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  1. lenaitch

    2024 United States presidential election

    That might a bridge too far for US voters. Baby steps.
  2. lenaitch

    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    The definition of 'remote' is a moving target and no doubt defined in self-serving terms. Although there are few actual remote/rail access-only communities, settlements, hamlets, etc. on the VIA route, there are none on the former ACR SSM-Hearst route (which may have the federal government's...
  3. lenaitch

    Considering a small town to retire to in 2030-35. Recommendations?

    Every community, large or small, struggles with homelessness and drug use. I tend to agree about Cornwall. I haven't spent a lot of time in Trenton but the last time I was there the businesses backing on the river seemed to be decent. Everybody has their own opinions. I tend to lean to...
  4. lenaitch

    2024 United States presidential election

    I think you are right. Both parties have their committed bases and need to target the roughly 1/3 in the middle. There is also the cohort, card-carrying or not, who disliked either choice and were planning on staying home. Even for some committed Republicans, Trump, Jan 6th, whatever, were...
  5. lenaitch

    Considering a small town to retire to in 2030-35. Recommendations?

    "Coming down" would be relative. Even back in the late '80s before The County 'was found', I was almost transferred to Belleville. Even back then, there was a significant price difference between anything in The County and properties north of the 401 in places like Sterling, Foxboro, etc...
  6. lenaitch

    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Immensely cheaper. The three new units are replacing three existing units and recycling their numbers. I could find nay reference as to how old the previous ones were.
  7. lenaitch

    Considering a small town to retire to in 2030-35. Recommendations?

    I really like Brockville and Gananoque. If we didn't decide to move closer to The Kid, I would have lobbied the missus for Brockville. I don't know that much about Perth or Smiths Falls but like the looks of Perth. I would imagine you would have to get east of Cobourg to get away from the...
  8. lenaitch

    Roads: Ontario/GTA Highways Discussion

    That could be part of it, but the costs to work around existing infrastructure, chip away what you want to replace, have what's left evaluated, engineered and remediated, brought up to current standards, then build new around it, is much more expensive that greenfield. Heck, the first time I...
  9. lenaitch

    How's the weather in your area?

    Inter-range, rain shadow desert. Then there's the whole wildfire thing. When I down in Arizona many moons ago, they are right about the 'it's a dry heat' thing. So long as you are out of the sun, it's quite bearable. Your perspiration actually gets to do what it is meant to do. With high...
  10. lenaitch

    46th Canadian General Election

    I suppose they could try, but most alternative voting systems tend to fragment voting intentions. It might block the CPC but it also might be seen to fragment their own base. No clue how the numbers would turn out and I doubt they would try until the party has gamed it. By the time a Bill is...
  11. lenaitch

    How's the weather in your area?

    I can handle wet and cool over wet, hot and humid.
  12. lenaitch

    Orangeville-Brampton Railway (OBRY)

    Not necessarily. A portion of the BCR ROW has a major water trunkline. Many rail rights-of-way are protected by utility easements.
  13. lenaitch

    Road Safety & Vision Zero Plan

    It depends. Per the HTA (paraphrased) a "pedestrian crossover" is a part of a road distinctly marked (in accordance with the Regulations) as a pedestrian crossing area. A "pedestrian crosswalk" is an area marked for pedestrian crossing at an intersection OR any other area identified by signs...
  14. lenaitch

    Toronto Media Landscape and Personalities

    I'm ambivalent about the fate of CBC television but have a soft spot for CBC Radio. I've lived in too many places where a local repeater was the only station and the market is so small that a commercial station would never come in. Even today it remains my default station and if I'm...
  15. lenaitch

    PM Justin Trudeau's Canada

    I can only see what you extracted, but it would be interesting to know the 'why'. Are they leaving the public service completely (even that has a lot of 'whys' behind it), moved between departments, etc.? Although their appointment is still a legally a cabinet decision, I recall reading quite...
  16. lenaitch

    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    No national government will get to power without winning central Canada, regardless of who's interests they are alleging to serve. "Ontarians" are rural voters as well.
  17. lenaitch

    Toronto Toronto | Lower Don Lands Redevelopment | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    Since they are locked open, my guess, and it is only that, is they couldn't find the key(s) or the person(s) who had said keys. No doubt, knowing government, it involves a process and a hierarchy. Damage to one's own vehicle is covered under the collision/comprehensive part of the policy. If...
  18. lenaitch

    Toronto Toronto | Lower Don Lands Redevelopment | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    So a stove in the home, which actually burns natural gas to produce heat releases "water vapour, carbon dioxide and other by-products", but a generation plant, which actually burns natural gas to produce heat, emits a whole list of pollutants (including Carbon Dioxide, which is now a pollutant...
  19. lenaitch

    2024 United States presidential election

    We'll have to see if it moves the needle much. I don't follow the numbers but the electorate in the US is roughly into thirds (Dem, Rep, undecided). The core of each party is relatively stable but it's the middle undecided that everyone goes after. I saw a few photos of him in different...
  20. lenaitch

    LCBO / The Beer Store

    That's cool. If the will was there and they could create some kind of automated kiosk there might be more uptake. The store would still have to empty/maintain it and store the product until they could be picked up.

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