THE MEANINGFUL DAY BY JOHNNY GICAR

I have people constantly asking me how I keep my busy mind at ease. The answer to this is ever changing. It takes practice, intention and mindfulness.

Engineer, construction project management, my hobby is photography, family and friends, and lastly Entrepreneurship at GICAR WORKS.

We often hear the following:

“This day flew by”

“I don’t have enough time”

“Where did this week go?”

“It’s the weekend already!”

Everyone is different and everyone has their way to kick-start and go about their day, activities and goals. Some people have journals, whereas some create detailed agendas. Over the years, I have worked extremely hard to create a personal program that works for me.

Take a look at my program below and see it you can pull out some ideas in which you can apply to your daily routine to create everyday a MEANINGFUL DAY.

LIVE YOUR DAY

Johnny Gicar

THE MEANINGFUL DAY by Johnny Gicar

Education is not the same thing as learning

Education is an industrial system

Read full article here : Education is an industrial systemIt’s a system that’s often mandatory. It’s based on command and control and compliance. It processes humans and seeks to get them to conform. It involves tests and other units of measurement, and if you’re defective, it processes you again. Not just elementary school, but large-scale higher education. And much of what happens in corporate training as well. The alternative is enrollment.

 

LIVING ON ONE DOLLAR

A short & sweet blog post on an eye opening documentary.

Living on One Dollar is a film and journey that follows our own experience living on $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala.

Visit Living On One Website & watch the documentary on Netflix

Watch the Trailer

Don’t forget to visit out blog here Communication Hack

THE SQUARE FOOT PRICING MYSTERY

The square-foot price most contractors will give you?

My only advice is to read carefully between the line and develop a strict-concise and detailed scope of work to avoid cost overruns.

Read Article Here | Builder Online

Scotiabank construction report says Canadians to spend record $53B on renos in 2015

 For the first time, Canadians will spend as much money fixing up old homes as building new ones

 The federal government isn’t the only one spending on construction projects of late, as Scotiabank said Wednesday that Canadians will spend a record $53 billion this year on home renovations.

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Inflation Hits Heavy Equipment Prices

A survey of ENR’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors this fall reveals significant price inflation for heavy equipment and commercial vehicles over the past five years. Some respondents attribute the change to higher costs associated with equipping diesel engines with the latest emission controls.

Of the 519 responding firms, nearly 92% reported facing higher purchase prices since 2010. More than two-thirds said prices were up as much as 20%.

Source – ENR.com

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Paris Conference will have impact on buildings

Paris

Paris, a popular city being uttering by many people these days.

Check out what the the Paris UN Climate Conference “COP21”

 

Read more here: Canadian Consulting Engineer

All-Glass Suspension Bridge Opens in Hunan, China

Shiniuzhai Geopark in China’s Hunan Province.

China has opened its first glass-bottomed suspension bridge that spans 1,000-feet-long at 600 feet above ground. It is the world’s longest glass suspension bridge.

The high-altitude, transparent bridge was originally constructed with wood, but converted to glass. Transparent glass you say? Walking on glass at 600 feet above ground? Apparently, the 24mm-thick glass is stronger than regular glass and the bridge has been designed to withstand wind loads, earthquakes and frost. The weight load of visitors, walking on the bridge, is set at 800 people.

Even better, the visitors are given special shoes to wear when walking and crossing the glass bridge.

Tourist are given special shoes to wear as the cross the clear bridge that hangs 180 meters above the ground.

More intereting, the canyon, which is a part of the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, reportedly inspired the world of James Cameron‘s “Avatar,” the China Daily reported, adding that a sky column similar to one seen in the movie, was renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in 2010.

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TWISTED ECONOMY

Canada is ditching its manufacturing jobs and replacing them with jobs building condos.

“Canada has brilliantly adopted the Chinese economic growth strategy — all real estate, all the time,” investment banker and Globe and Mail columnist Scott Barlow recently Tweeted.

Read Full Article Here

Elevated Bonaventure Expressway to become “Champs Elysees”

In Montreal, sections of the elevated Place Bonaventure expressway are being dismantled to be replaced by a nine-lane urban boulevard.

What do you think about this development??

Read Full Article Here

Bonaventure Project

The Underground City

Montreal’s underground city hosts everything a modern city needs – composed of 20 miles (32 km) of underground tunnels over an area of 5 square miles (12 square km). It consists of housing, schools, shopping center and public transportation.

