codes, which were insanely complex for not apparent reason…)

#133 Drill Baby Drill on 05.12.20 at 9:29 pm

Trudeau and his minions hit a new low today in governence with the memo to the CRA stating not to worry about CREB frauds.

#134 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.12.20 at 9:29 pm

@#90 Faronista.

++++
Che Guevera ….too radical even for Fidel to tolerate….hence his banishment and eventual execution in a nondescript village in the middle of nowhere Bolivia…

Even Fidel breathed a sigh of relief.

But he does look good on a T-shirt for all those university “radicals” that protest at the drop of a hat and think he had the answer to capitalism….

Che, a doctor who ,while he certainly started with good intentions….led firing squads in Cuba after the Revolution……

” His critics note that he killed political opponents, and eliminated the free press….”

Capitalism isnt perfect but I’ll take it over Marxism or Communism ….every day of the week.

#135 kc on 05.12.20 at 9:30 pm

Didn’t anyone catch the irony of the picture today?

his shirt says “don’t be a p_ssy” yet he is wearing a mask, and wouldn’t ya think a p_ _ sy would wear a mask?

I find that hilarious.

#136 Sold Out on 05.12.20 at 9:31 pm

#113 Nonplused on 05.12.20 at 8:22 pm

Anyway my point is that masks don’t work with a big bushy beard. Maybe for drywall dust but not for chemicals or smoke. Or viruses.

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No, beards and fitted masks don’t work, especially not with drywall dust.

Respiratory viruses are typically broadcast within mucous droplets, rendering them larger than the viral particle alone. The average size of a coronavirus is 0.125 microns; N95 masks are only capable of stopping particles 0.3 microns, or larger. That’s why the need for face shields for medical personnel, as well.

Cloth masks could, theoretically, stop the larger mucous droplets expelled by the wearer. Their loose fit provides less certain protection from incoming loogies, though.

#137 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.12.20 at 9:33 pm

@#125 Filed under waiting
“Has anyone else received a return for 2019 taxes?
0+0=0. 0+0=0. 0+0=0.

Yep similar.
Filed 2 weeks ago, still waiting for my refund.
Talked to a banker today, everyone is saying its slow.

CERB handouts seem to be bogging the system down.

#138 TurnerNation on 05.12.20 at 9:33 pm

#65 SWL and what was named the top book in Canada only a few months ago, speaking of predictive?

Go to google images and search for :
The Handmaid’s Tale masks

Masked and silent. The top book in late 2019 was the sequel to Handmaid’s tale.

#139 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.12.20 at 9:36 pm

@#118 sailaway
“Garth is more of a Fortino’s man..”
++++

Lunenburg has a Fortinos?
I guess I missed that when I was there in March…

#140 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.12.20 at 9:37 pm

For MF, et al:

https://youtu.be/wfGAktuU93s

#141 Sold Out on 05.12.20 at 9:39 pm

#136 Sold Out on 05.12.20 at 9:31 pm
#113 Nonplused on 05.12.20 at 8:22 pm

Addendum:

Cloth masks provide no eye protection for the wearer, another reason why they provide greater benefit to people other than the wearer.

#142 Dr V on 05.12.20 at 9:46 pm

113 Nonplused

“So every year my accountant submits to the CRA a T4
for $1200 and a T5 for whatever dividends I pay
myself”

I can understand a low wage in some instances (save
the 10% CPP deduction) but what is the point of $1200?

“No property, including a cottage (where did Karen
go?), should be treated as a business and thus subject
to capital gains unless it was used to generate revenue
and thus is a business.”

But isn’t cap gains charged on the disposition regardless of whether it’s for your personal use or a
rental? You cant claim the principal residence exemption.

“Establish a numbered company and rent the boat out or charge people for rides and guess what? Now you can claim depreciation on that very same boat because it is a business asset.”

My advice is DO NOT DO THIS for liability reasons especially for an activity like wakeboarding UNLESS the boat can be used in your primary business. Example – Realtor (yikes!) specializing in waterfront property.

#143 Sail Away on 05.12.20 at 9:46 pm

#129 hey on 05.12.20 at 9:02 pm
@#86 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 6:41 pm
#50 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 4:50 pm

It ain’t over, only the big boys come out alive on the other side. the true alpha not the sail away omega types.

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Sail Away is ex-US Army, lived in Alaska, shoots, catches, and forages his own food for fun, and runs his own company.

How about you?

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lol, you’re gullible.

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Identity verified

#144 Sold Out on 05.12.20 at 9:46 pm

#110 Ballingsford on 05.12.20 at 8:14 pm
#87 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:46 pm
#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

“I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.”

-Medicine is the complete opposite of natural selection by it’s very nature.

If you want to troll and fake being a Dr, at least put some effort into it.

MF

Identity verified. – Garth

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Great response Garth! The doctor is correct and I thank him too for posting that!

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Well, having worked alongside many ER docs over decades, I can safely say that they are often wrong and sometimes wear ideological blinders.

#145 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.12.20 at 9:52 pm

I guess I wasnt the only one wondering why Trudeau is burning through BILLIONS of TAXPAYER $$$$$ without a peep from the Loyal Opposition.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-we-need-to-get-the-house-of-commons-back-now

The Conservative had best start saying something about Trudeau’s fiscally insane largess or they will be tarred and feathered with the same voter brush.

#146 jamie on 05.12.20 at 9:52 pm

the content of your last few posts have been tough to truly come to grips with…UBI, massive changes, etc…not because they lack truth (in fact, i cannot disagree with you on anything), but because what they show for the future is depressing as heck…but, i guess we might as well prepare for it, even if it’s gonna suck…thank you for keeping us all informed…always appreciate the blog…keep on being you mr turner

#147 Phylis on 05.12.20 at 10:16 pm

#105 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 7:52 pm They sent me a bill pretty quick.
The only covid benefit i’ve qualified for so far other than tou cuts, is not having to pay until sept.

#148 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 10:23 pm

#126 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 9:00 pm

One thing chumpy knows is that his business can be moved around the world with a few clicks.

An engineering biz with an office, meh. not so much.

Don’t believe everything you read. Sail Away is what in Europe people call a ‘surface engineer’ aka replaceable by a cleaning wobot. He goes online in the evening and plays pretend on his keyboard. Sad.

#149 Yukon Elvis on 05.12.20 at 10:46 pm

Everybody has problems, even in Scotland.

https://youtu.be/uZF82buIAdQ

#150 Lambchop on 05.12.20 at 10:53 pm

105 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 7:52 pm
Has anyone else received a return for 2019 taxes? I submitted a little over 3 weeks ago and nothing yet. Usually it takes less the 2 weeks.

Strange that they can get 2K to a 16 year old in 3 days but they can’t get me the fairly large sum I’m owed in under a month.
____________________

I sent mine in on March 6. Nothing yet.
9 weeks and counting.

#151 Ronaldo on 05.12.20 at 10:53 pm

#110 Ballingsford on 05.12.20 at 8:14 pm
#87 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:46 pm
#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

“I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.”

-Medicine is the complete opposite of natural selection by it’s very nature.

If you want to troll and fake being a Dr, at least put some effort into it.

MF

Identity verified. – Garth

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Great response Garth! The doctor is correct and I thank him too for posting that!
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One of the few with the guts to speak his mind.

#152 Ronaldo on 05.12.20 at 11:12 pm

#112 Ballingsford on 05.12.20 at 8:15 pm
Whoops, maybe the doc was a ‘she’. Sorry about assuming something.
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Ditto that.

#153 Albert Tan on 05.12.20 at 11:59 pm

Renters can deduct rent…

“If the work space is part of a home rented by the individual, a reasonable proportion of the rent is otherwise deductible under subparagraph 8(1)(i)(ii). However, no deduction can be made for the rental value of the work space area in a home owned by the individual”

#154 Gary on 05.13.20 at 12:01 am

The Conservatives better get Peter Mackay elected ASAP
They have zero profile, Trudeau sensing weakness will call a election, right now Canadians do not know who the leader of the PC party is.

What a bunch of complete idiots.

#155 Bungalow Bob on 05.13.20 at 12:05 am

#202 Faron on 05.12.20 at 12:24 pm
“Can you name a female thinker/CEO/scientist/leader who you admire and who isn’t Anne Coulter, Margaret Thatcher or Ayn Rand?”
—————
Lisa Su, CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

#156 Ronaldo on 05.13.20 at 12:07 am

Something to think about in these days of Covid19.

