June 2004 to March, 2012

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Good support for striking library workers

We only got a day’s email notice of the “Read In” at the Toronto Reference Library, but the weather was good and a lot of people turned up. I saw a few TV cameras and a couple of councillors, too. Gail, a librarian from our local branch, seemed uncertain that the strike could end soon, and she didn’t look happy about that.

Bebe, whom I do not know, had a nifty handmade sign so I asked for a photo for my blog. She said she has a blog, too. I had to ask her to repeat the URL a couple of times. No idea what it means, but it’s memorable.

I took John Robert Colombo’s book A Quaint and Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore to the read-in, just in case I could plug it on the news. No such luck, John.


March 25, 2012   No Comments

Not everyone can have their own dietitian…

Or can they? Grab this little badge and you can get “the look” from a Registered Dietitian, any time you need it.


March 24, 2012   1 Comment

Councillor Doug Ford outsmarted by “monkeys”

The mayor’s brother called his political opponents “these monkeys” in the televised LRT debate at city hall today. They won. So did the city. LRT is a go.


March 22, 2012   6 Comments

Money talks: Cash Box on the Boardwalk

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Bussin Tower construction is well advanced. Its name derives from that of the former city councillor who helped the owner do this in a public park. Although it looks like a parkade, it is in fact designed “to sell a lot of beer at 7 bucks a bottle”, observed a passing cyclist from Queen’s Quay.


March 21, 2012   4 Comments

That’s a wrap

Nobody thinks it matters when the designer asks for specific dimensions, until…


March 20, 2012   1 Comment

Avoid borders and airports to avoid this

I guess most people think this kind of stuff is fine. Full body scans, shown to be less effective than the old metal detectors are even required for travel within Canada, ie. from one Canadian airport to another also in Canada.


March 19, 2012   No Comments

Toronto unable to keep libraries open

Disappointing but not surprising. The Ford brothers won’t miss them. How about the rest of council?


March 18, 2012   No Comments

Cecilia String Quartet debut CD!

Danica and I have enjoyed live performances by this outstanding quartet. Now we can play them at home. You will hear something of their beautiful sound on the video.

We know 1/4 of the quartet in the person of Min-Jeong Koh who was a gifted student of our friend Jolanta Hickey. Naturally we are delighted with Min’s career path and although we are admittedly biased, the Cecilia String Quartet does produce outstanding music. Catch a concert if you can, and by all means, add their CD to your collection. Available through iTunes, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca or Analekta.com


March 16, 2012   9 Comments

Direct Energy was TERRIBLY trendy

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Look what Piwik recorded about web visits to this site in the last couple of days. The spike was caused by visitors looking for info about Direct Energy’s bungled water heater fiasco.

Usually, my site gets 40 to 60 unique visitors a day (and lots of those are just search bots). The outrage at Direct Energy caused my item to draw triple that.

BTW, Piwik is free, open source analytics software that I use instead of Google analytics. Google has enough information, don’t you think?


March 16, 2012   No Comments

Zapping Direct Energy’s water heater

[UPDATE: Direct Energy has backed away from its ill-conceived attempt to change its service terms unilaterally. No phone call is necessary, after all. I still intend to end my rental agreement, though.]

If you are renting a Direct Energy water heater, you have until April 2nd to stop them from changing your service terms. Unless you call or email to say that you want to keep your old terms, the new ones will kick in.

After April 2nd, unless you act, Direct Energy will be able to zap you with steep fees if you cancel your rental agreement. At present you can cancel without paying a penalty. (Well, almost… they will probably still get you with a whopping $75 + HST charge to pick up their old water heater.)

Naturally, the Direct Energy switchboards have been jammed but you can try calling 1-866-202-1120 to lock in your current terms. Failing that, you can email Direct Energy at rentalterms@directenergy.com

Personally, I am ashamed of my laziness, letting Direct Energy charge me so much for so long. It’s FAR cheaper to buy your own water heater and it’s no problem to get a service plan if that’s a concern. I may buy out the 10 year old heater I have, if Direct Energy doesn’t overcharge for it. If they want a ridiculous price for a unit that probably has 5 years of use left, I’ll cancel completely and get a new one.


March 14, 2012   9 Comments