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  1. I really wished that CIII-DT (a TV station in Toronto that is part of the Global Television Network) should provide a separate newcast - serving Ottawa. For years, many viewers in Ottawa can receive Global Television over the air (aside from being available on cable/satellite/IPTV) - but sadly, they lack a newscast for Ottawa (covering news stories in that city). When I was in Ottawa recently, I saw some news topics covering Toronto (as it had during the TV station's existence).
  2. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the introduction of the Ontario Photo Card - an alternative form of ID for people who can't drive or other things relating to that. I was not the only person who had lobbied for this to come true! There's one time I had created a Facebook group dedicating to the discussion about this document (alongside with a petition organized by a former MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament of Ontario) Bob Delaney. While there hadn't been a "connection" between my now-closed Facebook group and that petition, it appeared that the Ontario government finally listene
  3. Before the Ontario Photo Card was introduced, I have to carry my student transcript (dated June 2008) from my college that has my address along with my passport. With the Ontario Photo Card however, that instance was eliminated - to some extent. While many places now recognize the Ontario Photo Card (the majority of which contributed the revamp of the liquor laws of Ontario back in 2011), many places (to this day) still don't accept the ID (some are living - like the Ontario Photo Card doesn't exist)! What's more, you can't hold an Ontario Photo Card and a driver's license at the
  4. It's been nearly a decade since the province of Ontario - had finally managed to address a problem with regards to people who cannot drive but need to have a form of ID to use (without the need to get a driver's license). That non drivers ID card is the Ontario Photo Card (it's the purple photo ID card - to distinguish between the green photo health card and the common blue/white driver's license ID that you Ontarians are familiar with). The cost on getting that purple card: $35CDN. Compared with a driver's license, it's four times that price (what's more you have to write the test e
  5. 1) Not sure if Durham Region Transit buses would be able to cruise along the 401 at highway speeds owning to the number of passengers on board. 2) Unclear if that will ever happen. 3) Currently, DRT Pulse route 900 has been using the Centennial Circle loop (from my own experience when taking that route a while back in February 2020). There was a time in which DRT Pulse 900 terminates directly at the UTSC (University of Toronto (at) Scarborough Campus) when the bus route was launched back in late June-2013. However it's final terminating point nowadays is Centennial Circle (since January 20
  6. Paul Soles, known for his work such as the voice actor of "Spider-Man" (the original series from the 1960s) had passed away at the age of 90. https://www.thewrap.com/paul-soles-animated-spider-man-voice-1960s-dies-90/
  7. In other related news, The Durham Region Transit Customer Service Centre (CSC) located at the Ajax GO station - now offers customers to tap using their debit card, credit card or mobile wallet/device (linked via Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay) when buying a PRESTO Card and loading funds/transit passes on PRESTO. I've recently discovered that a few weeks ago when I loaded my DRT pass on PRESTO. Until recently, you have to insert your credit/debit card on the PIN Pad and enter your PIN number (on the old POS (point of sale) device). They recently upgraded to a ne
  8. Here's one recent TV commercial that I just discovered now (FYI Transit-fanners: extra XP points to know which bus was used in the commercial and the location in which where it was filmed!):
  9. I was anticipating that the On-demand will be expanded in some form (especially those neighbourhoods that once had a bus route but not anymore - the 225 for example), but we'll see on what beyond the five year plan will be. As for the 101, the biggest clientele who uses that route are the employees at OPG and HO (OPG = Ontario Power Generation, HO = Hydro One) among other businesses within the southern part of the Industrial Area in Pickering. For the Oshawa routes you had mentioned, I'm not sure how will that play a role for students attending Durham College (both the Whitby and O
  10. Remember my thought on my wish that "Hockey Night in Canada" should be broadcasted in Cantonese and Mandarin? That thought has finally coming true: https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/hockey-night-in-canada-to-be-streamed-in-multiple-languages-in-push-for-diversity-1.5372745?cid=sm%3Atrueanthem%3Actvnews%3Apost&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A New Content (Feed)&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1PO9hulv0C9RUakHKoI6DBfLn9xIWwS1OwWvu9kolVpvvD9dRvBMOm9t8 Now all we need is having the Toronto Santa Claus Parade - to be broadcasted in Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandari
  11. I still use fax machines (not to receive, but to send low-volume matters). I have an Epson Workforce 520 multifunction devices that allows me to scan, print, copy and fax. That device lasted me over 10 years (and it's still working)! While I don't have a separate fax line in my house (other than my Magic Jack which I use as a secondary (overflow) phone line), my primary phone line (that has my phone number dated from my childhood days when it was a 416 area code in Ajax until 905 was introduced in the early to mid-1990s) is with a provider called "freephoneline". Although it requir
  12. A "private shuttle" could fill the void between Trent University's Oshawa Campus and the Durham College Oshawa campus to the north and the Oshawa Centre to the south, but it'll be a matter of time until a complaint has been filed by DRT to the OHTB (Ontario Highway Tribunal Board)! Have to totally agree with you. It would definitely help support the people who live within the vicnity of the 915 and 916 bus routes, but so far it's unlikely. Last week, I've did a second run of the On-Demand service (but there was a flaw - not the vehicle that I requested but it has to do when
  13. Thanks for your meaningful and articulate response. I will do a "practise run" at some point within the future - within Ajax to see if it's well advertised. It may be also be useful in the future when I want to go on a day trip (when the weather is nice) from Bowmanville (connecting from the 902 Pulse) to Newcastle (and visa versa)! The similar case is true from Oshawa to a place in Courtice called "Food Truck Alley" (this place was mentioned in a Facebook group called "Durham Region Eats" - ironically, the area where Food Truck Alley is located is covered in the Rural On-demand z
  14. I have yet to try out the new OnDemand service myself but I wanted to know how intuitve the OnDemand service is like (i.e. first hand experiences) I really don't want my first OnDemand ride - to be the last in terms of the functionality. I'm not sure if you could book an OnDemand ride - either 24 or even 48 hours in advance? Also, the OnDemand zones can be confusing to me (i.e. if I live in one of the OnDemand areas and wanted to go to the Ajax GO station, then it would have resulted me in this: pickup from an area within the OnDemand zone -> drop-off at the connecting bus route ->
  15. Nearly 24 hours later, Sobeys (one of the leading grocery chains in Canada) is planning to acquire Ontario-based Longo's. Reminds me when Sobeys acquired Farm Boy back in the fall of 2018. I don't recall the last time I shopped inside a Longo's grocery store other than using their Grocery Gateway service a couple months back. FACT: there was time that Grocery Gateway was owned by Sobeys (if my memory served me right) until it was sold to Longo's back in 2004. Still with groceries, I've been using the VoilĂ  grocery delivery service that Sobeys owns (so far, I have good success!).
