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oyster  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The tourism industry is closed; let’s keep it that way

As someone who works in tourism and makes bank the author here is pretty out of touch with the bigger picture. American tourists are great, they tip more than anybody else. I can’t stand smug European or Australian tourists who act like their culture is better than everybody’s since they don’t. Obviously that’s not everybody, but it’s annoying when they don’t even realize their attitude sucks. It sounds like this author just wanted to rip on Americans.

It’s just like, why go with everybody in the industry is underpaid and then slag on Americans the people who will throw money at you if that’s your countries thing. It’s also crap, because as someone in the industry I know how much somebody can make working on cruise ships and it’s not peanuts. What experience does this person have ? Do they know what people working for this company make or are they just assuming ?

There’s a valid conversation about limiting tourism so the places are actually enjoyable again, but this article went in such a weird direction.

oyster  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 24, 2020

My job came back !!!!! Got the call today to go back in a few weeks, I really didn’t think it was going to even happen but I’m employed again !

oyster  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Unintended Consequence; I'm getting a raise

Isn’t there still a backlog of applications from people who actually need the money ? Doesn’t seem right to add more applications and cause further delays for those in need.

You’re correct, most illegal firearms come from the states and these changes don’t address that in any way so imo it’s just lip service.

Gun control in Canada and probably most countries isn’t cohesive, it’s a bunch of half-assed policies piled on top of each other that leave a ton of gaps to exploit while simply creating a headache because nobody has the guts to actually just say the whole thing is getting ridiculous. Everybody ends up coming across as stupid because you can’t just fix it by making changes here and there. When your main point is that hunters don’t need these guns maybe don’t make a concession for indigenous hunters to keep using them. This applies to some non-restricted firearms that have become prohibited. So up until now once they left the store with the original owner there was 0 tracking of who had that firearm. This didn’t make it harder to purchase a firearm, non restricted firearms still exist. It’s actually pretty easy in Canada.

You get your PAL which takes time and goes through all the checks that people like. You get a number and if you want to buy a non restricted firearm from another private citizen you tell them your number, they should call to make sure it’s good and matches what you’re saying ( it is illegal to sell to anybody who doesn’t have a PAL, but there’s no check here to make sure people aren’t getting to relaxed on this ) then you proceed like any sale. If you’re buying from somebody online they wrap it up nicely and ship it Canada Post like anything else. A while back I mentioned that on here and it surprised some American gun owners. Restricted firearms are similar except you have to change the registration to the new owner ( you can call to do this ) before you mail it.

We still have guns we don’t track the ownership of, and we didn’t do anything about the American border. The only thing that really happened was a headache was created for a bunch of gun owners who become one issue voters in the next election, because as easily as this was done it can be undone by the next government.

This Liberal government was the one who said gun classification shouldn’t be politicized when they introduced Bill C-71

    "After the definitions have been set in law by Parliament, it should be firearms experts who make the technical determination as to which firearm fits into which category. That is a factual, technical function, and it should not be politicized. Bill C-71 makes that point very clear," Goodale said.

    The Liberals say that, under Harper, cabinet was able to "contradict the experts" and assign a lower category to a particular firearm. Those opposed to C-71 say the government is abdicating its legislative responsibilities by allowing police to make these choices without political approval.

Seems pretty politicized to me.

"As of today, the market for assault weapons in Canada is closed," Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said. “

For now, this got done easily and it will get undone easily when the conservatives find a more charismatic leader. Canada lacks any meaningful gun control imo

oyster  ·  112 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Donald Trump

It’s cute when a 5 year old says it after asking what mommy was wiping the counter with. Less so when it’s the President.

oyster  ·  125 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Coronavirus Is Threatening One of Government’s Steadiest Services: The Mail

They really hate mail-in ballots eh.

oyster  ·  127 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 6.6 Million More Americans File For Unemployment As Coronavirus Keeps Economy Shut

I’ve been thinking the same thing, but as someone in the tourism industry this is also wishful thinking. Travel will be cheap at least in some parts of Canada so I’m hoping all the people who continued to work but had to be cooped up at home will take advantage of that.

oyster  ·  128 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 8, 2020

Life is good. Applied for my benefits today in Canada and they simplified the hell out of it. You literally just promise them you’re eligible and they warn you that they’ll get the money back if you’re lying. Took all of 3 minutes with a bad internet connection. They made that process so easy they’re probably saving money at the end of the day by cutting out 99% of the process.