The 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. is:

”A more recent analysis estimates 128,000 Americans die each year as a result of taking medications as prescribed – or nearly five times the number of people killed by overdosing on prescription painkillers and heroin.’

https://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-09-27/the-danger-in-taking-prescribed-medications

#157 Sail Away on 05.13.20 at 12:38 am

#117 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 8:32 pm
#60 Sail away on 05.12.20 at 5:09 pm

So never judge a book by its cover
Or who you gonna love by your lover
Love put me wise to her love in disguise
She had the body of a Venus
Lord, imagine my surprise

Please go back and concentrate on saving your business dude – I’m up 12% month of month. Capice

—————-

Hey there, Padawan: with all that street cred, it might be time to stop hanging on my coattails and strike out on your own.

I know… it’s a big scary world out there. I’ll help you through it.

#158 jane24 on 05.13.20 at 1:11 am

As an ex-Canadian who now lives in England I have never understood why Canadian life and Canadian tax returns in particular are so complicated. I worked here in England for 20 years as an employee like 80% of the population. There is no such thing as tax returns for employees. They do not exist. The only deduction is a personal exemption which this year is Can $21,800. Your employer handles this for you. The average taxpayer NEVER has any contact with Inland Revenue in their entire lives. Life is too short.

About 8 years ago I went self employed due to property rentals. Now I have to do an actual British tax form. It is 4 pages long. For a home office I invented a reasonable amount, ditto for car. Both are not even a line or mentioned specifically on the tax return. It just asks for total expenses from gross to net income. The whole process takes me about 30 mins each year.

Now that is the right way to do personal taxes, not make a whole industry from it.

#159 Al on 05.13.20 at 1:12 am

Ppl wear pants when working from home!? What are they, expecting the queen??

#160 NFN_NLN on 05.13.20 at 1:21 am

#87 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:46 pm
#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

-Medicine is the complete opposite of natural selection by it’s very nature.

If you want to troll and fake being a Dr, at least put some effort into it.

MF

Identity verified. – Garth

Garth, are you saying 1-800-DOCTORB is a verified doctor. Or that MF is a verified troll?

#161 jane24 on 05.13.20 at 1:23 am

In England only today, not Scotland, Wales or Northern Island, it is now legal again to move house. Industry had been shut down for 2 months. Viewings have to be done in a socially distant manner though. Now we will see who is right those that said there will be pent up demand and those who said that lack of current employment will make folk wait till next year.

There does seem to be a change in house requirements that support home working though. Savils is reporting more demand for spare rooms, good internet and large gardens. Other media stories reporting people wanting to move out of London due to their new freedom of remote working and to get away from Plague Two on public transit.

#162 Country Joe on 05.13.20 at 2:06 am

Money for nothing ? I’ve heard rumors of very organized multiple groups internally and internationally beating Trudeau’s CERB for ( some estimate) hundreds of millions in false claims.

Its very obvious that passports of convenience are a multi-million dollar fraud issue. People not living in Canada are applying and getting. Foreigners inside Canada are applying and getting. People who no way near qualify, like CPP and Disability pensions and side contract income or no income applied and get. Moms getting multiple cheques for kids who already get the CCB apply and get. Work from home are getting.

It adds up to billions. Trudeau’s people have already admitted that the fraud is so extensive they’re afraid to tackle it. Even when it stares back off the page of a few clerks in CRA offices. The order is to let it go.

But, the rumor is that organized crime from around the world are collecting hundreds of millions by accessing Vital Statistics are applying for tens of thousands of dead people. Literally millions of files are wide open.

They have already caught some low level operatives with hockey bags full of cheques. Now that Trudeau announced that he’s ordered no enforcement orders the scammers are literally gorging on Canadas stupidity.

Cheques are being mailed to China, India, Romania, Guatemala, Jamaica. It’s insane. And you all are complaining that your taxes are going up???? But you won’t do anything about it???

$300 Billion debt piled on by Trudeau in a few short years and now another 300 billion in a few months. But now we find that more CERB money has been given to the Mafia than has gone to Canadians. Thats so Trudeau.

#163 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 4:17 am

#84 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:39 pm
#69 Toronto_CA on 05.12.20 at 5:52 pm

“I hope people take lessons. Spare me the rhetoric of how Norway has “less deaths” please, we certainly don’t stop everything in life to prevent every death we can. There’s a trade off, and Sweden’s was well struck.”

-And who says you get to decide whose life is more valuable then the next?

I couldn’t care less about the Sweden story in this pandemic.

MF
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Why is that you couldn’t care less about Sweden? Because it’s a working proof that the lockdowns may cause more harm than good? The mental and physical health issues created by the total lockdowns, to say nothing of the assault on liberty and economic carnage created, should be something we all care more about.

Because there WILL be more pandemics, and an appropriate response is warranted that is based on what worked well this time around. And what is sustainable. If Sweden ends up with middle of the pack in Europe for stats on death and economy, at least they will have left civil liberties intact. I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t declare that a victory, given we just tried to celebrate VE Day here in Europe. Food for thought, not all tyrants have moustaches.

As to your question about who determined who lives and who dies, that is actually mother nature determining that. If Governments ensure that equal health care is available to everyone (the point of the lockdowns in the first place) then they aren’t picking who lives and who dies at all. The virus and genes are doing that. The way nature intended.

#164 Wrk.dover on 05.13.20 at 5:59 am

If Watch a Minnie and Freedom First had a constantly commenting love child, would it’s name have a nautical theme?

#165 Howard on 05.13.20 at 6:24 am

#157 Gary on 05.13.20 at 12:01 am
The Conservatives better get Peter Mackay elected ASAP
They have zero profile, Trudeau sensing weakness will call a election, right now Canadians do not know who the leader of the PC party is.

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MacKay is a globalist and proposing more sugar for the real estate industrial complex. If he wins the leadership I really don’t care what happens in the next election. A Trudeau landslide might actually be best to finish the destruction of the country and force the remaining productive people to leave.

#166 LP on 05.13.20 at 7:13 am

#47 Deplorable Dude on 05.12.20 at 4:46 pm
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Linda Hasenfratz, Pres/CEO, Linamar

#167 paulo on 05.13.20 at 7:16 am

#168 Howard

Im thinking the Conservatives had better get Douggie Ford on board as the new leader if they hope to have a snow balls chance in H%#L of winning anything…

#168 MF on 05.13.20 at 7:23 am

160 NFN_NLN on 05.13.20 at 1:21 am

Google 1-800 doctorb.

“The B is for BARGAIN”

:)

It’s actually pretty funny.

MF

#169 Thanks Garth on 05.13.20 at 7:23 am

#77 Faron on 05.12.20 at 6:05 pm
62 God on 05.12.20 at 5:14 pm

Uhmmm…no. That’s not true.

My readership is apparently expanding. – Garth

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Ha ha. That’s the real reason I keep coming back. Garth’s on a roll today.

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Hear hear!

#170 maxx on 05.13.20 at 7:25 am

#7 Linda on 05.12.20 at 2:53 pm

….”Working from home might become the norm post Covid, especially with many employers looking to cut costs.”

Agree. However, that tasty little carrot carries risk: productivity will undoubtedly take a nose dive due to lack of oversight and accountability – I also wonder about data security. To what extent will people’s data now be exposed as it is contained on home-based office equipment to a far greater extent than pre-C-19?

This is a perfect recipe for the lazy (of which there are many) to exploit. If my eye is somewhat jaundiced, it is from long experience.

I intend to be very careful if and to what extent I will transact with any given business. I will assess the post-transaction hassle factor prior to engaging.

#171 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.13.20 at 7:26 am

Good news folks! Canada finally approved an antibody test for Covid. They’re going to test one million Canadians over TWO YEARS to study how long immunity remain etc.

Looks like they don’t want us to know who really had this thing and got over it without symptoms in any sort of timely fashion.

Wonder why?

Yay Trudeau! Winning.

#172 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.13.20 at 7:34 am

#167 paulo on 05.13.20 at 7:16 am sez:

“#168 Howard

Im thinking the Conservatives had better get Douggie Ford on board as the new leader if they hope to have a snow balls chance in H%#L of winning anything…”
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Disappointing Doug the might-as-well-be-a-Liberal Premier of Ontario? That Doug Ford?

