Virgin Mobile Scam. Stay away!

The CRTC advise me @Virgin Mobile Canada Ltd. Box 5030 Stn Main, Burlington ON.  L7r 0B9 is a US company.  Therefore the @CRTC has no jurisdiction.  Makes one wonder about how Google gets away with so much.  I have written the @Prime Minister on this problem will share his response if any when it comes.

In my case I paid off my phone days ahead of my contract anniversary date, paid all due amounts on my services telling Verizon I was moving to another carrier so an accurate final figure was necessary.  The next day they came back to me with the “absolute” final number which I paid immediately though the bank.

I moved to Rogers who for days monitored #Virgin reporting back to me firstly the number  had not been cleared.   A day later (still  4 days before billing period end) the phone had been cleared but the number would not release to Rogers.

This continued for 2 days past the account new period date then, on the third day Rogers reported they finally had the number @Virgin had  turned it loose.

Next I received a bill for 86.00 from @Virgin for the months service because they still were in charge of my number for the firsts 2 days!   On top of this, an additional 130.00 bill arrived “for early termination of the contract”   My contact reads “should you decide to leave Virgin, you must pay off any balance remaining on your phone”

This is a scam, even criminal so much so it is a case for the  #RCMP.

When I pointed this out to their rep on the phone he proceeded to threaten me with a 300 dollars additional bill because I ended my service with them!  This, should I make any mention of the scam part of he conversions and interaction.

My advise to you is to stay clear of Virgin Mobile Services.  It is a deal that is no deal at all!

The #LG Fitness app is in a rip off territory of its own!  Originally designed to store your workout apps on your phone which like mine has considerable memory and worked well.  Then between @Google and @LG possibly @Virgin and @Bell Media a new upgrade was introduced.   This upgrade started banging on you bandwidth immediately.    Within 3 days before I tumbled to it 2 GB of data has been siphoned out of my account keeping track of my steps and unloading what appears to be every one, to the Virgin people.  The girl I first contacted suggested it was in constant communication with the Satellite!  What a stretch!

After a huge argument they cancelled that 2 GB of data.  You have to really wonder if you want a google upgrade or not.   App upgrades usually mean more bandwidth and less service with a much slower phone.

My next phone is going to be ios which I know will obsolete itself by the introduction of new, out of reach operating systems.  That is how Apple became billionaires.  But, to my mind better than the creeping malaise of Google and their android.

Virgin have made an offer based on false numbers of 24.00 pay out which, I have refused explaining my  expectation was a zero balance removal of the their apps on my phone and In return I would hold my nose and let the rest pass.

CRTC is undertaking an investigation now.

The CRTC was able to resolve the issue.  Virizon sent me a 24.00 bill which i refused  to pay.   This was reduced to zero and all the Virizon apps are taken off my phone.

Of further interest to thoes who follow; CRTC cannot stop a scam like this for everyone.  They can only act on personal, individual complaints.

Climate change and the state of the world is drastic.

Due to continued rising sea levels and accelerated calving of glaciers increasing wave action; I predict the locations of the massive flooding in the US will soon become uninhabitable and the source of mass migration unlike any we have seen to date!  Likewise islands and coastal cities throughout the world.

 I’m adding this excellent link which is animated in such a way as to be mind-boggling and in support of my article.

For years we have been told to turn down our heat, don’t idle our vehicles so long etc. and nothing came of it! Now we have no choices. There is a hope the carbon tax will encourage this kind of thinking.  Conservative rail against it but offer no solutions.  The Wild Rose Party are in complete denial as are most Conservatives.

The arctic tundra is melting which can release a further 1.5  to 2 times the CO2 than is presently in the atmosphere.  Earth orbit is elliptical and we are moving away from the sun as we should be but, rather than cool off we are still heating up! Ocean currents are changing, the oceans are rising!  Currents and changing and sharks and “southern” species are showing up in “northern” waters.

Greenland’s ice is melting fast as is Antarctica and the arctic causing sea level to start rising.  Along with our glaciers where we get our drinking water from, receding rapidly adds greatly to our problems.

