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Snow Storm To Hit Ontario, Quebec; Up To 25 Centimetres In Montreal

Snow Storm To Hit Ontario, Quebec; Up To 25 Centimetres In Montreal

Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 17:50:44 in Canada

“I was actually pointing out that this is not news. I live in Canada and My front yard has over 4 ft of snow with more coming down. It always makes me giggle when Central Canada wigs out over a little bit of snow. Here we call that normal.”
Snow Storm To Hit Ontario, Quebec; Up To 25 Centimetres In Montreal

Snow Storm To Hit Ontario, Quebec; Up To 25 Centimetres In Montreal

Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 13:18:10 in Canada

“Wow...a little bit of snow falls in Canada. We got over a foot of snow here in the last two days and it didn't become news. I guess you have to live closer to the Cetre of the World for it to really make an impact. Suck it up you big pansies”

sgillhoolley on Mar 18, 2013 at 14:19:21

“There is a snow pile near my house that easily tops fifty feet tall. Beat that.”

compro01 on Mar 18, 2013 at 13:54:50

“Surprisingly, huffingtonpost.CA tends to contain news relating to Canada.”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 02:41:52 in Canada Business

“And the helping hand is not the problem. Welfare should fill a short term gap so people can get on their feet. I have a problem with people who feel entitled to be supported by the government. Hard working people who come across hard times are what welfare is there for. And a quick tip...shop your mortgage for a better deal on the interest and look at different pay down schemes. It made a big difference for us when we looked at the big picture”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 00:31:37 in Canada Business

“And there is where you would completely wrong. I am one of those teen moms in the statistics. I have also been one of those single moms with 2 children. I have made those difficult choice like "milk for the kids or food for me" That is why I have every right to talk about the bad choices people make, about not taking personal responsibilty for staying at the bottom and being too complacent to do anything about it. I do have a nice car and a nice house now but that took years of work, dedication and the will to not live hand to mouth or suckle from the government teat. I had 2 feet and a heart beat so I had no reason not to lift myself out of that rotten situation. I did make better choices and it helped tremendously, and I have talked to many people who have been and are still in the situation I was in. Those who make it out of the bottom do it by their own shear will and hardwork, not by whining about how others will not help them when they won't even help themselves.”

mercsforever on Feb 5, 2013 at 01:00:10

“Well good for you - but you still come across as pretty sanctimonious! Most of the people I know who are successful in life have achieved that through sheer will and hard work, and making choices they were prepared to live with. The people I can't stand are the ones who had help all along the way, financially or otherwise, but imagine they've accomplished everything on their own. They're the first to cast stones at anybody having a hard time and quack on about 'choices'. I apologize if I lumped you in with that group, but that's usually exactly how they sound. The ones who have truly been through the mill wouldn't wish it on anybody else, and have great empathy for those who are often struggling with just too much adversity. As a taxpayer, I don't have any problem with governments stepping in to help them out. Often all that's needed is a break that gives them a chance to move forward. Amazing how many people would deny them even that, as if they don't deserve any better. You're very fortunate that you never needed anybody's help, or so much as a nickel from the government, or from your family or your friends. Others are not so fortunate.”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 21:37:09 in Canada Business

“This is where I find it annoying. These are all choices people choose to make and whine about afterwards. If we lived in a part of Canada where there was no money or no jobs to be had, we would look elsewhere. That is what my husband did years ago, my parents did when they left England decades ago and what my grandparents did when they left Ireland almost 75 years ago. You can either live in the problem or live in the solution.”

mercsforever on Feb 4, 2013 at 23:17:36

“Madame, your tone leads me to suspect that you never had to have a mortgage because you either never bought a house in Canada, or you had inherited money or some other assistance that precluded having to 'choose' a mortgage. These kinds of fortunate circumstances unfortunately result in certain people believing that they have done well in Canada because they made better 'choices', meaning they were blessed with not having to make difficult ones involving money, and that they 'deserve' to be better off than poorer people because poorer people deserve to be poor because they made bad choices, etc., etc.. It's a vicious circle game that some well-off people like to play to convince themselves that they are superior human beings, but it has nothing to do with the realities many less well-off people face daily. Those are the people who concern me, not the obtuse and smugly self-righteous. Thank you for your comments.”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 21:36:55 in Canada Business

