Category Archives: Canada

Fast and processed foods need to be taxed at the same rate that cigarettes are taxed in Canada

cut up cigarette - trying to quit smoking

I wish the Canadian government would begin taxing fast and processed foods as much as they tax cigarettes immediately. And don’t even try to argue with me by saying it’s food, and a necessity. It’s not food. It’s a manufactured multi-national addiction too, brought to you by multi-national corporate marketing and advertising jingles combined with scientifically proven perfect amounts of fat, sugar, genetically modified soy and salt to make you want to consume it, more and more and more.

Fast food is next on the list for outrageous taxes. The day of the $20.00 Happy Meal is coming quicker than you think to Canada. Continue reading

I wish this paper held more meaning or why income tax should be abolished

self employed canadian income tax preparation

Last night I began the task of sorting all my papers from 2010 into piles.

There are shipping cost piles, art supply piles, utility bill piles, packaging supply piles, energy pile, gas pile, two insurance piles, an oil pile, cleaning supply pile, mortgage pile, car cost pile, an office supply pile, printing supply pile, sale piles, room rental receipts, local sales piles, an advertising pile, a personal pile and these piles don’t include the copious amounts of online presence, fees, hosting costs, contracts or sales on the web piles.

Needless to say, I’m overwhelmed with the paperwork from operating two businesses and at a point where I feel like writing to the Government of Canada OMG wait… it’s now the damn Harper Government and demanding that poor people shouldn’t have to provide proof of income in fact no one living in Canada should have to provide proof of income. If they want to know how much money someone earned then they can come and do all the paperwork for me as I can barely afford to buy food right now let alone take time away from working to prepare my tax return.

Have you ever seen that New Brunswick social services commercial where the lady has to choose between eating a can of food or paying her rent? I’m in that situation and it has nothing to do with overspending, not budgeting enough for this or that, not working hard enough or making bad decisions with my money. It has everything to do with getting sick at an inopportune time, renting to an idiot last fall and not qualifying for health insurance, one bad art sale where I earned one third of what I earned the year’s previous sale, being single with no children in Canada combined with dramatic increases in the cost of food, home insurance and high rises in the general cost of living over the last two years.

And therein lies the crux of the matter. I earn barely enough to survive. And right now, I’ve gone through all my pennies. I need to laugh. Haha! It’s not all doom and gloom.

People who are employed and receive a T4 from an employer and who complain about taxes have it easy at income tax time. I’m not saying paying taxes are easy… all I’m saying is that you do not have the tremendous amount of paper work that someone who is self employed has. Please don’t ever complain about having to prepare your simple income tax forms. I know the difference as I used to work for somebody else too.

Self employed people in Canada have it the roughest. Self employed poor people have it even rougher. I have the same amount of income tax paperwork to do as someone who runs a large company.

And I’m not angry at anyone. I made these life and career choices. Really, I’m trying to find the positive in this. I’m trying to find the courage to overcome this. I even thought about getting a job, any job, and seriously looked for one in January and February but it’s not enough money to even make a difference so I worked very hard and got one room rented to a nice man and have another room rented for next month to someone who lived here last year. and each of those men will be here through to the Fall of the year. Those two room rentals pay me what I’d earn working at a part-time job. And room rental is a part-time job. I can’t count how many people say I’m lucky having the rental income… where is the luck in this? I work at it and clean those rooms and give up my privacy in exchange for money.

On the other hand, I get to have wonderful people to share my home with which is socialization that I so desperately need. It keeps me happy and keeps me going and in a weekly cleaning routine. I’m generally happier with people living in my home. And that in turn allows me to think more clearly and do the (tax) things that under Canadian law I must do.

I also know the bad times don’t last forever and that there is always a silver lining or upside to the downside. I have never asked for nor applied for a government handout, I’ve never applied to help pay for my health-care costs or housing. Maybe I’m too proud or maybe I’m just stubborn. I miss having the safety net of Employment Insurance and even though they’ve opened up to allow self employed people into the EI program… it won’t work for me as the income I earn from room rental will cancel out any benefit that I’d receive when underemployed, sick or pregnant. My life is a catch 22.

I do beleive things are changing though as my health improves ever so slowly. I hadn’t realized how bad I actually was until five or six weeks into taking Synthoid did my body and mind go “This is what I’m supposed to feel like and how did I even manage before?”.

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow to get the latest round of blood test results. Sadly, I’m feeling as low as I did in early January, meaning I’ve likely plateaued on the Synthroid and need the dose increased.

Anyhow, this is what I’ve been up against over the last five months. And everyday I’m grateful for family and friends both on and offline who provide the positive energy I need to keep going and finally rise above and overcome this mess. Thank you, all, for that.

And keep in mind that income tax was only created as a temporary measure to pay for the wars and now that war continues against the disappearing middle classes and poorer classes in Canada.

