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I grabbed the whole screen on BlogTO last night because the juxtaposition of articles in the column on the right is pretty rich.  We're all in it together, right?  Well, no, if you're filthy rich and well connected, you don't have to be:

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Let's go bottom to top with that right hand column:  Some mebers of the Rogers and Bitove families apparently don't understand that discretion and tact go with wealth for a reason and blew the lid off spending a nice weekend down in Mar-A-Lago with disgraced former president Donald Trump.  Who on earth in 2021 thinks hanging out with Donald Trump and then bragging about it on social media is a good idea?

Chances are, they did the snowbird thing since both families have executive teams running their respective business interests and they can phone/email it in from wherever, and decided to rent some mansions in Florida for the winter to get away from it all plus get vaccinated while they're down there and get it done on the correct dosing intervals that Moderna and Pfizer specify.  And spending the weekend at Mar-A-Lago with Trump is a nice way to pass some time.  Hit the links, indulge Donald's cheating at golf, then have dinner in the restaurant after.  Trump steaks, well done, with ketchup, just how the former president likes them.  If the waiter screws up the order, Donald can fire the waiter Apprentice-style and call up one of his buddies back at the CIA and have the waiter taken out in the employee parking lot before he even gets back to his car.

I can just imagine them sitting around the table in the restaurant commiserating and licking their wounds.  The election being stolen.  Mass entertainment venues being closed so Bitove's championship basketball team can't play at home and Bitove's daddy's food businesses can't sell $15 hotdogs in places they have contracts like the Skydome Rogers Centre.  And the Rogers family, that cell network failure, they'd be practically crying in their shirmp cocktails about having to give refunds to everybody for the day it was down.  Ted Rogers is probably spinning in his grave at that.  Giving refunds?  What?!  If Ted was still around, there'd be no refunds.  He'd find a way to charge all the customers extra because fixing the problem cost money!  And he'd backcharge fixing it back to Ericsson too and double dip on it!  Remember the negative option billing cable TV scandal?  That sort of thing.  So outrageous that it made the Mike Harris conservative government actually legislate consumer protections!  But you need the right people in the executive suite like John Tory to pull that kind of stunt.  And people thought it was a good idea to vote him in as mayor in Toronto after that to replace Rob Ford!    And people thought it was also a good idea to vote in Rob Ford's older brother Doug to become premier!

The wealth, the prestige, the movers and shakers of Bay St, the titans of Canadian industry living it up while they're waiting for winter to finally end and get vaccinated down in Florida rubbing shoulders with a former president of the United States.  Donald Trump probably felt like he was back on the set of The Apprentice when that picture with all the ladies was taken.  So many asses to grab!  Just like in the good old days!  Hard work awaits the Bitove and Rogers clans once they return home though.  Bitove's business various holdings including extracting rent from apartment dwellers need attention and the Rogers would no doubt like to resume overseeing the fleecing millions of telecommunications customers in person and Donald's got to start preparing his 2024 campaign.

Moving to the top of the right hand column and the other end of the wealth and prestige spectrum, after 14 miserable months, eight nobodies got together at someone who's fortunate enough to have a recreational property's cottage over the weekend and got ratted out by a neighbour.  This was a low budget beer and throw something on the barbecue get together with a bunch of working class schmucks.  Thousand dollar tickets all round.  Thouand dollar tickets that'll never be given to the first group of people.  Restrictions that have never been imposed on the first group of people.  Health risks that have never been imposed on the first group of people.  Economic, physical health, mental health devastation that has never been imposed on the first group of people.

I've been brutally sarcastic there in places but I've stuck to the facts especially with outlining how the political and business dots are connected since a lot of people might not know.  Could the pandemic make the difference between the wealthy and powerful class and the rest of us even any more stark and obvious?

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Another day, another completely meaningless policy imposed on us by the rich that will achieve nothing except get a bunch of people angry at each other:

'Overcrowding': Fears of COVID-19 spread prompt Town of Oakville to ban parking and increase fines in certain areas

Thank heaven we had these forward thinking heroes to swoop in and correct this large oversight of there being something enjoyable still left to do. Can't have any kind of enjoyment, however slight, in a global pandemic!

Every single day, things get just a little bit worse than they were the previous day. Why hope at all?

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11 hours ago, PCC Guy said:

Another day, another completely meaningless policy imposed on us by the rich that will achieve nothing except get a bunch of people angry at each other:

'Overcrowding': Fears of COVID-19 spread prompt Town of Oakville to ban parking and increase fines in certain areas

Thank heaven we had these forward thinking heroes to swoop in and correct this large oversight of there being something enjoyable still left to do. Can't have any kind of enjoyment, however slight, in a global pandemic!

Every single day, things get just a little bit worse than they were the previous day. Why hope at all?

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14 hours ago, PCC Guy said:

Another day, another completely meaningless policy imposed on us by the rich that will achieve nothing except get a bunch of people angry at each other:

'Overcrowding': Fears of COVID-19 spread prompt Town of Oakville to ban parking and increase fines in certain areas

Thank heaven we had these forward thinking heroes to swoop in and correct this large oversight of there being something enjoyable still left to do. Can't have any kind of enjoyment, however slight, in a global pandemic!

Every single day, things get just a little bit worse than they were the previous day. Why hope at all?

You're so right about this one being imposed by the rich.  Look how Oakville split it right down the middle at $100.  If the parking lot's full at one of the waterfront parks, someone living in a mansion south of the QEW'll just pull over and park and pay the $100 ticket as if it's the fee to use the spot.  The threat of a $100 ticket will keep everyone of lesser means out unless they happen to be lucky enough to find an open spot in one of the parking lots by the lake.

Compare to Burlington next door where the COVID-19 parking fine is $250 and that's serious enough that even most wealthy people will balk at paying that kind of money out to park the car for a day at the park.

I've gone for coffee twice with a friend in Oakville down at Bronte Harbour this spring and been able to get a spot in the lot by the Boathouse restaurant.  Plan B if the lot was full was to park at Bronte Field as if I'm going to be playing against the Oakville Longhorns and walk down except the town looks like they've keept the gates locked there.  It looks like Oakville's setting up a nice little money maker by artificially drying up the supply of parking lot space by doing that while charging the wealthy what's effectively a premium rate for on street parking while keeping the regular folks out.  Win, win, win there at the expense of regular people who, as usual, get to lose out.  Which brings to mind one question:

3 hours ago, Bus_Medic said:

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Do we sharpen it up and put a knife edge on the blade or leave it nice and dull?

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