The showdown

The exit of Lib cabinet star Catherine McKenna this week birthed immediate speculation legendary Mark Carney will be running this autumn in the 100%-guaranteed-election that’s yet to be announced. Carney was head snort at the Bank of Canada. Then he ran the Bank of England (during the Brexit mess). Then US special envoy for climate action. Then vice-chair of Brookfield Asset Management. And director of fintech rising star Stripe. Don’t mess with Marc.

Carney has creds. And baggage. He wants to be prime minister. To get there (once Trudeau quits after winning the next election) he’ll have to go through Chrystia. Could be ugly. She’s a force.

But how does any of this political ambition affect Mr. & Mrs. Frontporch?

We’re at an intersection of politics and economics, actually. The federal deficit is outta control, rising from $19 billion to $354 billion in one year. The national debt passed $1 trillion (that equals half the economy). Households are steeped in loans. The government is starved for money, but can’t stop spending. It’s a mess-in-the-making. Justin Trudeau will leave office after adding more debt than any politician in history (even his father) to the nation’s books. The next guy (or gal) will be doing clean-up.

Meanwhile, after 15 months of lockdowns and bidding wars, the locals are restless.

Take toasty BC, for example. The socialists and Comrade Premier Horgan were elected (mostly) to corral house prices. They failed. Multiple taxes later (anti-Chinese tax, anti-Alberta spec tax, empty house taxes, uber property taxes) things are even worse. Now Covid’s not the issue most on the minds of voters. Once again it’s real estate. And the NDP is out of bullets as places like Squamish and Kelowna – not just Kits and Burnaby – rage out of control.

Ditto in Ontario. Premier Doug once had ambitions to be the federal Con leader. Now squished. His poll numbers suck and he’s headed for a one-term premiership. Real estate is a disaster in the vote-rich non-urban areas that gave him power, and where families are now locked out. Ample vaccines saved Ford’s butt from viral disaster, but the longest lockdowns in the entire world took a huge bite out of Main Street. Worse, housing inflation crept from the GTA to infect towns, hick cities and places like Dogsnest (look it up), so now millions of people – literally – can never afford to purchase, no matter how far they drive.

Meanwhile society embraces risk. Loads of it. The more we borrow, the more we gamble.

Look at comments this week from Benny Tal, the big economics guy at CIBC. “The number one risk facing the housing market at this point,” he told BNN (which you should never watch) “is if the Bank of Canada waits, and waits, and waits, and then starts raising interest rates very quickly in a panic – let’s say in 2023; that would be very devastating for the housing market, if you have a rapid-speed increase in interest rates.”

So, Tal adds, it’s good news that mortgage rates will start climbing next year, so that the steady, inexorable and unstoppable trending up in the cost of money can at least be gradual. Like boiling the frog. Still, he says, this process will have a major impact on residential real estate – worth remembering for every person now stretching to get some.

“Clearly, we have to ask the following question: to what extent are people sensitive to the risk of higher interest rates? And the short answer is now ’very sensitive’. It’s a record high level of sensitivity. I estimate that a one per cent increase in interest rates now is about 30-40 per cent more effective than just a few years ago. So the sensitivity of households to higher interest rates has risen.”

This is the world the next squad of leaders will move into. Over 90% of people without one cannot afford a house in a nation where there’s a 70% home ownership rate. Bizarre. Taxes and rates will have to increase. There is no alterative for the Bank of Canada but to follow the Fed, as it has done 92% of the time. The country will become increasingly crippled by debt service charges. Taxing ‘the rich’ won’t work since we don’t have nearly enough of them. Whacking corps costs jobs. Only one solution works: to live within your means.

And what leader has the courage to say so, or spell out the consequences of the current path?

Exactly. Prepare.

          

Yesterday I waved my flag in your face, showing photos of the Peace Tower banner being nailed up on the wee bank in the bucolic burg where I have hunkered out during the assault of the slimy little pathogen. It’s Canada Day this week, after all. It’s a good nation. Imperfect, as we all know, but better than most. Sometimes mindless patriotism and a few beer ain’t such a bad thing.

Silly me. I am not woke.

As I watched the banner rise, down the street the Town council was issuing a media release cancelling Canada Day. Just like Victoria, Fredericton, Penticton, Guelph, St.Catharines and dog-knows where else. On the community Facebook page it took less than five hours for me to be called ‘white privileged’ and ‘racist’ – for hoisting Canada’s pennant on my own building.

I may need more flags.

About the picture: “Us this if you need more woodless,” writes Leslie. “I arrived at my GF’s home with a key to let myself in. First thing I did was let the dog out. Five minutes later I peered out the window to check on her. “Where’s the beer?” When I am visiting, woodle Ella insists on priority attention but is okay with the time I take for my compulsive, daily blog reading which consists of one: The Greater Fool.”

204 comments ↓

#1 Quintilian on 06.29.21 at 1:39 pm

“he’ll have to go through Chrystia. Could be ugly. She’s a force.”

He doesn’t stand a chance.

Chrystia is real, smart, hard working and has a sincere desire to change the world for better.

Carney is more suited for show business.

He will do fine at the beginning of the race, when image is everything, but on the home stretch, showmanship will give way to substance.

I think the Conservatives should recruit him.

#2 MinchinWeb on 06.29.21 at 1:44 pm

> Taxing ‘the rich’ won’t work since we don’t have nearly enough of them.

Sure there is! Just include house value and the net present value of estimated government pensions in your asset value calculations for your wealth tax. ;)

#3 Chris L. on 06.29.21 at 1:47 pm

Canadian will never be affordable until supply meets demand.

Why do we not build when people demand something be built? Same reason that Canada does poorly in all things, even wokeness. We follow, never lead.

We see opportunity to profit, and instead of profiting (oil, lumber, housing, etc.), we try to KILL DEMAND!!! hahaahah

Canada in so many ways, not just wokeness, is pathetic. And you will be hearing much more about Canada’s weakness from here on out…because Canada is following the lead of the West..forced into more cowering by people who actually lead now – the Chinese. So park your ?anti-Asian hate?….who even invented that one? I think maybe the Chinese…so you couldn’t criticize their lab leak. More leaks to come! It’s working after all.

Canada – build. Meet demand, stop squishing it. You’ve got a lot of opportunity if you could only think for yourself.

#4 My Body My Choice on 06.29.21 at 1:51 pm

Changing captains on the Titanic at this point.

The only chance Canada has is if Max Bernier resigns and Mel Gibson runs for leader of the PPC.

Otherwise, Canada is cancelled and replaced with “The People’s Republic of Kanukistan”.

#5 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 1:54 pm

My Flag goes up tomorrow morning in my Living room window..

:)

Been flying the small flag on my truck antennae for almost a week now.

Apologists be damned.

#6 Bartman on 06.29.21 at 1:54 pm

How would you suggest we prepare?

Re: anti Canada day is a Marxist dream. Appreciate what we have Canadians.

#7 Dogman01 on 06.29.21 at 1:54 pm

#82 S.Bby on 06.28.21 at 8:52 pm

“With these low interest rates they continue to rob future generations in a vain attempt to keep the status quo for as long as possible.”
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Our Standard of living has been in decline for 40 years, but we have used Debt to keep up appearances.
Workers are on a steep decline:
• Competing against massive labour supply, via Globalization, and unfettered imports. ( a giant sucking sound of money and Jobs leaving Canada)
• Less global demand for “workers” – via Technology, AI, Automation
• Inflation, boiling the frog, declining buying power and higher Shelter costs

https://globalnews.ca/news/7941437/millenial-housing-costs-baby-boomers/

….this is the issue that the elections should be about, the crisis in our Standard of Living, instead it is extend, pretend and distract. The fall of Canada may be epic, national cohesion currently being shattered followed by an economic collapse?

Things get ugly when all you have is a Post-National State lacking united values, Everyman for themselves, get as much as you can like the collapse of the Soviet Union

How did you go bankrupt?”
“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”
―Ernest Hemingway

#8 Post on 06.29.21 at 1:56 pm

National Post is taking a bite today.

In a single word, Bennett managed to encapsulate so much of what makes the Trudeau regime so obnoxious to non-believers. The conceit, the sense of privilege and entitlement, the disdain for those who challenge or disagree with it, the apparent belief — so deep in this government’s bones — that it can act however it wants and get away with it thanks to a distracted and disconnected public. The evidently impenetrable belief in its own superiority.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/kelly-mcparland-carolyn-bennett-hangs-on-to-her-pension-and-privilege

#9 Dogman01 on 06.29.21 at 1:57 pm

“I have actually read the Indian Act cover to cover because at one point in my life it mattered to me.”

“these graveyards are not “news”. Their existence has pretty much always been known. I guess it just became time to reconcile with the past.”

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The problem with any discussion of our Indian woes in Canada is that we have allowed the creation of an “Indian Industry” which has accumulated a specific language and a set of Masters Degree\PHD specialization in the affairs of Indians. Unfortunately with such an investment in such an extensive specialization there is an extreme incentive to maintain a perpetual crisis level of problems and funding.

In many things I am content to let experts solve problems, however with over 40 years of crisis it is apparent that these experts have no intention of solving the problem. It appear their interests and their results are to perpetuate and expand the problems.

So, let’s remember. There are those among us who, in serving themselves, serve no one. – Garth Turner

“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

“It is difficult to get a man (or a woman) to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” -Upton Sinclair

#10 My Body My Choice on 06.29.21 at 1:58 pm

“There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any error.

Where science has been used in the past to erect a new dogmatism, that dogmatism has found itself incompatible with the progress of science; and in the end, the dogma has yielded, or science and freedom have perished together.”

J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Open Mind, 1955

#11 Lt. Commander Data on 06.29.21 at 1:58 pm

Anyone keeping an eye on UK Covid data?
22,644 cases yesterday of Indian variant (a.k.a. Delta)

Nearly 70% first jab, 50% both jabs. Not encouraging.

While I was at it, I checked for China Covid data – AMAZING!

Since mid March 2020 – they have had no cases, no waves. They have been so successful at shutting down Covid they stopped reporting data February of 2021 it appears.

And while I searched “China Covid Data” I tripped across reports just released days ago, that in June 2020 China had a bunch of genetic sequencing data for initial Sars-Cov2 removed from NIH database.

Now, be honest…why would that matter? Why would that initial DNA sequencing data matter? Why delete it?

Apparently it has been recovered, but was the recovered data really the original data? I guess we will never really know.

The more this goes on, the more “guilty behaviour” we are seeing. The kind of guilty behaviour you would see from someone who does not want the truth to come out.

What could that truth be? The obvious that is being denied – lab origin.

#12 Pete on 06.29.21 at 2:06 pm

I am a big saver but not very smart in terms of growing money. So while most people are drowning in debt, how do savers get ahead? Just invest in balanced portfolios, sit back and chillax? Is there more to be done?

#13 Chalkie on 06.29.21 at 2:06 pm

Cost of housing through the roof and we live the in the days, where a Million Dollars is no longer classified as an acceptable pension. Save, Save & Save, for the future but how?