If we don’t get this heating under control we will fail as the human race! Cities by the ocean will start flooding and you will witness a migration that will stagger your imagination!

Waves are gnawing at the cliffs of Herschel Island!  The town of Tuktoyaktuk which for comparison was palm size is now thumb size and the tundra, in general, is eroding now; into the arctic ocean.  This, in turn, will accelerate heating of the Arctic because of the dark particles in the water.

Earth orbit is elliptical; we are moving away from the sun as we should.  But; we are still heating rather than cooling as we should be!

Conservatives tried, and still argue for carbon cap and trade with does nothing for the environment and gives corporations a huge tax deduction at one end and a huge tax credit on

The world, not just  Canada and Alberta is moving towards carbon charges. There is no other way.  PM Trudeau was recently in meetings with the Saudi.  The Saudi announced billions to invest in silicon sun generation was one outcome.  Get used to wearing a sweater and turn down your dam thermostat and air conditioning.   Sweden brought in carbon taxation in 1991!


Pumping carbon dioxide down the hole in as they do in Saskatchewan results in an explosion of carbon dioxide out of the hole running for many hours ahead of any oil showing up and sounding like a jet plane but conservative is after the residual oil in those fields.

On the other hand, there is news of mixing carbon dioxide with cement; holding it firm and making the cement last longer too.

And more:

A satellite image of Herschel Island, Yukon, showing huge sediment plumes in the shallow water areas. (NASA Worldview)


Fritz said the majority of the coastline on Herschel Island, like much of the Arctic, is subject to erosion in the summer when the sea ice retreats.

“Since 2007, we’ve seen one minimum after the other in terms of sea ice distribution in summer on the Arctic Ocean. That gives rise to higher waves, more storms that can affect the coast to erode it.”

When that coast is eroded, the nutrient-rich soil mixes with the sea water and creates massive plumes of sediment. Fritz said the effect that murky water has on the marine ecosystem is unknown.

“With that sediment comes a lot of carbon and lot of nutrients, and those nutrients and pollutants will affect the water column,” he said.

“We ask ourselves the question ‘with this higher load of sediments, of nutrients and also of pollutants, what is happening with the food web’ and we really don’t know.” 

Scientists are predicting catastrophic lake drainage now. 

When Conservatives rail against carbon tax they are in denial of our circumstances.   Our economy will adjust to the new realities and ongoing abrupt changes.  Abrupt? Yes; they will accelerate.

All this on top of a world presently in recession and a position of universal deficit spending again, not just Canada and Alberta but the world!! 

Alberta Advantage Party – the New Republican assault on Canadian politics!

I had the opportunity to talk with the AAP party reps.  Their membership push came at me.  I said, “I’ve had my fill of you guys, the WRP is run by the US Republicans.” to which he replied, “Yes, that is true but we are different!”

Small talk’ I took his brochure and left.

From the AAP flyer:

APP:  The right to recall your elected official.

WRP: Exact same thing.


If elected AAP will revise the Alberta Education Curriculum so that our students will receive the highest levels of academic and practical skills that are offered on the planet.

Wow!  They have no idea how such lofty ideals will cost individuals and money.  Think here of private schools,  Available if you can afford them.  They are the new Republican push to Morph still another party.

We will eliminate the mandatory gay-straight alliance clubs in Alberta schools and eliminate the NDP directive that parents must not be told about their child’s sexual behaviours.  Not the WRP “Homosexuals will burn in the fires of hell” but, the next thing to it.

The NDP GAVE NO SUCH DIRECTION! The NDP did say that joining such an organization will be kept private.  The alternative is to turn back the clock, adopt a program of exclusion and do away with anything that suggests inclusion.  Do away with safety and endorse one of risk!

And finally, We will uphold and support the ability of parents to have their children educated in the manner they think best for their child, through a public, Catholic, private or charter or homeschool program.  We will not amalgamate the Catholic and public-school systems.

What they do not say, looking south of our border, they will cut funding to public schools giving the majority of funding to the private school.  There will be two distinct levels of education! Not just high school vis University.

The way it is now, the majority of the population make up the stripe of the school.  St. Albert, for instance, is Catholic Public and Protestant private.


