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Helping with Special Olympics Golf Tournament

As Chair of the Special Olympics Golf Tournament, which takes place on June 21st, I’m hoping you can help out by clicking here to make a donation – every little bit helps. In addition, I’m hoping that individuals and businesses might also consider donating quality Auction Items for our online auction.  Some people have already stepped up but we need many more items to make the auction a success.

If you or someone you know can help please let us know. Nothing but good will come from it. If you have any questions please contact Nina in the MoneyTalks office for more information and details. Her email is nina@ninaparente.ca.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Mike

P.S.  According to a recent poll 93% of the people who help with a sponsorship and donations wake up even more good looking and intelligent within 72 hours.

Help with Special Olympics Golf Tournament

As Chair of the Special Olympics Golf Tournament, which takes place on June 21st, I’m asking individuals and businesses if they’re able to purchase a $1,500 Tee Sponsorship (which includes your signage on a hole and is 100% business expense deductible). In addition, I’m hoping that individuals and businesses can also donate quality Auction Items for our online auction.  Some people have already stepped up but we need many more items to make the auction a success.

If you or someone you know can help please let us know. Nothing but good will come from it. If you have any questions please contact Nina in the MoneyTalks office for more information and details. Her email is nina@ninaparente.ca.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Mike

P.S.  According to a recent poll 93% of the people who help with a sponsorship and donations wake up even more good looking and intelligent within 72 hours.

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner calls on Dr. Henry to restore mask mandate

B.C.’s human rights commissioner has written Dr. Bonnie Henry, suggesting it was too soon to lift the province’s mask mandate.

“Lifting the mask mandate will do disproportionate harm to those who are already marginalized, forcing many to withdraw from activities of daily life in an effort to protect their health, and reducing the capacity to enjoy their human rights to their full extent,” wrote Kasari Govender.

Henry ended the public health order requiring masks on March 11.

Govender is urging the Public Health Officer to ensure that all actions respect the human rights of all people, including those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19, such are Indigenous, racialized people, older people and those with disabilities, including those who are immunocompromised.

“It is understandable that after two years of the global pandemic, many people are tired of wearing masks. But the requirement to wear a mask in indoor public spaces is a comparatively minor infringement on an individual’s autonomy and an inconvenience in exercising one’s rights…read more.

Canada ‘fairly close’ to a debt crisis, warns Magna founder Frank Stronach

Frank Stronach, founder of one of Canada’s largest global companies, says the country is “fairly close” to a public debt crisis and Canadians need to force politicians to rein in spending.

The Magna International Inc founder was speaking on BNN Bloomberg Wednesday after writing an op-ed for the National Post this week.

When asked how close Canada was to a debt crisis similar to the one that threatened the country in the 1990s, Stronach said: “I think fairly close, you know, our debt rises about $400 million every day, right? So that should be a great concern.”

In his op-ed, Stronach wrote that Canada is not immune to the slide toward bankruptcy seen by other countries such as Argentina and Greece.

“On the contrary, at the rate we’re going, we’re moving closer and closer toward that scenario. Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio in 2021 was approximately 109 per cent — the same percentage as Greece just a few short years before it was bailed out. In other words, the amount of money Canada owes is more than the amount we produce in goods and services. That’s never a good sign,” he wrote…read more.

Alberta temporarily drops 13-cent-a-litre gas tax April 1 to provide some relief at the pumps

The Alberta government is temporarily ending the collection of its 13-cent-a-litre gas tax as of April 1 in an attempt to help Albertans dealing with increasing fuel costs.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Monday that the fuel tax, which covers both gasoline and diesel, will be paused when the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil is more US$90/barrel. When the price of WTI is less than $80/barrel the fuel tax will be put back in place.

WTI was hovering above $118/barrel Monday.

Kenney also announced that almost all families will also receive a $150 rebate applied directly to their electricity bill. That rebate will come “as soon as possible” Kenney said, after the government passes the required legislation.

The average price of gas in Alberta sat at $1.56.7/litre Monday morning, up nearly 44 cents from last year’s average…read more.