January 15 Letters: They Wed Safely; a different approach to sick days; what brings the rain

They got married despite the COVID and the snow

We must avoid pandemic despair. None of us can afford to go there!

On that note, my family just celebrated my niece’s wedding. It was supposed to be a big wedding (joining a big Italian family) with a wedding planned a few years ago for Victoria and another in Italy.

The pandemic has changed that to a wedding in Victoria at a stunning venue. This was eventually reduced to 50 people. And then that was reduced to 50 people with “no dancing or shuffling between tables”.

Ten days before the planned New Year’s Eve wedding, the venue was closed due to COVID. The groom’s parents kindly offered their home to the determined bride and groom and permitted 12 guests, six per table, with the wedding ceremony only permitted outside in their backyard.

The snowstorm reduced this backyard ceremony to about nine minutes with the marriage commissioner, two pretty little bridesmaids and the bride and groom running outside to quickly say their vows.

A wonky zoom camera was installed to give extended family members and friends a glimpse of the bride and groom’s backs from about 50 feet away.

I thought it was hilarious and unique and lovely. My partner and I got dressed at home for the Zoom call and after the wedding was over, we danced around my office to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

Our niece and new nephew are happily married! We think their dynamic spirit will serve them well. No need to let a little pandemic get us down!

Thelma Fayle

A better idea for mandatory sick leave

First of all, five days is hardly enough. Second, five days per employee could be very difficult for small businesses.

An alternative solution could have been to add “COVID sick days” to the EI program.

Either the worker could apply without a waiting period, or the employer could continue to pay the worker and then apply for EI.

Employers who already have sick days in their agreements or those who have salaried employees would still cover until those agreed sick days are used.

Andrea Racicot
View Royal

No, First Peoples are not all the same

Subject: “Name of new Island-class Gabriola ferry angers ex-Chief Snuneymuxw”, 13 January.

If anything, it should be considered educational – for non-natives! For centuries, the stereotype has been that First Peoples are one. Wrong! We are diverse and distinct.

I once told my late father that our Best Western Tin Wis Resort in Tofino would be better served if employees from different nations continued to work there – it would let the world know that we are not stereotypical.

Remi Tom
Port Alberni

Higher tax possible for non-vaccinated

Given that our health care systems have to pay for COVID, I have a lot of sympathy for Quebec’s idea of ​​taxing anti-vaxxers and I’m not sure BC should reject the idea of ​​taxing anti-vaxxers. right away.

Of course, bio-ethicists immediately jump out of the woodwork and complain that a flat tax affects the poor and marginalized more than the rich.

There is a simple way around this. Rather than taxing anti-vaxxers directly, why not adjust the “Personal” amount on their tax return? This is the tax “credit” that applies to all of us and is increased for the elderly and infirm, etc.

If the anti-vaxxers see this amount reduced, then the rich pay a lot more taxes; the poor and marginalized pay little or nothing. In short, the marginalized are not affected. If, however, you are the world No. 1 in professional tennis, you pay a lot more.

Same result. Different mathematics.

Neville Hircock

Pineapple express against atmospheric river

Remember the good old days when heavy rain in British Columbia was called a pineapple express? Now they are called atmospheric rivers, a new term loaded with fear, stress and worry.

If both terms mean the same thing, could we go back to pineapple express please? It’s a little easier on the psyche.

Lia Fraser

Think Kenney, Harper and those license plates

Re: “We are laughing stock because of the demonstrations”, letter, 12 January.

We are the laughing stock because of the protests? The Alberta letter writer might have a valid point, but he has to look in his own backyard.

The premier of Alberta is the most ridiculed premier in all of Canada. Alberta gave us Canada’s most hated prime minister of recent times, Stephen Harper.

By the way, we consider these red and white license plates as learning plates!

Grant Maxwell

Take advantage of decolonization

Subject: “Schoolbooks at $238 and up: profiting from ‘decolonization’”, commentary, 13 January.

Geoff Russ’ comment is unusual to say the least. The appeal of predominantly white, liberal/progressive academics with the government handmaiden who funds the academic industry of grievances and victim decolonization and reconciliation is a huge step in the pursuit of reconciliation.

By weeding out the crooks, those who profit from the continued misery of Native people, as Russ shows bluntly and clearly, non-Natives will have more to understand, remember, and fully support.

Without the vigorous response of the Indigenous peoples to rid the dialogue of profiteers, nothing will change.

Atcheson Clay

Higher interest rates, higher taxes could help

Over the past decade, housing prices have become unaffordable. Why? Low mortgage financing rates are part of that.

More attractive, the return on equity without tax consequences on main residences has encouraged owners to invest.

Consider buying a primary residential property at $1,000,000. The 25% down payment is $250,000. Mortgage financing is $750,000.

An annual increase in the price of this house of 5% brings a gain of $50,000. The return on equity of $250,000 is 20%. This gain is not taxed on the sale of the principal resident’s property.

The leverage available to primary residential property allows for returns like this. Where else can you get a huge tax free return?

Many primary resident owners leverage their valuable property to purchase residential investment property, which adds to affordability.

Things can change when interest rates on residential mortgages rise and residential property prices fall. In this case, a 5% decrease in property value results in a 20% decrease in equity.

Deficit spending and current financial needs in Canada could result in a progressive federal tax on gains on the sale of residential property. This could apply to larger wins with increasing tax rates as the amount of the win increases.

As interest rates rise and the potential tax on residential properties becomes attractive to senior governments, housing prices could recover and become more affordable.


Paper millionaire? yes you can spend it

It’s true that you can’t spend a paper asset, but if you’re a “paper” millionaire, you can get a term loan, line of credit, reverse mortgage, and more.

So you can spend it without selling the property.

james marshall

Drivers are worse than they were in 2014

Subject: “Misbehaviour has become the norm”, letter, 13 January.

I thought I was the only one objecting to the current narcissistic driving culture in the area. It’s very different from when I arrived in Victoria in 2014.

Coming from Ontario, I was pleased to see that people here weren’t running red lights, speeding, etc. I had the impression of arriving in a civilized city. No more.

Vicki Metcalfe

Yes to immigration, no to unfettered cash

Canada’s future is better aligned with high rates of tax-paying immigrants, which will ensure Canada’s financial stability and culture. Don’t cut immigration rates, but please follow the (unfettered) money that devastates the opportunity for Canadian citizens to own homes.

If a foreign investor wants to buy Canadian investments or companies, they must undertake a major audit of their funds abroad to prove that the money is legal and taxed in their home country.

But that same person can transfer $2 million (or more) to buy a Canadian home without liability or verification to make sure the money is clean and legal.

Although these purchases of houses with foreign money represent only a small percentage of real estate transactions, they accelerate the cost of ownership because the price of the house is not the first consideration for those who bring money. questionable money in Canada.

Solution: The government must require all banks to report and declare all foreign money transfers to Canada, and then verify each transfer with the same rigor used to verify foreign investments.

Tax at a high rate (40%) all unverified cash coming into Canada and make it the owner’s responsibility to prove the cash is legal to ensure it is not laundered in housing.

Make it retroactive (10 years) and Canada will have billions of dollars in additional tax revenue to invest in housing and social programs for all.

Blake Mooney
Saanich North


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