#14 the jaguar on 06.29.21 at 2:09 pm

I’m trying to see the angle in Marc versus Mark. Hmmmm.
Carney from Fort Smith, NWT, versus Freeland, Peace River, Alberta. Sounds like a gunfight at the OK Corral.
They both lack humility. At least they have that in common.
As for white privilege name callers…well that is nothing more than racism and both are the battle cry of cancel culture folk these days. They so expose themselves. Some of these quaint little character towns show us where their hearts and minds lie…… know this Garth..we stand with you.

#15 Madcat on 06.29.21 at 2:20 pm

Carney!!?? He’s literally the creator of this mess!! SAY NO TO CARNEY!!

#16 My Body My Choice on 06.29.21 at 2:22 pm

Changing captains on the Titanic at this point.

Canada’s only chance is if Mel Gibson becomes leader of the PPC.

#17 Don Guillermo on 06.29.21 at 2:24 pm

#1 Quintilian on 06.29.21 at 1:39 pm
“he’ll have to go through Chrystia. Could be ugly. She’s a force.”

He doesn’t stand a chance.

Chrystia is real, smart, hard working and has a sincere desire to change the world for better.

Carney is more suited for show business.

He will do fine at the beginning of the race, when image is everything, but on the home stretch, showmanship will give way to substance.

I think the Conservatives should recruit him.
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Carney has better experience and creds. Middle age straight white male … doesn’t stand a chance against Chrystia in the Great Woke North.

#18 Adam Smith on 06.29.21 at 2:27 pm

Trudeau could have recommended we all wear orange this Canada Day to bring attention to the plight of our Indigenous people and the tragedy of what happened to these kids and I think most would have done it.

But he couldn’t do it. Had to be on the wokist point of the knife instead of figuring out what would actually bring Canadians together. Failed at the most important thing leaders are required to do.

#19 JSS on 06.29.21 at 2:28 pm

where can i buy a canada flag in edmonton? I need two.

#20 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 2:29 pm

Can’t have enough flags.
That’s for sure.
This year’s birthday bash coincides with the 100 year celebration of the Chinese Communist party.
There’s red on the Chinese flag.
Don’t get them mixed up.
The weather looks perfect. They cancelled the celebrations again in Steveston, due to COVID like last year.
We’ll go anyway (taking the family Audi).
Miss the Salmon bake and the Elvis impersonator.

#21 Dolce Vita on 06.29.21 at 2:29 pm

Well My Liege you are a lot of things but a racist you are not nor do you write as if white privilege.

Canada has become puerile under the stewardship of Gen Y and X.

Far away in Italia I will celebrate Canada Day and give thanks to her for the life she has afforded me.

Garth on that day, I’ll raise a glass of Prosecco to you for all that you do for Canadians, day, day out.

#22 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 2:40 pm

#1 Quint
I think the Cons should recruit Carney.
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Good suggestion.
They need someone who brings them into the 21st century, and shows them most people have moved beyond oil and rodeos.
And that climate change is now a fait accompli.

#23 Irish Stew on 06.29.21 at 2:49 pm

I would take Carney all day over Chrystia.

#24 Don Guillermo on 06.29.21 at 2:50 pm

#8 Dogman01 on 06.29.21 at 1:57 pm

In many things I am content to let experts solve problems, however with over 40 years of crisis it is apparent that these experts have no intention of solving the problem. It appear their interests and their results are to perpetuate and expand the problems
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99.9% of experts agree with whoever is funding them.

#25 Don Quote on 06.29.21 at 2:52 pm

“In a single word, Bennett managed to encapsulate so much of what makes the Trudeau regime so obnoxious to non-believers. The conceit, the sense of privilege and entitlement, the disdain for those who challenge or disagree with it, the apparent belief — so deep in this government’s bones — that it can act however it wants and get away with it thanks to a distracted and disconnected public. The evidently impenetrable belief in its own superiority.”

It’s true. Canadian public are pushovers, and politicians know it and take advantage of it.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/kelly-mcparland-carolyn-bennett-hangs-on-to-her-pension-and-privilege

#26 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 2:55 pm

Hot in Kelowna. New record yesterday,42.9 and feels even hotter today. Haze over the city today, prolly from the various small fires in the surrounding areas. Air quality still ok but no major fires. Yet. I usually hit the road at this time of year to escape the traffic and the tourists and the smoke but travel restrictions and isolations abroad have me grounded here for awhile. I like SE Asia this time of year cuz it is monsoon and typhoon season there. I miss that. And the girls are friendly too. If you know what I mean…….

#27 dutch4505 on 06.29.21 at 2:57 pm

We fly our Canadian Flag every July 1st from our front porch. Property located in the Pacific North West. Our American friends and neighbors love Canadians. No issues at all. Too bad that we can’t fly the same flag in Canada on July 1st.

#28 Don Guillermo on 06.29.21 at 2:59 pm

#11 Pete on 06.29.21 at 2:06 pm
I am a big saver but not very smart in terms of growing money. So while most people are drowning in debt, how do savers get ahead? Just invest in balanced portfolios, sit back and chillax? Is there more to be done?
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I’m exactly that. Could always save, always made more than I spent but a total disaster at investing. Some how I stumbled on this blog over a decade ago (don’t recall how) and took Garths advice. I found a fee based professional financial team and handed everything over. Stress free now. Thanks Garth.

#29 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 3:00 pm

@#1 Canada is Quintilians in Debt

“Chrystia is real, smart, hard working and has a sincere desire to change the world for better.”

+++++

All that from a pintsized polyglot.
Its a shame she has the charisma of a turnip…

#30 VGRO and chill on 06.29.21 at 3:01 pm

Marc Carney gets too much credit for being Bank of Canada governor during the 2008 crisis. He crashed rates fast, whoop de doo. Oil, potash, uranium, were all at crazy highs and that’s what really saved Canada.

He seems to be more of a career opportunist now based on his resume. Maybe the cons can dig up their Michael Ignatieff attack ads… “just visiting.”

#31 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 3:06 pm

@ S Bby

Yo!
South Burnaby.
What were you saying about the heat in Burnaby yesterday?
No big deal?

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/06/29/burnaby-heat-deaths/

Tell that to the families of the 25 extra dead today.

#32 Ustabe on 06.29.21 at 3:09 pm

#8 Dogman01 on 06.29.21 at 1:57 pm

“I have actually read the Indian Act cover to cover because at one point in my life it mattered to me.”

“these graveyards are not “news”. Their existence has pretty much always been known. I guess it just became time to reconcile with the past.”

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The problem with any discussion of our Indian woes in Canada is that we have allowed the creation of an “Indian Industry” which has accumulated a specific language and a set of Masters Degree\PHD specialization in the affairs of Indians. Unfortunately with such an investment in such an extensive specialization there is an extreme incentive to maintain a perpetual crisis level of problems and funding.

In many things I am content to let experts solve problems, however with over 40 years of crisis it is apparent that these experts have no intention of solving the problem. It appear their interests and their results are to perpetuate and expand the problems.

I could not agree with the above more.

#33 Victoria on 06.29.21 at 3:10 pm

Just a thought…. Canada day….. I never really did Canada day but my kids love it – going downtown and all that business. Apparently Victoria was going to do a virtual Canada day so everyone tries to be woke and caring so they say cancel it. Many virtual things are pretty lame compared to the real deal. I imagine of there was going to be a normal Canada day people would not be so on board about cancelling it. Just my two cents.

#34 Ustabe on 06.29.21 at 3:13 pm

#25 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 2:55 pm

…I like SE Asia this time of year cuz it is monsoon and typhoon season there. I miss that. And the girls are friendly too. If you know what I mean…….

wow.

#35 Entrepreneur on 06.29.21 at 3:15 pm

Have to agree with #14 Madcat “SAY NO TO CARNEY, the creator of this mess.”

As for Carney running for Conservatives, hmmm. Wonder what Max Bernier would say, which I call a true-blue Conservative, loves his country like Trump loves his country.

And why is it that our Canadian news media does not comment on Trump’s rallies down in the States, the latest in Ohio. Oh, the news covers the Condo that collasped killing 4 Canadians.

This is squishing Freedom of Speech. Let me decide, not the news media, not the government.

What did a Governor of one of the States say: The government does not run or rule us, We the people run/ rule the government or something like this. Please correct.

Like I said before I like American history and would like to see Trump’s rallies on Canadian news.

#36 Wrk.dover on 06.29.21 at 3:17 pm

White privileged my butt! Your eyes aren’t even blue.

More like a wolf in sheep cloak being sent to the mutton factory for being a baaad sheep.

#37 Prince Polo on 06.29.21 at 3:18 pm

How about a tax-to-rule-them-all?

A FOMO Tax! Buyers get hooked up to an MRI machine and if the impulse centres of their brains light up + extreme frothing at the mouth, they are on the hook for an additional 100% surtax of the purchase price.

Yes this is all in jest – just like the financial self-control of this country is a joke. :(

#38 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 3:20 pm

28 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 3:00 pm
@#1 Canada is Quintilians in Debt

“Chrystia is real, smart, hard working and has a sincere desire to change the world for better.”

+++++

All that from a pintsized polyglot.
Its a shame she has the charisma of a turnip…
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It’s rutabaga.
Same as Angela Merkel.
She’s a PHD in Quantum Chemistry.
At the height of her career, she was considered the most powerful woman on the planet.

#39 In Dog We Trust on 06.29.21 at 3:23 pm

My flag’s gonna be flying though tears have fallen… Go Mark, go… Go Chrystia, go… and Go RE, go… Canada will continue to follow the rest of the good guys in this world,,, so Go Canada, Go…

#40 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 3:25 pm

#8 Dogman01 on 06.29.21 at 1:57 pm

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from Ustabe:

“I have actually read the Indian Act cover to cover because at one point in my life it mattered to me.”

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from Nonplused:

“these graveyards are not “news”. Their existence has pretty much always been known. I guess it just became time to reconcile with the past.”

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The problem with any discussion of our Indian woes in Canada is that we have allowed the creation of an “Indian Industry” which has accumulated a specific language and a set of Masters Degree\PHD specialization in the affairs of Indians. Unfortunately with such an investment in such an extensive specialization there is an extreme incentive to maintain a perpetual crisis level of problems and funding.

In many things I am content to let experts solve problems, however with over 40 years of crisis it is apparent that these experts have no intention of solving the problem. It appear their interests and their results are to perpetuate and expand the problems.

So, let’s remember. There are those among us who, in serving themselves, serve no one. – Garth Turner

“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

“It is difficult to get a man (or a woman) to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” -Upton Sinclair

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Yep. Nailed it.

Plenty of people are gaining lots of money and influence by fanning the flames of intolerant division, casting past actions in the worst possible light.

Then we have sour, egg-sucking apologists cheering them on.

Here’s the thing: all people act pretty much the same within a narrow range of behaviour. Justified punished comeuppance is a resounding theme. It’s always cathartic to defeat the devil. I say bring back public hangings to appease the masses.

