Over the last 20 years the job market in most Canadian cities has changed, for the worse. There are two basic problems, and the results are related.
The first problem
is most companies seem to prefer hiring young, unqualified applicants that have no experience. They work cheap - barely above minimum wage, and that looks good on the balance sheet. However, they have few social skills, no work ethic, and no clue about good customer service.
Nobody should be surprised that sales are down, complaints are piling up, and profits are dwindling. The reason is simple: You will never get more than you pay for. This applies to products and employees.
What Did We Learn?
During this election we learned there are two groups of people in Canada who have no idea what drives our economy.
The politicians, and the media.
ISIS states its justification for the enslavement of women
June 3, 2015
ISIS has justified kidnapping women as sex slaves by citing Islamic theology. They say that enslaving the families of the infidels and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law.
According to ISIS, female members of the Yazidi sect may legitimately be captured and forcibly made concubines or sexual slaves.
Car Crash insurance scams."
July 17, 2014
Where are they happening, and why should you care? The Ontario government claims to be cracking down on insurance fraud. So why hasn't anything changed?
Drivers in Ontario are still paying twice the rates that are being charged elsewhere in North America. Why?
Girls being "Too Liberated"
Nov. 16, 2014
Is it possible for children to mature 'too quickly'? Only if the parents haven't kept up with the changing times.
Opinions of silly people don't make a difference. Boys & girls everywhere around the world are growing up more quickly. That is only a problem if you live in the past.
Holy Wars and con men
July 7, 2014
Why can't religious people see that they're being lied to? Every church is a monument to con-men taking advantage of gullible people, a few dollars at a time.
How can that happen? If you claim to hear the 'word of god' who is going to contradict you?
Hiring cheap labor comes with a heavy penalty:   Your employees that create your products and represent your business are doing a poor job - and that reflects badly on your company.
The end result should be obvious, however...
Jennifer Lawrence and her naked photos
Oct. 7, 2014
Experts have raised concerns over the security of "cloud" storage sites following the leak of intimate pictures of celebrities. I am raising concerns over the intelligence of anybody who would trust a 'cloud' storage.
Nobody is asking the obvious questions: Why is Jennifer taking nude photos of herself, and what did she intend to do with them?
The Gary Oldman interview
July 1, 2014
Oldman has blamed "political correctness" and hypocrisy in Hollywood for the decline of western culture as a whole. Predictably, religious idiots are up in arms. So, what else is new?
There are some very smart people in Hollywood, and when they make accurate observations about society, it hits a nerve and causes upset.
Veils and Pills
July 2, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights has upheld French law banning face-covering Muslim veils from the streets. The court concluded the ban is a "choice of society."
But America continues to slide backwards, falling into a new Dark Ages. Religion has too much influence in politics - where it should have none.
Medical marijuana legal in all forms, Supreme Court rules
However, Health Canada doesn't seem to recognize the authority of the Supreme Court. The Health minister claims to be 'outraged' by the ruling, and vows to combat 'normalization' of pot.
As opposed to the normalization of guns, the normalization of tobacco, the normalization of hospital cut-backs, the normalization of the unsafe food supply, and the normalization of environmental pollution.
It's becoming obvious that Health Canada has no interest in the health of Canadians, so just how do they 'earn' their huge salaries?
The Large Hadron Collider - What is the point?
March 28, 2015
Every time pure research hits the headlines you can be sure that some short-sighted people will question whether it's worth it.
These silly people never ask where our modern medicine and technology comes from.
Hot Cars, and more government interference
July 11, 2014
In 2014 there were 30 heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles. But 33,000 people died in traffic accidents. Which problem is bigger?
Should we depend on government to protect people from themselves? In this age where so many right-wing fools believe our freedoms are under attack, should we allow such interference in our lives?
Morals and Laws, and how they don't mix
July 10, 2014
The act of selling sex for money has never been illegal in Canada, although purchasing sex is illegal. This situation has created confusion and controversy.
The bigger issue is the continuing delusion that human wants and desires can be made illegal, and they will simply disappear.
Transporting Firearms and silly laws that fail
July 24, 2014
In April 2012 the requirement to register non-restricted firearms was dropped in every province and territory. Now 3% of households in Canada possessed handguns, compared to 18% of U.S. households. Are we catching up, or falling behind?
The Canadian government claims to be "protecting" the citizens, while allowing guns to spread - and therefore people to be killed.
Ontario is finally updating their sex education curriculum.
Feb. 30, 2015
This is the first modernization since 1998. It will focus on consent and healthy relationships.
As you might expect, religious people are objecting. Presumably, because religious people prefer ignorance.
What is the argument against educating children? When most girls are starting puberty during the 4th grade, how long should you wait before giving them information they can use to protect themselves?
Tasha Kheiriddin: Presenting an opinion instead of facts.
Tasha Kheiriddin writes a story titled: "Bare boobs will not make a better world.
Of course she is wrong, and bare breasts will improve the world - or at least, Ontario. But the bigger issue is writers that use anecdotes and opinions to support their personal position.
Beware of any "news" item that contains anecdotes - a story about one person's experience. Another favorite tool among the fact-free is the use of denigrating language, like saying "boobs" instead of breasts, chest, or topless.
And that brings us back to the subject of Tasha Kheiriddin and her "Bare Boobs."
Some (other) newspapers will print anything.
Here are two articles from the same newspaper, published just days apart:
"You'd have to be crazy to buy real estate"
"Eternal truth of personal finance: Don't be a renter"
So, either that paper is advocating homelessness, or they will print anything that might sell a few more subscriptions.
Target's Failure: High prices and bad service equals no sale.
July 21, 2014
Target stores in Canada have closed. They are the latest chain to fold up, and more will follow. Analysts have tried and failed to pin down the exact cause.
Anyone who has shopped at Target will know the reason. The prices were too high, and the customer service was terrible.
Are you tired of advertising?
Dec. 10, 2014
Well, you're not alone. Most people who are aware of their surroundings have had enough.
It's reasonable to blame our debt crisis on advertising & marketing. We are being induced to buy - everything.
Advertising covers every visible surface. It's everywhere we look, and it's attack on our senses is relentless.
Tyson, Faith & Reason
June 22, 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the smartest and the most eloquent men to have ever lived. He is currently America's leading science educator and proponent of NASA exploration.
Neil makes a good case for separating Science and Faith. Naturally, that makes him a target for trolls and religious bumpkins.