Canadian crude oil prices have increased and trading at the lowest discount in ten years

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Jan 18 2019

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Canadian crude oil prices have increased and are trading at the lowest discount to American oil in ten years.

Canada’s Oil Trades At Smallest Discount To WTI In A Decade – oilprice.com
Last year, the gap between Canadian crude prices and U.S. oil hit a record difference of more than $51 a barrel in October. By Friday, the difference was less than $7, the lowest since March 2009, according to RBC Capital Markets.

The price is a mark of success for the Alberta government’s efforts to cap supply and boost the country’s income,

reports The Wall Street Journal. Alberta oil producers were in December forced to cut output by nearly 9% to help depressed prices.

Here’s what people are saying on LinkedIn.

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A Polish mayor’s slaying and the toxic politics of violence and hate

People hold lit candles in a memorial march for Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 14, 2019.
Czarek Sokolowski/The Associated Press

Here is exert from one related article and archive of another. I believe once their is more done to unite the public, inform them of the facts instead of divide, mislead and rile there will be less political related violence and more positive change.


Investigators are checking to see if the assailant, who was recently released from prison, has psychiatric problems. He stabbed Adamowicz three times in the heart and abdomen and told the crowd Sunday evening that it was revenge against Civic Platform, the now-opposition party in Poland (Centre to; centre-right) that was in power when he was imprisoned for bank robberies.

Mayor’s Killing in Poland Sparks Anger Against Hate Speech – VOA NEWS

January 17, 2019 0:48 AM
Associated Press

OPINION

JILLIAN STIRK
CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED JAN 15, 2019
UPDATED JAN 17, 2019

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Holdouts could derail tentative NHL concussion settlement as deadline looms

Jan 18 2019 – Globe and Mail

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/article-holdouts-could-derail-tentative-nhl-concussion-settlement-as-deadline/

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Bed bug infection – prevent and how to safely exterminate

Image: Roger Eritja / Getty Images

Jan 15 2018 – Kevin Yaworski

When traveling or staying in local hotels or accomodations, check bed bug registry website before booking, some cities or areas of some Cities and some hotels have high rate of infection and regular chemical use to clean. Sometimes the chemicals toxic and worse than bed bugs but best to avoid these areas regardless.

Regardless always check headboard, mattress, end tables etc… they seem to like corners of unpainted particle board furniture parts. Keep luggage and cloths off bed or floor. Check yourself for bite marks each morning. Although some dont react to bites. Check luggage closely when checking out. If you find them report to hotel manager and if they do not take adequate action tell them you will be reporting the incident to local health authority. Consider doing it regardless especially if there is info on bed bug registery that it a reocurring problem for them.

Stay tuned for update on how to effectively exterminate without spending a lot of money or having to use toxic chemicals if you are unfortunate and get infection.

Winnipeg has second highest rate of bed bugs in Canada

https://globalnews.ca/news/4848645/winnipeg-has-second-highest-rate-of-bed-bugs-in-canada/

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Warning about lemon vehicles and doggy dealers

Jan 14 2019 – Kevin Yaworski

Here is several warnings from first hand experience with Daloussi Auto on Goulet St. in Winnipeg and first generation Chevy Aveo. Aka Chevy Kalos / Lova / Nexia, Pontiac G3 / Wave, Daewoo Gentra and others listed below.

I know a young woman who got taken advantage of by Daloussi Auto, a lousy and dodgy used car garage in Winnipeg. They lied about the vehicle, warranty, repairs it needed and falsified documents. They may have even falsified provincial safety inspection but it wasn’t investigated early enough.

She didnt trust or want to deal with Daloussi so got the repairs done at a trusted garage but it cost over $855.

It has been a life lesson for her to say the least.

When I found out this happened to her I wanted to help as she did not have the confidence or experience needed to deal with these type of outfits and people properly. Sadly it was already a few months after when she told me but had problems before even taking delivery but was young, frustrated with difficulty finding a used car within her budget and desperately needed vehicle to get to work with unpredictable and often late or early hours.

When I went with the woman to speak to the dealer about the facts the owner (picture stereotype slimy used car dealer) made some outrageous claims.

I asked “why they sold the vehicle with rough idle, the engine light on and told her ‘we dont have the equipment to read code or reset after repair and it is a minor code and no need to worry about it they all do that.’

Why you put 15k lower kms than the vehicle actually had on the bill of sale and warranty documents. The provincial safety certificate has the right value and safety inspection was “completed” at the time of sale.”

I showed him receipt from repair at other garage and said because warranty had wrong mileage she thought it was expired and based on your guys trend in behavior she didnt trust you. He said she got overcharged for repairs and should have brought it back to them.

