Showing posts from February, 2017

Getting Rid of Plastic

I've always been a little bit of an environmentalist, but I don't think I've done as much as I have now that I own my own home. The sheer amount of plastic we put out in the recycling and garbage is staggering. Now I'm not on a campaign to get rid of all plastic. But my focus is really on areas where I really question what benefit we get out of it.

It's actually expanded my effort not just in terms of plastic, but in a real look at the benefits of the products I use.

Soap/Shampoo My first effort went into soap and shampoo. I had gotten used to the bottles of body washes. I asked myself what benefit I was getting out of these? I had used bar soap as a kid. I couldn't think of any. So I tried going back to bar soap. It's even become a bit of a hobby for me trying out different kinds of bar soap with all natural ingredients.

This is my current system
Simple Tupperware container to hold the soapGrilled soap holder. I buy mine at No Frills which is a white mesh.…

Alternative Facts

It is definitely strange times we live in. To me, it is just tragically funny to watch the new world of 'Fake News' and 'Alternative Facts.' As a real fact, these aren't exactly new. It's just now they've been given a label and talked about in the media.

The Origin of Alternative Fact According to,

"Alternative facts" is a phrase used by U.S. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a Meet the Press interview on January 22, 2017, in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's false statement about the attendance at Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. When pressed during the interview with Chuck Todd to explain why Spicer "utter[ed] a provable falsehood", Conway stated that Spicer was giving "alternative facts." Todd responded, "Look, alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods."

GO Transit - RER

Overview Essentially Go Transit RER is adding increased capacity to the regional transit lines within the GTA.

My Anecdotal Experience  I live on the Barrie Go Transit line. I use the Go Train for work and it is very full. The question is always what happens with all day and all weekend service.

Weekdays Off Peak If I'm staying after work, I tend to take the off-peak bus home. The train doesn't run off-peak hours. The bus normally has a fair number of people on it, no matter what time I've taken it home. Even up to taking the 12:00 AM bus back. At the current time, I don't think this demand will change much for the after-work crowd.

Possible Changes - 2 Way All Day Service Where you might get some more usage is if 2-way transit starts to become available. As is, if my wife wants to meet me downtown on a weekday evening, there really isn't a way for her to do so by GO transit.  Allowing people on the line to go…