Hicks

Thirty-seven months ago Dorothy, Bandit and I piled into the wagon at daybreak and hit the Parkway. Gridlock. Ninety minutes later we broke through the sticky eastern membrane of the GTA, heading east. To Lunenburg. Where we’d had a seasonal home for eight years.

We never went back. At least, Bandit didn’t. It took a few trips for me to sell the downtown condo, the Belfountain General Store and a country property down the road. I also told my corporate colleagues this was it. Adios. Keep my office in the Bay Street tower, but don’t expect to see much of my imposing silhouette.

In the quaint town on the South Shore of Nova Scotia an hour from Halifax, overlooking the working harbour, we stayed. Bought a nicer house. Bought a sweet little stone former bank building. Established a new branch of my business. Hired employees, including a Wall Streeter and Bay Streeter looking for better. Installed the fat data pipe from the Big Smoke.

Monitoring the financial markets in my Lunenburg office.

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“You know,” Dorothy said, looking out her kitchen window at the Polar Prince, the Maude Adams and the lobster boats tied to Zwicker Wharf, “we’re exactly where we should be. I’m never going back.”

Recently several people on this pathetic blog have asked why we made this choice. I shall try to answer, without justifying. After all, it’s an acquired taste. Unless you like lobster, blue tartan, kitchen parties and driving really, really slowly.

Where is this place? About twenty hours by car east of Toronto. Ninety minutes from the Stanfield airport. On the Atlantic Ocean, south of Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Cove. The weather is (in my experience) way better than Toronto. The guy who shovels my driveway showed up three times this winter. Mostly it rains instead of snows. This strip of NS is the Victoria of the Maritimes, it seems.

Taxes are as brutal as Ontario, Quebec or BC. HST is 15%. It’s as hard finding a family doctor as it is in most places, but little Lunenburg has a large, fully-equipped hospital with an ER – notable for a place of two thousand souls. Also lots of dentists, two medical clinics and a big LTC facility (with no virus).

It’s a tourist economy, so 2020 will be rough. Lots of restaurants and a dozen art galleries on Lincoln Street. The Bluenose lives here – visible from our windows. Scallop fishery is big business. So’s the distillery and craft beer brewing. Loads of B&Bs. There’s a thriving classical music academy and a school for the arts. Plus a high-tech gaming company successfully bending young minds in several countries. Artists-per-square-mile is huge. There’s a restored opera hall. Endless festivals (except this year). One Timmies. No big-box stores. The closest Home Depot is 90 clicks away in suburban Halifax. That city has everything you’d expect from a place with 600,000 people. Plus a navy. That’s cool.

But why did we land here?

So I’m a 1%er, and blessed. Dorothy and I could live pretty much anywhere, and the choice a decade ago was Lunenburg or Van. The cost of living aside, NS won because of people, beauty and culture.

It’s a first-name place. The town officials , the cops, the bylaw officer, the lobster guys, tradespeople, shopkeepers, [email protected] – all are familiar and equal. You can walk everywhere if you live in the Old Town. Grocery store, pharmacy, lawyer, town hall, insurance office, clinic, stores, bars, parks and the rowdy Legion. Greenie, social-justice-warrior lefty artisans are nicely balanced by redneckies in tats and black pickups with modified mufflers and hunting dogs in the back. An astonishing number of folks, when you get to know them, admit coming here from away. I think the urban refugees may be taking over.

East coast culture is a big draw. The art is compelling, the music infectious. In my bank building I donate space to the local documentary film festival office, the Nova Scotia Sea School which teaches sailing and life skills to kids, plus there’s a sculptor in the basement who works in wood. When the financial world is tedious, I go down there, hang out and inhale the cedar chips.

A two million dollar Toronto house costs about five large here. Outside of town perfectly good places go for three. Rents are dirt cheap. Airbnb’s been a scourge, but that will end. Lunenburg is a Unesco heritage site, with the Old Town looking essentially as it did 150 years ago. The architecture is eye candy. The local heritage officer, Arthur, quickly hammers anyone who changes a window, a fence or a façade without a ‘certificate of appropriateness’.

It’s a small place. That brings an enveloping sense of community. It also brings lack of privacy, scrutiny and judgment. You can’t give the finger to someone who cuts you off because you’ll see them three times this week in the post office, the liquor store and the Foodland.

Now we have the virus. Everywhere in the world. In NS today there are 102 active cases in a population of a million, with four people in ICU. Most of the 55 deaths came, tragically, in one retirement home in Halifax. A few people in Lunenburg wear masks. There was a security guard in the grocery store for a while, but he’s gone. The golf course across the harbour is open again. Nobody locally has Covid. If they did the community Facebook page would light up. But so far it’s all about small engine repair, remote Zumba classes, lost dogs and found chickens. Or why someone heard a siren. Oh, and traffic, when there is some.

You’d probably hate it here. So best stay put.

 

250 comments ↓

#1 Screwed Canadian Millenial on 05.18.20 at 11:05 am

I remember when Garth attacked the great Labour Prime Minister when she was first elected. Look at her now!

Ardern becomes New Zealand’s most popular PM in a century: poll
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-politics-poll/ardern-becomes-new-zealands-most-popular-pm-in-a-century-poll-idUSKBN22U0PI?utm_source=reddit.com

Liberal and Labour is the way to go. Trump has gotten 100,000 (that’s 33 Bush 9/11’s) of his countrymen killed and many more still to come. Meanwhile the MAGAT hive mind continues to cheer for more American death.

Back home, The Great Liberal Trudeau is riding a wave of popularity while Zombie Leader Scheer continues to make the Cons look like what they are, TERRIBLE!

Just look at this strong and stable Liberal erection of support while the other parties go flaccid and limp!

https://imgur.com/FgzGABc

Happy Victoria Day should be renamed Happy Millenial Day. Who the hell cares about some fatso queen from over 100 years ago? Just a bunch of crusty old boomers that’s who. And pretty soon nobody is going to care about them either.

Man I’m shot out of a cannon this morning.

#2 ONE-HIT WONDER on 05.18.20 at 11:08 am

Any strip-clubs in town??

#3 conan on 05.18.20 at 11:09 am

Sounds like they are due for more coffee stores. I have visited towns with the same population, and they have 6 coffee stores, from that company that you mentioned.

#4 Stormy Daniels on 05.18.20 at 11:11 am

“It also brings lack of privacy, scrutiny and judgment. ”

Exactly, Garth. So if I have to go to the Lunenburg Enquirer with my story, life could get difficult for you……

Just to recap in case you have forgotten – I met you and Bandit in that Toronto park. My contact lenses fell out of my hand. With my bad vision I bent over to search the grass and pick them up and while I did, one of you was suddenly humping my leg. We both know who it was.

$130,000 is more than reasonable.

But just for today, I will accept a large bottle of hand sanitizer and two dozen face masks. You have until midnight.

Or all of Lunenburg will have something juicy to talk about.

#5 just say no on 05.18.20 at 11:14 am

Oh that sounds so amazing! I read somewhere, if you want wealth go west if you want love go east? Choices? Now I am hoping someone can tell us why when the us stock market rises on a holiday like today and the Canadian markets are closed, why do we miss out on this gain? If the Dow drops tomorrow we sink even further? It puzzles me as my advisor has no answer? I guess just do not look at he markets on holidays?

#6 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 11:15 am

Very nice, Garth. You and Farley Mowat are peas in a pod.

In today’s world, that is just how easy it is to up stakes and relocate, be it town, province or country. Find the place you love and go.

#7 Nice homes on 05.18.20 at 11:21 am

And incredibly cheap!

#8 CHERRY BLOSSOM on 05.18.20 at 11:21 am

Trust baby Trudeau just doesn’t figure out solutions. He only knows to throw money at any problem. For instance he could have told the able bodied young university students to go work on the farms who are desparate for workers. So desparate that Canada could be faced wit a food shortage. I wonder why our politicans only throw money at situations in order to buy future votes. Won’t work this time Trudeau.

#9 National Patriots Day on 05.18.20 at 11:23 am

Bonne fetes a tous.

#10 Karla on 05.18.20 at 11:26 am

I moved to the South Mountain Annapolis Valley NS in 2002 from Markham Ontario. Would never go back to Ontario. The financial freedom moving to N.S. is a huge plus. Home ownership with no mortgage, semi retired , currently age 54, lower property taxes in this area, and the neighbours houses are a acre apart. All this while being able to save money till my official retirement. I have been following your blog for years and even attended the info session you had a few years back in the Wolfville/New Minas area. So far your insight has paid off.

#11 Moderna to the moon on 05.18.20 at 11:26 am

Let’s hope it works.

#12 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 05.18.20 at 11:27 am

Bandit looks so stoic
Dogs are great
beer is good
people are crazy
Facts not fear

#13 Not 1st on 05.18.20 at 11:27 am

What about the hurricanes that slip up the coast every year?

#14 Butcher on 05.18.20 at 11:28 am

Happy Victoria Day to all

#15 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.18.20 at 11:32 am

I was there in March walking the empty streets on an unusually warm sunny morning. A By-Laws officer gave me a sideways glance when I was at the war memorial…..ticket potential…

I noticed the big white school at the top of the hill is finally getting repaired back to its former glory.
Amazing town for architecture but the tourist crowds in Summer…ugh.

As an aside.
8 weeks, 3 trillion dollars, some nifty graphs, and a worrisome prediction of 15-20% unemployment for a long time.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-stimulus-analy/what-did-eight-weeks-and-3-trillion-buy-the-u-s-in-the-fight-against-coronavirus-idUSKBN22U0FS

#16 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.18.20 at 11:37 am

@#1 Screwed Millennial
” Who the hell cares about some fatso queen from over 100 years ago? Just a bunch of crusty old boomers that’s who. And pretty soon nobody is going to care about them either.

Man I’m shot out of a cannon this morning.”

+++

Fatso Queen….reminds me of an excellent chef I knew on Davie st.

Next time could you stand in front of the cannon?

#17 Westcoaster on 05.18.20 at 11:41 am

Ah, well… you might have eschewed Van and driven (and ferried) a few more miles to Victoria – which you know well I believe. A piece of mediterranean living in Canada with virtually year-round outdoor activities and some lovely twisty paved backroads for motorcycling. It has certainly changed in the 30+ years we have lived here – more refugees from the big smoke across the pond and a large contingent of Albertans (sans truck nuts) and Torontonians with their pockets full of cash raising the home prices for the local plebians. But essentially Victoria (less than Lunenburg admittedly) retains much of its “big small town” feel.

#18 will on 05.18.20 at 11:44 am

Garth, if your intention in writing this post was to drum up business for the tourism industry, you have succeeded. Keep us posted. When everything has opened up I’ll be on my way there to take it all in. I haven’t taken any time off since last November so am ripe for a nice long trip.

#19 Damifino on 05.18.20 at 12:02 pm

The local heritage officer quickly hammers anyone who changes a window, a fence or a façade without a ‘certificate of appropriateness’.
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Nice. In Vancouver one must apply for an uglification permit before defacing perfectly charming places. But fortunately they’re easy to obtain. All it takes is a little palm grease at city hall.

And yet, I still love the place. But if it came to a choice between Lunenburg and Van, I can see why Nova Scotia won. However, your description makes it sound more like an eastern Saltspring Island than it does Victoria.

#20 YouKnowWho on 05.18.20 at 12:13 pm

Sold!

Can I stay over a few days while I pick a new home?

Oh…how are winters? Standard 8 months or more mild?

#21 Great post on 05.18.20 at 12:18 pm

I always like stories about people lives.

I live in Nanaimo and apart from a freak snow storm life is good here as well.

Thanks for sharing!

#22 Druckenmiller on 05.18.20 at 12:21 pm

Well markets are roaring today!
Time to listen to the greatest investor of all times
A clear reality check.
And for all those virus fanatics he points to Taiwan and Hong Kong who did not shut the economy and used masks and social distancing and less then 10 deaths between them. Hmmmmm
After Druckenmiller video I am enlighten
https://youtu.be/wKwoMuB2Tck
Happy trading

#23 Do we have all the facts on 05.18.20 at 12:23 pm

You deserve every bit of the comfortable life your family now enjoys. Sadly the ability of millions of Canadians to achieve a similar goal has been seriously hampered by the actions of political leaders around the world.

Substantial roadblocks have been placed across many of the traditional paths to financial security. Almost $1 trillion of debt that must be serviced has piled up without any concrete plans to regenerate our GDP. History has confirmed that most government debt will become the responsibility of future taxpayers.

The substantial increases in real estate values that created trillions of dollars of personal wealth across Canada with little effort may never occur to the same degree again. It was a great ride while it lasted.

In short a new world will emerge from the Covid 19 crisis
and I fear that a substantial portion of our population are
not fully prepared to deal with the changes.

Our economic future may result in a new dimension to the definition of Crisis.

#24 Linda on 05.18.20 at 12:23 pm

Bandit looks gorgeous as always:)

Love Lunenburg & the South Shore region in general. If ever we decide to move from our current abode, that is the region of the world we’d be most likely to end up.

#25 Figure it Out on 05.18.20 at 12:26 pm

Expect to see the Calgary crowd explain that Nova Scotia is over-represented in parliament, and Alberta transfer payments built and run that hospital.

Or maybe they only target Quebec on those issues?

#26 Pete from St. Cesaire on 05.18.20 at 12:28 pm

I hear you, Garth. We left Montreal back in ’88. Moved permanently into our country home in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Best decision ever.

#27 TurnerNation on 05.18.20 at 12:29 pm

“It’s a first-name place. The town officials , the cops, the bylaw officer, the lobster guys, tradespeople, shopkeepers, [email protected] – all are familiar and equal”

Then:

“There was a security guard in the grocery store for a while, but he’s gone.”

– What a change. A guard is a requirement when there’s an element of safety risk or unpredictablness.
Overnight our world, and all persons, were deemed unsafe. Witness the yellow Caution tape around kids’ playground. Hot zones!

Shades of 9/11 when we were told that the “bad guy” was everywhere, maybe even your different-looking neighbour (so you’d best yell at him ‘to go back home’). People did. Today? Our forum host gets yelled at for walking his dog. Go Home they say.
Man the world fell fast. Lock stock and barrel.

