Left Over

Subscribe to Left Over feed Left Over
Just another WordPress.com site
Updated: 43 min 27 sec ago

November Is the Cruelest month…

46 min 22 sec ago
Unable to find affordable housing, 82-year-old living in Victoria shelter

SARAH PETRESCU / TIMES COLONIST
OCTOBER 29, 2014 09:58 PM

All I want is a room somewhere

Far away from the cold night air

With one enormous chair…..

Ah, wouldn’t that be loverly?

I have been indulging myself in creepy fantasies of just this sort of thing happening to me, and others like me..

I am  lucky to have a partial pension from work, but it doesn’t do very far, and it just covers my rent (but not utilities…)

I realize that, compared to this woman, I am doing  okay, but…

Who knows for how long?  Being a senior used to be something that, frankly, I looked forward to…my time being my own, and a bit of comfort out if the weather…after  many years of physical labor in all weather, I  thought that I could finally be free of the need to worry..but guess that  never leaves us…

Canada’s cities are often touted as the most desirable places to live, etc…blah blah blah….

The one I’m in now is  a beaut, I  am happy to be here in many ways..but it is super expensive, and now food is getting to the point where I will have to be very careful what I buy, and where..

This issue was not part of the rosy picture I painted for myself,  thought that I had  budgeted carefully , assuming I would always have enough.  Now?  Not so sure…

Senior’s grants in BC have supposedly gone up  but I see no evidence of that..the SAFER grant, a bit extra for those of us who rent, has just been fiddled with and as of December, I will be making  $100 less as a rent subsidy than before…a huge amount  for me, but still, I can manage if I’m careful…

I  feel so much empathy for this woman, and all the elderly men and women  who  also  are in this same situation..what can be done?

I have no answers, but the chill of November just entered my soul after reading this. Autumn has always been my  favorite time of the year…up til now.


A Bridge Too Close?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:39
Gabriola Island Bridge project prompts new opposition from residents Bridge-Free Salish Sea group plans to mount a petition campaign to gauge concerns over proposed bridge

CBC News Posted: Oct 29, 2014 11:06 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014 11:07 AM PT

 

I think that all of us who live on the Big Island and the littler ones had better get used to this; not only is it a direct threat to the NIMBYs on the smaller islands who don’t like the big rise in ferry fares (none of us do, but it keeps my limited income on the Island, a good thing…) but the facts are that, though most of us never voted for them, the gLibs are here to stay and will do what they like…besides the mere threat of a bridge swiftly silences those who complain about ferry fares, and redirects the defense to the concept of a bridge…pretty good deflection by the ClarkCorp…you have to admit…

Anyone else remember Pat NcGeer’s  SoCred fantasies about a bridge to Vancouver Island from the Lower Mainland?  Not looking like so much science fiction, now..and with the way things are going, the last model I saw, a series of  pontoon-type bridges that landed on, and drove through, several islands before coming to rest on Vancouver Island, may not be such a  pipe dream anymore.

With one of their infamous PPPs (public/private partnerships)  the corporate types who financed  BC Liberals would be slavering  for the chance to  ding us further by big  tolls, and the swift elimination of  unions and headaches for the government vis a vis the  fare increases and the constant need to repair the old ferries would stop, eventually…but will it happen?

Stay tuned.

 


The Cheat Is On…

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:56
Fake Revenue Canada Agency website used in online scam Katherine Murray thought she was applying to get the B.C. teachers’ strike support payment

CBC News Posted: Oct 28, 2014 6:24 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 28, 2014 6:25 AM PT

 

The problem with so many of these ‘official’ looking sites is that there seems to be no easy way to report any of it..
I constantly get fake government or commercial email warnings, and it sometimes astounds me how creative they are..trouble is, they are always from companies I either never heard of or places I don’t do business with..
There should be a central scam report site for us to forward these emails to, and someone should be dealing with the inherent fraud..
As a possible answer to those who have been, and will continue to be scammed online, I can only offer my own solution…if any utility, bank, government stuff comes that seems even slightly off, don’t open it..go directly to the supposed source and ask…e.g. go to the actual banks website, or the government site, and find out if in fact you were sent such an email..even if you aren’t suspicious, do it anyway..

It never hurts to be cautious, but it always hurts to get burned.


Morphing Tragedy into Terror: the Harper Agenda

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:50
Canada won’t be cowed by terrorism, or by a draconian response to its threat The Ottawa shooting requires a measured reaction. We won’t let this society be divided into ‘us and them’

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.

-from “Masters of War”   by Bob Dylan

 

I found Harper’s speech after the Ottawa incident revolting, not to mention the fact that it was plagiarizing Bush’s 911 speech to a great extent..
No matter all the international chatter, this was not jihad come to Ottawa, this was the lunatic action of a troubled man who had obviously sent out lots of signals that he was prepared to do something suicidal..since so many Canadian politicians, after the fact, are stating that they were ‘briefed’ that something would happen…that something, in my mind, was a reaction to Canada granting Malala honourary citizenship status, as they had for Mandela and the Dalai Lama..
Harper expropriated the rhetoric of other war mongers and seemed to almost preen with satisfaction at the events, since he thinks they bolster his fear-mongering, which in turn plays to his fewer and fewer supporters…
This was not Canada’s 911, but it was an example of what can happen in any country that agrees to aid and abet the Western mythologizing of war as a valid response to their corporate supporters’ fears.  And sadly, a young man had to die….and three more in Quebec…never mind the so-called terrorists, don’t let Harper win.