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View Room Comments for Saturday, Feb. 1 2014

Saturday, February 01, 2014   by: The Soap BoxWelcome to the View Room. This editorial feature is for you to post comments. To comment on a specific news story please post your comment directly under the news story.
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Spellchecker 2/1/2014 5:42:53 AM Report

I know the lefties, especially theprotector, are going to love these seeds, but they're not going to like the fruits.
Spellchecker 2/1/2014 5:48:12 AM Report

None of us will like that awfully bitter fruit.
Spellchecker 2/1/2014 7:23:35 AM Report

Bobby, the Argentines are running to the US dollar for safety, but they don't realize that when the US dollar is recognized for the giant ponzi scheme that it is, the same price inflation will happen to it.
flyhawk25 2/1/2014 7:51:09 AM Report

Good morning Spelly.
Ann Coulter before breakfast?
The horror. The horror.
David Poluck 2/1/2014 8:07:53 AM Report

I've been taking a look at the reactions to the Liberals of Ontario raising the minimum wage.
Honestly a minimum wage is actually harming the economy by killing the competition to better your standard of living.
Most posters here remember when there was no imposed minimum wage.
There was actual competition between employers to be competitive in their hiring practices and hourly pay rates.

We worked at a job until something with better pay or benefits came along.

A minimum wage was introduced to be a starting base pay. A minimum.
If everyone pays the same where's the incentive for both employer and employee to do better?

Why do we continue accept that government has no idea on how to generate new income other than raise the taxes and drive up the cost of business?

Time the people took a long hard look into the actual sustainability of where government is leading us.

Javaman 2/1/2014 8:21:24 AM Report

Why not,,starting now...tie the min wage to any INCREASE in the cost of living ? I know that one of my pensions is recalculated based on the cost of living, once a year in January.

Old age pensions should also be increased based on the cost of living.
David Poluck 2/1/2014 8:32:28 AM Report

How about government decreasing taxes get tough on the energy board to lower rates.
I want to see those that feel free to spend mine and your money to tighten their belts.
Just a thought.
Wild Turkey 2/1/2014 9:02:01 AM Report

Increasing minimum wage, at first glance, looks like a good idea.If it results in higher sales,(without price increases), then it is a good thing.
A well run business budgets labour costs as a % of total cost of doing business.When the % exceeds the budget, they will either cut the number of hours used, raise prices, or both.What good is that?
If you want to put more money in peoples pockets, without affecting the employers costs,then simply eliminate that infernal sales tax.People will have more to spend, maybe even save a bit, and may keep some shoppers ,shopping locally.
Everyone will benefit.
Sadly, raising the minimum wage will likely cause a loss of jobs, and increased prices.
lookaround 2/1/2014 9:24:58 AM Report

Wild Turkey people also budget for necessities and if 10 items go up by say 10% that is catastrophic.
lookaround 2/1/2014 9:29:21 AM Report

How about Harper give everybody a 10% income tax break after all he spent 119 million of your money on advertisements and it did nothing to improve his 24% approval rating. The Job Action Plan never really worked.
flyhawk25 2/1/2014 9:30:30 AM Report

When I went to lunch yesterday we asked our server about minimum wage. She makes $8.85 plus tips.No benefits and less than a 40 hour week.
Labor is one cost in the industry but wholesale food prices, taxes and other things have a bigger effect - and they don't control wholesale prices or utilities.
Look at McJobs. No one is getting wealthy with tight margins except the big people.And the competition is a killer.
It is a complex problem not solved by simple solutions.
mallet 2/1/2014 9:36:10 AM Report

Wild Turkey...

Oh please, taxes are what pays for all those programmes that people want and EXPECT to be provided. I cannot speak for Canada but in the UK income tax was introduced to pay the costs of the first world war, it was not that high, but the latest idea from the Labour party is to increase the rate back to 50%. Most economists say that that is not the way to go to get more taxes as it makes people/companies explore creative ways to pay less. Purchase tax (HST)was another one that was introduced around the same time in the UK as that would bring in X number of pounds per year. As the old saying goes, there are only two certain things in life, one is death, the other is taxes, only large companies can avoid them both!!!
Brianne 2/1/2014 10:12:18 AM Report

When your entirety of your earnings is exhausted on food and shelter. Your labours are no longer viewed as an opportunity for economic advancement, but rather as an act of self preservation. In the real world ...... that's called "slavery". In the "real world" slavery is illegal.
realitycheck 2/1/2014 10:21:26 AM Report

"Most posters here remember when there was no imposed minimum wage."

