Why the Environment should be a minor issue in Ontario

People can’t turn on a TV without seeing David Suzuki’s commercials, asking Millennials to tell their parents that we need to protect the environment, with media outlets saying we need to pay carbon taxes to ensure we do protect the planet. Afterall, humanity is a plague on the Earth, and we need to be more mindful of our impact. I’ve always thought, it can’t be as bad as people who are pushing this narrative. It’s important to get our facts straight when we tackle these issues. Today, I was reminded about the ‘carbongeddon’ again, in an article from the Globe and Mail, because Ontario has the second highest carbon usage in Canada. So, I want to go through the numbers with the world, to bring context that the article so clearly lacked.

From – Ontario election guide: What you need to know before you vote

Background: Ontario emits more greenhouse gases than any province except oil-producing Alberta, and under Ms. Wynne’s government, the province took major steps to change that. In 2015, the province committed to a cap-and-trade system with Quebec and California and vowed to cut emissions to 37 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. Months later, the newly elected Trudeau government signed on to ambitious reduction targets at the Paris climate conference, but getting provincial premiers to sign on to a national carbon-pricing plan was difficult: Saskatchewan, in particular, was strongly opposed to new taxes on carbon. After years of political deadlock, the federal government announced a national framework last year and legislation this past January, essentially vowing that any province without its suitable carbon-pricing scheme would have one imposed on it in 2019.

Let’s talk about this region to region, shall we?

The Atlantic provinces have about 2.3 million people living in them, and they produce 43.5 megatonnes of Carbon Dioxide every single year. Every million people in the Atlantic provinces produces about 18 megatonnes of carbon per year. In Ontario, every million people produce about 11 megatonnes of carbon per year, which is about 60 percent of what they use.

Let’s compare Saskatchewan and Manitoba, now. They produce 97.2 million tonnes of carbon every single year, for 2.43 million population, or precisely 40 megatonnes per million people. In comparison, Ontario produces about 28 percent of what those two provinces produce per million people.

This article says that Ontario is the biggest offender when it comes to Carbon, only falling short of Alberta, which is entirely unfair. They produce 262.9 megatonnes of carbon dioxide with 4.3 million people, which is 61.1 megatonnes per million people. Ontario, in comparison, would be 18 percent of what Alberta produces.

Ontario is one of the three strongest provinces in the reductions of Carbon Dioxide. Quebec is the best province, producing only 9.17 megatonnes per million people, Ontario being 11.33 megatonnes per million people, and BC being 12.41 megatonnes per million people.

We’re doing fantastic. In every way, Ontario finds new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint. But both Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau wants to raise our already high energy rates in high gasoline prices and high hydro prices with a Carbon Tax. IMO because of the math, I think Ontario shouldn’t be forced to implement a Carbon Tax at all; we’re doing our part. Put the Carbon Tax on the Atlantic provinces and the Prairie provinces, but not on Ontario, or Quebec and BC.

With that, who has put forth an idea that best fits my opinion and the Math.

  • Liberals: In April, the Liberals announced $1.7-billion over three years to give Ontarians rebates and programs to retrofit their homes for energy efficiency.
  • NDP: An NDP government would use at least 25 per cent of the cap-and-trade system’s revenue to help northern, rural and low-income Ontarians adapt to a lower-carbon lifestyle, and use $50-million to a home-efficiency retrofit program.
  • PCs: Mr. Ford wants to repeal cap-and-trade and oppose the federally mandated minimum price on emissions.

I love this, Kathleen Wynne would spend Tax Payer’s money to reduce electricity and carbon footprint. But Ontario already uses 25% less electricity now than we did in the 1990s, and we produce about 10% less carbon dioxide than we in the 1990s, at least according to Environment Canada. With how much far we are ahead, shouldn’t we get a break?

The NDP says it would use less money to help retrofit homes than the Liberals, because how much is $50 million when you compare it to millions of households. Oh, I can buy a cocking gun to reduce heating costs in the winter!

Doug Ford is the only person I can think of that is talking my language. Ontario is doing its part as of right now. So we shouldn’t be punished more for being one of the best provinces in Canada for both electricity use and carbon dioxide production.

