Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Masked Inflation or is it Stealth Inflation? A Soap Box rant.

Now I understand that businesses need to make money, so I know that as the components of a product increase in cost - so goes the finished product.

Take these 2 bars of Dove Soap - I like this soap, been using this brand for years and intend on doing so in the future. What I don't like is when prices increases are hidden in packaging and portion changes.

Do you see the difference in portion size? 7 grams / 113 grams = 6.19%

So how do you feel about the new bar being that size? Do you find it sneaky or stealthy?

Here is how the two 14 bar bricks compare:

 Big diffenence. You are shorted 98 grams in a brick - almost a 113 gram bar.

Now our Federal government says that we have an inflation rate less that the 6% - a lot less. Who is lying, not the Dove people, they tell you what you are getting and at what cost, albeit with marketing doodads to divert.

No, the Federal Government is lying. We all know that real costs are rising at a much faster rate than they admit.  Wakey, wakey Mr. Harper - the public is rousing and they are onto you.

Did Mr. Harper do away with accurate traditional census protocols so that he could claim ignorance. News flash - This Tory government needn't claim ignorance - it is obvious for all to see that they are smart people trying to keep Canadians ignorant. They have been very successful to date.

We just can't believe what they are saying any more. Would it be different if the Liberals or NDP were in power? Sadly, probably not. Just different lies being told, different hogs being fed and different oxen being gored.

What have we, the Canadian public, permitted to happen. We have betrayed our past and squandered or future by entrusting it to bag men - and women.  Shame on us all.

I've suggested it before and I suggest it again - we should turf every politician at every level of government, even the honest ones, after their second term. Maybe the graft and favours will be spread around more equitably!

So much for my "soap" box rant for the day.

Monday, July 08, 2013

2013 Montebello Park Summer Band Concert Series

Montebello Park Summer Band Concert Series

Head to Montebello Park Sunday and Tuesday nights for great live, local music. Admission is free.
Montebello Park is at 64 Ontario St, St Catharines, which is  the main park in Downtown St. Catharines. The park is located along Ontario Street at the south end of Lake Street.

Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating, and remember to bring your dancing shoes so you can dance in the pavillion.

Performances start at 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Summer Band Concert Series Line Up

June 30 - Walter Ostanek Bank (Polka/Variety)

July 2 - Marty Allen Band (Country/Rockabilly)

July 7 - Lincoln & Welland Ambassadors Swing Band (Big Band)

July 9 - Kindred (Celtic)

July 14 - Solid Brass (Big Band)

July 16 - The Juliet Dunn Quintet (Jazz)

July 21 - Winston James (Country/Pop)

July 23 - Vinyl Flux (Classic Rock)

July 28 - Niagara Old Tyme Fiddlers (Traditional Fiddle)

July 30 - Jermaine Cowan (Reggae/Soul/Pop)

August 6 - Vox Violins (Folk/Blues)

August 11 - Solstice (Latin/Carribean)

August 13 - Dragon Ritual Drummers (World/Afro Beat)

August 17 - The British Invasion (60s British Pop/Rock)

August 18 - Sandy Vine Trio (Top 40 Hits)

August 20 - Wendy Lynn Snider (Country)

August 25 - The Rock 'N' Ray Michaels Retro Rockers (50s-70s)

August 27 - Lambs Become Lions (Indie Pop/Rock)
The City of St. Catharines has a webpage as well for this series at http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/experiencein/ConcertsinMontebelloPark.asp

Sunday, July 07, 2013

2013 Charles Daley Park Sunset Music Series

Charles Daley Park Sunset Music Series
Free concert every Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:30, in July and August 2013

Geared to the musical tastes of people of all ages, each concert features a different theme.
Where? The Rotary Shell – Charles Daley Park,1969 North Service Road, Jordan, ON
Apparently there is BBQ fare and ice cream available for purchase at the park
For more information, go to www.sunsetmusicseries.ca

July 2 Wendy Lynn Snider Band (country),

July 9 Jimmy Marando Orchestra (Swing),

July 16 Sandy Vine and the Midnights (party band),

July 23 Roy Leblanc (Elvis and Roy Orbison Tribute),

July 30 Jam Night with Flat Broke,

Aug. 6 Lincoln Concert Band,

Aug 13 LMt Connection (Funk and R&B),

Aug. 20 Doug Mundy Jazz Group, (jazz),

Aug 27 The Athertones (rock)