A big rain area is approaching New Brunswick and that is no good as I have to drive the Motor Home to Machias to get our wind shield checked out.
While the motor home has been parked I discovered that the right half of the wind shield had moved out of the gasket leaving an open gap between the body frame and the glass. That must have happened because the motor home has been jacked up on the rear left side, causing too much pressure on the windshield. Luckily it didn’t crack, so my hope is that it can be re-set into the gasket. I must say that I was surprised that the body wasn’t more stiff than that.
Bea has finished a gigantic cleaning of the motor home and I must say everything looks like brand new.
If I on my part could just locate those heating pipe valves I’d be a happy camper. The fact that our hot water boiler receives heating tells me that the valves should be open, unless it has an entirely separate loop. The heater at the front wall is an enclosed block which seems totally inaccessible to me. I couldn’t even find any hint in the coach literature to find out what brand of heater we have. I would probably have to call Damon Motor Coaches for information.
What else has happened?
The Province of British Columbia has finally decided to abolish the 2010 implemented HST (harmonized sales tax) of 12%. The HST substituted the GST (5% federal Goods-and-sales tax)) and the PST (provincial sales tax) That happened after large parts of the population revolted against the new tax which would have included a series of services and products not being taxed under the former GST/PST. It is an outstanding example of a working democracy, and that it can pay off not to accept everything which comes down from the government. The first provinces implementing the HST were the maritime provinces. New Brunswick is currently sporting a whooping 13% while the neighbouring Province of Nova Scotia is ‘enjoying’ 15% HST. Ontario also did the change-over to the HST in 2010.
It doesn’t take an expert to see that the new taxes will be hurting the tourism industry. Our neighbours south of the border have a much finer feeling for raised taxes and I just can’t see a good reason, why Americans would travel to Canada when the U.S. economy is still weak.
I wonder how much longer our governments are allowed to spend taxpayers money without any responsibility for the consequences. If States like Oregon and Montana can manage without any sales tax, it is strange that other governments are going broke under two-digit sales taxes.
Sorry for the rant folks but stuff like that is eating me.
Let’s hope for a break in the rain tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Look what’s coming
Compiled by: Peter at 7:44 PM