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Can You Go to Canada If You Have a DUI?

Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]

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instanews – Local Breaking News App for iOS and Android

We are excited to announce the official Canadian launch of the instanews Android app and instanews iOS app. The instanews mobile app enables anyone with an iPhone or Android phone to share breaking local news with nearby people more effectively than on existing platforms. Quickly and easily publish your own local news stories, and discover […]

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instanews App – Local News by Real People

Hello fellow Canadian bloggers, I want to take a moment to introduce you to my new mobile app launching next month on iOS and Android.  It’s called instanews, and it empowers everyone to be a reporter and makes it extremely easy to share photos, videos, and information with nearby people.  You could essentially think of […]

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Goodbye!

Dear Readers……., and friends! It has been an interesting time, as well as a time that saw major changes in my personal and working life, but now it is time to let others take on the responsibility of populating these pages with interesting and informative news and gossip. There is a new owner of BlogsCanada.ca, […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 477

Dear Readers: There is a lot of confusion about whether Monty Python is really funny …………., or not! What I mean is that some sketches like “The dead Parrot” are among the funniest things I have ever seen, and some other stuff is just plain stupid. BUT. I have to admit that when they ARE funny, […]

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Ontario Place!

Dear Readers: Hey kids, I ran across this article today and since Ontario Place opened when I was still quite young, (teens) and these photo’s and video’s brought back a whole bunch of memories! Any kid who spent time in Toronto during the 1970s, 80s and 90s surely fostered blissful, orange-soaked memories at Children’s Village […]

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This n’ That!

Dear Readers: The Washington Post hit the nail right on the head (Or did they just kick the cat?) when they published this article today! By Michelle Singletary How much is your cat’s life worth? Or your dog’s? Would you take out a credit card specifically to pay for veterinarian care for your cat? Would […]

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Earth Day 2015!

2015 is shaping up to be a monumental year for the international climate movement, and Earth Day Canada wants to show the world that Canadians are supportive of meaningful climate action. As such, Earth Day Canada is creating a 2015 Earth Flag on which we will collect signatures from people across the country who are […]

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Any Yoda of yours is a Yoda of mine!

Dear Readers: Aficionado’s of online medieval manuscripts—whoever you are—may be intrigued to know about a 14th-century image of  Yoda, wide-spread ears and all, NPR reports. (That’s right kids, Yoda lived for over 900 years, so this was a drawing of him when he was middle-aged!) But is it really him? “I’d love to say that it really […]

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What a bird brain!

Firefighters desperately trying to locate voices crying “Help” and “Fire” trapped in an inferno found the desperate pleas came from two parrots. Crews in Boise, Idaho were called to the blaze on Friday night. After arriving on the scene they heard cries of “Help” and “Fire” from inside leading them to believe several people were […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies #7766

The woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day.  One day, when he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer.  As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, “You know what? You have been […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion #3966

Dear Readers: Lots of things confusing me today bunky, including a bit of confusion about how ya can get a free meal just for being old! There are many perks of growing old — seeing your kids have kids, wearing shirts that say “World’s Best Grandma,” calling rowdy youngsters “whippersnappers” and more — and getting discounts […]

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Having kids is hereditary!

Dear Readers: Today we have a couple of stories from opposite ends of the spectrum that show just how crazy things are getting in this world! The Meitiv family, who is once again battling CPS in Maryland over allowing their children to go to the playground unsupervised. (Photo: Facebook) The Maryland parents investigated by Child […]

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Wag the Dog!

Dear Readers: You usually forgiving reporter is slowly getting fed-up with individuals and special interest groups who hold society to ransom with whatever stupid bullshit they go on about! The latest case is about a certain Alain Simoneau of Saguenay Quebec who went to a local council meeting seven years ago and decided he didn’t like them saying […]

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Some Type of Necrophilia?

Dear Readers: Your ever faithful servant and reporter tries to keep up with all the latest news so that we can supply you with the latest poop on what’s going on in your world ………., and this one takes the cake! “Hey, wanna go see the body?” may seem like an odd thing to hear at […]

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The French are at it again!

Dear Readers: Your long suffering reporter fervently believes in that old axiom, “The French are the best second raters in the world” and this article does nothing to dispel that belief! A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after a clerk at a local Toys “R” Us told him he was wasn’t allowed to purchase […]

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Eat cheese, get laid!

O.K. folks, read the following article, and then remember ……., ya heard it here first! A survey by dating social network site Skout, cheese heads get more action. Skout surveyed a total of 4,600 people. Grilled cheese yields more sex, better people! Thirty-two percent of grilled cheese lovers reported having sex at least six times […]

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Sex?

