HNY

In twenty-twenty this pathetic blog posted 364 columns (missed one last week – suck it up) containing about over 290,000 words, of which far too many were ‘Covid’, ‘virus’, ‘pathogen’, or ‘pandemic’. There are now 703,200 comments published here. Four irritating posters were banned, one was suspended pending a note from his mom while anti-maskers and anti-vaxers earned hundreds of deletes and ghostings.

In this year public finances were shot to hell. Millions lost jobs. Real estate nesting was an obsession. Interest rates collapsed. So did travel, tourism, restaurants and small business. The stock market hit a record high. Over twenty million Canadians finished the year in lockdown and 15,000 died in nine months of the you-know-what. WFH became a thing. In Toronto the local board of trade estimated downtown workers at 5% of usual levels. Commuter train travel fell 93%. Airports saw 10% capacity. Porter Airlines hasn’t had a single flight since March. Westjet pulled out of Atlantic Canada, where there are virtually no infections. Balanced portfolios had a great year. Trump was neutered by a guy he claimed was in a basement, half-dead and senile. Trudeau spent $383 billion he didn’t have. Brexit finally happened. China finished 2020 in high gear. And stress. Everybody got stress. Today we’re all snappy, pissed, cagey and dangerously bored.

Now what?

Given the current state of the world, predictions (as stated here a few days ago) are arrogant and useless. But the following seems safe (and predictable)…

First, things will get worse for a while. The bug is winning and the vax rollout so far has been botched. January and February will not be a happy time in the healthcare system, so keep your damn mask on. What’s coming on Monday in Ontario may shock a lot of people who thought 2021 would immediately bring vaccine lift and rainbows.

Second, the housing madness of 2020 will certainly spill into the new year. Sales and prices up as mortgage rates actually decline a little further after the CB drops its benchmark a few more basis points. It’s a dodgy time to be loading up on a ton of new real estate debt with prices at historic highs and rates in the ditch, but the hormones are flowing. This spring will send detached values to a fresh extreme, and push urban condos to a multi-year fallow. So you can buy high or you can buy low.

Third, cheap money, new heaps of fiscal stimulus (thanks, Joe & Justin) and the expectation of widespread inoculations, along with dancing robots, Elon Musk and the WFH tech stocks will likely propel equity markets higher. A lot higher. With bonds, GICs, high-interest savings accounts and other riskless assets paying nothing where else is money going to flow? Stay invested.

Fourth, the tussle between deflation and inflation will end. Twenty trillion dollars in government stimulus spending around the world plus cratered interest rates and central bank bond-buying did the trick. No depression. 2021 will probably kick off at least a half-decade of rising corporate profits, higher GDP and inflation. Lots of it. If you think your 1.5% five-year mortgage won’t renew at double the rate in 2025, you’re not paying attention. So get ready.

Fifth, expect a federal election in 2021 as the Libs take advantage of their spending largesse. Odds are high for a Trudeau majority (given the polls), so the Chyrstia budget following that will be a 1%er’s nightmare. The capital gains inclusion rate may rise. Dividend income may be hit. A new uber tax bracket created. The tilt left continues. And high-income or wealthy people will enjoy zero public sympathy. Make sure you max your TFSA next week and your RRSP by March 1st. Create a spousal plan, and maybe a spousal loan. Income-split pensions. Set up a joint non-registered account. Consider a tax-deductible HELOC investment loan. This is war. Suit up.

Finally, if the satanic 2020 taught us anything, it’s the futility of trying to know what comes next. We don’t. We can’t. We won’t. Our world was just eaten by an invisible globlet, and nobody saw that coming. Did you know a year ago a disease would wildly inflate house prices in the boonies? Or that Christmas would be canceled and Toronto locked down? Or the prime minister would give $18,500 in free money to people who earned just $5,000 the year before? Or that 70% of those who voted for the guy who lost the US presidential election wouldn’t believe it? That there‘d be no hockey? Or university classes? And people would get arrested for having parties? All because a dude somewhere maybe ate a bat?

Nah. Fuggedaboutit. Impossible. Too stupid.

So let’s just get together and go out on the town drinking tonight.

Whoops.

165 comments ↓

#1 Sheesh on 12.31.20 at 12:56 pm

Wait, what’s happening in Ontario on Monday?

#2 calgary rip off on 12.31.20 at 1:01 pm

I dont like alcohol. Waste of time. Estrogenic. Calorie for calorie same as drinking fat. Who does that? If I want to feel funny about my insignificant problems I stand under ice cold shower water until things feel funny. Works every time. Added bonus: Less gas costs, and enhanced healing time. If I need an escape I read the Book of Mormon or the Bible, generally Bible in the morning and Book of Mormon after work to forget everything before I drive home.

Thanks for the continual blog. The costs for hosting the service and the time spent writing. Well done.

I remain grateful for everything I have. In the words of an opponent in Go game(wei chi) from Guangdong: “You just threw. You have two eyes, two legs, two arms, so what is your excuse?” I have no excuse. I remain a weak human.

#3 Prince Polo on 12.31.20 at 1:01 pm

#137 Ustabe on 12.30.20 at 11:03 pm
……….Last, document/parcel couriers (as in not UPS, Purolater, etc) are constantly looking for drivers. ICS is unionized, pays well and you can make good coin. I have a retired military buddy who is dragging it out til his pension becomes indexed. He drives a station wagon, the Ford Focus type that you can buy at auction for $2,000, works maybe 6 hours in a day but more often is back home after 4 or 5 and bills just under $40,000 per year. For driving around and delivering envelopes/parcels in the law/insurance/ notary sectors. Also diamond drill bits to dentists and titanium/gold to dental labs. He has what is considered a part time route, the full time guys make somewhere in the $70-80,000 range and no where near the physical effort of the big truck couriers.

So, make some lame point about liberal utopian dreams or get back on the horse? Self pity or self improvement?
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If there was ever a blog-dog that deserved a guest post, it’s you, Ustabe! I always look forward to your well-reasoned comments. Got any cool New Year’s Eve stories to share for us young’un Millennials? Thanks man!

Liquor cabinet stocked and ready to be deployed after 8pm. Party of 1. Happy 2021 to all you doggies.

#4 Flop... on 12.31.20 at 1:02 pm

I was in the spare bedroom the other day and remarked to my wife as she walked in that it was time to get a new calendar, as I pointed at the one on the wall.

“Look at it” she said, “It’s still on January 2020, you never touched it!”

Maybe I had a premonition it was going to be a shit year…

M46BC

#5 Russ on 12.31.20 at 1:04 pm

British Columbia bans liquor sales at 8:00 PM on New Year’s Eve.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bc-to-ban-liquor-sales-past-8-pm-for-new-years-eve/

Where is the science in this?
Throughout most of this year Bonnie has promised that public health orders regarding COVID-19 protective measures are based on science.

There are no studies to support this ban but plenty of hunches, suppositions and some correlation.

Correlation is not causation, as any scientist or process troubleshooter knows.

Cue TurnerNation, he is proved credible once more.

Happy New Year fellow Dogs.

Cheers, R

#6 jess on 12.31.20 at 1:05 pm

happy blursyear everyone

hopefully this year ends all herostratic fame seekers
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/03/the-arsonist-who-set-fire-to-ancient.html

#7 David pylyp on 12.31.20 at 1:05 pm

It’s the tobogganing that we will miss.

Last year we had one day,
This Winter we actually have snow….
But they want us all inside

Toronto

#8 annek on 12.31.20 at 1:08 pm

Just drove by an LCBO earlier. I cannot believe the lineup.
No lineups at Metro but at least 100 people lined up at the LCBO at Cloverdale Mall, Toronto.

#9 CHERRY BLOSSOM on 12.31.20 at 1:09 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR Garth, thanks for all your blogs and pet photos.

#10 SunShowers on 12.31.20 at 1:11 pm

“Trump was neutered by a guy he claimed was in a basement, half-dead and senile.”

