141 – Is COVID Endemic in Ottawa?

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141 - Is COVID Endemic in Ottawa?

This week I discuss my first week at the new job, my changing feelings on COVID now that we’re almost all vaccinated (adults) and we move in to the fall, as well as looking back on my son’s first year.

139 – Vote Compass 2021 | Part 5 (Q25-30)

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Go and Vote on Monday!

Q25. How much should Canada do to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions?

There is a lot the country can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it has to start from the top, either via redistributing subsidies, incentivizing green tech, or one of many other progressive climate agenda items.

Q26. How much should the Canadian government spend on police services?

Do the RCMP really do all that much anymore? Why are they still called the RCMP? Defund the Mounties?

Q27. How high should the federal minimum wage be?

Yes, it should be higher, but more importantly, it should be tied to inflation rather than changed piecemeal.

Q28. How much should wealthier people pay in taxes?

Oh so much more, with progressive taxation there’s not reason not to have a ridiculously high ‘wealth tax’ rate.

Q29. Canada’s human rights laws should require that transgender people be referred to by their chosen gender pronouns.

I think this definitely shouldn’t be a thing, but I’m far from convinced that being a dick should be punishable by law.

Q30. Quebec should become an independent state.

I think this is for Quebec to decide, but if you’re all letting me decide, then sure, go for it!

138 – Vote Compass 2021 | Part 4 (Q19-25)

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Q19. How much control should the federal government have over what Canadians say online?

I don’t know what the laws for online speech and related protections are now, but my gut feeling is they’re OK.

Q20. How much money should the federal government give to Canadians whose employment was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

At this point, it feels like pandemic cash if you can’t work because your business was closed is done, but I do still feel like Canadians should get employment insurance if they’re working but can’t work for an isolation period because they test positive for COVID (although maybe not if you’re not vaccinated?).

Q21. People should be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend public events.

Vaccine passports make sense. Not all services will be able to offer this requirement, but I think as many as possible should.

Q22. How much should the federal government make individual Canadians pay for every tonne of greenhouse gas they emit through fossil fuel consumption?

Whether a carbon tax is levied on the individual or at the corporate level, cost increases will be passed on to the consumer. This is a good thing.

Q23. The federal government should guarantee a minimum income for all Canadian adults regardless of whether or not they have a job.

Yes. I love the idea of basic income. I am sharing a version of my idea for basic income here, with a 36% basic income tax and a basic income of $19,789. It’s radical but it does work to accomplish what it sets out to (lift every single Canadian out of poverty).

Q24. Quebec should be formally recognized as a nation in the Constitution.

Quebec needs to make up its mind and decide whether it wants to be part of Canada or not. If you want to be ‘a nation’, doesn’t that mean you want to be your own country? I don’t know how these things work…