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  1. One random thought to add: TD Bank (in Canada) has recently enabled Samsung Pay for customers who utilize a Samsung Device (Galaxy Smartphones, Galaxy Watch). 

    Up until recently, TD (in Canada) was the only bank not offering Samsung Pay or Google Pay for its customers (forcing them to use an unreliable, in-house mobile app solution). It also offers Apple Pay as well. 

    While offering Samsung Pay is a good start for TD, I believe that TD (in Canada) should do more to offer it's solutions for other Android users (not using Samsung Smartphones, etc.). 


  2. This is what I had earlier - when I went to an in-person (walk-in) ribfest in my hometown since the pandemic began (up until recently, the ribfest was downsized to a drive-thru version - but this time they've started to offer a walk-in version for the first time in a while).


    ICYW (In case you're wondering), it's a jerk chicken burrito with fries.


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  3. 19 hours ago, GTAmissions1 said:

    I think it is nice that a special day is made to acknowledge the trauma and hardships that occurred in residential schools. Regarding a statutory holiday at the provincial level, it is more of how much notice was given since there wasn't that much for businesses to prepare. Family Day was the last recent holiday which was introduced in February 2008 because of a liberal election promise and the long gap between New Years Day and Easter long weekend was pretty far. 

    Having to also calculate the costs of providing an additional holiday was also factored in. 

    I totally agree. If the current Ontario government were to remove "provisions" that if a holiday falls on a weekend (i.e. Boxing Day), then people will have to go to work! Many people believe that it should return to a normal weekday (even if a statutory holiday falls on a weekend). If i were, then Ontario would be like the rest of the province (or even being "Americanized"! sorry that I have to add some insulting points.)

    Anyhoo, I really wished that the Ontario government should do more to loosen rules for intercity bus travel. My dream is that I have a bus link from the Allandale Waterfront (or Barrie South) GO station to Collingwood. The Simcoe County LINX offers such service but on a weekends, you have to transfer to two different buses (or something like that).

    Aside from what I had discussed, many live venues are losing a lot of money to stay afloat due to the pandemic. Many venues have decided to improvise - charging an entry fee (or even a recovery fee) for patrons who go to concerts/festivals. Reminds me of paying the so-called Airport Improvement Fee (at Canadian airports) or even the departure tax (elsewhere). Thesedays, those fees/charges are now embedded on the price of a plane ticket.

  4. I wonder how everyone feels about "Truth and Reconciliation Day"? ICAW (In case anyone is wondering), it's a new statutory holiday in Canada and this new holiday reflects the emotional trauma caused by the residential schools of yesteryear and to honour the survivors and families who grieve those who died while serving in those residential schools (or something like that).

    This new holiday - applies to people who work in a federally-regulated sector (i.e. banks, credit unions (not sure if they are regulated federally) federal government departments, etc.).

    Still with statutory holidays, Ontario is the only province in Canada that recognize Boxing Day as a statutory holiday. While it may be understandable that people may have to work the next day (even if the holiday falls on a weekend and observed on an alternate day - or something like that) during those times, it is the employer's responsibility to see if their staff should work on the day after if Boxing Day (or even Christmas) falls on a weekend.

    Sorry if I tend to confuse anyone on this post.

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  5. I've stumbled to upon to find this particular story and I hope that something that happened in it - shouldn't happen to you: a blogger has to pay a huge sum against a doctor for defamation - all for a simple blog posting (and even leaving a negative review from Google Reviews) about a business' poor treatment against her.

    Further reading for some context: https://globalnews.ca/news/8147217/bc-blogger-defamation-suit/

    This brought me memories when I had received bad advice from a social worker that I used to dealt with (and although I didn't made any negative reviews on my own personal blog which has since been shuttered years ago - it did had a negative impact in my life) many years ago. 

    It also reminds me that I used to boycott against a now-defunct music store 20 years ago (they thought I stole something - all because of mistaken identity/misunderstanding from what I remembered back then).

    I really wished that people who are employed as "loss prevention officers" - should be offered training (which includes but not limited to) in: racial sensitivity, accessibility training and other topics relating to what I had discussed.  As for how often that training should offered, it should be offered on a yearly basis just to make sure that their "skills" are "fresh" and "relevant".

    In other news, CIBC has recently gobbled up the Costco contract in Canada - which results in acquiring the Capital One Costco MasterCard portfolio. That marks the end of the Capital One saga in Canada. 

    Unlike the situation in which former Capital One Hudson's Bay MasterCard cardholders have to re-apply for the new MasterCard powered by Neo Financial, the cardholders' portfolio for the Capital One Costco MasterCard gets transitioned to CIBC.


  6. 11 hours ago, PCC Guy said:

    Good luck with that.

