Posted in Canada, Community, events, Life, The Urban Daddy

Happy Canada Day, 2020! You don’t look a day over 153-years-old.


Happy Canada Day!  153 Years Old and looking better than ever!

So blessed to be living in such a great country where we see people for exactly what they are… People.  Not by race, religion, ethnicity, or socio-economic value… Or so we thought. While that is not 100% true, it is mostly correct – nobody is perfect – so we still have room to improve. Having these difficult discussion today about the way we talk about, stereotype and treat our fellow Canadians is going to pay dividends down the road.

One day, we’ll look back in history and say with shock and horror that our ancestors treated ______________ poorly.

Here’s to a kinder, gentler Canada, which values free speech except where that speech becomes hateful, then it gets shut down, for good.

Here’s to a better Canada that can reconcile old, but still open wounds, with many people whom were wronged through racist, sexist and homophobia.

Here’s to a better Canada where people – rather than shitting on the country – take progressive (and legal) steps to make it a better and more inclusive place for everyone..

Happy Canada Day.

Posted in Canada, Guest Blogger, Sports, The Urban Daddy, Toronto

Are we witnessing the end of America’s Past time?


Even though Major League Baseball (MLB) and it’s players were quite far apart on a deal needed to play a season this year, baseball will be played in 2020 and I don’t know why. Between issues with COVID-19, the locations chosen to play the games in, racism, homophobia, and the underlying issues related to owners refusal to budge on monetary issues and players a demanding full pay while playing less than half a season – the game is broken… Very broken.

Regardless of what is actually happening, this very public bickering could be the beginning of the end for America’s past time.

Take a look at the staggering figures below to get an idea what it must be like for owners of team’s must be facing when they look at paying players ever increasing salaries. Taking into consideration the very slight increase in attendance over the past 40-years (the league added more teams during this period), the total league payroll has gone from a quarter billion dollars to 4 billion dollars a year.

With less people attending games, the teams need to make up the revenue somewhere, right? You can only increase ticket prices so much, plus fans in cities with non-competitive teams historically draw fewer fans than cities with competitive teams. But it theoretically takes revenue to build a team, does it not? If fans stop showing up, then teams don’t have the revenue to field better teams. We’ve all been told that, at one point in time.

That might have been true, back in the day, but in present days, teams – even non-competitive teams – turn profits because of their TV deals.

TV deals range from a low of $20 million dollars to the Miami Marlins to $289 million dollars being paid to the LA Dodgers. The average seems to lie around $45 million dollars. With average payrolls of $133 million, and taking out the TV revenue, it still makes for a huge loss for the owners.

But the players want to get paid, and they want a piece of everything the owners make. When you consider the average of 10K fans per game in Miami, $15K in Tampa Bay, and $16K in Baltimore, you have to think how much longer this can go on.

Looking at Miami, for example, with $20 million dollars a year in TV revenue, and total team payroll of $75 million, the team begins the season down $55 million dollars. At 10K fans per game and an average ticket price of $22/game, the Marlins earn $220,000 per game, or $17,820,000 over 81 home games (around $18 million).

This does not include any additional revenues from parking, concessions or products sold, nor does it account for salaries of employees, advertising, rent, property taxes, concessions to be sold, or other costs like taxation.

What makes matters a bit more obscure is that teams drawing below a certain threshold are provided support from other teams, such as the Yankees who exceeded payroll ceiling by $52 million dollars in 2019 and had to pay a luxury tax of $26 million dollars – or 1/3rd of Miami’s payroll.

Throwing all of these numbers together, and staying in the space of averages and previous year’s reported figures, the Miami Marlins made around $250 million in revenue.

How?

See how the players become skeptical of the owners figures?

Without fans, and that gate revenue, a considerable portion of the revenue disappears.

Attendance is dropping. Speculation is that it’s a result of outdated stadiums or a bad product on the field, but truth be told, it’s likely the $10 hot dog, $20 beer and $30 to park a car that has been driving fans away.