I mean…Biden is demonstrably senile, and his campaign’s most prominent strategy was “keep Biden as hidden as possible so he stops putting his foot in his mouth.”
A stopped clock is right twice a day, as they say.

Trump losing to Biden of all people is a testament to just how inept and reviled Trump is.

#11 Howard on 12.31.20 at 1:11 pm

Third, cheap money, new heaps of fiscal stimulus (thanks, Joe & Justin) and the expectation of widespread inoculations, along with dancing robots, Elon Musk and the WFH tech stocks will likely propel equity markets higher. A lot higher.

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I agree. Blow-off top by June. Possibly a generational top though it would foolish to make an outright prediction on that. Nasdaq to peak around 17-18,000 in a replay of the early 2000 mania. Should be quite the entertaining H1 of 2021. Keep a tight stop all the way up.

What’s happening on Monday in Ontario?

#12 F Off 2020, Good Riddance! on 12.31.20 at 1:19 pm

You’re as disgusting as Stan Brooks – Get Lost 2020!

#13 Sail Away on 12.31.20 at 1:27 pm

Aw, my 2020 had its high points: new pup, lots of time afield with the pack, sold Vancouver house, major TSLA breakout.

But… my bro in law won this a few weeks ago, and unfortunately, Route 66 will have to wait:

https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/sponsored/habitat-for-humanity-kamloops-classic-car-raffle-2795034#:~:text=Sponsored%20Content-,You%20could%20win%20this%201968%20Beaumont%20Convertible%20and%20help%20support,Convertible%20%E2%80%94%20appraised%20at%20approximately%20%24100%2C000.

#14 Under the radar on 12.31.20 at 1:35 pm

Looking into my forest in Mono with a glass or two of 2016 Mayacamas Mt Veeder Chardonnay and some Rosemary crusted Queso de Cabra
Happy new year (lets hope)

#15 Doug t on 12.31.20 at 1:37 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR – party like there’s no tomorrow

#16 Linda on 12.31.20 at 1:40 pm

Any NYE toasts will be at home! May 2021 bring an end to the pandemic. Health & prosperity to all!

#17 Jimmy Zhao on 12.31.20 at 1:50 pm

I’m troubled by the fact that next year is literally “2020 Won”

Happy New Year anyways !

#18 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 12.31.20 at 1:51 pm

My 2021 predictions
Dogs will be great
Beer will be beer
People will be people
Have fun everybody

#19 Penny Henny on 12.31.20 at 1:57 pm

#13 Sail Away on 12.31.20 at 1:27 pm
But… my bro in law won this a few weeks ago, and unfortunately, Route 66 will have to wait:
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Interesting story about the Beaumont, not a Pontiac as the raffle advertises.
Only in Canada you say? Pity.

wiki-Beaumont was a make of mid-sized automobiles produced by General Motors of Canada from 1966 to 1969. These cars were based on the Chevrolet Chevelle, but the line had its own logo and nameplate, and was neither marketed nor actively sold in the United States. Its logo consisted of an arrow, similar to that of Pontiac, but with a maple leaf to signify its dual heritage from both sides of Lake Ontario.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaumont_(automobile)

#20 aW on 12.31.20 at 1:57 pm

Spot on, Garth! Except for the Trump bit. I don’t believe we’ll be seeing the back of him next month. Four more years incoming! Is Epstein still alive?? lol Happy New Year

#21 Capt. Serious on 12.31.20 at 1:58 pm

Happy New Year blog dogs.

My only real regret this year is not pulling the trigger on using a line of credit to buy some stocks in March. Other than that, life has actually been reasonably good this year, all things considered. Returns decent. Health good. A lot more leisure time because no commuting. Everyone I care about is alive and well.

There is a line from the movie Fury which goes:
“It’ll end, soon. But before it does, a lot more people gotta die.”
I think this is exactly what to expect in 2021.

#22 Flop... on 12.31.20 at 2:08 pm

Meh.

I’ve had some exciting New Years Eve’s before, ringing in the New Year in Paris in 2000 was probably the most out of control I’ve been.

Tonight, won’t even leave the house, as I just had my stitches removed during my 2 weeks post-surgery appointment this morning.

Sucks for my wife.

I can still talk…

M46BC

#23 crowdedelevatorfartz on 12.31.20 at 2:17 pm

@#4 Flop.

You have a spare bedroom?
You must be rich.
Yer Taxes are goin’ up.

#24 NSNG on 12.31.20 at 2:20 pm

From yesterday’s blog:

#4 Doug t on 12.30.20 at 2:22 pm

How this country survives is beyond me – if and when the housing market pukes it is going to put the final nail in the coffin for this sad country

What is the old saying? God protects fools, drunks, and children?

:)

#25 Quintilian on 12.31.20 at 2:20 pm

At some point Bay St. and Main St. will have to be in sync.
Will Bay crash, or will Main catch up?
Lots of implications resting on this tight rope.

#26 Coho on 12.31.20 at 2:21 pm

A post well written but with the twist at the end about the bat and the Chinese man at the wet market causing the new normal. Text book example of truth mixed with falsehood. Just that little sentence at the end does a great disservice to your readership. Most people are starting to suspect it a falsehood, but the Covid flute continues to play it’s tune unabated.

#27 crowdedelevatorfartz on 12.31.20 at 2:22 pm

Crowdiefartz had the best year EVER!
Business was almost double from previous years.
Profit sharing and company dividends will be HUGE.

But Justin will ruin it with taxes.
I’m a “glass half empty” kinda guy……..

Cold beer in the fridge.
Lotsa food stocked up.
Happy New Beer everyone.

#28 yvr2zrh on 12.31.20 at 2:26 pm

The year has been a total disaster. The travel restrictions have totally destroyed the lives of Canadians abroad and nobody cares . . why? Because we basically can’t vote – but trust me – our families vote – and that will amount to millions of people who are against the current government when it pulls the trigger for an election in 2021. We will organize – diligently – and ensure that we push out the current incompetence that is running Canada. Trudeau will be gone for sure if we can and we will start campaigning tomorrow!!! The latest travel complications are the last straw.

#29 Mike from Canmore on 12.31.20 at 2:27 pm

OK maybe some satire to end off this crazy year ?

Hear Ye Hear Ye Hear Ye
( Sound of hand bell ringing)
The most wonderful and gracious ptb ( powers that be) have decreed that our old holidays shall be renamed to something more fitting for our times.

Thusly Decreed:

New Years is now New Years Covid ie covid21, covid22, covid23, etc
Family Day – Family of Covid Day including aunt and uncle corona
St. Covidtimes Day – don’t forget to book 1 of the 2 tables left at your favorite restaurant if it isn’t already bankrupt.
Easter – Covidster aka the third wave. Should show up about then.
Victoria Day – Royal Covid Day
Canada Day – Post National Covid Day, there is no more Canada anymore, is there? Asking for a friend.
Terry Fox – Covidfox day – that wily covid outfoxed us all.
No Labor due to Covid Day
Thanks, Covid grrrrrr
Remembering Covid.
Covidmas or Xvid for some – don’t forget to book your spot on the bench at your favorite church of covid.
Boxing Day – Covid is Boxing you in Day

So throw away the old calendars, the printing presses are firing up for this new and improved holiday schedule. By the way, no more pay for taking these days off.
Signed “Management”, almost as elusive as “Corporate”.
That is all.

Thanks for the blog Garth.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

#30 crowdedelevatorfartz on 12.31.20 at 2:31 pm

Poxy?

You there?

I was kinda hoping for one last Apocalypse2020 “prediction” before you’re replaced by Apocalypse2021……

#31 JSquared on 12.31.20 at 2:32 pm

Good Riddance 2020. Garth, thank you for all the effort you put into this blog. Your insights and calm advice in what can only be described as one of the most stressful & depressing years in memory, are greatly appreciated!

Happy New Year everyone, may better days be ahead.

