This past week has been nothing less than extrordinary for our blog. Bradford Cares has managed to connect with you, our loyal readers and has resulted in some huge numbers in terms of sky rocketing statistics which I use to understand the topics that you are interested in.
Our contractor story attracted both local and international readers. We feel strongly about being the victim and left with a spotty product. You also felt strongly about what a proposed round about would look like and how other locations have designed their solutions.
The common theme is that you the reader care about your community very much, and you have much to say about it as well.
I thank you for being avid readers and look forward to hearing from you all.
I’m a huge supporter of small business in this community. I shop regularly at the Farmer’s Market, buy local food, and even have raved about my positive experience at a local take out chicken outlet. I try to buy local wherever possible, and always give within my means. We are originally from Toronto, and have embraced this community with open arms, and to be honest, have been welcomed ever since we moved here about eleven years ago.
Since then, my brother and sister in law have moved to town recently, and absolutely love living here. They too have adopted a buy local attitude. They regularly shop in the down town core, and are regulars at the bakery. They spend much of their hard earned dollars earned outside town, right here in town. If only others could follow suit, we would have a much more vibrant local economy that as a result, would be a boon for local businesses.
Unfortunately, a recent experience with a local contractor, has left a sour taste in their mouths and frankly in mine as well. An experience with dealing with a local contractor have not been so positive. So here’s the story as to why they are so dissatisfied. Earlier this year, they decided to complete outdoor work on their property, of which neighbours expressed an interest to have similar work completed. To make things easier, they coordinated with all the neighbours who were interested and decided to hire a local contractor to complete all work with the hopes of obtaining a higher standard of work. A local contractor was chosen because he appeared to be friendly, and offered good value. It turns out the value wasn’t really valued at all.
The contractor finished the job, and collected the money from all the home owners. To my brother in law’s dismay, the finished work product soon after started falling apart. The professional workmanship was completely lacking. Screws were not added to many of the boards installed. He’s worried that family with little children visiting will hurt themselves because the fence panels become easily loosened with just a slight touch.
Here’s where I fully support my brother in law… he called the contractor in question, and to this day the repairs have not been completed. The contractor repeatedly says “it’s not in my contract”. Meaning, I put together a faulty product, and now it’s your problem! As a contractor, would you not want to fix a problem that is reasonable to repair? Would you not be embarrassed that your name is on a project that produced shotty work? I know I am a professional in my field, and I can tell you, I would not want my name on work that was atrocious!
To top it all off, the contractor still has signs posted around town offering quotations on fences. I wouldn’t trust this contractor at all! If I were you, I wouldn’t either! Do yourself a favour and stay away!
I have a huge issue with my brother in law’s experience with a local contractor, and it’s not in a positive light. This contractor has ruined the reputation of all contractors in our community. I can’t believe anyone could do this especially from someone local!
Like my brother and sister in law, most of the people moving here are from somewhere else. They bring with them hard earned dollars that they most certainly want to spend on local contractors, and other businesses. What this contractor did to my brother in law is not acceptable! I think this is a huge black eye for local contractors, and businesses in general in town. Because of their experience, I highly doubt they will ever trust a local contractor for any future work. Can you blame them?
My question to all of you is, what can we do about it? Do these hard working people have any recourse whatsoever?
Last night we had the pleasure of having my brother and sister in law over for some fun times. Usually, we have the usual dinner consisting of chicken, beef or something simular. Last night, we had something completely different.
My wife surprised us with what is likely the most famous dish of all time from the country of El Salvador. Pupusas was on the menu! Fabolous! Pupusas are described as as a fried floor patty with meat inserted on the inside with reasonably hot sauce to add flavour.
Why am I posting about this dish specifically? Because although we usually have the usual Canadian or Italian style meal, my wife decided to try something she has not done ever. Trying new things means you gain perspectives about others and their culture.
Have you cooked or tried a dish that is usually not in your daily routine ?
My blog post today is about copying what the folks in the city have done for many years. This time of year marks the beginning of the Christmas season. The cold sets in, the frost is in full effect, and the stores are already promoting Christmas in an effort to boost sales.
Toronto has even selected and placed a tree at Nathan Phillips Square just in time to start off the holiday season. The tree is a 57 foot tall White Spruce placed in the centre of the grounds. A crane, according to the Toronto Star, placed the tree which was sourced from Bancroft, Ontario.
I always wondered why we don’t have a Christmas tree on the Town grounds. Is it because we don’t have a true city hall? The downtown area as far as I am concerned
makes a huge effort to make our main street look festive. It’s about time the town spread the festive goodwill and put up a tree as well.
