From the CBC: Who will rebuild after a climate disaster as workers retire and weather worsens?

From the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.

‘We simply don’t have enough tradespeople to rebuild after an event’

 

David Burke · CBC News · Posted: Dec 30, 2018 7:00 AM AT | Last Updated: December 30

 

There’s big demand for tradespeople to repair the damage from stronger storms brought on by climate change, so much so some people are waiting months for repairs to get done. (Bob Wellinski/Michigan City News Dispatch/Associated Press)

When flood waters recede and hurricane-force winds die down, Canadians can expect it will take longer for their homes to be rebuilt or their power to be restored if the country’s labour market doesn’t soon catch up to the realities of climate change.

More powerful and destructive storms are driving up demand for construction workers, power line technicians and even insurance adjusters.

“We simply don’t have enough tradespeople to rebuild after an event,” said Craig Stewart, vice-president of federal affairs with the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

“Presently we are three months out from the tornados hitting Ottawa and there are whole apartment units that haven’t been touched and are filled with snow now because there hasn’t been anybody available to work on them.”

Damage from a tornado is seen in Dunrobin, Ont., west of Ottawa on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The storm tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Many workers are tied up with large commercial, industrial and residential projects in Ontario and British Columbia, according to BuildForce Canada, an organization that studies the construction industry and puts together long-term labour forecasts.

The demand for people who can build homes, pave streets, wire a building or practise any kind of skilled trade connected to construction is expected to increase in the coming years.

About 42,000 new construction workers will be needed to help fill the void left by retirements, according to BuildForce. (Todd Korol/Reuters)

Bill Ferreira, Buildforce’s executive director, said a quarter of the construction workforce across the country is expected to retire between now and 2027. Some 42,000 new workers will need to be hired in the next 10 years.

But none of BuildForce’s labour projections even consider climate change in their workforce calculations.

“We are all familiar with what happened in Alberta a few years ago as well as in Toronto with that severe rainstorm, most recently here in Ottawa with the tornado,” said Ferreira.

“Again these are incidents, isolated incidents, [it’s] very difficult to build any sort of overall trend that we could take a look at or point to that would be driving construction demand.”

Bill Ferreira, executive director of BuildForce Canada, says one quarter of people currently in the construction industry are set to retire in the next 10 years. (BuildForce Canada)

The insurance bureau sees a trend, though. And it’s a costly one.

In the 1990s, severe weather and wildfires caused about $100 million worth of damage a year. From 2008 on, that amount has surpassed $1 billion every year except for one.

This year alone there have been more than $1.8 billion in insured losses across the country.

Emergency crews come to the rescue of a vehicle stranded in high waters on a Sydney, N.S., road during flooding in October 2016. The Insurance Bureau of Canada says powerful storms like this one are becoming more common. (CBC)

“What we have seen right now is that it can take months or even a year for people to get back into a steady living environment after a disaster,” said Stewart.

“We now know these events are happening with increased frequency, no area of the country is immune, it is going to happen.”

Power utilities across the country are feeling that first-hand, as high winds snap power lines or wildfires turn power poles to ash, leaving thousands without electricity.

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Utilities are already relying more and more on power crews from outside their regions to help cope with severe storms. (Olivier Plante/CBC)

More power line technicians are going to be needed to fix that damage and more engineers will be needed to help design power grids that are better able to handle bad weather, said Sergio Marchi, the president and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association.

“We will be needing a lot more tradespeople and certainly in our sector the kind of dedicated, experienced line workers who we call our modern day heroes.”

Much like the construction industry, many power workers are nearing retirement age and will need to be replaced. That, combined with climate change, will further increase demand for workers.

“The silver lining is that it’s not going to remove jobs because we’re going to need more crews, more people to battle more storms that are now becoming more damage-creating because they’re becoming extreme,” said Marchi. “So we’re going to need all hands on deck as they say.”

Sergio Marchi is president and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association. (Canadian Electricity Association)

Marchi said power utilities across the country have already been relying on more help from work crews from outside their provinces, because they don’t have enough workers to repair severe storm damage in a timely manner.

Even the insurance industry, which has spent years warning people about the dangers of climate change, found itself unprepared for the demands severe weather would place on its own employees.

There’s a chronic shortage of insurance adjusters across the country to determine the cost of repairing or replacing a damaged home, said Stewart.

Without the adjuster to do the assessment, people are left waiting to get their insurance money.

“A, we need more trained adjusters in the country,” said Stewart. “B, we need better labour mobility laws so that when there’s a spike, we’re sharing adjusters across North America … so we can bring in adjusters as needed on a surge basis after an event occurs”

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147 thoughts on “From the CBC: Who will rebuild after a climate disaster as workers retire and weather worsens?

  1. Well, we have about 10x as much infrastructure and developed properties as we had in the 1950’s when I was a kid. Obviously, there is going to be more to fix every time the weather turns nasty. Not much to do with climate change. Everything to do with demographics and where/what people build. But maybe the CBC is right about a potential lack of skilled workers. Many of the kids these days aren’t going to be able to do the same job as their grand parents did. There is even going to be another Stat holiday proclaimed for the survivors of residential schools, so that means more double time and overtime to get the same work done. It is all going to cost a lot more every time the wind blows. This is what advanced Socialism brings us, until we wont be able to fix it because everybody is on paid leave or holidays.

    • This is what advanced Socialism brings us, until we wont be able to fix it because everybody is on paid leave or holidays.

      …… or receiving a government “check’ because they are disabled, on welfare, a drug addict, a single parent, an illegal immigrant or employed by/retired from a local, county, state or federal government entity.

      • Samuel
        Drug addiction is the elephant in the room. Right from school, Canadians are taught that drug use use good. Now we have so many addicts in the trades and professions.
        You cannot tolerate drug addicts in dangerous construction work like you can in public service and education jobs.

        • You are correct, Billy, here in the US Public Schools, for more than a couple decades, they were teaching, conditioning, the KG, Elementary and Middle School students that it was “good” for them to ingest drugs and also provided the students the drugs to ingest, as well as provided the parent(s) with drugs to give their children. (even paying parents to administer the drug)

          Ritalin. the “gateway” drug to rampant use and addiction of all other mind-altering drugs.

          • Interesting point Sam. Ritalin is very similiar to Cocaine, just a bit of molecular difference. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/concerta/methylphenidate-vs-cocaine
            It is speculated that this drug sets up brain wave dependence for future drug abuse in kids. Talk about a legal gateway drug that is doing major damage to society cause they fidget and don’t concentrate.

            But it is even worse. Ritalin is also prescribed to some seniors for a different off label use, meant to enhance their awareness and activity when lethargic or depressed. In my case, after a serious head on vehicle collision at middle age with significant mechanical damage, was prescribed this while still on opioids for pain reduction, diazepam for muscular/skeletal spasm issues, sleeping pills to sleep and antidepressants just for good measure. Needless to say, the buggers set me up for a myocardial infarction (heart attack) since Ritalin increases heart beat and blood pressure by a 1/3, while reducing the size of arteries. Any small blockage, and bingo, heart attack which in my case went undetected for two weeks since I was physically and geographically remote in the forest, not to mention dazed and confused. So significant heart muscle damage on top of lingering mechanical damage. It’s not just the kids they can mess up with prescription drugs. Now they got me on a whole host of heart drugs to limit the damage they caused with the first batch. If the accident doesn’t kill you, the prescription remedy just might.

    • Canada has very serious problems at this time:

      1. An incompetent and corrupt socialist Federal government, led by an imbecilic puppet.

      2. Similar incompetent and corrupt socialist governments in many of the provinces.

      3. A socialist civil service that, like the elected officials, is technically uneducated and divorced from economic reality.

      4. A judiciary that, especially at the federal level, appears to be incompetent and corrupt, appointed for favours to the federal government rather than any expertise in law, and a similarly corrupted legal profession.

