Wednesday 17th October
2018 was a special day in Canadian History... Canada becomes second
country to legalise recreational marijuana.
is legal as of today, but the vision of what a pot-permissive Canada
looks like remains somewhat hazy.
There's still a lot we don't know, including what will happen to the
illicit dispensaries that popped up in cities across the country in
recent years. But here's a look at what we do know as Canadian consumers
buy legal cannabis for the first time.
You can find out some
answers to most questions at:
I have to say that not everything is good
I've recently been reading more about indigenous women being murdered
and going missing and yet the police service seems to have a very poor
track record in solving these cases. Also, I have been reading since
coming to Canada of the problems in the RCMP on sex issues. Far too many
women police officers are being sexually harassed and the RCMP don't
seem to be fixing those issues and that's now some 15 years I've been
reading about this.
Then of course with Canada having the second largest reserves of oil in
the world they can only sell it to America at a major discount at that.
For some reason many First Nations people and the Green lobby are
standing against allowing a pipe line to be built to get it to the coast
so they can sell it to world markets. Canada could be making billions
every year and the Government seem unable to just get a pipe line built.
Then there is the case of the Prime Minister doing a terrible job at
dealing with foreign leaders. Like the last visits by the Prime Minister
to India and China have been a disaster and the continued war with China
is still going on and if anything getting worse. He had said that
getting a free trade deal with China was a top priority but having just
sacked his Ambassador in China things are going backwards.
The debt that Canada has built up since the Liberal Government took
power is now 3 times what the Prime Minster said he would spend if
elected. A lot of that debt could be wiped out if they would only get
that Pipe Line built but the Prime Minister seems incapable of resolving
this very long lasting issue. However, he has still to make up his mind
about financing the armed forces in Canada. No decision yet on
what aircraft to purchase as just one example of many that are being
delayed. There is also a housing crisis in Canada and especially
in the two largest cities of Toronto and Vancouver where rents are sky
high. No wonder that many young people are still living with their
parents. Mind you, if people were willing to locate outside these major
centers they can find quite reasonable prices. Of course the same can be
said of places like London in the UK.
We are due national elections in October 2019 so we'll get an idea what
Canadians think about his tenure in office when the results come in.
Today, Monday 28th January 2019, I got the start of work to get the
house gutters fixed but due to the snowy weather it's going to take
another day to complete the work. He noted I have some wood issues in
the roof so I'm going to have to get that fixed so tomorrow he'll give
me contact details of who to get to fix that. He seem to be a very
capable young man so I'm going to ask him for a quote on getting that
door I have wanted to put in the garage to allow me easier access to the
house from outside. The last rough quote I got was over $2,000.
I might add that I did get the quote in
and it was $5,900 so that's not going to happen at that price.
As it is that time of year again I've just
sent my books of to the accountant in the USA for my tax return for the
company. I have also now prepared my accounts for the Canadian folk but
can't send these in until I receive my audited accounts back from the
USA. However it's mostly done and dusted as they say which is
always a good feeling.
I note the local company
Tek-Savvy is now
offering full telephone, TV and Internet services. Certainly worth
a look if you live in Chatham. I don't know how good their support is
mind you. I use Cogeco and have a business account with them which
means they guarantee a visit within 24 hours. I do know with a
residential account it can be a week before they will come out.
Had an issue with my garage door so I
called in Door-Co in Chatham and they came around within an hour and
fixed the issue.
Today, 12th February, schools were shut
today due to ice on the roads and people in the area have been advised
to stay of the roads if at all possible. My cleaning lady, Liz Watson,
phoned to tell me she had to cancel her 2 weekly visit with me due to
that ice and told me that she thought this was the first time in a lot
of years that they had closed the schools. I did wander out to my porch
and it didn't look that bad. However she told me she had at least
half an inch of ice on her car.
On March 7th, 2019, I got a notification
that my water heater rental was going up from $29.85 to $30.89 a month.
I use Reliance Home Comfort. I was with another company but
Reliance bought them over. It seem each year I am now due to get
an increase in the price of my rental but with my older company I never
got an increase so am not happy about this.
