Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Tax-Cut Year

The Toronto Star has an article on Ontario's personal income tax cut next year to balance any increased burden on citizens due to the soon-to-be-implemented harmonized sales tax (HST). It is refreshing to see an article that transcends the hype surrounding the HST debate, and looks at the bottom line.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A drug funding problem

The Globe and Mail published a story on a patient's struggle to get government funding for a last-line treatment for breast cancer, capecitabine and lapatinib.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I'm hurt

"Appropriate" signage for an emergency department...

Source: New York Times

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Political calls

Today, I received a call from a woman from the 'Voter Information Centre' of Stephen Harper and Brian Abrams. She made it sound all official, but it turns out it's just campaign office calling.

Don't be misled - ask to make sure you know to whom you are speaking.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lighting in photography

Macworld has a well-written, simple article on lighting in digital photography.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Don't mess with vets

You know you're in for it when you pick a fight with Canada's military veterans over poppy money.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Canadian propaganda

Well, the word propaganda is a bit loaded. However, the Globe and Mail has a good article on how the prime minister has been controlling his image and restricting access by independent journalists to certain events. Instead of providing free media access, the PMO has been handing out staged photographs showing Mr. Harper doing all sorts of goody-good things.

Sounds like borderline propaganda to me.

Monday, October 19, 2009


An innovative company has decided to make a free font that uses 20% less ink to print. Their solution? To put small holes in the font so that less ink or toner is used when sent to the printer.

Try it for yourself: Link.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Flash videos not working

Since upgrading to Mac OS X Snow Leopard, I have noticed that certain flash videos would fail to load (for example, those on Metacafe). The problem was common to Safari and Firefox, but went away in a different user account on the same computer.

After some investigation, I trashed the ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/ folder, and all is well again.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Funds for Toronto

Jim Flaherty and John Baird announced new funding for Toronto on Friday. How convenient - just one week before the government might fall! The federal Conservatives are looking desperate.

I'm still angry over the snub Toronto got against streetcar funding, when Toronto was denied $417 million from the Feds.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wind energy in Ontario

The IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) in Ontario has produced an online widget that allows anyone to track how much of Ontario's power is coming from wind turbines at any time.

Hour-by-hour reports, categorized by generating station (including Wolfe Island), are also available on their Hourly Generator Output & Capability webpage.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

100-mile-diets aren't helpful for the environment

As highlighted recently by media, including the CBC, 100-mile-diets fail to help the environment because it takes more resources and land to grow fruits and vegetables locally than it does to cultivate it in distant pastures. When food is grown elsewhere, weather conditions are more ideal and fewer tonnes of CO2 are emitted per unit food grown, even taking into account the transportation to our kitchen table.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Greedy doctor

Dr. Coppersmith - a disgrace to our profession.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

This is compassion

When a young girl dying of cancer expresses a desire to see Pixar's new movie Up before she died, a Pixar employee provides a private screening. The girl died shortly after, having fulfilled her wish.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Baird's posturing with Toronto

The federal government persistently gives Toronto the middle finger - this time, by refusing to fund badly-needed streetcars for the TTC. No wonder the 416 area is painted Liberal red.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The turbines are running!

The Wolfe Island wind project is up-and-running, and ready to help power Ontario's electricity demands through the summer!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Overzealous STM officers

A report in the Globe and Mail today tells of a woman who was arrested, handcuffed, interrogated, searched and fined for not holding the handrail in Montreal's Metro system.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Why we like the CBC

Jian Ghomeshi is a star. See why here, on today's interview on Q with Billy Bob Thornton.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Auto bailouts + Transit City?

The Globe and Mail has a good piece on the contradictory policies of giving loans to auto companies while at the same time, funding public transit infrastructure.

I understand that the car companies employ thousands of people and contribute millions to the economy in Ontario - but wouldn't a transit system that employs thousands of drivers and mechanics also do the same? Would it not be better to invest the money into building infrastructure for the future, rather than assembling gas-guzzling cars of the past?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Gowers' sign

Gowers' sign is an eponymous term referring to patients who use their hands to 'walk' up their body in order to straighten. It is typically observed in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. (YouTube, 0:11)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Liberals are back in action

Liberal support is one point ahead of the Conservatives! Go Ignatieff!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Talking to people is stressful...

According to a study cited by The Globe and Mail, the more that people have to interact with others at work, the greater the amount of stress with regards to work-life balance. Not surprisingly, physicians are among the listed professions with high levels of stress!