The fail test

Well, the pandemic ends tomorrow. Canada Day marks not only a time for haters to harass me about my flag (an update below), but also the time when provinces like BC, Alberta, Ontario and NS dump most Covid protocols and let you live a kinda-normal life again. No masks in British Columbia, where they need all the oxygen they can get. No more quarantines to enter the Maritimes. And, praise-the-Lord, haircuts again in Toronto. (Have you seen the mayor’s head?)

This is a big economic deal. Main Street can revive. The malls are open everywhere. Travel resumes. Restaurants, bars, clubs, conventions, concerts, live performances – it’s all coming back. So is commuting to work. Buying new shoes and pants. Upping the car insurance. Calling the dog walker. Child care.

All this return to normal spending comes for many people at a time when their real estate appetite, FOMO and the crazy thought that a temporary pandemic would bring lasting change made them do weird stuff. Like buying a house for $260,000 over asking in a blind auction with 20x leverage. Big regrets coming. We told you a year ago this would be a nutso time to chunk all your net worth into one, inflated asset. This is becoming evident.

Yesterday’s RBC housing affordability report was a shocking reminder. (And full marks to a bank – which makes bazillions from mortgages – for being this forthright.) What does it take to buy a property in Canada? Thanks to Covid and fuzzy thinking, it’s 52% of median pre-tax household income nationally. In Toronto. 67%. In Van, 75%. For a detached house, even more.

Let’s noodle that for a minute.

For example, you live in a slanty semi in east-end Toronto, where the cement plants and incinerator used to be. You luck out and pay only the current average property price of $1,108,453 (Toronto Real Estate Board stats for May). You and your squeeze have an average income for the area (according to CMHC numbers) of $114,153. After tax, this amounts to $89,238.

Being excellent little beavers and having made a withdrawal from the Bank of Mom, you managed to make a 20% downpayment and cover closing costs – a hefty $225,000 – plus avoid CMHC insurance. Yay! Now the mortgage is only $903,500.

Monthly payments are $3,900. Property tax, heat and insurance add an average of just under a thousand. Add in some utilities, no maintenance, and you’re spending $5,000 for the place after coughing up a quarter million deposit. Household cash flow from employment is $7,400 a month, which means 67% of your actual income is consumed by the semi. And you are one of the lucky ones – since average incomes are higher than median ones and it’s virtually impossible to find a habitable, move-in-ready single-family home in 416 for $1.1 million. Plus, of course, family gave you the money to buy. Letting you avoid extreme leverage and substantially higher monthly payments.

But wait. What about the stress test?

Oops. FAIL.

The stress-test mortgage payment hurdle is $5,244 a month, for a GDS (gross debt service) ratio of 64% – miles higher than the CHMC-recommended limit of 35%. Same story with the TDS ratio (total debt service) which, at 64%, exceeds the limit of 42%. Total monthly expenses therefore would add up to 90% of net (not gross) monthly income. (Here’s a stress test calculator to play with.)

Now, add in all the extra expenses a dogawful pandemic hid, and hopefully it becomes clear what we’ve done to ourselves. Totally pooched. Recent buyers – especially those out in Bunnypatch where the leaves rustle softly and you now face a 90-minute commute – represent extreme poochedness. Guess which way prices will be headed? Even before mortgage rates starts to climb next year?

It starts tomorrow.

         

The woke folk have decided to jam my corporate email after I sinned against history by erecting a bejesus big maple leaf flag on my building. “It has come to my attention as a member of the community that your place of business may be displaying a distressing symbol in light of an upcoming holiday,” one of the young women writes. “Taking down the symbol and issuing an apology to the community is the only course of action.”

Well, actually it isn’t. As I told one of the protestors who pushed into my office today, Canada just lost 26,000 souls to a pandemic. All hues. All backgrounds. And not a century ago. As this dark chapter ends we have much to be grateful for. Proud, even. Our nation ultimately emerged as a leader in this fight. Thank you, my fellow Canadians.

Blog dog (and media graphics guy) Michael in Vancouver has decided to help me out. “We stand with you shoulder to shoulder Canada is a great country!” he writes. “I found myself inspired by your words in yesterday’s blog. “I need more Flags”. So, this is our plan…

About the (dog) picture: “The heat’s even buckling sidewalks here in Vernon!” writes Barbara. “Our 7 year old grandson’s dog, Benny, has the right idea to keep cool. Happy Canada Day!”

227 comments ↓

#1 Rainman on 06.30.21 at 12:55 pm

I’m a proud Canadian and always will be. Good on you Garth! People like to jump on bandwagons and quite often don’t even understand what they are doing. Yes we have to remember the past and learn from it, but to cancel it is ridiculous…

#2 Paterfamilias on 06.30.21 at 1:02 pm

Good-looking plan !

#3 Mean Guy on 06.30.21 at 1:02 pm

Awesome.

I’m not usually a flag waver, but I’ll make sure I get one to wave around all weekend.

#4 yvr_lurker on 06.30.21 at 1:05 pm

Tell the protestors to buzz off. Perhaps put one flag at half mast as a concession somehow to the very unfortunate new findings at the residential schools that marks a really grim period. However, as I see it, there should be some celebration for people who have survived the worst of the COVID period and lockdowns, and for Canada to have done relatively well in this long year.

#5 Eco Capitalist on 06.30.21 at 1:06 pm

A distressing symbol? Our national flag? I weep for the future.

#6 Habitt on 06.30.21 at 1:07 pm

If someone doesn’t want to celebrate Canada day perhaps they should move. Catholic Churches burning now. Enough . Time to kick some butt. Thanks again Garth for being a voice of reason. Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. JFK

#7 KLNR on 06.30.21 at 1:08 pm

Proud to be flying my large Canadian flag off the front porch as is everyone else in my small SW Ontario town.
Some folks are always looking to be offended all the time.
must be tiring.

#8 RG on 06.30.21 at 1:08 pm

Don’t blame the kids, Garth.

When they asked their mom for fifty bucks and a ride to Game Stop, she gave it to them.

There were no wrongs answers on their tests or essays for school. There were no competitive sports, nor were they allowed more than fifty meters from their front yard for play.

Their world is small, and revolves completely around them.

So when they demand apologies or barge into your office, they are simply doing what they’ve been taught to do.

#9 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 1:10 pm

But but but.
The Woke have spoken Garth!
How dare you have an opposing point of view.

Fly those flags proudly tomorrow people.

#10 Retired in Kelowna on 06.30.21 at 1:11 pm

Awesome Garth. Happy Canada Day. Good on you for putting up that huge Flag. We live in a great Country despite the arrogant fool who is currently the PM.

#11 My Body My Choice on 06.30.21 at 1:13 pm

Funny how the pandemic restrictions in many provinces end EXACTLY on July 1. How convenient.

They told us their decision-making was based on science, not politics – just another lie in a long string.

Anyway, nice display of patriotism, Garth. Keep up the good fight.

Personally, I prefer the Canadian Red Ensign flag used when I was a boy growing up in the 1960’s. Oh, the good old days …

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

#12 Dolce Vita on 06.30.21 at 1:13 pm

Garth, something cheery:

As of today you get your August 2021 Long Weekend wish.

On or about JULY 23, 2021 here is how many Canadians will be 1 and 2 dose vaxd:

1 dose, 84%
2 doses, 71%

Happy August Long Weekend My Liege (and Canada)!

Decided to calculate dates by using the current 2nd to 1st dose vax ratio and 7- day average vax rate. Next Comment for the Math curious.

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Love the Vancouver makeover.

NEVER let the Children born out of Wedlock get to you Garth.

#13 TurnerNation on 06.30.21 at 1:14 pm

Big Commodities spike today: https://finviz.com/futures_charts.ashx?t=GRAINS&p=h1

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-Once again, people say Australia is the test zone for all of this. How much oppression will people accept?
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale improves. We are living in Occupied Countries.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-29/australias-new-covid-phase-as-delta-variant-spreads/100249444
“As the Delta variant spreads, Australian experts say maintaining ‘COVID zero’ means lockdowns until vaccination rate improves”

.No new COVID cases recorded in NT, but Alice Springs to go into lockdown (abc.net.au)

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–IT’s been said the globe was taken over by way of only two terms: Mandatory, and Asymptomatic.
Here it is, freedom is gone. Like animals we are to be track using collars, barcodes

The Australian Daily News – June 30 (3:00 pm) –
8 hours ago — Mandatory QR codes for NSW offices, supermarkets All NSW workplaces and retail businesses will be required to use Service NSW QR codes …

.Almost half of Aussie population under lockdown (straitstimes.com)

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Dolce: More info on the Gene Therapy. Odd the ads I see on bus shelters, etc do not mention this.
From the….Gene Therapy Association:

https://asgct.org/research/news/november-2020/covid-19-moderna-nih-vaccine
COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates Show Gene Therapy is a Viable Strategy
ASGCT Staff – November 17, 2020

Findings from Moderna and Pfizer demonstrate that gene therapy is a viable strategy for developing vaccines to combat COVID-19.

https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2020/12/yes-some-covid-vaccines-use-genetic-engineering-get-over-it/

#14 FNAiks on 06.30.21 at 1:18 pm

Good for you Garth. Thanks for standing up for our flag. Hope you all enjoy a great Canada Day!!!

#15 Dolce Vita on 06.30.21 at 1:20 pm

August 2021 Long Weekend VAX Math for the Curious

Basically add how many will be vaxd in the future weeks to the already vaxd numbers. To do that use a 7-day average vax rate. Apportion the average doses/day based on the current ratio of 2nd to 1st doses. Cdn Population to be vaxd = 31,966,591 (≥ 15 yrs old).

Vax numbers are from CTV’s Vax Tracker.

As of June 29:

25,666,175 single dose vaxd. 11,109,258 two dose vaxd. The 7-day doses/day vax average = 529,156. The number of 2nd doses administered on June 29 = 520,773, 1st doses = 56,326 (total for the day = 577,099).

The Provinces/Territories have been consistent with the ratio of 2nd to 1st dose vaxing for the past week (about 90% 2nd dose, 10% 1st dose).

I used the 7-day average for the number of doses administered per day into the future since on weekends vaxing is lower (vax rates higher as of late).

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Sample June 30 Calc

Number of 1st doses = Single Doses ÷ Total Doses x Average Doses per Day
= 56,326/577,099*529,156 [this apportions total doses to 1st dose vaxing]
= 51,647
Add that to the June 29 1st dose vaxd:
= 25,666,175 + 51,647
= 25,717,822 how many will be 1st dose vaxd on June 30 (80.5% of 32M Cdns)
For July 1 add 51,647 to the June 30 number, keep doing this to a date that pleases you.

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Number of 2nd doses = Second Doses ÷ Total Doses x Average Doses per Day
= 520,773/577,099*529,156 [this apportions total doses to 2nd dose vaxing]
= 477,509
Add that to the June 29 2nd dose vaxd:
= 11,109,258 + 477,509
= 11,586,767 how many will be 2 dose vaxd on June 30 (36.2% of 32M Cdns)
For July 1 add 477,509 to the June 30 number, keep doing this to a date that pleases you.

Easier in a spreadsheet, the adding part vs. date.

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Numerical population error will be small as some of the doses will go to the 12 to < 15 yr olds and they are about 1 million, you can add an extra day or two to take that into account.

So instead of July 23 you can say July 24 or the 25th if you voted Conservative.

Plenty of time left over before the August Long Weekend that starts on July 31.

#16 Leftover on 06.30.21 at 1:22 pm

The awoken might want to consider the words of the imam who spoke at the funeral for the family that were murdered in a horrifying act in London, ON, last month.

He referred to the caskets behind him as being draped in “The beautiful Canadian flag”.

#17 WTF on 06.30.21 at 1:24 pm

Nice, a whole wall Flag! Brilliant tribute to Canada.

A Bicoastal FU rebuttal to the woke, screaming, infants. Lets not forget the cowardly “leaders” pandering to the insignificant, perpetually aggrieved, yet to grow up no matter their age, certifiable imbeciles.

See the world then tell me how Canada stacks up, warts and all. Ive been to countries where people “live” on top of garbage dumps, bigger (and higher) then the Town of Lunenburg.

Life is tough, its even harder when you’re stupid.

#18 Doug t on 06.30.21 at 1:24 pm

Haters gonna hate – the woke crowd needs to get a hobby

#19 Mehdi on 06.30.21 at 1:24 pm

Now wait! Are we suddenly going to become ashamed to be Canadians… in Canada?
Have we gone nuts?

