Ask A Tech Geek~~July 22, 2020

Welcome to another addition of Ask A Tech Geek. As technology advances so are the ways scammers operator. The more informed we have about their ways, the less likely they can take advantage of us

Today we are going to answer questions concerning Caller ID Spoofing.

Why are people calling me and asking me why I called them?  Has my phone been hacked?  I called a number that is scamming, when I call them back, they say it wasn’t them. How can this be?

We have all received scam phone calls saying your visa has been compromised; you owe Revenue Canada or you have won a trip on West Jet, etc. There are so many different ones out there right now. When you receive these calls many times they come from local phone numbers or the number they use continue to change every day.

The form of technology they are using is known as Caller ID Spoofing.

What is Caller ID Spoofing?

We know that Caller ID lets you know who is calling you. Caller ID Spoofing is when the caller uses a computer program/App that alters the Caller ID number from theirs to another one. It could be one that someone owns or one that is not in service. They could be calling from India or USA and make it look like it coming from right in our own community.

This app allows the scammers to be anonymous while creating two victims:” the person they called and the one who’s number they spoofed.  This protects the scammers from people tracing their number back to them and receiving retaliating calls from their victim.

Why are these programs/apps available and is it illegal to use them?

These programs/apps were created for legitimate purposes; unfortunately like all criminals they found a way to take advantage of these programs to aid in their criminal activities.   When call centres were created they would use these apps to call on behalf their clients. When more people started working from home these programs would allow them to have their office/business/work number show instead of their personal number. 

It is not illegal to use them for legitimate purposes as long as they accurately identify themselves and their client; however it is illegal to use them to scam others.

So What Should We Do?

If you receive a phone call from a number you may not recognize don’t answer it.  If you happen to and they ask you to do anything or ask for personal information hang up. 

If it happens to look like a legitimate number like your bank, Revenue Canada’s etc, remember they already have your personal information and will not need ask for it. You can always, “I am sorry I will have to call you back.” Then call the number you have on hand. If they make you feel pressured then it is not a legitimate call.

If it a unknown number and you are feel comfortable enough, phone the number and let the person who owns it know that their number has been spoofed.  Many time people are not aware their number is being used in a scam and will receive some harassing phone calls or threatening messages.  This Geek love to call then and let them know what going on a friendly voice will help them understand and that is what I hope someone would do for me.

Remember everyone gets these types of phone calls and eventually everyone’s number will be involved in some sort of Caller ID Spoofing.  It always nice to know that you are not alone and that there are friendly people out there that have your back.

You can block the number that calls you but be aware they are just going to change it up in a day or two and another number will be used for the scam.

Should I Change My Phone Number If It Happens To Me?

Changing your phone number will not help if your number has been spoofed, as eventually it will happen to your new number.  Just be patient and know that in a few days they will use another number to do their scams. 

If you receive harassing or threatening calls about you calling, just calmly and politely let them know about spoofing and that their number could be used for a scam. 

If you like more information click here for more information from the Government of Canada

What’s Cooking~~ No Cooking, Sugar or Pectin Free Refrigerator Jam

Welcome back to another segment of What’s Cooking. Today we have a very interesting way to make refrigerator jam with out cooking which is perfect on these hot summer day. Also sugar free which help us control our sugar intake especially for those who are diabetic.

Thank you to the visitor who sent us not only the recipe but the wonderful image with the recipe on it.

You will find a printable download version at the end of the recipe enjoy.

No Cooking, Sugar and Pectin free Refrigerator Jam

Make 2 cups

1 1/3 cup of Strawberries

1/3 cup Rhubarb

2Tablespoons of raw honey (or to taste)

2 Tablespoon Chia seeds

Process all ingredients in a blender and refrigerate overnight. The chia seeds will gel thickening the fruit puree

Add additional dice fruit if you like it chunky.

A Little Bit Of Humour ~~Part 12

It time to bring a little bit of humour into our live and today we have a couple that will give us a blast from the past. Sharing some retro Comic strips from years gone by. Hope this bring a smile to your face as with a quick visit to our childhood and early adult years.