The Ontario government tried to introduce a new sex education course to public school kids a few month ago and it included such things as discussions about masturbation, trans-gender issues, same sex couples and much more. Now I’m bringing this up for a couple of reasons kids. First of all, we’re not sure if some […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies # 32

A man turns to his wife in bed and whispers “Did you know it’s National Orgasm Day?” “Oh, what a pity,” she smiled, “Right in the middle of National Headache Week !!” ———————————— SENIOR TRYING TO SET PASSWORD WINDOWS: Please enter your new password: USER: cabbage WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must be more than 8 […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 49

Seems I don’t know who to believe anymore kids! The CBC is on a campaign to flog what they call the missing and/or murdered native women across Canada and it makes the news every night. You would think there is a vat network of guys like Robert Pickton who are abducting and killing girls left right […]


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Canada welcomes announcement of historic Colombia peace agreement

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the announcement that a Colombia peace agreement had been reached:

“Canada applauds the tireless work by parties over the past four years to reach the comprehensive peace agreement, signalling the end of more than 50 years of internal armed conflict.

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The VICE Guide to Right Now: Someone Uploaded the Ring Video Online in the First ‘Rings’ Trailer

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Lincoln Michel

Samara, the killer ghost, has expanded her murder spree beyond a few random VHS tape viewers for this Ring sequel—which is useful since no one owns VHS players anymore.

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The Making of Indie Puzzle Game ‘Hue,’ Part II

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

When I last met the makers of this great little game, they were 70 percent happy with it. On the eve of its release, are they 100 percent satisfied?

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Photos That Make Concrete Beautiful

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

Photographer Lola Paprocka grew up in Polish housing estates, and her obsession with Brutalist architecture shows through this series of photographs, which capitalize on the “concrete everything” aesthetic of Belgrade.

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When Miranda Rights Get Lost in Translation

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

Thousands of Spanish-speaking immigrants are arrested in the United States every year, but there’s no uniform Spanish-language translation for Miranda rights. That could soon change.

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Jenkem Is Making Skateboarding Fun Again

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Jonathan Smith

Jenkem is a throwback to those simpler days when we could all laugh at ourselves and know that, like most things, at its heart skateboarding is so very, very stupid.

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We Talk to the Survivors of the Pulse Shooting Tonight on VICELAND

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  VICE Staff

On tonight’s special episode of GAYCATION, we travel to Orlando to talk with survivors of the deadliest shooting in US history.

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Remembering Rough Trade’s ‘High School Confidential’

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Kathy Shaidle

Deb Chachra writes: As a ten-year-old girl, I didn’t know any of this. What I knew was this: First, the song didn’t sound like much else that I had heard on the radio. It opens with now-classic New Wave synthesizers, which reappear occasionally throughout the song, but as soon as Carole Pope’s vocals come in, […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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BREAKING: McCain’s Pizza Pockets Probably Discontinued in Canada

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

Our collective childhood has maybe ended today.

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Ann Coulter calls Trump ‘the Great Unifier’

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Kathy Shaidle

Ann Coulter writes: The media’s only move is to quadruple down on the phony “racism” charges. But to accuse Trump of “racism” because he wants to protect jobs for our own poor, working-class and native-born is like squeezing a balloon. His popularity with the employers of nannies and diversity coordinators may be in the dumps, […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Inside the Illicit Venezuela-Colombia Gas Smuggling Trade

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Mark Hay

Take a deeper look into the “kamikaze” gas smuggling trade investigated on last night’s episode of ‘Black Market: Dispatches.’

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This Man Had Sex with 365 Men in 365 Days, for Art

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

“I had to be so focused, so disciplined for the whole year,” he said.

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Post Mortem: Every Human Skull is a Beautiful Snowflake

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

A new exhibit at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia explores the beauty and individuality of human skulls.

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Refugees Show Us the Things That Saved Their Lives

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

“This phone gave me the feeling that I wasn’t alone. It meant everything to me.”

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Judge Needs To Be Held Accountable For What He Said About Rape Victim

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

The distasteful conduct of a Federal Court Justice will be the subject of a public hearing, set to commence in September. Justice Robin Camp is under fire for comments that he made during a 2014 sexual assault trial, which he presided over during his t…

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How a Three-Year-Long Prank Landed Me a Job at ‘South Park’

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

This prank truly is the GOAT.

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In the Army Now: The Making of ‘Full Spectrum Warrior’

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

The 2004 strategy-shooter was a hit with gamers, but it began as a project to train US Army recruits the rules of modern warfare.

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VICE Guided Tours: I Went to a Tree Climbing School to Overcome My Fear of Failure

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

At Tree Climbing Planet, “time stands still and your inner child lives.”

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Statement from Minister Goodale on the death of Matthew Hines

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

My thoughts are with Mr. Hines’ family, who lost a loved one in very difficult circumstances

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We Asked the Oldest People in the Club What’s Their Deal

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

Is it better to party out than fade away?

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Second individual sentenced for rigging bids for federal government contracts

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

A former director of an Ottawa‑based information technology company has committed to speaking out about her role in a conspiracy relating to the supply of information technology services to Library and Archives Canada.

