Paul K must be an opportunist bent on living large at the expense of Ontario taxpayers. It seems that OLG-bashing has reached such a fervour that people have stopped thinking properly. Several user comments on CBC and CTV are demanding that the OLG pay Paul the $42.9 Million that he thought he won (but didn’t win) at Georgian Downs.

Here’s the story – Paul was playing a 2 cent machine when the machine erroneously displayed that he had won $42.9 Million. The machine’s maximum payout is around $10,000 according to the OLG.  Staff informed him that this was an error, took the machine out of service, contacted the machine manufacturer and the gaming regulating body for auditing, and offered Paul a few freebies for his major inconvenience. They eventually offered him the machine’s maximum payout as compensation. Sophie Quigley explains how this error may have happened.

While I understand Paul’s genuine excitement and subsequent devastation, it doesn’t mean that Ontario taxpayers should foot the bill. Here are a few examples of other mistakes that happen frequently but are often rectified without compensation:

  • Your employer deposits $100,000 into your account by mistake
  • A company misprints a flyer that offers a product for $200 rather than the actual cost of $2,000
  • A credit card company erroneously credits you $10,000

The OLG has enough legitimate problems right now without a few enterprising people inventing some more. Paul knows that he didn’t win, but is trying a very un-Canadian get-rich-quick scheme at our expense. For the OLG to pay out on this error would be unconscionable because the person never won and since the money would come directly from government funds – and this would negatively impact all Ontarians.

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Last Friday, we had dinner at Chefs’ House – the George Brown student restaurant on King Street. The food was beautiful – cooked well, plated well, good flavours. It’s a large step up from Siegfried’s.

If I must critique the restaurant – the pasta was a bit too al dente, vinegar appeared on the plate (twice) after a request to omit it, the calamari was too skimpy (or maybe too delicious), there were a couple of minor service errors and the house white was reminiscent of early 90’s Ontario. That being said (and the critique list would be longer at most Toronto restaurants), you will be surprised that this is a student restaurant. We were a table of ten with various dietary concerns and general neediness. Three hours later, the staff remained courteous and professional. The Chefs’ House is a highly recommended experience.

The world has over 3,400,000,000 (3.4 Billion) women and girls. For most of them this will not be a happy day. What are you doing about that in your personal life?

This is really short because I know my actions are what count. Introspection is a wonderful thing.