“No no no..that is just what part-timers get paid and no one out here works for that kind of pittance other than teenagers. I can understand in some of the have-not provinces that people may be working for that little but out west here there is really no excuse for being on welfare. A labourer makes $20-25 an hour. There are more jobs than people out here. It all depends on the sacrifices people are willing to make to get a leg up. My son goes to post secondary next year. He has a job offer letter waiting for the day he leaves his program in 2 years. As long as he acheives a 3.0 average his education is paid for after the first semester. Choosing to stay where there are no jobs is choosing to stay poor. It is not the banks who are at fault. You didn't have to get a mortgage and rely on credit to buy a house. That was a choice you made to use credit to purchase your dwelling. How is that the bansk fault. If you don't want to put your money in a bank, borrow money for a car or borrow money for a house then don't. It really is all about choices. You can blame the big bad banks for the costs arising from your mortgage but you made an informed choice to carry that much and you chose that rate of interest.”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 16:19:07 in Canada Business

“I agree we would see an influx of children entering the system and more tax dollars would have to be alotted to that but maybe revamping the system to focus solely on the needs of the child would start to wean people off of the system. In England they are on the third generation of welfare users. They do not even know what going to work looks like. I know a family locally that is working on the third generation of welfare use. I even heard the teenage daughter talking to her mom about how much money she will be getting once the baby comes and how she could get more. Disgraceful!This is what is keeping the bottom of the 99% down”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 16:16:57 in Canada Business

“I would much rather see my tax dollars being used to treat alcohol and drug addiction. I think welfare should be attached to the child and not the parent. The parent is able to go out and get a job but the child is not. Random interviews with the children to ensure they are getting the benefits of the money could be done at the same time as the drug tests. I receive child support for two of my children. It is assessed based on the amount that my ex would reasonably spend on his children for their needs if we were living togther. This takes in to account housing, food, school fees etc. It is not to support me but to support my children. That is what welfare should look like.”

jandnv on Feb 4, 2013 at 16:19:07

“I agree we would see an influx of children entering the system and more tax dollars would have to be alotted to that but maybe revamping the system to focus solely on the needs of the child would start to wean people off of the system. In England they are on the third generation of welfare users. They do not even know what going to work looks like. I know a family locally that is working on the third generation of welfare use. I even heard the teenage daughter talking to her mom about how much money she will be getting once the baby comes and how she could get more. Disgraceful!This is what is keeping the bottom of the 99% down”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 16:08:15 in Canada Business

“If they are grossing $2000/month then what student loans could they have. My teenagers at Mcdonalds are making almost $11/hour part time.
Plus if we apply all of these tax deductions you are putting forth, how long could we sustain all of the social programs the poor and disenfranchised need?
The cost of having children comes after the choice of having children (I hope) and was factored in when the decision was made. Our generation seems to think that children require larger homes but most of our parents grew up with way less square footage than our kids have now. Less space may encourage them to get outside a little more. Yes, living costs are higher than we would like but a decent portion of that is also wants and not needs like cell phone, cable, internet, eating out etc. Again, choices.”

mercsforever on Feb 4, 2013 at 18:37:44

“'...My teenagers at Mcdonalds are making almost $11/hour part time....'

Even if they were full-time at 40 hours a week, that amounts to $440 maximum per week, or about $1800/month before taxes. Your teenagers will be OK if they're living at home, but they won't be going to any post-secondary institution if they're working even half-time, unless they plan on doing a five or six year degree and living at home. Tens of thousands of young people are not that fortunate. It's always interesting how the solution is often presented as 'doing more with less'. The house I live in IS less than what I grew up in, and it's currently costing about $3500/month to live in it, of which about 75% is mortgage. Why should banks be riding on the backs of one generation after another? If people like me could be putting half that interest money back into the general economy via tax deductions, our kids wouldn't have to have student loans or work at McJobs for years to get an education. Not 'choices' by the working population (mainly to be poorer and work harder, it seems), but 'priorities' for helping Canadians is what is needed. Obscene bank profits (check them out, and bonuses as well) don't help anyone except parasites getting rich on our backs and our children's backs.”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 15:43:59 in Canada Business

“If more domestic workers would take the jobs it would be great. There is far more paperwork to using foreign workers. At hubby's company they would much rather fore go the nuisance of dealing with all the hoops and just hire Canadians. There just are not enough people willing to come out here and do the work. ”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 15:37:09 in Canada Business

“Canada allows for choices for teenage single mothers, the choice is still theirs to make. Canada also encourages Aboriginals to get post secondary education with many financial and support programs in place to do so. Maybe it is time that people started taking responsibility for their own choices. Individual accountability seems to be a rare occurence. It is always someone else's fault..the Man is keeping me down, the rich people are hogging all the money, it's not my fault I am poor it's my parents/government/education/location. People need to stop expecting everyone else to fix all of their problems and start trying to do something for themselves!”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 15:30:49 in Canada Business

“All capitalist company work on a greed system. The whole point is to make money!”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 15:29:47 in Canada Business

“It is not the fault of the child, I agree. But if social services cracked down and required all welfare recipients to quit smoking/drinking/drugs and required tests to prove it before the checks were cut there would be an uproar from so many people. Reciepts for what the money was spent, some accountability would help. Welfare is not alot of money to live on but it should never be a long term solution, just a stop gap. It's not someting to get comfortable living on.”