#32 Elon fanboy on 12.31.20 at 2:33 pm

“ All because a dude somewhere maybe ate a bat?”

And what’s really scary…..it’s the ‘maybe’…

We still don’t definitely know how this all started. Has the WHO or the UN done a definite investigation? Not as far as I know.

There’s nothing to stop this happening again.

In BC we apparently vaccinated 750/day over the break. So at that rate it’s gonna take 18 years to hit the 70% herd immunity threshold. We need to be doing at least 10,000/day. Hopefully everything ramps up.

#33 Upenuff on 12.31.20 at 2:33 pm

Thanks Garth and Happy New Year everyone…..

Now what am I going to wear out tonight dining in the livingroom…..

Upenuff

#34 AlbertaGuy (pining for AZ) in AB on 12.31.20 at 2:34 pm

Garth, thank you for all you do…i hope it is as much cathartic for you as it is educational and entertaining for all of us. 

HNY to you and Dorothy and all the best in 21!  Go out and get a new pup.

PS I dont know about anyone else, but I would enjoy another of your annual el PREDICTO!

2019 https://www.greaterfool.ca/2020/01/02/day-two/
2018 http://www.greaterfool.ca/2017/12/31/year-of-the-pooch/
2017 http://www.greaterfool.ca/2017/01/01/el-predicto-4/
2016 http://www.greaterfool.ca/2016/01/01/el-predicto-3/
2015 http://www.greaterfool.ca/2014/12/29/next-7/
2014 http://www.greaterfool.ca/2013/12/29/garth-vs-2013/
2013 http://www.greaterfool.ca/2012/12/27/el-predicto-2/
2012 https://www.greaterfool.ca/2012/12/30/2013/
2011 https://www.greaterfool.ca/2011/12/31/2012/

#35 50 YEARS OF MAPLE LEAF INCOMPETENCE! on 12.31.20 at 2:36 pm

But the Make Believes are UNBEATEN in 145 Days!!!

2020 Toronthole is AWESOME!!!

#36 3s on 12.31.20 at 2:38 pm

ROTFL, because a dude somewhere maybe ate a bat.

No really something else got us into this mess. It’s not the cheap money, it’s not global climate-changing consumerism, no I just can’t put my finger on it.

My dad always said you get 3 types of people.

Those who make things happen
Those who watch things happen
And those who wonder what happened.

What could it be then G, that got us into this mess ;)

#37 Dolce Vita on 12.31.20 at 2:45 pm

All’s well that ends well.

Only thing that did was this Blog and thank you Garth for all that you do, don’t stop.

Happy New Year.

#38 TurnerNation on 12.31.20 at 2:45 pm

This chart says it all. What we are fighting for…

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M1

#39 G on 12.31.20 at 2:47 pm

Hopefully 2021 with be a less strange year, and with some luck only strange in good ways. But I have no idea what will happen.

I’m not aware of the ‘this Monday’ thing. (Is someone going on another trip? Maybe to the curb!)

And the stories about the 6th are probably just stories. I guess I’ll need to wait and see.

This RT story looked interesting, might also help out if it pans out. https://www.rt.com/russia/511116-world-first-covid19-antidote/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email

And I’m not smart enough to be able to tell with my own eyes if the videos are CGI (computer generated images) or not, and if the affidavits are real or not, that Rudy W. Giuliani talks about. I did watch some of the witness testimony, but probably all just CGI and actors for the TV is my guess. And Rudy might only have rose colored glasses given whom his client is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vRckA6PqGA

HNY everyone! Hopefully it’s at least a bit better for us all.

#40 Felix on 12.31.20 at 2:55 pm

2020 was truly a dogawful year.

#41 westcdn on 12.31.20 at 3:05 pm

if this is climate change for alberta, bring it on. I cant remember such a warm winter so far and we are getting lots of snow.

I go out and shovel the black lane intersection. I got stuck there and Matt came to rescue me – i don’t forget. Party time when the rest of of the neighbors came out to rescue me. Then a jerk showed up to complain Matt had parked his truck badly. I told him plainly I was responsible and you are going to have to deal with me.

War over. I got out there as fast as could and break up the party so Matt could move his truck. Neighbors like what i do – i get gifts.

Anyway, best wishes to all for the new year.

#42 TurnerNation on 12.31.20 at 3:06 pm

It all makes sense. When you realize the world is run by criminals. Plunderers, pillagers, thieves. When was it ever different in history?? We are currently being held hostage and imprisoned using a needle.

Nice guys do not rise to the top. All those royals and bloodlines at the top, how do you think they got/stayed there? By whacking their way up.
Even our forum host was punted by H for his quaint practice of democracy.

But the world is ruled by violence, not by democracy:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_military_operations

Don’t take it from me. Take it from a reformed lifelong Mobster. This guy’s father was a made man in the Mob. As was he, and his brother.
A smart man, was to enter Med school. Then he took up the life, business. At his peak, was ranked 18/50 of top mobsters in USA. Currently alive, the only one of those men still. How. Successful at everything legit and not.

A facinating new video series comes from him.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzl8jrgp9wM
Government is Mafia with Michael Franzese | When your Republic becomes a Racket

#43 cliff on 12.31.20 at 3:07 pm

So let’s just get together and go out on the town drinking tonight. In your town that’s pretty much your front porch, isn’t it?

#44 Apocalypse2020 on 12.31.20 at 3:07 pm

IT HAS BEGUN.

PREPARE

#45 Me on 12.31.20 at 3:10 pm

It just never ends they could never get enough money budget after budget after budget they keep Klein Klein the seams of our inside pockets.
At this rate I see communism happening very soon.
People don’t seem to understand when they taxed higher bracket guess what eventually we all get there with inflation.
So in reality we are only taxing everybody’s future earnings.

#46 Freedom First on 12.31.20 at 3:21 pm

To Garth, fellow Blog dogs, and all your loved ones, have a “Happy New Year!”

#47 Barb on 12.31.20 at 3:28 pm

“…And people would get arrested for having parties?”
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Who would’ve thought that one day we’d be smoking weed at a family gathering, but the illegal part would be the family gathering. anonymous from internet

It appears the earth’s magnetic poles HAVE reversed.

#48 joblo on 12.31.20 at 3:32 pm

Yeah baby!
Lieberal MAJORITY and Justin as the leader, Juniorlist Finance minster who doesn’t know difference in Q period between Debt and Deficit.

Santa, it’s a little late but whatta present.

Goona be hilarious.

#49 Yuus bin Haad on 12.31.20 at 3:32 pm

black labs matter

#50 KLNR on 12.31.20 at 3:40 pm

@#2 calgary rip off on 12.31.20 at 1:01 pm
I dont like alcohol. Waste of time. Estrogenic. Calorie for calorie same as drinking fat. Who does that? If I want to feel funny about my insignificant problems I stand under ice cold shower water until things feel funny. Works every time. Added bonus: Less gas costs, and enhanced healing time. If I need an escape I read the Book of Mormon or the Bible, generally Bible in the morning and Book of Mormon after work to forget everything before I drive home.

loved the book of mormon.
went to see it a few years back.

#51 gimme stuff on 12.31.20 at 3:48 pm

Hey CalgaryCarGuy, at least quit vaping for the money.

#52 Ael Idich on 12.31.20 at 3:51 pm

2020- the Year we gave it up.
2021- the year we didn’t take it back.
2025- the year we realize what we’ve done.
2030- mandatory mandarin lessons.

Balanced and diversified all the way. Happy New Year everyone.

#53 binky barnes on 12.31.20 at 3:57 pm

THANK YOU MR. TURNER.

Your daily advice, insight and humour is always appreciated.

Hopeful that 2021 will be a great year for all Canadians.

BB

#54 Flop... on 12.31.20 at 3:57 pm

There are striking similarities between Vancouver and this blog.

Everything goes dark after 8p.m…

M46BC

#55 Penny Henny on 12.31.20 at 4:11 pm

#22 Flop… on 12.31.20 at 2:08 pm
Meh.

