O Canada, OH, NO!

Oh, the pundits will be a real pleasure to listen to today.  They'll be pointing fingers and painstakingly pinpointing the problems as they see them.  Team Canada was a failure at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

The boys from Finland upset our guys in quarter final action last night.  They came from behind to tie the game in the final minute and scored a beauty to win it in overtime.  2-1 was the final score.

The men in charge of the organization will be worried sick about their jobs this morning.  Some of the young men who played for Team Canada will be devastated.

The fact is, those Finnish boys are good.  They played well.  Another fact:  Switzerland upset Sweden yesterday.  That's not "supposed" to happen but it did.

It used to be any one of 3 or 4 teams could win that tournament.  Now it's any one of 6 or 7 teams that can win it.  That makes the game of hockey and that tournament better, doesn't it?

Bracket Creep

This hardly seems fair to me.  You've heard of "bracket creep"?  The Canadian Taxpayer's Federation says it's about to happen.  Again.

Saskatchewan's tax brackets are apparently no longer adjusted for inflation which "bumps many taxpayers into higher tax brackets even though they aren't actually making more money."

In fact, the CTF calls it "sneaky and unfair".  They point out the Government of Saskatchewan issued a news release two years ago, promising to protect us from bracket creep.  However, the commitment "...ended with the 2017-2018 budget that 'temporarily' suspended indexation."

What's this mean for you and me?  The CTF estimates it "increased the average Saskatchewan family's tax burden by more than $50 last year" and "...bracket creep will add another $91" next year.  It adds up to $141 in taxes paid.

Like I said, it hardly seems fair to me.

Naughty & Nice

The Canadian Taxpayer's Federation releasing their federal "Naughty and Nice" list.

 It's Christmas.  Let's focus on the nice.

Here's a reference to a story we had earlier this year - it's a Global Affairs Canada "whistleblower" who gets on the nice list for providing "important information that allowed the CTF to use access to information laws to uncover wasteful expenditures including $24,000 on 86 seat cushions at the Mexico City embassy and $127,000 on crystal glassware."  Remember that one?   The CTF is saluting "this conscientious government employee for their concern and willingness to act on the abuse of taxpayer dollars."

And, here's news about 12 Members of Parliament who "claimed $0 in office hospitality costs for the first six months of fiscal 2018-19, underscoring careful use of taxpayer dollars truly can cut across party lines."  The list includes Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats. 

Oh, and local Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan MP Tom Lukiwski is one of the admirable politicians on that list.

No Sugar - All Love

His much anticipated sold out show at our Mae Wilson Theatre was worth the wait.

Picture it:  Burton Cummings and his piano on a brilliant stage and not an empty seat in the house.  The music fans ranged in age from 20 to 80.  They left with smiles, knowing they just shared two hours in the same room with rock 'n roll royalty.

Burton played for almost two hours.  He delivered 18 songs.  He started with "You Saved My Soul" and he finished with "Share the Land".  

Burton told us stories and spoke of his love for his mother and his country and for Wolfman Jack before he went into "Clap for the Wolfman".

He also made it clear that Moose Jaw is his "new hometown" and told us he enjoys the lifestyle we enjoy here.

He'll play another sold out show tomorrow night and then, this weekend, he'll be "Burton from Moose Jaw" for last night, the locals in attendance warmly accepted him as a genuine Moose Javian.

Job Satisfaction

Are you satisfied with your job?  If you're a loyal and valuable employee you might consider sharing this news with your supervisor or manager.

It's a new survey conducted by Nielsen for a human resources company called Ceridian.  It finds 73% of the respondents are either looking for work or would consider changing jobs if the opportunity is a good one.  Of those 73%, 37% admit they are looking for a new job.

The unemployment rate in Canada is at its lowest rate in 40 years and some are concluding it's time for employers to step up their game if they're looking for long-term loyalty from employees. That means more focus on career development and job satisfaction.

One expert concludes promotions and new opportunities can't be just for senior employees anymore because millennials won't work and wait for decades to take steps forward.  And, that same expert says successful companies will be the ones with "employee-friendly" workplaces that are "inclusive and flexible."

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