The mash

Here are a few items we should mull as 2023 ramps up. Traders, investment advisors, homesellers and realtors think this will be a period of recovery. So far we’ve heard of a big bump in jobs, a meaningful drop in inflation and that Madonna’s going on a new world tour. Canadian stops included. Apparently life doesn’t end at 64, after all. Who knew?

Well, let’s update some recent topics. Like the battle between WFH and regular work.

Here’s Derwin, a federal civil servant for a couple of decades. He chimes in after we told you CRA’s 35,000 workers are considering strike action during tax season, with a big union beef being the government’s call for a return to the workplace two days a week. Thousands of them never want to go back, be closely supervised or have to set aside child-care duties for, yuck, employment.

But Derwin brings us something even darker than the corrosive impact of WFH. It’s wokeness – the kind of “inclusive and diverse” thinking which ends up being exclusionary and monolithic. If you are, for example, like D – a white Anglo-Saxon male – don’t bother applying, as many jobs are going to “self-declared equity” candidates. Qualifications and brains seem to rank well behind skin colour, physicality or heritage. What an interesting world we’ve created.

“Just thought I’d chime in on the government return to the office,” he writes. “I’ve worked for the feds for about 20 years and while I can’t say I speak for anyone else, the following picture describes my reluctance to return to the office. I got this new pop-up when I saw a job opportunity I was interested in.”

“Please pay attention to the last line in the pop-up,” he points out. “This was also for a job that did not exclude me from the outset as many job postings are exclusively for ‘equity’. Please also see a job posting for a position at Treasury Board. For some reason, messaging like this was easier to swallow when I didn’t have to look at my manager square in the eye. I just don’t feel safe in the office anymore. It makes the extra time I can spend with my wife, kids, and dog even more valuable.”

Click to enlarge.

Does the government’s workforce best serve the people when it’s reflective of society’s composition? Absolutely. Discrimination against minorities sucks. But so does discrimination against the majority.

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Almost thirty years ago US President Bill Clinton (“I did not have sex with that woman…”) enacted the National Homeownership Strategy, an ambitions 100-point plan to get more Americans into their own digs. The thrust was continued by George Bush and the rate of owners in the States rose. From a low of 62% in the mid-60s, it had jumped to 69.2% by the middle of 2004 – when the lights went out.

Unfortunately, a lot of people had been encouraged to jump in because of easy credit. Loans were cheap. Down payments low or non-existent. Bankers were creative in how they packaged and sold mortgages to investors. Prices rose fast. Speculation was rampant. People were house-horny, and then the consequences came.

The global credit crisis of 2008-10 was a direct result of house lust in America and a home ownership rate that had been artificially induced. As some venerable Wall Street banks failed and unemployment surged, real estate values crashed more than 30% and took over a decade to recover. Government had pushed on a string. We all suffered.

So where is Canada these days, after 2% mortgages, an historic escalation in valuations and now the worst affordability situation… ever?

Here:

As you can see, the home ownership rate in this country peaked at around 69% a decade ago, and has been declining steadily since. In fact, we’re back for to levels not seen since Nine Eleven – twenty years ago. At the same time, real estate mania has just grown and grown. Household debt has exploded higher to the point where we have well over a trillion dollars in mortgages, and one in four households own multiple properties.

In short, we’ve completely distorted the home ownership experience. Houses have been financialized, turned into investment assets, and how represent 55% of all the personal net worth of the citizenry. It turns out that the lowest mortgage rates ever, the easiest credit in history and successive governments that can’t stop pushing people to borrow and buy has resulted in fewer of us having an owned roof over our heads.

There is only one way out of this, and it’s not building more homes which will cost exactly the same.

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Finally, here is what falling inflation rates and the expectation of (a) economic growth, (b) a soft landing and (c) an imminent cessation of central bank rate hikes is doing in the bond market.

Yields are dropping. The rate on the benchmark five-year Government of Canada bond is down a lot – about six-tenths of a point in recent months. Huge. “The more inflation drops, the lower it goes,” says mortgage broker guru Rob McLister. “Should see some fixed mortgage rates edge lower soon. A continuation of this downtrend through spring would add buoyancy to real estate values.”

By the way, short-term rates go up every time the CB jumps its benchmark. That happens again next week. When yields rise, bond prices fall. This means the value of long-duration bonds is going up while the shorter ones fade.

Do you have some bond exposure in your portfolio? Hope so. Falling yields will be a continuing story over the next year (or two). Bonds had an awful 2022, and that is already changing – fast. Harness it.

About the picture: “Dear Garth, thank you for the many years that you have published this educational and inspirational blog,” writes Paul. “I have read your words daily for most of that time. Our family has recently grown with the addition of two kittens that needed a home. Our Westies were not sure about the kittens at first, but are now fully accepting of their new brothers. Of course the cats now rule the home as our overlords. Nice work if you can get it. Peace to all.”

216 comments ↓

#1 Captain Uppa on 01.18.23 at 12:05 pm

My employer is a blue chip CDN company.

Lately over the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in “wokeist” ideology.

While I welcome anti-racism and any other forms of bigotry, it seems very over the top (especially the LGBTQ stuff). So over the top that it comes across as PR, which it likely is.

It feels like a check of the box so no outside inquisitor can claim the company is racist and homophobic.

Strange times indeed.

#2 Squire on 01.18.23 at 12:11 pm

What does the Charter of rights say about discrimination?

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

#3 CanadianOne on 01.18.23 at 12:14 pm

Early Bird Special Today Folks!

#4 Amarok on 01.18.23 at 12:23 pm

I can confirm that the permissible discrimination described at the federal level also exists in the province of Ontario. I was told by several provincial senior leaders (Assistant Deputies and Deputy Ministers) to reconsider my career aspirations given my gender and ethnicity (male/white). I was then the “unsuccessful candidate” in several competitions. The reason explicitly given: “The successful candidate met the position’s diversity targets.”

So I left government and I would encourage any white male to not even bother trying to make a career in civil service (this includes police and military as well). You WILL be discriminated against. And it will be celebrated.

#5 TurnerNation on 01.18.23 at 12:31 pm

Let’s see chalkie try and out-blog today’s entry!
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‘Sup Boss. your fave WFH employee evaaa here.
Nope still cannot return to the office, due to the STONERS.
P.S. Shave those sideburns!

Legal weed is wreaking havoc on return to office: ‘all of NY is wake and baking’
https://nypost.com/2023/01/17/legal-weed-in-new-york-is-wreaking-havoc-on-return-to-office/

Signed, WFH 4EVER


— Control over our Feeding. Erm this one better be Safe & Effective. Else our pollinated food supply is no more.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/04/honeybee-vaccine-first-approved
US government approves use of world’s first vaccine for honeybees
Hopes of a new weapon against diseases that routinely ravage colonies that are relied upon for food pollination

#6 Jason on 01.18.23 at 12:35 pm

So are we adjusting the fixed portion now to allocate more to bonds and less to preferreds? Getting out of floating rate bonds?

#7 Odif on 01.18.23 at 12:42 pm

Garth, you just opened a Pandora’s box with this post. I’ll grab my popcorn, but I expect you’ll have a busy day moderating the comments. Good luck and I’ll come back later to read some of them…

#8 Sixty Nine on 01.18.23 at 12:51 pm

“ As you can see, the home ownership rate in this country peaked at around 69%“

Just want to point out that many things peak at 69.

Although…there was a funny case of bottoming out at 69 during the pandemic. The flu bottomed out at 69.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/flu-influenza/influenza-surveillance/annual-reports.html

#9 Re-Cowtown on 01.18.23 at 12:56 pm

#134 Oblio on 01.18.23 at 11:22 am
#124 ReCow
“Once massive tax subsidies are withdrawn collapse is inevitable”
I don’t know about there, but here in BC the O&G and Forest industries receive substantial subsidies & allowances (tax & development costs).
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True-ish…Tax treatments in the resource industry are designed to reflect the realities of the cash flow lifecycle of the resource, not to create the industry from whole cloth.

No government gave a dime to start up the O&G industry or forestry industry. They’re both mature industries and local tax regimes can destroy them at a whim, but they all profitably exist in other parts of the world.

There is no jurisdiction anywhere in the world where “Green Energy” is a winner without massive tax subsidies or energy input subsidies from the fossil fuel industry.

Simply piut, “Green Energy” cannot even replace itself, let alone generate enough useable energy to avoid mass starvation and the death of billions of people.

#10 NewWest on 01.18.23 at 12:57 pm

When I looking for work in the 80s, after having graduated with a STEM degree and a great deal of experience, I was told in more than one interview that they didn’t hire women because (pick your reason here). Even if the employment ad or job posting didn’t specify that they didn’t hire women, you found out pretty fast. The only advice I got was that I needed to lower my expectations and work harder. And stay single, and never have kids, and not expect to move up. This set the tone for my working life.

So no sympathy here, Derwin, sorry. Maybe you just need to pull up those bootstraps and work harder and stop complaining. No one likes a complainer, after all.

#11 Love_The_Cottage on 01.18.23 at 1:05 pm

Thousands of them never want to go back, be closely supervised….
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If you haven’t figure out how to monitor employee RESULTS when they are working remotely, that’s on you. I can tell number of hours on-line, number of tickets updated, closed, etc. without anyone setting foot in a common office.

Not handling confidential, sensitive taxpayer information in an insecure setting. – Garth

#12 SunShowers on 01.18.23 at 1:07 pm

“Qualifications and brains seem to rank well behind skin colour, physicality or heritage. What an interesting world we’ve created.”

It’s been that way for the last 20 years.
The National Bureau of Economic Research in the US ran a neat little experiment where they cooked up a bunch of fake resumes for about 1300 different job openings. They sent 2 resumes for each opening which were identical in every way, except the name of the applicant.

Resumes with names like “Jamal Washington” got called for interviews 50% less often than resumes with names like “Grant Smith.”

So in the spirit of guaranteeing equal opportunity, I don’t see anything wrong with balancing the scales by putting weight on the other end for once.

#13 the Jaguar on 01.18.23 at 1:09 pm

Kudos to Paul and his family for taking in those two lazybone lions on the sofa.

Re the employment equity situation, note the job posting details “visible minorities’, which I understood was no longer an appropriate term, with ‘racialized’ now deemed the correct linguistic reference. Heard this on a podcast where a member in good standing of the Woke community informed the podcast host of that rather pointedly. With 47% and 45.2% of the GTA/GVA falling into that category and given the goal of the T2 leadership to bring in 500,000 per year it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why the word ‘minority’ needed to be axed. I think Calgary’s number for the 2021 Census was 41% who identified as such.

Now, in case the herd is getting restless reading these statistics, does it occur to anyone else that give or take another 20 years or so the issue of ‘equity’ will become a mute point? Tribalism and nepotism will just completely fade away, and there will be no necessity for someone like Elizabeth Warren to apologize for lying about her Cherokee/Delaware native american heritage. Problem solved.

Now get those Westies off the sofa so Jaguar can curl up with the kittens…..

#14 James Bonds on 01.18.23 at 1:11 pm

Your obfuscation of what to do with bonds has been duly noted. Can’t wait till the “suspenders” clarify things on the weekend. In the meantime, feel free to set the record straight.

Regrettably, a one line quip probably won’t suffice but I know you will still try!

#15 The workaround on 01.18.23 at 1:12 pm

We live in curious times. As a white male there are a few low key identities you may wish to consider such as demisexual, asexual or bisexual as this may take some of the pressure off being a ‘CIS’ white male. Additionally there is the mid-tier option of identifying as a woman which will propel you to the top. I have also considered as a high end qualification some form of crippling attribute to have a disability, especially if it restricts movement or one of the senses (perhaps a bottle of whiskey and hammer will allow success). I remember when collecting professional certificates and qualifications was the means to career advancement, but no more. The equity doctrine demands that other attributes are more important, so act accordingly. (/sarc).

#16 Quintilian on 01.18.23 at 1:16 pm

Do you have some bond exposure in your portfolio? Hope so. Falling yields will be a continuing story over the next year (or two). Bonds had an awful 2022, and that is already changing – fast. Harness it.

It might be a good idea, and maybe not.

It depends why bond prices are gaining while yields are dropping. I suspect some are looking for capital preservation in an uncertain times.

If hell does not break lose, and the economy does not fall into recession, the bond prices will tank.

And when the Central Bankers start to sell off the bonds, they held to increase the money supply up until recently, then you might have wished, you had kept your money under the mattress.

I am so grateful you’re not an investment advisor. By the way, what are you? – Garth

#17 TalkingPie on 01.18.23 at 1:25 pm

#9 NewWest on 01.18.23 at 12:57 pm
So no sympathy here, Derwin, sorry. Maybe you just need to pull up those bootstraps and work harder and stop complaining. No one likes a complainer, after all.
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Just so we’re clear here: You believe that the remedy to unfair gender discrimination is more unfair gender discrimination?

Funny. I was unfairly bullied as a kid, yet I don’t believe that other kids should be bullied. I thought it would be taken for granted that this sort of thinking was logical.

Is it possible you have your own hang-ups about gender that you’re taking out on innocent people? You do understand that “men vs. women” aren’t sports teams, right?

#18 Mean Gene on 01.18.23 at 1:30 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn if at least one biological male, who happens to be a federal public servant, had accidentally identified as female while filling out an online employee equity survey.

#19 saskatoon on 01.18.23 at 1:31 pm

state employees should not have suffrage rights.

they contribute nothing to the cost of operating government.

#20 Faron on 01.18.23 at 1:41 pm

#126 Sail Away on 01.18.23 at 10:14 am

A secondary pleasure from owning the fast-rising Tesla stock

Stick dropped 5% from the time of the above. Yes, folks, it’s a SAGI!

