Protect yourself to buy a car from a licensed dealer

Are you planning to buy a car? Did you know all car dealers in Ontario must be licensed by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) ? If you buy vehicles privately or if you buy from outside the province, Ontario consumers have no protection. OMVIC is responsible for regulating car dealers and protecting consumers. It can also help you resolve disputes.

For more information about OMVIC, visit OMVIC official site or call 1-800-943-6002

If you are taking the car  with someconditions, You should be take the time to read the contract carefully, You have to make sure you understand the purchase contract.

Garbage Collection

Each home was provided with a collection Calendar, which details the City’s policies for every type of garbage.

Here is some tips for special items to throw away:
1.for oversize metal items and appliances will not be collected without prior arrangements.
2.You dispose of a toilet on Garbage Day for pick-up, the tank must be separated from the bowl.
3.Before you put something unusual out for collection, check your Collection Calendar first, you also can call 311 to make sure.

Do you have used tires want to drop?

In September 2009, the Province began a program called: Ontario Tire Stewardship. This program(free-of-charge to residents) allows businesses and other organizations to register as collectors, Transporters and Processors. The groups receive a financial incentive for their participation in the program.
For more information or a list of drop-off locations ,visit www.ontariots.ca

Here are a few locations where old tires can be dropped:
1.Active Green and Ross/3505 Kennedy Road (Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue East)
2.Midas Auto Service and Tires/2930 Finch Avenue (Victoria Park Avenue and Finch Avenue east)
3.Birchmount Collistion/4032 Finch Avenue East(Birchmount Road and Finch Avenue East)

Kids after hours clinic (toronto)

1.Danforth Clinic

235 Danforth Avenue,
Suite 100, Toronto, ON
M4K 1N2
Near Broadview Subway station

Phone:
(416) 461-3000

 
Hours: Weeknights
6 pm to 9 pm,
Sat, Sun & Holidays
10 am to 6 pm,

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2.Willowdale Clinic

1100 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 100,
Toronto, ON
M2K 2W1
Near Leslie Subway Station

Phone:
(416) 250-5000

 

Hours:

*A NUMBER WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL REGISTERED PATIENTS*

Weeknights Registration opens at 6 pm, closes at ASSIGNED NUMBER before 8:45pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Stat Holidays – Registration opens at 10 am, closes at ASSIGNED NUMBER before 1:45 pm

 

7- Eleven Speak Out Wireless (7-11)

Are you using Bell or Rogers wireless service if you are in Canada ? Maybe you are, but do you think their service and charging fee are reasonable ?

I could not understand why Rogers and Bell wireless charge some small piece of service such as calling ID display. The calling ID display is always free in Asian countries, but Rogers charge even $5 + tax each month for it ! I think their are crazy and stuXX ! Don’t they know this bad policy will lost lots of customers ?

OK, forget about Rogers and Bell, you can find other solutions for your wireless service, internet, and TV .

Here I tell you a good wireless service:  7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless.

7-Eleven SpeakOut wireless plan that’s no plan at all. Buy the phone. Buy the time. Start talking. And texting. No monthly bills. No contracts. No commitments. No strings attached. You pay only for what you use, which is particularly good for students, families, seniors and anybody who’s on a budget.

Current promotion:

    * New promotion starting August 16, 2010: free Nokia 1661 with SIM with $100 airtime purchase
    * 2500-message text bundle: $10 a month
    * $20 off any phone when you purchase a $50 airtime voucher
    * $0.20 effective per-minute rate with $75 and $100 vouchers is over. All vouchers now give a local rate of $0.25 per minute.
    * Unlimited browsing for $10 a month — forum thread here
    * Text messaging rate change: 10 cents outgoing and free incoming — forum thread here

(from here)

And also, you can apply your referral code and tell somebody else who is going to buy 7-eleven, if he used your referral code, both of you can get $10 airtime.

The following content copied from 7-eleven official site :

SpeakOut rates?

Airtime Rates
25c/minute for both outgoing and incoming local calls.*
Voucher Cost    Rate per Minute     Airtime Minutes
$25.00              25 cents                  100
$50.00              25 cents                  200
$75.00              25 cents                  300
$100.00            25 cents                  400
All SpeakOut top-ups are valid for 365 days from date of activation.

How do I check my airtime balance and or airtime expiry?
Dial *777 and press send to retrieve your account information – always a FREE call.