      5. A family law system that is designed to destroy families and children.

      6. Costly and ineffective green energy policies, guaranteed to reduce grid reliability, increase electricity costs, and increase winter deaths among the elderly and the poor.

      7. A planned carbon tax that will raise the cost of EVERYTHING, that will harm humanity and have NO benefit to the environment.

      8. Phony green policies that inefficient, ineffective, and are simply a false-front for Marxist social objectives.

      9. Collaboration between the extreme-left, socialist governments and corrupt judges to prevent vital pipelines from being built, and the loss to date of $120 billion in revenues from this conspiracy.

      10. Foolish Immigration policies that are almost certain to cause a crime, welfare and homegrown terrorist problem.

      Europe has already demonstrated the utter destructiveness of these policies, and yet Canada is following their lead – nobody is this stupid, imo – this is a deliberate plan to destroy the country and its economy, to enable a full socialist takeover, much like Venezuela and other leftist hell-holes.

      • Allan, not arguing with you about the appearances of what is happening, but mostly invoking the principle of Occam’s razor, incompetence is sufficient to explain most of your points, and I believe fortunately corruption is still not often a direct factor.
        I have come to believe that most of our politicians aspire to “helping the world” in their first term in office, but thereafter sink rapidly into despair of accomplishing much, and by second term will tell voters or adhere to any popular nonsense to ensure re-election and receipt of their full government pension. Thus the elevation of nonsense issues to political agendas, not because they affect the population at large, but only because the population has an opinion that might gain votes at election time. This causes them to get lost in unimportant issues.
        In addition the better qualified elected representatives are often assigned portfolios to manage that are far beyond their capabilities, and must depend on the existing bureaucracy that is unionized and has a strong tendency to self perpetuation, empire building, and budget expansion. The bureaucracy needn’t
        be card carrying socialists to realize, even sub-consciously, what extends their careers.
        Cheers to you and Happy New Year

        • The razor inherently should have equal distribution between incompetent Marxist and capitalist ideas solutions yet the vast majority of the “solutions” proposed and implemented are Marxist. While socialism needs many useful idiots don’t be foolish in thinking that intelligent people who can plan are not members of the extreme left. There are many examples of known meetings that strategiesed these exact outcomes.

          • Good point IronO – If the imbecilic government policies were due to random stupidity, they would be about equally distributed between leftist and rightist nonsense – but they are ~ALL leftist nonsense!

        • DMac – You are arguing that our politicians ARE THAT STUPID, and I am arguing that nobody can truly be THAT stupid, that they must have an agenda.

          Either way, we lose. 🙁

          • If you accept that many politicians are that stupid, and others are that bad, AND you have a voting population that 1) can’t see a way forward on a personal level (they really are that incompetent), and 2) know that the vast majority of the work they do get paid for profits someone else vastly more than it benefits them, they are likely to vote for whoever promises bread and circuses, and a redistribution of wealth they created and someone else trousered. You inevitably have a system designed to protect the wealthy and pacify the rest. Read about the guild and tax systems in the late Roman Empire.

          • Is there an AGENDA or are our politicians really that STUPID?

            Read these extreme-left screeds and many more, at:
            http://www.green-agenda.com/

            It is truly amazing that these people actually believe they are ethical, and of above-average intelligence.

            Regards, Allan
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            industrialized civilizations collapse?
            Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
            – Maurice Strong,
            founder of the UN Environment Programme
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            “A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the
            United States. De-development means bringing our
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            ecology and the world resource situation.”
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            Professor of Population Studies
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            350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say,
            but it’s just as bad not to say it.”
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            as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”
            – Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
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            “The extinction of the human species may not
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            Phasing out the human race will solve every
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            All potential parents should be required to use
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            antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”
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  2. That’s a good point: some parts of America can expect yearly devastating fires/drought/excessive rain in short bursts, or yearly floods and hurricanes.

    How many times can Florida or Houston afford to rebuild? How many times can California burn/dry/then see a year of flood?

    Parts of the USA are surely becoming uninsurable?

    • As usual, Griff appears with a random garbage contribution, ignoring that the full historic data shows extreme weather is nothing exceptional and dollar losses are not increasing.

    • “giffiepoo December 31, 2018 at 2:20 am
      That’s a good point: some parts of America can expect yearly devastating fires/drought/excessive rain in short bursts, or yearly floods and hurricanes.

      How many times can Florida or Houston afford to rebuild? How many times can California burn/dry/then see a year of flood?

      Parts of the USA are surely becoming uninsurable?”

      Sitting camped waiting for WUWT publication notices? It’s your job, is it?

      All to spout utter nonsense without a single honest attribution.
      Right from it’s false claims for “expect yearly devastating fires/drought/excessive rain in short bursts, or yearly floods and hurricanes.” through it’s pretense for solving natural disasters, everything stated by this rapid response commenter, is is a lie.

      Florida and Houston have rebuilt from worse disasters. Only those utter fakers who ignore history and actual insurance valuations can spout such specious claims.

      California spent decades ensuring their lands would burn hot and fast. California fires are their choice and will burn forests and residences through eternity as long as the fools allow highly flammable forest litter to accumulate.

      Now, specifically identify where in America is uninsurable, because of climate or weather? Cite official sources and explicit insurance company refusals.

      Not one of these problems are caused by 2018 climate. They are part and parcel of nature in these city and states with very long histories.
      Pretending these problems will be solved by global warming fakery or abject failures to read/learn history is pure delusion.

      Nor is ignoring decades of destroying tradesman training institutions any help for fixing the tradesmen employees decline. A point utterly ignored by the rapid response commenter.

      • California fires are their choice and will burn forests and residences through eternity as long as the fools allow highly flammable forest litter to accumulate.

        It is an interesting FACT most every State, County, City and/or local jurisdiction has an employed Fire Marshall/Inspector to insure that homes, rental apartments and public businesses conform to the mandatory Laws that protect the people from the dangers of fire.

        But those same State, County, City and/or local jurisdictions excludes themselves from complying with said Laws …… and choose to sue third parties when they themselves are the liable party.

      • The damage from the Florida hurricane was confined to a small and sparsely populated area of the state.
        Not that it was not bad for the people who live there, but from the perspective of insurability, the loss was small.
        And for several decades now, building codes have been being beefed up, which means that the same storm now will do less damage than had been the case in the past.

        Then consider the more than decade long stretch without a major hurricane making landfall in the state.

        Which came after rates had been jacked up due to the above normal 2004 and 2005 seasons.
        Add it all up and insurance companies are doing very well, as are the vast majority of Florida residents and businesses.
        There has never been a time when Florida was not at high risk of a hurricane strike, but overall the amount of damage and the areal extent of damage has been far below historical averages.

    • Both David Burke and Griff apparently don’t believe the law of supply-demand-cost is valid in either Canada or USA? When the demand for skilled trade workers raises the pay for them sufficiently the computer people will get off their ass and go to work. Areas of the USA uninsurable? If Loyds insures tankers running the Somalia Pirates gauntlet I’m thinking someone will insure a house wherever in the USA.
      On somewhat related news I see the idol of Griff, Moonbeam Brown, has labelled deniers as Nazis. The Nazis were the original deniers, of course, but Moonbeam has insulted a whole generation of scientists who are skeptics of feelings over data. Beam me up, Scotty, there’s no intelligent life on this planet.

      • Yes. In the UK it was known as the “Plumber problem”, which meant that the wages of plumbers then rose dramatically until they could once again make a very decent living. And then everyone started praising all the new hard working Polish plumbers. Supply and demand.

        When reality strikes, it becomes obvious that need plumbers far more than we need social justice warriors who majored in gender studies.

    • You didn’t completely miss the point.
      Some parts of America ALWAYS were uninsurable.
      It was only when they federalized flood insurance, that people started to live in some of these places that they were never supposed to live in.