#21 Faron on 01.18.23 at 1:43 pm

*Stock*

LOL.

#22 American House Buyer on 01.18.23 at 1:43 pm

Canadian developers, builders and realtors are doing faceplants.

They have missed the social and economic transitions in the population and overall economy. Decades of overpricing and ripping off immigrants as their business models does not work in multi cultural societies.

Investors are jumping into USA housing markets with both feet leaving Canada in their dust.

#23 Alois on 01.18.23 at 1:48 pm

Go Woke?

Go Broke !

#24 Oakville Rocks! on 01.18.23 at 1:51 pm

Garth you are 1 in a million!

First the 80’s
“So far we’ve heard of a big bump in jobs, a meaningful drop in inflation and that Madonna’s going on a new world tour. Canadian stops included. Apparently life doesn’t end at 64, after all. Who knew?”

Madonna is a talented artist but I am not sure “Like a Virgin” and “Papa Don’t Preach” still work at 64

And then the 90’s
When Bill C said “I did not have sex with that woman…”) emphasis was on THAT because he was pointing at a specific person in the room. If he had been pointing a little more to the left, not sure it is still a true statement. And really.. define SEX!

And then the current century with it’s wokeness / anti-wokeness debate. Not sure which one I loathe more.
The problem I have with some of this is that it implies white males (a civil servant no less) are being hard done by – unlikely, and that an “equity” chosen candidate is some how inferior (in brains and capability) when it is just as likely they are as equally qualified if not more so. No one wins, one group feels cheated and one group feels diminished and assumed inferior.

Cute photo – who says we cannot all get along.

#25 Linda on 01.18.23 at 1:55 pm

Bias existed, hence the various measures to counteract. Unfortunately said measures did nothing to end bias. If one doesn’t hire ‘the best candidate’ because said candidate doesn’t fit some specific category for inclusion targets then obviously bias is still occurring, albeit in reverse.

#26 alexinvestor on 01.18.23 at 1:55 pm

Bond yields dropping will likely mean that fixed mortgage rates drop too. Meanwhile, the December CPI was 6.3%, decreasing from 6.8% in November. Month on month inflation was basically flat. With China reopening and supply chains getting fixed, one can make a case that deflation will come back again.

#27 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.18.23 at 1:56 pm

#5 TN
US government approves use of world’s first vaccine for honeybees
Hopes of a new weapon against diseases that routinely ravage colonies that are relied upon for food pollination
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Good news.
But the syringe must be tiny.

#28 Dave on 01.18.23 at 1:59 pm

“In short, we’ve completely distorted the home ownership experience. Houses have been financialized, turned into investment assets, and how represent 55% of all the personal net worth of the citizenry. It turns out that the lowest mortgage rates ever, the easiest credit in history and successive governments that can’t stop pushing people to borrow and buy has resulted in fewer of us having an owned roof over our heads.

There is only one way out of this, and it’s not building more homes which will cost exactly the same.”
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Like I’ve been saying, we should tax the hell out of amateur landlords, making it not viable to buy real estate rentals for investments, then more units would come on the markets and prices would be more affordable. The way it is now, landlords whine, but most don’t sell their properties, because they either still make money, or they can’t do basic math.

Rents would soar as units were removed rom the rental pool. Your comment is ridiculous. – Garth

#29 RE_Investor on 01.18.23 at 1:59 pm

….Do you have some bond exposure in your portfolio? Hope so. Falling yields will be a continuing story over the next year (or two). Bonds had an awful 2022, and that is already changing – fast. Harness it.

As long as you bought (below PAR) and hold quality corporate bonds, the interest payments will always complement your +ve cash flow rental income. Never sell these bonds, let them mature and pay back your initial investment. All that cash flow allows for your next RE investment prop! Be the one in four, it’s a safe place to be no matter what stories are hurled at you!

Enjoy 2023 folks.

Nobody buys bonds to collect interest. – Garth

#30 Dave on 01.18.23 at 2:01 pm

Re your comment on the dangers of wokeism. That’s why you never see a white male on CBC anymore.

#31 West New West on 01.18.23 at 2:11 pm

The Peter Principle states that people are promoted until they reach a position where they are no longer competent.
The Dilbert Principle states that they are promoted because of their incompetence.
The Derwent Principle states that incompetence and competence are no longer even relevant.
It IS possible to be ‘Awake’ but not ‘Woke’……

#32 PBrasseur on 01.18.23 at 2:13 pm

I need politicians bonds in my portfolio about as much as a hole in the head!

As for WFH for civil servants I would put an immediate and complete stop to it, productivity is bad enough already. Not only that I would change the work week from 35 to 40 hours, without compensation except in essential places notorious for shortages, nurses and teachers for example.

You think this is extreme? It just means you don’t quite understand how bad the situation is.

#33 Jack on 01.18.23 at 2:18 pm

Obviously two wrongs make a right. Woke math.

#34 The Great Gazoo on 01.18.23 at 2:26 pm

Sunshowers #12

“So in the spirit of guaranteeing equal opportunity, I don’t see anything wrong with balancing the scales by putting weight on the other end for once.”

Totally disagree – two wrongs don’t make it right.
This bs has been going on for a long long time.

Glad your posted this today – a topic rarely discussed openly. You captured it well for me with these comments:

“Does the government’s workforce best serve the people when it’s reflective of society’s composition? Absolutely. Discrimination against minorities sucks. But so does discrimination against the majority.”

#35 "NUTS!" on 01.18.23 at 2:26 pm

#10 NewWest

Using examples of past discrimination as reasons to justify further discrimination is shameful in any situation. Period.

#36 Jimmy in KW on 01.18.23 at 2:26 pm

#17 TalkingPie on 01.18.23 at 1:25 pm

I came here to say the same. +1

Diversity is a worthy goal. But discrimination-based hiring is still discrimination. Raising qualified candidates from the ground up is the solution. And it takes work.

Discriminating against anyone, including white men, is wrong. (Unfortunately, in too many circles, saying these things out loud using real names gets you labeled as a knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing neanderthal.)

#37 Old Boot on 01.18.23 at 2:31 pm

DEI initiatives are the chromosomally challenged lovechildren of several generations of functionally useless humanities grads, and low IQ, bureaucratic mid-wits.

This is the unsurprising result of telling privileged white uni grads of (at best) average intelligence that they are entitled to white collar jobs and pay, but then having to invent an intellectually non-demanding industry to accommodate them.

I’ll believe in diversity initiatives when I see them produce some socio-economic class, age, or professed belief diversity in hiring practices. Fat chance of it happening, though.

Only superficial differences of skin tones are considered diverse. You still have to profess to believe that there are truly five lights. DEI can only exist in the artificial environs of policed speech and belief, and can only produce homogeneity.

It’s mediocrity, inbred with manufactured grievance, masquerading as diversity.

#38 Looking Up on 01.18.23 at 2:33 pm

Hey Ace Goodheart on 01.17.23 at 11:13 pm
are you also posting on Toronto RE blog?
what Annette street property you referring to?

I can’t find a property on Annette that recently sold for 1.2 mil

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What’s the exact name of the blog where Ace is posting? I don’t think it’s Toronto RE blog. I always liked his posts.

#39 Oblio on 01.18.23 at 2:34 pm

#9 ReCow
“No government gave a dime to start up the…forestry industry.”
Being the third generation in a sawmill owning family I can confidently say that you are mistaken. No mater, I do not expect an Albertan to give an inch on the subject of gov’t involvement in new & old industries.

#40 Classical Liberal Millennial on 01.18.23 at 2:39 pm

It’s interesting to see the people that say because discrimination existed in the past, we should celebrate that it exists today since it’s against a different demographic.

#41 SunShowers on 01.18.23 at 2:43 pm

#17 TalkingPie on 01.18.23 at 1:25 pm
“Just so we’re clear here: You believe that the remedy to job discrimination is more job discrimination?”

What’s your solution?
Job discrimination is ALREADY illegal, and yet it still happens because it’s incredibly hard to prove.

#42 American House Buyer on 01.18.23 at 2:44 pm

Everyone wants a house. More often than not a house is their first choice.
That is why we only buy houses.

#43 Geoffrey on 01.18.23 at 2:47 pm

How come the advertisement as posted (Program Officer) does not refer to “women” as they also comprise one of the member’s of the “employment equity groups”?

#44 White Father on 01.18.23 at 2:49 pm

I have three boys.

Oldest is mid teens.

They are white, like me. Seems this is a handicap now.

I think we’re going to go back to Europe. This place doesn’t seem to want them.

#45 To Derwin on 01.18.23 at 2:53 pm

Hmmmmmm
Darwin you have worked for the civil service for 20 years?
Therefore you should also be aware that clause has been around for 20 years and in fact longer.

You should also be aware the government has quotas to hire minority groups, persons with disabilities and so forth. I forgot the percentage used, a long time ago it was 5 percent of the Departments workforce. I think in our murders times it is the same equal representation of the population. For example
Aboriginals should be 3 percent of the workforce?
Women 50 percent and So forth

I don’t agree but I don’t disagree. It is what it is.

I can remember in the 70s and 80s it was a push for French speakers in the public service. It created Huge discrepancies in hiring in the government again the pendulum swung and if you were English sorry no promotion for you, that did not change until the late 90s

And there’s a cool story how Quebec stop teaching English in the schools and Ontario embraced bilingualism in the schools and guess what happened. More people get hired from Ontario than Quebec.

I can still remember in the early 80s and 90s when women were under represented in the government. You could not get a job no matter what unless you were a women.

The pendulum swings wildly again in the government.

Think back to the 1960s totally male workforce.
I can even remember 615 booth street the male washrooms were like 20 Stalls and 20 urinals and then 20 sinks all in Marble and the women’s washroom was like two stalls.

So what did you expect?

So in conclusion if you wait long enough the white male will be a minority in the government then watch your career sore new new heights. You still got 15 years.

My only advice do not be afraid, work hard and for whatever it’s worth do not become bitter. I have seen it happen to far to many public servants in my long career

Thanks for reading !

#46 Cheese on 01.18.23 at 2:55 pm

I’ve long since given up applying for any government positions in Ottawa. There is no hope anymore.

#47 Bankrupting Landlords is good for the Economy on 01.18.23 at 2:56 pm

RE: “self-declared equity” candidates.

I have an idea for Derwin: Just say you’re gay. How are they gonna check? Put you in front of p*rn and look at your trousers?

#48 Dazed & CONfused on 01.18.23 at 2:58 pm

“……says mortgage broker guru Rob McLister. “Should see some fixed mortgage rates edge lower soon. A continuation of this downtrend through spring would add buoyancy to real estate values……”

Only a self-serving mortgage broker, real estate agent or banker would celebrate the reversal to increased housing unaffordability in Canada.

#49 ogdoad on 01.18.23 at 3:05 pm

“Apparently life doesn’t end at 64, after all. Who knew?”

Well, it sure does start, for most.

Og

#50 thebarold on 01.18.23 at 3:09 pm

Oh man. This comment section is going to be a mess… (Bilingual requirement will keep the public service the way they have been for decades).

#51 Dr V on 01.18.23 at 3:11 pm

Great pic!!

Now I’ll catch up on yesterday’s comments……

#52 Remember ... on 01.18.23 at 3:11 pm

getting woke up at work one time … fell asleep in the comfy chair in the lunchroom. Is that still possible? Glad I’m out of the rat race.

#53 Dazed & CONfused on 01.18.23 at 3:12 pm

10 NewWest on 01.18.23 at 12:57 pm
“……When I looking for work in the 80s, after having graduated with a STEM degree and a great deal of experience, I was told in more than one interview that they didn’t hire women because (pick your reason here)…..”

I guess you missed the boat in the 80’s.

In the 70’s my father, who worked for the Treasury Board (or whatever it was called back then) would embark on an annual cross-country hiring pilgrimage, interviewing 4th year grads from various Canadian universities.

Near the end of the decade, he was firmly instructed by his superiors to heavily favour female graduates, regardless how competent the male grads were. My mother was livid, her point being that the practice was completely discrediting and demeaning to the fairer sex.

#54 Bob on 01.18.23 at 3:15 pm

@Squire on 01.18.23 at 12:11 pm
What does the Charter of rights say about discrimination?

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

The charter says almost anything you like when you cherry pick the best parts. You missed the immediately following blemish:

Affirmative action programs

(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

In other words, according to our charter, discrimination is perfectly fine as long as your aim is to balance things out between identity groups. No one should be held responsible for who their parents are… unless their parents are “white.”

#55 S on 01.18.23 at 3:32 pm

“Qualifications and brains seem to rank well behind skin colour, physicality or heritage. What an interesting world we’ve created.”

It has always been this way, just different skin colour/heritage now. It sucked before and it sucks now. It’s like a pendulum, one day it should land in the middle.

#56 Victor Llearna on 01.18.23 at 3:38 pm

Those woke government job postings are the work of that idiot Trudeau.
There is very little aspects of life that the evil liberal government aren’t in the process of messing with / ruining. They are even banning gas stoves.

#57 kommykim on 01.18.23 at 3:41 pm

#10 NewWest on 01.18.23 at 12:57 pm
So no sympathy here, Derwin, sorry. Maybe you just need to pull up those bootstraps and work harder and stop complaining. No one likes a complainer, after all

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Sorry, but replacing one injustice with another is not justice.

#58 Pylot Project on 01.18.23 at 3:42 pm

There may be a lot of jobs out there, but it’s not that easy to land one if your age is north of 50. Age-ism is one of the last isms still tolerated in employment.

