Light it up

One day this week, I told Dorothy this morning as I left for the wee bank, expect to see a few courier boxes arrive on the porch. Contactless delivery, of course.

“Presents?” she cooed, expectantly.

Well, kinda, I said. For Canada.

Days ago I ordered enough fireworks to win a smallish rebellion somewhere. The intention is to let them rip on July the first. In advance of that, Iain and the gang once again will be hoisting up the humungous flag that flew over the Peace Tower during the 125th anniversary of Confederation. Every year since then I’ve found somewhere to drape this monster. For the third time it will dominate the main drag in the seaside metropolis of Lunenburg.

Twenty-nine years ago this thing flew above Parliament Hill where a huge open-air concert took place (some 80,000 people showed up) featuring a rock version of O Canada with Randy Bachman playing my Strat. That was cool. Plus the Queen, who turned out to be very regal (but friendly). And that night when House of Commons staff lowered the flag, they gave it to me.

This year these things – country, flag, monarch, history – seem more precarious and worthy of embracing as Canada slides into its own version of cancel culture. Statues of the founding prime minister have been beheaded, defaced or hidden away. This week Charlottetown – the birthplace of Confederation – quietly and quickly removed a landmark Sir John sculpture from its downtown perch outside the building where Canada was created. In Halifax the monument to municipal founder Edward Cornwallis was deep-sixed a few years ago, leaving a granite stub. In Toronto the statue of Egerton Ryerson, who helped create the public school system, is covered in red paint and mostly destroyed. Lots more instances of erasing the past – or trying to – abound lately.

Clearly there are reasons. Our ancestors were, like us, deeply imperfect people. But should their failure to follow the 2021 moral code and ethical compass in, say, the 1860s erase every accomplishment or earn statuary decapitation in a Montreal park?

Society needs to evolve, get better, find tolerance and respect. We’re doing that. As usual the young are instrumental in forging new values (because, of course, they know everything). Whether it’s about gender, colour or atoning for the sad legacy of aboriginal treatment, we’re irrevocably changing. That’s good. It’s necessary.

But I still dig my country. In a flawed world of very fallible humans, we’ve done okay. Not perfect. But decent enough to blow up the back yard for.

About the picture: “Been reading your blog since 2008, love the advice, but sometimes we fall off track,” writes Giovanna. “Case in point:  this is Mags, our 8 month old Covid labradoodle puppy that we overpaid for back in October. All day long, she brings me this ball to play tug or fetch while I try to work from home.  I told my boss that she’s a perfect pup, never a distraction.”

194 comments ↓

#1 Returns Reaper on 06.02.21 at 10:30 am

The flag is a great piece of memorabilia Garth!

How did you manage to get it bestowed upon you? Right place right time? Worked the right connections? Hypnotized the flag handlers into destracted zombies with your chiseled abs?

#2 Edmontonian on 06.02.21 at 10:40 am

I’m not too worried about cancel culture. It’s not like we look for statues or names on buildings to learn about our history. I feel little reverence for past historical figures or “founding fathers”. Canada should be mainly defined by what it is today, not what it was 150 years ago. We should be listening to marginalized Canadians of today who are harmed by some of these things, and improve.

#3 Vic HOOD on 06.02.21 at 10:40 am

As always, a voice of reason. Well said.

#4 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 10:51 am

Not sure what to say and how to deal with bad things being done in the past.
But what happened at the Residential Schools is just so sad.
The sins of our fathers, and how to deal with them in our modern time is a tough one.
But, ignoring them we cannot.

#5 Christoforos on 06.02.21 at 10:51 am

Well said Garth. This is shameful and our PM is doing nothing for promote Canadian unity and pride. Instead he is dividing people even more.

#6 Joseph R. on 06.02.21 at 11:01 am

“In Halifax the monument to municipal founder Edward Cornwallis was deep-sixed a few years ago, leaving a granite stub.”

The history behind Cornwallis’ Statue:

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

The statue was inaugurated in 1931. Hardly a historical structure. Lots of trees have more history that this statue and I see no conservative activists crying over a dead tree and leaving a stub behind and calling it “erasing our history”. I think the emotional attachment for the statue reveals more about them rather than our past.

Statue aren’t erected for historical reason but for ideological ones. That is why, for our southern neighbors, Confederate statues were erected during the Jim Crow era and in the 1960, during the civil rights era by local governments afraid of the zeitgeist of that period.

Tree = person. Interesting argument. – Garth

#7 Father's Daughter on 06.02.21 at 11:02 am

#4 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 10:51 am
Not sure what to say and how to deal with bad things being done in the past.
But what happened at the Residential Schools is just so sad.
The sins of our fathers, and how to deal with them in our modern time is a tough one.
But, ignoring them we cannot.
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There were a lot of people involved in the residential school atrocities. However, there does seem to be one large organization who was heavily involved and who continues to commit modern day crimes against children, globally. They somehow escape being cancelled. But don’t we dare look at someone the wrong way at work, or say anything that may possibly somehow be interpreted as flirtatious or you’ll be a goner. Makes you wonder.

#8 None on 06.02.21 at 11:17 am

You can still love your family but ask the creepy uncle who everyone was told was a solid guy but actually was a pretty horrible human being (his excuse is he had a weird up bringing) to not come to the family reunion.

I very much prefer to think of Canada as a work in progress. Things about it sucks but we can do better to actually make it live up to our brainwashing.

Also enough of the anti-housing/anti-Canadian rhetoric on this site (it’s the same thing )

#9 Do we have all the facts on 06.02.21 at 11:20 am

When two friends and I spent nine months skiing in Europe after high school in 1968/69 we sewed the Canadian flag on almost everything we owned because we were proud of our country.

Today I see fewer Canadian flags displayed and Canada Day seems to be celebrated with less enthusiasm with each passing year. I find myself starting to wonder what it really means to be Canadian these days. Our role on the global stage seems to be shrinking and our political leaders do not seem concerned.

Resting on our laurels, gradually depleting our non-renewable resources and borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars is not a viable strategy to improve our future.

#10 CL on 06.02.21 at 11:22 am

Yes, the world may change, advance, improve quality of life etc. but human nature never will.

#11 AlbertaGuy in AB on 06.02.21 at 11:23 am

That flag is totally cool.

About 3 years ago I put my name on the list for a peace tower flag…i believe the current wait list is approximately 100 years.

https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/citeparlementaire-parliamentaryprecinct/decouvrez-discover/drapeaux-demander-flags-request-eng.html

You can send an email to your local MP and request a flag (about 4 x 6′) to fly over your own bunker. I get a new one every year and just received mine in the mail last week from Bob Benzen here in Calgary.

#12 Immigrant man on 06.02.21 at 11:30 am

It’s a good thing you have your own blog. You could easily be banned for violating community standards on Facebook for suggesting the founding fathers of Canada were anything more then racist misogynists. Canada is still great, not all is lost. 200,000k immigrants a year will attest to that. I am trying to bring my nephew here on a work visa. Not that easy, competition is fierce and obstacles are many. Canada is great, don’t listen to the naysayers.

#13 Elon Muskvitch on 06.02.21 at 11:31 am

#113 Sail Away

Did I just give-a-way a killer business model of the future? You know it is. That’s how Apple will probably do their car…I imagine.

#14 I know what you did! on 06.02.21 at 11:39 am

Hi Garth,

Just so you know … I’ve been keeping track of all your “transgressions” for the past decade. I just hit over 300 yesterday. I’ve taken the liberty of screenshotting every one of your “tricks” lest you think these won’t come back to haunt you. Basically, every time you lied, published incorrect advice, took credit for something that you didn’t do or covered up something, chose to not publish the truth …. in addition to the poor advice you’ve been giving people since then.

As you well know, most of your followers would have been in a much better position if they hadn’t listened to your nonsense about real estate, preferred stock and outdated 60/40 portfolios. There is no denying this … facts don’t lie, but you do! Sure, they love you today … but when the truth comes out, it will be a different story. Most of them just need you to hold their hand.

This blog has published 4,128 posts, and you could only find 300 stinkers? Big win, baby! – Garth

#15 Classical Liberal Millennial on 06.02.21 at 11:41 am

I’m too young to be this jaded but Canada being one of the best countries in the world says more about the state of this world than it does Canada.

#16 A Dollar is a Dollar is a Dollar on 06.02.21 at 11:46 am

The genocidal treatment of First Nations children tells us we have a lot to learn, and much less to celebrate about Canada than we might like to believe

#17 Woke this morning... on 06.02.21 at 11:52 am

#10 CL

Yes, the world may change, advance, improve quality of life etc. but human nature never will.

NAILED IT CL!

We’re doing it right now. This very minute the very same thing is happening. Just like our ancestors left these atrocities for us to try and right, the same thing is being down by us to our children.

Be it environmental damage we are causing now that stye will have to answer for.

Be it nuclear waste we’re leaving to them to deal with while we charge our pointless devices and electric cars.

Be it debt we’re pulling from taxes, earning, work yet to be done. People yet to be born.

It is human nature. We leave it for someone else to deal with.

And when the moment comes, now, here for us to deal with it, we do our best not to deal with it?

Return stolen land to natives? NO WAY!
Ensure natives have clean water to drink, as dictated by Canada’s human rights? WHY BOTHER!

Our wonderful ancestors left it to us to right. Too much to do? Still want The Queen on your money? Still want her to be our head of state? Still want to keep the land the belongs to natives as your own?

How many children’s mass graves will it take for us to realize this is all wrong?

#18 Wrk.dover on 06.02.21 at 11:56 am

We were coming back in to the wharf on a charter harbor tour during a tall ship festival in Halifax, and one of the patriotic drunks in my party started singing ‘Oh Canada’ at the top of his lungs. After a few bars, hundreds of people lining the shore joined in. The crowd went wild with applause at the end.

Try it sometime!

Canada eh?

#19 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 11:57 am

Canada has been great to me, but I don’t think it’s going to be a nice ride for our kids. The boys so far seem totally open to leaving Canada for work, or a better life in general. Funny to think of them leaving for greener pastures – doing the same thing their great grandparents did only 70 years ago.

Canada has been sowing the wind since 2015, I would never have believed the level and velocity of the financial destruction. It’s going to be the best shown in town watching our future politicians and Citizenry coming to grips with what will be an epic dumpster fire at some point.

For now though, it looks like the Liberals might be buying me a new furnace, the BOC still wants my net worth to climb a little more yet, and Trudeau evidently thinks my house is still way undervalued. That’s all good since the industry I work in is getting destroyed by Trudeau’s bungled governance and it’d be a miracle if my employer makes it another 10 years.

I hope they get that UBI on the move asap, I am counting on it for my early retirement :)

#20 TheDood on 06.02.21 at 12:01 pm

#7 Father’s Daughter on 06.02.21 at 11:02 am
#4 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 10:51 am
Not sure what to say and how to deal with bad things being done in the past.
But what happened at the Residential Schools is just so sad.
The sins of our fathers, and how to deal with them in our modern time is a tough one.
But, ignoring them we cannot.
_________________________________________

There were a lot of people involved in the residential school atrocities. However, there does seem to be one large organization who was heavily involved and who continues to commit modern day crimes against children, globally. They somehow escape being cancelled. But don’t we dare look at someone the wrong way at work, or say anything that may possibly somehow be interpreted as flirtatious or you’ll be a goner. Makes you wonder.
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Every time they hit the news, it’s for the wrong reasons, and they’ve demonstrated clearly they go to great lengths to protect their own, especially the monsters. I don’t think this is a secret anymore. Everyone in the world knows the deal here. Membership has been steadily declining for decades, is only a matter of time before they disappear completely.

#21 Jay Land on 06.02.21 at 12:04 pm

Most important, relevant, and needed post I’ve ever read in your pathetic blog Mr Turner.

Personal finances don’t matter much if our country ceases to be.

#22 Dan on 06.02.21 at 12:16 pm

One of your best posts ever.

#23 Dogman01 on 06.02.21 at 12:22 pm

Post national State requires the destruction of pride in our History.
Any pride = Western Chauvinism = White Supremacy. (see how that is done)

Manufactured outrage after outrage of historical events, no context of the harsh realities of our past is presented.

The Woke are on the prowl:
“Quiet in conscience, calm in their right
Confident their ways are best,

Those who know what’s best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves”

Considering Nation-States are complex and considering by all measures Canada has peace order and good government , I am not sure whose interest are served by the post national state.

