Now we pay bottle tax? 
I'm forced to question the motivation behind the new return system for bottles to the LCBO.

What is the value in this? Why do they want you to bring them the bottles rather than just leaving them at the curb in the recycle bin with the rest of your glassware?

With Brewers Retail (The Beer Store), it is understandable. They want the bottles back because they are an integral part of the network that allows beer bottles to be efficiently reused in Ontario. By taking them back in an unbroken state, nicely organized, they are reducing the cost of recycling them and helping keep the cost of beer down for those who use them. I commend that.

The LCBO is different though. They have no such network. They are not part of any recycling system that will benefit from the bottles going through them. So far as I can tell, there is no good reason for them to accept returns other than to collect the deposits as a tax and profit on any bottles that get recycled through more convenient methods.

The Ontario Liberals can pretend they're being environmentally conscious with this nonsense, but the fact is that we already have perfectly good ways of recycling bottles and this isn't helping things. I don't think that people who can't be bothered to put the bottles in the recycle bin instead of the trash will be driven by the prospect of a shiny new dime to pack them over to the LCBO and return them.

In the end, it's just their way of stealing a little more from us.


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The plight of modern youth. 
All I've really got to say about this is Amen.

Article from The Star

I don't seem to qualify as "youth" anymore for the purposes of this article, but it really addresses all the things my generation has to deal with.

I hate to sound like I'm whining, but it's nice to see things quantified in such a way that you can immediately see how much harder we have it than our parent's generation did.

It seems that as we enter our 30's, we're only now entering the same stage of life as our parents were in when they were barely midway through their 20's.

And really, I've got nothing to complain about. Things have worked out for me about as well as I could have expected them to given the cards I've been dealt. For others, there's far more obstacles to deal with. What does society expect us to do?

Of course, I don't agree with the solution offered at the end of the article. We don't need to give the poor more money by raising the minimum wage. What we need to do is allow everyone a greater percentage of their earnings to be of actual use to them.

We need more tax dollars to go into education to make it more accessible or at least some sort of interest free student loan program. We also need lower taxes in general so we're not using such a high percentage of our earnings for the bare necessities.

If our parents could pay less taxes and the country didn't go bankrupt for lack of funds, then surely we can do the same.

Of course, first the government would have to stop squandering our money away and actually be accountable for their fiscal actions. Hopefully the current government continues on their path of ferreting out waste and trimming the fat. We can only hope.


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Saddam is Dead 
I can only think that nothing good will come of this. :(

If all we've been told is true then the world is certainly better off without him but you can bet his followers (or opportunists) will make him out to be a martyr and the violence in Iraq will escalate.

They should have probably just left him to rot away in prison.

Interesting and probably frightening times are coming.


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Where's my 25% pay raise? 
The provincial government has voted themselves a 25% pay raise, the theiving bastards.

They're doing a piss poor job of running the province, stealing money from us left and right, most recently through the power company and Children's Aid Society, and now they're just handing themselves more money for no reason.

If they honestly felt that the job deserved such higher pay, they should have passed the bill and had it take effect following the next election. At least then they could be voted out before they benefit from it.

As it is, they just dipped their collective hands into the pockets of this province's taxpayers and stole themselves a nice Christmas gift.

Bastards.



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I am justified in my anger. 
Where the hell do you get an $8000 leather jacket???

Our Tax Dollars at Work

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