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Jesse Brown This is officially the most important podcast in Canada. Jesse Brown is a broadcaster, journalist, reporter...etc. with NO official ties to anyone. That makes him unique in Canadian news reporting...he is beholdin' to nobody. He's fun, enlightening and his guest tell the truth, or at least describe the truth as best they can. Check out his first podcast with CBC's Michael Enright... very good!
Ellen Roseman Blog According to her blog, "Ellen is a personal finance and consumer affairs columnist with the Toronto Star’s business section. Her columns appear Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday."
She is to the local newspaper scene, what Erin Davis it to the media scene... that is, a "must read".
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Dec. 21, 2016
As someone who lived in the same era as me, I ask you, can you think of a year that has unsettled our lives more than 2016? In fact, can you think of a more threatening event than Trump's election?
Our generation has never experienced an event that disturbed the world order before, at least Canada's world order. 9/11 was not our attack. Chernobyl was not our disaster. Even the Cuban crisis (in hind sight) wasn't earth shattering. No, none of these events would upset our well being. This election however has great potential.
I think of it as a bloodless coup The Americans finally rid themselves of the Bushes, the Clinton's and perhaps the military establishment that Roosevelt warned everyone of all those years ago. That remains to be seen of course but the sociopath who will occupy the Whitehouse in January doesn't seem to hold any allegiance to any person or principal that the rest of us can relate to. He's even dissing his own security people at the CIA and FBI. Who knows if he'll bow to the military establishment and keep funding the security forces.
Mexico might be first on his list of who am I going to screw with today? But then, maybe he'll wake up and pick a fight with some other unsuspecting nation, like Canada. He's already pissed off the Chinese and he's not even President yet. The border between our two countries has never been more threatened, at least in my memory. Imagine if he decides to allow Great Lakes water to be diverted to Las Vegas, consequences be damned. We already knows how he feels about pipelines and global warming. I don't know enough about the Auto pact or NAFTA to comment but that too must be on his radar.
I haven't spent much time trying to understand the electorate and what they were thinking when they voted for this guy. They were obviously pissed and perhaps a bit desperate. Life isn't too good for perhaps the majority of the American population. Who really knows what life is like in the hinterland of the U.S.
This is hard for our generation to imagine. We've had it so good, particularly here in Canada, that we can't fathom that we could become so angry we'd vote a Trump into office. But then, as someone who's travelled a lot in the US, they've become a foreign country these past 15 years or so. I don't know them anymore. We have less in common than ever before. I think the Brexit vote was more understandable but then, they didn't have as much to lose as the American voters.
There's a political commentator named Chris Hedges and he's been predicting this kind of revolution for a long time. As he so astutely points out in his essays, we can't expect the herd to sit still while the elite accumulates all of the wealth, refuses to share it and then changes the rules to collect even more of the wealth. The masses bought into this initially. However, a lot of shit has happened these past few years and that has fuelled the Trump flame....2008 banking disaster, Panama papers describing mass tax evasion by the rich, self serving and unjustified war in Iraq, Bush/Clinton families responsible for all of this and so on.
History is simply repeating itself in one respect. The founding fathers in the years leading up to 1776 were alienated from their government in England and over time, found good reason to resent their elitist approach to governing. Imagine taxing the colonies to finance the good life in London. The big difference then was that the revolutionaries (Washington, Jefferson, Franklin etc.) who led the masses were the intellectual elite of the day, unlike now. Nothing intellectual about this group.
Enough venting for one day.
Stay well and perhaps I'll see you in the spring. I'm thinking of a road trip before my busy summer starts (lots of gigs in 2017, our Sesquicentennial).
Since I became a Realtor in 1987, I've had probably 10 conversations with clients who've called asking to discuss buying a house with a family member or a friend. The idea was that if you combine two family incomes into one mortgage, the houses you can qualify for will be much bigger and better. That conclusion was correct, yet none of these people proceeded with their idea.
In some cases, with my help, they simply spent a lot of time talking it through and thought better of the idea. They were all very smart people who understood that the arrangement (or contract if you want to call it that) could never contain solutions for the disagreements that will arise on the most personal of levels. Living this closely together is one thing. Being tied to each other by a mortgage and a deed is an entirely different matter. Throw in hundreds of thousands of dollars to the equation and you're really asking for trouble. They came to realize that the simplest conflict, something as innocuous as "who will take out the garbage?" could easily turn into a hurtful encounter which in turn could fester like a bad sore and so on.
