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Welcome to the new BlogsCanada.ca

Hello Canada. My name is Ben and Allan has kindly passed me the reins of BlogsCanada.ca – I have big plans for the website so please stay tuned.  I’m still getting used to the back-end of the website so please bear with me for the next few weeks as I slowly figure everything out.  Over […]

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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. Ben Clarke is the new owner of […]

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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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AN AIRLINE PILOT SPEAKS HIS MIND!

  No name calling, no hatred, no political agenda. CANADIAN COMMENT  APPEARS AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE AND IS MEANINGFUL. THERE IS ALSO SOME RECENTLY ADDED BRITISH COMMENT.   This pilot hit the nail right on the head in his open letter.   A newspaper stated that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling […]

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Kitten a la carte!

Well boys and girls, here is a woman who would make Alf the Alien proud! Serial husband killer and North Carolina death row inmate, Blanche Taylor Moore, requested this weekend that her last meal be a kitten — a live kitten The prison administration is required to accept all last meal demands of any kind. Thus, they will obtain […]


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VGH plans tighter controls over drugs after care aide’s overdose death

Posted  February 9, 2016  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Vancouver Coastal Health says it will tighten control over supplies of narcotics and other drugs after the overdose death of a care aide who pilfered large quantities of drugs and syringes from Vancouver General Hospital over many months. The health authority will make changes after the impending release of a coroner’s report into the death late last summer of 36-year old Kerri O’Keefe. She had worked in the emergency room for about 15 years and had a long history of drug and alcohol dependencies.

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Real Estate Council of B.C. to investigate shadow flipping of Vancouver homes

Posted  February 9, 2016  by  The Province - News

The independent office charged with overseeing the British Columbia real estate market will investigate allegations of fraud and insider trading by some Metro Vancouver real estate agents, the provincial government said Monday.

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A bionic spinal cord for paralysis patients

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

Electrode could help steer bionic limbs.

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How do Tasers work?

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

The electrifying weapon explained.

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Genetic ‘light switch’ turns obesity on or off early in life, study finds

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Researchers have discovered a genetic “switch” so potent that it can doom one person to a lifetime of obesity while another remains normal, even in genetically identical twins. That means that many obese people aren’t overweight because of inherited traits or overeating, rather in many cases obesity is triggered by an unknown factor, possibly in the womb or early childhood, according to Andrew Pospisilik of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics.

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Do cities require too many parking stalls be built?

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Vancouver Sun - News

A real estate developer says that a special case needs to be made to ease parking requirements for residential construction in dense new urban areas such as Surrey City Centre.

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Taser causes brain changes similar to dementia

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

Cognitive impairment raises questions over police interrogation.

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What’s nature worth? Study helps put a price on groundwater and other natural capital

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  e! Science News - Popular science news

Most people understand that investing in the future is important, and that goes for conserving nature and natural resources, too. But in the case of investing in such “natural” assets as groundwater, forests, and fish populations, it can be challenging…

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Iain MacIntyre: The magic number is five

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Vancouver Sun - News

The deficit is dauntingly steep, but not unclimbable. The Vancouver Canucks are five points out, and there are a bunch of teams between them and where they need to go. They’ll need some luck, for sure. And some help from opponents. But with a little less determination and execution and very little goaltending, the Canucks could still finish last in the National Hockey League.

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Blatchford: With third accuser on stand, Ghomeshi trial enters unsettling territory

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

She laughed — as though there is something amusing about grown women sandbagging police and prosecutors and leading the justice system about by the nose

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Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault, murder of granny

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

Grandmother found dead in trunk

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Earrings Made From Fired Bullet Casings

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Nag

Little Black Gun bullet earrings from Enreverie are made from fired 40-caliber bullet casings and Swarovski Crystal. At just $19.99 a pair they’d make a great Valentine’s Day gift for your favourite gun nut.Via

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Trump calls Cruz a ‘p—-‘, repeating insult from crowd

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

Trump calls Cruz a ‘p—-‘

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Canada’s plan to combat ISIS consistent with defence minister’s style

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Vancouver Sun - News

OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said his experience confronting gangsters in Vancouver and terrorists in Afghanistan played a direct role in Canada’s new plan, unveiled Monday, to combat Islamic State forces.

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Beautiful Family Day in B.C. brings out families — and cranks

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

On a sunny Monday off work, David Chu and four generations of his family marked two holidays: one in its fourth year and the other more than four thousand years old. Near the duck pond in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park, Chu set up a picnic table and foldable red-and-white Maple leaf camping chairs for a picnic lunch, enjoying the Family Day break from work and school, and also celebrating Chinese New Year.

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B.C. NDP urges major probe of practices of some Metro Vancouver realtors

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

The B.C. NDP says the provincial government needs to do a formal, arm’s-length investigation into allegations that some Metro Vancouver realtors are engaging in dubious practices and contributing to an unsustainable housing market. “The provincial government has been asleep at the switch on this issue and it’s time for them to step up,” NDP housing critic and Vancouver-Point Grey MLA David Eby told reporters on Monday.

