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News, Politics etc / Re: American politics
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:24:02 PM »
I'm please we get to say "F Roy Moore and the horse he rode in on."

Am very annoyed that exit polls revealed that the majority of white people in Alabama voted for a pedophile rather than a Democrat.

It was black people, particularly black women who came out overwhelmingly for Doug Jones and delivered the narrow proof that Alabama is not irredeemable.

Max is right that Alabama will go back to being a red state--until gerrymandering and voter suppression laws stop targeting black people. If all things were fair, we would not see these kinds of results.

General Chat / Re: Virtually Neighbours
« on: November 30, 2017, 02:59:23 PM »
Yeah, my parents' place (where I used to work) is at the end of a tiny cul de sac in a very small pocket of houses with no through streets.... it would be days before it was cleared. A lot of verrrry slooow driving in the snow.

General Chat / Re: Virtually Neighbours
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:53:15 PM »
Freeways in Toronto are cleared very quickly--they get priority one--and get a brine sprayed on them as soon as the snow starts to fall to prevent ice forming or snow from sticking. That said, every winter we get a lot of new people here who have never driven in winter and a lot of them have trouble with it, which is the bigger danger. But unless you are on the highway when the snow actually starts falling, conditions usually aren't bad.

In my life, especially these days, it's rare that I have to take the car out when the main roads are bad--I can almost always wait it out a bit. I've never had snow tires. Oddly, the only time I've though they might have been a good idea was when we moved downtown and had to deal with a laneway that doesn't get cleared... the roads are frequently fine, but the laneway is bad.

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:52:01 AM »

General Chat / Re: RIP Tom Petty
« on: October 02, 2017, 09:07:34 PM »
Or maybe not yet? 

CBS Erroneously Reports Tom Petty’s Death, Setting Off an Outpouring

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:55:10 AM »
Taking a moment to step away from the various dumpster fires and disasters....

NDP Leadership race is going to a vote soon. Anyone with thoughts on the candidates?

I'm not very familiar with most; Jagmeet Singh is the one I recognize best, and I suspect he will be a very interesting leader in that he seems most likely to draw people away from Justin Trudeau (not to mention shining a light on those pockets of mean, ignorant racists in Canada who figure any turban is a danger) but I'm not sure how well he plays inside the party.

From my (very outside) view, Charlie Angus appears to be old guard NDP, and Guy Caron is running on "I can take Quebec." Niki Ashton is hampered by the same old issue of many women in politics: if she's serious, she's slammed for not being personable and likeable, and if she's personable and likeable, she's slammed for not being serious. (Looks like she chose Category A.)

But this is my uninformed, outside the party view. Curious how those following the race more closely see it.

General Chat / Re: Virtually Neighbours
« on: August 12, 2017, 11:15:04 PM »
Happy Travels GT.

Celebrated my son's first birthday here. We had a very small party with grandparents a couple of friends, ordered pizza, fed him his first cake.... it seems he prefers spinach to ice cream right now but that's fine, spinach is cheaper.  ;)

Macs / Re: Email client recommendations?
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:40:31 PM »
I did try it, but it didn't look like it was doing anything? I was goofing around on the computer still for a bit and didn't notice any change in operation. But in any case, I left it overnight.

I also downloaded Thunderbird for whenever I'm ready to tackle cleaning out my Inbox.

Macs / Re: Email client recommendations?
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:34:24 PM »

Macs / Re: Email client recommendations?
« on: July 23, 2017, 01:22:41 PM »
Have you tried trashing your spotlight search db and having it rebuild?  Sometimes that helps with searching issues ...

No, how do I do that?

Macs / Email client recommendations?
« on: July 23, 2017, 10:34:14 AM »
I may be late to the party on this one, but I'm finally sick of Mail.... the search feature has gotten so weird that I can't find anything anymore. I used to be one of those empty inbox people but that was some years ago.

My email runs off gmail, and while it's one account, I use it for a half dozen purposes and I'd like to start filtering and moving things to folders, but without screwing things up in the background.

My taste runs pretty old-school and minimal; I still rather miss PINE on Unix for email. Also I am cheap.

Anyone have any recommendations?

Macs / Re: Problems with Teksavvy?
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:30:32 PM »
We've had intermittent issues like that for some time, but they are infrequent enough that I'm not motivated to change. It's also Teksavvy over Rogers although we're on the other end of the city.

News, Politics etc / Re: 401 Richmond St W
« on: June 28, 2017, 03:37:05 PM »
What are your thoughts about the ability of seniors to defer property tax?

It's a tricky one. It's better for seniors in general to age in place, in their communities, and to a point good for the community as well. It's not really their fault that their house values shot up and their property taxes with it. On the other hand, if my street is any indication, that's a lot of valuable real estate people in the hands of 80-somethings that is not being well-used.... the elderly lady who previously owned my house could only use the main floor of it when she sold.

The question is also how much money is being deferred to support seniors aging in place? (I actually don't think we have this program in Toronto... though relatively speaking, we have cheap residential property taxes.) So my question would be, what is the impact of the issue? And then, does it outweigh the benefit?

As Max noted, the vacant storefront loophole means there are spaces in the east end being unused for no good reason... if restaurants and businesses and community groups moved in there, it would be better for the community than the current situation, and currently I'm not aware of any good reason why these are being left unrented aside from "I make more money by not taking in any rent than taking in a low rent." That's ludicrous.

I actually don't mind the vacant storefront loophole in general in that (I assume) it arose during the late 80s/early 90s, when the recession hit and mortgage interest was 18%, and no one could get retail tenants at any price, and those you could get usually couldn't pay the rent at all... a lot of commercial property owners were struggling and being foreclosed upon. The tax break gave a little bit of relief to help prevent properties from going derelict which also would have been bad for the community; the problems is that it should have been renewable and time-limited (say, 5 year terms.)

News, Politics etc / Re: 401 Richmond St W
« on: June 26, 2017, 02:54:03 PM »
I would suggest a re-jigging.

Close the loophole that allows owners with vacant storefronts to pay less property tax. Create a new loophole for property tax credits for community spaces.

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