Really? Most on here will remember? What you see below is from the Internet, that hated Google. I don't think any on here were around then.

The first minimum wage legislation in Canada was passed in 1918 by both British Columbia and Manitoba. Two years later, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan followed suit. Interestingly, these early wage laws applied only to women and only to some kinds of employment. According to a labour law analysis by Human Resources Development Canada, the thinking at the time was that labour unions (which represented male workers) could do a better job of ensuring that men earned a living wage by bargaining on their behalf.
redranger 2/1/2014 10:37:41 AM Report

Good Saturday All
I have an interesting tale for you on this fine day.
In October, I purchased a new car for my wife for her birthday.
In November, I purchased wheels and snow tires for the vehicle from same dealer. They would store the summer wheels and tires. We told them at that time that we would be going to Florida in February and would need the wheels/tires to be changed. They noted that. Yesterday, by appointment, my wife dropped off the vehicle to be serviced. When she returned to pick it up, she noted that the rims seemed a bit scruffy for new chrome wheels, not just 1 month of driving. She told the shop fellow and he assured her that those were our rims and tires. She protested but he was adamant . Finally, she pointed out that the tires were not Michelins and the wheels had a Chevrolet logo. Our car is a Buick. Within 30 minutes the red-faced employee had located and replaced our
Is this sort of error acceptable?
Just Curious 2/1/2014 10:38:33 AM Report

realitycheck, Have you been taking lessons from rw???...:)
realitycheck 2/1/2014 11:04:49 AM Report

"realitycheck, Have you been taking lessons from rw???...:)"

No, I just did that on my own.
BIG BROTHER 2/1/2014 11:07:33 AM Report

Definitely incompetent Red. I would make it known to the Manager of the shop (he should be made aware) , but getting angry will just ruin your day.

Based upon the incompetence, I would get the lug nuts checked, to make sure they're torqued properly, especially before travelling.
Mark Brown 2/1/2014 11:15:04 AM Report

With respect to the minimum wage issue, our governments should be solely focused on how they can make low wage earner's BUYING POWER more powerful.

Sadly, low wage earner's buying power will NOT be increased by raising the minimum wage, and especially not if they tie minimum wage increases to inflation. All that will do is expand the economy (the prices of goods and services will increase) and the end result will be more tax revenue going to the government while the BUING POWER GAP between low wage earners and high wage earners gets even wider :(

So, to me, the question is... How can our governments increase low wage earner's buying power?

And, to me, the answer is obvious... The first $25,000 of everybody's income (from any source) should be income tax free.

Low wage earners will pay significantly less income tax which will make their buying power increase.

You'll also notice that this makes ODSP recipients', Social Assistance recipients', and fixed income senior's money have more buying power as well.

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Mark Brown
Spellchecker 2/1/2014 11:40:05 AM Report

Did you read it, flyhawk? As I said, you will like the fact that it is happening but not the impending results. Predictably, as is usually the wont of lefties, the message is ignored in favour of shooting the messenger.
Grump 2/1/2014 11:44:52 AM Report

Good morning everyone ,had a great breakfast at Dennys, did a bit of shopping and the boss is taking a little break. Maybe I should take one too as she is taking me to Hooters for lunch. I have been warned again no touching, no licking or my career will be cut very short. Bounder I see you are still at it re my diet and I realize it must seem strange to a fellow who ate all his ducks, no more quack, quack. It is also hard for me to get grits and hog jowls and I never fancied wormy perch. I will therefore have to stick to Lobster, fresh salmon and Pickerel, steaks, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and whatever I damn well please. Have a great day everyone.
Grump 2/1/2014 11:48:10 AM Report

Spelly you are going to rot your brain reading the likes of Ann Coulter. Leave the dark side ,come into the light. lol
Wild Turkey 2/1/2014 11:55:16 AM Report

@Grump----AHHH--GRITS---nothin' like 'em
Ever try them with your bacon & eggs?
Drizzle them with bacon grease,a little salt,and/or some shredded cheddar.Way better than fried potatoes.Give 'em a try ,my man.Trouble is, I have to go over to the States to get them.They are also very nutritious and really inexpensive.
Zing 2/1/2014 11:57:21 AM Report

Spelly, that Anne Coulter is baffling!