I’ve had some exciting New Years Eve’s before, ringing in the New Year in Paris in 2000 was probably the most out of control I’ve been.

Tonight, won’t even leave the house, as I just had my stitches removed during my 2 weeks post-surgery appointment this morning.

Sucks for my wife.

I can still talk…
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From bad to worse for her ;)

…just kidding… HNY

#56 KNOW IT ALL on 12.31.20 at 4:11 pm

JOB OPENING!!!
JOB OPENING!!!

All those who are good at spending other people’s money please apply.

MUST be able to manage multple credit cards that have no limit and dont have any intentions of paying it back.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ford-rod-phillips-st-barts-vacation-1.5858285

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

#57 Penny Henny on 12.31.20 at 4:13 pm

#32 Elon fanboy on 12.31.20 at 2:33 pm
“ All because a dude somewhere maybe ate a bat?”
????????????

Ozzie?

#58 Shamus on 12.31.20 at 4:14 pm

Remember how the polls were off in the last US election?

I have met very few people who like Justin Trudeau in 2020.

#59 Drinking on 12.31.20 at 4:19 pm

Thanks Garth for keeping most of us semi sane in this terrible year. Happy New Year to you and Dorothy and all posters and guest writers!

Stay safe everyone!

#60 The West on 12.31.20 at 4:20 pm

Let’s raise a toast to Garth for putting up with his pathetic following! He’s the MVP of 2020!

Cheers buddy!

#61 Ustabe on 12.31.20 at 4:21 pm

#32 Elon fanboy on 12.31.20 at 2:33 pm

In BC we apparently vaccinated 750/day over the break. So at that rate it’s gonna take 18 years to hit the 70% herd immunity threshold. We need to be doing at least 10,000/day. Hopefully everything ramps up

A meal starts with the appetizer before you jump into the main course.

Lovemaking starts with foreplay before you go for it.

Auto racing begins with warm up laps before hitting the gas.

You start slow in order to ensure all systems are properly in place, in order to warm things up properly, in order to be able to go for top speed with confidence.

#62 O caNnABis! on 12.31.20 at 4:21 pm

haPPy LasT 420 of 2020

#63 crowdedelevatorfartz on 12.31.20 at 4:26 pm

@#44 Apocalypse 2020

It wont be the same without you 2020.

#64 Howard on 12.31.20 at 4:27 pm

#58 Shamus on 12.31.20 at 4:14 pm
Remember how the polls were off in the last US election?

I have met very few people who like Justin Trudeau in 2020.

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The polls weren’t off in the US election, either 2016 or 2020, aside from standard error within the confidence interval that occurs in most elections. In 2016 the national polls were correct. A tiny last minute shift in three states swung the electoral college to Trump. In 2020 the polls overstated Biden’s margin by 2 or 3 points. Conservative parties usually overperform on election day by a couple points versus pre-election polls, this is seen in many countries.

#65 Howard on 12.31.20 at 4:30 pm

#52 Ael Idich on 12.31.20 at 3:51 pm

2030- mandatory mandarin lessons.

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Maybe not. Peter Zeihan is a good source for an alternative view. He believes that, aside from the US, the regionally powerful countries of 10-20 years from now are completely different from what they are today.

#66 Gary C on 12.31.20 at 4:36 pm

Garth, Liberal majority= Increase Capital Gains, Dividend
Withdrawal, Increased CPP Contributions, Carbon Taxes=
Death Of small business, welcome to Venezuela North.

Since I can’t have my grandchildren over I will have
to meet them at Walmart, plus my brother now has to get
A COVID test before he gets on a plane to fly back to work
up north, required by his company.

It is nice to know that our finance minister is open to suggestion about how Canadians can let loose their savings, to stimulate the economy.

I’m going to buy a Windmill, “made in China” and put it in my back yard, and try for a tax break, along with putting a solar panel on the roof of my truck.

#67 CJohnC on 12.31.20 at 4:45 pm

Happy and Prosperous New Year everyone

Stay invested and reap the gains

#68 Pete from St. Cesaire on 12.31.20 at 4:46 pm

Happy New Year, blog-dogs.
Speaking of main street vs. wall street this woman does a nice job of breaking down what main street is going through. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1-0XKYAZII&t=3s

#69 Kevin BC on 12.31.20 at 4:50 pm

Happy new year, Garth! Thanks for all you do! Be well and stay safe. Here’s to 2021!

#70 CJohnC on 12.31.20 at 4:55 pm

Finally a true statement from TurnerNation:

“It all makes sense. When you realize the world is run by criminals. Plunderers, pillagers, thieves. When was it ever different in history?”

And I thought he was only about Q-anonsense

#71 Dee on 12.31.20 at 4:55 pm

I don’t think Trudeau has a chance garth. Look at the biggest employers in Canada, Imperial Oil, Shell, Enbridge, Air Canada etc and what help has he given them this year??? Polls mean nothing anymore because people are now afraid to speak but the election is their one chance. Imho Trudeau’s chances just ended this week with his forcing people to take a covid test before coming back here. All he had to do was rapid testing at airports but nope, month after month goes by while an entire industry is destroyed. You think people in the travel industry don’t vote? By the way Happy New Year to You and Best Wishes in 2021 to everyone!

#72 cuke and tomato picker on 12.31.20 at 4:56 pm

A neighbour of mine works in a care home .We were happy to here that she got the shot so the system is working and every is going to be fine. Just be patient.
Thanks for the blog and HAPPY NEW YEAR from south
Vancouver Island.

#73 Lefty on 12.31.20 at 5:00 pm

Happy New Year Garth! Hopefully the only thing COVID kills in 2021 is BitCoin

#74 Chimingin on 12.31.20 at 5:03 pm

#14 – Under – we are practically neighbours! Happier New Year to you and yours in the forest.

#75 Happy New Year! on 12.31.20 at 5:27 pm

Thanks for the Blog Garth
And thanks to your suspender snapping team.
Thanks for the advice over the year.

One. Stay invested 2020 portfolio up 17 %
Two. Lock in the mortgage 1.68%
Three. Do what’s right for the greater good of the country, wear a mask.

All the best!

#76 KLNR on 12.31.20 at 5:35 pm

@#71 Dee on 12.31.20 at 4:55 pm
I don’t think Trudeau has a chance garth. Look at the biggest employers in Canada, Imperial Oil, Shell, Enbridge, Air Canada etc and what help has he given them this year??? Polls mean nothing anymore because people are now afraid to speak but the election is their one chance. Imho Trudeau’s chances just ended this week with his forcing people to take a covid test before coming back here.

you kidding? he’s been lauded for that move by the majority of canucks. and Otooles doing his best to hand the next election to the libs

#77 Colin on 12.31.20 at 5:41 pm

The only thing worse than a biased Trump-deranged blogger is one who has little to no clue how the US election process works.

To be clear, the ongoing US election gridlock (emphasizing that the election results remain unresolved) is the product of election fraud, political corruption and dirty liberal media propaganda. The unresolved election results have very little to do with the “skills” of a creepy dopey unaccomplished career politician (Biden) nor the alleged deficiencies of a president (Trump) who has been attacked and undermined since his first day in office by those suffering from a debilitating case of TDS and associated narrow minded logic.

Loooooser. – Garth

#78 cramar on 12.31.20 at 5:51 pm

Increasing trend due to pandemic and high housing costs? A tiny house village. Ten affordable houses on 1 acre, each the size of a small condo, but without the germy elevators and socially distant from your breathing neighbours. You rent the lot and buy the house, much like a condo. Kind of like an upscale trailer park. Wonder if this could be the wave of the future for high housing costs in some areas of Canada?

https://www.escapetampabay.com

#79 the Jaguar on 12.31.20 at 5:55 pm

DIABOLICAL! BonnIe Henry issues a public health order banning sales or service of alcohol after 8:00 pm on New Years Eve. What’s next? Mass confiscation of Manchego Cheese, cocktail weiners and cheese doodles? Waterboarding at midnight instead of fireworks?