    • Griff mate you are batting 0 for about 100, we always hope your averages would improve but you keep going with the absolute lost causes 🙂

    • No, griff, parts of the USA do NOT become uninsurable. The rates are determined by location and conditions. If you live on a floodplain that did not experience annual flooding when you moved there, but 15 years forward annual floods have started and are worsening, you’d better have bought national flood insurance ahead of time because commercial insurers don’t sell it.

      However, if a tornado blows your house to bits because you live in tornado alley, your homeowners policy covers you for that kind of damage. Your HO rates for full coverage will go up.

      That’s how insurance works, sport.

    • “That’s a good point: some parts of America can expect yearly devastating fires/drought/excessive rain in short bursts, or yearly floods and hurricanes.”

      That is as it always has been, Griff.

      Unfortunately there are few if any places on this planet that are insurable according to your standards.

    • griff has been corrected on this point dozens of times, but like most trolls he sticks to his script with a tenacity that would shame a bulldog.

      There has been no increase in the number of storms, big or otherwise. The increase in insurance costs are due to increased value of homes, and more people living in these areas.

      • Mark,
        I must also concur. Griff’s comments regarding uninsurable property are close to the point, but his rationale is sadly off base. Development for housing has expanded from the readily available easily accessible zones to marginal zones. These are marginal because of risk and access. Risk from potential surrounding hazards (flammable flora, rock slides, land slides, flood plain, low riparian area, below sea level, etc.) and lack of access to vehicles ingress/egress in times of emergency or evacuation.
        Many homeowners in these zones cannot obtain standard insurance policies and are forces to buy “Assumed risk” policies from the state. The taxpayers are subsidizing these marginal housing areas, and the homeowners aren’t assuming the risk because bailouts always seem to arrive for these fools who were told not to build there.
        The major difference between an environmentalist and a developer is that the environmentalist already has his ‘cabin in the woods’.

        • There’s also the issue of building million dollar mansions a few yards from the beach in areas where hurricanes are known to frequent.

        • Or on hills that already have erosion problems.
          Or in areas that are known to burn to the ground every few decades.

    • Perhaps it is time for people to want to be tradesmen rather than have a Liberal Arts degree or Social Science degree.

  3. Congratulations to the construction and insurance industries of Canada, joining “greens” in getting free publicity and marketing from the compliant MSM.

    • ‘Compliant’ is an understatement, most Canadian news organizations are in financial trouble, so Trudeau has decided to pay them subsidies to keep them afloat. But only journalists and organizations who are worthy will qualify to receive the money.

      And of course this is an election year.

      He has bought the compliance of the MSM, he has bought their silence.

      So far only Rebel Media, led by national treasure Ezra Levant, has openly refused the money. The rest are uncommonly silent.

      Pathetic.

  4. In the UK, we stopped training apprentices years ago.
    No one to replace the people retiring 30 years later.
    Some firms kept theirs going but most stopped and their solution was to poach staff from other places or employ eastern Europeans. Only gets you so far.

    • And in Austraila Govn’t is “privatising” these skilled people, backfilled buy cardboard and bullshit!

    • I did a marine electrician apprenticeship and retired as an engineer about 25 years ago.

      No one wants to hear the right answer. “A wise man knows the right answer when he hears it.”

      Now I have plumbers dictating local policy to keep their rice-bowl full. I’m glad that I am old.

    • same in Aus- they cut apprenticeships and pushed kids better suited to outdoor.manual skilled jobs into Unis where they failed gave up and are on the dole
      they also need to make the wages for apprentices a living income not just above the dole handout
      and be willing to look at older aged apprentices. they have experience and life skills that make them good options for requalify as tradies

      • My apprentice wage started at 80% working scale and increased 5% year. The guaranteed wage and rate is what attracted me in the first place, and the leg up in shop management.

    • In part, the myth that it requires a college degree to get a well paying job and every HS graduate must go deeply into debt to be successful has a lot to do with this. Neighbors kid spent 2 years at trade school, and now is welding on a pipe line for about 10 grand a month, and no debt, while his High School mates are struggling with 2 more years for that degree, going deeper into debt and in truth looking forward to a minimum wage job.

      • Yes. Parents and governments have been pushing their kids to go to university and get a ‘good’ job in an office, rather than do the kind of jobs that they and their parents did, which require being outside in all weathers lifting heavy stuff.

        So there’s a lack of people able to do useful work, a massive oversupply of people unable to do anything useful, and those kids end up living in the basement and working part-time in Starbucks.

        The university scam has been an absolute disaster all round.

        And, of course, the people who created the problem are now the ones who are whining about it. Because the left can’t do anything but screw up.

  5. Well crap! Canada is well on the way to collapsing altogether in the world of the author of this piece. If a given trade is short of employees then it’s supply and demand as long as the politicians stay out of the way. Wages will go up and workers will be attracted to the trade. In the meantime it’s plenty of overtime for those already in that trade. This truck driver made plenty of extra income this year working on what are usually my days off due to the driver shortage. Not only added pay but added per diem. Though I get paid a salary if they work me on my days off my salary based on the five day work week is prorated to allow compensation for the extra work. The kids these days though don’t want to pay their dues. They want a route that pays well and gets them home every night to their own bed and it just doesn’t work that way. Of course the recruiters lied to them, but I think it’s funny that they think they’re going to walk right in and get a dedicated route that pays well. You get those routes by bidding on them based on seniority. Until you’ve done the time the way to make money is run the board and go OTR.

    • Politicians poisoned the well years ago. They have made Americans unemployable. So businesses hire Hispanics, who work hard, are reliable, and bring no drama. Being marginally legally present, they won’t call OSHA or EEOC or EPA or M-O-U-S-E.

      The solution is massive deregulation. At the Federal level. The Constitution doesn’t authorize 95% of what they do. You know government is broken when it bans 100W bulbs or top loading washing machines. A man falling off a ladder at work is none of the Federal government’s business.

      • Let’s not forget what government did for gas cans … in the name of saving that bit of gas vapor that leaked out of the can, they created a gas can that is almost guaranteed to spill.

      • There is NO BAN on top loading washing machines. There never has been such a thing. Front loading washers were more popular for a while, and LaLaLand California had/still has all that H2O water-saving stuff in place, but there was NO BAN on top loaders – EVER.

        I don’t know where you got that, but it is bogus. And before you go blah-blah-blah about it, I have a toploader and it works just fine. It also has a water-saving feature called – OOOO! – LOAD SIZE.

        The toploaders aren’t as high-priced as the front loaders nor are they as hard on your back. They don’t cost as much, either. And the front loaders are known for mold issues because people don’t clean them out properly.

        There’s no ban on 100W incandescent bulbs, either. They simply aren’t being imported from China any more. I can still get them at the hardware store if I REALLY REALLY want them. But since I’m budget conscious – something you might try – the 60 watt bulbs provide sufficient illumination for my needs and don’t run up my electric bill.

        Moving on….

        • I noticed that you didn’t address gas cans, nor did you understand Gamecock’s point, which is that left to its own devices the federal government will ban anything it wants to ban so long as it fits the agenda of the day.

          Every single 2016 GOP presidential candidate, save one, would have continued the global warming charade led out of DC. Fortunately, we elected the one who had the intestinal fortitude to go against the crowd.

          That said, even his administration hasn’t given us back vented gas cans yet.

        • Yeah, we have a new top loader washing machine. Made by LG, and we’re very pleased with it. We did buy an American-brand dishwasher though because the European models no longer offer heated dry capability. We wonder if this will turn out to be a wise decision after reading this:

          https://myfox8.com/2018/12/30/familys-whirlpool-refrigerator-explodes-inside-their-home/

          But, hey! No gases inside a dishwasher, right? Only water and electricity, so what could go wrong?

