Dec. 27, 2021


Dec. 27, 2021

Industry advocates say they have a major staff shortage as the sector loses workers who will never return

It is frightening that tourism and hospitality sector leaders fail to realize that investments in college-level training and certification and paying certified employees a living wage with benefits will solve their staffing problem.

Filling vacancies with students and immigrants does not address a long-standing systemic problem. Our governments are the cause of the problem and have no workable solutions.

The tourism and hospitality sector is one of many damaged by idiotic measures to combat covid. People who have had the rug pulled out from under them without warning or efforts to cushion the fall will avoid repeating the process.

Governments remain aloof from the damage they do. The claim that people are happy living off covid relief programs is nonsense. The few that are were not gainfully employed in careers when they were locked down. One size fits all programs are simplistic; they reward some while ignoring others and do more harm than good.

There is no reason why the Employment Insurance program was not tweaked to include anyone tossed out of work due to covid restrictions, waiving the waiting period and allowing those thrown on the scrap heap a measure of stability. Topping up the EI fund to accommodate would have been less expensive than the many programs governments have tossed out.

People have lost faith in governments to protect them from economic ruin, and our workforce is thus changed forever. Governments have created a widespread black market in off the books, untaxed employment created by people desperate to pay the rent (or mortgage) and buy groceries and the employers willing to take advantage of them. Governments have created a secondary barter market where people trade services and skills for untaxed cash and goods.

The laws of unintended consequences remain at play. Government failures and pratfalls become more visible each day. We are in for a turbulent 2022.

Dec. 22, 2021

What I want for Christmas is a pause in covid talk from 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 24 until 23:59 p.m. December 27. We have earned a 96 hour reprieve from verbal diarrhea on coronavirus variants.

There is nothing governments or health care professionals can say or do in that interval that will have any effect on covid spread.

It is far too late for booster shots to help. Vaccines take about 14 days to be effective, and no province has the infrastructure or manpower to deliver millions of booster shots in a short period.

Announcing that everyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a booster shot is ridiculous. We are putting elderly people with mobility issues in with the young and fit waiting in long lines outdoors in winter weather. Medical people who would allow this are as incompetent as governments.

By now, the penny should have dropped. We have to learn to live with covid over the foreseeable future. It is a contagious disease not unlike its flu cousins. We can take reasonable, rational precaution to avoid infection, but never acquire full immunity because there are so many variants. That was the situation pre-covid and nothing has changed.

Christmas 2021 restrictions will not work better than they have over the past two years. If anything, they give rise to rebellion and resentment. At the very least, allow us some peace and tranquility during the Christmas holiday.

Dec. 19, 2021

I do not expect everyone to agree with me, but I am increasingly concerned that efforts to combat COVID are on the wrong path.

The way our governments try to deal with COVID is hilarious. They urge us to come together to get double doses of vaccines and now booster shots while demanding that we avoid coming together to stop the spread of the virus. We are in this together or not.

Yesterday (Saturday), I received a call from a fellow octogenarian telling me that he would not attend the drop-in card night I host for our seniors’ group. He has a case of sniffles and would not risk passing on a flu virus to his friends.

That is what we have been doing for the past two years. We take care of ourselves, our friends and neighbours. It is the Canadian way. Over time, we have realized that government regulations, vaccine mandates, and moaning over a health care crisis have accomplished nothing. If they were successful, they would not be screaming about the dangers of the Omicron variant.

It is December, and we are entirely into the winter flu season when tens of thousands of us come down with the sickness and have every year. Telling us to throw open the windows for ventilation at minus 200 C to reduce infection risk is silly.

Collectively, we have spent millions of dollars and hours disinfecting surfaces to counter an airborne infection! That is typical government make-work, so it appears we are doing something practical and useful when it is not.

Governments finally and belatedly admit that most of the masks we use are ineffective. However, as usual, there is no effort to make more useful masks readily available to the public at a reasonable cost. Instead, they issue regulations on how many people we can invite to Christmas dinner!

There is a vast difference between successful efforts to combat COVID spread and regulations that intrude on our lives unnecessarily to give to the appearance of doing something worthwhile. Governments have chosen the latter, which is becoming increasingly apparent. Are we protecting health care systems or people?

Medical specialists want to protect their institutions and status more than anything else. They never mention the hundreds of thousands across Canada with cancelled or delayed medical procedures because all medical efforts are aimed at COVID. Many of those people will die prematurely because our health care systems failed them. How do we justify not treating patients who are not COVID infected? No one dares ask.

Governments will eventually do the right thing, but only after trying everything else. Growing numbers of vaccinated people are COVID infected. When young, vaccinated professional athletes in their prime are testing positive for COVID, I ask why, as this does not fit the government narrative. The effectiveness of vaccines is in doubt, but we are told that vaccines are the only way to stop the virus. I am having serious doubts about that.

Beefing up our natural immune systems with vitamins and minerals, trying alternative treatments and quarantining infected people and families rather than the entire population warrant examination, and that is not happening.

Closing or restricting businesses has proven ineffective but has destroyed our economy and employment regime. We don’t need a national income replacement scheme when we can adjust EI rules to allow people thrown out of work to access EI with no waiting period if they are laid off due to COVID regulations.

The ultimate insult is to allow our parliamentarians to hide at home to avoid COVID exposure while the 38.5 million people they govern remain exposed. That puts the regard and respect they have for the people of Canada they are sworn to serve and protect in a clear, unmistakable perspective.

Dec. 10, 2021

David Miller, a Toronto Star Contributor posted the following in the newspaper on Dec. 2.

“Recent natural events in British Columbia ­– unprecedented heat and flood levels not seen in 500 years – have brought home the reality of climate change to Canadians. It’s clear that we must do everything in our power to act now.

“We can simply no longer wait for national governments to take the lead. That sense of urgency is how we must view the just concluded COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. The scientific fact is that we must contain the rise in our planet’s average temperature to 1.5 C. To achieve this target, we essentially have to cut emissions of greenhouse gases in half by 2030: in nine years.

And he goes on further. His full comment in the TORONTO STAR.

Like other puffed-up, self-important politicians, Miller has no power over the earth’s climate or climate changes.

It is irritating that major cities that have proven incapable of sound urban planning and have allowed their infrastructure to deteriorate for decades are claiming high ground on combatting climate change.

Carbon is an essential element of all life forms. Without carbon, we perish.

There is no “scientific fact is that we must contain the rise in our planet’s average temperature to 1.5 C.”  It is an unproven hypothesis never put before the scientific community for peer review. We have no concrete evidence that reducing carbon emissions will accomplish anything.

Fighting climate change is a political fantasy designed to hide the objective of transferring wealth from the first world to the third world.

Miller’s frantic arm-waving call to action is a distraction from the Four Horsemen of addictions, health care, housing and homelessness destroying the city.

The idea that the City of Toronto can lead the way to slay an imaginary climate change dragon is preposterous. Politicians worldwide use this ploy to avoid the drudgery of dealing with their responsibilities for local issues. 

Toronto is infamous for shipping its garbage to the Philippines rather than dealing with it locally. That is a pressing environmental issue clearly in the hands of the City of Toronto and a topic worthy of an arm-waving call to arms. We have the technology developed in Singapore available.

Governments at all levels are ramping up efforts to interfere in primary free enterprise creating an unhealthy and unholy climate for the entrepreneurs who drive our economy. The result is that Canada is a no-go zone for investors who cherish independence and control over their investments.

We are on a forced march to oblivion as a free enterprise democratic nation.