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The Stanley Cup Playoffs and Random Thoughts

For we hockey lovers the orgy of hockey that is the first couple of rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has begun, and we can watch as much hockey as we want, whenever we want. My favorite team isn’t in the playoffs (no, not the Blue Team, but Les Habitants), but that won’t stop me from watching as many games as I can possibly see.

In the world of finances, your taxes are due fairly soon (very soon if you are in the United States), and have you gotten your taxes done? The longer you wait, the longer your rebate might take (of course, if you owe money, you should wait until the last minute to submit).  I am using Turbotax again this year, and I do owe the kind folks who gave me a copy to review, an actual review of the product (here is a hint, I like it).

In Ottawa, the Civil Service cuts continue to pile up, with many folks being told last week and this week, and still more will be told their fate next week (and still others may only hear near the end of the year). Looks like the job-hunting services will be doing a roaring business over the next few months. Interesting that the Ottawa area elects a fair number of Tory MP’s, does seem a little ironic.

Weekly Recap

Some diverse post Easter topics this week:

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The week after Easter can be a time for restarting or renewing, but unfortunately on the markets it was a wild and wooly roller coaster ride as well:

Lord Stanley’s Pride

Budgetary Quotes for 2012

“Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.”

  • Jacques Plante (the man who popularized the goalie mask)

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  1. Pingback: Dodgy Loans, More Hockey and Some Random Thoughts - Canadian Personal Finance Blog

  2. Thanks for the mention and excellent quote. Austerity is fail; Cdns will never be happy until they have civil servants paid like Realtors or Tim Horton’s workers. Instead of generally well-educated, intelligent, committed, non-corrupt federal public servants, they’ll get what they pay for. Although I must say I’m delighted to see the CBC get what it deserves.

  3. I’d say the firing everyone approach is much better than the sad apology. At least it shows that they are willing to shake things up to try to do better.

    On the bright side, it’s been some really good hockey so far. I just hope my Canucks can wake up a bit and even up the series tonight.

  4. The Blunt Bean Counter

    Very hollow apologies. However, what is best, insincere apologies or a team that hires based on language and not the best possible candidate- probably the two most dysfunctional teams in hockey, very sad.

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