Looks like the Republicans may just win an election with the 1.1 million immigrants per year who will overwhelmingly vote for them.
David Poluck 2/1/2014 12:01:45 PM Report

Reality..I always was under the impression everybody posting was as old as dirt! LOL

Mark bang on idea!
Spellchecker 2/1/2014 12:02:09 PM Report

Zing, I don't where you came by that idea, but it certainly couldn't have been from that article.
CLT 2/1/2014 12:03:36 PM Report

Grump, Don't go to Hooters for lunch...bad food, from my experiences there. Unless you and Mrs. Grump are having the liquid lunch special.
Bobby Nerves 2/1/2014 12:05:41 PM Report

redranger: I believe you'll accept some free service, oil exchange of some sort, served on an courteous and sincere apology tray.

I was telling Mallet in the red room, that yesterday I went to a local store with a snow blower wheel flat. The serviceman walked from behind his desk and approached me half way into the store, he knew what I needed and how fast I needed. Sincere smile, right to the point and service come first attitude. I have not idea if he owns the store but they are customer service oriented bullet proof.

In your case, GMC dealer is alone in town and you have no much of an option. For some reason Ford outnumber GMC 4 to 1 in town, truck talking.

Enjoy Florida, but don't forget health insurance, mitts and a couple extra blankets plus four bags of sand in the trunk, because if you don't get sick and the polar vortex don't get there, surely the hurricane will take good care of you.
Spellchecker 2/1/2014 12:05:43 PM Report

I've reread it and I see how you got that idea but that is not what it says.
Spellchecker 2/1/2014 12:07:46 PM Report

CLT, obviously Grump doesn't care about the food. He has other things on his mind.
theprotector 2/1/2014 12:42:48 PM Report

bri thats not slavery you twit! Thats offensive in many circles and shows a total lack of knowledge of history and current events both in Canada and around the world, you should be ashamed for trivalizing such as serious problem.

Sorry spell I dont bother with links, can you summerize while I turn this water into wine for tonights fun?

Gurp hey a house full of sinners, Im in
flyhawk25 2/1/2014 1:56:26 PM Report

I had an interesting experience today.
I drove to Garden River on Hwy 17B and it was the first time I've been on bare pavement in weeks.
Now...who does that road and how can the rest of us get that kind of service?
steelworker 2/1/2014 2:00:36 PM Report

Our tax dollars at work.
Zing 2/1/2014 2:02:27 PM Report

Oops Spellmeister, I meant to say the Democrats would likely benefit.

soowat 2/1/2014 2:03:00 PM Report


Do you know if Ann Coulter ever figured out that Canada never joined Dumbya in the Iraq war?
flyhawk25 2/1/2014 2:12:23 PM Report

Spelly...there is clearly a market for Coulter Baloney with Limbaugh Cheese.
Good for them but I choose not to buy it.I'm afraid it will get me believing Dick Cheney is a patriot.
Gurpy 2/1/2014 2:17:52 PM Report

David Poluck
Check my post from Thursday morning. What did I say about the minimum wage increase?
mvnnth 2/1/2014 2:30:33 PM Report

redranger 2/1/2014 10:37:41 AM Report

Is this sort of error acceptable?

No, but not surprising. Since new my car has been serviced by an independent garage that has been looking after my cars for over 20 years. This has saved me a pile of money over the years and, if it wasn't for him, I would have had to repair an oil leak on my dime which he caught while still on warranty. The dealer had missed it at the 40K km inspection and service req'd by warranty.

My advice is to take your car to an independent for periodic service (i.e. oil changes) such as the gentleman on here and only have warranty work done by the dealer. That way you won't have to worry about being bamboozled.
Gurpy 2/1/2014 2:33:18 PM Report

Not sure if I`m going tomorrow. I will definitely bring you along another time. (if you`re not pulling my leg).
statusquo 2/1/2014 2:39:48 PM Report


"Is this sort of error acceptable?"

That is a rhetorical question is it
Mistakes can and do happen, it is the resolution that counts.
The adamant attitude of the person dealing with your wife was less than professional. If in doubt , always give the customer the benefit of said doubt.

Rims and tires are quite expensive and so,personally, I would store them at home .

Grump 2/1/2014 2:46:58 PM Report

Bobby I was just poking around the Mall after lunch and was going to pick up a sign I saw for you. "man cave" That said I didn't think "L" would think it was funny. See you Wed.
statusquo 2/1/2014 2:51:37 PM Report


Dealerships don't "bamboozle" customers on purpose.
But the size and various personnel are a recipe for mistakes.
I do not envy a dealership technician one bit as he is clocked for every operation. Diagnostic time is pre-set by the manufacturer and so, hard to find problems end up being "shotgunned" as there is no reward to diagnose something properly.
A small, independent shop can develop an intimacy with a vehicle and the customer that a large outfit cannot match . The trick for a small outfit is to prune down on vehicles they can efficiently diagnose and service and not try to be everything for everyone.
The tooling and training required to be able to work on anything under the sun would be finacially unsustainable.