Are you interesting in knowing where the 5 million square mile underground city that can host 20, 000 people might be located?
Note: It would take you approximately 20 minutes of driving at 100km/hr to travel through 32 km of Montreal underground tunnel network

Watch Video Here

Inside the Ferrari Factory: The Mechanical Workshop

Whether you are a Ferrari fan, a car fanatic or just simply interested in ingenuity and innovation, this is an article you must definitely check out.

The images below give an inside look at the 15,000 square meter Ferrari factory mechanical workshop building, designed by french architect jean nouvel and renovated to match the improvements in technology circa 1997 by company president Luca di Montezemolo.

Furthermore, in order to improve their green credentials and carbon emissions all conditions are regulated with efficient machinery, including temperature, humidity and even sound proofing.

Floor map of the workshop

Ferrari Factory – Mechanical Workshop Building

A finished engine on display in the workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read article and view all the pictures please visit Inside the Ferrari Factory: the mechanical workshop by INTERESTING ENGINEERING

The Secret Life of The Aluminum Can, A Feat of Engineering

Have you ever thought about what goes into making a can of your favorite soft drink, juice, or beer?

“The people of the world go through 180 billion aluminum beverage cans a year; enough to build dozens of towers to the moon.”

Here are some things we should be thinking about while enjoying of favorite can of the ‘good stuff’.

How does this aluminum can interact with my beverage? Can the beverage corrode the can? Should it be protected? How doesn’t the can explode under the pressure of carbonated drinks? Can the can alter the taste of our favorite drink?

Read the full article here. I will change the way you look at aluminum can.

 

 

 

Shipping Containers Converted Into Student Housing

Project by property management company Citiq turned shipping containers into student housing in Brixton.

A rejuvenation project that add life and character to a metropolitan city hosting thousands of international students. Can this be a possible in Montreal?

Read the article Here

Premium Price for Gas in Montreal… Regardless!

As the price of crude oil plummets below $50/barrel, Montreal gas consumers all still paying the price. Have you ever wondered why Quebecers will NEVER get a ‘break’ on gas prices?

A couple months back, we were stuck in a bad situation when prices sky rocketed to almost $1.50/litre. Now, that price of oil is dropping….and guess what? …. We are still paying the highest across Canada.

I’ve been researching the subject and asking myself a lot of questions. In conclusion, whether the price of crude oil rises or drops to below $10 per barrel, us Montrealers will always pay the premium price. As long a we reside in the province of Quebec, we will never catch a ‘break’ on consumer goods.

After researching, here are some facts I have obtained from news articles and economics “people”

The blame ….

  1. Higher Taxes
  2. A week Canadian Dollar
  3. Seasonal Effects
  4. Rising Taxes

“On average, the price in Montreal without taxes is less than in Toronto or in Calgary for example,” said Sonia Marcotte, president and CEO of the Quebec Association Of Independent Petroleum Marketers.

Read more: CTV News – Taxes Partly to blame for Quebec’s Higher Gas Prices

OIl Chart

 

Montreal Gas Prices – 107.9 ¢/litre

Ottawa Gas Prices – 86.9 ¢/litre

Toronto Gas Prices – 89.9 ¢/litre

Windsor Gas Prices – 85.4 ¢/litre

Winnipeg Gas Prices – 79.4 ¢/litre

Calgary Gas Prices – 77.9 ¢/litre

Vancouver Gas Prices – 102.9 ¢/litre

Fredericton Gas Prices – 85.9 ¢/litre

Saint John NB Gas Prices – 92.9 ¢/litre

Source: http://www.tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com

 

Below you will find a comparison of Montreal and Toronto gas prices in a chart format.

The Full Article can be found here: CBC News – Gas Prices Across Canada

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My Solution to this NON-SENSE….

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but wait…. Can we clear up the nasty potholes across the island of Montreal?


 

 

 

10 Laws of Productivity

Yet another interesting article on PRODUCTIVITY!

Although some of these points are fairly obvious and others may be difficult to introduce to our daily routines, the important element to remember is that everyone is UNIQUE. Whether you are a professional or an entrepreneur, we each have to CUSTOMIZE our own Laws of Productivity.

Check out this article for an brief introduction  – 10 Laws of Productivity