It took me seven months to find a new position in my profession (ecom marketing). Too old and unhip I guess. I had to downgrade my CV just to get some interviews. They all post they want experience but they don’t really want to pay for it.

#59 ts on 01.18.23 at 3:42 pm

“But Derwin brings us something even darker than the corrosive impact of WFH. It’s wokeness – the kind of “inclusive and diverse” thinking which ends up being exclusionary and monolithic. If you are, for example, like D – a white Anglo-Saxon male – don’t bother applying, as many jobs are going to “self-declared equity” candidates. Qualifications and brains seem to rank well behind skin colour, physicality or heritage. What an interesting world we’ve created.”

This is all in their plan – to be polarizing and divisive. Scary times indeed.

#60 Zhorgon on 01.18.23 at 3:43 pm

Fight woke with amplified enthusiasm, not disdain. Who wants to be that balding Luddite? When you apply for a job, check off all the 35 gender boxes (CIS, Trans, gay etc). Do not check male white. Pick your favorite declaration box for which there is no quantifiable or socially acceptable test (are you really bisexual or 5% aboriginal?) besides actual job qualifications, and in any case, if they ask, you can counter with a lawsuit of gender discrimination. You can’t fight this utter madness, so just have some fun gaming it!

#61 Rook on 01.18.23 at 3:47 pm

Here’s the weird thing. We’ve set up the rules so you can identify as whatever race/gender you want to, and nobody can question you about it. I’m pretty sure that’s actually part of hate speech law.

So what’s stopping someone who wants the job from identifying as the proper check-boxes, then daring them to ask you to prove it? Unless you’re faking First Nations, or military service (or are a politician), there really aren’t any consequences. See: that teacher in Ontario with the giant sex-shop cans.

I’ll identify as anything you need me to if it’ll get me a job. Imagine the poop-storm one could create if they identify as trans-racial (see: Rachel Dolezal or Shaun King) and get denied a job for not being the right skin colour?

I bet if you pulled that one off you could get more money than Khadr did.

#62 Alois on 01.18.23 at 3:48 pm

IMHO

WOKE-ism is simply a buffer/bridge to AI.

TPTB want to create this more palatable transitional scenario…..as opposed to slam dunk ASAP.

#63 ogdoad on 01.18.23 at 3:51 pm

oh, and not only would I hate to be a white, unemployed male in Canada in the next ten years, not only b/c of the lack of fathers/mothers or skin color (get used to it world – white is on-its-way-out), but I’d hate to be person who likes the opposite sex!!! (Full. Dis. I know about penguins and bonobos, find it inevitable (and important) and also ridiculous that its still mostly a no-no in today’s society…depending in which first-world local you live (….thanks for making it hard, church! – don’t deny, lexus owners).

Anywho…when we’re all irrelevant (and dead), who will care?

Ans: Og – today only, hugs on the house!!

Happy Hump Day

Og

#64 kommykim on 01.18.23 at 3:53 pm

I identify as a lesbian trapped in a man’s body. My pronouns are Yes, Yes, & Yes.
Do I qualify?

#65 1255 on 01.18.23 at 3:53 pm

How does that work in IT? 90% of the workers are now from India. Are they considered visible minorities when applying for IT jobs?

#66 Stay in the game on 01.18.23 at 3:55 pm

#4 Amarok

The problem with us right minders voting with our feet is that we are surrendering everything we worked so hard for – our gov, police, provinces, edu, country, medical, etc. We need to stay in and change things or we’ll all be doomed eventually.

We need to play wise sheep in wolf’s clothing.

#67 Bob in Hamilton on 01.18.23 at 3:58 pm

“Discrimination against minorities sucks. But so does discrimination against the majority.”

..and here we are, in Canada, in 2023.

What a great country we now have…

#68 chalkie on 01.18.23 at 4:09 pm

Garth, you have put the mass together so well, you should courier it to the prime minister and all the premiers, they surely should pay attention to a dangerous game being played out, there will be the odd one that would not get it, even if it were glued to their forehead.

What ever happen to say the best man/woman for the job, “gets the job,” discrimination are acumen, discernment, insight, penetration, and perception. While all these words mean “a power to see what is not evident to the average mind,” discrimination stresses the power to distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent, we assuredly have lost sight of what is right or wrong.

My background came from the world of, speak to each employee separately, you have a choice, if you do not like working from the office anymore as you were hired for and insist on WFH, may the doorknob not stick up your behind on the way out, “next.”

I can give you a definition of Civil Law, but I do not know what Civil Servant means anymore.

Quote of the day: Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people do not recognize them, appreciate what you have, smile, and get on with it. Find something you love to do, and you will never have to work a day in your life

#69 handsome ned on 01.18.23 at 4:12 pm

When Nato finally declares war with Russia, I hope Justin insists our frontline soldiers reflect the Canadian population. I want to see half of our combat troops women. I am sure they will do well against Russian spetznaz. We will have to start an immediate draft to call up all the Emmas and Olivias to get them up to speed. Russians will treat our diverse pows with great respect. Washroom facilities will be provided for all 20 of our genders no doubt. I would go myself but alas I am too old (ageist bastards) I would be good in the Dads army however, an absolute terror with a whistle, clipboard and helmet.

#70 AM in MN on 01.18.23 at 4:16 pm

#44 White Father on 01.18.23 at 2:49 pm
I have three boys.

Oldest is mid teens.

They are white, like me. Seems this is a handicap now.

I think we’re going to go back to Europe. This place doesn’t seem to want them.

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I do a lot of business in Europe, it isn’t a step upwards…

You make of life what you can. This nonsense was going on under Mulroney. I got out of school in the mid-’80’s, the feds weren’t hiring white men if they could help it.

I thought I could make a difference (I couldn’t!). I joined the Reform Party and worked hard all through the ’90’s.

Harper turned out to be no better, everything was about race. Look at Doug Ford now, or the UK after 12 years of “Conservative” government.

Back in the “80’s & ’90’s the bigger issue was the baby boomers having all the good jobs. Your sons now have opportunities we could have only dreamed of. You couldn’t even get a registered apprenticeship with a union back then unless you had family.

That forced a lot of my age cohort into the dreaded private sector, and eventually into our own businesses. Everyone I know that followed this path is doing very well, much better than they would have working for the government, save for a couple who did well in Real Estate because of the borrowing capacity that a government job brings.

Tell you sons to get educated in something real and needed. Work in the private sector and then go into business. Learn to play the tax game well. Do some business and have bank accounts in other countries, enjoy the life where they grew up and have friends and family, get married and not divorced.

They’ll do fine.

#71 replying to 38 on 01.18.23 at 4:17 pm

torontorealtyblog

I saw the link a few posts up from my own

#72 Hannah on 01.18.23 at 4:23 pm

“Qualifications and brains seem to rank well behind skin colour, physicality or heritage. What an interesting world we’ve created.”

This is happening in the University setting too. My brother (a white male and prof), hoping to relocate for a better job closer to family, has been told countless times not to bother applying as the role needed to go to an equity candidate. Then the candidate who got the job has nowhere near the qualifications or experience. Job descriptions will even specify that the roles are an “equity hire”. Profs feel it’s immoral to take on a white male as a post doc as the poor guy will have zero chance of being able to work in academia after. A very sad situation, and not a productive or fair way to make up for inequities in previous decades/centuries.

I’m astonished there hasn’t already been a lawsuit over this blatant discrimination.

#73 Robert on 01.18.23 at 4:25 pm

The banks are expected to lower the 5 year mortgage rates, we have sellers that are not very motivated and we have a very motivated bunch of buyers that are waiting for the bottom.
Please explain me, why should the prices go down in spring? Isn’t now the time to buy?

#74 Macduff on 01.18.23 at 4:28 pm

My son is mixed; part Asian, part Caucasian, so this is where it gets a bit murky. Perhaps we need to create a resource document showing photographs of white faces vs. Visible minorities. This kind of tool helped the Nazis in Germany facilitate widespread hatred against the Jews, so perhaps it will help the woke to further foster their own discrimination.

#75 Søren Angst on 01.18.23 at 4:32 pm

From the Comments past few months you can tell Cdns are in a crabby mood.

Trouble in Nirvana?

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Speaking of Troubles …

‘A little off his rocker’: jurors grilled over views of Elon Musk for shareholder trial
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/jan/17/elon-musk-tesla-trial-alleged-fraud-funding-secured-tweet

Elon wants it moved to Texas from SFO, no dice.

I don’t think he will win:

“Musk’s tweet also attracted the attention of securities regulators, who concluded that it was improper and that he was lying. In a settlement, they forced him to pay $40m and required him to step down as Tesla chairman.”

Being sued for an undisclosed amount:

“The shareholders have not specified the damages, but said Musk’s tweets cost investors “billions”.”

#76 jess on 01.18.23 at 4:35 pm

Crypto Firm Genesis Is Preparing to File for Bankruptcy Protection

Hong Kong-registered Bitzlato was a “critical financial resource” for the Hydra dark web market, the largest and longest-running such marketplace, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said at the conference. The dark web traffics in illicit goods and services.

Anatoly Legkodymov, who lives in China, was arrested on Tuesday night in Miami and was due in court on a charge of conducting an unlicensed money-transmitting business.
Crypto Exchange Bitzlato’s Founder Arrested in $700 Million Laundering Scheme

#77 earthboundmisfit on 01.18.23 at 4:36 pm

Federal civil servants would be well advised to remember Ronald Reagan and the air traffic controllers. 11,000 or so, I think it was. Poof … gone! Banned from the civil service for life.

#78 Dr V on 01.18.23 at 4:49 pm

Not sure if “wokism” is on the Dr’s “no go list”.

Now one would assume that professional sports would be merit-based. The best players make the team, and play at their strongest position.

Now I think that American football is widely played at the school level and participation is open to all. Not sure if they have separate teams for females.

But the NFL has significant racial differences amongst positions. As a whole, the league also has a far larger portion of players with African ancestry than the general
population.

Though the figures can vary day-to-day and year-to-year, I have found the following (numerous on-line sources):

Almost all defensive backs are black.
Almost all centres are white.
The majority of wide receivers are black.
The majority of running backs are black.
Hispanics are under-represented in the NFL.
Quarterbacks follow the makeup of the general population more closely.
The remaining positions have a more even split between white and black, though still more black than the general population.
Black coaches are under-represented given the player proportions.

One possible conclusion: Blacks are better football players than whites. Sounds simplistic and archaic.

What is/are the solution(s) to this imbalance?

#79 Wrk.dover on 01.18.23 at 4:52 pm

I met a braggart through one of his co-workers in Phoenix, back in the 80’s, that had applied to a big Multi-National Co. under the affirmative action employment program there, as a black fellow on the application form.

When he showed up white at the interview, the bigot H.R. guy was so amused, he got the job.

Later he was called out further up the food chain, and kept the job anyhow the same way, more amusement.

Whom is to judge who is what, on gender bending claims on resumees today?

#80 Smart Raccoon on 01.18.23 at 4:53 pm

Did Harold the Mortgage Broker start to buy 5-year bonds?

Why is the 5-year yield falling?

#81 Dolce Vita on 01.18.23 at 4:56 pm

Despite Musk and his shenanigans, TSLA embarking on an interesting price strategy.

A part of their recent lower car prices is to qualify their vehicles for US EV subsidies but Musk has said they hope to make up the lower Revenue with increased sales globally (14-19%).

Interesting gamble by them:

Shifting from Premium Pricing/Lower Volume Sales to Lower Pricing/Higher Volume Sales.

Again, TSLA has more manufacturing experience than other manufacturers. Learning Curve says they will have lower manufacturing expenses vs. EV “upstarts” like Ford and GM.

Despite what this TSLA bashing article says:

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4570587-tesla-gives-up-its-margins

I looked at their GAAP GM and it stood at 25% which is pretty darn good for a manufacturing company. Most income is from Operations at 84% which is high and Operating Margin is 14.5-19% which is also pretty good for a manufacturing company.

Mr. Market seems to be receiving their recent pricing strategy change well, 1Y:

https://www.google.com/finance/quote/TSLA:NASDAQ?window=1Y

compared to the early Jan 2023 low $108/share to $129/share today.

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I still don’t like their car styling but that’s irrelevant …

TSLA may well pull off a win here. EV upstarts will not easily be able to price their cars at a premium vs. TSLA. Though I do believe the price cuts of 6-20% will hurt them even if offset by 14-19% higher Revenue sales.

I do not think their stock price will see explosive growth as it has in the past.

We’ll see how it shakes out.

Balsy play by TSLA.

#82 Hiding on the Backstreets on 01.18.23 at 5:04 pm

#4 Amorak

“So I left government and I would encourage any white male to not even bother trying to make a career in civil service (this includes police and military as well). You WILL be discriminated against. And it will be celebrated.”

Reminiscent of Bob Rae’s 1990s Ontario Govt. Employment Equity program. I remember coming out of university, it was a recession in the early 90s, and every government and institutional job ad indicated that “specific consideration will be be given to the 5 target groups: women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, aboriginals (remember that term?) and francophones.”

Blatant race/sex-based hatred and disdain by hypocritical institution policy drivers. This transparent pandering has only served to make Canadian born White men like me despise our governments and authority. I would never fight for this country. It’s lost me.

It’s been going on for decades now; just more flagrant and shameless by the year. It makes people like me see every female, homosexual/transsexual or non-White male I see in a position of authority as a possible unqualified diversity hire.

#83 Squire on 01.18.23 at 5:06 pm

#57 kommykim on 01.18.23 at 3:41 pm
#10 NewWest on 01.18.23 at 12:57 pm
So no sympathy here, Derwin, sorry. Maybe you just need to pull up those bootstraps and work harder and stop complaining. No one likes a complainer, after all

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Sorry, but replacing one injustice with another is not justice.

