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Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows

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Growing Old Together - 01

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The Big Lie

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Taxi - No Service For You!

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- j im Young “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” - Joni Mitchell I don’t have much use for Uber Drivers. While that may sound like a derogatory statement, the truth is I really just don’t have much use for them in the literal sense. I live in a remote area in Northern Ontario and I doubt there are very many, if any Uber Drivers around. Of course I’d have to download the app to be certain, but I’m not anxious to clutter my cell phone with apps that I won’t likely use anyway. Why buy a colour TV when television stations only broadcast in black and white? Oh! And there’s one other small critical detail I forgot to mention. Where I live, my cell phone service is sketchy and unreliable at best. I still rely heavily on our landline. But I will soon be attending an event that will require me to stay in Barrie and travel 16 km out of the city. There will be drinking involved so I will need to find alternate transportation. Now, I would think that any Taxi Service would jump at the

Canada No Longer Needs A Border Wall

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License Plate Renewal

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Published In The Great North Arrow, June 1, 2023: Do You Want Fries And Taxes With That?

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- jim Young “Anytime you’re tempted to upsell someone else, stop what you’re doing and upserve instead.” - Daniel H. Pink We joined a couple of old high school friends for lunch recently. When Deana ordered the Chicken Club, the waitress asked if she would like Sweet Potato Fries with that.  Deana politely declined. When the waitress left, Deana said, “I hate it when they try to upsell you like that.” We hadn’t really paid attention to what had just happened. “They ask you if you want Sweet Potato Fries but they don’t tell you it’s extra and all of a sudden your $17 meal becomes $20. AND…” Deana explained, “you don’t even get the French Fries that come with the meal, they just substitute the Sweet Potato Fries and charge you more!” To add insult to injury, every $3 upsell increases the server’s tip by almost a dollar because, yes, your tip is calculated on the tax as well. I suppose the adage “buyer beware” comes into play here as the upcharge is clearly described on the menu, (whi