Posted August 22, 2015
Sex and the city – Shake-up in Waste Management – Phil Allt’s applesauce and marmalade comparison
The survey says: Guelph is right up there when it comes to online adult dating credit card transactions
WARNING – Content in this posting may be offensive to some, particularly if you are a taxpayer.
This week, the adult dating service Ashley Madison.com was hacked, twice. Credit card transactions revealed which postal codes indicated where Canadians spent most money on the website’s services. The company that operates the Ashley Madison.com website, Avid Life Media Inc., is located in Toronto. It also operates another website called CougarLife.com
Guelph is fifth of all Canadian municipalities with the top spending on Ashley Madison postal codes. The analysis, reported in the Toronto Star, said the total Ashley Madison credit card transactions came from only one postal code in this city.
The top five municipalities in the country by postal code that spent money to hook up on the adult dating site were:
Toronto – $233,220.60
Lloydminster – $146,024.20
Milton – $132,206.34
Oakville – $130,134.89
Guelph – $126,200.32
What in heck is going on in Lloydminster?
In Guelph’s case, the concentration of transactions in only one postal code indicates a high concentration of computers located within that postal code area. The number of addresses in the area determines the size of the postal code.
The question is, which postal code in Guelph has this high concentration of relentless libido? With a population of 121,000 and a number of postal codes, does it not seem strange the just one would be so super engaged with Ashley Madison?
The analysis reported that there was high usage of the Ashley Madison site in the Department of National Defence and the House of Commons. This indicates that those credit card payments emanated from those in the public service allegedly using government computers.
Taking it a step further, is it possible that in Guelph, the high concentration of publically owned computers is in the City of Guelph’s site located in postal code, N1H 3A1? Or perhaps it might be the postal code of the University of Guelph where there is an abundance of university owned computers. But most students could not afford computer dating.
The irrefutable fact is that in just one of Guelph’s postal codes there is a lot of seething hormonal activity going on. Could it be city hall? Or is it the downtown library, police headquarters or fire department HQ? There are a lot of computers in the Ontario Service Centre on Stone road.
Remember, all this horny activity came from only one postal code in the city.
So, go with the concentration of publically owned computers in one environment and a single postal code. It appears that across the country, there is evidence that public money and equipment is being used to promote, attract and connect with partners. The objective is not tea and crumpets, or somebody to talk to or share life’s disappointments.
It’s all about sex, baby.
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City hires a new General Manager of Environmental Services
Say hello to Ramesh Ummat, P.Eng. He assumes command of the city’s solid waste resources, water and wastewater departments.
The solid waste department lately has been under scrutiny for being very un-environmental. Residents living near the Waste Resources Innovation Centre WRIC), have been complaining of odours for more than a month. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) ordered a clean up of certain facilities including storage of materials outside the recycling facility.
The next question is where does this leave Dean Wyman the current general manager of waste resources?
While Mr. Ummat is highly qualified, why was it necessary for a 10-month search to hire a manager from Nova Scotia, who is possibly unfamiliar with the MOE laws in Ontario?
In the end it is results that count and there is a big job ahead for the new man to clean up the mess left by the previous administration.
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Phil Allt and his apples and oranges comparison of Guelph and Barrie
The mind boggles when Phil Allt attempts to write a guest column in the Mercury. He is obviously not an original thinker.
First, here is the back-story. Allt wrote his piece following an internal document distributed by Coun. Dan Gibson that detailed the similarities and differences between the two cities. Gibson researched the data and distributed it FYI to all members of council and DCAO, Mark Amorosi.
The analysis clearly demonstrated that Barrie with a population exceeding Guelph by 20,000, had a operational budget that is $6 million lower than Guelph’s; and a staff that has 800 employees fewer than Guelph.
But Allt turns apples into applesauce when he cites the cost of policing. Barrie pays some $761 per household for policing while Guelph pays only $554. Phil, you left something out, Barrie has 20,000 more households than Guelph and a much larger police force.
Then he says that these figures prove that Guelph is the more fiscally prudent than Barrie. Really Phil! In 2014, did Barrie lose $14 million as a result of mismanagement and lawsuits that Guelph experienced? Was that prudent management, ya think?
Then he says that Barrie’s waste collection system is privatized and so is their transit system. Do they know something our council doesn’t? Here’s a clue, 80 per cent of Guelph’s city staff is unionized.
We’ll forgive him for misstating the 2015 Guelph property tax rate increase. Council approved a 3.55 per cent increase that was later adjusted to 3.94 per cent due to the increase of assessed properties. Barrie’s increase was 3.19 per cent.
More applesauce. He argues that Guelph has a large industrial base and a university requiring tax dollars asserting that Barrie doesn’t have these additional costs. Guess Phil hasn’t been to Barrie recently, where the largest community college between Toronto and Sudbury is located. Also there is a major regional health centre that services a broad area including cottage country. And Phil, there is industry in Barrie.
This brings up the great job the previous administration failed to accomplish. The assessment ratio between residential (84 per cent) and commercial industrial (16 per cent) has not changed in nine years. Phil, drive, sorry, ride your bicycle, around the industrial areas of the city and see all the vacant lots and buildings standing empty.
Former Chamber of Commerce president, Lloyd Longfield used to brag about the economic benefits that the university brings to the city, none of which trickles down to the property owner.
Guelph electors voted for change in Guelph’s administration. You and your colleagues have paid no attention to that and continue the tax and spend policies of the previous administration.
Next time, Phil, don’t use someone else’s research to score points.