Evidently the government is investigating whether they should abandon the Canada Savings Bonds program, and when I hear that all I could think was, What will all the Grandmas invest in now? Evidently there is about $500M worth of unclaimed CSBs out there still too? Remember the good old days when CSBs paid out
|1980 Nov S35 11.50%||1981 Nov S36 19.50%|
|1982 Nov S37 12.00%||1983 Nov S38 9.25%|
|1984 Nov S39 11.25%||1985 Nov S40 8.50%|
|1986 Nov S41 7.75%||1987 Nov S42 9.00%|
|1988 Nov S43 9.50%||1989 Nov S44 10.50%|
|1990 Nov S45 10.75%|
Yes, remember those heady days when CSBs paid 19.50% . I do! I also remember 15% mortgage rates. However, for all those lovers of CSBs, don’t lament, you can still buy them this year, and set up a payroll savings program too! The population of Canada is now over 36 Million according to Stats Canada. We added 139,645 from April to July of this year! Now that is an immigration boom (or one hell of a baby boom!). Funny, it doesn’t feel that crowded, but I don’t live in Toronto either.
In Ottawa, the Glebe has decided that the stores in that area can open on Thanksgiving (and on 5 other holidays as well). Do we really need that many days to shop? I remember not shopping on Sundays.
The only comment I can make about the American election is, what I have said previously, Overt Zelotry of any kind (religious, political, or any other) worries me a great deal. How is everyone so darn sure they are right?
Stuff I wrote this week
Another fairly lazy week for me, however, I do have many more ideas percolating in my brain (including one where I am actually asking MPs questions), but this week, I wrote about the Shocking Electricity Price in August (CPI Canada). Ontario is leading the way with ludicrous price increases for electricity.
I continue to get comments and questions from my article CRA Child Disability Benefit (How To), and hopefully folks are being helped by it (it is one of my favorite articles).