What Is a Deferred Prosecution Agreement In Simple Terms?

There is much talk about “Deferred Prosecution Agreements” because of the SNC Lavalin bribery scandals.  The insinuation from many media outlets is that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement lets companies go without punishment.  This is far from how DPA’s actually work. Here are the top five things everyone should know about Deferred Prosecution Agreements: 1 – What a Deferred Prosecution Agreement Is: A Deferred Prosecution Agreement effectively has the company plead guilty and do whatever the Government prosecutor wants them to…

What Are The Real Numbers For Alberta, Ontario and Canada New Vehicle Sales?

Much is being made about the 12% decline in new vehicle sales in Alberta this past December.  It is being attributed to the price of “Western Canadian Select” oil collapsing in the fall of 2018 and the Notely NDP Governments response to it.  Also, Oshawa Ontario’s GM plant closure has caused much news relating to how many vehicles are sold in Ontario and how the plant closure will affect GM sales going forward. We wanted to know what the numbers…

VIDEO: Is Canada Being A Boy Scout by Continuing To Prosecute SNC Lavalin?

There is a lot of hype around possible political interference in the prosecution of SNC Lavalin Libyan & Algerian bribery scandals involving Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Prime Ministers Office and former Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.  However, we want to know why the Canadian Government is still so aggressively going after SNC in the first place. Karl Moore of McGill University explains in the video below that SNC Lavalin has already repeatedly admitted guilt and paid massive fines in various…

Do You Think Jason Kenny Would Shovel Out His Neighbors Driveway? Where is My Right Wing Party?

I have helped the Alberta Wild Rose a.k.a. United Conversation Party (UCP) and the Federal Conservatives in many ways over the decades.  From telecom equipment, to consulting, to canvasing, to paying for advertising, to IT support, to donations, to… well you get the point.  However I have found it increasingly difficult to support the Alberta UCP and the Federal Conservatives in recent years and today may have been the breaking point. I was out shoveling my neighbors driveways when I…

VIDEO: Did Cryptocurrency Exchange Boss Fake His Own Death To Steal All The Money?

If the insane value gyrations, scams and exchange failures of crypto currencies have not scared you away from them, this story should do the trick.  QuadrigaCX was a Canadian based Crypto Currency Exchange until a few days ago when the founder, Gerald Cotten, died and took the decryption codes to his grave.  This means about CDN $200M of ‘investor’ money is forever lost in hyperspace. To make this story worse, the are some very smelly peculiarities to it: It is extremely unusual that…

What is the ‘Oil Curse’ and How It Applies to Amazon and Walmart

The “Oil Curse” or “Curse of Oil” or “Resource Curse” is the net negative outcome that is seen with any single industry that takes over a geographic area.  The central idea is that when oil is discovered in an undeveloped land, like rural Africa, the initial promise of great wealth results in rapid development and that leads to what economists call ‘externalities’.  Externalities are charges that should be calculated as part of the cost of development but instead are pushed…

Graphical Breakdown of All Carbon Emissions By Source

There is a lot of conversation around various sources of pollution but many of them have no context so you really can’t get a mental grip on how serious the problem really is.  Below is a chart we built with data collected by the University of Calgary.  We hope it will help you put things in perspective. This data is specific to Canada in 2015 and while the numbers are shown in the outermost ring and in the table below,…

Don’t Compare Oshawa GM to Alberta Pipelines

Three days ago Linda Mcquaig wrote an article in the Toronto Star saying: Trudeau should consider buying GM and making electric cars …Yet, oddly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed no such careful consideration when he promptly jumped in with 4.5 billion taxpayer dollars to purchase the leaky, 65-year-old Trans Mountain pipeline last spring, declaring it “in the national interest” to ensure the pipeline’s expansion after the corporate owner threatened to back out of the project. And taxpayers could be on…

Albertans: Your Local Government Owes You $10K – CFIB Ranks Every Alberta Municipality

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) just published a report that can be used as an efficiency rating for Alberta Towns and Cities.  The idea of the report was to note that most Alberta Towns and Cities have been spending at an unsustainable rate. The CFIB found that between 2006 and 2016: If Municipal operating spending had been tied to inflation plus population growth, each household in Alberta would have saved $1,624 in 2016 alone.  Over the ten year period…

Should You Be Afraid of the Islamic Party of Ontario?

So should you be concerned or even afraid of the Islamic Party of Ontario?  That is a fair question as Canada is a very liberal democracy and the IPoO is… well… not.  We spent several hours researching the party and wrote up the 10 Quick Facts You Should Know About the Islamic Party of Ontario which includes: 4 – The Islamic Party of Ontario wants to roll back or ban: Abortion: Abortion is a federal issue so Provincial parties are free to…

10 Quick Facts You Should Know About The Islamic Party Of Ontario

We recently saw the graphic shown on the right (click to enlarge it) that seems to be a slander campaign about the so called “Islamic Party of Ontario”.  So we decided to look into the situation and pulled out the following facts. 1 – The Islamic Party of Ontario is Real: They have a poor quality but apparently legitimate website with a notable founder and leader Jawed Anwar.  There has been some effort to tie the Islamic Party of Ontario…

The US Has 5 Times The Percentage of High Income Earners Compared to Canada

US vs Canada Income Distribution Explained in a Simple Graph. In the graph below we compare American and Canadian Individual (as opposed to household) incomes.  In particular we were interested in the difference in income distributions.  To get to the point, you can see that: If you earn more than USD $50K you are in the top 25% of Canadians but 35% of Americans If you earn more than USD $100K you are in the top 2% of Canadians but…

Income Map Of Canadian Cities: What Province Has The Highest Income Earners? (Hint: It’s Not Ontario or Quebec)

The map of Canada below shows the individual income in percentiles, across the country: CLICK TO ENLARGE MAP The most interesting line is the think green line which shows that 60th percentile, meaning that if you make that amount of money per year, you are in the highest paid 40% of Canadians. It will come as a surprise to many that Ontario and Quebec do not have the highest income earners, Alberta rings that bell..  You can see that Alberta…

If You Earn $100K You Are In The Top 10% of Canadians – Income Distributions From 1985 – 2016

Below are three graphs showing Canadian income distribution for an individual from 1985 through 2015.  To get to the point, if you earn: $100K/year you are in the top 10% of Canadians $125K/year you are in the top 5% of Canadians $150K/year you are in the top 3% of Canadians $175K/year you are in the top 2% of Canadians $235K/year you are in the top 1% of Canadians CLICK TO ENLARGE THESE GRAPHS You may also find our very short article titled Income Map…

What Countries Have Banned Huawei?

Huawei is the massive Chinese telecom company that has mysterious financing and ownership.  Their murky connections to the Chinese Government and military are of such great concern that some Western nations and companies have severed ties with Huawei. This is our third report in our series on the largest telecom company in the world.  Our other two are: 10 Short Answers To Why Huawei is so Scary To Western Countries Who Owns Huawei? A Fascinating Story Which Countries Have Banned…

10 Short Answers To Why Huawei is so Scary To Western Countries

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation said: We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company (like Huawei) that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks. That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage. but no-one has provided specifics. What has Huawei…