Archive for Ontario

Distracted Driving 

Posted in Politics, Rants with tags , , , , on 28/09/2016 by patrickivan

It is incredible. Driving while operating a cell phone is now a serious offence in Ontario. The consequences, either by collission, or HTA violation fine, is quite high. 

The message is clear and loud. Stay off the phone when driving. 

Yet every day during my commute, at any given moment, I can spot someone reading, manipulating, texting, on their phones. 

It is SO dangerous, and apparently an epidemic. 

I’d love to stop and call the OPP to file a report every time, but that would literally be a full time job.

The alternative is to pull over and fire off a quick text that includes all relevant information. 

And that is all I will ever do. Because if it is as serious as they say, and it is this prevalent, then something better needs to be done to stop them all ASAP!



Algonquin Park: Western Uplands Backpacking Trail. July 2011.

Posted in Camping with tags , , , , , , , , on 01/08/2011 by patrickivan

Algonquin 2011

Children’s Aid Society or Drug Dealer’s Aid Society?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on 09/05/2011 by patrickivan

The Children’s Aid Society is letting 4 children stay with an accused drug dealer whose home was raided for alleged trafficking. The accused was charged with  possession for the purpose, schedule I and II x 2. His wife was as well.

He is believed to have been doing it for some time now. He sold to high school students and sold from his home were his children reside.

Children’s Aid believes that this home is suitable, despite 2 of the children having a mother that has 50% custody of them, and a drug free home.

One of the children residing with them was kicked out of his/her home. CAS deems this situation as acceptable. For a homeless child to live with drug dealer.

Children’s Aid Society is a joke.

Update 4 June, 2011

So where does Children’s Aid get all their money? Who funds this useless organisation?

Here’s an ad for a job with them. Over $100000 for a human resources director. What a joke. SAVE THE CHILDREN- give us your money! We need our nice cushy do nothing jobs!
Director of Human Resources


We are a progressive child welfare agency committed to service excellence,
teamwork and participation in decision-making.

We respect and value diversity and operate from an anti-oppression framework.
Located in a prime recreational area about

one hour north of Toronto, we provide the opportunity to combine the career
and lifestyle of your choice.  The agency

currently has 270 employees in 6 offices throughout Simcoe County.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Human Resources will
assume overall leadership for all HR functions of

the agency including: HR planning, recruitment and selection; employee
support, performance management and labour

relations; compensation and HRIS systems; health, safety and wellness; and
overall employee and organizational

development.  The incumbent will be an integral member of the Senior
Leadership Team contributing to planning and

decision-making on a full range of issues affecting the operation of the

Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:

·         Several years of progressively responsible HR management experience
with a generalist focus, including experience in unionized settings

·         Post secondary education in Human Resources Management with CHRP

·         In-depth understanding regarding  the field of child welfare

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication

·         Excellent judgment in dealing with sensitive and confidential
information in a diplomatic, professional and tactful manner

·         Demonstrated skills in mediation, negotiation, coaching and

·         A flexible, creative, open-minded approach to problem solving

·         Highly developed organizational and prioritization skills

·         Strong computer skills with experience in all Microsoft Office
applications as well as HRIS systems

·         Demonstrated ability and experience in the effective management of
a team, including developing positive working relationships with those in and
outside the team, as well as maintaining appropriate support, service and
financial accountability systems

·         An understanding of anti-oppression values and principles is
important. In particular, knowledge and awareness of the culture and history
along with an understanding of the social and political issues facing First
Nations, Métis, and Inuit people today would be an asset

·         Bilingualism (English/French) is also an definite asset

The current salary is up to $114,992 commensurate with experience, with a
generous benefits package, vacation and leave


Please forward resumes to:                              Debbie Wilkes

Human Resources Assistant

Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society

60 Bell Farm Road, Unit #7

Barrie, Ontario L4M 5G6

Telephone: 1-800-461-4236 x2232     Fax: 705-726-9788

For more information and to apply on-line go to  and click on the Employment link.


Oh yes- Debbie Wilkes. Not the figure skater. Though I wonder if she was the same Debbie Wilkes who worked at the Alliston Family Health Team. She was helping me with something. I had one visit with her, and she disappeared. No word. No calls returned. She just stopped helping… Sounds like someone who is a perfect fit for Children’s Aid.

Canada Post: Poster Boys Of Poor Planning In New Communities.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Politics with tags , , , , , on 06/02/2010 by patrickivan

I live in a new Mattamy community development in Alliston, Ontario. It’s barely 4 years old, and for the most part, well thought out with nice walking paths that cross the neighbourhood along a pretty ravine.

We received notice last year that our community mail boxes were to be moved from across the street to our side of the street, practically in front of our house.