#173 Bezengy on 05.13.20 at 7:40 am

#109 and #150. Tax Returns

Finally received my assessment. It took a month. The 2091 form (principle residence exemption) is the worst. When I read the post from jane24 I can’t believe there isn’t a better way tax capital gains on real estate. 50 shades of grey. You shouldn’t need a professional to file your income taxes in this country imo.

#174 Do we have all the facts on 05.13.20 at 7:42 am

#135 withwings

The ICD code UO7.1 is not, I repeat not provisional, and the WHO has directed health authorities around the world to apply this code when the Covid 19 virus was detected but not necessarily the primary cause of death.

Have a peek at how the Centre for Disease Control in the USA decided to code Covid 19 deaths. Hint UO7.1

Other health issues that might have contributed to, or actually caused a death, were to be described under part 2 of the death certificate. This wording is from WHO guidelines to heath authorities around the world.

All I am asking our political leaders to do is initiate an unbiased assessment of the net impact that the Covid 19
virus has had on mortality rates in Canada. It is the fear of death that led to the crippling of our economy. As
citizens impacted by the reactions of our government we have the legal right to request an accurate assessment of the net impact of the Covid 19 virus on mortality rates in Canada.

An assessment by professional sources that have no reason to over, or under, state the actual impact of Covid 19 on mortality rates seems a reasonable request.

We were told by the WHO that Covid 19 would claim millions of lives if drastic measures were not initiated curb its spread. We now have very clear evidence that Covid 19 caused, or contributed to, the death of elderly citizens with compromised immune systems.

In order to properly protect this group of citizens in the future it makes economic sense to focus our limited financial resources on the right target. Suppose we had been told in advance that Covid 19 virus posed a very serious threat elderly citizens with compromised immune systems but a very low risk of death for the balance of the population. Would we have implemented the same drastic measures that are now in place around the world?

Would it not have made more sense to focus resources on enhanced measures to protect the vulnerable without crippling the global economy.

I am not trying to minimize the threat that Covid 19 poses. All I am suggesting is we base our assessment of Covid 19 on actual facts not an emotional fear of the unknown.

#175 Lee on 05.13.20 at 7:55 am

#165 Howard,

Where will they go?

#176 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 7:58 am

#144 Sold Out on 05.12.20 at 9:46 pm
#110 Ballingsford on 05.12.20 at 8:14 pm
#87 MF on 05.12.20 at 6:46 pm
#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

“I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.”

-Medicine is the complete opposite of natural selection by it’s very nature.

If you want to troll and fake being a Dr, at least put some effort into it.

MF

Identity verified. – Garth

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Great response Garth! The doctor is correct and I thank him too for posting that!

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Well, having worked alongside many ER docs over decades, I can safely say that they are often wrong and sometimes wear ideological blinders.
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Your post to this identifies the issue! No one wants to come out and say the obvious for fear of being ridiculed!

It’s obvious we know where this is going and when it’s going to end.
We’ll either be immunized or dead.

In the meantime, we waste part of our life holed up listening to experts who tow the script line and state the obvious that anyone of us could do if you watch the news and read the papers a bit.

Most of us could handle more in depth stats since we probably know basic math. For example, what section of the population is being diagnosed, what’s the ratio between long care homes and the general population, etc.

#177 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.13.20 at 8:09 am

@#148 sailedaway
“Don’t believe everything you read. ”
++++

But we should believe you……

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqCiw0wD44U

#178 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 8:23 am

I get a few joys in life these days! My dog and I have gotten closer during our walks, and a drive around the hood and a trip to the grocery store is a highlight.

However, I get irritated when I see someone walking down a sidewalk ‘alone’ with a non-surgical mask (emphasis on ‘mask’, type doesn’t matter).

Or, I meet a car and there’s a lone person (driver), in the car.

Who are either of these people going to infect. Some people are soooooo stupid! Wear it on your neck if you are going for groceries, hardware, or gardening supplies and then put it over your mouth and nose when you get there. Heck, even put on ski goggles to protect your eyes since that’s the favorite transmission point.

Thank you for making an appearance though like you are doing your part to save the world! Dumbshits!

#179 BrianT on 05.13.20 at 8:23 am

Funny Kevin James (King of Queens) video on this absurd scamdemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfGAktuU93s

#180 MF on 05.13.20 at 8:27 am

#176 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 7

You don’t think there is anything wrong with a dr who is upset the ER is not more busy? Or, who believes people suffering is just “natural selection”?

MF

#181 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.13.20 at 8:31 am

@#161 Jane Two-Four
“Savils is reporting more demand for spare rooms, good internet and large gardens. ”
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I’m just curious. Saville’s? or Savils?
Are you mailing in these Press Releases from the Heel of Italy? Or were you “booted” ?
Did you and hubby scurry back from the plague nation before things got a bit too messy eh wot?
Ironically, back to Blighty where things are even worse.

So are you going to rent a few rooms in the Castle in the south of England?
Or do YOU rent two rooms in Blighty and have one castle( sorry Palazzo) back in Italia?

The grubby, dirty nailed, runny nosed, Canadian colonials sitting in their cheap clapboard houses on frayed furniture are awaiting your imperial utterances from afar……we live our pathetic lives vicariously through your magical Alice in Wonderland existence.
You are Robin Leech to our dreary Joe Clark.
Dont delay.
Keep sending cheery postcards and telegrams.

#182 MF on 05.13.20 at 8:32 am

63 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 4:17

Sweden is not Canada and I don’t live in Sweden. Just like your tax example, there are other examples out there that disprove your own idea.

Some countries instituted an extreme lockdown and had a less severe outbreak. Proof positive that outbreaks work?

Maybe. I don’t know.

But you have to remember that this pandemic/recession, like any other issue, will have an extremely loud minority on either side that probably already had preconceived ideas anyways. I try to be in the middle 95% of people trying to navigate through it.

MF

#183 Dharma Bum on 05.13.20 at 8:38 am

The biggest risk in taking that photo wasn’t from the subject turning around and seeing me right behind him.

It was from the potential humiliation thrust upon me by the myriad social distance shamers lurking around.

I mean, jeez, I was less than 2 metres from the dude. (Well, he was masked up, so we were both SO safe!)

Luckily, there was no issue. My stealthy spy skills came in handy, while discreetly snapping that shot.

I wasn’t worried about the rent-a-gestapo covid enforcement security guard squad stationed around the store. They were all deeply entranced by their respective cell phones.

Pussies hide at home.

Real men venture out to shop at No Frills!

Or wherever the commie style line-up out front is the smallest.

You just outed yourself. Be wary of masked vigilantes. – Garth

#184 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.13.20 at 8:38 am

@#162 Country Joe
“$300 Billion debt piled on by Trudeau in a few short years and now another 300 billion in a few months. But now we find that more CERB money has been given to the Mafia than has gone to Canadians. Thats so Trudeau.”

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Try 300 Billion in LESS than a year and when confronted by this financial disaster….
Our fearless leader will say,
“Ummm, errrr, ahhhh. We’ll ahhhhh, errrr, ummmm, We’ll be checking up on ummmm, ahhhhh, errrrr this and ummmm get ahhhhh back to you ahhhhh soon.”

#185 Peter on 05.13.20 at 8:41 am

#166 LP on 05.13.20 at 7:13 am
#47 Deplorable Dude on 05.12.20 at 4:46 pm
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Belinda. PS. pls take me back.

#186 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.13.20 at 8:47 am

I think the highlight of this whole chain of comments (MSU: besides Garth’s witty comebacks, of course) is Sole Doubt citing someone else’s “ideological blinders”.

Now that’s a knee slapper!

#187 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 8:52 am

#180 MF on 05.13.20 at 8:27 am
#176 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 7

You don’t think there is anything wrong with a dr who is upset the ER is not more busy? Or, who believes people suffering is just “natural selection”?

MF
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You raised 2 points with that comment.
1. I am extremely happy the ER is not busy!
2. Natural Selection is the selection of an animal group (people fit in here)who possess the best genes to make a better population. I won’t go into details, but search Darwinian Theory if you like.

I like to use the word ‘cull’. That way some of the people who pass aren’t rated on how good their genes are. Yes, we will lose some good genes, but hopefully they passed them on.

#188 Another Deckchair on 05.13.20 at 9:08 am

Re Tax Forms.

When I worked in New Zealand 30 years ago, the tax form was one side of an A4 piece of paper.

Basically:
– income (and, from where)
– Expenses (and roughly what they were)
– subtract one from the other, and pay a % on the result.

Simple.

