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Daylight saving time. Again.

March 10, 2019 @ 00:07 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

Apparently, we’re still doing this whole daylight saving time silliness. Fine, ok.

If you live in one of the unfortunate places that changes the clocks, set them forward at 02:00 local time Sunday morning.

Myth: Daylight saving time saves energy.
Fact: No, it doesn’t. At best, it simply results in a shift in when energy is consumed.

Myth: There’s no real downside to switching to daylight saving time.
Fact: More people are injured or killed in the week following the time change than usual.

Either of those is a good reason to end the madness and pick one time and stick to it going forward. I’d prefer to stick with DST, but I’m at the point where I don’t care — just pick one.

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Happy New Year!

January 01, 2019 @ 00:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

Welcome to 2019! I hope everyone has a safe, happy and prosperous new year! Champagne flutes (2019)

Happy Consensus New Year!

December 31, 2018 @ 13:30 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2018 @ 00:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

Merry Christmas, everyone! I know 2018 has been a trying year for many people, so may you have a safe and happy Christmas season with family and friends and a prosperous 2019!

Troubles in Rendezvous LeBreton

November 24, 2018 @ 13:27 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

According to a CBC Ottawa story yesterday morning, the Rendezvous LeBreton consortium whose proposal was selected for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats is in trouble. I am not surprised, and it seems I’m not alone.

Back in January 2016, the National Capital Commission announced two development proposals that were moving on to the next step in the evaluation process to redevelop LeBreton Flats. The proposals were put forward by two consortia: Canadensis: LeBreton Re-imagined by Devcore, Canderel and DLS Group, and Illumination LeBreton by RendezVous LeBreton Group, which is led by Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Trinity Development Group’s John Ruddy.

The Illumination LeBreton proposal was ultimately selected. Personally, I thought at the time that was the wrong decision, something I still believe today. 

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Remembrance Day

November 11, 2018 @ 11:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice — the end of the Great War, which was supposed to be the War to End War. While sadly that clearly hasn’t happened, we nevertheless pause to remember those people who have made the ultimate sacrifice over the years so that we have the peace, security and freedom that we enjoy today.

To them and their families I say “Thank you”.

We should be more like Morocco

November 04, 2018 @ 00:47 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

So, unlike Morocco who just decided to opt out of daylight saving time, we are still changing our clocks in the Spring and Fall. That means that at 02:00 Sunday morning, we roll out clocks back an hour.

I’ve written about this many times in the past. The TL;DR is that setting the clocks forward and back isn’t saving us energy, actually costs money unnecessarily and results in more injuries and deaths in the week following the time change.

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