Conditions for employment

I did some research this morning about a job that I saw posted online. It was for a Program Instructor for the summer. I was curious as to whether or not my grandson would be eligible.

Summer program jobs have been very, very good to me in my youth. In particular, it was life-guarding, teaching swim lessons, running sports programs at a resort, working on a farm, and probably other things that escape memory.

There was one job that lasted one day on construction that required me to get into a hole, chip out cracked foundations, and refill them with fresh concrete. It lasted one day because the cracking had come about by lots and lots of rain. The hole I got into was filled with mud and as I twisted to get out everything below my knee stayed in place and the rest of me moved. Hurt, pain, ouch and ligaments torn.

The other jobs worked out and paid well so it was nice to have alternatives.

Our local community is looking for a program instructor and so I did my research to see if it would be appropriate. I was pleasantly surprised to see this included as a condition for getting the job.

“Please note that Amherstburg requires that all newly hired employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and provide proof of full vaccination, or provide proof of a bona fide Human Rights Code or medical exemption on a form issued from and approved by Amherstburg.”

I suspect that this is going to be a requirement for the next few years at least.

Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

I know that there’s a certain element in our society that refuses to get vaccinated. It just struck me that this job, geared to secondary or university students, sets another standard for summer jobs. They are hard to get in the best of times; this will make them even more difficult.

I know that the numbers are down everywhere but they’re not at zero and very unlikely to be for a long time, if ever.

There are times when I’m now out and about and many people are acting like we’re back to the old normal. There are even some stores that no longer provide hand sanitiser at the door and the old warning/caution signs removed.

Believe me, nobody wants all this to be over with more than me, but the daily reports of those in the hospital and sadly, those who have passed away, serve as a reminder that we’re not there yet.

I find it amazing that, as we head to the polls this week, the issue of COVID hasn’t become one of the big issues to help separate candidates.

Shouldn’t it be?


OTR Links 05/31/2022

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


As a result of the latest Google announcements, there has been a lot of talk about the Lacros browser. It’s freely available to test so, if you know me, I was all over it. After all, you can’t have too many browsers on your computer! In this case, it’s on the Chromebook.

This is interesting reading – Lacros

Since its beginning with Chromebooks, basically what you saw was the Chrome browser as the interface that let you do everything. Chromebooks have matured over the years and now you can run Linux and Android applications which open up a lot of options for software, particularly browsers. On mine, I do have Opera, Firefox, and Vivaldi Android versions installed and they work fine, if you want to work like you’re on a phone.

At one point, I had installed Firefox on Linux and played around with it. As with the Android applications, it was pokey. Functional, but pokey. There was nothing that actually ran on the ChromeOS. Until I read about Lacros, that is. If you read the link above, you’ll know that the master plan is to uncouple the Chrome browser from the ChromeOS and Lacros will be the answer. Ultimately, I suspect, it will be renamed Chrome and the old Chrome will go away.

Right now, you can install and have both on your Chromebook. It’s kind of cool to have both icons stuck to my shelf.

These are the flags that I used to make it happen.

Just like ChromeOS, there are different channels that you could choose – Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary, Since it’s all in the testing anyway, I went with Stable.

After setting those flags, I had to restart the computer and ended up with Lacros on the shelf. I started it; and all the extensions that I use had to be logged in again as the web applications like Twitter, Flipboard, etc. Interestingly, Lacros stole all the extensions from Chrome so I now have them all there and nothing if I load the Chrome browser.

I made the switch to Lacros as my default browser on my Chromebook and it works nicely. The theme and all the settings from Chrome came over nicely. Most everything works nicely.

One of the things that I use on Facebook throws an error…

I would have thought that message was reserved for Internet Explorer. The other issue that I’ve noticed so far is that screen redraws are considerably slower than in the Chrome browser.

The version number is the same as the version of Chrome that I use but interestingly, it indicates that an update is available but it doesn’t actually update.

There is a qualifier than it’s “Experimental (alpha-quality)” so I’m sure that will change at some point. You have to smile just a bit at the name of the browser; it’s not called Lacros but is labelled Google Chrome. So, it’s a hint of things to come.

It was fun to play around with something that will be coming sooner or later when it’s deemed to be ready for prime time.

Are you interested enough to try?

OTR Links 05/30/2022

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Week Ending 2022-05-29

Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.


  • A whack of ideas for what you can do with an Raspberry Pi
  • This is an amazing story of a gentleman who has a vehicle with 1 000 000 kilometres on it


  • For teachers of Mathematics, here are some great ideas for the classroom
  • If there are any technology coaches still around, here are 10 suggestions to help your teachers grow


  • With the latest announcement from Google, there’s a lot said about Lacros
  • Microsoft comes out with its own concept of what a Chromebook should be – hint, it runs Windows


  • About using Google Lens to find images when searching with Google
  • DuckDuckGo has a bad bit of publicity when it was revealed that they were giving private information to Microsoft


  • Everything you ever wanted to know about DuckDuckGo – well maybe not everything but a lot of things
  • A poll taken of US Senators about their thoughts on what action should be taken about guns and not surprisingly, there were a lot of no replies


  • My old employer has released an anti-Black racism document to drive their learning campaign
  • If you believe that being lucky is just a random sort of thing, you might want to read this and maybe change your mind


  • All about Doug Ford’s theme song for the campaign. He should have just called Larry the Cable Guy
  • This would indeed be scary. I think we all have done fire drills but a realistic shooter drill?

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.

#FollowFriday – May 27, 2022

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voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a blog post/show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers. Stephen Hurley and I use their writing as the basis for a conversation.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts 
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris
  • Shyama Sunderaswara – @ssunderaswara

This week’s show:

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Technology Troubleshooting

As I write this, it’s Sunday morning and I’m watching the Formula 1 pre-race show. This week, they are in Monaco. If you only watch one Grand Prix a year, this is the one to watch.

Unless other races where there are safety measures everywhere, Monaco runs on the streets of Monte Carlo between metal barriers and a couple of padded ones but that’s few and far between.

You never hope to see an accident in a race but typically when it happens, there’s an opening in the barrier and the car is just pushed behind. That’s not possible here and so you can see large cranes in the background to just pick the cars up and remove them that way.

Hopefully, I won’t see them in use today but it’s nice to know that there’s something in place should it be necessary.

Look what I made

With all the Wordle craze, I of course blogged about it earlier but also created a Wakelet of all the Wordle clones I could find. Once created, I’ve been adding to it daily, it seems. I guess it’s presumptuous to think I could do it all in one session. It certainly has taken the online world by storm.

My collection is available here:

Update – May 29: Up to 57 entries.

Video of the Week

Kudos for missing the NRA Convention and standing on principle

Photo of the Week

We have a new garden out front. Lots and lots of mulch.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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