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  • Tempting the Devil in the Name of God - Amazing Title, Amazing Book
    on Dec 9, 2015
    Through this blog I'm invited to review books from time to time, and on the vast majority of occasions I let them pass.  But sometimes I'm hit with a title that peaks my interest, such was the case with Howard Beckman's book, "Tempting the...
  • Calling Bell Canada, 310 Bell...and reaching the Philippines
    on Nov 21, 2014 in General Opinion
    Its been months since I've written anything here, but today I feel the need to get my rant on.  I am a Bell Canada (or is it Bell Philippines) customer for both satellite television and wireless internet.  Until September I was only su...
  • Les raisons pourquoi un anglophone va voter pour le PQ
    on Mar 30, 2014 in Quebec politics
    J'habite à Québec pour une bonne boute, mais j'ai jamais essayer d'écrire en français...donc svp excusez me plusieurs fautes pendant que j'explique les raisons pourquoi un "tête carré"  va voter pour les pésquistes.La première chose à c...
  • True freedom fighters welcome dissent - Be at peace Pete Seeger
    on Feb 7, 2014 in In The News
    The United States, in fact the entire world lost a great man when Pete Seeger died on January 27th of this year.  I was away and missed the news, only learning of the folk music legend's passing yesterday.  For some reason I've been on some...
  • Does tolerating intolerance make one tolerant? Québec's secular charter
    on Jan 24, 2014 in Quebec politics
    Québec's secular or 'values' charter is quite the paradox.  Those who are opposed to it accuse proponents of being xenophobic and intolerant.  Supporters of the charter consider detractors to be supporters of intolerance.  So who are...
  • Why invest in the stock market?
    on Jan 22, 2014 in Economy
    After the dot bomb blow out of the early 2000s many people swore off ever investing in stocks.  And despite history showing that the capital markets represent the best way to maximize returns over the long haul, its hard to blame them. In many c...
  • 2014 The year of spending, saving or paying down debt?
    on Jan 12, 2014 in Economy
    Polling indicates that the number one issue for Canadians is paying down debt, (STORY HERE).  While it was the choice of only 16% of respondents, if you add in the next top selections:  building savings, managing day to day spending, gettin...
  • The difference between TFSAs and RRSPs
    on Jan 11, 2014 in Economy
    I recently gave a quick review of David Chilton's new book, 'The Wealthy Barber Returns'.  My recommendation for people struggling financially was summed up in three simple words, READ THE BOOK.The lack of financial literacy in our society is mi...
  • Can this advert make people drive slower?
    on Jan 10, 2014 in General Opinion
    Ever speed while driving?  I'm guilty, and I bet the vast majority of us are.  I don't speed often now, with age comes patience sometimes.  And after watching this PSA out of New Zealand I will make a conscious effort to keep an eye on...
  • Struggling financially? Read 'The Wealthy Barber Returns'
    on Jan 9, 2014 in Book Review Economy
    I'm 47 years old, and if you're around my age or older you've probably heard of or read David Chilton's book 'The Wealthy Barber'.  I'm certain that Mr. Chilton is at least partly responsible for the boon in mutual fund investing that occurred d...
  • All these train derailments making pipelines an easier sell....
    on Jan 9, 2014 in In The News
    Lac Megantic, Alberta, North Dakota, New Brunswick...it seems we can't go a week these days without a train tragedy happening involving rail cars carrying crude oil.  A buddy of mine brought this up, given that I'm admittedly something of a cons...
  • Investing in Canada's aging population
    on Jan 4, 2014 in Economy
    I have blogged frequently in the past about Canada's baby boomers, and how they've moved through the economy like a ravenous horde of locusts. Their footprints are everywhere. Obviously being in front of this demographic group has the potential...
  • Don't sweat it Pope Francis, Jesus pissed off the rich and powerful too...
    on Dec 18, 2013 in Religion
    Pope Francis has recently been harshly criticized for bemoaning the imbalance that exists in our world, an imbalance between the rich and the poor.  Some, like Rush Limbaugh, have accused the Pope of being a Marxist, while demonstrating a total...
  • No statue for victims of Canadian Capitalism in Bangladesh?
    on Oct 25, 2013 in General Opinion
    Our federal government, suddenly flush with cash it seems, has earmarked $1.5 million for a group called Tribute to Liberty so they can build a statue to honour victims of communism.  (Story Here) As mentioned in the linked article, a twitter...
  • Québec's values charter, starting to win me over
    on Oct 22, 2013 in Quebec politics
    Like anyone I can be prone to knee jerk reactions, its normal. When Québec proposed values charter was first put forth I was opposed.  I cheered when I saw an Ontario ad seeking to attract employees of the Islamic faith to Lakeridge health cent...
  • Are public sector unions a fair target?
    on Oct 20, 2013 in General Opinion
    I have no issue with workers organizing collectively to increase their bargaining power in an effort to maximize what they receive in pay and benefits.   That's capitalism. Business seeks to maximize its return, so why shouldn't workers? A...
  • Tribute to liberty??? Canadian tax dollars at work...
    on Oct 18, 2013
    I'm beginning to feel more and more like Canada is turning into a neo-conservative southern US state.  News items like this from the recent throne speech do that to me:   The building of a “Memorial to the Victims of Communism.” The go...
  • Charter of Québec values - Racist or pro-feminist?
    on Oct 16, 2013 in In The News
    There's a bit of a divide in this Québec household, my wife and I disagree over Québec's proposed values charter.  Given that you're reading this I'll assume you know about the proposed law, so I'll refrain from rehashing it.   My view...
  • Garth Turner finally admits he was wrong about real estate....
    on Oct 11, 2013 in Economy
    There are a couple of old bromides that circle around the investment community.  One is 'even a broken watch is right twice a day', the other is 'even a blind squirrel finds the occasional nut'.  The meaning is obvious, keep saying the same...
  • An eventful year - Canadian Soapbox back publishing
    on Oct 10, 2013
    Hello readers, if there are any left after a long hiatus from blogging.   I will be back publishing on a more regular basis, now that some major life events are out of the way.  Some were happy and others sad. Last year in September I...
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