Tag Archives: Canada

Photo: Still Life with Douchebag

No photo says it more clearly than the photo of Angela Merkel staring down Trump at the recent G6+1 summit in Quebec, Canada. This was supposed to be a meeting of Allied countries, not a meeting of enemies.

Merkel and the rest of the G6 countries confront Trump, 2018 May 11, Charlevoix, Quebec

Merkel and the rest of the G6 countries confront Trump, 2018 May 11, Charlevoix, Quebec

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I quote Stephen Colbert: “Still Life With Douchebag”. Not only funny but apt. There seems a lack of friendliness with Allied countries, which Trump has put tariff on all Allied countries. Then there is the issue of insulting Justin Trudeau and Canada in general.

Canada Rejects China’s Aecon Corp Takeover, China is Angry

This plays out exactly the same in many countries, so one should not be at all surprised. A Chinese company wants to buy a foreign company, the foreign government blocks the sale, Chinese Government gets upset, calls the blocking racially motivated and implements trade sanctions on the foreign country. There are many cases in many different countries that I see this as one from China’s economic trade playbook.

NoFrills Website User Interface Error: Can you read this screen?

NoFrills grocery store web site has a selection screen of yellow buttons with white text. This colour contrast is so low and is very difficult to read.

NoFrills grocery store web site has a selection screen of yellow buttons with white text. This colour contrast is so low and is very difficult to read.

There are more than a few user interface errors on the NoFrills web site. Our family is a frequent shopper at NoFrills, the Canadian grocery store. Thankfully they are much better as a grocery store than they are at building and maintaining their website.

A couple of weeks ago they blocked me because I have an ad blocker. Really? I want to see your advertisement flyer, which is displayed on your site, and because I have an ad blocker you deny me the ability to see your flyer? Is not this counter-productive to my family buying from your store?

The World Plastic Craze is Epidemic and needs to stop

Little Giant 554405 VCMA-15 non-submersible condensate pump, removed from black base. Output tube, pump intake and impeller (large round part). You can see the impeller shaft through the intake windows.

Little Giant 554405 VCMA-15 non-submersible condensate pump, removed from black base. Output tube, pump intake and impeller (large round part). You can see the impeller shaft through the intake windows.

Even the most elementary animals do not defecate where they live. Even so, their scat is biodegradable and is quickly transformed to base organic waste by microbes. This is natural. Man, on the other hand, has created a remarkable material: plastic. Remarkable, yes, but it is inorganic and as it does not break down to an organic waste, it is polluting the earth and mankind. Ironically, we are eating our own waste.

Bumble Bee in Toronto, Canada: Macro

Bumble bee, Toronto, Canada, 2 cm long, in cup. Photo by Don Tai

Bumble bee, Toronto, Canada, 2 cm long, in cup. Photo by Don Tai

I heard this loud buzzing and thought my furnace had some issue, but the furnace wsa not on. It was a large bumble bee, buzzing inside my house, trying to break free. My front window was tricking it. He was beautiful.

I heard it yesterday in my house. How it found its way inside I do not know. By the time I thought of a plant to capture and release it outside, he had stopped buzzing and could not be found. Today near my front window he buzzed for a couple of seconds, then landed on the ground. I used a cup and captured it, and used a piece of stiff paper underneath to right the cup. With a transparent Pyrex plate on top I shot this macro at 3.5x.

Canadian Senate Condemns China’s Taking of South China Seas Islands

We all know that China annexed and militarized some disputed islands in the South China Seas. These islands are claimed by multiple countries. In 2016 a dispute between the Philippines and China resulted in the Hague ruling that China did not have claim to these islands. No matter, China took them over anyway. They how house surface to air missiles. Much more can be gleaned online with minimal Googling.

Canada’s Senate has weighed in that China should not be taking over these islands. This bill, largely ceremonial, was stopped by 3 pro-Chinese senators. They are gutless and in the pockets of the Chinese Communist Party. Senate passes motion condemning China’s ‘hostile behaviour’ in South China Sea

What to do to Clear Snow and Ice from the Driveway, Toronto, Canada?

Frozen tulip, Toronto, Canada. I hope it will survive. 2018 Apr 15. Photo 8 by Don Tai

Frozen tulip, Toronto, Canada. I hope it will survive. 2018 Apr 15. Photo 8 by Don Tai

After a lifetime of shoveling snow from driveways and living in Toronto, Canada, it is rare that I am unsure what steps to take. This current weather pattern is increasingly odd. We have had rain, freezing rain, high wind, and now followed by a lot more rain. So, what to do?

Hypocrisy of Electric Cars and Carbon Taxing: Canada, China, Norway

Our electricity must come from somewhere. Not too many places are blessed with a gynormous waterfall that we harness for clean hydro-electric power, such as Niagara Falls, Ontario. Still, electric cars are heavily subsidized by governments, as without these they simply would be too expensive. This is true in Canada, China and Norway.

The inconvenient truth is that there is hypocracy in this movement, one that we should note. Motor Mouth: The inconvenient truth about China, Norway’s EV subsidies. This is not the only article that highlights the hypocracy.

Malaysian Garam Masala Restaurant, Toronto, Canada: menu

Malaysian Garam Masala Restaurant, Toronto, Canada, menu

Malaysian Garam Masala Restaurant, Toronto, Canada, menu

Malaysian Garam Masala is located in Scarborough, Toronto, Canada at 1001 Sandhurst Circle 416-332-1922. It is in a small mall just East of McCowan and Finch.

They open from 16:00-01:00, so pretty late eating and only for dinner. There is an active KTV right beside them. We ordered the mee goreng and nasi goreng, both were very tasty. They take cash or debit, no credit cards. The feel of the restaurant is very laid back. Customers would help themselves to plastic glasses and water. Many would go to the back and talk to the cook while he was cooking. Most of the customers I saw were Indian, or at least browns.

Online Enbridge/Enercare Satisfaction Survey leads to…An Error

I recently had a maintenance call for my furnace from Enbridge/Enercare in Toronto, Canada. In the end they sent me an online survey of a couple of questions, which I dutifully answered. This resulted in this error message. It looks like a database insertion error.

An unexpected error has occurred!
Error Message: Invalid index (parameter 2) passed to Row function. Index must be less than or equal to the row count. Index Value: 1 Row Count: 0 Function: row(@rows,1)

Description: An unexpected error occurred during the execution of the page.