New pipelines could solve a lot of problems
The First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environmental Study reports that 48 per cent of indigenous families have extremely high rates of food insecurity. This can also be said about many older adults and the poor in our country of plenty. We are our own enemy when it comes to reasonable solutions, notwithstanding the opportunities that are before us to eliminate these scourges over the next 20 years.
The fact that global warming has become the philosophy of the day seems to disregard the facts presented in this report. You need to generate more work for people and taxes for governments to support the well being of the population.
Over the past 10 years or more, the Aboriginal nations have proceeded to stop all development of oil and gas distribution pipelines to get product to markets that would alleviate the huge discount on Canadian oil to the U.S., which would generate thousands of jobs, create better prices and profits and henceforth increase taxes to governments that would be able to support the health and food issues in this country that are so badly needed.
The building of these pipeline projects will not impact the efforts of meeting carbon generation goals as there are many projects underway that will help Canada meet its goals. Bill Gates has formed a company in Alberta with $260 million to remove the carbon from the air and reuse to generate energy. Electric cars and trucks are well established, wind farms and solar electricity, as well as many other recyclable projects, will surely meet our 2050 goals.
We can look in many places of society that need more funding, which seems to be endless and yet when the opportunity comes along to support industry and therefore the general population, we put up barriers or make the red tape so onerous that investors just move on to another jurisdiction where such is not the case.
Major businesses are closing in Canada and investors no longer consider Canada as a good place to put their valuable funds for the benefit of everyone. It would be amazing to see the number of jobs available if we let industry carry out the extraction of oil and minerals and forests and agriculture in the new carbon-free environment.
Here’s an idea: everyone turn off at least one light in their home seven days a week and each person plant a tree where possible. Let’s get this country moving in the right direction.
Death, taxes and calming sticks
Re: ‘Sudbury taxpayers looking at 3.5 per cent hike in 2020,’ Nov. 7.
That tax hike is just the icing on the cake. As you dig deeper into the cake, there is also a 4.8 per cent hike being imposed on water and wastewater. And as it was published earlier this year, the city was already facing a huge deficit as a result of the extra cost incurred due to road maintenance and snow removal for the 2018-19 winter season.
The city is forecasting that more than $20 million will go towards winter road maintenance for the 2019-20 winter season. Not wanting to add fuel to the fire, it has been noticed that these so-called calming sticks that were installed in certain areas have been removed for the winter months to allow for proper road maintenance and eventually snow removal.
I am forecasting that come late spring or early summer in the year 2020, these calming sticks will be re-installed. Who is absorbing the costs for all this work being performed? Once again, probably the taxpayers.
While on the topic of additional taxes being imposed, on April 1, 2019, the federal government’s new carbon tax of 4.42 cents per litre plus HST came into effect on gasoline. By the year 2022, we will be paying 11.05 cents per litre on gasoline. Also, carbon taxes have already been imposed on home heating fuels such as oil and natural gas.
As I reflect back, I am reminded of the old adage that implies there are only two things guaranteed in life: taxes and death.