Canadian Telephone Companies – Taking Customers To The Cleaners, The Video – Air Canada Flight Narrowly Avoids Major Aviation Disaster, Listen To Sam Hauck The Wine Man On Why B.C. Wines Will Top Some Of The Best French Wines, See His Recommendation For Great, Reasonable Wines, Vancouver’s High Gas Prices Seriously Hurting Cancer Volunteers


Cool Conversations
With George Froehlich
Thursday, May 3, 2018


Good morning :
—Fowl is not fair. Gorgeous birds are causing an uproar just outside of Vancouver.
—Dangerous airport. San Francisco is one of the hardest ones to land at. Years ago the Air Canada plane I was on narrowly escaped disaster. And now it happened again with Air Canada with what would have been one of the worst disasters in in aviation history and the video shows how close it was.
— No hookups. Facebook is going to feature something new, a dating app that is only meant for serious and sincere relationship. Of course, and there is cheese on the moon too.

George Froehlich
Editor
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ONCE AGAIN CANADIAN TELEPHONE COMPANIES ARE TAKING CONSUMERS TO THE CLEANERS AND IGNORING THEM

THE STORY

Canadian telcos are charging some of the highest rates in the world and are employing shady sales practices.
And whenever they face public pressure, which they have been of late, they come up with a plan that is supposed to reduce costs.
And the costs do go down but there always is a hidden angle to it.
But on the shady sales practices nothing has happened.

THE SETTING

So when the Big Three – Telus, Bell, and Rogers – announced cheaper prices it became apparent they were playing a shell game.
Canadians were fed up on two fronts – the high prices and the unsavoury sales practices the companies were employing, which received the most complaints.
And those complaints were a record number – a 73 per cent uptick – to a government agency.
And despite that another government agency charged with regulating the telcos refused to launch an investigation.

WHAT IT MEANS

And just to get a clear idea what happens during these shady sales practices consider the case of this Toronto man who was told by the
Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services (CCTS) that Bell had done nothing wrong.
But undeterred he took Bell to court and won.
And that win, according to legal experts, likely will lead to a class action lawsuit against Bell.

COOL CONVERSATIONS
PODCASTS

Every Monday and Thursday George Froehlich brings you interesting, unique and fascinating people that share their stories and perspectives.
Alexandra Gill – The Mind Of A Restaurant Critic
Her writing is trenchant, laced with sharp insights and observations. Her prose is engaging, conversational, relatable and often acerbic.
Meet Alexandra Gill The Globe and Mail’s Vancouver restaurant critic since 2005.
Restaurant owners and chefs love her, hate her, respect her, depending on what she writes about them.
Gill is a dying breed of journalist – the restaurant critic.
And her insights, observations and her wry, often humorous,
writing style has made her one of Canada’s most respected food writers.
She joined the paper as a summer intern in 1997 and was hired full-time as an entertainment columnist the following year.
She moved to Vancouver in 2001 as the Western Arts Correspondent, a job she held until 2007. Her arts reportage was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in 2004. Now a freelance contributor, she writes primarily about food and drink for the B.C. and Life sections.
Her weekly column delves into Greater Vancouver’s food scene in all its variations.
Gill’s assignments have taken her across Europe on a Michelin-star tour, into a fine-dining Italian restaurant as an undercover waitress and behind the scenes of a large North American restaurant.
She also has judged numerous restaurant awards and cooking contests.
In this edition of Cool Conversations with George Froehlich she talks about:
Why Vancouver’s restaurant scene will undergo a shakeup.
When Vancouver’s chefs and restaurants were cutting edge.
What her favourite food is today.
Why restaurant critics are so rare these days.
How social media has influenced chefs and restaurants.
How one of Vancouver’s top chefs opened a second restaurant that is mediocre.
What she did to become a better food critic.
Answers the question of – how creative and innovative are Vancouver’s chefs and restaurants now.
How prevalent “promotional” restaurant reviews are found in two of Vancouver’s top websites.
And a whole lot more.

VANCOUVER LUXURY HOTEL TO CLOSE AFTER 40 YEARS

Once it was the top luxury hotel in Vancouver.
And it was part of an international chain, a Canadian one, that was considered the best of the best.
But now this landmark hotel – The Four Seasons will close in two years.

SENIOR OIL EXECUTIVE CONFIDENT TRANS MOUNTAIN OIL PIPELINE WILL BE BUILT

The meeting lasted for four hours.
And after the meeting Prime Minister Trudeau a senior oil executive said he was confident more than ever that the line will be built.

EIGHT YEAR OLD IS AWESOME BY DOING THE RIGHT THING

Aron Johnson is only eight years old.
And already he has a moral compass that would put a lot of people to shame.
He found some money and he was determined to reurn it to its owner.
And when he finally tracked down the owner he discovered he had done the right thing more than ever.

 

VANCOUVER’S HIGH GAS PRICES ARE AFFECTING VOLUNTEERS HELPING CANCER PATIENTS

Vancouver has the highest gas prices in Canada.
And that is bad news for volunteers.
Volunteers that are driving cancer patients to their doctor appointments and then drive them back home.

DOES YOUR POOCH OR KITTY REALLY NEED PROZAC?

Hard to believe.
But a lot of pet parents are freely giving their pets meds that are used for anxiety and other assorted ills.

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