Frankly the last Engineer that came out to
my home said they had got more reliable and there wasn't much to go
wrong with them. In fact I was told back when I first took out the
contract that it would get cheaper pro rata as the years went on but
clearly Reliance are going to keep increasing the price each year which
is in excess of inflation.
I have talked to them about this and they
are providing me with a 10% discount on the price so that helps.
However I would advise if possible not to rent your water heater and
instead purchase it. I am now going to look at purchasing a new water
heater before the year is out.
North Kent Mutual Insurance
I got in my renewal for my house and car
insurance from my insurance company this March and so thought I might
highlight them in here in the event you are new to the area and are
looking for similar insurance coverage.
I have found them to be quite flexible on
how they deal with insurance matters. For example a couple of
years back I reversed into another car by accident in the Supermarket
car park. My insurance covered this just fine and they didn't
increase my premiums as a result.
Also on another matter a car ran into my
home and partially demolished my porch. They covered the whole
cost and didn't take off any deductable.
As they are a mutual company they do share
any profits with you. Like a couple of years ago I got a cheque in
for some $70.00 as they had made excess profits that year. Of
course you won't get a cheque every year but it's a good benefit when
Below is my own agent so feel free to give
him a call or email him and be sure to let him know I sent you.
I might just add that car insurance here
in Chatham-Kent is around half of what you would pay in Toronto which is
just another benefit of not living in Toronto as the house prices are
also way lower.
My new hosting company, 4GoodHosting in
Vancouver has increased my monthly charge due to my going over my
storage allowance. I complained and they reduced the increase a little
but now I'm going to have to watch this. They've given me another
50 Gbyte so that should last me a while.
Today 2nd April 2019 I learned that I am
getting around $150 a year as a Climate Action Incentive Payment. My
accountants have already claimed this for me through my tax return but
if you are filing yourself without an accountant then you need to
contact the Canada Revenue Agency to claim your amount. I'm told that a
family of 4 will receive $307. See
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html for further
information. This amount will increase each year up to 2022 anyway.
Family of four
Federal fuel charges – Starting in April
2019 and increasing in stringency over time, the federal pollution
pricing system will add a nominal cost to everyday fuels.
In Ontario, for example, the fuel charge on gasoline, in 2019, will be
4.42 cents per litre and the fuel charge for natural gas used in home
heating will be 3.91 cents per cubic metre. These rates will increase
Under the federal system, the estimated
average cost impact for a household in Ontario is $244, in 2019, which
is less than the average for Climate Action Incentive payments ($300).
Households of Ontario can also reduce this cost through many options,
such as better home insulation, switching to a more fuel-efficient
vehicle, using public transit, and lower-cost solutions like LED
12th April 2019
Speedy Glass has been advertising on the
TV for a while now and as it happens I got a crack in my car windshield
so had to have it replaced. I was partly covered by insurance but
my deductible is $500 so I still needed to pay a fair chunk of the cost.
That said it took them 3 hours to complete
the work but that also included cleaning all my windows and vacuming the
car. They also supplied me with new wiper blades and replaced the
cabin air filter. So all in all I was very pleased with the service.
In with the price they included getting me a taxi back to the house and
getting me picked up again when the car was ready.
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I take this as a topic as I'm just watching the fire at the Notre-Dame
Cathedral in Paris. 15th April 2019.
I have watched a number of fires and the
one down the road to where I live I noted just how long it took to put
out the fire and the hours of work that it took. I have since felt
that using water to put out fires is simply not working.
I feel we need a chemical option to put
out fires or some other method to extinguish them as water simply takes
far too long to put them out.
I went to Toronto for the Easter Weekend
and had a great time. Nola's daughter and son-in-law have a new
restaurant in Toronto and Nola's grandson Dillon is now the manager and
apparently really enjoys the job and they seem to be happy with him so
that's great news. Michael, another son-in-law was let go by Rogers as
he was a supervisor in their support call centre. He had now got a
similar position with Home Depot in Toronto and seems to be happy with
the move. Always good to get caught up with what everyone is doing and
wow the grand kids and great grand kids are all looking much older now.
Just as well I got new wipers as it was heavy rain most of the way from
Chatham to Toronto. Lovely and sunny and dry on the way home.