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#57 kommykim on 01.18.23 at 3:41 pm

Exactly – excellent point

and also in response to:
#10 NewWest on 01.18.23 at 12:57 pm

who wants a pity job ? I would not want a job just because I belong to an employment equity group. Don’t you find that a bit of an insult as apposed to actually being qualified based on merit and experience.
I’ve discussed this many times with my girlfriend who happens to be a visible minority. She’s worked hard all her life and moved update based on merit and experience. She would not have it any other way.
People need to give their heads a shake.

#84 Hiding on the Backstreets on 01.18.23 at 5:13 pm

@ 78 Dr. V

Exactly. I now where you’re going with this, but society, governments, media and academia force feed the fantastical concept of “equality” on the population.

Why is Jason Sehorn relevant in your example? The last White starting cornerback. Look at the racial makeup of North American and European track and field teams? How does this happen?

How about under/overrepresentation of members of certain ethnicities in math and computer science? Physics? Engineering? Medicine?

Why, how could this happen?

#85 Tony on 01.18.23 at 5:14 pm

The 5 year GIC rate at the Canadian Tire Bank shows inflation is on the rise this year. The 5 year rate has inched up about 2/5 of a percent since around Christmas last year.

https://www.highinterestsavings.ca/profile/canadian-tire-bank/gic-rate-history/

#86 Alois on 01.18.23 at 5:17 pm

#72 Hannah on 01.18.23 at 4:23 pm

“Qualifications and brains seem to rank well behind skin colour, physicality or heritage. What an interesting world we’ve created.”

This is happening in the University setting too. My brother (a white male and prof), hoping to relocate for a better job closer to family, has been told countless times not to bother applying as the role needed to go to an equity candidate.

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It’s gotten to the point that any/all job candidates should simply be required to submit an objective resume’ without any further identification…don’t list name….nor religion…nor ancestry…nor gender…nor “personal preferences” etc. etc……..and may the best “person” win based on solely on merit and not WOKE criteria and parameters.

#87 Gone For A Long Long While on 01.18.23 at 5:21 pm

What is so difficult about simply hiring the best person for a/the job? This 2023 for God’s sake!

Black/white/brown, gay/straight/bi, male/female/they, skinny/heavy, Leaf fan/Habs fan. Who gives a bleep!? Simply hire the best candidate and all that other stuff will look after itself.

#88 rknusa on 01.18.23 at 5:21 pm

re: equity

If you are a young white male or female today and want the best opportunities for your children marry a minority so your kids can qualify as part of the equity group.

I find it hard to relate to Canada now, do not feel it is my country anymore even though I must return

#89 zxcvbnm on 01.18.23 at 5:26 pm

Maybe jobs should just be assigned randomly, like a lottery. That would be most fair.

“Woa, dude! I got brain surgeon!”

#90 TurnerNation on 01.18.23 at 5:30 pm

If anybody asks, my pronouns begin and an F and a U. :-)

Is being a Blog Dog considered a Mental Ability or Disability??
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Today was last chance for the bagholders/longs to exit AQN before it plunges to $7

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A ‘lil look back at history. In 2021 Vancouver area was grouped by Health Districts [sic] and travel between them was not allowed. Something to do with “cases” or “The Hospital Capacity” per the TeeVee.

Also in 2021 Edmonton was divided into districts in support of, wait for it….15 Minute Smart Cities. Yep coming to a city near you. March 2020 that fateful month.

https://edmonton.taproot.news/stories/2021/city-aims-for-edmontonians-to-live-more-locally-with-15-minute-districts
The 15-minute city is an urban design strategy that the current city council adopted as part of the City Plan at the end of 2020. The next city council, and its successors, will make the decisions that either help bring this plan to life or leave it to languish. As the municipal election approaches, this is a good time to examine what this concept means for Edmonton.
A map of Edmonton’s 15-minute districts, as proposed in the City Plan. (City of Edmonton)

#91 Dogman01 on 01.18.23 at 5:30 pm

Garth – you may like this, My MP writing a blog….didn’t you get harassed and frowned upon for just such an affront?

Maybe it is more acceptable for an MP to express independent views when that party is not in government. Or times have changed.

Anyway interesting stuff from Michelle Rempel Garner

https://michellerempelgarner.substack.com/p/theyre-going-to-try-to-make-high

The second part of the post is the meta-thinking on Blogging as an MP.

#92 WTF on 01.18.23 at 5:30 pm

Regarding the Fed Govt work from home kerfuffle. It should be negotiated in the next contract(s) if it is so important to the membership. Alas they might have to give something up…..

Employment equity has pervaded all Federally regulated employers for years.

The subjective concept isnt much different than poorly implemented employee ranking, where a “high performer” in a low performing group may be equal to a mid performer in a high performing group. Utter BS that demotivates anyone with a brain,

#93 SensibleRealist on 01.18.23 at 5:31 pm

Discrimination based on race has never been justified. Take an example of two different people.

Rick was born in a trailer park in Nova Scotia to an absent alcoholic father who lost his job in the fishing industry and a drug-addicted mother. He was raised by his grandparents. Rick paid his own way through college and has been working since he was 15.

Sundar was born to two Brahmin surgeon parents who emigrated to Toronto from India. Tuition at U of T was fully paid for.

Who is more worthy of a helping hand? We can’t account for differences like this. The most hateful small-minded people I’ve ever met are left-wing ‘academics’. My suggestion is to remove yourself from the places where these people hold influence and be independent and self-sufficient.

#94 SunShowers on 01.18.23 at 5:33 pm

All these people in the comments crowing about “two wrongs not making a right” have come up noticeably short on solutions how to right the initial wrong of workplace discrimination against visible minorities.

Like I said, it’s ALREADY illegal, and yet it still happens because it’s incredibly hard to prove. So what are your solutions?

What are your plans for fixing the discrimination outlined in comment #12, for example?

#95 Reddy on 01.18.23 at 5:41 pm

“Like I’ve been saying”. #28, no one’s listening to you so please stop ‘saying’… I try not to open my mouth so that people can guess my intelligence – but its too late for you buddy. Do some reading.

#96 Young Guns WC on 01.18.23 at 5:49 pm

Around 30 years ago, I saw a cartoon in the local paper where the hiring manager says to the applicant, “Good luck getting hired. You are a middle aged straight white male.” The reality is the employment equity is really nothing more than a process to show the outside world that you are not racist, sexist or whatever offends that one person who complains.

People of colour and women know that most of time it’s not even your skills or qualifications that gets you the job but your network. Hang around the right people and look like them and it opens doors. I saw that cartoon 30 years ago and did it really change the make up of middle managers to the Board at most companies or government organizations? Nope.

We still live in world where Tiff Macklem was picked over Carolyn Wilkins to become the Governor of the Bank of Canada. So much for “Because it’s 2015”.

#97 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 5:51 pm

The Union that represents our workers had the EXACT same wording for a federal govt $20,000 per hire grant to hire new apprentices.
$10,000 to the union. $10,000 to company hiring.
The Union rep hounded me for months to hire someone from a visible minority, LGBTQX2, woman, aboriginal , etc etc etc.

I finally, flat out told him,
“I don’t need the Liberal govt telling me who I need to hire and $10,000 won’t even cover the 1st week of legal bills when I’m dragged into Court by an offended Wokester.”

This reverse discrimination drivel is the ruin of Canadian productivity and business..
The Recession will be the catalyst for the fire that is burning in everyone’s belly.
It’s pretty hard to scream about political correctness when your kids have nothing to eat..
The sooner the smug, lecturing Liberals are punted to the curb the better.
I would take 10 Harpers over the posturing, mirror gazing fool currently in charge.

#98 American House Buyer on 01.18.23 at 6:01 pm

Retired at 45. It is all gravy now. Choo Choo. Ka- Ching!!

#99 Blog Bunny on 01.18.23 at 6:05 pm

If the woke crazies want to play the race and gender identity card, why not just go along? Nothing stops you and me to check off those boxes. During the interview, just tell them that you identify as a queer, female, disabled Eskimo. Who are they to challenge your truth? They want nonsense? Lets have fun.

I am half rabbit by the way.

#100 Sail Away on 01.18.23 at 6:09 pm

Canada is by far the most oppressive and intolerant country in the world. It’s not even close.

#101 Faron on 01.18.23 at 6:11 pm

#78 Dr V on 01.18.23 at 4:49 pm

One possible conclusion: Blacks are better football players than whites.

OMG, LOL. Laughable line of logic, but otherwise gonna leave y’all to derp around the echo chamber on this one. JFC man.

#102 Loonie Doctor on 01.18.23 at 6:12 pm

#94 SunShowers on 01.18.23 at 5:33 pm
All these people in the comments crowing about “two wrongs not making a right” have come up noticeably short on solutions how to right the initial wrong of workplace discrimination against visible minorities.

Like I said, it’s ALREADY illegal, and yet it still happens because it’s incredibly hard to prove. So what are your solutions?

What are your plans for fixing the discrimination outlined in comment #12, for example?

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Actually, two wrongs don’t make a right is what I was thinking too. I also agree that the systemic bias and inequities are very real and still need to be addressed.

It may be different in different workplaces. However, I have run a department for over 10 years in what would usually be considered a male-dominated field – ICU doctors. My group went from 1 female to now 50:50. We have also increased our productivity massively. Why? Because we select the best people and that means not missing half the contenders via various forms of discrimination. More than half of my biggest producers are female or a visible minority. We did not do it by reverse-discrimination.

The biggest thing was to make open transparent hiring processes, have a consciousness of biases (you’d have to live under a rock to not have that now with all of the training and focus on it), having diversity on the hiring committee (easier when you have more diversity in the group), encouraging minorities to apply with a proactive nudge or an extra effort at mentorship, changing how the job works (we are welcoming of parental leaves and built a system to help each other out when home-stuff happens). They are ways to approach this problem, but it requires leadership and transparency. Reverse discrimination is not leadership and is a pretty uninspired approach. You then miss the talent of whatever groups you’ve decided are bad.
-LD

#103 Confused on 01.18.23 at 6:12 pm

#94 SunShowers

Well…

Regarding #12….may I ask a question? …for a friend.

Which of these two wrongs is more right?

Jamal Washington putting Grant Smith on his resume to get the call/job?

Grant Smith putting that he’s Trans to get the call/job?

By the way, I find it highly distasteful to know how and with whom people like their sex. Since when did this become anyone’s business? How? And WHY?

What makes you feel I give the slightest care?

Too much information. Keep it to yourself everyone.

I don’t want to know how anyone in any group likes to get across the finish line.

Why must I know?

Why must you declare it?

Why is it allowed to be asked?

#104 Alois on 01.18.23 at 6:13 pm

Here in Vancouver B.C.

COV Chinatown has had a disproportionate amount of news coverage over the past few months.

Alleged crime..vandalism…graffiti…now COV council is budgetting $2 million to “address” the situation.

Why?

Reason Chinatown has issues is that the olde school Chinese are dying off…and the younger crowd wishes to live elsewhere .

It is simply a natural generational and gentrification process all ethnic neighbourhoods experience. It has nothing to do with WOKE….racism etc. …..yet COV seems to imply they should raise taxes to ____________????

This pick and choose tokenism gets quite galling after a while…as other groups are either ignored and/or elbowed out.

#105 Institutional Racism - Thank a Liberal! on 01.18.23 at 6:15 pm

Does the government’s workforce best serve the people when it’s reflective of society’s composition? Absolutely. Discrimination against minorities sucks. But so does discrimination against the majority.

^ Bottom line, end of story.

#106 Confused on 01.18.23 at 6:29 pm

SunShowers,

As for your question in #12 or #94 the answer is simple.

No names.

Identify yourself with a number.

It should be illegal to include name on resumes.

Qualifications only.

What do you think?

#107 Flop… on 01.18.23 at 6:30 pm

I saw a lady walking down the street with both hands covered in plastic bags and taped off around the wrists.

At first I thought this lady is serious about not getting Covid-19.

Then I thought maybe she just got her nails done.

Then I thought maybe she’s walking back from the police station after having her hands tested for gunshot residue…

M48BC

#108 CanadianAviator on 01.18.23 at 6:35 pm

Pilot selection at Canadian airlines works like this:

Absolute minimum experience required, check.
Hire absolutely anyone other than a caucasian male, check.
Only hire caucasian male if no other applicants.

You have 20,000 hrs, doesn’t matter pal, bottom of the list for you.

#109 Dogman01 on 01.18.23 at 6:45 pm

“Racism does not have a good track record. It’s been tried out for a long time and you’d think by now we’d want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management. ” ― Thomas Sowell

#110 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 6:47 pm

@#107 Floppie

When did Flop turn 48?

#111 Freedom First on 01.18.23 at 6:51 pm

I took the word “should” out of my vocabulary when I was 10 years old. Helped make me a creative and critical thinker.

Freedom First

#112 Investx on 01.18.23 at 6:52 pm

The discrimination against white males has to stop.

The racist Left and their hypocrisy needs to be exposed. Thank you for the post.

#113 Re-Cowtown on 01.18.23 at 6:55 pm

Oblio:

That’s not what I said. People have been commercial logging since before there governments. I stand by what I said, which is different than what you thought I said.

#114 Do we tolerate these people? on 01.18.23 at 6:56 pm

#10 NewWest on 01.18.23 at 12:57 pm

When I looking for work in the 80s, after having graduated with a STEM degree and a great deal of experience, I was told in more than one interview that they didn’t hire women because (pick your reason here). Even if the employment ad or job posting didn’t specify that they didn’t hire women, you found out pretty fast. The only advice I got was that I needed to lower my expectations and work harder. And stay single, and never have kids, and not expect to move up. This set the tone for my working life.

