"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday 22 August 2013

The first

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The job is NOT just a summer job - you have to work all year now & can't just waltz into a job. So school and job must co-ordinate along with transportation. After close to 3 years, this grand-kid has moved a tiny fraction up the job flag-pole.
But I love the solutions being offered. Instead of perhaps having Council rein in their more egregious spending, my family should move. I believe the solution could have come from the councillors tackling the budget and taking a pass on the other junk.
Obviously I offended sensibilities. 

Won't do that  again


Anonymous said...

Without knowing the sensibilities of others, I'm afraid that is a promise you can't keep...unless you quit contributing full-stop.

Do you really want to do that?

Anonymous said...

It is still a bit fuzzy but I think our current Council is in the process of approving Future tax increases to fund their spending. Certainly there is agreement that taxes must continue to climb.

This Just In.... said...

Inflation, the newest economic bomb to hit Joe Average Canadian.

Almost 150 year ago, Canada was created. Just this week in the Surburban Toronto town of Aurora, a resident (name withheld by request) has just found out about inflation. It caught him by surprise. For the last 100+ years, Canadians have enjoyed flat line changes in prices for goods, services and government fees. This "new normal" hit him like a ton of bricks when he announced that his oldest "grand-kid" had to start his job at 5:30am.

Aurora, and Canada as whole has been spared this economic crisis that has taken hold in just about every place on earth, except for Antartica (for some strange reason).

The realization that this 3rd generation member starts his job before sun up takes some back to the industrial revolution of Britain where sometimes people had to get up 30 minutes before they went to bed in order to work down at the mill.

So what put this family into the "poor house"? Seems that the culprit was Town's budget. Not knowing what to do, things like cancelling the internet connections, multiple smartphones and the multiple Starbuck coffees per day were sacred and the only real solution is to sell and move to a lower cost area.

This resident's neighbour was shocked. "We were just sitting around the pool last weekend and I asked how he liked his new BMW. When I heard that his grand-kid had to be at work at 5:30, I could not beleive it. I mean, what has this country come to? Can't council do some thing for them?"

Anonymous said...

That exchange clearly defines the growing divide, not just in Aurora but world-wide. I wonder how many people who read it were there at the prematurely joyous pre-election speeches to hear all the candidates promise to guard against excessive spending, to reduce the length of Council meetings and to protect the town from expensive, unproductive legal pursuits.
How are we doing with that? The Auroran reports current loss of town money just on the cell tower not even located in Aurora.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious. But wrong & out of date. It used to be that we would simply watch & wait for the 3rd generation to self-distruct. And they did right on schedule. The former movers & shakers whose kids went to be best camps & schools were unable to keep the family money and business intact. A prime example would have been the Eatons but the Burtons etc were right behind.

Anonymous said...

Talk about an over-reaction. Someone hit an entitled gusher. Well scored.

Anonymous said...

Of course taxes will continue to climb....It's to "improve our quality of life". I am so sick of hearing this statement from all levels of government when justifying frivololous and outrageous spending.

Anonymous said...

Canadian Press " With unemployment rate rising, job vacancies fall in Canada: surveys "
Meanwhile another business in Aurora goes belly-up. Wonder if that will even get the notice of Councillors.

Anonymous said...

Where did we hear an pre-electoral phrase, " What is it that you don't understand about the word ' no' ? "