On a number of different equations, home owners have called me to help mediate a property separation. Here's what that looked like:
two brothers owned and profited from a duplex for 20 years. One day, one brother wanted to change careers and wives and needed his equity from the duplex. The other brother needed the income from the duplex to survive and did not want to sell. This did not end well. They brought in a legal team to sort it out and while the duplex did sell, the only party who made money was the lawyer. One more thing, the brothers are no longer speaking to each other.
Husband and wife want to divorce and this does not go well. It went from amicable to hostile very quickly. They both wanted to buy the matrimonial home but this became personal and both were determined that the other was not to get it. Solution? They put the house on the market and bid against each other (along with three other buyers). One of them won the deal.
Young newlyweds buy their first house and willingly accept a few hundred thousand dollars from the son's widowed mom as downpayment. Before closing, when they go to her for the money, she asks to be on title with the two of them. What began as a typical and easily managed husband/wife "joint tenancy" ownership, now became a legal contract between husband/wife on one side and the widowed mom on the other...at least that's what the wife thought. Within a fairly short period of time, when repayment terms kicked in, there was a misunderstanding and the son sided with his mom. Oh boy! That was a sign of things to come and neither the marriage or the home ownership arrangement survived.
There are some politicians, some probably very nice, who enter public life with the best of intentions. In some cases, they understand what role they're most qualified to play. Most are not leadership material but make quite good back benchers. Every once in awhile, a good backbencher wins a leadership race and fails miserably. John Tory is one. His instincts for politics, being what they are, are not in sync with the electorate and he's paid the price at the ballot box. Chances are, he'll be a one term mayor of the city of Toronto. His transit plan is simply dumb beyond belief.
Another misplaced leader is Tim Hudak. His plan to lay off 100,000 public workers destroyed any chance he had to win the last Provincial election.
So, why does he (and anyone else for that matter) think he's qualified to lead the Ontario Real Estate Association?
I have a better idea that will probably enjoy the support of the majority of Realtors across the province. Let's get rid of OREA once and for all! They cost me a lot of money each year. They support issues that are not in the best interest of Ontario and they contribute nothing to the industry.
In the few days following the Brexit vote, the most common word used in newspapers around the world was "might". Or was it "maybe"? I didn't count but they're neck and neck. It's clear that no one knows what the hell is going to happen. If any of the pundits were to use their historical memory just once, they'd be inclined to tone down their assault on their alarmist projections on the future.
In the past 20 years, the world has endured numerous "no going back's" that at first, seemed to threaten our very existence. Who can forget 9/11? The fear of Armageddon that dominated the news shortly after that event barely lasted a few days. The economy continued to prosper quite nicely.
We must not forget the financial meltdown of 2008. Given the magnitude of this disaster, this should have ended the prosperity that the elites of the world have been enjoying. Last time I looked, life has continued pretty much as before and the west is much better off than they were then.
There are two mouth pieces who have a large platform to spew their drivel on a day to day basis. I'm referring to Rex Murphy and Conrad Black of the National Post. Years ago, I stopped reading this newspaper. I gave up looking for some redeeming thoughts in their columns. As it turns out, the day after the vote, I found a National Post in the garbage at my local coffee shop and was overwhelmed with the temptation to learn what this rag had to say about Brexit. I confess here in this blog that the Murphy/Black comments appeared to be fairly sensible, particularly in comparison to the extremists who have been dominating the media airwaves these past few days. In fact, I think they're absolutely right about what happened.
Rex Murphy: "The EU vote is the most dramatic illustration to date of how the “guiding elites” of many Western countries have lost the fealty and trust of their populations."
Here's the long winded Conrad Black's take on this vote: "The absurdly exaggerated reaction to the British vote to leave the European Union demonstrates the complacency and incompetence of the governing elites in Britain and Western Europe, and how those attitudes rippled out, unchallenged, in the international media and financial markets."
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in confessing that I know nothing about these things. Some will be benefit from this outcome, some will suffer terribly. That was going to be the result regardless of the vote results. However, being the political animal that I am, I often have a purely emotional reaction to these things. In this case, I feel giddy with delight. The majority have let the elites know in no uncertain terms that they don't like how they're running things. In a democracy, this is good news indeed.