– Everything I talk about is from totally *mainstream* sources. Fair comment. Read this chilling take on what’s arrived, from 2012:
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/06/inside-agenda-21-international-tyranny-bike-lanes/326592/

– Let me tell you what’s safe: Staying at home and listening to the handful of approved media sources remaining, all on the same script. Total spectrum dominance:
……
“In the last six weeks alone, more than 100 media outlets across the country, including print and broadcast media, have seen an impact due to the economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 2,000 employees (journalists and other workers) being laid off, according to data collected by the COVID-19 Media Impact Map for Canada, a joint project by online publication J-Source, the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Local News Research Project at Ryerson University’s journalism school.

Community newspapers are facing particularly harsh realities: 50 have closed either permanently or temporarily in just the last six weeks, according to the data, and according to industry association News Media Canada, a total of 28 papers have permanently ceased publication so far this year.”

Contrast that with the fact that about 215 papers have closed in the past 12 years.”

#28 Andrew Han on 05.18.20 at 12:36 pm

Lunenburg! You’re even smarter than I thought. The South Shore is Canada’s best kept secret.

#29 Dr V on 05.18.20 at 12:46 pm

Garth – did you ever consider a smaller centre on the west coast – like Courtenay on VI? Warmer, drier, younger than Lunenberg with a good airport and a ski hill? Boating, fishing, beaches, extended Harley season….

And Comrade Horgan? – Garth

#30 Andy on 05.18.20 at 12:49 pm

I loved Lunenburg when I visited a few years ago. Lots of great music and other indoor events. The only problem was on a few days of our summer visit there was quite a strong sewage-smell in the air. It reminded me of being in Toronto’s junction or small towns like Woodstock or Sarnia on a bad day. I understand they tried to fix it last year according to this piece.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/stinky-nova-scotia-town-uses-tree-root-biofilter-to-clear-the-air-1.5233436

How is it now Garth? I don’t read any complaints since last year though it’s not summer yet. It is a lovely place and I hope any traces of those problems are gone.

Looking forward to another visit for sure.

The greenies fixed ‘er. – Garth

#31 NSNG on 05.18.20 at 12:54 pm

…and don’t come to Vancouver either. It rains all the time

#32 UmiouiuS on 05.18.20 at 12:58 pm

Garth,

you’d mentioned you were going to share your reasons for the family decision to a Lunenburg reside .. so I’ve been really looking forward to this post.

And it is certainly apparent Dorothy, Bandit, and your good self, have found the ‘centre of your universe’ ..!!

(And luckily, all in the same location ;)

For not many folks, ever find or feel where they belong.

And more never can for reasons of family ties, careers, indecision, .. or simply zee money.

You three are clearly and most deservedly, blessed ..!!

#33 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 1:12 pm

#8 CHERRY BLOSSOM on 05.18.20 at 11:21 am
“For instance he could have told the able bodied young university students to go work on the farms who are desparate for workers.”

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40000 if not more ‘realtors in Ontario with the adequate “work ethic” could do the job. (we might starve then.)

Or fake entrepreneurs like “sail away’ who take handouts, he seems to be a hard worker too.

#34 Bob Dog on 05.18.20 at 1:15 pm

Great sales job. Now the worlds billionaires will be buying your town and giving Vancouver a break for a change.

#35 Jimbo on 05.18.20 at 1:17 pm

The nursing home is in Halifax’s North end next to the bridge

#36 BillyBob on 05.18.20 at 1:19 pm

Another day of being grateful for holding my investments in USD.

If this is what happens in markets when they get a sliver of good news about the most preliminary steps of a vaccine, I can’t imagine what will happen if they actually successfully produce one.

But I intend to risk finding out.

#37 patentco on 05.18.20 at 1:23 pm

Hoping to sign a contract soon to license our tech. Then, we’re saying ‘seeya’ to the GTA.

Have really looked at the East Coast – lived there for years while a soldier- both in Oromocto and Annapolis Valley, though I like my forests and snow (re: New Brunswick) more than warm beaches and artsy-folk. Hmmmm. Was there a big tax hit? What is the difference vs Ontario if you’re moving? Can you take a tax hit in ON, then move there in January? Once you’ve paid in ON, do you have to pay again???

#38 Dr V on 05.18.20 at 1:28 pm

And Comrade Horgan? – Garth

point taken.

#39 Herkunft on 05.18.20 at 1:28 pm

I donate space to the local documentary film festival office, the Nova Scotia Sea School which teaches sailing and life skills to kids – Garth
==================
Thanks for doing this, Garth!

#40 yvr_lurker on 05.18.20 at 1:32 pm

Great post and I share similar sentiments about escaping to something like you have described. For us it will be the Sunshine Coast, Gulf islands or around Nelson when the time comes. My job, however, is not at all portable and so such a move is impossible at this stage.

#41 crowdedelevatorcoughz on 05.18.20 at 1:34 pm

Is it true COUGH! that the town is all low-rise buildings and there are no COUGH! COUGH! elevators?

#42 MF on 05.18.20 at 1:35 pm

Checked it out in google maps. Looks gorgeous and quaint. A great place to get away or retire.

A tad too sleepy for me to live year round though.

MF

How would you know? You skulk this blog all day. – Garth

#43 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 1:37 pm

#1 Screwed Canadian Millenial on 05.18.20 at 11:05 am

You’re aware Canada still has a Queen or that’s no longer taught at school?

You’re aware you’d be American, or worse French without the brits?

You’re aware the countries with the best quality of life including NZ and AU have the same Queen?

No, cuz this is not on your agenda.

#44 LCBO on 05.18.20 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for your props for the town, Turner. That should help boost our real estate sales nicely!

Just remember to stay inside with your dog, that’s all.

If we see you outside with Bandit one more time…..

NO DONAIRS FOR YOU EVER AGAIN!!

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LCBO

(Lunenburg Covidiot Bureau of Oppression)

#45 MF on 05.18.20 at 1:48 pm

How would you know? You skulk this blog all day. – Garth

And I still haven’t gone crazy yet. Amazing test of willpower. I don’t know how you do it.

MF

#46 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 1:52 pm

I so appreciate people that want to do more than live and work in the GTA their whole lives. And a view of the ocean? Yes please.

I moved from Deloitte in the 00s to work in Bermuda for a few years (until a big hurricane came) where I met a huge group of international friends for life. I’ve since moved and lived in a few different islands and countries. Currently I live on the Thames in London with a view of a 1,000 year old castle from my bedroom. I have to laugh when I hear Canadian friends who have never been to NYC describe Toronto as “just like Manhattan”. Travel, and living abroad or even in other provinces just gives people such a better perspective.

It looks beautiful Garth, congrats to you both and Bandit.

And since this is a virus blog, the UK had another massive decline in positive tests and deaths today. Hopefully another day closer to normalcy.

#47 TurnerNation on 05.18.20 at 1:54 pm

This trading desk is open all holidays :)

Perhaps getting out of the cities is best – the strife, unemployment, lines outside in cold weather at 6-6-6-feet apart, crime.
Speaking of homeless here’s two short (2-5min) videos I saw, from yesterday of the homeless camps taking over Toronto streets. San Fran here we come.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP5S0EPzars&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXkhuyLWrm4

#48 Dave Amer on 05.18.20 at 2:02 pm

Have a listen to Etta James singing “don’t advertise your man”

#49 Katherine on 05.18.20 at 2:05 pm

Love seeing photos of Bandit! Very handsome pooch you have Garth and Dorothy. Visited Lunenburg last summer on an eastern Canada vacation….have a photo at your door Garth. It is indeed a beautiful, quaint place. We loved exploring lots of Nova Scotia, especially the Cabot Trail. British Columbia beautiful too, but think I enjoyed visiting the east coast more. Still love my Burlington home though which is close to my mom, children, grandchild.

#50 TW on 05.18.20 at 2:11 pm

I like it there, I’ve stopped many times on my way to visit family just outside Liverpool right on the ocean.. peace and quiet. I’ll end up there too, maybe not Lunenburg there’s too many people there for me LOL. One thing about the east coast I noticed..the spiders are huge ! Must be because of the warmth coming off the ocean ..monsters.

#51 Marco on 05.18.20 at 2:16 pm

Better be bandit than poor in this country.

#52 IHCTD9 on 05.18.20 at 2:21 pm

Greenie, social-justice-warrior lefty artisans are nicely balanced by redneckies in tats and black pickups with modified mufflers and hunting dogs in the back. An astonishing number of folks, when you get to know them, admit coming here from away. I think the urban refugees may be taking over.
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Lunenburg is an order above our small village on all charm fronts, but lots of bells were ringing as I read today’s blog.

One standout here as well is how many folks move in as retired/semi retired. The last 3 houses that sold on our street were all taken by GTA escapees. 2 Boomer couples, and one Gen X couple.

The old folks who actually ran the picturesque little farms along the road back in the day are almost all gone now. When we moved in 20 years ago, there was an old dude a few doors down who told me the road next to our ex-farm was named after his Grandfather, he had built the farm house where we now live. He grew up in this house, he had lots of interesting stories.

Few farms here still operate commercially, most have been bought and converted into hobby farms or horse related businesses (boarding and riding). The old farmhouses have been mostly treated with love, several have had major renovations. Some folks really romanticize these old farming homesteads, but these places really are what one thinks of when an old storybook farm is dreamt up.

Lots pride all around, even we display a little bit with a few things we found after moving in: 2 aerial photos of the Operational farm from the 50’s and 70’s, a painting of the farm done by a local about 45 years ago, and another aerial photo from 2010 which we added to the collection ourselves. They’ll all stay here when we move out some day.

#53 IHCTD9 on 05.18.20 at 2:26 pm

#42 MF on 05.18.20 at 1:35 pm
Checked it out in google maps. Looks gorgeous and quaint. A great place to get away or retire.

A tad too sleepy for me to live year round though.

MF

How would you know? You skulk this blog all day. – Garth

—- — —

MF, if you moved out of the GTA, you would eventually find yourself more active than you ever where in the city. Hunting, fishing, atv’ing, and putting a lift kit and loud mufflers on your 4×4 half ton.

#54 WUL on 05.18.20 at 2:29 pm

Garth,

Your description of the people in your new hometown matches one of the reasons I love Fort McMurray. Little wonder. Here they’re all fine folks from the East Coast. Magical people.

All the servers in the restaurants and retail shops call me “Dear”. Little do they know.

Winter is rough.

Congrats and best wishes to you and yours.

WUL

#55 Torontonian on 05.18.20 at 2:31 pm

The most telling phrase of this post, that the location in another province need be described from the perspective of the Toronto resident: “twenty hours by car east of Toronto.” You understand your audience so well and yet indulge us – thanks. (That, and we like being surveyed.)

#56 MaggieB on 05.18.20 at 2:47 pm

Lunenburg sounds as idyllic as Victoria was when I was a child. Don’t sing it’s praises too loudly. Look what happened to us!

#57 paul on 05.18.20 at 2:49 pm

‘The guy who shovels my driveway’

One tiny scrape on your leg shoveling snow now you have a guy who shovels my driveway.
Sorry Garth had to,

#58 Lobster Man on 05.18.20 at 2:50 pm

“….unless you like lobster….”

Hear! Hear!

Thanks for telling us your story, Garth.

The Lobster Guy

#59 the Awakened One on 05.18.20 at 2:51 pm

BANDITTTT !!! :o])

You look great bud: manly, chill, healthy, and COVID-free…

Go for an ocean swim: scatter the Atlantic sharks and lobsters… and pull ‘ol Garth along for a PT session!

#60 MF on 05.18.20 at 2:51 pm

3 IHCTD9 on 05.18.20 at 2:26 pm

I guess it’s something to look forward to in retirement perhaps. Youngish people tend to like the urban centres for its energy, people, amenities -the typical reasons older people usually leave when they can.

MF

#61 MF on 05.18.20 at 2:55 pm

46 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at

Oh so you’re an ex pat? I Guess that kind of makes sense.

MF

#62 daniel on 05.18.20 at 3:04 pm

reminds me of stratford ontario. like it there ?

#63 FreeBird on 05.18.20 at 3:06 pm

Paternal GF was from NS (fairly sure Lunenburg) but married a T.O. girl named Mary Jane and stayed. My other half comes from a (very) small area near Ottawa. We may do similar in next 2-3 yrs…as Garth and Dorothy not my GF ; )

#64 AB on 05.18.20 at 3:06 pm

#1 SCM
Goodness is not measured by popularity. I am thankful that not all your cohort is as shallow and bitter like you or your future lives would be awful. Drop the darkness already.

#65 Moh on 05.18.20 at 3:19 pm

Why would I leave Toronto when the cash keeps rolling in
Toronto is not for everyone, just saying.

#66 Ustabe on 05.18.20 at 3:23 pm

#38 Dr V on 05.18.20 at 1:28 pm

And Comrade Horgan? – Garth

point taken.

I’ll take what we have now over anything on offer the last two decades.
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Before the bank reno my spouse and I found ourselves in Lunenburg while on a 3 month cross Canada road trip.

The day had been long, the hour late, so we posted up in the town campground (which is pretty marginal, btw) and were pondering a late supper when a man, woman and a big furry dog walked past on the road.

I rushed out to intercept the group and meeting Garth, the lovely Dorothy and Bandit was another highlight of a trip full of them.

I didn’t even have to buy an ice cream cone!

#67 Dolce Vita on 05.18.20 at 3:25 pm

Heart. Home.

People make the place, not the money.

#68 Niagara Region on 05.18.20 at 3:34 pm

More than 80% of residential tenants in Canada paid their rent in May. New data shows that tenants with lower incomes were more reliable than their higher-paid counterparts:
https://nowtoronto.com/lifestyle/real-estate/canada-paid-rent-may-covid-19/

#69 CJ Bob on 05.18.20 at 3:35 pm

Airbnb’s been a scourge, but that will end.
__________________
I’m glad to hear you’re happy there. Absolutely no reason to believe these trends will end: Uber, airbnb, Turo, etc. The current setbacks will be just as hard and harder on established businesses like taxis, hotel chains and car rentals (see Hertz).

Airbnb is a scourge in smaller centres, and should be banned. The social implications are entirely negative, leading to a shortage of rental accommodation, part-time downtowns, dark street syndrome and community fracturing. Fortunately, absentee owners are now starving to death. – Garth

#70 DON on 05.18.20 at 3:37 pm

#197 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.18.20 at 10:53 am

@#190 kev.
” If they need the deferral they should ABSOLUTELY take it.”