That Bonnie Henry really revels in her current position of authority. Basks in her officialdom. I find it reminiscent of the former leader of Uganda, also known as ” Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, CBE, Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”.

Oh well, I guess that’s why I live in Alberta where any call to ban alcohol sales on New Years Eve would send a mob with pitchforks to Jason Kenney’s office lickety split. Some ‘third rails’ ( like a provincial sales tax ) are best left untouched.

What a year. Who knows there the time goes? And that’s a perfect introduction to this little gem I’ll sign off with by the great Nina Simone. Some blog dogs might enjoy it as they get a little tipsy and await hope, faith and charity a few hours from now. Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year bloggies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXeh742_jak

#80 Well Travelled on 12.31.20 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Garth for your daily dose of insightful, practical and humorous advice. Believe it or not, you and your team are very much appreciated.

Happy 2021 from BC to the east coast!

#81 1-800-DOCTORB on 12.31.20 at 6:02 pm

First of all, thanks for the blog Garth and HNY to you and your loved ones. Hopefully 2021 is better for all of us.

As someone scheduled to receive my first Covid vaccination Saturday, I have been reflecting more than usual on the pandemic and the abysmal handling of it here and in many places worldwide:

-When I called to book my vaccine as a “frontline worker”, I was told appointments are not available evenings or holidays. Isn’t this an emergency?

-Thirty “new” ICU beds was the best my city could do after 8 months of preparation.

-Restricted freedoms of assembly and travel for the plebs.

-Politicians and elites travelling apparently at will.

-$240 billion of Covid-19 spending. Mammoth deficits. Currency debasement.

I find myself wondering how we were sold the Covid narrative, which has now drastically widened the wealth gap and siphoned billions away into equities/real estate/Bitcoin/gold/1%er accounts. Media was complicit of course. The catastrophizers on social media ate it up. SJW’s love any chance to tell other people what’s good for them. Ultimately, it became too politically incorrect to question the path set before us. Bravo to the orchestra.

That being said, all blogdogs should get the vaccine and help put this slimy little pathogen in the rearview. Best of health and luck in 2021.

#82 Hilroy on 12.31.20 at 6:04 pm

“All because a dude somewhere maybe ate a bat?”

Uncle Intel says it was an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band…

#83 The Flying Foxtrot on 12.31.20 at 6:14 pm

Happy New Years Garth. Thanks for all the insight, humour and financial advice of 2020. Best of health and happiness to you and your family.

-FF

#84 Year of the rat on 12.31.20 at 6:15 pm

Well at least some are having fun!…..Happy New Year from Wuhan!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9101821/New-Year-2021-World-begins-sending-year-pandemic.html

#85 Sunny South on 12.31.20 at 6:18 pm

To Mr. and Mrs. Turner and all the blog dogs, please accept my sincere wishes for a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous 2021, regardless of your definition of prosperous as we all have different starting points in life.
Mr. T., I also sincerely hope that you rescue another fur friend, maybe an older one looking for their final forever home. Stay safe all.

#86 Mark on 12.31.20 at 6:20 pm

The rate on my line of credit went up 1.5% last month. Where is this cheap money you speak of?

#87 Nonplused on 12.31.20 at 6:22 pm

No problemo if they close the liquor stores early I stocked up earlier in the week. Not going out though.

I have to admit the dancing robots are freaky. I don’t know how much of that was stop time but still. How hard would it be to put a gun on one of those things? Looks like the Terminator movie was almost as accurate as the book “1984”, just a little ahead of its’ time. Thank goodness they have the same “range” problem as an electric car. Hey, maybe that’s the real reason for all those charge stations? To power our future mechanized overlords?

Anyway, Happy New Year!

#88 Lisa on 12.31.20 at 6:31 pm

Happy New Year!!

#89 Bezengy on 12.31.20 at 6:36 pm

Happy New Year to Dorothy, you and your team Garth.

Hell of a year but thanks to you I can sit back for a few
minutes every day and have a few laughs, reflect on my life choices, and try to make sense of this crazy world.

Thank you and all the best in 2021.

#90 Carla on 12.31.20 at 6:43 pm

Happy New Year, everyone!

#91 Doug t on 12.31.20 at 6:56 pm

I can’t wait till Covids over tomorrow

#92 Another Happy ... on 12.31.20 at 6:58 pm

New Year to the rest of this great Country from the west coast … stay healthy.

#93 SoggyShorts on 12.31.20 at 7:00 pm

#2 calgary rip off on 12.31.20 at 1:01 pm
I dont like alcohol. Waste of time. Estrogenic. Calorie for calorie same as drinking fat.
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A pint of fat would have 5,000 calories.
That’d be a lot of alcohol

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#2 calgary rip off on 12.31.20 at 1:01 pm
If I need an escape I read the Book of Mormon or the Bible, generally Bible in the morning and Book of Mormon after work
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If you find that to be more fun than getting a little glow on, either you’re bad at drinking or I’ve read a different bible&book than you have…

#94 Nonplused on 12.31.20 at 7:00 pm

#41 westcdn on 12.31.20 at 3:05 pm
if this is climate change for alberta, bring it on. I cant remember such a warm winter so far and we are getting lots of snow.

I go out and shovel the black lane intersection. I got stuck there and Matt came to rescue me – i don’t forget.

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Where I live owning a snow thrower is essential, unless you want to pay those guys that have a plow on their truck. I don’t use it very often, but when I need it, I need it. It not so much the amount of snow but the way it drifts, which this time was 2 feet over the whole driveway. Not digging that out by hand there is like 5,000 sqft of it.

I’m also not sure what Trudeau’s carbon taxes are going to do about my snow removal (or lawn mowing) problem. I’m going to have to just pay up. I suppose a battery powered tractor is possible in theory if they can make a batter powered car, but the batteries are still only going to last 10 years before they need replacement. My tractor is 10 years old and it doesn’t have 400 hours on it yet. That is not a good deployment of batteries, even if in theory it could be done (at great expense). Whereas with proper maintenance the engine in my tractor will outlast me. Probably my son too.

And yes I know they have battery powered lawn mowers. But not for my lawn they don’t. Them’s for city folk.

Scaling up even further, if a battery powered lawn tractor seems implausible, imagine trying to run farm equipment that way. Some of these commonly used combines run 600 hp, and unlike a Tesla they use most of it all the time, but only a few weeks a year. Construction equipment might work out better because they use them 5 days a week or more, but it still seems like a lot of batteries and the amount of power a Tesla has might last 1 hour in a bull dozer or grader.

#95 Dogman01 on 12.31.20 at 7:00 pm

The Simpsons , a show which was originally about a dysfunctional mess of a family barely clinging to middle class life has now become aspirational:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/12/life-simpsons-no-longer-attainable/617499/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Globalism
– Look at the growing wealth gap.
– Welcome COVID-19. “When a bat in China ends up sickening your Granma in Kelowna, it’s time to reconsider a few things.” – Garth Turner
– We have no manufacturing industry, can’t make masks, can’ make vaccines
– Our Trade “Partners” are a merciless dictatorship they hold our citizens hostages and we still Trade with them!

– who benefits?

The economy is supposed to serve society….we live in a Democracy yet we are complacent and the “frog is boiled”.

Happy 2021!

#96 Hammerhead Hogger on 12.31.20 at 7:04 pm

Happy New Years Garth and blog dogs! Thanks for all you and your team does. Health and happiness in 2021.
Just another moonlight mile

#97 Winterpeg on 12.31.20 at 7:05 pm

Should old acquaintances be forgot…..

Here’s to Garth, Dorothy, blog dogs and families…
For Auld Lang Syne….
Happy New Year…

#98 Earlybird on 12.31.20 at 7:11 pm

Thank you Garth…you never miss a beat! Your guidance has been a godsend this year! Health is the real wealth! HNY to all of the peanut gallery too…

#99 kommykim on 12.31.20 at 7:15 pm

#87 Nonplused on 12.31.20 at 6:22 pm
I have to admit the dancing robots are freaky. I don’t know how much of that was stop time but still. How hard would it be to put a gun on one of those things?

