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Pleasantside Grocery

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Fuel Hell

The price of oil has dropped drastically to well below $92.00 a barrel as of September 16, 2008. We also know that hurricanes Ike and Hurricane Gustav and the closure of refineries in that affected area have no bearing on Canadian fuel prices which proves we as Canadians are being taken for a financial ride by the oil barons such as Shell, Imperial Oil, Chevron and Petro Canada…

I recall a long ago conversation with a than friend and executive of Shell oil. The part of the conversation that has long glued itself to my memory was the fact that, as he stated, oil companies, including Shell, cap their oil wells to enable them to keep the price of fuel up at the pump.

Here we are now in the fall of 2008 (September 16) and the price of gas still sits at $ 1.51 per liter; a twenty-(20) cent increase from three days ago when I filled up at $1.35. With the Federal elections now in full swing in Canada perhaps on the of the main issues the politicians should be looking at as part of their campaign strategy is presenting options to regulate the oil companies and putting an end to the present price gouging as opposed to looking at ways of bringing in carbon taxes which will increase the cost of fuel even further.

As the Green party states, and which Stephen Dion also espouses we should have a carbon tax added to the already high fuel prices The formula presented by the Greens is as follows, “…1 litre of gas produces 2.34kg of CO2, so $50 per tonne adds about 12 cents to the pump price per litre.” That means fuel costs would rise again from the present price of $1.51 per litre to $1.63 per litre.

Those costs would of course be passed on to us the consumers not only at the pump but in every other aspect of our lives such as groceries, clothing, medicine and every mode of transpiration necessary to transport those goods to market and yes, another increase at the pumps to offset what the oil companies would supposedly be paying as well.

Oil companies need to be held accountable by forced regulation which would stop price gouging at the pumps hereby ensuring consumers get a fair return for their dollar. Those savings could then be spent on other necessities to sustain life. Then we can discuss the carbon tax.


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Allan Herman, Creative Visual Marketing Services Incorporated (CVM Inc.)

Greater Vancouver’s transit system users can now use their Facebook account to access bus route information.

According to details on the the Translink web site,”Next Bus on Facebook also allows the user to tag their favourite stop and route combinations for easy mobile access without having to remember the unique five-digit bus stop code.” Translink also states that,” Facebook members can get the information via SMS messaging service as well as online, by texting TransLink (the application name) and their tag to FBOOK (32665).”

According too sources the text service currently receives 8,000 requests a day and since its launch in December 2007, it has processed over 500,000.

Now if they could just improve the rest of the transit services…


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Allan Herman, Creative Visual Marketing Services Incorporated (CVM Inc.)

TypeRoom LogoTypeRoom, not what I had envisioned when I first heard the name. I, for reasons unknown even to myself had psychologically supposed it to be just another program to type text documents such as ThinkFree.

TypeRoom is the brainchild of Reilly Sweetland who, as the story goes, apparently had an illuminating inspiration of how to automate the installation of CMS… Click here to read the complete article


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Allan Herman, Creative Visual Marketing Services Incorporated (CVM Inc.)

I never have considered myself to be true conformist when it comes too rules and I am not about to change. Sure rules serve purpose, but how do you think they came into being and why.

It was with just that line of thought that I wrote my latest submission to Profy. While we need to have rules in life, the same is true of our cyber socializing and networking, the problem is getting everyone on the same page. There lies the problem…

“I walk to the beat of a different drummer, to coin an old phrase, and contrary to some…” “I have chosen to nurture and add to my network. I will, however continue to ensure that I add value to my network as opposed to numbers. It is my wish to aspire to work with others to ensure that in some small way, I bring my own value to the table in return.” “I hope I remember my humble beginnings and pay it forward…”

As my English teacher used to say, “you must first learn the rules, and then you can break them…”


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Allan Herman, Creative Visual Marketing Services Incorporated (CVM Inc.)