He said “Sit down and we can discuss” and then he stayed standing up after getting himself a bottle of water. Likely because he was shorter than me and other customers were around. I said no thank you. He said “It must have been an accident and our manager will correct and send new warranty document. We sell twenty cars a week and they all happy”. They never did send it.

I asked “If that the case why does the BBB lists them with a F rating and many people actually every person had negative feedback and experiences with you”.

He said “if you want to go to court you will get nothing.”

I had not mentioned court or formal complaint to MB consumer protections but these obviously warranted and needed.

The women was getting anxious and just wanted to leave so we decided to accept their weak offer for $200 credit but said we would be back if the new document not provided.

They didn’t send them so I offered to help her file formal complaint with MB Consumer Protections. Stay tuned.

She is still on limited budget so I offered to help her repair some more problems with her Aveo to get it running properly, safetied, sell and find more reliable and safer vehicle. We have got some parts that are still in decent condition and safe from autowreckers to save her much higher parts and labour costs from garage.

While checking auto wreckers one said “Aveo’s not worth wrecking, most parts are worn out” when they come in. I assume also due to poor quality to start and no value other than schredding for metal which is minimum so they don’t buy them.

More below about this and similar model vehicles plus first hand and common problems with them.


The Chevrolet Aveo (/əˈv./ ə-VAY-oh) is a subcompact car manufactured since 2002 (by Daewoo from 2002-11), marketed worldwide in 120 countries under seven brands (Chevrolet, Daewoo, Holden, Pontiac, Ravon, and Suzuki).[1] The second generation Aveo began with model year 2012 and was marketed as the Sonic.


First generation (T200)2002-11

Also called
Chevrolet Kalos
Chevrolet Lova
Chevrolet Nexia
Daewoo Gentra
Daewoo Kalos
Holden Barina (TK)
Pontiac G3
Pontiac G3 Wave
Pontiac Wave
Ravon Nexia R3
Suzuki Swift+
ZAZ Vida

Production
2002–2011 (South Korea)
2002–present (under license)

First hand and common problems with at least 2009 Aveo. Internet searches find many examples of other Aveo owners or mechanics having these and many mire problems Aveos of similar years.

Some of these possibly caused by or made worse by poor maintenance and misuse but some due to poor design, quality and QA.

  1. Common problems with Vacuum leaks.
  2. No PCV Valve and just orfice in valve cover. Cracked or leaking PCV hose.
  3. Valve cover gasket failure at <150k kms.
  4. Common rough idle and throwing of engine error codes related to rough idle vacume or lean fuel mixture.
  5. No accessible fuel filter and part of fuel pump in tank.
  6. Small 14″ wheels with 4 bolt pattern. Maybe not common as out of 15 Aveo’s or similar bolt pattern cars at one wrecker only one had 14″ wheels.
  7. Possibly poor quality metal for wheel studs and nuts. All 4 on at least one wheel were rusted, ceased and sheared off. Even with attempts to use impact wrench to loosen. May have been tightened too much by garage.
  8. Faulty safety sensor or systems for transmission and ignition to prevent starting engine or shifting out of park without brake on.
  9. 4.25L oil for 1.6L engine and tiny oil filter that looks more like a tiny air filter. Oil got very dirty quickly even with normal driving conditions and low kms.
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Drug kickbacks: Caught on camera in Canada and in lawsuits in the US

Studies have shown that the practice of kickbacks or rebates for pharmaceuticals drives up the cost of generic drugs. (Room’s Studio/Shutterstock)

Jan 14 2018 – Kevin Yaworski

I believe healthy lifestyles and some proven alternative therapies can prevent and treat many illnesses but for others there is a need for proven pharmaceutical drugs.

Shams that give up to 70% kickbacks to many pharmacies small and large recently caught on camera by CBC Fifth Estate investigative reporters.

These illegal rebates have been exposed before in Ontario and Quebec in the past but not investigated and why are they not even illegal in Manitoba and elsewhere in Canada?

The US Federal and State Department of Justices and Governments have prosecuted and fined several big pharma corporations in the US for kickbacks and related crimes. With some success and some failures but they also looking at legislation to close the loop holes to reduce drug costs.

These costs are already considerably lower in the US compared to Canada for many drugs. Many people in Canada and elsewhere are directly affected or have family or friends that are. Health authorities in some jurisdictions can afford to offer life saving drugs but restrict or deny out of Province or State patients resulting in unnecessary deaths or shortened lives. If drugs were supplied without kickbacks and lower cost would more be available and covered?

In Jan 2017 the Canadian Minister of Health Jane Philpott vows to save Canadians Billions on drug prices yet very little has been done. Trudeau has since replaced her in a cabinet shuttle.