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Trolly’s Hot Topic – the $14/hour minimum wage in Ontario

I was at the plant on Thursday night, thinking about how I should write about the $14/hour minimum wage that Kathleen Wynne set up. I was traying some beef strips with small marrow bones in it. I imagined soup or a stew that would have the marrow slowly infused in the broth over the time which you cook the meal, which would also allow that meat to disperse into the dish. It would be a perfect meal. As a cook, imagining how different ingredients would add to a recipe that reminds me how a little leaven raises a whole loaf of bread, and how our attitudes and biases always impact on how we think. I think one of the reasons why I worked on Thursday, despite how sick I feel right now, is I was earning $14/hour. Each day is a possibility to make up to $112 for an 8 hour day, and if I have overtime, which could be up to 2 hours, that would be a $154 for a 10 hour day. It’s an excellent daily wage.

I appreciate the new pay raise. I have never worked for a job for more than $14 per hour. Despite some people thinking they are worth $31/h, while meming about how communism is the ultimate awesomeness of the world, adding very little to our culture and society, I know hard work. I know what it is like to pull off and tray hundreds of roasts over an 8-hour work day. I’ve had the hard day of work at the end of the production line as well, as I took hundreds of plastic totes with everything from roasts to packages of ground beef off the track onto skits which employees from the shipping department move over to the trucks to take to your local grocery store. From the sweat of our brows shall we eat bread. I know that people struggle every single day, working at minimum wage jobs. According to stats, 1.6 million people are earning minimum wage right now in Ontario, and that is about the amount of people the current Kathleen Wynne Liberal government won by last election in 2014, but it isn’t going to work.

From How the Liberals went from cool to hot on $15 minimum wage

Barely four months ago, I asked Premier Kathleen Wynne how open she was to the idea of boosting Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. She was rather unenthusiastic.

Yeah, a story that was written in March of 2017, so about Nov. of 2016, Kathleen Wynne thought a $15/h minimum wage wasn’t in the cards for any Ontario residents. At the time, Wynne was ‘positive’ that she could win the next election, despite all the mistakes her and the McGuinty made on Ontario Hydro, which has forced the highest electricity rates in Canada and is going to cost an estimated $39.4 billion to the Ontario taxpayer. Kathleen, you can’t trick us by saying, don’t look at the man behind the curtain, we know you can’t do the old switcheroo, we know you are only saving us some money now, and then the prices will go way up to pay that $39.4 billion. But you know only 12% of Ontario residents think you’ve done a good job. That approval rating story came out one week before you decided, hey a $15 minimum wage would be good. I wonder if this incredibly low approval rating has anything to do with the dramatic responses you have done to try to ‘alleviate’ our hydro bills, or why you introduced this minimum wage increase one week after that story went public?

As a conservative, I knew Ontario, the most prosperous province in Canada, needed a $15/h minimum wage. Oh, does that shock everybody. I’ve been working class all my life, working at either part-time jobs during the summer at factories, or at call centres. I prefer plants. I know what it is like to earn a wage just above minimum wage. I know the pain of working at a job that is hard. I knew people needed to see an improvement. But as a conservative, you introduce this slowly. You don’t implement an over 20% increase in a single year. You go from $11.40/h to $12.50/h then to $13.50/h and finally to $15.00/h. You could have done that from 2014 to 2017, but that isn’t the carrot before the horse you need for people to vote for you.

It is so apparent that you are trying to buy votes with this desperate act, it’s unbelievable. And any person who looks into this, even a little bit, can tell you are trying to bribe us into voting for you and your party. You’re afraid of losing power, because of your approval rating. You are acting like a person mad for control, trying to do whatever they can to stay in power. And you’re hoping that there will be some ‘class warfare’. You’re hiring 175 new people to ensure businesses follow the new rules, including anonymous hotlines if businesses are not following your new rules. It is so apparent that you want us to be ‘angry’ at the big corporations that it is ridiculous, and this needs to stop. It isn’t the workers vs CEOs.

Since you are trying to put Tim Horton’s up on the chopping block, because you are calling them bullies, I want to break down the finances of that organisation. Timmy’s has over 3800 locations in Canada, and each probably employs 20-30 people each. Well, that means there are over 100,000 Tim Horton’s employees. Well, Donald Schroeder the CEO of Timmy’s earns around $22 million a year. If you divide that by the over 100,000 Timmy’s employees, he receives a total of $220 per employee, and each employee probably earns at least $15-25k each – which means the employees, the workers, earn over 70-100 times more than the CEO per worker. So the CEO takes less than 1 percent of the money coming into Timmy’s – since Timmy’s makes an estimated $3.07 billion a year. I guess I have busted the ‘progressive’ myth that CEOs are greedy scumbags who exploit workers while giving the workers only a small part of the profits of a company. So, you just enforced a 20% raise in pay for 15-20 percent of their workers. If the average was 20k, that is another $4,000 per worker, for 20k workers, which would be $80 million a year – which is way more than Donald Schroeder is making, four times that amount he was making.

