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Billionaires equate to failed public policy

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Billionaires equate to failed public policy

As our people and small businesses hold on for their lives and livelihoods, many are looking on, wondering what happened to the grand promise of unfettered capitalism.

What happened to the promise of endless growth? Of the greatness of the free market?

The sheer inadequacy of the market to respond to this pandemic, the utter weakness of big business to pull us out of this mess is itself a master lesson in economics.

It’s also an indictment of extreme capitalism.

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Ford government moving to privatize health care, reader says

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I am beyond disgusted at the Ford government. Premier Doug Ford is moving ahead with Bill 175, which seeks to privatize home health care — even as he cries crocodile tears over the horrible conditions at long-term care homes.

As citizens of this country, we have worked, paid taxes (through which politicians get paid) and contributed to the economy by buying foods, electronics and all of the  commercial products from corporations that maintain their success — and profits — from our money.

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Yukon’s Gurdeep Pandher tries to spread some joy on social media

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Like many Canadians, I have been spending a little more time online while we #stayathome during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Last month Canada’s large internet companies reported internet usage increases of over 50 per cent nationally. A report from April reports that Canadian usage of social media (in time spent) at the start of the pandemic had increased by a whopping 70 per cent.

So it turns out that I am not alone in my increased usage of Twitter and Facebook: a lot of us are turning to social media a lot more during these troubling times.

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Two local businesses that adapted quickly to new reality

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Burns Bulk Food owner, Dan Burns, second from left, adapted his business quickly.

Imagine that you have put years of time, effort, passion, and money into building a business. From the early years of raising capital or going the lean start-up route, through the growing pains that come with scaling from a small to medium sized business and all the new challenges that it presents.

Human resource considerations, targeted marketing campaigns, sound financial practices, and efficient operations are all challenges and obstacles that have been faced and refined on your way to becoming a larger wide-scale success.

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A people’s new economic normal

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"Cashiers and cooks and drivers are being acknowledged like we’ve never seen."

“All of my sweat, blood and tears were in my business.” In Fenelon Falls, Sandy’s well-known bakery has closed for good.

My dear friend Graham has also shuttered his senior care family business, too overwhelmed to consider what might be next for him.

We’re hearing these stories more and more. The free market is now producing 15 per cent unemployment and possible defaults on consumer debts of 50 to 70 per cent. A lot more bankruptcies and unemployment are forecast.

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Pothole problems, landfill longing from resident in ward two

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No charge residential clear bag drop at City Landfills

Thank you for painting a bright new shiny solid yellow line on Concession 7 and Northline Road.

This will be helpful at letting us all know when we have broken the law by veering to the other side of the road repeatedly to miss the many potholes.

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The Icelandic fish sticks revelation

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Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Common sense is apparently what my grandmother had and what I lacked, at least as a child. This information was often relayed to me at her rural Apsley home many decades ago, when I would spend time with her almost every summer. If I acted too much the smart aleck she would remind me of how much I still didn’t know.

The Oxford dictionary defines common sense as “the ability to think about things in a practical way and make sensible decisions.”

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Flying the coop: Time to change bylaw on backyard chickens, woman says

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Heather Lamb, Levi, and two chickens.

Once upon a 100-acre farm, there where many ducks and chickens, each of them with their own silly personality. Chewy, a 6-year-old ermine attack survivor, with her own distinctive chatter, has always been my special girl, having been a house hen for months of recovery.

I lived on that farm in the Fenelon Falls area quite happily for many years. Growing my own food has always been a passion for as long as I can remember. Playing in the dirt keeps me grounded. It’s great exercise, and it’s gratifying to harvest what I’ve grown. Fresh veggies from the garden also help lower the grocery bill.

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Farm country, Canadian Shield…anything but “cottage country”

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Farm country, Canadian Shield…anything but “cottage country”

It started earlier than usual this year.

With Toronto residents looking to isolate themselves at their vacation homes, the first news stories appeared in March rather than, as is typical, in the lead-up to the May long weekend.

“Ontario cottage country deals with influx of residents amid COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Cottage country mayors urging seasonal residents to ‘stay away.’”

“Cottage country grapples with increase in visitors during COVID-19 crisis.”

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Reality check: Having things to look forward to is a privilege

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I’m a pretty positive person, and I literally give thanks every day for my good fortune during the pandemic. Most of my home-based work continues unchanged and I’m able to walk as much as I want around our home in the country northeast of Lindsay.

There’s food in the fridge, firewood for the stove, and above all, my immediate and extended family are healthy.

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