There is another major change coming in the Canadian real estate industry. If you've been following the story these past three years, you know the Competition Bureau has been demanding that information in our cherished Multiple Listing Systems be more available to the public. Real estate boards have complied, reluctantly. The first major change allowed owners to list their houses on our system without licensed representation. The next change is also big. Expect an announcement that current sales information soon will be available to the general public, probably at the click of a mouse.
There are many in our industry who fear that the value proposition of Realtors will be diminished significantly when this happens. We think this notion is silly. Sale prices are readily available now. People curious about a sale down the street simply have to ask a Realtor they know, a neighbour, or go online. It's pretty much general knowledge hours after the sale. The interpretation of that information is another matter entirely.
There are independent businesses who will see the release of this information as an opportunity. Many of you have been receiving our monthly Essential App Report. From what you tell us, you like it. It is produced by Top-Tier Realty, a digital marketing company. We like and support this approach to marketing because it eliminates wasted paper ('Just Listed/Sold' cards) being dropped at your door. A second exciting product is now available - The Home Value Report. With access to current sales information, you will be able to log on to learn the value of your home with the click of a mouse. From the feedback we get, there's been a demand for this for a long time. If you're not receiving these reports and would like to, please let us know.
The Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley is ranting, disingenuously in my view, that the The Leap Manifesto presented to the NDP convention a few weeks ago is an affront to democracy. As a long time environmentalist and NDP supporter, she must be cringing every time she opens her mouth and tells the voters in Alberta that she's all for pipe lines and oil sands. What she's really "all for" is getting reelected.
I've read this manifesto and it doesn't include anything new other than the need to speed up the implementation of policies that are already in place and agreed to by most of the world governments. It sounds so damn obvious and reasonable to me...what's all the damn fuss?
Secondly, the Duffy exoneration cannot come as a surprise to anyone who has been following this trial. The fact is, this has never been about Duffy. It's been the judicial system lashing out at their number one enemy, Stephen Harper. It was the perfect storm for the judges and lawyers hoping to stick to to Harper...the timing of the trial, the perfect mouthy and petulant defendant, a subject that appealed to the electorate (who have never been able to relate to Senators and their privileged lives)...all too good to pass up.
And while I'm cutting through the media bullshit, a similar scene was playing out in Toronto at the Ghomeshi trial, although for a more worthy cause. Again, as pretty much everyone knew, he was never going to be convicted. It wasn't about that. It was really about finding justice through the back door. Many, perhaps most Canadians believe Ghomeshi to be guilty. Yes, there was no guilty verdict, but at least this way, he's been exposed and his lofty position in the Canadian elite knocked flying. The bonus was the ongoing societal debate about how to proceed with trials like this. Lots of good came of this trial.
The Guelph Mercury is no more....at least the print edition. It's a newspaper that's been around since Confederation. This is big news in Guelph but the bigger news for the rest of us, is the pending doom that awaits other newspapers across the country. We're told other daily editions in Canada will fold in the next few months. They just can't pay their bills with the revenue they generate by selling advertising.
As a newspaper junkie, I'm dismayed. It makes me sad that there is one less newspaper to read next time I visit Guelph. If I want news, there are better sources. However, I do miss having an elbow stuck in my face on the subway as the guy next to me tries to adjust his paper so he can finish the article he's immersed in (probably a column by Bob Hepburn in The Star or Roy MacGregor in the Globe).
For those born at the turn of the 20th century (like my dad in 1906), the pace of the changes he witnessed was tame compared to 2016. I lament the loss of a slower world. Maybe that's why god invented dementia....so we could return to the good old days without taking drugs or withdrawing to a cave in a mountain somewhere.
In the 1960's, there was a huge influx of American draft dodgers and deserters who "immigrated" to Canada. The Prime Minister at the time was Pierre Trudeau. They were generally welcomed with open arms and I'm happy to say, many became my friends.
The thing is, for the most part, these new Canadians were the " American elite"... the cream of the crop.... educated, politically astute, peace loving with values mostly shared by Canadians. The draft dodgers/deserters had the courage to commit one of the most serious crimes in their country. Many of them then became leaders in our country...architects, broadcasters, music producers, authors, doctors and on and on.
I am so excited at the prospect of Canada again receiving another generation of the American elites. Thank you Donald Trump. We will hopefully, thanks to Pierre Trudeau's son, open our border to any and all who want to resettle here.
It's all talk at this point but Facebook and Twitter are aflutter over those (many celebrities) who have announced their intention to come here.
I'm rootin' for Trump. It'll be like a good ol' fashion Canadian Christmas morning with the best of the American liberal class adding so much to our lives.
