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Response To The Alberta Government Survey

I recently filled out the survey from the Alberta Government which you can find here. I sent in the following response:

The AB Government should make the heritage fund legislation much more difficult to be tampered with by future politics than the original legislation was. Set aside a minimum 15% of non-renewable resource revenue to the fund. The fund must invest outside of Canada, be diversified outside of oil, and managed outside of, but overseen by, the government.

A benchmark must then created for when oil revenues are above or below the benchmark. If oil revenues are above the benchmark, interest must be reinvested/compounded. If oil is below, interest can be used to fund programs. No principal withdrawals allowed until interest is equivalent to ~5 Billion CAD adjusted with inflation as of the day legislation is passed. Principal spending cannot reduce fund value to project less than 5 billion interest based on historical returns. Next year’s available heritage money for use is calculated by the previous years’ interest accrued as of year-end.

Until oil rebounds, allow a deficit and small reductions in program spending with the intention that the above will level future downturns.

I choose to believe this survey is for the purpose of retrieving data and not just gaining political capital. So hopefully they’ll read it!

Canada Post – Door to Door Solution

I’m sick of all the “Keep door to door delivery” petitions. They are losing insane amounts of money each year and have an insolvency in pretty much all of their obligations. The argument is “What about disabled people? Elderly?”. As a side note, the CEO is pretty stupid to tell people they will “Get more exercise” this way.

Well, a solution; Have rock solid rules based on reality that define whether you can apply to have it still delivered to your door, but keep the norm being the mail area boxes. If you don’t qualify, add a subscription fee that allows it to be delivered to your door. 10 dollars a month or whatever a study deems appropriate.


Random Thoughts I woke up With Today

If life were a parent, I’d say thank you for raising me.
I’d apologize for not always being obedient, but appreciate you never giving up.

If life were but a friend, I would call him a dear friend.
One who has stuck by me, even as I had often contemplated casting him aside.

If it is a lover, I’d tell her I’m glad she is with me.
Though times can be tough, I always revel in new experiences to share.

I woke up with those three stanza’s in my head. Falling asleep to Brian Crain does strange things to the mind. I’m not sure if they are original, I may have just remembered them, but I wrote them down anyways.

A life lead in the pursuit of small attainable dreams/goals has lead me to be the man I am today. One who wants to remove all hardship from those he cares about, to protect them. I love amazing people by creating new things they didn’t think were possible. I dream of seeing the world. Over my life I have become a person who, though not required, prefers to write down his thoughts. Memory is triggered by seeing items from your past, and I like to be able to remember who I was. Not as a vague notion, but with a clarity of exactitude. It is similar to taking a picture of yourself every day to see how you age day by day, though mentally. Thus this website is, other than the odd technical tutorial, more for me than anyone consuming it. (Thank you random two people who always read my posts)

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I do not adhere to a schedule. I post when I have something to say. I'm a programmer who in my spare time enjoys contemplating the meaning of life, the universe and, everything. So there will be code as well as random little stories, essays and, musing about whatever interests me at the moment.