Tag: Ontario

NoFrills in the Pandemic: Why I dislike shopping there

This is not NoFrills but an example of their line of cashiers. The single line queue for a cashier would start where the photographer is standing. This results in significant delays and increased risk to shoppers. This has discouraged me from shopping at NoFrills and going to other grocery chains, which offer similar prices and sales, more convenience and less risk of contracting the CoVid-19 virus.

This is not NoFrills but an example of their line of cashiers. The single line queue for a cashier would start where the photographer is standing. This results in significant delays and increased risk to shoppers. This has discouraged me from shopping at NoFrills and going to other grocery chains, which offer similar prices and sales, more convenience and less risk of contracting the CoVid-19 virus.

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.

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

Ontario G1 road test vs Class G2 road test: Are they the same?

Little Weed is of the age where he is considering getting his G1 license, or Learner’s Permit. What is confusing is the Ontario Ministry of Transportation terminology. In fact they seem to be both the same.

The minimum practice period for G1 drivers before they can take the G1 road test is :

12 Months Without Driver’s Training : You are not eligible to take the G1 road test until 12 months after you have passed your written test unless you have taken an approved drivers ed course…

The Full G Licence

Pacific Mall on US 2017 Notorious Markets List for Global Piracy

Pacific Mall, the epicenter of the North Toronto, Scarborough and Markham Chinese locale, made the United States Trade Representative 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets.

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced the findings of the 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, also known as the Notorious Markets List (List). The List highlights 25 online markets and 18 physical markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.

Ontario Online Drivers License Renewal: Failure

My librarian, it was, that brought the issue to my attention: Your driver’s license needs renewal. This occurs every 5 years, so not very top of mind. But hey, it is 5 years later, and there is a Government of Ontario, Canada, web site that I can use to renew my drivers license, print a temporary one, and the valid license will be mailed to me in 4 to 6 weeks. Unfortunately for me all did not go so well. The Service Ontario server seemed to have some problem, leaving me with no temporary drivers license, and unsure if my credit card transaction actually went through. In the end I had to personally go to the local Service Ontario office in order to get my temporary drivers license. Service Ontario’s web service really does not work.

US Anti-Scalper Bot Bill may soon come to Canada?

Want you do, to go to a concert, but just after the supposed start time for ticket sales, all the tickets are gone. You, again, have lucked out. Minutes later these tickets are all available on reseller sites for double the price. It really does sound like a scam. While the US just enacted a federal law, here in Ontario we are just starting the investigation phase. I hope that we can adopt something as strong as the US in order to keep an even keel with bot technology and online shopping safe.

Parking Ticket, City of Toronto, Canada

Toronto parking ticket: Code No. 406, Park - vehicle without valid Ontario number plate properly displayed, Toronto, Canada

Toronto parking ticket: Code No. 406, Park – vehicle without valid Ontario number plate properly displayed, Toronto, Canada

No, this is not my ticket. I was on a run and found it on the ground, stuck to some ice. Thankfully it is a plasticized paper, so when I ripped it off the ice it did not rip. In fact, it was in perfect shape. Here in Ontario for a vehicle you need to buy a vehicle number plate, and then yearly also purchase a validation sticker. Apparently you cannot park your vehicle on the street without the validation sticker. I have removed the street name.

Boulevard Repaving in Toronto, Canada

Boulevard repaving, Toronto, Canada. The boulevard asphalt on my neighbours house is compressed by a roller machine. Photo8 by Don Tai

Boulevard repaving, Toronto, Canada. The boulevard asphalt on my neighbours house is compressed by a roller machine. Photo8 by Don Tai

Toronto Hydro had dug up a section of my neighbour’s boulevard when Bell Canada came in to install their fiber optic cables. Hydro dug up a section of asphalt, did the repair, poured gravel down the hole, then repaved with asphalt. A month later the gravel and asphalt has settled. The City of Toronto then dug up the complete boulevard and repaved the bottom layer with asphalt. They will later return to complete the top layer with a finer asphalt.

Virgin Mobile Canada: New Home Internet Offer

Interested, I was, when I read a G&M article, written more like advertising copy, about Virgin Mobile offering home internet service, 300MB for $50/mo.

I went to their web site, input my address, which it acknowledged, but the lookup feature was not working. I therefore phoned and they confirmed that home internet is not yet available for me but is in the works.

They also confirmed that they will use Bell fiber optic lines, which were recently installed on my street, 300G bandwidth, 25mbps download, 15mbps upload. That is a lot cheaper than Bell is offering today.