Here we go again with government “investments” in business
with a $100 million nest egg courtesy of you the taxpayer for new technologies
(artificial intelligence) which apparently is such a sought after space that
the private sector isn’t interested.
This is what’s happening. Very poor decisions were made
regarding the construction of new office towers in the downtown core of Calgary
leading to a 30 per cent vacancy. Obstructionist policy from governments in the
oil and gas sector has impeded business from expanding into these new
commercial spaces. Now, you the taxpayer are going to pay the price for “malinvestment”.
That’s right. Governments have historically been poor investors because
politicians don’t personally have any skin in the game. Politicians cater to
special interest groups and are amenable to influence from effective lobbyists.
When was the last time your government presented you with a
performance statement in lieu of a benefit to you arising from their investment
decisions in the private sector? You guessed it – never. There is no accountability.
The unremarkable thing about “capitalism” is that people and
businesses fail because of poor investment decisions. The backdrop of a failure
potential has the effect of scrutinizing capital carefully for its most
This decision made by bureaucrats with your money is not sound but there is desperation in the corridors of governments because pension funds with equity interests in Alberta office towers are clamouring.
My channel over at Youtube is archiving my development from novice guitarist. With your subscription, I’ll take you along for the ride highlighting breakthroughs in playing and recording. Look for future videos entailing key moments of musical discovery.
I know, you’re
saving up for a family vacation to see the The Great Barrier Reef down under
and so all your fine dining dollars for the next while will be “order out” from
KFC. The trouble with this is that good restaurants and entertainment venues
are losing out on your disposable dollar and could simply shut down. We don’t
care if bad ones shut down but the good establishments form part of our
cultural landscape. You do want your home to be a place rich in cuisine, dance,
theatre, and music. These things bond us
in the place where make our lives.
enough that we have urban planners over developing office towers and outskirts.
Worse yet, the automobile – as the ultimate entertainment center in and of
itself as we spend an inordinate amount of time during the commute out to the ‘burbs.
the City of Calgary has made some poor development decisions in the context of
facilitating cultural expression, there are still great places to go. Our city has
the new Studio Bell which may be under utilized as a music centre in the
context of a mandate. It has tasteful aesthetics and delectable acoustics. You
must find cause to go down there. There’s been the upgrade to the King Eddy as
well as the Telus Science center. Renovations /expansions will be starting on
the Arts Commons as further evidence of arts support from governments, donors,
patrons and sponsors. Millenium Park has been great for the kids and a new
place called “Cobbs Adventure Park” is fairly new.
to bars and restaurants is to find some reason for being other than the dining
experience in order to keep people interested. Some empathy obviously goes out
to the patron who has been hit by job loss, high taxes, government
intransigence toward industry, and tight finances due to high mortgage
balances. Sustainability in hospitality is going to require flexibility from
governments on excise taxes and labor regulation in order to keep our communities
I’ll reference the unspoken and unpopular because it’s what
I do here sometimes on my own forum. Wives of ex-politicians, ex-politicians,
and politicians have no business on the stage of the Grammy’s unless they’ve
won a Grammy for their contributions to music. Music is an escape from the
tedium of political drama and hence the preeminent event should not become
theatre for those who possess a larger agenda outside of the realm of music. It’s
one more reminder of why I’ve cut my cable chord.
There would have been individuals in the audience with a life-long commitment to their passion for music who had never gained a whiff of that stage having been overlooked by The Recording Academy despite much success and hard work toward their craft. Society has unfortunately been overrun by elitists with special entry back stage passes who need their ego stroked at every turn. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Michelle Obama. On the contrary, I find her to be articulate and warm with generosity in her heart. This was simply not her place.
I’ve put these three C’s together because alliteration wasn’t
foreign to any of these three. My biggest miss for cancelling cable has been the
celebration of athletic feats through language. There was Bob Costas’
deployment of vocabulary atypical of the arena but succulent to the scholastic.
Mary Carillo triumphed with unrehearsed back seat colour laden with one- liners.
Howard Cosell’s deliberately slurred maligned characterizations injected fodder
for the fortunate fans of Wide World of Sports.
Costas is in the news because of an opinion in the face of
the sports machine. He’ll retire after a good run and his legacy will be
steeped in his affinity for the formidable phrase fitting to the forum (okay, I
can do alliteration too).
I have no idea what happened to Mary but her charisma simply
shone through the TV.
Although young as an admirer during the Cosell years, I remember Cosell as an obvious stalwart in and industry critical to extracting entertainment value from sport. There were the Muhammad Ali interviews and the Monday Night Football mantras such as “he could go all the way”. As a boy, it became evident that there was eloquence in sport beyond finesse on the field. In spite of having snipped the cable, my sense is that the market and mystique of midfield monologue has now left the broadcast booth. Was Cosell’s opinion that ex-athletes were not best equipped for the microphone correct? I suspect yes with exceptions. ���F�z�Q4 �h
What I like about Browns Social House: It’s friendly and has high padded bar stools with foot rests. It has properly controlled climate. Décor not overly imposed by big screens. Happy hour. Four dollar draught. Quick service. Reasonable prices. Did I say that? Square bar accommodating for socializing. You’re not there just for the booze, right?
While much focus has been on the driver of the Humboldt bus
crash, it’s become evident that an insidious behavioural pattern of distraction
while at the wheel is underlying the cause. Although it was a flapping tarp and
not a cell phone, every single driver who owns a smart phone and is compelled
to jump to its chime indicating the latest facebook notification should take
heed. Speaking to passengers is distracting, changing CDs is distracting, and
soothing crying babies is distracting. Some minds may be better equipped to
deal with distractions than others but should you really be assigning yourself
the confidence to multi-task while at the wheel when one misstep can lead to a
life-long occupation of guilt.
It’s certainly easy to judge this man responsible for the
deaths of these Humboldt teens but hypocrisy given one’s own behaviour is
In addition to the driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, law
enforcement and the regulatory framework of the transportation industry must
also answer to this event. We put doctors in this country through seven years
of training and a driver of a transport truck through three weeks, if that. Mr.
Sidhu may have lacked training in how to
properly secure a load. Our justice system is structured in such a way that
police tend not to put resources where they believe that the probability of
conviction is low. I postulate that in the minds of law enforcement, the
process of obtaining the necessary evidence to charge a suspected distracted
driver is not worth the application of resources and hence this matter is at
large with you and I witnessing distracted drivers in metropolitan centres
If the financial penalties were materially strong and the
justice system had the practical powers to enforce, we could actually make
headway toward significantly reducing this problem.
He was one
of the very nicest people that I’ve ever come to know and he was my boss for a
brief period of time around 2003. He practiced public accounting and the dynamic
between the two of us was mutual respect. Upon helping him through one tax
season, I pursued another opportunity which helped paved the way to establishing
my own practice.
have been winding up his practice right around the time I had come on board.
However; it’s clear that his clients and the game of golf were preeminent
interests which weren’t going to go away. We had lost touch between my tenure
and his passing but I can only imagine that he had a tremendous home life with
loving people around him. Evidence of his high intellect is referenced from his
obituary listing his university graduation at the age of 19 from our common
alma mater, the U of A.
reflecting this morning of one particular collaborative effort on a file with
Al, I just had to draft a blog post in remembrance of him. He was one of many
fine folk instrumental in assisting me with the street level application of tax
accounting. Al was one of those people
who knew exactly how to treat people respectfully. He was a soft spoken big man
who carried clout through his unspoken word.