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1. This is from September 2016, but I note this for curiosity's sake. I didn't know our Mint did coins for other countries, nor did I know they were in the transit token game, and that where Toronto's moving away from them, Winnipeg's moving towards them.

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/winnipegs-transit-system-revived-old-timey-token/

2. Hoping the documentary this discusses - made by the same people who did Helvetica - gets into the main cinema chains, not just the repertory movie houses.

https://www.wired.com/2017/03/surprising-history-canadas-iconic-designs/
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Some BBC Envy in play there, maybe?

I've mentioned thoughts of mine on the subject of funding the Ceeb before, right? The entry's four years old, but the idea of just putting a "Point of first sale" levy on everything capable of receiving, storing, replaying, retransmitting, copying, printing out CBC content and leaving the garage sales, second-hand stores, pawn shops and whatever else out of it still strikes me as a logical and relatively non-intrusive one as opposed to the BBC's annual license fee system.

I do like the idea of expanding the range of coverage of the news division, not to mention making the CBC a cultural ambassador-brand to the rest of the planet. It's as good a goal as promoting national unity within Canada.

Will return to this topic again at some point, no doubt.

At least it'll be on a more hopeful note next time.
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We used to have that. Maybe we should restart it?

Enter Scott Vrooman for the Toronto Star...

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Noting a few other things for the record...

Starting with the city's announcement of an environmental assessment as a prelude to possibly extending the Confederation Line of the O-Train network to the Canadian Tire Centre(AKA Corel Centre AKA Palladium). If this goes all the way to actually building the tracks and running the trains, there'll be a lot of happier hockey and music fans in this city. Especially out here on the eastern end, owing to the current transit times via the 4xx-series bus routes that feed that stadium on game and concert nights. And even if the Ottawa Senators do end up moving from Kanata's Palladium Drive to Lebreton Flats as many hope, the convenience will still be there for many on the western end of the line.

(Sidebar 1: And I can't see the CTC not still being useful for all manner of major public events for the next couple of decades in any case. Provided the facility is properly cared for by whoever owns it. Yes, that's a piece of advice to the owners I want to see heeded.)

(Sidebar 2: As soon as I see a link to City Hall's page(s) on the matter, I'll set that up here.)

Back to those Unrealistic Expectations held by OC Transpo management.

They're hoping to be rid of paper tickets and bus passes forever, with all regular users forced into the Presto card system. Effective next year.

Not a welcome idea. I want those physical proofs of payment, partly as souvenirs in their own right, partly as tax paperwork documentation. Because tax credits for public transit usage. And because the Presto system requires using the internet to pay the monthly fare. I don't know that I'll be able to maintain my own access to the internet until I'm physically unable to use public transit anymore (hopefully due to extreme old age). More to the point, there are many other people across this city who share such financial uncertainties for any combination of reasons. And even if we can figure that out, internet access can be denied to entire populations due to accident or malice. We've seen an example of the kinds of unexpected infrastructure issues that can pop up today with the Rideau Street Sinkhole Incident.

Better to leave transit users the option of paying for hardcopy bus passes for the long term. Much better.

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David Calnitsky wrote an opinion piece for today's edition of the Toronto Star on the subject of "mincome" (AKA "guaranteed annual income"). What worries me is that if the idea's adopted, certain parties will make sure the fix is in to ensure some kind of continuation of social stigma enforcement. Because they won't want to live in a world where they don't have a guaranteed-to-them group of people that they will always be able to look down upon and sneer at. Paranoid, I am. But I grew up in a world that had bullies in some classrooms and some school staff taught to enable the bullies' claim to power over their classmates. It happened.

Something to revisit and think over later...

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No, I'm not a lawyer. But I can be messed up by other peoples' interpretations of the law either way.

Case for discussion: there's this opinion piece in The Tyee that got pointed out to me today.

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/03/02/Universal-Higher-Education-Canada/

Now I'm wondering about the effort I ploughed into taking work I didn't train for in order to pay down that student loan for my animation studies. Eight years of it.

And that loan scheme looks in retrospect as if it's in violation of this international covenant. Or am I misunderstanding the situation? I'm sure that someone from the Fraser Institute could try to talk me into believing as much.