On another note I decided a while back that I would try microdosing mushroom when I had some time off work and well the universe provided. Gotta find those silver linings people.

oyster  ·  130 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Back of a napkin COVID-19 calculations

My understanding was it could go bad fast in India mainly among poorer communities like you mention.

I’m optimistic with the news I hear out of Canada. We’ve got companies retooling to produce masks and face shields among other things. The first should be ready to make 100 000 daily in a week. I saw another story that we’re starting a trial using plasma from people who have recovered to treat people who are currently sick. I’ll try to find these articles again, I’m trying to look at the more positive stuff lately.

I’m getting ready for a couple more months of this, but I’m hoping once we pass the peak all those companies making masks and hand sanitizer can start distributing to the general population so we can get out a little sooner.

oyster  ·  130 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Back of a napkin COVID-19 calculations

From what I’ve gathered,

Italy has an older population, more people in the high risk age group = more deaths.

A lot of the original cases in India involved Italian tourists, so they’re a bit behind at the moment which explains the lower numbers. Not sure if this is a busy or slow time in India for tourism which is something else that would affect things. The other thing is, a lot of these countries can take extreme measures early on without worrying about backlash. Take a look at Taiwan, they’re doing great and considering their ties with China that seems impossible until you take into account that they can openly track citizens location via their cell phone. India can also heavily restrict movement without worrying about loosing an election.

Last thing, and this isn’t to be rude, but the culture in the states is very individualistic. The numbers are high, because in an individualistic culture people are less likely to sacrifice for the group. The common themes of all these measures to slow the spread are about working together and sacrificing to help others. Cancelling your spring break beach trip, closing your business, and otherwise inconveniencing yourself for others isn’t characteristic of individualistic cultures. Every culture has pros and cons, this is a time when collectivist cultures shine a little brighter.

oyster  ·  133 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Seen in Detroit

I filled my tank for $30 the other day which is great and all but it’s some sick joke that we all have to stay home when gas is cheap.

oyster  ·  135 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ignore the Pressure to be Productive During This Crisis

Ah no, there’s this whole thing ,mostly on Instagram I guess, about being productive. Doing shit like taking up a new hobby that you probably don’t have the equipment for and shouldn’t go to the store to get. It started when school got cancelled for a few weeks almost immediately. All of a sudden everybody was a homeschooler and it was like, isn’t it March Break anyways ? Even my college took a break, I’m already a full time online student but we got set back a week to stay on pace with the rest of the school while they set everybody else up online.

Mostly it seemed like people trying to avoid accepting what was happening. For the one day I believed I would only be laid off for 2 months I had tons of plans, but that ended pretty quick. Now I’m back to my normal amount of planning, and routine. Some people though benefit from the productivity push. I think the problem arises when it’s seen as the one solution for everybody, that’s when people start ruining March Break, thinking a trip to a mountains town that would be devastated by an outbreak is a good idea and running to the store for craft supplies.

oyster  ·  135 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 1, 2020

I’ve been hearing everyone applying for EI now just gets switched to CERB if their application is still processing.

oyster  ·  135 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 1, 2020

1. No

2. Outbreak at the nursing home my sister works at so we’ll see

3. Thankfully no

4. Laid off like 2 weeks ago now but honestly since my job is 95% interacting with traveller it was a bit of a relief. Financially I’ll be fine, I’ve been thinking about getting back into gardening for something to keep me busy.

oyster  ·  135 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ignore the Pressure to be Productive During This Crisis

I think the problem is other people are trying to define what being productive looks like for every person. I’ve got a stack of books to read so I’m more than happy taking it slow and just reading for now. My boyfriend is a pretty high energy, sociable person so he’s been pacing around waiting for the snow to melt so he can start yard work which mostly sounds like lighting everything on fire at this point. For him, all the advice going around is good advice but I think other people end of feeling bad they aren’t being “productive” enough.