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Old 05-21-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default Meanwhile in Canada

Baby moose rescued, taken to Tim Hortons...



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Beaver "still at large" after dropping tree onto SUV
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Default Hitchhiking robot finishes its' journey across Canada



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http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/witho...#ixzz3Ap6xQOgC
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Doesn't it know that hitchiking is dangerous? There's no telling who it may be picked up by. It could be raped by a Cuisinart or something.
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Nobody even pissed in the squad car?? That's not a party.
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:51 PM   #8
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Supreme Court rejects payout for couple who wanted to order 7Up in French

So glad the Supreme Court had to weigh in on this.

I like the idea that the couple should be put on the "No-Fly" list...
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:16 PM   #9
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Audio cuts out during singing of US anthem at a Toronto hockey game, fans step up and sing the remainder...



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...itch-1.2844378

Buffalo pummels the Leafs 6-2 afterwards, but the rest of Canada is OK with that
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They stayed on key, in time & the vocal 'plays' were well co-ordinated. Leafs could learn a lot from that.
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:41 PM   #11
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My guess would be the outcome would not be quite the same if that were to happen in the US. Not sure many people here could get past the first couple of lines in the Canadian anthem.
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We Canadians are skilled. The official version of our anthem is sung bilingually. Most Canadians can fake that & some of us can sing it bilingually AND in both official languages.

I'm surprised we don't run the world.
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Canada has their own anthem?
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O Canada

apparently it wasn't the first time the mic cut out in the ACC:

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We were going to borrow yours but it wasn't polite enough. All them bombs & rockets & stuff...
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Granted that ours is too long and difficult to sing and yours is short and sweet. But, according to Wiki, you have 3 versions. One is French, one is English and one is the English translation of the French version which bears no resemblance to the official English version.

O Canada!
Which version shall we sing?

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I am guessing that little bit of bridge belongs to Austria .

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You forgot the bilingual version!
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Consumer defaults have DECLINED over the past year or two. Much of the debt that has been taken on is at fixed rates. As long as it's paid before rates rise, most will squeak through.

The banks are scrambling a tad though. Many have tightened mortgage requirements & that happened before rates were surprisingly dropped. I didn't get the rate drop - nobody did. Earlier rate drops were 'supposed' to encourage Canadians, especially those with variable debt, to pay off what they owed at a faster rate. Instead, they happily dove deeper into the debt pool. Mind you some - not all.

Our housing markets are ridiculous right now in many parts of the country. Only in the last few weeks have they started showing signs of having peaked & starting to drop - I've got a link I'll post shortly. The drop in interest rates may have slowed the much needed drop in housing prices & that is NOT good. And those who now can't qualify for a prime mortgage? A subprime mortgage industry is happily growing. And I mean GROWING. Even at the expected higher than usual default rates, it's a freaking licence to print money.

But for a number of reasons, our day of financial reckoning is fast approaching. It won't be a total meltdown. We wtached in horror when the Great Financial Crisis in '08 hurt the US so badly. Many watched & learned... & learned well. A solid core of Canadians of middle age still have defined benefit pensions & HAVE been saving for retirement.

Unfortunately, a lot are planning on selling their homes & funding reitrement that way. That will be an iffy proposition. IF the home you want to sell is deemed desireable where you live & in in decent shape, you'll make out alright. If not... you'd better start dropping your expected standard of living big time. I know people with the 3-4 bedroom, 2 story, center hall style homes in the burbs. It was THEIR aspirational home. It is not that of many millennials. Most home buyers now want a more open style with space configured & used very differently. Older homes often need extensive work on plumbing, insulation, electrical, etc. The 'kids' are getting smart or smarter.

Many have no intention of ever owning & even if they do, it may be a long time before they're ready. Poor choices in education combined with staggering student debt & iffy job prospects are leaving many living pay to pay. And that is hampering the saving efforts of many of their parents who are, in some cases heavily, subsidizing the lives of their grown up but still young, adult children.

Here's an article on what housing is doing - or was in January:


http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/home...ties-1.2955215

Whatever happens over the spring & summer, we're in for interesting times.
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Includes unincorporated business debt. Some of that debt is creating income for the household. Like my household.

Sue, we have three credit lines. The statement for each after the BOC rate drop showed the interest rate on all three credit lines dropped by the same amount.
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Ours did as well, (we only have one - unsecured).

Funny - for all the banks crying poor or less staggeringly rich, they ALL have a variety of credit cards on offer & most have a hefty interest rate: %19.9 is pretty standard. Lower central & overnight rates means a bigger spread for them. Higher interest rates affect credit cards... unless they're going to try & raise rates there if/when central rates go back up to anything close to normal.

I wish we had better standards of measure. A lot of of families run small, unincorporated businesses & they DO add to family net worth. More & more individuals are free lancing, consulting & otherwise running their own businesses & I don't think we have a good grasp of that yet.
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Yup, those business debt numbers would be very interesting to see. It would be telling of small business market size. I know here the big shift from working for large companies began in the 80s, and hasn't seemed to decrease.
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