2. Instead of trapping poor people into subprime mortgages or high interest credit cards, banks and government institutions should raise the skill levels of their customers/citizens with micro financing for education or self employment.
3. The development of green technology should be a priority of governments in the G8 group.
4. In Canada, a large part of the "Employment Insurance Surplus" should go towards increasing the skills of workers who work at minimum wage.
5. Mutual funds, pension funds, and enlightened individuals should invest heavily in alternate energy and green techology on the world stock markets.
Musical Review: The Spirit Of Christmas Mood:
It's really great to have a world class theatre a few miles away from our house in Brampton. This is the "Rose Theatre" which opened last year. Already, we've seen five productions there.
The parking was free and it took only 20 minutes to get there and get home.
Broadway's "The Spirit of Christmas" resembled a Rockette's Christmas show with this one exception. There were many high energy rock songs which were performed with high energy dancing. This included "Higher and Higher", "Marshmellow World" and "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree".
The dancers also did varied dance numbers to Christmas songs (e.g The 1920s dance, "The Charleston", was done to "Jingle Bells" which was very entertaining).
"Santa Baby" was done by a soloist and it was hilarious
Some of the dancing and singing wasn't the greatest, but I'd give the show Three Stars.
Of the three great male vocalists in the world today, John McDermott is definitely one of them. The other two would be Josh Groban and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply. To be a great male vocalist, you have to have a great voice with perfect pitch and sing songs with an emotional impact.
Last night, I saw John McDermott for the first time at the Rose Theatre in Brampton and it was quite an experience. John performed many tunes from his new album, "Sharing Christmas". Often, he reminisced about musicians he knew, his childhood memories of Christmas, and his father in Glasgow, Scotland.
The thing about John is that he doesn't just sing a song. He tells the story with it as well. This was especially true with "Christmas In The Trenches", a song about the Germans and the English meeting together and exchanging gifts on the battlefield.
The other songs which I found almost as moving were Ave Maria, Oh Holy Night and Old Tin Star. Four stars.
This movie wasn't as bad as the critics said it was. Sure Tim Allen's Santa Claus was getting a little stale, but Marvin Short injected some life into the story line. His "Jack Frost Wanna Be Santa" had some good moments, especially, the "North Pole, North Pole" number (to the tune of New York, New York).
Granted Santa Clause One and Two were funnier, but Santa Three was funny in a weird stupid way. Two and half stars.