  16. ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed IT), Durham Region Transit will be organizing some "virtual" Public Information Sessions in the coming weeks - in which DRT riders can give feedback about the issues facing the current transit system right now (especially during the pandemic). Further information can be founded here: https://yourvoice.durham.ca/durham-region-transit-pics
  17. ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed It), PRESTO is piloting credit card payments on the UP Express (I posted the nearly same topic on the UP Express thread earlier): https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/03/11/presto-contactless-payment-pilot-launches-on-up-express-allowing-customers-to-tap-on-with-credit-cards-and-mobile-wallets/ In addition, the UP Express will be the first to offer Interac Debit on the system. What remains to be seen is - how foreign-registered (and issued) credit cards (and mobile wallets) will play out on this new system.... (this reply was posted from my Galaxy S
  18. Since this thread hasn't gained any traction for a while, word that UP Express is piloting credit card payments: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/03/10/metrolinx-to-start-testing-credit-card-tap-on-up-express-presto-readers-this-week.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  19. Never seen a vid like that before. Reminds me of one video when a bendy bus was in a tunnel in Russia trying to regain control while on an icy surface.
  20. A thought that I had just thinked about just now - remember my thought (a while back) on how a black customer (named Lisa Calderon) got racially profiled at an Old Navy many years ago and the store accused that person of stealing (but in reality she didn't)? Another instance happened - but this time at a Wal-Mart in Canada. To make matters worse - it was a family involving her daughter (who was young). One of the store employees accused the family's daughter of stealing but the mother told them that she didn't steal anything. Suddenly there was a verbal fight between the store and the
  21. This month is Fraud Prevention Month. There are a lot of endless scams going on out there - from phishing e-mails, smishing texts or even those calls claiming that "there is an arrest warrant against you, this list goes on and on. The hardest hit are seniors along with those with disabilities (seniors or not). My mom and dad got these types of nuisances all the time. As for my dad, he has a Google Pixel 3a smartphone and it is equipped with a feature that automatically screens calls - with the help of the Google assistant! It's like having your own secretary (but in a virtual form!
  22. Asking for a friend: a friend of mine wants to ask how they can obtain what's called a "High School Transcript"? She's planning to do some online courses in the future and one post-secondary institution (couldn't remember the name) requires a high school transcript (or in the case of the Canadian Province of Ontario, an OSSD Transcript). She once contacted ServiceOntario (a government agency that offers services for drivers licenses, health cards, etc.) to see if they offered it but they replied to her that "they're not in that area of expertise" and advised have to contact their high sc
  23. Coupled with the new Ontario Line Metro Line (I use the terms "subway" and "metro" interchangeably - the acronym MRT counts, too), both of which will not only create jobs but other tourism opportunities too. Currently, the Exhibition Place Grounds are served by the Lakeshore West GO Train line along with the TTC buses and streetcar routes. With the new Ontario Line being proposed (at the time of writing), it would make commuting to/from the CNE grounds much easier. Speaking of the CNE, I heard that the event is planned to be back this summer. Only thing that is concerning right now
  24. I was hoping that RideCo would be among those who wanted to get into the DRT OnDemand service. The similar case is true for some of the multi-billion ridesharing giants like Uber and Lyft. I have yet to try out the DRT OnDemand myself regrettably. Remember my thought about the DRT OnDemand service and the service to the ski resorts (i.e. Dagmar, Lakeridge - and another resort called Brimacombe) a while back? I actually inquired to one of the ski resorts about their say about DRT's OnDemand service - sadly, they turned a "blind eye" to my request (that turned into a sarcastic answer) stati
  25. After much speculation, Hudson's Bay (a popular department store chain in Canada) has partnered with a newbie fintech (Financial Technology) provider called "Neo Financial" for the new Hudson's Bay MasterCard. This happened after Capital One Canada has terminated it's contract with Hudson's Bay and Costco Canada (more on Costco in Canada later) back in late 2020. The bad news is - if people who have the Hudson's Bay MasterCard from CAP1C (FYI, CAP1C = Capital One Canada) and wanted to get the new card provided by Neo, they will have to re-apply. Regrettably, they won't be getting the simi
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