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Wednesday 17th October 2018 was a special day in Canadian History... Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana.

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:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/marijuana-faq-legalization-need-to-know-1.4862207

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January 2019

I have to say that not everything is good in Canada.

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.

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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.

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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.

And it will be my birthday on the 31st so will be 68 come Thursday, 31st January 2019. I decided I would purchase myself a Birthday present so have ordered a new camera as mine is now about 15 years old and it's due to arrive on Thursday so look out for a video using the new camera!

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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.

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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.

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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 wonder out to by porch and it didn't look that bad.  However she told me she had at least half an inch of ice on her car.


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