#24 colin knudsen on 06.02.21 at 12:32 pm

My schooling in Canada has taught me nothing of the actual history of Canada and I am learning more each day which makes me feel sad at our state of affairs. I understand how things change but you can’t ignore what is happening today. Simply put enough is not being done. The clear cutting of old growth forest which only 3% remain as some sort of necessity for our economies perpetuating growth is absurd. The last residential school closed in Canada in 1996. 250 bodies found at a residential school in Kamploops makes it very tough to be a proud Canadian. A couple of years ago a whole nation stood still and honored those of the Humboldt Broncos. The Media give the stories which touched and identified each player as a unique soul that we could relate too. 250 children, taken from their families, buried in a field and left nameless. The Media, Politicians and our society is simply not doing enough. I am not proud to be Canadian. I may have not had anything to do with the way people were treated in the past but I can do something about it in the present. That is why I chose not to celebrate Canada day this year and instead give my time to learning and understanding more about our history and how I can help my own community heal.

#25 Macdonald Realty on 06.02.21 at 12:32 pm

#20 Jay Land

…if our country ceases to be.

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Let me show you this country listing right here. It’s called Canada. Real Estate market in Canada is SO HOT RIGHT NOW!

This semi-detached (from Monarchy) 3brd is slightly crooked, has a few territories in the attic for additional bedrooms or office space if you wish to renovate and insulate up there.

Used to be owned by Natives, but we kicked them out, as they were uneducated, had no constitution and no laws – so sneakly we imposed ours on them in our own language and they had no choice but to sign the offer once they saw what our guns can do against their arrows.

As you consider this ill gotten semi, think of the Natives as villains to make yourself feel better – the way we showed them in movies for decades and decades I find is best. Cowboys were the heros, and you’re a Canadian Cowboy, man!

Basement is unfinished and those are not at all Native’s chidren’s bones filling in the cracks in the crumbling foundation upon which this semi-stands.

Unconditional offers of patriotism accepted Thursday 8PM with deposit checks only.

#26 A Dollar is a Dollar is a Dollar on 06.02.21 at 12:41 pm

Canada will be much more worth celebrating when colonizers and settlers have made peace with their past and paid their dues to First Nations, including reparations for so many ‘Treaties’ that have been abrogated and young lives taken or compromised.

If we can find $400 billion for Covid in 2020, we can find $400 billion for First Nations in 2021.

That would be a start. Then, maybe, we can celebrate in front of that flag together.

That would be $240,000 for every man, woman and child of aboriginal ancestry. In 2012 Canada spent (on average) $7,316 per citizen, including native Canadians. Spending per registered First Nations person was $9,056. Maybe the problem is not money. – Garth

#27 Sail Away on 06.02.21 at 12:48 pm

#123 Faron on 05.28.21 at 11:04 am
#118 Sail Away on 05.28.21 at 10:18 am

Blackberry continuing the third day of big volume and outsized leaps. Will it have legs? Some predict yes…

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All the drooler meme stonks are surging. Juust facepalm. Book. Your. Profits. Now. Rebuy it later, but this is a meme driven squeeze

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+40% since your awesome advice, F.

#28 Joseph R. on 06.02.21 at 12:50 pm

Tree = person. Interesting argument. – Garth

Strawman. I was discussing statues, not living humans.

#15 A Dollar is a Dollar is a Dollar on 06.02.21 at 11:46 am
The genocidal treatment of First Nations children tells us we have a lot to learn, and much less to celebrate about Canada than we might like to believe

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Residential schools “to kill the Indian in the child.”

http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/the_residential_school_system/

The real “Cancel Culture” that is part of our country.

#29 Dogman01 on 06.02.21 at 12:50 pm

Many of those behind the Residential schools were also the “woke & righteous” of their time.
They saw the massive humanitarian disaster on the isolated reserves, thought a big centralized government program could ameliorate it.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”

The worst humanitarian disasters have been caused by righteous believers so sure of the inherent goodness and superiority of their Ideology, Religion, Cause or Program.
Pragmatism, skepticism, doubt, respect for individual rights, freedoms and viewpoints has been the path to good things.

The woke’s righteousness, racism and intolerance is dangerous.

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts” – Bertand Russell

#30 Freedom First on 06.02.21 at 12:52 pm

I have and will continue to try hard to live my life as a good person in this country of Canada, a country, while not perfect, has been a great place for me to call home.

God bless all Canadians, and thank you Garth, for your message of hope today!

Freedom First

#31 Prince Polo on 06.02.21 at 12:53 pm

Won’t the Canadians of 2121, look back at even the wokest of society from 2021 and decree that what we did was abhorrent too? Time to hit the snooze button…

#32 WTF on 06.02.21 at 12:58 pm

The usually invisible Vancouver MP Dr Hedy Fry gets scorched on twitter regarding the latest pathetic liberal attempt to dupe the masses. Some angry folks out there!

https://twitter.com/HedyFry/status/1399071872550113282

#33 Chraotic on 06.02.21 at 1:04 pm

Excellent post today. The cancel culture thing has gotten out of control. Acknowledging the past is not synonymous with condoning it on very level. Erasing it is fraudulent and doesn’t solve the issues, only lets a new brand of opportunists rewrite history to their advantage, without any democratic process or reflection. Imagine if Germany tried to “cancel” all references to the Holocaust? The whole point of Hour Zero is to maintain a dialogue in order to prevent past errors and horrors from resurfacing.

Also, so cool that you know Randy Bachman. I love listening to Vinyl Tap on CBC. Such an excellent radio show ;-)

#34 UmiouiuS on 06.02.21 at 1:06 pm

So we’re removing Statues, why..?

I guess maybe I get it. Kinda like “deja vu all over again.” History is more easily repeated if its not studied.

#35 VladTor on 06.02.21 at 1:11 pm

Any historical monuments or statues or something else which is reflect Canada history CAN NOT BE destroyed, removed or vandalized. ABSOLUTELY impossible!

This is belong to Canada history and was done in memory of people worked for Canada and b’s of them Canada exist.

If somebody don’t like it he/she can leave Canada for place where he/she will feel comfortable.

Things like this happens b’s politicians is QUIET and SCARE they own shade and allow to do it.

Very small stupid minority can’t create rules for all Canada citizens.

Person (s) who vandalized historical monuments should be put in prison immediately. 5 years in prison clean his brain forever. No excuses!

#36 Pete on 06.02.21 at 1:12 pm

Mr. Turner, please arrange a live stream of blowing up the backyard on Canada Day so everyone may partake, socially distanced of course. Much appreciated.

#37 Nobody knows ... on 06.02.21 at 1:13 pm

Re: IHCTD9
Try doing the same (emigrating from not immigrating to) that my parents did 20 years ago!

My parents bought a house in 2005 for 160k having almost no cash down because they had only come to Canada a few years earlier. They are done paying it. A house almost identical to theirs is up for sale. Asking price: 470k! The salaries did not increase three times. They didn’t even double (minimum wage did double actually, but not say engineer salaries).

The financial conditions (mostly due to housing) are worse for me than for them, and also, the expectations I have are much higher. So net, I am worse off …

I do not worry about my kids though. I think they will be able to adjust their expectations to make the best out of their situations and growing up in unfriendly conditions will help them make better choices. I was a fool to think making a life in Canada was easy (it seemed so when I got here).

#38 VladTor on 06.02.21 at 1:17 pm

This week Charlottetown – the birthplace of Confederation – quietly and quickly removed a landmark Sir John sculpture from its downtown perch

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I’m shocked!
Incredible shame for whole country!

#39 Fake Name on 06.02.21 at 1:17 pm

#25 A Dollar is a Dollar is a Dollar on 06.02.21 at 12:41 pm
Canada will be much more worth celebrating when colonizers and settlers have made peace with their past and paid their dues to First Nations, including reparations for so many ‘Treaties’ that have been abrogated and young lives taken or compromised.

If we can find $400 billion for Covid in 2020, we can find $400 billion for First Nations in 2021.

That would be a start. Then, maybe, we can celebrate in front of that flag together.

That would be $24 million for every man, woman and child of aboriginal ancestry. In 2012 Canada spent (on average) $7,316 per citizen, including native Canadians. Spending per registered First Nations person was $9,056. Maybe the problem is not money. – Garth

I think the math is wrong on this, isn’t 400BB = $240k per FN person?

Either way, I agree with you

#40 Tim Bothman on 06.02.21 at 1:26 pm

Rip Van Winkle. Life passes by with or without a person and change is inevitable. Why we want to destroy the past is strange to me. We would not be here if it was not for it. Injustices and all, we are part of it too. Destroying the past will just make us repeat it.

#41 TurnerNation on 06.02.21 at 1:27 pm

Trends: watch your food supply. we know a goal lies in eliminating meat and self-sustainability. All about Wet Markets and Bats right?

Cyber attack shuts down global meat processing giant JBS
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-31/cyber-attack-shuts-down-global-meat-processing-giant-jbs/100178310
The world’s largest meat processing company, JBS Foods, has fallen victim to cyber attacks that have shut down production around the world, including in Australia

https://apnews.com/article/china-bird-flu-flu-health-b5862e1d9892b25fdb470abf30432289?
China reports human case of H10N3 bird flu, a possible first
………..
……
Want out of Kanada with its dictatorship?
Queue up Van Halen’s ‘Panama’ song.

https://www.mondaq.com/work-visas/1072126/changes-to-the-friendly-nations-visa
25 May 2021
The Panamanian Government has issued, through Executive Decree No. 197 of May 7th, 2021, major changes to the Friendly Nations Visa. …The changes include the elimination of the possibility to access permanent residence by incorporating a business and opening a bank account and depositing the sum of Five Thousand Dollars (US$5,000.00).

…..
A secondary effect on: Control over our travel/movements. Back of the bus for you:
You are free to leave at any time!!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-drive-test-backlog-puts-lives-on-hold-1.6044597
Cancelled road tests, looming backlog leaving would-be Ontario drivers feeling ‘hopeless’
Tests set to restart in mid-June, but nearly 400,000 cancelled during pandemic

#42 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 1:28 pm

#9 Do we have all the facts on 06.02.21 at 11:20 am
When two friends and I spent nine months skiing in Europe after high school in 1968/69 we sewed the Canadian flag on almost everything we owned because we were proud of our country.
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Many American backpackers did that too.

#43 Mathematics on 06.02.21 at 1:34 pm

That would be $240,000 for every man, woman and child of aboriginal ancestry. In 2012 Canada spent (on average) $7,316 per citizen, including native Canadians. Spending per registered First Nations person was $9,056. Maybe the problem is not money. – Garth

It works out to such a huge amount per First Nations person? WOW.

Any reasons we can think of today why so few First Nations persons remain today that makes it such a huge amount?

#44 Sail Away on 06.02.21 at 1:39 pm

#41 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 1:28 pm
#9 Do we have all the facts on 06.02.21 at 11:20 am

When two friends and I spent nine months skiing in Europe after high school in 1968/69 we sewed the Canadian flag on almost everything we owned because we were proud of our country.

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Many American backpackers did that too.

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Mostly to avoid abuse and gear vandalism from rude Europeans. Some cultures can’t be trusted.

#45 Luigi on 06.02.21 at 1:40 pm

First time poster but long time reader. As an immigrant that moved here more than 25 years ago I can’t believe what is happening in this country. I am in the process of changing my plans to retire somewhere else. What I find more crazy is how the interests of crazy minorities have derailing what it used to be the best country in the world for all!

#46 ogdoad on 06.02.21 at 1:41 pm

European settlers thinking that their civilization was the be-all end-all of human existence at the time. If invention, technology, intelligence was the measuring stick then they were hands down! Parts what happened in Canada’s history were atrocities but no more atrocious than the impact of Imperialism throughout history on the world – Slave trade, opium wars, famine – read what happened in India….but dwelling could be dangerous…

Agreed – onward and upward.

Og

#47 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 1:44 pm

#40 TN
Cancelled road tests, looming backlog leaving would-be Ontario drivers feeling ‘hopeless’
Tests set to restart in mid-June, but nearly 400,000 cancelled during pandemic.
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“Hopeless”.?
Take the bus.

#48 T2 - Judgement Day on 06.02.21 at 1:47 pm

There is only one way for to fix this, T2 style.

We break into Skynet. Destroy all storage chips with any record of this. Explode the library building with any books of it. Kill everyone who knows anything about this. Expunge it from existence to avoid the future being tarnished.

Judgement Day averted. Canada can continue to exit another day.

#49 Dolce Vita on 06.02.21 at 1:51 pm

Fahrenheit 451

– the inevitable self-destruction of an oppressive society.

#50 Jeff on 06.02.21 at 1:53 pm

Sadly PM Trudeau will do nothing to promote our culture. For him, all culture are good except ours.

#51 Love_The_Cottage on 06.02.21 at 1:55 pm

#18 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 11:57 am
For now though, it looks like the Liberals might be buying me a new furnace
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Can you show me where this is? I’ve looked over the documents and I thought it was only if you replaced a furnace with a heat pump.

Seriously curious as my furnace is at least 15 years old.

#52 Dolce Vita on 06.02.21 at 2:02 pm

“The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped; it is our future in which we will find our greatness.”