#189 45north on 05.13.20 at 9:09 am

Mahone Bay

Built by an American after the 9/11 terror attacks, The Lodge at Strum Island, in Mahone Bay, was designed as a secure, luxury, long-term panic room.

https://nationalpost.com/news/high-society-social-distancing-n-s-private-island-with-mansion-pitched-as-21-million-pandemic-panic-room?video_autoplay=true

but you need divine intervention to get to your panic room in time. I mean who’s going to want to stay there year round? Nobody. So you need divine intervention to get there before they cancel all the flights.

Divine intervention like the wise men had after they visited Jesus. “They were warned in a dream not to return to Harod.”

#190 Sail Away on 05.13.20 at 9:12 am

#148 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 10:23 pm
#126 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 9:00 pm

One thing chumpy knows is that his business can be moved around the world with a few clicks.

An engineering biz with an office, meh. not so much.

Don’t believe everything you read. Sail Away is what in Europe people call a ‘surface engineer’ aka replaceable by a cleaning wobot. He goes online in the evening and plays pretend on his keyboard. Sad.

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Well, I’ve been around some Yugoslav ‘soldiers’ in my day. Unshaven undisciplined random rabble more like. Often drunk.

A standard US Army joke seeing a drunk guy staggering down the street was, ‘hey, there’s Tito looking for his army again.”

But sure, call me out. Just remember you started it.

#191 Sail Away on 05.13.20 at 9:22 am

#164 Wrk.dover on 05.13.20 at 5:59 am

If Watch a Minnie and Freedom First had a constantly commenting love child, would it’s name have a nautical theme?

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The apostrophe is incorrect.

#192 BrianT on 05.13.20 at 9:30 am

It seems like a lifetime ago that the same people pumping this scamdemic were pumping the B/S that Donald Trump was a Russian spy-and the same stupid sheep that are falling for this scam fell for that one.

#193 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 9:35 am

MF

I have wondered what MF stands for. Millennial Faction?

Never-the-less, I like that you ask questions. I try to instill that in my son. Ask a question if you dont understand. You are not likely the only one.

If you get embarrassed from asking, it’ll only last a short period in your life, but mostly you’ll get an un-vocalized praise from your peers. They’ll silently admire you!

One should always ask questions if the don’t understand instead of pretending that they know the answer to everything.

None of us know everything! That is why we need diverse thoughts no matter our background or where we come from.

#194 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.13.20 at 9:37 am

#176 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 7

You don’t think there is anything wrong with a dr who is upset the ER is not more busy? Or, who believes people suffering is just “natural selection”?

MF
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It’s as busy as it ever was, but not with COVID. Patients could only stay away for a few weeks.

The extremists in my department are crying for more freedoms to be taken away so we can “save” humanity. The moderates like myself are wondering when they lost their minds. There’s a lot of histrionic people out there who crave the authority given to them in a crisis.

You’re kidding yourself if you think we’re in control of this planet. If it’s your turn to visit the pearly gates, there’s not much any doctor or hospital can do about it.

#195 Gerald on 05.13.20 at 9:37 am

As I mentioned before the “fraudulent” payments from the CRA are sometimes of their own doing. My 90 year old Mother received a $2,000 payment without applying.
Now as POA I have to get it reversed as it will affect her GST and GIS for the following year.

#196 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.13.20 at 9:38 am

@#188 Another Deckchair
“Basically:
– income (and, from where)
– Expenses (and roughly what they were)
– subtract one from the other, and pay a % on the result.

Simple.”

+++

A flat tax.

10% or 15% of annual earnings, no deductions, no write offs, no hocus pocus…. too good to be true.

Unfortunately it would put millions of lawyers, accountants, their assistents and legions of CRA dweebs …….. on the CERB / EI line.

But we can dream.

#197 Sold Out on 05.13.20 at 9:49 am

Well, I’ve been around some Yugoslav ‘soldiers’ in my day. Unshaven undisciplined random rabble more like. Often drunk.

A standard US Army joke seeing a drunk guy staggering down the street was, ‘hey, there’s Tito looking for his army again.”

But sure, call me out. Just remember you started it.

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So if the perp is clean shaven, he gets a pass?

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/05/02/despite-efforts-sexual-assaults-nearly-40-us-military.html

#198 Sail Away on 05.13.20 at 9:51 am

#148 sailedaway on 05.12.20 at 10:23 pm
#126 IHCTD9 on 05.12.20 at 9:00 pm

One thing chumpy knows is that his business can be moved around the world with a few clicks.

An engineering biz with an office, meh. not so much.

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Offshoring a company is not about changing the physical office space, it’s about removing company assets from the country’s control. All operations are done exactly as before and taxes on operations are paid as before; but, and here’s the important part: the actual corporation headquarters is elsewhere and unreachable.

Therefore, when (if) it becomes necessary to leave, the corporation is not held hostage.

Here’s some info:

https://www.icoservices.com/news/offshore-company-definition-how-it-works.html

#199 Share one Teluu on 05.13.20 at 9:59 am

Proof that Trudeaus phony jobs numbers were all faked.

https://app.tmxmoney.com/news/cpnews/?locale=EN

Embarrassment so deep that even low life Liberals are looking at crisis.

#200 Sail Away on 05.13.20 at 10:00 am

#197 Sold Out on 05.13.20 at 9:49 am

Well, I’ve been around some Yugoslav ‘soldiers’ in my day. Unshaven undisciplined random rabble more like. Often drunk.

A standard US Army joke seeing a drunk guy staggering down the street was, ‘hey, there’s Tito looking for his army again.”

But sure, call me out. Just remember you started it.

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So if the perp is clean shaven, he gets a pass?

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/05/02/despite-efforts-sexual-assaults-nearly-40-us-military.html

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Hey, REMFs will do what REMFs will do.

I was (am) a Ranger. Never a woman to be seen.

#201 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 10:03 am

#193 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 9:35 am
MF

I have wondered what MF stands for. Millennial Faction?
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Massey Ferguson.

Almost as good as International Harvester.

#202 not 1st on 05.13.20 at 10:11 am

Garth, have you seen this? JPM predicting a 45% drop in GDP. That’s a depression isn’t it?

https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/jpmorgan-slashes-canadian-growth-forecast-on-uneven-reopening

Forecast contraction for 2020 is 9%, not 45%. Sounds credible, before a rebound in 2021. Stay the course. – Garth

#203 Sold Out on 05.13.20 at 10:12 am

#187 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 8:52 am
#180 MF on 05.13.20 at 8:27 am
#176 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 7

You don’t think there is anything wrong with a dr who is upset the ER is not more busy? Or, who believes people suffering is just “natural selection”?

MF
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You raised 2 points with that comment.
1. I am extremely happy the ER is not busy!
2. Natural Selection is the selection of an animal group (people fit in here)who possess the best genes to make a better population. I won’t go into details, but search Darwinian Theory if you like.

I like to use the word ‘cull’. That way some of the people who pass aren’t rated on how good their genes are. Yes, we will lose some good genes, but hopefully they passed them on.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I’d hate to see the triage criteria that this guy uses.

Fun fact:

It wasn’t until 1987 that the American Academy of Pediatrics formally declared it unethical to operate on newborns without anesthetics.

https://gizmodo.com/why-are-so-many-newborns-still-being-denied-pain-relief-1755495866

#204 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 10:20 am

63 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 4:17

Sweden is not Canada and I don’t live in Sweden. Just like your tax example, there are other examples out there that disprove your own idea.

Some countries instituted an extreme lockdown and had a less severe outbreak. Proof positive that outbreaks work?

Maybe. I don’t know.

_____________

That’s the smartest thing I’ve seen you say on this blog. None of us know; which is why I think it’s correct that we question the automatic surrender of our economy and civil liberties on worst case scenario models that have proven incorrect.

Sweden is not Canada, but humans are humans and western civilizations and cities do act somewhat similar. Sweden’s climate is not too dissimilar to much of Canada last I checked, either. I gather none of us would want to extrapolate too much of the outcome to other places, but I think it’s the best example of a control environment we’re going to get to compare.

As for the “total lockdown” areas, I believe this is more China, where civil liberties do not truly exist in the same way and human rights are an after thought. We value these rights more than that country, or we used to anyway.

And while we’re talking about lives, how about the loss of life caused by the destruction of the economy? Just in terms of lost aid to impoverished countries? Seeing stats about how this government and media created “repression” could impact starving children all over the world.

