This federal election, I will be voting for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) for the following four reasons based on the CPC’s Policy Declaration(PDF 2019.01.21) pronouncements, primarily aligned with my business objectives:

1. Fiscal declaration, with tax relief primarily for business and capital gain taxes, which is how poverty breathes its last.

2. Economic Development, with industrial development (by eliminating the socialist mindset of bailouts and favoritism) and the foreign ownership restriction removal or reduction, which promotes a free-market system with myriad growth opportunities. In addition, the long-term energy framework, whereby we reduce energy costs by leveraging what Canada offers internally, rather than importing what we already have. Finally, the spirit of competition is etched across the economic development platform.

3. Trade, especially the focus on promoting international trade, thus increasing the potential for economic growth and business opportunities.

4. Criminal Justice, with the stricter enforcement than the currently lenient and ineffective program of rehabilitation of dangerous offenders without the latter’s carrying the burden of proof otherwise.

With these pronouncements, the CPC appears to be committed to providing a business-friendly environment that promotes a healthy free-market economy. This is especially needed nowadays as Canada has turned into a sad, socialist system with a senseless tax regime, broken trade, broken international relations, and offering its citizens too much reliance on government, which I call deresponsabilization, a very dangerous phenomenon to the economic health of any society.

While I will be endorsing Scheer for the above, I do not agree with some CPC policies, such as temporarily suspending stem cell research or considering on-the-spot penalties for marijuana, although these are trivial matters that neither add to nor subtract from my business objectives.

The bottom line is that I am endorsing what I believe is a platform that promotes free-market enterprise, business opportunities, and economic growth. Gone is the legitimacy of the times when people are pampered and cared for by the state.


In case you can’t fall asleep, don’t indulge in caffeine. These problems by Arnold(PDF) will do the job.

Trembling is the very opening of Arnold’s trivium: “The standard of mathematical culture is failing…”

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Last evening, I attended a splendorous performance of the Four Seasons by talented American violinist Benjamin Beilman and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Transcendental notes, an appealing performance of the ensemble, a virtuoso and elegant lead violinist, but a miserable audience. First, they clapped right after the performance of the third movement of Summer. Apparently, they had no idea there are two more seasons after summer. Second, they were dressed as if attending a BBQ in the park. And that was precisely what added to my nausea. It is an insult to the performers, to the divine music being performed, and the rest of the audience to dress in T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, or sandals, for the love of God. Uncultivated peasantry as such that needs to be confined to the parterre, at best.

What I’ve noticed about this part of the world, Western Canada, is the injurious lack of elegance and etiquette when it comes to classical concerts. On the one hand, the VSO is happy to perform to an audience that would otherwise not show up if a certain attire etiquette were to be imposed. On the other hand, I firmly believe it is far worse to allow hill billies wearing flip-flops to attend early-music concerts, thus offending not only the performers, but also the memory of the grand composers of Western Music.

Shameless, painful, mediocre, pitiful, miserable, and sorrowful; tipping the scale of the transcendental towards the ordinary emotion.

Here’s a simple etiquette to follow:

  1. For matinee concerts, dress up nicely.
  2. For evening concerts, dress up really nicely.
  3. Listen to pieces unfamiliar to you before the performance so you get a flavor of what’s coming, a sense of the tempo, and a sense of when to clap.

Header photo: Chan Centre tage shot during the intermission prior to the performance of Four Seasons, 2018.12.21

Bookmarked Problem Solving Infographic by Chris Croft (Chris Croft Training)
Here’s the process that I cover on my training day.  I hope you find this reminder useful:  

Succinct and accurate infographic on the distinction between symptoms and problems, the presentation of options, and the thinking of the solutions by Chris Croft.

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Replicated from a tweet by @marnanel, and it checks out! Note the highlighted:

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