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  1. Another random (but more financial-related) thought just now: Many banks (and credit unions) in Canada have started to phase out support for a service by  Interac (one of Canada's nationwide debit card network) called "Interac Online".

    I remembered when Interac Online made it's debut back in early 2004 (although a few banks and credit unions in Canada had taken part in the service during its inception back then).

    With the popularity of PayPal along with many banks/credit unions now offering VISA Debit and/or Debit MasterCard (the most recent addition is Simplii Financial now offering Debit MasterCard) coupled with those so called "Prepaid Credit Cards, the way we use our bank accounts to buy stuff online - has changed.

  2. This hasn't been brought up recently, but by now some of you are familiar with the vending machines at the GO and UP Express that allow you to buy and reload your PRESTO Card. In an episode of the Metrolinx "Between the Lines" podcast dated June 9, 2022, they are going to roll out new ticket vending machines that will not only allow you to buy and/or reload PRESTO Cards, but they will also be capable of accepting higher demoninations of bills (i.e. $50CDN or $100CDN) - a barrier that is preventing on what the current ticket vending machines offer.

    As for the new ticket vending machines, they will be manufacturered by an Italian company called "Sigma S.p.A." 

    Works Cited:
    Llewellyn, M. (Host), 2022, June 9, "Episode 21 - Top 5 reasons customers get in touch with GO Transit customer service". In Between The Lines. Metrolinx.

    "Sigma TVMs will also arrive in Canada." Sigma S.p.A., https://www.sigmaspa.com/en/news-en/le-tvms-sigma-arriveranno-anche-in-canada/. Accessed 6 Dec 2022.

  3. 1 hour ago, GTAmissions1 said:

    Westjet has been investing a lot of new planes into their fleet so they can reach further destinations. At the same time, banking on passengers taking advantage. 

    Hopefully they market it well to build the clientele. 

    Reminds me when Air Canada has recently launched it's service from YVR to BKK (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi). 

    Airlines like Air Canada and WestJet - need to find ways to appeal to the leisure travel market.

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  4. I'm surprised that no one hasn't posted this but - Air Canada has recently launched their flight from YVR (Vancouver) to BKK (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi).

    Here's a video (in Thai) about the welcoming of the inaugural flight:




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  5. Breaking News:

    WestJet has recently announced that it will start service from Calgary to these new destinations: Edinburgh, Scotland; Barcelona, Spain and Tokyo (Narita), Japan.

    The latter (Tokyo Narita) is WestJet's first-ever destination to Asia.

    I've been waiting all my life for WestJet to fly to Asia. Only problem is - will it appeal as an alternative to the other player?

    Source:  https://globalnews.ca/news/9325853/westjet-new-flights-tokyo-barcelona-edinburgh/


  6. On 11/17/2022 at 11:19 PM, Tom1122 said:

    I heard from my mom that my aunt was trying to phone one of her friends. She first called and got the message the number was a long-distance number. She then called like a long-distant call and got a message that the number was local.

    Was she using a traditional landline, internet phone line (not Skype) or a mobile phone?

    Anyhoo, I remembered when ten digit dialing was new in Canada back in the 2000s, the media had educated people to dial ten digits. While some still dial seven digits back in the day,  others decided to do a headstart and dial 10 digits anyways (despite an educational campaign).

  7. On 12/2/2022 at 1:26 PM, Gamer Studios said:

    Why would service be cut to areas where Post Secondary students need it the most? 901 regularly gets packed, same with the other PULSE routes...

    Not just that, but I wished that the OnDemand service should expand to all areas where a fixed service used to be offered (for example, the 225 Audley North which was "abandoned" since June 2020).

    In other news, one of the DRT Novabus Hybrids have since been expanded to other routes. If I recall from my sightings today,  6121 is doing the 291S in Ajax (when it enters the Ajax Walmart).

    Aside from those news, I'm waiting patiently for DRT to accept credit/debit payments (plus mobile wallets) to pay for fares.

  8. RBC (one of the Big Five (plus one) banks in Canada) has announced that they will buy the Canadian operations of HSBC Bank. 

    Over the years, many foreign banks who used to do business in Canada have been sold off for many reasons.

    In this competitive market, banks have to find ways to appeal to their customers - especially newcomers.

  9. Lately, every building I go into (in Canada), I found out that the "Green Running Man" Exit signs are an "emotional" fixture.

    I'm more used to those Red (and sometimes Green) EXIT/SORTIE (or SORTIE/EXIT) signs that are frequently common.

    What does everyone have to say about those? Any Thoughts?

  10. My local station in Toronto, Canada called 98.1 CHFI - has decided to play all Christmas (I mean, holiday) music today.

    At first, it may be too early for some but usually when the Toronto edition of the Santa Claus Parade takes place each year, the radio station has decided to get into the holiday spirit by airing Christmas music.

    Speaking of the Santa Claus Parade, many communities are planning to hold (or have already held) those parades already. Some have brought back the in-person events - others have scaled down to a drive-thru (drive up) format.

    Changing tunes (pun intended), FTX one of the cryptocurrency exchanges has (at the time of writing) filed for bankruptcy. Trading/selling crypto can be very risky (even with the regulatory insight).


  11. Does anyone ran in a situation - in which they mistake for someone familiar?

    This happened to me back in 2011 when I was stopped by mall security - unwarranted. At first, they assume that I was familiar to them but sadly, they mistake me for someone else.

    They ask me for ID which I had complied. From there, they relayed the details to mall security about if I'm in their "database". After a few embarrassing minutes, I was free to go.