From July 17 1954 Charlie Brown and the Peanuts, and for some parents this still holds true today. Some children love to get dirty.

From April 1960 Blondie and Dagwood . Yes with barbecue weather here our neighbours or maybe even you making it smell good outside.

From May 1970, Beetle Bailey. A time before computers and smartphones an era when auto correct did not exist but our fingers were still as clumsy as ever.

From January 1981, Hagar The Horrible. Was always there to bring a smile to ones face with a twist on the truth during those times.

Government Incentives and Covid News for Seniors~~ July 17’s Update

Things have rapidly changed again for us. Starting today, Chatham-Kent and most of the province is moving into stage 3.

While Chatham-Kent has moved to stage 3 you must be aware that Lambton and Windsor-Essex are remaining in stage 2.  While many things are sanctioned to open up it is still up to each municipality and\or businesses discretion as to when and/or how things will open in this new stage.

What New for Stage 3?

Almost all business will be open up; restaurants can now serve inside; splash pads and arenas will be allowed to operate events and activities maybe allowed to go ahead and more people can gather together in social activities as long as they are social distancing.

In Chatham-Kent:

“Dr. David Colby is permitting that the following operations in Chatham-Kent may resume service as early as Friday, July 17 at 12:01 A.M with public health measures in place:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities, including playgrounds and splash pads (splash pads open next week)
  • Indoor facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities, including gyms, yoga and dance studios and other fitness facilities
  • Training for indoor team sports and individual high-contact sports
  • Seated dining indoors at restaurants and bars; no buffets
  • Personal services for the face (facials, facial piercings, eyebrow waxing, eyelash extensions etc.)
  • Performing arts shows and cinemas with reduced capacity for physical distancing
  • Casinos (slots and electronic gaming only; no table games) and charitable gaming halls and events, including horse racing
  • Remaining workplaces may open, with remote work wherever possible”

For us, our Restaurants are opening up their dining areas, while splash pads and arenas will remain closed until after decided on by the Council on Monday night. This is a logistic move to make sure that everyone is on board with how to proceed in this new stage.

The Chatham Casino will be remaining closed for the time being but hoping to open in the near future. Many other business and work places will be opening up throughout the week as soon as they have all procedures and protocols in place.

The Ontario government has increased limits on how many can gather.  According to their policy

“As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people;
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.”

Social bubble/circles will remain the same only 10 people and all must remain only that bubble/circle. Hopefully in the next few weeks we may see that number increase but as for now to keep our numbers low and to help do tracing easily if necessary, the government would like the social circles to remain small.

Emergency Order Extended

While we are opening up into Stage 3 for economic reasons, the Ontario Government has extended the Emergency Orders until July 29th. Their reasoning is as follows.

“Keeping the emergency orders in place provides the government with the necessary flexibility to ensure the protection of vulnerable populations, such as seniors, while continuing to implement its Framework for Reopening the Province with many regions entering Stage 3 on Friday.”

In summary, by extending the Emergency Order they can keep watch on how Covid-19 progresses as we move forward into stage 3. This gives them the opportunity to move quickly and enforce new measures should there suddenly become an increase case numbers due to moving into this next stage.

USA and Canada Border Remains Closed.

The US and Canada Governments has agreed to extend the border closure for not essential travels until August 21st. While they are allowing people to visits immediate family on either side of the border, the Canadian Government has made a decree that anyone entering Canada must self isolate for 14 days no matter how long you were resided or visited in the USA.

What Does That Mean For Us?

It means that we are moving forward to a more normal way of life with some major changes on how we socialize.  It means that our provincial case numbers as well as our local numbers have remained low enough to move forward.

While Chatham-Kent is not making it mandatory to wear masks indoors other municipalities have so if you are planning on traveling make sure you bring your masks with you.

We are to continue to social distance even though social activities can be enlarged to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. If social distancing may be hard we are encouraged to wear masks. We must remember to practise good hygiene by washing our hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer regularly. 

