Category: nannystate

Polling for Dollars

It shouldn’t surprise anyone who financed this opinion poll. The questions are absolutely geared to reinforce the prevailing narrative. It’s not much different from “elections” in the Soviet Union in which the communist party candidate would get 98% of the votes.

92% of Canadians agree they feel confident in the food safety and animal welfare standards used in dairy, chicken, turkey and egg farming in Canada because of supply management. 94% of Canadians also prefer their dairy, eggs, chicken, and turkey products to be produced locally and in Canada under supply management.

The Fruits of Post-Modern Education

Several media outlets are currently running stories regarding the continuing lackluster performance of Canadian students in the field of math, but only a few can articulate the actual reasons why the problem is getting worse instead of better.

International math test scores from the OECD show a steady decline among 15-year-old Canadian students from 2003 to 2018.

To explain away the documented deterioration of math education, those responsible have employed two strategies. The first, undertaken by staff at the Toronto District School Board’s math department (among others) has been to denounce standardized tests as a manifestation of racial bias and white privilege. It is a bizarre claim, a clear grasping at straws. The second is to hide the decline of educational quality with grade inflation, which has now reached stratospheric levels.

Housing Micromanagement

I often wonder if conservative parties are all that different from their opposition. Witholding federal funding in order to browbeat civic governments into changing their housing policies to meet arbitrary targets sounds a lot like central planning. You could just drop federal housing subsidies altogether, repeal federal building codes and put an end to zero percent interest rates, but someone clearly thinks that this won’t buy enough votes.

Require big, unaffordable cities to build more homes and speed up the rate at which they build homes every year to meet our housing targets. Cities must increase the number of homes built by 15% each year and then 15% on top of the previous target every single year (it compounds). If targets are missed, cities will have to catch up in the following years and build even more homes, or a percentage of their federal funding will be withheld, equivalent to the percentage they missed their target by.

British Exceptionalism

Unlike Canada, there are still some nations in the world, such as the UK and America, where doctors are not automatically driven from their careers for disagreeing with Covid policy. Dr. John Campbell brings us this engaging interview with Dr. Clare Craig about the myths and reality of virus spread, masking and scientific modeling in the Covid era. Her book is available on Amazon UK.

“There is a problem that we have that modelers… first of all, their entire career is about this sort of event, so they want to spin it and out and exaggerate it….the worse they can make it, the better it is for them so they become the heros…So they’ve got all the wrong motivations and on top of that, if they say 85% are going to be susceptible and they’ve got it wrong, there doesn’t seem to be any consequence for them….They have this massive incentive to always be over-calling it.”


Spending Freeze? What a concept!

As a Canadian, I have to wonder what it’s like to live in a country where the courts actually enforce the constitution instead of making endless exceptions for obvious violations of it.

The previous German government declared an emergency in 2020 and created a coronavirus relief fund that was outside the envelope imposed by the debt brake.

It decided to put 60-billion euros (about C$90 billion) of the COVID fiscal room into encouraging electrified home heating and transport. But opposition politicians naturally saw this as an unconstitutional swindle and an abuse of emergency powers. The constitutional status of the debt brake allowed them to sue in federal court — and last week they won. Pretty resoundingly, as it happens.

This punched a huge hole in German finances, and on Tuesday a humiliated Lindner announced an immediate freeze on federal spending.

Zombie Nation

When a business’ interest expense exceeds its profit, it is typically called a “zombie corporation”. It’s quite possible that Canada is going down a similar path right now. While the federal government doesn’t turn a profit, per se, major spending items are well on track to be utterly dwarfed by interest payments.

But the truly stunning figure is not just the size of the annual deficit, which is holding at $40 billion pending a red-ink tidal-wave next year to pay for massive-ticket items like the estimated $11-billion national pharmacare tab and looming fighter jet purchases.