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What Health Canada’s New Cannabis Regulations Mean For Patients

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

Wednesday’s release of Health Canada’s new medical cannabis regulations, the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR for short) brings some big changes for patients. Perhaps the biggest is the reintroduction of statutes that allow Ca…

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Hard to Handle: Trolling Denial vs Legitimate Skepticism

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  guest

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup

In an interesting new paper, two pairs of authors bring their unique viewpoints to bear on a hard to handle subject – how should scientists and the public interact to ensure the accuracy of scientific studies? How can scientists tell the difference between politically motivated trolls (deniers) and genuinely interested non-academics (skeptics)?
 
Two of the authors are well known in climate circles: Dr. Michael Mann and Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky. They’re joined by Nicholas J. L. Brown and Dr. Harris Friedman, an outsider and an academic who worked together to upend a once-popular study in behavioral psychology. Together, the group provides a unique take on how to distinguish between the honest skepticism embodied by Brown and Friedman and the denialist abuse regularly hurled at Mann and Lewandowsky.

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British Columbia’s Failed Health-Care Experiment

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

Our first point of contact with the health system — often referred to as “primary care” — should result in prompt and efficient care for our general health concerns, and coordinate our journey through the system when we need more specialized care.

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NEWS ALERT! ESO Unveils ‘Clear Evidence’ of Earth-Like Planet in Habitable Zone Orbiting Proxima Centauri –"Only 4.25 Light-Years Away"

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  dailygalaxy.com

Astronomers using European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days…

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Does Gord Downie’s Call To Action Mean Anything For First Nations?

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

As pretty much the entire country watched The Tragically Hip live in Kingston, Ontario for their final show, Gord Downie used the opportunity to do something not many would… bring up First Nations issues to the prime minister himself.

“We’re in good…

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The VICE Reader: The Joys and Dangers of Walking While Black

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

We spoke to Garnette Cadogan, whose brilliant essay in The Fire This Time shows how walking is yet another arena where a black person must tread carefully.

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The Video Game That Took 15 Years to Release

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

When Infinity’s publisher walked away, it seemed like the dream was over. But more than a decade later, it’s been pulled from the rubble.

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Who Are the Green Brigade, the Celtic Fans Raising Money for Palestine?

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

From chatting in pubs to pissing off UEFA and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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How Your Menstrual Cycle Can Affect Your Reaction to MDMA

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

If you’re a woman, you’re more at risk from ecstasy—so why is no one talking about it?

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Minister McKenna in Québec to discuss a low-carbon economy

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The scientific literature clearly shows: climate change is the most pressing environmental issue that the world faces and we must act collectively and act now.

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Attention all boaters crossing into Canada on Rainy River and Rainy Lake

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

With boating season now well underway on the Rainy River and Rainy Lake (ON), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to remind all boaters of their reporting obligations under the Customs Act when traversing the border into Canada.

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Reporting Requirements for Private Boaters

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wishes to remind all private boaters how to report, as required by Canadian law, upon entering Canadian waters.

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Scientists Confirm the Impacts of Climate Change Began Right After We Started Burning Fossil Fuels

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous
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New research by a team of international scientists reveals that the effects of human induced climate change began much earlier than originally thought.  

The study, conducted by researchers with the 2K Network and PAGES (Past Global Changes) and published today in the scientific journal Nature, finds that warming began in the mid-1800s shortly after the Industrial Revolution kicked off.

This confirms that our impact on the climate began just decades after we started burning fossil fuels – about 180 years earlier than traditional climate change graphs have shown – and that even the smallest amount of carbon dioxide can have an effect on how fast global temperatures increase.

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Global Fund Replenishment Conference media accreditation

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montréal, Quebec, on September 16 and 17, 2016.

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Why the F-35 Is a Lousy Idea – For Everyone

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

Not for nothing has Lockheed’s “joint strike fighter” been called America’s “kick in the front door” weapon.  That’s what it is designed to do, penetrate hostile airspace with sophisticated air defences and take down that air defence network.That …

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International Trade Minister announces Envoy for Canada-EU trade deal

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

As part of Canada’s commitment to grow the middle class by implementing the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, today announced that the Honourable Pierre Petti…

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Change of command for Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

During a ceremony marking the transition from Rotation 5 to Rotation 6 today, Major Lonnie Campbell assumed command of the Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force (LTF).

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Biography – The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, P.C.

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

During his 10 years serving in successive federal cabinets, Pierre Pettigrew offered his leadership as minister of foreign affairs, minister for international trade and minister for international cooperation, among several other positions.

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China Unveils Plans for a Manned Radar Station on the Moon –"Leading Space Scientists Have Joined the Project"

Posted  August 24, 2016  by  dailygalaxy.com

The Chinese government has unveiled plans to build a permanently manned radar station on the moon to monitor Earth. The project was launched earlier this year and received funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The proposed facility,…

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