Ultimately, voters are tired of how you mismanaged Ontario. When Ontario residents are using 25 percent less electricity now than in 1990, far exceeding the Kyoto protocols, you are introducing a carbon tax, because we must ‘save the environment’ (while already doing so) and paying more for electricity than any other part of Canada. This new minimum wage increase is yet another mismanagement. Instead of slow and steady growth over 3 to 4 years, you dramatically increase how much employers have to pay, resulting in the harm of many small businesses. While my company, which employs over 200 people, can manage to pay that wage without much of a problem how does a small business of 10 employees that maybe makes $150-250k a year expect to accommodate those changes except reduce hours and putting everybody on part-time employment, or by going out of business.

You never thought of that, and that seems to be the Liberal attitude. You mismanaged a province that uses less electricity with rates higher than anywhere else in Canada, with a $38.4 billion price tag of debt included, and now small businesses are going to go out of business. WTG, you’re doing a fantastic job with Ontario.

So, let me thank you one last time. Thanks for the raise Kathleen, but to immortalise the words of Donald Trump, you’re fired.

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Trolly News Update – Oct. 18th, 2017 – Liberal’s Electricity Mistakes cost Ontario Billions

For the past 14 years, the Liberal Party in Ontario has been utterly destroying my province. I have never seen a Premier of Ontario do so much to try to bribe Ontario residents to vote for her. Whether it is providing more money to people on social assistance, or raising the minimum wage to $15. She is desperate, and so she also lowered the Electricity Bills by 25%, for the extremely high amount of 25.5 cents per Kilowatt hour. And she lied about the cost it will have on the Ontario economy. Living in Ontario has been hard because the Liberals have entirely mismanaged my province. There has never been a time in recent memory that the Ontario government wasn’t in some financial or political scandal. Now they have to face the consequences on how they have almost destroyed my province.

From Ontario government obscuring true financial impact of cuts to hydro bills: auditor general

The way the Ontario Liberal government is cutting hydro bills by 25 per cent purposely obscures the true financial impact of the measure to avoid showing a deficit on the province’s books, the auditor general said Tuesday.

Bonnie Lysyk estimated in a special report that the plan’s total cost will be $39.4 billion over 30 years, but the accounting the government is using means Ontario’s net debt – currently at about $312 billion – and future deficits won’t reflect that.

Wow, do you see the cost of this to the taxpayers in the end? Almost $40 billion. Man, when I hear about that number, as a family who struggles to stay on top of bills only on my fiancé’s disability pension, I understand how this is going to cost the Ontario government over 1/8 of its current debt, just to bribe Ontario residents to vote for her. Heck, I wish I just go more into debt to enjoy the good life. Let’s put a $3000 TV on a credit card. And let’s get that Surface Laptop that cost $4000 as well. Fuck yeah. Let’s go into massive debt just to live the good life. I’m sorry Kathleen, but this is bullshit. And it’s hilarious; you’d figure Ontario is using all new highs on electricity when you hear these numbers. LOL!

The reality, the average Ontario household is exceeding the Kyoto Protocols. Nobody reports this in the media. The Kyoto protocol set the target for CO2 for 1990 levels. If Ontario is using 25% less electricity now than in 1990, isn’t Ontario far exceeding the Kyoto Protocol? Why has the price of electricity, if all pricing is based on supply and demand, going up so much. I would assume we are producing the same amount of power as we were doing in 1990, or close to it. If we are now using 25% less electricity, that means the demand for electricity should be driving the prices down, because fewer people are using it.

You have to wonder, why are the prices going up so much in Ontario. Well, you’d have to go back in history, about how the liberals mismanaged so many projects to cost Ontario billions of dollars in failed energy investment, starting with Dalton McDouchebag.

From Dalton McGuinty staff ignored concerns over gas plants, court hears

Ontario’s former top bureaucrat says he tried but failed to persuade former premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff that the government had a legal obligation to disclose documents related to the controversial cancellation of two gas-fired power plants.

Peter Wallace, secretary of cabinet at the time, testified in court at Toronto’s Old City Hall on Monday about the “tense conversation” he had with David Livingston during a meeting in August, 2012, where Mr. Wallace told Mr. Livingston he is “acutely worried” that the Premier’s Office has not complied with a legally binding order to hand over documents in connection with the power plants.

