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We would be remiss if we didn't mention the recent passing of Jack Cuncannon, a quiet man, with amazing talent. Like most, we will always remember him playing keyboard with any number of local bands, and like most guys with his ability, not a piece of music.
Condolences to his family, Jack was one of the "good guys". And if that is a Segway to this next piece, so be it. If readers want to watch and hear some amazing talent, take in any part of this year's Music Festival at various venues around town. Every year, this event is the pinnacle of a lot of hard work by the hundreds of musically talented people who enter the festival. Pick up a program at Wade's Jewellery, or Riverside Pharmacy, then plot where to go and what you would like to watch. It is a lot fun, and you will be amazed at what you see. The festival runs March 14-25.
Steven Tyler (from Aerosmith), fans will get a laugh out of his new tv commercial touting Skittles candy. Seems an unlikely match-up, but some ad creator made it work. Funny stuff.
Into a restaurant the other day, and passed two ladies in a small car, trying their best to fit it into a clearlymarked handicapped parking stall. Funny thing was, they had no handicapped vehicle pass hanging from the mirror. We didn't stick around long enough to see if either occupant had one or put it on before exiting their vehicle.
But one thing we did notice, was that when they both passed the table where we were sitting, they walked in, unaided, no canes, wheelchairs, walkers.
Somewhat annoying. Now here is something for the coffee crowd to digest. Received a letter the other day, that we have no way of verifying the facts, but it seems the numbers quoted are reasonable, so take it as reliable for the moment.
The author was relating the fact that the average oilfield worker earned somewhere in the area of $154,000 per year, (according to the Financial Post, so he said). Taxes on these workers would total in the neighbourhood of $44,000 per year. Now that is source deductions, and nothing or little to write off in the form of expenses.
If you consider there have been 86,000 workers laid off in Alberta, and an undetermined amount in Saskatchewan, say another 14,000, you have 100,000 workers no longer paying taxes to the Feds.
Now multiply that number of workers, by the amount of taxes, it exceeds $4.4 Billion dollars, that the government is NOT getting from business, your money to spend on behalf of all Canadians.
Now take that number and figure out how much those workers, at least those who cannot or have not found other employment, will be receiving on EI, and paid from a government that has no money.