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  • I think a rent cap could be a good way. It could be raised wrt to inflation. Then, government housing, better loan systems for non profit and maximize density to allow building taller rather than wider (making land cost minimal), but not tall enough that would create increased cost (elevators are expensive to maintain for example). A lot of initiatives need to be put in place, but one that could be effective is to lower costs of construction and find ways to increase productivity by improving resource management


  • The fundamental issue with housing as an investment is that it is a monolithic and non-fluid vehicle, which makes it worse when leverage comes into play. Whereas stocks can be purchased/sold at any time in an instant and have fractional costs (sometimes as cheap as 10$ per stock), houses are not, and fast fluctuations in prices could heavily impact your ability to realize your gains. So it is, on that aspect, a terrible investment.

    For large companies owning thousands of units, this is not an issue since they are spreading the risks across the units (by buying diversely located units of all types). They can also quickly execute purchases and sales since they are in that exact business.

    So the argument that houses are ways to pass down wealth is misguided: they are terrible ways to pass down wealth, and parents should leave a trust fund or safe investments rather than a house if their goal is to build generational wealth - housing should be passed down for personal reasons.






  • Poutinetown@lemmy.catoCanada@lemmy.caConvoy leader Pat King heads to trial
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    As much as I disagree with the convoy movement, it seems that the charges are more politically motivated (anti-far right) than bringing justice. A lot of those charges could be applied to anyone partaking in a protest: mischief, obstructing police, and intimidation are all charges that could potentially be applied to both the convoy and the current ceasefire protesters at various North American campuses; given a literal reading of the criminal code.

    Intimidation:

    besets or watches the place where that person resides, works, carries on business or happens to be;

    Mischief:

    (b) renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;

    Offenses related to public officers:

    (a) resists or wilfully obstructs a public officer or peace officer in the execution of his duty or any person lawfully acting in aid of such an officer,

    Obviously there’s a double standard where such charges would not even be brought up unless it’s extreme cases. But shall pat King be charged and given a lengthy prison sentence (5 years for example), that’d probably set a precedence for the justice system to be used to deter politically motivated protests; this time it’s the freedom convoy, the next could be Gaza-related protests shall it persist.





  • From the blogto article linked by op:

    He says that “After a couple of sips, it became soggy and started to stain. Thereafter, I could taste a few small lid pieces in the drink, which was like ‘yuck.’”

    Yep sounds like terrible design and Tim’s cheapen out in the material. I’ve had non plastic caps that were much better than that.

    You know what would bring us back to the good old days? A real ceramic mug you can use to sit down, drink it slowly and enjoy. But I haven’t been to a Tim’s in a while where the server would ask if I wanted a mug or to go. Maybe the lady would call that woke too?