Attendance Avg Game Attendance League Payroll Avg Team Payroll
2019 68,494,752 28,198 $3,999,827,072 $133,327,569
2018 69,671,272 28,659 $3,964,096,903 $132,136,563
2017 72,678,797 29,908 $3,983,892,634 $132,796,421
2016 73,159,044 30,131 $3,761,011,880 $125,367,062
2015 73,719,340 30,349 $3,680,887,206 $122,696,240
2014 73,739,622 30,345 $3,398,869,156 $113,295,638
2013 74,027,037 30,451 $3,150,727,861 $105,024,262
2012 74,859,268 30,806 $2,950,092,506 $98,336,416
2011 73,425,667 30,228 $2,872,256,542 $95,741,884
2010 73,061,763 30,066 $2,757,480,197 $91,916,006
2009 73,430,580 30,218 $2,791,645,244 $93,054,841
2008 78,624,315 32,382 $2,694,090,063 $89,803,002
2007 79,484,718 32,696 $2,499,198,987 $83,306,632
2006 76,043,902 31,306 $2,337,874,617 $77,929,153
2005 74,915,268 30,816 $2,189,013,398 $72,967,113
2004 73,022,972 30,075 $2,078,657,943 $69,288,598
2003 67,630,052 27,831 $2,128,862,128 $70,962,070
2002 67,944,389 28,006 $2,028,877,522 $67,629,250
2001 72,581,101 29,881 $1,969,086,313 $65,636,210
2000 71,358,907 29,377 $1,685,767,602 $56,192,253
1999 70,139,380 28,887 $1,503,589,250 $50,119,641
1998 70,601,147 29,030 $1,285,345,371 $42,844,845
1997 63,168,689 27,876 $1,127,440,885 $40,265,745
1996 60,097,381 26,509 $958,715,050 $34,239,823
1995 50,469,236 25,021 $951,698,367 $33,989,227
1994 50,010,016 31,256 $928,257,287 $33,152,045
1993 70,257,938 30,964 $903,115,234 $32,254,115
1992 55,870,466 26,529 $803,497,323 $30,903,743
1991 56,813,760 27,002 $613,253,418 $23,586,669
1990 54,823,768 26,044 $460,267,193 $17,702,584
1989 55,173,096 26,198 $375,490,540 $14,441,943
1988 52,998,904 25,237 $319,514,557 $12,289,021
1987 52,011,506 24,708 $304,799,122 $11,723,043
1986 47,506,203 22,589 $309,189,518 $11,891,904
1985 46,824,379 22,265 $264,965,530 $10,190,981

 

With players now opting out of the 2020 season and citing issues related to negotiations, racism, sexism, cheating (yes you, Astros and likely Red Sox), it’s not putting the sport of baseball in such a good light. Certainly these cannot result in increased attendance, unless significant changes are made. MLB could lead the way and lure fans back to the stadiums in drove, if they took a back to basics approach, lowered ticket prices, and concession prices, kept people safe and put a diverse product on the field.

Or, they could fight over millions and billions of dollars while North Americans struggle with earning income, racism, sexism, and intolerance, and a general lack of respect for each others lives.

The ball is in your field, MLB… Batter Up!

Posted in Daddy, family, Life, Parenting, The Urban Daddy

Pick a Urinal… Any Urinal: Just wash your hands and stay out of pee


Caution: Blog Post about Pee.

I found this half written blog post in my draft folder and wanted to finish it off and post it because it’s a gem. A real classic. Or a giant waste of time, but it’s about pee, so it should get some reaction aside from giggle children).

Apparently there was a major study perform a few years ago surrounding the urinal that men (and boys) subconsciously choose when entering a restroom. Who knew?

A lot of it has to do with positioning of urinals, the number of urinals and whether any of said urinals were occupied at the time – according to experts. I recalled that study and remember walking into restrooms for the next, I don’t know, 5-years, trying to see what made me choose the urinal for wet waste disposal, and which urinals I directed my boys to.

