Since returning to the Yukon in '98 I have, with one exception, provided the firewood for the local campground every summer..
At the beginning, the work was done on a handshake; make wood, submit the bill and we're done. It worked well. It's a bit different now!
This year In order for me to deliver dead wood to my local campground here is what is required:
- 2 million of commercial liability insurance
- Workmens Compensation (even if self-employed)
- Valid business license
- Proof the dead wood is cut legally and all fees and stumpage have been paid
- Even if the dead wood comes from outside the yukon, proof the wood is legally cut is required
- You must bring a large amount of dead wood almost immediately but cannot start too soon or deliver between 9pm and 9am.
-(nope, still not done.) You will also need an import stamp from Energy Mines and Resources
- A 4 car garage, red rubber boots and 6 Caucasian kids who never steal (ok I made that last one up)
- Next you must bid lower than anyone else to get the contract. Done all that? Now get to work!
This is in order for me to haul firewood ten miles from my yard the local campground. Now without speculating on who might behind this legal shmoozle, it is a fact that tweeking the law to benefit large contractors is a well-known tactic in the oil industry.
And what these exciting new rules ultimately achieve is this: By squeezing out the hippies with the old Fords and the babies crying in the kitchen, there's nothing to stop a big company from charging $800 a cord.
But why should you care? Because all you hippies with the old fords end up paying these bloated bills through higher taxation which is rather "unequal", I would say. Another name for this craziness is "fascism", (the unholy union of business and government) and it has all but destroyed this resource-rich country by driving us all into unrepayable debt.
But Im not all that upset. This is how this world spins and I can occupy my spare time doing something much more interesting. However, you may be impacted when you go off to your fav campground in a few years for a weekend outing and find firewood is not free anymore. If this should happen, you will know the reason. It became too expensive because of fascism, the unholy marriage of business and government. You're welcome.
Now in fairness, it is hard to argue with the basic premise that the one who can provide the service to the public in the most cost-effective manner should be the one to do the work. Could this principle be carried over to the the public sector? Should federal employees have to provide evidence of compliance with all requirements as well as bid for their public positions? I don't know.
Stepping a bit farther back and viewing the globe from a distance you would see that what i have just described is but a microcosm of what is going on all over the globe. Business has embedded in government to such a depth that the two have become inseparable like an extremely old couple, deeply in love. It isn't a problem for those reaping the rewards but it sure is for the rest of us. Ultimately we all become slaves to ever-increasing government debt, owed to central banks which are privately owned. We don't really notice or complain when taxes are added to our restaurant tab or the price at the pump seems a bit high or, or, or.... But the reality is that really what is being unjustly extracted from us is our time, the time it takes us to earn the money to replace what has been "extracted" by force.
The source of the problem is our currency and that is where the solution lies. In avoiding the use of it wherever possible. We need to re-learn the ancient art of barter and provide as much as we can by our own work. Alternatively, we could just prepare to live a much more humble life in the future as more and more time is extracted from us and our grandchildren by force to feed the global debt machine.