Daily Archives: October 9, 2008

Food Premises Inspection and Disclosure System


If you are concerned about ANY eating or food establishing in the Toronto area, information is posted on the Dinesafe website.

See more details below:

The Dinesafe Web site is designed to provide information to the public concerning the Toronto Public Health Food Premises Inspection and Disclosure system. It is not a substitute for the notification and posting requirements of Municipal Code Chapter 545 – Licensing.

The inspection report information posted here describes conditions found in food premises within the City of Toronto at the time of the most recent Toronto Public Health inspection.

During the week, in the majority of cases, inspection results will be posted to this site within 24 to 36 hours of an inspection. Results from inspections done on Saturdays and Sundays will be posted to the site by end of day Monday. The date and time of the most recent posting are indicated on the site.

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/index.jsp

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain

Dow Jones – The Crash of 2008


The Crash of 2008 crushes stocks in a wild last hour of trading. The Dow’s loss tops 7%; the S&P 500 drops 7.6%. Investors flee markets, skeptical that fixes to the credit crisis will work. General Motors shares collapse on fears it won’t survive.

A key event appeared to be news that General Motors (GM, news, msgs) was facing a new downgrade by Standard & Poor’s. The stock was at $4.76, down 31%.

“There’s no safe place to hide,” Jon Najarian of OptionMonster.com, told CNBC.

The selling actually caused oil prices to fall in after-hours trading. Crude was at $84.78 at 3:20 p.m. Crude had closed at $86.59 in regular trading, down 2.7% on the day. Some analysts believe crude will fall under $80 soon. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is concerned enough that it has called a Nov. 18 meeting, possibly to cut production to boost production.

The sell-off came after news that Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson will reportedly use his new authorities to buy direct stakes in U.S. banks to help restore confidence in the markets. Investors, however, didn’t seem convinced.

Investors want immediate gratification from the measures the Federal Reserve and Treasury have taken to stop the bleeding in the financial crisis, but several traders are urging patience, saying that it will take time for results to work their way into the financial markets and actually boost confidence.

Short-selling will be allowed once again today after a temporary ban by the Securities and Exchange Commission expired at midnight.

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Canadian banks ranked soundest in the world – Maybe Harper is right and the fundementals are sound?


U.S. has fallen to No. 40 in World Economic Forum list:

Canada has the world’s soundest banking system, closely followed by Sweden, Luxembourg and Australia, a survey by the World Economic Forum has found as a financial crisis and bank failures shake world markets.

Britain, which once ranked in the top five, has slipped to 44th place behind El Salvador and Peru, after its government pledged $97 billion this week to bolster bank balance sheets.

The United States, where some of Wall Street’s biggest financial names have collapsed in recent weeks, rated only 40th, just behind Germany, at 39th, and smaller states such as Barbados, Estonia and even Namibia, in southern Africa.

On Thursday, the U.S. was considering buying a slice of debt-laden banks to inject trust back into lending between financial institutions now too wary of one another to lend.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report based its findings on opinions of executives and assigned banks a score between 1.0 (insolvent and possibly requiring a government bailout) and 7.0 (healthy, with sound balance sheets).

Canadian banks received a score of 6.8, just ahead of Sweden (6.7), Luxembourg (6.7), Australia (6.7) and Denmark (6.7).

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Alberta oilsands refineries could cause irreversible damage


 

Alberta Oil Sands

Alberta Oil Sands

The development of a pipeline network and refineries around the Great Lakes to process Alberta bitumen “could cause irreversible” environmental damage to the region, says a new report that traces the tendrils of Alberta’s oilsands developments across the continent.

 

There are currently 17 refinery projects either being “considered, planned, applied for, approved or developed” around the Great Lakes, according to the report, How the Oil Sands Got to the Great Lakes, released Wednesday.

The report, commissioned by the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre program on water issues, warns that little is known about the environmental impact on the Great Lakes given the level of greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption that comes with the refining process.
There are currently 17 refinery projects either being ‘considered, planned, applied for, approved or developed’ around the Great Lakes, according to the report, How the Oil Sands Got to the Great Lakes, released Wednesday.
There are currently 17 refinery projects either being ‘considered, planned, applied for, approved or developed’ around the Great Lakes, according to the report, How the Oil Sands Got to the Great Lakes, released Wednesday.

“We are paying more attention at the oilsands end, but not where the oil gets to and what happens there,” said David Israelson, the report’s author. “The other big issue is climate change and this means exponential increase in greenhouse gas emissions before you put a drop in your car.”

Dubbing it a “pollution delivery system,” the report said the thousands-kilometres-long pipeline complex used to ferry Athabasca bitumen from source to refinery could bring “2.3 million tonnes” of greenhouse gas emissions to the centre of North America every year.

“It will also bring new, large-scale sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions – the building blocks of acid rain – as well as fine particulate matter, which is responsible for premature deaths,” said the report. “Pipeline and refinery expansion applications are being made and approved right now with little general awareness of the potential long-term damage to the Great Lakes environment.”

Bitumen is a tar-like heavy hydrocarbon that is removed from Alberta’s oilsands and upgraded into synthetic crude oil.

Environmental groups were quick to back the report’s findings. Justin Duncan, a lawyer with Ecojustice, said the federal government needs to revise its entire approach to oilsands

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Apple to Launch a sub $800 Laptop / Notebook to entice more adherents to the faith


Some Apple retailers have already been given price lists for Apple’s upcoming laptops and that there are 12 price points ranging from $800 to $3100. Current laptops are said to have only have 8 retail price points: 3 Macbooks (starting at $1099), 3 Macbook Pros and 2 Macbooks.

How much would an $800 Apple laptop hurt Microsoft?
Posted by Mary Jo Foley @ 8:47 am

Just when the Windows marketing team thought things probably couldn’t get much worse, there’s word that Apple may be gearing up to launch a new Macbook with a low-end $800 price point.
One of the biggest selling points for new Vista PCs is price. There are more than a few decent Vista laptops out there for under $1,000.
Apple’s PC marketshare is hovering around eight to nine percent in the U.S. For many, Apple machines are still just too expensive — even though the lowest end Macbooks can be had for about $1, 099. But if users could get an Apple laptop for $800, I’d think many would think longer and harder about whether to go with Windows or Mac OS X.
Microsoft — and its PC partners — aren’t sitting idly by waiting for Apple to eat its lunch. Microsoft execs have stated repeatedly that the company, going forward, is working more closely with OEMs to create better out-of-the-box experiences for Windows PC users. It sounds like this will go beyond reducing and/or removing crapware.
There are other projects hatching in other groups at Microsoft, too. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Bill Mitchell and his PC|3 team, which is part of Microsoft’s Core Operating System Division (COSD), is working on “improving the mobile PC experience” for users in the developed and developing worlds both. From what little I’ve heard about PC|3, it sounds like at least part of its mission involves picking up where the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) folks at Microsoft left off.

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Fear, Hate, Rage, violence and aggression from McCain camp. A sad day when Americans try to turn back the clock to ignorance.


BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Now, it’s personal.

John McCain and Sarah Palin were backstage, and Lehigh County GOP Chairman Bill Platt was warming up the crowd of 6,000 at a rally here for the Republican ticket.

“Think about how you’ll feel on November 5 if you wake up in the morning and see the news, that Barack Obama — that Barack Hussein Obama — is the president-elect of the United States,” Platt said. The audience at the Lehigh University arena booed at the thought of it. The ignorance of believing that the only real people look and think like them.

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