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Meanwhile...

Renata Ford fights to stay out of jail at sentencing hearing for 2016 impaired driving charge

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Defence lawyer Dennis Morris argued that Ford shouldn’t be sent to jail, citing other high profile impaired driving cases involving former Maple Leafs captain Rob Ramage and Marco Muzzo, where the result was carnage and erratic driving.
She’s a widow, and her sole source of income is the late mayor’s municipal pension, Morris said.

She has “gained tremendous insight into life challenges in totality,” he said.

Ford renovated the family home and has listed it for sale. She is completely free of alcohol and Valium, and is living a valuable life, court was told.
When asked by the judge about a fine, Morris argued that his client is a widow with limited means of income to support two children.

Renata Ford is suing her brother-in-law Doug Ford for $16.5 million, alleging he has deprived her of millions of dollars, including shares in the family business and a life insurance policy left behind to support his family. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
 

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And so it begins. Doug Ford war against global warming.

Incoming Premier Doug Ford quietly axes Green Ontario Fund

Incoming premier Doug Ford has quietly axed an environmental program to help homeowners get smart thermostats, energy-efficient windows and other retrofits to reduce their hydro bills and fight climate change.

The $377-million Green Ontario Fund, financed by the proceeds of cap-and-trade auctions in which industries buy greenhouse gas pollution permits, is winding down.


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Umm, which side is Doug on again?
This has totally screwed my family's window installation business. We have dozens of customers who signed contracts thinking they'd be paying only a few hundred for their high efficiency windows due to GreenON. Now they'll have to pay thousands because Dougie scrapped the program on such short notice and we can't finish their installs in time to qualify. We already had the windows custom made so we can't return them. It's going to be lawsuits galore. Dougie's first boondoggle already!
 

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This has totally screwed my family's window installation business. We have dozens of customers who signed contracts thinking they'd be paying only a few hundred for their high efficiency windows due to GreenON. Now they'll have to pay thousands because Dougie scrapped the program on such short notice and we can't finish their installs in time to qualify. We already had the windows custom made so we can't return them. It's going to be lawsuits galore. Dougie's first boondoggle already!

A friend of mine ordered hers and said it would be a swing of $4500 if she didn't get the rebate. She contacted the window guy and he said she was ok since she ordered them before the program was cut.

Edit: Now he told her they won't be installed in time.
 
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This has totally screwed my family's window installation business. We have dozens of customers who signed contracts thinking they'd be paying only a few hundred for their high efficiency windows due to GreenON. Now they'll have to pay thousands because Dougie scrapped the program on such short notice and we can't finish their installs in time to qualify. We already had the windows custom made so we can't return them. It's going to be lawsuits galore. Dougie's first boondoggle already!
Well, I'd rather your customers paid for their own windows instead of asking me to pay a share. But in fairness it should be continued until end of the year.

What would the lawsuits claim, I'm entitled to my entitlements? Let this be a reminder to all levels of government, it's easy to give away taxpayer monies, but hard to turn off the tap later.

Does the Federal program help? https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8373047-feds-pledge-100m-for-energy-efficient-housing-in-ontario/
 
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This has totally screwed my family's window installation business. We have dozens of customers who signed contracts thinking they'd be paying only a few hundred for their high efficiency windows due to GreenON. Now they'll have to pay thousands because Dougie scrapped the program on such short notice and we can't finish their installs in time to qualify. We already had the windows custom made so we can't return them. It's going to be lawsuits galore. Dougie's first boondoggle already!

Sincere question, what kind of lag time did you have budgeted between receiving the windows and installation?

I see there allowance if that any signed contract will be honoured if installation has occurred by the end of August (which is just over 10 weeks away)

From their website:

If you’re already signed up for a rebate, it will be honoured if:


  • You have a signed work agreement with a participating contractor for work that will be completed by August 31, 2018
  • Your rebate application is submitted by September 30, 2018
Certainly not a robust timeline, a case could be made for longer.
 

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Sincere question, what kind of lag time did you have budgeted between receiving the windows and installation?

I see there allowance if that any signed contract will be honoured if installation has occurred by the end of August (which is just over 10 weeks away)

From their website:

If you’re already signed up for a rebate, it will be honoured if:


  • You have a signed work agreement with a participating contractor for work that will be completed by August 31, 2018
  • Your rebate application is submitted by September 30, 2018
Certainly not a robust timeline, a case could be made for longer.
Provided you trust your guy, pay your installer by August 31st, even if the work's not done. Get your rebate.
 

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And the new management (since Casino Woodbine & some others are no longer run by OLG) is even less interested in 'responsible gambling'. They call their program "play smart" -- which doesn't say anything about playing less or setting a limit; could just mean "don't forget to wear your lucky sweater" :rolleyes: And they send 4 or 5 mailers per week trying to get people in, for draws you have to be present for in order to win (old OLG draws weren't like that) and to claim all sorts of cheesy freebies like costume jewellery or 'velvety' throw blankets, like some 80s game show. I don't like the new regime.

I gotta concur with this. The old regime would contact you via phone or email if you actually won a contest or draw - you didn't have to be there in person to win one of those - and they'd give you a reasonable interlude during which you could collect your prizes. With this new mob, you actually have to be onsite during the event itself to qualify and even then, they give you some truly pissant amount of time to collect, possibly as little as 5 to 10 minutes. If you don't grab your win immediately, you're out of luck, so if you happen to miss your name announced over their speaker system - easy to do given the noise at the casino, especially when it's busy & crowded - then that's just your tough shit. I know one shouldn't expect overly much generosity from people running a slots joint, but this new practise is unfair as hell, especially when compared to the guidelines under the previous management.

The new crowd has also stuffed Woodbine full to overflowing with excess slot machines, to the point where it might actually be dangerous. I'm no expert, but it looks like a potential fire hazard to me. There are areas there now where there's practically no room to so much as physically turn around, and that's even during the hours when it's not particularly busy. I've overheard other folks complaining about this during some of my recent visits. They don't much like the changes, and I can't say I do, either.

And of course, the new group running Woodbine are under investigation for money laundering, and Wynne stupidly sold them the casino for far less than she should have, one of her (many) questionable activities that somehow conjured up the Bizarro Land talking point that Wynne skewed "hard left" during her time as Premiere. Um...riiii-iiigghhhht. Privatising everything in sight, and selling assets off to private consortiums for far less than they're worth is such a leftist thing to do! Why, it's not Thatcherism at all! Especially this specific case, which was aggressively pushed by that well known hard leftist Caroline Mulroney! Bwah!
 

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So our first Ford Fucking just happened. I signed an agreement today for new windows and got a call to advise the green energy program for new windows has been cancelled. I voted for you. What a useless waste of skin. More screwing to come. Stay tuned. Make this go viral.

Ford regrets!
 

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Ontario set to hit the brakes on electric vehicle rebates
https://www.thestar.com/news/queens...t-the-brakes-on-electric-vehicle-rebates.html

Looks like the Tesla business model of depending on subsidies instead of selling cars will be put to the test.
Without government welfare the Tesla business model collapses. That’s Musk’s revenue stream, not car sales, but subsidies. Once the cost of extracting, producing and disposing of the lithium batteries is accounted for I’d have to think Teslas and their ilk do not warrant an environmental subsidy.
 

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