#41 ogdoad on 06.29.21 at 3:32 pm

They call you Privileged and racist? This coming from an entitled middle class who, trust me, make so many inappropriate racist and sexist comments and innuendos that they don’t even know they’ve said or implied one. We don’t know what we’re doing, or where we’re headed. If this is the start of an era of inclusivity we need a spearheading leader to bring us through, obviously one of the most defining periods of Canada in that most of us on the blog have EVER experienced. So we cancel Canada day? Let’s steep on that for a year or two. Everyone is afraid to say anything (like anything about women, lgbtq, lumbersexuals, indigenous) with fear of being judged or losing jobs or whatever. What the heck are straight people and men gonna do in Canada? Lol…oh man, we’re already made fun of globally…

We have come far as a community. But I think we’ve grown too ‘smart’ too fast and we haven’t had time to process this bombardment of information over the last few decades, let alone years – This equals stress bzw poor decision making….

Wow. This is SuperChannel material!

Og

#42 Woke up and smell the coffee, Garth, on 06.29.21 at 3:35 pm

Silly me. I am not woke.
…..
On the community Facebook page it took less than five hours for me to be called ‘white privileged’ and ‘racist’ – for hoisting Canada’s pennant on my own building.

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Wow. That’s why I don’t use Facebook. Why should you have to wait 5 hours when you can get the same response in fifteen minutes on this pathetic blog?

#43 Flop… on 06.29.21 at 3:39 pm

15 My Body My Choice on 06.29.21 at 2:22 pm
Changing captains on the Titanic at this point.
Canada’s only chance is if Mel Gibson becomes leader of the PPC.

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Probably the wrong Australian for the job.

I would go with Crocodile Dundee actor Paul Hogan.

That’s not a political party, this is a political party…

M47BC

#44 Stunned on 06.29.21 at 3:40 pm

#33 Ustabe on 06.29.21 at 3:13 pm
#25 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 2:55 pm

…I like SE Asia this time of year cuz it is monsoon and typhoon season there. I miss that. And the girls are friendly too. If you know what I mean…….

wow.

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Seems Yukon Elvis would prefer his SE Asian women toothless. Probably costs more though…

#45 Bartman on 06.29.21 at 3:43 pm

Prepare: What do you think is the best financial preparation for the next five years. We have 250K. House is paid for, no other debts. 70 years old. Any opinions?

#46 LCBO on 06.29.21 at 3:44 pm

Behave yourself, Turner.

DO YOU HEAR US!!!???

If we see you put even one more flag up,…..

NO DONAIRS FOR YOU EVER AGAIN!!

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LCBO

(Lunenburg Covidiot Bureau of Oppression)

#47 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 3:44 pm

@#42 Floppie

Are you texting from your govt job….?

#48 NSNG on 06.29.21 at 3:47 pm

Carney,

The former BoC governor.

That’s like hiring an arsonist to be the local fire chief.

#49 Phylis on 06.29.21 at 3:53 pm

So does she get her unreduced pension?

#50 Erick on 06.29.21 at 3:57 pm

Regarding the flag, I admire your courage Garth.
I think it’s time for some to realize that a silent minority (or maybe is it a majority …) is not ok with all this wokism and cancel culture.
Interesting times to come indeed from an economic AND societal perspective

#51 cuke and tomato picker on 06.29.21 at 3:57 pm

I just finished putting my Canada flags up.

#52 AM in MN on 06.29.21 at 3:59 pm

If Carney ever got in, or even to a powerful cabinet post, it is over for the energy industry in Canada, and much of the mineral industry as well. Ditto for all of the sub-industries that feed those.

Turning Canada into California or Vermont will cause a divide the likes of which haven’t been seen for a long time.

The process of financialization and de-industrialization championed by Carney and his ilk only works to feed the 1% at the expense of the rest. Look what a mess the UK is in. Check out the lifestyles of the average Brit, and Carney had a lot to do with it.

With the rise of China as the major industrial power, there will be pressure on the US to build back up its industrial base. Where would that leave Canada?

#53 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 4:01 pm

#33 Ustabe on 06.29.21 at 3:13 pm
#25 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 2:55 pm

…I like SE Asia this time of year cuz it is monsoon and typhoon season there. I miss that. And the girls are friendly too. If you know what I mean…….

wow.
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Thanks for pointing that out. I missed it.
This is a family blog, so I can’t say what I think

#54 Jake on 06.29.21 at 4:02 pm

So if we cancelCanada, then we should cancel the July 1st holiday too, make it a regular working day on Thursday. And if you don’t show up, you don’t get paid either. Wait… I bet that won’t happen.

#55 just a dude on 06.29.21 at 4:03 pm

I agree Canada is not perfect but it’s certainly worthy of being celebrated as far as I’m concerned, and for many reasons. There is no such thing as a perfect nation, much less one that does not have skeletons in its past.

I’ll take Canada any day over some of the many atrocious places out there. We should collectively work together to improve on things and do our best to reasonably right some past wrongs rather than risk pissing away all of the freedoms and opportunities that Canada has offered to so many.

Coming from dirt poor parents who immigrated here seeking work and safety & opportunity for their children, I feel no shame in sharing this comment, in spite of the (too many) hateful loud mouths trying to make decent, honest and caring Canadians feel guilt and shame these days.

Happy Canada Day to this country, Garth and team, blog dogs and the rest of my fellow Canadians; even to those who seem to be making a sport of spewing out way too much anger and hatred lately.

Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing. This and the rest of the many freedoms and opportunities made possible by this country must always be treasured. I certainly will.

#56 Billy Buoy on 06.29.21 at 4:05 pm

Just great.

Carney another member of the tribe aka Goldman Sachs alumni to run for office and if he wins even tip the scales more in the 1% favour…

Why not? As long as his buddies are in the position to own near everything, he can start raising rates for the benefit of the country.

What a complete and total joke. The plan is just about to be completely executed.

God bless what used to be freedom, joy and life.

#57 Doug t on 06.29.21 at 4:06 pm

Garth I personally would pony up for another flag for you – the “woke” culture will eventually go into a coma – it just can’t happen fast enough

#58 bdwy on 06.29.21 at 4:11 pm

#30 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 3:06 pm

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/06/29/burnaby-heat-deaths/

Tell that to the families of the 25 extra dead today.
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pretty much exactly no big deal in the big picture.

totally insignificant. not even slightly unusual weather. sad for some, but everybody dies. (the headlines tho!)

yesterdays high hit 32c at yvr for one hour. (of course its very cool there, i had 39 in east van)

these are the very recent years with the same or higher recorded hi temp.

2009
1998
1990
1988
1961
1960
1931
1926
1925
1924
1920
1915
1911
1908
1907
1906

the great suv purge of 1932 led to 30 years of cooler temps, i guess.

farts, your smarter than the dogma sucking agw zealots.

#59 TurnerNation on 06.29.21 at 4:13 pm

Let’s go visit Gartho! Get your inter-provincial Vax Passport first. How healthy we will be in this New System.

https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/phase-three/#travel
Self-isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing. people who are fully vaccinated (2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia don’t need to self-isolate; testing is recommended.
people who are partially vaccinated (first dose of COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 7 days and receive 2 negative tests results in order to leave self-isolation after 7 days people who are not vaccinated (0 doses of COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days; testing is recommended at the start and end of your self-isolation

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Apply here! You need permission. The Charter was barter.

https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/#self-declaration
Compliance checks and enforcement
Once you’re self-isolating in Nova Scotia, you need to complete a digital check in each day of your isolation period. If you don’t check in daily, police will visit the address you provided for self-isolation in Nova Scotia to confirm

_____________________________
– For Dolce – from the UK:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/975909/S1182_SPI-M-O_Summary_of_modelling_of_easing_roadmap_step_2_restrictions.pdf
The resurgence in both hospitalisations and deaths is dominated by those that have
received two doses of the vaccine, comprising around 60% and 70% of the wave
respectively. This can be attributed to the high levels of uptake in the most at-risk age
groups, such that immunisation failures account for more serious illness than unvaccinated
individuals

#60 Barb on 06.29.21 at 4:14 pm

“…On the community Facebook page it took less than five hours for me to be called ‘white privileged’ and ‘racist’ – for hoisting Canada’s pennant on my own building.”

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Anonymous mob members hiding behind a screen.
Chickenshits.

You’ve done more for this country (and us) than 100 of them put together…any 100 of them.

#61 Roial1 on 06.29.21 at 4:21 pm

#18 JSS on 06.29.21 at 2:28 pm

where can i buy a Canada flag in Edmonton? I need two.

Try Canadain Tire They have them in different sizes.

#62 Pbrasseur on 06.29.21 at 4:23 pm

Carney created this disaster, fair that he should be in charge when it explodes!

#63 Leichendiener on 06.29.21 at 4:29 pm

Add to the bonfire the price of energy, gasoline and home heating fuel. The great green reset is tightening the oil supply. If the price of fuel doubled by the fall, would it become an election issue?

#64 cramar on 06.29.21 at 4:29 pm

It may be that Canada is a nation better than most, but it is not so good when the pathetic cancel culture wants to censor Garth Turner. I thought Stephen Harper already did that?

#65 BB on 06.29.21 at 4:31 pm

The Real Mark Carney and the WEF.
https://brandnewtube.com/watch/mark-carney-unveils-elites-plan-for-a-new-world-in-the-next-crisis_MkSZCEooZjxrKBl.html

#66 renter in Surrey on 06.29.21 at 4:32 pm

Marc Carney running Bank of Canada.
God help us all.
RE prices will double in a year.

#67 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 4:34 pm

My heart and condolences go out to the families affected by the Condo collapse in Florida.
From the emerging facts this was a ticking time bomb, caused by neglect, incompetence and outright criminal negligence.
And the old culprit, greed.
I hope the perpetrator will be punished.
The Florida Governor may not sleep too well these days.
He’s got ambition for the White House, he’s out polling Trump.
Watching the recovery operation, I can’t but wonder why the richest and most advanced nation does not better prepare for catastrophies like this.
It’s not the first building that has collapsed.
You’d think that would be a perfect occasion to use robots instead of people and scanners that scan through the rubble, instead of dogs.
This may not exist right now, but surely the smart Americans should be able to build such things
But, maybe, is more fun to spend  time and  resources on building useless rockets to shoot jaded Billionaires into space?
Just wondering.

#68 truefacts on 06.29.21 at 4:40 pm

Kidnapping kids from their families and putting them in residential schools was terrible!

Source of the problem?
GOVERNMENT OVERREACH!

Happens today…like when foster kids were taken from good foster parents who would not tell them about the Easter Bunny

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/requirement-to-say-easter-bunny-is-real-violated-couples-charter-rights-court

Or how a BC dad objects to his kid having a sex change operation and is forbidden to speak about it.

https://nationalpost.com/news/b-c-father-arrested-held-in-jail-for-repeatedly-violating-court-orders-over-childs-gender-transition-therapy

True North Strong and FREE – my arse!

#69 BC Renovator on 06.29.21 at 4:42 pm

Keep it flying Garth, mine are up and flying proudly as well. Ignore the Undignified!

#70 DC on 06.29.21 at 4:48 pm

Well done Mr. Turner. You are a voice of reason and sense in a country that badly needs it.

Chrystia Freeland as Prime Minister? Say it ain’t so!

#71 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 4:54 pm

#33 Ustabe on 06.29.21 at 3:13 pm

#25 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 2:55 pm
I like SE Asia this time of year cuz it is monsoon and typhoon season there. I miss that. And the girls are friendly too. If you know what I mean…….

wow.
+++++++++++

I know eh. I was there for super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Winds up to 300 kmh. It was just after they shut down The Spanking Palace in Cebu.