+++

And in one stroke of a pen they tell the banks they are either broke, unemployed, or greedy and stupid.
“Its so easy to defer those payments for 4 months, everyone should do it! Now where do I apply for CERB……?”

Excellent advice kev, can you be my financial advisor?.
***************

Kev…I must have taken a long long long nap and woke up to a new reality where BANKS have YOUR best interests in mind.

Banks are fair weather friends when ability to pay is in question.

#71 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 3:38 pm

#30 Andy on 05.18.20 at 12:49 pm

I loved Lunenburg when I visited a few years ago. Lots of great music and other indoor events. The only problem was on a few days of our summer visit there was quite a strong sewage-smell in the air.

How is it now Garth?

“The greenies fixed ‘er. – Garth”

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Well, engineers did anyway. Guess they could be green engineers.

#72 RoddyJohn on 05.18.20 at 3:42 pm

Comrade Horgan just direct deposited me a cool tax-free $1000
I will save it for a bucket-list trip to the Maritimes!
Thx for all you do, as well, Garth!

#73 Keith in Rio on 05.18.20 at 3:44 pm

If it wasn’t for the utterly apocalyptic winter weather the east coast is famous for, we’d have spent our working lives in Halifax or thereabouts too, for all those reasons you mentioned.

As I related, the weather on the South Shore is sure better than the GTA. Find a better excuse. – Garth

#74 no blog for old men on 05.18.20 at 3:44 pm

@#45 MF on 05.18.20 at 1:48 pm
How would you know? You skulk this blog all day. – Garth

And I still haven’t gone crazy yet. Amazing test of willpower. I don’t know how you do it.

MF

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nah, you’re definitely off your rocker MF.

that NS coastline is definitely one of the more serene parts of Canada.

#75 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 3:48 pm

#33 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 1:12 pm

Or fake entrepreneurs like “sail away’ who take handouts, he seems to be a hard worker too.

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Fake how? Do you own a company, sailed, or are you one of the multitudes of tiresome people who talk about the way they would do it… if.

Always the if.

#76 Player24 on 05.18.20 at 3:48 pm

Preaching to the choir. Sister in law lives near you in an old house of course. The salt Salt Shaker deli is one of our favorite places to eat.

#77 Cici on 05.18.20 at 3:49 pm

Wow, sounds like heaven!

#78 no blog for old men on 05.18.20 at 3:51 pm

@#46 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 1:52 pm
I so appreciate people that want to do more than live and work in the GTA their whole lives. And a view of the ocean? Yes please.

I moved from Deloitte in the 00s to work in Bermuda for a few years (until a big hurricane came) where I met a huge group of international friends for life. I’ve since moved and lived in a few different islands and countries. Currently I live on the Thames in London with a view of a 1,000 year old castle from my bedroom. I have to laugh when I hear Canadian friends who have never been to NYC describe Toronto as “just like Manhattan”. Travel, and living abroad or even in other provinces just gives people such a better perspective.

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lol, you’re really proud of yourself eh.
give yourself a couple more pats on the back.

#79 BrianT on 05.18.20 at 3:52 pm

#47Turner-that is really recent-I guess it is just since the virus but the sight of tents parked right in the financial district is pretty wild. John Tory is really doing a great job.

#80 Investx on 05.18.20 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for sharing, Garth.

#81 Joe on 05.18.20 at 3:57 pm

“Also lots of dentists, two medical clinics and a big LTC facility (with no virus).”

Anyone know what the downlow is on Dentists? I have never seen so many Dentists Offices, they are on every corner, I think they outnumber Variety Stores now. Maybe Medical Enrollment offices should steer some of these future Dentists into becoming Family Doctors or Dermatologists.

#82 MF on 05.18.20 at 4:01 pm

74 no blog for old men on 05.18.20 at

Psst: here’s a secret.

My parents lived on the east coast for three years or so a few decades ago and think very fondly of it.

Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.

MF

#83 Ed on 05.18.20 at 4:02 pm

I love Lunenberg
Was there for the launching of the new Bluenose…got to watch from the bridge of Clearwater Seafoods scallop ship. Later that day it rained hard so restaurants were over whelmed…we all pitched in to help…I made & served the coffee…good times…good place.
Hope no more Toronto people move there though.

#84 SmarterSquirrel on 05.18.20 at 4:07 pm

I spent from 0 to 26 in Nova Scotia and am glad I did. Was definitely a great place to grow up and go to university and get some work experience. If I didn’t have a hunger to experience other parts of the world I would have stayed but I figured a quarter century in one place is more than enough time. I love going back. No place like it. I spent my childhood in a town further down the South Shore than Lunenberg and the town was a lot smaller than Lunenberg. Glad you found the happy place Garth. But don’t let the secret out to too many people.

As for all those that think winter is hell in NS, I never had a -30c day in my 26 years of living there like I do every winter in Toronto. And I don’t recall ever needing AC in Nova Scotia either. Being Canada’s Ocean Playground means a few things including having the moderating effect of the Atlantic that keeps winter from getting too cold and keeps summer from getting too hot.

#85 drydock on 05.18.20 at 4:17 pm

#1 Screwed Canadian Millenial on 05.18.20 at 11:05 am

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

What did you have for breakfast, two lines and a cup of coffee?

#86 IHCTD9 on 05.18.20 at 4:23 pm

Garth would be one of these small town celebrities that normally, few outside the area would know lived there. Different with Mr. T due to his big online presence.

We have had a few out our way too. Some permanent residents, some summer home/cottagers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_Milstead

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farley_Mowat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Menzies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Purdy

I had the pleasure of meeting the first two locally in person, years ago.

#87 baloney Sandwitch on 05.18.20 at 4:23 pm

mmm. Rosenbergs comment about a reverse J depression looks silly today. The markets are rallying as though the virus has gone back to china.

#88 The TRUMP Pandemic/Depression on 05.18.20 at 4:27 pm

Say what you will but Ontario is still mine to discover and so I will continue to… While I await the day they rename VictoriaDay to Ontario Day… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Rzvnw-VQUy

#89 Fused on 05.18.20 at 4:29 pm

Today CCL up 15%,, AAL up 10%,USO up 10%, all the dog stocks that blog dogs said to stay away from because they are going to zero, new world order etc. Beautiful day outside and in the portfolio too.

#90 Slim on 05.18.20 at 4:40 pm

Airbnb is a scourge in smaller centres, and should be banned. The social implications are entirely negative, leading to a shortage of rental accommodation, part-time downtowns, dark street syndrome and community fracturing. Fortunately, absentee owners are now starving to death. – Garth

You’re right about Airbnb. It certainly is a scourge on the Sunshine Coast.

#91 TorontoSux on 05.18.20 at 4:43 pm

I’ve lived in Toronto my whole life, this is the only thing I know. I currently live in a condo in midtown worth about $615,000.

I have never been to Nova Scotia. Garth’s town sounds like a dream. I wonder if I would like it and fit in out there?

#92 Old Ron the Realtor on 05.18.20 at 4:52 pm

Your move makes sense Garth. Toronto is for young people, and the occasional old guy who still has a fast ball.

I always like visiting the East coast, pretty as a post card. But keep an eye on the arthritis it creeps up on ya down there.

Bye, ORTR

#93 GTA dds on 05.18.20 at 4:54 pm

Joe on 05.18.20 at 3:57 pm
“Also lots of dentists, two medical clinics and a big LTC facility (with no virus).”

Anyone know what the downlow is on Dentists? I have never seen so many Dentists Offices, they are on every corner, I think they outnumber Variety Stores now. Maybe Medical Enrollment offices should steer some of these future Dentists into becoming Family Doctors or Dermatologists.

I can answer that for you. My opinion only, of course. Your perception is true in fact. The last 10-15 years with the last 5 in particular have seen a huge influx of foreign trained dentists. It has become a whole industry with “schools” popping up everywhere to teach them how to pass our “exams” as well as numerous tests that are expensive. In any case between the universities and the Colleges that license dentists and the business people who have capitalized on this new found industry it is a rolling ball that has gathered a lot of steam. By the way testing now for foreign trained dentists does not involve an exam working on actual people anymore. They work on a mannequin. What a joke. There used to be a limit on the number of licenses issued based on manpower requirements of the general public. That has fallen by the wayside a long time ago with serious consequences. By the way, the only person who knows if a dentist is a good dentist is another dentist. A layperson’s impressions are superficial at best.
Fortunately for me I am near retirement age, and it doesn’t affect me much. What my main concerns are that because there is a drastic oversupply of dentists, who have to find a way to make a reasonable income relative to their investment, some often resort to over diagnosis and over treatment. There is from my experience a large increase in unscrupulous dentists (very sad) who operate with relative free rein. The solution is not more regulation, which is what the Regulatory Colleges are implementing, but very simply, less dentists. There won’t be a need to be unscrupulous.
Dentistry has gone from being a relatively financially rewarding profession to a potentially financially rewarding business that involves financial decisions often superseding health decisions. Sad.

#94 Bob in Hamilton on 05.18.20 at 4:54 pm

I envy you….

#95 R on 05.18.20 at 4:57 pm

My wife and I visited the Atlantic Provence’s during an extended road trip many years ago. We thought the Atlantic Provinces were Canada’s best kept secret.

#96 LP on 05.18.20 at 4:57 pm

There’s something about the East.

More than 30 years ago, we had planned a trip to Prince Edward Island with our two early teens. The youngest wore one of those teeth-straightener head gear things. The night before we were to leave, the car already packed, dog and cat shipped off to be boarded, there was a tremendous light and sound storm. Our daughter, who was lying on the couch jumped a foot over one particularly loud crack of thunder and in doing so, caught her head gear in the weave of the upholstery. It broke right off at the head strap.

Would we go, thus depriving her teeth of 3 weeks of straightening, or would we hang back until we could see the orthodontist? We decided to go – but we took the broken head gear with us.

Fast forward to the Ferry at Borden when we asked a tourist guide was there an orthodontist on the Island. There was, in Charlottetown, and he would stay back after regular closing until we got there. Long story short, he repaired the head gear and when we asked about payment he replied: “No charge; it’s no fun using holiday money to pay a dentist.”

Our kids, in their forties now, still occasionally speak of that kind man.

#97 Timmy on 05.18.20 at 4:57 pm

“So I’m a 1%er, and blessed. Dorothy and I could live pretty much anywhere, and the choice a decade ago was Lunenburg or Van. The cost of living aside, NS won because of people, beauty and culture…
And boy are the demographics different from Vancouver…..

Actually there are a-holes everywhere. – Garth

#98 Grunt on 05.18.20 at 4:57 pm

G Glad you’re happy. Me – a place where everyone knows each other’s business? I wouldn’t fit in.

#99 Rita Katz on 05.18.20 at 4:58 pm

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#100 Dave on 05.18.20 at 5:02 pm

Re 17#17 Westcoaster

Victoria is outrageously overp priced, has very few jobs and many pay incredibly low. Good luck with any semblance of social life, unless you want to hang out with 70 year olds.

#101 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 5:13 pm

#61 MF on 05.18.20 at 2:55 pm
46 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at

Oh so you’re an ex pat? I Guess that kind of makes sense.

MF
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I’ve been an expat a few times (Bermuda and Grand Cayman). It’s a good lifestyle but not for everyone.

I’m a dual Brit/Canuck (with a few American relatives to boot) so living here as a citizen now in the UK – no expat life for me anymore. But there’s always that option if the tax rates get insane I suppose. Right now the highest rate is 45% in England, with a generous 20k GBP limit on the TFSA equivalent. It’s very sustainable. But that could all change after the covid tax rates.

Do you have something against expats? I think anyone who lives abroad gets a more global perspective on things, generally (obviously exceptions). Canadians are very tolerant and diverse (especially in the bigger cities) globally, but sometimes they can lack appreciation of “what else is out there” that comes across as quaint at best, arrogant at worst (thinking Toronto is a “world city” or Vancouver is “the most beautiful place on earth”). Not that both aren’t great cities, of course.

#102 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.18.20 at 5:16 pm

@#91 Torontosux
“I wonder if I would like it and fit in out there?”
++++
Nah.
Bunghole Tickle Newfoundland is where ya wanna be.

#103 cramar on 05.18.20 at 5:20 pm

Well Garth. . .my kind of place! Except. . .

I think you are fibbing about the weather. A friend of mine moved down that way last year and got hit just after with that major Nov. mega snow storm. Said their power was off for 3 days! Every winter major storms seems to happen—sometimes several. This year there was the early Jan. storm, then late Feb. Come fall every hurricane seems to track right there.

So maybe you just do not know what good weather is like. Or maybe you really are an impervious young stud and not a wuss like me. I’d love to visit NS, but I fear your unpredictable weather more than any virus.

Pick NB and you’d better love snow. Just like Quebec. Southern NS is completely different. Think of the difference between Toronto and Timmins or Vancouver and Fort St. John. That’s Lunenburg compared to Cape Breton. – Garth

#104 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 5:20 pm

#78 no blog for old men on 05.18.20 at 3:51 pm
@#46 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 1:52 pm
I so appreciate people that want to do more than live and work in the GTA their whole lives. And a view of the ocean? Yes please.
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lol, you’re really proud of yourself eh.
give yourself a couple more pats on the back.

________________________

Hey! To paraphrase a great lady, I work hard for the money. I chose a profession that has provided great opportunities; I’ve made the most of those chances life gave me through hard work and (ironically) self-awareness.

#105 Drill Baby Drill on 05.18.20 at 5:21 pm

Hopefully Canadians will visit semi local this summer and travel to places like Lunenburg NS. I looked it up on line and it is very pretty and historic.

#106 poking fun on 05.18.20 at 5:22 pm

Sounds like the hipster version of a retirement community for old white people.

#107 Cbo on 05.18.20 at 5:24 pm

Inspiring post. If a moment can be spared, what is the scene like for a young family? Are there many, or more retirees?
5 large is a down payment here.
We need out.

#108 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:29 pm

#75 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 3:48 pm

Darling, you really are tedious.

Yes, I run my own company, had a few abroad too.
Never a handout, never a bailout.
Yes with employees, payroll etc. I’ve told you that in the past, you should work on the little grey cells.

