Canadian Soapbox: Calling Bell Canada, 310 Bell…and reaching the Philippines

Its been months since I’ve written anything here, but today I feel the need to get my rant on.   I am a Bell Canada (or is it Bell Philippines) customer for both satellite television and wireless internet.  Until September I was only subscribed to the satellite TV service, but then added internet.  I called, got ...

Canadian Soapbox: Calling Bell Canada, 310 Bell…and reaching the Philippines

Its been months since I’ve written anything here, but today I feel the need to get my rant on.   I am a Bell Canada (or is it Bell Philippines) customer for both satellite television and wireless internet.  Until September I was only subscribed to the satellite TV service, but then added internet.  I called, got ...

Canadian Soapbox: Can this advert make people drive slower?

Ever speed while driving?  I’m guilty, and I bet the vast majority of us are.  I don’t speed often now, with age comes patience sometimes.  And after watching this PSA out of New Zealand I will make a conscious effort to keep an eye on how fast I’m driving.   Nobody is perfect, we’ve all ...

Canadian Soapbox: Can this advert make people drive slower?

Ever speed while driving?  I’m guilty, and I bet the vast majority of us are.  I don’t speed often now, with age comes patience sometimes.  And after watching this PSA out of New Zealand I will make a conscious effort to keep an eye on how fast I’m driving.   Nobody is perfect, we’ve all ...

Canadian Soapbox: No statue for victims of Canadian Capitalism in Bangladesh?

Our federal government, suddenly flush with cash it seems, has earmarked $1.5 million for a group called Tribute to Liberty so they can build a statue to honour victims of communism.  (Story Here) As mentioned in the linked article, a twitter row ensued between the Green Party’s Elizabeth May and Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney. ...

Canadian Soapbox: Are public sector unions a fair target?

I have no issue with workers organizing collectively to increase their bargaining power in an effort to maximize what they receive in pay and benefits.   That’s capitalism. Business seeks to maximize its return, so why shouldn’t workers? And if unions are perhaps too successful, and the wages and benefits being paid are more than ...

Canadian Soapbox: Are public sector unions a fair target?

I have no issue with workers organizing collectively to increase their bargaining power in an effort to maximize what they receive in pay and benefits.   That’s capitalism. Business seeks to maximize its return, so why shouldn’t workers? And if unions are perhaps too successful, and the wages and benefits being paid are more than ...

Canadian Soapbox: Can the French language survive in Québec?

Bonjour mes chers lecteurs, greetings dear readers.  This blog posting comes to you from a Tim Hortons in the north end of Quebec City, one with wifi access.  I ordered myself a grande café with un crème and un edulcorant, I also had a beigne.  For those scratching their heads, that’s a large coffee with ...

Canadian Soapbox: A final word on internet dating

Its been a long time since I’ve written anything about dating in general or internet dating in particular.  There’s a reason for that, on September 22nd of this year I took the plunge and am now happily married to a wonderful woman. While I didn’t meet my resident love goddess via The Internet , I ...

Canadian Soapbox: What are you thankful for? Justin Trudeau doesn’t count….

I have a lot to be thankful for, oh I have minor complaints like everyone, but focusing on all the good things in my life does wonders for my outlook and my health. Fall has long been my favourite time of year, I’m not sure exactly why, it heralds the coming of winter, my least favourite season. ...

Canadian Soapbox: Justin,its thanks to your Dad that I speak French

In my lifetime Canada has had Liberal and Conservative governments.  But really, how much difference does it really make in an individual’s life whether its a Tory or a Grit occupying the Prime Minister’s office?  We still go to work and school, still pay our taxes and live our lives in relative peace and security ...

Canadian Soapbox: Soapbox Mail: French Immersion is not for every child

This blog is nearing three years old, and on a fairly regular basis I receive email from people commenting on, or asking questions about, something I’ve written.  I’ve had a few questions from people thinking about joining  the military later in life, and I’ve answered them directly.   One came in very recently from a ...

Canadian Soapbox: Spoiled Ontario teachers don’t like the taste of their own medicine

I had some sympathy for Ontario’s teachers, after all I have two siblings and a best friend all employed in that profession in Canada’s most populous province. Note, I said ‘had’ and not have.  My sympathy is gone because of what the Ontario Teachers Pension fund did to Cadillac Fairview workers a few years back. The fund, ...