Happy Canada Day Garth!

#20 Justin S on 06.30.21 at 1:24 pm

100% with you on the Canadian flag Garth! We’ll be flying the Canadian flag high and proud at the cottage this weekend!!!

(What do you have to say about that ‘COTTAGERS STAY THE HELL AWAY’?)

#21 Sydneysider on 06.30.21 at 1:31 pm

I think the politicians are opening up in a hurry because they see the damage done to people’s sanity by social isolation.

The protestors are nutty, but what is this remark about: “Our nation ultimately emerged as a leader in this fight.”

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00888-6/fulltext

#22 Prince Polo on 06.30.21 at 1:31 pm

Don’t forget to hire burly security guards to hit the snooze button on all the idiotic WOKEsters that think vandalism is somehow legit.

Garth is a national treasure!!

#23 Johnny D on 06.30.21 at 1:32 pm

That one message from the person about you apologizing is arrogant, ignorant, and just wants to make you comply with these people’s worldview. Sounds like communism to me.

#24 Ustabe on 06.30.21 at 1:32 pm

#8 RG on 06.30.21 at 1:08 pm

Don’t blame the kids, Garth.

When they asked their mom for fifty bucks and a ride to Game Stop, she gave it to them.

There were no wrongs answers on their tests or essays for school. There were no competitive sports, nor were they allowed more than fifty meters from their front yard for play.

Their world is small, and revolves completely around them.

So when they demand apologies or barge into your office, they are simply doing what they’ve been taught to do

Yes, and who is it that taught them all this?

My kids were definitely not in favour of the everybody gets a ribbon stuff but it was inflicted on them by school board and school admin policies set by…boomers and such.

In the immortal words of Pogo “We have seen the enemy and he is us.”

#25 mike from mtl on 06.30.21 at 1:36 pm

#11 My Body My Choice on 06.30.21 at 1:13 pm

Personally, I prefer the Canadian Red Ensign flag used when I was a boy growing up in the 1960’s. Oh, the good old days …
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Just was going to mention that. Our current flag is relatively recent, the original one being ‘cancelled’ for connotations of imperialism and a new identity.

Oh the irony and ignorance of some is a true shame.

#26 kommykim on 06.30.21 at 1:43 pm

If someone accused me of “displaying a distressing symbol” for flying our nation’s flag, they would soon witness another “distressing symbol”: My middle finger raised in protest.

#27 The West on 06.30.21 at 1:43 pm

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/morinville-church-alberta-burned-fire-1.6085688

A lot of good memories in this church. Good people from a down to earth farming community in central Alberta. We looked after each other through a lot of hard times.

There is a lot of anger, hurt and shock.

Someone needs to get this reeled in.

#28 Mikes House on 06.30.21 at 1:43 pm

Double dosed and Very pleased to celebrate on July 1. Yes indeed, more flags! I will be sporting two flags out the back windows of my car. Thank you for your inspiration Garth. Happy Canada Day!

#29 Dolce Vita on 06.30.21 at 1:54 pm

#13 TurnerNation

Gene therapy article from Nov 2020 about mRNA vaxes.

Other articles since then where they think the same tech can be used to create vaxes for different types of Cancer.

THAT would be an awesome outcome from the misery of this Pandemic.

All for it.

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As for Oz they worry about Delta contagiousness.

Their problem is a population with virtually no herd immunity from prior wave Covid infections and LOW vax rates (6% fully vaccinated) which leaves them vulnerable to Delta.

Hard to say if they are overdoing it (130 cases in NSW, unknown number in Darwin).

One thing for sure, the people there have been scared to death about it. Long wait times (5-6 hrs) to get a vax shot or a PCR test. This from an interview by UK’s Doc Campbell of an Oz Doc yesterday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vui8VATr30U

#30 Dogman01 on 06.30.21 at 1:55 pm

Wow…just wow.

The Infiltration of China\CPC into the Liberal Party of Canada is quite shocking.

“Canada has no right to ‘lecture’ China on human rights abuses,” says Canadian Senator. Woo

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/sen-woo-china-residential-schools-1.6084057

Apparently this Senator represents B.C…..some are confused and think it meant Beijing China.

Appointed by Trudeau…definitely meets the Fail Test.

Welcome to Chinada

Worst Government ever….

#31 Steel City Kid on 06.30.21 at 1:58 pm

Our national flag is now ‘a distressing symbol’? Is this protester going to go around to every courthouse, school building, police station and government building in Canada seeking its removal? Silly. A swastika is a distressing symbol. The Q-Anon flag is a distressing symbol. They are lucky to live in Canada where we still have freedom of speech.

#32 Habitt on 06.30.21 at 1:58 pm

#16 leftover thanks for posting that. Really hits home.

#33 Jake on 06.30.21 at 1:58 pm

So much for the hyperinflation dudes…

“Lumber futures have tanked 42% in June alone, on pace for their worst month on record dating back to 1978.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/30/lumber-prices-dive-more-than-40percent-in-june-biggest-monthly-drop-on-record.html

#34 Habitt on 06.30.21 at 2:01 pm

#27 The West spot on. Thanks eh

#35 Damifino on 06.30.21 at 2:03 pm

I never though we’d be in a situation where it took courage to display the Maple Leaf on Canada Day.

Garth, although we are the same age, you are unquestionably the better man.

I don’t have any fight left in me to confront herds of misguided screwballs. Except, that is, anonymously on this blog.

Thanks for supplying this forum and for every other public service you’ve done and continue to do. If you are on the wrong side of history I’m proud to share that space with you.

#36 ogdoad on 06.30.21 at 2:06 pm

Garth, if that’s the plan for your bank, r-e-s-p-e-c-t! Lol.

“Taking down the symbol and issuing an apology to the community is the only course of action.” This is the B-S that is changing our country for the worse. Self righteous wannabess looking ‘likes’ on facebook, or whatever. This is divisive and just another form of FOMO.

Do your math, read and for god’s sake, check your values. If cancelling Canada is tops on your priority list then get ready – b/c you better be fighting for cancelling every other Canadian holiday going forward – gonna be real popular at the company picnic. Then ask your GP’s about their countries history (if applicable). We are no better…tell your mom ‘sorry’ from Og. Extra hugs!

What are we teaching our kids?

Any chance of live streaming your show, Garth?

Og

#37 Ian on 06.30.21 at 2:09 pm

In Ottawa, Pressure to wear Orange. I think I will wear an orange hat but hang a Flag outside my balcony. Yikes never thought I’d have to prepare words for angry neighbours, but here it goes! We do have a lot to be proud for and to remember as well. Happy Canada Day!

#38 Entrepreneur on 06.30.21 at 2:11 pm

When I was younger the parade on Canada was more on a community level, farm floats, kids entering showing their new skills in baton, small business floats, a few local bands with a few American banks, and First Nation floats. All good, remember this to this day, about 55 years ago.

Then over the years the parade that I knew disappeared and turned into a vehicle hand-waving or repeat horn-honking, and many more bands from another area.

Canada has changed over the years, more internationally interferences in our community leaving the middle class out. As with sports teams, same idea.

I do not attend parades but I still will stand and voice my opinion (one of the few avenues we have left and that is touchy too) for Canada. As for flags, people steal them around here.

Wts, it is called respect. Respect for those unmarked graves (children) on Residential School of Horrors. We need full disclosure, DNA testing, and treat it like a crime scene. No excuses.

I would like to see gestures of respect for the First Nation people on Canada Day, part of our history.

#39 Pete on 06.30.21 at 2:12 pm

Canadian flag is now a “distressing symbol” for these woke clowns?

There’s no hope for the future.

#40 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 2:15 pm

Beautiful picture of a beautiful building.
They used to know how to build beautiful, soulful buildings in the past.
Hope you don’t have a “run on the bank”.
Take care.

#41 cuke and tomato picker on 06.30.21 at 2:16 pm

We are with you Garth we have put up a large flag on our garage and smaller ones on our front lawn and flowers. I
hope that we all have a great CANADA DAY coast to coast.

#42 Stahom on 06.30.21 at 2:17 pm

Per Mike Tyson: “Social media made y’all way too comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the face for it.”

Just be decent to one another, it isn’t too hard.

Canada Day is on at my house.

#43 Minds-his-own-business guy on 06.30.21 at 2:19 pm

Red shirt vs orange shirt, fly the ketchup blotch flag vs the fruit loop flag, “rah-rah Canada” vs “boo Canada.” Everything is all about identity politics all the time, performing your personal beliefs and constantly shoving them in people’s faces. It didn’t used to be this way, and Canadians have really become as fatuous and boring as Americans.

#44 Brett in Calgary on 06.30.21 at 2:21 pm

Those “woke” folks are sleeping on some real issues with our country. That said, I am still a proud Canadian, but a prouder Albertan.

Have you seen what the stress test calculator says when you fail?

“But don’t lose hope just yet! This is a soft limit, and our mortgage broker may be able to help you negotiate”.

So nice of the calculator to think of my feelings!

#45 Toronto on 06.30.21 at 2:21 pm

You CAN do both. It’s possible to acknowledge that while we have much to be proud of in Canada, we also cannot ignore the hurt that is still being caused to Indigenous communities today.

I understand it’s a joke, but hanging more flags in response to these messages from the community is akin to shouting “No, ALL lives matter!” to the BLM crowd. Yes, of course they do. Is that a productive response? No. It just serves to further divide.

#46 just a dude on 06.30.21 at 2:29 pm

Garth,

Thank you for all that you do. A tip of the hat to you, Sir.

If the Canadian flag has become a distressing symbol for the arrogant twit that wrote you well maybe this special snowflake should find a new country to live in that offers them all the coddling, nurturing and apologizing that they so desperately seem to need to feel some sense of self-worth. Oh wait …

This is why I don’t do social media.

Wish we had politicians with your cahones leading this certainly not perfect, but great country of ours.

#47 Woke up this morning... on 06.30.21 at 2:30 pm

Woke = bad?

Wrongs shouldn’t be righted?

#48 Sara on 06.30.21 at 2:36 pm

#200 Gravy Train on 06.30.21 at 1:33 pm

“Note to Sara: Why do you waste your precious time with those clowns in the steerage section? (They’re incorrigible.)”
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I waste much less time than I used to. Thanks for the reminder.

#49 Millennial 1%er on 06.30.21 at 2:38 pm

I’m so tired…

Please… stop cancelling things I like….

#50 Grateful.. on 06.30.21 at 2:46 pm

I didn’t immigrate to Canada to be ashamed of the flag, what nonsense is this!
Feel sad for the atrocities of the past though, and believe me, there are much worse ones elsewhere in the world.
Canada gave me a home, a place to be me, a place where we can be treated equally. I would never forget that.

#51 Bob in Hamilton on 06.30.21 at 2:48 pm

Screw the Woke…

#52 CAN CELLED on 06.30.21 at 2:49 pm

#49 Millennial 1%er

I’m so tired…

Please… stop cancelling things I like….

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Miami Vice? Cancelled
Concerts? Cancelled
Travel? Cancelled
Parties? Cancelled

The Can in Canada stands for?

#53 cuke and tomato picker on 06.30.21 at 2:52 pm

THANK YOU GOD WE HAVE OUR PRIME MINISTER BACK HE IS CLEAN SHAVEN AND HE HAS A HAIR CUT JUST IN TIME FOR CANADA DAY.

#54 VGRO and chill on 06.30.21 at 3:09 pm

Nobody is proud of the legacy of the Residential School System.

We will never replicate that ever again.

Is that not something to be celebrated? We live in a country that is so good that when we recognize its flaws, we correct course? Do people have any idea how many countries just continue doing awful things ad nauseam, because they are ran by dictators, or have structures of government that make any real change impossible?

Progressophobia: “a brain disorder that strikes liberals and makes them incapable of recognizing progress.”

#55 jimmy zhao on 06.30.21 at 3:10 pm

To all the woke crowd: Tell me your Issue, I’ll give you a Tissue.

#56 highpatia on 06.30.21 at 3:12 pm

Our nation ultimately emerged as a leader in this fight. Thank you, Anita Anand, Justin Trudeau and my fellow canadians – you should’ve said, to be honest…

#57 Ed on 06.30.21 at 3:12 pm

Can I email a donation to help with the cost of the paint?

#58 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 3:18 pm

Wouldn’t that paint job burn some @sses lol!

I’d never paint over a beautiful old stone building though.