Funny how at the beginning of the virus you pretended to be a big boy, independent and now you take pesos from mummy Canada? I really hate the notion I’m paying taxes for someone like you…

IF you’d been a nicer human being people would treat you better.

IF you’d been careful, had planned for an inevitable downturn, you wouldn’t be getting bailed out.

Always the iffy, quite a strong smell

#109 Trojan House on 05.18.20 at 5:29 pm

#1 Screwed Canadian Millenial on 05.18.20 at 11:05 am

Obviously first comment I read and it was unfortunate:

“Happy Victoria Day should be renamed Happy Millenial Day. Who the hell cares about some fatso queen from over 100 years ago? Just a bunch of crusty old boomers that’s who. And pretty soon nobody is going to care about them either. ”

So sad if this embodies the rest of his cohort. Canada will be lost…

#110 R on 05.18.20 at 5:29 pm

Also in the Atlantic Provinces. Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia is home to Professor Jeff Dahn. Jeff Dahn is Tesla’s premier battery design researcher ( contracted by Tesla), and is considered the world‘s best in Lithium Ion Battery research. Tesla’s battery design advantage is considered to be their strongest disruptive moats.

#111 Drew Riedstra on 05.18.20 at 5:30 pm

Wow sounds like the perfect spot to retire. A friend from around the corner here in Huttonville moved to the south shore there a year ago and loves it. If Brampton continues to infringe on our Credit property you might see us as neighbours, at least for half the year. Siesta Key looks equally appetizing for the other half. We could share stock trading stories when throwing a couple lines out. Cheers.

#112 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:35 pm

#101 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 5:13 pm

Brit/canuck here too

I think I can pinpoint where you’re living, beautiful yet pricey.

I hate it when people compare Toronto to something else, just be Toronto, saying world class is embarrassing.

Hogtown has got some history, there’s more to it than Bay street, the Gardiner and facadism. No bashing from me, except the ridiculous RE prices. Have plenty of friends living there, from all horizons.

#113 Long-Time Lurker on 05.18.20 at 5:37 pm

>There’s an interesting chart in this article:

A slide shown by Svein Harald Øygard, economist and crisis specialist, comparing COVID-19 across the Nordic region and other parts of the world, during the Nordic Innovation Summit.

The Three Routes

Take the Virus Out: Iceland.
Marginalize: Norway, Denmark.
Flatten the Curve: Finland, Sweden.
Stop and then…: US, UK.

COVID-19 lessons from Iceland: How one Nordic country has all but stopped the virus in its tracks

BY TODD BISHOP on May 17, 2020 at 11:08 am

At first glance, Iceland’s COVID-19 statistics might seem contradictory. The Nordic island nation, perched in the North Atlantic, has reported more than 500 confirmed cases for every 100,000 people — among the highest rates in the world…

…A slide shown by Svein Harald Øygard, economist and crisis specialist, comparing COVID-19 across the Nordic region and other parts of the world, during the Nordic Innovation Summit….

https://www.geekwire.com/2020/covid-19-lessons-iceland-one-nordic-country-stopped-virus-tracks/

#114 Camille on 05.18.20 at 5:37 pm

Thank you. I enjoyed reading that story. So nice to be in a happy place. Enjoy!

#115 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:41 pm

#78 no blog for old men on 05.18.20 at 3:51 pm

lol, you’re really proud of yourself eh.
give yourself a couple more pats on the back.

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Why the shade? Jealous? Did anyone stop you from doing the same?

Or is it because he dared move away from Canada? Or because he’s kinda foreign? On Victoria day?

#116 IHCTD9 on 05.18.20 at 5:46 pm

#91 TorontoSux on 05.18.20 at 4:43 pm
I’ve lived in Toronto my whole life, this is the only thing I know. I currently live in a condo in midtown worth about $615,000.

I have never been to Nova Scotia. Garth’s town sounds like a dream. I wonder if I would like it and fit in out there?
— —

Toronto your whole life? You’d have some major adjustments.

When we moved out of a city setting, I noticed a lot of differences right away.

I think you’d be fine if you know what you’re going to do with yourself all day. I was born and raised in a decent sized city, but it turns out, I am perfect for rural living. For me, that means doing projects of all kinds and enjoying outdoors activities. I love the room and the freedom to do most anything I could ever want to do.

If your hobbies and entertainment find you sitting down to experience them, you might find things not to your liking outside a big metro.

Fact is, I knew I’d love living in the country we’ll before it happened, and I knew exactly why that was. If you don’t know this too, then I’d guess you’d not like it.

#117 Blair on 05.18.20 at 5:47 pm

Very nice posting.

I look forward to going back to the Maritimes every chance I get.

The tourism brochures couldn’t have written a better description of Lunenburg!

#118 Howard on 05.18.20 at 5:47 pm

#25 Figure it Out on 05.18.20 at 12:26 pm
Expect to see the Calgary crowd explain that Nova Scotia is over-represented in parliament, and Alberta transfer payments built and run that hospital.

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Well, it’s not wrong is it? Might be impolitic to mention it, but it’s factual.

On a per capita basis, Alberta has the fewest MPs of any province or territory in the country. And I don’t think Nova Scotia has ever been a net contributor to the federal treasury (maybe 100 years ago?).

#119 Blair on 05.18.20 at 5:47 pm

This is a nice story. Lunenburg is beautiful.

#120 Statsfreak on 05.18.20 at 5:48 pm

There’s our boy! Thanks for the Bandit pictures, Garth :) … highlight of my day :D
Gettin’ itchy feet now to come and invade your blissful little piece of heaven. My partner did a six week motorcycle trip a couple of years ago and made if from the west coast there and back . Totally smitten, he’d go back in a heartbeat.

#121 GAV on 05.18.20 at 5:52 pm

I would love it if Garth lured more Torontonians to the Maritimes, rather than them coming out west.

Nothing would make us left coasters happier.

#122 uncle dave on 05.18.20 at 5:54 pm

I doff my hat to your move.

#123 Freedom First on 05.18.20 at 5:55 pm

Congrats Garth!

Happy that you, the head Amazon, and Bandit are living in your beautiful piece of paradise!

Enjoy!

Freedom First

#124 Faron on 05.18.20 at 6:01 pm

Thanks for the post. It sounds ideal. Good of you to give back to the community by offering space. Nothin’ prettier than a wood boat. Kudos to any sailor who learns out there. Such a rich heritage of seafarers and truly testing conditions.

I had the pleasure of visiting lockeport for a holiday in February. We get some good storms out west here but the eastern seaboard is the home of the bomb cyclone. What the weather lacks for pleasantness in the winter it makes up for by being interesting. There’s some good surf in NS if you can stomach taking your wetsuit off in minus 5 after the sesh.

Happy Victoria day y’all

#125 Mark on 05.18.20 at 6:07 pm

Northwood, with all the deaths is in Halifax, not Dartmouth. Other than that, we love your posts ever since we saw you do a talk in Dartmouth 10 years ago. You’re almost forgiven for the geographic error.

#126 MF on 05.18.20 at 6:12 pm

#101 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 5

Well put man. I was more surprised that you are not living in Toronto more than anything else based on your username of course.

I’m not against anyone, but I have noticed that the most vicious attacks on Canada seem to come from the ex pat community. It’s a shame. They are usually against some temporary figured head/political party, taxes, or the weather. Generic forgettable complaints that can be applied to any country really. I also get that it’s natural for people to defend their own past decisions -good or bad- too.

Would wish you a happy Victoria Day but I don’t know if you get the same holiday in the UK!

MF

#127 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 6:19 pm

#111 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:35 pm
#101 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 5:13 pm

Brit/canuck here too

I think I can pinpoint where you’re living, beautiful yet pricey.

I hate it when people compare Toronto to something else, just be Toronto, saying world class is embarrassing.
___________

I’m with you on that. I love Toronto and talk about it constantly to friends because it is great at what it is, a lovely big North American city. I had my window office on Bay street, and did the whole Toronto finance thing but I wanted to see more of the world so I left. The best part of TO for me is my friends and family.

The biggest fault I have is with the RE prices, they’re so out of whack (compared to say, Chicago which I would throw out as a relatively comparable Second City in some respects). Maybe this virus will cure that problem?

Happy to meet another Brit/Canuck blog dog!

#128 Wrk.dover on 05.18.20 at 6:21 pm

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Jane

Jane who?

Jane you made Lunenburg sound so good, I’m buying in.

And oh yes this here is my new pool boy toy you already know as Flop! But I don’t find him floppy at all.

#129 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 6:23 pm

#101 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 5

Well put man. I was more surprised that you are not living in Toronto more than anything else based on your username of course.

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Thanks MF – yes the name is a throwback to when I first started on the blog 11 ? years ago – I could change it to London_CA but that sort of creates a different misconception.

We had our long weekend last week, and another one this coming week. The Brits need more bank holidays!

Have a great holiday (what’s left of it) as well MF! And to Faron, my bestest frenemy on the blog.

#130 Not 1st on 05.18.20 at 6:25 pm

I can just hear the Millenials on the blog giving a collective eww to NS. So boring no raptors and just some old boat to look at.

Should have come west Garth 1%ers will be worshipped in the new republic.

#131 The Watcher.. First Time Poster on 05.18.20 at 6:44 pm

My husband and I came for a visit to Lunenburg, from the GTA, five years ago and fell in love with the place and the people.

We met a great guy named Al in the real estate building beside Garth, who showed us a two houses. We bought the first one in 24 hours. We negotiated the deal on the Cat that goes from NS to Maine. We signed the deal at the hotel we stayed at using their fax machine.

I watched Garth buy the BMO building and renovate it. I watched him deal with the locals on Facebook. I found it amusing.
We love it here and although we still have family and real estate in Toronto, we will only go back to visit.

“All the world’s indeed a stage
And we are merely players
Performers and portrayers
Each another’s audience
Outside the gilded cage”

#132 TurnerNation on 05.18.20 at 6:45 pm

Restaurants…in L-berg and elsewhere: they will last the summertime – due to patios alone – then in the cold weather, a 2nd Wave of bankruptcies.
I’m not going eat in a quasi hospital ward. Whereby staff and customers are treated as unclean, diseased
bio-weapons. You do realize they’ve unleashed WW3 onto us right? We are attacking each other.

Why are they hammering restaurants so hard using the new economic tool , ‘Social Distancing’?
Because these are “Job multipliers”. I will explain (When the goal is making people dependent upon government handouts.)
Take your medium sized Dollarama store. Maybe 3 checkout staff and 2-3 stockers at any given time. Min. wage.
In a restaurant of that same footage would you not have 5 times as many staff on hand – at any given time?

The bartender I talked to late year making 120k mainly cash fulltime and with part time freelance work at events + tips. They had their means of production taken away. $2000 month is their Maximum wage now. Welcome to the new global order.

https://nowtoronto.com/food-and-drink/toronto-restaurants-reopening-rules/

#133 Ace Goodheart on 05.18.20 at 6:47 pm

You’re not kidding about the real estate prices.

This place has six bathrooms and costs less than the average Toronto single car garage:

https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/21832514/56-victoria-lunenburg-lunenburg

In fact, I am fairly confident that if I listed my Toronto garage (located behind my home, with a separate land title), I would get more than $599,000.00 for it.

I could buy this house! (but then I’d have to get on the wait list for a street parking permit and start watching the local obituaries again for dead people with cars).

#134 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.18.20 at 6:56 pm

#53 IHCTD9 on 05.18.20 at 2:26 pm sez:

“#42 MF on 05.18.20 at 1:35 pm
Checked it out in google maps. Looks gorgeous and quaint. A great place to get away or retire.

A tad too sleepy for me to live year round though.

MF

How would you know? You skulk this blog all day. – Garth

—- — —

MF, if you moved out of the GTA, you would eventually find yourself more active than you ever where in the city. Hunting, fishing, atv’ing, and putting a lift kit and loud mufflers on your 4×4 half ton.”
———————————
Are you kidding me? He might break a nail!

#135 Faron on 05.18.20 at 6:58 pm

Oh, and the food. Halifax has great beer, a grep public market and I’ve had one of the best slices of pizza in my life at a joint that shares space with a bar. Get your ‘zza and head over for a pint. Maybe it was so good because I’d just finished a long bike ride on a rental bike up and down the Shearwater Flyer/Atlantic View Trail. There’s a long stretch on an old railroad causeway with gorgeous estuary on both sides that all leads to Lawrencetown and the open sea.

Oh yeah, virus bad, you all are idiots etc. etc. Back to the sun.

#136 no blog for old men on 05.18.20 at 6:59 pm

@#115 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:41 pm
#78 no blog for old men on 05.18.20 at 3:51 pm

lol, you’re really proud of yourself eh.
give yourself a couple more pats on the back.

————————————————————-

Why the shade? Jealous? Did anyone stop you from doing the same?

Or is it because he dared move away from Canada? Or because he’s kinda foreign? On Victoria day?
________________________________________

bashing people and a place to try and make your point is lame. humble brags are childish.

#137 Oracle of Ottawa on 05.18.20 at 7:06 pm

Recently retired a few years back. We were renting in Ottawa when our landlord told us he was selling. Last October we moved to Almonte, about a half hour from Ottawa. I couldn’t see myself moving back. Talk about stress free. Everything is within walking distance. This move likely added 5 years to our lives easily.

#138 Okanagan bound on 05.18.20 at 7:08 pm

Great post!

We lived in Halifax for 5 years and the south shore is definitely the area to move to in the province. We loved the people but couldn’t quite get used to the slower pace of doing, well, everything! Weather is indeed wet in the winter, summers are short and the storms off the Atlantic can be monumental!

Like all resort areas, the tourists are much needed but completely change the attractiveness of the city during the summer. Going to be a tough summer for sure!

The Okanagan does it for us but glad to see that you found your Valhalla!

#139 BillyBob on 05.18.20 at 7:12 pm

I lived in Halifax for a couple years. Ended up there after deciding to get all Tony Robbins about a layoff and look at it as an “opportunity” instead of a “setback”. Used the time off to ride across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax on a BMW touring bike, but by no means by a direct route. Camping gear on the back, stayed with friends, family, random strangers, filled in the gaps between with campsites. Through the Green Mountains in Vermont, the White Mountains in Maine. Caught the ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, then met up with a Navy buddy in Halifax. Those folks know how to have a good time. Upper Deck, Lower Deck, Pogue Fado, it’s all a blur now.

