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  1. A question for you and others. Does protection extend to acting on those beliefs? In other words, if one believes that a fetus is a human life, would it not be the moral responsibility of the believer to take all legal means to protect those lives? If protection doesn't extend to actions, what protection to freedom of religion is actually provided by the charter?
  2. Ginsy, I few thoughts, as my oldest son is a year away from university and having to think about the same decisions. There are a number of jobs (engineering, accounting, medical jobs, the trades) that require specialized knowledge and training. If these jobs interest you university / college are about getting the knowledge needed for the specific job (and typically to pass a certification exam). Following this process tends to lead most easily to a good job right out of university / college, as long as you pick a career path where there are job openings (eg. not a teacher in Ontar
  3. A couple of random thoughts. I don't think most of our opinions or decisions are make based on any supportable evidence. Try to have discussion around questions like: -Should Canada buy the F35 - Is it safe to leave your baby in the car while you run into the store - You should obey the speed limit - Raising minimum wage is a good/bad thing? You will get strongly developed opinions, and and decisions that are not based on any evidence whatsoever. Where people do pull up evidence, it usually wasn't actually used to make the decision, but is looked f
  4. Bob and Waldo Agreed. Costs of production and distribution are very different for different places, and governments have played all sort of silly games that make the real costs all but impossible to determine. However, unless I'm completely confused, that wasn't what this thread was about. This thread was about the cost to the end consumer of electricity. The end consumer doesn't care about any of that, they just care what the cost is to them. This is where I'm lost by Waldo's response. As far as the cost of electricity to the end consumer, why can't we get that cost just by dividing the
  5. I can't figure out how to quote or copy and paste for some reason, so don't hold that against me... Waldo, I don't follow your paragraph starting with if..if Why is it not valid to take the total bill and divide it by KhW used to get the actual cost of electricity (at least in Ontario)?
  6. Topaz, you are correct, there is all sorts of costs buried in the price of electricity, some totally valid, probably not but governments have played so many games of moving stuff between our taxes and the electricity bills I'm not sure anyone really understands what we are really paying for at this point. (Whether you agree with the sale of Ontario Hydro or not, it should at least provide clarity as to the real costs & prices going forward). It's going to get even worse for those on fixed/low incomes, as the OEB has decided that it is more fair for the distribution costs to be fixed rath
  7. Can I suggest that everyone posting numbers actually verify they are comparing apples to apples... For Ontario, the electricity prices posted by Waldo are only half the bill, there are also distribution costs. Worst, much of the distribution cost is fixed, meaning that the less electricity you use, the higher your real cost per kWh. I have followed this very closely for about 10 years, reading regulatory documents, and tracking predicted costs and my real costs in a spreadsheet over the same period. I can validate that for someone in rural Ontario, the actual cost is around 18-22c / KWh.
  8. Overthere, I don't disagree with your description of the challenges with Canada's public service (most individuals within the public service do there best, but the whole management structure and culture is horribly flawed), but that's for another day and another topic. In regards to contracting out - I'm not against it (I'm a consultant, so essentially all my work comes from companies contracting out). However in the private sector, everyone has a common motive, profit, that can be used as a measuring stick. In the public sector, there are goals that are much harder to quantify. For exam
  9. Contracting out could be the answer but has a couple of challenges: 1) It should be more expensive, as it has to allow for a profit, on top of the overhead of managing a large contract 2) Government is very poor at defining and enforcing service level agreements that ensure that the contractor doesn't increase profit by reducing service. 3) Some services (e.g. police) probably can't be contracted out. Another alternative is arbitration, but from what I've seen, arbitration tends to compare benefits to the highest public comparator rather than an average comparator in the public or
  10. In the private sector there is a natural balance between companies and unions. If unions ask for too much, the company eventually goes bankrupt. If the company offers too little, employee's leave. Assuming the government doesn't interfere, for the most part, unions and management will act rationally and negotiate a settlement that is reasonably fair and lies somewhere between these two extremes. In the public sector, the difficulty is two fold. First there is no balance against the unions asking for too much, as it is relatively easy for the government t o accommodate the "demands" of t
  11. To take this discussion in a slightly different direction. How do we define what a man or woman is if not by biological sex? If we can't define it how can we argue if someone is man or woman?
  12. Argus, While having government managed pensions (CPP) is certainly a good thing as a fall back to provide a minimum level of income, or for those that don't want to manage their own pension, there is a number of reasons that I'm against forcing everyone to make it their main sorurce of funding for retirement: 1) It's managed very conservatively. This is a good thing given it's purpose, but given it's conservative nature, the contributions would have to be rediculously high to allow it be the only source of retirement income. Given that I have no pension plan from the private companies I've
  13. But here's the problem, having put all that work in, you changed the MP of a single riding, which given the election didn't come down to a single riding victory, means that all your work, had absolutely not pratical impact on the policies of goverenment. Even if it did result in a change of governement, one then has to believe that changing the governing party will result in changes that will have a postitive impact on at least a substantial number of Canadians. Given that any party in Canada makes it into power will essentially govern from the center, and the difficulty of predicting that c
  14. Without a doubt you are right (and you sound like you know a lot more about Greece than I do), however I think my point stands that the mechanisms that the public sector lacks the mechanisms that exist in the private sector to effectively provide balance to the demands of public sector unions. You are also correct that the voters and goverment are at fault as well. However given that governments are unlikely to start putting long term econmic goals ahead of getting back into office, and the public is just as unlikely to put the effort into understanding the long term effects of government a
  15. Been reading for a while, but just decided to join so I could post. There is a natural balance between companies and unions in the private sector - if unions ask for too much - eventually the company goes bankrupt. If the companies offer too little, employee's will move to other companies. Assumeing the goverenment doesn't interfere, for the most part the unions and companies will act rationally and negotiate a settlement that is somewhere between these two points. In the public sector, the difficulty is that the is no balance agains the union asking for too much, as it is very easy for th
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