Sunday, March 17, 2019

Defining an Environmentally friendly Future in Canada

High on the side of a mountain range


The definition of a green economy is as elusive as the name itself. It appears to be divided somewhere between a green environment and green economy. In this article we will be looking at how Canada is doing today with a peek into the future. I consider every person living in Canada a Canadian when referring to this topic. No matter how many ways we think of a greener future everyone can participate.

How is Canada doing Today

The population of Canada is slightly less than 37 million in 2018. Statistics Canada released the following statement in early 2019.

"Motor vehicles accounted for close to three quarters of the total registered vehicles in Canada, with 24,000,000 million registrations. Ontario had the highest number of road motor vehicles registered at 8.7 million... with the 2016 census showing 15,900,000 million commute to work"

The largest majority of the vehicles use either regular, diesel or a bio-fuel combination. Almost an additional 35,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in Canada as of September, 2018.


My purpose is not to drown you in page after page of statistics. Vehicles for the most part, are an extension of another fuel consuming location, our home. Canada is almost self-sufficient when looking at our natural gas and fossil fuel use. The question becomes: How do we get to a green economy without risking further loss of the natural environment? We have to some extent a country admired for natural wonders, given to us through the billions of years of the ever evolving planet Earth. Every human along with all life is indigenous and native to this planet.


Fuel Consumption at Home

Energy is required for heating, water, sewage, electricity and seasonal cooling. Look around your home whether is be a house or rental suite. How many of your electrical outlets are in use at this moment? Please pause moment while you glance around your residence.

How Friendly is the Energy Canadians Use?

Looking at the graph above the renewable energy sector is approximately five percent in Canada. How much of what is called renewable is environmentally friendly? Energy created by Wind power uses large amounts non-renewable resources for construction and maintenance. Here is an example of the motor required to turn wind into a small amount of usable energy.

How can Wind be considered non-renewable when it relies on diminishing raw natural resources?

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power leaves behind a toxic and deadly poison to all life. What does Canada do with the spent nuclear fuel rods and other nuclear waste? As of today the nuclear waste is being stored in various places either in steel drums or nuclear waste cooling ponds. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is looking for a location to store the waste in a fuel dump either 1.6 km from Lake Huron or in Northwestern Ontario. It will be kept safe for 100s of 1000s of years says OPG.




Image from US Army Corps of Engineers
It may surprise people to read about the proposed nuclear waste dump site mainly because Canada's media avoids the topic. Drill holes have been completed in the second location outside of Ignace, Ontario on Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation land. Try to imagine transporting deadly toxic nuclear waste from southern Ontario to any location in northwestern Ontario?

Coal used to Generate Electricity in Canada

Coal pollutes the earth, water and air yet Canada continues to use it. When Rachel Notley announced the closure of coal fired plants she was met with opposition party resistance. United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney pledged that he would end the NDP’s statutory shutdown of coal. The remaining coal fired plants will be phased out by 2030 in Alberta. Natural gas and renewable solar sources will be used instead of coal.

Hydraulic fracturing aka fracking, also referred as shale gas, is becoming a major source of non-conventional natural gas. Definitely a non-renewable resource.

Canada at the Crossroad to the Future

While we argue about one government versus another government it is our city governments who are talking up grand proposals for happy campers.

Articles about a Greener Environment

British Columbia: We need to develop green, renewable sources of energy instead of fossil fuels
Calgary: Next green energy hub
Financial Post:  Worthless green projects exposed
Huffington Canada: Net zero-emissions economy by 2050
Macdonald-Laurier Institute: Green energy, like all energy sources, uses more capital than labour

Canada is a Member Nation
UN Environment: Recognizing there are many and diverse pathways to environmental sustainability

I have little faith in most of our leaders especially when they talk big words without meaning what they say. To Canadians who helped build this country I understand your dilemma. Why is a relic of corruption and despicable acts, the only ones to whom, they give their Oath of allegiance? They couldn't be telling Canadians the truth even if they wanted to do so. We are not mentioned in the Canadian Oath of Allegiance. The cleverness is proven with the added words Queen of Canada. Give me the hundred million dollars and I'll be Queen of Canada and will appoint my friends to lofty positions :)

In the next segment I will show you information about a few major cities from coast to coast. The main focus is on how environmentally friendly are the most costly proposed or under-construction projects from the cities.

Cheers
Dennis Cambly






Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Canadian Oil and Gas given away at rock bottom Prices to America



Most of the Canadian media are quoting an $80 million dollar a day loss for Canadian oil over these last three months of 2018. Whether you are one of the anti-oil groups or someone searching why the price dropped the facts go much deeper.