Now, yes, I personally found the move irksome because of the inconvenience of all the cars stopping right in front of our window. But my disdain for the move isn’t purely selfish.

You see, the mail box was located on the side of the street with side walks, and no houses. This is the same case with every mail box on every crescent in this neighbourhood.

This was convenient for people walking, for people driving, home owners, and for mail carriers.

Yet Canada Post and Mattamy seem to think that their urban planners and engineers are correct in assuming something completely different. They seem to think that it is better to move them.

First. It’s was convenient to leave them on the side walk side of the street because: walkers don’t have to leave the safety of the side walk. People cross (jay walk) with strollers, little children, bikes, et c, endangering themselves and their little ones.

It’s better for drivers because they have a clear line of sight on the street (the mail boxes have been moved to the inside curve of the crescents- a blind spot), offering a better view of pedestrians, bicylists, and other vehicles.

It’s better for home owners because they do not have to contend with the noise of cars stopping in front of their homes, in some cases, a mere 15′ from their windows. It’s better because they don’t have to contend with the garbage, and people walking on their lawns.

Finally, it’s better to put them back to the side walk side because mail carriers benefit from all the same benefits as drivers, but also benefit from the safety of drivers being able to see them!

Now why is it better to have them moved from the side walk side to the unsafe side of the road? Well I called Canada Post before they were moved and they only stated that Mattamy had submitted their plan, and they are responsible. I tried contacting Mattamy, and didn’t hear anything from them. I contacted Canada Post again about the safety issues, and despite their claim that they would look into it, I never did hear back from them.

I just can’t figure out why it was decided to put these boxes in an unsafe, un practical, and inconvenient locations. I can’t even figure out who is really responsible for their placement.

I do know that due to the safety issues. I will sue both Mattamy and Canada Post if my family or I come even remotely close to having our safety compromised in even the slightest fashion, and I encourage anyone else to do so as well.

I have expressed my valid and very reasonable concerns with both parties, and I have been dismissed. They had their chance.

Mattamy and Canada Post, fix this before someone gets hurt!

Petition To Make It Illegal For Potential Employers To Demand Credit Checks

Posted in Miscellaneous, Politics, Rants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 30/09/2009 by patrickivan

Even though it is a grey legal area in Ontario, more and more companies are demanding that employment applicants allow potential employers access to their credit information.

This information alone, can be a qualifying aspect of an application, solely determining if one will be considered for a job or not, regardless of ones job history and skills.

A person may have a fantastic job history. Terrific references. Great skill sets. No criminal record or activity. In other words, a respectable member of society. Yet if that person had lost a job, and missed a couple of credit card payments, resulting in a reduced credit score, a potential employer will and can use that sole reason for throwing your resume in the bin.

From personal experience, a potential employer who was ready to hire me, asked for one final step to the application process. Everything was going well until they asked to check my credit. And though I have a decent credit rating, my credit is maxed out, and they stated that as a result of this, they were unable to proceed with my application.

The theory behind this is that one who may be in somewhat financial distress, is considered to be a high risk for embezzelment, or in other words, is considered to be a threat of being a theif and stealing from their employer.

This is complete and utter non-sense, and this practise should be made illegal and stopped.

NO ONE person should be tried and found guilty of a crime by a potential employer, and this is exactly what is happing. People loose out on job prospects because of this credit standing alone, and this is WRONG!

I want you to join me. I want 100000 people in this group and I want to send my petition to the Labour Minister of Ontario. This has to stop.

If a group of teenagers can create a facebook group that changes the mind of Ontario’s Transportation Minister (re-last year’s stringent new driver’s licence proposal), then we can bloody well do this!

Comment here, and or, join my facebook group:

Petition To Make It Illegal For Potential Employers To Demand Credit Checks

Update: 29/10/2009

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission web site:

“The Code prohibits discrimination in employment on the grounds of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, record of offences, marital status, same-sex partnership status, family status and handicap. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (the Commission) considers “employment” to include full-time and part-time work, contract work, temporary work for an agency, and probationary periods. “Employment” may even include volunteer work.”

There is absolutely nothing in the code to even suggest in the least, that it is discriminatory to base the elligibility of an employment candidate based solely on his/her credit standing.

To ensure that I did not misinterpret the code, I called the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support number and was told that it is not discrimination, despite the FACT that a poor credit rating is used by employers to suppose that a candidate is a high risk factor for engaging in some degree of company theft.

The OHRLS person suggested that I call a labour lawyer, though I am uncertain what I am supposed to pay for this with, or what a labour lawyer can do if there is no law in Ontario against credit checks.

And just to make sure I’m covering my net, I contacted the Ontario Ministry of Labour and they said that they have no say in labour hiring practices in Ontario.

So. The government bodies that are set in place to help LAW ABIDING citizens, just bugger us in the end as well as the private sector.