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The Case for Separated Bike Lanes (in New York City)

The Whole Story

Inspiration for Cycling

The view from within the peloton

A look inside the peloton from Stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse.

Mac the Knife

Wendy is upset (as she always is) because I thought this song

was a rip off of this classic McDonald’s commercial

Anyone could have made this mistake.  Anyone I tell you.

I may never live this down.

The Sound of the World Cup

This is the sound of what the World Cup sounds like when Brazil scores a goal in a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. I love it.

Keith Olbermann on Tony Gwynn

Keith Olbermann gives a wonderful and heartfelt tribute to one of my favourite ball players, Tony Gwynn

What would the USAF do if Godzilla ever attacked

Someone asked the USAF how they would respond to an attack by Godzilla.  They replied.

Affordable apparently means shoddy

Francois Biber on the poor quality homes that are being delivered under the City of Saskatoon’s affordable home ownership program

Leonard LaRochelle took possession of his modular home on Borden Crescent through the city’s affordable housing program in 2011. Now, 2014 has been nothing but headaches and money lost to basement flooding.

“The water actually came all the way underneath the flooring,” LaRochelle said, walking through his basement – floor boards torn up, moldy insulation scattered everywhere and furniture and drywall all huddled in the middle of the room.

Three different leaks sprung in LaRochelle’s basement this spring, causing him to tear down the walls of his newly finished basement and pull up $1,200 worth of flooring.

He said he called the builder to see if they would look at the cracks in the concrete foundation, and they agreed. However, the results weren’t exactly what LaRochelle was expecting.

After a couple of visits from a maintenance worker, LaRochelle said they patched the holes on the inside of the home, but they didn’t do anything to seal the home from the outside.

“As water continues to build up inside, in the fall if we get a freeze that water is going to expand and spider and make so many more issues,” LaRochelle said, adding exposed wood on the outside of the home is starting to rot.

When the builder wouldn’t comply, he went to City Hall. There, LaRochelle said he asked building inspection managers to have his home inspected again.

“The response I got from the inspection manager was that the inspection had initially passed so they wouldn’t find anything different now, so they couldn’t change anything that’s been done and they refused to get another inspection,” LaRochelle said, adding his next step was to take the issue to his city councillor, Ann Iwanchuk.

“It’s concerning to hear residents having these issues, we want home ownership to be a positive experience for all,” Iwanchuk said. “When I was made aware of these concerns about a month ago, I’ve gone to the administration and asked to go back to the builder and they’re currently in the process of getting more information.”

Director of planning and development, Alan Wallace, said they’ve opened up an investigation into the matter and they’ll be reaching out to homeowners and the builder to see if anything can be done to resolve the issue.

“Until we get all the facts we won’t know what’s going on up there,” Wallace said, adding the city’s hands are somewhat tied, because the contract is complete.

Of course you haven’t seen anything until you have seen the leaks in this dramatic video below.

You won’t find videos like this in Calgary or Toronto (mostly because they have tougher building codes).  Hopefully that is ROCK 102 playing in the background.

Winter in Fenway

Walk Your City

Yo, Saskatoon!  We need to start doing this.

A Smarter Saskatoon

Saskatoon definitely lags behind other cities in technology.  Our traffic lights aren’t even synchronized (well unless you use the most and simplistic version of synchronization).  Can you imagine a Saskatoon that automatically adapts to water main breaks, road construction, or works to clear traffic jams.  It would be amazing.

This is how you play an accordion

This guy is playing the accordion and making it look cool.

Ford Nation

I am not sure why I watched Rob and Doug Ford’s YouTube TV show but you know what it reminds me of?  Low budget corrupt TV evangelists. The bad graphics, poor fitting suits,slicked back hair, and mocking the media and the evil world.  Even if the evil world isn’t so much conspiring against them as it is just laughing at them.

From what I have read, the Ford’s don’t have a campaign staff, a strategy or really a plan other than mocking and berating other candidates.  Should be a fun campaign to watch.

Justin Trudeau on the Economy