Pierre Trudeau

#53 KLNR on 06.02.21 at 2:05 pm

Just put my canadian flag on the pole at my newly purchased country abode. Looks damn sharp.
(had my leafs flag flying there earlier – sigh)

#54 Shakabra on 06.02.21 at 2:07 pm

Fireworks are terrible for the environment, specifically for our bird friends.

Surely you can find another way to celebrate.

#55 Editrix on 06.02.21 at 2:09 pm

If you erase history, isn’t it bound to repeat itself?

#56 Millennial 1%er on 06.02.21 at 2:10 pm

Give up, Garth. This isn’t the Canada you once knew.

#57 KLNR on 06.02.21 at 2:13 pm

@#9 Do we have all the facts on 06.02.21 at 11:20 am
When two friends and I spent nine months skiing in Europe after high school in 1968/69 we sewed the Canadian flag on almost everything we owned because we were proud of our country.

in the 90s you sewed the Canadian flag on your pack so you wouldn’t be mistaken for being american.
For whatever reason most of europe despised american backpackers at the time. wonder if thats still the case

#58 VladTor on 06.02.21 at 2:14 pm

#38 Fake Name
…..and paid their dues to First Nations, including reparations

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No reparations!!!
The settlers have built a country with all the benefits of which they enjoy in abundance.

#59 TurnerNation on 06.02.21 at 2:14 pm

Life in Occupied Kanada. Wait and see what else is planned for this post national state.
And why Sir Blog Dog Carney was brought back here.

Economic Lockdowns 4ever. Remember, Australia and Kanada appear to be the test zones for all of this Melbourne, Victoria in Australia are locked down anew. CV = control
All about Wet Markets and Bats right? . We locked down to protect the old folks??

.Roman Baber @Roman_Baber MPP for York Centre
Motion to allow government to extend Emergency Orders to December without Parliament approval passed. It’s an assault on democracy & disregard of lives lost+ruined by lockdown.

.Statistics Canada says the average age of people who died from COVID-19 in 2020 was 83.8 years. In 2019, the average age at death was 76.5.

.https://archive.is/37M2K#selection-1317.0-1321.205
There has been a nearly 13 per cent increase in deaths in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with a significant proportion of those excess deaths due to causes other than the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to cremation data obtained and analyzed by Ontario’s Science Advisory Table.


— Control over our Travel/Movement was the goal all along….now we see its fruition

.7 Countries to Start Issuing EU COVID-19 Passports for Travel Today, a Month Ahead of the Deadline (schengenvisainfo.com)

.Vaccinated Australians to be allowed to travel overseas in six weeks (theguardian.com)

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— Here comes another Communist PURGE. History tells us this is how the system operates. Recall all those elected reps booted in January for ‘Holiday Travel’

https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2021/05/31/insiders-say-doug-ford-is-looking-to-dump-lockdown-critics-as-he-shuffles-cabinet-thats-too-white-and-too-male.html
‘Premier Doug Ford wipes his head as he holds a news conference at Queen’s Park on May 20, 2021.
Insiders say Doug Ford is looking to dump lockdown critics as he shuffles cabinet that’s ‘too white and too male’’

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/ontario-to-replace-dr-david-williams-as-chief-medical-officer-of-health/ar-AAKx5Nl
“Williams has also been faulted by critics for failing to push stiffer restrictions ahead of a surge in COVID-19 cases earlier this year.

#60 Dolce Vita on 06.02.21 at 2:17 pm

#42 Mathematics

Do some ciphering with this:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/gst-hst-businesses/charge-collect-indigenous-peoples.html

and this, Section 87(1) and below:

https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/i-5/page-13.html

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On a personal note, years ago I would alway stop off in Oka to get really cheap cigarettes and the people were very nice. They made money, I saved money. A win-win. They’d see me pulling up and have a carton of my favorite brand on the counter prêt-à-porter.

Vive La Belle Province and her people.

#61 Ok, Doomer on 06.02.21 at 2:19 pm

“Clearly there are reasons. Our ancestors were, like us, deeply imperfect people. But should their failure to follow the 2021 moral code and ethical compass in, say, the 1860s erase every accomplishment or earn statuary decapitation in a Montreal park?” Garth

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Too bad that T2 doesn’t follow his dad’s advice. Much as I despised Trudeau the Elder, he said one thing that continues to give me pause:

“The government has the duty to be just, in it’s own time”. – Pierre Elliot Trudeau

Think about that a bit. Very powerful stuff. As a people we cannot go around trying to un-ring bells that were not rung on our watch. Tearing down statues of someone from 200 years ago is stuff of losers. However, can and should we do our best by the survivors of the Residential School system? Absolutely. They are with us today.

How about people whose parents or grandparents were affected? I’d say that this thinking leads to madness and is exactly what PET warns against. For a simple reason; there is no logical cut-off point or end point to that argument. Literally anything from five generation removed reparations, paid for by immigrants who happened to enter Canada last week, to tearing down statues is fair game. There is no resolution to this game. Unless of course, the lack of resolution is the point.

#62 Ballingsford on 06.02.21 at 2:20 pm

Another great post Garth! Add me to your virtual fireworks attendee list too.

#63 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 2:21 pm

#50 Love_The_Cottage on 06.02.21 at 1:55 pm
#18 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 11:57 am
For now though, it looks like the Liberals might be buying me a new furnace
__________
Can you show me where this is? I’ve looked over the documents and I thought it was only if you replaced a furnace with a heat pump.

Seriously curious as my furnace is at least 15 years old.
____

I told ’em the propane furnace pumps heat. They seem good with that.

Seriously though, I’m going to call one of those “energy advisors” and just ask. I bet there’s more than what is on that website.

#64 Immigrant man on 06.02.21 at 2:24 pm

I’ve been to a few reserves in northern MB. Nelson House, Split Lake, Moostissoostikwan (by The Pas, had to google this name), Pikwitonei (not an official reserve, but practically one). I’ve seen many urban Aboriginals in Thompson (both working and the deadbeats). Worked with a native fella who has a large foster care. Have a half-native friend living in the bush half the year trapping animals for fur. Had a friend teach in Gods Lake Narrow for a number of year. Anyways, that is to say I think I know a bit more about the Aboriginal life as it is today then people of the GTA/Vancouver that refer to MB/SK as “the gap”.

In my humble opinion, many of the problems of the native population of Canada are due to the reserve system. And the incredible hypocrisy of the politicians. It is absolutely horrible – creating a mini-handout state. People that don’t work for their money have no dignity. Reserves raise bad people. The family violence is absolutely 3rd world on some of these reserves. Murder, rape, assault, horrible child abuse. The corruption of the chiefs is astronomical. Don’t take my word, ask a working native (even they don’t like the res junkies and the fat chiefs playing in Winnipeg casinos) I encourage everyone I can to visit a reserve. See it yourself. And of course feel the hate.

Reserves should be abolished. But no politician will try to touch this. Why suicide? Immediate r-label. There is precious little of the “traditional culture” of the natives left here. What exists is this horrid res-life. But you won’t get that in the media. So go visit a res.

#65 Macduff on 06.02.21 at 2:25 pm

My parents were first generation Canadians, coming to this country in the mid-1950s. My father, a refugee and my mother saw Canada as a land of opportunity and freedom. They had no underlying awareness of Canada’s colonial past. Today, we expect Canadian citizens (and permanent residents?) to take responsibility for this past and be open to any amends that will somehow aim to rectify past misdeeds. For our children, it means that there will be preferred job candidates, and government policies intent to disrupt any semblance of status quo. For many, this will be a clarion call to seek a better future elsewhere, where talent and hard work, agnostic to gender, colour or creed is rewarded. There are many countries globally more economically powerful than Canada that will make their life free of fear of being unemployed or unable to afford a home. Postnationalism endorsed by Canada’s progressive governments will make the decision to leave Canada much easier, and it will always be the best who leave first.

#66 Barb on 06.02.21 at 2:31 pm

#7 Father’s Daughter
“…However, there does seem to be one large organization who was heavily involved and who continues to commit modern day crimes against children, globally.”

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Exactly.
Cancel religion, that one first!
Reinstate capitol punishment for harming a child…
A good start.

Lunenburg allows fireworks? Wow…here in BC’s Okanagan, you need a permit from 2 government agencies to sneeze.

We’ll look forward to the fireworks photos Garth!

Mags is soooo cute, Giovanna. She’s just doing what she knows you love doing with her *grin*

#67 Clubing on 06.02.21 at 2:38 pm

#55 Millennial 1%er

Give up, Garth. This isn’t the Canada you once knew.

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Canada you once knew?

I think I know the Canada you speak of, she picked me up at a club a while ago. She wore a lot of makeup though, and it was hard to see if she was really beautiful under all that thick layer of makeup she used to wear all the time.

We had a fling. It was great. I can’t lie.

Few nights ago she stayed over for the night first time. Makeup all wore off on the pillow. I got to see the real Canada’s face without all that artificial beautification and hour putting her fake face on.

I’m quite sure I don’t want her to stay over again.

#68 Billy Buoy on 06.02.21 at 2:39 pm

Are we allowed to celebrate anything anymore?

Maybe when the budget balances itself.

#69 Dolce Vita on 06.02.21 at 2:48 pm

#58 TurnerNation

7 Countries to Start Issuing EU COVID-19 Passports for Travel Today, a Month Ahead of the Deadline (schengenvisainfo.com)

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First of all, that link has NOTHING to do with the Green Pass, it’s for getting a Visa in the EU. Whomever you got that link from tell them they KNOW NOTHING. Here is what you want:

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_2721

And the 7 countries are, drum roll:

Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland

There are 27 countries in the EU.

It’s still a dog’s breakfast here in the EU with EU Covid-19 passports TN. Regardless of what the puffed chest apparatchiks in Brussels say.

I still can’t figure it all out. Why I am not booking a damn thing for travel outside of Italia until the EU gets its proverbial dung together.

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And today Republic Day in Italia, Frecce over Roma today & your usual car alarms going off, dogs barking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ENOQ86Poys&t=1s

75th anniversary of the Republic.

Had they stuck with the Roman Empire, it would have been a happy:

2,773rd

instead.

#70 Joe Schmoe on 06.02.21 at 2:50 pm

My father is a misogynistic bigot who started several non-for profit support groups for multicultural minorities. As a skilled tradeshuman, he volunteered countless hours to assist in setting up much needed equipment in rural hospitals. He still runs a charitable organization that props up a small town highschool activities and fire department.

Looking for the bad in people in the past is senseless. If someone recorded the racist/sexist things he has said since the late 60s he would be eviscerated.

Not saying what he said or believed is right, but you have to trust people can become more accepting with experience. I am a more accepting person than my father, but he is a better committed citizen.

Gosh, look at the public support for the sexist/racist PM we currently have…and is from the self anointed “progressives”!

#71 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 2:50 pm

#43 Sail Away on 06.02.21 at 1:39 pm
#41 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 1:28 pm
#9 Do we have all the facts on 06.02.21 at 11:20 am

When two friends and I spent nine months skiing in Europe after high school in 1968/69 we sewed the Canadian flag on almost everything we owned because we were proud of our country.

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Many American backpackers did that too.

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Mostly to avoid abuse and gear vandalism from rude Europeans. Some cultures can’t be trusted.
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Yep,
Americans were not welcome, because of the Vietnam war.
That and their obnoxious, condescending attitude.
Especially the Texans, with their “Everthing is bigger in Texas” crap.
The phrase “The ugly American” was coined those day.
I was a part time tour guide in Vienna at that time.
I could tell you stories.

#72 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.02.21 at 2:52 pm

@#63 Immigrant Man

Excellent comment.

#73 Erick on 06.02.21 at 2:52 pm

Great post Garth

Some people apparently don’t have a clue how lucky they are to live in this country.
So they should show a bit of respect for the ancestors who built it for us
Acknowledging past mistakes does not mean cancelling our history

#74 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.02.21 at 2:54 pm

@#51 Dolce
““The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped; it is our future in which we will find our greatness.”

Pierre Trudeau”

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That might explain why the Trudeau Crypt in Quebec is routinely vandalized…

#75 I’m stupid on 06.02.21 at 2:55 pm

I remember the benson and hedges symphony of fire. It was great, until all cigarette advertising was banned. I’m not disagreeing with banning cig ads but it was never replaced so we now get nothing.

#76 DON on 06.02.21 at 2:57 pm

Exactly.
Cancel religion, that one first!
Reinstate capitol punishment for harming a child…
A good start.

Lunenburg allows fireworks? Wow…here in BC’s Okanagan, you need a permit from 2 government agencies to sneeze

“””””””””””””””””””””””

Agreed on religion being cancelled. The catholic church just updated their internal policy on child abuse…..idiots.

Fireworks near the ocean ok…in a tinder box area such as the OKanagan not the smartest move in July. It is up to 30 – 32 degrees on the cool breezy west coast. The bush is now tinder dry.

