For those of you like me who have procrastinated about getting their Tax payment in today is the day in Canada (unless you want to pay interest and have the CRA come and look closer into your lives).
Go buy Quicktax and get it done!
Unemployment Car Insurance Discount?
I phoned up my Car Insurance company to tell ask a question or two about my insurance and to add my daughter who is learning to drive on to the policy. The second question asked was, “… are you still employed at…” to which I answered no I was not, which caused an interesting sequence of events.
Adding a driver who only has their G1 in Ontario with this insurance company costs nothing, because they are not allowed to be driving without another licensed driver in the car, so that was nice. When she gets her G2, then it is going to cost me some money, but that is a few months away.
Since I am no longer commuting to work (i.e. Unemployed) I get a $23 a year discount because I am not driving my car to work. Interesting!
I had not thought about (2) but they did have down on my policy that I commuted in my car to work, so the discount does actually make sense. If I return to work and drive there, the discount no longer applies, unless of course, I take the bus to work (in Ottawa that is a stretch, unless I am working downtown).
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In February, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits increased by 44,300 or 7.8% from January. Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan experienced the strongest increases.
Another obvious but interesting point is:
Regional data and data by sex and age on Employment Insurance are not seasonally adjusted and therefore should only be compared on a year-over-year basis.
Between February 2008 and February 2009, there was a larger increase in the number of men receiving regular benefits (+36.7%) compared with women (+20.6%).
More men than women getting on “the dole”? Not sure that is significant, but it does seem to be a topic that the media is harping on, about how this is a “Male Recession”, not sure I buy it, but it is an interesting point.
In previous years the government has used EI overruns as a crutch to help pay off debt, wonder what is going to happen now?
EI Claims Up Sharply
By Metropolitan Area
The Stats Canada report is quite thorough (as usual, but this table really does tweek my interest):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits excludes claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.
You might have guessed that Windsor might be taking a beating as well as around Toronto and such but Calgary is taking a beating too (for claimants at least). Kitchener and Vancouver’s numbers are quite concerning as well.
… to make the financial markets even more jittery. The WHO has now moved up their scale for the pandemic to 4 out of 6 and that may mean more jitters in the financial markets.
This will make for some very interesting trade decisions in the next few days, is my guess, since a lot of produce and such come from Mexico, will we see an embargo? Will this drive up food prices (which are already sky rocketing)? Inflation, did you order Inflation with your Global Financial Apocalypse? Sorry, it comes with the deal.
Kiss the Mexican tourism trade good bye for a while, not many folks will be wanting to go Loco down in Acapulco.
Swine Flu again? I’m sure Maple Leaf is deliriously happy to give consumers ANOTHER reason not to buy their products. Stay away from pig farms would be the best advice for now.
Let’s hope this ill wind does not kill off any kind of rally.
Tax Day - 2
Yup remember Thursday at midnight you’ll need to have filed and PAID for your tax bill if you live in Canada. Not sure if they are giving Swine Flu dispensations yet, but get it done folks.
Server Issues Return
My site was down for a good portion of yesterday, my apologies to my readers, seems my server went down for the count, but I have been told that evidently the problem is resolved for now. Might have been Swine Flu in the disk drives, not sure.
With Spring starting and now summer hitting this weekend in Ottawa with ridiculously high temperatures (for April), remember the importance of getting your snow tires off quickly. Driving on your snow tires in temperatures higher than 10 degrees celsius is wearing those tires out very quickly. The exciting part is trying to get in to see a mechanic to get the tires on and off (I got in, but I had to do some quick talking to get in). Get those snow tires off (unless you live in Timmins or Sudbury, maybe wait a week or two more there).
Random Spring Thoughts
The bloggers have been busy the past little while, and there are some very interesting posts you should be keeping up with:
No Debt Plan writes a no nonsense post about Get Out of Debt: Give Up Your Favorites pointing out that while it might have been fun getting into debt, it may not be as much fun if you really want to get out of it.
All About Nortel quotes the Ottawa Citizen about No Relief for Ontario Pensioners pointing out that the Ontario Pension safety net may not be solvent soon, thanks to the Auto Makers AND Nortel’s pension issues.
Where Does All My Money Go pointed out there is a new web site you should check out in The Money Belt Web Site, with some useful tools too.
Michael James points out that sometimes folks really don’t want to hear his good advice in Investing Paralysis.
Just Threaten to Leave is good advice from Ellen Roseman when it comes to dealing with most service companies. The consumer has a great deal of power BEFORE they sign a contract.
Speaking as someone who thinks hyper-inflation is just around the corner I enjoyed reading Larry MacDonald’s Inflation Fears Misplaced? post. The Bank of Canada is about to print a whole bunch more money, does that not spell inflation?
For those lovers of Twitter have a look for the BigCajunMan on there and follow me if you wish, no I do not update much, I have a hard enough time getting a daily post together, when I have my bowel movements can’t be that exciting either.
Watch for the Video on the weekend, and I may not be around Monday AM due to a ridiculously busy weekend, but you guys have a great one!