Rural Crime is at pandemic levels.

The AAP, if elected, would train and elevate sheriffs to the standard of Police forces such as Edmonton and Calgary Police Services.

Rural Crime is high, but not Pandemic!  The Sheriffs are fully trained for the duties they perform and have the full support and are in the communication with the Local Police forces.

As a member patrolling with the Citizens on Patrol group, I can tell you we are always in contact with local police and do not go at risk anyplace!


The people of Alberta know what equalization payments are.  We know that the taxes we pay are sent to Ottawa and we get nothing back in equalization. Transfers.

Straight out of the WRP/Republican playbook!

Alberta received equalization payments from its concept to 1954.  It was not called “equalization” at these times.  More recently we received money, a great deal of it, from Ottawa when this last recession hit.

If elected to government, the AAP will not sign an agreement with Ottawa that keeps us subjugated or maintains the status quo.

At the heart of the Conservative movement is such extremes which will very quickly break up this country which is their final solution.

Secondly, there is no pile of money sitting in Alberta waiting to go to Ottawa!

Any monies paid anywhere in Canada come from the taxes paid by you and I and like people and corporations!  It is out of the Federal Tax Base!

The AAP Will work to free Albertans from being Canada’s tax slaves.

What a bunch of extreme separatism crap!  Another thing that will help to break up  Canada.

Health Care: We will put an end to the separating of our elderly couples in their final years.

Getting old is not a lot of fun at times.  Palliative care in the past has taken up many of the Active Beds in the prototypical hospitals around Alberta.  An active bed costs the system 3000.00 per day,  a palliative bed costs several hundred.  That is the economies of dying in Canada, not just Alberta.

We will make a commitment to research, specifically immunology.

And what, do they think is happening now?  Simply playing on fears of the elderly with no real changes available to them.

Alberta’s Place in Canada:

Albertans want greater autonomy from Ottawa.

This is playing to the Southern Alberta WRP group and is a political play first used by the United Farmers of Alberta in 1919! It was needed then and very effective and was the start of the family driven dynasties in Western Canada”

The AAP will demand Alberta’s right to select our own immigrants, in the same way, that Quebec does.

They fail to say that all provinces can do this now to a large extent.  So what they are saying is they will set up to sort wants by colour and race.  So typical of the Republicans.  Manitoba for years has been trying to import German Mechanics! And, have little success.

The AAP would halt the process of sending Alberta’s portion of income tax to Ottawa.  The AAP would set up an Alberta Revenue Service to collect the Alberta portion of our taxes.

Think here of the underlying task of separation they want.

Even if they got close, it would take 6 provinces to agree on such a change in the constitution.

Marilyn Burns, a lawyer.   Giver her my regards while asking her background and origins.


Canadian Political History

As a one time Conservative Riding secretary and of an age greater than 90% of Canadians I offer this glimpse into our past.

The Liberals built Canada with little interruption to their base until 1919 to 1937 in which case the American Republicans working through the Morman Church, helped them establish “The United Farmers of Alberta”  This party morphed itself into the Veterans and Active force, 1944 to 1948, again the US Republicans were fully involved.  This morphed into the Conservatives which found a hard landing after Diefenbaker and the Avro-Arrow. (You now know the reason Diefenbaker scrapped the Arrow in Canada allowing the US to take up the design) and, Harper sold off a marketing board to US interest on leaving office.

They again morphed into the Progressive Conservatives.  While the Wild Rose Party kept the original foundation going with the Church.  Now we had two political parties which could appear as opposition, one extreme and one tame by comparison.

The new #Alberta Advantage Party is a warm over of the WRP!  Looking at their broucher “The  peopole of Albera know what Eequalization payments are.  We know that the taxs we pay are sent to ottawa and we get nothing back in equalization transfers.”  This is an outright lie!  We pay a Federal Tax as does every other Canadian. It is out of  this federal tax the equiliztion payments are drawn.

Further, the #AAP would hault the process of sending Alberta’s portion of icome tax to  Ottawa. APP would set up an Alberta Revenue service to collect the Alberta portion of our taxes.  Again BS.  It would take 6 provinces to agree with Alberta before such a thing could be done and it would irridicate and disolve Canada.