#59 AR on 06.30.21 at 3:23 pm

Yay! Pandemic is almost over. Now we are sweltering in 42C heat in north central BC. You don’t talk much about climate change and our collective future. I think it’s topical. How will this impact the economy, housing, the wage gap, pension funds? It’s real and it’s here. And it’s going to get much, much worse. If this isn’t the horrific summer expected (fire and smoke and terror) it won’t be far off. There will be extensive impacts from 415 ppm CO2. Crops, water, fire, flood. What say you?

#60 Danger Dan on 06.30.21 at 3:23 pm

Not to sound too much like TurnerNation but… what the hell is this?

“Government of Canada to require 100% of car and passenger truck sales be zero-emission by 2035 in Canada”

https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2021/06/building-a-green-economy-government-of-canada-to-require-100-of-car-and-passenger-truck-sales-be-zero-emission-by-2035-in-canada.html

Is there a *sane* reason for a petro dollar economy to suddenly decide it will be dependent on cars powered by batteries that are overwhelmingly produced by CHINA?

Also, is anyone actually assessing whether the power grid will be able to handle the load?

Why do we have a government obsessed with patting itself on the back over declaring pie-in-the-sky fantasies to be attainable goals?

If this is the government that will be in charge for the foreseeable future… then I don’t see it being a very fruitful future…

#61 Lee on 06.30.21 at 3:26 pm

There is no other country where those protesters would prefer to live. That is at least in part because of the decisions and actions of the people who have run this country and lived here over the last 100 years or so.

#62 Rick Danger on 06.30.21 at 3:26 pm

I will be celebrating Canada Day, and I will be reflecting as well. There’s much to be thankful for my life here. The majority of the world should be so lucky. Happy Canada Day Garth!

#63 CL on 06.30.21 at 3:28 pm

I support you 100%.

You will most likely suffer some kind of vandalism now and nothing will be done about it because they are all emboldened by weak incompetent politicians.

#64 Dougie on 06.30.21 at 3:30 pm

Keep the flag flying, and fire off those crates of fireworks on July 1st. Hold a Canada Day party at the wee bank. I expect you’ll find that a large part of Lunenburg still has pride in their nation. Down with all the wowsers!

#65 DENNIS on 06.30.21 at 3:34 pm

According to the Doctor of Infectious Diseases on CTV News at noon, Covid19 is not leaving anytime soon. So be ready for more. Boy, did they ever yank her off the air fast before she spewed more truth.

#66 dumboon on 06.30.21 at 3:38 pm

Love the plan! We should all be proud to be Canadian, every day.

#67 statsfreak on 06.30.21 at 3:42 pm

Happy Canada Day, everyone! We can be proud & appreciate living in this blissful part of the world, and at the same time still be respectful & supportive of those who have suffered so much from ignorance & hate. Let’s all move forward in a positive way – there is no other intelligent option. Spread the love and caring to ALL on July 1st.

#68 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 3:43 pm

#27 The West on 06.30.21 at 1:43 pm
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/morinville-church-alberta-burned-fire-1.6085688

A lot of good memories in this church. Good people from a down to earth farming community in central Alberta. We looked after each other through a lot of hard times.

There is a lot of anger, hurt and shock.

Someone needs to get this reeled in.
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That’s extreme activism for you. 20-30 dorks with barely enough brain activity to run involuntary bodily functions turning tens of thousands into enemies, where there were none.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57626410

“Lower Similkameen Indian Band Chief Keith Crow told public broadcaster CBC he had received a call early in the morning saying that the Chopaka Church was on fire. It had burned to the ground by the time he arrived half an hour later.

“I’m angry,” the chief told CBC. “I don’t see any positive coming from this and it’s going to be tough.”
Many in the community are Catholic Church members and are very upset about the blaze, he said.“

Yep, there will be a fallout from these actions somewhere down the line…

#69 Sail Away on 06.30.21 at 3:46 pm

Democracy’s biggest current threat is tolerance of militant social justice warriors who actively break laws and deny their neighbours’ rights.

There is no pretext that makes this acceptable and there is no need to accept this garbage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ02eeYPKEU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K0tXOBPMHA

https://nypost.com/2021/06/07/finally-portland-antifa-is-being-brought-to-justice-for-its-violence/

#70 Adam Smith on 06.30.21 at 3:46 pm

#47 Woke up this morning… on 06.30.21 at 2:30 pm

“Woke = bad?

Wrongs shouldn’t be righted?”

Ideological conflict is usually based on competing virtues. Wokism emphasizes fairness/equality (or more accurately ‘equity’) at the expense of honesty and nuance.

Fairness is a real virtue but you can’t jettison honesty/nuance because that means you can’t accurately diagnose problems in order to fix them.

Some issues woke people are confused on:
-Men and women are exactly the same.
-Changing your sex means you are literally now the opposite sex (a bit confusing in light of the previous point).
-All differences in group outcomes are the result of racism.
-Non-white people should all be progressives.
-Free speech supports the powerful.
-Overthrowing capitalism and replacing it with socialism will lead to better outcomes.
-Big corporations and intelligence agencies are now trustworthy because they work against the people I don’t like.
-Etc.

Fairness is important and there has certainly been historical unfairness and brutality but we need to be honest about what the issues are and what will actually improve them. Canada has historically been a country that has allowed these conversations and we have done pretty well, even if we’ve gotten a little soft and apathetic recently from things being too easy.

Fortunately, that tends to work itself out since it’ll mean tougher times as we deal with our enormous debt and other issues like the situation facing our Indigenous people that we’ve kicked down the road. It won’t be easy but Canada is blessed by being a large, resource-rich country with a healthy attitude towards immigrants and a powerful neighbour, so it is definitely doable.

And for that we should count our blessings. Have a great Canada Day tomorrow everyone!

#71 Chalkie on 06.30.21 at 3:48 pm

“Yep”, have seen the Mayor’s head, now it’s a proven fact that it must be true, there is a lot of knowledge in something like that, so sought after.
Did you know that the weight of your Hair, enhances your IQ.

#72 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 3:59 pm

#42 Stahom on 06.30.21 at 2:17 pm

Per Mike Tyson: “Social media made y’all way too comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the face for it.”
———

This is true! Safe behind the computer. Back in the day, you learned the hard way if you were talking when you should have been listening. Cell phones too, now you can film the atrocities perpetrated against you for later revenge.

#73 The Awakened One on 06.30.21 at 4:03 pm

I was born in a 35 C+ tropical, war-torn foreign land, immigrated as a kid to Winnipeg where it’s cold like hell for most of the year, mosquitoes buzzing like deranged massive hummingbirds in the brief, muggy, miserable summer.. But it’s home.

I’ve worked hard as first gen immigrant to get ahead as parents didn’t have much to help; served 18 yrs in the Cdn Forces to pay for school beside taking 60K+ in student loans – all paid back.

I had worked in remote northern First Nations reserves for 6 yrs, and had seen all good + bad in every single village.. both incredible strength against adversity, and yet overwhelming perpetual weakness in the blaming, victim mentality – the very main culprit for failure in life.

“Stories can heal us, or harm us, and we must choose which narrative” – Harold R. Johnson, Indigenous writer & lawyer from Saskatchewan. His award winning book:

Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours) – Governor General’s Award for English-language non-fiction

When one is busy blaming, time & opportunity for a better self and community all pass by… all we have left is blame, and more blame – a vicious circle.

We cannot perpetually blame every single German born in Germany for their ancestors’ ill deeds to the world.

We need to learn from bad chapters in history, and make sure they do not repeat. Screaming & cancelling out things will only cause more division, rift, and lost opportunities to discuss lessons as adults.

I am grateful every single day for being Canadian: we are deeply fortunate to live in one of the best nations on earth – true Canadians are friendly, kind, decent, and inclusive. And don’t let others tell you otherwise… for whatever reason.

Be proud as Canadians! Fly that flag, or tattoo it on your left chest above your beating heart next to any medal. (Or tattoo it onto Garth’s 6-pack abs & biceps).

And thanks to an old, crusty, doggy-loving, non-stop yapping Canadian blogger (you know who): I now know how to Direct Invest with ETFs & max out TFSA!

#74 Overheardyou on 06.30.21 at 4:09 pm

I wonder if they’ll be ‘woke’ enough to throw their dollar bills out…haha

#75 Gruff403 on 06.30.21 at 4:10 pm

I will wave our Canada Flag with pride for a great nation.
I will pause and remember the good and the bad, tragedies and triumphs. I will shed a tear for all those lost to wars, virus, hate, despair, hopelessness, addictions and other senseless tragic events. I will remember my elders.
I will build bridges, not walls. I will listen, learn, remember and do my best to build a better country for all people.
I am a Canadian – my heart is big enough.

#76 Brunett43 on 06.30.21 at 4:13 pm

I received my 2nd poke in the arm on Monday, still a bit tender but all worth it. In the race against time, Canada has pulled ahead from behind in it’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. How Canadian eh? Now, about those who think we should not celebrate Canada Day tomorrow, go flog yourself in a corner somewhere. We are in the top tier countries to live in. (Minus our housing bubble) But we’ll work it out somehow. By all means, if you don’t agree, please move out. And thank-you Garth for standing your ground.

We are not perfect, but every country in the world has baggage. To recognize it and admit it brings change to correcting it. The sins of the past should never be thrust upon those of the present and the future. For we are forever free.

#77 Neo on 06.30.21 at 4:17 pm

#29 Dolce Vita on 06.30.21 at 1:54 pm
#13 TurnerNation

Gene therapy article from Nov 2020 about mRNA vaxes.

Other articles since then where they think the same tech can be used to create vaxes for different types of Cancer.

THAT would be an awesome outcome from the misery of this Pandemic.

All for it.

——————

As for Oz they worry about Delta contagiousness.

Their problem is a population with virtually no herd immunity from prior wave Covid infections and LOW vax rates (6% fully vaccinated) which leaves them vulnerable to Delta.

Hard to say if they are overdoing it (130 cases in NSW, unknown number in Darwin).

One thing for sure, the people there have been scared to death about it. Long wait times (5-6 hrs) to get a vax shot or a PCR test. This from an interview by UK’s Doc Campbell of an Oz Doc yesterday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vui8VATr30U

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Last I read, Australia has only had 1 Covid death this year..3 since Oct 2020..This Delta variant is rubbish being used to continue draconian lockdowns.

28 new cases a day is the 7 day moving average for a country with 26 million people? Get outta here.

#78 Another Deckchair on 06.30.21 at 4:19 pm

Dear Garth;

In the mid ’90s I was living in The Netherlands. To be a Canadian there at that time, especially in May 1995 for the 50th liberation anniversary, we were treated with enormous respect. My kids went to the local school; all kids know about the war, and the liberation.

Later I went to work in Belgium for a large company; seems that everybody I met said “You are Canadian? What are you doing here? How do I get there??”

A small subset of people living here in Canada have figured out how to “push buttons” for their own fun and enjoyment to the detriment and insult of all of the good people who have gone before. This subset of people are mean, and their hearts filled with anger, not love, forgiveness and hope.

We have a lot to be proud of. I hope the “Woke” wake up to the great accomplishments our past, to the country’s maturing over a century plus, and learn that self serving smugness is in itself a form of evil, and is not the spirit of this great land.

#79 JacqueShellacque on 06.30.21 at 4:20 pm

The average citizen has no idea how far gone we are. Almost every urban under-35 thinks as Garth’s ‘distressing symbol’ interlocutors do. Why? The postmodernists have moved from the academy into the wider education system and media, as well as public bureaucracy and large corporate HR departments. Roll your eyes at terms like ‘postmodern’ at your peril, the threat is real and these people mean business – nothing less than bringing down the Enlightenment and all it’s produced. Their agenda isn’t hidden – they openly believe that Western civilization is built only on oppressor/oppressed dynamics and activism to undermine our institutions is the aim. All that matters to them is to succeed operationally. So every town and city that’s cancelled Canada Day is a win for them, and makes them bolder. Of all Western nations, I think the Canadian state is in particular jeopardy, as a loose federation that’s never really had a strong nationalistic streak even when that wasn’t unfashionable. I don’t see us going on much longer.

#80 Brian Ripley on 06.30.21 at 4:36 pm

“Guess which way (housing) prices will be headed?” Garth

I’ll take a stab at that one. I updated my long term Japan study with more data points:
http://www.chpc.biz/history-readings/japans-deflation-path

I included 3 charts:
1) Showing the Tokyo Stock Exchange and their housing index peaking and reversing in the same time frame.
2) The Long Term Comparison between Japan and Canada Government Debt to GDP (both countries produce +/- 70% of their GDP via their service sectors).
3) Today’s TSX vs Canada’s New Housing Price index.

