Tag: Canada

Jeld-Wen Patio Door: Install, Comments and not Recommended

This Sunview Victorian patio door came branded as a Jeld-Wen door, bought at Home Depot in Canada. It came with no instructions nor hardware from Home Depot. Further Jeld -Wen customer service refused to send us the mounting hardware.

This Sunview Victorian patio door came branded as a Jeld-Wen door, bought at Home Depot in Canada. It came with no instructions nor hardware from Home Depot. Further Jeld -Wen customer service refused to send us the mounting hardware.

My neighbour recently bought a patio door from Home Depot, and had asked me to help him install it. In fact, this Jeld-Wen patio door was the most expensive they carried. I would not have bought this without a good amount of research, but he is different. The install did not go very smoothly, and the end result was sub-par. After contacting the manufacturer I was left with a negative view of the company and their service. I do not recommend you buy a Jeld-Wen door.

Sweden’s Greta Thunberg Chastises Adults for their Climate Change Failure

She’s 16 and very cute, though she has a temper. In fact, she is correct. The adults of the world are ruining the environment, and her generation and beyond will need to repair it. While the outcomes are irrefutable the contributing issues are complex. While there is no excuse for wrecking the environment, there are reasons why adults are not more proactive.

People need jobs or they cannot live. Many of these jobs involve natural resources. Canada, for example, has oil in the ground that has been traditionally extracted and sold to customers around the world. If we stop the burning of oil completely, these jobs will disappear and people’s lives and families will be destroyed. While this can change, in the long run, we have no mechanism to do this yet.

Vintage Canadian Bicycle: Nice Lines, Dubious Quality

Vintage Canadian looper bike, no brand nor model, est circa 1950s. Photo by Don Tai

Vintage Canadian looper bike, no brand nor model, est circa 1950s. Photo by Don Tai

A neighbour here in Canada gave me this bicycle. She had started riding this when she was 8 years old, and the bicycle was well used and handed down at that time, so this bicycle could be over 70 years old.

This bicycle is a “loop bike”, for its classic swooping top bar, single speed with a coaster hub, a reverse pedal brake. The bike runs on 800c, 28×1.5″ tires. Vintage it is, with a slew of problems. Overall I do like the look, but the ride is pretty bad and somewhat scary. For cruising around in a flat are this might be Ok.

China’s Border Control: Exit Ban or Bian Kong

China is well known for its ability to detain foreigners from exiting the country. It is often used to settle business conflict between foreigners and Chinese companies. The Chinese company contacts the police to say that a foreigner has not paid or lived up to some business dealing and Chinese border control puts a ban on the foreigner’s exit. These are called “exit bans“.

Bian kong, “边控“, short for bianjing kongzhi, “边境控制” is a system that can bar a foreigner from leaving China. We normally call it an “exit ban”

边控

边控即边境控制,它是为防止涉案的外国人或者中国公民因其借出境之机逃避司法机关追究法律责任,给境内的国家、集体或个人财产等带来重大损失,而通过法定程序在国边境口岸对之采取限制出境的一种保全措施

适用法律
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目前国内关于边控的相关法律规定,主要是外国人出入境管理法、 《中华人民共和国公民出入境管理法》 (以下简称“两法”)和最高法院、最高检察院、公安部、国家安全部印发的《关于依法限制外国人和中国公民出境问题的若干规定》 (以下简称《若干规定》)以及公安部发布的一些部门规章等。总体上讲,这些规定比较原则,在适用中还需要不断地加以完善

Black Diamond Cheese, Canada: Terrible Customer Feedback System

Black Diamond Cheddar. How long is old cheddar aged? How about the extra old? I asked but did not get an answer.

Black Diamond Cheddar. How long is old cheddar aged? How about the extra old? I asked but did not get an answer.

I eat cheese on a regular basis. My favourite brand is Black Diamond. It is of consistent quality, and I have never had a problem with packaging. I wanted to know how long their “Old” cheddar is aged, vs their “extra old” cheddar. It seems to me a simple question.

The Black Diamond website has lovely pics of their cheese, but did not answer my question. I therefore filled in a feedback form asking my question. The response was, not really a response.

Freedom/Wind Mobile Texting Error Message, but can Talk

Little Weed had a problem with his Google Pixel and Freedom Mobile. While he could call people he could not text, and received an error message “Can’t send message with freedom, error 8”.

We went to the Wind store and this is what the guy did. It did take a couple of seconds to kick in:

settings > network and internet > mobile network -> advanced > access point names > … (top right corner) > reset to default

Sim card was fine. I’m glad the guy knew his stuff.

Shadow Lake Camp, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario, Canada: GPS

Old GPS does not have this on its maps, even though the camp has been there forever.

Shadow Lake Camp
15041 Ninth Line, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X3, Canada

Shadow Lake Camp, 15041 Ninth Line, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X3, Canada, GPS 44°02'06.7"N 79°16'13.8"W Plus Code 87P22PPH+3R

Shadow Lake Camp, 15041 Ninth Line, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X3, Canada, GPS 44°02’06.7″N 79°16’13.8″W Plus Code 87P22PPH+3R

I found it on Google Maps but it would not give me a proper GPS coordinate, so I tried the “share”, which gave me incorrect map coordinates. Clicking off the exact location gave me GPS coordinates which I could then tweak for the proper location.

44°02’06.7″N 79°16’13.8″W
44.035196, -79.270488
Plus Code: 87P22PPH+3R

China Issues Tit-for-Tat Travel Advisory Against Canada

Very odd, it is, that a day after Canada issues a travel advisory against China for arbitrary arrest, and the possibility of a death sentence for drug-related crimes, that China would issue a tit-for-tat government advisory as well. This has occurred due to the arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou due to an extradition request from the US. Her extradition hearing is scheduled for 2019 Feb 05.

Here is the Chinese travel advisory, with Google translation:

Government of Canada Changes Travel Advisory to China

After close to a month, where two Canadians were arbitrarily arrested in China, the Government of Canada has updated their travel advisory. Better late than never.

Latest updates: Risk level(s) – risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws; Laws and culture – death penalty, penalties for drug-related offences

Government of Canada issues new travel advisory to China for arbitrary arrest, death penalty, 2019-jan-14

Government of Canada issues new travel advisory to China for arbitrary arrest, death penalty, 2019-jan-14

The US had issued a similar advisory:

Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.

Canada vs China: Arrest, Detention and Trial Differences

There are marked differences on how people are arrested, go to trial and convicted in Canada and China. I have read so many first hand accounts of Chinese arrest and torture that they are too numerous to mention. There are many common methods used in China, and common through numerous different areas of China. The differences are stark: Canada adheres to the Rule of Law, human rights and transparency, while China is very uncertain, oblique, and treated on a case-by-case, “Rule-is-law”, basis.