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  1. Just downloaded my proof of vaccination with QR code. Handy if travelling internationally which shows the country where the proof was authorized along with the province/territory the vaccination took place in. Showing both doses and the dates administered. Some venues requiring proof of vaccination or negative test depending on what regulations are provided. The QR code can be inputted into the Health app on iPhone. You can simply show your proof of vaccination digitally and it will provide the same information. I remember reading about Zoom and the issues they had regarding capacity, security and privacy concerns. A small platform that can handle hundreds of users at once for a Zoom meeting and not having enough capacity for the demand used by businesses and governments with large meetings. Don't get me started on Zoom fatigue (there was a question on The Chase ABC version about it). I don't think some people like to be in video meetings for several hours and having to prepare for those meetings and making sure their equipment works. I once tried an online class and did so badly that I would rather take in-person classes if available. Assuming if you can get a response from the administrator or professor in a timely manner.
  2. Effective November 8th, US will accept travellers with mixed doses. Considering the uncertainty for those that take the first they are offered rather than wait and do it under recommended timelines between the two doses. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/u-s-canadian-travellers-mixed-vaccines-1.6213176?fbclid=IwAR3mOFr-cLR_Yf0P_FJrckGm5ozUb7dXX9jbxKwKM7_Gwrrw71jhBtVNQhk The requirement of a negative COVID test is still required for air travel into the US. Land entry only requires proof of vaccination. Coming back into Canada either by land or air requires a negative COVID test which has to be PCR, NAT/NAAT or RT-LAMP test taken within the last 72 hours prior to entry into Canada. On the topic of negative tests required for air travel into the US, there is also talk of shifting the verification of negative tests and proof of vaccination to CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority) instead of relying on the gate agents who may not check being in a rush. This is along with the dozens of gates versus the few access points that require going through a security checkpoint before boarding. https://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/ottawa-eyes-charging-airport-security-with-vaccine-verification-for-travellers/wcm/eb0339bc-136a-401f-b985-b2bd7a0b29af?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1xR9HDmON0zetd5oswweThABhG4woppB_e5CPjt1dspW2Wfc6JMbxgAM8#Echobox=1634306972
  3. I got a special gift card promotion that I get 10 percent back in points for spending $50 on a McDonald's gift card minimum. First time I have ever got one ever since McDonald's usually doesn't do discounts on their gift cards at the retail level usually. A pretty rare offer.
  4. Can confirm that Scotiabank is the only lender that issues all three major credit card types (Visa, Mastercard and American Express). Just saw BMO introduce their suite of Visa cards most notably Visa Infinite and Infinite Privilege. Especially targeting the high net worth/high spenders who bring in a lot of income or spend a lot on their cards. Trying to figure out how to generate additional revenue along with the competition from other card issuers fighting for the same business of credit cards. Credit cards are a pretty lucrative business especially with the interest rate charged.
  5. The US land border reopens next month. Especially after 18 months of closing the land border and the only way is through an airline flight. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/us-canada-border-reopen-1.6208838?fbclid=IwAR08gAYKFrBZ4lS_-QsjHnsGJLA7GWeH-dJKI1mwGXUuP-rC_i1ribY--A4
  6. Just noticed yesterday they finally rolled out the new version that shows monthly pass or transfer time remaining at subway stations. Seen at Union and Dundas. All stations should have it pretty soon if not already have the capability of showing the additional info.
  7. Just saw James Bond No Time To Die. First movie I have seen since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic along with having to show my photo ID along with proof of vaccination (only need to show the second dose sheet). It is nice to see a film in-person considering mine was 4DX and before capacity limits were lifted effective October 9th at midnight in Ontario. https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-lifts-covid-19-capacity-restrictions-for-venues-used-for-concerts-sports-and-movie-theatres-1.5616962?fbclid=IwAR3EWtVPkCPad5XTqqtsA6NxrZ_4WhG9yb2FyqvpuNs5zq1bhhKK2MVEuNA To be honest, I have always avoided sitting beside another person in movie theatres even before COVID-19. Regarding lifting capacity limits for concerts and sporting events, I guess most likely they are trying to bring back live events with thousands of people. Being pretty long and other areas lifting such restrictions and allowing live entertainment.
