1. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Two Canadian Sailors Sentenced for Setting Their Sailboat on Fire
    The two men were trying to prevent U.S. Coast Guard members from boarding, according to their plea agreements
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    Two Canadian sailors were sentenced to 30 months in prison for intentionally setting their sailboat on fire, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

    Emerson Rome and Bradley Wise, both now 31-years-old, were off the coast of Washington State on Oct. 28, 2016, when they set their vessel, named "Tarry-A-Bit," on fire.

    Members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter, Steadfast, began to approach Rome and Wise on their sailboat when one of them started to light parts of the boat on fire, causing flames to spread across the boat.

    Rome and Wise then began steering their boat in circles, making it difficult for Coast Guard personnel to put out the fire.

    When the boat was engulfed in flames, the men jumped off the vessel and had to be rescued from the frigid waters by Coast Guard crewmembers, according to the U.S. Attorney.

    Rome and Wise were convicted of conspiracy to commit violence against maritime navigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

    “The actions of these individuals created a great danger to themselves and the crewmembers of the cutter Steadfast,” said Rear Admiral Todd Sokalzuk, Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard district in Alameda, California, in a statement. “The conviction and sentence demonstrate that the Coast Guard will seek to bring justice to those that endanger others on the open ocean.”

    According to the U.S. Coast Guard, Steadfast crewmembers did attempt to put out the fire, but Tarry-A-Bit ended up sinking.

    Rome and Wise’s clothing tested positive for methamphetamine, according to a government sentencing memo.

    Rome and Wise set their boat on fire to prevent Coast Guard members from boarding, according to a plea agreement. No contraband was recovered from the debris.
     
    1. shootersa
      There is something just ............. wrong .............. in burning a boat.
       
      shootersa, Apr 19, 2017
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    Trump’s latest Buy American order mostly rhetoric but could harm Canadian businesses: experts

    OTTAWA — Donald Trump announced new Buy American policies Tuesday that experts say could hurt Canadian businesses — and he took an opportunity to take a public dig at Canada’s dairy sector in the process.

    Although the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order Trump signed appears to contain more rhetoric than immediate action, there are fears American suppliers and distributors who now rely on Canadian input may turn inwards in anticipation of stricter policies down the road.

    Even if no change immediately takes place, U.S. firms may start to say, “I might as well just buy American,” warned Milos Barutciski, co-chair of the international trade and investment program at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto.

    “The problem is the tone as much as the legal effect that’s worrisome and that could be injurious to Canadian suppliers,” he said Tuesday, recalling a similar effect when previous president Barack Obama imposed Buy American rules in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

    Rather than imposing a ton of new rules, the order focuses on plans to increase enforcement and waive exemptions that, up until now — and as required by the North American Free Trade Agreement — have allowed foreign companies to continue bidding for projects alongside American competitors. The order also seeks to tighten rules around the issue of visas for skilled foreign workers.

    Waivers and exemptions have been “abused greatly,” a U.S. senior official told reporters Monday. Agencies and departments will be “cracking down” on weak compliance and anti-dumping, and “rooting out every single Buy American loophole,” the official said. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is mandated to submit a report within 220 days, which “will serve as a blueprint for additional executive and regulatory actions.”

    The policies spell uncertainty for a wide range of Canadian exporters, selling everything from stationery to construction equipment. The order also specifically promises to bolster American steel, which could affect cross-border infrastructure projects.
     
    1. BigSuzyB
      Isn't the Keystone XL pipeline being built by Trans -Canada pipeline? With pipe that been in yards outside Calgary for quite a while. I heard that that pipe has a shelf life and has to go in the ground soon.
       
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      "Yellow Jacket" is not as time sensitive as standard pipe and whether or not sweet or sour is running through it is also a determining factor ...

      This is one of those stfu Trump moments as this pipeline is "exempt" from the buy American pipe rule that Trump proposed. He didn't get his way considering the high standards TCP has for lines ...

      I have held my stake in this pipeline long enough and want to see a return sooner than later BUT I did sell off my Sioux Falls stake due to the way that whole affair was handled.
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 19, 2017
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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Average Canadian house worth $548,517 in March, up 8.2% over previous year
    Number of sales higher too, and nowhere more than in Toronto market

    Canadian home prices continue to march higher, with the average up to $548,517 last month, according to figures released Tuesday.

    The national figure continues to be skewed higher by hot activity in and around Toronto.

    The Canadian Real Estate Association said that in addition to prices, the volume of home sales also rose during the month, hitting an all-time record.

    But as was the case with prices, the sales spike can largely be traced back to feverish activity in the Greater Toronto Area.