Similarities abound… when everything bubbles and peaks, at some point everything reverses direction.

Credit Booms lead to Credit Busts.

Canadians are overweight debt (the other side of the credit coin)… and that leads to a return to growing savings (see the Japanese savings rate chart) which in turn reduces disposable income spending which leads to lower corporate earnings which leads to lower labour costs via lower demand. It’s the business cycle sine wave.

If the new workforce generation has been paying attention, they will have been concentrating their educational efforts in obtaining non-routine skills. Going forward, it’s not going to be your father’s economy.

“Workers say skills training contributes to their ability to succeed. 51% of the labour force has had no employer-delivered skills training in the last five years, with low-income workers less likely to have received this type of training (42%) than high earners (63%), and workers 55+ receiving less (36%) than those aged 25-54 (52%)” 2020 Survey on Employment and Skills: https://fsc-ccf.ca/research/canadians-shifting-outlook-on-employment/

#81 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 4:42 pm

@#59 AB
” Now we are sweltering in 42C heat in north central BC. You don’t talk much about climate change and our collective future. I think it’s topical. ”

++++

Nah.
I think it’s Tropical not Topical…

#82 Braydon on 06.30.21 at 4:46 pm

“..well if this country is so god damn free; then I can burn your flag wherever I damn well please.”

#83 John on 06.30.21 at 4:49 pm

As a white man I am supporting anti-racism by spending my first disposable income at my local massage parlour, rather than wasting my life paying a mortgage with someone who doesn’t like me for who I am. My dog loves me for who I am.

The local business loves me for being a customer. The partner signing the mortgage does not. It’s a scam.

#84 SoggyShorts on 06.30.21 at 4:49 pm

#54 VGRO and chill on 06.30.21 at 3:09 pm
Nobody is proud of the legacy of the Residential School System.
We will never replicate that ever again.
Is that not something to be celebrated? We live in a country that is so good that when we recognize its flaws, we correct course?

********************
THIS. Well said VGRO.

The uber-woke attacking Garth or anyone else who wants to celebrate the good in our country will not have the desired outcome. If the goal really was to have us reflect on the tragedy they have failed utterly as you can see by the comments.
By making this into a virtue-signaling “look at how woke I am” issue they’ve turned normal innocent Canadians defensive.
We’re not even talking about the residential schools or indigenous rights or anything they claim to care about anymore, instead, we’re just pissed about our right to be proud being taken away.

#85 Bill McCormick on 06.30.21 at 4:51 pm

Good work Garth. Keep the maple leaf flying.

The kids will figure it out when they grow up.

#86 Christine Nickerson on 06.30.21 at 4:53 pm

It’s sad that you (and others) could not just pause and reflect this Canada Day in light of recent events around the murders of hundreds of innocent children. Is it not the perfect time to show solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters? The only way to heal as a nation is to show compassion.

Please furnish proof of ‘murders’. – Garth

#87 kommykim on 06.30.21 at 4:55 pm

RE: #44 Brett in Calgary on 06.30.21 at 2:21 pm
Have you seen what the stress test calculator says when you fail?
“But don’t lose hope just yet! This is a soft limit, and our mortgage broker may be able to help you negotiate”.
So nice of the calculator to think of my feelings!

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Just for fun I put in some ridiculously low numbers: $0 down payment and $0 household income and got this message:

“Your TDS Ratio of Infinity% exceeds the CMHC-recommended limit of 42%. But don’t lose hope just yet! This is a soft limit, and our mortgage broker may be able to help you negotiate.”

You’d think at some point the website would just say there was no hope… But no.

#88 kommykim on 06.30.21 at 4:58 pm

RE: #49 Millennial 1%er on 06.30.21 at 2:38 pm
I’m so tired…
Please… stop cancelling things I like…

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Sleep has been cancelled. You need to be woke.

#89 Leichendiener on 06.30.21 at 5:01 pm

One of the woke populus of Lunenburg is a childhood friend. I don’t challenge her as you can’t match wits with an unarmed person.

#90 TheDood on 06.30.21 at 5:08 pm

#8 RG on 06.30.21 at 1:08 pm
Don’t blame the kids, Garth.

When they asked their mom for fifty bucks and a ride to Game Stop, she gave it to them.

There were no wrongs answers on their tests or essays for school. There were no competitive sports, nor were they allowed more than fifty meters from their front yard for play.

Their world is small, and revolves completely around them.

So when they demand apologies or barge into your office, they are simply doing what they’ve been taught to do.
______________________________________

Yup! They’re learning this not just through parenting, but in school too, right up through university.

In our household, Dad is a capitalist because he’s interested in investing and saving money, so to to the kids, Dad is the same as Trump – but we’ll allow him to continue living here because we need him and he pays for everything.

There is no capacity or patience to ever listen to both sides of a story and at least respect a differing opinion.

#91 Freedom First on 06.30.21 at 5:09 pm

Garth, your Blog is a Canadian National Treasure!

Happy Canada Day to Garth, the Blog dawgs, and all of your loved ones!
Dog Bless!

Freedom First

#92 Yukon Elvis on 06.30.21 at 5:09 pm

#54 VGRO and chill on 06.30.21 at 3:09 pm

Progressophobia: “a brain disorder that strikes liberals and makes them incapable of recognizing progress.”
++++++++++++++++++++

Either that or demonic possession. Perhaps we need more exorcists.

#93 Flop… on 06.30.21 at 5:09 pm

Where did everyone in the Canada I migrated to go?

I’m at the intersection of Reasonable Street and Context Road and there’s nobody here…

M47BC

#94 Barb on 06.30.21 at 5:09 pm

Super graphics work, Michael!
Well done.

#95 Km on 06.30.21 at 5:12 pm

We love the boonies and are biding our time to escape the soul sucking city. We hope in two years time all the urban lovers will see their mistake and go running leaving us a reasonably priced house to avoid all the hipsters. That being said I sell restored mcm furniture to them all so I hope they do not go too far. ;)

#96 Sail Away on 06.30.21 at 5:13 pm

#81 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 4:42 pm
@#59 AB

” Now we are sweltering in 42C heat in north central BC. You don’t talk much about climate change and our collective future. I think it’s topical. ”

———

Nah.
I think it’s Tropical not Topical…

———

Popsicle? Yes, please! Who’s got the popsicles?

#97 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 5:18 pm

@#86 Christine Knickersson
“It’s sad that you (and others) could not just pause and reflect this Canada Day in light of recent events around the murders of hundreds of innocent children. ”

+++

You do what you want on July 1st.
I’ll do what I want.

That’s called “Freedom of Choice”

As much as the Politically Correct Nazi’s would want it otherwise.

Never the twain shall meet.

#98 cramar on 06.30.21 at 5:18 pm

Methinks this young woman, who referred to the Canadian flag as “a distressing symbol” should be bought a one-way ticket to Afghanistan so that she can experience first hand when the Taliban take over, what it is like to NOT live in a wonderful country!

Happy Canada Day Mr. Turner!

#99 Cici on 06.30.21 at 5:19 pm

Universal Basic Income is here! But disguised at the moment as the bonified Canada Workers Benefit:

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/ottawa-expands-canada-workers-benefit-to-a-million-more-people-171643417.html

Just did the calculation, and as a single woman with a child, I can now abstain from having to perform mental gymnastics thanks to that now useless university degree I paid for (why, oh why did I bother?) and ditch my professional career to instead work a minimum wage job and earn the same but probably higher salary (thanks to lower taxes). Now to get some of those health issues checked out (may also enable me to qualify for disabililty as well!!!). I’m a little sad though, cause I actually like what I’m doing and think it brings value to other Canadians, but what the heck, gotta go with the flow.

I kid you not. This is the liberals “brilliant” financial plan. The fun part is Chystia thinks this will be an incentive “for Canadians to enter the workforce.”

Think they forgot that lots of people who earn more than minimum wage work just as hard or HARDER than minimum wage earners who she claims “work harder than anyone else in this country, for less pay.” Yes, I’m sure the highschool dropout working full-time at McDonalds works much harder than the Early Childhood Educators, who will now be making less than many burger flippers.

“Eligibility is also being expanded. Single Canadians without children can earn up to $32,244 a year. Single-earner families can make up to $42,197, while dual-income families can earn up to $56,197.

Ottawa says the expansion means 3.2 million Canadians will be eligible.

There’s also a new provision that lets secondary earners, which Ottawa says will be women in most cases, exclude up to $14,000 of their working income when calculating the benefit. This will result in a larger refund come tax time.”

I guess this is how they intend to keep condos flying off the shelves while jacking up the prices on single family dwellings. I wonder if they’ve factored in how many people will be switching over from low-pay or mid-range pay to a minimum wagejob so they can earn the same wage or more with more flexibility and less stress. Or how many university students will drop out and set their sights much lower since there’s little incentive for most mid-income earners to take on student debt only to find themselves surpassed by the minimum wagers.

Never thought I’d see a Canada where minimum wage earners could make just as much or more than many educated but mid-to-low earner counterparts. Suck and blow; these policies just blow the mind.

Wonder who’s gonna pay for all this largesse. Realtors and doctors? Definitely not the RE speculators, LOL!

#100 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 5:25 pm

#91 Freedom First on 06.30.21 at 5:09 pm
Garth, your Blog is a Canadian National Treasure!

Happy Canada Day to Garth, the Blog dawgs, and all of your loved ones!
Dog Bless!

Freedom First
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National Treasure!
Agree.
The steerage section should have a collection to build a statue in honor of Garth.
I’m sure CEF would volunteer to stand guard.
His lectures and obnoxious fumes will keep the rioters away.

#101 KLNR on 06.30.21 at 5:31 pm

@#95 Km on 06.30.21 at 5:12 pm
We love the boonies and are biding our time to escape the soul sucking city. We hope in two years time all the urban lovers will see their mistake and go running leaving us a reasonably priced house to avoid all the hipsters. That being said I sell restored mcm furniture to them all so I hope they do not go too far. ;)

lol, stay classy Km.

#102 Ponzius Ponzius on 06.30.21 at 5:33 pm

Lumbar (Smoky spelling CEF) is down 40%.
Does it mean newly build houses will be cheapa?

#103 Yukon Elvis on 06.30.21 at 5:34 pm

#86 Christine Nickerson on 06.30.21 at 4:53 pm
It’s sad that you (and others) could not just pause and reflect this Canada Day in light of recent events around the murders of hundreds of innocent children.
+++++++++++++++++++
Hey Christine. A few churches in my neighbourhood have been burned down. I know a few exorcists who are looking for work. Send us your contact info and I will see what I can do.

#104 TurnerNation on 06.30.21 at 5:38 pm

Does this sound like “coming back”, 16 months into the Economic and Social Shutdowns?
Ohh 5 people. Thank you M’lud.
This is a scam at this point. What’s next 500 people – by January maybe?

The science is clear. Any more than 5 totally already healthy people in a room and you Will Get Sick.
How many more business will go bankrupt or debt overload this month. 5 people.

THIS is the biggest SCAM every invented.
The identity politics – magically amped up that rollout week in March 2020 (That professional Keep Your Rent Campaign was part of this warfare) is the distraction.

https://www.cp24.com/news/ontario-rolls-back-covid-19-restrictions-to-allow-personal-care-services-indoor-gatherings-today-1.5491168

Groups of up to 25 people can gather outdoors and five people can gather indoors.

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Revenue stream alert.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/cats-dogs-should-covid-jabs-24405703
“Ministers are being urged to ensure cats and dogs get Covid jabs once all people have been vaccinated.

Experts say vaccinating pets may help stop variants developing and spreading.”

#105 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 5:43 pm

#103 Yukon Elvis on 06.30.21 at 5:34 pm
#86 Christine Nickerson on 06.30.21 at 4:53 pm
It’s sad that you (and others) could not just pause and reflect this Canada Day in light of recent events around the murders of hundreds of innocent children.
+++++++++++++++++++
Hey Christine. A few churches in my neighbourhood have been burned down. I know a few exorcists who are looking for work. Send us your contact info and I will see what I can do.
————
All the exorcists are busy, trolling this blog under the handle Yukon Elvis.
Any relation?

#106 Costya on 06.30.21 at 5:48 pm

Happy Canada Day!