    Well....it's not something that I (or someone else would consider launching - reminds me when I did a grassroots campaign for the Ontario government demanding to offer a non-drivers photo ID card in the form of a Facebook group (which has since been shuttered) coupled by a petition launched by a former MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) of Ontario. My campaign along with the other remains separate for unrelated reasons - please leave your political opinions where they belong). 


    on another note, GO Transit is (somewhat) restoring (though extending) their operating hours at train ststions/bus terminals this week (for buying train tickets, reload presto cards, etc.).

    The station hours will be extended to now close at 8pm.on weeknights and weekends. 

    This will take effect this upcoming labour day weekend. 


  7. Remember my thought about my wish that the Global Television Network in Canada - should air a local newscast for Ottawa, ON? Currently, CIII-DT (which is based in Toronto) has a transmitter that serves Ottawa (technically, that transmitter is in the Gatineau Park in Quebec), but they only air news stories based in Toronto. 

    I would wish that Citynews should offer that same treatment - offering television newscasts for viewers in the Ottawa area that are relevant to the city. 

    ICYW, the only radio station in Ottawa that bears the Citynews branding is on the radio dial on 1130AM (they recently broadcast an FM station on 101.1FM).

    I really wished that Citynews should expand its brand to radio stations. 

    Instead of the presenter saying "680 News time - 7:45", they should say "Citynews time - 7:45".

  8. 7 hours ago, Shaun said:

    So that means from Danforth there are only two tracks available to Union?

    Unfortunately, I haven't passed through that area during my recent weekend outing to Toronto a few weeks ago. 

    However, it is likely that there will be a reduction of tracks along that area - unless someone launches a petition to restore the LSE express trains! 

  9. 12 hours ago, John Oke said:

    Don’t know if anyone noticed, but there will be no LSE Express Trains until August 2024 because of construction for the new East Harbour Station as the express track will have to be removed. 

    It seems that people who were planning to be back in the office in the future will have to find other ways on getting to/from downtown (and to find a time that matches their office start time). 

    Not all people don't have the flexibility to work from home (and even learning at home). 

    I'm lucky for myself - I get to work from home almost every day (unless they called me back to the office - either full-time or in a hybrid-model). 

  10. For those who are attending (or returning to) Durham College or OnTechU (Ontario Tech University aka UOIT IUniversity of Ontario Institute of Technology)), please note that the U-PASS has been "migrated" to a digital format - by the means of the PRESTO E-Tickets mobile app.

    Further information can be founded here: https://durhamcollege.ca/student-life/campus-services/campus-id-u-pass#universal-transit-pass-u-pass

    OnTechU has yet to provide a similar announcement - yet. It was a decade since I had graduated from Durham College and the UPASS was offered in the form of a sticker affixed to the student ID card. It would have been nice if the folks at Durham College and OnTechU (and to a lesser extent, TUD (Trent University Durham)) would have adopted a similar scheme that Carleton University, Algonguin College and uOttawa (not sure if La Cité (a francophone college in Ottawa) is covered) has.

  11. Has anyone been onboard the GO buses recently - only to find out that there's a "contactless card reader" onboard on the buses? 


    I'm not talking about the Presto Card readers but the ones that reads regular credit/debit cards (and mobile wallets/smart watches). I've seen a few buses that have that. 


    Sadly, there's little information mentioned on the GO Transit website about those readers (and ways to pay for your fare). 

  12. On 8/12/2021 at 10:17 PM, captaintrolley said:

    My phone is set for five rings. Usually enough time for me spit out the toothpaste, rinse and get to the phone.

    Sounds like a smart idea, but as I said earlier - that could worry the person who tries to call out at the other end - in terms of the response times.

    Imagine if you're driving (or riding) a car, and there's a lot of traffic on the road. Then at the very back, you hear an emergency vehicle (i.e. police, fire, ambulance) trying to get through the busy road. The drivers hear that presence and tried to make a clear path for the emergency vehicle to go through but it is hampered by heavy traffic.  

     If you don't understand on what I'm trying to say, this video from the AMA (Alberta Motor Association) & AHS (Alberta Health Services) will give you some perspective:


    Still with phones, My dad has a Pixel 3a smartphone and it offers a feature that allows him to screen calls - with the help of the Google Assistant. It is ultra-useful to filter out scammers, etc. but the caller at the other end - could get confused and unwarranted. This is like when you reach an intersection with all-way stops, you make a complete stop. This is how the feature looks like:


  13. While this thread hasn't "got off the ice" in a while (pun intended), this Uber Eats commercial (although this ad is catered for the Quebec-based market) features two notable legends:

    There's also a French version of that commercial too.

    I wish that there was an Uber Eats commerical that features a dominiatrix (mistress) and an unlikely person: a female gamer/streamer. The dominiatrix will say, "Tonight, I'll be eating Gluten-Free Spaghetti with Impossible Meatballs and organic marinara sauce." As for the gamer/streamer, this is what she'll say, "Tonight, I'll be eating Chicken Bulgogi with rice noodles." After they got their meals dropped off, the mistress asks something kinky - but her efforts stopped short by the gamer telling her to "Nerf This!". 