#72 Blair Hicken on 06.29.21 at 4:55 pm

I hope that you and your wife have a great Canada Day, Garth. I also hope that you go ahead and celebrate it as you planned. Canada is wonderful place to live. I suspect most people don’t support cancelling Canada Day. I will certainly be marking it and feeling good about it.

#73 Kitty Kaboom on 06.29.21 at 4:58 pm

Fly that Canada 125 Flag proudly!
And make sure the fireworks are only red & white! :)

#74 wallflower on 06.29.21 at 5:02 pm

It IS interesting.

Does Truth & Reconciliation mandate the death of patriotism?

I have never considered Canada a patriotic state.
Go anywhere smalltown USA and the flags fly 365.

I spent a week in a tee pee [spelling?] Bear Island Temagami Lake years back. Loved it.

A tee pee is about all I can now afford in Canada.
And, fortunately, it is healthier. Clean airflow. Climate-friendly.

But I probably have to head to one of those patriotic USA smalltowns to overwinter.
Come to think of it, isn’t it more or less what indigenous did here, too, times back? Head south for the winter?

This whole
Canadians-can-no-longer-afford-their-houses
thing is kind of becoming comical.
Who are we, anyway?
Maybe we are right where we deserve to be.

#75 Ustabe on 06.29.21 at 5:05 pm

Or how a BC dad objects to his kid having a sex change operation and is forbidden to speak about it.

https://nationalpost.com/news/b-c-father-arrested-held-in-jail-for-repeatedly-violating-court-orders-over-childs-gender-transition-therapy

He was not forbidden to speak about it, he was proscribed from giving media the child’s name for publication and releasing confidential medical information. Laws that apply to anyone, as they should be in the case of minor children.

#76 Average Joe @ YVR on 06.29.21 at 5:11 pm

Marc….well anybody but T2 will do at this point.
Canadian Flag is up !!! This is not Mississauga ON so we just need 40C+ temperatures to move to AB and then we can enjoy Canada Day as we should : Strong and Free.

Happy Canada Day !

#77 Flop… on 06.29.21 at 5:13 pm

#46 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 3:44 pm
@#42 Floppie

Are you texting from your govt job….?

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Something is wrong with this government issued iPhone.

I see the space bar but no safe space…

M47BC

#78 Woke Conservative on 06.29.21 at 5:16 pm

Garth,
How does it feel becoming rich from real estate from stolen land? The Aboriginals were robbed of their lands by the European settlers.

#79 WTF on 06.29.21 at 5:16 pm

#34 Entrepreneur “Like I said before I like American history and would like to see Trump’s rallies on Canadian news.”

You could watch the lates train wreck covered by his fart catcher the Tuckster on Fox? However.

His rambling, non sensical, abusive, pointless, devoid of truth, diatribes aren’t that compelling, apparently even the mouth breathers seem to be getting tired of Defeated Ex President Grifter pathetically trying to loosen their wallets so he can pay legal fees.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Foxhidesinfo/comments/o9inf2/trump_supporters_leave_rally_in_droves_while/

#80 comA on 06.29.21 at 5:18 pm

Carnage is a cold blooded single vision climate change pumper. He will destroy the west’s economy (and east’s via expensive energy) while racking up cost of living significant higher than current level (which is already high).

#81 Oilbertastan or Bust on 06.29.21 at 5:19 pm

14 years now til the end of ICEs it seems……. well this should be interesting… Quebec has got lithium .. start digging!

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-liberals-say-by-2035-all-new-cars-light-duty-trucks-sold-in-canada/

#82 joe kahn on 06.29.21 at 5:20 pm

Vive La Canada

#83 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 5:20 pm

#66 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 4:34 pm

From the emerging facts this was a ticking time bomb, caused by neglect, incompetence and outright criminal negligence.

And the old culprit, greed.

I hope the perpetrator will be punished.

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That Montreal construction industry! Maybe start by scrutinizing Montreal criminals who want to build in the US? It’s a thought…

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/06/29/montreal-raised-developer-central-to-florida-tower-collapse-investigation.html

#84 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 5:22 pm

#77 Woke Conservative on 06.29.21 at 5:16 pm

Garth,
How does it feel becoming rich from real estate from stolen land? The Aboriginals were robbed of their lands by the European settlers.

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Haha. Where do you live, WC?

#85 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 5:24 pm

#52 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 4:01 pm
#33 Ustabe on 06.29.21 at 3:13 pm
#25 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 2:55 pm

…I like SE Asia this time of year cuz it is monsoon and typhoon season there. I miss that. And the girls are friendly too. If you know what I mean…….

wow.
————–
Thanks for pointing that out. I missed it.
This is a family blog, so I can’t say what I think
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Go ahead and tell us what you think. With a name like Ponzius you must be a priest. Maybe your mother was a nun. Who names their kid Ponzius anyway ? We are waiting….

#86 Grazie on 06.29.21 at 5:29 pm

I’m flying my Canadian flag at home as well.

I don’t understand why they want to cancel Canada Day just because of an awful past. Many countries in the world have way horrible past than Canada but I don’t hear them whining. Philippines was a slave of Spain for 300 years but you’ll never hear them whining about it.

What a bunch of hypocrites!

I’m proud to be Canadian and I’m proud of Canada!

#87 Bezengy on 06.29.21 at 5:37 pm

#78 Woke Conservative on 06.29.21 at 5:16 pm
Garth,
How does it feel becoming rich from real estate from stolen land? The Aboriginals were robbed of their lands by the European settlers.

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My great, great grandfather arrived in Lununburg in 1746 from Germany. Spent his life as a farmer on a 30 acre property. Didn’t get rich, and probably didn’t have a lot of fun either, farming being a little labour intensive and all with no modern day niceties like electricity, but he did help build the best country in the world. I won’t be hanging my head in shame, not a chance.

#88 S.Bby on 06.29.21 at 5:41 pm

#58 bdwy

I was disappointed he tried to prove some obtuse point by posting that.

#89 Big Bucks on 06.29.21 at 5:43 pm

Trudeau will resign after winning the next election?No way he will resign if he wins again,not in a million years.Carney will be kicked out on his keister if he challenges for the top job.Morneau probably had his eyes on it too but was stupid enough to think he could get away with what Trudeau was getting away with.Trudeau will eventually resign(probably within 5 years)when either the economy forces him to run for the hills or the scandals become so large he has to resign to avoid criminal charges.No way his ego will resign if he wins—not happening.Why would he?

#90 TurnerNation on 06.29.21 at 5:48 pm

In Financial terms: We have entered the Beast System. (Launched March 2020)
That is we are the Beasts of Burden. Of debt.
How many new hospitals did we get with all that spending (given aging populations, elderly family reunification program, and 401,000* new bodies coming here – the size of the City of Halifax! – this year)?
Well we got makeshift Field Hospitals in Toronto, Hamilton. (Field Hospitals? What is this WW1, did they come with horses?). We locked down due to “Hospital Capacity” right??

*”Canada is still on pace to welcome 401,000 new immigrants in 2021 per
Data released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) ”

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– Ontariowe is in the state of permanent reset

Sports Hospitality, Entertainment, Tourism- Cancelled
Sports teams banned.

Roman Baber @Roman_Baber
hhttps://twitter.com/Roman_Baber/status/1409847418783506432?
Ontario is the only jurisdiction in North America without indoor dining. Think about it, no such fear or hysteria exist anywhere else.
I hear from many restaurant owners. Many have no place to borrow from anymore. Covid isn’t responsible for this tragedy.


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Uhh welcome to the country? Did you check this before coming here? Also No Fun is allowed in Kanada.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/first-person-bhoomika-canada-day-immigrant-reckoning-1.6082876
“I have come to know that to inhabit a land is to absorb its sorrow and atone for its irrevocable past. I tread with an unbearable heaviness of being, the emotional baggage of homesickness encumbered by the looming guilt of inhabiting a stolen land.”

#91 YVR Renter on 06.29.21 at 5:53 pm

Temperature hit 38.5 in the car here in hot YVR yesterday. That’s not even the “feels like” temperature, which was in the 40’s—in Raincouver! My tomatoes got sunscald- sunburnt! Too bad the real estate market doesn’t appear to be hot anymore here in tony Dunbar. Seeing lots of new listings piling up on my walks , going nowhere slow. The $3.8 million dump down the street is still sitting unsold after many months.

#92 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 5:57 pm

Regarding treatment of Indian kids in Residential schools, and the graves, I think there will be many  investigations into this and hopefully something comes out of it.
Immigrating from Europe, I have to admit that I had a naive notion about “noble savages”.
And the literature that I read, mostly dealt with the American tribes.
So, I continue to be naive about this and withhold an opinion.
However, I talked to someone who has some first hand knowledge and he mentioned that the objective of the schools were to re-educate the children away from their native culture.
“Kill the Indian, and raise a man” was the slogan, he sad.
Well, that sounds kinda harsh, and I’m not sure that that was actually happening.
But it reminds me of the saying by American settlers, that has historic validity.
“The only good Indian, is a dead Indian”.
So that’s it for me on the subject.
Have a nice day.

#93 red&white canuck on 06.29.21 at 6:05 pm

maybe the ‘woke’ will stop in front of your Beautiful Flag…that SOOOO many Canadians died for….and ‘reflect’ on that!

#94 willworkforpickles on 06.29.21 at 6:05 pm

The Fed at the very least admits they cannot actually forecast where inflation will go (or deceitfully don’t want to admit) so they’ll wait and sit on their hands and just watch inflation unfold.
The waiting until inflation accelerates well above target doing nothing is a recipe for disaster and yet another indicator the Fed hangs by its fingernails.
The Fed is on a too little too late trajectory and they know it but continue down this road of no solutions knowing time like the sands of an hour glass are running down.
You would think they have forgotten time lags in monetary policy (time to act to beat inflation is now) but they haven’t really…they will play the game and will to the breaking point with a little rise in rates here and a little there having no effect on inflation..and then more and more even running into an eventual recession.

Timelines…1 – 2 – 3 years out.

#95 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 6:06 pm

As of noon Tuesday, the BC Air Quality Health Index for the Central Okanagan was up to a moderate risk of 5. Those with underlying health concerns should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors. Add in the extreme heat, and even healthy people might be at risk if they overdo it.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/338518/Heat-dome-holds-in-haze-over-Okanagan-Valley

#96 Cowtown Cowboy on 06.29.21 at 6:12 pm

Happy Canada Day….hmmm

These days I’m not so sure, not many people I see seem particularly happy, from the long lines at the bank today, because, you now, we can only have 2 tellers due to social distancing and other non-sensical tripe, to PetroCan suddenly unable to take cc’s for payment, and this HEAT…Jeezus, we do have all hell for a basement.

Carney v. Freiland not much of a competition despite both growing up in AB..Carney and I even have the same undergrad although one could argue his creds are a little more impressive…

Patriotism.. I even went so far as to get a Maple Leaf tattooed on my body during a fit of patriotism in the early 90’s..helped along by a few shots of tequila around noon…

These days, I don’t see a to celebrate about this nation anymore but I am getting more pessimistic as I get older…maybe i should just cut my nuts off and move to Ottawa and run for the libs..heck, maybe even leader..