#107 Penny Henny on 06.30.21 at 5:49 pm

I weep for Lunenburg. My flag is proudly flying out front 365

#108 KLNR on 06.30.21 at 5:49 pm

@#90 TheDood on 06.30.21 at 5:08 pm
#8 RG on 06.30.21 at 1:08 pm
Don’t blame the kids, Garth.

When they asked their mom for fifty bucks and a ride to Game Stop, she gave it to them.

There were no wrongs answers on their tests or essays for school. There were no competitive sports, nor were they allowed more than fifty meters from their front yard for play.

Their world is small, and revolves completely around them.

So when they demand apologies or barge into your office, they are simply doing what they’ve been taught to do.
______________________________________

There is no capacity or patience to ever listen to both sides of a story and at least respect a differing opinion.

thats this comments section to a tee as well lol.
no matter the generation, folks are only interested in the narrative that suits them.

#109 baloney Sandwitch on 06.30.21 at 5:50 pm

“It has come to my attention as a member of the community that your place of business may be displaying a distressing symbol in light of an upcoming holiday,” one of the young women writes.

C’mon Garth. You obviously set up a straw man (or straw “woke” young woman) to rile up the blog dogs. No one talks like that.

Care to bet? – Garth

#110 Islanddave on 06.30.21 at 5:54 pm

78 another deck chair
My Dad was in the Netherlands on VE Day back in 1945, along the rest of first Canadian army.
I think the memory was a little blurry, but it must have been a heck of a party. He always spoke fondly of the Dutch people, good to hear the Dutch felt the same way

#111 ts on 06.30.21 at 6:00 pm

Great post Garth. I think you should get back into politics – this country needs you! It’s never too late – look at how great Biden is doing.

Happy Canada Day everyone!

#112 S.Bby on 06.30.21 at 6:04 pm

I never thought we’d see the day when someone gets shit for flying a Canadian flag, but here we are.

There is an article in the Globe by Rob Carrick about the housing market and his warning concerning the high price of housing and the high price recent buyers will be paying in the future for their impulsive purchases. The article is behind a paywall but I was able to read some of it.

#113 S.Bby on 06.30.21 at 6:10 pm

#33 Jake

Lumber futures rose so much because of many problems: supply chain restrictions, mill closures, fires (mills and forests), BC stumpage rates, US tariffs, and other reasons. It was not just caused by monetary inflation and the problem was brewing for a long time; Covid just helped it along.

#114 Jason on 06.30.21 at 6:11 pm

Good man, Garth.

Happy Canada Day to you and Dorothy.

#115 Mean Guy on 06.30.21 at 6:17 pm

#102 Ponzius

When something has first tripled in price and then comes back down so that it’s only double the price it was a year ago, that does not mean things are or will be ‘cheapa’.

Math is not that hard.

#116 jess on 06.30.21 at 6:19 pm

News Release
June 30, 2021

FINRA Orders Record Financial Penalties Against Robinhood Financial LLC
Firm Ordered to Pay Approximately $70 Million for Systemic Supervisory Failures and Significant Harm Suffered by Millions of Customers

…”
“This action sends a clear message—all FINRA member firms, regardless of their size or business model, must comply with the rules that govern the brokerage industry, rules which are designed to protect investors and the integrity of our markets. Compliance with these rules is not optional and cannot be sacrificed for the sake of innovation or a willingness to ‘break things’ and fix them later,” said Jessica Hopper, Executive Vice President and Head of FINRA’s Department of Enforcement. “The fine imposed in this matter, the highest ever levied by FINRA, reflects the scope and seriousness of Robinhood’s violations, including FINRA’s finding that Robinhood communicated false and misleading information to millions of its customers.”

The customer that this is referring to is almost certainly Alex Kearns, a 20-year-old college sophomore who took his own life this past June after seeing this negative balance and thinking he’d lost this sum on a trade,
For instance, one Robinhood customer who had turned margin “off,” tragically took his own life in June 2020. In a note found after his death, he expressed confusion as to how he could have used margin to purchase securities because, he believed, he had not “turned on” margin in his account.

https://www.finra.org/media-center/newsreleases/2021/finra-orders-record-financial-penalties-against-robinhood-financial

https://www.motherjones.com/mojo-wire/2021/06/robinhood-hit-with-70-million-fine-the-largest-ever-by-federal-regulator/

#117 The West on 06.30.21 at 6:21 pm

#86 Christine Nickerson on 06.30.21 at 4:53 pm

It’s sad that you (and others) could not just pause and reflect this Canada Day in light of recent events around the murders of hundreds of innocent children. Is it not the perfect time to show solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters? The only way to heal as a nation is to show compassion.
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With all due respect, there is no compassion in burning things down. No one in that parish hurt anybody. In fact, there were a great many people in our community from the Alexander reserve who joined us and contributed great things to our church and our little town of Morinville. Our kids play hockey together, attend school together and grow up together? There is no racial tension in our community – no one on either side is guilty of the past.

I have posted so many monologues on this forum condemning human history and all the ills of which our ancestors (on every side) are guilty of.

Please do not mistake domestic terrorism, or acts of “social justice” to be “showing compassion” for a regrettable past.

This is what happens when the past cannot be left behind. It gets very ugly very quickly. No sane person wants this.

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

#118 NSNG on 06.30.21 at 6:28 pm

The next step is to provoke those protesters to show up for the fireworks…

…and then fire away!

HAHAHAHAHA!

Watch the news for stories out of Lunenberg tomorrow. folks!

LOL!

#119 Alpha Dog on 06.30.21 at 6:29 pm

Canada is a truly great country. We should all be proud of our history, culture and traditions. The people of this country are for the most part outstanding. Not to take away anything from any other groups, but White Christian families are the salt of the earth and the backbone of this country. Happy Canada Day!!

#120 Debtslavecreator on 06.30.21 at 6:31 pm

99-Cici
Please re read the article. It has nothing to do with UBI
The CWB is a tax credit

#121 Mrs Hubris on 06.30.21 at 6:32 pm

Good on you, Garth. We need the wider picture beyond woke-ity, and we need people like you, to speak for us, and to stand up for a more balanced view of what Canada, and its history, represent. “Special interest” groups are entitled to put forward their case, and have valid arguments, but they should not be entitled to silence and intimidate the general public with their deft arguments, at the same time. “Communications” are wholly “handled” today, and do not simply reflect some unaltered truth. We should be attentive to how these communications are being handled and not be manipulated en masse. We are all entitled to our truths – even when we are not expressly “woke”. Have a great Canada Day, Garth, and thank you for standing up for balance in an alarmingly unbalanced time.

#122 Pylot Project on 06.30.21 at 6:33 pm

I’ll be attending a backyard Canada Day gathering with a number of friends. Flags will be flown. I’ve been asked to come up with a cocktail for the afternoon. I’ve chosen to call it Beaver Fever in honour of the day, and to make Woke brains explode since they get easily offended by racy cocktail names it seems.

Cheers to Garth, and to everybody. Enjoy your day in this amazing country, warts and all.

#123 Sara on 06.30.21 at 6:34 pm

#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?
==================

Why? Because their words are written for all to see rather than spoken in the privacy of a psychiatrist’s office?

You do realize that many psychiatrists have expressed their belief that Trump (who you support) is a sociopath, yet have never spoken to him personally.

#124 Yukon Elvis on 06.30.21 at 6:39 pm

105 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 5:43 pm
#103 Yukon Elvis on 06.30.21 at 5:34 pm
#86 Christine Nickerson on 06.30.21 at 4:53 pm
It’s sad that you (and others) could not just pause and reflect this Canada Day in light of recent events around the murders of hundreds of innocent children.
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Hey Christine. A few churches in my neighbourhood have been burned down. I know a few exorcists who are looking for work. Send us your contact info and I will see what I can do.
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All the exorcists are busy, trolling this blog under the handle Yukon Elvis.
Any relation?
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I have two exorcists and a voodoo witch doctor on speed dial. Which one do you think might best handle your case?

#125 Rick Danger on 06.30.21 at 6:40 pm

Brayden

“..well if this country is so god damn free; then I can burn your flag wherever I damn well please.”
………………………………………………………………………………

The fact you can say ingnorant things like that and not get rebuked, locked up or “dissapear” is a testimony to the great country you live in. Shame on you.

#126 Tripp on 06.30.21 at 6:40 pm

This year, fir the first time in my 20 years in Canada, we have not received a Canada Day message from management. So I went to CT and got two 54×27 flags and a handful of lawn ones.

I must celebrate for what this country is, and hope for a better future.

#127 the Jaguar on 06.30.21 at 6:41 pm

What an inspiring graphic from Michael in Vancouver of the former Bee-Mo office in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, lovingly restored by Garth, at no doubt significant expense. He appreciates the charm and character of old buildings, and where else to demonstrate that appreciation if not in a Unesco World Heritage site perched on the Atlantic Ocean. The guy’s a gem.
Here’s a quote from an article written at the time he seized the opportunity, and then a link to the full article:
“A lover of older buildings, he was worried about who might buy it and what they might do with it.
“I was kind of thinking, ‘If I don’t do it, this might turn into a pizza joint, a dollar store or, God forbid, another hipster café, and so maybe it has to have a more dignified use, so here we are,” said Turner, a financial adviser and analyst whose previous careers have included work as a journalist and federal cabinet minister.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/garth-turner-bank-of-montreal-building-lunenburg-renovations-1.4676815

The guy loves his country. Flaws and all. He loves Canada Day like many of us, and wants to celebrate the great history and achievements of this country, fully aware of our history and shortcomings. He wants to fly the flag.

Comments like these : “Taking down the symbol and issuing an apology to the community is the only course of action.” come from small minded bullies who thrive on cancel culture. There is so much one could say about people like this, but I would get deleted for swearing, so I will just say to the low I.Q arse that sent him the email ” Do us all a real favour, and take a long walk off a short pier with a shove from the doggies of this bloggie”. And here’s a little marching tune to send you on your way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTJSt4wP2ME

#128 joe on 06.30.21 at 6:41 pm

It’s a boring mean-nothing flag…why bother?

The old one actually meant something relevant back
when ordinary tax paying Canadian families could afford to buy a house and bring up a family.

….so now I refuse to go anywhere
where I have to stand for the national anthem and
go out of my way not to vote.

Next stop….tax haven.

#129 Nonplused on 06.30.21 at 6:42 pm

#8 RG on 06.30.21 at 1:08 pm

“There were no wrongs answers on their tests or essays for school. There were no competitive sports, nor were they allowed more than fifty meters from their front yard for play.”

Once again we keep confusing American news for our own. At least at my son’s school the curriculum is plenty challenging and correct answers are required, even in English! He couldn’t even pass his foods option (only so many options available for SFH) without sending in videos of him completing his assignments in our kitchen. It took him a concerted effort with much weekend work to pass all classes.

I don’t know how it is in other parts of the country, but around here the demise of public education is greatly exaggerated. You still need 60% to stay in the dot 1 path. Oh well, “C’s get degrees”.

He does like EB Games though, but he buys most of the games himself with money he earns mowing the lawn or doing other household chores.

#130 Drinking on 06.30.21 at 6:44 pm

Certain and I mean certain parts of this great country have gone nuts. The rest of us Canadians will enjoy Canada Day as we always have in the past. Have my flag flying, BBQ prepped and will enjoy every minute of it to live in one of the greatest countries in the world..

#131 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 6:44 pm

#115 Mean Guy on 06.30.21 at 6:17 pm
#102 Ponzius

When something has first tripled in price and then comes back down so that it’s only double the price it was a year ago, that does not mean things are or will be ‘cheapa’.

Math is not that hard.
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When, during the last 20 years, has the price of RE ever had anything to do with math?
Psychology is hard.

#132 jess on 06.30.21 at 6:46 pm

On the day Brazil recorded its 500,000th death from COVID-19, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest the government’s disastrous response to the pandemic. This is the second round of large nationwide demonstrations in 20 days calling for the impeachment of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and for better vaccine rollout. Protests organized by grassroots movements, political parties, and unions are scheduled to take place in at least 400 cities across the country.

In Rio de Janeiro, it was hard to spot a single protester not wearing a mask. The crowd gathered next to a monument remembering the anti-slavery resistance leader Zumbi dos Palmares and marched along one of the main avenues of Rio’s historic Downtown neighborhood all the way to the Candelaria Church, the site of a 1993 massacre of children by the police. Mothers and fathers with their children joined the chorus of “Bolsonaro genocide.” An estimated 70,000 people attended the protest in Rio on Saturday

This is the second round of large nationwide demonstrations in 20 days calling for the impeachment of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and for better vaccine rollout. Protests organized by grassroots movements, political parties, and unions are scheduled to take place in at least 400 cities across the country.

https://www.motherjones.com/mojo-wire/2021/06/impeachment-or-death-scenes-from-brazils-massive-protests-against-bolsonaro/

#133 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 6:51 pm

@#102 Ponzie Party Prattle
“Lumbar (Smoky spelling CEF) is down 40%.
Does it mean newly build houses will be cheapa?”