As I asked from day one, I would love a parrallel world where we labeled this a very bad flu season and told everyone to take precautions like washing hands, quietly built up health care capacity, and let us get on with life. Then count the bodies that died over a 5-10 year period. Dollars to donuts it would be the panic/lockdown/great depression world that had more prematurely dead people.

But we’ll never know. Like you, I do not know what is best. I just want to ask questions before I give away my rights to worship or see my family or open my business the next time a pandemic comes out.

#205 MF on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

187 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 8:52 am

I know about natural selection, but I think you might have misunderstood my point.

For a Dr in the ER (even if it is Dr Nick Riviera lol) to say pandemic suffering of any sort is okay because it is due to natural selection is the height of irony. Modern medicine is anything but natural, and plus we aren’t animals.

Natural selection had us dying at age 25 or in childbirth for millions of years. People living to 82 is anything but natural, and modern medicine is largely to thank for that.

MF

#206 Cowtown Co35oy on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

We got our returns back over a month ago….over $35k! Used it to put a big dent in our remaining TFSA/RESP’s/and RRSP’s. Finally got out TFSA’s maxed after a few spotty employment years.Will max out the RESP as well and put another big dent in our remaining rrsp room. Working from home is definitely helping out the savings…

#207 BillyBob on 05.13.20 at 10:37 am

#178 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 8:23 am
I get a few joys in life these days! My dog and I have gotten closer during our walks, and a drive around the hood and a trip to the grocery store is a highlight.

However, I get irritated when I see someone walking down a sidewalk ‘alone’ with a non-surgical mask (emphasis on ‘mask’, type doesn’t matter).

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I wear a mask when I leave the house – alone – to walk to go grocery shopping. I do that so I put a brand new mask on with clean hands. No point even taking it in my pocket or around my neck, if I’m just going to raise it to cover my mouth and nose with hands that have touched anything along the way. I don’t wear one if I’m leaving the house to go for a run or a walk for exercise. But if I’m going to need a mask later in my travels, ie entering a shop or public transport, it goes on while my hands are still clean. Um….duh? Basic mask hygiene protocol.

Hope that helps you raise your incredibly low threshold for irritation lol.

#208 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 10:47 am

#205 BillyBob on 05.13.20 at 10:37 am
#178 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 8:23 am
I get a few joys in life these days! My dog and I have gotten closer during our walks, and a drive around the hood and a trip to the grocery store is a highlight.

However, I get irritated when I see someone walking down a sidewalk ‘alone’ with a non-surgical mask (emphasis on ‘mask’, type doesn’t matter).

===================================================

I wear a mask when I leave the house – alone – to walk to go grocery shopping. I do that so I put a brand new mask on with clean hands. No point even taking it in my pocket or around my neck, if I’m just going to raise it to cover my mouth and nose with hands that have touched anything along the way. I don’t wear one if I’m leaving the house to go for a run or a walk for exercise. But if I’m going to need a mask later in my travels, ie entering a shop or public transport, it goes on while my hands are still clean. Um….duh? Basic mask hygiene protocol.

Hope that helps you raise your incredibly low threshold for irritation lol.

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You’re one of the people I was referencing.

#209 Figure it Out on 05.13.20 at 10:47 am

“The Conservatives better get Peter Mackay elected ASAP”

Wait, they’re still a thing? Maybe they could pas the hat and collect a few million for an ad campaign. Tagline: “Remember Us?” Sad, slow piano music. A dark blue teddy bear, with a frown, alone on a bed. Rain outside the window…

I don’t expect the candidates to be harrying the government at every turn in the midst of a global crisis. But occasional proof of life would be nice. Is a weekly snap of MacKay holding up the day’s copy of the Toronto Sun too much to ask?

#210 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 10:51 am

#205 MF on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am
187 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 8:52 am

I know about natural selection, but I think you might have misunderstood my point.

For a Dr in the ER (even if it is Dr Nick Riviera lol) to say pandemic suffering of any sort is okay because it is due to natural selection is the height of irony. Modern medicine is anything but natural, and plus we aren’t animals.

Natural selection had us dying at age 25 or in childbirth for millions of years. People living to 82 is anything but natural, and modern medicine is largely to thank for that.

MF

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MF, I thought differently about you for a while.

We are part of the animal kingdom. Therefore, we are animals that some are able to think a bit better than others.

#211 Sold Out on 05.13.20 at 11:09 am

#209 Figure it Out on 05.13.20 at 10:47 am
“The Conservatives better get Peter Mackay elected ASAP”

Wait, they’re still a thing? Maybe they could pas the hat and collect a few million for an ad campaign. Tagline: “Remember Us?” Sad, slow piano music. A dark blue teddy bear, with a frown, alone on a bed. Rain outside the window…

I don’t expect the candidates to be harrying the government at every turn in the midst of a global crisis. But occasional proof of life would be nice. Is a weekly snap of MacKay holding up the day’s copy of the Toronto Sun too much to ask?

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It gets better; Erin O’Toole probably has more second choice ranked ballot support than MacKay.

https://ipolitics.ca/2020/05/12/mackay-leads-cpc-leadership-race-but-otoole-popular-as-second-choice-of-lewis-sloan-backers-mainstreet-poll/

Having already shot themselves in the left foot by choosing a Soc Con leader in Scheer, the Cons are drawing a bead on their remaing toes.

CPC needs an exorcism if they ever want to hold power again.

#212 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.13.20 at 11:11 am

I know about natural selection, but I think you might have misunderstood my point.

For a Dr in the ER (even if it is Dr Nick Riviera lol) to say pandemic suffering of any sort is okay because it is due to natural selection is the height of irony. Modern medicine is anything but natural, and plus we aren’t animals.

Natural selection had us dying at age 25 or in childbirth for millions of years. People living to 82 is anything but natural, and modern medicine is largely to thank for that.

MF
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The favourable conditions of the western world are to thank for that, not necessarily medicine. Plentiful food, shelter, and relative peace. Medicine can steer the ship a few degrees in either direction, but it’s rarely a cure.

Your statement that I am somehow in favour of “pandemic suffering” is a straw man. I’m in favour of the least amount of suffering possible, as any rationale person would be. I see a lot more suffering on the horizon from the reaction to this pandemic than from the virus itself. Take that for what you will.

#213 BillyBob on 05.13.20 at 11:18 am

#208 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 10:47 aml.

You’re one of the people I was referencing.

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So I take it the reasoned explanation didn’t help? That’s fine – ow I have two reasons to wear a mask hahah!

I used to be anti-mask. Lived in Taiwan for a few years and thought it was a bit dumb at first. But then I realized that the masks are a sign of respect for those around them, to try not to spread whatever the wearer has to those around them. A concept of placing the community above the self that I wouldn’t expect some Canucklehead redneck to remotely grasp.

How’s Taiwan doing with the outbreak compared to – everyone else in the world, btw?

But you just keep being you.

#214 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 11:18 am

#167 paulo on 05.13.20 at 7:16 am
#168 Howard

Im thinking the Conservatives had better get Douggie Ford on board as the new leader if they hope to have a snow balls chance in H%#L of winning anything…
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If the Cons campaign around getting a handle on spending and debt, and also on jobs and the economy, they’ll be booted into non-party status like lightning.

I came to this realization years ago. If you are concerned about the things mentioned above, go ahead and vote – but that’s not enough anymore.

In addition to voting, I have basically reduced my net tax input into the system to peanuts – a good chunk of that ability was enabled by Trudeau.

The cons won’t win until the shtf, or they become Trudeaus themselves – which unfortunately seems to be underway.

Now with Trudeau running the deficit to the equivalent of over a decade worth of very spendy governments in less than 6 months, I don’t even want to see a good responsible government win. Trudeau and his tender hearted Libs should wear their own mud, just like Wynne had to in Ontario. I hope for several more Trudeau majorities. Might as well get it over with quickly, he’s the man for the job.

Fiscal Cons/Libs should be well into a good plan, especially if you make good money and have something to lose.

#215 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 11:27 am

#206 Cowtown Co35oy on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

We got our returns back over a month ago….over $35k!
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Holy Moses!

Well done.

#216 BLTandfries on 05.13.20 at 11:29 am

“Every right-wing wind bag needs a father figure. Funny that.”

“Father” figure? How old you think the commenters here are? Very telling remark, leftists not likely to grasp the notion of fitting into a BROTHERhood.

“Can you name a female thinker/CEO/scientist/leader who you admire and who isn’t Anne Coulter, Margaret Thatcher or Ayn Rand?”