Took off back through the States, was in Missouri visiting friends when I got email invitations for not one but two flying job interviews. I wasn’t even looking! Funny how that works. One in Halifax, one in Vancouver. I’d been on the road for about six weeks so figured I better get back to work. So rode like hell back to Vancouver to get my suit, a haircut and my logbooks and was offered both interviews, took the Halifax job.

All this to say my time in the Maritimes made me fall in love with the place. An amazing place. Unlike Toronto, which was entirely forgettable. Just another generic city.

25,000km on the bike, only repair other than changing the oil was a broken speedo cable. German bikes = legend.

#140 Vanfree on 05.18.20 at 7:17 pm

Was great to read the comments that your blog generated, from those who are living in various places and why they like living there. We are in discussions about, if the border doesn’t open up or when travel insurance prohibits, where we would relocate.

#141 bob on 05.18.20 at 7:20 pm

Love your post tonight Garth. Very refreshing.

Born in Halifax and had a great childhood there. Lived in the states during my formative years, great memories. Family moved to Toronto where I got my education. Lived in Vancouver for a decade, and am now back in Toronto for personal reasons.

For all those people who think Toronto is the best, I can tell you it is not. Both coasts are way better… and USA is even better… IFF you live in a good neighborhood and have money and are okay with inequality (which I am not).

#142 Nonplused on 05.18.20 at 7:27 pm

“You’d probably hate it here. So best stay put.”

Sounds like a pretty nice place to ride out the apocalypse to me.

———————–

Ok, I’ve settled on a new forecast. There is going to be a second wave of covid and it is going to be even bigger than the first one, actually filling up the ICU’s. Then people will start to take this thing seriously. The second wave will probably get serious in August as everyone spends June and July out and about and the covidiots relish in the few months of life they have left.

The problem is that this crisis doesn’t seem real. It seems largely financial and economic. A lot of people think it is a scam. You can’t see the virus and if you don’t know anyone who died its easy to think the whole thing was blown way out of proportion. It differs from a hurricane or 9/11 or an earthquake or a plane crash in that there really isn’t anything to see on TV but talk. But I think by the end of August there could be.

If my forecast is correct, there will be a whole new round of lock-downs even more extreme than the first round with the associated economic impacts, just months before Trump and sleepy Joe head to the polls. No Trump rallies and ol’ Joe can stay in his basement and babble incoherently into a camera. As the economy crashes again a second time the dems can say “we told you so” and “Trump kills people”. It’ll be a frightening mess.

Of course this is a worst case scenario. The virus could just go away. The problem is we just don’t know what will happen. Everyone is acting like they do but the fact is we just don’t.

#143 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.18.20 at 7:28 pm

With all due respect Garth (MSU) you’re full of it.

I have it on good authority from none other than TurnerNation that the real reason you moved to NS is to enact your Apocalypse Escape Plan™.

It’s common local knowledge that you have your nuclear powered Bug Out Sub parked just offshore for a quick getaway. Just enough room for you, Dorothy, and Bandit plus crew to keep you in the life that you’re accustomed to.

Well, at least that’s what TurnerNation told me.

#144 Anon Poster on 05.18.20 at 7:29 pm

The population of Lunenberg just went up by 10%. Perhaps a Starbucks or two also. You had a good thing going but now you have ruined it for many.

#145 Man I feel good ... on 05.18.20 at 7:29 pm

retired, sitting on my back deck looking out over the Pacific ocean while Garth manages my money out on the Atlantic. Trade ya some spot prawns fer some lobster…

#146 GB on 05.18.20 at 7:38 pm

You’ve made a wise choice Garth. Lunenberg= chicken soup for the soul.

Nice quite life with many really nice restaurants ( a must for me).

We travel there every summer and it restores my sense of enjoyment.

I’ve walked past you a few times but leave you be. Who wants some blog dog jumping all over you in such a wonderful location.

Thanks for explaining Garth…unless someone has been to Lunenberg they have no idea what they are missing. Beautiful spot.

#147 Drinking on 05.18.20 at 7:54 pm

Awesome for Dorothy,yourself and your pouch! You worked hard and live in a place that you all seem to enjoy!

For me; could not pry me away from the Rocky Mountains, to each there own!

#148 IHCTD9 on 05.18.20 at 7:56 pm

#143 Bytor the Snow Dog on 05.18.20 at 7:28 pm
With all due respect Garth (MSU) you’re full of it.

I have it on good authority from none other than TurnerNation that the real reason you moved to NS is to enact your Apocalypse Escape Plan™.

It’s common local knowledge that you have your nuclear powered Bug Out Sub parked just offshore for a quick getaway. Just enough room for you, Dorothy, and Bandit plus crew to keep you in the life that you’re accustomed to.

Well, at least that’s what TurnerNation told me.
— –

Mr. T bought a bank. Made of solid blocks of granite. He calls it his “Lunenburg office”.

Right, – I know a bunker when I see one.

That nuclear powered bug out sub you mentioned?

We know it as his “tugboat”.

“Live quietly among the masses”

#149 Figure it Out on 05.18.20 at 7:57 pm

“This place has six bathrooms and costs less than the average Toronto single car garage”

What’s it cost to heat 4,500 sqft with propane delivered by truck? A bit less than with fuel oil, I guess?

#150 Steve French on 05.18.20 at 8:18 pm

Yo Smoking Man:

Hope you’re doing ok …

Remember to take er’ easy…

Steve O

#151 Karla Germaine on 05.18.20 at 8:29 pm

Sounds lovely, and a lot like Fernie, except we get a lot more snow. One of my friends, orignially from N.S. just moved his family back to your town to be closer to parents and other family. I might consider moving there myself if my own family weren’t all in the West.

#152 Re-Cowtown on 05.18.20 at 8:34 pm

“Artists-per-square-mile is huge.” Garth
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

No offense to all the artsy types, but the reason that you get to make a living pursuing your muse is that other people do the dirty work of stoking the fires of the economy.

No one ever died from not viewing a performance of Cirque du Soleil, but plenty have frozen to death when the heat ran out.

#153 Wrk.dover on 05.18.20 at 8:35 pm

#149 Figure it Out on 05.18.20 at 7:57 pm
“This place has six bathrooms and costs less than the average Toronto single car garage”

What’s it cost to heat 4,500 sqft with propane delivered by truck? A bit less than with fuel oil, I guess?

————————————————————

I shared a similar place a third the size of that and 90 miles away in 79/80. It cost $1500/yr to keep it at 60F with oil which has only increased about ten fold. Propane is yet more here.

My teeth still chatter when I think about that winter.

#154 Captain Uppa on 05.18.20 at 8:46 pm

No offence to anyone out West, but Eastern Canadian culture is much better as Garth wrote above.

I almost moved to Lunenberg for a job about 6 or so years ago. Still tempted. Ideally I’d like a summer home out East as it looks like I’m locked into GTA (careers and family). Not that living in GTA is anything bad, it’s just no Rocky Harbour.

#155 the Jaguar on 05.18.20 at 8:49 pm

There is more to the story here. The one about Lunenburg as a location. My intuition tells me this is so… Perhaps a family connection or history, however distant. I can feel it. Enough said.
‘Place’ is a hard nut to crack. Jaguar lived in both the GTA and GVA for a number of years. I was enchanted by the warm summer nights in the former, and both awed and humbled by the nearness to the great pacific ocean in the latter. In my first month living in Vancouver I had to pull heavy woolen blankets over me each night despite the calendar month of September which is considered a prime summer month. I was so cold. Took a while to get used to the humidity. An adjustment was also required to get used to ‘crickets’ in the night hours in Mississauga. They were so loud I thought they must be at the end of the bed clothes. Scared the beJesus out of me. Mercy.
Lots of other adjustments there as well, but both good experiences where I learned a lot.
The day came when I drove across America to return to what I knew was ‘home’. As I crossed the border from Montana into Alberta I burst into tears. Many don’t understand the beauty of the prairies. Those wide open spaces, the quiet, and the biggest blue skies in Canada.
Love of place is an individual matter. Not a pissing match, just a matter of opinion and comfort level. Good thing too, as we don’t want everyone crowding us here in our own little paradise.

Alberta. 1885. Place.

#156 SWL on 05.18.20 at 8:50 pm

Washed Up Lawyer Good to hear you’re doing good and enjoying the taiga. While technically I did spend a lot of time up there, not so much of it was in the community. If memory serves there’s still a beer to be had and something about a silk suit

Anyways, I’m glad I was there when the getting was good and still miss lots of great people I met along the way. I often wonder how some are doing, especially the more real estate obsessed

Just saying hi from a small community here on the west coast sharing much of the same quality’s Garth just mentioned

#157 GrumpyPanda on 05.18.20 at 8:51 pm

“Life is a state of mind.”.
Good post Garth.

#158 Viorelli on 05.18.20 at 8:52 pm

Good for you Garth! Sometimes it is nice to get away from all the overcrowded places. As long as you like it and everything you need is near by. I have lived in Saint Petersburg during my youth, escaped from the hated USSR, lived in South Africa, Capetown and Haifa, Israel. Been living in Vancouver with my wife and two kids since the late 80’s. I must say I still like it here despite all the hype and changes over the last 20 years. I am in my early 60’s and not sure if I would settle here again now. When I purchased my house, in a decent part of town in 89, it was roughly 400K. Since then, I demolished it, built a secondary 2br. Suite in the basement and a 2br. Lane way house at the back, these 2 rentals have stable long term tenants and help me with retirement income and ever increasing property taxes. Both of my kids are married, with kids, and live in east Vancouver. One even managed to by his own house in the early 2000s after university. That guy always worked hard since 14 years old and had a cool 20 k saved upon graduation from high school. I gave him another 30 k to buy a car and he put all the money on a waterfront downtown condo instead, cashed out in 2006 and bought a house. The other kid always satyed with us in the basement and we spent lots to support him: college, hockey, car, and a dowpayment on a condo in East Vancouver. I like being close by, seeing my grandkids, and taking them to the hockey rinks. My wife’s brother has a small sailboat in False Creek and today we rode our bikes with him and one of my grandsons, had some borscht on the deck and went for a sail around Stanley park. Nevertheless, everything became ridiculously expensive in the last 10 years, and I doubt that my grandchildren will ever attain anything close to my lifestyle in this city. I would advise any young kids nowadays to stay away. If you are mobile, in IT, your best bet to earn and save capital would definitely be outside of Canada.

#159 harumph on 05.18.20 at 9:08 pm

@#142 Nonplused on 05.18.20 at 7:27 pm
“You’d probably hate it here. So best stay put.”

Sounds like a pretty nice place to ride out the apocalypse to me.

———————–

Ok, I’ve settled on a new forecast. There is going to be a second wave of covid and it is going to be even bigger than the first one, actually filling up the ICU’s. Then people will start to take this thing seriously. The second wave will probably get serious in August as everyone spends June and July out and about and the covidiots relish in the few months of life they have left.

The problem is that this crisis doesn’t seem real. It seems largely financial and economic. A lot of people think it is a scam. You can’t see the virus and if you don’t know anyone who died its easy to think the whole thing was blown way out of proportion. It differs from a hurricane or 9/11 or an earthquake or a plane crash in that there really isn’t anything to see on TV but talk. But I think by the end of August there could be.

If my forecast is correct, there will be a whole new round of lock-downs even more extreme than the first round with the associated economic impacts, just months before Trump and sleepy Joe head to the polls. No Trump rallies and ol’ Joe can stay in his basement and babble incoherently into a camera. As the economy crashes again a second time the dems can say “we told you so” and “Trump kills people”. It’ll be a frightening mess.

Of course this is a worst case scenario. The virus could just go away. The problem is we just don’t know what will happen. Everyone is acting like they do but the fact is we just don’t.
___________________________________

cool story bro.

#160 no blog for old men on 05.18.20 at 9:13 pm

@#141 bob on 05.18.20 at 7:20 pm
Love your post tonight Garth. Very refreshing.

Born in Halifax and had a great childhood there. Lived in the states during my formative years, great memories. Family moved to Toronto where I got my education. Lived in Vancouver for a decade, and am now back in Toronto for personal reasons.

For all those people who think Toronto is the best, I can tell you it is not. Both coasts are way better… and USA is even better… IFF you live in a good neighborhood and have money and are okay with inequality (which I am not).

//////////////////////////////////////

So what’s the draw bob?
why is Toronto such a popular destination for people?

#161 Jimers on 05.18.20 at 9:17 pm

#142 Nonplused on 05.18.20 at 7:27 pm

There wont be a significant second wave unless Covid mutates like a proper bio-weapon does.

A blatant fact fake news refuses to discuss.

#162 Karlhungus on 05.18.20 at 9:21 pm

What did Airbnb ever do to you garth

What has it done to rents, vacancy rates, residential prices and neighbourhoods? – Garth

#163 Bucky on 05.18.20 at 9:30 pm

#4 Stormy Daniels
… one of you was suddenly humping my leg. We both know who it was…

Good reminder of one of the dangers of country living. As Cousin Eddie said, “He’s cute, ain’t he? Only problem is, he’s got a little bit of Mississippi leg hound in him. If the mood catches him right, he’ll grab your leg, and just go to town. You don’t want him around if you’re wearing short pants if you know what I mean. A word of warning though: If he does lay into you, it’s best to just let him finish.”

#164 Barb on 05.18.20 at 9:48 pm

How nice to learn that, Garth.
Had been wondering.
Sounds lovely, a simpler life out of the rat race of 5-lane highways and stress.
Bet Dorothy and Bandit love it even more than you.

Be well, Turners, and know we love you.

Life is becoming simpler, and gawd, it is really nice.
People are kinder and more thoughtful than ever.
The silver lining in every cloud.

Thank you!

#165 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 9:51 pm

#108 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:29 pm
#75 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 3:48 pm

Darling, you really are tedious.

Yes, I run my own company, had a few abroad too.
Never a handout, never a bailout.
Yes with employees, payroll etc. I’ve told you that in the past, you should work on the little grey cells.

Funny how at the beginning of the virus you pretended to be a big boy, independent and now you take pesos from mummy Canada? I really hate the notion I’m paying taxes for someone like you…

IF you’d been a nicer human being people would treat you better.

