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Nov. 29, 2021

THE PEOPLE WE ELECT shoulder a lot of responsibility, so that means setting priorities. We have to question where those priorities lie when it comes to our fellow humans. There is no greater responsibility than looking after those who cannot fend for themselves. As long as fellow citizens sleep in makeshift tents on hard pavement or in parks, we don’t have our priorities in order. All the bike lanes in the world, and all the climate babble don’t amount to a hill of beans in comparison. A Biblical reference: “Whatsoever you do to the least of your brothers and sisters, you do unto me.” 

Nov. 28, 2021

Everyone who wants to get rich should remember even when you hit a home run you’ve got to touch all the bases, there are no short cuts.
Crypto currency scams are costing victims millions of dollars as happened in the Comox Valley recently. RCMP say in two cases victims were cold-called and offered an opportunity to invest in digital currency promising big dividends. That lasted briefly and then the dividends dried up and the main investment was gone.
Crypto currency is a gamble on non-existent assets. In reality, you have greater odds  of winning Lotto 6/49.

 

Nov. 23, 2021

The flooding disasters in the province have given us a glance into the possible future. It’s an  education about what happens in the real world when the supply chain is interrupted. We get rationing due to delivery shortages everywhere from grocery stores to gas stations.

The Trans Mountain Pipeline shutdown, even for a short period, disrupted fuel supplies. It’s not only about pipelines that deliver the fuel to Vancouver, it is transported by tanker trucks to stations across the province. And there closed highways have thrown a wrench into that service.

Our food supply is in some disarray largely due to transportation systems being limited due to the road closures. There have been reports of hoarding, but that’s not part of the big picture.

This should be a harsh wake up about our dependence of fossil fuels. That’s the common denominator, whether by pipeline or the highways. You can’t simply go to the nearest electrical outlet to plug-in and get fuel and groceries.

Eliminating fossil fuels in the next few years is a dream, if not a nightmare. Just take note of what happens in even this short time frame. Replacing that essential life blood with electricity and other hair-brained dreams threatens our very existence.

This is a much greater threat than all the climate fear mongering we are constantly forced to endure. A B.C. doctor recently claimed to have discovered an illness he labelled climate disease. At the same time, mental health experts are warning that incessant climate fear could become a major mental health issue.

Oh, and the forecast calls for three more heavy rain storms by today and into the weekend.

 

Nov. 22, 2021

If you’re agonizing over news reports of a possible 5.9-per-cent municipal tax increase, that’s not a true picture of what your tax bill will end up at. That’s the residential portion of the tax bill, there are nine categories in total, each with it’s own rate. 

Those sectors are made up of Utilities, supportive housing, major industry, light industry, business, managed forest land, recreation/non-profits and farm land.  They all go into the city’s tax calculation with different rates for each.

The city’s portion is only one of the entities that make up you final tax bill.

The biggest one next to the city is the school board levy which has it’s own requisition, but collected by the city. Also standing in line with their hand out are the Regional District of Nanaimo, Regional District Parks, Regional District Sewer, Regional Hospital District, Regional Library, Municipal Finance Authority, B.C. Assessment Authority.

Each those entities to a large extend set their own tax requisitions which the city then collects. That’s your final tax bill, which the city has to finalize early in the new year. The direction taken by the school district and the Regional District before that final filing date can give you an indication where the final bill is headed.

And then there’s the assessment story, but that’s for another day.