So the United Conservative Government has told us it’s time to tighten our belts and to get ready for job cutbacks.
Fortunately I’ve already taken a notch off my belt and I might be poking another hole in it soon. But seriously, in these already tough economic times is it the right time to punish people who’ve already taken it on the chin for months?
Sure, the province is in a deep deficit but it has been for awhile, yes, even before the NDP was elected back in 2015. The PCs left us with scads of debt – so it wasn’t entirely the NDP’s fault.
Political scientists in the province have been calling for a provincial sales tax, even though many are dead set against it. But a provincial sales tax would bring in some revenue – guaranteed funds that would be unaffected by an economic downturn. Something to think about that’s for sure.
Alberta has never had a sales tax, but really, we pay more for basically everything than most other provinces because that sales tax is built right in. So why not just have it out front?
* It seems that weather prognosticators have increased difficulty predicting forecasts. Take the latest rain deluge in the region on the Sept. 7-8 weekend. Perhaps the difficulty to forecast the weather is linked to climate change.
* The University of Guelph in Ontario has started an online marijuana growing course. The course will be part of the university’s horticulture certificate program. It’s not easy being green.
* Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has told us that if elected he will improve the cost of living for Canadians. However, he doesn’t say how he’s going to do it. As the election call gets nearer perhaps he’ll drop a hint or two.
* Noted researcher Gordon Dillow is saying it’s only a matter of time before an asteroid slams into the earth and renders us into the dodo bird category. It could happen in 200 years or next Monday (I don’t like Mondays) One asteroid named Apophis is predicted to pass within 19,000 miles of earth in 2029. Mind you experts were predicting the big B.C. earthquake when I lived there 40 years ago. It still hasn’t happened.
* A recent survey of workers revealed that Tuesday is the most productive day of the week, with early morning being the best time for productivity. Monday came second. Also, the survey showed that chatty colleagues were the biggest source of distractions. Hey, I wonder where company memos came in on the list?