And it makes me laugh because even Missy the cat is shaking her head in disgust sitting on the paperwork. 😉

Waiting for Springtime – a small selection of Spring themed illustrations to warm you up

magnolia wall art, pink, fuscia, jessica doyle, black, tree, blossoms, branches, illustration

While Winter is dragging on in all it’s glistening white glory I’d thought I’d share a selection of previously published drawings with you that celebrate Spring to keep you warm and waiting for March 21st. All the original drawings have sold but I have listed and created fine art prints of each drawing.

Above are Spring Magnolia’s available in both open edition 5×5 inch and 8×8 inch sizes.

pussy willows, wall decor, art, illustration, jessica doyle, home decor, spirngtime, spring

The Spring Pussy Willows are listed as a limited edition print in 8.5 x 11 inch size.

These soft pastel hued mushrooms are listed in two different set sizes; ACEO size and 5×7 inch size.

wall decor, wall art, illustration, living room art, jessica doyle, green, yellow, blossoms

And lastly, the blossoming apple Spring Tree is available in 8×8 inch size, 5×5 inch size and as part of a set of Four Seasons fine art prints.

Spring tree is also featured on a wonderful Four Seasons of Trees Polarity Locket Set.

Anyhow, I hope these drawings brighten your day as it’s freezing cold outside right now where I live! 😉

An instant collection of vintage Canadian cigar boxes and a little Doyle family history

collection of vintage cigar boxes tucketts, benson hedges, rob burns, invincibles, pandora cigars

All these cigar boxes had belonged to my great uncle George Doyle and date from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. I come from a long line of collector’s, skilled tradespeople, homesteaders, artists, thinkers and tinkerers. While each of us currently collects things that mean something to us, many of the items we have are simply not something we need or want to keep but may be something you would enjoy owning.

With that said, My Dad and I recently began stocking the Doyle family vintage shop again, last week. We will continue to stock it with knicks knacks, collectables, paper ephemera, period advertisements, tins, houewares, supplies, Saint John NB historical items, WWII themed things and many more wonderful pieces of history!

I do all the online work, photographing, listing and packaging. While my Dad, cleans the items and together we date them. His living memory goes back 65 years, so this certainly is more advantageous than my 37 years. Together, we expect to have hundreds of listings added to the shop during the next few months. I’ll be blogging about select items here on the blog as I did in the past too. There is a vintage category.

This is my hobby folks, while art creation is my job. And if you have a hobby and haven’t been practicing that hobby for a while, then you are all to aware with what happens when you neglect your hobby for months or years…

So, today I’m happy to share with you a collection of five vintage cigar boxes.

Pictured Cigar Boxes

  1. Tucketts Marguerite Cigar Box
  2. Rare – Rob Burns – Invincibles – For Auld Lang Syne Cigar Box
  3. Pandora Cigars – Aged in Cedar, Patented – Panetela – Cigar Box
  4. Rob T. Burns – General Cigar Co. Limited – Invincibles Cigar Box
  5. Benson & Hedges – Number 7 Cigar Box

collection of vintage cigar boxes tucketts margueritte, benson hedges, rob burns, invincibles, pandora cigars

This collection of vintage cigar boxes can be purchased in the Doyle Family Vintage Shop, OLDisNEW.

What are your hobbies? Do you get cranky and become unfocused when you can’t or choose to not to practice your hobby and procrastinate instead? I hadn’t practiced my hobby since late 2009! It’s been far too long.

2nd Annual Open Studio and Art Sale

Poster for open studio and art sale at Jessica Doyle's house!

From 5:00PM to 9:00PM on Thursday, December 9th, I’ll be opening the doors to my home and studio. And as I’m holding this event later this year than I did last year I’ll also be offering 25% OFF your purchase on the day of the sale.

Items for sale include:

Please have a look through my online shops to see many of the items I’ve created by hand over this last year.

My personal shop HandmadeCloud
My Etsy Shop

If you can not make it, because you live far away but would enjoy receiving or giving a piece of art as a gift this year I’ve created a special 25% OFF coupon code to use in one of my shops listed above. This coupon code will expire on midnight, December 9th, 2010.

Oh, and the coupon code is 2010STUDIOSALE and it’s good for 25% OFF your entire purchase. You can also order online and choose to pick your order up in person on the evening of the sale by ordering on HandmadeCloud.

Happy Holidays!
sincerely,
Jessica Doyle and Missy Two Shoes the cat!

Saint Johnh Gallery Hop – Friday October 15th

Gallery Hop, Saint John, NB, ACEO, Sale, Miniature Art, Klausen Gallery, Jessica Doyle

The last gallery hop of the year is happening this Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick. There will be art cards from several well-known local artists such as Cliff Turner, Colin Smith, David Hayward, John Johnson, Ed Coleman, ,Mary Young, Patricia Tingley, Pat Trecartin, Herzl Kashetsky and many more including myself.

There will also be a silent auction of a very special piece of art by Fred Ross. The proceeds will be donated to a charity of Fred’s choice.

I’ll be at the Klausen Gallery located at 106 Prince William Street that evening. Hope to see you there.