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    "The current strength in national home sales mainly speaks to what's going on in and around Toronto," CREA president Andrew Peck said in a release. "Elsewhere, sales either remain slow or well below previous heights."

    Vancouver had been a major factor in the run-up in the national average price for several months, until the government slapped a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers last year that caused prices in the city to drop back. That trend appears to have ended as annual figures are now in positive territory in both the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver area.

    But Toronto is still the biggest factor in the national figure. The red-hot market is spilling over into suburban communities around the city now, as well. Other places in southern Ontario as far from the GTA as London, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo and St. Catharines are all clocking gains in excess of 20 per cent in the past 12 months, Bank of Montreal economist Doug Porter noted on Tuesday after the numbers came out.

    "Almost the entire province of Ontario's housing market is now on fire, while most of the rest of the country wonders what all the fuss is about," he said.

    If both Vancouver and Toronto are stripped out of the data, the average Canadian house price would drop by more than $150,000, to $389,726.

    Diana Petramala, an economist with TD Bank, says activity in Ontario is indeed clouding data from everywhere else in the country.

    "All eyes appear focused on the Ontario housing market as prices continue to race ahead of underlying economic fundamentals, such as population and household incomes," she said. "The speed at which home prices are rising have become a cause for concern with unsustainable home price growth at least in part attributed to speculative activity."

    "The key question is," she said, "what will stop it?"
     
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    2. justpassingthru
      I knew a family that bought their first house for 11,000 and took almost 20 tears to pay it off making the minimum payments even though they could afford more but didn't know any better. They paid that house off over 4 times but still made a healthy return all those years later with the yearly increases.

      It always amazes me how little people know about compound interest ...
       
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    3. BigSuzyB
      If you bought in the 60s you got the benefit of paying off your mortgage with greatly inflated dollars through the 70s.
       
      BigSuzyB, Apr 19, 2017
    4. justpassingthru
      My parents were struggling to pay their mortgage when I was young and lucky for them I made something out of myself no thanks to them and paid off their mortgage for them early in my adulthood. I bought my first house for cash and never looked back.

      I advise people to make use of the double up payment clause in most mortgages and a 25 year mortgage can be paid off in as little as 9 (ish) years.
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 19, 2017
    5. Ed Itor
      Did you read about the young T.O. couple that sold their house they bought at $320,000. a few years ago and sold it for over $1,000,000. and moved to Ottawa to buy a cheaper house. (TorStar)
       
      Ed Itor, Apr 19, 2017
    6. justpassingthru
      A few years ago a friend was transferred from TO to Calgary and got about a mil for hs house and contracted a company here to build him a house here with that so it would be ready by the time he had to move. His partner came out first and when we pulled up she asked "what is this" to which I said it was their new home and she said she had seen hotels smaller than that and couldn't believe she got basically a mansion here for that money LOL.

      Calgary house prices are around a mil too but that is 4-5000 sq ft unlike the 1800 in TO ...
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 19, 2017
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    When I see average home prices higher than half a million I have to think there is some mistake.
    Like any other area there are more low cost homes sold than high cost homes.
    Maybe if they narrowed the area to a certain few blocks it would be closer to the truth.
    All across Canada is quite a big place.
     
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    Shooter doesn't know about Canada housing, but he can tell anyone who cares all about the market in his Arizona town.
    It sucks. It sucks the big green wienie, it sucks so bad.

    100 days on the market, no offers. Everyone says, nice house, priced right, love what you've done with the place, clearly pride of ownership, yada yada. And no offers.

    Fuck.
     
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    We went over this before and I distinctly remember a member telling me I was nuts when I suggested the median house price in the US was 500,000 to which I researched it and it turns out it is barely half that but here in Canada where we actually have an economy, even a little home of less than 1000sq. ft. costs 350-400 thousand bro. Most homes are worth over 1 million in large metropolitan areas.

    Hell all of "ya all" moving up here to escape the Trump monster isn't helping drive prices down or stabilize them for that matter ...

    Come on RK, do your worst, you know you want to LMAO. And be smart this time, house prices don't skyrocket in a shit economy like you are going to suggest ... come on, throw them numbers at me.
     
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    Wonder if they take into consideration the costs of a house in the U.S. when you can buy a house in Jackson, Ms. for $100?
    Looks like that would take several more high dollar houses to keep the average up there.
     
  8. justpassingthru

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    Would you buy a house in Jackson, the same place where killing is a spectator sport lol ???

    Dude just stop arguing and accept the fact that Canada is a desirable location to move to/live in and we don't kill each other all day long. We have a real country here that yes we have our own unique problems BUT they are fixable. The USA is broken and there is no quick fix so that is partly why you can buy a house there for cheap ... plus half of yours don't even have basements, sidewalks, proper plumbing (thay have septic crap), do I need to go on ???