Grump 2/1/2014 2:57:34 PM Report

Wild Turkey, If you drizzled bacon grease and cheddar on a 2 x 4 it would taste good too. lol. I was just razzing Bounder for acting like one of the Duck Dynasty boys. You know the one who was put out of the family and the will. LMAO. Too much good food, too little time and too much waste line. I just took off 40 pounds for knee surgery and 5 have found their way back. Back to the gym again. Have a good one.
lookaround 2/1/2014 3:30:55 PM Report

I want an income tax break from the Feds. I did not tell them they could spend my contributions on stupidity that earned them zero on the popularity and austerity scale. Spend spend spend. Time to cough up what you spent and give it back to the 99%. I will spend it wisely and give back to the economy. That is how it should work right Stevo? Glad your gone in 2015.
Grump 2/1/2014 3:35:25 PM Report

lookaround Atta girl but watch out for the big ugly Harperites. lol
steelworker 2/1/2014 3:38:45 PM Report

Never one to disappoint Grump. Maybe the Libs can give the taxpayers back the billions they pissed away on the gun registry,Brit submarines and cancelling helicopter contracts. That's just for starters.
Grump 2/1/2014 3:58:30 PM Report

You would know something about chumps my little Red Neck. The Liberal money you speak of is Wait for it,,,,,, CHUMP Change compared to what Harper has whizzed away stroking his ego, we could then go on to him borrowing money so he could play big shot to the world giving it away. It would be nice Steely if you could find the switch to turn on your brain before your mouth engaged.
lookaround 2/1/2014 4:02:28 PM Report

Doesn't matter we had Chretien he was a dud then out now Stevo is a dud and now he is a goner. So goes the circle of life until Canadians wake up and start being vocal that you cannot spend your way into votes. If you fail you are out. Harper has failed he is out.
redranger 2/1/2014 4:09:58 PM Report

Thanks for the advice and opinions. They are definitely valued. This same shop checked over my SUV before a trip south last year and did not catch a problem which eventually cost me $1350 in Florida.
I have already decided to move my mechanical wants and needs to the gentleman who posts on here. I don't worry too much about the bosslady's Buick but need TLC for my Red Ranger.
Phaedrus 2/1/2014 4:32:27 PM Report

While the increase in minimum wage will be a burden for some small business owners, there is a golden lining in it, that many overlook:

You give a full-time minimum wage worker another $160 a month, what do you think they are going to do with it? Invest in the stock market? Real estate? That money will circulate directly back into the local economy. Retail sales will be the biggest winners of this.

So, instead of lamenting about the extra wages you have to kick out each month, start focusing on how you are going to get all that extra money to come walking in your door.
gcubed 2/1/2014 4:40:36 PM Report

Former minimum wage $10.25.
New minimum wage $11.00.
That's 75 cents per hour increase @ 40 hours per week times 4 weeks equals $120.00 per month.
bounder 2/1/2014 4:53:31 PM Report

well I see your still at it, mean mouthing everything and anything.
So you lost forty lbs ,wow you must have been one big butterball, how did you ever get around,must looked like a bowling ball with a head to match,hard and dense.
As for pickerel I get all I want of them.
Do you qualify as a tall fat short skinny guy,pick two that match. lmao
Grump 2/1/2014 4:54:32 PM Report

lookaround Chretien built a strong banking system that saved Canada from the worst of the recession, paid down the National debt after Mulroney and left a surplus for Harper when he was elected. Harper has had eight years of deficit budgets now promising a small surplus in 2015. He has increased the Canadian debt by 200 plus Billion Dollars and slashed almost every program for the average Canadian while also slashing scientists , inspectors for our safety and on and on. How did Chretien get lumped in with Harper? Have you been listening to all this neo-con B.S?
Grump 2/1/2014 4:55:05 PM Report

lookaround Chretien built a strong banking system that saved Canada from the worst of the recession, paid down the National debt after Mulroney and left a surplus for Harper when he was elected. Harper has had eight years of deficit budgets now promising a small surplus in 2015. He has increased the Canadian debt by 200 plus Billion Dollars and slashed almost every program for the average Canadian while also slashing scientists , inspectors for our safety and on and on. How did Chretien get lumped in with Harper? Have you been listening to all this neo-con B.S?
statusquo 2/1/2014 5:06:31 PM Report


