I owe the CRA $920. This is because H&R Block fucked up my 2007 return and failed to record that I was a new immigrant who had only had residency status for part of the year. Their solution to this was to offer me a gift certificate the next time I had my taxes done. I think I'd rather pay money to someone else to have my taxes done correctly in the future.
So now I have to scrape together $920 by 8/31. I don't even make that much in a month. I'm going to see if I can get on a payment plan and then go back to work for a month. It would have to be full-time work because everything I earn is taken off of what I get back from my maternity leave so I'd have to work at least that much plus extra to make more money than that plus extra still to get full-time childcare for a month.
I'm pissy about this article on CBC. Maybe not so much the article itself - I suspect it is mostly homeowners with basement suites who are doing this. As much as I dislike the idea of discriminating against families, I think if someone is going to be living in your house you should be able to pick renters who best mesh with your household. But then again, in the insane rental market up here, that has the potential to leave people on the streets just because they're gay or not Asian. At the same time, I think it's also easy to get some idea of the people who want to rent from you. I'd rather have a nice family downstairs than a skeevy single person. Some of it may also be due to capacity - I'm not sure that you legally could rent a 1-bedroom to a family of five.
Anyway, my issue with it could have been easily remedied by remembering that I should never read the comments. This always happens any time a story is posted about families having trouble. Yaletown's catchment school has so few slots to accommodate the children that parents have to camp out to get their child registered? Boo hoo, parents, you should have thought of that before you had kids and tried to raise them in a decent urban environment! Nobody MADE you reproduce. Why not take a little responsibility and uproot your whole life to live somewhere else?
Now it's "Look at these parents who think they're so entitled to rent whatever place they want! Why do you think your child is so SPECIAL that landlords can't discriminate against you? I mean, they don't have to allow PETS! Nobody wants to see/hear/be in any way subjected to the knowledge that you have a child" etc. I guess I just find it baffling that so many people think that children are nothing more than a really expensive version of herpes.
That's not to say that there aren't loud, screamy children out there. Lord knows I bitched about them running up and down the hall in our old building, but I still think they had the right to live there. If I were the one laying down the rules, I'd say please discriminate against people who have loud stereos and who also stay up until 4 am listening to said stereos on full blast. Those are a lot more disruptive to my sense of "quiet enjoyment" (as our lease puts it) than children who are usually (ahem, should be) in bed by nine.