49tales on Feb 4, 2013 at 15:46:34

“Truthfully, I'm pretty far to the Left and I have no problem with people being drug tested to receive government cheques. My husband has to be drug tested if he wants his job here in Saskatchewan so why shouldn't others. However, if we only require that of the poor that is where I have a problem. How about make it fair and anyone that collects a government cheque be randomly drug tested-teachers, police office, politicians, nurses, etc. The hard drugs are expensive and let's face it, peope on welfare aren't the ones doing things like cocaine yet cocaine is everywhere these days. We also have to have something in place to deal with people when they test positive. Do we just cast them aside or do we provide treatment? What of their children? Where I currently live the number of children already in foster care is out of control-what do we do with more children in the system? I do agree with you welfare should never be a long-term solution but I also think that it is a complex issue to solve.”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 15:25:06 in Canada Business

“We are short doctors here in rural areas of the province. If they don't want to sling fries then move. Many people move to where jobs are, especially when they are first starting out.”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 15:21:04 in Canada Business

“Minimum wage may not have increased as much as the cost of living but as long as people are untrained they will continue to have to work minimum wage jobs. Are they working these jobs because they did not take advantage of our free education system and apply themselves or because better paying jobs are not available in their area? If it is the first them more fool them. They chose to be uneducated. If it is the second then find a job elsewhere. Move to where the work is!”

logicanada on Feb 4, 2013 at 15:28:26

“That would be Alberta, where I live. Redford is welcoming temp foreign workers to fill ALL jobs - especially in the trades- for 60% of regular industry wages.”
Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Income Inequality: Canada Gets Unimpressive Grades In Conference Board's Society Report Card

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 15:20:50 in Canada Business

“I would love to see the breakdown by province of the income inequality. The taboo of not talking about your income doesn`t really exist out here in northern Alberta anymore, so many are making over 6 figures that I am sure it is skewing some things.
And I take offense to the comment of the rich rewarding themselves? I suppose my parents, who came from the porrest of the poor in England, and worked damn hard for years to become quite wealthy are the bad guys on this scale. Or my husband, whose family eaked by a living in the 80's, and now makes over 100k is also one of these bad guys too. According to the statistics even if you are born with money you can end up on the bottom of the scale, same as the low income person could better his scale rating.
We can moan and complain about the inequality but free education in Canada supplies the individual with the same ability as everyone else to get into post secondary education. Student loans are available as are numerous bursaries ONLY available to those who can prove financial need.
Enough of the complaining. If you don't like your situation then change it. There are so many governmental programs paid for with my husband`s $26,000 in taxes that people have access to that will help them further their education and become more employable.”
Groundhog Day 2013: Wiarton Willie, Punxsutawney Phil, Shubenacadie Sam Make Their Forecasts (VIDEO)

Groundhog Day 2013: Wiarton Willie, Punxsutawney Phil, Shubenacadie Sam Make Their Forecasts (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 08:50:35 in Canada

“We just got another foot yesterday.”

Elkanah on Feb 2, 2013 at 08:53:08

“No comment.  This is Canada.”
U.S. Gun Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 1,280

U.S. Gun Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 1,280

Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 21:14:24 in Politics

“He had an unsecure, loaded weapon within easy reach of a child and you don't see why he should be criminally responsible? If the child had ingested drugs left on the same coffee table, would you have wanted the father punished for that? Creating a hazardous situation for a small child is negligent!”
Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 19:31:16 in Canada Business

“You say rig pigs like it is a bad profession. I am curious, what is it that you do to earn your money? Obviously it must be something far more worthwhile than a rig pig. And the last time I checked no one gave the "rig pigs" the money. They earned every penny of it with more hard work than you could imagine.”
Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 19:28:19 in Canada Business

“I know guys here in Alberta that make well over 6 figures as tradesmen but it is a trade off that most people living in their big cities wouldn't do for the money. The companies have done recruiting drives out in Ontario for workers to work in camps up North in Fort Mac but not many are willing to make the changes to their lifestyle and the sacrifices to do so. When you think about people in the 1%, you think of bankers and men in big business. When I think of people making that kind of money I think of the guys up North working 21 days straight away from their families. The guys standing out in -50C today (with the windchill) earning every single penny of the money they get. I don't begrudge a single one of them or their families the money they are making. If you want to make the same thing, next time the big oil companies come recruiting accept the offer.”
Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 19:21:46 in Canada Business