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Those are real robots made by Boston Dynamics and yes, they can move like that. Check out the rest of the videos on their channel.

This, however, is a CGI parody of the BD vids:
https://youtu.be/y3RIHnK0_NE

#100 Nonplused on 12.31.20 at 7:20 pm

#66 Gary C on 12.31.20 at 4:36 pm

“I’m going to buy a Windmill, “made in China” and put it in my back yard, and try for a tax break, along with putting a solar panel on the roof of my truck.”

I have a “windmill” I could sell you. (We are supposed to call them “wind turbines” or certain commenters get offended). It turns out it can’t be used without a battery and the home owner’s association made me take it down. Not a lot of power either but maybe enough to charge devices and run a couple LED lights as if you were camping. It isn’t going to run the fridge. Maybe 8 of them would. When it’s windy. Really windy.

The solar panel on the truck is good for battery maintenance if you don’t use the truck very often. Just make sure to park it in the sun and sweep the snow off.

As for the tax breaks, well there won’t be any of those.

#101 Nonplused on 12.31.20 at 7:29 pm

#78 cramar on 12.31.20 at 5:51 pm

We already have communities like that. They are called RV parks. Some people live in them full time, if they are fully serviced.

Also “tiny homes” are quite popular in 3rd world nations.

However last time I checked that wasn’t how I wanted to live full time, especially in the winter. I will not go quietly into that dark night.

#102 Gg on 12.31.20 at 7:35 pm

Raising capital gains tax

This raises very little revenue and is a voluntary tax to which most of the 1% will simply choose not to pay as they won’t sell their stocks
It hurts the middle class who need the money and are forced to sell stock to raise capital for their needs

A truly compassionate T2 would not raise the inclusion rate

#103 Nonplused on 12.31.20 at 7:35 pm

#92 SoggyShorts on 12.31.20 at 7:00 pm

For some people alcohol doesn’t work. Some for religious reasons, others can’t handle it, and some had a drunk abusive parent who scared them off it. This conversation is about as useful as yesterday’s conversation about whether people must have children. “To each his own.”

(PS I’m tipping a drink right now.)

#104 Keen Reader on 12.31.20 at 7:54 pm

Tough year, many plans and dreams quashed, many got richer, many got poorer, many lost loved ones. Although bracing for more upheaval in 2021, glad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror.

Thanks to our host and his team, best wishes to all.

#105 Aero on 12.31.20 at 7:54 pm

Cheers Garth,

Thank you for doing what you do.

#106 jal on 12.31.20 at 7:56 pm

“… the world is run by criminals. Plunderers, pillagers, thieves.”
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Lots of people had a great 2020.
They are wishing for the same for 2021.

#107 zoey on 12.31.20 at 8:21 pm

This year:
I was impressed by the boring ETF’s I have I’ll be honest. They got kicked in March but recovered almost all of it…I like low drama. I like beaten down REITs and creamed preferred’s

I think next year GREEN will continue to be a focus, new EV’s, reducing carbon. More fixing is required, single use plastics have to end, the ocean life is literally choking on the stuff.

We NEED to do better ! and for all this money JT is spending some of it needs to go to clean up the mess of the environment we have made in the last 100yrs of industry.

Happy New Year everyone !!!

#108 Barb on 12.31.20 at 8:25 pm

Happy New Year, Garth and Dorothy, and Ryan, Doug and Sinan.

A sincere thanks to Dorothy for putting up with blog dogs.

#109 Jake on 12.31.20 at 8:29 pm

Greater Fool is on my bookmark bar now for almost a decade. Thank you Garth for everything you do!

Cheers to a happier new year.

#110 Habitt on 12.31.20 at 8:31 pm

Thank you Garth and Dorothy for all you do every day. Thanks to all the dogs as well for taking time to contribute. You all are very much appreciated. Be safe get the vaccine and help those in need if you can. Unfortunately there are always too many in need. We don’t need UBI just livable wages. Take care all.

#111 Cheese on 12.31.20 at 8:34 pm

Happy New Year everyone.

#112 ANTI-SOCIAL DISTANCER on 12.31.20 at 9:07 pm

2020, keep 2m away from me forever, you dirtbag!

#113 crowdedelevatorfartz on 12.31.20 at 9:10 pm

Happy New Year Garth, Dorothy, Ryan, Doug, Sinian and all the unnamed blogdogs…..

May 2021 be infinitely better than this dismal year…

#114 Dolce Vita on 12.31.20 at 9:14 pm

Well and officially:

Buon Capodanno.

Doesn’t feel any different…oh well.

Just a few more hours Canada and you’ll see what I mean.

Ciao d’Italia.

#115 mark on 12.31.20 at 9:23 pm

Hmm what’s big announcement from Ontario on Monday?
Shutting down whole province, lockdown????

#116 Tron Light on 12.31.20 at 9:26 pm

As we head in to 2021, almost a year now into the pandemic and while the West continues with increasing cases, lockdowns, distancing, masks, etc., China has been back to normal for a long, long time now. Think about that.

Happy New Year!

#117 april on 12.31.20 at 9:34 pm

#28 – History shows many pandemics…. and there will be more….we’re better off to day than during the past pandemics… this is paradise compared to what people had to endure way back.

#118 Drinking on 12.31.20 at 9:53 pm

#114 Tron Light

Think about what??? There is not a single person (besides you) that believe there numbers. Dig deep, in Wuhan alone the locals where saying that the numbers were 10x what the government were saying; they handed out 5000 urns per day for over 10 days at the beginning of the Virus; as much as there propaganda machines tries to deflate; we with half a brain know where this all originated along with many other viruses.

It is time to stop this madness otherwise we will regret this forever!

#119 MF on 12.31.20 at 9:53 pm

#114 Tron Light on 12.31.20 at 9:26

And the east german swim team was winning because of superior training in the soviet union system.

I guess we never learn?

65 Howard on 12.31.20 at 4:30 pm

In the late 80’s everyone was talking about learning Japanese.

Russ on 12.31.20 at 1:04

More often than not people who agree with that type of message are looking for someone to confirm the biases they already had.

Happy New Year all! Even you BillyBob.

Garth is 100% correct. Predictions, especially in economics, are a complete gamble. Past performance does not predict future performance. Boring. Diversified it is.

MF

#120 SoggyShorts on 12.31.20 at 10:01 pm

#118 SoggyShorts on 12.31.20 at 10:00 pm
#102 Nonplused on 12.31.20 at 7:35 pm
#92 SoggyShorts on 12.31.20 at 7:00 pm
“To each his own.”
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Yeah, I’ll concede that there are certainly things that are bettermore fun than booze for some people, but I’m gonna draw the line at bible-reading. Especially if you’ve read all of the spoilers.

#121 KG on 12.31.20 at 10:23 pm

The ending looks like a Freudian slip, eh.

#122 Jim on 12.31.20 at 10:25 pm

Third, cheap money, new heaps of fiscal stimulus (thanks, Joe and Justin.
Hahahahaha JOE
HAHAHAHAHA.

#123 KAC on 12.31.20 at 10:27 pm

#10 Sunshowers wrote:

“Trump losing to Biden of all people is a testament to just how inept and reviled Trump is.”

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Or perhaps Biden’s claim of victory is more related to strange things happening with the ballot counts?

Even Trump hating CNN had to grudgingly admit he has just been shown by the latest Gallop Pole to be this years “Most Admired Man”. I guess over 70 million (perhaps 80 million) legal voters really does indicate something other than “how reviled” he is.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and former first lady Michelle Obama are the most admired man and woman of 2020, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday.

It’s the first time Trump has topped the list alone, ending a 12-year run by his predecessor, Barack Obama, with whom he tied for most admired in 2019.