          As for light-bulbs, I resisted for some years, but recently discovered that LED bulbs have finally reached a more-than acceptable level of performance and price. They’ve bright, dimmable, look decent, and don’t get hot. In Texas where our electricity prices are ridiculously cheap, cost of operation isn’t even a factor in the equation, LED bulbs have come into their own, and I’ve gradually (but happily) filled the house with them.

          • We have an LG top loader washer and conventional front load driver and have been very happy with them the 5 years we’ve had them. Not a problem of any kind with either so far.

            IMO a front loader washer besides being much more expensive, is just asking for trouble.

          • “IMO a front loader washer besides being much more expensive, is just asking for trouble.”

            You must have missed the Samsung exploding top-loader debacle, while their front-loaders appear to work fine.

            Having grown up in the UK, I honestly don’t understand the top-loader thing in North America. They’re less efficient, the drums bang and rattle as they swing around while they operate, you can’t pack them as full or they won’t wash properly, and you have to lean right over to reach down to the bottom to get things out.

        • There was a ban on 100W bulbs, it’s been repealed, but not before most of the incandescent light bulb industry was driven offshore.

      • There are 4 groups of drivers.
        Board Runners
        Dedicated drivers
        Local drivers
        Guarantee drivers.
        “The board” is that which lists the uncovered loads. Board runners select from the uncovered loads for the coming week. The most senior get called first and then they work down the list. They start calling to get the loads covered for the next week on Thursday. These drivers get paid by the mile and by the number of stops they make.
        refrigerated loads are very popular because they pay $0.05 more a mile on top of the driver base rate.

        Dedicated drivers have a dedicated route they run on a regular schedule. They also get paid by the mile and number of stops. The dedicated runs which involve multiple stops are referred to as “milk runs”. The runs may be out and back in one day or may take two or three days to complete. They may have one stop or up to six.

        Local drivers drive “day cabs” or IOW trucks that do not have a sleeper. They’re paid by the hour. Their shift is 12 hours long.

        Guaranteed drivers is the category that I’m in and it’s the smallest group. There are only five of us right now. We get paid a salary based on a five day week. We have company phones and are on call. I am on call from 06:00 Sunday until 06:00 Friday. We must be in to take a load within 1 hour of being called if the situation requires it. We do what ever driving jobs are needed, not only covering loads that have not been covered, but covering loads when the assigned driver calls of or does not show up or quits with no notice or gets sick on the road or what ever. We also do truck and trailer recovery. We, unlike any of the other drivers are required to be able to cover loads to Canada. We are also required to team driver to cover team runs when necessary or when the time requirements for a load cannot be met in in other way. IMO I have the best driving job. I get paid at the equivalent of the highest rate a driver paid by the mile would get at 3,000 miles per week plus prorated pay when I work on my days off. During a typical week I will drive less than 2,500 miles. I intend to stay in this job or about three more years when I retire as long as my state of health allows it. Having no schedule though takes a toll and gets harder to deal with as I get older. One nice thing about driving for a living is that when one wants to slow down or semi-retire they can always find a job that suits their schedule or need to supplement their retirement income.

        • So you’re like the special forces of trucking, so to speak.

          Do you think there are enough truckers with Trump to shut down the country if they try to impeach him?

          • I just jumped on the position when it became available after I had been with the company for over four years and luckily got selected. Selection for the job is based on past performance and their judgment of if the person can do the job and not seniority. I went for the position when the company was getting ready to convert from paper logs to electronic logs to ensure I would maintain my level of income. Before that I had been a board runner. Besides I like going different places and doing different things. Not relatable to SF in practice because SF is about a team while driving is more about an individual for the most part. I will say that 3 out of the 5 of us had been in military service in the past. All Army. All combat arms. And thus had all been indoctrinated in the mission oriented mindset.

      • I should make clear I am just describing how things are set up at the company I work for. Most others are set up differently.

  6. Why don’t you build decent houses made of concrete instead of those poorly-made wooden cabins? Houses made of steel-enforced concrete would take no harm at all during the hurricanes. You would only need to replant your trees in the backyard and maybe paint same minor damage made by debris instead of building everything from scratch.

    • The major damage from Hurricanes is from flooding not winds. And actually the newer homes that were built to code stood up to Michael, the last major to strike the US this year, pretty well. I suspect you believe that everyone that lives in tornado alley should be in homes that are underground?

    • Griff said they can’t insure that, and besides, all the illegal Mexicans needed to rebuild won’t afford the Canadian carbon taxes.

      So it’s game over. Canadiens need to seek for asylum from California, which will get damages from Exxon over the crisis./sarc

      Complaining over missing tradespeople is the standard procedure for two targets:
      One for getting more unemployable migrants in. And second, for reducing trade union”s power.

      It is funny that elite leftists always support trade unions in all but this case.

      • Griff also said all the sea ice would be gone and lets not talk about his polar bear claims.

        Lets face it Griff is at best a comedy act and it goes down hill from there.

    • MAK—an over simplification to be sure.
      One of our Canadian contributors perfected a Styrofoam reinforced concrete building system that accomplishes that in wall systems. The problem is the roof and uplift caused by high winds. Most roofing systems are vulnerable to that problem.
      My home is reinforced concrete walls built with the formwork described above providing R-40 walls. The roof is timber frame beams anchor to the top plate and imbedded into the concrete wall with hurricane straps.
      The beams are covered with 1×6 T&G decking and stress skin panels spiked to the beams on 4 foot centers.
      The roof covering is standing seam metal screwed to the stress skin R-33 panels. Very energy efficient and to date has withstood Cat 1 hurricane winds.
      As a retired engineer and builder I never employed engineered roof trusses the cause of major roof failures. When forced by budget considerations I used a roof system with minimum 1×10 rafters anchored to the wall plate of dimensional 1×6 walls with hurricane clips and minimum 3/4 in T&G plywood formed the alternative system. Metal, slate or tile provided additional protection from fire and uplift.
      Unfortunately most clients could never appreciate the safety factors and long term economies of energy savings of these systems. The same goes for banks, real estate appraisers and insurers. It is always the almighty dollar that applies–until disaster strikes!!

      • Thank you CBF – here are some details on the ICF wallsystem I designed and patented in the 1990’s.

        Seems to me that if you added reinforced concrete floor and ceiling decks and steel shutters you’d have a house that would survive almost any natural disaster, with minor damage.

        People continue to spend a fortune on costly finishings for their house, when the core structure of that house is stick-built wood and particleboard that has no resistance to wind, fire, flood, etc.

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/25/its-over-4324-day-major-hurricane-drought-ends-harvey-lands-as-cat4/comment-page-1/#comment-2593562

        It amazes me that people in the hurricane and tornado areas of the USA continue to build with wood-frame construction, which is so easily destroyed by high winds and flooding.

        In the mid-1990’s, I designed and patented an Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) System called Advantage Wallsystems. http://www.advantageicf.com/

        I no longer have any interest, financial or otherwise, in this product or company, but want to point out the advantages of ICF Systems. An ICF structure can be built with concrete floor and ceiling decks and steel shutters to survive most natural disasters. The polystyrene foam is closed-cell, so it will also survive a flood – interior finishing materials such as drywall must of course be replaced. Moving valued possessions to the second floor should preserve them in most flood situations – if your second floor floods, you are building in the wrong location.

        The primary benefit of this particular ICF system is that it is stronger and can sustain much higher concrete pour heights than most other ICF products – it also has features than enable ease of use.

        When Texas rebuilds, will they simply use stick-built construction that will be destroyed by the next natural disaster, or will they employ ICF construction that can survive floods, hurricanes and tornadoes?

        Regards, Allan

        • You neglected the biggest selling point to those I know who used it, the high R value. Those who have used it tell me that after the first year while the concrete cures their heating cost plummet.

