Alligators and Alienation

The following visual comparison of average weekly wages and CPI (proxy for cost of living) instantly made me think of “when you are up to your ass in alligators it is hard to remember ….”

The differences in wages as compared to Cost of Living (buying power) situations for Canada as a whole and Alberta are insightful.  The Global recession (2010) hit Canadians’ buying power about twice as hard as it did that of Albertans.  The Energy Industry crash hit Albertans about twice as hard as it did Canadians as a whole.


Statistics Canada.  Table – 18-10-0005-01   Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted
Data Source: Statistics Canada. Table  14-10-0203-01   Average weekly earnings by industry, monthly, unadjusted for seasonality

Statistics Canada.  Table – 18-10-0005-01   Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted
Data Source: Statistics Canada. Table  14-10-0203-01   Average weekly earnings by industry, monthly, unadjusted for seasonality

It is easier to understand how simple it is to be insouciant when the alligators are bigger and closer to you than they are to the others.

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Anne holds a BA (Sociology) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA)and a certificate in Human Resource Management.  She also holds Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations and . . . . . .  Anne continues to engage in ongoing training to remain at the top of her field. She is practical, realistic, highly analytic, and creative.    Anne is also a Sessional Instructor in the Bachelor of Business Administration Continuing Education department at Mount Royal University. Anne is unique in her ability to see the broad scope vision of the business owner, determine what is required to reach that goal and, then design the appropriate Human Resource Management processes.
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