Ontario to hit record $14.1B deficit in 2009(!)

Ξ March 27th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ business, Canada, government/politics, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Travel/Vacation, United States |


1 Canadian dollar = 0.813008 U.S. dollars

Ontario will rack up a record $14.1-billion deficit in 2009

Ontario will rack up a record $14.1-billion deficit in 2009 as it commits billions to infrastructure projects and job retraining aimed at pulling the province out of a recession, provincial Finance Minister Dwight Duncan revealed on Thursday in the tabling of his $108.9-billion budget.

The fiscal plan also proposes corporate tax cuts to ease costs for struggling businesses and stimulate investment in Ontario’s sagging economy, which has shed hundreds of thousands of jobs in recent years.

The budget forecasts a deficit of $3.9 billion in the 2008-2009 fiscal year, followed by a deficit of $14.1 billion in 2009-2010. It anticipates Ontario will run deficits for the next seven years, with a proposed return to balanced books no later than the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The province and the federal government have also agreed to harmonize the provincial sales tax and GST into a single 13 per cent sales tax by July 1, 2010, which Duncan called the “next essential step” in growing the province’s economy and improving competitiveness.

It also allocates a $3.4-billion contingency fund, from which an unspecified amount can be directed toward a bailout package for the province’s beleaguered auto industry once negotiations with automakers are completed.

You know what alarms me about Ontario’s fiscal situation? Just last summer the Canadian dollar was worth more than the American. For the first time ever we spent more to vacation in Ontario at the cottage that in my entire life! And I was completely happy to do so. Happy for Canada, happy for Ontario. But in less than nine months time the Canadian dollar has plummeted to be worth roughly 80 cents on the American buck! Call me fiscally naive but that seems really out of whack. What the heck happened?! And so quickly.

Here in the States we are up a creek with no paddle but this has been building for many years. I have to think that the Canadian economy was in a fix 9 months ago but something was over-inflated and it appeared you all were fine. Best of luck. We’ve got a long slog too so at least you are not alone. Hate to consider this but I’ve been told that as the US goes so goes Canada about 6 months later and darned if  it’s not happening.

Second point. What is with the word “harmonize” when describing the fusing of  the provincial sales tax and GST into a single 13 per cent sales tax? Harmonize? Really? The politicians really know how to spin.

And 13%? Oi! Even with socialized medicine as a benefit and that silly baby supplement that families get– a 13% tax? We have the highest sales tax in the United States and it’s 10.25%. Honestly, when I really start comparing the two countries I have to believe that Canada is not better off than the States. What’s next? Your infant mortality rates going up and life expectancy going down? Do you really want to follow the muddy path that the States has followed– or is it too late? I hope not. On both counts.


Lights Out! For Earth Hour 2009 on March 28!

Ξ March 18th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, events, family, government/politics, health/happiness, home, Photography, United States |

What can you do?

It is easy! From 8:30 – 9:30 local time turn off all lights and non-essential electrical appliances to support an increased awareness of environmental issues. See below for unique ways to mark Earth Hour 2009 with friends and family.

10 Ways to Mark Earth Hour

  • Attend local Earth Hour events or organize one.
  • Go outside and look at the stars.
  • Find a great viewing spot to see your town or city go dark at 8:30 p.m.
  • Take pictures and send them to Your Weather.
  • Go for a lantern walk through a park.
  • Patronize local restaurants and businesses taking part in Earth Hour.
  • Gather your family or friends for a candle-lit dinner.
  • Meet your neighbours at a street or block party.
  • Have an acoustic music jam.
  • Talk to your children about how much electricity your family uses. Brainstorm ways to reduce it.

Source: WWF-Canada
From the official video source: Official Earth Hour 2009 video. Earth Hour is on March 28th, 2009 at 8:30pm. More at http://www.earthhour.org

Support Earth Hour by making your own video and adding it to our Earth Hour Global group here:

Earth Hour images can be downloaded and shared from our flickr photostream, including Shepard Fairey Vote Earth artwork: http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthhour_global/


Johnson wins riding, Tory resigns as PC leader

Ξ March 9th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, government/politics, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario |

450_tory_09030621Canada Source

Also running: Everyone!

Jake Pothaar for the Family Coalition Party, Independent Jason Taylor, Bill Denby of the Freedom Party, the Green Party’s Mike Schreiner and Liberal candidate Rick Johnson.

Source: CTV

That could never (in-a-million years) happen here in the States in that powerful of an area of  the country which I submit, makes Canada a place of more choice and in some senses less oppression, than the USA. <counts> Six guys running for this seat! Six distinct partys including some familiars like The Greens, Independents, and the Freedom Party. Looks like the Christians are in there now, too. Yay. At least they clearly identify themselves.

Johnson wins riding, Tory resigns as PC leader
Updated 1 day ago
Liberal Rick Johnson is the new MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock after winning the March 5 byelection. In a close race, Johnson, trustee chair for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, edged out PC candidate John Tory to become the riding’s first Liberal MPP in almost 20 years. [more]



No Worries, USA, Canada Has Your Back

Ξ February 27th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ government/politics, Photography, United States |


Canadian Air Force Fighter Jet

Canadian Air Force Fighter Jet

Canadian fighters scrambled to turn back a Russian Bear intercontinental bomber over the Arctic within 24 hours of  US President Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa last week.

The Tu-95 turboprop was approaching over the Northwest Passage but never crossed into Canadian airspace after two the interception by two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets, Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said today.

The Canadian pilots told the Russian aircraft “to turn around, turn tail and head back to its own air space, which it did,” MacKay said.

“I’m not going to stand here and accuse the Russians of having deliberately done this during the presidential visit” on Feb. 16, MacKay said, “but it was a strong coincidence.”

Russian Bearcat Fighter Jet

Russian Bearcat Fighter Jet

Russian bombers have stepped up patrols approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace to press Moscow’s jurisdictional rights and access to the potential mineral wealth on the Arctic frontier.

On Jan. 27, two Tu-95s were intercepted and turned away from the Alaska coast.


Barack Obama: Pretty Cool Guy/Short Term Weekend Weather for Haliburton Highlands/Maple Lake

Ξ February 20th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ business, Canada, government/politics, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, United States, weather, winter |


I was quite tickled by a number of photos taken in Ottawa yesterday.

In re: the maple cookies which Obama tried to buy for his daughters, Sasha and Malia: He must be freaking the Secret Service right out.

Take a look at the looks on their faces  when Obama wanders into a shop  to buy a souvenir–they are intensely staring at the arms/hands of every person that is near Obama.
CLICK to enlarge!

Several Canadain News Reports:

Why are they not scanning the room? Because there’s more guys just
steps away. 🙂 The Secret Service hardly make a secret of their Now the weather.  image13🙂


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