#77 SunShowers on 06.02.21 at 3:00 pm

“But should their failure to follow the 2021 moral code and ethical compass in, say, the 1860s erase every accomplishment or earn statuary decapitation in a Montreal park?”

Yes, absolutely.
Some things have always been bad, but whether or not it was known should be a factor.

For example, should we “cancel” people who smoked like chimneys indoors decades ago, causing untold cases of second hand smoking related cancers in non-smokers? No, because the dangers of smoking were not known at the time, and the tobacco industry had successfully suppressed medical evidence showing the contrary. To put it legally, there was actus reus, but no mens rea.

The same can’t be said for certain more…egregious offences, such as slavery and residential schooling. Ask any parent in the 1860s whether you would be acting ethically if you took their child from them against their will, indoctrinated them with beliefs they object to, and sometimes beat, raped, or even killed them. I imagine every parent would think you’re a monster.

You see, the people responsible for running the residential schools in the 1860s KNEW that residential schools were unethical in and of themselves, but what is unethical can change depending on the subject. That’s why it’s wrong to kill a person, but it’s not wrong to kill a cockroach.

That’s all this moral relativism nonsense boils down to. The question is not “should we ‘cancel’ people from the 1860s for having different ethics from us?” Because they don’t, they have the same ethics as we do. The question is “should we ‘cancel’ people from the 1860s because they thought ethics didn’t apply to certain people, who they believed were subhuman.”

And the answer is yes.
The place for those people are in museums, not on display in public places for veneration.

#78 Catalyst on 06.02.21 at 3:01 pm

Garth, as a loose follower of the blog for 8+ years, I’d say you’ve been infiltrated by the woke left prop machine.

A scan of the comments section I see people arguing for tree’s rights, boycotting celebration of canada, and a ban of fireworks to protect the birds…

Maybe it’s long overdue for a shutdown of the comment section.

#79 household built on 06.02.21 at 3:02 pm

I too dig my country,,, and province… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Rzvnw-VQU

#80 To sum up.... on 06.02.21 at 3:02 pm

#63 Immigrant man

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So what you’re saying is:

Land was taken away from people
Economic opportunity was taken away
Reserves (ghetto equivalent) created in mostly remote areas
Culture, language attacked and lost over the generations
Self-distruct mechanism activated for those who remain
Hopelessness then took over.

What was the expectation?

#81 household built on 06.02.21 at 3:04 pm

yup,,, a nobody songwriter… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Rzvnw-VQU

#82 Sail Away on 06.02.21 at 3:04 pm

#70 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 2:50 pm

Americans were not welcome, because of the Vietnam war.
That and their obnoxious, condescending attitude.
Especially the Texans, with their “Everthing is bigger in Texas” crap.
The phrase “The ugly American” was coined those day.
I was a part time tour guide in Vienna at that time.
I could tell you stories.

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And this after America had just saved Europe, then rebuilt it. Ungrateful curs.

#83 Alberta Ed on 06.02.21 at 3:07 pm

I’m proud of my chosen country, Canada, one of the best places in the world. Disgusted with the current government, but that will change.

#84 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 3:09 pm

#60 Ok, Doomer on 06.02.21 at 2:19 pm
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Couldn’t have said it better myself.

#85 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 3:11 pm

#76 Sail Away on 06.02.21 at 3:04 pm
#70 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 2:50 pm

Americans were not welcome, because of the Vietnam war.
That and their obnoxious, condescending attitude.
Especially the Texans, with their “Everthing is bigger in Texas” crap.
The phrase “The ugly American” was coined those day.
I was a part time tour guide in Vienna at that time.
I could tell you stories.

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And this after America had just saved Europe, then rebuilt it. Ungrateful curs.
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Americans rebuild Europe?
You’re not only a lousy engineer, but also a poor student of history.
Learn about the “real” Marshall plan.

#86 JacqueShellacque on 06.02.21 at 3:17 pm

I’ve written here before that Canada is the first nation in human history to be governed by political and cultural elite that perceives the project of building the nation to have been illegitimate, invalid, and entirely regrettable. This paradigm however has little to do with Canada specifically and a lot to do with abstract counter-Enlightenment thinking among Western academics that’s spread to the media and bureaucracy, any discussion of which would put 99/100 normal people to sleep in 3 minutes. And therein lies the danger: the ideologues, small in number, can cherry-pick the many examples of human and even societal failings and use that to as weapons to undermine the entire edifice, as most reasonably thoughtful people are either bewildered by the arguments or cowed. This isn’t being done out of empathetic concern for residential school victims or those discriminated against in the past, these are simply easy examples latched onto by power-hungry Iagos who see a society they despise (for philosophical or aesthetic reasons) and want to tear it down. They can’t be reasoned with, the only solution will be to do what Garth will – fly the flag and blow s&^t up with fireworks, knowing that the flag represents imperfection but most of us would not want to trade it in for what’s behind door #2.

#87 Handling the Past on 06.02.21 at 3:26 pm

While we have learned that Sir John A (that old drunk) and other figures from our past have committed grave offences, they are as Garth says (he of the many-splendored abs, coiffed intellect, and awesome guitar), they were far from perfect (unlike his suits).

The best approach to handling an egregious past I have seen is in the city of Berlin. There, the Germans have noted where atrocities occurred, and they have erected many monuments accompanied by photographs and text to explain what happened. Attrocities are not glossed over. For example, small brass plaques are found, set into the sidewalks, that have engraved on them the names of people who lived at a particular address and were sent to concentration camps, the date of their deaths, and the name of the camp where they were murdered. Oftentimes, these plaques are in groups of four; whole families vanished into the evil maw of the particular madness and depravity that was Nazi Germany.

The point is that since WWII the Germans have tried to deal with what happened, and what they allowed to happen, by seeking to publicly acknowledge the atrocities (large and small) and to educate all who come to these sites. Thus you will see such things as public buildings covered in war damage with the accompanying signs explaining what happened. History is acknowledged and the wicked are judged and found wanting.

We should not necessarily remove all these statues of these imperfect people, nor seek to remove them from public knowledge altogether. Perhaps a collection of these statues, a garden of evil as it were, with the necessary information to explain what happened would be the sensible approach. As Winston Churchill, another historical figure with blood on his hands yet pivotal in defeating the forces of Nazi Germany, said it best. In the English Parliament he paraphrased the philosopher Santayana, stating ‘Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.’

Would that the recently shackled hordes of FOMO’d buyers of RE were more aware of the lessons of history.

#88 fishman on 06.02.21 at 3:29 pm

So the good citizens of PEI spirited away the statue Of Sir John A. Under cover of the night. To the slogans “Banish old ways, Banish old thought”. Back in the old days I was a Preston Manning fan boy doing double duty as bagman for John Cummins. He was running in Richmond at that time. This was before the Control Freak moved him out of “secure ridings” trying to get him defeated. Anyways, that election night I was at headquarters looking at results. We had won big & I noticed that the difference in votes between John C. & the second place Liberal opponent was greater than the total number of votes of all the Liberal winners in PEI. I think 4. Surely now that the citizens of PEI are woke they will continue their “old ways, old thoughts critical sessions” by proclaiming ” Rep by Pop” & “the West is equal to the East” You think?

#89 Trimtab on 06.02.21 at 3:30 pm

Now-offensive statues seems like a PERFECT opportunity to place an equal and opposite statue next to it to tell the full picture of history. Why not ADD a statue right next to them of an unsung female hero, a black history hero or other that would tell the other side and therefore balance the story?

Seems rash, myopic and short-sighted just to do away with part of the story and feel righteous.

#90 NSNG on 06.02.21 at 3:31 pm

You should fire those rockets off the roof of the bank.

Shhhhh. – Garth

#91 NSNG on 06.02.21 at 3:35 pm

This may be too offensive to make it to the board but how come every time someone wants to address historic wrongs the first thing I hear about is Mo Muny?

#92 Faron on 06.02.21 at 3:44 pm

A couple thoughts:

Statues are public memorials and should be subject to the whims of the public. If enough people have enough hate for a character memorialized in a statue that they desecrate it with graffiti or splashed paint or topple it, that’s good IMO. This holds in the same was as flag burning does as a protected right however offensive it is to others, myself included.

Regarding portrayals of people who have a “mixed” past that probably looks worse now in hindsight than it did at the time of their existence, I think one has to take up the shoes of the so-called repressed. I’d be willing to venture that there is almost no one commenting here who experienced repression on the scale of slavery or being torn from families and taken to residential school (a form of this still happens through removal of infants from “unfit” mothers immediately after birth. These mothers are almost always first nations). Without that experience, who the hell are we to say that someone should just “get over” the bad things memorialized persons may have done? Who are we to say that a daily reminder of a person who imprisoned a relative or themselves should be seen more for the good in the imprisoner than the committed atrocities? It’s pretty laughable to downplay the historical person’s actions through relativism and culture and seeming innocence at the time. The facts will always remain that horrible things were done.

I think the better solution in many of these cases is to modify the work so that it reflects our improved understanding and application of humanity and equality. It’s important to realize that the history that many of us know is extremely one-sided and often outright wrong. We would do well to encourage increasing the breadth of our understanding of the past however that can be done.

Are you condoning the destruction of public art, because ‘if enough people have enough hate for a character memorialized in a statue that they desecrate it with graffiti or splashed paint or topple it, that’s good’? – Garth

#93 Mathematics on 06.02.21 at 3:44 pm

#59 Dolce Vita

Do some ciphering with this:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/gst-hst-businesses/charge-collect-indigenous-peoples.html

Isn’t it interesting how an act from 1985 stops taxation of people who’s land was stolen?

“We won’t tax you on the thing we stole from you. You’re welcome, Indians. Oh…and really “sorry” if you don’t like being called Indians, but we locked that into the act name, so suck it up – changing the act name is impossible for us to do completely and absolutely. Just can’t be done. Thanks for understanding. Basically it is impossible like it is to run a pipeline with clean water up to your reserves, as is your human right. Oil pipelines – no problem, we can do those in a blink. Water to you? Yeah…that’s not doable.”

Anyhow, as some said…SNOOZE button on this issue. Keep on keeping on, O Canada…

#94 Faron on 06.02.21 at 3:46 pm

#91 NSNG on 06.02.21 at 3:35 pm

This may be too offensive

Your “insight” isn’t offensive, it’s ignorant.

#95 Shakabra on 06.02.21 at 3:47 pm

#90 NSNG on 06.02.21 at 3:31 pm
You should fire those rockets off the roof of the bank.

Shhhhh. – Garth

The birds, man! The birds! Fireworks are terrible. As an animal lover, Garth … think twice.

#96 Canada Day on 06.02.21 at 3:47 pm

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#97 Shakabra on 06.02.21 at 3:48 pm

“ Fireworks cause extensive air pollution in a short amount of time, leaving metal particles, dangerous toxins, harmful chemicals and smoke in the air for hours and days. Some of the toxins never fully decompose or disintegrate, but rather hang around in the environment, poisoning all they come into contact with.”

#98 Yukon Elvis on 06.02.21 at 3:48 pm

#63 Immigrant man on 06.02.21 at 2:24 pm
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Thank you for your post. Maybe some of the “Liberal Mind Cancer “ people will read it and get a clue.

#99 Faron on 06.02.21 at 3:49 pm

Question:

How much time has to pass before it’s no longer okay to tear down statues? Asking for a friend.

#100 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 4:05 pm

#99 Faron on 06.02.21 at 3:49 pm
Question:

How much time has to pass before it’s no longer okay to tear down statues? Asking for a friend.
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I can’t say for statues.
But I know in East Berlin the pictures of Hitler were replaced by pictures of Stalin within a few days after the Red Army moved in.

#101 Sail Away on 06.02.21 at 4:05 pm

Question:

How many times in a row does someone need to be wrong before they stop vomiting terrible investing advice?

Asking for a friend.

#102 Bellino & Carnes on 06.02.21 at 4:07 pm

#99 Faron

So you’re asking for statue of limitations on crimes against humanity? Seriously?

FYI:
Murder, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression have no statute of limitations.

#103 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 4:18 pm

#36 Nobody knows … on 06.02.21 at 1:13 pm
Re: IHCTD9
Try doing the same (emigrating from not immigrating to) that my parents did 20 years ago!
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Yep. I bought 20 years ago for 1.37X income on a dual income of 90k. Today at 1.37X, you’d need a 365K income to do the same, far and away a 1%’er income – for an old farmhouse in the boonies.

My parents built a life here in Canada on a shift worker/house cleaner income. 4 kids and we all went to private school and post secondary. They own a place I’d guess would go for 600k today – in the sticks. They are the quintessential immigrant success story common in the “old Canada”. 4 kids earning well (one earning huge), 7 grandkids on track to do the same. Just about every uncle/aunt I have (15 by blood, all immigrants) married a Canadian and had 3-5 kids, kids who then subsequently had 2-3 kid families themselves, some of these grandkids have had kids of their own now too – Trudeau is raking in 100’s of thousands today due to the success of just two immigrant families who arrived here well before he was born.

