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I'm a huge fan of the eats at the FIXX chain of restaurants. Love the Old Market Square location, and the Portage Avenue spot has been a fave for a quick lunch while I troll the Taman inquiry at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Along with great food, the restaurants all have some form of WIFI. And as you may have noted in my previous post about the idiotic WIFI policy at the WCC, WIFI is really important to me. Okay, I have a bit of an addiction, I'll admit it.And now on top of all that, I've got ANOTHER huge problem.At the Portage Avenue location, which is right beside the MTS Centre, the owner shuts down the WIFI everyday over the lunch hour (until at least 2:30 PM) to stop WIFI squatters from taking seats away from paying lunch eaters. What about the lunch eaters who want WIFI too? The staff could only shake their heads. Fortunately, I'm able to just reach a MTS WIFI signal from the MTS Centre (who would have thought) but it's so weak the connection is constantly disconn..........ecting. See what I mean?Would a table minimum not be better than shutting down the WIFI? One might think so, but apparently not at the FIXX. I'll encourage the owners to consider something like that so I don't have to do without my "What's Gotten India" sandwich.Does anyone else have a woeful tale of WIFI idiocy? I'd love to know the best and worst places downtown to grab a signal.-30-

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About Dan Lett

Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.

Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.

In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.

He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.

In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.

Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.

Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.

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