We need to let our minds go to the year 2014 when President Obama put sanctions on Russia due to events taking place in the Ukraine.

The coup in the Ukraine was a typical CIA maneuver used in 79 countries since World War II. You were told Russia invaded the Ukraine. What does an invasion conjure up in your mind? Most of you watched Shock and Awe broadcast around the clock showing the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.




I searched for the best video of Russia invading the Ukraine. If you don't laugh at this video broadcast by CNN it might best for you to consider bird watching as a hobby.

 

 Comments were Skeptical at Best.

"CNN, Reuters, ABC etc.have lied so much that it is hard to believe any of these news stories....the title (in caps) full scale invasion by Russia under way ....appears to be propaganda"

"1,000 Russian troops is full scale invasion"

"three seconds of video showing one tank should be evidence for a Russian invasion"

Some believed a blurry tank was an invasion of the Ukraine by Russia

"Brace yourselves patriots we have to hold the line" (after watching three months of Shock and Awe on TV)

Rebuild a Treasure You Destroyed

 



President Obama used what was happening to put sanctions on the Russian oil and gas industry in 2014. Obama used Russia as an excuse for the American public to vote for the Democratic Party. The world knows how that worked out with the election of President Trump. 

He and the media used Crimea, a Russian state, dating back 1000 years to invent Russian meddling in the US election. (Crimea is home for a part of the Russian navy and nuclear fleet). The US invasions of Iraq, Libya, Syria while backing the massacre in Palestine by Israel are factual. 

During the last three years with the US military is bogged down in various countries Russiaphobia became the top news story in the west. A flurry of books and documentaries about Russia became an industry with the wealthiest given the best ratings and earnings.

The Missing Canadian Story

The lessor known story is how Obama's sanctions on Russia backfired and hit the Canadian Energy Sector with oil dropping from $105.00 to $20 dollars per barrel. Look at the price of oil drop when the sanctions against Russia took place in 2014.


Canadian oil is priced in terms of West Texas Intermediate or WTI in the world market. Some Canadians believe in posts on Facebook rather than facts. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley do not set the price.  Articles written about the oil and gas market by Canadian media appear with plenty of editorializing and very little information for the reader. Everywhere you look there are products and by-products originating from the Canadian energy sector. 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper held a majority in the House of Commons in Ottawa as the events unfolded in 2014. Canada's top oil producer, Alberta had a Conservative majority, under fire due to various scandals. No one in the Canadian media was paying attention to the economic loss to the Canadian economy. It was the run up the the Federal Election in Canada and Harper was out of touch with the hash days ahead for Canadians.

The drop in oil prices caused about 100,000 job losses across the country, according to Jim Stanford, an economist with the Unifor labour union. He called the Harper era the worst decade for Canada’s economy in postwar history.

How Many Dollars did the Canadian Economy lose?

Canada exports 3.4 million barrels a day to the United States. 3.4 million x $25.00 CDN = $85 million dollars per day income minus the US/CDN dollar differential of 30 percent. Gross Loss to Canada per day $29,510,000.00 and as you can see from the chart the low world price stayed low for a little more than a year. The Canadian economy lost $1,146,500,000.00 during the first year of the US sanctions against Russia. President Trump believes Canada owes the US something while the facts should hit him on the head with a hammer. We cannot expect much from a man who never visited Canada or doesn't want to speak to the elected Parliament in Canada.

The loss to Canada and Alberta continues to rise even though the world price of WTI has increased slightly since 2015. According to Statistics Canada the vast majority of crude oil and equivalent products come from Alberta 81.2%, Saskatchewan 11.0% and Newfoundland and Labrador 5.5%.

Troy Media explains in easy terms how we fetch a lower price. To better understand the article use this equation: 1 barrel of oil is equal to 0.158987294928 (.16) cubic meters

"Alberta produces over three million barrels per day of oil from conventional oil fields and the oil sands. This production can be grouped into three broad categories based on the quality of the oil."

Crude oil alone exported to the United States has gone beyond a $1 trillion dollar loss to Canada's economy. There are very few Canadians with investment funds, pension plans and other business accounts without without the oil and gas industry included. Note: Natural gas is not included in the numbers.

Russia can build a 3,700 km pipeline to China while Canadians listen to the banging of drums to upgrade an existing 1,100 km pipeline. 





