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Why are you using them as a reference if you know they'll give you a bad reference???

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Posted by hipp5 on 06/19/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Parking in our Bike Lanes

@schmikel: No, just like there's no "No Parking" signs at a fire hydrant. MVA says you can't park in front of a fire hydrant or in a bike lane. It's on you, the licensed driver, to know that.

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Posted by hipp5 on 06/19/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Parking in our Bike Lanes

@Nakokita: not having insurance does not mean cyclists aren't liable if they do damage. If a cyclist hits your car and is at fault they'd still have to pay to fix your car.

We require cars to have liability insurance because there is a very real chance a car could paralise someone and end up with a million dollar damage claim. Society realizes that most drivers could never afford that million dollar claim, so we require drivers to have insurance so that paralised (our other similarly damaged) people don't have to collect on a million dollar debt. The kinds of damage a bicycle would do are much lower in dollar figures, so there's no societal need to require insurance; it's a lot easier to collect on $10,000 of damage than $1,000,000.

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Posted by hipp5 on 06/19/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Taxes are just another “culture shock” to living in Canada

Thanks for the interesting perspective. Income tax (and paying it) is something I've always taken for granted; it's easy to forget that it doesn't happen everywhere. I generally don't have too much of a problem with paying it, because like your friend says, it's generally a pretty good way to get services.

And don't stress if you get a refund. It doesn't usually mean you "need help". Usually it just means:

a) Because of changes in jobs or something, your employer(s) took off more money from your paycheque for taxes than they needed to, and that's getting corrected now that you've done the math.

b) You've done things that give you a tax credit. The government "rewards" certain actions by giving you back the tax money you "spent" on those actions. For example, if you donate to charity or putting money in a retirement savings account you can get back the taxes you paid when you earned that money.

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Posted by hipp5 on 04/27/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Waste of commercial space

Council members, in the debates about the Armco proposal on Robie and Quinpool (Willow Tree) used the argument of, "we're not in the business of ensuring the business viability for a developer" in response to the suggestion that cutting the tower from 29 storeys to 20 would make the project untenable. I very much agree with this stance.

But that stance cuts both ways. If Council is going to stand behind the idea that they're not going to worry about the business case, then this idea of requiring commercial studies is just hypocritical.

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Posted by hipp5 on 03/30/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Nova Scotia’s recycling efforts plateaued 15 years ago

Wow, interesting link, Great Value. Holly heck Alberta!

Oddly, if you look at waste diversion, we're only third (behind BC and Quebec). But our waste diverted plus waste thrown out is still less than just the measurement for waste thrown out in most other provinces. I wonder why our overall waste generation is so low.


Posted by hipp5 on 03/20/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Please Play Again / Réessayez SVP

Thanks for making me laugh this morning.

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Posted by hipp5 on 02/23/2017 at 9:24 AM

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