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Oct. 11th, 2033


You deserve to be happy and healthy

If you're on my friends list, you're important to me. I want you to be safe, healthy, happy, and enjoy life as much as physically possible. If there's any way that I can help alleviate some of life's annoyances and pains, please just comment below. Post an address that I can send stuff to (doesn't have to be yours, your post office may accept it for you - ref. https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Poste_restante ), tell me what you need, and a package will be on its way.

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Dec. 29th, 2017


Rings and Aunt Maude

My great-great-great Aunt Maude Dunphy lived in Portland, Maine.  She was engaged, but her fiancee died in a horse wagon accident.  She never married. Instead, she moved in with Miss Stahl as her companion.  Miss Stahl also never married or had children. They both sent many parcels and gifts (mostly clothing) each year to my relatives in Nova Scotia.  

Aunt Maude was always pleasant, genteel, and well-dressed, with expensive tastes. She had no money of her own, but was always given money for shopping from Miss Stahl.  She would visit River John each summer, bringing a trunk by horse wagon from the horse station.  The trunk would be brought upstairs while the adults chatted.  The kids would not be allowed to ask for it, but she would eventually give them some beechnut gum from her trunk.  This was not available in Canada.

In the autumn of 1968, Miss Stahl passed away, so Aunt Maude moved in my with grandmother in Nova Scotia for a few years until she passed.

Miss Stahl had given Aunt Dunphy several gold rings, one with a large diamond similar to a wedding ring.  Aunt Dunphy gave the rings to my grandmother, who gave them to my mother.  My mother just gave the rings to me to give to Sandy when we get married.


Geneological stuff:

Maude Dunphy was a half-sister to Minnie Dunphy.

Minnie Dunphy later passed away from Huntington's disease.

Minne Dunphy and Theodore Langille were the parents of Theodocia Langille.

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Jul. 4th, 2017


Ontario is a pet-friendly province.

Just a reminder: it is ILLEGAL for landlords to charge extra rent if you have pets. Any clauses in leases that forbid pets are void and unenforceable.

“No pet” provisions void
14 A provision in a tenancy agreement prohibiting the presence of animals in or about the residential complex is void. 2006, c. 17, s. 14.


Jun. 26th, 2017


Friending Frenzy!

Ben is holding a Friending Frenzy!


Jun. 18th, 2017


Equal rights at last!

On June 13, Yukon gave transfolk full protection under the Human Rights Code.  It also removes the need for surgery before changing your gender, and allows gender-neutral birth certificates.  This means that every single province and territory now has full legal protection of transpeople.
On June 16, the federal government of Canada passed legislation enshrining transpeople's rights nationwide.  As soon as the Queen signs off on it, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Criminal Code will include the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression", and prohibit discrimination or hate speech on those grounds.
This will be a happy Pride!
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May. 6th, 2017


How to phrase this?

At the gym this morning, Mike the gym manager was stressed out about a male former trainer coming back to the gym, but she's now female.  He was panicking about what changing room she should use, and what to do if people complained, and so on.

I told him that he didn't need to implement genital checks or DNA tests at the door, he should just comply with provincial law, and let people use the changing room that corresponds with their lived gender identity.  If people have a problem with that, he should tell them to complain to the Human Rights Commission, not him.

I'm going to send him an e-mail to follow up.  What should I change to this? I tried to phrase it as "you're already doing the right thing" and "no need to do extra work", and didn't mention all the horrible suggestions he had been proposing.  However, it seems a bit stilted.  Suggestions to make it flow better?



To follow up on our conversation this morning: you don't have to worry about what to do when transpeople work or train at the gym.  Just keep doing as you do now, and let people go into the changing room that corresponds with their lived gender identity.  You've got the law on your side.

The Ontario Human Rights Code states "Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability. "  

If someone says they identify as male, that means they change in the men's changing room. If someone says they identify as female, that means they change in the women's changing room.  If anyone has issues with that, you can tell them that the gym naturally complies with the Ontario Human Rights Code, and hand them the attached brochure from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.


[cross-posting to LJ even though this will probably get me banned from there, according to the new TOS]

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Apr. 20th, 2017


IDEA: Airplane wheel hubcap turbines

I flew back from Nova Scotia Saturday night on a Q-400. My seat was right under the wing, so I could watch the landing gear. The wheels on the landing gear weren't rotating until the instant they touched the runway - then they accelerated instantly in a puff of black smoke.

This seems like it would be rather hard on the tires. Googling showed that the tires need to be replaced every 125 landings, at $1000 per tire. That would add $32 to the cost of each flight.

If we could get the tires spinning before the aircraft touched the ground, we could probably make the tires last longer. We could also reduce the risk of a tire blowing out upon landing.