Exactly. Big outfits like Walmart and Mc Donald's can more easily absorb the increase. How many burgers will that employee have to sell to "justify" his or her wage increase?
They can just raise the price of a burger by 13cents , the consumer will hardly feel it.... same with Walmart. The sheer volume of sales will not make a dent in their bottom line.
A small business will have a harder time making up for the wage increase.
Switzerland was debating a minimum guaranteed income for everybody . Yes the Swiss.
Reducing the gap between have and have nots could yield massive benefits for the society at large.
I know it is a "lefty" idea, but we are a social animal, a tribe, if you will. Making life a bit easier for the less fortunate is just the decent thing to do.
The so-called "free" market is not free. It needs to be regulated and monitored . The survival of the fittest works well in a jungle but I thought we walked out of the woods a while back.

The pursuit of the bottom line and profits at any cost is counter productive for the well being of a nation. The Scandinavians realized this a while back. They seem do be doing fine.
statusquo 2/1/2014 5:08:35 PM Report


"So you lost forty lbs ,wow you must have been one big butterball, how did you ever get around,must looked like a bowling ball with a head to match,hard and dense."

Splendid retort!
Keep going bounder. Regale us with your wit!
steelworker 2/1/2014 5:09:16 PM Report

Sorry Grimp: The Little Thug from Shawinigan raided the E.I. fund to pay off the debt. Typical Liberal ponzi scheme. Please don't LMAO too much as your brain is starting to show.
Grump 2/1/2014 5:21:40 PM Report

Steely again the mouth without the brain. Yes the EI fund was raided and it paid roughly 25% of what Chretien paid down. Harper has also raided that fund and only the Lord knows what else and just how much debt did he retire? The answer is really easy as you don't even have to take your shoes off to get it. The answer is nada, squat, rien, moffee, not one damn dime. You heros love to cherry pick your facts but B.S. does not baffle brains and Steve squandered that money too.
steelworker 2/1/2014 5:22:47 PM Report

Let me get some nice crayons and I'll draw you some pictures.
Phaedrus 2/1/2014 5:33:48 PM Report


You could give workers $200 a month, or $100 a month - the same logic still applies.

Thanks for the exacting mathematical analysis, though!
Grump 2/1/2014 5:35:06 PM Report

Bounder until you show your face at a gathering you are just one more keyboard commando who is highly suspect of being a BSer. You started off as Quack ,Quack so where are we from there? What I post you can take as face value because I have attended and met many nice folks and they would know in an instant if I was putting out bull. So you see my little Duck Dynasty reject you can try to be one of the boys or you can be whatever anyone believes you are. You don't like the way I talk to you, come out and tell me to my face and maybe we become friends and maybe we don't. Carry on.
Grump 2/1/2014 5:38:44 PM Report

Steely save your crayons and pictures for someone dumb enough to take you seriously.
bounder 2/1/2014 5:49:03 PM Report

I'm not an a#%&^%hole, I'm actually one of the nicest people you could ever meet, you're just pissed off because I can see through your B#$%$%^^t.
I might take you up on the invite, soon as I stop laughing, man your killing me.
steelworker 2/1/2014 5:49:58 PM Report

I'll draw you something simple that you can stick on your fridge.
flyhawk25 2/1/2014 5:51:46 PM Report

SQ...excellent response.
As a small business owner with a conscience you are the voice of the average Canadian.
I know your story and you will never be rich but so what. You are rich in ethics, experience and wisdom.
Good stuff.
lookaround 2/1/2014 6:02:07 PM Report

Sreelworker before you rant and rave be informed. Heir Stevo has increased the monthly payments from my paycheck by 28% and the benefits to those that have lost their jobs has increased by 10%. It is an insurance so we pay into but we don't see anything back. Do the math Steelworker. Oh and by the way a tid bit of advice blowing someone else's candle doesn't make yours any brighter.
lookaround 2/1/2014 6:08:16 PM Report

The Big thug from Calgary..robocalls and stacking the senate with senators that are greedy and paying them off. That is a BIG thug. Spying on Canadians when that was supposed to not be their mandate.LOL LOL Bringing the debt so high that the number of zeros require a keyboard commando like you to hit the fourth number from the left..second row... unimaginable number to times. Go ahead Steelworker make my day..anything else?
steelworker 2/1/2014 6:08:55 PM Report