For those 70 and older or have compromised immune systems it is still recommended we wear masks when out in public or in social environments.

If you still do not feel comfortable going out in public, please do not feel pressured to do so. Some may like to see how the next couple of weeks progress with the number of cases before deciding to move forward, and we respect that. In this day and age we are all responsible for our own health as we move forward into stage 3. Just remember to take a moment and enjoy the weather outside even if it is in your own backyard or balcony.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out and message us. We are in this together and together we will get through.

Research References:

Reopening Ontario

Reopening in Stage 3

Ontario Emergency Order Extended

C-K’s Medical Officer of Health Public Statement

C-K Public Health Media Release

USA Canada Border Closure Extended

Trivia Thursday July 16th 2020

Are you ready for our 10th addition of Trivia Thursday?  As usual there will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below which have the answers hidden with in it. Some answers obvious while others might be harder to figure out.   The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun


  1. What is the largest planet in our solar system?
  2. What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
  3. Red dwarf stars are the most common type of star found in which galaxy? (Hint: We are part of it)
  4. What flavor ice cream did Baskin-Robbins release in 1969 to commemorate America’s landing on the moon?
  5. How many squares in a chessboard?
  6. Which country invented Paper?
  7. What two letters never appear on the telephone dial?
  8. How many keys are on the Piano?
  9. Which word goes before vest, beans and quartet?.
  10. Which animal symbolizes good luck in Europe?


On a warm evening in July, Jesse decided to head out to look at the stars.  Stepping out the door, she could tell that the Mercury was raising, not unusual for this time of the month.  

She was not going to let a little bit of heat stop her from capturing the rare sight of the NEOWISE comet passing by.  With her camera and tripod in one hand and a Milky Way chocolate bar and blanket in the other, she head across the open field to find the perfect spot.  Oh how this field brought back memories. Remembering the time when she was a child trying to dig her way to China, she snickered at how naive she was back then.

She walked about 64 feet when she looked up and was amazed at how bright Jupiter was.  On the horizon, she noticed at least 88 to 100 fireflies twinkling in a small tree almost like a string of lights.  As she was setting up her camera on the tripod a ladybug landed on her arm.  While most children would sing the lady bug song, Jesse mother taught her to recite the Alphabet until the lady bug flew away. Whatever letter it would fly away on would be the first letter of her first child name.  In memory of her mother did it by the time she got to Q it flew away only to return again. The next time it flew away on the letter Z. “Well it looks like I may just have twins.” She chuckled to herself.

Just moments later she caught sight of the comet. With the buzzing sounds of the mosquitoes surrounding her, she took some time lapsed of the comet hoping to make its tail prevalent in her shots.  After about an hour and one chocolate bar later, she packed up and headed back home looking forward to a cone of Lunar Cheesecake she had picked up earlier for this occasions.

Ask A Tech Geek July 15

Welcome to today’s Ask a Tech Geek. There has been talk about how our smart phones track us. Today we will cover the questions about Google Location History.

What it Google Location? Can I turn it off? How do I manage my Google Location History? Can I delete it?

With every mobile device, Google use location to help you maneuver around websites so that you can locate the store near you. They use it to help navigate you to where you want to be. One thing every movement you make with your mobile device is logged and recorded in your Location History.

Now Google give you the option to turn off your location app and also gives you the opportunity to delete all or part of your history. You even have the option to auto delete after so many months.

Google Location History is a great way to remember where you were if you need to back track or if you have to prove that you were somewhere at a certain time and date.

There is no better way to explain how to manage, turn off and use Google Locate History then to share the following from Google Support.  It will cover “How to” with both android Map App and website access.

Each link will take you to your area of Google Location History as long as you are logged into your Google account.

Manage your Location History

Location History is a Google Account–level setting that saves where you go with every mobile device where:

  • You’re signed in to your Google Account,
  • You have turned on Location History, and
  • The device has Location Reporting turned on.

