8.22.2006

discuss

Since there's so much activity in my post of two days ago, and since I'm very busy with my own work today, I think I'll just let today's post refer to those comments. The subject has changed several times over, and it's open to one and all for further changes. I'll stop in occasionally, too.

Thought for the day: If you want to win your division and go to the playoffs, don't get swept in a five-game series against your division rivals. Boy am I glad I'm not living in New York today.

I hate baseball.

7 comments:

Tom said...

Laura,
you mentioned your employer provides additional medical insurance. I am curious.
What does it cover?

L-girl said...

you mentioned your employer provides additional medical insurance. I am curious.
What does it cover?


Most good jobs here provide supplemental insurance. It covers everything that Ontario Health does not: prescriptions, eye glasses or contacts, dental, physio (known as PT in the US), chiro.

For our trip to Peru in the spring, we needed a series of vaccinations that were not covered by OHIP. Our supplemental insurance reimbursed us for 80% of the cost. I thought this was amazing, considering it was completely elective on our part.

If you don't have coverage like this through an employer, it's possible to buy it privately. Canadians I've spoken to think the rates are outrageously expensive, but I found them extremely reasonable! The difference is clearly a function of what one is accustomed to.

Tom said...

Thanks for the info.
One more question, this time about driving.

Does Ontario or Canada as a whole allow right turns on red?

Lone Primate said...

Last I remember, right turns on a red were still verboten in Quebec. That might have changed, though; I remember hearing there was a pilot project in Montreal a while back to test the waters... y'know, to see if Montrealers could master this taxing skill that virtually all of North America managed on a daily basis. :)

Wiki says you can now turn right on a red anywhere in Canada except on the Island of Montreal, where it's prohibited by signage.

Marcy said...

Last I remember, right turns on a red were still verboten in Quebec.

When I was there in '92, they weren't allowed. I remember my BF commenting on how stupid it was, since he could turn right on red in Ontario. But hey, the drinking age was lower there at the time.

My beef with right-on-red: people know that they can turn right, so they stare at the oncoming traffic waiting for a break, and they aren't looking at the stoplight. It turns green, but they don't go, b/c they're still gawking at the traffic. And yeah, I honk at them. :-)

L-girl said...

I didn't know anyone had a beef with right-on-red. :)

But then, I know people who oppose mandatory seat belt laws. (Government intrusion into our lives!)

Scott M. said...

Hey LP...

Actually, the pilot in Quebec was in the Outouais (Gatineau/Hull region). The pilot was successful. (Not quite sure why they needed a pilot... it's not like they're the first juristiction to allow it...)

The EXCEPTION is the island of Montreal.

So, the rule is Right on Red in Quebec is allowed EXCEPT on the island of Montreal.

And yes, most of Quebec still has horizontal traffic lights with different shaped lenses (square for red - always in pairs), diamond for yellow, circle for green). Most downtown areas use standard vertical lights however.