I have to mention that I totally blame Ferfal for opening my eyes to some of the things that I have started to notice. If I had not started to read his blog it is likely that I would not have noticed a pattern forming around me. Canada is likely to be the next Argentina, maybe even before the States.

There are several things that Ferfal mentions in his blog about the new normal Argentina. One of the first that comes to mind is the Tent Cities that pop up in empty lots, the others are about safety or rather lack of it.

Here in Canada the crime rate is not only climbing, it is becoming a risk even to go to the local mall. Gangs have started to take over the streets, and poverty is getting more common. The number of homeless in Canada must be at an all time high, but I doubt that where it is at now is the highest it will go.

Take note that I am writing this from British Columbia. This province is likely the least hit from the current economic situation, until the Olympics come and go, which means that what happened on Friday is just a example of what is to come.

Friday night was spent like most, watching a movie in front of the idiot box. It was getting late, and I went outside to get some air and do a perimeter check. We live in a sort of dead end in an industrial zone. We have almost no neighbors and the streets are quiet normally.

There are no houses directly across from us, there is just a fourteen foot cement wall that separates our street from the highway. Between the road and the wall is a grassy area, a small cement barrier to prevent trucks from knocking over the fire hydrant. At the other end of the street, there are rows of small industrial shops which have an alley way between the building and the highway. In that alley way, homeless people tend to make camp. Note again, I am not in the downtown core, I live very close to the suburbs, this is not the inner city.

When I went outside I noticed that a couple were casing the house next door. Doug, our only immediate neighbor is hardly ever home. He works in the movie industry, and often has to work nights. When he isn’t working, he is hauling supplies up to his acreage up north, getting ready for the coming crash himself like us. Friday night he had not returned home yet, the lights were off in his house, his car gone.

Because I had gone outside, I believe the couple decided to wait until I had gone back inside and gone to bed. So we parked ourselves in front of the television, in the living room, so we could watch them. And called the police.

The homeless man was obviously to me a crack head. Skinny, dirty, and off center in the manner he spoke, I believed he was high on some sort of drug. The woman was quiet, looked only a little over weight, and just as dirty. They carried with them sleeping bags which they had laid done on the pavement in front of the cement barrier by the fire hydrant. They were planning, it looked like to me, to sleep there if we did not give them a clear opportunity to break into Doug’s place.

The police arrived. The first police car took almost an hour to show up, after it arrived, six more showed up within a few minutes. Then two ambulances.

The woman was in full labor, her water had already broken, she was going to give birth right there on the street in front of our house.

After they had left, I went to the local gas station to get some air. I told Josh what had happened, he’s another Libertarian survivalist in the area, and we chatted for a bit. Doug ended up walking into the store, and we told him. Eventually I found myself laying in bed and thinking about what had happened. And several things occurred to me.

Years ago, I wouldn’t know another single survivalist/prepper in person, let alone almost four that I can think of within walking distance of where I live. Having one live next door was unheard of. Tent cities never happened when I was a child, protests were something of the 60’s and 70’s and had more to do with civil rights then poverty. Gangs in Canada when I was a teenager were a joke, literally. Even the Hell’s Angels were not big news up here. That has all changed.

If a socialist country like Canada can turn the corner towards civil unrest within small suburb, what of the cities when the buying power of the dollar drops through the floor? How many people that are only a single paycheck away from poverty are there here, and what of those that are near the end of the two year limit on welfare, and the one year limit on unemployment? My own uncle is at risk of loosing his entire pension from working over 20 years at the same plant because the auto manufacturing sector has collapsed and has filed for bankruptcy protection. We are not closer to the end of our current way of life, these are the last breathes of life in it.

Lesson Learned: We blind ourselves to how bad things are until it stares us in the face.

– wolfe