    If you folks don't understand what I'm trying to visualize, that's okay.

  14. Some thought: the next time you buy a digital download through digital places (like Apple's App Store or Google's Google Play store) - in Canada, you will be subjected to the GST/HST/QST. 

    This had been in effect since last month (July 2021). 

    What does everyone has to say about this change? Do you usually notice it? 

  15. For many years, Costco customers in the USA can use any Visa credit (or Visa Debit) card at Costco stores in that country. The similar case is true for Costco customers in Canada - they can use their MasterCard credit cards at the Costco stores in Canada.

    Only concern (that remains unsolved to this day) is this: how will American tourists who use their USA-issued Costco membership card - be able to use them while visiting the Costco outlets in Canada? The same case is true when Canadian tourists who visit the Costco outlets in the states (which at the time of writing, Canadian tourists can't cross south of the border)?

  16. I really wish that Earls Restaurant should open in Hamilton, ON. I wonder what would it take for a restaurant chain to open a location in Hamilton?... 

    Speaking of Hamilton, what would it take - to have Transatlantic flights come back to the YHM airport? I would also believe that some Asian-based routes were to serve that airport. Only problem is - will that market be attractive for offering Transatlantic (or even Transpacific) flights (other than Cargo-based flights)? 

  17. ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed It), this weekend's (from August 14th to 15th, 2021) GO Train Service along the Lakeshore East line - will be temporarly curtailed at Danforth GO station due to track work between Danforth and Union GO.

    If anyone is planning to travel between these two stations, they must take the TTC to get to downtown. Also, there will be an express GO bus from Pickering GO to the new Union Station Bus Terminal.

    The same case is true for the Stouffville Line - GO Buses will be provided from Lincolnville or Mount Joy GO and making all stops up to Unionville GO. Those who live near the Milliken, Agincourt or Kennedy GO stations must take the TTC.

  18. 1 hour ago, captaintrolley said:

    Escalation desk returned my call today. Agent said that she put my contact information into an internal 'Do Not Call List' for outbound Telus Marketing calls. So I should not be receiving any phone calls or emails from Telus regarding these. 🙂

    It appears that nuissance (and even scam calls) will continue to plague us - for the rest of our lives. 

    Speaking of calls, I use a service called freephoneline.ca and although it involves a lot of technical configuration (not to mention on getting a device called an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) and a special file called a VOIP Unlock Key to configure the settings), i haven't paid a single penny. I also have another phoneline called the "MagicJack" (in which I have to pay yearly along with paying an annual fee to keep my Canadian phone number for the city I live).  

    Sometimes, it's often silly for someone to have two different fixed landlines (one is for personal, the other for other uses such as faxes).

    Still with Freephoneline, there's a feature in which it allows me to change the number of rings (up to nine (9) rings until it reaches my voicemail). This is very useful for me - just to slow the scammer down. Only problem is - it could also delay someone at the other end on begging someone to answer the phone! 

    Putting the number of rings on a phone - is like placing speed bumps on the road. 

  19. When I was in Ottawa recently, I sometimes see a random pick-up truck (or van) of a Quebec-based electrical contractor that serves both sides across the Ottawa River - one bearing an RBQ Number, the other an ESA number. 

    The similar case is true for an Ottawa-based HVAC contractor that bears both an TSSA number and an RBQ number. 

    I wonder if there's a special rule that allows these contractors to serve both sides across the Ottawa River? 

    FYI, RBQ = Régie du Bâtiment du Québec; ESA = Electrical Safety Authority; TSSA = Technical Standards and Safety Authority 

  20. On 8/8/2021 at 3:54 AM, GTAmissions1 said:

    Sorry to hear that happened. Especially I remember when someone did that to me, I literally just refused to talk to anyone online expect for a few real-life friends. Even set my Twitter account to private and just keep a low profile. 

    You try not to let it get to you considering that some people are really toxic. 

    This reminds me about the time I filed a complaint against my social worker many years ago accusing her of verbally abusing me and offering me biased advice. 

    It had literally left a mark to this day. The resources that I had in my disposal - were instrumental on filing a complaint against that social worker. 

    Changing gears, I wonder if anyone has heard of or even use what's called a "burner number"? 

  21. 17 hours ago, GTAmissions1 said:

    Sorry to hear that happened. Especially I remember when someone did that to me, I literally just refused to talk to anyone online expect for a few real-life friends. Even set my Twitter account to private and just keep a low profile. 

    You try not to let it get to you considering that some people are really toxic. 

    This happened to me simiilarly many years ago. There was one teacher that I knew back in my elementary school days and asked if I'm one of her students.

    Judging by the way she treated me badly back in the days, I've severed my ties from her and blocked her from my socials.

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