IF you’d been careful, had planned for an inevitable downturn, you wouldn’t be getting bailed out.

Always the iffy, quite a strong smell

—————–

Here’s what you’ve revealed:

You fought in the Yugoslav war
You’re a Brit
You’ve been in Canada for 10 years and are in the 10%
You referred to a previous post by Sold Out as yours
You have a bit of trouble with grammar and punctuation
You have a company and employees
You try to irritate me with things that would matter to you

Is that about it? All accurate?

I suspect you are actually a second identity of Sold Out.

#166 mark on 05.18.20 at 9:58 pm

“You’d probably hate it here.”

Now you’ve encouraged everyone to go there I would. Probably more undiscovered gems further south west to hunt for.

#167 Kato on 05.18.20 at 10:08 pm

#155 the Jaguar on 05.18.20 at 8:49 pm
“Many don’t understand the beauty of the prairies. Those wide open spaces, the quiet, and the biggest blue skies in Canada.
Love of place is an individual matter. Not a pissing match, just a matter of opinion and comfort level. Good thing too, as we don’t want everyone crowding us here in our own little paradise.

Alberta. 1885. Place.”

Very much this. I was raised on a farm in Saskatchewan. Lived and worked in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, 6 months in the United Arab Emirates, a short stint in Iqaluit (summer, thankfully). Holidayed across much of the provinces, territories and U.S.A..

All have their own appeal, and I’d be hard pressed to convince anyone that my little piece of Saskatchewan is better. But it’s better for me.

– Doing-Just-Fine Canadian Millennial

#168 Ponzius Pilatus on 05.18.20 at 10:13 pm

#69 CJ Bob on 05.18.20 at 3:35 pm
Airbnb’s been a scourge, but that will end.
__________________
I’m glad to hear you’re happy there. Absolutely no reason to believe these trends will end: Uber, airbnb, Turo, etc. The current setbacks will be just as hard and harder on established businesses like taxis, hotel chains and car rentals (see Hertz).

Airbnb is a scourge in smaller centres, and should be banned. The social implications are entirely negative, leading to a shortage of rental accommodation, part-time downtowns, dark street syndrome and community fracturing. Fortunately, absentee owners are now starving to death. – Garth
————–
Can we assume now that you changed your opinion on the empty home tax brought in by Comrade Horgan?

#169 Valley of Kings and Slaves on 05.18.20 at 10:33 pm

Ah Lunenburg…

for a builder – and as someone who appreciates craftsmanship on a human scale – this is up there in the world… its designation is well deserved.

tourist towns bring benefits and drawbacks…
but there is no denying the vibrancy that these towns bring to our country, and our lives.

Had 2 of the best soups, and one of THE best salads I’ve ever tasted… hope to be back one day.

#170 newbie dog on 05.18.20 at 10:54 pm

#132 TurnerNation “The bartender I talked to late year making 120k mainly cash fulltime and with part time freelance work at events + tips.”

Would like the gov. to go after the “untaxed economy”. This guy owes at least $18k, in ten years $180k, after 20 yrs $360k. Find 3 million Canadian tax cheats like this ,oweing 100k each and there you have $300 billion to pay down the Trillion Dollar Deficit.

Just tighten the tax laws, add a nice jail sentence, and then negotiate with those caught , pay up and we drop the jail time.Those with a house will just get a HELOC and pay on the spot.

#171 Yvrmc on 05.18.20 at 10:57 pm

#128 wkd.over ….. does Flop know what his new duties are going to be ?

#172 Double H on 05.18.20 at 11:00 pm

Planning a honeymoon trip to the maritimes later this year, including a stop in Luneburg. We’ re looking forward to exploring the town and eating lots of fresh seafood. Might even have to stop by for a visit at the ol’ BMO joint.

#173 Karlhungus on 05.18.20 at 11:14 pm

What did Airbnb ever do to you garth

What has it done to rents, vacancy rates, residential prices and neighbourhoods? – Garth

Guess youve never heard of the free market

#174 stage1dave on 05.18.20 at 11:26 pm

Wowser, timely post…

Spent a nice, relaxed afternoon layin’ stripes on a new Indian and an older HD bagger for a neighbour and his buddy; both long time riders and both ex-military…and both from Halifax!

Background music varied between DKs, Misfits, LS, and Dickie Nolan…with a bit of M&M (pride of Glace Bay) Needed a bit of humor to lighten the mood after the SB crash; they had just done a flyby here yesterday am ffs.

As we are all retired or damn close to it, the unspoken consensus was that this social distancing has some serious merit when applied to major metropolitan centers…and us.

Great places to visit, just don’t wanna live there anymore.

#175 Sold Out on 05.18.20 at 11:28 pm

#165 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 9:51 pm
#108 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:29 pm

I suspect you are actually a second identity of Sold Out.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hard as it may be to believe, there are at least 2 posters here who think you’re a doofus.

“He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”
― Rudyard Kipling

#176 Miss Construed on 05.18.20 at 11:39 pm

Sounds so idyllic, Garth. No idea you moved east or that you were such a softie. So good of you to donate space in your new digs. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to make the same move some day.

#177 FlyFisher on 05.19.20 at 12:04 am

Wonderful update Garth, thanks for sharing. I used to follow your column in the 70’s (Toronto Sun). It was about decade ago that I discovered this Blog. It was after you and I nodded at one another in Cataract, as I emerged from the Credit River after a days fishing and you were walking Bandit, and I recognized you but I didn’t want to make a fuss.

Thanks for the “compound interest” lessons Back in the day, as I read your column during my Warehouse Job coffee/smoke break. Hard to believe we used to pin the Sunshine Girls up in the shipping office….different times.

#178 Jack Brown on 05.19.20 at 12:52 am

BANNED

#179 morrey on 05.19.20 at 1:17 am

Sounds Idyllic. Congratulations on your move.
I assume that in time it will colour your thinking a fair bit. A gentler kinder Turner….

Enjoy

#180 Nonplused on 05.19.20 at 1:38 am

#161 Jimers on 05.18.20 at 9:17 pm
#142 Nonplused on 05.18.20 at 7:27 pm

There wont be a significant second wave unless Covid mutates like a proper bio-weapon does.

A blatant fact fake news refuses to discuss.

———————-

But again, we do not know. Maybe somebody does, maybe Dr. Fauci does, maybe even Trump has been told enough times what the hell is going on that he does, but the rest of us really don’t know what is going on. It is either a conspiracy to suppress the working class even further or a big deal. Or maybe some kind of a drill. I don’t know. I don’t think anybody knows, even Dr. Fauci. It’s a good time to buy canned ham and dental masks if you can find them. Remember, you almost always get a warning. A few tremors. Some steam on the top of the volcano. A weather forecast. Pay heed. This may be nothing, but it could also be a warning.

#181 Frustrated Kiwi on 05.19.20 at 1:49 am

Lovely article!
I have personally enjoyed working from home during the shutdown (very lucky I know). I do wonder if Post-covid there will be more people allowed to pick location like you did, and then work remotely. Obviously, since you are the boss that helps. But happy employees tend to be more productive employees. I hope this virus brings at least some good in its wake.

#182 Diharv on 05.19.20 at 2:19 am

I thought Screwed Canadian Millennial was banned from here for life. I guess one can dream.

#183 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.19.20 at 2:20 am

@#160 no blog for old fartz
“why is Toronto such a popular destination for people?”

+++

Because of the most repulsive four letter word there is………… work.

#184 Faron on 05.19.20 at 2:36 am

152 Re-Cowtown on 05.18.20 at 8:34 pm

“Artists-per-square-mile is huge.” Garth
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

No offense to all the artsy types, but the reason that you get to make a living pursuing your muse is that other people do the dirty work of stoking the fires of the economy.

No one ever died from not viewing a performance of Cirque du Soleil, but plenty have frozen to death when the heat ran out.

————–

I beg to differ. It life had no artists and thus no art, it would be so bleak as to be not worth living. Depressed and or despondent and uninspired workers are not going to get much done. Therefore, the economy needs artists. 30,000 years of human art bears the necessity of it out.

I’m guessing you have an immaculate , featureless lawn with a STAY OFF sign on it.

#185 TurnerNation on 05.19.20 at 4:55 am

#142 Nonplused – congratulations, you have moved on to the Bargaining stage of acceptance. That is, if only your dire predictions come true then all this really is about a virus after all.

It’s not. What is happening now is all about this chart, every facet of human life is being changed:
https://tinyurl.com/y9qk6aru

(Say when are those Courts – the cornerstone of democracy – re-opening? )

– If you doubt we are in the Compliance/re-education phase of things: Here are the plans for those trying to experience some of the Old System, an outdoor market:
1. Line up 6 feet apart isolated from fellow humans, your smart phone is your companion.
2. Be masked and muzzled
3. Herd yourself through a narrow one-way chute like livestock on a farm.
4. One standing on your assigned Mark you may now transact commerce.

I wish I were joking but here it is:
https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/05/toronto-social-distance-food-stand/

#186 B. Nicol on 05.19.20 at 6:30 am

My wife was born in Yarmouth. We have visited Lunenburg a few times while on summer trips “home” to Port Saxon. Lunenburg is just like you describe it Garth. A laid back, more relaxed way of life. Congratulations on the move.

#187 Kevin on 05.19.20 at 7:02 am

I’m retired Navy, moved to Lberg 2002, and will be here until I’m in the ash bucket.
Like you I could live anywhere, but my choice from all of Canada as well as overseas, is Lunenburg.
I live in Newtown, so actually have a ten minute walk to all the facilities. Oh poor me.

#188 Kato on 05.19.20 at 7:29 am

#184 Faron on 05.19.20 at 2:36 am
“It life had no artists and thus no art, it would be so bleak as to be not worth living. Depressed and or despondent and uninspired workers are not going to get much done. Therefore, the economy needs artists. 30,000 years of human art bears the necessity of it out.”

I understand the value of artists and art as a part of a society. They’re great! But at times and places when they are not available, the despondent workers make their own art, or clutch to older pieces (gathering round the piano or grabbing the fiddle or reading the dog-eared book). The small town band might be the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. It’s easier to get by with no paintings than no food.

#189 akashic record on 05.19.20 at 7:45 am

Lunenburg sounds like the pre-globalization Canada.

#190 Sail Away on 05.19.20 at 7:53 am

#175 Sold Out on 05.18.20 at 11:28 pm
#165 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 9:51 pm
#108 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:29 pm

I suspect you are actually a second identity of Sold Out.

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Hard as it may be to believe, there are at least 2 posters here who think you’re a doofus.

“He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”
― Rudyard Kipling

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“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”
-Alexander Pope

“A creative life cannot be sustained by approval any more than it can be destroyed by criticism.”
-Will Self

#191 Steven Rowlandson on 05.19.20 at 8:03 am

I see you found a use for the banks.

#192 Sail Away on 05.19.20 at 8:07 am

#184 Faron on 05.19.20 at 2:36 am
152 Re-Cowtown on 05.18.20 at 8:34 pm

I beg to differ. It life had no artists and thus no art, it would be so bleak as to be not worth living. Depressed and or despondent and uninspired workers are not going to get much done. Therefore, the economy needs artists. 30,000 years of human art bears the necessity of it out.

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I’m a fan of form following function. An exceptionally useful item with elegance that increases its function gets me every time.

Art for art’s sake? Nah. Too much horrendously bad schlock out there.

#193 Claire de la Lune on 05.19.20 at 8:15 am

BANNED

#194 Dharma Bum on 05.19.20 at 8:18 am

Timely post, for me.
My waterfront land deal closes today (May 19).
I had some fleeting moments of second thoughts.
Not now.
Affirmation.
I made the right decision.
Looking forward to life by the lake.
Thanks Garth.

#195 Danny Partridge on 05.19.20 at 8:36 am

One of the best holidays my wife and I have ever taken was a driving ‘tour’ of the east coast a few years back. Relaxing pace, friendly people, sea breeze, fresh seafood–loved it. And Lunenburg is a quaint little place, though I can imagine it is difficult to find much to occupy one’s time in the winter months.

Cannot pry me away from Peterborough, ON, though. The greatest place on earth!!

#196 IHCTD9 on 05.19.20 at 8:37 am

Small town living can be the ultimate if there is a decent job for you, and you are cut from the correct cloth.
Going forward though, you’ll have to be more careful where you choose to set up shop than you used to be. Several good examples have been unfolding before my eyes starting about 4 years ago.

Apparently, 2 hours away from the gta is no longer far enough. I now witness gridlock locally on the 401 nearly every long weekend. Long lineups at intersections on rural roads heading to PEC. All Toronto traffic.

Yes, Torontonians will willingly leave the gta (in droves) on a holiday weekend knowing it will be 5-6 hour slog to get back home. Just for a single day of being somewhere else. Three lanes isn’t doing the job. I suggest expanding to 5. Actually, I would prefer 1 lane Eastbound, 5-6 lanes Westbound.

A local Provincial park has become a freaking zoo in the summer time. Packed to the gills. Get in line for an hour+ at the “uncomfortable station” to have a shower. Book your site a year ahead. Last year, we went camping in the USA just to avoid all the headaches and unpleasantness that now comes with doing same locally. What a bloody difference, and dirt cheap Booze too! We’ll definitely be doing that trip again.

Obviously the gta is sucking more soul than a dementor these days, and Toronto folks will freely charge headlong into sheer insanity just to get a single days’ relief. Never was like this before, but it’s the new normal.

Maybe try 3 hours away.

#197 Tater on 05.19.20 at 8:39 am

#175 Sold Out on 05.18.20 at 11:28 pm
#165 Sail Away on 05.18.20 at 9:51 pm
#108 sailedaway on 05.18.20 at 5:29 pm

I suspect you are actually a second identity of Sold Out.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hard as it may be to believe, there are at least 2 posters here who think you’re a doofus.

———————————————————

Mine at 2, and I’m 5 bid 7 offered on the follow.

#198 not 1st on 05.19.20 at 9:06 am

The scenery sounds awesome in Lunenburg and a nice retirement destination, however, nothing can stop the secular decline of the Maritimes as a whole.

Decimated industries, govt boondoggles, double digit unemployment and for every Garth that moves there, there are probably 10 millennials moving to the big smoke. Demographics are destiny as they say.

