2016-07-20 Wed

Choosing a Dentist

I consider that my previous dentist cheated me. I went in to get a filling repaired, suffered pain for three weeks. When I went back in I was told that the dentist who had repaired my filling had botched the job; an X-ray of the nerve showed it grossly swollen. I was charged for the repair AND had to pay for antibiotics. I consider that I should not have paid anything to repair the damage done by the practice.

Now I am hunting for a new dentist. I pass by four practices each morning as I walk to collect the free Toronto Star from Ryerson University.

I have made four slips of paper each headed “name” and with entries for $clean, $check, $X-ray and USB? And will ask at each of the four practices:-

(1) How much do you charge for cleaning (cash payment in banknotes)

(2) How much do you charge for an overall check (cash payment in banknotes)

(3) How much do you charge for an X-ray of a tooth (cash payment in banknotes)

(4) Will you copy all X-rays to my USB thumb drive?

At the end of the day I will have a quantitative comparison of each clinic.

I will also have a subjective feeling for each clinic based on the friendliness of the reception staff, and the ambience of the waiting room

If nothing else it has to be better than falling into the first clinic I come to when I am in agony.

Construction Sites - Yonge and Yorkville streets

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Our ninth Construction Site was being prepared three years ago. A team came and drilled holes in the laneway immediately to the west of the site, another team replaced a strip of gravel by sealing the strip with bitumen.

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About a year ago on Yonge Street opposite the Toronto Reference Library , the storefronts were boarded up.

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This is the view from the north-west corner of Yonge and Yorkville. The Yorkville Public Library is ahead of me, to the west. The Toronto Reference Library is behind me and to my left.

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And here is a view of those buildings which were boarded up fifteen months ago.