Ms. IHs’ Mother is also an immigrant. Her maternal uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews add (and will add) at least 100 taxpayers to the roll. Trudeau has almost single handedly destroyed the possibility of today’s immigrants ever doing the same. The proof is all over the place.

Most of the new immigrants I know come from the 3rd world, are single, and going crazy getting educated and working just to put a roof over their heads and pay the bills. The chances of these folks (well, the males anyway) getting hitched and having kids are very, very slim. Most occasionally talk of packing up and going back home – that’s what happens when you realize the deck is stacked. No one wants to max out as a tax slave.

The promise used to be work hard, and you can get that white picket fence, wife and kids, and a modest retirement in a peaceful stable economy. Today, you get to work hard, and rent a condo…

#104 Linda on 06.02.21 at 4:19 pm

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
― George Orwell

#105 Ustabe on 06.02.21 at 4:22 pm

#78 Catalyst on 06.02.21 at 3:01 pm

Garth, as a loose follower of the blog for 8+ years, I’d say you’ve been infiltrated by the woke left prop machine.

A scan of the comments section I see people arguing for tree’s rights, boycotting celebration of canada, and a ban of fireworks to protect the birds…

Maybe it’s long overdue for a shutdown of the comment section.

So folks talking about stuff you don’t like is reason enough to forget all about railing against so-called cancel culture and call for the cancellation of the comment section?

Story Time: A few years back when I foolishly thought this was a normal Internet place I posted a few biographical type thoughts. You may recall I spent a couple of years in Pukatawagon, MB. Got my Manitoba fur trader’s license, sent a bale and a half to Montreal that I had bought based on Winnipeg prices and on the way the international market went nuts, tripled the value of my furs while they were on the train.

But that’s not what we are talking about today. Health care was provided via a nursing station staffed by Catholic nuns/nurses. Any serious or complicated illness cases were flown out, usually to Winnipeg. Now some of these folks passed away down south and had to be brought home for burial.

There were, at the time (early 70’s), three sizes of transport coffins. Heavy, waxed cardboard things, there was a child size, youth size and adult size. Assigned by age, not size.

If you were a particularly tall or large youth you did not get an adult coffin, you were made to fit into a youth version.

I’d tell you about what “made to fit” really means but Garth wouldn’t publish it.

Ponder that the next time you feel a need to moan about how much money our First Nations folks get.

#106 Humbled ◇ Broke on 06.02.21 at 4:23 pm

A truly gifted history professor opened up his lecture series with a warning “every new generation commits the cardinal sin of ‘Presentism’ on the prior ones. Don’t be a participant in the failure of history by studying it with arrogance mixed with ignorance. This combination is morally lethal and it aphixiates learning.”

#107 Ballingsford on 06.02.21 at 4:27 pm

#95 Shakabra on 06.02.21 at 3:47 pm
#90 NSNG on 06.02.21 at 3:31 pm
You should fire those rockets off the roof of the bank.

Shhhhh. – Garth

The birds, man! The birds! Fireworks are terrible. As an animal lover, Garth … think twice
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Think twice. OK Garth, have everyone in town fill their birdbaths with liquor that day and get all the birds drunk so they’ll fall asleep in a drunken stupor before it gets dark out. They won’t hear a thing.

#108 Trojan House on 06.02.21 at 4:28 pm

#41 TurnerNation on 06.02.21 at 1:27 pm

Sssshhhhh! Don’t say anything about Panama. It’s been my little secret for years.

#109 Wrk.dover on 06.02.21 at 4:35 pm

#63 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 2:21 pm

You are very macho with your assets and all yes, but, when you boast of milking the govt (just because it can be done) you come off like sounding more like a welfare mother.

#110 espressobob on 06.02.21 at 4:39 pm

Xenophobia and fascism are rampant in society. Always have been. History proves that. And still goes on today.

Dealing with someone, anyone, should be taken at face value. A novel approach to a changing world,that is in fact, multicultural.

Ignorance is a bitch, past or present.

#111 Weltmeister on 06.02.21 at 4:41 pm

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#112 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 4:57 pm

#102 Bellino & Carnes on 06.02.21

FYI:
Murder, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression have no statute of limitations.
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So what do you do if the perpetrators are dead?

Go after folks that look like them?

#113 www.Shhhhhhhh.com on 06.02.21 at 5:16 pm

#78 Catalyst

Yeah! Less discussion!

Screw those dumb trees, and the air they provide for you to breathe. Useless dumb trees…oh I said that already.

The heck with those boycotting celebrations of Canada – a country built on crimes against humanity that some want to deny.

How DARE we think about birds? Who gives a crap about birds? I have fireworks to fire off! Anyone have any extra M-80s for sale?

People living on a quite Cul-de-sac? Let me roll by on my modified exhaust Harley at 2AM – because I AM A REBEL!

Yeah, you’re spot on Catalyst! Nailed it dude.

Shut it down!

#114 Aftred on 06.02.21 at 5:20 pm

“Clearly there are reasons. Our ancestors were, like us, deeply imperfect people. But should their failure to follow the 2021 moral code and ethical compass in, say, the 1860s erase every accomplishment or earn statuary decapitation in a Montreal park?”

Yes.

– Signed 2021 moral code

#115 Nothingtaboo on 06.02.21 at 5:21 pm

We hold businesses accountable and payable for their sins, so why not the Catholic church. Lets have them give 1 million dollars to the descendents of every missing residential school child. So that should start with the 215 million dollars with Kelowna. This should start to get some healing done.

Why is this always about money? – Garth

#116 Northone on 06.02.21 at 5:22 pm

Thanks, love the flag, love our Country, love your blog.

Keep rocking

#117 Andrew on 06.02.21 at 5:25 pm

I would say that Indigenous folks and POC were the ones who were “cancelled”. Except their aggressors didn’t merely stop at vandalizing stuff.

The point of removing statues is to stop glorifying awful people, not to “erase” history. On the contrary, history should never be forgotten if we want to avoid committing the same atrocities on each other in the future.

Was Sir John awful? Without him you might have been living under President Trump. – Garth

#118 fancy_pants on 06.02.21 at 5:29 pm

I was on parliament hill for Canada’s 125th. Buckle up for hyperinflation!

#119 Yukon Elvis on 06.02.21 at 5:37 pm

Nothingtaboo on 06.02.21 at 5:21 pm
We hold businesses accountable and payable for their sins, so why not the Catholic church. Lets have them give 1 million dollars to the descendents of every missing residential school child. So that should start with the 215 million dollars with Kelowna. This should start to get some healing done.

Why is this always about money? – Garth
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It is always about the money. What else is there?
By the way, my ancestors were expelled from Wales when it was conquered by the English. We were stripped of our lands and titles and set adrift in the sea with nowhere to go. We landed in the French province of Brittany with nothing but the wet clothes on our backs. Then later on the French expelled us to Canada. Turns out they didn’t like horse thieves. We been here ever since. Where’s my compensation and reconciliation ? Where is my money? Why is no one pissing and moaning about me and my ancestors?

#120 S.Bby on 06.02.21 at 5:37 pm

The kids are at it again:

BB +31%
AMC +95%
BBBY +44%

#121 AM in MN on 06.02.21 at 5:43 pm

So sad to read the comments of those who hate the country that has given them so much, a slap in the face to the early settlers who worked so hard to scratch out a living in the unforgiving cold…

I don’t usually like to go on too long, but today I make an exception.

To those mainly on the left who don’t understand the history and hard decisions (and mistakes!) that were made by our ancestors, let me tell you two stories to help make you think a little harder.

Not that many years ago in Vancouver, about a mile from downtown, 60 (that’s right SIXTY) native girls were abducted, raped, killed and their bodies fed to pigs. No one noticed that they were gone, especially not the woke white liberals that dominated Vancouver’s city politics and tony latte shops.

How will history judge those people 100 years from now?

Some activists wanted to spend $50M on an enquiry in Ottawa, but everyone knew it would be a waste of time because no one would be allowed to tell the truth.

I was born in the NWT in the 60’s in a 4 bed hospital run by the Grey Nuns of Montreal. These brave women gave their whole lives to the betterment of northern natives, especially women and children.

Did they engage in “cultural genocide” because it turned their stomach to find native women giving birth by themselves in a teepee at -30C outside? You can imagine what the infant mortality rate was like…which sometimes they did because there were no written records. (My birth certificate is signed by the local RCMP Sgt.).

The problem with helping them though turned out to be families with 10 children instead of 3, and difficult to hunt and fish enough to feed them all, so along came welfare and food handouts.

My dad was a teacher in the residential high school. By that time they had stopped residential schools for young children. One year as they were sending everyone home for Christmas they had a 14 year old girl who didn’t want to go home, asked if she could stay in the dorm.

When they inquired more, she told them that she would be forced to have sex with her uncle, and she didn’t want to.

Back in the good old cultural genocide days, a very tall couple of RCMP officers visited the band leaders and explained that this girl was coming home, and that if she didn’t return to school in 3 weeks still a virgin, the band leaders would all be thrown in jail.

Coming back to Vancouver, now days they don’t do that. The 14 year old girls flee the reserve and end up on the streets. This makes woke white liberals happier than the dark ages of cultural genocide.

In the middle of a pandemic, imagine what happens when diseases run through places like boarding schools. In those days, disease killed a lot of white kids as well.

The government of the day funded the churches to run these institutions and do their best. Go look around the world at native populations everywhere and explain who did it better? This big land would have been conquered by someone, it’s too big a prize. If not he British, then who? And who would it worked out best with for the Natives?

Look at the treaties from the 1700’s that are still in place today. Look at the property rights that give such insane house valuations. These are not accidents of history and they are not separate from the decisions that also lead to mistakes.

#122 Bellino & Carnes on 06.02.21 at 5:44 pm

#112 IHCTD9

Say your great great grandfather murdered a man and stole a valuable painting of his. Before death he handed it down to his son.

Your great grandfather modified the stolen painting somehow and kept it in the family. Before his death, he handed it down to his son.

Your grandfather in his older age discovers the huge value of the painting. He spent a big amount of his earning to put an amazing expensive frame around it. Frame was so fancy it was 4 years of his salary. Worth it because he learned the painting was highly valuable. Before death he handed it down to your father.

Your father paid 2 years of salary to have the painting restored professionally. Before death handed it down to you.

Now, it comes to light beyond any doubt how this painting was acquired by your family. Clearly you are NOT responsible for the murder. That was on your great great grandfather. However, what should happen to the stolen painting? Do you think you should get to keep it? Or should it be returned to the rightful owner?

I know it has a huge sentimental value to you. I know your family spent a lot of family money on it all these years. I know you really really don’t want to give it back. But do you really have rightful claim to it? Any claim to it at all?

I think that is a fair starting point for this unfortunate reality check we’re facing right now as Canadians.

#123 @learn2investkid on 06.02.21 at 5:57 pm

I think every Canadian should be proud of our country but everyone also has a right to express their opinion and thoughts.

People I know who never discussed First Nations issues were shaken to the core when they learned about those 215 kids bones found in Kamloops, BC. This wasn’t “Well if you stepped out of line your dad hit you with a belt” kind of abuse. How can people who talk about God all day do such horrific things to kids on a regular basis? Even in prison, the worst inmates look down on criminals who abuse children.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter what good you accomplished in your life. If you were involved in or condoned evil acts against innocent people, especially children, then that will be your legacy. Can’t tell me people in 1860 didn’t know any better?

I could be known as the father of the TFSA 50 years from now but if everyone learned I liked to seriously hurt puppies on a daily basis then I am confident my statues around Bay Street would be taken down and I would be called a Puppy Killer for life.

Reasonable people will want to know why kids died – disease, likely – before they jump to such conclusions. Hopefully facts will soon follow hyperbole. – Garth

#124 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 6:00 pm

#114 Aftred on 06.02.21 at 5:20 pm
“Clearly there are reasons. Our ancestors were, like us, deeply imperfect people. But should their failure to follow the 2021 moral code and ethical compass in, say, the 1860s erase every accomplishment or earn statuary decapitation in a Montreal park?”

Yes.

– Signed 2021 moral code
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Ethics and moral codes have been around forever.
Even the Bible tells us you should not kill, trespass etc.
People knew it was wrong then and they know it’s wrong now.
Not much we can do about it now, but saying they did not know any better, it’s just rubbish.

#125 oops on 06.02.21 at 6:16 pm

@ almost every commenter on this blog.

Look at yourself in the mirror and tell me what you see.

#126 TMac on 06.02.21 at 6:17 pm

I really hope for the day where Canada can be a better place. I feel it is slipping into a great divide of smaller and smaller groups.
We are never better alone as a divided country.

