If you have a .CA domain for your website, be aware of the Domain Registry of Canada Scam. The Domain Registry of Canada Scam preys on people who don’t fully understand how domain registration works. They get their victims’ names and addresses from public whois records, and usually mail what looks like a very legitimate domain name    renewal form. This week we received a fake domain renewal letter for not one but two web domains from the bogus       Domain Registry of Canada for our newspaper’s website http://yourwardnews.ca/.

The letter is sent via the post and arrives in a government-style envelope with a maple leaf logo, both not so subtle marketing strategies to lead the recipient to assume the DRoC is affiliated with the Canadian government. They also have the same color envelope that you would expect from Canadian Government. The “Internet Registry of    Canada aka “Domain Registry of Canada” is not certified by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the body officially sanctioned to administer the registration of the “.ca” domain name in Canada.

This company called “Domain Registry of Canada” running out of a P.O. Box in Markham sends out direct marketing letters via Canada Post designed to appear as though the Domain Registry of Canada is some sort of quasi-official government organization for domain registration. Yet it’s just very expensive alternative and they provide no   service, giving away the control of your domain to them – be very careful! The letter from Domain Registry of       Canada is nothing more than a scam. The letter is designed to appear as an legal Government bill and urges the      domain owner to renew their domain immediately, with the warning, “failure to comply will mean losing your          domain”.

Be on the lookout for their deceptive bills. If you are a domain owner, there is an excellent chance you have been    targeted and received one of these phony bills. It’s inevitable, Domain Registry of Canada will send you a fake bill if you own a Canadian domain name. The bogus letters are sent in a manila window envelope which is very similar to official government type envelopes and a postage paid digital stamp.

The Domain Registry of Canada scrapes the details of your domain name registration record from the publicly     available whois database. This is known as ‘whois data mining’, and is a violation of the terms of use of the whois service. If your whois information is set to public they can find the mailing address of the domain name owner. Once they have the information, they simply send the deceptive fake bill and wait for an unknowing domain owner to fall for the scam.

If you scan the letter quickly, it leaves you with the impression that DROC is your official registry, and that you need to pay quickly or your domain will expire. In actual fact, DROC is NOT the registrar for your domain, otherwise you wouldn’t be receiving this type of letter. If you read the details of the letter, they are actually asking you to transfer registrars from your current provider over to them. It is presented in an incredibly misleading and underhanded   fashion. You don’t have to do anything but throw the fake bill in the garbage. Nothing will happen to your domain if you do not move or transfer your domain to Domain Registry of Canada.

It’s an old school scam directed against businesses much the like as Paul Murton conducts with his Toronto Advertising Agency which handles Danforth Magazine, Bloor News, College Street News, Printable Canadian Coupons, among others. Honestly, why can’t Mr. Murton ever come up with an original idea? Does Paul HAVE to steal every old and tired scam in the book?

The Domain Registry of Canada Scam is a textbook example of corporate identity theft, a textbook which as you can see one Paul Murton studied well!

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Sherri Lange

North American Platform Against Wind Power

Toronto Wind Action

Great Lakes Wind Truth

While much is being written about Premier Dad (as he is often referred to) and the reasons for his resignation, the truth lies, many feel, closer to the light switch than you can imagine.  Numerous financially mysterious events, grand waste sure, but the pin in the bubble many feel was the cancerous Green Energy and Economy Act, which paved the way for turbines and solar tariffs, sliding in beside some unfair business deals, like the untendered Samsung deal.  The aggressive proliferation of turbines, transmission lines, Feed In Tariff programs, fueled a burning discontent, which in turn fueled a subsequent loss of 17 seats in the last election, including some prominent Ministers, and a   protest movement second to none.

The abuse of power by the Liberal government in Ontario has been reflected on repeatedly in the media in the last months and notably recently in the Legislature with a Contempt motion against the Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley. This adds to  a trail of disgrace for several prior Ministers of Energy, Smitherman and Duguid, whose conversations are mysteriously missing in the redacted documents demanded by the Opposition on the gas plant cancellations,  as well, and do not imagine that the anti-wind movement in Ontario, having effected over 90 moratoria votes across the province, would let its momentum go without calling again for a provincial STOP WORK ORDER on turbines and      related transmission lines.  Several media releases went out, repeating the call that MPP Lisa Thompson (member of the Opposition) made four times recently in the house. 