There's a strong argument to be made that the Harper Government was defeated in large part to an overwhelming anti-Harper campaign on social media. For those who were on the popular sites in the months leading up to the October 2015 election, they know first hand that the onslaught was relentless, and convincing. There was nowhere for Harper and his gang to hide. He failed miserably in his attempt to control the message.
Methinks the same thing is happening with the Ghomeshi trial. I've yet to meet anyone, laymen and experienced lawyers alike, who believe he will be convicted in a court of law. In years past, the trial and the reporting of the trial by institutional media would be the end of any public dialogue. Any further public discourse would be meaningless water-cooler chat and a few letters-to-the editor.
However, once again, like with the Harper campaign, the defence attorney in this case, is not being allowed to control her message of discrediting and humiliating the prosecution witnesses and having it repeated ad nauseam by the old school media. Thanks to a vibrant dialogue on social media, the prosecution witnesses and their handlers are getting their message out in the court of public opinion and people are listening. The daily users of Facebook, Twitter and the like are offering, and being offered, legitimate interpretations of the trial, versions that run counter to traditional news sources (Globe and Mail, National Post, CTV News, CBC News and so on).
The story is simple. It's hard to believe these witnesses were not punched in the head and/or strangled. It defies logic.
I can't recall this kind of balanced analysis being so prevalent in similar trials over the years. Let's hope the women who have come forward to testify will be empowered by this and not reel from the trauma that one would normally expect them to experience. Society is telling them, via social media at least, that we believe them. Perhaps this will inspire others in the future to face the cameras and the ridicule and not be afraid to tell their story.
Maybe this very public campaign will prevent the worst outcome possible.....a not guilty verdict and a new opportunity for Ghomeshi to return to a good job in broadcasting, reinforcing his belief that he did nothing wrong.
I travelled by air to BC recently with some friends. They made arrangements to get us a driver to take us to the airport and back. The driver and his new van appeared at our home early one morning and dropped us off at Terminal 1 at the departure level. I learned that he had a taxi license but he was charging us Uber rates. He was doing this on his own time and outside the taxi rules set out by the local licensing authority.
On our return, we discovered that this fellow would again meet us at Pearson Airport and drive us back to the city. What we didn't know is that we'd have to skirt the rules and make our way from the arrival area and meet him in the departure level. Apparently, only licensed taxis and limos were allowed to pick up at the Arrival area. This was a bit awkward because, funnily enough, there are no signs pointing from Arrivals to Departures. It involved two elevators. Our friends also gave us special instructions on what to say if an airport official challenged this pick up arrangement.
I've not used Uber drivers primarily because they aren't compelled to play by the same rules as the Taxi industry. I'm all for an open market that offers choices but this kind of advantage is not just unfair, it's illegal. They should be licensed and insured like all of the others.
Wawanesa Insurance just announced that they will now deny coverage to Uber drivers and there's a chance that city hall will begin licensing these drivers. When that happens, I won't have to feel like a cheat and a criminal by skulking my way up the arrival level to find a dishonest driver to take me home.
Joe Richer is the registrar of the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). This is the organization that enforces all of the rules that govern the real estate industry in Ontario. Before this, he was registrar at the Board of Funeral Services for 14 years.
Joe fields questions from the public in his weekly column in the Toronto Star called "Ask Joe. I read it as often as I can. His musings are sometimes but not always helpful and relevant. They're often incomplete, as in "yes, that's the way it supposed to work but that not the way it really works". His column today is an example of that.
Today's topic has to do with the perils of buying a house with a basement apartment, particularly an apartment that is not "legal". In order for an apartment to be legal, it must meet the local codes for zoning, electrical, building and fire.
For those who rent out an illegal basement apartment in their home, Joe writes, "if law enforcement finds out about it, you could be required to dismantle the apartment, and you could face fines, or even jail time". The Bold Font is mine.
Next year will be my 30th year selling houses in Toronto. I've sold a lot of houses with basement apartments and my guess is, of those, fewer than 10 of these apartments were legal. It's not that I'm intentionally avoiding legal apartments, it's just that there aren't that many available in the older neighbourhoods where I sell.
I'm happy to report that none of my clients have been fined, nor have any of my clients gone to jail as a result of their illegal basement apartment. To the best of my knowledge, they've all secured adequate insurance coverage and they use the income to help offset their sizeable mortgage.