  8. 2103 was also out on the 55 Davis Drive (October 8/21) Verified by Transsee
  9. Air Canada is planning to operate a route between Toronto Island Airport and Ottawa International Airport starting October 31st. Four trips to Ottawa and four trips to Toronto daily. With plans to increase to 8 trips daily in Summer 2022. https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/air-canada-launching-new-ottawa-toronto-island-route-this-fall-1.5615311?fbclid=IwAR3mhfy91TyiT2pCK5rZOBpZJF5_FGPTwxCaTBJJDlRRxPRk68VEeXodQo0 I know Porter Airlines operates the stretch between Toronto Island Airport and Ottawa International Airport taking a trip once including return trip. A lot more convenient than trying to catch a flight from Pearson International Airport to Ottawa or a train/bus ride taking several hours.
  10. Triangle Rewards (Canadian Tire loyalty program) just rolled out invitations for their paid premium subscription Triangle Select which is $89/year and doesn't renew automatically. Customer has to request an additional year before the subscription expires. 10x the Canadian Tire money on most purchases within the Canadian Tire suite of stores along with a 25x the Canadian Tire money on select brands. Plus an annual top up of 20x the Canadian Tire money on the largest Canadian Tire purchase and second most expensive purchase at a store within the Canadian Tire suite. I know that Cineplex rolled out their monthly subscription program with more perks. Of course stores are trying to generate more revenue with Costco operating on the membership model for years which generates most of their profits. Minimal costs for maximum benefit.
  11. Article here along with list of routes it can be seen on: http://www.ttc.ca/Riding_the_TTC/Fabric.jsp Visual in the tweet attached:
  12. Especially with a whistleblower appearing on 60 Minutes (TV show). Probably a coincidence since maybe a rogue employee decided to take down the social media network for as long as possible. Here is a link to the video:
  13. I know they did shut down some sections for around a week. St. George to St. Andrew was replaced with shuttle buses for 10 days on several different occasions with shuttle buses operating with peak periods operating every minute. Due to tunnel maintenance and other work that requires trains not to operate. Sheppard West to Wilson: Switch and track maintenance Finch to Sheppard-Yonge: Tunnel and signal upgrades Never forget the time when there was a discussion years ago back in 2014 regarding how to address the track bed near Davisville Station which there were talks of a two month closure to address the issue. Before that proposal was scrapped because the bus replacement shuttle plan was unrealistic and not workable. Instead opting to work with a different solution which would take longer, but address the underlying issue.
  14. Last check, it was three years behind schedule and being over budget by over $100 million dollars. The current timeline is to convert the entire Line 1 by September 2022. Original timeline was to have it completed by the end of 2019. Of course it is pretty complex having to run the old signal system while installing and testing out the new signalling system to ensure stability and reliability. Weekend closures being essential to ensure a reasonable amount of work is completed within the allotted time window. One day closure equals five weeks of work with nightly closures with a very small window to setup, make a bit of progress and clear up before trains start.
  15. And I thought it was four units based on the highest reported at 2104. Thanks for sharing photo proof regarding 2105. 2101 is still the only new unit in-service. No info regarding the other units which are not tracking yet.
  16. 2101 on the 50 Queensway route today spotted via Transsee. One of the longest routes in the network. Noting that from the highest reported unit being in the process of delivery is 2104. As mentioned in the last few posts in the thread that they have been rotated along different local routes. One of the other longest routes being the 96 Keele-Yonge. The electric bus fleet expanding and determining how to adapt to those routes with the amount of mileage it can provide on a single charge.