Nope, because women belong in the home. If not there, highly likely to end up with Hultgreen-Curie Syndrome.

#217 BLTandfries on 05.13.20 at 11:31 am

“A catalog of six fundamental ideas that commonly undergird moral systems:
care\harm
fairness\reciprocity
loyalty\In Group
authority\respect
sanctity\purity

Conservatives seem to have a more complex set of competing values then Liberals.”

Yes, and don’t forget the associated finding, that leftists have atrophied amygdalae, meaning that like children they see the world as harmless and have a hard time appreciating that anything could ever be risky.

#218 yyc_lurker on 05.13.20 at 11:32 am

#102 Mattl

Has anyone else received a return for 2019 taxes? I submitted a little over 3 weeks ago and nothing yet. Usually it takes less the 2 weeks.
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Netfiled on Mar 13, got the refund on Apr 20

#219 Lambchop on 05.13.20 at 11:33 am

#205 MF on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

and plus we aren’t animals.

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Are you sure?

#220 BillyBob on 05.13.20 at 11:38 am

#198 Sail Away on 05.13.20 at 9:51 am
Offshoring a company is not about changing the physical office space, it’s about removing company assets from the country’s control. All operations are done exactly as before and taxes on operations are paid as before; but, and here’s the important part: the actual corporation headquarters is elsewhere and unreachable.

Therefore, when (if) it becomes necessary to leave, the corporation is not held hostage.

Here’s some info:

https://www.icoservices.com/news/offshore-company-definition-how-it-works.html

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I’ve held offshore accounts for years for convenience as an expat getting paid in multiple currencies. I’ve held accounts in jurisdictions like Isle of Man, Jersey, Switzerland. Still do.

I think you will be quite disappointed in the very limited scope of the tax advantages they offer in the age of information sharing. Assuming you’d like to repatriate your wealth to anywhere worth being some day, that is. And possible gains will be offset heavily by the expertise you’ll need to pay to ensure compliance.

Even attempting it as a liability shield is doubtful unless you physically offshore, which kind of negates the whole point. Incorporating won’t protect your assets if CRA know about them, and the Common Reporting Standard assures they will. Don’t declare them or worse, try and hide them, and well, that’s a whole different set of problems.

So you’re left with dodgy locales, or you’re Apple or Amazon with the wherewithal to fight and occasionally pay massive penalties.

The mythology of offshore accounts always makes me smile. They have a place for the moderately wealthy but the days of slam-dunk legal tax savings are long gone.

#221 Sail Away on 05.13.20 at 11:39 am

#110 Nonplused on 05.12.20 at 8:22 pm

“Self employed” has become an unusual term. See, I operate through a numbered company because this is how most companies want to hire contractors, so they are not viewed as employees and have there own insurance, what have you. “Not an employee.” “We hired a company under contract.” So every year my accountant submits to the CRA a T4 for $1200 and a T5 for whatever dividends I pay myself. This makes the “Self Employed” section of TurboTax entirely redundant as the CRA already has the information and it downloads automatically. There is no point in reporting it twice. So if you have a numbered company and an accountant that fills out the T4’s and T5’s for you you are not self employed, for tax purposes.

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Well, of course you’re not self-employed in that case. You are an employee of your corporation.

And companies hire contract workers for very good reason to avoid them being viewed as employees by CRA and falling under labour laws. We do it all the time. The contract workers must have their own general insurance in place but we carry them under our professional liability (which is the really expensive one for engineers) on a project basis. Contract workers get paid more than employees as stand-alone, independent labour.

Your numbered company is probably eligible for the $40k stimulus loan. It appears in the account about a week after application.

#222 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 11:39 am

#205 MF on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

Natural selection had us dying at age 25 or in childbirth for millions of years.

MF
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Is that so? I’m thinking you are incorrect…

#223 Keen Reader on 05.13.20 at 11:41 am

BillyBob – the mask isn’t for your own protection, it’s to reduce spreading your potentially-infected droplets to others, when 2m distancing isn’t possible. Your confusion is understandable, after so much flip-flopping from “experts” and our “leaders”…

#224 SunShowers on 05.13.20 at 11:55 am

#194 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.13.20 at 9:37 am
You’re kidding yourself if you think we’re in control of this planet. If it’s your turn to visit the pearly gates, there’s not much any doctor or hospital can do about it.

If you’re such a fatalist, talking about “your turn to visit the pearly gates” and “natural selection”, why even be a doctor? Seems to me like that kind of reasoning would make medical intervention unjustified in any case.

“You broke your arm playing on the monkey bars? Walk it off kid, that’s just natural selection at work. Be less stupid next time.” When the kid dies a few days later from an embolism as a result of his untreated broken arm, it was just “his time to go”, right?

#225 Paul B on 05.13.20 at 12:03 pm

#49
“I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.”

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What a remarkably callous take from a physician. Perhaps you should tell us which hospital you’re with, so we can avoid the ER.

#226 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 12:06 pm

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(20)30229-1/fulltext

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/unicef-warns-lockdown-could-kill-covid-19-model-predicts-12/

If anyone needs a Faron and MF approved reason to remove the lockdowns and open the economy ASAP, read the studies and articles above.

“The risk of children dying from malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea in developing countries is spiralling due to the pandemic and “far outweighs any threat presented by the coronavirus”, Unicef has warned.

In an exclusive interview Dr Stefan Peterson, chief of health at Unicef, cautioned that the blanket lockdowns imposed in many low and middle income are not an effective way to control Covid-19 and could have deadly repercussions.

“Indiscriminate lockdown measures do not have an optimal effect on the virus,” he told The Telegraph. “If you’re asking families to stay at home in one room in a slum, without food or water, that won’t limit virus transmission.”

#227 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.13.20 at 12:09 pm

#222 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 11:39 am sez:
“#205 MF on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

Natural selection had us dying at age 25 or in childbirth for millions of years.

MF
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Is that so? I’m thinking you are incorrect…’
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Is he ever right about anything?

Two things:

1)MF doesn’t know the difference between “average age of mortality” and “lifespan”. Once people got thru the harmful and riskier dangerous and early years, they could live just as long as we do today.
2) MF wouldn’t know a what a tractor is or what it does if one ran him over.

#228 joblo on 05.13.20 at 12:28 pm

Chinada this is
Unbelievable!

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-coronavirus-update-canadian-researchers-to-begin-human-trials-of/

#229 Sold Out on 05.13.20 at 12:31 pm

#217 BLTandfries on 05.13.20 at 11:31 am
“A catalog of six fundamental ideas that commonly undergird moral systems:
care\harm
fairness\reciprocity
loyalty\In Group
authority\respect
sanctity\purity

Conservatives seem to have a more complex set of competing values then Liberals.”

Yes, and don’t forget the associated finding, that leftists have atrophied amygdalae, meaning that like children they see the world as harmless and have a hard time appreciating that anything could ever be risky.

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Lib brain vs. Con brain:

Libs tend to have more gray matter in anterior cingulate cortex:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3092984/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anterior_cingulate_cortex

“The anterior cingulate cortex (or ACC) has been implicated in several complex cognitive functions, such as empathy, impulse control, emotion, and decision-making.”

Cons tend to have larger amygdalae

https://www.neuroscientificallychallenged.com/blog/know-your-brain-amygdala

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5793824/

So Cons tend to have an increased negativity bias, and greater reactivity to fearful stimuli.

If we were given a choice in which kind of brain to have, I’d have to take increased capacity to process complex cognitive functions, such as empathy, impulse control, emotion, and decision-making over increased negativity bias, and greater reactivity to fearful stimuli.

#230 Sail away on 05.13.20 at 12:34 pm

#220 BillyBob on 05.13.20 at 11:38 am

Re: offshoring

Yes, you are correct regarding offshore accounts. However…

Offshore corporations are a different animal. A corp’s internal assets are addressed under the jurisdiction of registration.

Do you also have offshore corporations? If so, I’d be very interested in discussing more…

#231 Sail away on 05.13.20 at 12:40 pm

#205 MF on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

and plus we aren’t animals.

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Haha

Well, humans are indeed animals. It’s one of those true and absolutely indisputable facts.

But, I am intrigued: If you think you’re not an animal, what would you be?

Please, please answer.

#232 TurnerNation on 05.13.20 at 12:41 pm

Cool Doctors on here.
My take from week 1, in March was this:
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#113 TurnerNation on 03.29.20 at 3:44 pm
Folks need to realize what this is. Most of the world is affected now. It’s a MIND Virus. A majority are affected. They are totally breaking down and getting sick, their minds that is. Paranoia, social distortion, even violence.

