Archive for December, 2009

Taxing Your Healthcare

December 2nd, 2009

A quick story. My son decided to play organized football last spring. We signed him up, picked up his equipment and off he went. He did eight or so practices, 2 – 2 1/2 hours of hitting drills, usually in the rain. Then one glorious, sunny Saturday it was game time, his first ever football game. Five minutes later he was lying on the field, tibia and fibula broken.

Off to the hospital he goes, where they drug him up, set the bones and give him a hip to toe plaster cast. My 80lb son had a 10lb cast hanging off his torso. The cast was a menace to the poor boy, he needed help getting out of bed because his poor leg couldn’t possibly sustain the weight of the thing. He was in more pain four days after getting the cast than he when he got it. The cast was, to be blunt, a necessary menace.

Three weeks after the Mastercard moment (A full leg cast and a painkiller grin: priceless), he went in for a check up. “Off with his cast,” the doctor, of whom I have no complaint, announced. “Half cast for this boy.” Fortunately, I noted a list on the wall that mentioned lightweight fibre casts, $40 for a child, ½ leg. “What about one of those,” I suggested. No problem.

That’s health care in Ontario: free, but were giving the 12 year old a cast that’s 10% of his body weight. Any lighter, and you pay. Two weeks later the bill arrives for $42: $40 for the cast, $2 GST. That means, of course, that a year from now the cast will cost $45.20: $40 for the cast, $2 GST and $3.20 provincial HST. Nice, they sell you the cast, then they tax it.

Dalton McGuinty’s HST: Health Services Tax.

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Environmental Refugee Week Day 2: St. Nicolas aka Santa Claus

December 1st, 2009
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santa_surfingThe North Pole: Santa’s workshop; deer with fur coats; Polar Bears drinking Coke; Abominable Snow Monsters with abscessed teeth. A way of life is disappearing with the glaciers. The Snow Monster hasn’t been seen alive in 45 years, the polar bears are dying off at a rate that can’t be explained by obesity and juvenile diabetes alone. And Santa’s workshop is now Santa’s surf and sand, where the elves stay busy waxing Santa’s board and fanny banging tequila and sprite. It all sounds too fantastic: a man who used to need a sleigh and magic reindeer can now surf at his own back door. Alas it’s true.
How will Santa get his sleigh off the ground from a sandy beach? What will the children do for presents? Will global warming succeed where the Grinch failed? Can Earnest save Christmas one more time, or is Christmas finally over?


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In Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario…

December 1st, 2009
daltons-ontarioThe provincial debt is almost $200B, the annual deficit is $24.7B, health care costs are set to suck up 50% 0f the provinces budget in five years, the costs for the new all day kindergarten is skyrocketing before the program even begins and Premier McGuinty is worried about coffee cups?
…the provincial government is about to weigh in and achieve province-wide legislation (on the recycling of disposable coffee cups).

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