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GenX
03-15-2008, 11:32 AM
...the party's over!!

"Canadian labor productivity worsened in the fourth quarter of last year, marking the biggest decline since 1995 as workers clocked in more hours on the job even as the economy slowed sharply."

LINK (http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=78913fcc-7fae-44eb-b566-8370dc5c6519&k=27586)

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:32 AM
" If you think a "Product of Canada" label means the food in the package was grown in Canada, think again.

The fruit, vegetables or meat could have come from anywhere -- as long as 51 per cent of the production costs, including labour, transportation and packaging were incurred in Canada.

The labelling guideline has been the target of consumer groups, who say it is misleading, and farm groups that have seen markets for Canadian crops disappear.

Geri Kamenz, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), said the soaring Canadian dollar has spurred manufacturers to replace Canadian ingredients with imports.

"As our currency has run up, so has their buying power outside of Canada. It makes sense to source cheaper products outside of Canada," said Kamenz."

LINK (http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/National/2008/03/15/5012866-sun.html)

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:33 AM
"Home ice is no advantage for Canadian hockey players.

The game's frozen field of dreams the arena is a battered relic that is compromising the future of the national sport. In the GTA and across the country, studies show hockey arenas are antiquated, inadequate and costly and there is no pledge of help financial or political to make a stick save for future generations of players.

Beneath the glory of our global shinny dominance lurks a gnawing worry: Is Canadian hockey rotting at its core?

"Everybody loves hockey but we just can't accommodate hockey," said pioneering Canadian women's star Angela James. "People go to school or work during the day so you have this time span from 6 p.m. to 11 at night to fit in everybody's needs and it's just not happening.""

LINK (http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Hockey/article/346423)

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:34 AM
" Canadian government bonds rose, pushing the yield on the 10-year bond to the lowest since 1989, on signs credit-market losses rooted in the U.S. subprime- mortgage crisis are widening.

Investors sought the shelter of the government debt after Bear Stearns Cos. obtained emergency funding from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the New York Federal Reserve. The securities firm said its cash position had ``significantly deteriorated.''

``We're in the most chaotic capital-market environment in decades,'' said Toronto-based James Dutkiewicz, who manages C$5 billion in fixed-income assets at CI Investments Inc., Canada's second-largest mutual-fund manger. ``Yields don't matter.'' The government bond market ``is in an extreme flight to quality.''"

LINK (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=asBsKwKUaLoY&refer=canada)

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:35 AM
"Housing in Canada deteriorated in 2007 to its least affordable level since 1990, the year the real estate bubble burst.

And cracks may be showing in the seemingly bulletproof housing market, with once hot Alberta bucking the trend with a rapid cooling of housing prices, says a report released yesterday by RBC Economics."

LINK (http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/346354)

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:36 AM
"The judge who led the sponsorship inquiry said reining in the size and influence of political aides with strong codes of conduct to govern behaviour would help rebalance the growing concentration of power in the Prime Minister's Office.

John Gomery, who has since retired from the bench, told a parliamentary committee Thursday the influence of MPs in day-to-day decision- and policy-making has significantly diminished over the years as the PMO and the growing number of political aides pulled more control to the centre.

"It should be remembered that political staff in the Prime Minister's Office are not elected. They are not subject to any rules or laws that I am aware of and they have the ear of the most important and powerful person in Canadian government," he said."

LINK (http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=faa3d03f-8329-40bb-80a7-099303735bd6&k=87881)

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:40 AM
"New census figures came out to much boasting recently. Media story after media story pumped up the good news and buried the bad.

Many readers would celebrate such an uncharacteristic switch in news judgment, but those same Canadians better hope our policy-makers are reading the small print.

Last week, Statistics Canada released data that showed Canada had the strongest employment growth of any of the G-7 industrial countries between 2001 and 2006 with a rate of 1.7 per cent, significantly above second-place Italy at 1.2 per cent.


As a result, StatsCan pointed out that Canada's unemployment rate of just 5.8 per cent is the lowest level in modern times. That really is something to celebrate. But, and this is a big but, the workforce is getting older -- fast.

The median age -- where half of all Canadians are younger, and half older -- passed 40 for the first time ever on this census and now sits at 41.2 years, up from 39.5 in 2001.

