It does sound like a surprise, but it shouldn't be surprising. The Canada-U. S. trade relationship is still the world's largest. And a relationship that size always generates disputes. And this particular dispute on lumber tariff didn't fall out of a clear spring sky. It's been going on for literally decades. It's rooted in the different way Canada and the United States charges forestry companies for the trees that they cut down and turn into lumber.
The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 made it harder for individuals to file bankruptcy, which is always the last resort. Unfortunately, simultaneously consumers racked up so much debt that counseling companies - which are higher up on my list if you need help managing your debt - are sometimes unable to help. So if you fall into this camp, debt settlement may be something to consider.
Reader, you may ask this queston. In fact, you must ask this question. Is it ridiculous for a very small, sickly, big-eared mouse fall in love with a beautiful princess named Pea? The answer is. . Yes. Of course it's ridiculous. Love is ridiculous. But love is also wonderful. And powerful.
If we feel that any habit or pursuit, harmless in itself, is keeping us from God and sinking us deeper in the things of earth; if we find that things which others can do with impunity are for us the occasion of falling, then abstinence is our only course. Abstinence alone can recover for us the real value of what should have been for our help but which has been an occasion of falling. . . . It is necessary that we should steadily resolve to give up anything that comes between ourselves and God.
I tell this anecdote with tongue in cheek at the start of my book William Burroughs and the Secret of Fascination, but my academic involvement with Burroughs was entirely due to my tutor at Oxford, Peter Conrad. I was discussing with him the idea of staying on to do graduate work and when I tossed the name of Burroughs into the conversation - well, he let it fall loudly onto the floor, and proceeded to cross himself as if warding off an evil spirit. Since I was very ambivalent about an academic career in any case, that decided it for me.