    Just get over yourself and the fact that you live in a shithole country ...
     
    1. shootersa
      Septic?
      Who you been talking to?
      PUTZ
       
      shootersa, Apr 19, 2017
    2. justpassingthru
      Half of the east side of the USA is on Septic sewer ... the further west you go or north, the better it gets but still.

      You live in a shithole run by a shithead, deal with it LOL.
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 19, 2017
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    I am not saying Jackson is a great place to buy a house but several hundred thousand people still live there.
    I will agree that many more move out in a year than moves in. I have lived there years ago but got out when the going was good.
    I will agree that most houses do not have basements because of the water table they would be indoor pools.

    I will accept that Canada is a desirable location.
    What I can't accept is with all of the smaller cheaper houses available in both Canada and the U.S. someone is cooking th ebooks if they think half million is the average cost of a house.

    Besides Canada is too cold. I get a chill when the temperature drops below 90.
     
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    I completely forgot all about the mobile home sales. Are they not considered houses or are there a lot of them boing for half a million?
    Maybe in Canada you have igloos. Are they considered as houses?
     
  11. justpassingthru

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    Ya the cold is an acquired taste lol.

    There are not a lot of "smaller homes" as you call them that give false readings bro, that is just the way it is here. Our cities and towns are well maintained and if it has a draw like employment or safe community, the prices are up there around the half mil. There are some smaller ones and without them the average price would be a mil ...

    Thx for keeping it civil unlike shooter for brains LOL.
     
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      !
      What the hell did Shooter do?
      *stomps off to get his matter transformation unit.
       
      shootersa, Apr 19, 2017
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    LOL, you watch too much Trailer Park Boys lol. I don't know if they are included to be honest, I didn't write the article, I am just the messenger lol.

    I have seen a few pretty sweet double wides though but no thanks, they attract the brandi's of the world ...
     
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    Hell, we have triple wides and two story down here. The tornados still blow them away.
     
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    There are not any trailer parks in T.O. basically Condums are all the New Builts, that's what I call Condos as I think you get screwed if you buy one, one of the reasons the housing shortage is so bad here. No one is building rentals of any kind, you want to rent than you rent an overpriced Condum. Some small towns might have a few trailers.
    The city asked both Provincial & Federal govts for help but all they really need is to put a stop to new Condums, a simple cityhall bylaw.
     
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    Vancouver has the same problem as TO does. Van is a melting pot and the Chinese drove the prices through the roof years ago by buying up every available piece of property. The Provincial government had to step in with new laws to slow that runaway train.

    I have a property in Vancouver that my brother lives in. It is worth 10 times what I paid for it ...
     
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    So we have our first donorcycle fatality today in Edmonchuck. A guy speeding on his bike ramming straight into the ass end of a city bus. There were no skid marks ...
     
    1. freethinker
      "There were no skid marks ..."

      Did they check his underwear?
       
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      No, are you volunteering?
       
      Ed Itor, Apr 23, 2017
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    Having a NATO Unit here on site I thought this may be of interest to our Canadian neighbors .

     
    1. Ed Itor
      Yeah we have a you show me your's & I'll show you mine agreement. Although theirs appear to be bushier.
       
      Ed Itor, Apr 23, 2017
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    Shooter heard a report that the Canadians promptly sent their crack interceptor team out to take a look ...................
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    As funny as those Memes are, we don't need a massive military as we tend to be liked across the globe unlike the USA that need to stick their noses in everyone's business ...

    We have elite forces that fight along side the Americans and they speak highly of our troops and our jets do their share of bombing in the middle east too.

    We can be a polite lot but part of that is we are numb from cold half the year lol.

    Your grandkids will end up living here in 30-50 years when the USA is no longer inhabitable ...
     
    1. msman
      We will protect you.
       
      msman, Apr 22, 2017
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      You have no choice lol. If we don't slow the Russians down if they decide to attack N America you guys will have your hands full. We have strong NATO and NORAD forces but are not an offensive army per se. Don't need it anymore.
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 22, 2017
    3. msman
      You protect us from the Russians and we will protect you from the Mexicans.
       
      msman, Apr 22, 2017
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    4. justpassingthru
      Bro, half of them are moving here to get away from deportation lol. They know that if they cross the border illegally we have to take them ...
       
      justpassingthru, Apr 22, 2017
    5. msman
      They are leaving here at a rate higher than ever. Not coming across the border as much and more are getting caught.
      It is too cold up for most.
       
      msman, Apr 22, 2017