How do I add airtime to my SpeakOut Wireless account?
Airtime vouchers can be purchased in $25, $50, $75 and $100 dominations at your local 7-Eleven store. To activate airtime vouchers from your SpeakOut Wireless phone, dial *888 and follow the prompts. Have your SpeakOut Airtime voucher ready when calling.


How much do I pay for text messaging?

Outgoing Text Messages:
10c to Canadian Wireless Numbers
10c to US Wireless Numbers
35c to International Wireless Numbers

Incoming Text Messages:
FREE regardless of the originating Wireless Number

Text Bundle – NEW!

$10/month gets you 2,500 outgoing text messages* and as always, incoming messages are free! Visit a 7-Eleven store to purchase a text message bundle and get texting.

Unlimited Browsing

How much does it cost to use the web browser on my phone?

Unlimited browsing $10/month (includes all applicable taxes).

To add this great feature, just dial 611 from your handset and talk to customer service. The $10 fee will be automatically deducted from your airtime balance each month.* See Phones for data-capable devices.

* To cancel this feature you must call customer service as it automatically renews each month. If your SpeakOut airtime balance drops below $10.00 and SpeakOut cannot collect the funds at the time of renewal, the Unlimited Browsing feature will be removed from your account.

Will I be able to keep my existing phone when I make the switch to SpeakOut Wireless?
No, you will need to purchase a new SpeakOut Wireless phone. See Phones for phone costs.

Can I port my existing Pre-Paid or Post Paid wireless number to SpeakOut Wireless?
Yes. But before considering a switch, you should ensure that your phone number is still active with your existing service provider. Please also note that any unused airtime minutes cannot be carried over to SpeakOut Wireless.


Can I use any GSM phone with SpeakOut Wireless Service?

You may be able to use 850/1900 Mhz phones with SpeakOut Wireless Service, but 7-Eleven does not support Non-SpeakOut Wireless phones. Features such as voicemail, Text Messaging, and Wireless Web may not work with Non-SpeakOut Wireless phones.

Can I purchase a SIM card without a phone?
No. SpeakOut Wireless Service is available only with a handset purchase.

Above from 7-eleven official site.

How to adjust Nokia 1661 cell phone volume ?

If you have a Nokia 1661 cell phone (don’t know whether other Nokia phones might same ), you maybe find it is NOT easy to adjust the phone speaker’s volume.

You can not find a setting item in the setting menu, either the speaker aloud setting item is not for the volume adjust case.  also the Tone settings is not either, So how should we adjust the cell phone’s volume ?

I only figure out this way : when the cell phone’s speaker working ( for example: you are talking with somebody, or you dial a number to listen something – you better dial a free number  : ), you click the right or left (Not up and down buttons) buttons, you will see the volume adjust interface !

Bad habit—–my daughter is biting her fingernails

     I noticed  My daughter had been biting her nails for 1 month, At first  I thought my daughter’s new teeth are coming, so I didn’t pay attention, until one day I talked  with my friend about my daughter’s bad habit. She told me she has been chewing her nails for at least forty years even she is old, a horrible habit. you have to stop her ! I was shocked! how can I stop my daughter to bite her fingernails?
    
    when I saw she chewed, I said: your hands have bugs, if you bite your fingers, you will have stomachache.”
it seems not work.  I thought of maybe there were some reasons? I noticed when I sent my daughter to the daycare (in the summer, some kids went to daycare was very late, my daughter always the first one) maybe she was nervous when she was alone at the daycare. so I changed sending time, and I asked her teacher to notice her: how often she bite her fingers. and I also sent my older son  to same daycare with my daughter . it worked! Her teacher told me : no more biting fingers.
     
    Here some tips (sorry I copy from here ):

    1.Explain to your child that people bite nails when they are scared or upset. Watch if he is biting his fingernails at certain times and places such as while learning new things or meeting new people. Encourage him to talk about what is bothering him to relieve stress.

   2.Try not to nag your child to quit nail biting if it is just a habit and not a sign of distress. The extra attention from you encourages her to continue the habit and your constant reminder makes her more nervous.

    3.Get into an agreement to reward your child if he abstains from biting his nails. It should be his conscious decision to overcome the habit for the deal to work. Give the child a gold star or a sticker to mark the bite free days and give a special treat at the end of the week.

   4.Use physical reminders to help you child break the habit like taping an adhesive bandage over her nails or painting them. Enhance consciousness about the appearance of their nails.
  