"candle" that what they're calling it these days?
Wisenheimer 2/1/2014 6:17:48 PM Report

Have the displaced workers from "Future Shop" report to Dave Pettalia of the Sault District Labour Union, for their new jobs.
They were probably working for less than $14.00 an hour and Dave can set them straight.
lookaround 2/1/2014 6:20:14 PM Report

Steels it is perfectly legal to be an a$$ but you are taking advantage of it.
Wisenheimer 2/1/2014 6:27:18 PM Report

Someone call an ambulance for Grump! Looks like food poisoning.
statusquo 2/1/2014 6:37:11 PM Report


That is exactly what happens when folks keep on shopping for rotisserie chicken across the river.
The lowest price comes at very high cost to the rest of us.
It is quite disingenuous to brag about going to the Essar Center to celebrate our veterans, vacationing in Florida and at the same time lament about the prices in Canada.
The race to the supply the masses with a rock bottom price for market share comes at a very high price.
I suggest you look into what happened to olive oil.
A health food that has too many benefits to list...
You can buy a 750 ml bottle at Rome's for less than 10 bucks....but guess ain't olive oil!!
Unless you pay 25 plus for 500 mil you're not getting the real deal!
This shop for the lowest price has reduced our ability to shop for quality products.
The "free" marked is a real bitch.
We will be reduced to a trailer park society and I don't see a silver lining anywhere on the horizon.
We want too much and are not willing to pay.
Our politicians have let us down in the name of globalization is not and never has been a "lefty"- righty" thing
but a race to make a profit with little regard to quality and rewards to the people on the bottom rungs.
We are all paying the price now.
tuffy1 2/1/2014 6:42:55 PM Report

When Mr. Harper became prime minister
he was given two sealed envelopes marked
onee and two. he was told not to open
letter number one unless he got himself
into a situation that he could handle.
As the senate thing was to hard to handle
he opened letter number one.
It read: blame the liberals and he did as it said. Coming back after the Christmas break
he has been hit with with the post office
issue, the veterans issue along with the
senate issue. he has now opened the second letter and it reads:WRITE TWO LETTERS AND SEALED THEM FOR YOUR REPLACEMENT.
He will close parliment this spring to compose these letters.
lookaround 2/1/2014 6:43:52 PM Report

THANK YOU STATUS ! If anyone doesn't agree you thus are a greedy money hungry lot.

Status you say it like it truly is. The 99% are building their strength one voice at a time whilst the 1% are going to be feeling the wrath.
tuffy1 2/1/2014 6:45:07 PM Report

When Mr. Harper became prime minister
he was given two sealed envelopes marked
onee and two. he was told not to open
letter number one unless he got himself
into a situation that he could'nt handle.
As the senate thing was to hard to handle
he opened letter number one.
It read: blame the liberals and he did as it said. Coming back after the Christmas break
he has been hit with with the post office
issue, the veterans issue along with the
senate issue. he has now opened the second letter and it reads:WRITE TWO LETTERS AND SEALED THEM FOR YOUR REPLACEMENT.
He will close parliment this spring to compose these letters.
tuffy1 2/1/2014 6:45:55 PM Report

sorry for the double post
lookaround 2/1/2014 6:45:57 PM Report

tuffy lol no worries he will be OUT in 2015. Thank you to the God of hope. Canada can finally be Canada again.
steelworker 2/1/2014 6:52:15 PM Report

...and you can finish Grade 3.
statusquo 2/1/2014 7:02:33 PM Report


can you ever contribute anything of substance? Or are you just mentally masturbating in here...splooging your inane one liners ad nauseum.
I don't mind masturbating once and again, but you seem to be afflicted with a chronic condition. It's not healthy! It will do no harm short term but it will reduce your cognitive ability to reason in the long term.
Get off the righty lefty thing and start to think on your own. It takes some effort but it can be done.
Bobby Nerves 2/1/2014 7:05:13 PM Report

Statusquo, Shrinkflation is a slave drivers invention to skim the money from the working class.

I never favored Unions as I know them at the highest level, from inside out and for being there watching them do it. Unions are like bacteria, but we humans, also need bacteria for survival, the good bacteria in the colon. Unions are like the good bacteria in the slave drivers colon, too much equals gastroenteritis and the lack of it, constipation.

Unions keep the balance.