“I don’t think he found the conversation particularly useful,” Mr. Wallace testified. He said Mr. Livingston dismissed his concerns as “political bullshit.”

While the government says those gas plants cancellation only cost the taxpayer about $230 million; these sneaky bastards cost the taxpayer $950 million, another lie found by the Ontario Auditor General. I’m glad we have an excellent auditor general, who is exposing all the dirty secrets of McDouchebag and Wynne.

Ontario’s electricity price tags are the highest in the country. I expect that much of this electricity reduction is how expensive the electricty costs in Ontario. I will only take cold showers, even in the winter. Sure, one part is because I like them, but that electricity saving thought is in the back of my mind as well. How many Ontario residents are also looking for ways to reduce their electricity use? And how much of the drop is the introduction of energy-wise appliances as well? We are winning the battle over climate change. So it astounds me that Ontario’s electricity bills are so high, with ‘delivery fees’ beyond how much it costs for the electricity. What the hell is a ‘delivery fee’?

So, let’s get back to Kathleen, shall we?

“It is clear to us that the government’s intention in creating the accounting/financing design to handle the costs of the electricity rate reduction was to avoid affecting its fiscal plan” Lysyk wrote in her report.

According to energy analyst Tom Adams, the Wynne government is deliberately scamming the people of Ontario. In the interview below, he tells Pam Seatle they’re tricking the people with accounting fraud.

Yeah, Kathleen Wynne is a fraud. Her government is a fraud. I wish Tim Hudak wasn’t the leader of the Progressive Conservatives during the last election. Wynne’s election was more about how much people didn’t like him, and his if we fire 100,000 people in the public sector, we can make 1,000,000 jobs, the Conservative party could have won, and we could have seen some real change. Hudak was just not right for Ontario, and then we got someone much worse, Kathleen Wynne.


The electricity prices in Ontario are out of control, and we need someone with a clear vision for Ontario to work things out. When the demand for Ontario power is at all-time lows, we shouldn’t have the highest prices in the country. We need someone who can sort this mess out so that Ontario’s prices reflect how good Ontario has been in reducing its dependence on electricity. We deserve a reward for this fantastic effort. Maybe Patrick Brown will help, but I am not sure how conservative he is. I’m still not going to vote for Kathleen Wynne, so Patrick Brown has my vote for now.

The hydro plan lowers time-of-use rates by removing from bills a portion of the global adjustment – a charge consumers pay for above-market rates to power producers – for the next ten years.

In the meantime, producers will continue being paid the same, so Ontario Power Generation has been tapped to oversee the debt used to pay that difference through a new entity called OPG Trust.

So basically, Ontario Hydro will be operating on a deficit for the next three decades, and slowly, but surely, our rates will increase and go up even higher. The mismanagement of Ontario will be the only legacy the Liberals will have. They don’t have a clear vision, and they back down to immediate concerns instead of looking at long-range goals. That lack of long-term solutions is why residents of Ontario are suffering the most when it comes to their electricity bills. In 20 years, we’ll probably be paying 30-40 cents per Kilowatt hour for electricity. Thanks, Wynne. By bribing us, we are going to get screwed. I guess we will find all new ways to reduce our electric bills.

I think the only thing Kathleen Wynne has done for the province of Ontario is help innovation. Not because she’s committed to it, but when you bring such a great need, like Ontario paying at least 25% higher electricity bills than the next highest province in Canada, people want to innovate. People want to upgrade. People want to manage their electricity better. Like I said, much of the 25% lowering of how much an average household was using is those high prices. We don’t want to be so overwhelmed by electric bills that we can’t pay our other bills.

The end result of the “needlessly complex” financing structure is that the province’s bottom line won’t be affected, Lysyk said.

The cost of paying back that debt with interest will then go back onto ratepayers’ bills for the following 20 years, and Lysyk estimated the cost will be $18.4 billion borrowed to cover the shortfall, and $21 billion in accumulated interest.

Ontario’s financial watchdog has said the plan means hydro customers will be paying a net $21 billion over the next three decades to get short-term savings.

Kathleen Wynne is awesome. Can you imagine a political leader who mismanaged a province who is using less electricity than they were using in the 1990s that will cost the average citizen $39.4 billion in 20 years? The Liberals mismanagement shows how utterly incompetent they are.

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