I suspect that they should fail if they do.

How about the rest of you?
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Some items of interest:

From CBC's Sunday Edition: A smallish town in Belgium has some interesting ideas going back a couple of centuries regarding mental health care.

In Scotland, some people are arguing over whether or not the Qu├ębecois example has anything to teach their debate on resuming independence from the UK. Sadly, I think the Parti Qu├ębecois has lost its footing on the progressive/small-l liberal path in recent years...or had it undermined from within, if Pierre-Karl Peladeau's presence is anything to go by.

There's a science-fiction archive to be rescued in California.

I was born too late for the days of Canada Student Grants. That annoys me in itself. Then I see stuff like this continuing to happen to people around me. Such news annoys me even more than the eight years I spent paying off my animation studies' student loan.

More as the day wears on...
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A long-storied "beer tunnel" under the Lebreton Flats section of Ottawa has been found...and filled in to ensure the safety of users of our future LRT expansion. We do have active local breweries elsewhere in Ottawa after all, so maybe the loss of the tunnel isn't what it might be.

Rick Salutin shares some thoughts about how the CBC is being managed of late. The idea that there might actually be protests in the streets of Canada's cities and towns over the loss of, say, Murdoch Mysteries or the Mercer Report is a pleasant one to entertain, but as Vancouverites and les Montréalais will remind us all, we don't do riots over anything but the Stanley Cup up here, right?

Yes, there's still going to be a CAN-CON this year in Ottawa. Keep an eye on that home page for news as they're able to unveil it.

Heather Mallick bemoans our national capacity for stinginess. Not the first time, and as one of the precariate myself, I find myself dancing on one of the blade-edges of the sword here. I buy the Toronto Star at the nearest retailer I can because, living in Ottawa, I'm pretty sure that I can't afford a subscription at the rates required of Ottawa residents. Which makes things more difficult for those of my neighbours working at Canada Post, as well as the Star's staff. I know this. Can't help it, if I want to buy that paper at all. And because I buy it at the newsstand every day, I find myself a little resentful of their paywall.

(Oh, and despite my circumstances, I still buy my books retail. There's two places in particular I like for that.)


Laundry chores call, but there will be more on other topics later on...

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Not arguing with Rick about the plastic "paper" money...but some of us still have hopes for the Pop Shoppe brand's future, now that it's been revived with some success over the past 5-10 years.

Anyway, enjoy the RMR Rant from January 2013...

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Why is it that an outfit calling itself "Fair Pensions for All" has leadership that considers it a good idea to target the pensions of Crown corporation employees for reductions instead of improving the pensions of the private sector workers to similar levels?

Source of inspiration for my ranty question:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Bold+reforms+needed+bring+Crown+corporation+costs+down/8421911/story.html
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Here in town this week, in response to some things I've been finding very scary of late:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/02/23/quebec-employment-insurance-protests.html

Gives me hope that we can salvage a future worth living in, worth living for, hereabouts. That's what reading this article does.
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When CBC Radio asked the public at large about that pending event as a prelude to today's edition of Cross-Country Checkup, I had this to say:

Yes. I'll miss the Canadian penny if it stays gone after this. For all the talk about how we have to retrain ourselves to be a cash-less society, I'm not convinced of that yet. And besides, physical currency - in addition to its legal aspects - is an art medium as well.

Your own thoughts?
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This caught my eye:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/04/06/ottawa-small-business-penny-concerns.html

Granted that this is likely a one-off thing - at least until the coin-pinchers decide to drop the nickel or the dime! - but seeing as it's still useful to lots of people, myself included, why accept federal finance minister Flaherty's argument that the Canadian penny has to go away forever?
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Things like this item. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kradical's friendlist for this one.

I wonder how much of this particular practice is going on in Canada?

Yes, I'm being circumspect for a reason.
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Some of you may recall my post on SHIELD back in September, explaining why I think it a fun concept to set up heroes and stories around.

I still do. In that vein, I spotted a bit of techno-financial trivia that got my attention about their signature capital ships, the Helicarriers.

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