I'm going to go out on a limb here but my guess is, if the local authorities were to go on a legalization binge and compel all landlords to retrofit their illegal apartments, there would be many thousands of tenants on the street and who knows how many mortgages would soon be in default.
Local singer/songwriter Roxanne Tellier posted this clarification on Facebook. As she so correctly pointed out, it is a not so subtle form of racism when people spout off about the free ride native people are receiving regarding income and sales taxes in this country.
We've all encountered these comments, mostly in social situations. The comments I've heard on more than one occasion are pretty much as Roxanne described them. They usually include the phrase, "free ride". In my experience, it's been privileged white/anglo expressing these misinformed sentiments. What strikes me about this when it happens is how easily these words leave their mouths...fully expecting others in the conversation echoing their beliefs.
Upon further investigation, I soon learn that these beige racists have never been near a reserve other than to drive through on the Trans Canada Highway. They've never spoken to an aboriginal and know virtually nothing about their culture or their history.
What in the hell is being taught in the schools in this country?
I get nuts when people spout racist misinformation.
quote: "It's an income tax free-for-all
This one drives a lot of indigenous people crazy. Yes, some of us don't pay income taxes. (I'm not one of them, unfortunately.) In order to benefit from this, you have to live and work on reserve.
There is one exception where "status Indians" are tax-exempt on the income they've earned while living off reserve. They have to work at a registered First Nations government organization; that organization has to have its head office on reserve land, which can be an urban reserve. The organization's main objective has to be the "social, cultural, educational or economic development of Indians who for the most part live on reserves. If the duties of employment are in connection with non-commercial activities carried out exclusively for the benefit of Indians who for the most part live on reserves," according to a Law Now article.
We pay GST, PST and the HST. Except when we present our status card to on-reserve gas stations. Except when goods are purchased and delivered on-reserve. Except when we purchase cigarette and tobacco products on-reserve. Except in Ontario, where we are exempt from paying the PST portion of the HST. Then we are tax-exempt. There may be a few other examples, but these are the biggies."
Here’s why I’m attending the Jayme Stone seminar, How To Book Yourself Without An Agent on January 12, 2016.I check Jayme’s web site from time to time and am astounded by the amount of work he finds.He's also just informed me that he books all of these gigs himself. I've never seen a tour list this long from a self managed performer. And they're quality gigs.
As someone who sells for a living, both houses and music, I want to know what he does. My plan is to steal this knowledge and put it to good use in 2016.
In the early days of Whiskey Jack, we achieved some success fairly quickly.That wasn't unusual in itself but we did it on our own, as a self managed act.Being in control of our own destiny was a double edged sword with a severe and almost unmanageable learning curve, something all entrepreneurs must figure out if they want to achieve any kind of sustainable success.
On the one hand, we were able to create our own brand and develop custom marketing strategies that were specific to the show we were selling.On the other hand, there were many time consuming duties that distracted us from our main goal, creating good music.These were also skills we weren’t necessarily good at.
For example, we were obliged to write our own press releases, produce and distribute our own albums and most importantly, negotiate the majority of our contracts. Finding work consumed the majority of our time.
Around the same time, a new publication hit the stands. Canadian Musician (CM) was a music industry publication that was an instant hit.One of the publishers of CM was a teller at my local bank.Her name is Kathy Whitney.Each time I visited her wicket, we exchanged a story or two about the progress we were each making with our new ventures. Her co-publisher is, and continues to be,Jim Norris.
Shortly afterCM hit the news stands for the first time, they had this idea to host a music management conference at one of the big hotels downtown.There were a number of rather significant guests who were on the panel.One of the country’s most important booking agents, Neill Dixon, was there, as was Bob Roper from Warner Bros. Records.I was on the panel representing the “self managed” performer. The ballroom at a local hotel was jam packed, not just with young new musicians, but also experienced successful professionals.
Whiskey Jack was a self managed four piece acoustic act with a new album on our own label but most importantly,we had a lot of gigs. That's why I was on the panel. This was an unusual combination, good music with a successful business plan.
We soon learned that self management was never going to work if we wanted to elevate our success to a national or international level. There were too many responsibilities that we weren’t qualified to perform at a high level.To top it off, we didn’t have enough capital to invest in more recordings and more promotion.
We briefly tried to work with a management company (In Tune Management, Toronto and Nashville) but again, with no excess capital to invest, it went nowhere fast.