These provinces have become defacto wards of the state and its only a matter of time before the first provincial defaults (or bailouts) happen there.

Everybody wants to live somewhere scenic but the art scene doesn’t fill in for an economy.

Current unemployment (virus): Quebec 17%; BC 11.5%, AB 13.4%, Ontario 11.3%, NS 12%. Seems consistent. Maybe you’re stuck in the 1970s. – Garth

#199 Bezengy on 05.19.20 at 9:08 am

Great, great, grandpa got off the Pearl in Halifax in 1750 and he made his way down to Lunenburg shortly after. Not sure how I ended up in Goldtown, but I’m sure gramps had his reasons. Planning on visiting Lunenburg for a month or so this fall to check out some family history. Those Maritimers sure do keep accurate genealogy records.

Btw….weather here is beautiful as always. If you’re ever cold it just means your not dressed properly.

#200 Andrew on 05.19.20 at 9:21 am

https://twitter.com/c_barraud/status/1262732996655931393?s=21

Bank of Canada to begin buying corporate bonds May 26th

#201 Sail Away on 05.19.20 at 9:23 am

#196 IHCTD9 on 05.19.20 at 8:37 am

Re: Enjoying your home

It makes a lot of sense to choose the area you’d like to live, then turn your house and property into the place you want to be. Every day can be a vacation. Waking up to birds singing, waves lapping, breeze blowing in the firs… priceless.

#202 Tri State Pat on 05.19.20 at 9:28 am

Was in Lunenberg many years ago to see Bluenose 2. Had some seafood chowder in a small restaurant near the boat. Never tasted something that good in my life.

#203 CanadIain on 05.19.20 at 9:48 am

I moved to Halifax from Toronto eight years ago. The people are much nicer, the scenery and outdoors lifestyle is to die for, and it’s much closer to Europe for flights to Europe and Blighty, my country of birth. Downsides are the job market and lower entrepreneurial spirit. On balance, a wonderful place to live.

#204 Penny Henny on 05.19.20 at 9:49 am

DELETED

#205 Habitt on 05.19.20 at 9:54 am

Great post again. Can never thank you enough.

#206 JB on 05.19.20 at 9:54 am

#150 Steve French on 05.18.20 at 8:18 pm

Yo Smoking Man:

Hope you’re doing ok …

Remember to take er’ easy…

Steve O
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He is out there, check his Twitter page, but it is very weird he just re-tweets some stuff about the weather all the time. No commentary, no words from the sage of smoke. Sad though his header says Currently suffering from Brain Cancer. Got 3 to 24 months. I hope he isn’t spending his time on Twitter.

#207 IHCTD9 on 05.19.20 at 9:56 am

#198 not 1st on 05.19.20 at 9:06 am
The scenery sounds awesome in Lunenburg and a nice retirement destination, however, nothing can stop the secular decline of the Maritimes as a whole.

Decimated industries, govt boondoggles, double digit unemployment and for every Garth that moves there, there are probably 10 millennials moving to the big smoke. Demographics are destiny as they say.

These provinces have become defacto wards of the state and its only a matter of time before the first provincial defaults (or bailouts) happen there.

Everybody wants to live somewhere scenic but the art scene doesn’t fill in for an economy.
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IMHO, there are already plenty of small towns/villages who are dependent on retirees and their $$ to get by. A bro of mine lives in a nice village of 1200. There is a big subdivision built here jammed full of retirees. Half million dollar houses, nothing the true locals can afford.

Bro runs a small biz, and one of his customers is a retired Bay Streeter. He says you wouldn’t believe how much money is sitting in that village. Not surprisingly, the bro’s property taxes are over 50% higher than mine. That’s pretty much all the place has left for income. If not for these retirees, the village would likely be absorbed into a larger municipality/County like many have in the past.

Just about every small Center with something to offer retirees is campaigning hard to get them in the door, and they’re doing it. Even to the extent of building “adult communities” (no kids allowed), with every advertisement and pamphlet featuring happy smiling blue hairs. I gotta say, these are bloody nice places, usually waterfront, many with deeded slips for your boat. Some even have little “canals” dug in behind rows of houses so you can park your boat in your backyard.

From where I stand, getting industry into small centers has been well down on the agenda for a long time. The new way of financing these city halls is thru outdoor entertaining, and luring retired folks who have saved themselves a bundle.

#208 RyYYZ on 05.19.20 at 9:56 am

I sometimes seriously consider finding my way back to NS. I came to southern Ontario 24 years ago to be with my father when he was dying, and stayed for my career (software development). Over the years I have made connections here, though, and I have family here.

Not that I could afford to live in Lunenburg, or would particularly want to. More of an Eastern Shore boy myself. Unfortunately pretty much everything other than houses (and maybe car insurance) is more expensive in NS, and employment prospects not as good. Maybe when I retire.

#209 JB on 05.19.20 at 10:06 am

#116 IHCTD9 on 05.18.20 at 5:46 pm

#91 TorontoSux on 05.18.20 at 4:43 pm
I’ve lived in Toronto my whole life, this is the only thing I know. I currently live in a condo in midtown worth about $615,000.

I have never been to Nova Scotia. Garth’s town sounds like a dream. I wonder if I would like it and fit in out there?
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Toronto your whole life? You’d have some major adjustments.

When we moved out of a city setting, I noticed a lot of differences right away.

I think you’d be fine if you know what you’re going to do with yourself all day. I was born and raised in a decent sized city, but it turns out, I am perfect for rural living. For me, that means doing projects of all kinds and enjoying outdoors activities. I love the room and the freedom to do most anything I could ever want to do.

If your hobbies and entertainment find you sitting down to experience them, you might find things not to your liking outside a big metro.

Fact is, I knew I’d love living in the country we’ll before it happened, and I knew exactly why that was. If you don’t know this too, then I’d guess you’d not like it.
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You are lucky to live out where the air is clean and you are not hounded by the traffic and noise in the city. My brother lives out in the west end of the GTA between Actin and Georgetown. Has a beautiful bungalow home his kids love it lots of room. He and his wife commute to work about 25 min for one and 40 min for the other. Clean fresh air, very peaceful and hes only about 45 min from the city if they want to come here. He said when you move out to smaller communities you start to discover all of the hidden features that most of us city people would pass by and never see. His neighbors are super nice and everyone is friendly. Every time I go there I’m sad as I trudge back downtown. Would move in a heartbeat but my wife works at the hospital downtown and she wont do the train commute so its here I stay. I can hardly wait until the day she retires then were out of here.

#210 Soggy Bottom Boomer on 05.19.20 at 10:13 am

Totally agree with today’s post. Thanks to Garth’s incessant harping about Nova Scotia. the wife and I arrived here last fall. We explored a good deal of the province and I remember commenting to my wife that it reminded me very much of the lower mainland in Vancouver back in the early 70’s. Same architecture, vibe and easy going atmosphere.
While we really like Lunenberg, we settled on a 20 acre parcel and house in the Annapolis Valley. As for real estate prices we bought our place here for barely more than we sold our trailer on a leased pad in Vernon B.C.
Like others have stated, I also tend to prefer privacy and can’t see neighbours from my deck.
We’re looking forward to life returning to a more noraml state so that we can spend more time exploring Nova Scotia.
Thanks for the inspiration Garth.

#211 Zane Be ldvk on 05.19.20 at 10:26 am

BANNED

#212 The West on 05.19.20 at 10:37 am

Well written article – its telling that you have found your place.

Business aside – that was a warm read.

Congrats Garth :)

#213 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.19.20 at 10:42 am

Its a shame the BANNED idiot cant be removed before they even post.
Wiped from existence as it were.
They seem to think the BANNED is some badge of honor and they get their jollies from it.

#214 Mattl on 05.19.20 at 10:50 am

We made a similar choice 3 years ago. I am still (or was) traveling a lot so our choices of small town with international airport were somewhat limited. For us Victoria or Kelowna were the choices.

For what would have gotten us a walkout basement, particle board SFH on a 4K sqft lot in Mission, we were able to get 2 acres with lake view in the Okanagan. 15 minutes to the airport, great weather, and a fairly small town feel. Like you Garth we love it here.

Maybe in 20 years we end up in NS, love the idea of a real small town / heritage home / walk everywhere / fishing village. Sounds like paradise to me.

#215 Gene Samples on 05.19.20 at 10:53 am

BANNED. That’s it. The label does not shame you into oblivion, so going forward you’ll be silently, ignominiously gutted and deleted. – Garth

#216 cramar on 05.19.20 at 11:18 am

Just realized that there is no mention of a veterinarian in Lunenburg! Is Bandit in trouble? Where is the nearest vet?

Hold on. Just Googled it. You have two in the area. Whew! Just saved me from an anxiety attack!

#217 LarryLat on 05.19.20 at 11:19 am

Bungol.ca shows a sea of red dots in and around GTA. Select 7 days “Delisted” option. Deselect “Active” & “Sold”.

Number of sold properties roughly matches number of cancelled listings. State of the market is unusual for the pinnacle time of the year.

There is still nothing even remotely close in value that would match this for USD$150K: https://twitter.com/marshal/status/1262392230280650757

#218 David Hawke on 05.19.20 at 11:20 am

Nice to see you admitting to being a 1%er which is the only class being able to live in Canuckistan.

Personally I rather enjoy retirement in the tropics where one can enjoy life on government pogey, however to each his/her own!

@Turner Nation, nice work exposing the truth, EH!

#219 Don Guillermo on 05.19.20 at 11:35 am

#184 Faron on 05.19.20 at 2:36 am
152 Re-Cowtown on 05.18.20 at 8:34 pm
“Artists-per-square-mile is huge.” Garth
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No offense to all the artsy types, but the reason that you get to make a living pursuing your muse is that other people do the dirty work of stoking the fires of the economy.
No one ever died from not viewing a performance of Cirque du Soleil, but plenty have frozen to death when the heat ran out.
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I beg to differ. It life had no artists and thus no art, it would be so bleak as to be not worth living. Depressed and or despondent and uninspired workers are not going to get much done. Therefore, the economy needs artists. 30,000 years of human art bears the necessity of it out.
I’m guessing you have an immaculate , featureless lawn with a STAY OFF sign on it.
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Art/Entertainment = Nice to have
Food/shelter/heat = Must have

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari is a good read

#220 Barb on 05.19.20 at 11:37 am

Forgot to thank you, Garth, for sharing your personal decision with us.
And what a lovely photo of sweet Bandit!

#221 Armpit on 05.19.20 at 11:59 am

As the saying goes…. “Happy Wife… Happy Life”!

#222 dakkie on 05.19.20 at 12:06 pm

Canadian Home Sales See Worst April Since 1984, Montreal And Toronto Lead Lower
http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/canadian-home-sales-see-worst-april-since-1984-montreal-and-toronto-lead-lower/

#223 Cto on 05.19.20 at 12:08 pm

Huge lineups at the Best Buy today!
Noticed around 11am.
Wow! All these unemployed people must have some EXTRA cash on hand…You can’t buy bread and Potatos at Best Buy!

Go have a look for
Seems the only desperate one are the homeless people, everyone else has extra cash….

#224 the Jaguar on 05.19.20 at 12:13 pm

Jaguar gets the Covid -19 test today. If positive all the neighbourhood cats will need to be rounded up for the test. I’ll have some serious ‘splaining to do’. Gulp.

#225 TurnerNation on 05.19.20 at 12:18 pm

#218 David. Txs. I’m just reading what’s already in mainstream sites. It’s all right there in front of everyone. No special info.

In terms of closing retail outlets and forcing people online – as this is a financial blog – I’ve seen from the onset they make in-person shopping so hard. The 50-100 people I see lined up outside of stores, what will come of this inhumane situation in -10c weather?

New Zealand customers are tracking those stores which require their names, phone # and even facial rec in order to transact commerce. They say only a few dozen people died in NZ of this. So what’s really going on? You decide.

https://www.rightschecknz.com/

#226 Handsome Ned on 05.19.20 at 12:21 pm

All this reminds me of the old joke where an elderly first nations guy comes across an old white guy fishing. He says I do not get you white guys, you spend sometimes 16 or more years in school, work 60 hour weeks for 40 years just you can fish and hunt any time you want for your last 10 years. I have been doing that for the last 75 years!

#227 WTF on 05.19.20 at 12:21 pm

#173 hUNGUS :AIRBNB “Guess youve never heard of the free market”

You mean, Undeclared rentals where the law prohibits, (typically managed as virtual hotels?)

I live in DT Van dont tell me about “free market” when these weasels ignore zoning by laws, strata regs and taxes to make a fast buck on the backs of law abiding citizens without any regard for the consequences.

Try pedding your inane nonsense somewhere else strawman.

#228 Don Guillermo on 05.19.20 at 12:30 pm

#101 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at 5:13 pm
#61 MF on 05.18.20 at 2:55 pm
46 Toronto_CA on 05.18.20 at
Oh so you’re an ex pat? I Guess that kind of makes sense.
MF
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I’ve been an expat a few times (Bermuda and Grand Cayman). It’s a good lifestyle but not for everyone.

(thinking Toronto is a “world city” or Vancouver is “the most beautiful place on earth”). Not that both aren’t great cities, of course.
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Living an expat life was an incredible experience for me and the hundreds of others I’ve worked with around the world.

My favourite world class cities are Mexico City, Hong Kong and New York in that order.
Canada has no world class cities but some damn fine second class ones.

#229 BillyBob on 05.19.20 at 12:30 pm

#192 Sail Away on 05.19.20 at 8:07 am

I’m a fan of form following function. An exceptionally useful item with elegance that increases its function gets me every time.

Art for art’s sake? Nah. Too much horrendously bad schlock out there.

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An engineer without appreciation of the aesthetic for its own sake.

I’m shocked, SHOCKED I tell you!

I have a great deal of professional respect for the good folk who maintain the machines I operate, but they aren’t exactly the most interesting people you’re ever going to meet.

It does offer a clue to Sail Away’s somewhat compensatory posting efforts.

#230 Ace Goodheart on 05.19.20 at 12:34 pm

RE: #173 Karlhungus on 05.18.20 at 11:14 pm

What did Airbnb ever do to you garth

What has it done to rents, vacancy rates, residential prices and neighbourhoods? – Garth

Guess youve never heard of the free market

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I have to agree with Garth on this one. The day they permanently ban Airbnb will be a great day for everyone.