In 2006, a whopping 15.3 per cent of the workforce was 55 years and older, up from 11.7 per cent just five years earlier. Geoff Bowlby, director of StatsCan's labour statistics division, warns that it's "inevitable that at some point soon, we're going to see a big onslaught of retirements of baby boomers that should continue for about 20 years."

When these seemingly cheery jobless figures are put into some perspective, however, what appears to be freedom 55 for some looks like certain bondage for others.

Last year, at about this time, StatsCan released figures that showed Canada's population increased by 1.6 million people between 2001 and 2006, giving Canada the fastest rate of growth of any of the G-8 countries. But what all of the celebrants reading that bit of news failed to mention is our population continues to age at an alarming rate and it's only going to get worse as the baby boom blasts into retirement.

The problem really boils down to not enough babies. Canadian women have only 1.5 children each while a rate of 2.1 is needed to simply replace our population.

Many Canadians just shrug. So what? There are millions of people who want to immigrate here and indeed that's how two-thirds of that 1.6 million person increase came about. But does immigration make our population younger?"

LINK (http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3ade5ffd-666e-4ccd-b2eb-1f6e1ba511aa)

Canadians not facing reality???

Spinning a negative into a positive, all to help their fragile ego and self-esteem????

I'm shocked!!! Shocked!!!!!!

Barry Morris
03-15-2008, 11:42 AM
For a good laugh, one might search "product of the USA".

One interesting proposal, which many don't like, is that any beef that has been in the USA for 100 days can be called a product of the USA.

Other interesting rules are also in place.

I really don't understand Speedy posting of stuff about Canada, when so often the USA has exactly the same issues.

Thanks for putting all the garbage in one thread, instaed of a dozen.

Sorry about interrupting your posts, seven in a row. Your record is 11, and I'll try to be more observant. Maybe you could try again next week.

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:43 AM
"Turn oooot the lights, the party's over"

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Huggy85
03-15-2008, 11:51 AM
If you look for negative links, you'll sure find them; that's all you've proven here Speedy. We could all start looking for negative links about the US at the rate that you obviously need to too, but what would that prove. Only that we are as simple minded as you.

We aren't though.

Are you having fun yet?

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:52 AM
That's all you people did before I got here, is post negatives about the U.S., all to aid your pathetically-low self-esteem.

You guys are mad because I've shown you what a colossal waste of time you've been involved in.

Huggy85
03-15-2008, 11:53 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: R W G R</div><div class="ubbcode-body">" Canadian government bonds rose, pushing the yield on the 10-year bond to the lowest since 1989, on signs credit-market losses rooted in the U.S. subprime- mortgage crisis are widening.

Investors sought the shelter of the government debt after Bear Stearns Cos. obtained emergency funding from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the New York Federal Reserve. The securities firm said its cash position had ``significantly deteriorated.''

``We're in the most chaotic capital-market environment in decades,'' said Toronto-based James Dutkiewicz, who manages C$5 billion in fixed-income assets at CI Investments Inc., Canada's second-largest mutual-fund manger. ``Yields don't matter.'' The government bond market ``is in an extreme flight to quality.''"

LINK (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=asBsKwKUaLoY&refer=canada) </div></div>

And need I remind you, America is the country that has the "sub prime mortgage crisis" that has rippled around the world. I don't think that's anything to be proud of.

GenX
03-15-2008, 11:54 AM
The fact you can't move without our influence is too delicious!! Beyond words...almost! /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Huggy85
03-15-2008, 11:59 AM
The fact that the US is the most powerful country in the world is indisputable. There is no Canadian that would try to argue that point.

The travesty is that the US abuses it's power (note Iraq) and mismanages its fiscal policies so badly (note sub-prime, national debt)that the rest of the world has to pay the price.

America should learn to use its power properly; it might then be able to win back some international respect - something that is sorely lacking today.

GenX
03-15-2008, 12:00 PM
America is the most benign superpower in world history.

End of story.

Huggy85
03-15-2008, 12:01 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: R W G R</div><div class="ubbcode-body">America is the most benign superpower in world history.

End of story. </div></div>

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GenX
03-15-2008, 12:02 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Huggy85</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: R W G R</div><div class="ubbcode-body">America is the most benign superpower in world history.

End of story. </div></div>

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GenX
03-15-2008, 12:02 PM
Canada: where few people live, and even fewer people want to emigrate to

I'm a natural when it comes to promotion.