Trans Mountain Pipeline



Since 2012 aboriginal engagement has included more than 133 aboriginal communities and groups who have an interest in the project or have interests potentially affected by it. As a result of these engagements, Trans Mountain has signed 43 Mutual Benefit Agreements with Aboriginal groups in BC and Alberta, 33 of which are located in BC. The Mutual Benefit Agreements that have been signed would have seen Trans Mountain share in excess of $400 million with those communities. All of the documentation is available at no cost to you.

It is Not a New Pipeline! 

Trans Mountain runs along the same route it did when first built in 1953. To those who wanted to hurt Canadians through job loss leading to more harm than good you did it. You should be extremely happy I am not the PM of Canada. The $49 billion you receive from the Federal government annually would vanish in the flick of a pen. Deception is a game for fools.

To the media in Canada do some reading before writing articles. It is tough to do so when most of the Canadian media is owned by a few families.

And to you talking about Russia meddling you might want to look at what your country is doing? Start looking at and doing something for the people living within your borders. Stop relying on corrupt companies to build your roads, bridges and housing projects. Most of all stop lying to yourself about your greatness, lest you have to prove it to every person you massacred, during your bloody wars. Russia's unemployment rate is 4.7% how is yours? 

Dennis Cambly

Useful Links

Terms used for Crude Oil
Trans Mountain
Statistics Canada 
Troy Media
Gazprom Pipeline Map
OPEC World Prices 2014-2018

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Canada Pension Plan CPP revised, improved and Enhanced #cdnpoli

Canada Pension unglued

The recent announcement from the Liberal Government under PM Justin Trudeau on the Canada Pension Plan left people feeling confused. This article covers Canada Pension for anyone working in the Private Sector. Public sector pensions are offered and run separately.

During the election campaign in 2015 the Liberals made the following promise.

We will help to lift hundreds of thousands of seniors out of poverty by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement for single low-income seniors by ten percent. This will give one million of our most vulnerable seniors, who are often women, almost $1,000 more each year. Because many seniors live on fixed incomes, we will introduce a new Seniors Price Index to make sure that Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement benefit keep up with seniors’ actual rising costs.

We will improve quality of life for millions of Canadians by prioritizing investment in affordable housing, seniors’ facilities, early learning and child are, and cultural and recreational infrastructure.
 It is impossible to talk about poverty without a common denominator defining poverty.  Canada along with nations world-wide signed the United Nations Millennium Goals in the year 2000. To date no Canadian government has defined, in economic or other terms, the meaning of poverty. Poverty is multi-faceted effecting people with uncertainties while living in a consumer driven society. Another committee made up of wealthy Liberal friends has been created to write another report on poverty sometime in the future.

One myth about collecting a pension requires a short note. Canada Pension or CPP is not welfare or a social services payment. CPP is deducted from the income earned by Canadians. To the people who made the statement during a long discussion on Facebook please look at your pay cheque deductions. You should see your contributions to Canada Pension Plan along with employment insurance, income tax plus many others. You and your employer contribute equal amounts to CPP.

Are you working two or more jobs and not seeing any deductions? It happens more often than believed among low income employees. This is poverty trap door where employees and employers make no contributions to CPP based on casual employment. Payments to CPP are not required nor will CPP be paid to you upon retiring.

About the Election Promise

Currently 5.7 million Canadians over 65 collect some of the following: Canada Pension, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplements plus some Provincial Senior benefits. Alberta recently increased Senior Benefits by 6 cents per month in July, 2018.

On page 12 of the 2017 Liberal Government Budget 13,000 senior Canadians were lifted out of poverty. Later on page 225 they claim 750,000 seniors received an increase up to $947.00 each year since 2016. As you read the budget the number jumps to 900,000 low income seniors. It appears as though there is a lottery wheel someone spins and a lucky senior wins a small increase. While preparing income tax returns for over 9,000 low income Canadians and seniors no increase was found.

Increases are based on the rate of inflation usually announced in late May. This year the rate of inflation was 0.05 percent in May. In July the rate was increased to 2.5 percent. Guess who received the 0.05 rate? The election promise and the enhanced CPP are meaningless to those currently collecting a pension.

Seniors are Considered Taboo 

People are living longer in Canada and this one point is seldom, if ever, discussed. The moment a person turns 65 they are kicked out of the workplace, pay extra for dental, eye glasses and prescriptions, tossed into a seniors home overlooking a cemetery and left to go quietly into the night. For those who own a home Edmonton city council will buy or take it so they can run a stage coach on wheels through it. A lifetime of experience, love, family, friends and compassion are pushed into a home where seniors are left to die isolated from the world. A society based on consumerism does the same to people as it does to last year's electronic devices.

