Jun 1, 2014 at 10:31:01
“Check your facts. I am employed by the Province and despite exemplary performance have not had any form of increase in three years. I have been forced to work up to 137 hours in one week, including one stretch that was 35 hours straight with no sleep. Oh, and for all of that I got paid my regular 37.5 hours with no overtime pay. I did get a day off...Anyone with the audacity to suggest that we have it easy in the public sector better check their facts. My salary is less than the private sector and our benefits just got reduced. It won't take much to convince me to leave.”
Fernpick on Jun 1, 2014 at 19:31:59
“Well, if what you say is true, then you should leave. No one should be forced to work 137 hours in a week for only 37.5 hours of pay, especially if 35 hours was with no sleep.
I have a hard time believing what you wrote and I imagine that there is something more to the storey.”
Modern Ogre on Jun 1, 2014 at 18:10:01
“I'm sorry if what you say is true. It's illegal to force anyone to work more than 48 hours a week unless there is a signed agreement stating otherwise. You have to agree to it. It can't be forced on you. It is the law.
I know, I work for a private company and have to sign a yearly agreement acknowledging how many hours a week I agree to work to.”
Apr 27, 2014 at 21:55:43
“I agree that we should not romanticize Europe's life work balance. We should learn from it. A "work harder" mentality, in my opinion, leads to unacceptable social costs and does not contribute to increased productivity...in fact, I would suggest that it actually decreases productivity.”
Jan 29, 2013 at 16:18:27
“And the debate continues! Yes, some cyclists suck and so do some car drivers. Some cyclists are excellent and some car driver are excellent. Many of both do not know how to intereact with each other or use cycling infrastructure like "bike boxes". I cycle 5,000 km per year in Toronto and yes, I, like other cyclists, pay my way - just because we ride a bike does not mean we don't pay our share of taxes! BTW, I am helping the gridlock situation on Toronto by NOT driving my car to work. Your welcome.”
Jan 29, 2013 at 11:36:02
“I bike 30 km per day all year in Toronto. Rain is not an issue with the right clothes. Heavy snows do shut me down but only on a temporary basis. A major bike path I use is cleared and salted so that certainly helps.”
AcunningDisguise on Jan 29, 2013 at 20:40:13
“The right gear is key! Sally Ann is your friend!”
“I gave up on hockey a long time ago. As a kid I was glued too the TV on Saturday night as late as I could. I collected every player card for years. Somewhere along the line hockey started disappearing from the game and fighting started. As a result I lost total interest in the game (unless its World's juniors or Womens Olympic hockey (that is amazing hockey). The NHL will not likely ever get me back and sorry, but my money is being spent on baseball tickets...”
RuralVoice on Jan 11, 2013 at 16:46:23
“My story is the same. Bobby Orr was my hero and when that level of skill started disappearing in favour of Don Cherry's style of hockey, I walked away from a game I played and watched for ten years. I couldn't care less about NHL hockey and, in fact, I secretly cheered when I heard about the lock-out.”
Nov 24, 2012 at 21:16:47
“Great article! I have clocked over 12,000 kms on my bike over the last 3 years commuting from Etobicoke to my office in downtown Toronto. Two other tips: try to make eye contact with car drivers - that way you know that they see you AND drive like every car out there is trying to kill you - they aren't obviously but it doesn't hurt to pretend!
Two weeks ago, a cyclist was killed going through a red light. 2 days after that, i was stopped at a red light and bike blew past me narrowly missing a car. I caught up to him at University Ave and said "what you did back there is exactly what killed a guy 2 days ago". he responded "whatever".
I hate to admit it, but my closest calls have been with other cyclists and pedestrians (well and a couple of cabs and a black Esplanade with tinted windows). I have had cyclists riding behind me almost hit me when I stop at stop signs and red lights.
Please, other cyclists, please pay attention to the highway traffic act - it might just save your life.
Oh, and some decent bike lanes wouldn't hurt. Are you listening toronto?”
hp blogger Brenden Hurley on Nov 26, 2012 at 11:55:28
“This is great advice!
In particular making eye-contact is very useful. At a minimum it lets you judge if someone can see (i.e. they are looking at you). Too many cyclists ride through intersections without being properly aware of their surroundings.”
Lela1 on Nov 25, 2012 at 09:58:57
“If you think that all it takes is eye contact, you are quite naive. It takes change in mentality, not in looks. Drivers have been given all the priorities available to any commuter at the expence and disragard for the rest; and they adopted them happily. There is no such thing as "share the road" in essence. Only in writing and rhetoric. When all costs for building and maintaining roads, environmental deterioation costs, gridlock, etc are assigned to drivers and distributed equally to other modes of transportation, then we can talk of "sharing the road" not now as the lopsided infrastructure is.”