Bureaucratic Lines

I'm almost through gathering the materials I need for my passport application. I haven't gotten a guarantor, yet. Like Ancarett, I also work in a university (the University of Waterloo) and I know a senior administrator who might qualify. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get ahold of him yesterday.

You can't go to your bank or credit union and get your bank manager to sign your papers, anymore. Since September 11, they've tightened the rules, and bank managers were actually taken off the list. Actually, this is the list below (courtesy of this link):

Your guarantor must: 1) Be a Canadian citizen residing in Canada. 2) Have known you personally for at least two years. 3) Be included in one of the groups listed below in the eligible guarantor list:

  • Chiropractor
  • Judge, magistrate
  • Lawyer
  • Mayor
  • Medical doctor or dentist
  • Minister of religion authorized under provincial law to perform marriages
  • Notary public
  • Optometrist
  • Person occupying a senior administrative position in a community college (includes CEGEP)
  • Pharmacist
  • Police officer (municipal, provincial or RCMP)
  • Postmaster
  • Principal of a primary or secondary school
  • Professional accountant (member of APA, CA, CGA, CMA, PA, RPA)
  • Professional engineer (P.Eng., Eng. in Quebec)
  • Senior administrator or teacher in a university
  • Veterinarian

I've known my doctor for only three months, my optometrist for six. I guess, if all else fails, I can go with my dentist. I haven't been to my dentist in four years (I've alternated between a lack of time and a lack of dental insurance) but he's still my dentist. And my parents go to him, so I'm sure he's kept regularly updated about me.

This is going to be a month for getting things renewed. My Ontario drivers' license and Ontario Health Card both have to be renewed, not to mention the license plate on my car. What was the benefit of birthdays, again?

:Angel: was good, although the director (also the writer) was a little addicted to his slow motion action scenes, wasn't he? Knowing what I know about the behind-the-scenes scramble behind this series, and knowing what I know about the upcoming episodes, I fear the writers are really scrambling to keep a handle on the story. If we as the viewers don't know what will happen next, I suspect it was because the writers themselves didn't know what will happen. That's often not a good thing, but the crew have pulled off an entertaining set of episodes, at least. And early indications are that the fifth season (if renewed) will have a completely different creative direction and a solid plan...

A tech support question: my mother views this site on Internet Explorer 5.0 for the MacIntosh. Unlike Erin's IE5 for the MacIntosh, my mother's browser takes my sidebar frames and piles them across the top of this page. I'm using the DIV tag to separate the various elements on the site, and I'm using "align: left" and "align: right" to keep the main window and the sidebar frames apart. What other CSS command could I be using? What setting should my mother change? Or should she just upgrade to Mozilla?

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