#124 Daveyboy on 12.31.20 at 10:29 pm

@Garth . Watching Blacklist season 6 ,episode 13. Talking about Nova Scotia.

Is it that bad?

#125 Peppermint Fatty on 12.31.20 at 10:38 pm

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#126 JRH on 12.31.20 at 11:13 pm

Thanks Garth !

#127 Beagleface on 12.31.20 at 11:21 pm

Wishing Garth, Dorothy and all the blog dogs peace, love and hope in 2021 and beyond. Thanks for your wit, wisdom and hard work, Garth. Your daily blogs are appreciated more than you’ll ever know.

#128 Elon fanboy on 12.31.20 at 11:29 pm

Any politician who did not spend Xmas at home needs to be fired.

Where was T2, anyone know?

#129 John on 01.01.21 at 12:14 am

A Chinese city with a coronavirus lab has a coronavirus outbreak and the lab says, “It wasn’t us! It was those dirty poor people down the street!”

O_o

There was no bat, no dirty poor people and no evil global plot. Just a lab with lax safety protocols that can’t own up to their mistake.

#130 Nick on 01.01.21 at 12:38 am

The Virus came from China
Chinas now killing it..
Wuhan has a lab that experiments with corona viruses..
Trump started trade war with China and was blaming them for everything (pre covid) and now trumps gone.

Pretty crazy series of events.. especially considering it was just some poor dude eating a bat.

#131 mousey on 01.01.21 at 12:51 am

#13 Sail Away
I saw a picture of that car at a cafe in Vernon this summer. It was on the raffle poster and I immediately bought 5 raffle tickets. Hope your bro in law enjoys the ride. Let him know that I’m envious.

#132 willworkforpickles on 01.01.21 at 1:07 am

We do not have the immune system health levels of generations past (bad food -depleted food values). We do have more drugs and treatments than they had. The next pandemic to come, even hard on the heels of this one in a few years would be no big surprise.
What will be astonishing by then will be the government/s underwhelming ability to offer such kind support as they mindlessly do now which will amount to payments of zero to none.

#133 Al on 01.01.21 at 1:20 am

“So let’s just get together and go out on the town drinking tonight.”

Bonnie’s one step ahead of you. Haha.. Did you give her a preview of the blog before publishing?

#134 Diamond Dog on 01.01.21 at 3:23 am

#36 3s on 12.31.20 at 2:38 pm

ROTFL, because a dude somewhere maybe ate a bat.

No really something else got us into this mess. It’s not the cheap money, it’s not global climate-changing consumerism, no I just can’t put my finger on it. – 3s

Eco health alliance is the one NGO that would have the technical answer(s) you are looking for (20:30 for those short on time, as well as 25:30 on):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKHl4ZGJQig

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

It’s not just bats as being the highest virus reservoir, or the species to species jumping of virus’s, its the ever growing human populations encroaching and interacting with mother nature. We point our fingers at climate change but it’s the drivers behind climate change, chief among them being ignorance leading to overpopulation, over pollution, greed driven over consumption, poor gov regs etc., that play the most significant roles.

It’s a numbers game, but it’s really driven by human ignorance. It’s not like humanity wasn’t told millennium’s ago for example, what to avoid eating or why in this case, verse 18 below (clean/herbivore, unclean/carnivore). Say what we will about Moses, but on this one he had it pegged:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+14&version=KJV

#135 NSNG on 01.01.21 at 8:22 am

I finally caught up to yesterday’s blog. :D

You guys were talking about severance for the Calgary car guy. Yes, it does look like you were jerked around.

There is a guy in Vancouver that has a show on CKNW. He has a pocket employment lawyer tool that will help you determine if you were treated lawfully by your employer. You can find out here. This is also good for many potential employees who don’t know their rights under Canadian law

https://stlawyers.ca/pocket-employment-lawyer/

It’s also good for employers who want to let go of their employees legally or structure an employment agreement so as not to get a phone call or letter from an employment lawyer a few months down the road.

#136 Brett in Calgary on 01.01.21 at 9:49 am

‘Too stupid’ sums up 2020 best. Happy New Year Garth & Crew.

#137 Penny Henny on 01.01.21 at 10:10 am

#133 NSNG on 01.01.21 at 8:22 am
I finally caught up to yesterday’s blog. :D

You guys were talking about severance for the Calgary car guy. Yes, it does look like you were jerked around.

There is a guy in Vancouver that has a show on CKNW. He has a pocket employment lawyer tool that will help you determine if you were treated lawfully by your employer. You can find out here. This is also good for many potential employees who don’t know their rights under Canadian law

https://stlawyers.ca/pocket-employment-lawyer/

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I used those guys. Would I hire them again, nope. Nuff said.
As for Calgary Car Guy nevermind burning bridges they have already done that to You. Get what you are entitled to which is much more than labour law would have you think.
At least go talk to someone about it.

#138 Sail Away on 01.01.21 at 10:12 am

#129 mousey on 01.01.21 at 12:51 am
#13 Sail Away

I saw a picture of that car at a cafe in Vernon this summer. It was on the raffle poster and I immediately bought 5 raffle tickets. Hope your bro in law enjoys the ride. Let him know that I’m envious.

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Will do. He has to arrange the on-camera handover event with the Habitat team in the next month or so, then will store it until spring.

My car-warming gift is a pair of fuzzy dice. Did you know it’s actually illegal to drive with fuzzy dice hanging on your rearview mirror? How far we’ve fallen…

#139 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.01.21 at 10:12 am

@#126 Elon fanboy
“Where was T2, anyone know?”

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At the cottage…

#140 Armpit on 01.01.21 at 10:26 am

Happy New Years Garth, Dorothy, Turner Investments Staff and Blog Dogs!!

And thanks for the 365 (not 364) Posts !!! as 2020 was leap year- ya know. But then, who’s counting?

#141 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.01.21 at 10:51 am

Uh oh.
Here’s something for the politically correct Liberal crowd in charge to dwell on…..

https://www.reuters.com/video/2021/01/01/australia-changes-its-national-anthem?videoId=723646742&videoChannel=117760

Time to make the Canadian anthem gender neutral?
Because its 2021?

#142 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.01.21 at 10:58 am

Happy Hangover Day, blogdogs.

#143 50 YEARS OF MAPLE LEAF INCOMPETENCE! on 01.01.21 at 11:01 am

The Make Believes have not lost a single game in all of 2021!!

WoooooooHOoooooooooo!!!!!!

And Toronthole has not had a single murder, or even a single self-important road rage killing in all of 2021!!

Nothing for this ENTIRE YEAR!!!

GREATEST CITY ON THE PLANET!!!!!!!

#144 André Lamaire on 01.01.21 at 11:24 am

Happy New Year Garth and Dorothy !!!

#145 Pick up the Pace Ontario on 01.01.21 at 11:39 am

We need more than 60,000 VACCINES A DAY for more than a year. Currently we are the slowest per capita of any province. We are injecting a little more than 1,000 a day.

Lucky for the Premier that his Minister of Finance took the heat off this vaccine story for a few days. But Monday the hounds in the Press will be back and they will be hungry.

#146 Warren-the-lagging_indicator on 01.01.21 at 11:42 am

The Biden won bit is to view what is happening in to jejune a manner. Ballots are the currency of elections and what happens when you flood the system with currency? John Lott senior advisor to the DOJ just reversed course admitting rampant fraud in the election. True leaders would not be providing cover for the fraud but rather supporting the US constitution, namely article 2 section 1 clause 2. Takes guts for sure.

It’s over. The orange guy lost. There was no fraud. The lower courts said so. The A-G said so. The Supremes said so. The Electoral College said so. The states sad so. Move and stop wasting my blog real estate. – Garth

#147 Figus Makum on 01.01.21 at 11:48 am

#77 Colin

In response: https://youtu.be/Rvl1Mna9zV0

#148 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.01.21 at 12:03 pm

@#141 fartzie
“Time to make the Canadian anthem gender neutral?
Because its 2021?”