Without Unions, wouldn't there be 8 hours a day work, vacation paid, compensations and many other benefits granted to the working class, including the minimum wage, even if the slave drivers have to remain in the toilette for hours at the time.

Mint tea is good to contain watered depositions.

lookaround 2/1/2014 7:20:51 PM Report

Steelworker you are nauseating, worse than a sea voyage with the Princess Cruise Lines. Have a nap.
lookaround 2/1/2014 7:23:04 PM Report

Status I think Steels uses his left hand so much that his right hand gets lonely and this is what cause him to have an affinity for the right. Guilt lol
statusquo 2/1/2014 7:28:41 PM Report


" Shrinkflation Nation"....I like it!
steelworker 2/1/2014 7:40:39 PM Report

...gotta feed the trolls.
Hunter101 2/1/2014 7:41:26 PM Report

I for one am part of the greedy lot, lookaround.

And no, I don't care about poor people. That's their problem. I work for my living.
lookaround 2/1/2014 7:43:39 PM Report

Hunter poor people work also. What a statement. Hope your job stays because you maybe looking for a new one someday and you will start at the bottom.
lookaround 2/1/2014 7:44:12 PM Report

Trolls is that what you call your hands lol
mvnnth 2/1/2014 7:48:45 PM Report

"Dealerships don't "bamboozle" customers on purpose."


I think most of us on here don't think that you are naïve but that statement???? This 40k check was to include an oil change. I was running all-synthetic and advised them. They advised me that there would be an extra charge. I agreed that I understood that would be the case. When I came to pick up the car the bill presented charged me for the full price of the all-synthetic oil that I had requested plus $1.00 per litre for who knows what. I asked what did they do with the regular oil that they were going to supply as a part of the original deal. They were not prepared to deal with that and I paid the invoiced amount. Never again.
I don't know if that qualifies as being bamboozled with you but it does with me.
statusquo 2/1/2014 7:53:58 PM Report


guilt is subjective....a mother issue thing....Freudian if you will.
Sootoday is populated with folks who's families ignore included.
But it's fun.
We have a plumber that knows the mysteries of the universe (or googles them) a Bible thumping individual that postulates the end of civilization and knows how to spell "Armageddon" , a steelworker with hairy palms and nearly blind, and a prostitute with webbed feet named Jasmine.
The Blue room is a dream for a Felliniesque neo realism film noir.
I wouldn't want it any other way.
lookaround 2/1/2014 7:56:42 PM Report

Lol ah Status a man of many visual words. Yep and don't forget the knuckle draggers.
Grump 2/1/2014 8:11:29 PM Report

Bounder you are a first class a**h*** and you have proved it once again. Run along twit and laugh whatever you like off. Carry on. Now I LMAO.
flyhawk25 2/1/2014 8:15:33 PM Report

Grump...why waste your time.
You will never drain the swamp.
Relax...they will eventually go beddy-bye.
statusquo 2/1/2014 8:23:25 PM Report


I cannot comment on your experience. But, if you own a GM product built post 2011 you will need DEXOS oil. A liter of that stuff is around 8 bucks.
Do the math, 8 times 5 or six liters, plus approved oil filter plus service should put you at near 70 bucks!
The 39.99 oil change is a thing of the past.
Having said that, at 40k, your car, no matter the make should not need anything out of the ordinary.
I usually recommend a full brake inspection every 18 months...oil changes on a seasonal basis, not mileage related....three oil changes a year are more than sufficient for most vehicles.
Fluid flushes are not recommended by any manufacturer other than a brake fluid flush every three years and a coolant flush at 5 years...and even those are questionable in regards to keeping maintenance costs low.
The automotive business is a racket and ripe with overselling sales persons.
My recommendation is to pick an independent service provider with a good reputation, good tooling and up to date service information for your make of vehicle. Ask them, most are more than willing to show off what they have in terms of scan tools and info.
If you own anything European you're out of luck, unless it's a Volkswagen...there are only two places qualified to work on those. One is the dealer and the other one is the dealer that was but is no more.
Tune ups are a thing of the past...nothing to tune. Maintenance boils down to having your vehicle looked at on an ongoing basis at your friendly neighbourhood garage. Quick lubes or dealership discount oil change venues are not geared towards that.
Get to know your service provider and tell him what you want out of your car.
there is no point doing preventative maintenance on a vehicle past 200k.
Over maintaining your vehicle with unnecessary interventions will in the long term cost you more than waiting for something to break.
I will never get rich in this business...but I will not bullshit!
Grump 2/1/2014 8:30:54 PM Report

