I Didn’t Blog in December

I was distracted by things more awesome than blogging. What could that be? I’ll tell you some day.

For now, I’m back, complaining about litter.

Everyone is focusing on a crappy coffee shop chain in Canada, and giving them even more brain-space free marketing because too many people are addicted to the sugar and caffeine and cultural experience their wretched business offers the world.
The bigger story is how their disposable cups are such common litter that they’re almost as destructive and unsightly as smoking litter. The unit of measure of litter is measured in #Timmies, which counts how many littered coffee cups of waste are in a m^2 on the ground. Coffee shops and places selling “disposable” cups should be forced to charge a deposit on the cups and lids, and re-collect them for refund.

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A Racist Killing In Progress, in Canada

A man with a group of people went looking to injure First Nations people, from their truck.

A hospital won’t put the dying woman onto organ donor lists to get replacement organs for ones damaged in the attack, because she’s had alcohol in the last half year.

Hate-crimes everywhere you look in Northern Ontario. Can something not be done besides prepare for the funeral?

 

New Solar in Ontario

Ontario isn’t as GD senseless as Saskatchewan’s government. They actually have somewhat of a Feed In Tariff program underway.

The Ontario Power Authority has just extended its solar feed-in tariff program and selected another 99 MW of solar power projects to receive payments from it. This comes from 330 new contracts.

ontarioIn case you’re not familiar with feed-in tariffs, they are when renewable energy power producers are guaranteed a specific rate for the electricity they produce and send back into the grid for a specific period of time (e.g., 15 years or 20 years). This lets the homeowners and businesses lock in an attractive, low-risk return on their investments.

#PCloadLetter The Ontario PCs Send Misdirecting Mail #VoteOn

(PC Load Letter is from printer displays of the past, and the comedy Office Space. It indicates the paper tray is empty. It was the best pun I could come up with on short notice.)

Looks like a blatant vote misdirection scheme, akin to RoboCon used by the federal Conservatives in the last general election. One of the Conservative campaigns, in Guelph, is under scrutiny in court right now.

Canadian Police and Suicide Hotlines Violating Privacy

It’s mind boggling that Canadian police would think it’s justified in sharing mental health information with Homeland Insecurity in order to help the USA discriminate against people with mental illness.

What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy?

People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline without fear of future reprisals. Canadian police have seriously damaged this expectation, and therefore are likely to have harmed people who’d have otherwise sought help. It would be hard to learn definitively if this abuse of authority has killed people, because the people we’d learn that from will have silenced themselves permanently.

No word yet from the Regina and Saskatoon police forces if they violate privacy in this manner.

Future Proof: Ice Storms

Last year Shane vlogged about ice storms. Let’s not wait until a big storm hits Saskatchewan before we future proof our homes being built today.

You can check out Shane’s website, and buy his book.

If I had $20,000 to spend on a “depreciating liability” (a car), or $20,000 to spend on renewable energy for my home, which would be more useful during an ice storm or other time of emergency? Arguably a car could be useful to remove myself from the place of emergency, but if there’s no enough gas, or electricity to pump the gas, or if the roads are jammed, a warm home would be much more useful.

Energy prices are only going to go up, so investing in energy systems today is an excellent choice. A company local to Regina that could help is Sound Solar, but there are others with good reputations also.