    Fearing potential "retaliation" from the same security guards I had encountered, I left the mall. They would have issued a "notice of tresspass" - all because I have the same (or similar) appearance as someone else.

    I understand that they're doing their job, but creeping to someone who has the same appearance as me - that's shocking! I would have filed a complaint against the mall or their management company (that manages the mall) - even the human rights commission!


  12. 6 hours ago, T3G said:

    Why finally, if they still refuse to make their cards compatible with Google Pay? As bad as the app was, it was the only solution.

    Excuse for the misunderstanding, but - it's an (eventual) sign that the bank I mentioned may (at some point) one day, provide an offering to accommodate the users with non-Samsung devices.

    BMO is another bank similarly that doesn't over Samsung Pay (but still offers Google Pay).

  13. TD has (finally) phasing out their antiquated Mobile Payment app this month (for their customers in Canada). That particular app is designed for Android devices to may mobile payments linked to their TD Credit Card. 

    To this day (and at the time of writing), TD is one of the last remaining holdouts - not offering Google Pay support (aside from offering Apple Pay and most recently (as of September 2021), Samsung Pay) for their customers in Canada.

    This brings me memories when the Canadian province of Ontario didn't offer (until 2011) a photo identity card for people who don't drive. Will the treatment of that will apply similarly for TD (eventually) offering an option for customers with non-Samsung (but Android-powered) devices?

    The simple answer to this is - I don't know.


  14. Lately, I've been receiving some phishing emails that "my account will be deleted if you don't change your password" and "your protection is about to end".

    Lucky for me (as being tech-savvy myself), I've immediately took action and delete (remove, discard) the e-mails!


  15. Another thought that just came to me recently:

    Racial Profiling (coupled with Mistaken Identity and Discrimination for example) still continues to hurt everyone (and will be the norm) for the rest of our lives.

    I've stumbled to upon reading a BlogTO article in which it shows a customer at a Shoppers Drug Mart store - and the store (along with their "security guard") allegedly accused him of stealing from their store.

    Only problem is - that security guard misidentified that "Innocent" man as one of their own! Eventually, the store's manager intervened and apologized to the innocent customer - for simply a misunderstanding.

    Further reading: 


    This brought me memories in which mall security stopped me for an unexplained reason back in 2011. They literally thought that I matched their description and they asked me for ID (which I complied). After a few embarrassing minutes in which mall security relays the details to their management and advise if I'm on their "records", I was free to go. Fearing retaliation by the mall security, I left the mall - "out of abundance of caution" (they may eventually file a "notice of trespass" (or a "Trespass to Property"  notice document) towards me - all simply because of mistaken identity).

    I would have filed a complaint against not only the mall, but the security guards and their management as a result of that ordeal. Sadly, I didn't end up filing one as it was a waste of time. Had I went through that route, I would have been persistent.

  16. Food For Thought (for hopefully as part of Toronto's New Year's Resolution -yes, I know it's early):

    I really wish that Toronto should bring back the "Taste of the Danforth" Greek Festival (I didn't attend the festival in the past). The organizers were forced to cancel the event due to the PatioTO program in terms of logistics and infrastructure issues.

    There was a letter to the editor stating that the festival would have go on - if (the late) Mel Lastman was the current mayor (sic)of Toronto, Canada.


    Still with festivals, the comeback of the CNE in Toronto this past summer got an opportunity for the city to recover from the pandemic.

    In a related nature, The Santa Claus Parade in Toronto is coing back as an in-person event. If I had the dream, I would imagine if that coverage were to be broadcasted in different languages - just like HNIC (Hockey Night In Canada) was broadcasted in Punjabi!

  17. If you folks ever tuned into some various news programs on Global TV (in Canada) recently - they recently updated their branding complete with new music.

    I really like the new branding for the TV network when it comes to newscasts. The old branding was navy blue and the typeface is serif.

    The new ones however is more uplifting with the use of Sans Serif and the graphics - they remind me of The Globe and Mail newspaper.

    Here's a comparison between the old graphics and new ones on what I'm talking about:


    Compare with the newly updated graphics (and music):


    Which ones do you like best? The old graphics or the new graphics?

  18. Food for Thought (pun intended):

    Sobeys (along with their banners like Farm Boy, Freshco, IGA (in Quebec) and the Voila delivery service) is slowly introducing it's Scene+ (Scene Plus) rewards program across Canada replacing Air Miles.

    While the Air Miles rewards program has entered turbulence (pun intended once again) in recent times (the LCBO (aka the Liquor Control Board of Ontario) stores in Ontario (for instance) no longer offers Air Miles and now offers Aeroplan), it seems that the biggest loss is some older generation people who are used to collect Air Miles (some even don't have a credit card nor access to a smartphone or computer - just to check their rewards points/Miles).

    What does everyone have to say about it?

  19. I wonder what ever happened to Patricia Jaggernauth, the weather lady who does the weather on the CP24 channel in Toronto, Canada?

    Many fans here are wondering where she is...

    CP24 = Cable Pulse 24

  20. 2 hours ago, pccstreetcar4549 said:

    In the last few years every event I’ve been to acknowledges that these lands were once native  and what tribes I’m assuming that’s what they are doing 

    It's definitely should be the norm for sure. When I attended an e-sports event in Toronto recently, the announcer advises the attendees and those who attended to compete that "this event is proud to be situated in the lands of Mississaugas of the Credit, Aninshaasbe, Haudenosaunee and Wyandot" (or something like that).


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