I have been a residential landlord for years. Never touched Airbnb. I hate it. Here’s why:

Residential landlords have been getting beaten up lately. Rents are too high, units too scarce. Tenants can’t move. When they do, they can’t find another place to live. We need more tenant friendly rental laws! Landlords are evil!

Right…..

But all the while, we let people run gypsy hotels in residential neighbourhoods. No permits. No license. Most of them don’t even pay taxes (I pay income tax on ALL of my rental income).

I once saw an ad on Airbnb for a tree house. In Toronto. Built without permits of course. The bathroom was an outhouse in the backyard. Outdoor shower. No City sewage hook up. No permits, no problem. Rent anything! Can you imagine me trying to let that tree house out as an apartment? I would be tarred and feathered, hung from a lamp post. But Airbnb listed it.

The reason why Toronto had such a low vacancy rate, and such high rents, was Airbnb. Allow people to run gypsy hotels in residential neighbourhoods, and no one is going to rent apartments to anyone. Hotels make more money! Especially when they are illegal, unpermitted, unlicensed and operated in residential neighbourhoods.

There is a reason why you need zoning approval, a license, a permit, City approval, to operate a hotel. There is a reason why you can’t just turn your house into a hotel. The free market is all fine and good, but you need rules as to how the free market operates.

Airbnb is Airbn-gone, and I sincerely hope it stays that way.

#231 Faron on 05.19.20 at 12:36 pm

192 Sail Away on 05.19.20 at 8:07 am

#184 Faron on 05.19.20 at 2:36 am
152 Re-Cowtown on 05.18.20 at 8:34 pm

So is it safe to assume then that you have no art on your walls, listen to no music and have never enjoyed a theater or dance performance? Damn, that’s bleak. And if you have but are claiming it doesn’t have some impact on your happiness or give you some insight, my mind is blown/you are robots.

Agreed that form following function is really appealing. I finally got around to rebuilding and lubing/greasing the winches on my boat. They aren’t complex machines, but the quality of the castings and machining is stunning. Neglected for prob almost 40 years and they cleaned up beautifully.

What about architecture? There are many nice looking (to me) elements of the built environment that have zero function. Even in brutalism.

#232 Blog Bunny on 05.19.20 at 12:37 pm

Congratulations on the courage to moving to a place dear to you. It is not always easy. Many of us are chained by fear of the unknown or golden handcuffs. It is not always easy to break those chains or convince your loved ones that there are other places in the world that we can call home.

#233 Lillooet, BC on 05.19.20 at 1:00 pm

All is good in Lunenburg but a regular summer there is only a couple of months, not correct?

Longer than Lillooet. – Garth

#234 Sail away on 05.19.20 at 1:10 pm

#231 Faron on 05.19.20 at 12:36 pm

Agreed that form following function is really appealing. I finally got around to rebuilding and lubing/greasing the winches on my boat. They aren’t complex machines, but the quality of the castings and machining is stunning. Neglected for prob almost 40 years and they cleaned up beautifully.

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Lewmars? They work forever.

#235 Sail away on 05.19.20 at 1:16 pm

#229 BillyBob on 05.19.20 at 12:30 pm
#192 Sail Away on 05.19.20 at 8:07 am

I’m a fan of form following function. An exceptionally useful item with elegance that increases its function gets me every time.

Art for art’s sake? Nah. Too much horrendously bad schlock out there.

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An engineer without appreciation of the aesthetic for its own sake.

I’m shocked, SHOCKED I tell you!

I have a great deal of professional respect for the good folk who maintain the machines I operate, but they aren’t exactly the most interesting people you’re ever going to meet.

It does offer a clue to Sail Away’s somewhat compensatory posting efforts.

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You know the best way to ruin a good bird dog breed? Make them popular for their aesthetic.

Man will mess up a perfect system. Every time.

Let me make you an aesthetic plane to fly, smartypants.

#236 Sail away on 05.19.20 at 1:50 pm

#229 BillyBob on 05.19.20 at 12:30 pm
#192 Sail Away on 05.19.20 at 8:07 am

I’m a fan of form following function. An exceptionally useful item with elegance that increases its function gets me every time.

Art for art’s sake? Nah. Too much horrendously bad schlock out there.

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An engineer without appreciation of the aesthetic for its own sake.

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Oh, I’m a big fan of art that is firmly grounded in reality. I do roll my eyes at ‘artsy’ sailing paintings completely at odds with all laws of physics, or renderings of animals and people that could never move in the way they’re portrayed as it’s skeletally impossible.

It’s hard to take art seriously since there’s absolutely no bar for entry. In any gallery, only about 10% max is even worth a second look.

When a community has a lot of artists, it usually means a lot of junk from people who don’t need or want to work at a real job. The odd decent item.

My kind of art is Leonardo da Vinci’s.

#237 Figure it Out on 05.19.20 at 1:59 pm

” … going forward you’ll be silently, ignominiously gutted and deleted …”

So what’s the deal with that? I comment. When I disagree, I try to do it without being disagreeable, or using profanity. I try to verify my quotes, and back up my points with numbers, links to primary sources or reputable media. I aim for brevity. Still, some of my posts get deleted silently, or are just never approved.

Meanwhile, all manner of conspiracists and quack medicine aficionados are given free run of the place.

So what’s the deal? An honest answer would be nice. No answer at all would also be an answer of sorts, I suppose. Your comments read like only vile or insulting stuff gets deleted, but it seems there are also other undocumented editorial considerations at work.

Maybe I just don’t like you. – Garth

#238 Sold Out on 05.19.20 at 2:01 pm

#235 Sail away on 05.19.20 at 1:16 pm

You know the best way to ruin a good bird dog breed? Make them popular for their aesthetic.

Man will mess up a perfect system. Every time.

Let me make you an aesthetic plane to fly, smartypants.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Um, you weren’t aware that all pure-bred dogs are “man-made”?

Virtually all pure dog breeds have had genetic flaws bred into them in an effort to have the end product conform to arbitrary aesthetic standards.

Trees would be a better example of excellence in both form and function.

Trees have managed to replicate themselves, using nothing more than water, sunshine, dirt and pollinating creatures, and can withstand natural forces that reduce man-made structures to rubble.

Trees efficiently convert CO2 into O2, produce food for us and other creatures, reduce surface temperatures, and they look beautiful while doing it.

#239 Sail away on 05.19.20 at 2:18 pm

#238 Sold Out on 05.19.20 at 2:01 pm
#235 Sail away on 05.19.20 at 1:16 pm

You know the best way to ruin a good bird dog breed? Make them popular for their aesthetic.

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Um, you weren’t aware that all pure-bred dogs are “man-made”?

Virtually all pure dog breeds have had genetic flaws bred into them in an effort to have the end product conform to arbitrary aesthetic standards.

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Correct. The best dogs have a lot of interbreeding/crossbreeding hybrid vigour.

Breeding for function: nose, endurance, hardiness, robust hips and eyes and feet

Breeding for form: looks, conformity to subjective nonfunctional standards

Breeding for function allows interbreeding but breeding for form attempts to perfect a coat or uniform look and causes endless functional problems.

#240 crowdedelevatorfartz on 05.19.20 at 2:32 pm

@#237 Figure it out
“Maybe I just don’t like you. – Garth”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7wtNOkuHo

#241 Phylis on 05.19.20 at 2:35 pm

Ha ha ha. Figure it out can figure it out.

#242 Faron on 05.19.20 at 2:38 pm

#234 Sail away on 05.19.20 at 1:10 pm

Old Barlows. I have a small boat, so they are single speed non self tailers, so not much to go wrong. I appreciate old, well used machines with parts that still show factory hone. Replaced the head on an old Toyota and was pleased to see the condition of the cylinders after 350k km. Thing leaked oil but sure didn’t burn it. New decked head improved the milage and power.

10% palatable sounds too high! Sounds like a boring gallery.

I’d think it’s a tough point to argue because, luckily, we are immersed in art on a daily basis so it’s hard to truly judge what an artless world would look and feel like. I would guess an artless world would have a max efficient economy for about a week before a few people said “eff it” and quit their jobs helping to make widgets in favor of max expression.

#243 akashic record on 05.19.20 at 3:12 pm

Its a shame the BANNED idiot cant be removed before they even post.
Wiped from existence as it were.
They seem to think the BANNED is some badge of honor and they get their jollies from it.

BANNED. That’s it. The label does not shame you into oblivion, so going forward you’ll be silently, ignominiously gutted and deleted. – Garth

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DELETE button advocates and users always makes me smile.

One of the fundamental law of modern physics is that information is forever, it can not be destroyed. Not even a single bit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DIl3Hfh9tY

#244 Drew on 05.19.20 at 4:12 pm

I didn’t want to live in TO before, I didn’t when it looked like the only place I’d find a job is here (back in 2008), and I don’t want to live here now.

#245 pacific on 05.19.20 at 7:20 pm

Sounds like Salt Spring Island.

#246 Audrey's World on 05.19.20 at 7:45 pm

Garth….are you hiring?

#247 Chris on 05.19.20 at 8:01 pm

Enjoyed reading your take on moving to Lunenburg. I’ve lived here over 20 years now. I like your list of things that make our small town so special and think you did pretty good job of the main highlights but from my perspective 2 biggies you missed were a public library that’s open 7 days and a year round farmers market.

#248 AACI Homedog on 05.19.20 at 9:22 pm

Yukon Elvis…if you want to be real picky, that leg hole is on the transom, which is at the stern of the craft.

#249 greatjob on 05.20.20 at 2:06 am

congrats man.

#250 P.Ooched on 05.20.20 at 2:07 pm

#142 Nonplused on 05.18.20 at 7:27 pm

>Ok, I’ve settled on a new forecast. There is going to be a second wave of covid and it is going to be even bigger than the first one, actually filling up the ICU’s. Then people will start to take this thing seriously. The second wave will probably get serious in August as everyone spends June and July out and about and the covidiots relish in the few months of life they have left.

I would suggest that there is consensus among ‘the experts’ that there is a ‘high probability’ of a second wave (c19 wave 2) happening this fall.

Today, no one can say with any certainty as to what the magnitude of that wave will be. Will it be less than, equal to or greater than what we now know as our first or initial wave of COVID-19 (c19 wave 1)

Would it be prudent for us to be prepared for a second wave? Given that, the experts are saying that it’s highly probable, ya think?

Of course, there’s also been consensus among the experts that our carbon consumption appetite is going to eventually lead us into a climate armagedon of sorts and what have we done to curb that appetite? I guess that proves the point that even if we deem that expertise is necessary and we pay to acquire that expertise, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we are going to actually follow through on using it.

But getting back to the topic du jour – COVID-19(c19) and the (potentially) impending wave 2. Is there any doubt, that as we ‘re open for business’ our currently ‘under control for the most part’ caseload is going to grow?

– If our Health Care System’s(HCS) can continue to manage the growing caseload effectively as several canadian provinces(BC, AB, SK, MB, NB, PEI, NL) and all of our territories have managed to do so far – clocking Death Per Million(DPM) rates of < 50, throughout wave 1, we should be in reasonable shape to handle an equal size or smaller wave hitting in the fall, in those regions.

Keeping in mind that it’s highly likely that a big part of the reason that our HCS’s were able to effectively manage wave 1, is that a good majority of us were semi quarantined in ‘mitigation mode’, temporarily removing oursevles from our daily 21st century routines, the daily commute, business travel, etc, etc, in order to prevent the additional spread of the virus resulting in caseloads that would overwhelm our HCS’s ability to manage them.

If the upcoming c19 wave 2 were to be an equal size to the c19 wave 1, a second economic ‘downshift’ into ‘migitation mode’ would be highly likely, a smaller wave and perhaps our economy could continue limping along in some version of ‘covid mode’ that we are rolling out now. A second bigger wave and ‘yikes’, we’ve got a whole new set of problems.

We still need to talk about our brothers and sisters in the provinces, who haven’t fared quite so well in their battles to date. These provinces also happen to be both the most populous provinces and those with the highest population densities. They are also re opening for business, in some variation of ‘covid mode’. even as there existing caseloads continue to grow in the hundreds of cases per day range. (last 5 day avg for ON(378) , QC(739))

We don’t know how much or how fast that the new case load growth will be as we re open for business (kind of, sort of). A month from today, we will have some indication as to the effects of our re openings on our case load growth and on our HCS’s ability to continue to manage it.

Should that case load growth be significant, I can see a fairly quick retreat from the existing ‘re opening strategy’ now being rolled out becoming necessary. Would you want to be going into fall, with your hospitals full, PPE supply issues, a workforce thats been dealing with this for 6 months and a second wave about to hit?

Perhaps, not so much, but downshifting the economy back into ‘mitigation mode’ will likely be tougher go the second time around, given that the economic realities of dealing with the situation falls upon everyone, wether they’ve been exposed to the virus or not. And those realities can be crushing, even with the degree of government largesse that has been doled out to date to soften the blow.

Should the case load growth be manageable throughout the various and varied re opening stages – without overtaxing our HCS’s, we could be OK given the second wave 1] doesn’t appear or 2] is smaller then wave 1.

We have the opportunity to be making good use of the time between now and this falls arrival in approx 120 days, so that the substantial investments already made in our 1] our collective shutdown (aka mitigation mode), 2] our health care systems performance 3] our governments response to soften the blow to it’s constituents – will pay off.

Is there any doubt that our actions have saved numerous lives? How many lives and at what cost are where the questions arise. Will it have been worth it when the final tab is tallied?, will be where the doubts arise.

When this fall comes and with it – c19 wave 2, at whichever magnitude() it arrive at or perhaps

IF no second wave arrives, or IF covid-19 “magically goes away” or IF a shot of hydroxychlorquine in your morning OJ, turns out to be the secret ingredient that fends off the bug, well then I would say a giant sized hallelujah is in order.

But there is a whole lot of IF’s in the previous statement and perhaps a giant sized dose of wishful thinking. So perhaps it’s best to think about the realities that we are dealing with, today and going forward, both on the economic and on the c19 health fronts.

Perhaps its time to think about ‘the solutions’ and what we can do to be part of them.

Or not, Im sure we can play the ‘complain and blame’ game for years to come.

Interesting times these are.