You are invited to my budget party

Are you tired of getting invited to parties for Epicure, Amway, Norwex, etc.? Do you feel obligated to go to them because you know the host; and then you feel obligated to buy some overpriced junk because, well, that’s the whole point of the party? I’ve never been a fan of these personal network pyramid…

Manitoba Hydro: Finally figuring it out.

For years Manitoba Hydro has been promoting energy efficiency through its Power Smart program. They paid for numerous TV ads, they had a trade-in program for LED Christmas lights, they sent me not one but TWO packages of CFL light bulbs, and if I stop procrastinating and finally get around to insulating my attic, they…

The real impact of Manitoba’s Core Infrastructure plan

Not long ago the provincial government in Manitoba announced an ambitious plan to spend $5.5 billion on “core infrastructure” over the next 5 years. This is the main pillar of the NDP’s economic strategy, and as such the government needs to show that it’s all worthwhile. To that end, the government commissioned a study by…

Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Forward

I was scanning the Winnipeg Sun today when I came upon a full page ad directed at Manitoba Hydro employees: The ad starts by buttering up Hydro employees by telling them that they “have done a fine job”, then sets about explaining why their employer is going to shambles. The ad explains that the NDP…

2014 Peg-city Predictions

A few predictions for the coming year in this colder-than-Mars city of Winnipeg … Manitoba Politics There will be less excitement in the Manitoba political arena this year than last. Last year brought a new leader to one of the three major political parties when the refreshingly youthful Rana Bokhari took hold of the Liberal…

MPI: increasing more than your premiums

Something you should know about me: I am a little bit of a hoarder. Not a big league hoarder with stacks of boxes, clothes, chicken bones and Safeway bags filled with collectable dust bunnies. I am actually reasonably organized, but I also happen to have MPI statements dating back several years. My MPI renewal also…

It’s worse than you think

There is this show on the cable network Slice called Til Debt Do Us Part. In it, host Gail Vaz-Oxlade helps couples solve their spending problem and the crushing debt burden that it caused. There is a moment in every episode after Gail does all her calculations that she meets with the couple – usually…

UPDATED: The Premier is “probably” lying.

UPDATE: It had come to light that the $5.5 billion that the government said or implied it would invest on core infrastructure isn’t really $5.5 billion. Minister Steve Ashton clarified that this figure includes anticipated cost sharing from the Feds. See here and here. How much are they going to spend? No one knows. Not…