So no sympathy here, Derwin, sorry. Maybe you just need to pull up those bootstraps and work harder and stop complaining. No one likes a complainer, after all

———-

And now you are bitter and want to punish white males, even innocent young aspiring kids graduating university, looking to start their career, who had nothing to do with your oppression whatsoever. Just because they’re white people with penises. You want them to feel what you felt because you now identify every white male as bad. You are a racist and a sexist, and have no principles… If anything, your experience should have tought you that discrimination is wrong.

#115 Rarely Respond on 01.18.23 at 6:57 pm

This type of discrimination is pervasive also in post-secondary education as well. For example: I was “diversity’d” out of a spot in a masters program at my alma-mater a couple of years ago. After getting the run-around I was able to speak with an admissions officer. Here I was told “there is nothing you can do to improve your {emphasis added} application.” ; when I asked where improvement was necessary to secure a spot. Meassage received….. I fear for my children and the future they will be going into when education is denied due to ones epidermal melanin content/sex.

#116 NewWest on 01.18.23 at 7:07 pm

#102 Loonie Doctor on 01.18.23 at 6:12 pm

Thank you for your considered response. This is what we, as a society, need more of – concrete examples of how things can change. So often the only response to attempts to address an obvious ongoing systemic problem are either empty platitudes or blustering outrage and threats.

I ended up in a lower level admin position in academia, but tried my best when I was on hiring committees to always find the best candidate. Just before Covid, I strongly endorsed a wonderful woman for a finance position; she had everything we needed, and more. It was obvious, however, that my supervisor was quite uncomfortable with this choice because the candidate was not white. Sup and I had a staring match, and since I am old and at that point didn’t care I won.

She was an incredible hire and has since gone on to get her CA and move into a higher position. I hope she keeps moving up, as she has the skills and talent to do some really good things.

People just need as even a playing field as we can give them, but as you say that takes leadership and transparency and not everyone is willing, or able, to do that work. And as the people in power you have to have enough humility to admit that you need to learn and have an open mind, no matter how high in the hierarchy you are.

Cheers to you and your team, and I hope you all have a really good year!

#117 saskatoon on 01.18.23 at 7:10 pm

#102 Loonie Doctor

more government worker rationalizing and virtue-signaling BS.

you are part of the problem.

#118 Ferry Boy on 01.18.23 at 7:11 pm

Unintended consequences:

Shortly, 50% of the women between 30-45 will be single and childless. This “reverse discrimination” added together with the Family court system makes it incredibly difficult for young ‘white’ men to make enough to support a family.

#119 Jess on 01.18.23 at 7:12 pm

If I want to apply for the government job and I identify with a disability can I fulfill the bilingual requirement by speaking 2 languages of my choice? (Not French or english)

#120 Borden Renter on 01.18.23 at 7:13 pm

I, too, think the best solution to hiring is to just have no mention of name/race/sex/orientation, etc. May the best candidate win based on qualifications. At least it will get everyone past the DEI filter of the HR lady caste of gatekeepers.

However, we all know this will never be implemented because it won’t give the results the wokies want. With half a million new comers a year, Canada will be minority white in a decade or two anyway. So none of this will matter anymore, as we wind up more akin to a ‘developing’ nation, struggling to keep the power on. Organic growth will beat artificial growth every time.

The replies tonight are borderline white-pilling, minus the screeching from the usual suspects, I expected much more agreement with DEI.

#121 Stormy Daniels on 01.18.23 at 7:17 pm

Garth, by all means you can take me to the Madonna concert in Toronto next August.

I will be your ‘Material Girl’ ;)

But first I need my $130,000

#122 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.18.23 at 7:18 pm

#137 Sail Away on 01.18.23 at 12:51 pm
#131 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.18.23 at 11:06 am

At a court in San Francisco.
Tesla’s Auto Pilot is on trial.
Does not look too good for Musk.

—————

Incorrect. The owner is on trial, Tesla is not charged. Be accurate, accountant.
————–
You’re correct.
The owner of Tesla is Musk.

#123 Faron on 01.18.23 at 7:19 pm

#100 Sail Away on 01.18.23 at 6:09 pm

Canada is by far the most oppressive and intolerant country in the world. It’s not even close.

Sail Away’s cri de coeur: “SAGIs hurt and I just want to be appreciated and loved. But, because my father was an a hole, I don’t know how to express my pain. Thus, I troll to fill this vacuous hole inside of me.”

#124 Terry on 01.18.23 at 7:26 pm

There won’t be “pivot” on rates unless there is another major financial crisis……….a declining real estate market does not qualify. The U.S. federal reserve bailed out their clients, the investment banks, during the financial crisis of 2008/09 by buying up their toxic assets and layering it onto their balance sheet and then re-capitalized those banks with tax payer money to put them back into the game. Hundreds of billions created, monetized, converted, re-named, issued etc….it doesn’t matter…………until it does. It matters now because it’s called INFLATION. This is why we are “where we are” right now.

#125 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 7:37 pm

@#104 Alois
“This pick and choose tokenism gets quite galling after a while…as other groups are either ignored and/or elbowed out.”
+++
Welcome to the politically correct “nirvana” that is Canada.
Where everyone is angry and blames everyone but the person in the mirror.

#126 Mark on 01.18.23 at 7:37 pm

Honestly I don’t see a problem with all that equity hiring stuff. It used to bug me until I realized, newsflash: 90% of Canadians are Diabetic or pre-diabetic thanks to our food industry. Diabetic. Insulin resistant. Don’t believe me? Look down. Can’t see your feet? Welcome to the club. Your liver cant handle all the crap you shove down your throat and now your organs are filled with fat. The chronic metabolic syndrome club. Congratulations! Now go forth and apply.
And for the 10% of you who don’t live off of processed food and sugar and will actually live to see 60, well…you probably didn’t want a government job anyways. So whats the problem?

#127 Nonplused on 01.18.23 at 7:42 pm

Well, at least we don’t have to worry about the theft ceiling in Canada. Although I am quite sure congress will raise theirs, like they have every time before.

I just don’t know what to think about the “DIE” program (diversity, equity, and inclusion). Racism is bad, I think everyone agrees with that. But what is “reverse racism” if it is not also racism? +1 and -1 are still 1 in absolute terms.

Oh well, the Lawrencian elite are still going to vote for Trudeau and the left coast for Singh, so expect more of the same, only worse. They will keep going down this path until someone (voters) tells them to stop.

#128 maxx on 01.18.23 at 7:42 pm

Cool! Balanced and diversified!

#129 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.18.23 at 7:43 pm

I worked with a Lesbian and a Gay person.
Both of them were Chartered Accoutants (CPA now).
One was Chief Financial Officer.
The other Accounting Manager (managed 10 employees).
Top of their class, and professionals all the way.
And hard working as hell.
So, what’s the problem.

#130 Sunshowers on 01.18.23 at 7:49 pm

#106 Confused
“It should be illegal to include name on resumes.
Qualifications only.”

Ok, so what happens when it’s time for a phone interview or an in-person interview? Can’t really disguise yourself at that point.

If you think we can get employers on board with a legal requirement to make the official and binding hiring decision before seeing the prospective hire’s face or hearing their voice, then I daresay we have a solution!

So what do you think, will they go for it?

#131 Elon Fanboy on 01.18.23 at 7:51 pm

I saw Madonna in concert at her ‘Who’s that Girl tour’, Wembley Stadium, 1987.

Awesome concert. Pity she’s now batshit crazy.

#132 Doug t on 01.18.23 at 7:58 pm

I just heard a fact – Tesla vehicles do not run on electricity after all ………….they run on Musk oil

I’m here all week

#133 AR on 01.18.23 at 8:08 pm

When the C suite, the Board of Directors, the operating floor of every corporate and government workplace begin to look like society in general the work will be done. Until then these policies are simply working at reversing the status quo policies that have favored straight, white men for generations. Just go look at the photo pages for executives of major corps. Don’t be a victim Derwin. The system has worked well for you for decades.

#134 Alois on 01.18.23 at 8:12 pm

Re Gov’t job gigs..

I had a short gig working at one….learned early on to “walk”….don’t “run”.

…..aka don’t dare hustle and make the entrenched union boys and gals look bad.

Other private sector union jobs I enjoyed…work ass off to hearts content.

#135 H.G.Wells on 01.18.23 at 8:12 pm

THE UNEASY PEACE IN EUROPE THAT FOLLOWED THE FALL OF NAPOLEON

Two main causes prevented that period from being one of complete social and international peace, and prepared the way for the cycle of wars between 1854 and 1871.

“The first of these was the tendency of the royal courts concerned, toward the restoration of unfair privilege and interference with freedom of thought and writing and teaching. The second was the impossible system of boundaries draw by diplomatists of Vienna.”

A short history of the world…makes me realize humans have been mentally and physically violating each other for centuries. So much bull$#!+ sold to us over and over again. And we buy it!

Key to all of it is confusion. Making us take many cycles to sort out the nonsense. In that time of deception and misdirection they screw everyone over. Bigly.

#136 Whitey need not apply on 01.18.23 at 8:26 pm

As an entrepreneur, hiring based on race is unfathomable to me. My capital is way too valuable to throw away on a diversity hire. If I need a script written and don’t have time to code it myself, I hire competent coders who can get the job done at the lowest cost. Lol at hiring based on race, sex, etc… I have no clue what race, sex or sexual orientation they are, nor do I care.

But I’m the racist according to our Prime Minister, who himself is hiring based on race. A hypocrite of the highest order, literally.

#137 Quintilian on 01.18.23 at 8:28 pm

#125 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 7:37 pm

Welcome to the politically correct “nirvana” that is Canada.
Where everyone is angry and blames everyone but the person in the mirror.

I guess you are referring to the CRAZIES on this blog that blame Trudeau for all the ills of the world?

You do have a mirror right Crowdie?

#138 Scooter on 01.18.23 at 8:38 pm

Well said Garth! This ultra wokeness and virtue signalling permeates all levels of government and Canadian society and it’s ridiculous!

There is something drastically wrong with our society when the hard working, loyal and better educated and better qualified employees/individuals are not hired for positions or are passed over for promotions – all an effort to make these corporations appear more inclusive and progressive (and help their leaders seem more magnanimous and electable)!

Canada already has a huge productivity problem and this approach only further alienates and disenfranchises the majority (and further cripples productivity)

Simply put many Canadians – just don’t want to work or as too often the situation – want a position in which they are extremely overpaid based on the type work, education, and skills they possess. The goal is to monetize “f-ing off”! Maybe the goal is to become an influencer, content provider, or a WFH employee and if all else fails – generate wealth by selling houses.

I’ve often thought, why bother working hard in my current position -of picking up shifts, working multiple jobs. I did 8 years of university and have advanced degrees and training and I go to work everyday while many in my community work from home for the federal government, have little to no formal education and haven’t been to the office in 3 years! They have better benefits, better pension and little to no stress! I think the pay cut would be worth it – all things considered; however I’ll have to lie about being a visible minority to get in!

No one should be discriminated against (and that includes the majority)! The goal is to have: Equality of opportunity not Equality of outcomes! I really hope the political middle are starting to wake up (and the opposition doesn’t swing hard right)

Thank you having the courage to write about this – I’m sure there will be comments that proclaim you as an out of touch boomer who doesn’t understand the virtues of such hiring practices. Ignore them – it’s time for reality to creep back into society!

#139 Summertime on 01.18.23 at 8:45 pm


#126 Mark on 01.18.23 at 7:37 pm
Honestly I don’t see a problem with all that equity hiring stuff. It used to bug me until I realized, newsflash: 90% of Canadians are Diabetic or pre-diabetic thanks to our food industry…

And for the 10% of you who don’t live off of processed food and sugar and will actually live to see 60…

It is not even sugar. This is due to the mass use of glucose fructose syrup, a few cents cheaper than sugar
that is the main driver of diabetes and obesity + the corn it is made of is GMO, as is the soy in the food, the other cheap ‘vegan’ GMO ingredient.

They both drive metabolic diseases through the roof and yes, it is the food industry ‘regulations’/or the lack of such that allow it.

Diabetes and Cancer are rising, despite better preventions options through technology advances, but with the ‘free wonderful’ health care system overwhelmed, with the lack of doctors that prevention is not utilized efficiently and treatment is degrading due to the shortage of doctors and the costs.

It all starts with food. There is documentary on Cancer in apple iTunes, watch it. Europe strongly prohibits GMP and controls the pesticides use. Even Turkey has surprisingly strong food control and quality.

In the meantime reverse mortgages are booming as apparently ‘rich’/house poor/ people can not survive merely with shoplifting.

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/more-canadians-reverse-mortgages-amid-savings-crunch-185842470.html

And the cherry on the cake? The dreams for 500 k immigrants yearly who supposedly will stay here by some reason.

https://backcountrycanadatravel.com/why-moving-to-canada-is-a-bad-idea/

#140 the Jaguar on 01.18.23 at 8:50 pm

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…..here is an interesting quote about layoffs in the Tech sector…

Tom Siebel, a billionaire serial entrepreneur whose latest title is CEO of C3.ai AI, -1.13%, is more pessimistic.

“This is just starting,” he told MarketWatch. “Before this is over, everyone will feel the sting, large companies and small. It will be hard, but the industry will be healthy once we get through it. All this weird, entitled behavior is coming to an end. No more people working in pajamas at home, being paid in bitcoin. This era will be a zinger, unfortunately,” he said.

The downturn, he cautioned, will last at least two years and “look like something out of the 1970s. This recession took 15 years to happen. Companies were literally printing billions of dollars a month. It was not sustainable or real.”