What the Enhanced Version Means to You

As stated the new improved Canada Pension Plan does not apply to those currently collecting a pension.

In 2019 the amount working people pay into CPP will increase. The best term is a rolling increase until 2059 when you decide to retire from work. What will it be worth in forty years? It takes a stretch of the imagination to make an economic forecast more than a few years. Consider the actual rate of inflation based on purchasing a three bedroom home in 1960 for $14,900.00. A three bedroom townhouse, built with wood, held together with glue runs above $300,000.00  today. (not including taxes and fees)

I do not offer economic advice to the reader. To anyone starting a reasonable paying job today find a financial advisor. Most of the banks and credit unions will help even with minimal amounts of money. Money invested in Canada Savings Bonds will mature as a worthless piece of paper. Registered Retirement Savings Plans are easy to use in case of emergencies and could leave you broke later in life. Think of an emergency account and a savings account separately to ensure you have both when needed.

Double the Taxes Legally

Canadians pay more taxes than any of the so-called developed countries. Take great care of savings and investments by steering clear of taxable funds. Currently those who saved via taxed income are taxed a second time. Today you are taxed on the money you saved the day after you make it to 70!  It is another myth to hear people say seniors do not pay taxes. There are taxes on every possible purchase including rent, seniors prison lodges, property taxes and the list goes on.

Gold is a great way to save since you sell it for cash when you need it, hopefully, much later.

Comments and questions are welcome.

Dennis Cambly
August 25, 2018

Links FYI


Canada Pension Payments

Canada Pension Enhanced

Canada Public Pensions









Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Are You Happy Snuggling with a Capitalist #Corpse?

We have the best, we are the best, we are the west, we enslave other countries, we love their inexpensive labor costs, we are intelligent, we always win, we pollute the most, we drink water from plastic bottles, we have the best movies, we have the best video games and we spend billions of dollars on outdated ideas too.

That's what the western nations want you to believe while feeding you a steady stream of advertising for newer, faster and better consumer goods. How many dollars did you spend since 2016 on your cell phone? How many TVs, monitors,laptops, tablets have you purchased since 2010? During the last 10 years how many automobiles have you bought and how much fuel did you use? Toss in the cost of insurance, taxes and repairs to get the real amount you spent. Are your costs higher than your income? I have not included food, fast food, alcohol, drugs or basic items.

The Party is Over

Almost all of your money has gone to corporations with factories in countries with close to slave labor wages. The west was booming with giant stores selling you a better version to keep the wealth in the hands of a few very wealthy individuals. Most likely your savings, if you have any, hand you pennies on your investment from the banking system. How are those credit card balances doing with the interest charges? Have you heard of any telecom corporations going bankrupt?

The countries with what was slave labor created wealth, industries and a high standard of living. No one sleeps on a sidewalk bench thanks to your constant need to consume everything on the planet. What you are hearing/seeing non-stop on radio, television, newspaper, magazines and the Internet is a fish out of water struggling to breathe. It's the corpse of capitalism devouring itself.

There are now more electric cars in China than the rest of the world combined. Russia, a market economy, is rebuilding cities due to neglect under the soviet system. 2.5 billion people had their first look at Russia with the World Cup during June and July. Countries world-wide make the west look as though it is choking on their dust. 

There is no need to build a transit system through lower income neighborhoods to destroy it and say poverty was dealt a blow by the wealthy developers. Those promoting the destruction of entire communities are sick and need mental health services. Nations looking at the corpse of capitalism, build transit systems to decrease traffic, and move people at speeds up to 300 km per hour. Ours are as fast as a stage coach on rails. Bring back the horses.

Debt versus Real Wealth

For thousands of year accounting had 2 and sometimes 3 columns to get a proper balance. The third column rarely used until circa 1900 was for interest. Income and expense are the base of good accounting. Western governments created several additional columns I call Funny Money. It's of no value other than making you think the politicians are working from the town/city to the federal levels.

That is the first mistake people make when they believe the elected officials are the government. All of them, with few exceptions, are there to follow through on orders from the land developers and other corporations. 90% of it is fondly mentioned in the media by using the term Real Estate, something you in fact, will never own. It's a 12th century idea meant for the uneducated of the era and used today.

The only thing holding the western capitalist corpse, from realizing it is indeed dead is debt, or money that does not exist.

This cartoon found on the Internet says at least a 1000 more words.