It’s taken me wayyyy to long, but I can say now with certainty that there are other, much more significant factors which were taken into consideration, such as the size of puddle on the floor – can we straddle it, or would we have to stand right on it – which spots are available, and how close we would be to people. From there, we quickly size up the people to see if we want to pee beside them. Will they mind their business or do they peek – do they stand 5 feet away from the urinal and splatter or do they talk to themselves. Do they look like they might live in one of the stalls or do they look as uncomfortable and weirded out as the rest of us.

These are all important traits to teach out kids as they begin going into bathrooms on their own.

I’d much rather my kids go to the spot they feel safest than to make them feel that tehy should avoid the first stall because that stall is the most commonly used, so they should use the second one, or maybe the 5th one because men don’t often use the 5th one…

All I can say is this…

Try not to stand in pee.

Try not to splash others pee back on you.

Always flush the urinal if its not automatic.

Always wash your hands thoroughly, especially if you’re the type of kid who is going to have you fingers near your face, or in your mouth at any point in the next day.

Please don’t look at other people – stare at the wall if you have to.

If someone is looking at you, finish up as quickly as possible and then tell someone. But always wash your hands.

 

Posted in Canada, family, money, Parenting, school

Children’s Drawing Contest: RESP Contribution Prize!


As schools partially reopened in parts of Canada, and as summer vacation closes in, children may (still) have some extra time on their hands.
Square One Insurance – serving BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario – have launched a children’s drawing contest where the winners will receive an RESP contribution of up to $1,500. 
RESP’s are great for many reasons, some being;
  • The federal government adds roughly 20% to RESP savings each year through the Canada Education Savings Grant (up to a lifetime max of $7200)
  • RESP savings grow tax free. You don’t have to pay tax on it
  • EAPs are taxable in the hands of the student – who should have much lower income
  • Friends and family can contribute to the RESP too
 

Contest Details

My Future Home Contest
It goes without saying, our children are the future. So, we’d like to see drawings of their dream future homes. The drawings can be as creative as possible; they don’t need to conform to current home standards.
Here’s how the contest works:
  1. Submit a drawing (with descriptions) to contest@squareoneinsurance.com by July 13th, 2020;
  2. 10 drawings will be selected and converted into professional illustrations by a graphic designer; then,
  3. The public will vote on the 10 drawings to decide the winners

Prizes

The 10 children whose drawings are selected will each receive $100 and a framed copy of their drawing converted into a professional illustration. The top three drawings as voted by the public will receive the following RESP contributions:
  • First place: $1,500
  • Second place: $500
  • Third place: $250
Full contest details can be found here; www.squareoneinsurance.com/my-future-home.
Terms of the contest can be found here, and include some of the following information:
The contest began June 22nd, 2020 and ends on Monday August 17th, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

No purchase is necessary. Purchasing a home insurance policy from Square One does not increase the chances of winning.

Participants aged thirteen (13) and under on December 31, 2020 are eligible to enter.

The Contest is open to residents of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, or Saskatchewan.

Before being selected as a Finalist, consent by a legal guardian (“Guardian”) is required.

No family member of a Sponsor employee is eligible for entry.

 

Read the rest of the rules and regulations so that you’re child doesn’t submit a drawing which is not eligible for the contest. It’s NEVER too early to get a RESP started.

Get drawing and good luck!

Posted in Sports

CoronaVirus NHL Myth #8


There is absolutely no truth to the theory that the CoronaVirus was spread by Canadians so that Alex Ovechkin would not surpass Wayne Gretzky as the NHL all-time leading goal scorer.

Ovie, or the Great 8, stands 8th overall on the all-time goal list, and currently is the only active player among this list of elite players.

Wayne Gretzky is the all-time leading scorer in NHL history having netted 894 goals.

2nd, is Gordie Howe with 801.

3rd is Jaromir Jagr with 766

4th is Brett Hull with 741

5th is Marcel Dionne with 731

Phil Esposito stands 6th with 717

Mike Gartner is 7th with 708, and,

Alexander Ovechkin is 8th with 706.

 

Born in 1985, a lost season would make it more difficult for the 35-year-old Ovechkin to make up the 188 goals he needs to surpass the Great One.