          • Thank you Robert.

            You are correct that ICF walls have much better insulation and also much better sound-proofing and fire-resistance – so are often used as adjoining walls in row-housing.*

            I did not invent ICF – I did invent a much better ICF design, which I brought into production.

            The primary benefit of this particular ICF system is that it is stronger and can sustain much higher concrete pour heights than most other ICF designs – it also has features than enable ease of use.

            Best, Allan

            Post Script:

            * ICF walls are also bullet-proof. This helps if your neighbours are drug dealers and they get into a firefight. This actually happened to us in my 20’s, when two druggies who lived next door started shooting at each other in their small apartment. They were so incompetent that they never hit each other, but put lots of holes in their walls. We had a thick brick wall between us and no bullets entered our apartment.

            The shooting did delay our exit for brunch – we had to wait until the firing stopped, and rushed out while they reloaded. We returned to find our place surrounded by police, and had to answer a few questions.

            Oh, to be young again!

        • With an interior concrete wall why put up drywall? I would go back 50 years and cover the concrete with Real Plaster. Not certain, but believe that real plaster, as made/used hundreds of years ago, with a coat of sealer and paint would not have the problems of drywall.
          A german immigrant built a home like you described for a friend of mine in Washington state. Most walls are the concrete (painted) or some tile in the bathrooms or as a backsplash where needed. Greatly reduces the cost of unnecessary construction/material. He heats the home with a medium sized wood stove. Rarely needs or uses the heat-pump/AC.

          • Hi UB:

            The core of an ICF wall is 6-inch (or greater) steel-reinforced concrete.

            The interior and exterior surfaces of an ICF wall are 2 inch thick closed-cell panels of styrofoam (polystyrene, which comprise the concrete forms during the concrete pour), with polypropylene studs at 8 inch centres to attach any finishing material you choose.

            Plaster will stick to the styrofoam but probably not to the ppe studs, but those could be coated (I suppose) to make the plaster stick.

            The issue with plaster for interior walls would be labour costs – most people would still use drywall. I suppose you could use waterproof drywall if you wanted, although mould would be an issue after flooding – maybe a waterproof plaster would work better – I never tried it.

            Stucco is routinely used on the exterior surface as a finish – it works well.

            The result is a wall that will withstand almost any natural disaster, and will even stop a bullet – great for certain neighbourhoods.

      • The story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ is an allegory for hurricane protection.

        Houses of straw and wood get blown away but brick houses survive. This can be seen in any post hurricane photographs and videos. Even Mexico Beach post Michael had surviving houses built of concrete and brick, just plinths remained of the wooden framed buildings.

    • “Why don’t you build decent houses made of concrete instead of those poorly-made wooden cabins?”

      Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and would rather indulge in a steady diet of immediate, temporary sensual satisfaction rather than sacrifice for the future by investing in a safer, more secure home, so the added cost of concrete homes puts those out of their financial grasp.

  7. The CBC Is just trying to justify PM Trudeau’s importation of millions of immigrants and “refugee’s”. After all, he did just give them millions in bribe money ! D’OH ….

  8. Wo’s going to fix all those broken wind turbines and solar farms after a storm, when no power is available?

  9. Currently there are about 1.25 million unemployed in Canada. I have no knowledge of Canada’s education and job market, but if it is similar to the UK then the reason there is a shortage of the right skills is beacause no apprentices were trained for 30 years. The various recessions in UK building didn’t encourage companies to train anyone.

  10. Such a question shows the utter ignorance and even contempt that woke progessives have for the free market. In this case, it is the free market in labor. Should some need become so important that the customer is willing to pay a higher wage, people will come shift occupations to one that pays more. In a different context on a different day, woke Progressives make snide remarks about poor people stuck in jobs flipping burgers or stocking the shelves at Walmart. In the free market employers must bid for workers just like they bid for everything else. But not in the economy of the woke Progressive sustainable utopia.

  11. “Bill Ferreira, executive director of BuildForce Canada, says one quarter of people currently in the construction industry are set to retire in the next 10 years. “

    That sounds completely normal.

    If the career of someone in the construction industry lasts 40 years, you’d expect 1/40 of them to retire each year, so 10 × 1/40 = 1/4 of them to retire in the next ten years.

  12. The last person I want to hear from is a CBC shill. Let me correct that, I don’t want to hear from a CBC shill at all.

  13. There is ‘something’ within me these last few days that has turned me into a Misanthropic Monster.
    Maybe Brexit. or the increase in plastic bag tax, the extra tax to be levied on the over 40’s, calorie caps in restaurants even tho I rarely go there, ban on cling film for packing your own children’s school lunch, or maybe the tsunami of Weapons Grade Stupidity that what what what wot publicises..
    It makes me sad and morose – classically depressed ##

    Don’t worry, I’ll work it out -part of Life’s Rich Tapestry and I will be all the richer on the other side

    but for now
    WTF are all those people even doing in Canadia in the first place?
    They are centred pretty well inside a large continental land-mass and a long way from the Equator.
    It is cold there. we are warm-blooded creatures.
    So why are they there?
    Is it because they have nowhere else to go. Is there not enough room on the planet or are there too many people?
    Ah but they have fossil fuels to keep them alive
    Basically, the supply of energy is powering a Life Support System not dissimilar to what you’d find inside hospitals.
    OK, but the variabilities of weather mean that that supply is going to be interrupted at some time. any time. without much warning.
    It doesn’t matter if the supply was rock solid for the previous 1000 years and is going to be rock solid for the next 1000 years.
    If it goes off for just one hour in a weather anomaly of minus 40 or 50 degrees, You Are History

    Playing with ice is just as dangerous as playing with fire

    ## I am not alone, by any means:

    Another notable finding: The current generation is getting further away from having enough children to replace itself.
    The U.S. once was among a handful of developed countries with a fertility rate that ensured each generation had enough children to replace it.
    The rate in the U.S. now stands less than the standard benchmark for replacement. It’s still above countries such as Spain, Greece, Japan and Italy, but the gap appears to be closing.

    A decade ago, the estimated rate was 2.1 kids per U.S. woman. In 2017, it fell below 1.8, hitting its lowest level since 1978. “That’s a pretty remarkable decline,” said Dr. John Santelli, a Columbia University professor of population and family health and paediatrics.
    From here:
    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/birth-rates-keep-falling-u-s-women-n874966

    See also: ‘Life Expectancy Falling@
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40608256
    ..
    ..
    See also: Emotional Labour
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/5ea9f140-f722-4214-bb57-8b84f9418a7e

    Emotional labour means many things to many people. But, put simply, it’s when someone feels the need to suppress their own emotions.
    The term was first used in 1983, when American sociologist Arlie Hochschild wrote about it in her book, The Managed Heart. At the time, Arlie described emotional labour as having to “induce or suppress feeling in order to sustain the outward countenance that produces the proper state of mind in others”.

    In other words, having to keep a fake smile on your face all day – often because you work in a service industry job – regardless of how you’re really feeling, because customers, and your boss, might complain if you’re anything less than wildly cheery.

    Related: Mass surveillance:

    The Strasbourg court said British intelligence agencies’ interception regime violated the right to a private and family life, since there was “insufficient oversight” over which communications were chosen for examination.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-mass-surveillance-gchq-eu-human-rights-echr-edward-snowden-a8535571.html

    Not least and from The Grauniad

    Quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK have self-harmed, report finds

    Is that why there are no more builders in Canadia or anywhere else?
    So why are the girls doing that, any chance it’s because they are physically and mentally malnourished???
    From the NBC link:

    Rates of preterm and low birth weight babies rose for the third straight year, possibly for the same reason.

