Tag: online

Price Chopper, Ontario, Canada Stopped its Advertising Flyer

Price Chopper at Brimley/Huntingwood, Toronto, Ontario,Canada, not closed but not forgotten

Price Chopper at Brimley/Huntingwood, Toronto, Ontario,Canada, not closed but not forgotten

Four weeks ago Price Chopper, Ontario, Canada stopped delivering their weekly advertising flyer. They also removed the flyer from their web site. Price Chopper, owned by Sobey’s. I sent them an email from their site on 2019 Sep 19. It is only today that they responded, 10 days later. I actually resent them an email yesterday because I thought my first email was lost.

Their response was that they recently made changes to distribution, but what about their online flyer, which has also disappeared? Very odd. No matter, there are other stores to go shop.

Toronto Online Reporting of Parking Infractions

Toronto Police Service online parking complaint, tps.on.ca/core I could not understand the URL from their automated message

Toronto Police Service online parking complaint, tps.on.ca/core I could not understand the URL from their automated message

I see a car parked on the grass portion of the boulevard, between the sidewalk and the road, which is very illegal. not to mention a lack of manners and common sense. I call up the City of Toronto, 311, who then relays me to the Toronto Police parking authority. The not-so-helpful automated machine says I can now fill out an online form instead of waiting on the phone. Great, but I, as a native speaker, cannot understand the URL, and a Google search reveals nothing. Is it:

Rampant Online Ad Fraud and Bot Activity

Ad fraud software in action. Target website, randomized referrers, browser agents and proxy IP addresses. That is enough to spoof anti-bot software.

Ad fraud software in action. Target website, randomized referrers, browser agents and proxy IP addresses. That is enough to spoof anti-bot software.

It is no secret that I battle and ban bad bots on my site. If a bot is not a well known search engine or provides me some type of service then I usually ban it. Sure it can visit my site, but it will receive a blank page. But why do they visit? Who is paying them? Welcome to the world of Online Ad Fraud.

Offline Voters Key to Toronto Mayoral Election

Successful Rob Ford Mayoral campaign: simple, effective, and grassroots

Successful Rob Ford Mayoral campaign: simple, effective, and grassroots

Democracy works by allowing anyone to campaign for a political position, and the person who gets the most votes, gets the position. Apart from a couple of years living in China, this is all I have known. Here in Toronto we have a new mayor who campaigned on the platform of cost and waste reduction. Roughly a third of all councilors were swept out, replaced by fresh faces and ideas. We have “polls” that predict the outcome of the election before election day. These polls are akin to taking the pulse of a patient, an indicator of events to come. Using scientific and statistical analysis one would think that these polls would be quite accurate, but in the case of Toronto’s mayorality race, the polls were very wrong, by a large margin. It turns out that the offline community, those that do not have internet access or those that spend very little time online, threw the polls off, so much so as to question the benefits of polling all together.