Happy Canada Day!
I broke down and finally got a tablet.
Frankly, yesterday I discovered that some people who cut tree branches away from power lines are total idiots. There is a big maple tree in my parents’ backyard. It is about 4 metres away from the fence. Today, BC Hydro cutters came by and mutilated it. It looks like they cut the branches too short. The stem was 4 metres away. It used to offer luscious shade, and now you can see through the canopy and into the neighbours’ windows in the distance.
Now the tree is unbalanced. Considering that their yard floods in winter, it might not take much of a gust of wind for the tree to topple over.
And this was a special tree for my parents. They got it as a seedling and now this maple is over 30 years old. It takes time for a tree to get as elegant as this.
And in addition me and my mother basically got the runaround from BC Hydro when we phoned to complain. They still haven’t returned our call.
I found a really good article on why BC’s carbon tax is the way to go (links removed and emphasis added):
If the goal was to reduce global warming pollution, then the B.C. carbon tax totally works. Since its passage, gasoline use in British Columbia has plummeted, declining seven times as much as might be expected from an equivalent rise in the market price of gas, according to a recent study by two researchers at the University of Ottawa. That’s apparently because the tax hasn’t just had an economic effect: It has also helped change the culture of energy use in B.C. “I think it really increased the awareness about climate change and the need for carbon reduction, just because it was a daily, weekly thing that you saw,” says Merran Smith, the head of Clean Energy Canada. “It made climate action real to people.”
It also saved many of them a lot of money. Sure, the tax may cost you if you drive your car a great deal, or if you have high home gas heating costs. But it also gives you the opportunity to save a lot of money if you change your habits, for instance by driving less or buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle. That’s because the tax is designed to be “revenue neutral” — the money it raises goes right back to citizens in the form of tax breaks. Overall, the tax has brought in some $5 billion in revenue so far, and more than $3 billion has then been returned in the form of business tax cuts, along with over $1 billion in personal tax breaks, and nearly $1 billion in low-income tax credits (to protect those for whom rising fuel costs could mean the greatest economic hardship). According to the B.C. Ministry of Finance, for individuals who earn up to $122,000, income tax rates in the province are now Canada’s lowest.
We out to be taxing things we want to discourage (besides carbon, this ought to include things like fast food and sugar, and financial transactions like high–frequency trading) and reducing or eliminating taxes on things we want to encourage (like high–density living and transit use).
And a big thumbs down to Oklahoma for taxing solar energy.
Team Canada has won the 2014 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, with a 5–1 win over the United States. This is Canada’s fourth title and third consecutive win. The United States won silver, and the Czech Republic was third, beating Russia, who had its best showing ever.
The final rankings are as follows:
- United States
- Czech Republic
- Hungary – relegated to Division I.
Unless there is a change in format, the likely groups for the next tournament are:
|Pool A||Pool B
The Division I tournament is currently ongoing, and will conclude April 4. It’s winner will be promoted and take the remaining spot.
My being rear–ended resulted in more than $6000 of damage. Since it was not a new car, this edges the accident into total loss territory. As a consequence, ICBC has decided to write off my vehicle. However, the claim hasn’t been settled yet.
And yes, I do have whiplash.
On Thursday, I was in a car accident and was rear–ended by an SUV while making a turn. My car’s rear end got bashed in with a taillight broken, and other damage.
This ought to be an example of why goddamn SUV’s are evil. They are much higher up, which means their points of impact with regular cars will be higher up, therefore causing more damage. Being higher up also makes them more likely to roll over. SUV’s greater mass also means a bigger force at impact, all else equal. In addition, since they are so big, they make you feel safe. A smaller vehicle makes you more likely to drive safely because you don’t feel safe and therefore must take more safe actions. SUV’s are also huge wastes of energy and are very inefficient with fuel.
In case you’re wondering, my neck hurts a little (I don’t know if this is whiplash or not) but am otherwise okay.