#127 truefacts on 06.02.21 at 6:17 pm

The government funded residential school chapter of our history is repulsive. Bad things happen when children are taken from their families.

Government power is often the root of atrocities – think Nazi Germany, Communist Russia, North Korea,…

#128 We made it anyway on 06.02.21 at 6:18 pm

Couldn’t agree more with this post! My favourite synopsis of Canada’s founding is from the author Will Ferguson and goes:
‘Whether it be Native, French or Loyalist, Canada is a nation built on survival. And survival in the face of overwhelming odds is more than mere substinence, it is an act of defiance. It needs no apology. It says to the world ‘____ you! We made it anyway.’ A cause for celebration, a triumph in its own right, survival is a form of victory.’

#129 Patrick on 06.02.21 at 6:20 pm

#86 JacqueShellacque

….for what’s behind door #2.

What do you think is behind door #2?

#130 truefacts on 06.02.21 at 6:21 pm

One more question…

The term “FIRST nations people” is often used, but they were not one monolithic group that all came at the same time. There were waves of peoples coming for a long time and wars were fought for land and some groups were exterminated by other groups (the Europeans being that most signigicant but hardly the only), so how can we know who the rightful “owners” are?

#131 Penny Henny on 06.02.21 at 6:25 pm

FIREWORKS!?!

What about the dogs?

For others please plan on shooting off your fireworks on the intended day instead of all week.
My dog will give you kisses if you do.

#132 CJohnC on 06.02.21 at 6:27 pm

Faron #92. You are out to lunch on this. You forget that the “if enough people hate…” is always the noisy minority.

Dogman01. #29. Bang on the money

Thanks for today’s post Garth. It is timely.

#133 the Jaguar on 06.02.21 at 6:36 pm

” Whether it’s about gender, colour or atoning for the sad legacy of aboriginal treatment, we’re irrevocably changing. ” – GT
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Years ago, in a previous life, I lived and worked in the Toronto area. One day, in a discussion about the terrible events of the second world war and the fate of millions of Jews, the father of my then big love said “The Jews weren’t allowed into Wasaga Beach before the war..”

I was stunned. A dark secret revealed. During those same Ontario years I worked for a guy whose entire family was rounded up from coastal BC and relocated against their will to Ontario because of their Japanese ethnicity. He had been engaged to a girl at the time and they were separated forever. He never found her again. His family belongings and business assets confiscated by the government. I feel so lucky to have known him. He taught me about Bonsai.

The point of this ramble is that there is a long list of disasters and embarassments against many, and that tired old expression that goes ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ has rang out through history with no signs of stopping anytime soon.

What I would ask those who think cancel culture is the answer to every misdeed in the past or a way to stop any future crimes against humanity is this:
What about forgiveness? What about acknowledging the place, time, intent, and what about the good things that were accomplished? ” In this life, no one is all good or all bad”, I heard someone once say.. Might have been at a close relatives funeral, actually.

It becomes especially troubling to me that so much of this is also being applied to recent times and events. The Woke movement just foams at the mouth whenever they catch a glimmer of hope of some small bit of misconduct that took place in a time where societal norms were different. Men in particular have really suffered in this respect. They haven’t lost my good opinion, though.

So maybe we shouldn’t tear down all the statues or burn all the books. Otherwise how will we ever know the truth, both good and bad, and how we overcame it?

‘Mags’ in today’s dog photo reminds me of Groucho Marx. Same ‘googly’ eyes. Do you know any good jokes, Mags?

#134 BlogDog123 on 06.02.21 at 6:36 pm

How far back do we go for reparations of sins of governments and churches?

Shall we get Egypt to catalogue all the slaves who built the pyramids and their descendants? How much each is a fair compensation amount?

What misdeeds between first nation tribes were remembered before the settlers arrived, and what atrocities need reparations? Anybody keep good records on this stuff? How far back do the current governments need to go?

100 years since the Tulsa, OK Black Wall Street burning. Who should pay for the misdeeds? How much? Who receives?

#135 just a dude on 06.02.21 at 6:48 pm

Garth,

Here here! Superbly said, Sir.

Thank you for bringing much needed perspective during these continued strange, at times deeply saddening, and stressful times.

The news has been painful to read these past few days. It seems we could all use, and equally display I think, a bit more tolerance, kindness and empathy towards each other.

Wish I could witness what I’m sure will be an awesome display in beautiful Lunenberg this Canada Day. All the best to all!

#136 bdwy on 06.02.21 at 6:53 pm

#119 Yukon Elvis on 06.02.21 at 5:37 pm
Where’s my compensation and reconciliation ? Where is my money? Why is no one pissing and moaning about me and my ancestors?
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wrong skin color?
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Acadian Expulsion

Soldiers rounding up terrified civilians, expelling them from their land, burning their homes and crops ‒ it sounds like a 20th century nightmare in one of the world’s trouble spots, but it describes a scene from Canada’s early history, the Deportation of the Acadians.

The Acadians had lived on Nova Scotia’s territory since the founding of Port-Royal in 1604. They established a small, vibrant colony around the Bay of Fundy, building dykes to tame the high tides and to irrigate the rich fields of hay.

Many escaped to the forests, where the British continued to hunt them down for the next five years. A group of 1,500 fled for New France, others to Cape Breton and the upper reaches of the Peticoudiac River. Of some 3,100 Acadians deported after the fall of Louisbourg in 1758, an estimated 1,649 died by drowning or disease, a fatality rate of 53 per cent.

Between 1755 and 1763, approximately 10,000 Acadians were deported. Thousands died of disease or starvation in the squalid conditions on board ship. To make matters worse, the inhabitants of the English colonies, who had not been informed of the imminent arrival of disease-ridden refugees, were furious. Many Acadians were forced, like the legendary Evangeline of Longfellow’s poem, to wander interminably in search of loved ones or a home.

#137 Left GTA on 06.02.21 at 6:58 pm

#14 I know what u did. In my book Garth can do no wrong. I started to follow his blog more than 10 years ago. My 60/40 portfolio has averaged around 8%. I have taken a lot of his advice bought some of the dips, loaded up on cheap etf’s when they went on sale. I hold preferred shares in my unreg acct. and they are doing very well Thank you! I have learned a lot and I have a much much better understanding about investing than the average joe. Because of this blog we made big hard decisions and we are basically retired at 50 with kids uni money saved as well. We moved out of the GTA where all the kids instagram and play video games. Now my kids are out trail running with the dogs and fishing, and the oldest starting her own business. It is Thanks to Garth that we are in this position. Garth provides a wealth of information on his blog. There are not many financial blogs or websites that can teach a person financial literacy. It is a shame there are not more like Garth. It is sad because so many of my friends and colleagues get preyed upon by MLM finance people and the banks where they charge large fee’s. I value money and worked hard to make it and I sure as hell want it working for me which it does now :) What exactly do you do?

#138 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.02.21 at 6:59 pm

@#91 Faron
“How much time has to pass before it’s no longer okay to tear down statues? Asking for a friend”

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Ahhh yes.
The morally “perfect” get to choose who in history is good or bad.
Rip down a statue of former slave owner George Washington in the USA and see what THAT mob will do to you.
Canada’s first Prime Minister, a successful immigrant, working for the voters of the day to improve their lives.

And before we all start lighting our hair on fire and ripping our shirts at the “unfairness” of the white colonialists….
If you easily led, slogan spouting sheeple were living in those times…you would have done the exact same thing.

My only regret is not lasting another 100 or 200 years to explain to the people of that future time the apologist, “woke” insanity that is infesting every level of society today.

“If you forget history you are condemned to repeat it”.

Time for a beer.

#139 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.02.21 at 7:10 pm

National Post
The unmarked graves were never a secret but over time….people forget..

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-graves-were-never-a-secret-why-so-many-residential-school-cemeteries-remain-unmarked

The late 1800’s – early 1900’s
Small pox, TB, influenza, etc etc etc.
And it wasnt just 1st Nations in forgotten mass graves.

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-frightful-plague-rampant-all-over-the-world-the-forgotten-horrors-of-the-spanish-influenza
Vaccines weren’t widely accepted, especially among the vulnerable Native populations.

Perhaps we should vandalize and tear down the statues of the discoverers of Vaccines …because they were predominantly white and males?

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

A Canadian who sold the rights for the Insulin patent …….for a dollar.

He felt it was wrong to make money off the misery of others.

Lets tear down his statue.
I’m sure that would make sense to some.

#140 Sail Away on 06.02.21 at 7:17 pm

#131 Penny Henny on 06.02.21 at 6:25 pm

FIREWORKS!?!

What about the dogs?

For others please plan on shooting off your fireworks on the intended day instead of all week.
My dog will give you kisses if you do.

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Fireworks drive my dogs crazy. They’re convinced my hunting buddy, Dave, is shooting pheasants without them.

#141 Rowdie on 06.02.21 at 7:19 pm

A flag of a country you live in you should be proud and respect it. I was born and raised in Australia and was very proud of our flag. A flag is probably the only thing its citizens have left, so, don’t put it down. Even though Canada is changing, so is the world we live in, so live the best you can in these uneasy days ahead.

#142 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 7:27 pm

#139 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.02.21 at 7:10 pm
National Post
The unmarked graves were never a secret but over time….people forget..
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Not the parents of those children. Or the community.
Having your children taking away from you must be the worst thing that could happen to parents.

#143 Tarot Card on 06.02.21 at 7:37 pm

Thanks for the blog Garth
Great post.
Lots of good comments
I like the quote from Trudeau Senior

Agree We should not attempt to change the past. We should be grateful for Sir John A

And I agree we are racing ahead before any evidence about the children

Not sure if anyone posted but ground sensor radar picked up anomalies underline unproven anomalies which can be anything from wood to large stones. And there are 50 official grave markers.

I am not saying they are wrong just saying I want to see the facts.

let’s not get ahead of ourselves let the official investigation tell us how many unmarked graves and exactly how they died. Underline how they died.

Will you accept the truth of the findings? What happens if the truth is not what you want to hear? Or if the truth totally goes against what is presented in the press? What then?

For the record I am white my mother was white and she was sent to a catholic boarding school in the 40s she told me the children (all white) were treated horribly beaten and strapped by the nuns.

No matter how many children died in Residential schools it’s a tragedy.
Not informing the parents is a second tragedy.
Third tragedy is the church cover it up.

Respectfully submitted.

#144 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.02.21 at 7:41 pm

Yo!
Floppie!
Are you staggering around in an amnesiac zombie like state after the Govt employee indoctrination?

It’s ok.
We understand.

#145 Yukon Elvis on 06.02.21 at 7:42 pm

Reasonable people will want to know why kids died – disease, likely – before they jump to such conclusions. Hopefully facts will soon follow hyperbole. – Garth
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We will never know.

Zero evidence of wrong doing by anyone. Not a “mass grave”. Finding an old children’s graveyard from the nineteenth century near an old semi rural church run school in a backwater BC town. School established in 1892 on reservation land when there was no health care, no vaccinations, people died of measles mumps rubella polio TB and whatever else floated around in those days. Births and deaths were not required to be recorded.People who couldn’t afford gravestones dug a hole and said a prayer and it was goodbye cruel world. No evidence of wrong doing, no genocide, just another opportunity to virtue signal, and suck up some votes from the weak minded, and an opportunity for others to claim victimhood and hoover up some cash. What a bunch of ignorant suckers we are.

#146 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.02.21 at 7:47 pm

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#147 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 7:47 pm

Bibi is gone!
The world is a better place.

#148 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.02.21 at 7:52 pm

Hey garth.
If I win the $70 million Lotto Max can I come visit July 1st for the fireworks show?
I promise I’ll invest most of the winnings in a Turner B&D portfolio AND I’ll sit far enough away so we all dont explode.

#149 Yukon Elvis on 06.02.21 at 8:11 pm

#143 Tarot Card on 06.02.21 at 7:37 pm

For the record I am white my mother was white and she was sent to a catholic boarding school in the 40s she told me the children (all white) were treated horribly beaten and strapped by the nuns.
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I started school in 1954. Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart elementary and Christian Brothers of Ireland for high school. I hated school cuz I had to be disciplined and behave and do stuff I didn’t want to do. The nuns were really mean. We spoke French at home and when I went to school they taught me in English. The bastards. Can you imagine? I liked to play baseball outside during PE now called phys ed I think. When it rained they made us do nasty European dancing and stuff in the church basement and we had to square dance with the girls. The horror! The horror! I hated school. The Christian Brothers of Ireland were mean too. Physical punishment was very ok. They used to strap us on the hands and ass with belts and straps and one guy even had a bolo bat and they would slap us in the face too. I used to complain to my parents that they whacked us around but my parents said I probably deserved it and that I needed discipline. And I was a white kid going to a private school that my parents had to pay for.It was a different world then.

#150 Nonplused on 06.02.21 at 8:14 pm

Why on earth are they defacing Canadian statues? Is it a copycat thing?

