I know this is off topic…well kind of…because i think it relates to what could happen to the CFL in general if things get really bad.
Im sure you all been hearing in the news about a possible recession in Canada this year if things get really bad like how they are in the US.
I live in Oshawa and i see the impact that the auto industry and GM in particular is having on the economy in Durham Region. Thousands of people have lost there jobs…good paying jobs and the economy is taking a beating for it. The housing prices are really expensive and noone can afford the average house price of 250,000 plus. Even apartments dont fair any better.850-950.00 for a 2 bedroom apartment. 700 plus for a 1 bedroom. Who can afford prices like that when those so called 20/hr jobs dont really exist anymore?? A lot of the big companies are hiring employment agencies to recruit staff for there companies and paying them 12.00/hr tops. I know how it is because im in teh same vote, trying to make it on low wages and paying high rent costs.
Hamilton doesnt fair any better either. My dad who is 58 years old, just short of retirment, is a general machinist and his company folded and moved to poland. He got a little bit of money from his company but not enough to live on. A lot of places wont even hire him because they keep telling him he is too old. Even if he does get another job it sure wont pay him the 23.00/hr like he used to get…those days are long gone. With property taxes going up and everything in the cost of living going up i have to admit im scared for my dad and wondering what hes going to do to make ends meet. A guy who has been paying taxes since he was 16 years old and who has been working all his life shouldnt have to worry about being a year or two short of retirement. The government should help out people like my father but instead they throw him to the curb…DONT YOU JUST LOVE THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT??
Now your probably asking yourself, waht does this have to do with the CFL…well in a way it does.
The thing is, with people making less money and the economy starting to fall apart and with gas prices possibly going up to 1.40/Litre this summer, there is less spending money to pay for things like tiger cat tickets to watch a game. It makes things worse when we dont even have a winning season year in and year out and the ticket prices keep going up. I know this year money is a lot tighter and i know for myself im a little hesitant to be spending too much on tiger cat tickets when i know the economy is unstable and job security is not there anymore. Im always on edge whether or not i will be laid off because i know with the economy the way it is…the company i work for is not making as much money in sales like they were a year ago. Its really scary.
But what can you do…It will be interesting to see what happens this 2008 year. Only time will tell