++++

Started celebrating Canada Day a bit early Ponzie?
The rambling dialogue possibly indicates inebriation …or is it old age catching up…?
Fartzy is concerned….

#134 Johnny D on 06.30.21 at 6:52 pm

Several intellectuals have said it before… And I want to take a stab at it…

Once utopia is actually reached, people will actively destroy it because they have nothing better to do.

And Canada was so close to utopia… Oh well.
Happy Canada Day!

#135 Bob on 06.30.21 at 6:54 pm

Amazing plan!
It is extremely weird that someone asks you to apologize for raising the national flag.

#136 SW on 06.30.21 at 6:56 pm

Like many others, I am grateful to this fine country for welcoming me, and allowing my family and me to be successful.

Consequentially flags are up here.

I also thank the Last Real Conservative™ (aka our blog host) for his work.

Now, where did that freaking Progressive Conservative party go, you idiots?

#137 Morrey on 06.30.21 at 6:59 pm

“We stand with you shoulder to shoulder Canada is a great country!”

Happy CANADA Day to all Canadians.

After hearing that Mr. Socks is lowering the flag to half-mast on CANADA DAY, I wrote to him, and the Party, and told him that i will be campaigning against him and the Liberals in the next election. As if the WE scandal wasn’t bad enough. Wokeness has become a sickness in Canada.

#138 Cici on 06.30.21 at 7:08 pm

#120 Debtslavecreator on 06.30.21 at 6:31 pm
99-Cici
Please re read the article. It has nothing to do with UBI
The CWB is a tax credit
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Oops, my bad. Thanks. I read it way too fast and thought it said $1,400 in benefits PER MONTH for singles without kids.

Garth, please delete my comment!

#139 oops on 06.30.21 at 7:16 pm

@ 134

Ever wondered why?

#140 Tarot card Happy Canada Day on 06.30.21 at 7:19 pm

Happy Canada Day Garth
Wow!
Cannot image a person telling you to take down the flag
Good for you to stand up to bullies.
What is the country coming to? Gosh what’s happening to people in this country?

I hung my flag yesterday I was going to send a picture but if your mailbox is full ? Wow!

I will celebrate Canada Day as a proud Canadian

I will also observe a minute of silence for the children.

#141 Dan on 06.30.21 at 7:21 pm

Go for it Garth! The bigger the flag the better!

Wasn’t the young lady who entered your office actually trespassing?

#142 Well travelled on 06.30.21 at 7:22 pm

Great plan! I will join you in BC to proudly wave the flag of this great, not perfect, country that is the envy of much of the world!

#143 I’m stupid on 06.30.21 at 7:22 pm

So hoisting the Canadian flag is bad but burning churches is good? I guess vigilantes are the new form of law.

#144 CJohnC on 06.30.21 at 7:24 pm

The woke must tread carefully lest they trip over their emotional IQ. (In the case of some, like Christine above, their intellectual IQ as well)

#145 Heather on 06.30.21 at 7:28 pm

Barbara in Vernon: I also live in Vernon, BC. Yesterday the humidex was 48 Celsius. I think that’s about 118 degrees Fahrenheit. We are imprisoned by the heat. My hydro bill is going to be high but I don’t care. I am grateful for the comfort of central air. So is my cat.

#146 Cancel Canada Day on 06.30.21 at 7:34 pm

The flag over Parliament will be at half-mast tomorrow.

https://nationalpost.com/news/peace-tower-flag-to-remain-at-half-mast-on-canada-day-trudeau

Same approach for Toronto.

https://www.blogto.com/city/2021/06/canada-day-celebrations-are-starting-be-cancelled-toronto-year/

These are constructive responses to what we are learning about our country, what we need to reflect upon. This could be a start towards positive change.

#147 Stoph on 06.30.21 at 7:34 pm

#99 Cici on 06.30.21 at 5:19 pm
Universal Basic Income is here! But disguised at the moment as the bonified Canada Workers Benefit:

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/ottawa-expands-canada-workers-benefit-to-a-million-more-people-171643417.html

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Thanks Cici. I’ll keep my eyes open at tax time.

It’s $2379 at most, so on it’s own it’s not enough to make it worth to stop taking the job with more responsibility and pay. However, once you add other means tested benefits: Canada Child Benefit ($13.5k for 2 kids, clawed back at 13.5% for family income over $31k; provincial child benefits; GST credit; plus a progressive tax rate, there’s a diminishing return/incentive to make more money.

#148 ASho on 06.30.21 at 7:49 pm

Happy Canada Day Garth and fellow fortunate Canadians and Canadians to be

#149 Garth's Son Drake on 06.30.21 at 7:52 pm

John Horgan’s response to the hundreds of people who have died from the heat wave in BC: “Fatalities are a part of life”

Politicians getting voted out are a part of life too.

What exactly has the BC NDP done since removing bridge tolls in the Lower Mainland?

#150 Nonplused on 06.30.21 at 7:52 pm

#60 Danger Dan on 06.30.21 at 3:23 pm
Not to sound too much like TurnerNation but… what the hell is this?

“Government of Canada to require 100% of car and passenger truck sales be zero-emission by 2035 in Canada”

https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2021/06/building-a-green-economy-government-of-canada-to-require-100-of-car-and-passenger-truck-sales-be-zero-emission-by-2035-in-canada.html

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2035 is 14 years away. And it will come and go with the majority of the vehicles being sold still using ICE (internal combustion engines). Things that cannot happen, don’t.

Here in Alberta AESO issued a “level 1 power advisory” today. In other words we are running low on electricity due to the heat, and there aren’t very many electric cars in Alberta. And we don’t even have that many air conditioners! (Although I expect sales to be brisk following this heat wave.) What’s going to happen when there is an electric car charging in every garage and an air conditioner in every window?

And Trudeau also wants everyone to get rid of their natural gas furnaces and install heat pumps. Well, that will pretty much double power consumption right there, without counting electric cars and air conditioning. A lot of the energy you use goes into your house via the gas line (if you have one). And heat pump efficiency goes down as the temperature drops, so just when it is -30 electric consumption from these heat pumps will sky rocket! Sure, your gas furnace runs a lot more at -30, but it is still 95% efficient. The heat pump looses efficiency the greater the temperature differential it must pump across. It’s just physics. At -30 you are better off with an electric heater.

The plans just don’t pencil out. We need about 3 times as much electricity as we have now to implement all these plans by 2035, all built using renewable power. Keep in mind that we have been building wind turbines for 30 years and so far they make up about 3% of world power generation. We will need 100 times as many of them by 2035 for this to have a hope of working out. That’s a lot of wind turbines.

#151 Yuus bin Haad on 06.30.21 at 7:53 pm

Funnier will be when the BizzyBodies don’t get their (expected) grovelling apology

#152 Wrk.dover on 06.30.21 at 7:53 pm

Oh, when I was moist! We pioneered long hair, and the wrinklies would say, “are you a boy, or are you a girl, you look like a girl?” Then, there was suddenly even a song with those words!

Now the boys actually become girls, and give Garth grief over national pride!!! Pride, not *p*r*i*d*e*…

I’m gonna throw-up.

#153 KLNR on 06.30.21 at 7:55 pm

@#119 Alpha Dog on 06.30.21 at 6:29 pm

White Christian families are the salt of the earth and the backbone of this country. Happy Canada Day!!

lol, no they’re not.

#154 Old Ron on 06.30.21 at 7:57 pm

1/2 of 1 % of the planet get to call themselves Canadian.
A rare gift on Canada Day or any other day for that matter. We are blessed.

#155 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 7:57 pm

Spent a little time getting up to speed on the Green party infighting situation. It really highlights the lack of Canadian Culture and identity. The entire party is imploding over comments made on a foreign conflict, and all the (very public) $hit slinging and finger pointing is being done by Green Party members who were born in Canada. These folks can’t be too bright. I’d hate to see them faced with a big problem actually taking place within Canada.

Let’s hope the party burns to ash and stays that way.

I will say though, I admire Paul’s deliberate inaction in response to the demands being made of her. Looks like she’s got a pair (figuratively speaking).

#156 J. Canuck on 06.30.21 at 8:00 pm

I’m glad to read that you’re continuing to annoy the comfortable, the glib and the clueless. Maybe, when some of these people grow up, they will experience some shame for their efforts to impinge on Your Rights.

#157 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 8:01 pm

#133 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 6:51 pm
@#102 Ponzie Party Prattle
“Lumbar (Smoky spelling CEF) is down 40%.
Does it mean newly build houses will be cheapa?”

++++

Started celebrating Canada Day a bit early Ponzie?
The rambling dialogue possibly indicates inebriation …or is it old age catching up…?
Fartzy is concerned….
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I’m celebrating Nova Austria day.
Lot’s of Lederhosens, beautiful ladies in dirndls, humpata bands, yodeling contests, schnapps, schuhplattler dancers.
Even Arnie may show up.

#158 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:06 pm

@#157 Ponzies Party pals
“I’m celebrating Nova Austria day.
Lot’s of Lederhosens, beautiful ladies in dirndls, humpata bands, yodeling contests, schnapps, schuhplattler dancers.
Even Arnie may show up.”

+++

I’m jealous!
You Austrians know how to party.
Unlike us Canucks.

#159 Millennial on 06.30.21 at 8:10 pm

Well, Garth, I was mocking you for 180/360 degrees, but I’m with you on the flag, keep it up!

#160 lemmiwinks on 06.30.21 at 8:11 pm

I’m shocked, Canada used to be (at least from Australia’s point of view) America but not crazy. Sadly it looks like that’s no longer the case. Makes me want to fly a Canadian flag myself!

#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:11 pm

@#152 wrk.dvr
“Now the boys actually become girls, and give Garth grief over national pride!!! Pride, not *p*r*i*d*e*…”

+++

Apparently you havnt seen the latest in “Wokeness”

You can change your gender(s) AND your(our?) nationality if “they” “identify” as such……

https://www.newsweek.com/ben-shapiro-supports-white-instagram-star-who-identifies-korean-1605095

Imagine trying to update your passport……
I cant keep up.

#162 Uncle Buck on 06.30.21 at 8:13 pm

Wow. I was in Lunenburg this afternoon (holy hell was it hot!). There was Canada flags hanging everywhere, including off the stern of the Bluenose II. Did this person go door to door to all the businesses on Montague Street and Bluenose Drive to express their outrage? Or is there some kind of limit on the size of the flag in this person’s view?

We drove by your old bank Garth and I was sure to tell my 4 year old son the historical significance of your particular flag. Awesome sight.

#163 Chris on 06.30.21 at 8:13 pm

There’s a time and place for everything. Erase Canada Day? No. Be proud of who we are? Sure, but maybe some consideration this year!

One of my neighbours had a house fire Christmas 2019 and tragically lost a family member. Christmas 2020, our neighbourhood (which normally does a lot of lights), decided not to out of care for our neighbour. Instead, we provided meals every day in December and had an un-Christmassy dinner where she came and enjoyed company to laugh and cry with. Did we have to cancel Christmas? No. But we also didn’t need to flaunt it.
Christmas 2021, we’re back to “normal” but our neighbourhood will be better for it.

Don’t rile up the masses Garth. Covid is terrible but inevitable in history. Residential schools is an all different situation with an already stigmatized segment of our population. It doesn’t need to be all in or all out. How about subtlety this year? And compassion.

#164 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:18 pm

@#149 Drake
“What exactly has the BC NDP done since removing bridge tolls in the Lower Mainland?”

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Spent billions on a Dam no one wants and everyone fears will fail after its finished….

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/09/11/Site-C-Radical-Risky-Makeover/

A Dam estimated at 2 billion is now estimated to cost 12 billion …..and its built on clay….
But those Union votes are needed.

#165 AACI Homedog on 06.30.21 at 8:21 pm

Off topic but I find it interesting that it’s the Roman catholic church involved in this fiasco, and not the Church of England (Anglican Church). Was the queen or king wise enough to not want to get involved in the residential schools and such ?
I am flying a flag.

