It is a long weekend, but a weird one since most of us haven’t really been going into work. Is it a long weekend? Well it will be in Ontario, because on Tuesday May 19th 2020 more stores will be opening up. Will this cause a Boxing Tuesday effect (i.e. people lining up to get in, showing up at 5 AM)? Maybe not, but it may cause more shopping mayhem. Stores that have opened so far do seem quite, crazy.
In Ontario we are only in Phase 1 of opening back up, and there are many rules still in place, but will people follow the rules? That remains to be seen. We see our rowdy southern neighbors are already acting like, it was all a bad dream. Time will tell whether this is the right way to do things. My opinion is a slow opening is a good thing, but until we have a vaccine or cure, we won’t be anywhere near “normal”.
Much more financial help announced by the government this week, and you should read about all of them. Seniors are getting some money, students are getting some money, etc.,. The Tories are worried about possible fraud in the system, I am confident the CRA will find the obvious ones. I am with the pundits that are asking, how will this all be paid for? Again, we shall see.
Note that Unemployment rate is now at 13.0%, that is a very high rate of Jobless Claims.
|Inflation (year over year February 2020)||2.2%|
|Bank of Canada Overnight Rate April 21st||0.25%|
|Unemployment Rate (as of April 2020)||13.0%|
|GDP Growth January 2019-20||1.8%|
|Population of Canada (Jan 1, 2020)||37.894 Million|
|CIBC current prime rate||2.45%|
|BMO current prime rate||2.45%|
|Scotiabank prime lending rate||2.45%|
|TD prime lending rate||2.45%|
My hope is that my prediction that things will change in the world of office design really will change, but I am pragmatic enough to know it may not happen in my career space.
It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.Josiah Stamp
Some interesting reads for your long weekend, while you are still practicing social distancing (I hope). It was also Privacy Awareness Week this past week, did you realize that?
The PM makes a very good point, if you are shopping right now, Buy Canadian, and even more, Buy Local. So many small businesses need the business (Jeff Bezos is about to be a Trillionaire, so he doesn’t need it).
Possible the most esoteric Twitter discussion about Bitcoin, ends up with J.K. Rowling buying one? The Interweb is a wild and whacky place!
Preet has been pumping out video content about all the new COVID19 programs, and here is another good one. Can someone please send him a razor?
What if there was no Privacy?
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