#97 Neo on 06.29.21 at 6:21 pm

#11 Lt. Commander Data on 06.29.21 at 1:58 pm
Anyone keeping an eye on UK Covid data?
22,644 cases yesterday of Indian variant (a.k.a. Delta)

Nearly 70% first jab, 50% both jabs. Not encouraging.

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Who cares about cases. Watch and learn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtOu7jx3snQ&t=5s

#98 kommykim on 06.29.21 at 6:28 pm

RE: #78 Woke Conservative on 06.29.21 at 5:16 pm
Garth,
How does it feel becoming rich from real estate from stolen land? The Aboriginals were robbed of their lands by the European settlers.

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The aboriginal immigration happened over 1000’s of years. Very few of the current crop are actually directly descended from the “first” wave.

#99 Neo on 06.29.21 at 6:31 pm

We are being set up for a post nation, post individual freedoms manifesto with all this cancel culture nonsense. This divide and conquer strategy while submitting your individualism for a collective social cohesion dictated by a government edict is a disgrace most Canadians are either too distracted or scared to notice or to weak to offer any resistance.

#100 Craig Giagno on 06.29.21 at 6:33 pm

I would point out that the much higher increases in property taxes, municipal garage and utility, water fees, electricity bills, gas bills etc. and many new taxes from all governments especially carbon taxes impact all homeowners alot.

If you have to pay say in 5 years from now an extra $6,000 a year in water, garbage fees, utility fees, much higher property taxes, carbon taxes and a HST hike etc. coming soon will add up to an equivalent to a 75 basis points or 0.75% to 1% point percentage point increase in interest rates that will never go down from the Bank of Canada.

#101 truefacts on 06.29.21 at 6:49 pm

#75 Ustabe (from the article)

“The orders instruct him…not share his opinions of the case publicly.”

A “catch-all” gag order.
We can pretend he has free speech, but he doesn’t.
Threatened with 5 years in prison for speaking to media…

#102 Man of the cloth on 06.29.21 at 6:50 pm

I wonder what those whom criticize have contributed to make this country a better place.

#103 Leon T on 06.29.21 at 6:52 pm

We’re all going to need more flags… and preferably some cojones. Good on you sir. Keep up the great work.

#104 JacqueShellacque on 06.29.21 at 6:59 pm

A postmodern nation, one that doesn’t believe in its own legitimacy, can’t last. Socks himself said our government, as symbolized by the Parliament Buildings, was built on all the bad ~isms, as if nothing else had gone into it. A government trying desperately to maintain control and running out of levers, combined with a populace increasingly unmoored from any shared cultural touchpoints, can’t long coexist. Either the government succeeds in achieving near absolute control over the lives of citizens, or citizens conclude the government isn’t valid and find ways to ignore it. And that’s before you even get to the bad economic news. We’re done, the only question is whether it drags out into the 2030s or if we have a Soviet Union-style collapse – one week you’re enjoying your ‘free’ health care and sending your kids to government funded schools, the next week those things don’t work.

#105 FriedEggs on 06.29.21 at 7:02 pm

Cancelling Canada Day while celebrating Pride. Good stuff – install a $25k rainbow crosswalk with the funds saved please.

Fly the Canadian flag and light the works’

#106 IMALWAYS RIGHT on 06.29.21 at 7:12 pm

Let’s not forget that both Carney and Freeland are on the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum. I would think their futures roles have already been determined.

#107 Out Of Work CEO, Will Travel on 06.29.21 at 7:16 pm

What do Canadians take for granted: streets are free and clear of war zones and tanks; stores are full of goods; folks pay their taxes; transportation services are good (at some point they might open the border and allow the travel industry to function); able to watch any TV we want; able to surf the net; able to move freely across the country ( ok not really but maybe at some point the pointy heads will realize there is a distinction between “ZERO risk and LOW risk). Canada is getting better but we have to stop encouraging and paying the cranky winers.

#108 IHCTD9 on 06.29.21 at 7:19 pm

I think the used ATV/SXS market in Ontario just entered ludicrous mode. I’ve been putting some severely over-priced machines on my “favourites” list for a month now, just to see if they’re selling – and they are. We’re talking 3 year old machines with 4K on them going for within a couple grand of brand new 2021 models (that you have to wait for).

It makes me wonder just what kind of needy imbeciles I share my breathing air with?

#109 San on 06.29.21 at 7:22 pm

You clearly aren’t a racist. Thank you for all your good work.

#110 IHCTD9 on 06.29.21 at 7:32 pm

This pandemic really highlights how incapable people of today are with delaying gratification.

Right now, a 2014 Griz 700 SE with a plow and a few other bolt ons and 4-5K on it is going for 10,500 on Kijiji. I bought a 2014 5 years ago in used (but absolutely mint, like new) condition for 8500.

The laughter after all this is over is going to last for years…

#111 Shocked on 06.29.21 at 7:34 pm

#58 bdwy on 06.29.21 at 4:11 pm

If you can’t understand why the YVR temp gets a bit stuck at 32ish, that’s unfortunate for your abilities as a budding climate scientist. Hint, it’s on an island. Next to the ocean. Wind was blowing from sea to land yesterday…

Would you also mind expounding on how a passively ventilated temperature sensor, as the station would have been equipped in the early part of the previous century, may differ from an actively ventilated one?

While you are at it, perhaps you could dig into the full database of the MSC’s observational data and demonstrate how all of the other BC stations recorded temperatures equal to previous and old records? Oh, wait, they actually didn’t. All of those other stations (I count at least 98 in BC alone NTM hundreds in Washington and Oregon) absolutely crushed their previous ATH. Probably nothing, right?

Oh, wait, you were cherry picking the data you say? Interesting. How “scientific” of you.

#112 Patriot missile on 06.29.21 at 7:40 pm

#67 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 4:34 pm

My heart and condolences go out to the families affected by the Condo collapse in Florida.
From the emerging facts this was a ticking time bomb, caused by neglect, incompetence and outright criminal negligence.
And the old culprit, greed.
I hope the perpetrator will be punished.
The Florida Governor may not sleep too well these days.
He’s got ambition for the White House, he’s out polling Trump.
Watching the recovery operation, I can’t but wonder why the richest and most advanced nation does not better prepare for catastrophies like this.
It’s not the first building that has collapsed.
You’d think that would be a perfect occasion to use robots instead of people and scanners that scan through the rubble, instead of dogs.
This may not exist right now, but surely the smart Americans should be able to build such things
But, maybe, is more fun to spend time and resources on building useless rockets to shoot jaded Billionaires into space?
Just wondering.

_________________________

Yes, smart Americans have built a myriad of technological solutions to aid with recoverits like this.

https://www.wfxrtv.com/news/national/explainer-how-is-technology-aiding-miami-rescuers-search/

As a typical Canadian, you need someone else to hold your hand (that’s why you come to this blog), tell you what to do (that’s why you voted the way you did) and expect others to invent new technologies to serve your needs! (Hence, your deliberation above)

You’ll make a fine Canadian one day!

Happy Cancelled Canuck Daze!

#113 Flop... on 06.29.21 at 7:42 pm

At this point in my life I consider myself 40% Canadian, 60% Australian.

I get to have Canada day off for once, unsure how to spend the day but will get creative.

The 40% Canadian in me thinks the best thing to do is stick my nose in my neighbours business in the morning, and the 60% Australian wants to get drunk and burn myself on the Barbie in the afternoon.

Best Canada Day Eva…

M47BC

#114 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 7:43 pm

Ah, my body thrills to heat, always has. I love long runs and field maneuvers in 100 degree heat with high humidity. Heading out now for a long, hot run in the sun.

Must be my latent Hispanic heritage.

By the way… this little warm spell of Canadian record-breaking? In Georgia, it would be called Monday, or Tuesday, or… you know, a generally unnoticed non-event.

#115 Shelly Dawson on 06.29.21 at 7:44 pm

I get my $9,206.55 monthly pension direct deposit with 3% minimum annual cost of living increases. I’m glad the 25 years working for the Canadian government really paid off. I love every month checking my bank account. Keep paying me Canada.

#116 Scott Tyson on 06.29.21 at 7:53 pm

MinChinWeb, I got a better idea. Since our liberal. NDP, Green party and other lefties, communists like confiscating money from Canadians, massive taxes, debt, deficits over and over, we should get rid of all their pensions, $3,000 to $6,000 a month on average and give them the GAI, of $1,400 a month. It is fair and they are always about fairness, yeah right.

#117 TMac on 06.29.21 at 7:56 pm

After seeing the flag hoisted up on your bank I though, this is what we need to see after the level of division. However, we have gone to far beyond now. No symbol or common ground seems to unite us.
I was holding out for a long while but, sad to say I am actively looking to leave this country now. I fear the worst is yet to come.

#118 Uncle Buck on 06.29.21 at 8:05 pm

#11 Lt. Commander Data on 06.29.21 at 1:58 pm
Anyone keeping an eye on UK Covid data?
22,644 cases yesterday of Indian variant (a.k.a. Delta)

Nearly 70% first jab, 50% both jabs. Not encouraging.

While I was at it, I checked for China Covid data – AMAZING!

Since mid March 2020 – they have had no cases, no waves. They have been so successful at shutting down Covid they stopped reporting data February of 2021 it appears.

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That’s probably true. They have been treating COVID patients and prophylactically prescribing Ivermectin. Same as Mexico and several other countries.

#119 Shocked on 06.29.21 at 8:09 pm

#114 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 7:43 pm

No one trumps you when it comes to thinly veiling your ignorant blurts. I mean this in terms of both the thin veil and the ignorance. A two-fold field maneuver if you will.

#120 IHCTD9 on 06.29.21 at 8:09 pm

#100 Out Of Work CEO, Will Travel on 06.29.21 at 7:16 pm
What do Canadians take for granted: streets are free and clear of war zones and tanks; stores are full of goods; folks pay their taxes; transportation services are good (at some point they might open the border and allow the travel industry to function); able to watch any TV we want; able to surf the net; able to move freely across the country ( ok not really but maybe at some point the pointy heads will realize there is a distinction between “ZERO risk and LOW risk). Canada is getting better but we have to stop encouraging and paying the cranky winers.
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It’s too late homie. 2 Trillion+ in total government debt at the lowest rates in history, and only 19 million workers to shoulder it. The Libs are barely even slowing down, and will probably have a majority mandate by Christmas.

Total government debt will absolutely exceed 3 Trillion by the time CV, and Trudeau are gone. Three thousand billion dollars for 19 million workers to service. Hope rates never go up…

We better start taking a shine to massive austerity measures, or default. Both these options will leave us much much worse off in the future, than in the recent past.

This is just simple math, and it’s already done. Future Canada ain’t looking too good.

#121 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 8:13 pm

@#114 Sail Away
“By the way… this little warm spell of Canadian record-breaking? In Georgia, it would be called Monday, or Tuesday, or… you know, a generally unnoticed non-event.”

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Ok, well we’ll give the guv’nor of Georgia a call with suggestions the next time it hits -40 F in Jan and tell them their wimps.

#122 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 8:15 pm

@#112 Patriot Fizzle
“As a typical Canadian, you need someone else to hold your hand”

+++

Just remember.
The next time you go to the bathroom…. A Canadian invented the zipper……
Or you can go back to buttons….your choice.

