The Chartered Professional Accountands of Canada were recently breached. Email, home address, password, etc. The usual stuff.

Now, you are sitting there thinking "I am not a CPA, so this matters not to me". You are thinking, "I don't even need to read the articule to know they talk about targetted phishing against those folks". Your worry is misdirected. You are at risk.

Let me explain. You see, in your personal and professional supply chain there are CPA at many steps. Your bank, your investments, your auditor, etc. And, it is you, the end-user of the CPA service, that will be where the next attack comes, using this data.

Perhaps some CPA use the same password & email on other systems, and someone can act as them to come into your business.

Someone posing as your CPA could trick your Accounts Payable team, your bank. Or perhaps your HR, maybe that "we want to audit all employees SIN numbers are correct" audit that doesn't exist?

The risk you see is often a misdirection from the risk that will become concrete.

I have flown hundreds of flights on the venerable 767, within north america, to asia, to europe. Today Air Canada flew their last one.

I always would check to see if I were flying on the most famous 767,the Gimli Glider, which retired in 2008. (For those who don't know, a 767 became a glider for a long distance, safely landing, after a confusion on weight versus mass in fuel). It even got a Canada Post stamp (see the lack of engines).

It was because of the 767 that I learned what ETOPS stands for (Engines Turn Or Passengers Swim.... NOT!).

By by birdie.

For more than half my life the East Side Mario's in the (Waterloo) University plaza has been there. The fancy place we would go in school when we felt flush and the student pub was closed. The place w/ the salad of unusual depth and the weird pepper in it. The breadsticks. If you were on a limited budget you wanted quantity!

Sadly, the place has closed permanently. I'm sure this time next year it will be the worlds largest bubble tea place or another dozen shawarma places. And, while those are good, sometimes its the dingy history you want.

And that leaves Farrah's and Gino's (now Campus Pizza) as the enduring purveyors of student value.

Its been a national and provincial embarassment to see the Canadian Forces required to assist in long term care facilities. But worse was what they found, that some of the homes appear to be not merely overrun by a surge of complexity due to Covid-19, but instead are systematically under-regulated, under-managed, under-governed.

I'm going to propose another approach. The activist shareholder approach. Those who hold shares in the companies can create a shareholder resolution, something along the lines of:

... Boilderplate about when/where/corporation
Therefore, it was resolved, that the corporation shall:

* have the executive leadership team visit a random 25% of long-term care homes each quarter,
* have the independent board of directors visit a different random 10% of long-term care homes each quarter
* that the board certify that the standard of care present matches their expectation as set out in governance policy
* that the audit committee of the board certify that they have audited the management policies and procedures

* that the executive leadership team certify that their policies and procedures are being executed according to the laws and regulations of the province, in addition to their internal controls and, that this certification be made publicly available including at a live press-conference with members of the public press.

If we want to get started, a good spot would be Sienna, publicly traded. The board of directors of Sienna is listed here. The senior leadershio team is listed here. I am willing to guess that those folks would be very diligent in their duties to their stakeholders (their patients, their families, their shareholders, their staff, the community) if they were certifying publicly that they had done so.

I understand that some of these companies have refused to answer questions to the media. Thus the shareholder resolution route could be a good one. shows the stock and value (no surprise its down). We can see the filings here. I have attached their 2020 Q1 MD&A here.

I would also argue that all taxpayers are now de-factor shareholders in the companies that are receiving assistance.

If you want to see the type of agreement that is entred into legally, look here, this is the one for Rykka Care Centres for Hamliton, and here is the one for Missisauga, they operate some of the homes at the heart of the report.

Welcome to the family the TP-Link HS220. A wifi-enabled dimmer switch. You know you can always use another WiFi switch product!

For once in the history of smart switches we have a neutral wire (the white), normally the experience is to open the existing wall plate and curse the electrician who, sometime during the ascendency of disco, saved $0.02 and skipped the traveller.

Installed. IP assigned. Discovered in Home Assistant. Working. Great!

One minor hiccup. I bought this since it would work locally (I don't want some new cloud service they'll bring in a few months). And, it does. The Kasa app does allow you to login as a guest and setup new devices without creating an account. Except for the HS220. The other switches work. Huh? Well, dummy account created, device assigned to the IOT network (which has no Internet access), and it works from Home Assistant, So, minor speedbump, the device does work without Internet.