    Its a funny old world how things fit together, especially if you have a chronically malnourished population that lives inside belligerently maintained Magical Thought Bubbles AND, the affected individuals imagine they can get away with endless mendacity and buck-passing – safe in the knowledge that a plate of pasta and/or swig of beer, wine, or whiskey will reward them for behaving so…

    So, what’s so good to eat in Canadia?

  14. From the article: “More powerful and destructive storms are driving up demand for construction workers, power line technicians and even insurance adjusters.”

    Do you have any evidence for more powerful and destructive storms happening in Canada? Because in the United States, the statistics say that *all* forms of extreme weather are less extreme today than in the past. There are no “more powerful and destructive storms” in the United States in recent years, so I’m betting the conditions are the same in Canada.

    The author of this article has obviously bought into the meme that CO2 has made storms “more powerful and dangerous”. Of course, there is absolutely no evidence to support that claim.

  15. From the article: “Presently we are three months out from the tornados hitting Ottawa and there are whole apartment units that haven’t been touched and are filled with snow now because there hasn’t been anybody available to work on them.”

    There are thousands of people down at the southern U.S. border who are looking for work (so they say). Canada should send recruiters to Mexico to interview these people. You’ll probably have to provide them with a little job training, and some money for food and some money for housing and some money for health care but Justin is a generous man so that shouldn’t be a problem, and then Canada can get the work done.

  16. I checked and I see that Canada does have Home Depots, so your problem is solved.
    Just go down to Home Depot early in the morning and say “I need 5 laborers for the day” and POOF!

    This even works in Alabama.

    • Unlike America, Canada doesn’t just let millions of Mexicans walk in over the border. Though Trudeau is doing his best to change that.

  17. … more engineers will be needed to help design power grids …

    There is a big disconnect between what we’re told and reality. Employers and government tell us we desperately need more engineers. Reality is different.

    According to the 2011 NHS, only about 30 per cent of employed individuals in Ontario who held a bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering were working as engineers or engineering managers … link

    A common myth is that engineering graduates are lured away from engineering by better prospects elsewhere. The above linked report specifically investigates that and finds that it isn’t true.

    So, that’s thing one.

    Thing two is that nobody at the high school level (students, teachers, guidance counselors, parents, etc.) understands the need for math and science in the trades. Many/most otherwise able and intelligent students take the minimum math they can get away with and discover that they aren’t equipped to train as an engineering technician.

    I have seen Polish elementary school math texts. Their level exceeds American and Canadian high school texts. We have been the victim of many expert driven frauds. The teaching of math is one.

    Common Core math forces students to waste an inordinate amount of time on what Dr. Wood calls “tediously complicated forms of computation” instead of simple shortcuts. He says these methods “deliberately drive a wedge between parent and child, since very few parents can crack the code.” link

    I’ll say! I’ve taught engineering math (a lot) and I was completely baffled by my kids’ elementary school math texts.
    [/rant]

    • “I’ll say! I’ve taught engineering math (a lot) and I was completely baffled by my kids’ elementary school math texts.
      [/rant]”

      That’s discouraging to hear. I am completely unfamiliar with this new math so cannot judge, but I have heard many others make the same complaint you make.

      Our schools need big reforms.

      • I have seen superior math teaching.

        Charles Ledger

        John Mighton

        I never met Jamie Escalante but his story is similar.

        The good news is that highly effective math teaching is possible. The bad news is that school administrators and education faculties find lots of ways to ignore superior teaching when everyone else can see it.

      • We homeschooled our daughter with the Bob Jones University (BJUPress) curriculum for years 2-5 and were very impressed. The math was robust and advanced enough but well explained in everyday language, and well structured. It served our daughter very well.

  18. Maybe one of the skills being lost to retirement, is that of insurance assessors skilled at denying claims?

  19. As with so many CBC articles the writer didn’t do his homework. The trades supply issue, the insurance remediation/repair issue, and the building code issue would each require actually talking to trade unions, building contractors, and inspectors, not just insurance industry executives.
    Qualified skilled trades are in high demand because of the time required to gain the experience coupled with the cyclic nature of construction work. Many try but few stay. It is much different than going to school and regurgitating the instructors words back til you get a diploma.
    The building code updates always lag materials and practices due to the nature of bureaucracy. Studies need to be done, circulated, etc.
    The real issue the insurance industry has but wont admit is their own practices. They want all the work done and approved before payment, often paying months later so large jobs are started and stopped repeatedly. They also only want the pre-existing conditions met but the contractor is required to meet the newer code, often much more comprehensive than what was damaged. Who pays? The insurer considers it an upgrade while the insuree considers it a replacement and the contractor is caught in the middle. There is good reason why contractors prefer new construction, doing insurance jobs as a last resort.

  20. Canada: the only country in the world where the government can’t figure out how to make money from oil or drugs.

    There are tens of thousands of trades people out of work in Canada and that will almost certainly get worse.

    We are giving our oil away to the US at $ 15 a barrel while at the same time importing oil at $ 50 a barrel.

    All because there is no pipeline joining east to west. Instead we ship oil by rail, leaving farmers wheat to rot because the rail lines are filled to capacity.

    This represents hundreds of millions of dollars in extra costs, lost opportunity, and higher taxes for the Canadian Taxpayer due to government mismanagement of the economy.
    Hundreds of millions of dollars flowing from Canadians Taxpayers to offshore accounts. Money that should have been used to educate the next generation of trades. Instead it will be needed to care for the army of unemployed.

    While our TrueDope rock star PM hands out millions of $ in Other Peoples Money for yet another selfie opportunity to play Mr. Dress-Up.

  21. Maybe some of those women stuck in the gender pay gap could start being plumbers, electricians, welders, and air conditioning people and pick up the slack.

  22. Why not tap the millions of climate refugees in Latin America who are being displaced by global warming gangs and climate change dictators? (You have to use this type of warped lingo to get heard in Canadian media and policy these days.)

  23. In contrast to Canada, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, contains US$1 trillion from oil earnings.

    US$1 trillion from oil. In a small country of 5 million people. In contrast Canada is huge with some of the largest oil reserves on the planet.

    And how big is Canada’s sovereign wealth fund for or $ 37 million people?? Somewhat less at $ 0.0.

    Oh wait, our fund isn’t $0.0 at all. Rather it is more than a trillion dollars. The only problem is that it isn’t a fund. It is a debt. A debt that is quickly approaching !00% of GDP.

    A debt that could be paid off not by the way overtaxed Canadian taxpayers, but simply by taxing the oil currently sitting in the ground.

  24. It would be nice to hear the Open Borders crowd give population projections for their region 10, 20, 30 years out. Should America have 500,000,000 people? When should that occur?

  25. I actually think it isnt helping third world cou ntries by taking the so-called best. Better, make them stay in their own countries and help them improve their lot. But, hey, isn’t that imperialism?

  26. “Marchi said power utilities across the country have already been relying on more help from work crews from outside their provinces, because they don’t have enough workers to repair severe storm damage in a timely manner.”

    We do this in the US all the time, it makes no sense to maintain a workforce sufficient for storm rebuilds all the time. It is a planned strategy. I find it interesting that Mr. Marchi said this, because on several occasions we have had Canadian linemen here in the mid-Atlantic states doing that very thing after storms and hurricanes.

  27. Won’t these same disasters wipe out the wind turbines, Solar panels, Solar furnace generators, etc. [most renewables.] Where is all of the electricity going to come from that the CBC is worried about restoring? Can remember only a few short outages of the local power station over my 75 years. And now we have Puerto Rico replacing all conventional generating stations with “Renewables.” Use Your Brain, a larger disaster is in the wind – globally.

  28. Already stated in the comments but it bears repeating.
    The progressive mind can never imagine how or where the laws of supply and demand can be applied in a real world situation. Again and again we see the ‘invisible hand’ of a free market supply our wants and needs and again and again progressives continue to deny there is any such thing.

