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    Sticky: For those of you who are getting rid of things...

    For those of you who are getting rid of things you no longer need or use, do you hold a yard sale, take them to a charity thrift store or just throw out with the trash?
  2. I know one person who will drive for all...

    I know one person who will drive for all distances, even as short as half a block. I think she is no longer able to walk those distances.
  3. One of the grocery stores where I live is 0.8...

    One of the grocery stores where I live is 0.8 kilometres from my home. The other is 1.6 kilometres away. Both distances are easy by bike or on foot. However, the shorter distance has appeal if I'm...
  4. Often, when one chooses a place to live, work...

    Often, when one chooses a place to live, work opportunities become the driving factor. All other elements become secondary. The exception is when people move to retire. At that point, work...
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    I haven't moved a piano or fish tank by bike, but...

    I haven't moved a piano or fish tank by bike, but I have transported an old CRT iMac computer by bike. I put the computer in a hockey equipment duffel bag, put that on my back and pedalled away. I...
  6. For anyone considering going car-free in a...

    For anyone considering going car-free in a smaller community, a good regional public transportation service is essential. A lot of small towns are easy for a pedestrian or cyclist to manage, but most...
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    The comparison isn't fair. During the...

    The comparison isn't fair.

    During the Depression, economic hardship limited travel for many. None of us would ever wish to return to those days. Ask those who lived through the Depression and...
  8. Poll: The closest to my situation is the first option,...

    The closest to my situation is the first option, but it's not fully accurate.

    I'm car-light, not yet car-free although close. Also, I'm a widower with no children. For the first couple of years I...
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    I've been looking at some IGH hybrids offered by...

    I've been looking at some IGH hybrids offered by Mountain Equipment Co-op. A few of the bikes are under $800 and they seem to be good value for the money. The IGH system seems like something...
  10. The only change for me is that I don't like...

    The only change for me is that I don't like driving nearly as much as I did in the past. As a result, I'll try to find other practical ways to get where I'm going.
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    Sticky: I have an automatic transfer schedule for my RRSP...

    I have an automatic transfer schedule for my RRSP contributions and one other regularly scheduled transaction. This doesn't come off my cheque directly, but once the money is in my account, it is...
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    That one's the electric bike model, which will...

    That one's the electric bike model, which will set you back $1,599 plus shipping fees.
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    Sticky: Yesterday, I opened a tax-free savings account....

    Yesterday, I opened a tax-free savings account. This is something which can be set up at any bank or financial institution in Canada. One can contribute up to $5,500 a year to this account and one...
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    Your thoughts on this folding bike

    Lately, I have seen the Ranger folding bike advertised a number of times and I would like to know what you think of it as a bike for urban or car-free living.
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  15. Heating a house in cold weather is as simple as...

    Heating a house in cold weather is as simple as putting in a fireplace or a wood stove. It need not require any electricity or fossil fuels. All that is needed is a supply of wood or other...
  16. It makes a lot of sense to do so. It isn't too...

    It makes a lot of sense to do so. It isn't too difficult to heat up a cold house or to put on extra layers of clothing to stay warm, but cooling down a building in a hot climate is more involved.
  17. Roody, it was not my intention to make...

    Roody, it was not my intention to make assumptions about you or to give you advice you neither wanted nor needed. If that was what came across, I offer my humblest apology. My comments were simply in...
  18. Sadly, I've seen or heard too many stories about...

    Sadly, I've seen or heard too many stories about bright, qualified people who blew their chances at a job by doing something dumb during the interview. And I've seen or heard more than a few stories...
  19. Consider a job interview as you would consider a...

    Consider a job interview as you would consider a first date. If your date makes a bad impression then, chances are good you wouldn't even consider a second date. The same is true if your date is...
  20. The case which immediately comes to mind for me...

    The case which immediately comes to mind for me wasn't a fictional story. I knew the people involved.
  21. If, during the course of an interview, I discover...

    If, during the course of an interview, I discover the potential boss is not someone I want to work under, or if I get a sense that the company would be a bad fit for me, I'll still be as polite as...
  22. That potential boss may have other friends with...

    That potential boss may have other friends with the power to hire you. They may get together later and if you have made an impression, whether good or bad, it could be discussed.
  23. I would stay far away from this answer. The job...

    I would stay far away from this answer. The job interview is a place for an applicant to show his or her suitability for the job. It is not a place for a debate or discourse on transportation...
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    Bike To Work Week

    Bike To Work Week is May 27 to June 2 and in my community, we are looking at holding some related events or promotions. I'd like some suggestions about what should be included for this week.

    I'm...
  25. If the employer has two or more locations, in...

    If the employer has two or more locations, in different communities or in different parts of a large city, the car question makes sense. He or she may need an employee to fill in at another work...
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