“Housing is a basic need. The type of house and what you spend on it are a choice. My mom grew up in England right after the war. They did not have much money and she shared a small room with her 2 sisters. She also had 2 brothers who shared a room. This was a 3 bedroom house with 5 kids. They made do with the space they had and lived within their budget and with no credit. If you have a lower income you get a smaller house/ apartment. It is not a person's right to own that house or to ever own a house. It is not a need to own a house, just to have suitable and safe shelter. The size, style and community it is in depends on your income.”
Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 19:14:34 in Canada Business

“I fully support education programs and retraining for individuals who have found themselves under-qualified in today's workplace but nothing bothers me more than seeing so many people living in government subsidized housing sitting on their front stoops, beer in hand, smoking a cigarette and talking on thier I phones. Housing is a necessity, a need. At that point I don't care if they are at the bottom of that 90%! Maybe instead of complaining about it some of those 90% should do something about it. If you want to make more money get an education, move to where the work is, make changes. Money doesn't just fall in to your lap.”
Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 19:13:45 in Canada Business

“Let's do the math. You are saying that you work 120 hours per week and make 40K gross. It is no wonder you are mad at the 1%. You are working illegal hours for less than minimum wage in an industry that has required and legally mandated down time for rest. I would be mad as well if my employer was paying me less than minimum wage. i would also be evn more angry if he wasn't following the labor laws and paying me my overtime as well.
My husband is an OTR truck driver working the legal 60-70 hours per week (that is in Alberta) and he makes closer to the 6 figures. You want me to believe that you are making $6.41/hr including your overtime?
http://www.livingin-canada.com/salaries-for-truck-drivers-canada.html
There is a link for average truck driver salaries in Canada. Where do you live? Maybe you wouldn't be so angry at the middle men that do the load brokering if you were making your fair share.
As for the whole nanny state for the rich comment, I see a whole bunch of people complaining about how the state is not supporting them and looking after their needs. What about helping themselves? Why should welfare be a hand out, not a hand up?”
Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 21:55:40 in Canada Business

“Why should the upward mobility of the country be enjoyed by those not contributing to it? Growing up I was always taught that nothing in life is free. You earn it through hard work and determination. It's a little bit like the grasshopper and the ants.”

Mitch Jennings on Jan 28, 2013 at 22:28:10

“I agree that those who enjoy the upward mobility should be contributing to it in a meaningful way, as clearly that is only fair. However, I think it is reasonable to say that the majority of the bottom 90 percent of income earners in this country are " determined and hard working" so why is it that they recieve a disproportionate amount of the benefits of Canada's upward mobility? After all, a healthy middle class that grows and prospers along with their country has been proven time and again to be what grows a country, not the upper 10 percent of income earners who recieve most of the benefits of upward mobility.”
Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Income Inequality Canada: Rich Taking Ever Larger Share Of The Pie, But Is The Trend Fizzling?

Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 21:51:59 in Canada Business

“I understand that the gap is widening and that we need to protect our social programs but why is the gap increasing? Are those earning dramatically less, less educated? Did these individuals take full advantage of their free education? Did they continue on to further education? If you are only qualified to work at McDonalds then you will earn less than a doctor or lawyer. I really get tired of hearing about supporting our social programs. At some point people need to think about supporting themselves too. If your life choices have put you in a position where you make less then it is up to you to better yourself. If you want to be in or closer to the 1% then you have to work for it not whine about it!”

Almir Preldzic on Jan 29, 2013 at 07:03:54

“People do "work for it" yet they're not getting paid even %10 of what they produce for their corporate overlords. Fact.
Anyone that has worked in the global debt "market" system knows this.
For example truck drivers produce well over $1,000,000.00 of business revenue during a year they rarely earn more than $50,000/year.
Personally, I've worked 8 years OTR putting in regularly over 120 hours per week and not even making $40,000 (Gross).
Rest of the money is sucked up by middle men who produce NOTHING, contribute NOTHING. Have ZERO liability, don't train the drivers, invest in equipment, maintenance.
Brokers. Why do they even need to exist with today's technology available at our fingertips?
At least the owner of a company actually RISKED his savings, got into debt and/or loaned money from friends, relatives and took a chance at starting his own business. Takes a lot of time to build a successful company and I don't think its fair to penalize market innovators or people that build efficient and profitable companies. By why the goddamn middle man? The government is the worst middle man of them all, always getting a piece of the action.”
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