#123 Sara on 06.29.21 at 8:17 pm

Garth, so how is Arysha settling in? Curious blog dogs would love to know. Hope you have plans to keep her calm during the fire works on Thursday. I will be keeping the windows closed, with soothing background music for my dog.

Said good-bye to my 18 year old cat last night. I know that is a lot of years for a feline, but doesn’t make it any easier to say good-bye to a friend. :(

My thoughts are with you. I know the hurt. – Garth

#124 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 8:18 pm

@#115 $ Dawson Gold Rush
“I get my $9,206.55 monthly pension direct deposit with 3% minimum annual cost of living increases. I’m glad the 25 years working for the Canadian government really paid off. I love every month checking my bank account. Keep paying me Canada.”

++++
Spoken like a true , hard working, gold plated , pensioned ex govt employee…..
Retired at 45 did we? 55 at the latest?
The horror of your work life.
Must have been unbearable.

#125 Jim Brown on 06.29.21 at 8:32 pm

Thanks for raising your Canada flag Garth!!!

And no, your not racist or privileged either…can’t see why it’s a bad thing to love your country…

#126 yvr_lurker on 06.29.21 at 8:37 pm

Take toasty BC, for example. The socialists and Comrade Premier Horgan were elected (mostly) to corral house prices. They failed. Multiple taxes later (anti-Chinese tax, anti-Alberta spec tax, empty house taxes, uber property taxes) things are even worse. Now Covid’s not the issue most on the minds of voters. Once again it’s real estate. And the NDP is out of bullets as places like Squamish and Kelowna – not just Kits and Burnaby – rage out of control.

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You know it, and anyone with any critical thinking sklls knows it. The 2% 5 year mortages, WFH and need to abandon the city and condos, has driven up housing prices in many rural communities. There is nothing that the BC Gov’t could do to prevent runup in prices due to the sudden change in landscape. Are we to blame the current BC Gov’t for the price increases and vote them out? No. Completely bogus argument. Prices were coming down in 2018-2019 in BC and YVR as speculators were driven from the market largely due to their policies. However, this COVID black swan event has completely changed the landscape.

#127 MicroGX on 06.29.21 at 8:38 pm

Thanks Garth, let the flags fly and fireworks light up your sky.
Appreciate you.

M

#128 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 8:44 pm

#119 Shocked on 06.29.21 at 8:09 pm
#114 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 7:43 pm

No one trumps you when it comes to thinly veiling your ignorant blurts. I mean this in terms of both the thin veil and the ignorance. A two-fold field maneuver if you will.

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Hey Faron! If I was politely dishonest, I would welcome you and write some platitude about it being nice that you’ve returned.

#129 Keith on 06.29.21 at 8:55 pm

@ # 114 Sail Away

“By the way… this little warm spell of Canadian record-breaking?”

You’re more than a little disconnected, there’s been well over 100 deaths in the Lower Mainland so far. Making light of this tragedy is ignorant and insensitive.

#130 canuck on 06.29.21 at 9:14 pm

World conflict(World Wars) have a way of showing people just how good or bad they have it. It’s been 75 years since the last one and society doesn’t remember nor care.

Something tells me we’re due.

#131 Drinking on 06.29.21 at 9:15 pm

Very good post today! The outcome will be interesting. I will leave it at that but I am looking forward to the light up show you have for CANADA DAY. Have not worked my ass off for the past forty years for some political reason the the Libs and NDP should attempt to make me feel guilty of celebrating, what a joke!! Send those pics on CANADA DAY or the day after! Enjoy all!

#132 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 9:18 pm

And the heat wave deaths in BC just keep on climbing.
65 in Vancouver
35 in Burnaby
34 in Surrey.

The emergency 911 call center was over whelmed with calls waiting 2 minutes up to 17 minutes.

Ambulance response times were 2-4 hours for emergencies.

While the Heat Wave is responsible for the weekend spike in deaths…… the Elephant Tranquilizer( Fentanyl) in the room is not discussed by the media as a possible issue as to why so many Paramedics are off on stress leave and Ambulances sit empty by the dozen.
160 more OD deaths in May.
5 men in their 20’s OD’ed on Kits beach last Saturday.
None died but it tied up desperately needed ambulances for heat stroke victims.

Time for the politicians in BC to put their “Big Boy” pants on and start “Triaging” Over Dose victims to the back of the line?
Over 100 people died from the heat waiting for ambulances that never arrived.
Think about that next time you have to call 911.

#133 J. Morris on 06.29.21 at 9:19 pm

Will Don Cherry be flying the red flag on Canada Day? You bet! So there you go people!

#134 haylor baylor on 06.29.21 at 9:23 pm

Hi Garth

“Racist” and “white priviliged” are not labels that should be lightly applied, but you are failing to get it. Cancelling Canada Day 2021 is about taking what we did (and are doing) to indigenous people seriously, not being anti-Canada.

And gee, if you were a cynical guy (and you are…), you might consider that the year when an infectious disease has cut mass gatherings off at the knee might just be a low-cost one to cut.

Wrapping yourself in a flag is an easy form of patriotism, and a fairly stupid one. Good luck with your party – make it a celebration, not a fight.

I put up a flag. Big deal. As for my patriotism, check the bio. Cancel your own Canada Day. I’m keeping mine. – Garth

#135 espressobob on 06.29.21 at 9:30 pm

Chasing rainbows. The status quo from decades ago is a thing of the past. Trying to live like royalty is an illusion and unaffordable.

Those days are long gone…

Buying a dilapidated property and expecting to relive a bygone era is madness. Times have changed…

#136 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.29.21 at 9:42 pm

@#134 Haylor

How ironic.
You mock the very freedoms the flag and July1st represent.
OK.
Mr Moral High Horse.
Go stand in Tiananmen Square on July st and tell anyone that will listen you disagree with their celebrations and support the Uighurs.
You’ll last 10 seconds before being clubbed off your soapbox and dragged off to an indefinite prison term..

#137 Overheardyou on 06.29.21 at 9:43 pm

I maybe the only unwoke millennial these days. I will celebrate Canada Day because it’s the present and future that I care about

#138 DON on 06.29.21 at 9:50 pm

I am glad the West Coast wind finally cancelled that heat dome…which made BC the talk of the World. Now the dome is moving towards Alberta. Fires have sparked up everywhere…the skoke is in the air. I will never complain about the RAIN again. Campfire band Province wide already. Things are tinder dry and more. Too dry…not good as COVID restrictions are lifted on July 1 and stupid does as stupid always does and flicks their cigarette out of an open window.

#139 Idiocy on 06.29.21 at 9:56 pm

It appears that with McKenna gone (or going) , Carney would be become Environment minister first, then moved to Finance minister if Trudeau leaves and Freeland takes over as PM.

Failing that, Carney in finance directly, Freeland shuffled to environment or more likely, Global Affairs if Trudeau stays on.

Either arrangement will be negatively impactful for the average Canadian with the heavy globalist influence that Carney would bring to bear.

Canada’s political future looks dimmer by the day….

#140 Axehead on 06.29.21 at 9:58 pm

“Woke” is a verb. Proper grammar is “woken.”

#141 ImGonnaBeSick on 06.29.21 at 10:01 pm

#53 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.29.21 at 4:01 pm
#33 Ustabe on 06.29.21 at 3:13 pm
#25 Yukon Elvis on 06.29.21 at 2:55 pm

…I like SE Asia this time of year cuz it is monsoon and typhoon season there. I miss that. And the girls are friendly too. If you know what I mean…….

wow.
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Thanks for pointing that out. I missed it.
This is a family blog, so I can’t say what I think

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What are you two stumps going on about? Believe it or not, some men still enjoy the company of women… You two are unbelievably idiotic…

#142 Mrs Hubris on 06.29.21 at 10:08 pm

Hope you have a great Canada Day, Garth. On woke culture, it has succeeded in reducing our vast knowledge and themes for debate, to issues of identity only. I should know. I’m in a university… We are now divided by a multitude of single faceted people, reduced to a string of letters, and with no apparent overlap to be found. I fear to speak because I am guilty – I am told. I am the cause. I know what you think of me, and it is not good. What a wonderful basis for renewing the foundations of a healthy relationship, or am I missing something here? Keep demonstrating folks and modelling the right attitude. Maybe we’ll all get it eventually. Happy Canada Day, all. Many, many good things in this country. One ingredient does not make a cookie.

#143 Yuus bin Haad on 06.29.21 at 10:08 pm

Sometimes mindless patriotism and a few beer [and plenty donairs] …

#144 McSteve on 06.29.21 at 10:19 pm

Decent sized Canadian flag for $10 at Canadian Tire. Picked up an old school Red Ensign too. Flying them both. Leave them up to Labour Day maybe and then put them on the wall in my garage.

#145 Cancel Canada Day on 06.29.21 at 10:32 pm

Even Doug Ford is pressing the pause button on Canada Day.

https://globalnews.ca/video/7987141/doug-ford-says-canada-day-should-be-a-time-for-ontarians-to-reflect

We need to reflect upon deeply and consider the realities that have been imposed on victims of the history of this country.

We can share happier times together in our common land in the future if we start doing the right things, now.

#146 Paul on 06.29.21 at 10:42 pm

I put up a flag. Big deal. As for my patriotism, check the bio. Cancel your own Canada Day. I’m keeping mine. – Garth
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It is a big deal! People never appreciate things till they are stripped away.

#147 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 10:43 pm

#129 Keith on 06.29.21 at 8:55 pm
@ # 114 Sail Away

“By the way… this little warm spell of Canadian record-breaking?”

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You’re more than a little disconnected, there’s been well over 100 deaths in the Lower Mainland so far. Making light of this tragedy is ignorant and insensitive.

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Let’s call this the Logical Fallacy Case Study:

Factual Statement: Georgia reaches high temperatures regularly. It is normal.

Straw Man creation: People have died due to heat complications. By saying other places get hot, it is clear you don’t care about human suffering.

Straw Man attack: By direct correlation, you are ignorant and insensitive! And by attacking this despicable behaviour, I prove myself as morally more worthy-er.

Nice try, and I’m always happy to help out, since spreading the light of knowledge is one of my passions. Sadly, it doesn’t always take.

#148 Habitt on 06.29.21 at 10:46 pm

We fly our Canada flag year round and put up other things for Canada day. Thank you Garth.

#149 Doug in London on 06.29.21 at 10:50 pm

With all this government debt and rising interest rates, I see a repeat of 1995 when Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Finance Minister Paul Martin saw the only way to get the country’s finances in order was to cut expenses with government cutbacks. At the same time, Mike Harris did the same thing in Ontario. Here we go into the time tunnel again, has anyone heard that new song Connection by Elastica? I heard it on Toronto station 640 AM The Hog. Say, does anyone else here watch X Files and Outer Limits on Global TV on Friday nights?

Last but certainly not least, I proudly display my Canadian flag.

#150 puzzled in Mtl on 06.29.21 at 10:50 pm

I celebrated la Fête nationale du Québec last week and I will celebrate Canada Day this Thursday.
Displayed small flags in my flower box (white and blue last week, red and white this week).
Doing my bit everyday to fight the cancel and woke ‘culture’.