#151 baloney Sandwitch on 06.02.21 at 8:22 pm

Good post. Let us stick to fireworks and flags. We don’t need statues of racists, zealots, and pedophiles even though they did a few good things in the past. Sorry, but we need to judge these people with the standards of the present not the past. If they fail, just cancel them, put their statues in storage (or better auction them on ebay, some racist will pay top $) and move on.

#152 SOMETHINGS UP!! on 06.02.21 at 8:33 pm

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#153 Faron on 06.02.21 at 8:35 pm

Are you condoning the destruction of public art, because ‘if enough people have enough hate for a character memorialized in a statue that they desecrate it with graffiti or splashed paint or topple it, that’s good’? – Garth

Garth, staues are not the same as public art i e. abstract sculpture. And as an act of protest I absolutely condone taking down statues. How many times have you cheered as news came in of a staue being toppled by a crowd that the media told you was in the “right” or that you thought was “right”? Do you actually think the people who most dislike or are offended or outright disgusted by a statue actually hold enough power to express that through an organized and sanctioned take down most times? And when they are in sufficient power, you are miffed that they knocked over some bronze when, in fact, they suffered far worse and direct human atrocities.

Thanks for the clarification. I think less of you now. Vandalizing mobs in a democracy are, well, just mobs. This is not Belarus. – Garth

#154 Yuus bin Haad on 06.02.21 at 8:36 pm

Apparently JT’s been in touch with a couple of foundries. “Can’t let all those empty pedestals go to waste.”, he was heard to say. But then someone reminded him about PET’s fate up in Vaughan.

#155 Faron on 06.02.21 at 8:37 pm

#101 Sail Away on 06.02.21 at 4:05 pm

I wish I could tell you. Was too busy making bank off AMC today.

#156 Entrepreneur on 06.02.21 at 8:37 pm

I love my country in the sixties and early seventies but noticed the decline since then. International trade is just not working out for us Canadians but it is consistently being pushed down our throats.

Listen to the comment section.

A young person commented on here about how to be a leader or how to get into politics. Forget politics, they say what a person wants to hear but once elected change their tune.

But to be a leader, form groups with similar interest by various methods. Start with a motto as why this group was started, when, etc., once a month meeting.

Start small, work up, keep to the motto.

If anyone dies from a disease usually they are buried with a marker. A mass grave so I say Residential School of Horrors.

Justice is part of the healing.

#157 plank on 06.02.21 at 8:38 pm

The fact that we as a country are facing up to our ugly past , ….says more about us than the actual ugly past does. Too many trying to throw the baby out with the bathwater methinks.

#158 Drinking on 06.02.21 at 8:40 pm

#40 Tim Bothman – perfectly said!

Garth, great post and light those buggers up so all of Lunenburg can enjoy!

What kind of diseases ran ramput during those times and how many children throughout the world succumbed to it??

How many times in human history did a certain tribe, culture, church, Warriors, set claim to a piece of land only to be taken away and habited by what it is now by many different people from other parts of the planet?? Wow Canada, a country so proud of immigration are asking what exactly? That we should all pack up and leave because a certain people migrated here like the rest of our ancestors. Were there terrible atrocities; of course; but not unlike what is happening everyday in this world.

This planet has always changed, borders have changed throughout the world on numerous occasions, hundreds of millions perished. For one group to lay claims to a land mass because they migrated from another is as foolish as past history of the world. Anybody ever heard of Europe and there history.

Atrocities against children that happens EVERY single day on this planet is beyond sickening, it takes a very sick mind to partake but most turn a blind eye every single day. Oh it is happening in outside of Canada so it is not our problem, so the thought goes.

By erasing the past/history; will only have it repeat itself. Nothing is ever perfect, the actions taken to what the beliefs were at the time; whether right or wrong history will show the future generation; but wait, it is being erased!! This is becoming beyond foolish!!

#159 S.Bby on 06.02.21 at 8:45 pm

#145 Yukon Elvis

You are being way too reasonable about this.

#160 cramar on 06.02.21 at 8:49 pm

Fascinating tale! But you didn’t add any details on why the flag ended up in your hands. I hate to think that you were the only one in government that cared enough about it to ask.

I helped organize and finance the event. Besides, I asked. – Garth

#161 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 9:26 pm

Way past my quota.
One last post, if I may.
Shaming the victim is not a new thing.
Growing up in Austria and Germany,  I met many people who still blamed the Jews for WW2.
I was lucky that in High School in Austria I had some teachers who were drafted into the German Army as young as 18 and told of atrocities that they saw or were forced to partake in, and lived to talk about it.
All history books stoped at 1938. We were told it was lack of money.
So there was a lot of “white washing” going on,and  only once I came to Canada, I was confronted with the truth.
I have to admit it wasn’t easy to take.
BTW, not comparing WW2 to the Residential School tragedy.

#162 Calgary Cowboy on 06.02.21 at 9:48 pm

Great post Garth. Thanks for the daily enlightenment.

#163 DON on 06.02.21 at 9:52 pm

#147 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.02.21 at 7:47 pm
Bibi is gone!
The world is a better place

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Yup…

Iran lost a Navy ship and there is a large fire at a oil refinery.

Things that make you go hmmmm.

#164 R on 06.02.21 at 10:08 pm

Serious question, why does Canada still use a Reservation System with First Nations? To me it seems like a
Canadian form of Apartied. Who gains ? Complaints of water quality seems circular. A water treatment plant is constructed , but operations and maintenance are not ? I don’t have it right , but my impression is this is not working.
Ion
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R

#165 mike from mtl on 06.02.21 at 10:08 pm

Well the ‘cancel culture’ has been at it since the 1960s here, their intent is hopefully no-one will have a memory we somehow once lived together. Hey if we’re updating the Charter, might as well scrap mandatory languages that don’t make sense elsewhere, hey fair’s fair?

“Canada” ca. 19c originally was the French, the Brits, Natives and everyone else. That cohesion has been broken unfortunately.

The past is the past and as ugly as it was, erasing it does not atone it – far from that.

I’m embarrassed to show a Canadian flag or proclaim I am a Canadian willingly. We are so PC it hurts; our current government and international image is not good is all I can say.

#166 1255 on 06.02.21 at 10:37 pm

No need to erase them from the history books but we certainly need to take down these statues!

#167 Trudi Woods on 06.02.21 at 10:49 pm

Really? As a dog guy a punch of loud startling explosion s celebrating what I do not know…ignorance? Jeez…

#168 Faron on 06.02.21 at 11:24 pm

Thanks for the clarification. I think less of you now. Vandalizing mobs in a democracy are, well, just mobs. This is not Belarus. – Garth

That’s fine. I’m obviously not here to make friends. I’ll leave it with this: one side’s “angry mob” is the other side’s revolution if not emancipation. I don’t see that realization as a character flaw. I disagree with you with respect and some admiration. Enjoy the fireworks next month. There is a lot of Canadianness for all of us to be proud of amd to celebrate.

#169 Fortune500 on 06.02.21 at 11:24 pm

Well said. And one of our best minds in a generation who is no stranger to being cancelled here, would agree with you

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gEOhG8I-Bu4

#170 Nonplused on 06.02.21 at 11:35 pm

#43 Mathematics on 06.02.21 at 1:34 pm
That would be $240,000 for every man, woman and child of aboriginal ancestry. In 2012 Canada spent (on average) $7,316 per citizen, including native Canadians. Spending per registered First Nations person was $9,056. Maybe the problem is not money. – Garth

It works out to such a huge amount per First Nations person? WOW.

Any reasons we can think of today why so few First Nations persons remain today that makes it such a huge amount?

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$400 billion is a huge amount of money. If my math is right $240,000 would mean there are approx. 1,666,667 first nations alive today, which is probably more than there ever were.

As of the 2016 census the actual number was 1,673,785, so the math was close but not accurate.

#171 Nonplused on 06.02.21 at 11:41 pm

#51 Love_The_Cottage on 06.02.21 at 1:55 pm
#18 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 11:57 am
For now though, it looks like the Liberals might be buying me a new furnace
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Can you show me where this is? I’ve looked over the documents and I thought it was only if you replaced a furnace with a heat pump.

Seriously curious as my furnace is at least 15 years old.

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It depends on the efficiency of the old furnace. If the old furnace was already 95% you are SOOL.

#172 Nonplused on 06.02.21 at 11:56 pm

#58 VladTor on 06.02.21 at 2:14 pm
#38 Fake Name
…..and paid their dues to First Nations, including reparations

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No reparations!!!
The settlers have built a country with all the benefits of which they enjoy in abundance.

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Thomas Sowell, who is an American economist and also happens to be black, has pointed out with conviction that the descendants of the American slaves ended up with much better living standards than their relatives back in Africa once slavery ended. The US government was offering former slaves free passage back to Africa but hardly anyone took them up on it.

“Reparations” are silly talk. Nobody who is alive today was a slave and nobody was a slave owner.

In fact, Sowell goes on to argue with statistics that it was welfare and the “war on poverty” that had the most detrimental affects on American blacks. (I prefer to call them that because they aren’t “African”. Most of them have never even been there.)

But it does raise an interesting question: If settlers were so bad for the natives why do we think more immigrants are good now?

#173 Big Al on 06.03.21 at 12:06 am

Blasting fireworks scares the crap out of our animals. Many have traumatic experiences and for what? A simpletons moment of ooohs and ahhhs? Rather than continue your decades long crusade to warn of impending real estate collapse, you might consider taking on something new. Let’s abandon the fireworks all together. Our furry friends will appreciate it.

#174 Nonplused on 06.03.21 at 12:09 am

#95 Shakabra on 06.02.21 at 3:47 pm
#90 NSNG on 06.02.21 at 3:31 pm
You should fire those rockets off the roof of the bank.

Shhhhh. – Garth

The birds, man! The birds! Fireworks are terrible. As an animal lover, Garth … think twice.

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I think you must be being sarcastic. Other than owls birds seldom fly at night unless they are migrating at altitude. To easy to hit a tree or wind turbine. Bats, on the other hand…. But bats seldom fly higher than the insect envelope so they won’t be up there either.

Anyway Garth just pop up one small but loud one a few minutes before. Not only does it alert the crowd things are about to start, but any birds that happen to be flying around in the dark will skedaddle.

#175 Michael in-north-york on 06.03.21 at 12:28 am

Every stable country has a national myth: tales about the founders, heroes, and other significant historical figures. Monuments are part of that myth. Don’t know why countries need myths, must be due to something deep in the human nature. Clearly, almost every national myth is glossed over; Canada and other Western countries are no exception. Actors are presented as heroes as much as possible, if their closets have skeletons then those closets are kept shut.

When the woke crowds attack the founders and their monuments, they are seeking to destroy the Canadian national myth. Their attacks are obviously hypocritical, as they purposefully stress out the past failings of the Western societies, and gloss over the similar or worse failings of all other societies. The rank-and-file wokes function as useful idiots, they rely on their very limited knowledge of the human past, and sincerely believe that they are fighting for justice. Their masterminds, though, know exactly what they want: displace the current Laurentian elites whose power is based on private capitals, and insert themselves as new elites whose power will be based on overreaching government regulations.

We, the first-generation immigrants, are loyal to the Laurentian elites at present. You guys have built a nice country, and it works for us as well as for yourself. However, if you want to remain in the lead then you have to show leadership, and reign in the wokes.

If you have become too timid and too burdened by the false sense of historical guilt – too bad. Then we will move against the wokes and defeat them. But we will promote our own leaders and they will largely form the new elite. The choice is yours, but if you don’t make the right choices then the next trophy is ours.

Needless to say, our coalition will be widely cross-ethnic. Even though we will seek to uphold the values originally cherished by the white / Western societies: the rule of law, equality, and individual freedoms; we all have a big stake here, and our most effective leaders will be non-white. I will happily vote for a leader of, say, a Chinese or Indian descent, not being Chinese or Indian myself. As long as they have all the right ideas, I will vote for them, and provide other support as needed. Bring it on.

#176 Nonplused on 06.03.21 at 12:33 am

“Reasonable people will want to know why kids died – disease, likely – before they jump to such conclusions. Hopefully facts will soon follow hyperbole. – Garth”

Well said. In the 1930’s a lot of kids died, for reasons that modern medicine has abolished, so we’ve kind of forgotten about how things were back then.

#177 IHCTD9 on 06.03.21 at 1:39 am

#109 Wrk.dover on 06.02.21 at 4:35 pm
#63 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 2:21 pm

You are very macho with your assets and all yes, but, when you boast of milking the govt (just because it can be done) you come off like sounding more like a welfare mother.
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My “assets” don’t amount to a hill of beans on this blog. Trudeau and the BOC are intent on making us millionaires though. I welcome their efforts with open arms. I never asked, or voted for it though.