Oh boy…

#141 Oblio on 01.18.23 at 9:08 pm

#113 ReCow
“No government gave a dime to start up the…forestry industry.” –Simply wrong.
No mater, I do not expect an Albertan to give an inch on the subject of gov’t involvement in new & old industries.

#142 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.18.23 at 9:09 pm

#127
The downturn, he cautioned, will last at least two years and “look like something out of the 1970s. This recession took 15 years to happen. Companies were literally printing billions of dollars a month. It was not sustainable or real.
————-
Where did you find this guy.?
“Companies were literally printing billions of dollars a month”.
What?
Gotta be more selective in your Googling

#143 Dr V on 01.18.23 at 9:10 pm

Further to my comment at 78, a very interesting article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/02/football-white-flight-racial-divide/581623/

“Seventy percent of NFL players are black………
The NFL was just 52 percent black in 1985.”

#144 mike from mtl on 01.18.23 at 9:10 pm

Don’t know this is somehow recent breaking news, but this has always been the unwritten case. QC has been for decades non-officially dismissing those with unwanted family names – no one would back this is the case. How this is recent news I don’t know?

Canada likes to portray itself as some sort of utopia when in reality is much more complicated.

#145 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 9:24 pm

@#129 Ponzies Pals
“So, what’s the problem.”
+++
Painful.
The ISSUE isnt the people it is the govt relegating everyone else to the back of the line.

You should thank your lucky stars that you weren’t applying for the same job as they were today.

No matter how qualified you are…..
As a white, heterosexual , male….
You wouldnt even be considered.

#146 Crazy talk on 01.18.23 at 9:24 pm

#130 Quintilian on 01.18.23 at 8:28 pm

#125 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 7:37 pm

Welcome to the politically correct “nirvana” that is Canada.
Where everyone is angry and blames everyone but the person in the mirror.

I guess you are referring to the CRAZIES on this blog that blame Trudeau for all the ills of the world?

You do have a mirror right Crowdie?

————-

It’s not just on this blog. Trudeau is hated globally. But don’t take my word for it… type “Trudeau” in the twitter search bar and spend an hour or two scrolling through the top threads. My observation has been that unless the poster has a Ukraine flag gif in their handle (NPC stamp), the hate is unequivically universal towards this man. Fact.

You seem to be the outlier… maybe YOU are the CRAZY one!

#147 Alois on 01.18.23 at 9:28 pm

#127 the Jaguar on 01.18.23 at 8:50 pm

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…..here is an interesting quote about layoffs in the Tech sector…

==================

MSM says:

—-Amazon is shedding 18,000 jobs

—-Microsoft shedding 10, 000 jobs

Ouch….

#148 Crazy talk on 01.18.23 at 9:29 pm

#130 Quintilian on 01.18.23 at 8:28 pm

#125 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 7:37 pm

Welcome to the politically correct “nirvana” that is Canada.
Where everyone is angry and blames everyone but the person in the mirror.

I guess you are referring to the CRAZIES on this blog that blame Trudeau for all the ills of the world?

You do have a mirror right Crowdie?

————-

It’s not just on this blog. Trudeau is hated globally. But don’t take my word for it… type “Trudeau” in the twitter search bar and spend an hour or two scrolling through the top threads. My observation has been that unless the poster has a Ukraine flag gif in their handle (NPC stamp), the hate is unequivically universal towards this man. Fact.

You seem to be the outlier… maybe YOU are the CRAZY one!!!

#149 Doug in London on 01.18.23 at 9:29 pm

There is only one way out of this, and it’s not building more homes which will cost exactly the same.
————————————————————-
In the last 2 months I’ve read 2 articles in The Globe and Mail by independent thinkers who said the same thing Garth has been telling us for years. If anyone whoever aspires to be Prime Minister gets up on the podium and tells the truth and how they will fix the problem they get my vote, and that includes the Conservatives whom I’ve never voted for.

Imagine a meteorite hits the Earth and blasts out a crater the size of Lake Huron. Now imagine what would happen to a person standing in the middle of ground zero. That’s what would happen to the Liberals in the next election if the Conservatives or NDP told the truth and promised to follow through with it about high housing costs.

#150 Flop... on 01.18.23 at 9:33 pm

#110 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 6:47 pm
@#107 Floppie

When did Flop turn 48?

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Crowdie, I turned 48 about 6 months ago, you didn’t notice the previous 685 posts I put up since then?

Uncle Ponzie is slipping, he forgot to give you crap about your failed prediction that Chris Gailus would be fired by Global T.V by Xmas 2022.

Did you see Jacinda Ardern quit as Prime Minister of my Antipodean buddies, New Zealand?

I see the plan, she’s going to identify as Canadian…

M48BC

#151 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.18.23 at 9:35 pm

145 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 9:24 pm
@#129 Ponzies Pals
“So, what’s the problem.”
+++
Painful.
The ISSUE isnt the people it is the govt relegating everyone else to the back of the line.

You should thank your lucky stars that you weren’t applying for the same job as they were today.

No matter how qualified you are…..
As a white, heterosexual , male….
You wouldnt even be considered.
——————
You’re so god damn stupid.
I was on the committee that hired them.
Jeez.

#152 Mark on 01.18.23 at 9:38 pm

It is a sad day when a black person can be proud to be black, an Indian person can be proud to be brown…but a white person has to be ashamed to be white.
Moreover, if we are not identifying as trans, gay or something else, we are even worse off. Job opportunities at my company as well, are targeted based on race and gender identity.

What a disturbed world we live in. I fear for my daughter growing up in this now-disgrace of a country. All the things our ancestors fought for seem to be gone at this point in time.

#153 Alois on 01.18.23 at 9:39 pm

#143 Dr V on 01.18.23 at 9:10 pm
Further to my comment at 78, a very interesting article:

“Seventy percent of NFL players are black………
The NFL was just 52 percent black in 1985.”

=====================

There is a lot of background to this…

….more later

#154 Chaddywack on 01.18.23 at 9:41 pm

Wokeness is a cancer.

-I had to sit through a meeting last year where the presenter said “all the white people need to get in a room together and talk about their contributions to racism” (yay! Segregation is back and fashionable again?)

-An event sarted with a land acknowledgement that used the words that we are “visitors on this land” and “thanking and honoring our hosts” (BS I was born here. I will never acknowledge I do not belong here)

-I’ve been targeted for not putting gender pronouns in my email signature with one person telling me that “my silence demonstrates my transphobia” (wtf I’ve had an email signature with just my name for over 20 years and now I’m transphobic….BTW I will NEVER put those in my email. I think it’s juvenile and ridiculous.)

-The pride stuff is so over the top and annoying. I’ve always supported the “queer” community (I have trouble with that term because in my day it was a slur, but apparently now its correct?!) But it is so in your face these days. Honestly I hate to admit it, but the constant pride stuff all summer everywhere has actually has made me less supportive when it’s so in your face everywhere and annoying! A gay coworker of mine hates the extent of it and he said “it’s so over the top! I feel like I’m puking rainbows all summer at work”

I’m all for treating everyone with dignity and respect, but this woke stuff seems divisive, discriminatory, and actually annoys people to the point where it creates more and more hate. A lot of people in the communities (gay, fist nations etc.) Don’t like it either

It’s not about fairness and equity. It’s about power and control. It’s anti democratic and demoralizing.

#155 Editrix on 01.18.23 at 9:53 pm

My son, a white male, is applying to three universities. Two require an interview. The third (the one near Downsview) isn’t having interviews this year for his course because it wants to be “more inclusive.” My son is a very high functioning autistic and I have told him to play that card. If I was in his shoes, I’d give that university a hard pass as I probably wouldn’t find that the quality of the students would challenge me to do my best.

#156 Mash on 01.18.23 at 9:59 pm

Unfortunately there is a lot of racism in the private sector. Many employers are racists. Ask any immigrant if they have not experienced racism. Asking for Canadian experience is also racist. We recently did a survey and found that job applicants got interviews more easily if they had white names and were hired if they were white. There is a long way to go for society to be equal irrespective of race or religion.

#157 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 10:01 pm

@#143 Dr V
“Further to my comment at 78, a very interesting article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/02/football-white-flight-racial-divide/581623/

“Seventy percent of NFL players are black………
The NFL was just 52 percent black in 1985.”

+++++

Excellent article.

#158 Harvey on 01.18.23 at 10:28 pm

It’s not over….by a long shot….how can a bankrupt country keep raising the debt ceiling….smoke and mirrors

#159 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.18.23 at 10:41 pm

153 Alois on 01.18.23 at 9:39 pm
#143 Dr V on 01.18.23 at 9:10 pm
Further to my comment at 78, a very interesting article:

“Seventy percent of NFL players are black………
The NFL was just 52 percent black in 1985.”

=====================

There is a lot of background to this…

….more later
———————-
Football had its roots in the Civil War.
Initially meant to keep the white College boys in physical shape.
Was brutal.
Fatal injuries were quite common.
No passing or throwing allowed.

#160 Loonie Doctor on 01.18.23 at 10:49 pm

#117 saskatoon on 01.18.23 at 7:10 pm
#102 Loonie Doctor

more government worker rationalizing and virtue-signaling BS.

you are part of the problem.

********************************************
I make rational decisions and I care about results. We have had excellent performance results. Virtue signaling isn’t results oriented and is a waste of time. Plus, it’s annoying. Pretty sure it is not me that is part of the problem.
-LD

#161 Good Luck on 01.18.23 at 10:54 pm

#155 Editrix on 01.18.23 at 9:53 pm

My son, a white male, is applying to three universities. Two require an interview. The third (the one near Downsview) isn’t having interviews this year for his course because it wants to be “more inclusive.” My son is a very high functioning autistic and I have told him to play that card. If I was in his shoes, I’d give that university a hard pass as I probably wouldn’t find that the quality of the students would challenge me to do my best

——–

Don’t let him go to the one near Downsview. Friends don’t let friends go to York (according to a UofT t-shirt I once owned), degrees from there are as useful as toilet paper, plus that is the wokeist school in Canada.

Also, don’t play that card. You’re sending the wrong message to your son IMO.

My son is 3 1/2… I’m very worried about his future… An exit from Canada may be in his near future if this country doesn’t 180 soon

#162 Loser on 01.18.23 at 11:04 pm

I had a very good chance at doubling my income (salary plus bonus) at a large financial institution, with good prospects of growth. The hiring manager wined and dined me asking to consider it (duuh! I was dreaming about it!)
Guess what: from above, he was told to hire a female, and ideally non-white. A guy in that team, under the manager who dined me, (a former colleague from another place we worked together at), sarcastically and bitterly told me to urgently grow a pair of breasts if I want to have a chance. He likes me a lot and wanted me to be his colleague again.
They hired a lady I know. Not a very sharp knife in the drawer. At least, it seems like she is still there – it is a simple job that pays really well.

#163 Reynolds753 on 01.18.23 at 11:11 pm

#123 Faron

#100 Sail Away on 01.18.23 at 6:09 pm

Canada is by far the most oppressive and intolerant country in the world. It’s not even close.

Sail Away’s cri de coeur: “SAGIs hurt and I just want to be appreciated and loved. But, because my father was an a hole, I don’t know how to express my pain. Thus, I troll to fill this vacuous hole inside of me.”

Faron, you really are this incredibly unlikeable individual with posts like this. Just limit yourself to posting what you can actually comment on without your usual denigrating and disparaging comments. I suspect that those of us who enjoy reading this blog would really appreciate this.

#164 Johnny D on 01.18.23 at 11:16 pm

Wokeism is at the very least a toxic ideology, and at the most a bonafide religion.

#165 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 11:17 pm

@#151 Ponzie’s Painful Patriarchy
“You’re so god damn stupid.
I was on the committee that hired them.

++++

Jeez.
We’re talking about the “here and now”
Not 20 years ago.
Try and keep up.

#166 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 11:21 pm

@#150 Floppie
“Did you see Jacinda Ardern quit as Prime Minister of my Antipodean buddies, New Zealand?”

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Yeah.
Apparently at the ripe old age of 42 ( and I quote)
“She doesnt have the spark or energy to continue”.

Hopefully she’s just a quitter and it’s nothing too serious like cancer.

#167 SK on 01.18.23 at 11:22 pm

I asked if they had a senior’s discount at a museum in Sacramento CA some years back. They said only if I “ self identified”. I “ self identified” and got a discount. Considering all the endless permutations and combinations of woke , race alphabet nonsense, “ self identify” as a RHCWM…rational, healthy,common sense white male. If they ask what that means, claim discrimination.

#168 Nonplused on 01.18.23 at 11:59 pm

#9 Re-Cowtown on 01.18.23 at 12:56 pm
#134 Oblio on 01.18.23 at 11:22 am
#124 ReCow
“Once massive tax subsidies are withdrawn collapse is inevitable”
I don’t know about there, but here in BC the O&G and Forest industries receive substantial subsidies & allowances (tax & development costs).
+++++++++++++++++

True-ish…Tax treatments in the resource industry are designed to reflect the realities of the cash flow lifecycle of the resource, not to create the industry from whole cloth.

No government gave a dime to start up the O&G industry or forestry industry. They’re both mature industries and local tax regimes can destroy them at a whim, but they all profitably exist in other parts of the world.

————————————

I’m a little late to this conversation, but I want to see if I understand it correctly:

The reason Alberta is so wealthy and pays so much more into the transfer system than any other province (per capita) is because…. we “subsidize” oil and gas?

Maybe other provinces should try “subsidizing” oil and gas. Seems like it would solve all our economic woes.

#169 yvr_lurker on 01.19.23 at 12:20 am

#154 Wokeness is a cancer.

