Price Fixing, Civil Servants and Random Thoughts

in Random Thoughts

An interesting week after one of the more busy weeks I have had on my web site, with one or two posts, I seem to have kicked a hornets nest, which is kind of what bloggers really hope they do. I must admit when I wrote the I am a Civil Servant post, I expected a reaction, but not to the level I received (and I appreciated the discussions).

We also learned about the Competition Bureau fining some smaller gasoline firms for Price Fixing in the Brockville and Kingston area. Does this mean there will be more fines in the future? Stay tuned, but I will be surprised to see if Petro Canada gets charged with anything much (but I hope I am wrong). If there are sudden cuts in the competition bureau I might be less surprised (however).

In Ottawa it is so warm, that all the snow is gone, and I hear folks talking about turning on their A/C, really?!??! It ain’t that hot, and everyone knows it is “gauche” to have your Air Conditioning on BEFORE Victoria Day (it’s kind of like wearing white, not before Victoria Day or after Labour Day).

Weekly Recap

Some interesting newer ideas this week, and some rehash of some older chestnuts as well.:

And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1000 folks who follow me, holy cow!  If you join my “Twitter Posse”, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?). I don’t think I am at the level of being officially bilingual in the eyes of the Federal Government, but I am getting close.

Check out my facebook page as well (but no I won’t be buying Facebook stock because of this either).

Links for the Week

Some quite interesting stuff happened this week, and as usual I can give you the 4-1-1 on where to find this great info:

Other Bookkeeping

Gas Prices

Remember my RSS feed is available too, for those who enjoy reading without looking at my crappy page lay out, and I have added an RSS Comment Feed as well.

Have a look at my micro-blog on Twitter, where you can see a whole plethora of good articles and pithy comments by me as well. Twitter feed where I re-tweet many great articles by some of my featured writers (and make the occasional odd or off colour commentary on life (in 140 characters or less)). I am also on reddit, Tumblr and other Social Media sites (look for the BigCajunMan userid) as well.

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{ 7 comments }

  • Cherleen @ yesiamcheap March 24, 2012, 5:29 AM

    Great list of links for suggested reading. I will go over those articles this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  • Joe March 23, 2012, 9:53 PM

    Thanks for the mention! I’m going to keeping riding the “Canadians are Money-Stupid” catch phrase until Cdns smarten up or my partner gets me admitted. This could take a while…

    Reply
  • My Own Advisor March 23, 2012, 9:16 PM

    Thanks for the mention BCM.

    Should be a cooler weekend in the GOA, weather wise but who knows? 🙂

    Nice to see a few posts rattle some people, mixing it up is a good thing now and again.

    Cheers,
    Mark

    Reply
  • Michael James March 23, 2012, 8:26 AM

    I have to agree with your takes this week. We need to tax gasoline more to encourage alternative energy production, and we need to cut waste from the public service. Cheers!

    Reply
    • bigcajunman March 24, 2012, 7:44 AM

      Can I borrow your rose colour glasses, they seem to put an interesting perspective on things.

      Reply
  • The Blunt Bean Counter March 23, 2012, 6:24 AM

    BCM- great posts this week.

    My link is like ? and the Mysterians

    The BBC gives us ?????????

    Oh I get it, it is fill in the blank-The BBC gives us sophisticated and intellectual posts puctuated with tremendous humour:)

    Reply
  • bigcajunman March 23, 2012, 6:59 AM

    It was actually a cunning plan (shut up Baldric!), that’s it…

    This is why when you try to rush through a Thursday night with too many tasks, you must always RE-READ your post before hitting the PUBLISH button.

    My most humblest of apologies, oh lover of the BLUE Team.

    Reply

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