Thursday July 14, 2022
Show me what is
and show me what isn't


For most of the world, their introduction to Culture Club was the number 1 single Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.

But here, where the British New Wave music scene found a ready audience, White Boy started popping up on CFNY, and in record haunts like Peter Dunn's Vinyl Museum, in the spring of 1982.

That's when you first laid eyes and ears on Boy George, the band's iconic frontman who turns 61 today. 

George was the poster child for androgyny and his elaborate make up, dreadlocks, smocks and tunics left many wondering...what is and what isn't. We know what you're thinking. 

Chameleon ;)
18+ eligible for 4th dose today
Ontario's chief medical officer Dr. Kieran Moore announced yesterday that as of today, the province will open up eligibility for a fourth dose of the COVID vaccine to all Ontarians 18 and over.

As of 8 a.m. today, those eligible can use the provincial booking site to make an appointment for their fourth dose.

Dr. Moore noted that this is a precautionary measure amid a new COVID wave sweeping North America due to the onset of the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron.

He said that while all adults are now eligible, healthy and younger ones can feel comfortable waiting until the fall to get theirs.

Eligibility also mandates that the recipient did not receive their third dose within the last five months, and did not actually have COVID within the last three.

Dr. Moore said the current wave of the virus is expected to peak in the next several weeks, and is experiencing a slower trajectory than some of the other recent waves due to vaccination rates, as well as new treatments that prevent harsher symptoms.

The free rapid test program has also been extended until the end of the year, meaning you can still request a case of them at your grocery store while you're checking out.
Bank of Canada increases rate a full point
The general consensus among economists for the Bank of Canada's interest rate decision yesterday was that the central bank would raise its key rate to 2.25%, going up 75 basis points.

In a move that stunned pretty much every analyst, the BoC announced yesterday it was raising rates a full percentage point, sending its key rate to 2.5% in the biggest single rate hike since 1998.

BoC economists have begun including excess demand in the economy as contributory to its aggressive monetary policy. While Russia's war in Ukraine and ongoing supply chain issues are still factors, it's now clear that macro demand in the Canadian economy needs to be reeled in.

While this hike is incredibly aggressive, the central bank says it's confident that commodity prices, including oil, will continue to drop in price. Oil is one of the biggest drivers of global inflation, and as prices fall, inflation will start to subside.

Prime lending rates rose from 3.7% to 4.7% upon the announcement, which is bound to put a tight squeeze on those holding assets in the Canadian housing market.

The BoC's next policy meeting is in September, and at least one more rate hike is expected this year as inflation continues. Economists believe it will persist, but it will stop rising at some point over the summer.
Living together
New census data was released yesterday, revealing growing trends of cohabitation as well as people living on their own in Canada.

The data showed that in 2021, 4.4 million people lived alone across the country, which was up from 1.7 million in 1981. Canadians 15 and over and living alone accounted for 15% of the Canadian population.

While many more are now living alone, many are also living together, both as roommates they're unrelated to, as well as family members of multiple generations.

It found that one in ten children 14 and under are living in a household that includes at least one grandparent, up 7% since 2001.

On a broader scale, the data revealed that the amount of homes occupied by more than one family or multiple generations of a family increased 45% since 2001. Demographers believe this trend has to do with stagnant wages, and is related to the shrinking amount of younger people who own homes.

The fastest growing demographic was households in which unrelated roommates cohabitate, up 54% in the last 20 years.

Many of those in this demographic are 20 or 30 somethings living in urban centres, no longer at home with their parents, but unable to afford rent in urban areas without the help of one or more roommates.
Canada invests in battery plant
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. yesterday to announce Canada will invest in a new Umicore battery plant in Loyalist Township just west of Kingston.

Umicore is a a global materials technology and recycling group, and will be responsible for key areas of electric vehicle battery manufacturing in relation to the overall supply chain of producing EVs.

The federal government is investing $1.5 billion in the plant, and says that when it's fully operational, it will create thousands of jobs, and help to power and build around one million EVs a year.

Trudeau says Canada has the potential to be a major global player in the production and material-supplying of EVs, and this investment is just one more piece of the puzzle.

It will be the first "industrial-scale manufacturing plant of its kind," according to Ontario economic development minister Vic Fideli.
Both wet and dry
Wine enthusiasts surely know how this works, but for the not-so-wined-and-dined, the use of the term "dry" to describe something in liquid form can be confusing.

The term when applied to wine is not the opposite of wet, but the opposite of "sweet."

When a wine is fermented, what's happening is that the sugar from the grapes is being converted into alcohol.

Some wines convert some of that sugar into alcohol, others convert all of it. When all of it is converted, it becomes less sweet, and is therefore considered dry.

The word dry is used because it actually somewhat tastes "dry" when there is no residual sugar. It can literally cause a drying sensation on your cheeks and palate, which is caused by a chemical called tannins.

A dry wine can make your mouth feel similar to how it may feel after drinking a cup of coffee. On the plus side, though, it always comes with a nice little buzz as well. Enjoy!
Hit the fake pavement
A group of scammers are going around Etobicoke pretending to be a driveway paving company, and collecting thousands of dollars in the process.

They're claiming to represent a company called GTA Refurbishments, and knocking on doors in an attempt to look like they're doing residential cold calling. 

One resident, Gary Patterson, said they knocked on his door while on break from paving a neighbour's driveway, offering their services to him as well.

"They got a $2,000 cash deposit,” Paterson said. “They went out to the truck and they were supposed to be bringing me back some paperwork, but they just left. End of story.”

They provided Patterson with a card that said GTA Refurbishments, and came with an address and phone number. 

The number wasn't in service, and the address belonged to a different business that had never heard of GTA Refurbishments.

Long story short, always make sure to get the paperwork before signing over any deposit.
Mirrors on the ceiling catch thieves in the night
Source: Twitter/@ProgRockGrandad
Three men have been charged in New York for attempting to auction off the stolen handwritten original lyrics to Hotel California.

Don Henley, Eagles singer and writer of the song, had attempted to reclaim the lyrics, but the three men whisked away from the attempt while trying to convince any auction house that would listen that they were the rightful owners and should be allowed to auction them off.

The thieves are not backing down, despite being varyingly charged with criminal possession of stolen property and hindering a prosecution. 

“Despite six years of investigating the case, the DA hasn't included a single factual allegation in the indictment showing that my client did anything wrong,” said Antonia Apps, who is representing one of the accused.

The defense rests on one of the accused saying he bought the lyrics from a man in 2005 who claimed to have been writing a book about the Eagles in the '70s. Where the writer got the lyrics, however, appears to remain a mystery.

The defendants likely have a case if they can demonstrate they had no knowledge that the item was actually inappropriately in their possession.

Needless to say, when it's all said and done, the mystery book writer's last words will probably be something along the lines of, "last thing I remember, I was runnin' for the door."
Hers and hers and his
So StatsCan says more of us are living with roommates, huh? We don't know about you but we think that's a pretty good excuse to play some Three's Company trivia ;)
Have a great day ahead Staker!

Today's edition was written by Michael Cowan and Maureen Norman
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