In just five years that debt-financing tab will hit the jaw-dropping intersection where the $60-billion cost of paying interest approximates the cost of all federal transfers for health care.

Soviet Medicine

Every so often, you run across an op ed which is a perfect example of “seeing, and yet not seeing”. It amazes me that this doctor can work every day in the collapsing single payer medical system and yet not recognize that it is precisely the stubborn adherence to this doctrine that is causing the collapse. He claims to desire “real action, real change”, but cannot or will not expand on his weary bromide.

Long gone are the days of the early pandemic, when our neighbours banged their pots and pans in appreciation every evening. Now we are yelled at every single shift about the long wait times. We are verbally and physically assaulted so regularly that the B.C. provincial health authority recently mandated violence-prevention training. All these things, it’s just too much.

Soviet Housing

The primary cause of runaway housing costs are zero percent interest rates, but since the concept of net present value seems well beyond the grasp of policy makers, they’ve now decided that the best way to deal with this is to have higher levels of government override decision-making at lower levels. In other words, switch out responsibility for central planning. Another option would be for developers to decide for themselves what housing density is appropriate, but that would be too much like a free market in housing and we can’t have that.

The NDP bill eliminating single-family zoning, the Housing Statutes (Residential Development) Amendments Act, seizes zoning authority from municipalities and transfers it to the province.

Municipalities with a population higher than 5,000 will now have to zone in line with a provincial policy manual.

Centrally planned retirement

Most of us are likely familiar with elderly friends and family who are struggling financially with the costs of assisted living, and as the population ages this problem is likely to get worse, not better. What the mainstream media misses, however, is that the real culprit is years of falling interest rates which results in capital being consumed faster than it can be produced. The collapse of defined benefit pensions is but one side effect, and this won’t be remedied by having the state assume responsibility for everyone’s retirement.

Millions of families are facing such daunting life choices — and potential financial ruin — as the escalating costs of in-home care, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes devour the savings and incomes of older Americans and their relatives.

“People are exposed to the possibility of depleting almost all their wealth,” said Richard W. Johnson, director of the program on retirement policy at the Urban Institute.

The prospect of dying broke looms as an imminent threat for the boomer generation, which vastly expanded the middle class and looked hopefully toward a comfortable retirement on the backbone of 401(k)s and pensions. Roughly 10,000 of them will turn 65 every day until 2030, expecting to live into their 80s and 90s as the price tag for long-term care explodes, outpacing inflation and reaching a half-trillion dollars a year, according to federal researchers.

Forgot what?

You can tell that a narrative is failing badly when the authorities have to engage in gaslighting to generate some interest. But it’s too late for that anyway.

According to government officials, every province and territory now has supply of at least one updated mRNA vaccine, but public awareness efforts have plummeted in recent years, with many Canadians no longer seeing the urgency to get booster shots.

“It seems to me that we are sort of experiencing COVID amnesia,” Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, professor of community health and epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, told The Canadian Press.

Leave your brain at home, please

The only thing staff at the office of the BC Provincial Health Officer will be doing is undoing and unlearning their capacity for critical thought if they take any of these admonitions seriously.

One snippet explicitly endorses a secular version of original sin that, naturally, applies only to white people:

Recognizes the truth that Indigenous-specific racism is perpetuated through white supremacist policies and practices that remain hardwired into our systems and processes, and that impede the health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples.


Zombie apocalypse

The only upside I can see in this story is that most governments in the world are in even worse financial shape than the U.S. federal government. But that will just delay the inevitable.

Tory slush fund

There’s only one reason why certain projects need cut-rate financing courtesy of taxpayers: they are chronic money-losers that no private investor would otherwise bother with. It’s unlikely that anyone in Ford’s cabinet considers that the previous avalanche of borrowing is precisely why we are sinking into recession in the first place, and that the fall won’t be arrested with more debt tsunamis.

