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Carnie's Comments - CABLE GUY

He called at a good time.  It was a call from Stanley who works for the TV service I subscribe to.  He wanted to upgrade and expand my service for a small price and make my internet faster than the speed of sound.


I told Stanley I might be interested...but I'd be MOST interested in him looking into getting my TSN-HD back.  I've only got audio and no video.  That's not good on TV.   I said TSN-3 has had the CFL games so I haven't missed much on TSN-HD, the flagship.  BUT, I said, I'd really like it back now.


Stanley said he wasn't a technician and I'd have to call someone else.  I called him out.  I told Stanley he was gonna have to find a way to fix my problem or I wouldn't be upgrading.  And, I asked him when he was born.  He told me, "I don't disclose that kind of personal information on the telephone!"


So, I said, "Were you alive in 1977?"


He said "No."


I said, "Well, Stanley, that's when we first got cable TV in Moose Jaw."


He said "I know the history...." And I interupted and said "No, you don't."


I said "Stanley, when cable TV first got hooked up in my neighbourhood, which is the same neighbourhood I live in now, no one came out of their houses for 3 days."

He said "Wow".


He's working on that TSN problem.  He's gonna get back to me on that.  If he does, he might earn some commision on those upgrades he's trying to sell.


Oh, I'll keep you posted.  Have a good weekend.

Carnie's Comments - CURBSIDE RECYCLING

"It'll be met with some resistance....."  


Normally we guard against editorializing in the local newscasts on 800 CHAB but in this case, that first line from our top story this morning is a fact.


Moose Jaw City Hall...making a move towards mandatory curbside recycling.  City council gave city administration the green light to look at private contractors to deliver the service as early as next spring.


It's estimated each household would have to pay about $9 per month for the service.  No would be mandatory.


Many experts believe this is simply a "no brainer".  They say we'd keep tons of materials out of our landfill.  They say recycling vastly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and, they say, the more people do it, the more it becomes cost-effective.  Major cities are doing it and it's working. It can work here, too.


Remember the resistance to automatic garbage collection and the new garbage cans?  That seems to be working well.  Change is never easy but we can do it together.  


Interesting, for years, our children have been learning to "reduce, reuse and recycle".  I think it's time we set a good example.

Carnie's Comments - ECONOMIC FREEDOM

Livin' the dream.  You hear that line once in a while, don't you?  You ask, "How ya doin?" and the reply is "Livin' the dream!"

We Canada.


We have results from the Fraser Institute's annual Economic Freedom of the World report. Canada ranks 7th among the world's most economically free countries.  Significant, I would suggest,  because the report measures personal choice, ability to enter markets, security of privately owned property, rule of law and more by analyzing the policies of 151 countries along with Hong Kong.


The Fraser Institute report has Canada up one spot from 8th in the world, outranking the United States of America which came in at #12.

Other top ranked places include Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland and Finland.


The USA has fallen from #2 some 14 years ago to #12 now because of the ramifications of wars on terrorism and drugs and a confused regulatory environment.

Perhaps the "American Dream" is coming true more often in Canada these days.

Carnie's Comments - PAY CHEQUES

Are you making enough money to get by comfortably or are you finding less and less cash in your jeans at the end of the month?


We have proof our employers aren't keeping up and the Conference Board of Canada believes it could lead to trouble.  A new study concludes companies need to start paying better wages or economic growth and social stability will be at risk.


The study found younger Canadians are making less money relative to their elders both before and after tax.  The average disposable income for Canadians aged 50 to 54 is now 64% higher than that of 25 to 29 year olds.  That's up from 47% about 30 years ago.


Conference Board vice-president David Stewart-Patterson says this is troubling because as the baby-boomers retire, Canada will rely on a smaller portion of the population to drive economic growth and sustain the tax base that supports public services.  


And we thought the young adults living in their parents basements were just lazy.  It turns out many are university graduates who can't afford to get their own places.

MLA Musing October 10, 2014

altFrom the desk of Greg Lawrence, Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA...



People living with diabetes in Saskatchewan will benefit from improved access to vision care.  The province now provides coverage for annual eye examinations for diabetic patients, effective October 1, 2014.


Clinical practice guidelines for the management of residents with diabetes recommend annual eye exams to ensure optimal monitoring and care. The newly introduced coverage will reduce out-of-pocket costs, improve access to an eye examination, and facilitate early treatment of eye issues related to diabetes.


The eye exam coverage for diabetics is part of a new agreement between the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists.


“We are pleased to see the Government of Saskatchewan’s decision to help preserve and prevent vision loss - a possible secondary complication for those living with diabetes,” Canadian Diabetes Association Regional Director for Saskatchewan Warren Wagner said. “Receiving comprehensive annual eye examinations is essential to catch retinal changes as early as possible and ultimately help preserve vision for the more than 90,000 people living with diabetes in the province.”


Annual eye examinations are currently covered by the province for all children under the age of 18.


Saskatchewan has also proclaimed October as Children’s Vision Month. Children’s Vision Month is marked across Canada, and is dedicated to raising awareness of the impact undiagnosed vision problems can have on children’s learning and development.




Saskatchewan is leading the nation in job creation with the fastest rate of employment growth and the lowest unemployment rate in Canada.

Employment was up 3.5 per cent over last September (19,300 jobs), the highest growth rate in the nation. Nationally, jobs were up 0.9 per cent. There were 574,800 people employed in Saskatchewan in September.


Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate in September 2014 was 3.5 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis, the lowest among the provinces. This is well below the 6.8 per cent recorded nationally.

Month-over-month, there were 7,000 more jobs in September than August (seasonally adjusted), up 1.2 per cent, the second highest growth rate among the provinces.

Other highlights:

  • Youth unemployment was 6.5 per cent seasonally adjusted, lowest in the country and well below the 13.5 per cent posted nationally.
  • Full-time employment was up by 14,800 jobs (3.2 per cent) year-over-year. Part-time was up 4,600, 5.1 per cent.
  • There was strong growth in the goods-producing sector with jobs up by 11,700 from last September with solid job gains in construction (+4,800), agriculture (+3,800) and forestry, mining, oil and gas (+3,700).

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