"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

Henry D. Thoreau

 

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Tuesday
Apr092019

Three Months to Live

What would you do if your doctor told you that you had three months to live? You would probably put your affairs in order, make sure your Will was up-to-date, go for a holiday and especially spend time with family and friends. But what if the doctor said you had six months to live? Would you dilly-dally for the first three months just in case there was a magic cure, and then do much the same as the first scenario? But what if the doctor said you had one year? or ten years? As long as you could live reasonably comfortably you likely wouldn’t do anything special until the last three months, and I expect almost everyone would be the same.

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Thursday
Apr042019

What’s Wrong with the Carbon Tax?

I am writing this April 1, the day the federal carbon tax came into effect. As I went around my usual activities today, I was surprised by the number of comments I heard and read that indicate that folks think we have crossed a significant threshold. I think I agree with these folks, but not for the reason most folks put forward. The comments I came across were to the effect that this tax is going to hurt us. I don’t think it will.

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Wednesday
Mar272019

My Passive Solar House

For all of my working life I was a high-school teacher, specializing in chemistry and physics. Together with my lovely wife, a nurse, we had two children and when it came time to retire, the kids had already left home so we decided to downsize. You only have to sit in the sun to realize the power that is available in the sun, and we wanted to take advantage of that with an appropriately designed solar house.

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Wednesday
Mar202019

A Community Bicycle Shop for Steinbach

Sopo Bicycle CooperativeSteinbach is destined to be a cycling community, and it’s starting already! With more and more cyclists taking to the streets, South Eastman Transition Initiative has identified the need for a Community Bicycle Repair and Enthusiast Club. On Thursday, March 28, 7:00 PM, we will be hosting a meeting at the MCC Thrift Store at 413 Main Street (use the clothing donation door off the back lane) to discuss options for such a club, including volunteer opportunities, location options, and identification of services to be offered.

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Thursday
Mar142019

Mr. Scheer, it Matters WHAT you Subsidize

It seems the Conservatives in Canada got their heads together and made several significant policy announcements – significant not in the sense that, when isolated, these policy changes will affect anyone much, but significant because of the signal they send as to which direction Conservatives want to take Canada. The Manitoba Pallister government announced that it will be reducing the PST by 1% and it will not charge PST of the Federal Carbon tax. Andrew Scheer announced that a federal Conservative government will return the GST collected on home heating.

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