-I had to sit through a meeting last year where the presenter said “all the white people need to get in a room together and talk about their contributions to racism” (yay! Segregation is back and fashionable again?)

-An event sarted with a land acknowledgement that used the words that we are “visitors on this land” and “thanking and honoring our hosts” (BS I was born here. I will never acknowledge I do not belong here)

-I’ve been targeted for not putting gender pronouns in my email signature with one person telling me that “my silence demonstrates my transphobia” (wtf I’ve had an email signature with just my name for over 20 years and now I’m transphobic….BTW I will NEVER put those in my email. I think it’s juvenile and ridiculous.)
———

For me, I don’t see it as black and white as you do, but your experiences are somewhat similar to mine.

In my job, I had to attend a series of mandatory EDI
workshops, where in the first workshop there was the statement. “For us to progress through these workshops you must acknowledge your inherent racism and privelege”. Uggh… I felt like saying the truth: “Although I am not in a priveleged position, I had a long journey to get there. Spent 7 years living with my single mother in a one-bedroom apartment we rented and shared when I was a teenager..etc..etc.. I view someone as privileged if they came from lots of inherited $$$ and never had to work hard and compete to rise up as connections, $$$, provided all that was needed.”

Although this is in fact my true story, I realized that the EDI workshop coordinator would not be happy with my response. So I shut my yap, followed directions, and for the next few workshops had a series of appointments (dental, medical) that I needed to attend to…. I have always treated everyone as my equals, but don’t have much patience with all of this re-education. I have a finite time horizon before retirement and will keep my head low until then.

#170 BABY'S BUM on 01.19.23 at 12:49 am

Don’t worry….

Check all the pro sport teams. Still all owned by 99% “White folks”

All the fortune 500 companies. Still all run by 99% “white CEO folks”

Slavery just spread from dark skin and redskin to ANY SKIN.

Your white anglo-saxon men still run the show they’ve just decided to sell-out on their own kind now.

Greed and racism is such an ugly thing ain’t it.

#171 Bucky on 01.19.23 at 1:13 am

Reverse discrimination may be tolerated until jobs are more scarce. Rediscovering that the people who are discriminated against become angry and tribal does not sound like a positive outcome. Equal rights must mean exactly that.

#172 NomadGeezer on 01.19.23 at 1:14 am

Relocated to Vancouver island today from the mainland.
And first sign of sunshine in a while. Bonus

#173 DON on 01.19.23 at 1:22 am

#160 Loonie Doctor on 01.18.23 at 10:49 pm
#117 saskatoon on 01.18.23 at 7:10 pm
#102 Loonie Doctor

more government worker rationalizing and virtue-signaling BS.

you are part of the problem.

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I make rational decisions and I care about results. We have had excellent performance results. Virtue signaling isn’t results oriented and is a waste of time. Plus, it’s annoying. Pretty sure it is not me that is part of the problem.
-LD

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Say no more Doc, your first comment spelled it out in a rational manner…hire the best fit with all the required quals and experience. Easy peasy for folks that are results oriented with quality of care and due diligence.

You seemingly got caught in saskatoon’s rant on gov and corporate management.

#174 DON on 01.19.23 at 1:27 am

#150 Flop… on 01.18.23 at 9:33 pm
#110 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.18.23 at 6:47 pm
@#107 Floppie

When did Flop turn 48?

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Crowdie, I turned 48 about 6 months ago, you didn’t notice the previous 685 posts I put up since then?

Uncle Ponzie is slipping, he forgot to give you crap about your failed prediction that Chris Gailus would be fired by Global T.V by Xmas 2022.

Did you see Jacinda Ardern quit as Prime Minister of my Antipodean buddies, New Zealand?

I see the plan, she’s going to identify as Canadian…

M48BC

************
One news story mentioned the word scandal…time will tell. Was it a shot gun resignation? Much like a shotgun wedding.

#175 Faron on 01.19.23 at 1:36 am

#163 Reynolds753 on 01.18.23 at 11:11 pm

Nah, sorry there steelie. Anyone who bellows tripe about Canada being oppressive and intolerant and more so than any other place on the planet is either a sorry idiot or a sorry troll. They deserve zero engagement on such vacuous statements.

#176 Diamond Dog on 01.19.23 at 1:49 am

Interesting times.

In the U.S., consumer spending fell yoy for the second month in a row. Everything is worth more, yet spending is less. The U.S. price manufacturer’s index also fell into a recession for the second month in a row. Goldman took it on the chin yesterday as some might know… it’s not a great start to earnings season south of the line.

China’s housing bubble is unwinding in the midst of a Covid revival there meaning their GDP might lay an egg or worse. I think, worse. Europe is in recession. The numbers out of Germany as a consequence of not getting Russian gas is jarring.

It’s a different world than it was a year ago. China’s epic real estate bubble is crashing. Covid, while a tame version of it’s former self, is still doing it’s thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seHMnNd6iK0

In the U.S., as with other nations, CB’s the world over are raising rates. The noise out of the Fed is to take rates to 5.25 to 5.5%. Check out this recent quote from yesterday:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/feds-mester-rate-hikes-begun-quell-us-inflation-96506129

“Mester, 64, also stressed her belief that more hikes are needed and that the Fed’s key rate should rise a “little bit” above the 5% to 5.25% range that policymakers have collectively projected for the end of this year.” – Fed reserve Mester

So… that’s a full percentage point above where we are now. Does this mean a surprise .5% hike when the Fed meets Feb 1st? It’s possible and here’s why:

https://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=EUR&to=USD

A falling dollar means higher commodities and higher imports leading to sticky high inflation. The Fed may try to break that trend. Not to mention, all that extra cash floating around from all that newly minted debt the U.S. racked up in 2020 needs to gets soaked up to take prices down i.e. demand destruction. Does the Fed have another choice to fight inflation at 6.5%?

So, up rates go in the face of recession but in case some readers came in late, it’s how the Fed handles rapid increases in the money supply like what we saw in 2020, causing high inflation. In other words, it’s a Fed induced recession that’s coming and no amount of Bullish noise and media hype is going to change that. This event has been telegraphed for a while now. Leading indicators suggest it began in November and is deepening as the Fed continues to raise hikes past neutral (thought to be between 4 to 4.5%, not counting QT).

What does this all mean for Stocks and bonds? A likely stock market selloff… not a dot.com bust or 911 or GFC or commodity crash etc., just your ordinary Fed induced recession bottom that never quite seems to end. We may not see a true U.S. market bottom until as late as Q1 of 2024, but a great deal can happen between now and then in stocks as the market searches for it’s bottom and beyond. Keep some powder dry.

As for bonds, the Fed rate is poised to go up another 1% and stay there either until inflation comes down below 4% or less, or something major breaks. Keep in mind, there has been no other time that I know of where the Fed did not raise rates higher than inflation to take it down. Note how significant the inversions are in U.S. government bonds below, relative to the Fed rate. These inversions are as wide as readers will see historically (which, if history is any indication):

https://www.cnbc.com/bonds/

There’s something to be said for demand and yields to meet that demand plus what can later be sustained but in general, a higher Fed rate translates into higher yields overall and higher yields in general means an appetite for higher duration as bond holders don’t chase yields, they chase price.

I believe 2023 will be an excellent year for bonds, perhaps the best year this millennium has had to offer. That said, this year should be an excellent year for investors to invest in 60/40 portfolios with excellent bond rollover potential in ’24.

#177 DON on 01.19.23 at 1:53 am

Chaddywack on 01.18.23 at 9:41 pm
Wokeness is a cancer.

-I had to sit through a meeting last year where the presenter said “all the white people need to get in a room together and talk about their contributions to racism” (yay! Segregation is back and fashionable again?)

-An event sarted with a land acknowledgement that used the words that we are “visitors on this land” and “thanking and honoring our hosts” (BS I was born here. I will never acknowledge I do not belong here)

-I’ve been targeted for not putting gender pronouns in my email signature with one person telling me that “my silence demonstrates my transphobia” (wtf I’ve had an email signature with just my name for over 20 years and now I’m transphobic….BTW I will NEVER put those in my email. I think it’s juvenile and ridiculous.)

-The pride stuff is so over the top and annoying. I’ve always supported the “queer” community (I have trouble with that term because in my day it was a slur, but apparently now its correct?!) But it is so in your face these days. Honestly I hate to admit it, but the constant pride stuff all summer everywhere has actually has made me less supportive when it’s so in your face everywhere and annoying! A gay coworker of mine hates the extent of it and he said “it’s so over the top! I feel like I’m puking rainbows all summer at work”

I’m all for treating everyone with dignity and respect, but this woke stuff seems divisive, discriminatory, and actually annoys people to the point where it creates more and more hate. A lot of people in the communities (gay, fist nations etc.) Don’t like it either

It’s not about fairness and equity. It’s about power and control. It’s anti democratic and demoralizing.

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

Feel the same way! I always hire the best qualified fit for the job. Doing so makes my work life a lot easier.

Submit a harrassment complaint to the BC Human Rights Tribunal and complete the circle…

#178 jane24 on 01.19.23 at 2:45 am

This has been going on in Canada for many years, it is just more open and blatant now.

When I lived there in the 1990s a friend’s husband was out of work and the unemployment office insisted that he attend more interviews. So he went off to be interviewed by Toronto Hydro for a marketing job. He has zero education or experience in this field. My friend and I laughed him out of the door.

He got the job. When I asked why he said that he ticked two boxes, ethnic origin and handicapped. I could see the ethnic origin as his dad was from Pakistan but I couldn’t see the handicapped one. He replied that he had asthma and that had been enough! Hydro company figured he could learn on the job. It was more important to them that these two boxes were ticked than hiring someone capable that wouldn’t need the expense of a year of training.

And yes such things are indeed reverse discrimination and why no one has gone to court on this amazes me too.

#179 nosferatu on 01.19.23 at 5:44 am

Possibly dumb Question : Bonds had an awful 2022/ So did Equities. The statement that bonds surprisingly mirriroed equities when they were supposed to be a bulwark…. showed up on more articles than I can count. So that said, while bonds will do better for reasons you mentioned why would I not just rather buy Equity ETFs which will also do better?

Thank you Garth.

#180 maxx on 01.19.23 at 7:11 am

Re: Program Officer Posting. The last sentence is an abomination. Can´t even manage simple grammar, let alone pay employees correctly, but then again, that involves math.
Stupid is as stupid does. The snivel service is a gold mine for idiots.

#181 maxx on 01.19.23 at 7:47 am

@ #2

That particular quote from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has been trampled upon -badly – and today has the value and function of toilet paper.

Perhaps less.

Shame on Canada.

#182 Tony on 01.19.23 at 8:12 am

Re: #179 nosferatu on 01.19.23 at 5:44 am

The odds of making money rather than losing money or breaking even in a long term bond fund in the next 3 years are more in your favour.

#183 slick on 01.19.23 at 8:18 am

To Derwin # 45

the English/French language discrimination should be moot. Anyone with a smartphone can press translate and get the whole conversation in their own language. Phones can also put a verbal conversation into print, if needed. Computers can translate on demand now.

Soon those smartphones can translate my hetero bias into translanguage.

#184 Harvey on 01.19.23 at 8:23 am

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#185 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.19.23 at 8:28 am

@#175 Faron
“Anyone who bellows tripe about Canada being oppressive and intolerant ”

+++
Says the troll that denigrates anyone that disagrees with him.
Trudeau and the intolerant politically correct cabal that he leads …has done a bang up job so far.
I have never seen so much intolerance from everyone towards everyone else in my life.
Think its bad now?
Wait til the recession bites and the private sector jobs dry up.
Amazon is nuking thousands of jobs.
Microsoft the same.
Construction is slowing.
I’m seeing construction sites grinding to a halt.
A daily drip of corporate cuts and closings.
Home stay Govt workers need not worry….yet.
As the revolving door of “catch and release” sends the message to criminals there is no punishment for all petty crime.
The Truckers convoy was nothing compared to the angry, increasingly desperate, people that can’t afford to buy food for their kids.
Lots more angry people now than there ever was.
So much for inclusivity and tolerance.
Well done Trudeau.
Wellllll done.

As a straw poll you and Ponzie should wear a “re-elect Trudeau” T shirt in public.
Try it out.
Trudeau’s smiling face on a Liberal red T-shirt.
See what kind of reaction you get.

#186 Harvey on 01.19.23 at 8:37 am

It’s Debt Ceiling Day…..again…..

How long before the PetroDollar is replaced by PetroGold ???

That would be ‘never’. – Garth

#187 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.19.23 at 8:53 am

@#174 DON
“One news story mentioned the word scandal…”

+++

Time will tell.
Ardern was re-elected with a strong majority, unlike Trudeau.
6 years in power is long enough I guess.
Trudeau take note.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjBxITw4dP8AhXSADQIHc6qCR0QvOMEKAB6BAgNEAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fjacinda-ardern-resigns-1.6718695&usg=AOvVaw38L8opV2GmFdv7bCVaheJg

#188 slick on 01.19.23 at 8:55 am

re: inflation number;
I am not an economist, just a dumb farmer, but am I one of the few that sees that the inflation number resets each month as the year goes on. Prices started heading up sharply a year ago. Prolly peaked late summer. As the year progresses, inflation number will fall compared to the year before. Prices will still be the same as year before, albeit higher than 2 years before.

I purchased a new F150 before year end for the business. I don’t expect the price of the same truck to go lower, but in a year the price will likely be the same as what I paid.

#189 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.19.23 at 9:25 am

“I’m all for treating everyone with dignity and respect, but this woke stuff seems divisive, discriminatory, and actually annoys people to the point where it creates more and more hate. A lot of people in the communities (gay, first nations etc.) Don’t like it either

It’s not about fairness and equity. It’s about power and control. It’s anti democratic and demoralizing.”