Watch the video below and or read the articles below for more info. If you are concerned contact your elected and appointed officials and health minsisters or equivalent at the federal and provincial or state level.

Jan 13 2019 – CBC – The Fifth Estate

It’s illegal in Ontario and drives up the price of generic drugs across Canada. So why are pharmacists and Pharmacies taking what are called rebates, which are like kickbacks, from some of the the largest drug suppliers in the world? We went undercover to find out.

Watch “Drug kickbacks: Caught on camera – The Fifth Estate” on YouTube

Several allegations of kickbacks against McKesson Canada which is a subsidiary of the U.S. McKesson Corporation, which is No. 6 on the Fortune 500 and the largest pharmaceutical distributor in North America. There has been several lawsuits in the US against them.
Guardian is one of McKesson’s independent retail pharmacy banners and Rexall is fully owned and operated by McKesson.

..

When Costco was caught demanding kickbacks, a document filed at a hearing of the Ontario College of Pharmacists alleged that other pharmacy chains were also potentially breaking the law.


“It’s not just Costco…. Every single pharmacy across the country takes kickbacks in a monetary form still to this day. I am a former rep and can definitely say that this happens. It is still happening and will continue to happen.”

Mark Ronayne was the lead investigator on two reports for the Competition Bureau of Canada in the mid-2000s that looked at competition practices in the Canadian generic drug sector and made recommendations for changes.

“Canadian taxpayers, consumers and businesses could save up to $800 million a year if changes are made to the way private plans and provinces pay for generic drugs. The potential savings could climb to over $1 billion per year in coming years, as several blockbuster brand name drugs lose patent protection.”

Ronayne believes “powerful interests” blocked change in Canada, which is why the practice of paying kickbacks continues to this day.

‘Greed is a powerful weapon’: Are illegal kickbacks in Ontario driving up the cost of your generic drugs?

Pharmacy giant McKesson Canada denies it’s profiting from rebates banned in province since 2013

More discussion:

https://www.facebook.com/132222319406/posts/10157167878149407/

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Canadians forced to pay some of the highest drug prices in the world could save billions through changes promised by Health Minister Jane Philpott in an exclusive interview with the fifth estate.

Trump administration proposes altering rule on drug rebates

July 19 2018
The Trump administration has proposed a rule that would scale back protections currently in place that allow rebates between drug manufacturers and insurers and pharmacy benefits managers

Kickbacks Not Apply? Your Hospital
The medical supply chain is a conflicted mess, and revoking its ‘safe harbor’ would save patients money.
Opinion
May 7, 2018

Largest U.S. drug distributor accused of illegally handling cancer medication
By Lenny Bernstein

April 6, 2018

It says a McKesson subsidiary violated the US federal False Claims Act by selling the medication, providing kickbacks by offering the pooled drugs at a discount and repackaging them under non-sterile conditions. That left the drugs open to contamination that could have harmed patients, the lawsuit claims.


McKesson Medical-Surgical MediNet Inc. was found not guilty in kickbacks case. Did all the facts come out or was it a matter of who had the better lawyers?

Aug 12 2013

https://www.keker.com/news/news-items/Keker-Team-Won-a-1-Billion-Bet-for-McKesson

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DIY Auto Repairs

Here is some info for DIY Auto repair folks if they not aware and those that want to learn.

Loan a tool
With over 60 specialized tools available, Canadian Tire is sure to have just what you need to get the job done right. At participating Canadian Tire stores.

HOW IT WORKS

Simply put down a deposit on the loaner tool. Return the tool in the original condition and receive full refund.

Need the tool for the next repair? Just keep it. The deposit is the purchase price.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/automotive/loan-a-tool.html

Great for those with vehicles or parts off warranty, DIY skills and experience.

If you not a DIY person but want to learn more info here at least for automotive.

Before trying repairs on your own vehicle and if it not involving parts critical for safety you may want to go to the auto wreckers to remove the part. Also check online repair guides and videos from trusted sources.

Once you have done enough minor repairs can tackle more critical repairs but best to purchase original service manual or get from trusted publisher, don’t cut corners, test properly after and if needed get checked by a mechanic after.

If the part you repairing reasonable priced at Canadian tire get it there or if used still suitable try the wreckers. Many parts only about %13 of new.

Bucks Auto wreckers are one of the better self service wreckers in Winnipeg in my experience for selection / inventory, prices, staff and service. They also have other locations in at least parts of Western Canada.

E.g. wheel hub after a garage tightened my daughter’s wheel so tight the studs sheared off trying to loosen nuts even with impact gun. Possible partly due to poor quality steel parts originally on her Chevy / Daewoo car.

Hub with working bearing on car with lower kms was $17 and Parts Source was $128.

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