Ontario is proposing to launch its own infrastructure bank — with an initial $3 billion in public funding — in order to help foot the bill for long-term care homes and transportation projects, as slowing economic growth has the province sinking deeper into the red.

The Ontario Infrastructure Bank, announced Thursday in the province’s fall economic statement, would be an arm’s-length agency enabling pension plans and other institutional investors to help fund what the province says is an infrastructure deficit.

Apartheid for drunks

What’s the protocol for these racially exclusive sobering up centers? Is someone from the Race Classification Board going to be sitting at the door making sure that only true Aboriginals are admitted? And using what criteria?

A six-bed sobering-up centre, along with a mobile soup van exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will open next week in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda.

Ban some more things!

If the city of Montreal gets its way, you may be unable to use a natural gas fired barbeque. But not to worry; propane barbeques will still be legal.

Examples of soon-to-be prohibited systems include residential gas-powered stoves, indoor gas fireplaces, hot water heaters and furnaces that emit greenhouse gases and barbecues and pool or spa heaters that draw from gas lines.

The city says exceptions include emergency generators, commercial stoves in restaurants, gas-powered barbecues with removable tanks…

Mixed messaging

If anyone wants to know why so many people are vaccine hesitant these days, they only need to examine the ways in which the “experts” cannot get their own stories straight.

Federal, provincial and territorial governments’ public awareness campaigns continued over the next few years, actively promoting booster shots to protect against waning immunity — but the uptake was considerably lower.

And then, in the very same article:

Calling the XBB.1.5 vaccine a “booster” is not scientifically accurate and may lead people to underestimate its significance, he said.

“It is not a booster dose. It is a new vaccine reformulation,” Muhajarine said.

“We are not trying to boost previous vaccine doses,” he said. “We are trying to elicit an immune response to this current circulating variant.”

Ban All The Things!


Montreal will ban gas-powered systems in new construction starting next fall, with some notable exceptions.

The new regulation, adopted by the city’s executive committee this morning, will apply to new, small buildings — up to three storeys and 600 square metres in area — as of Oct. 1, 2024, and larger buildings starting six months later.

Examples of soon-to-be prohibited systems include residential gas-powered stoves, indoor gas fireplaces, hot water heaters and furnaces that emit greenhouse gases and barbecues and pool or spa heaters that draw from gas lines.

The city says exceptions include emergency generators, commercial stoves in restaurants, gas-powered barbecues with removable tanks and temporary heating devices used during construction work.

Industrial buildings are also exempt, as are combustion heaters in larger buildings that draw only from renewable sources of gas.


The term “doom loop” very accurately describes what is going on in Argentina right now. Despite the chaos gripping the economy, voters seem to be somewhat favoring the Peronist candidate who pledges to keep the free stuff flowing along with the resultant chaos as opposed to a fan of Von Mises and Hayek who would institute widespread free market reforms and stop the collapse.

Demonstrating a doom-loop in which crises caused by big government prompt citizens to increase their demands for for big government, a bricklayer en route to the voting booth told Reuters“Peronism is the only space that offers the possibility that the poorest of us can have basic things at our fingertips.”

I can think of a few other nations on that same path. Can you?

You can take that to the bank!

Now that the Liberals are all done with the task of lowering grocery prices, they’re going to make sure that Canadians get better, more cost-effective service when they deal with a bank. I’m certain that a government which has zero interest in balancing a budget is well-suited to micromanaging your bank. What could possibly go wrong?

Freeland says she has instructed the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada to work on making more no-fee and low-cost bank accounts available to Canadians.

Finance Canada is also being tasked with taking a look at reducing bank fees, such as charges when a check bounces back.


Flushing capital

Rising compliance costs are one big reason for the sharp increase in housing and construction prices, and while some levels of government express concern and desire to lower those costs, other jurisdictions can’t wait to saddle builders with even bigger burdens.

B.C. construction projects with more than 25 workers must have access to a flushable toilet, according to a law to be introduced by Premier David Eby.