The movement continues to call for a complete halt in Ontario, despite the work of the government being halted by the Premier’s hasty retreat/resignation, and prorogue of the work of the house. But just because the work of the              Parliament has been halted, does not mean the work of the people abates. Indeed, many view the resignation as an “opportunity” to mine deeper political veins.

It is very much a resignation that functions on unprecedented waste and fraud.  There is no better example of this than in the array of turbines scattered across the province. For many Ontarians this is very much an “Energy Resignation.”  As Parker Gallant expressed on his blog, “For decades to come Ontario households receiving their monthly electricity bills will cringe and automatically think of the McGuinty folly.”

 

STARTING WITH BAD ODDS

November 7, 2012

Fuzzy Financial Un-logic

By Mr. David Nesbitt
             A recent issue of “NOW” shows that a major  casino in Toronto might be a net loser for all of us. The City might get less than 2% of profits.

This reward would be much less than the tens of percents that American casinos pay to their  governments. Might this be exploitation of our ignorance of the casino business?

The cost to Toronto has not had much attention. Experience tells us that developments are rarely within budget, and rarely on time.

Quite the reverse. If a casino will be built, what will its presence prevent Toronto from having in its location? Maybe we should get some Councilors who can think of more than one issue at a time, and maybe more than just one step into the future… On the other hand, developers love to make more friends.

 

Pretence of Democracy

November 7, 2012

By Mr. David Nesbitt

Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) is pretence of attention to local      concerns. Real concern is that our          amalgamated municipality will not often be accused of insensitivity to interests close to our hearts.

Speaking of closeness, why are their meetings so far from areas whose interests they discuss? Members of         Toronto’s council, and bureaucracy seem to be unable to stir themselves out of City Hall, a few times each year. They also care not at all about holding TEYCC hearings later than business hours for most people. Holding those meetings in local venues would be anathema; let the many of mere citizens take time off work to accommodate each Community    Council.

What explanation could account for this arrangement? Pride (We are us, and you are only you!)? Is it               inertia? Secrecy? Does the TEYCC think that all of them must be present for depositions and questions? Not so. Most of the local people cannot get to TEYCC meetings, and must rely on reports of what was said, and which they cannot get always or completely. Members of the Council would be much better served than citizens, if absent.

Convenience of local people should have priority, no doubt. In most parts of Toronto, there are meeting places available in evening hours, every day of the week. They are the best places and times for these meetings. By not using them, Council indicates that their priority is control, with a minimum of scrutiny, and almost no objectionable          objections. Here we have pretence of democracy, rather than the practice of it.

 

The court case R.v.Mernaugh is now 6 months awaiting a decision from the Ontario Court of Appeals. In the previous ruling on April 11th 2011 it was declared: The Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, SOR/2001-226 and the prohibitions against the possession and production of cannabis (marihuana) contained in sections 4 and 7 respectively of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, S.C. 1996, C. 19 are constitutionally invalid and of no force and effect; COURT FILE NO.: 1640/09

What this means is that the Superior Court ruled that the MMAR and both possession and the cultivation of cannabis TO BE  LEGAL as of July 11, 2011. For everyone. All citizens. Everywhere in Canada.

Now, they will tell you that this was appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeals and was heard on May 8th 2012. True. This is also the same Court that ruled possession was legal in 2000 in Terry Parkers case without a valid MMAR     exemption in place. Eleven years later and the MMAR is not, and has not, been a workable or valid solution. Matt is living proof and has spent the past five years going to court to defend his rights, your rights and the rights of all   citizens. The government will, of course, argue that legalization will lead to serious harm, upset society and expose vulnerable persons to the evils of cannabis. Even the NDP said something lame like, “we need more studies”. Horsefeathers. We have studies. We have our own Senate Report from 2002…. which called for legalization ten years ago. We have more recent studies showing cannabis curing cancer. Canada’s own Rick Simpson at  phoenixtears.ca has produced “Run From the Cure”, the             astounding story about the healing capacity of cannabis. Here is a quote from a        recent “news item”: “Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various             mechanisms,  including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.”  We obviously have all the knowledge and information needed. This case will probably be appealed up to the Supreme Court. What more is            required? An edict from God?