When you turn on Location History, you may see a number of benefits across Google products and services, including personalized maps, recommendations based on places you’ve visited, help finding your phone, real-time traffic updates about your commute, and more useful ads.

  • Location History is turned off by default for your Google Account and can only be turned on if you opt in.
  • You can pause Location History at any time in your Google Account’s Activity controls.
  • You control what’s saved in your Location History. You can view the places where you’ve been in Google Maps Timeline, and you can edit or delete information through Timeline as well.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn Location History on or off

You can turn off Location History for your account at any time. If you use a work or school account, your administrator needs to make this setting available for you. If they do, you’ll be able to use Location History as any other user.

  1. Go to the “Location History” section of your Google Account.
  2. Choose whether your account or your devices can report Location History to Google.
    • Your account and all devices: At the top, turn Location History on or off.
    • Only a certain device: Under “This device” or “Devices on this account,” turn the device on or off.

When Location History is on

  • Google only receives Location History for each device where you are signed in and you have Location Reporting turned on.
  • You can change the Location Reporting setting for each device where you’re signed in, and limit which devices provide location data to be included in Location History. If you want to change your Location History settings, you can choose to:
    • Report your location from only some of your devices, but not others.
    • Report your location from all your devices.
    • Turn off Location History for your Google Account. Your location won’t be reported from any of your devices and you will not have new Location History recorded to your account.
  • Your settings for other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device, are not changed.

When Location History is off

  • New location information is no longer saved to your Location History.
  • Previous activity is not deleted from your Location History. You can manually delete your Location History.
  • Your settings for other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device, are not changed.
  • Some location data may continue to be saved in other settings, like Web & App Activity, as part of your use of other services, like Search and Maps, even after you turn off Location History.

Delete Location History

You can manage and delete your Location History information with Google Maps Timeline. You can choose to delete all of your history, or only parts of it.

Important: When you delete Location History information from Timeline, you won’t be able to see it again.

Use the Google Maps app

Delete all Location History

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. In the top right, tap More More and then Settings and privacy.
  4. Under “Location settings,” tap Delete all Location History.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Delete a range of Location History

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More Moreand then Settings and privacy.
  4. Under “Location settings,” tap Delete Location History range.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Delete a day from Location History

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap Show calendar Show calendar.
  4. Select which day you want to delete.
  5. Tap More Moreand then Delete day.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Delete a stop from Location History

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap Show calendar Show calendar.
  4. Select the day with a stop you want to delete.
  5. Tap the stop you want to delete and then Delete Delete .
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Use a web browser

Delete all Location History

  1. In your web browser, open your Google Maps Timeline.
  2. Tap Delete Delete .
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Delete a day from Location History

  1. In your web browser, open your Google Maps Timeline.
  2. Choose a year, month, and day you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete Delete .
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Delete a stop from Location History

  1. In your web browser, open your Google Maps Timeline.
  2. Choose a year, month, and day you want to delete.
  3. Next to the stop you want to delete, tap More Moreand then Remove stop from day.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Automatically delete your Location History

You can choose to automatically delete Location History that’s older than 3 months or 18 months.

Use the Google Maps app

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. At the top right, tap More Moreand then Settings and privacy.
  4. Scroll to “Location settings.”
  5. Tap Automatically delete Location History.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Use a web browser

  1. In your web browser, open your Google Maps Timeline
  2. At the bottom right, click Settings Settings icon and then Automatically delete Location History
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions. 

What happens after you delete some or all Location History

If you delete some or all of your Location History, some personalized experiences across Google may be degraded or lost. For example:

  • Albums in Google Photos automatically created from places you’ve visited
  • Recommendations based on places you’ve visited
  • Real-time information about the best time to leave for home or work in order to beat the traffic

Important: If you have other settings like Web & App Activity turned on and you pause Location History or delete location data from Location History, you may still have location data saved in your Google Account as part of your use of other Google sites, apps, and services. For example, location data may be saved as part of activity on Search and Maps when your Web & App Activity setting is on, and included in your photos depending on your camera app settings.