   5.Cut the child’s nails regularly and file them close. Children are naturally curious and restless. Frayed nails or rough edges prompt them to bite the nails making it a habit over time.

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    Try not to nag your child to quit nail biting if it is just a
    habit and not a sign of distress. The extra attention from you
    encourages her to continue the habit and your constant reminder makes
    her more nervous.

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    Get into an agreement to reward your child if he abstains
    from biting his nails. It should be his conscious decision to overcome
    the habit for the deal to work. Give the child a gold star or a sticker
    to mark the bite free days and give a special treat at the end of the week.

  • 4

    Use physical reminders to help you child break the habit like
    taping an adhesive bandage over her nails or painting them. Enhance
    consciousness about the appearance of their nails.

  • 5

    Cut the child’s nails regularly and file them close. Children
    are naturally curious and restless. Frayed nails or rough edges prompt
    them to bite the nails making it a habit over time.

  • Replacing Your Furnace

    What is high efficiency Furnace?

    A high-efficiency furnace provides your home with ideal heating comfort while using less energy than other models. High-efficiency furnaces are designed to extract additional heat from natural gas, condensing the flue gases in the process. Also known as a condensing furnace.
        

    what is the difference between mid-efficiency and high-efficiency gas Funaces?

    The efficiency ratings of furnaces is measured in AFUE as a percentage. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and it’s what furnace manufacturers use to inform us of the efficiency of their equipment. Standard efficiency gas furnaces have efficiency rating of 60% to 70%. Mid-efficiency gas furnaces have an AFUE rating of around 80%. High-efficiency gas furnaces (aka condensing gas furnaces) have efficiency ratings in excess of 90%
       

    What are the differences in singer-stage, 2-stage gas furnace?

    A single stage furnace will deliver the same amount of heat and airflow no matter what the temperature is outside. A 2-stage furnace with a 2-stage thermostat will begin in first stage (low burner, low airflow) and only go to second stage if the indoor temperature drops during first stage. This makes the furnace run longer, providing greater air circulation, temperature distribution, and air filtration. This also provides a more consistent indoor environment.

    2 kinds of District School Board in Toronto (TDSB and TCDSB)

    For new Canada Immigrants, the schools categories always makes them be confused. When they searched out through searching engines such as Google, they might see different “District School Board” sites, and they might make mistake after they check the website information, for example: they want to apply A school, but they might get the school information is belongs to B which it is a similar school under another “District School Board”.

    OK, let me try to clarify these mess, but I just give the info due to my personal experience : By now, I know there are at least 2 big and popular “District School Board”s in Toronto:

    1: Toronto District School Board (TDSB)

    About the TDSB

    The Toronto District School Board is the largest school Board in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. We have nearly 600 schools and serve more than 250,000 students each year.

    2: Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)

    Toronto Catholic Schools

    A Long and Proud History of Service to the Community

    The Toronto Catholic District School Board is proud to be a significant part of the fabric of publicly-funded Catholic education in the Province of Ontario. We serve more than 93,000 students in our 201 Catholic schools, and represent close to 475,000 Catholic school supporters in this city.

    So don’t mix them, you might be looking for an adult high school which belongs to TCDSB, not TDSB, right ? double check now.

    45 Lessons of life

    Written By  Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

        “To  celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

         It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.

         My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:”

    1.    Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

    2.    When in doubt, just take the next small step.

    3.    Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

    4.    Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

    5.    Pay off your credit cards every month.

    6.    You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

    7.    Cry with someone. It’s  more healing than crying alone.

    8.    It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

    9.    Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

    10.  When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

    11.  Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

    12.  It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

    13.  Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

    14.  If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

    15.  Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

    16.  Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

    17.  Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

    18.  Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

    19.  It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

    20.  When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

    21.  Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special
    occasion. Today is special.

    22.  Over prepare, then go with the flow.

    23.  Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

    24.  No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

    25.  Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.

    26.  Always choose life.

    27.  Forgive everyone everything.

    28.  What other people think of you is none of your business.

    29.  Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

    30.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

    31.  Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

    32.  Believe in miracles.

    33.  God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

    34.  Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

    35.  Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

    36.  Your children get only one childhood.

    37.  All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

    38.  Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere.

    39.  If we all threw our problems in a  pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

    40.  Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

    41.  The best is yet to come.

    42.  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

    43.  Yield.

    44.  Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

    45.  It’s  estimated 93% won’t forward this.

           If you are one of the 7% who will,  forward this with the title ‘7%’. I’m in the 7%.

           Remember that friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

     it is from here