#166 Squire on 06.30.21 at 8:21 pm

The Woke will soon be Broke…

We stand with you Garth and all you do, even for the woke that stoke the fires of division.
Garth, we need you as PM.
Happy Canada Day, here’s to many more and much improved Canada Days

#167 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 8:23 pm

#119 Alpha Dog on 06.30.21 at 6:29 pm

… Not to take away anything from any other groups, but White Christian families are the salt of the earth and the backbone of this country. Happy Canada Day!!

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That was the “old” Canada. Back when hard work got you somewhere. Back when we actually reproduced. Back when activists were social outcasts. Back when Canadians had something of a national identity.

Future Canada belongs to uhhh… folks who enjoy getting punched in the face repeatedly?

Trudeau has multiplied the price of success in Canada. You watch, 3 Trillion in total government debt by the time he’s done. The future does not look good from here, better find yourself a government job.

#168 Trojan House on 06.30.21 at 8:29 pm

#60 Danger Dan on 06.30.21 at 3:23 pm

Politicians and a lot of people live in fantasy land.

#169 Doug t on 06.30.21 at 8:56 pm

#161 fartz

So I apparently can now identify as neanderthal – yay

#170 Doug t on 06.30.21 at 8:58 pm

#119 alpha dog

haha that was a good troll …….

#171 Parsonage on 06.30.21 at 8:59 pm

In response to Social Media Comments about the Unmarked Graves near Residential School Site near Cranbrook BC this Statement has been Released by local Indigenous Leadership: https://www.aqam.net/sites/default/files/20210630%20-%20aqam%20media%20Release%20-%20Statement%20on%20discovery%20of%20unmarked%20graves.pdf?fbclid=IwAR26e5SEvjUqG6B-q2v5jZpkb7NNWAse2PWenhQYUn4D-_zG2_rIKjEhVkA

#172 Paul B on 06.30.21 at 9:02 pm

Thank you for standing up for Canada, Garth! Your heart is always in the right place.

#173 IHCTD9 on 06.30.21 at 9:02 pm

#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:11 pm
@#152 wrk.dvr
“Now the boys actually become girls, and give Garth grief over national pride!!! Pride, not *p*r*i*d*e*…”

+++

Apparently you havnt seen the latest in “Wokeness”

You can change your gender(s) AND your(our?) nationality if “they” “identify” as such……

https://www.newsweek.com/ben-shapiro-supports-white-instagram-star-who-identifies-korean-1605095

Imagine trying to update your passport……
I cant keep up.
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It’s all part of the Male world domination master plan. We’ve just about got Women’s sports conquered, and we’ll be moving into politics too. Soon, all the various identities we have created will be at each others throats vying to become the ultimate victim group. Indeed, the infighting has already begun, even while our strength is gaining!

The ability to become any gender or race was all part of the plan right from the beginning. Special Agent “Oli” is our most ambitious operative yet. Once he achieves the normalization and widespread acceptance of transracialism – we will be invincible!!

Muhahahaha!!!

#174 Rent the Podium on 06.30.21 at 9:08 pm

Heard from some who have skipped stress test by going through smaller credit unions, which don’t have same rules as federally regulated ones. Seems like a big loop hole.

#175 Sara on 06.30.21 at 9:09 pm

I’ve got mixed feelings regarding the uproar over Canadians celebrating their country’s birthday tomorrow.

On a personal level, as of 2012 (when I became aware of FATCA), as a US born, Canadian person from birth, I stopped celebrating Canada Day, until very recently.

No country is perfect, though we must always strive to make it better.

And it is really easy for Canadians to say ‘no’ to the nice lady at the bank. ;)

#176 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 9:10 pm

#158 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:06 pm
@#157 Ponzies Party pals
“I’m celebrating Nova Austria day.
Lot’s of Lederhosens, beautiful ladies in dirndls, humpata bands, yodeling contests, schnapps, schuhplattler dancers.
Even Arnie may show up.”

+++

I’m jealous!
You Austrians know how to party.
Unlike us Canucks.
————–
Same with the Bavarians.
Everyone should have the October Fest in Munich on their bucket list.

#177 Cici on 06.30.21 at 9:12 pm

#163 Chris

I understand your point, and agree this must be a painful period for many indigenous groups, but I respectfully disagree about cancelling Canada Day.

Personally, regardless of what actually happened to those children (sickness, neglect, abuse or murder) and the intentions of the people running the residential schools, there was obviously a lot of shameful wrongdoing.

However, only a small minority of people were actually responsible for those actions, not the average Canadian individual or family. Many Canadians, myself included, support indigenous rights and feel horribly about what happened in the past. But, forging a brighter path forward doesn’t come from erasing or cancelling the past.

As Garth has already said, every year Canada welcomes people from all walks of life, and every culture, community and country. And many of those people come here to escape fascist regimes and/or persecution in their home countries. That is one thing Canadians can be very proud of, among many others… such as Canada’s role in defeating the Nazi regime.

I think it’s possible to stand in solidarity with indigenous groups, and honour National Indigenous History Month while also honouring what makes Canada so great for so many different groups of people.
Celebrating and supporting what makes every community better and stronger does not create division. But destroying monuments, burning churches and trying to deny any group of people the right to celebrate their culture, history, language, country or religion is definitely toxic and divisive.

#178 Tyberius on 06.30.21 at 9:14 pm

We were locked down like criminals for this (a 0.07% death rate)?

https://www.jccf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Covid-Statistics-canada-june-09-2021.png

A big thanks to TN for keeping it real all along.

And now that they have achieved >95% compliance with masking just about everywhere (even when alone in cars), as Garth says, the Pandemic ends July 1st –
so, viruses recognize Statutory Holidays now … LOL

Classic psych-op!

Enjoy Canada Day (wherever it isn’t cancelled, that is)!

#179 New Contrarian on 06.30.21 at 9:28 pm

The flag of a Maple Leaf to boot, is now ‘offensive’ to the wokesters? haha

Probably the best response is to just laugh…

And if you wanna rub it in a bit, invite DJT for a sing-along of Owe-Canada! Now that would give them something to chew on!

#180 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 9:31 pm

@#173 IHCTD9
“The ability to become any gender or race was all part of the plan right from the beginning. Special Agent “Oli” is our most ambitious operative yet. Once he achieves the normalization and widespread acceptance of transracialism – we will be invincible!!”

++++

Thanks for explaining that!

So if I understand correctly….
The white, male dominated, new world order is just transitioning into a better , new world order of gender neutral people who are, actually……men.
Got it.

#181 Joe on 06.30.21 at 9:36 pm

That’s a lot of Liberal Red! Is that to celebrate Trudeau’s vaccination success?

#182 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 9:37 pm

@#171 Parsonage

In response to Social Media Comments about the Unmarked Graves near Residential School Site near Cranbrook BC this Statement has been Released by local Indigenous Leadership: https://www.aqam.net/sites/default/files/20210630%20-%20aqam%20media%20Release%20-%20Statement%20on%20discovery%20of%20unmarked%20graves.pdf?fbclid=IwAR26e5SEvjUqG6B-q2v5jZpkb7NNWAse2PWenhQYUn4D-_zG2_rIKjEhVkA

+++++

Finally some rational common sense.
Probably similar fact finding information will show most of these unmarked graves everywhere were of a the same type.

#183 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 9:39 pm

I mentioned weeks ago it was going to be a long hot Summer in BC

They just evacuated the town of Lillooette BC
The forest fire is out of control.

#184 Sail Away on 06.30.21 at 9:42 pm

Hey, Bill Cosby is freed and just in time for July 4th!

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/30/1011799764/bill-cosbys-conviction-for-sexual-assault-is-overturned-by-a-pennsylvania-court

#185 GrumpyPanda on 06.30.21 at 9:48 pm

#27 The west. 3-4 weeks ago the girlfriend gave me (Toronto) two orange coffee mugs, black rim, white and black speckles, white interior. Town of Morinville, Est. 1901.

I proudly hung my flag before reading today’s blog. I believe it is a symbol of unity. And I won’t be smashing the coffee mugs either.

#186 Idiocy on 06.30.21 at 9:51 pm

I can think of no other nation on earth that would allow their ”national day” to be cancelled or celebrations thereof to be curtailed for ANY reason.

For Canadians to be tolerant of such indicates that the citizens will have much, much more to lose and will likely do so should the ‘woke’ government prevail in coming elections.

I am astounded that there is no collective push back.
The downward spiral continues…

#187 DON on 06.30.21 at 9:52 pm

The fires have started all over BC. The west coast is windy…but no rain in forecast…other than a potential thunder and lightning storm in the interior. Even Port Hardy has a bush fire.

Return of the indoor vacation with air filters??? The masks may come in handy if they are N95…Yikes!

#188 Idiocy on 06.30.21 at 9:53 pm

and, forgot to add,

HAPPY CANADA DAY to all Canadians !!!

#189 Chris on 06.30.21 at 9:55 pm

#163 Cici – I agree with everything you’ve said. My point wasn’t that we shouldn’t be proud of who we are or where we’ve come from – or that we should cancel/erase anything. My point was simply that having a muted Canada Day this year would be considerate and loving.

As North Americans, we place our highest value on the individual but for many other cultures (Indigenous being one), it is corporate and communal. When you ask Jewish people about their feelings about WW2, their anger is not only at the individuals that committed the atrocities but the nations as a whole that allowed for it. We may not have been a part of taking kids from their homes or committed any of the terrible things. We may not have even been around to know anyone that was a part of a residential school system. But if you ask an Indigenous person, that’s not the point at all. It was a world system that thought it was okay to treat them that way and that same world system ignored the Truth Reconciliation report for 7 years that basically told us this was happening. I could go on and on about the racism that is still a part of the system today.

I’m not asking for anything from anyone. I was just asking that Garth not fuel the fires that cause 100+ people to say, “it wasn’t me so what’s the problem?”

The flag stays. – Garth

#190 CGabe on 06.30.21 at 10:00 pm

My great uncles fought against Hitler, to protect mankind from tyranny. I will proudly display a giant Canadian flag on my house.

Happy Canada Day!

#191 mark on 06.30.21 at 10:04 pm

Good thing she’s made from stone!

#192 binky barnes on 06.30.21 at 10:04 pm

The nation seems divided these days. This is not an especially happy time. Fortunately we have the PM PM (Mr. Justin Trudeau) running things. He will unify. That is what he does: unifies Canadians. He is very good at that.

Just the thought of the PM PM addressing the nation on Canada Day, imparting words on wisdom, while collectively embracing Canadians in a figurative hug gives me goose bumps.

BB

#193 Uncle Charlie on 06.30.21 at 10:22 pm

One of my uncles died for this country in World War 2, and my dad was the most proud Canadian you could find after coming here with nothing from Northern Ireland in the 1950’s. He paraded around downtown Ottawa every July 1st in a red hat, red shoes and red shorts. You may have even known him, Garth. Anyway, Happy Canada Day!

P.S. My family also has First Nations in our blood on my mom’s side. It never stopped us from celebrating on Canada Day.

#194 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 10:27 pm

#184 Sail Away on 06.30.21 at 9:42 pm
Hey, Bill Cosby is freed and just in time for July 4th!

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/30/1011799764/bill-cosbys-conviction-for-sexual-assault-is-overturned-by-a-pennsylvania-court
—————
The American political system is in a chaos.
At least, people said, the justice system is still working.
Well, until now.
It’s a joke (pun intended).

#195 Prince Polo on 06.30.21 at 10:28 pm

Let’s see if this easily triggered young woman likes the rebuttal, I am dishing out below:

“It has come to my attention as a member of the community that your passive-aggressive bullying may be a distressing symbol at any time of year; taking down the bullying and issuing an apology to the community is the only course of action.”

Ridiculous, no? I am majorly embarrassed to be a part of the most pathetic generation ever – the milquetoast Millennials!

#196 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 10:39 pm

@#192 Binky’s Bump
“Just the thought of the PM PM addressing the nation on Canada Day, imparting words on wisdom, while collectively embracing Canadians in a figurative hug gives me goose bumps.”

++++

Perhaps he’s only hugging you with one arm…..and thats not a goosebump……..
:0

#197 DON on 06.30.21 at 10:50 pm

#149 Garth’s Son Drake on 06.30.21 at 7:52 pm
John Horgan’s response to the hundreds of people who have died from the heat wave in BC: “Fatalities are a part of life”

Politicians getting voted out are a part of life too.

What exactly has the BC NDP done since removing bridge tolls in the Lower Mainland?

?????????????,
Rich Coleman is that you?

Lots of folks know that is the case…there are things called personal responsibility and reality. Two concepts about to be reintroduced to the happy pathers.