Usage & diagnostics for Location History

When you turn on Location History, your device may send diagnostic information to Google about what’s working and not working for Location History. If you turn Location History off, you can decide whether to share usage and diagnostics information.

All usage and diagnostics information is used in accordance with Google’s privacy policy.What information your device could share

Your device may send information to Google to help improve Location History. For example, sent information could include:

  • Quality and length of your connections to mobile networks, GPS, Wi-Fi networks, or Bluetooth
  • State of your location settings
  • Restarts and crash reports
  • Apps used to turn Location History on or off
  • Battery levels

How shared information helps Google improve

Usage and diagnostics information can help improve Google apps, products, and Android devices. For example, Google can use information to improve:

  • Battery life: Google can use information about what’s using the most battery on your device to help reduce battery consumption for commonly used features.
  • Location accuracy: Google can use information from location sensors and settings to help improve location estimates for apps and services.

Learn more about other location settings

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Till next time stay safe, stay healthy and most of all stay positive.

Your Resident Geek.

What’s Cooking~~ Bacon Cheddar Hamburger Patties

Photo by Jens Mahnke

BBQ weather is in full force with the aroma of foods cooking on the grill fill the air.  Today we have a wonderful delicious barbecue hamburger recipe.


¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

½  cup crumbled cooked bacon

1 envelope onion soup mix

2 pounds lean ground beef


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cheese, bacon and soup mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight patties.
  2. Place patties flat on wax paper and refrigerate for about an hour before cooking.
  3. Grill burgers, over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°F /70°C or higher or until juices run clear about 5-7 minutes on each side. Serve on bun with lettuce and tomato or how you desire.

Additional Options: You can change this recipe up by substitute your different flavours of cheese.


Government Incentives and Covid News for Seniors~~ July 10’s Update

There has been no significant changes in the last 7 days but our researcher has some interesting news on Property Taxes due date and additional drive thru testing centres around Chatham Kent

Senior’s Covid Benefit

You should have notices that the benefit from the Canadian Government was deposited in your bank account, unless you receive your government payments in the mail. Those that receive their payments by mail and have not received it yet keep an eye on your mailbox it should be in early next week.

What is new in Ontario?

The Ontario Government has again extended the. They are carefully considering all their options before moving forward with both stage 3 and allowing the declaration to expire. The Ontario government is using this time by working on a bill in legislation that will continue to help the Government to maneuver and proceed to keep us safe with emergency orders that can be extended till next year, while still lifting the Declaration.

This is a taunting task as they make sure that our rights are not infringed on while at the same time keeping us safe from a surge in outbreaks of this virus.

There is a new app coming in the near future (maybe this month) that will help with Tracking/tracing the Covid-19. If you are interested in learning more please check out this week’s Ask a Tech Geek where she explain what it is and how it will work.

CK News

We have still been fortunate with keeping our Covid numbers low as well as our long-term care facilities remained free from this virus. We are still waiting on the government in implement stage 3.

There are several drive thru testing going on throughout Chatham Kent. If you know someone in these areas that would like to be tested please share this information with them.

  • Blenheim
  • Thursday, July 16 and Friday July, 17
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Blenheim Memorial Arena
  • 199 King Street South, Blenheim, ON, N0P 1A0
  • Thamesville
  • Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thamesville Area Public School
  • 30 Mary Street, Thamesville, ON, N0P 2K0

Property Tax Information

Chatham Kent has extended their Property Tax final interim due dates to September and November. With a quick call to the tax department our researcher has confirmed that our tax bills will not be mailed out till the beginning of August. So you do not have to worry about your tax bill arriving in your mailbox this month.


As we move forward slowly and cautiously seeing Ontario reopening, we are still being asked to do our part:.

  1. Wear masks when social distancing will not/ may not be feasible.
  2. Remember to wash your hands regularly. Use soap and water and should that is not available hand sanitizer. 
  3. Continue to carry hand sanitizer or a baggy of wet soapy paper towels. 
  4. Continue with social distancing and do not gather in groups larger than 10 that includes you social bubbles.