 

By: Dani Stern

When most of us think of marijuana, medical or otherwise, we think of toking, bongs or smoking, but really there are many other ways of          partaking in medical marijuana that are much less harmful to you and everyone around you.

For those whose doctors are open to the idea of medical marijuana, there are capsules available tha t consist of pure THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. While this is a good and easily   portable option, many people prefer not to take pills.

Using a vaporizer is a far healthier choice than smoking marijuana. Vaporization is a process by which the active elements of a substance are   released through the application of heat, without combustion. The lack of combustion leads to a lack of chemicals produced by combustion, namely smoke and tar. What is left is vapor, essentially a gas that       contains the active ingredients of the biomass or essential oil of the substance being vaporized. In comparison, smoke is comprised of at least a hundred chemicals in addition to the active elements, not to mention carcinogenic toxins. The downfall to vaporization is that it is not easily mobile and leaves the scent of marijuana lingering in the air around you.

Cooking and baking with cannabis is an ideal way to bring out the most of the active ingredients in marijuana, but it needs to be done correctly and at the right temperature. There are many books, and tons of information available on the Internet, to help understand how best to heat cannabis. Also, there is a wealth of available recipes from chili to cookies to tamales. Ingestion through food has a real benefit for many who need medical marijuana. For those going through chemotherapy or with HIV, lack of appetite can be a big issue. With cannabis cooked in food, medicating also means getting nourishment.

Medicating with medical marijuana does not mean that you have any interest in the lifestyle or culture that is often associated with cannabis. If your choice is not to smell like dope wherever you go, pills and food are your best       options, although food has the added benefit of kicking the munchies before they take hold.

 

Toronto author and resident, Dani Stern, has published Here Today Gone        Tomorrow, a contemporary fairytale for adults and young adults, available as an ebook on Smashwords and Amazon.

“Here Today Gone Tomorrow has all the elements of a fairytale, including a damsel in distress, a knight in shining armour, a wizard and a dragon,” says Dani. “But it brings these elements into the present day, with a unique view of magic and how it works as well as a twist on ancient legends.”

The story begins in the present day, a time when magic and noble warriors are all but forgotten – relegated to television and video games – with the               resurfacing of an evil dragon. The only hope to destroy it lies in two homicide detectives  fulfilling the roles of knight and wizard, as a modern day fairytale is set in motion. Both men are seemingly unlikely choices – one the son of a mob leader and the other, an anti-social, yet humorous, bear-like man. While Jordan must learn the art of sword fighting and discover what it means to be a hero, Mark’s task is even more difficult. He must believe in, connect with and learn to work with magic to become strong enough to help his friend take on an           adversary like none they have even seen before.

With the date for the battle between man and beast set, Jordan and Mark are on a tight deadline. Mark finds that he must throw away all traditions and use    creativity and humour to connect with magic. The men discover a magical realm hidden inside our own, where ancient legends and mythic beings come to life.

Here Today Gone Tomorrow is available for preview and purchase at        Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/244696                      or at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009PW7TXA.

About the Author: Dani Stern was born in South Africa and raised in Toronto, Canada. She studied English at the University of Western Ontario and then    proceeding into a career in public relations, as it gave her the ability the use her writing skills. Inspired in her youth by great fantasy authors like Tolkien, LeGuin and Eddings, Dani aspired to write books that brought the mystical and magical world into the modern day. Here Today Gone Tomorrow is her first foray into bringing magic to life for adults, seeking to remind them of their youthful enjoyment of the realm of fantasy and legends.

NB: Free copies available for media upon request.

Media Contact: Dani Stern, DS Publicity Group Ph. (416) 457-3475, dani@dspublicitygroup.com