NTL046 – AirBnB regulation, French-to-French translation, and our friend Dan the One Man Band

Sorry we’re late this week. Roger was in Ottawa on a business trip where he saw something that would make Dave go nuts.

Ward 1 alderwhatever Ward Sutherland is compelled by an anecdote to regulate AirBnB in our city. Roger has a problem with that. Dave not as much.

Dave wrapped up watching the second season of Stranger Things, was suitably underwhelmed. He also saw the Justice League movie; was suitably whelmed.

Our special guest this week is Dan the One Man Band. He’s been performing in Calgary and at festivals across Western Canada and around the world for almost 30 years. He’s an interesting character and a voice for local arts.

NTL 045 – Talk about the Talkies, Who’s running the Alberta Party, Why Honeycomb sucks now, and that Hollywood business.

This week on the National Talky League,

We talk about the Talkies!
Roger shares his parking lot story!
We try to find the perfect leader for the Alberta Party
We talk a little Oil and Gas
Dave hips us to the new Honeycomb, and why its terrible.
We get in to the Hollywood issue.

Stong Opinions, Loosely Held, and Widely Shared. This is the National Talky League.

NTL 044 – OVERTIME with Willem Klumpenhouwer

This week’s OVERTIME edition features Willem Klumpenhouwer, a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary. Willem’s focus of study is on transportation and urban planning, and he’s a regular at city council meetings. Willem shares his insights on Calgary’s transportation future, and how it might affect you in the years to come.

Willem’s blog can be found at http://www.spuryyc.org/

NTL 043 – Weaponizing content, Arguing for veterans, and trouble in Hollywood

This week things are all topsy-turvey at the NTL.

Dave CLEARS HIS THROAT about how the American political divide seems to be coming home to roost in Alberta, how it’s hard to be in the middle these days, and how similar the far Left and Right really are.

We talk about veterans really want, and the “War on Christmas”.

Roger in WATCHA WATCHIN’ tells us about Kewvin Spacey’s woes, and talks about Netflix’s “The Babysitter”. Dave thinks you should watch Fringe.

NTL 042 – Cultural appropriation at Halloween and the new Future Leader of Alberta

The guys wonder why dressing as your favourite Disney character is politically incorrect whereas dressing as though you live below the poverty line is somehow permissable.

Dave doesn’t like horror movies, but it’s not what you think. Also… what’s your favourite horror movie that nobody seems to know about?

And of course Roger & Dave share their thoughts on the new leader of the United Conservative Party.

NTL 041 – Post Election talk, Shark Jumping, and digit trauma.

This week on the podcast, the guys break down the Calgary election, from a number of angles. We go inside the the negotiations between the embodiment of the city and the Flames. The grappling story of a life saved and the furor that develops. Roger CLEARS HIS THROAT about whether racism was a factor in the election, and in WHATCHAWATCHING We talk Jagmeet Singh’s hair, and when do shows “Jump the Shark”.

The Daveyboy Smith story https://twitter.com/DBSmithjr/status/922280092310499328

(Not the one Dave saw, but still a good example of) Jagmeet Singh wrapping his Dumalla.

Dave’s thumb, 2 versions.

NTL 040 – Calgary Municipal Election

It’s Election Day in Calgary, and Roger and Dave walk you through the Wards and run down the election issues in their own unique style.

Still deciding who to vote for? Can’t really help you, unless you’re basing your vote on funny names. How close did NTL get to being correct? We’ll know soon enough.

NTL 039 – Calgary Election, Miley Cyrus, Syrup Art, and Song Lyrics.

This week on the National Talky League, Roger and Dave ponder the Calgary Municipal Election and the state of politics in general.

– LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT We discuss the racism claims and whether it’s cool for your boss to suggest for whom you vote.
– We talk about the Liberal government’s seemingly desperate need for your tax dollars.
– Fun with breakfast menus and syrup.
– Miley Cyrus gets more airtime on NTL than you might think.
– WATCHA WATCHING we talk about shows you like to rewatch
– Dave offers up the worst song lyrics imaginable.

(Dave’s ihop homeages)

NTL 038 – Guns, Young Politicians, 2 Littlest2Hobo

This week on the National Talky League, we’re under the shadow of a hard day of bad news with the Las Vegas shootings and the death of Tom Petty.
Roger and Dave struggle on and bring you insight and conversation in spite of it all.

Strong Opinions, Loosely Held, Widely Shared.

We talk
– Roger Clears His Throat about US Gun Control, and whether Canadians fundamentally feel different about guns or not.
– Jagmeet Singh and the “youngification” of Canadian politicians.
– Photo radar and it’s abuse in Calgary
– Dave recommends Big Mouth in Watcha Watching? and we discuss ending points for long running series.

Open Letter: Let’s do some math with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Dear Taxpayers,

City council pensions are out of control! Well, that’s what the novelty placard held by CTF Alberta Director Colin Craig says anyway.

Craig’s quote bothers me. “If you do the math, it works out to councillors putting in $1 while taxpayers had to put in about $5.”

This is fine and well if there were one (or even five) taxpayers per councillor. But if you take a moment to actually do the math ugh – and I mean “show your work” just like in school – it’s a little more challenging to feel put out as a taxpayer.

(I feel like Jim Prentice telling Rachel Notley that “math is difficult,” or like Alison Redford telling me “if I actually understood budgets)

Anyway, here’s the math, boring though it is:

In the 10 years from 2007-2016, city councillors put $1,187,000* into councillor pensions.
$118,700 per year divided by 15 on council.
$7,913.33 per year per councillor.

Now here is the math from the taxpayers’ side:

In the 10 years from 2007-2016, city taxpayers put $5,803,000* into councillor pensions.
$580,300 per year divided by 464,000** Calgary households.
$1.25 per household per year.

The $1.25 hit to the individual taxpayer is hardly something to light one’s hair on fire about. It’s actually quite a bargain. Colin does go on to say that there’s a second pension plan we don’t have the details about, which is rather sketchy I must admit. But I’m not convinced the CTF’s yeoman’s work should be putting a few pennies back in our pockets each year.

This silly math ruse distracts from the point of the protest by the CTF, if there is one. I’m sure there is. It’s kind of lost on me since there’s no real substance in this protest.

Case in point, this quote/red herring from Colin Craig:

“It’s simply not fair for taxpayers, given that so many taxpayers don’t even have a workplace pension.”

This raises a lot of equally silly, equally disconnected questions.

Should taxpayers only be made to contribute to things which are made available to them in the workplace? “I don’t have a workplace City Hall/Police Service/Building Code Enforcement! What’s with this bullshit!?”

Here’s the thing:

Dear CTF,

Don’t waste our time with this petty crap. In a million years, you’ll never get me to believe that my personal contribution of about $2.75/year for the total compensation of the board of directors of the $3 Billion city/corporation in which I live is a raw deal. (I’m more pissed that it isn’t more than that given the talent that turns up for these elections every four years.)

Stop it with the low-hanging fruit photo ops with big numbers that painfully reinforce the need for basic financial literacy education in our province’s high schools.

Instead, please focus on the regressive and idiotic tax collection schemes we have in place right now (property tax, corporate income tax, personal income tax, etc.) and how much further ahead we could be as cities if we simply had the intestinal temerity to force the much-needed upheaval of out tax system.

Also… don’t be so patronizing.



*Assuming CTF numbers to be accurate.
** Assuming 464,000 households based on 2011 StatsCan data.