Monday, June 27, 2011

5 Thoughts on... Current Events

  1. Postal lockout is over - thankfully. Amazing how much gets held up in this day and age when a service like "snail mail" is witheld. I don't think this is going to have the effect either side wanted, though - consumers don't like anything that can hold them hostage. All it's going to take is for a private, cost-effective and non-union delivery service to compete with them, combined with the inevitable beauracracy of a crown corporation... I think we're seeing the beginning of the end.

  2. On that note - with the Canada Labour Standards in place to protect all workers, public and private, what is the purpose of unions? Seems to me that more often than not, they just create more work in an effort to guarantee their members better (not equal) deals than the privately employed individuals.

  3. I didn't like how it was brought in, but the HST is a better system overall - I still haven't heard an accountant or economist say otherwise, and to me this speaks volumes. Besides, they're comitted (by law) to lower it to 10% if it stays, which means although you're paying more on some things, you're paying less on others. Furthermore - no guarantee that things that were PST exempt before will stay exempt. Anyone thought about that? Hopefully people will vote with logic, not emotion.

  4. Ryan Smyth is back with the Oilers. Good - they were an exciting team to watch last year, despite how poorly they did in the end... hopefully his veteran leadership will compliment some of those young guys' speed.

  5. Nathan Kotylak, the rioter who was trying to blow up a police car... had a tearful apology on television. Pheh. Would he have been crying and apologizing if he hadn't been caught? I doubt it. If he was truly sorry, he should have come forward before he was exposed, then voluntarily stepped down from the national water polo team. That, to me, would have shown he was willing to accept responsibility for what he did.


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