New laws will officially criminalize identity theft by making it illegal to gather personal information which can be used for criminal purposes. Fun fact: if your identity is stolen online, the chances of the crime ever being investigated or prosecuted are practically zero. Surf safe, kids!
Ontario NDP leader Howard Hampton did a little preaching to the choir yesterday when he told a crowd of supporters that Canada’s banks should “stop whining and start paying some taxes.” Last year, the Big Six banks paid about $6.4 billion in taxes. It’s not known how much Howard Hampton paid.
The website of a Toronto mosque advises Muslims not to have anything to do with Western holidays, including congratulating others on birthdays or New Year, or engaging in any “Halloween trick-and-treat nonsense” or “first of April lies.” Guess they’re not putting up a tree this year.
The TTC is limiting token purchases to ten at a time to minimize hoarding before the fare increase next month, but says it will happen anyway. Since token prices are going up by 15 cents, that means a hoarder would have to make 100 trips to the wicket in order to accumulate 1000 tokens and save 15 bucks. Whatever you think of the fare increase, you really have to admire that kind of commitment.
UPDATE: It’s been observed below that my math is off by an order of magnitude and it would actually save $150 if you picked up 1000 tokens. For that I apologize and offer the excuse that I write this stuff at six in the morning. Anyway, it appears that the hoarding concept is far more financially sound than I originally thought although I probably still won’t bother.
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