  17. Law and Order is in the works for a 21st season. The series started in 1990 was cancelled due to low ratings back in 2010 along with Criminal Intent a year later. Of course the only series that didn't get cancelled was Law and Order: Special Victims Unit currently in the 23rd season with pretty healthy ratings and a stable audience watching weekly with a 24th season already planned for the series. CBS bringing back CSI: Vegas which is the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Somehow the companies are bringing back old series that were pretty popular during their peak time before becoming stale. Trying to bring it into a 2021 lens rather than an approach that worked in the 2000s. Hoping to bring back older viewers and attract new ones to the series.
  18. I felt the pain of buying textbooks. Especially physical textbooks which of course has a higher markup despite electronic options available. Don't get me started on how the editions change every few years with the same content rearranged plus online access packaged in to deter used textbook sales.
  19. $50 is a lot of money for one book. A digital version exists for $10. https://www.ttcshop.ca/collections/ttc-100/products/ttc100-coffee-table-book-digital-version?variant=39520356335697 Seeing how expensive it can be to acquire the limited edition merchandise. $15/poster with one covering each decade. Some collectors are definitely going to be buying it. I once ordered a similar book years ago from Capitol Records for their 75 year anniversary which cost $150 US before shipping. Some people prefer physical goods versus digital copies.
  20. TTC is testing out antibacterial copper poles on 8 select vehicles on a trial basis. To determine workability and effectiveness.
  21. No. It was eliminated years ago when Presto was introduced and using the loyalty program where you get discounted trips between 1 to 39. After 40 trips, you ride free for the rest of the month being beneficial because of not everyone will travel every day of the month such as December. Only paying for the trips taken by a passenger. Go Transit is pretty much distance based fares. Especially how expensive it is to maintain the kind of network they have between trains and buses. For an adult fare, it is 15 percent off the regular paper or e-ticket. Student is 22 percent off and senior is 55 percent off.
  22. Just bought a movie ticket for James Bond No Time To Die which is Daniel Craig's last film as Bond. Considering that COVID-19 delayed the release and postponing any further isn't possible. Watching in 4DX cashing out my Scene points (still have enough for another 4DX ticket). Considering the direction that Scene is going and how the monthly paid membership CineClub pretty much the ones that benefit frequent moviegoers, I think it is time to cash out my points while I still can at the current value. I remember when loyalty reward programs actually encourage you to shop at x retailer. Instead now, companies are now selling a premium version with additional benefits to generate additional revenue. I know with PC Optimum, there is the PC Optimum Insiders subscription which is $119 annually. I was lucky to get it at $99 annually because the old pricing got grandfathered in instead of charging me the additional $20. I try to avoid the concession stand because of the high markups. $6 for a bottle of water is expensive. Of course, the concession stand is what keeps the theatre operating knowing that people will cave in and purchase food and drinks.
  23. Bus 1392 on Viva Blue to Newmarket Bus Terminal was involved in an accident just before 2 PM at Yonge and Eagle today (September 25th). A car crashed into 1392 due to the car driver mistaking the left-turn would activate instead of the transit priority.
  24. When someone is impatient and asks "are you going to order something?" several times. When there is another customer who is already ordered and the employee preparing the order. Of course if there is only one employee, it will take a bit longer to process. I honestly told him "be patient and wait. There is a customer in-front who already ordered and preparing their items." Not sure what else to say considering that the person could just simply go to a different location to order food.
  25. Thanks for the correction double checking that 98E is Miller being Southeast Division, not TOK mixing up the 98 which is operated by North Division. That is what I saw on Transsee. To be honest, I didn't think they would operate on the 96 Keele-Yonge because of how much scheduled time it would take to operate from one end to the other route and back before needing to recharge. Route 50 Queensway is similar having to provide a transfer connection between Newmarket Bus Terminal and Keswick with a similar one-way trip time. I have seen it operating on local and school routes operated by North Division. Seems their testing is evolving beyond the original two routes 44 Bristol and 55 Davis Drive. Being much shorter of course unless they are somehow short on regular buses and sending them in when needed.
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