Those that are over 70 and/or have a compromised immune system you can continue to go outside in your yard and enjoy the summer months just be careful of the heat and air quality on those days stay in and enjoy some of our other segments on the website.   And make sure if you go into a place of business you wear a mask.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out and message us.

Reference links.

Ontario Emergency Order update

 Mobile/Drive Thru Testing Centers

CK Property Tax Information

CK Property Tax Frequently Asked Covid 19 Questions

A Little Bit Of Humour ~~Part 11

It has been a warm week filled with wonderful Sunsets and a full moon. Hopeful we will receive a bit of of a reprieve from the heat until then sit back with a nice cool drink in a nice cool room and enjoy a bit of humour.

Ice cream Anyone

Oh The Heat

The Summer Night Vampires

Let’s Go For A Ride

Trivia Thursday July 9th 2020

Are you ready for our 9th addition of Trivia Thursday?  As usual there will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below which have the answers hidden with in it. Some answers obvious while others might be harder to figure out.   The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun


  1. Sumaraz is the Proto-Germanic Word for the season which solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is between June 20 and 21st
  2. June was named after Juno Roman Goddess of what?
  3. What summer blockbuster film was the first to be promoted to the public by a blitz of expensive television advertisement?
  4. What month is National Watermelon Month
  5. What “summer-time” smell  do social researchers say is most often found to stimulate pleasant memories in human beings?
  6. What are the three sisters in companion planting?
  7. What historical figure was July named after?
  8. In the past, people use to put a few drops of what in their lemonade to make it pink?
  9. In which province is Canada’s “Sunflower Belt” located?
  10. Who is the largest independent ice cream manufacturer in Canada?


The large July Buck Moon rose over the tree lined horizon as Julius set his plan into motion to proposed marriage to the love of his life.  Laying a blanket on the freshly cut grass, he thought to himself, “Lizzy is going to be so surprised. She will never expect a midnight dinner under the stars.”

He found a crevice in the trunk of a Manitoba Maple and hid the ring.. 

Due to the unusually warm Ontario summer night, Lizzy arrived wearing a sundress the colour of a yellow squash.  Her eyes sparkled when she saw the spread Julius had place out. 

“Oh what a wonderful treats, all my favourites, three bean salad chicken legs and garlic bread. Oh what are you up too” she spoke in loving playful way

“I just thought you love a night under the stars”

As they were finishing up their meal, they were startled by a rustling in nearby corn field then a weird whining sound.  Julius jumped up to investigate with Lizzy right behind him.  Narrowing in on the sound he honed in on it and started to weave in and out of the rows of corn.

Lizzy stood at the edge of the field watching the corn stocks sway back and forth by Julius’ movement and snickered to herself. His movements remaindered her of Jaws and how the shark would weave through the water.

Suddenly there was a yelp and the whimpering stopped. Julius emerged from the field with something tiny in his hand.  When Lizzy saw it she fell in love with this tiny little puppy but she noticed the poor thing was hurt and his fur which should be white was the colour of beet juice. 

Julius brought him back to the blanket and gave him a bit of water and some chicken, which he wolfed it down.  

“Oh we have to call him Beetle Juice because he startled us and he is the colour of beets.” She spoke in  a low voice as not to scare the puppy.

The word “we” made Julius’ heart jump for joy.  He went over to the tree and pulled out the ring got on one knee and proposed.  “Lizzy you know that we have been dating since last August and I love you with all my heart.  Now with this little one coming into our lives, I believe the universe is saying ‘we should be together forever’. Will you Marry Me?”

“Oh Julius!! Yes! Yes I will Marry You.” she exclaimed as tears of joy filled her eyes.

After he placed the ring on her hand he picked up Beetle Juice and said “Welcome to the Chapman’s family little one.”

The three of them lying on the blanket looked up at the stars with their hearts will filled with love, joy and contentment.

Ask A Tech Geek~~July 8th 2020

Welcome to today’s Ask a Tech Geek.   Today’s questions have to do with the new Covid Tracking App.