++++

This bears repeating again and again and again until Trudeau and his all of his lecturing, smug, brain washed cabal are voted out…

#190 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.19.23 at 9:28 am

OMG
You can’t make this stuff up.

Disgraced Republican George Santos…..

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/embattled-us-rep-santos-was-drag-queen-brazil-pageants-say-associates-2023-01-19/

#191 Angry White Male on 01.19.23 at 9:57 am

Thank you, so many of my brothers here. Your comments make me feel safe and welcomed.

#192 Dharma Bum on 01.19.23 at 10:17 am

What’s the big problem?

These days it’s perfectly acceptable to identify as anything you want!

For instance, I’m a female aboriginal trans pansexual person of colour.

When do I start?

By the way, wasn’t Derwin the guy on Bewitched? LOL

#193 Doug in London on 01.19.23 at 10:32 am

@SK, post #167:
That’s a good one, I’ll have to remember to say I’m a RHCWM, if asked how I self identify. Other strategies include saying I’m visually impaired because I’m near sighted and require glasses for distance. I could also say I’m gay, and comment about some of the attractive looking guys I had seen earlier that day.

#194 Alois on 01.19.23 at 10:32 am

#143 Dr V on 01.18.23 at 9:10 pm
Further to my comment at 78, a very interesting article:

“Seventy percent of NFL players are black………
The NFL was just 52 percent black in 1985.

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TPTB have socially engineered black males to be predominant in certain fields.

A while back read an article from some insider that was considering investing in private prisons in USA. The plan was for the media to present the only options available to black males were as athletes, rap singers or drug dealers.
Hence, keep the prisons full.

Even further back, recall the blaxploitation films of the early 1970’s where the roles were as pimps etc.

Gloria Steinem (CIA) at Ms. magazine had a black female associate that promoted the break up of the black family, that black women were better off being single mothers on welfare.

Black politicians lose their power base when gentrification occurs…they need slums etc.

Sad, but all of this is by design.

Google “Cloward Piven” strategy.

#195 Old Tropes on 01.19.23 at 10:33 am

Where do you get the idea that minorities do not have the brains or qualifications of white anglo men?
And that they are only being hired because of skin colour. Implicit in that argument is that you can’t find minorities with the intelligence of white males.
That is an old trope that has been around for years.

#196 Alois on 01.19.23 at 10:40 am

#135 H.G.Wells on 01.18.23 at 8:12 pm

THE UNEASY PEACE IN EUROPE THAT FOLLOWED THE FALL OF NAPOLEON

Two main causes prevented that period from being one of complete social and international peace, and prepared the way for the cycle of wars between 1854 and 1871.
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Napoleon ill – advised campaigns had his war debts pile up.

He was forced into selling off French holdings in the USA…the ” Louisiana Purchase”.

The USA cobbled itself together slowly but surely ,by purchase and/or conquest .

#197 Harvey on 01.19.23 at 10:50 am

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#198 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.19.23 at 11:07 am

@#195 Young and blind
“Where do you get the idea that minorities do not have the brains or qualifications of white anglo men?
And that they are only being hired because of skin colour.”

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Gee.
I dont know.
The Govt job listing at the top of this blog topic?

I saw the EXACT same wording in the Union letter I received several months ago informing us of a $20,000 federal govt “grant” to specifically hire.
” Women, aboriginals, LGBTQx2, immigrants….” as new apprentices.
So essentially $20,000 to hire anyone BUT a white male.
Disgusting reverse discrimination.
I already have two aboriginals ( they actually offered to quit and be rehired for a piece of the govt payola ….and dont think that hasnt happed.) working for me. Great workers. No issues.

Race, color and sexual orientation should NOT be a govt ( taxpayer?) SUBSIDIZED prerequisite to the hiring process.
Ability, punctuality, and honesty.
That’s all I expect and want.

I dont need a potential “harrassment lawsuit” walking around the jobsite just waiting for one offensive wisecrack from some idiot that doesnt even work for me to set off tens of thousands of dollars of litigation and an eventual severance package.

Aint worth the hassle. Not interested.
Keep the 20 grand….I dont need a govt bribe.

#199 Faron on 01.19.23 at 11:14 am

#185 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.19.23 at 8:28 am
@#175 Faron

“Anyone who bellows tripe about Canada being oppressive and intolerant ”

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Says the troll that denigrates anyone that disagrees with him

So, I am oppressing you? Did anybody prevent you from stumbling to your commenting device of choice this morning? Was an internet filter applied to your network traffic to prevent you from coming here? Is anyone (in government ’cause who knows how much spyware you have accumulated) monitoring what you write?

Listen to yourself. You are defending Sail Away’s utterly absurd position that Canada is the most oppressive and intolerant nation on earth. A planet that, last I checked, has a nation killing people for failing to wear hijab; another nation ethnically cleansing Uighurs; another nation bombing the crap out of Ukrainian civilian targets; another nation starving its civilians so it cam become a nuclear power. Give your head a shake.

His statement is a gaslighting troll and, in fact, is far more damaging and divisive than me replying to him specifically and highlight his ego fragility.

#200 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.19.23 at 11:34 am

#198 FURZ
You are sooo out of touch with reality.
Good thing you’ll be retiring soon.

#201 Quintilian on 01.19.23 at 12:02 pm

#189 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.19.23 at 9:25 am

This bears repeating again and again and again until Trudeau and his all of his lecturing, smug, brain washed cabal are voted out…

You are going to have to wait a very long time for the Liberals to be voted out.

Who can take them on?

The Conservatives with Pepe as leader?
Mad Max?

Perhaps Jagmeet has a chance, although more than the aforementioned, still very slim.

#202 Sail Away on 01.19.23 at 12:24 pm

My favourite blogdog has referenced me in 5 of 6 comments today and in 80% of comments over the last 2 years. Although I am indeed fascinating, rarely have I seen someone so… dare I say… obsessively obsessed? Also talking about my family again.

Stalkers can be dangerous, kids. Stay alert, stay alive.

#203 Faron on 01.19.23 at 12:30 pm

Blizzard’s-worth of snowflakes in comments for this blog post. The fluffiest snowflake is the guy who wrote Garth thusly:

I just don’t feel safe in the office anymore

Are you effing serious Derwin? You are co opting the language of the abused and assaulted; people who have suffered life changing trauma just because you might (infinitely strong emphasis on might) not qualify for one of maybe hundreds in your field in your city at a time of extreme worker scarcity? Don’t feel safe there? Good, leave. Society/government needs better people in that position.

Garth, wow. SMDH

#204 Alois on 01.19.23 at 12:38 pm

When Gov’t makes blanket statements and policies that favour one class of people to the inherent exclusion of another …..solely based on their ancestry and outward appearance…Communism is not far behind.

In addition…the “favoured” group should realize the Gov’t doesn’t really give a dam about them…it’s simply cheap and dirty politics on a race to lowest common denominator.

Once the agenda is achieved , history has shown they become inherently disposable.

#205 Quintilian on 01.19.23 at 12:40 pm

Clowns like this are considered experts

#206 Hmm on 01.19.23 at 1:15 pm

@#185 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.19.23 at 8:28 am
@#175 Faron
“Anyone who bellows tripe about Canada being oppressive and intolerant ”

+++
Says the troll that denigrates anyone that disagrees with him.
Trudeau and the intolerant politically correct cabal that he leads …has done a bang up job so far.
I have never seen so much intolerance from everyone towards everyone else in my life.
Think its bad now?
Wait til the recession bites and the private sector jobs dry up.
Amazon is nuking thousands of jobs.
Microsoft the same.
Construction is slowing.
I’m seeing construction sites grinding to a halt.
A daily drip of corporate cuts and closings.
Home stay Govt workers need not worry….yet.
As the revolving door of “catch and release” sends the message to criminals there is no punishment for all petty crime.
The Truckers convoy was nothing compared to the angry, increasingly desperate, people that can’t afford to buy food for their kids.
Lots more angry people now than there ever was.
So much for inclusivity and tolerance.
Well done Trudeau.
Wellllll done.

As a straw poll you and Ponzie should wear a “re-elect Trudeau” T shirt in public.
Try it out.
Trudeau’s smiling face on a Liberal red T-shirt.
See what kind of reaction you get.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

hilarious.
Now the resident trolls are calling each other trolls.

#207 Michael in-north-york on 01.19.23 at 1:29 pm

#195 Old Tropes on 01.19.23 at 10:33 am

Where do you get the idea that minorities do not have the brains or qualifications of white anglo men?
And that they are only being hired because of skin colour. Implicit in that argument is that you can’t find minorities with the intelligence of white males.
That is an old trope that has been around for years.
===

Absolutely no problem when minority candidate outclass white anglo men and get the job because of that.

The problem begins when a certain demographic group is excluded from the selection process.

#208 Shirl Clarts on 01.19.23 at 1:30 pm

#78 bubu on 01.17.23 at 7:04 pm
I don’t know where you get these numbers as I don’t see the prices going down yet. 2bed in Coquitlam is still over 700k…

It was a million in Feb 2022. It’s down 30%.

#209 Ronthecivil on 01.19.23 at 1:47 pm

I have had this conversation with more woke members of minority and women within my work in the private sector. The woke one’s like to point out my white privileges’. To which I simply ask what their dad did for a living. Well all of them, literally, being an engineering company, say “well my dad was an engineer!”.

I personally grew up literally in the trailer park on welfare, with alcoholic welfare parents. I didn’t even know what an engineer was until I got to university, and the only way I did that is because I was excellent in school and my teachers told me (not suggest, told) I was going to university. I have all kinds of stories that would sound just like any “racialized” kind would be quite familiar with. Heck, they were my childhood friends.

I don’t write this for sympathy but whenever I am told I have white privelege, well, it sets me off. I would just as soon have been born a black women with well off parents than white trash.

As the everlast song goes, where you are at has most to do about where you started.

Mostly white people have a better start, but not all…….

#210 Bubbles on 01.19.23 at 1:56 pm

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#211 Old Boot on 01.19.23 at 2:15 pm

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#212 RyYYZ on 01.19.23 at 2:16 pm

The reverse discrimination has been going on for more than 20 years. More than 30.

When I was in university, there was a stated policy to correct the representation of women, minorities, etc in the faculty. Women were way underrepresented (compared to the general population) in some faculties. Like mine, computer science. Of course, they were also underrepresented in the ranks of the comp-sci undergraduates. It may just be a coincidence that one of the 3 women in my cohort of 100+ is now a fully tenured prof at the University I attended. Point being, in some areas, restricting candidates to certain categories means that you are choosing from a tiny segment of the available candidates. Certainly the case when considering faculty positions for something like Comp Sci.

I’ve been fortunate to work in businesses where we have hired people based on their ability to do the job. My field being software development, that means more men than women. But it also happens to mean more immigrants and non-whites than white, male, Canadian-born types like myself. Because that’s the pool we have to draw from.

I have failed to notice that a diversity in genders, race or religious background ever really contributed anything in and of itself to our work – software is either easy to use and works right, or it doesn’t – that other stuff really doesn’t factor in. It did result in some great festive season banquets in the kitchen though – Diwali, Lunar New Year, Ramadan, Christmas, etc.

BTW, I can’t recall a single Canadian woman ever filling any of the software development or QA positions that I worked with. Ukrainians, Russians, Indians, Chinese, Turks, Koreans, Vietnamese, but no Canadian women. It has gotten slightly better since, but Canadian women just don’t sign up in numbers for a variety of STEM fields. Lots of doctors, quite a few in biology and chemistry, not so many in engineering, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

#213 RyYYZ on 01.19.23 at 2:23 pm

#65 1255 on 01.18.23 at 3:53 pm
How does that work in IT? 90% of the workers are now from India. Are they considered visible minorities when applying for IT jobs?
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Maybe, but it doesn’t matter. We’d hire slime mold if we thought it could get the job done. The biggest problem in the IT business is finding competent people – the demand is huge and only a small subset of humans are really suited to the work (IMO). We don’t produce enough graduates in this country to fill the need. Interesting to note, though, that Indian women don’t seem as disinclined to computer science as Canadian women – we get lots of female Indian candidates.

#214 American House Buyer on 01.19.23 at 2:23 pm

If you are still buying houses in Canada, you are a special kind of stupid. Buy in USA. Rent in Canada.
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#215 Exactly So on 01.19.23 at 2:44 pm

#163 Reynolds753 on 01.18.23 at 11:11 pm

Faron, you really are this incredibly unlikeable individual with posts like this. Just limit yourself to posting what you can actually comment on without your usual denigrating and disparaging comments. I suspect that those of us who enjoy reading this blog would really appreciate this.

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There are so many who have stated this so many times in so many ways. Faron pretends he doesn’t care, which is either a lie or a tad disturbing if true. Takes a certain sociopathy to continually return only to sow anger, division, and negativity. Welcome to the internet, I suppose.

The jump-the-shark parts are where he complains about trolling, and more tellingly about filling vacuous holes/daddy issues.

Talk about on the nose. Project much?! Rings so true to his online persona.

But I’ve learned to enjoy his little rants in a sort of perverse way. His comments like this one are the literary equivalent of someone soiling their pants in public.

Disgusting to observe, humiliating for the one doing it, and deserving mostly of pity.

And a wide berth on the other side of Pandora.

#216 jefferson on 01.19.23 at 7:02 pm

Checking the boxes and excluding the majority in job applications?…It’s been like that at the banks for at least 20-25 years in Canada that I’m aware of and probably longer than that.

I wonder when they will measure their progress and share the findings?