#151 PREFERRED SHARES on 06.29.21 at 11:15 pm

As long as you know you don’t have a racist bone in your body you just do whatever you want.

#152 Nonplused on 06.29.21 at 11:59 pm

#78 Woke Conservative on 06.29.21 at 5:16 pm
Garth,
How does it feel becoming rich from real estate from stolen land? The Aboriginals were robbed of their lands by the European settlers.

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That’s not exactly what happened. The wars went on for a long time before they were settled by treaty.

#153 NSNG on 06.30.21 at 1:33 am

GARTH!

Gather your band of ruffians and take over city hall!

Be sure and tip the CBC to get Canada-wide media coverage. Then make your political statement. Include something about dogs. That’ll definitely sway 10% of the audience immediately.

Don’t worry, you won’t be charged. This is Canada after all. No one goes to jail! Trudeau may even phone to apologize.

#154 SoggyShorts on 06.30.21 at 2:01 am

#134 haylor baylor on 06.29.21 at 9:23 pm

Hi Garth
“Racist” and “white priviliged” are not labels that should be lightly applied, but you are failing to get it. Cancelling Canada Day 2021 is about taking what we did (and are doing) to indigenous people seriously, not being anti-Canada.

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1. As a first-generation Canadian I didn’t do any of those things, and neither did my parents.
2. I love this country and what it has provided for me.

It’s a tragedy, most certainly, but what exactly am I supposed to do? Do residential schools represent today’s Canada? I don’t think so.
I’m all for taking what happened seriously, but honestly other than virtue-signaling I don’t see the connection between what the church and some politicians did 30-100 years ago and my wanting to share that I love this country and what it stands for today with other like-minded people.

The plan for the 1st is to head over to my half-Squamish FiL’s place for a BBQ with the wife’s side of the family where I helped him put up his flag today so…yeah.

#155 Anna on 06.30.21 at 2:15 am

Carney would be a 1000% upgrade over Trudeau. Real PM material. Canada needs more people like Carney in politics!

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Good for you for flying the flag, Garth. This business of canceling Canada day is ridiculous, actually the suggestion makes me really angry and it seems the polls also show that some 90% of the population don’t think Canada Day should be cancelled. Who are these clowns making the decisions in City Hall?

#156 Investx on 06.30.21 at 4:45 am

It’s amazing the “privilege” that comes along with being raised by two parents.

#157 Wrk.dover on 06.30.21 at 5:36 am

Today is the day they decide that after a week under concrete without water, enough time has passed to give up hope.

Any similarities to Canada’s financial situation here?

Hope/denial, a fine slanty line runs between them.

#158 Steven Rowlandson on 06.30.21 at 5:48 am

“Sometimes mindless patriotism and a few beer ain’t such a bad thing.”

Unless you make your own beer , beer is a luxury for the wealthy or the street folk. Mindless patriotism isn’t patriotism. It is foolish and gets people killed over lies and fairy tales. Think and act on the basis of real truth instead.

#159 earthboundmisfit on 06.30.21 at 6:05 am

Here’s the $64,000.00 question. Is the LPC big enough for both Ms. Freeland and Mr. Carney? Either is preferable to the prevaricating Prince of Papineau.

#160 Bruce Wood on 06.30.21 at 6:36 am

I was inspired when you spoke of your flag 2 weeks ago. Bought a four and a half by 9 footer and installed it on our old barn . Enjoy your blog. Happy Canada Day :))

#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:26 am

@#147 Sail Away
“Nice try, and I’m always happy to help out, since spreading the light of knowledge is one of my passions. Sadly, it doesn’t always take.”

++++

Mocking record breaking heat that killed people….. is nothing to be smug about.
Exceptionally poor taste.
Perhaps a cold snap this Winter in your beloved Georgia that killed people would be a good time for Canadians to enjoy a good laugh and offer to show them how to make snowmen because record breaking cold is no big deal?

#162 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:30 am

@#160 Bruce Wood

Would that be the Cow Barn in Dunstaffenage?

#163 50 YEARS OF MAPLE LEAF INCOMPETENCE! on 06.30.21 at 8:31 am

Thinking of having a backyard BBQ in Toronthole ?

Better not – you’ll get SHOT!

“Duty Insp. Michael Williams said the victim was having a barbecue with friends in the backyard of a townhouse when two male suspects wearing masks approached them.

They had a brief conversation before the masked men drew handguns and opened fire, striking the victim in the lower body.”

https://www.cp24.com/news/man-32-seriously-hurt-in-shooting-toronto-police-1.5491174

And that’s even without any flags on display at all!

What an amazing city of losers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#164 short horses on 06.30.21 at 8:33 am

So I just visited the Lunenberg FB page (I don’t have an account, but fortunately I didn’t need one to read the posts). I was surprised to see that Canada Day is being “paused” not because of COVID but because of some archaeological digs. O Canada.

#165 Keith on 06.30.21 at 8:34 am

@#147 Sail Away

Factual Statement: Record breaking Canadian temperatures, with over a hundred sudden deaths in the lower mainland

Your comment: “little warm spell of Canadian record breaking”

I didn’t reference Georgia, when I quoted you, I quoted your attempt to downplay the seriousness of the Canadian situation. No straw man argument, and you have shifted the focus of my comment. Sadly, many pets have died as well. Keep digging.

#166 Damifino on 06.30.21 at 9:22 am

#155 Anna

Carney would be a 1000% upgrade over Trudeau.
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True. But that’s still not saying much. Besides, Carney has yet to go into any detail about how “green” energy can possibly work. Methinks he’s got nothing.

#167 Dharma Bum on 06.30.21 at 9:22 am

The woke dirtbags living in this country have ZERO idea how good they have it. Until very recently, in most places on this planet, they would have been crushed – literally and figuratively. Every single so called “special interest” group would be chewed up and spit out by the mainstream. It used to be that nobody had time for that nonsense.
Today, under our government’s tutelage, we are all being reduced to the lowest common denominator. If you are straight, non-minority, successful, reasonable, wealthy, employed, act normal, are happy, mind your own business, and eat meat, you are ostracized, denigrated, and guilted into thinking that you have done something bad.
I say: Eff ’em all!
Happy Canada Day to the unwoke regular normal people!
OK, and to the rest of the ignorant idiot losers out there.
I’m fair.

#168 Bdwy on 06.30.21 at 9:31 am

Faron A. Hint, it’s on an island. Next to the ocean. Wind was blowing from sea to land yesterday.
……

Riiiight. The same island, same location as it was in the 1900s and 1920s when it was hotter.
Or did sea Island get moved from Cloverdale to the coast in 1930?

I see you got your alarmist drivel mentioned on cbc. They eat that shit up! Same article mentions the “warming twice as fast” garbage also used in dozens of countries spanning all latitudes.
A perversion of science.

#169 Bdwy on 06.30.21 at 9:43 am

First Nations of Canada routinely captured slaves from neighboring tribes.  The Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth, Tlingit, Coast Tsimshian and some other tribes who lived along the Pacific Northwest Coast were traditionally known as fierce warriors and slave-traders, raiding as far as California and also among neighboring people, particularly the Coast Salish groups. Slavery was hereditary, with new slaves generally being prisoners of war or captured for the purpose of trade and status. Among some Pacific Northwest tribes about a quarter of the population were slaves.[12][96][97
…..
Such a shame this this noble culture is not the norm today.

#170 Islanddave on 06.30.21 at 9:54 am

#132 crowdie
It is a sad state of affairs, I personally know a former ambulance guy who quit when he was told he had to take shifts in the east end. Sad times but he is now gainfully employed elsewhere, not doing stress leave and the ambulance empty issue is not going away any time soon I’m afraid.

#171 Bdwy on 06.30.21 at 10:02 am

seriousness of the Canadian situation
……
A serious situation? Or mother nature doing what she does best, weeding out the weakest and unluckiest as done since the beginning of time. I hear 7.67 billion more are in her gunsights.

#172 Investx on 06.30.21 at 10:06 am

Let’s not disregard the importance of being raised by two parents, Garth.

#173 DON on 06.30.21 at 10:12 am

#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:26 am
@#147 Sail Away
“Nice try, and I’m always happy to help out, since spreading the light of knowledge is one of my passions. Sadly, it doesn’t always take.”

++++

Mocking record breaking heat that killed people….. is nothing to be smug about.
Exceptionally poor taste.
Perhaps a cold snap this Winter in your beloved Georgia that killed people would be a good time for Canadians to enjoy a good laugh and offer to show them how to make snowmen because record breaking cold is no big deal?

*********
The little heat wave must have fried a cell or two and left the ego on autopilot.

#174 Sail Away on 06.30.21 at 10:14 am

#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:26 am
@#147 Sail Away

“Nice try, and I’m always happy to help out, since spreading the light of knowledge is one of my passions. Sadly, it doesn’t always take.”

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Mocking record breaking heat that killed people….. is nothing to be smug about.
Exceptionally poor taste.
Perhaps a cold snap this Winter in your beloved Georgia that killed people would be a good time for Canadians to enjoy a good laugh and offer to show them how to make snowmen because record breaking cold is no big deal?

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You mean like Texas last winter? Ah, yes, we already did that.

#175 Sara on 06.30.21 at 10:14 am

#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:26 am
@#147 Sail Away
“Nice try, and I’m always happy to help out, since spreading the light of knowledge is one of my passions. Sadly, it doesn’t always take.”

++++

Mocking record breaking heat that killed people….. is nothing to be smug about.
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So CEF, you are finally starting to figure SA out.

#176 CHERRY BLOSSOM on 06.30.21 at 10:16 am

Marc Carneys’ company Brookfield uses the Uigers in china to make things for his company. Canada is DOOMED

#177 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 10:40 am

@#170 Islanddave
“It is a sad state of affairs, I personally know a former ambulance guy who quit when he was told he had to take shifts in the east end. Sad times but he is now gainfully employed elsewhere, not doing stress leave and the ambulance empty issue is not going away any time soon I’m afraid.”

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Yep.
Daily stories in the media about the hours long waits for ambulances, paramedic staffing shortages, ambulances sitting empty, etc etc etc.

And about 20 minutes later a 30 second piece about the Overdose crisis that has been going on for 7 years.
The month of May almost broke a record for deaths 160…..

No one wants to link the two stories together and suggest maybe , juuuuuust maybe, we should be placing overdoses on the “911” back burner when there are other people waiting two hours for an ambulance after a heart attack?

Paramedics are telling of drug addicts that OD’ed three times in one night and curse the medical staff for reviving ( save their lives) them with a shot of Narcan because….their “high” is gone.

No wonder the ambulatory staff are walking in droves due to burn out….as all the politically correct politicians wash their hands and fall back on ” I cant get into specifics or discuss personal cases” as they bleat vague generalities about how they are “monitoring the situation”.

Many many more productive taxpayers will die to save drug addicts again and again and again…

If this is what we are experiencing during a short heat wave……just wait for the long overdue Earthquake.

Put OD calls on a lower priority response and let Darwin’s Law deal with it.

#178 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 10:44 am

@#175 Sara
“So CEF, you are finally starting to figure SA out.”

+++
Ahhh yes, how predictable.
Sara the lurking, yapping lapdog….. barking at the doorbell when it rings.