I heard the government has put a tracking app on our phones? What is this new Covid Tracking App?  Do we have to participate in this new Covid Tracking thing?  Who is tracking us and how are they going to use my information?

With talk of a tracking app and fear of loss of privacy, many are wondering about this Covid 19 Tracking App.  The government is working with phone and service providers to create an app that will help  people know if they have at any time been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

This app will not be using GPS or any location services to track where people have been or where they are going. It will use the phone’s Bluetooth system.

This app will share your Bluetooth identification number with another person’s phone that you have come in close contact with and vice versa. No names will be shared, no personal data and neither phones will be able to communicate with each other in any other way.

Here is an example; You are in the grocery store you have the app downloaded and while shopping your phone and other phones around you that have app are sharing their id with each other. Should it happen that one of the people who has the app later tests for Covid-19, then the app on that phone will be able to send a warning to all the other phones stating that they may have been in contact with the virus and should seek medical advice. There will also be a way to contact your local health unit by submitting a form through the app.

The Bluetooth information that is exchanged between phones will only be held for 14 day after the 14th day if the two phones have not been in contact the Bluetooth Id will be deleted.

There has been a platform added to phones to help run this app but it cannot and will not be activated until you personally download the app giving it permission to access your Bluetooth system. 

The Government is setting up this process to help with covid tracing which is especially important as more business and recreational areas open up.  It will be easier to do trace tracking especially if you are near many people that you may not know personally may it be at work, in a park or travelling.

The platform or tool box that has been add to your phone was created to make sure that the app will only access Bluetooth Id numbers and no other areas of your phone.  This is to ensure that your privacy is maintained at all time and that fraudulent apps cannot be downloaded by mistake.

The province of Ontario will be the Bata testers for this app as it starts to roll out to the rest of the country. We should see it up and running in Ontario very shortly.

Here is an example of what we may see from this app.

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A visit to the Toronto Zoo ~~ Part 3

With us being in a heatwave we are all looking for ways to cool down. For today’s segment we are going to visit a baby Hippo while she plays in several pools of water. Sit back and relax watching little Princess Penelope’s water adventures . We hope you enjoy these short videos of this beautiful creature. Welcome to the Hippo exhibit.

Bath Time

Pool Time

Every baby loves their own pool
Sometimes swimming makes you a bit hungry
Or a bit tired

It Big Pool Time

Oh to be in the big pool with mommy is so much fun
Mommy and daughter bonding time
Look I can hold my breath and play underwater

Time for a Nap

It been a long day and now she is tired wishing who ever is making that clicking sound would stop.

What’s Cooking~~Easy Blackberry Raspberry Jam (A Quick Taste of Summer)

With summer comes all types of fresh berries today we have a wonderful taste of summer that will be quick and easy. This taste combo will be the pride of your table this summer.


Easy Blackberry Raspberry Jam (A Quick Taste of Summer)


1 ¾ of each Raspberries and blackberries rinsed and dried

2 ½ granulated sugar

5 tbsp real lemon juice (Natural pectin)


Put the raspberries, blackberries, sugar and lemon juice into a medium to large sauce pan.

Placing pan over a low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar crystals have dissolved.

Raise the temperature slightly and bring the mixture to a rolling boil and continue to boil for 7 minutes.

Remove from heat, put a few teaspoons in a chilled saucer then place the saucer in fridge for about a minute (This is a tester)

You will know that your jam is done, when tester comes out of the fridge and has a gel like texture when your finger or spoon runs over it.  If the jam isn’t ready then continue boiling for another 2 minutes at a time and re-test until ready (Average time is about 9 to 11 minutes total boiling).

Ladle or pour the jam in sterilized jars then sealing with lids immediately – makes 2 (450 ml) jars

Once cooled store in refrigerator unopened should last up to 6 months in the fridge. Open jars will last about 30 to 45 days.

This jam is delicious treat for toast, ice cream, or an added flavour to your yogourt.