  29. Endlessly fighting back the climate cult’s sophistry is tiring.

    I think they have misinterpreted the idiom that if you debate an idiot then bystanders can’t tell who the idiot is, and took it to mean that being the idiot is the way to win all debates.

  30. The Canadian liberal government led by Mr. Dressup is starting a carbon tax basically in a cold country which depends on fossil fuels. The CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is mainly funded by the taxpayer to the tune of 1.5 billion and year. The CBC is the PR arm of the liberal government and with this government bringing in a carbon tax the CBC regularly publishes “climate change” misinformation upto three times a week. As with this article there is never any data or proof included with the article to back up the latest C02 perceived catastrophe.

    Something else this liberal government is doing, 500 million is going to be doled to so called struggling fake news MSM in Canada. The money is supposedly to be passed out by a neutral party. Here is the kicker. an election is less than a year away. neutral party my butt.

    Oh sensitive people moderate CBC comments, I get put in the corner on a regular basis. No free speech in the CBC or MSM in Canada unless it follows the liberal and Mr. Dressups line.

  31. Is total energy control total world control?

    Is manmade climate change the foundation of eco-fascist world government?

    Uh Oh Canada…

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/17/toronto-named-as-the-heartland-of-the-radical-climate-revolution/
    Toronto Named as the Heartland of the Radical Climate Revolution

    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable. Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme & architect of the UN Oil for Food Scandal

    “Maurice Strong was a pioneer of sustainable development who left our country and our world a better place.” – PM Justin Trudeau

    PM Trudeau is honored before his first speech at the UN…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t7QD-CKUPw
    SEPTEMBER 19, 2016: Arch of Baal” erected in New York City

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/19/justin-trudeau-praised-un_n_12093658.html
    SEPTEMBER 19, 2016: Justin Trudeau Hailed At UN in New York City As ‘Example’ To The World

    Baal is back…

    https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/28339-creepy-world-government-summit-targets-america-freedom
    Creepy World Government Summit Targets America, Freedom
    “[T]he globalists at the summit made headlines worldwide for gathering under a replica of the infamous “Arch of Baal.” Analysts suggested that the inclusion of the bizarre monument, which once stood in front of a pagan temple to the false god Baal to whom children were often sacrificed, was extremely significant to some of the higher-ranking globalists.”

    I guess California hasn’t heard of cloud seeding…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_modification
    “Weather modification is the act of intentionally manipulating or altering the weather. The most common form of weather modification is cloud seeding, which increases rain or snow, usually for the purpose of increasing the local water supply. Weather modification can also have the goal of … provoking damaging weather against the enemy, as a tactic of military or economic warfare…”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directed-energy_weapon
    “A directed-energy weapon (DEW) is a ranged weapon that damages its target with highly focused energy, including laser,microwaves and particle beams. Potential applications of this technology include weapons that target personnel, missiles, vehicles, and optical devices.”

    https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-is-ready-to-launch-a-satellite-that-shoots-lasers-at-the-earth/
    “NASA is ready to launch a satellite that shoots lasers at the Earth. The satellite shoots 10,000 laser pulses at the Earth every second, taking measurements every 2.3 feet to paint a laser landscape of the planet. Space lasers are not just the domain of evil supervillains — they can help scientists map the Earth too.”

    • It’s probably the quirky comment software rather than a moderator, Linda.

      Most of my posts do not show up immediately but will take a number of minutes before they show up, after a refresh of the page. On occasion one of my posts will appear right after I post it, maybe one out of ten. That’s why I don’t think moderators are causing this delay because that one-in-ten post appears too quickly for anyone to read it and then approve it.

      Ever since WUWT had a problem with their new comment software and had to revert back to the old comment software, there have been problems. A lot of features are no longer available like posting pictures in the post (which used to be available even with the old software, but alas, no more).

      We do the best we can with what we have. 🙂

  32. Given the current interest in a sort of philanthropic neocolonialism (e.g. in Africa) Canada would do well to invite Norway to serve as a colonial ruler. Rather like the ancient Russian people of Novgorod, and their legendary interaction with the Varangian (Scandinavian) prince Rurik and his fellow Norsemen. According to the legend, the people of Novgorod said to Rurik:

    “Our land is great and rich, but there is no order in it. Come and rule over us.”

    Maybe it’s time for a Norwegian to show Canada how not to venezuelate down the sink their fossil fuel wealth on political corruption.

    • We don’t need to hand Canada to Norwegians. We just need to kick out Quebec and Ontario, and the rest of the country will do fine.

      If they’re lucky, we’ll even send some international aid to help them out after their economies collapse.

      At the end of the day, Canada is a country of convenience: it happened because the West could dig up resources and grow food and send them to the East, who’d turn them into manufactured goods and send them back to the West in payment.

      That bargain worked for decades while Canada had an industrial economy and relatively sane government. It’s completely failed today when Trudeau can’t even get a pipeline built to carry those resources from the West to the East.

      So, unless he’s kicked out at the next election, I’d say the country is done. It makes no sense for most of the provinces to be told what to do by idiots thousands of miles away. Unlike construction workers, there’s no lack of idiots, so we can easily replace them with idiots at home, at a much lower cost.

  33. Everybody wants to be rich and sharpdressed. Nobody wants to work with small salary. I there is need to do something, pay more. If bulls**t talking and writing gives more money than when you get your hands dirty, nobody wants their hands dirty.

  34. Uh-Oh Canada…

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/17/toronto-named-as-the-heartland-of-the-radical-climate-revolution/
    Toronto Named as the Heartland of the Radical Climate Revolution

    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable. Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme & architect of the UN Oil for Food Scandal

    “Maurice Strong was a pioneer of sustainable development who left our country and our world a better place.” – PM Justin Trudeau

    PM Trudeau is honored before his first speech at the UN:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t7QD-CKUPw
    SEPTEMBER 19: Arch of Baal” erected in New York City

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/19/justin-trudeau-praised-un_n_12093658.html
    SEPTEMBER 19: Justin Trudeau Hailed At UN in New York As ‘Example’ To The World

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_modification
    “Weather modification is the act of intentionally manipulating or altering the weather. The most common form of weather modification is cloud seeding, which increases rain or snow, usually for the purpose of increasing the local water supply. Weather modification can also have the goal of…provoking damaging weather against the enemy, as a tactic of military or economic warfare…”

    Governor Moonbeam never heard of cloud seeding? Odds are he’s heard of this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directed-energy_weapon
    “A directed-energy weapon (DEW) is a ranged weapon that damages its target with highly focused energy, including laser, microwaves and particle beams. Potential applications of this technology include weapons that target personnel, missiles, vehicles, and optical devices.”

    https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-is-ready-to-launch-a-satellite-that-shoots-lasers-at-the-earth/
    “NASA is ready to launch a satellite that shoots lasers at the Earth. The satellite shoots 10,000 laser pulses at the Earth every second, taking measurements every 2.3 feet to paint a laser landscape of the planet. Space lasers are not just the domain of evil supervillains — they can help scientists map the Earth too.”

  35. Twice my comment was blocked, with purely factual information, nothing offensive and no alarmist drivel.

  36. Let’s get to the real meat of this CBC drivel, the apparent lack of qualified trades people. Much of this stems from the belief of most of Canada that training to be merely an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter or similar occupation is no longer a honorable tradition. Rather Canadian youth should spend years in school learning to be SJWs in gender studies, the most useless undertaking on this planet. Climate change aside ( no snide remarks, I believe it is changing because the evidence is before us, but for the better and has nothing to do with mankind) if you don’t allow your children to train for useful occupations pretty soon there is no one to put a new roof on your home, fix your aging wiring or rebuild the addition that got a tree dropped upon it. My son-in-law is a millwright in training, both of my nephews are completing trades training and they will always be in work unlike the graduates in useless degrees with mountains of debt. (rant over).