Yes, when Trudeau comes out with a new freebie, I fill my boots whenever I’m able, and don’t care what anyone thinks about it.

If you don’t like it homie, all you need to do is stop voting for my enablers…

#178 Cancel Culture on 06.03.21 at 3:19 am

I’m 38 and have never supported the cancel Culture. I do believe I know everything though. How did the cancel Culture come about and how does such a minority have such strong influence over the majority?

#179 Pam on 06.03.21 at 4:51 am

I’m disappointed in the post. Dogs don’t like fireworks. Maybe it’s time to quiet down and listen for a change.

#180 Another Deckchair on 06.03.21 at 7:23 am

@174 Michael

Go for it! The only constant is change. If things don’t adapt and change, then they die. Canada as an entity is doomed with its 1800’s thinking.

Please add to your list the stupid language laws we have in Canada; they are divisive, elitist and explosive. If you need to have “language laws” choose a whole bunch of languages, not two, which only provokes “us vs. them”

(First generation and white Canadian here who loves languages, but despises how we’ve weaponized them)

#181 Bdwy on 06.03.21 at 7:32 am

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#182 Acadian Deportation on 06.03.21 at 7:46 am

A number of years ago I worked with a person from Nova Scotia and one from Louisiana. They shared the same last name and over lunch found out that there were also a lot of common names in their families, going back many generations. They both concluded that they were likely related, but one branch of the family was caught and carted off to Louisiana by the Brits. The American was quite satisfied until the Canadian said:

“Well, one thing I can tell you about your great, great, great grandpappy… he couldn’t hide worth $hit”

And that’s when the lunch table exploded in laughter, Canadians and Americans alike.

#183 Bdwy on 06.03.21 at 7:47 am

Further to the yvr housing thingy…
Smashing the high water mark around here is this one on a smaller lot;

1224 lakewood dr
TypeHouseStyle of House3 Storey w/BsmtBedrooms6Bathrooms3
Listing Date2021-May-18
Sold Date2021-May-29
Sale Reported Date2021-Jun-02
Days on Market11
Sold Price$2,499,900
Asking Price (Final)$2,499,900
Lot Size0.07 ac
Lot Frontage30.5 ft
Lot Depth/Size99 ft

#184 IHCTD9 on 06.03.21 at 7:49 am

#170 Nonplused on 06.02.21 at 11:41 pm
#51 Love_The_Cottage on 06.02.21 at 1:55 pm
#18 IHCTD9 on 06.02.21 at 11:57 am
For now though, it looks like the Liberals might be buying me a new furnace
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Can you show me where this is? I’ve looked over the documents and I thought it was only if you replaced a furnace with a heat pump.

Seriously curious as my furnace is at least 15 years old.

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It depends on the efficiency of the old furnace. If the old furnace was already 95% you are SOOL.
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I hope you’re right – my old oil burner is from the 90’s and scores in the mid 80’s for efficiency. I did look through the website and it sure did seem you needed to go heat pump to qualify. They run on a compressor powered by electricity.

The LAST thing I’m going to do here in Ontario is make a long term bet on good hydro prices. The Provincial Liberals sailed that possibility out to sea and scuttled it 15+ years ago. The run up in electricity prices here got so bad, Liberal Premier Wynne broke down crying from the backlash, and then got napalmed at election time.

One bad government is all it takes to bugger things up for decades. It’s been near 20 years since McGuinty was first elected, and last I heard, our government is STILL subsidizing hydro costs due to his green power policies.

#185 Re-Cowtown on 06.03.21 at 8:23 am

Jason Kenney is being raked by the media for having an outdoor gathering of 8 people when the rules say ten are permitted.

He should have invited two more.

#186 Paterfamilias on 06.03.21 at 8:52 am

# 164 R. Canada continues to use reservations for indigenous people, because they are a fact of life under the Indian Act. They do represent a form of apartheid. I cannot tell you whether some of my best friends are indigenous, but quite a few of my relatives are. Some hold status cards, others don’t have quite enough of the appropriate DNA to qualify for a card. (Full disclosure, in my community I pass as white, although not all my ancestors were so).

In 1969 a White Paper was brought out by then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, a relatively unknown lawyer and parliamentarian, by the name of Jean Chretien, with the intention of abolishing the Indian Act. The proposal was withdrawn in the face of opposition from elected band chiefs, from almost every reservation in Canada. Wherever, there is a system in place, someone benefits from the status quo.

If you do actually know someone indigenous, with whom you can hold an honest conversation, ask about the style of life enjoyed on some reserves by ‘chiefie-wiefie’ and family.

On July 1st, I’m going to be thinking that in an imperfect world, Canada does a better job of reconciling ethnicities than many other places.

#187 IHCTD9 on 06.03.21 at 9:05 am

#181 Bdwy on 06.03.21 at 7:32 am
#176 IHCTD9 on 06.03.21 at 1:39 am

Yep – we’re all on the hook no matter how we voted and no matter how destructive his policies are. I’ll cash in thanks. I’ll revisit the practice when I see a government that seems to give a crap about the future of Canada.

I’m not a regular smoker anymore – but I still buy a pack 1-2 times per year. I actually just bought a pack of du Maurier about 2 weeks ago – almost 19.00/pack!!! ****! Before that, last I bought was August ’20 and they were ~16-17.00/pack IIRC. The FN branded smokes out here are 5.00/pack, and the cheapie cigs are 15.00/bag (1.88/pack!).

Crazy stuff, Trudeau/Ford are well on the way to zero revenue dollars from tobacco sales out of Ontario. Last I read, the FN cigs had over 70% of the Ontario market. This whole thing should have been nipped in the bud years ago – but government did not want to upset the native retailers, so they just let it ride.

Today WW3 would break out if anyone even suggested that things have got a little out of hand. My local FNR is now a cheap gas, weed, auto parts, building materials, and smokes super-Mecca. You’d have to see the place to believe it – it looks like a mini Vegas out there with all the brightly lit weed shops. The place was a dive in the 80’s, now it’s full of shiny new F150’s.

Lots of Native dudes getting rich, and I hope they keep hard on it. They’ve got the whole woke system scared $h!tless, and they’re making bank like crazy. No one on either side of the Rez border wants it to change. If left alone, they will eventually own the tobacco market clear across the entire country.

#188 the Jaguar on 06.03.21 at 9:26 am

@#175 Michael in-north-york on 06.03.21 at 12:28 am

A fascinating read. But do you mind telling us who “we” are, as referenced in this paragraph? I’m just dying to know:

“If you have become too timid and too burdened by the false sense of historical guilt – too bad. Then we will move against the wokes and defeat them. But we will promote our own leaders and they will largely form the new elite. The choice is yours, but if you don’t make the right choices then the next trophy is ours.”

#189 Dharma Bum on 06.03.21 at 9:27 am

The past is the past.

Attempting to erase it is futile.

It’s so Soviet of Canada and it’s newly ignorant woke people to pursue the tactic of pretending that people in the past did not exist. Very Stalinesque.

https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/stalin-photo-manipulation-1922-1953/

But. that’s the direction that Canada is heading. Shades of communist thinking abound. I guess this new generation will have to learn the hard way. Since they want to erase history, they are doomed to learn its hard lessons first hand.

Anyway, I will be celebrating Canada Day the old fashioned Canadian way – by drinking a 2-4 of Canadian beer, cursing at everyone around me, complaining about our crappy prime minister, then passing out.

#190 Dharma Bum on 06.03.21 at 9:33 am

#187 IHCTD9

Lots of Native dudes getting rich, and I hope they keep hard on it. They’ve got the whole woke system scared $h!tless, and they’re making bank like crazy.
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Spot on!

https://financialpost.com/fp-finance/banking/private-lenders-tremble-over-self-dealing-probe-at-toronto-firm

#191 It's not about a virus....loool on 06.03.21 at 9:58 am

The world economy has a very serious resource problem. There seem to be three different approaches to hiding the problem, none of which will really solve the problem.

The serious problem that the world economy is encountering is the fact that the supply of both coal and oil are running short, especially when viewed on a per capita basis. The world is also very short of fresh water. China is affected as much, or more than, other countries by these problems. As a result, China’s future growth prospects are likely quite low, even though few are expecting this change. Without a continued strong forward “pull” from China, the world economy may be headed for “collapse,” a condition which has affected many civilizations in the past.

There seem to be three different approaches to doing something about the world’s resource limits problem, without mentioning the nature of the real underlying problem:

[a] Develop a “fear of future climate change” story by creating models that assume we have huge amounts of fossil fuels that can be burned in the future, even though the evidence is very much the opposite: We are “running out” of coal and oil right now, but in a different way than economists have theorized (low price, rather than high price). At the same time, argue that a transition to renewables (particularly intermittent wind and solar) is possible in the next 30 years. The fact that essential minerals for such a change, including copper and lithium, are themselves in short supply relative to the incredibly large quantities required, is overlooked. No one stops to calculate the true cost, measured in energy products and other materials, required by such a transition, either.

[b] Create a “fear of the coronavirus” story, and use it to keep people inside and away from traveling as much as possible. Emphasize the possibility of mutations. If people cut back on traveling, it saves oil. If they cut back on eating out and large celebrations such as weddings, it reduces food wastage. If a pandemic takes place, politicians can use it as an excuse to mitigate problems of many kinds:

Reduce the need for imported oil, by keeping citizens at home
Keep factories closed, without disclosing that the factories could not really operate at full capacity because of inadequate orders or missing raw materials
Use shutdowns to keep order in areas disrupted by uprisings related to low wages
Hide the problem of many failing stores and businesses behind a new “temporary” problem
Give the politician a new sense of control with new rules related to the epidemic
It is disturbing that back in 2010, the Rockefeller Foundation was looking at using pandemics to control people when the foundation was examining possible workarounds for too large a population relative to resources.

[c] Hide the existing resource problem with more debt, to the extent possible. In fact, having a circulating coronavirus has assisted in this effort because everyone can see the need for more debt on a temporary basis, “until this problem goes away.” Of course, the resource problem is not going away, which means the world is likely headed for serious financial problems when the economy tries to ramp up again. See my post, Headed for a Collapsing Debt Bubble.

My expectation is that the world economy will try to bounce back from this pandemic, but it won’t really be able to bounce back.

There really aren’t enough resources of any kind to pull the world economy much farther forward. A day of reckoning seems to be coming, probably in the next few months. The financial system looks like it is the weakest link. If the world economy dramatically slows, borrowers will not be able to repay debt with interest. There may be rapid shifts in currency relativities, disrupting derivatives markets. International trade will become less and less possible, perhaps taking place only among a few trusted partners.

We seem to be headed for a rapidly changing world economy, and unfortunately not for the better.

#192 Sail Away on 06.03.21 at 10:21 am

#168 Faron on 06.02.21 at 11:24 pm

Thanks for the clarification. I think less of you now. Vandalizing mobs in a democracy are, well, just mobs. This is not Belarus. – Garth

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I’ll leave it with this: one side’s “angry mob” is the other side’s revolution if not emancipation. I don’t see that realization as a character flaw. I disagree with you with respect and some admiration. Enjoy the fireworks next month. There is a lot of Canadianness for all of us to be proud of amd to celebrate.

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You go, Captain Fantastic. Follow that ISIL playbook:

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

#193 James on 06.03.21 at 10:40 am

#190 Dharma Bum on 06.03.21 at 9:33 am

#187 IHCTD9

Lots of Native dudes getting rich, and I hope they keep hard on it. They’ve got the whole woke system scared $h!tless, and they’re making bank like crazy.
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Spot on!

https://financialpost.com/fp-finance/banking/private-lenders-tremble-over-self-dealing-probe-at-toronto-firm
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Agreed and soon the Native people will be driving Bentley’s! The Native people have been shafted by everyone since the first treaties and land agreements were signed.

#194 Sail Away on 06.03.21 at 11:07 am

#191 It’s not about a virus….loool on 06.03.21 at 9:58 am

Re: Repent! Armaggedon approacheth!

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Tranquilo, amigo.

Humanity currently has the tech and distribution to support many times the current human population. Never have we as a species been in a better situation. If we operated as an ant or termite colony, there would be no issue whatsoever: gigantic collective farms in the most fertile areas tended almost completely by autonomous equipment with major transportation networks. Logically, it works very well.

Potash fertilizer stores are massive. Nutrien and BHP in Saskatchewan has 300 years reserve by itself and there are many more worldwide sources.

Graphene filtration technology is fast approaching direct salt-to-freshwater filtration at industrial level.

Oil reserves are ample. Lots of nuclear fuel remains. Wind, tidal and solar are actually enough if we act like ants. New tech research abounds. LED lights being one example.

The world has a surplus of energy and productivity. Most jobs are actually irrelevant if reviewed honestly. The world could do just fine with 10% of the population working. The main issue is the idle 90% would insist on using everybody else’s time with attention-seeking idiocy like statue toppling.