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Oops.
My bad.
Seems the Libs emasculated the National Anthem back in 2018.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/01/582520660/canadian-national-anthem-revised-with-gender-neutral-language

I’m sure they can find other offensive words in the National Anthem if they try.

“True north” is somewhat paternalistic and racist
“Strong and free” glorifies violence.
Etc.,etc.,etc.

This is what keeps our leadership busy.

#149 George S on 01.01.21 at 12:26 pm

#94 nonplussed wrote:
“Scaling up even further, if a battery powered lawn tractor seems implausible, imagine trying to run farm equipment that way. Some of these commonly used combines run 600 hp, and unlike a Tesla they use most of it all the time, but only a few weeks a year. Construction equipment might work out better because they use them 5 days a week or more, but it still seems like a lot of batteries and the amount of power a Tesla has might last 1 hour in a bull dozer or grader.”

a 100kWh battery (the biggest tesla car battery) would last for about 20 minutes running 600 Hp. So you would need a cart behind the combine loaded with 24 – 100 kWh batteries for a normal 8 hour shift. In the fall quite a few farmers run their combines 24 hours a day so depending on your charging system you would likely be able to get away with two battery packs of some intermediate size. The charging system would need to have a 600 Hp (420 kW) output to be able to charge the battery pack in 8 hours so it can be exchanged. When you consider a standard electric stove outlet has a 40 amp maximum output at 240 volts = 10 kW (14 Hp) you would need a RBF power line coming into your charger and it would get pretty warm.

A friend of mine drives a divided highway to a resort quite regularly. He drives 110 km/hr and said that there is a continuous stream of 1 ton trucks pulling RV’s passing him at at least 120 km/hr most of the time. When gasoline was $1.65/Litre a few years ago he thought that the trucks weren’t diving as fast but maybe it was wishful thinking.
Unless a carbon tax is a minimum of $1000 or even $2000 per tonne it will make very little difference because right now most people have no alternative. They just pay whatever price and complain. Nobody is going to spend $50k on a new vehicle to save $500 a year on fuel.
Also, if everyone is driving an electric vehicle the taxes that are on Fossil Fuels will have to be put on electricity so that roads can be maintained.
The reason that Canada is using a Carbon Tax to meet its Paris Accord Commitments is that it is the simplest and by far the cheapest way to create an illusion that you are doing something about it. Nobody else in the world except for Iceland or Denmark or some other tiny country is going to even come close to meeting their Paris Accord commitments because they aren’t even trying at all.

#150 Warren-the-lagging_indicator on 01.01.21 at 12:31 pm

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#151 WTF on 01.01.21 at 12:32 pm

Uh oh.
Here’s something for the politically correct Liberal crowd in charge to dwell on…..

Too Late. Zoolander has his delicate manicured heavily indebted hands all over this one. the crowd still sings the old version but the howling, triggered, easily bruised, moral superiors beat Australia to the altar of self flagellation.

https://www.change.org/p/parliament-of-canada-restore-in-all-thy-sons-command-in-o-canada#:~:text=The%20National%20Anthem%20should%20never%20be%20changed%20without,government%20has%20shown%20total%20disrespect%20to%20our%20country.

#152 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.01.21 at 12:55 pm

@#145 Pick up the Pace
“We need more than 60,000 VACCINES A DAY for more than a year. Currently we are the slowest per capita of any province. We are injecting a little more than 1,000 a day.”

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Well.
I think its an issue everywhere.
Seems all the Doctors and nurses are currently busy keeping the critically sick alive.

So.
Will the nurses unions and doctors professional associations allow retired health professionals to step in and jab people?
Will they allow non medically trained people to jab arms?

It’s probably the only way we’ll have a good percentage of the populace vaccinated by Jan. 1st 2022?

But thinking outside the box would require our intrepid govt bureaucrats to actually think…. and then (horrors) make a decision.

#153 NoName on 01.01.21 at 1:08 pm

Where she/they was hiding all this time… And fizisists to…

Press Play

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrzzhxdJ1cE&list=PLwgQsqtH9H5duzw0MlJuJjwGNSMPUjHy2

#154 P.Ooched on 01.01.21 at 1:21 pm

|| Given the current state of the world, predictions (as stated here a few days ago) are arrogant and useless.

Given my conclusions that …

1] Predicting the future is easy, almost anyone can do it

2] Predicting the future accurately is the hard part, very few, consistently, get that right

So, while it may seem to be a point less exercise (aka useless)

Isn’t “predicting the future” what we, as “investors”, ultimately do?

If I buy into a solar energy ETF as opposed to an oil industry ETF, Am I not predicting a version of the future that I expect to come true?

If I can afford hired guns like Turner Investments to invest my cash for me, Am I not just buying into ‘their version’ of the future?

I get that part of managing your investments is reacting to what has happened and what is happening, but isn’t managing …

What is going to happen?

Perhaps, the biggest part of your investment strategy?

#155 tbone on 01.01.21 at 1:26 pm

Re labour lawyers

I used Whitten & Lublin when the need arose.
I found them to be honest .
They told me not to proceed with what i thought was a slam dunk constructive dismissal .
Guess thats why they are experts in the field an i am not.
Dont think they venture out of the gta so they probably wont be any use to the calgary guy .
But if your are local , they can help.

#156 A heartfelt message of hope from all real Canadians on 01.01.21 at 1:31 pm

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#157 mark on 01.01.21 at 1:57 pm

Another lawyer wades in on vaccination in Canada.

https://stlawyers.ca/blog-news/employees-rights-and-covid-19-vaccinations/

#158 Long-Time Lurker on 01.01.21 at 2:03 pm

Goodbye 2020. You’re just a bad memory now.

#159 George on 01.01.21 at 2:18 pm

sad sad sad year. All the focus on the little bug, as small business have been destroyed

The the same government that was supposed to protect them, shut them down….TWICE. Govt officials should be in jail.

But we’re “all in this together” right?!

Happy New Year

#160 Mehling (attn: Calgary gar guy) on 01.01.21 at 3:00 pm

Hello Calgary car guy, I’ve used Daniel Lublin (Whitten & Lublin) in the past and he is exceptional. He may work on contingency for you, but it will cost you approx $550 for the 1 hour consult regardless. Everything can be done over the phone. It does not matter that you’re not in Toronto, but you’ll want an employment lawyer to send a letter immediately. Your prior employer is probably stunned they have not heard from your lawyer yet. Hope this helps, and wishing you a wonderful 2021.

#161 Stealth on 01.01.21 at 3:10 pm

Happy New year and thank you.

Here is a thought (no virus, politics etc):

About your statement on 364 blogs posted and missing only 1, it is a slippery slope. For example a person I know has visited a bar 363 days in 2019, missing 2. This year haven’t asked probably even less due to you know what. His claim is that he has a doctor’s order to stop consuming beer and start vodka. So far he kept the volume constant and beverage inflow frequency, probably even inflow velocity and only substituted the fluid type.
I haven’t crunched the numbers here and am suspecting a language barrier between the doctor and a friend of mine but the point is that if you miss even 2 days out of 365 you will get a blog doctors orders and may change the blog topic from finances and real estate to , maybe perhaps something else (hopefully not politics and health care)

Once again happy new year.

#162 KLNR on 01.01.21 at 4:16 pm

@#159 George on 01.01.21 at 2:18 pm
sad sad sad year. All the focus on the little bug, as small business have been destroyed

little bug?
george, you’re a savage.

#163 SHANE GALLANT on 01.01.21 at 5:13 pm

What is happening on Monday?

#164 Colin on 01.01.21 at 9:04 pm

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#165 Prince Polo on 01.02.21 at 10:54 am

#156 A heartfelt message of hope from all real Canadians on 01.01.21 at 1:31 pm
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LOL! I have a sneaking suspicion that it wasn’t all that heartfelt, or even from “real” Canadians. C’mon, tell us what is your real handle! Is it anti-vaxxing racist?