Music, Personal, Travel

Lemon

I was listening to Spotify and this song started to play. Its funny how one song brings back memories from a certain period in your life. I was teaching English as a Native English teacher in Taipei at the time this song was released.

I remember this song well. It was my favorite song on the album “Zooropa” by U2.  I was in Taiwan when this album was released. Listening to this song brought back memories of scooters, motorcycles. a large gaping hole in the middle of the street, some truly weird roommates and dancing to the song “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against The Machine. That song was quite popular at the time in one particular Taipei bar. Every time it was played, a large crowd would start dancing on the dance floor.  I don’t remember the name of the bar. It was a bar not too far from where I used to live at that time.

After twenty five years, I still like this song by U2. It has some some of the most memorable lyrics in music

According to some reviews of the album:

Jon Pareles wrote that the songs are about how “media messages infect characters’ souls”, while music journalist David Browne said the songs are concerned with “emotional fracturing in the techno-tronic age”.

Notes:

Pareles, Jon. A raucous U2 moves further out on a limb. The New York Times. July 4, 1993.

Browne, David. Music Review: Zooropa. Entertainment Weekly. July 9, 1993.

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Business, Economics, Job Market

Ontario’s job losses and the raise in minimum wage

Yes, Ontario did lose 51,000 jobs in January 2018.  The minimum wage in Ontario also rose to $14/hr in January 2018.

I keep hearing in the news that these job losses can be attributed to the rise in the minimum wage.

It does look that way if you just look at the 51,000 figure. The 51,000 job lost were all part-time jobs.

But once you dig into the numbers, it becomes very difficult to conclusively say that the job losses were caused by the rise in minimum wage.

First of all, you cannot make a good analysis based on just one month of data.

Let’s look into January 2018 numbers anyway.

On a percentage basis, part-time jobs lost were:

Ontario                       -4.3%
Quebec                        -3.9%
Saskatchewan          -4.8%
New Brunswick        -4.1%

As you can see, Ontario’s part-time job losses on a percentage basis were not that bad when compared to Quebec, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.  Saskatchewan actually lost more part-time jobs on a percentage basis than Ontario.

If you look at the different sectors of the economy where the job losses occurred, you  will notice an interesting fact.

You would have expected job losses in the Accommodation and Food Services sector where 60% of the workers earned $14 or less. However, there were 2,200 more jobs created in this sector in Ontario.

Also it is important to note that 44,000 jobs were lost in industries that have small numbers of low-wage workers.

The 44,000 drop in service sector employment included:

professional, scientific and technical services (-13,300)
public administration (-5,600)
educational services (-8,100)
health care and social assistance (-9,700).

Sources:

Bloomberg. Blame Ontario minimum wage hike for job plunge. Or not.

Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. Ontario January job numbers: Keep calm and carry on.

Statistics Canada. Labor force characteristics by province.

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Personal

Equifax confused me with my brother

I have a younger brother. His name is Martin. He is two years younger than me.

Equifax confused me with Martin. They showed me as living at a previous address of Martin. Equifax showed me as living on Bremner Blvd. I have never lived on Bremner Blvd. They also showed me having a loan with CIBC which I never had.

I urge my readers to check their Equifax profile. It is free in Canada to get a copy of your credit profile.

Click here to request Equifax for free credit report. You will need to fill out form and mail to address shown on the form.

TransUnion is the other credit reporting company in Canada. Click here to get information on how to get your free credit report. You need to fill out form and mail to address provided.

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Quotes

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

People usually think that progress consists in the increase of knowledge, in the improvement of life, but that isn’t so. Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life. The truth is always accessible to a man. It can’t be otherwise, because a man’s soul is a divine spark, the truth itself. It’s only a matter of removing from this divine spark everything that obscures it. Progress consists, not in the increase of truth, but in freeing it from its wrappings. The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn’t gold.

Source: Tolstoy’s Diaries (1985) edited and translated by R. F. Christian. London: Athlone Press, Vol 2, p. 512

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Art, Astronomy

Coma Berenices

coma berenice

Coma Berenices is an ancient asterism in the northern sky, which has been defined as one of the 88 modern constellations. It is in the direction of the fourth galactic quadrant, between Leo and Boötes, and it is visible in both hemispheres. Its name means “Berenice’s Hair” in Latin and refers to Queen Berenice II of Egypt, who sacrificed her long hair as a votive offering.

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Animals, Sports

Whobegotyou

Moonee Valley Races

Whobegotyou was an Australian-bred thoroughbred racehorse. The horse won nine races, including the Group One Caulfield Guineas and Yalumba Stakes for $3,115,450 in prize money.

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Food

Turtle Bread

Turtle Bread Betty Crocker

Fun baking activity to do with your kids. Click here for recipe.

Disclaimer: I am in no way connected with General Mills. I am not in any way employed by General Mills nor do I receive any type of compensation from General Mills. Please follow all safety procedures for baking.

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