I disagree with one thing Sail Away says and you’re jumping for joy.
Sad.

#179 Shawn on 06.30.21 at 10:54 am

Mark Carney is a destructive marxist globalist, elitist. Trudeau and him are best buds. Wake up people.

#180 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 11:10 am

170 Islanddave on 06.30.21 at 9:54 am
#132 crowdie
It is a sad state of affairs, I personally know a former ambulance guy who quit when he was told he had to take shifts in the east end. Sad times but he is now gainfully employed elsewhere, not doing stress leave and the ambulance empty issue is not going away any time soon I’m afraid
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Cherry picking first-responders?
Good riddance to that guy.

#181 Dr V on 06.30.21 at 11:13 am

168 Bdwy

Front page, so to speak.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-heat-wave-climate-change-1.6085275

Much cooler this morning with a westerly. Monday was
unbelievable. 42c on my back deck (108f).

#182 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 11:19 am

#178 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 10:44 am
@#175 Sara
“So CEF, you are finally starting to figure SA out.”

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Ahhh yes, how predictable.
Sara the lurking, yapping lapdog….. barking at the doorbell when it rings.

I disagree with one thing Sail Away says and you’re jumping for joy.
Sad.
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Gotta agree with Sara.
CEF is getting soft.
One poster even called him a “greenie”.

#183 Dr V on 06.30.21 at 11:20 am

177 CEF

“No one wants to link the two stories together and suggest maybe , juuuuuust maybe, we should be placing overdoses on the “911” back burner when there are other people waiting two hours for an ambulance after a heart attack?”

This is the real reason for the creation of “safe injection” or “overdose prevention” sites – to lessen the burden on the emergency responders.

#184 Sail Away on 06.30.21 at 11:21 am

#175 Sara on 06.30.21 at 10:14 am
#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:26 am
@#147 Sail Away

“Nice try, and I’m always happy to help out, since spreading the light of knowledge is one of my passions. Sadly, it doesn’t always take.”

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Mocking record breaking heat that killed people….. is nothing to be smug about.

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So CEF, you are finally starting to figure SA out.

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To be clear, Sara, my comment was purely about the weather. If others choose to assume it indicates a callousness toward human life, that’s entirely their prerogative.

Similar to the Texas ice storms, which also had a number of deaths due to the weather, we held long and involved discussions about the unprepared-ness, the failure of the green energy system, the general lack of cold weather know-how, but nobody mentioned the death rate. Because, you know, it’s a separate conversation.

Conflating a conditions comment with moral judgement is a false equivalency. Honest debaters recognize that.

#185 Pete on 06.30.21 at 11:21 am

Both sets of grandparents immigrated here in the late 50s. My parents came over as young teenagers. Growing up I watched my father with no more than a high school education build a very successful large business. My grandparents worked hard and were so proud to be here. I was born here, went to school here, raise a family here, work here and cherish this great country. Yes as Garth said it is not perfect but in no way should we cancel Canada Day. I will be celebrating.

#186 Islanddave on 06.30.21 at 11:52 am

177 crowdie
Clearly, management decisions like what you suggest are difficult, maybe impossible in this day and age…
But losing staff by transferring them into a place like the east end against there will…
I guess we live in a world where we do what my mother used to lecture me about as a child
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions “

#187 Shocked on 06.30.21 at 11:55 am

#168 Bdwy on 06.30.21 at 9:31 am

Shall we call you Nero? Unfortunately, you haven’t answered my questions and have stuck to cherry picking data from one location and ignoring the rest.

Your hypothesis is the null hypothesis — there was no “event” this weekend and Monday. Any hypothesis has to account for all of the data, not just the data that you choose. Proving the null hypothesis false here is trivial — there are hundreds of weather stations as well as troves of atmospheric data that indicate this was, at least, a one in 1000 year event. You have failed. No one is surprised. I’m sure it’s not your first time.

The best part is, neither I nor Faron, need to argue with you. Time and the progression of events have already sorted out the majority of people. Additional years will sort out even more and you will be left whistling in the graveyard. Second best part is that you have almost zero political power (as is true for me — one vote federal, one vote provincial). Your “beliefs” about climate change will never matter.

#165 Keith on 06.30.21 at 8:34 am

Don’t bother. This is a game he plays to make himself feel intellectually superior and to get the attention he is desperate for. It’s a slightly more mature version of a toddler who “accidentally” repeatedly knocks his dinner plate on the floor. It goes right on back to discussing the enjoyment he took in eating dogs (I guess, in the now dissipating heatwave, the dead pets have left him a smorgasbord). That he continued with his musings about how COVID deaths don’t matter because people die every day and the planet needs death. An argument he regurgitated recently as a “deep thought” (no surprise that’s as deep as his thinking goes). He doesn’t understand that if a majority view him as a psychopath, it ceases to matter if he actually is a psychopath. The reality is more likely that he is as needy as Faron seemed to be and finds a perverse fulfillment of that need in these pages. Don’t participate.

#128 Sail Away on 06.29.21 at 8:44 pm

Don’t flatter yourself. Legions are those who understand you better than you seem to understand yourself.

#188 Michael in-north-york on 06.30.21 at 12:08 pm

#155 Anna on 06.30.21 at 2:15 am
Good for you for flying the flag, Garth. This business of canceling Canada day is ridiculous, actually the suggestion makes me really angry and it seems the polls also show that some 90% of the population don’t think Canada Day should be cancelled. Who are these clowns making the decisions in City Hall?
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Let’s remember the clowns, and vote them out next time the municipal elections are held.

#189 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 12:20 pm

#154 SoggyShorts on 06.30.21 at 2:01 am
#134 haylor baylor on 06.29.21 at 9:23 pm

Hi Garth
“Racist” and “white priviliged” are not labels that should be lightly applied, but you are failing to get it. Cancelling Canada Day 2021 is about taking what we did (and are doing) to indigenous people seriously, not being anti-Canada.
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1. As a first-generation Canadian I didn’t do any of those things, and neither did my parents.

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Yep, by the time my family showed up in Canada, residential schools had already been in operation for over 80 years.

I would not be one bit surprised to find that 90% of Canadians in 2021 did not have family here before the RS system was put in place. There were only 3.5 million people in Canada when the RS’s began.

#190 Sara on 06.30.21 at 12:23 pm

#178 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 10:44 am
@#175 Sara
“So CEF, you are finally starting to figure SA out.”

+++
Ahhh yes, how predictable.
Sara the lurking, yapping lapdog….. barking at the doorbell when it rings.

I disagree with one thing Sail Away says and you’re jumping for joy.
Sad.
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I make one comment about you possibly realizing that SA is probably the biggest sociopathic personality who regularly comments at Garth’s blog, and you call that “jumping for joy”? Whatever dude. Keep on idolizing the creep if you like. I could not care less.

#191 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 12:28 pm

Covid + Heat Wave + Drug Overdoses = chaos

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/06/29/vancouver-man-dies-vancouver-fire-hall/

Dying of a heart attack at the front door of a Fire Station.
11 hour waits for ambulances.
Yep, we got this.

#192 Chris Ray on 06.30.21 at 12:28 pm

I think it is time to work less, spend less, save less, borrow less, do everything less. It is juts now worth it. By the way, once they stole everything from your freedom to your health to your family to your money did you really accomplish anything.

#193 earthboundmisfit on 06.30.21 at 12:41 pm

“True. But that’s still not saying much. Besides, Carney has yet to go into any detail about how “green” energy can possibly work. Methinks he’s got nothing.

No worries mate. Pretty sure he’s still got Gerry Butts on speed dial.

#194 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 12:44 pm

#154 SoggyShorts on 06.30.21 at 2:01 am

I’m all for taking what happened seriously, but honestly other than virtue-signaling I don’t see the connection between what the church and some politicians did 30-100 years ago and my wanting to share that I love this country and what it stands for today with other like-minded people.

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I think most aboriginals agree with you. Unfortunately, the media and government only seem to care about what a handful of violent arson loving thug-activists say and do, not the normal everyday hard working native folks.

#195 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 12:56 pm

#177 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 10:40 am
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What the heck is going on over there that is causing this seemingly never ending street junkie problem?

#196 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 1:12 pm

#192 Chris Ray on 06.30.21 at 12:28 pm
I think it is time to work less, spend less, save less, borrow less, do everything less. It is juts now worth it.
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Yep, I’m years into it already. If you do less of all that stuff, your contribution to the Trudeau clown act shrinks mightily. I keep stuffing the TFSA’s though.

Example: I got a pressure washer years ago for free, broke. I fixed it up and have been using it ever since. This year I dragged it out and it wouldn’t pump. It’s in rough shape, and I briefly considered just buying a new one. But the only real use it ever gets is cleaning the ATV’s after a ride.

A whole new equal unit was 600.00, used 400.00, a new pump was 150.00, and new valves for the pump are 19.00 plus about an hour worth of work to replace.

It’s getting new valves…

#197 joe kahn on 06.30.21 at 1:16 pm

Canadian Economy shrank last month by .03 percent. Seems like a different story in USA and China.

#198 joe kahn on 06.30.21 at 1:17 pm

USA is supposed to add more than half million jobs for last month.

#199 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 1:18 pm

#193 earthboundmisfit on 06.30.21 at 12:41 pm
“True. But that’s still not saying much. Besides, Carney has yet to go into any detail about how “green” energy can possibly work. Methinks he’s got nothing.

No worries mate. Pretty sure he’s still got Gerry Butts on speed dial.
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We in Ontario already learned how “green energy” works, courtesy of the McGuinty and Wynne Liberals.

It starts to work when your hydro bill hits 500.00/mo.

#200 Gravy Train on 06.30.21 at 1:33 pm

Garth, if I may, I’d like pass along my top-two book picks:
• Barker, Eric. 2017. Barking Up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong. New York: HarperCollins.
• Zimbardo, Philip and John Boyd. 2008. The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Can Change Your Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Garth, you’ll be pleased to know that the authors don’t contradict anything you’ve written; in fact, Zimbardo bolsters your writings on investments.

Note to Sara: Why do you waste your precious time with those clowns in the steerage section? (They’re incorrigible.)

#201 Sail Away on 06.30.21 at 3:02 pm

#187 Shocked on 06.30.21 at 11:55 am

He doesn’t understand that if a majority view him as a psychopath, it ceases to matter if he actually is a psychopath.

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Surely a PhD would be aware that internet diagnosis indicates the pinnacle of quackery?

#202 Mean Guy on 06.30.21 at 5:21 pm

I diagnose all people who claim to represent the majority opinion without the slightest evidence to be obnoxious, egotistical buffoons.

Common examples of their megalomania: “we don’t want your kind here” (sounds just like some white robed nasties from the past doesn’t it?) “I speak for all….”

They need some serious self evaluation.

#203 Geeves on 06.30.21 at 8:21 pm

Maybe they should cancel the stat holiday if that’s how they feel. Go to work!

#204 No Left Turn on 07.01.21 at 3:41 am

#190 Sara on 06.30.21 at 12:23 pm

Pretty easy to spot the sociopaths and creeps. They are the ones calling names and insulting when they run out of ‘good ideas’.

Your welcome.

A very happy Canada Day to all.

Keep right