Does having a tree in a public space appeal to you as a town resident?
Do you have good neighbours or not so good neighbours? That is the question of this blog post. I have to say, my neighbours are good people. They are quiet, keep to themselves but if we have any issue they are there to help us. I’ve never had an argument with them since we moved in over seven years ago. One of the first things I said to one of my neighbours was that we planned to live in our home for a very long time. So far, we have kept our promise.
Being a good neighbour should be recognized. It’s like informal volunteering in my opinion. If I were to get called upon to help, I would, even if it is in a small way. Good neighbours create a web of care. That’s why I am writing this post. I seek to extend the web of care to all of you reading this blog post right now!
In being a good neighbour, I have come up with the following seven suggestions to help you become a better neighbour! Have a look!
1. Say hello – If someone is new on your street, why not take the time to introduce yourself? If you notice a person speaking a foreign language you understand, say hello in their language!
2. Consider their lifestyle – Are they quiet people or like to party? Do they have children? Do they work long shifts? All these factors all have to be considered in how they wish to engage or not engage with you!
3. Keep your dogs on a leash! – Some neighbours love dogs, and some are afraid of them. Respect your neighbours by keeping your dog on a leach!
4. Maintain your property – Mow your lawn, keep your gardens weed free and don’t litter!
5. Don’t leave garbage at the end of your driveway for days – Put your garbage out on the evening before or the day of collection services. No one wants to look at your garbage for days!
6. Beware of your property, as well as theirs – Keep an eye on anyone who just doesn’t seem to belong on your property, as well as your neighbours. If you suspect bad behaviour, call the police. This will help deter any criminal activity in your neighbourhood.
7. Offer a helping hand – If you for example have a snow blower and your neighbour doesn’t, why not spend a few minutes clearing snow from their walkway and/or driveway?
Hope this list provides you with some help with your neighbours. You never know, you may need their help one day, too…
Do you have any other suggestions on how to be a good neighbour?
Following my post on a local Facebook group called the Bradford Social Networking Association (BSNA), I am writing here on Bradford Cares to express my sincere thanks to the wonderful people of our community.
Over the past year, we have seen our community come together and become more engaged with our neighbours.
From fundraisers to new community events, there is much going on in our small town. Our town is not a sleepy bedroom community. We are vibrant and exciting!
So, in this weekend where we celebrate and giving thanks, I sincerely give thanks to our community. And thanks to all of you who read this blog. It’s my pleasure to write for you all!!
Happy thanksgiving to you and your families!
Bradford is about to become more urban. The town has awarded a tender for the payment of 77 concrete pads in preparation of a new transit service commencing
in March or April of next year. The work is being completed this year before the service starts next year because the weather for paving is advantageous to do so at this time.
The issue at hand here is that the bus stops are not just being built on major roads like 6th line, Disette, and Barrie street. Many bus stops will be on residential roads. Residents affected are those that live West Park Avenue, Summerlyn Trail, Blue Dasher Blvd., Northgate, Noble Drive and Britannia (from Jay St. to Barrie). The local newspaper article focused on the cost of the pads. My concern is that if residents are aware they will now have bus stops and transit services on their streets.
Is this good or bad? When I think of suburbs, I don’t usually think of buses on residential streets. What do you think? Have your say here!
The kids aren’t the only ones going back to school in September. I am as well. I am a 40 something student on the last leg of completing my Masters of Business (MBA) degree. Completing a degree, much less an MBA while working full time, commuting, and family life is a huge challenge. Most students who decide to take on an advanced degree are at least ten years younger than I am, as documented by a recent Globe and Mail article about the subject.
The article talks about why older students decide to start considering an MBA in their 40’s. They are typically those who wish to get to the next level in their career. They are also likely to have a family, and large expenses such as a mortgage. I feel like starting a degree later in life took a lot of courage. I’ve always dreamed about having an MBA, not because of the career possibilities, but because it was a goal that I thought I could always complete. Now that I am nearing the finish line, I am glad I am almost done!
To take on an advanced degree at this stage in life, your family and friends must be really supportive of what your trying to do. Say goodbye to your weekends. Same for your evenings. Be prepared to stay up late on most nights, especially when preparing for an exam, or have a paper due. Oh yeah, this is on top of your regular day to day job duties.
Anything worth having in life often takes hours, days, months and years to finally achieve. Don’t let the hard work scare you off. I can picture myself attending the convocation ceremony with my degree in hand, with my family beside me. The degree is as much theirs as it is mine.
Have you been considering going back to school? Do you think you could get family support to help you while you complete?