Canadian Soapbox: Memories of 9/11 the day three WTC buildings collapsed

Like everyone who was alive and of a certain age on September 11, 2001 I have vivid memories of that day. I was at my office in downtown Toronto when I first heard of a plane hitting the north WTC tower.  I remember President George W. Bush saying that after seeing the first plane crash ...

Canadian Soapbox: Is Canada’s left on the rise?

Discerning trends and making forecasts on limited data is not always the best recipe for making accurate forecasts, just look at pollsters.  They take small snapshots of voter intentions based on some simple questions and then use the data to try and predict the results.   As we’ve seen in Alberta and more recently in ...

Canadian Soapbox: Choosing where to invest and with whom – Its about rapport

Yesterday I wrote about Garth Turner and his website Greater Fool. I told you about his current Canada wide tour where he’s hosting seminars and (no doubt) giving lots of advice about where people should be investing their money. Given the cost of the seminar, (free) I have little doubt that there will be lots ...

Canadian Soapbox: After the fourth call Rogers fixes the problem….

Last week I wrote about how my cell phone was being inundated with blank text messages from the same London area cell number. After three calls to customer support I thought a better name would be Rogers Customer rape.  I was told that to block messages from a specific number that I would have to ...

Canadian Soapbox: Having an issue with my Rogers cell phone. They’ll fix it…For a fee!!!

What a great day I had today, let me tell you about it. My cell phone basically shut down this morning, sometime before it was to sound the alarm I have set for 6 AM.  The reason? Hundreds of text messages were inundating my inbox from a number somewhere in southwestern Ontario.  When I woke ...

Canadian Soapbox: Shaving doesn’t have to cost a fortune – The 2 buck solution

Guys, if you shave then you’ve been there.  You head to the drug store or supermarket because you’re out of blades for that incredibly fancy razor, you know the one…it looks like a piece of equipment that came off the space shuttle.  A cartridge of four or five blades runs somewhere around $20 if not ...

Canadian Soapbox: Looking for a jobs in Québec – Use every tool available and stay positive

One of the great things about publishing a blog is that you get to share personal experience about some of life’s stressing moments, and perhaps give some perspective to those who might be going through similar challenges. Living in Quebec and being exposed to the media here I’ve noticed that there have been a lot ...

Canadian Soapbox: Summertime in Québec City – Encroyable!!!

Bonjour everybody. I am having an absolutely magnificent summer residing in Québec’s capital city.  No I haven’t taken a position with the local tourist board here, however it will probably seem like it.  My kids stayed with me for ten days during my vacation, then after returning to work my father came and spent a ...

Canadian Soapbox: Christian crackpot radio and useless Bible prophecy

I’ve been doing a fair bit of driving lately, often between the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Québec City.  Entertainment while behind the wheel is typically my car stereo as my vehicle is over 15 years old and doesn’t have a CD player.  Anyone remember cassettes? I make good use of the seek button and often ...

Canadian Soapbox: I guess all of Europe is misogynist – Welcome to the new Canada

Demonizing those with whom one disagrees, that’s something we’re seeing more and more of in this country.  We certainly heard it during our most recent federal election.  Had Canadians elected a majority of NDP and Liberal MPs the country would have been utterly destroyed, or so it seemed based on the rhetoric coming from the Conservative party. ...

Canadian Soapbox: Need to raise taxes or cut services? Hit boomers…

I was born in 1966, and by some warped definition I am somehow included in the post-war baby boom.  The baby boom is said to be the result of servicemen coming home after WWII and making up for lost time with their wives in an era that pre-dated birth control.  My father however was born in 1938, and ...

Canadian Soapbox: Dépanneur owner whose store was vandalized should learn to speak French

The owner of a Verdun depanneur had his store vanadalized after a series of events resulting from his inability or unwillingness to speak French. CTV is reporting (HERE) that Anthony Williams, owner of a convenience store east of Montreal, has seen a drop in his business after a confrontation with a customer last week because he wasn’t ...