Speaking the truth can be hard…but someone has to do it. Geezus! I am baffled why people can’t handle the truth or assume a life sustaining degree of personable RESPONSibility.

#198 wallflower on 06.30.21 at 11:12 pm

Share her origin data.
We’d like to share our thoughts with her.

#199 DON on 06.30.21 at 11:12 pm

The flag stays. – Garth

************

Dam right it stays.

That flag also represents the GOOD Canadians and the GOOD that Canada has done and will continue to do.

Leave the Maple Leaf alone.

#200 Charity on 06.30.21 at 11:13 pm

#93 Flop…

Where did everyone in the Canada I migrated to go?

I’m at the intersection of Reasonable Street and Context Road and there’s nobody here…

M47BC
————————————————————————————

They are all over in [email protected]$$ alley meeting with Garth’s protesters. Happy Born Day Canada!

M51AB

#201 Moses71 on 06.30.21 at 11:20 pm

Thank you Garth and it’s a choice how we express ourselves with no disrespect to others.
My retirement home is 3rd in the country vaxx rate for staff and residents according to my world class senior living company. And I told my awesome staff it is their choice to wear red or orange on July 1st. I was adopted by an Aboriginal and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
I shared with my awesome staff that what makes us proud are the many new Canadians who are empathizing and asking how they can show something to our Canadian natives. Unbelievable. This brings self-reflection and appreciation and compassion for our brothers and sisters in a country we need to reconcile and atone and appreciate as we need one another going forward. So to move forward as a country, anyone’s hurts are our own.
Canada is unique as we are a family and being in sync and understanding of one another will make us stronger and acknowledged and validated.
Love this country.

#202 DON on 06.30.21 at 11:23 pm

#164 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:18 pm
@#149 Drake
“What exactly has the BC NDP done since removing bridge tolls in the Lower Mainland?”

+++
Spent billions on a Dam no one wants and everyone fears will fail after its finished….

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/09/11/Site-C-Radical-Risky-Makeover/

A Dam estimated at 2 billion is now estimated to cost 12 billion …..and its built on clay….
But those Union votes are needed.

******

I think this is bigger than Provincial politics…water storage and the California water shortage.

And the jobs and economic benefits to the anti NDP north are beneficial to sway votes. Lots of things are at play here.

#203 VladTor on 06.30.21 at 11:28 pm

….It has come to my attention as a member of the community that your place of business may be displaying a distressing symbol in light of an upcoming holiday,” one of the young women writes. “Taking down the symbol and issuing an apology to the community is the only course of action.”

***********

Garth, did you ask her which community does she mean/belong? When she was on visit last time with sexologist? Does she Canada citizen?

In case like this I’m normally asking, name, phone number, E-mail, address in polite manner like this:

“I’m agree with you in some points” – this is start conversation. Then: “Could you give me a favor and give me yours name and phone number?” Usually after that I don’t received what I’m asking and everything is coming to the end.
With women’s best first question is – “How old are you?”.
“Leave me alone” and showing my back after that – working very well too. Can be “Please, Leave me alone” as option if patient looks too exited.

#204 Leaf it alone on 06.30.21 at 11:35 pm

#35 Damifino on 06.30.21 at 2:03 pm

I never though we’d be in a situation where it took courage to display the Maple Leaf on Canada Day.
________________

Or at a Toronto Make Believes hockey game….for that matter!

#205 Happy Canad ...eh! on 06.30.21 at 11:56 pm

#183 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 9:39 pm

I mentioned weeks ago it was going to be a long hot Summer in BC

They just evacuated the town of Lillooette BC
The forest fire is out of control.

_________________________________

Not sure who this crowded fart is, but he does not appear too bright.

First… The name of the town is Lillooet.
Second… It was Lytton that was evacuated.

So, I can see why people don’t listen to you.

#206 DON on 07.01.21 at 12:00 am

#164 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:18 pm
@#149 Drake
“What exactly has the BC NDP done since removing bridge tolls in the Lower Mainland?”

+++
Spent billions on a Dam no one wants and everyone fears will fail after its finished….

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/09/11/Site-C-Radical-Risky-Makeover/

A Dam estimated at 2 billion is now estimated to cost 12 billion …..and its built on clay….
But those Union votes are needed.

*****

Forgot to add.

As for the 12 Billion…the Covid spending seems to have desensitized the masses. Like Dr. Evil going to the future and asking for millions…

12 Billion is just chump change…bit coiners are making that in months lol. Consequences are a thing of the past, in fact they have been outright cancelled ( memo in the mail) and utopia is seemingly around the next decade.

#207 The hairy Bavarian on 07.01.21 at 12:05 am

#176 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.30.21 at 9:10 pm
#158 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 8:06 pm
@#157 Ponzies Party pals

————–
Same with the Bavarians.
Everyone should have the October Fest in Munich on their bucket list.

_______________

More like… Everyone should have a bucket on their list when they go to October Fest in Munich. You’ll need it after a night of “bier trinken”!

#208 Two-thirds on 07.01.21 at 12:14 am

To the millions of people who for over 150 years have chosen Canada as our home and destiny, finding shelter from war, injustice, corruption, hopelessness, and penury, the maple leaf is not a symbol of distress, but of peace, opportunity, and justice.

Sadly, the values that Canada used to stand for have been decimated in the last half decade by those who having been born with abundance, freedom, justice, opportunity, and free speech, hold a narrow, censuring and resentful view of their country and our world.

Ironically, democracy and freedom have given a platform to the perennially-aggrieved, achievement-passive but militancy-active, to project their reductive and unambitious narrative over our entire country, institutionalizing blame and victimhood, in this richest and opportunity-filled land!

No nation has been birthed without horrors, strife, and conquest. Yes, our nation’s history is stained and we must atone for the sins of our forefathers, striving for reconciliation and justice. Canada is not defined by its failings and even in its diminished self-image and current political vapidity, it remains the true north, strong and free, the envy of many, many nations, and a place worth defending and celebrating.

Fly the flag, and love this land!

Happy Canada Day!

#209 No Left Turn on 07.01.21 at 2:33 am

Wishing EVERYONE, even the evil puckers trying to ruin the country, a very happy Canada Day. Thank you Canada for every opportunity you have given me. Thank you especially for Mr. Turner.

A pox on the useful idiots perpetuating absurdity in their ignorance of reality and resistance to rational thought.

Keep right.

#210 co on 07.01.21 at 3:12 am

so you’re saying, you are flying the flag to show respect and solidarity for the fact that “Canada just lost 26,000 souls to a pandemic. “.. OK , fine.

but what of the Indigenous communities, our fellow Canadians, who are currently grappling with grief and pain? What show of respect and solidarity will you do for them? is their sadness less deserving of recognition because it was “a century ago”?

#211 Marvin on 07.01.21 at 5:44 am

First generation immigrant, former CF member, and recipient of the many opportunities that Canada affords its people. Thank you for flying the flag, and thank you for standing up to the folks who would rather tear down an incredible country than contribute anything meaningful.

#212 Prince Polo on 07.01.21 at 8:15 am

#134 haylor baylor on 06.29.21 at 9:23 pm
[blah, blah, blah – i’m morally superior and you should be ashamed of yourself – blah blah blah]

Dear haylor baylor,
If you insist on imposing your view of cancelling Canada Day onto others, in a free country, then I must also insist on imposing MY view of celebrating Canada Day onto you!
Get a life, man/woman.

#213 Paul W on 07.01.21 at 8:26 am

Let the Flags Fly…

Keep up the good work Garth

#214 Oakville Rocks! on 07.01.21 at 8:54 am

Happy Canada Day Garth.

Amazing to see the Peace Tower Flag once again. I hope you have a great summer in Lunenburg.

Happy Canada Day to all who appreciate and cherish this amazing country.

#215 Dharma Bum on 07.01.21 at 9:06 am

If I really wanna piss off my neighbours, I’ll fly an American flag and wear a MAGA hat.

I guess the woke jerks in this country would be fine with that though.

Stupidity is winning in Canada. Starting with Justin Trudeau and carrying on down to every last woke special interest supporting jerk.

#216 Dharma Bum on 07.01.21 at 9:10 am

The only Maple Leafs that should be cancelled are the ones that have a track record of 50 YEARS OF INCOMPETENCE!
They are the only shame and disgrace in this country.

Go Tampa!

#217 JRH on 07.01.21 at 9:27 am

Happy Dominion Day

#218 Dharma Bum on 07.01.21 at 9:27 am

#184 Sail Away

Hey, Bill Cosby is freed and just in time for July 4th!
—————————————————————————-

“I disagree with Patton Oswalt that the worst thing about Bill Cosby was the hypocrisy. I think it was the raping.”

– Norm Macdonald

#219 Sara on 07.01.21 at 9:39 am

#205 Happy Canad …eh! on 06.30.21 at 11:56 pm
#183 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.30.21 at 9:39 pm

I mentioned weeks ago it was going to be a long hot Summer in BC

They just evacuated the town of Lillooette BC
The forest fire is out of control.

_________________________________

Not sure who this crowded fart is, but he does not appear too bright.

First… The name of the town is Lillooet.
Second… It was Lytton that was evacuated.

So, I can see why people don’t listen to you.
===================

LOL. Pay no mind to CEF and his daily ramblings. He’s kind of a stinky fixture around here. Harmless though.

#220 45north on 07.01.21 at 10:13 am

Now, add in all the extra expenses a dogawful pandemic hid, and hopefully it becomes clear what we’ve done to ourselves. Totally pooched. Recent buyers – especially those out in Bunnypatch where the leaves rustle softly and you now face a 90-minute commute – represent extreme poochedness. Guess which way prices will be headed? Even before mortgage rates start to climb next year?
It starts tomorrow.

I’m guessing prices go down. The fundamentals are gone. Fundamentals like price-to-income and price-to-rent. Fundamentals are a stabilizing force. Without them, herd dynamics take over – which means that everyone follows the herd. Buy or sell. Right now the herd is buying but somehow the herd starts to sell. The first to sell get their asking price. The rest of the herd sees the early success and they sell but they’re selling to the herd who’s no longer buying.

“Totally pooched”. When your monthly payments are $3,900, there’s no way you can afford to have interest rates go up.

“Bunnypatch” I just looked up Owen Sound. It’s a 150-minute commute to 215 Huron Street where I used to work. When I did take the car to work, I had to pay daily parking. That’s a long commute and a lot of fuel. Also it’s a lot of wear-and-tear on your car.

#221 45north on 07.01.21 at 10:24 am

“We stand with you shoulder to shoulder Canada is a great country!”

Canada is a great country. I’m proud of our past achievements – settling the country, building roads and railways. Fighting two world wars. And I’m proud of my part in it – raising a family, working at U of T, Stats Canada and Agriculture Canada.

The woke folk have decided to jam my corporate email after I sinned against history by erecting a bejesus big maple leaf flag on my building. “It has come to my attention as a member of the community that your place of business may be displaying a distressing symbol in light of an upcoming holiday,” one of the young women writes. “Taking down the symbol and issuing an apology to the community is the only course of action.”

the upcoming holiday being Canada Day

I have a Canadian Flag on my fence. I’ll send Garth the jpg.

#222 Gary on 07.01.21 at 12:57 pm

Doing this on Canada day, what an idiotic step
They have to be chased and panished with high fines

#223 ts on 07.01.21 at 3:52 pm

Garth, sorry you were treated so badly but glad you had the courage to stand your ground. Canada needs more good men like you or this country will be lost.

“Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” John Stuart Mill,

#224 Northone on 07.01.21 at 4:39 pm

Sorry for you Garth and Canada

Stand tall for Canada

We need to tell our politicians of all parties this needs to stop and they need to take a stand

We are with you Garth and with Canada

Thanks

#225 Stoneytuna on 07.01.21 at 5:08 pm

It seems like we’re so close to the point of no return, with everything. What to do with our debt, our climate, our society, our trust. When we can’t fly our flag on Canada day, is the day we have crossed the rubicon.
We can accept people are not perfect, why not the same for Canada? Please don’t tell me the peak of Canada was the Molson beer commercial. I Am Canadian.

#226 Jason on 07.02.21 at 8:43 am

Garth

Thanks for standing your ground.

Thank you for not removing the flag.

Thanks for your hard work and dedication to this blog.

Sorry for the loss of a treasured flag.

Hope still you had a Happy Canada Day

#227 Reasonable on 07.02.21 at 11:58 am

So very disappointing. I love this country.