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Joined 1 year ago
Cake day: June 20th, 2023


  • Yup its the only suburban neighbourhood in north America that is completly car free.

    Trouble is zoning laws in Ontario and anywhere else in north America prevent cities from building more neighbourhoods like this.

    Examples include things like minimum parking requirements, minimum setback, fire codes and even policing all play a part in shaping this. If you ever look at new suburban developments, think how hard its to get a convenience store or small supermarket build right inside the suburb.

    Its a shame because we really should not be building suburbs with the same two or three single family homes repeated over and over, its really inefficient. We should start having townhomes, fourplexes, small 4-5 level mixed use condos, subways and trams with busways incorporated. Existing suburban layouts should also start adding missing middle housing inside whereever possible by changing zoning.

  • Condos need to be built for families, give me more three or four bedrooms in the city, and make it more affordable.

    Condo developers can’t build these affordable three or four bedrooms though, because on average these layouts are about 20% larger in size to their comparable European unit layout. This is all to due to building code, and something called “point access layout” vs “common corridor layout”.

    If we could get more families in the city buy making costs comparable in sq/ft to a single family home in the suburb we could make cities more enjoyable and give people a better sense of belonging, as opposed to just commuting in for a few hours.

  • A little anecdotal, but I personally try and go outside every or every other Sunday at minimum to pickup litter around my local trails.

    What I find is the only people that say thank you verbally are stereotypical Canadians, or Canadians that seem to be second generation at the least in my eyes.

    Everyone else that does not fit this stereotype seems to have a weird look on their face that almost mirrors a look of disgust or hate. Its very confusing TBH. What’s also quite interesting is that when people do stop and have a conversation with me the first question always is, “are you doing community service, or do you work for the city”.

    My answer is usually the same, “no, I am just out for a walk enjoying the trail”. There seems to be a stigma that picking up garbage makes you less and not more.

    To add, I’m not picking up litter for strangers, I’m picking it up for myself. I enjoy going for a walk on clean trail, and we both know if you don’t do something yourself no one will do it for you.

  • You mean German Canadians.

    Though they would also need to be financially sound at the time they became a full on citizen, own a car (to make us of the day pass free parking), and be able to take the time off, to actually go see these parks.

    Remembering the voucher kicks in on the day of becoming a citizen and then expires exactly in exactly 1 year.

    I guarantee you if someone becomes a citizen in their teens and originally immigrated on their own with no family (which happens), they would more then likely not benefit from this, and probably not even have the means to see these parks in that one year window, and make use of the free day pass voucher for free parking…

  • Absolutely, a welcome package for a new Canadian is not something we as Canadians should be angered about.

    You don’t freak out when the new person that just joined your office you been working at got a new pen, and maybe a shinny new stapler?

    What we really should be angered aboot, and ashamed of as Canadians, is that its actually cheeper for us to go on vacation to Europe for 2-3weeks instead of being able to visit parts of Canada. A train ride to Vancouver is just as expensive as a plane flight if not more, and if you want to go to any of the northern parts you will need a car. Not to mention the price of accommodations such as a hotel or airbnd.

    There should be more trains that take you to national and maybe even provincial parks and surrounding towns.

  • Fyi, my fiancée became a Canadian resident a few years back. When you become a new resident Canada gives you a welcome package, in this package you get a one year voucher for free visits to any national park (ie, not provincial parks).

    So the closest national park to us is like 6-7 hours away. We do the drive and have no way to use this voucher, even in the one year window. To add (if I remember correctly) it was also only a voucher for a day visit, so parking…

    I have a feeling like 90% of these voucher do not get used.

    It reminded me of the time a handful of years ago VIA Rail did a promotion for anyone under 18-19. You would received a voucher to travel VIA rail from one side of Canada to the other. I don’t remember the specifics but it was only for the train ride with unlimited stops 2-ways.

  • Hopefully someone from one of the european countries can chime in on this.

    From my own experience driving in Europe in areas like Spain and Germany larger trucks are limited to 80km/h Max and cannot pass each other on hwys. Unless its a very specific section and especially not on uphill sections at all.

    From what I seen as well is when one truck trys to pass another the truck being passed drops speed to allow the overtake to happen as quickly as possible allowing the truck to merge back into the far right lane.

    Though trucking is alot more regulated in the EU in terms of size and length of trucks and trailers, as well as safety and speed.

  • I agree on all points you made. Especially the need for Canada to get its shit together and get rail back in play for long distance freight. No reason to use 53’ for everything.

    I would even go as far as mandate if freight travels farther then a set distance rail is mandatory. Maybe 80km from a distribution hub?

    Rail should be for long distance, with products coming to distribution hubs within towns/cities by rail. Then shipping for last mile delivery should be on smaller 10’-15’ truck or a 9’ cargo van for anything within city limits.

  • I believe I have heard about the rule being implemented recently within BC. Which is great!

    Myself I am located in Ontario, but seeing first hand on highways I don’t believe trucks have any limiters on them here. They pretty much drive in all lanes as well weaving in and out all over the place.

    Many times I am pushing on average 110-115km/h down the Hwys here (such as the 401) and a 53 footer barrels past me at around 120-130km/h

    Not sure about others, but I for sure don’t feel safe, let alone thinking about my kids on the same hwy. No reason so much weight should be traveling at such high speeds.

  • Producers and retailers should be held responsible for taking back all packagings and products that reach their end of life. This should then be recycled by the manufacturer and producers.

    We should really take more issue with manufactures charging us for products, and the then us also having to pay in our taxes for the disposal of those products when they reach end of life.

    I want to be able to return the plastics and packagings back to the store once I don’t need them anymore, same as I want to be able to bring my TV and appliances back to the same store and get a small credit back for the materials of those items.

    I don’t want manufactures taking advantage of the garbage collection services that I pay for in my taxes. Or at the very least I want them to pay the full cost of those services in terms of social and environmental costs.