Over the years, I’ve continued to search for and negotiate paid gigs for the band.This is a topic that is of great interest to most journeymen musicians. We all struggle with it. Most of us never have enough gigs.Nor are the gigs we secure profitable enough.
While this experience has had value and has helped me find work for the band, I’m certain that there is a lot about the booking of gigs that I know nothing about. I'm expecting a great deal from Jayme's success.
We, as in Toronto Realtors, get asked often, "can we get front pad parking?". For the past few years, the answer has been unequivocally. "no". There's been a moratorium on authorizing more legal permits. Now council is thinking of making this ban city wide. I say "let's go for it!".
This doesn't have to be a complex issue. There are some streets along the Danforth that have virtually no street parking and no place for guests to park without walking a long distance. This is because all of the curbs have been cut to accommodate front pad parking, sometimes on both sides of the street. During the old East York council days, they went on a front-yard-parking binge and issued the permits willy nilly. What are we left with? "Ugly streetscapes" doesn't begin to describe it.
The rain water diversion issue, as in not enough seeping into the soil is another major concern. Pretty soon they'll be no water table to speak of. Screw the trees if they hope to find water down there in the future.
Finally, as our deification of the automobile diminishes, we won't need as much parking in general city wide (or am I just being ridiculously optimistic?).
One of the services we offer to our clients is mediation. It rarely leads to a sale but we enjoy doing this. As it turns out, we're pretty good at it.
There are many circumstances when this becomes necessary. Ofttimes, a wife might be buying the husband's share of the matrimonial home after the divorce; or a sibling wants to buy out the other heirs when the family home is sold. This can't happen unless they all agree on what the property is worth.
These are always tricky. In order for everyone to agree on a price, both sides have to feel that their interests have been served. If one of the parties enters into this negotiation with their expectations out of whack, then it becomes doubly difficult.
There's one factor that plays out in every mediation and it has to do with the public perception of the Toronto real estate market. This factor is the largest obstacle in this process.
Most sellers think their house is worth more than it really is. It's human nature. The media is constantly relaying stories about "multiple offers" and "outrageous sale prices". It follows that the family member selling to the sibling is majorly concerned that the agreed upon price is fair. Does that mean "on the high side" of fair? Perhaps. That's where our input becomes invaluable. If we can explain the expectations of both sides and offer a balanced solution to satisfy everyone, then the transaction should proceed as planned.
This doesn't mean the buyer has the income to support the purchase but that's another matter entirely. We we can help with that also.
I'm sure readers of this blog know the old saying, "when you assume, you make an "ass" out of "u" or "me". In real estate, assuming can do worse. It can mean the difference between a successful sale or a disastrous sale.
There are very few givens when negotiating a real estate transaction. If there is a given, there's a good chance that even that is subject to change. Sounds crazy but that is the nature of the beast.
"That's my best offer. I won't offer a penny more." sayeth the client. Yeah, right! I've heard that before.
"That's it. I won't accept a penny less." Yeah, right.
"We're considering offers at 2:00 pm this afternoon." Yeah, right.
"You'll never get that price for that house." Yeah, right.
"I guarantee to sell your house in one week." Yeah, right.
As our new Prime Minister is about to be sworn in later today, I thought I'd take one more kick at the old PC-can and then let it rest until the another Prime Minister called Lucifer rears his ugly head again, as he most certainly will. History reveals that much.
Since election day, it's been interesting, never fun, overhearing the Harperites banter back and forth on Facebook and in the Letters-to-the-Editor sections of the newspapers. I even overheard a couple of them discuss their leader in the local coffee shop. They were sharing their angst over the proposed deficit that many of us voted for. I couldn't help but quip "has your life or lifestyle ever been damaged or compromised because of a deficit?".
I've had quite enough conversations with people who think climate warming is a farce, that the gun registry is the most anti-democratic piece of legislation ever, that the first nations can damn well go out and get a job "like everyone else", that women will deserve a more lofty place in government and society when they damn well earn it and blah blah blah... I never bothered trying to figure out how they rationalized the shabby treatment of the veterans who came back from Asia psychologically damaged. I can guess what they think.
My first step in this new era of compassionate government is for me to "unfriend" the intolerant members of my online fraternity. Sayonara. Your words and rants will no longer pollute my day.
That's it for me on all things political in this humble soap box. I made the exception all those weeks ago because the state of the country was desperate. If we return to that state again, and if I'm still alive, and if I can still get worked up about these things...well, we'll see what happens then.