Do Higher Taxes Lead to a Better Life?

I spotted a headline on my CBC News feed this afternoon that said: “People in highly taxed countries better off: report“. Naturally I clicked the link. The article discusses a report that determined quality of life is substantially better in developed countries with higher tax rates.

From CBC News (article link):

People who live in countries with higher taxes enjoy lower rates of poverty, have more equal income distribution, more economic security for workers and can expect to live longer, suggests a new study from a left-leaning think tank.

Written by two Toronto tax law professors for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the report released Wednesday, is blunt.

“Tax cuts are disastrous for the well-being of a nation’s citizens,” say authors Neil Brooks and Thaddeus Hwong.

This article comes at a good time, as I’m hearing all sorts of people discussing private vs. public health care in Canada.

I don’t understand how people here can support the idea of private healthcare – it leads to gain for a very, very small portion of society and pain to everyone else. I guess everyone dreams of being rich more than they dream of being sick. Thoughts?

Neoprene Camera Case – Love the idea

Neoprene Camera Case

Two weekends ago Bridget and I were at Portobello West looking at all the local fashion and art goods for sale. We had just bought a new camera the day before – a slick little Casio – that we thought would be great for taking to Christmas parties.

The big reason I wanted such a little camera is that I can put it in my coat pocket and always have a camera with me. I was a little disgruntled because when we bought the camera they didn’t have any ultra-compact cases for our ultra-compact camera – and really what’s the point of a tiny camera if you’ve got a bulky case?

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Movies for Boobies – Make a difference on Saturday

Zero Hour: A movie supporting the BC Breast Cancer Foundation

Did the headline get you? It got me when I received it in an email yesterday.

Movie Screening to Support the BC Breast Cancer Foundation

Wade Allen, a Vancouver realtor who I met through Toastmasters last year, and some of his friends have filmed two movies that are being presented on Saturday, at the Vancouver International Film Centre, to raise funds for the BC Breast Cancer Foundation.

I just want to remind you that this Saturday we are hosting our “MOVIES FOR BOOBIES” event at the Vancouver International Film Centre.

We are showing 2 short films made by myself and friends. They are both great films and total just over 1hr and 15min combined.

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