Wednesday 17th October
2018 was a special day in Canadian History... Canada becomes second
country to legalise 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:
I have to say that not everything is good
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.