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    Today is my last day as Chair of Living Green Barrie. In a few hours, I will get up in front of a few people at our Annual General Meeting for the last... read more
    Nov 24, 2016 1:25 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

October

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    Last year I left my part-time job working as a teller for a major Canadian bank. Having left that, a few months ago I decided to move my money to a… credit union. Meridian to be exact. While job hunting, (I am available for hire, by the way,) I have come across a few job posts from a few credit unions. And the reality is their sales force has the same sales goals as the major Canadian banks. I’m told this is not a bad thing as credit unions profits get paid out to their members. Which is true. Even credit unions that have investment shares – those shares can usually only be purchased by members. And they do the whole one member, one vote thing. There are some downsides, however – if you tend to travel a lot, you won’t find your branch outside your home province. Because in Canada there is an entire one federal credit union – and it’s a french credit union. (So no, Vancity and Meridian are not federal credit unions.) This means if you want to do banking outside your home province, you’ll have to rely on your phone, computer, or an ATM linked to your credit union. (Ask them for details.) On the positive side, from personal experience, I find employees at credit unions seem happier. Perhaps it’s the same reason people prefer to work for non-profits. (Though I should note, Canada’s credit unions are for-profit and pay corporate taxes.) Also, credit unions are supposedly easier to borrow from if you need a loan. Why? Because it’s my money you’re borrowing. Members supporting members and all that. Think a credit union is the right choice for you? Good news, bank transfer day is coming up November 5th! Call your local credit union for an appointment. Operators are standing by. read more
    Oct 19, 2016 10:00 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

March

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    Since my last post, a lot has happened. This past November the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Picture of my grandfather undergoing dialysis. (Photo... read more
    Mar 02, 2016 1:27 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

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    The list for a donor organ in Belgium is 1,248 patients long. Many will wait more than three years to receive a kidney. Roel Marien, 39 and the father... read more
    Apr 17, 2015 9:34 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

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    In Canada, we are generally considered to be a democracy. In Ontario, it is municipal election time in every municipality. We get to vote for the Mayor,... read more
    Oct 16, 2014 2:13 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    Back in March I was in an auto collision, with my 2007 Mazda 3 being written off by my insurance company. I was very disappointed, as I’d had that... read more
    Oct 09, 2014 12:10 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    Shiney makeup! After 20 years, the tv show of a generation is back… Sailor Moon. It has been rebooted for 2014, and premiered in July on Neon Alley,... read more
    Oct 07, 2014 12:35 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

September

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    11 September, 2014 Janice Skot, President & CEO Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre 201 Georgian Drive Barrie, Ontario L4M 6M2 Dialysis machines... read more
    Sep 23, 2014 4:00 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

July

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    Dear Telus: telus logo (Photo credit: DennisSylvesterHurd) I have been a Telus Mobility customer on and off for the last 15 years, and most recently for... read more
    Jul 13, 2014 8:58 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

June

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    English: St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada – at night from Queen Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I’ll agree that there... read more
    Jun 21, 2014 6:23 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    First off is an amazing YouTube video that if you haven’t seen it, you’ve been living under a rock. It comes to us from Volkswagen. It’s... read more
    Jun 10, 2014 2:40 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

April

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    Once upon a time, I had a Sony e-Reader, I had gotten through the Airmiles reward program. It was a great e-Reader, but I soon upgraded to a Kobo. Since... read more
    Apr 17, 2014 3:11 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    For reader’s of my blog, you’ll know I am on dialysis. I have treatments three evenings a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This is both... read more
    Apr 15, 2014 2:08 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On April 13th, I will be stepping down as President & CEO of the Barrie Green Party... read more
    Apr 01, 2014 5:48 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

March

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    I like to keep active by volunteering. I find it gets me moving, the blood flowing, and I get to meet all sorts of amazing new people. This is especially... read more
    Mar 09, 2014 7:39 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

February

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    I have been a renal patient since the age of 6. I had chicken pox, and that lead my already diseased kidney’s Kidney location after transplantation.... read more
    Feb 15, 2014 7:47 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

January

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    We need your help! Last evening, Barrie Green Party President & CEO Peter Tretter, launched a petition. He is asking the Royal Victoria Regional Health... read more
    Jan 06, 2014 2:29 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

October

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    Picture of a residential block in South Barrie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have been involved with, and on the Board of a local charity for over four... read more
    Oct 28, 2013 11:53 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

September

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    I have been a Green Party member here in Canada since 2004. Most people know this story – I got involved because a friend of the time who was doing... read more
    Sep 25, 2013 9:24 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

February

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    So I started a new course this past Monday, it’s on “Investment Funds in Canada”. I got chapter 1 done, and it was a decent introduction... read more
    Jun 27, 2012 6:27 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

April

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    Canada (Photo credit: palindrome6996) So it’s been a while since my last update. My Kobo I mentioned is a really good product. I did have to send... read more
    Apr 11, 2012 8:34 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

May

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    Image by I am I.A.M. via Flickr For those who know me, for a year and a bit I’ve been using a Sony eReader for my ebook reading. I got it free through... read more
    May 24, 2011 6:22 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    Lately there’s been talk of a merger between the New Democratic Party and the Liberal Party of Canada. Especially given the dramatic rise of the... read more
    May 21, 2011 1:46 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    Things are going ok at work so far. I’d like more hours, but that’s something I’ll be discussing with my employment counsellor. Dialysis... read more
    May 21, 2011 1:35 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

November

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    So yeah, the migration of Draknet’s clients to A Small Orange is ongoing. Though I’ve heard that A Small Orange owned by the evil Host Gator.... read more
    Nov 07, 2010 9:55 am | , Scarborough—Rouge River

October

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    So I guess the biggest update is that my favourite webhost Draknet has been bought out by A Small Orange. I’m hoping the quality remains. I’ve... read more
    Oct 18, 2010 1:47 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

April

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    I spoke with Denise today at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is one of their patient advocates, and sounds like a very nice woman. I talked to her for... read more
    Apr 13, 2010 1:47 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

March

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    So when you use the services of a hospital, shouldn’t you be entitled to good customer care/service? I find the notion that Ontario hospitals have... read more
    Mar 24, 2010 4:00 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

January

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    So I’m attempting to put up a new website. It’s going ok so far. Got the theme worked out and most of the plugins, but I’m having some... read more
    Jan 19, 2010 6:48 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! read more
    Jan 19, 2010 12:31 pm | , Scarborough—Rouge River

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