We could spin up the wheels using a hydraulic actuator or an electric motor. However, either option would add weight (increasing fuel costs), and add complexity (increasing maintenance costs).

When the landing gear descends, the aircraft is moving through the air at up to 215 knots. What if we used the air blasting past the tires to start them rotating? What if we made hubcaps for the tires with wind vanes to catch the breeze?

It turns out other people have already thought of that. There are dozens of patents for hubcaps for aircraft tires that will catch the wind and start the wheels spinning. There was even a proposal to include wind scoops in the treads of the tires on the Space Shuttle. These solutions are lightweight and nearly zero-maintenance.


So, if this idea has been thought of before, why are airlines still burning rubber every time they land a plane?

It turns out that aircraft tires can exert impressive gyroscopic forces once you get them spinning. Maneuverability is critical when an aircraft is taking off or landing. When pilots need to suddenly turn their aircraft, they don't want to have their tires fighting their every move. On some aircraft, brakes automatically engage when the landing gear retracts, to kill the angular momentum of the tires. On other aircraft, pilots will tap the brakes once the wheels lift off. So, any attempt to spin up the tires before landing would infuriate pilots.

So it wasn't a good idea after all. But I had fun learning about things while I looked intoit.

Apr. 18th, 2017


LJ 18th anniversary

#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

Mar. 9th, 2017


Let refugees make claims at US entry points!

anton_p_nym posted a link to a New York Times article about US refugees sneaking across the border into Canada.


As the family approached the border, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told them it was not legal for them to enter here. If they continued, he said, they would be arrested.

“I apologize about this,” the man replied, his voice unsure, “but I have to break your rules.”

He paused.

“I’m sorry.”

The couple hopped across a narrow, mucky creek that divides the two countries. A Canadian officer gently grabbed the woman’s left arm as she held her son in the crook of her right arm, helping her up.


That family managed to escape safely from the US. However, not everyone is lucky enough to cross in good weather, in spots where they can be met by local officials.



A two-year-old member of a large group of refugees who walked into Manitoba from Minnesota on Saturday told his mom he wanted to die instead of finish the walk, a refugee from the group says.

'Mom, I want to die, you can go in the Canada. I want to die in the snow, you can go, mom, in the Canada.'"


And other refugees escaping from Minnesota have lost fingers and toes.


We really need to change the law and let US refugees apply for entry at regular border crossings. It'll be safer and more convenient, and it's the humane thing to do.

Mar. 5th, 2017


Eviction details

TL;DR: I'm getting evicted, my apartment is being replaced with condo towers, but I'm happy about it.

The evening of March 2, the remaining tenants in my building attended a tenants-only meeting hosted by the city. The owner of my apartment building has applied to tear it down and build condos.

My landlord tried to sneak in, and looked at me with a hurt face when I called him out. "But I live there too", he said. Except that the meeting was also our opportunity to report to the city about his illegal activities. Apparently the bookkeeping has been fudged excessively, and he has been overcharging all the other tenants for things not permitted by the Residential Tenancies Act. And demanding payments in cash, which don't end up recorded on the books. I felt bad anyway when the city organizers kicked him out.

Apparently the city does not like landlords who violate zoning laws, building codes, city work orders, and tenant's rights. They are imposing requirements on the building owner that are stricter than provincial requirements.

In the autumn, I will receive a notice from the landlord stating when I have to move out due to demolition. The earliest date for demolition will be January 2018. Along with the notice, I get three month's rent, plus moving costs (about $1500). The landlord initially wanted this payment to be "minus any fees owed to the landlord". After my city councillor heard about the illegal fees he had been charging, he told the city to require the money to be paid directly; if the landlord wanted to charge any extra fees, he could convince a court they were warranted. I can move out any time between receiving the notice and demolition, with only ten days notice, and still get full compensation.

Six months before the new condo tower complex is completed, the building owner will send me floor plans and offer to let me move into a newly-built unit for cheap rent. There's a complex formula that takes into account the differences in number of rooms and annual rent increases, but basically in 2021 I'll be able to move into a three-bedroom apartment for only $900 a month! According to the CBC, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto right now is $1800.


It has to meet certain size requirements, and have a kitchen, so the owner can't stick me in a storage locker. That price is locked in for 20 years, with a 1-3% annual increase per year based on provincial guidelines. And it will have air conditioning! And an elevator! And a laundry room with a window! And a balcony! And working heat! And working plumbing! PLUS the owner has to give me money to cover my expenses in moving back in!

I'm going to have to find a new home for three years. After that, I'll be able to rent a much nicer place than I have now, at a rent that is incredibly cheap by Toronto standards!

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