#233 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 12:51 pm

#211 Sold Out on 05.13.20 at 11:09 am

CPC needs an exorcism if they ever want to hold power again.
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If the cons want to win, they just need to appeal to most Canadians.

Trudeaus’ ratings have soared since he started giving away free money, higher than any PM in Canadian history at 74%.

Doug Ford decided to do the same thing, and his approval rating has since exploded to a staggering 83%.

Of course, these two super popular leaders are from “opposite” political parties. Yet, their actions are the same, and they both got the same positive feedback from Canadians.

The math here is pretty easy.

#234 Penny Henny on 05.13.20 at 12:52 pm

#66 Toronto_CA on 05.12.20 at 5:52 pm
#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

I have to agree with this. People keep rooting for Sweden to turn into some sort of 28 Days Later movie set, and the deaths aren’t really any worse than the rest of Europe (markedly better then the UK/Italy/France/Spain and way better than Belgium and on par with Netherlands).
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Sweden’s deaths per million population was at one point, not that long ago, well over 3 times the rate of Canada’s. It is now at 2.48 times Canada’s and slowly trending down. It is possible that in two months time they may be more or else equal.
Same end result possibly but without shutting down the country.

#235 TheDood on 05.13.20 at 12:52 pm

#225 Paul B on 05.13.20 at 12:03 pm
#49
“I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital. COVID has got to be the most underwhelming “pandemic” in history. The mortality rate is very low and targets the old and chronically unwell like any other illness. Natural selection.”

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What a remarkably callous take from a physician. Perhaps you should tell us which hospital you’re with, so we can avoid the ER.
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On the contrary, tell us which hospital so we can move closer. A Doctor willing to tell it like it is. The data tells us infection rates for COVID in Canada are miniscule, and yet our media continues to bombard us with panic and speculation, which feeds the agenda of our political leadership.

#236 LP on 05.13.20 at 12:53 pm

#49 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm
I’m an ER doc in my provinces biggest hospital.
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You don’t have to reveal it, but your description of yourself sounds pretty grand. Are you at TGH or Mount Sinai in Toronto or at Queen Elizabeth in Charlottetown PEI? I would think there is a huge difference.

F72ON

#237 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 12:58 pm

#227 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.13.20 at 12:09 pm
#222 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 11:39 am sez:
“#205 MF on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

Natural selection had us dying at age 25 or in childbirth for millions of years.

MF
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Is that so? I’m thinking you are incorrect…’
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Is he ever right about anything?

Two things:

1)MF doesn’t know the difference between “average age of mortality” and “lifespan”. Once people got thru the harmful and riskier dangerous and early years, they could live just as long as we do today.
2) MF wouldn’t know a what a tractor is or what it does if one ran him over.
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Also has no idea how long human beings like us have been around.

#238 not 1st on 05.13.20 at 12:59 pm

I have never seen such a weak fearful society with the MSM out stoking max fear every second of the day. We are lost. Might as well bolt the door and hide under our beds and be done with it all. World is too scary for us.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/coronavirus-overshadows-another-dangerous-viral-outbreak/ar-BB142eSK?ocid=spartanntp

#239 Faron on 05.13.20 at 1:01 pm

#226 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 12:06 pm

Oh, so you live in a one room home in a slum with no food or water?

I donate to UNICEF and would trust their numbers given that I don’t live in Africa. Neither do you.

Africa has also managed any and the few outbreaks well, especially considering their low resource levels. No one, myself included, ever said a one size fits all-of-humanity solution was the right answer.

#240 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.13.20 at 1:22 pm

#224 SunShowers on 05.13.20 at 11:55 am

#194 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.13.20 at 9:37 am
You’re kidding yourself if you think we’re in control of this planet. If it’s your turn to visit the pearly gates, there’s not much any doctor or hospital can do about it.

If you’re such a fatalist, talking about “your turn to visit the pearly gates” and “natural selection”, why even be a doctor? Seems to me like that kind of reasoning would make medical intervention unjustified in any case.

“You broke your arm playing on the monkey bars? Walk it off kid, that’s just natural selection at work. Be less stupid next time.” When the kid dies a few days later from an embolism as a result of his untreated broken arm, it was just “his time to go”, right?
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Medical intervention is unjustified in many cases. I see far too many people with overt and chronic life limiting disease that either haven’t been told the truth or haven’t come to terms with it. Then they are surprised when they land on deaths door. We do our best to resuscitate them and prolong their life temporarily, but it’s not necessarily a “win” for anyone. If this sounds fatalist, well, it is. Life is fatal.

Clearly, a broken arm is not in the same league. And a child developing a PE would be a rare and serious complication. However, elderly people dying from a viral illness is not a novel problem.

I can’t imagine the societal upheaval and misery if we were facing a disease that preferentially killed children and healthy adults. I’d be scared.

The unintended consequences from continuing our current path despite the evidence suggesting that COVID is not as deadly as first believed will be vast and long lasting. Will we continue to do this every time there’s another variant of influenza or norovirus?

My 2 cents.

#241 Penny Henny on 05.13.20 at 1:23 pm

#102 Mattl on 05.12.20 at 7:52 pm
Has anyone else received a return for 2019 taxes? I submitted a little over 3 weeks ago and nothing yet. Usually it takes less the 2 weeks.
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Submitted around Apr 10, took just under two weeks.

#242 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.13.20 at 1:36 pm

In addition, I’d be much more supportive of a quarantine if children and otherwise healthy people were dying. But to what end? A vaccination if we’re lucky? Praying that it will go away? Disintegration of society? A return to tribalism? Physical distancing through a hunter gatherer lifestyle?

“Flattening the curve” was technically a success in most places, whether it did anything or not. But now what?

#243 oncebittwiceshy on 05.13.20 at 1:45 pm

> I couldn’t care less about the Sweden story in this pandemic.

MF

On the contrary, MF, you should care alot.

I believe that the efforts of our country, shutting down the economy and separating families and friends was done strictly for the purposes of ensuring that the hospitals wouldn’t be overrun.

Of course, every rational person would understand that overrun hospitals would result in significantly more deaths during this Covid crisis. Right??

Well then, my friend, pay especially close attention to Sweden so we can see for ourselves what happens to those hospitals and death rates.

What is the biggest difference between our country and Sweden. Our leader walked away from his responsibility by deferring to the medical community. He is supposed to take guidance from all of the people he surrounds himself with and make a reasonably sound decision.

We should know within a few months which leader did the right thing for the country.

#244 Cowtown Cowboy on 05.13.20 at 1:46 pm

#215 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 11:27 am
#206 Cowtown Co35oy on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

We got our returns back over a month ago….over $35k!
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Holy Moses!

Well done.
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Well, we actually refinanced the mortgage, added 80k at pretty low rates, poured that into our RRSP’s, got the big refund, topped up our TFSA’s, etc. , whatever inheritance we get in the next few years will be used for non-reg accts/lump sum mortgage payment and hopefully get all registered accts fully funded by next year…I think i still have $50k in rrsp room….it never ends…

#245 Sail away on 05.13.20 at 1:53 pm

#189 45north on 05.13.20 at 9:09 am

Mahone Bay

Built by an American after the 9/11 terror attacks, The Lodge at Strum Island, in Mahone Bay, was designed as a secure, luxury, long-term panic room.

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Oh, that’s very nice, but way too exposed. If everything went completely sideways, apocalyptic if you will, a small unit could instantly commandeer the place. Simple zodiac occupation with a dozen soldiers at 2am would do it very well.

A panic room only works if an intact government also protects you.

Money is only helpful if people follow rules.

Unprotected resources will always be taken. Ask the Yugoslavian mercenary.

#246 IHCTD9 on 05.13.20 at 1:57 pm

#224 SunShowers on 05.13.20 at 11:55 am
#194 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.13.20 at 9:37 am
You’re kidding yourself if you think we’re in control of this planet. If it’s your turn to visit the pearly gates, there’s not much any doctor or hospital can do about it.

If you’re such a fatalist, talking about “your turn to visit the pearly gates” and “natural selection”, why even be a doctor? Seems to me like that kind of reasoning would make medical intervention unjustified in any case.

