Do you know the laws when travelling abroad? : PF Weekly Grab a brew #58

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS   Do you really read about the laws of the country you are about to visit when travelling abroad? Shaking your head no, don’t worry me neither. I’ve been to many countries around the world in the 30 odd years I’ve been around and Canada was the only place that I did. To be honest the laws of each destination that I visited weren’t something that crossed my mind although it really should have been. Before I became a permanent resident in Canada I did look into the laws of the road and driving and how I would be insured since I was visiting from abroad only because my wife had brought it to my attention. It’s important to know what your rights are and whether your insurance will cover you in the event of an accident but also what the laws of the country are involving certain situations such as the horror described below. I was disturbed to read an article earlier this week about Canadian Justine Davis from Toronto who was travelling through Cuba with her three-year old son. While on a rented scooter just before this past Christmas they were involved in an accident […]

Should kids go without lunch for parents debt? -The Saturday Weekend Review #57

FOOD WASTE FOR NOTHING   Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all important meals of the day. What is also important is making sure that we do our best to make sure that our children are getting their daily nutritional needs looked after. I don’t care who you are or where you live if a child is hungry or asking for food and you do nothing about it then you must be heartless. A child is so innocent that we should never turn our backs on them even if we have nothing to offer.   Don’t pay you don’t eat lunch   Even worse is when you feed a child and then take their lunch away and proceed to throw it in the garbage only because the child’s parents did not pay a lunch bill with the education system. I wasn’t just shocked when I read this article last night on Yahoo about a Salt Lake City, Utah school that wasted 40 lunches of children whose parents failed to pay their cafeteria balance just moments after the meal was served to them. Could you imagine sitting down to eat your lunch so pure at heart only to have someone take that […]

Will the Ontario minimum wage hike help? PF Friday Grab a brew #57

IN ONE POCKET OUT THE OTHER   Surviving on minimum wage is not easy in fact when I moved to Canada the only jobs I could find were minimum wage jobs although that was still a struggle at times. Living in the UK was equally as difficult because prices for petrol and food not to mention housing accommodations were astronomical compared to what we earned. I was already used to living on a tight budget and working hard to make ends meet to stay ahead of the game but I guess I expected more moving to Canada but knew I would have to work my butt off no matter what challenge I was given. No road is an easy road unless it’s all handed to you on a silver platter but even then those people still fall. Unless you haven’t heard the Liberal government is giving a $0.75 boost to the minimum wage in Ontario raising it to $11.00 an hour. They say this is in line with inflation but is it really enough to get by on?   Finding a job   I struggled to find work even with my University Degree from the UK because it wasn’t fully […]

Could I live in a 420sq ft Micro-Apartment?- The Saturday Weekend Review #56

LIVING THE HIGH LIFE IN A SMALL SPACE   Living in a small space even if it is a 420 sq micro-apartment that transforms into 8 rooms may be perfect for one person and a nightmare for another. I love reading about small houses/apartments and how these designers go about taking a small space and transforming it into a living space fit for a King or Queen. Ok, maybe I’m going too far with that but let’s be honest when you see the video you will be shocked to see how well the designer Graham Hill also the founder of  treehugger.com puts this space efficient apartment together. He will not disappoint you, especially if you don’t mind sleek spaces that are magically transformed. When faced with a shortage of space these designers have to put their heads together and start thinking outside of the box and to be honest this is when we start to see the real creativity flowing. Not everyone can handle the functionality of a small apartment like the one in the video below (video removed as it was removed from Yahoo) not only because of the sleek modern use of space but because of the effort […]

Would you upgrade your credit card for free?: PF Friday Grab a brew #56

LET THE ANSWER MACHINE GET IT   If you want to upgrade your credit card for free most likely you will do it on your own by contacting credit card companies to see what they are offering. Other times they are contacting you whether over the phone, through email or your post box. I’ve always said there are some great credit cards with perks out there but you need to shop around to find what’s best for you. Like many Canadians we have call display and conveniently with a Rogers TV package perk it also shows up on our television when the phone rings the number that’s dialing in. I’m pretty sure many of you are going to say that you do the same as us and simply say, “let the answer machine get it” especially if you don’t know the number or if it’s that dreaded Air Duct Cleaning company and you have the number burned in your mind because they call so many times. Sure we’ve put our number on the Canada Do Not Call List and it does work for the most part until they decide to switch phone numbers and the calls start all over again. […]

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