The Stanley Cup finals have started, and hopefully all the games aren’t going to go that late into the night, or I will need to start working the night shift at work. Hockey still going near the end of June is pushing it a bit hard (that is almost NFL Football season!).
The Turban Troubles in Quebec is very confusing to me. I haven’t read why exactly the Turban and its various versions are not allowed in Soccer. Luckily the media has whipped the whole thing into a giant frothy confused frappe of accusations and silliness. If it wasn’t for the media we’d have nothing to argue about (yes I am being a little facetious (or maybe sarcastic) there).
Given all the hub bub about privacy lately, I have noted that insurance companies in Canada are now offering “discounts” for folks that install tracking devices to show how safe a driver they are. I will not do this because I am a “good” driver, but I am not a “perfect” driver (i.e. I may be in a rush occasionally and go above the speed limit (without knowing of course)). I wonder if anyone has installed this device and had their rates go up? Oh and the privacy issue, now your insurance company knows pretty much where you have gone and where you go (do you think that information might be worth something on the open market?).
Another place this information is amassed is from your GPS, when you do a map upgrade and it asks, “Can we collect data from your device for testing?”, your answer should be, NO!, unless you want your comings and goings available on the free market (just a helpful FYI).
My Weekly Recap
Great grass growing weather in Ottawa this week, luckily my front yard doesn’t have grass, it has weeds, and various other green looking plants (that are not grass):
My Writings for Week Ending June 14th
Stephen Harper has a Sense of Humor? See Video at end of this Post for more details
I am putting a lot of fat back on (I am fighting it though), as I am building up debt again too, it’s a life long battle for both!
Some good news from Stats Canada, but the lost generation still needs to find more work.
The cost of a post-secondary education continues to out strip inflation (not as bad as 10 years ago, thought).
No I am not suggesting you get a tattoo with your bonus, don’t be so literal! If in doubt send ME the money.
As usual all the best decisions in my life were just me being incredibly lucky.
Links for the Week
Turkey is starting to turn into a bit of a mess, and very bad flooding in Europe. Does your home insurance cover flooding? Better go check:
Top Stories of the Week of June 14th
Yet Another Superman movie Opens This Weekend, Hooray?!?
The BBC seems to be ranting about making money by not getting a big tax refund, read on to find out.
Canadian Mortgage News points out that even though the Bank of Canada has not raised their rates, the Big Banks in Canada are raising their Mortgage Rates.
Million Dollar Journey talks about something I wasn’t aware of this, if it had been around when Nortel went under, it might have protected a lot of folks who never got their severance packages.
Mark at My Own Advisor fills us in on how his dividend based investment plan is going, I don’t have the nerve to speak of the train wreck that is my investments.
The Canadian Couch Potato points out that Advisors making money off Mutual Fund sales makes the whole system not work well.
Gail Vaz-Oxlade goes all techy with hints on how to rescue you wet cell phone. Me I have a LifeProof case, so my phone floats.
Frequent commenter Bet Crooks give us another useful “How To” post.
Not sure that Robb from Boomer and Echo would get along with Mark from My Own Advisor.
Last week Michael James complained about getting a pay raise, this week he seems to be complaining about getting a bonus?
Young and Thrifty suggests that this year may be the year you start doing something about your TFSA.
Jim Yih wonders what retirement is really about, me I am not sure, but I hope it’s fun (given it isn’t soon).
Popular Science talks about a school district that rightly pays science teachers more than english teachers, which works for me.
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Our PM has a Sense of Humor? Don’t tell PSAC!
This is the unabridged version of Harper practicing his acceptance speech and doing some impersonations of previous PM’s. Note he is practicing his “acceptance” speech.