  37. You want monkeys?
    then pay with peanuts.
    As one of them “skilled tradesmen”I have an ever diminishing appetite for BS.
    CBC is the national broadcaster of BS.

    Sure there is a shortage of skilled labour at the desired price.
    But to blame the lack of workers for unstarted work following a disaster is typical CBC stupidity.
    The slow down starts and ends with the bureaucracies, getting permission to replace or repair a building so damaged is tedious and immensely time consuming.
    Busy tradesmen simply stop responding to the endless idiocy that the “Grey’s” create.
    The poor property owner is trapped in an endless loop of sheer madness,they drive the trades crazy as they seek to comply and are in turn driven crazy by the information the trades provide.
    That being in short;”You poor property owner are screwed.You are now totally at the mercy of mindless morons.Call me back when you escape.If you have any money left to hire me,that is.”

    Just ask those residents of Christchurch New Zealand.
    I expect the same level of “efficiency” from our Ottawa experts as well.

    • John Robertson said:

      “But to blame the lack of workers for unstarted work following a disaster is typical CBC stupidity.”

      Where did they do that? Can you quote that bit for me?

      • “There’s big demand for tradespeople to repair the damage from stronger storms brought on by climate change, so much so some people are waiting months for repairs to get done. (Bob Wellinski/Michigan City News Dispatch/Associated Press)

        When flood waters recede and hurricane-force winds die down, Canadians can expect it will take longer for their homes to be rebuilt or their power to be restored if the country’s labour market doesn’t soon catch up to the realities of climate change.

        More powerful and destructive storms are driving up demand for construction workers, power line technicians and even insurance adjusters.

        “We simply don’t have enough tradespeople to rebuild after an event,” said Craig Stewart, vice-president of federal affairs with the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

        “Presently we are three months out from the tornados hitting Ottawa and there are whole apartment units that haven’t been touched and are filled with snow now because there hasn’t been anybody available to work on them.” ”

        Reading comprehension much?
        Your two comments show a severe lack of said ability.
        The quoted blurb being the headpost, so did you even bother to read the article before descending to spread your “wisdom”?

  38. Standard building practice for houses in North America, appears to Australians, as cheap, flimsy and seemingly constructed largely of cardboard. Resistance to weather events for this sort of construction is low. That being said, it appears that weather threats are diminishing not increasing in North America. This article is more of the self-serving propaganda of CAGW.

  39. The basic problem as I see it, and I have worked in many jobs, is that salary seems to be related to what the society thinks are highly rating jobs.

    Take for example a worker in a aborotower , killing and cutting up dead animals. Its not all that well paid, yet is essential. Take a lawyer, he may be a very average lawyer, hardly all that necessary for society, yet he will expect t and get a high salary.

    So let s say that salary should be related to the need for a certain occupation and pay the worker cutting up deaf animals s as much as a lawyer. Then if the lawyer cannot find employment, and he still wishes for a high salary, he too can always cut up dead animals.

    If any job pays a high salary it will attract persons to do it.

    As far as training is concerned these days its subsisted in one way or another . Here in Australia its the government who keep the universities going, and for lesser trades either employers are subsisted to train people or they do it via govt. organisations such as TAFE.

    Where there is a need there will always be a response. To some extent the military is a way for some people to get the qualifications for the jobs society needs.

    MJE

  40. I still can’t get over the use of “climate change” as if it were a force. Climate change is a result, not a cause. Saying “climate change” causes more wildfires or severe storms is like saying burned tree trunks cause forest fires, or wet sidewalks cause the rain.

    Then you have the construction “Do you believe in climate change?” — again, as though it were a thing, and not a result of many things happening.

    It’s a terrible disadvantage to allow one’s opponent to define the terms. They get away with calling CO2 “carbon,” and now using “climate change” as though it were a fundamental force of nature. We have to do a better job of forcing the conversation back onto the real science, and not projections and modeling.

  41. Some of the comments here seem to suggest that Texas and Florida are oblivious to hurricane risk when it comes to their building codes. Living on the Texas coast I can assure you that is not the case. But a big problem, as seen with Hurricane Michael, is that many old houses, built prior to code modernization, still exist. Remodeling projects will get put off because the required storm upgrades make the expense prohibitive. When the storm comes the damage is severe and the upgrades become required just at the time the owner is under the most severe financial pressure. It sucks, but they should have known the risk. Personally I invested in upgrades just two years before Hurricane Ike. It was lucky timing and I was real glad I did it. And it lowered my insurance costs.

  42. Trudeau will come to the rescue. There will be a forced distribution of male and female places in trade schools to cope with the massive wave of females wanting to work in the non airconditioned sector. Add a mandatory unit of Lesbian Dance Studies to the course and Justin will ensure it fully funded. Problem solved.

  43. But you’re lucky, not I need for more medics.

    People tend to think medics are men’s best friend but medics are as greedy as the rest of the gang.

    So the vast Russia or Ukraine of course needed
    lots of medics and qualifies them just to loose them to better paid jobs in say the US, Saudi Arabia. ..

  44. Contrary to the allegations of the CAGWers, who allege an increase in “extreme weather events”, I would think that increased greenhouse gasses should REDUCE cyclone energy and extreme weather events. Specifically, the second law states that the energy for heat engines comes from temperature DIFFERENCES, not just from high temperatures. In the case of tropical cyclones it’s the water being warmer than the air that supplies the energy.

    But with global warming, the air wouldn’t be getting as cold as quickly in the fall, so the energy for tropical cyclones should be reduced (first order effect, anyway). This is counter-intuitive to folks who don’t know physics, but it’s why refrigerators consume electricity instead of produce it, and why tornadoes tend to be associated with cold-fronts.

    Based on these stories, it looks like I’m right, and those who cry about warming increasing the frequency of extreme weather are wrong.

    https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/2015GL064929

    “Recent review papers reported that many high-resolution global climate models consistently projected a reduction of global tropical cyclone (TC) frequency in a future warmer climate, although the mechanism of the reduction is not yet fully understood. Here we present a result of 4K-cooler climate experiment. The global TC [tropical cyclone] frequency significantly increases in the 4K-cooler climate compared to the present climate. This is consistent with a significant decrease in TC frequency in the 4K-warmer climate.“

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X06009186
    “Our record demonstrates that the frequency variability of intense landfalling cyclones is greatest at centennial scale compared to seasonal and decadal oscillations. [T]he period between AD 1600 to 1800 [Little Ice Age] had many more intense or hazardous cyclones impacting the site than the post AD 1800 period.”

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379115301335

    “A comparison with North Atlantic and Western Mediterranean paleoclimate proxies shows that the phases of high storm activity occurred during cold periods, suggesting a climatically-controlled mechanism for the occurrence of these storm periods. … Periods of low storm activity occurred from 560 cal yr BC to 140 cal yr AD (SP9 and SP8, Roman Warm Period) and from 820 to 1230 cal yr AD (SP4, Medieval Warm Period).”

    http://www.sciencemagazinedigital.org/sciencemagazine/30_january_2015?folio=540&pg=98#pg98
    “Our work illustrates a major constraint on the large-scale global atmospheric engine: As the climate warms, the system may be unable to increase its total entropy production enough to offset the moistening inefficiencies associated with phase transitions. … On a warming Earth, the increase in perceptible water has been identified as a reason for the tropical overturning to slow down, and studies over a wide range of climates suggest that global atmospheric motions are reduced in extremely warm climates.“

    So those who blame “extreme weather” on global warming are fools or liars. COOLING has caused more extreme weather in the PAST, and would continue to do so in the future, while WARMING has caused LESS extreme weather in the past, and would continue to do so in the future.

  45. If the global climate warms, weather conditions in general for Canada should improve and the growing season will be longer. That is all good news for Canada. If additional labor is needed Canada can always get it from across the border from the USA.

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