“If elected to government, the AAP willnot sign an agrement with Ottawa that keeps us subjugated or maintains the status quo.  Simply put, the #Republican view that Canada should be boken up and joined with the US!  Just like the WRP!


Take a look at The Huffington Post” to see the teamwork us/Canadian and the treatment you get if you enter an opinion on US politics.

I tell you this in the hopes you will know more about who you are voting for.


LG-How it protects itself from consumers.

I ran into this when I was about to repair a 2007 front loading washer which needed a door seal.  A small matter of taking off the retaining spring and putting it back on over the  new seal.

It turns out I could not buy a door seal!  Why? Because @LG has (unlike any other company) said this was “a critical part” and needed service by “an official repairman”.  Liabilities hidden and otherwise given as reason.  They gave me the name and number of a local repair man who said “I have never done one of those”

Very similar happened on a microwave that needed the insert of a new circuit board. A very straight forward, easy thing to do; easily accessable.  Especially when the microwave was owned by an IT leader.  Again, they would not sell him the boad but directed him to an “official repairman” for several hundred dollars as this was considered a “security issue”

Planned obselense taken to a new level by LG!  This is the only company to go to this extreme that I am aware of.  This of this if  you are planning the lower priced LG product  as a purchase.




Google (Android) phone and service.

If you still have time to make a decision on  IOS or Android read this first.

Google/Bell has the most aggressive marketing systems in the marketplace.

I own an LG G3.  LG has loaded it with their updated LG Fitness app. You cannot turn off or delete this app once installed and it burns up your dataplan with it’s constant hammering.

Google’s weather report is respectable.   I wanted to use the CTV local app (which is also Bell) and found it could not function because access to screen overlay is in the locked position.  This means you are left with choice of uninstalling it.

Your phone is constantly inundated with adds when ever you try to use one of the supplied apps.   My thought is I paid 900 dollars for an Android phone which I use 10% of the time and Google uses 90% of the resource.

My wife has an IOS and it works flawlessly by comparison with none of the inabilities built into the Android.




Trump’s plans seem to be working the way he planned.

He said in his campaign he would look after ISIS.  Likewise he said he would cut down on immigration.

What he did do was get into a pissing contest with China over the north China sea that will go nowhere.   All China  has to do is sell off their US dollars and the US is finished.

So?  A free, seemingly aggressive press run.

Meanwhile he explains to the those that voted him in that he is pulling out of the Middle east putting his attention on the Philippians and China.

What it means he has turned the middle east over to the Russians who will bomb the shit out of ISIS and any one else that is against Assad!   Latest news is Aleppo surrounded, Assad’s army murdering their way though this city under Russian Air cover.


LG Phones – You should think again!

How Virgin mobile got into me was through a time purchase of an LG G3 phone.

Now, the port is damaged and needs a replacement.  Remember this was bought through Virgin Canada.

LG Canada says it is a US phone, that it is still under warranty but, they cannot fix US phones in Canada!

LG USA my next stop  tells me yes the phone is under warranty, the fix is free but they cannot serve anyone in Canada.

Their solution is for me to get a US mail address and have it shipped from there to LG US and they will in turn return it to that same US mail drop.

This deal with Virgin Mobile is a trip from hell.   Again stay away!




Windows 10: Thinking of update so called?

#Windows 10 when all the right pieces are in place, is pretty remarkable.   However like most things beautiful there can be drawbacks.  Specifically peripheral suppliers; #printers may be using this as a reason to antiquate your existing printer by not supplying drivers for Windows 10.   @Samsung is one of these companies.

The printer I own is a little used Samsung C460W multinational color printer/scanner etc.

MS made a @new office 365 available to me.  I had to reinstall the printer drivers and it crashed the new installation. The @Samsung Universal Print Driver3 is what they offered up.  It is built for Vista, Windows 8 and Windows 7 and they plan no release for Windows 10!

As luck would have it I still have one machine running on windows 7 and was able to install the driver there and link through the networks to it.

Point is.   Make sure drivers are available for windows 10 before you upgrade unless you plan on buying a new printer!