Fly my e-mail acct. is acting up down here but Wed. is a go. I'll talk to you when I get back.
lookaround 2/1/2014 8:35:16 PM Report

There was a lot of methane gas gurgling from the swamp today. They are the ones contributing to the so called infamous Global Warming,
statusquo 2/1/2014 8:42:43 PM Report


BTW all engine oils are "synthetic". it's a vey complicated calculation on the ratio of additives added to the virgin base.
Very rare are the vehicles that truly need a very expensive synthetic, specific oil.
The synthetic designation is a semantic misnomer. In most cases it's a monumental waste of money, adding nothing to an engine's longevity.
Grump 2/1/2014 8:49:22 PM Report

Wisen Re Dave Pettalia, was what you quoted in the Sault Star or is just your impression on what was said? I have known Dave for many years and yes he is a strong Union man but he has never been dumb and this just doesn't fit somehow, as he is a decent guy.
statusquo 2/1/2014 8:58:39 PM Report

Posted by Hunter101,

"And no, I don't care about poor people. That's their problem."

I cannot possibly add anything to that!

And that is why I get more satisfaction talking to a bag of hammers.
Bobby Nerves 2/1/2014 9:08:54 PM Report

Must be Duck Dynasty new season in PPV. No one will pick up.
Grump 2/1/2014 9:15:23 PM Report

Good evening Bobby, are you behaving yourself?
Bobby Nerves 2/1/2014 9:21:44 PM Report

Yep, but it wasn't methane gas in the swamp lookaround, now everything make sense, the 5th. case of porcine pest was confirmed.
lookaround 2/1/2014 9:29:07 PM Report

I think we exhausted the swamp people. Inhaling all that methane made them succumb to a slumber. Be prepared for tomorrow. They will come out fangs, claws and hairy knuckles.
Grump 2/1/2014 9:36:04 PM Report

Status I have been working on Construction most of my life, rough jobs in some rough places with some rough folks. That said I have never even considered myself sheltered until I have been introduced to some of the prime specimens on here. I truly have never run into such a rude, crude and uncaring lot for their fellow man as these darlings. This lot seemed to come about sometime during the years I was in Saudi. What the hell happened? Other than the interest rates spiraling out of control in the early eighties I can't think of any other traumatic times in those years. Good night all.
sparks7 2/1/2014 10:12:57 PM Report

Seems to me that there are many people on the far right that are terrified,just terrified,with the notion that somebody might get something for nothing.That paranoia renders them unable to grasp that when all people get a fair shake everybody benefits,even them.It seems to me that it doesn't matter what checks and balances/regulations are put in place as an attempt to inject a little justice. The big money always finds a way around them. At he other end there is no denying the existence of some folks that think the world somehow owes them a living and will do what they can to scam the system.So something there has to change as well.The answers?I have no freakin idea.Anyhow that is my 2 cents for the night.Hope it made sense.
steelworker 2/1/2014 10:19:15 PM Report

Time to slap the lid back on the septic tank. Put on clean diapers and climb into bed my little turds.
mvnnth 2/1/2014 10:22:07 PM Report

I AM NOT COMMENTING ON ANYTHING BUT THE FACT THAT THE DEALER DIdN'T GIVE ME CREDIT FOR THE OIL THAT THEY WEREN'T OBLIGED TO SUPPLY. THEY CHARGED ME $11.95 PER LITRE FOR THE ALL-SYNTHETIC. I kicked but they were adamant. As to the benefit derived in the use of all-synthetic vs. regular you will be the expert. I have used all-synthetic in my boat's diesel engine and my car. Allow me my delusion, I think it helps the environment and the engine's longevity. I no longer do dealers. Pardon the caps above.
redranger 2/1/2014 10:35:39 PM Report

Other than the error on wheels, the service was fine. Six litres of DEXOS plus filter for $49.
Wisenheimer 2/1/2014 11:10:29 PM Report

Grump .. ... Sault Star Friday Jan. 31st. "Businesses that can"t afford to pay their employees minimum wage of $14.00 per hour probably shouldn't be in business."
So all you workers working for less or recently laid off should ring up Dave Pettalia for their next job assignment.
lookaround 2/1/2014 11:25:33 PM Report

Wisen must be boring in cold Florida for you to always be trolling Sootday. When I am on my trip I couldn't give a.....
steelworker 2/2/2014 12:40:37 AM Report

Going to Heyden is not going on a trip.
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