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Ten things most Canadians don’t know about migration

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Five years ago, Sun editors asked me to add migration to my beat specialties of spirituality, diversity and ethics.

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Teen was ‘giggly’ about stabbing boyfriend in the heart

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

Killer seeks youth sentence

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The reason we sigh

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Bill Condie

It’s vital to keep us breathing efficiently.

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Flashing lights the new weapon against jetlag

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

How to prepare for a new timezone.

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Ghomeshi’s accusers exchanged 5,000 messages before and after going to police

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

TORONTO – Two of Jian Ghomeshi’s accusers discussed their allegations of sexual assault against the former broadcaster in thousands of messages they exchanged before and after they went to police, with one of them acknowledging Monday that she delibera…

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Stigma worst barrier for sex workers leaving the industry, Vancouver study finds

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

VANCOUVER – When Cheryl’s manager discovered the 38-year-old used to work in the sex trade, she says he joked that a name plate on her desk read “pubic relations.”

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How much ice can Antarctica afford to lose?

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

The belt holding in Antarctica’s ice stocks is slowly loosening.

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Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  e! Science News - Popular science news

Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well justified, say University of California, Berkeley scientists.
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Vancouver firefighters rig oxygen mask to save unconscious dog after house fire

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

As Jaime Martinez watched his golden retriever Nero lie motionless on the lawn in front of his burning East Vancouver home, he feared he’d lost his beloved family pet. Martinez, a 29-year-old Vancouver Film School graduate, went to grab a bite to eat on Commercial Drive with his roommate Sunday night. When the pair returned just before midnight, they saw flashing lights, emergency crews and the tenants from their Venables Street building standing around outside.

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Liberals reverse course: What was a combat mission is now not a combat mission

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

The Liberals’ plan to allow special forces to continue on the front lines in Iraq calling in airstrikes is the same sort of mission that a year ago Trudeau denounced as combat

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How a ‘little’ ice age shaped civilisation

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

A little volcanic activity goes a long way.

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What are you drinking? It depends on where in B.C. you are

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

British Columbians get quirky when it comes to drinking. New information provided by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch’s data team reveals the top 30 products sold by the branch in each of 28 regional districts in B.C. in 2015, and it brings to light some surprising trends across the province.

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Asia-Pacific Report: B.C. builds on its network of students in Asia

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Vancouver Sun - News

As B.C. increasingly focuses on international education exchanges in Asia, efforts are being made to connect Canadian students overseas in order to strengthen economic and cultural relationships and to foster future ties.

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Confessions of a…: Confessions of an Internet Troll

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  VICE Staff

“People think what I’m doing is immoral, and they’re not wrong.”

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First, do no harm on Senate reform

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

About tinkering with parliamentary systems Edmund Burke wrote: For that which taken singly and by itself may appear to be wrong, when considered with relation to other things, may be perfectly right – or at least such as ought to be patiently endured, as the means of preventing something that is worse.” Those wise words written in 1780 should be ap

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Explaining the Trump and Sanders appeal

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

America is witnessing a political Supernova—voter flirtation with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders—because both political parties have failed ordinary folks.

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Governments Celebrate Official Opening of Cambridge Bay Hamlet Office

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard was in Cambridge Bay today on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, to celebrate the completed construction of a new …

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Surrey Mounties nab assault suspect after woman injured

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  The Province - News

Surrey RCMP credited a quick response by patrol units for the arrest of a suspect in a weekend attack that left a woman with apparent stab wounds. Police said a 22-year-old Surrey man is in custody after a woman was seriously assaulted in a Whalley apa…

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On the Front Lines of Puerto Rico’s Movement to Legalize Marijuana

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

Puerto Rico is edging away from its notoriously harsh marijuana laws, and activist groups are leading the way.

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Sydney, Nova Scotia on track to welcome Syrian refugees

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The community of Sydney has come forward as an early adopter of a process that was formally announced last week. The Government of Canada has been working with provinces and territories to establish criteria for communities wishing to become welcoming …

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Musical Urban Legends: Chuck Berry Cherishes Memories in Today’s Comic from Peter Bagge

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

He’s just a nostalgic guy who likes to watch women in the bathroom without their consent.

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Incredibly unlucky bus driver seems to have been killed by a meteorite

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

The man, named as Kamaraj in local news stories, was reported as walking near the school when the explosion happened

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Beware the Friendly, Popular Types

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  Ian Welsh

What sort of person does evil or stands by while evil is done? Last month the media reported on a young man who refused to stand by while a classmate was having an asthma attack and was suspended as a result: Anthony Ruelas watched for what seemed like an eternity as his classmate wheezed and […]

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Fossil discovery: Extraordinary ‘big-mouthed’ fish from Cretaceous Period

Posted  February 8, 2016  by  e! Science News - Popular science news

An international team of scientists have discovered two new plankton-eating fossil fish species of the genus called Rhinconichthys (Rink-O-nik-thees) from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period, about 92 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet…

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