“You broke your arm playing on the monkey bars? Walk it off kid, that’s just natural selection at work. Be less stupid next time.” When the kid dies a few days later from an embolism as a result of his untreated broken arm, it was just “his time to go”, right?
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I don’t think the good Doc was talking about leaving injuries to fester. Rather, that there are limits to what medicine can do.

Example:

Ms. IH’s Paternal Grandmother came down with a stomach flu. Diarrhea that persisted for a couple weeks. Not the end of the world right? She went to the hospital, got put on antibiotics, ended up with C. Diff, and was dead in a couple weeks.

C. Diff itself is a sort of an unexpected recent “gotcha” for medicine. A round of antibiotics used to be a fix, now it could lead to death for some. What was once malleable, is no longer. Medicine has limits, probably more-so than a layman understands.

#247 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 2:00 pm

#239 Faron on 05.13.20 at 1:01 pm
#226 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 12:06 pm

Oh, so you live in a one room home in a slum with no food or water?

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No, but a startling amount of people in North America do live in poverty like this. Including in Canada, especially on Reserves. It’s not a big leap to make. A huge amount of people have been trapped in dangerous domestic situations because of the lockdowns.

Point is – The universal lockdowns are having vast, unintended health consequences that will be more devastating than the virus.

That’s the finding of the Lancet study and the Unicef Chief Medical Officer’s point. But I guess they are right wing media who love Anne Coulter and should be ignored!

#248 Faron on 05.13.20 at 2:00 pm

#234 Penny Henny on 05.13.20 at 12:52 pm

#66 Toronto_CA on 05.12.20 at 5:52 pm
#52 1-800-DOCTORB on 05.12.20 at 4:52 pm

It’s fun that you folks don’t talk about Brazil any more. I’m too lazy to dig up the quote, but a few of you said “watch Sweden, watch Brazil”. You don’t because the virus is on a rampage there.

Sweden is nothing like the places in Canada where the virus is a severe problem. Population of Stockholm is < 1 million. Montreal 1.7, Toronto 2.9 million. The population density of the country is 1/4 to 1/10th that of the worse hit areas in Europe. Sweden's death rate is mid-pack Europe and as high as the Netherlands despite the Netherlands having 8x denser population. That is shameful. Here in BC, the province has a low and controlled infection rate and never had as severe a lockdown as many places and will be lifting some orders this week. This is because BC has one boring city where no one talks with one another anyway (sounds like Sweden) and the rest of the province is small cities and rural areas.

Sweden's health minister spoke at the WHO a couple weeks ago and made a couple of important points. The first is that Sweden has fully socialized healthcare, elder care and employment insurance. If someone gets sick, they get treated and then they get paid to quarantine for 14 days. This is before any CERB-like benefit. With a very strong social support system (that you righties despise and would complain about ad nauseum if it were implemented here) they are able to get away with a slightly less cautious approach. That is, if you consider flattened, but not dropping infection and death curves. Sweden can guarantee the highest standard of care for ALL of their citizens. Canada can not make that claim.

DOCTORB: Using your credentials as an ER doc that apply to fixing broken bones, bullet holes, heart attacks, and drug/alcohol ODs to claim authority on infectious disease is highly misleading. It's about as bad as washed up casino owners who think they know how to run a major western nation. It reminds me of PhD's who use their credentials in chemistry or biology to weigh in against (and even those who weigh for) well-understood climate science. I'm a climatologist (study recent and past climates) and I will only rarely weigh in on climate change outside of the best-established facts because I know to stay in my lane. What I write here on the virus I glean from raw data or respected international authorities. I make no claims about infectious disease knowledge other than an understanding that unchecked exponential growth will bite you in the arse.

#249 Faron on 05.13.20 at 2:09 pm

#231 Sail away on 05.13.20 at 12:40 pm

#205 MF on 05.13.20 at 10:27 am

But, I am intrigued: If you think you’re not an animal, what would you be?

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Maybe the M is for mineral? (sorry MF, had to be done).

#250 Blacksheep on 05.13.20 at 2:13 pm

Dr Campbell covers A Harvard professors positive findings on the effects of Vitamin D in regards to C-19.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fxw3nTZYlA

#251 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.13.20 at 2:17 pm

@#238 not 1st
” I have never seen such a weak fearful society with the MSM out stoking max fear every second of the day….”
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Yep.
The latest info from Nova Scotia’s massacre is interesting.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/13/nova-scotia-shooting-ex-neighbours-warned-police-gunman

Not much point in new gun control rules if the RCMP cant be bother to act on the existing rules…..

But the Liberals sure look good…… dont they?

#252 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.13.20 at 2:23 pm

@#239 Faron.
“Africa has also managed any and the few outbreaks well, especially considering their low resource levels. ”

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Hmmm

The Big Men of Africa love the millions and billions donated annually.
Keep sending that UNICEF money…they’ll find a way to get it……
There are always bigger yachts, Lear jets, Estates in Switzerland to buy.

https://historycollection.co/ten-corrupt-african-dictators-modern-history/

#253 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 2:46 pm

#213 BillyBob on 05.13.20 at 11:18 am
#208 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 10:47 aml.

You’re one of the people I was referencing.

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So I take it the reasoned explanation didn’t help? That’s fine – ow I have two reasons to wear a mask hahah!

I used to be anti-mask. Lived in Taiwan for a few years and thought it was a bit dumb at first. But then I realized that the masks are a sign of respect for those around them, to try not to spread whatever the wearer has to those around them. A concept of placing the community above the self that I wouldn’t expect some Canucklehead redneck to remotely grasp.

How’s Taiwan doing with the outbreak compared to – everyone else in the world, btw?

But you just keep being you.
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BillyBob,

If you were my son, I would put my arm gently over your shoulders and say “I love you”.

Then I would explain it to you and then give you a kick in the butt for being so stupid!

#254 Faron on 05.13.20 at 3:41 pm

#252 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.13.20 at 2:23 pm

Don’t be a d**k. UNICEF is “relatively” safe when it comes to this kind of work. Hell of a lot better than sending your church group to build a school that no one asked for.

I also searched your article for mentions of UNICEF and saw zero instances…

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#247 Toronto_CA on 05.13.20 at 2:00 pm

“…Unicef Chief Medical Officer’s…”

Maybe you and fartz should talk to decide if UNICEF is reputable or not…. Sounds like you and I agree for once though Tdot.

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“…a startling amount of people in North America do live in poverty like this… especially on Reserves.”

Thanks for the info ;-). The difference is they are living in a country that should know better and has the resources to provide but refuses to acknowledge the problem. And as if you actually care. I’m sure you were at the rail blockades in full support… :-)

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“Point is – The universal lockdowns are having vast, unintended health consequences that will be more devastating than the virus.”

I agree that there are major health consequences. I’ve read about the huge spike in domestic abuse and am aware and saddened by what kind of hell that would be. It’s hard enough to get out of abusive relationships on a good day. Depression, yep for sure, I have it going on here. Suicide, yeah definitely. Drug overdoses are way up here in Victoria likely due to poor supply and depression among a beaten down population of addicts. I might add that NA/AA just isn’t going to be as good under a lockdown. Critical resources are gone. It sucks.

The point is that this stuff is a known risk of acting as we have acted. In any move that society makes there will be winners and losers and it’s my understanding that, although there will be many losers in the scenario we are following (maybe eventually I’ll know some of the pain acutely) there will be more winners. The ratio is better under this scenario than the do-nothing-and-watch scenario in which even more people die and fear of that death causes spikes in public avoidance that are more unpredictable and more impactful than any controlled lock down.

From your UNICEF article:

“One size fits no one. The objective is to slow the virus, not to lockdown people. “We need to lift our eyes and look at the total picture of public health.”

I couldn’t agree more and believe that is what is being done.

#255 Faron on 05.13.20 at 3:52 pm

I can’t wait until Bytor chimes in quoting me about “Virtue Signalling”.

Hey Bytor, the 2000s are calling. Yeah, they want their put-down back.

#256 Faron on 05.13.20 at 3:55 pm

#253 Ballingsford on 05.13.20 at 2:46 pm

“…Then I would explain it to you..”

That’s a sweet sentiment, but maybe you should explain it to him then?

#257 srv on 05.13.20 at 4:34 pm

Asked a No Frills guy in my town if any of the staff had contracted the virus or had to stay home because a family had… nope!
Working all day for months with no problem but the world will apparently end if factories and retail reopen…
Somebody’s lying to us… why?

#258 Francisco on 05.13.20 at 7:02 pm

Hi Garth i think interests paid on the mortgage can also be deducted