Random Thoughts: Spring has Sprung

Allergies Ahoy!

Spring is here, for those with seasonal allergies, all the joys of watery eyes, sneezing and itching have arrived as well. A fairly quiet week in terms of money, other than the Gasoline Price explosion, which has almost doubled the price of gas from 1.5 years ago. I look forward to seeing what Stats Canada’s inflation numbers might look like this month, because many things are going up in price at the same time now. Our only saving grace is that the Canadian Dollar being so strong will slow down the assumed Interest Rate increases that would be used to combat inflation. In Ottawa we have seen Gasoline at $1.37 a liter, in Montreal it has gone over $1.50 a liter and even in Toronto prices are over $1.40 a liter. I note there are a lot more folks taking their bikes to work and taking the bus these days. Is anybody looking at Electric Bicycles? Another interesting commuting idea.

With spring comes flooding around Ottawa, but also across the country in Quebec and in Manitoba. The army is now helping out where it can, and we send our best wishes and hopes of a quick cresting to those folks dealing with rising flood waters.

More stories of the Jack Layton Daycare and their first unsure steps as the official opposition. It should make for a very interesting parliament, which is all I can ask for as a financial/political pundit. No word on any new exciting tax breaks from our new Harper Majority Government, but there is hope, if the economy keeps heating up.

An eclectic set of articles from me this week:

I actually do enjoy all comments (even the ones that question my sanity), and will try to respond to most comments, so please feel free to comment away.

Other Financial Bloggers were a little more insightful about a few other topics this week, and certainly nothing to sneeze at:

Carnivals this Week

No new carnivals this week, but hopefully fairly soon.

Other Bookkeeping

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“The Autocrat of Russia possesses more power than any other man in the earth; but he cannot stop a sneeze

Author: Mark Twain


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  • Canadian Capitalist May 19, 2011, 9:12 PM

    Thanks for the mention Big C! I don’t think the high gas prices are going to last. Filled up today at $1.216. And that feels cheap.

  • Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog May 18, 2011, 11:11 PM

    Thanks for the mention!

  • My Own Advisor May 13, 2011, 7:38 PM

    Thanks for the mention BCM!

    I too, have allergies, and what was I doing tonight after I came home from work? Plunking dandelions from the yard. Just popped a couple of Allegra-Ds because of it. Have you tried them? They work pretty good.

    Anyhow, I must say, you had an epic week in terms of eclectic blogposts. How are you going to top that next week?

    Have a good weekend,

  • Canadian Couch Potato May 13, 2011, 4:03 PM

    Many thanks for the shout-out. I think you’re in good company with the Marijuana Party. 🙂

  • Michael James May 13, 2011, 1:05 PM

    Thanks for the mention. I managed to beat my allergies several years ago. Good luck!

  • Echo May 13, 2011, 8:34 AM

    Thanks for the mention! I have a feeling that Boomer will be just as stubborn as her parents when/if it comes time to move to a retirement home. But hopefully that is many years away 😉

  • Sustainable PF May 13, 2011, 7:33 AM

    Thanks for including Mrs. SPF’s article! She’ll be super happy while she saves money 🙂


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