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  1. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Candorville 10 days ago

    The ERCB (which mainly regulated oil and gas production in Alberta) was downsizing when I left, and not long after was absorbed into the EUB (Energy Utilities Board), which I gather meant that the the remaining employees got to spend most of their time in reorganization meetings. I assume this was a deliberate effort on the part of the government of the time to ensure that nobody at the board had time to regulate much of anything. Amazingly, not long ago, the government (since replaced!) announced a reorganization that included splitting out part of the EUB into a new agency, to be called the ERCB.

  2. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Candorville 10 days ago

    Years ago I worked as a receptionist at a provincial government agency (Energy Resources Conservation Board) that shared the first three digits of its phone numbers with various other government agencies, so I occasionally got wrong-number calls for other agencies. One of them was a man trying to phone the Worker’s Compensation Board, who absolutely refused to believe that I wasn’t lying to him when I said he’d dialed the wrong number, and hung up. This sounds paranoid, but I understand that the Worker’s Compensation Board could in fact be absurdly difficult to deal with at the time. I just hope it’s improved since then.

  3. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Strange Brew 15 days ago

    I don’t believe Goose Bay has enough hotel rooms to accommodate an entire flight. Those military barracks did come in handy during 9-11, though.

  4. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Candorville 19 days ago

    A few weeks after one of my two cats died, I happened to use her name in conversation while my other cat was on my lap. She immediately jumped down and went to check the cubbyhole that the dead cat had spent most of her time in during her last days, seemingly expecting to find her there, having presumably recognized the other cat’s name. (They really didn’t like each other much, but I think the second cat missed the first once she was gone.)

  5. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Agnes 20 days ago

    Don’t forget the butter.

  6. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Barney & Clyde 25 days ago

    Many unions do allow for some variability in wages based on performance reviews. Alternatively, you could see if there is some higher job category you could try to get yourself promoted to, especially one that differs only in level of responsibility. Of course, this can only work if your bosses are motivated to help you out.

  7. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Bloom County about 1 month ago

    But somehow got stuck with stockings and shaving our armpits.

  8. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on PC and Pixel 2 months ago

    Years ago, a hobbyist man in our area built a robot whose sole function was to find an outlet and plug itself in anytime it’s battery started running low.

  9. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Rudy Park 3 months ago

    With falling oil prices, the premiums are being brought back in Alberta. As before, they will be reduced or eliminated for low-income users, but can’t really be called “graduated” otherwise, I think, which makes them even flatter than the flat tax. (On the other hand, they’ve also bowed to pressure to make income taxes slightly less flat.)

  10. Pithy (yeah, right) commented on Cul de Sac 3 months ago

    Picky Eaters are all different, and no sleep-away camp could possibly have enough provisions to accommodate a group of them. (Especially since even familiar food starts to look unfamiliar in unfamiliar surroundings.)