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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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Justin Altmann is a mayor who loves his town so much that he invited all its residents to watch him say “I do.” He’s also only using local suppliers for his big day. Here’s what’s going into the Whitchurch-Stouffville mega-wedding:
The invite – 800 VIP, 37,000 RSVP
The couple recently sent 800 invitations to “VIP’S and dignitaries,” family and friends. All other residents planning to attend the ceremony were asked to RSVP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
They anticipate a few thousand people will be there to witness them tie the knot.
The venue: 19 On the Park http://nineteenonthepark.com/assets/rental-rates-2016.pdf
“I think he’s a big romantic… and the fact that he was born and raised here is a key part of why he’s getting married here,” said Ashley Chappell, the cultural facility and programming coordinator of 19 On the Park, where the mega-ceremony is taking place. Normally this venue, located in the downtown core, has a maximum (seating) capacity of 120. “We had to measure it all out to figure out how to maximize the space,” said Chappell. “We opened it right up. It’s all outside, so have to keep our fingers crossed [for good weather].”
There will be over 500 titanic infusion roses (among the largest variety on the floral market), blush dahlias, calla lilies and dusty miller at the mega-wedding.
“It’s still a work in progress,” said florist Jaimie Vander Henne, who owns the local flower shop Centerpieces. “I’ve known [Justin] for many years… I know how much he likes to hug people. So I might change his [boutonnière] to a smaller rose.”
Chef John Ferdinald, owner of Vanilla En Glaze Cakes and Pastries in Whitchurch-Stouffville, has a plan to feed 2,000 people with this cake. It will be the biggest cake he’s ever made, four flavours, and span six-by-eight-feet. “I have a draft of the cake,” he told the Star, and has already started creating the sugar flower decorations. The cake will be ready two days ahead of its presentation and is estimated to weigh 1,000 pounds.
While she wouldn’t give away too many details, bride-to-be Jenny Hillier said she will be wearing a gown from Italian/Spanish designer Ines Di Santo, who has an atelier in Toronto. Her bridesmaids, all family members, will be dressed in pink.
The horse and carriage
Blair Purcell, the manager of Lionel’s Farm, usually charges wedding parties $1,000 for a half-day with a horse and carriage but will be making a deal with the mayor of Whichurch-Stouffville, whom he knows personally. “It’s not like a limo in the same sense that you just go in and turn the key,” said Purcell. For this mega-wedding, Jenny Hillier chose two black horses and a white wedding carriage for her big day.
Investors from outside the country will have to pay an extra 15 percent, but it’s not going to do much to help young people find an affordable place.
A new model of Ford is heading to Toronto City Hall after 125 days without a member of the headline-grabbing family representing Ward 2 Etobicoke North.
Ford admitted name recognition was a “huge factor” in his landslide victory but vowed to honour his late uncle by emulating his dedication to the people of northwest Etobicoke.
“I look forward to getting down to city hall and working with other city councillors, (and) the mayor, coming together and moving Etobicoke forward,” said the soft-spoken councillor-elect.
“Our community has some challenges, particularly crime.”
He thanked his rivals and the voters. “It’s amazing,” he said when asked how it feels to win the council seat.
When his grandmother Diane, who lost her son Rob only four months ago came up and hugged him, they both grew emotional.
“It was bittersweet,” she said of watching Michael succeed his uncle.
Asked about her nephew’s youth, she joked he was “born old” and raised around adults. “He’s great,” she said.
Voters have passed the crown to the largely unproven politician — he quit his first job, Toronto school trustee, after only four months to seek the council seat — keeping the northwest Etobicoke family dynasty alive.
The crowd at Michael Ford’s victory party chanted “Michael Michael Michael” as he arrived. His grandmother Diane Ford stood beside him, smiling but obviously emotional just three months after losing her son Rob.
Rob Ford, the son of a former Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP, was first elected in the ward in 2000, the start of a decade-long tenure that saw him rail against perceived council overspending and regularly land in hot water for comments dubbed racist and homophobic.
When he was elected mayor in 2010, his brother Doug Ford replaced him on council and they served as kind of political tag-team, battling left-wing and centrist councillors, until drug abuse and lies derailed Rob Ford’s mayoralty.
A beaming Doug Ford, another of Michael’s uncles, said Monday night that he stepped back from the campaign and let the younger generation take over. “I wanted Michael to truly work his backside off — and he did.”
It remains to be seen, however, how Michael Ford — who legally changed his surname from Stirpe in 2015 — will make his mark in the 27 months before the next civic election.
During the campaign, he sounded like his conservative, combative uncles vowing to eliminate city hall waste and fight any new taxes expected to be proposed, with Mayor John Tory’s blessing, to help pay for social housing and new transit.
Yet, the son of Rob and Doug’s sister Kathy and Ennio Stirpe, a violent criminal serving an 18-year sentence, has repeatedly said he is his “own person.” He has professed admiration for Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, voiced support for gay rights and, on the Toronto District School Board, worked toward consensus solutions.
Sources have told the Star that senior staff in Tory’s office were relieved when Doug Ford, who came second to Tory in the 2014 mayoral election, decided not to seek the council seat himself and become a highly quotable Tory critic on the political right. Doug Ford is expected to run in the next provincial election.
Michael Ford’s rivals tried to convince voters that the area, which has been starved for employment and suffered shootings as recently as Saturday, needs fresh blood and ideas to spark revitalization rather than another Ford vowing to get potholes quickly fixed.
Support and advice from former Ward 4 councillor Gloria Lindsay-Luby was not enough for Ward 2 candidate Jeff Canning to overcome the Ford factor. Canning came a distant second.
“I’m sitting with friends and family who gave blood, sweat and tears so I’m proud,” Canning said in an interview.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t carry the day but proud of what we did given the resources we had.”
VICE’s political correspondent bids farewell to the RNC.
15 killed in knife attack near Tokyo
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A buildup of intensely tangled magnetic energy on the Sun suddenly let go two days ago, unleashing a massive explosion of radiation and super-hot plasma.
The radiation explosion was the most powerful solar flare of 2016 so far.
You can watch all the action close up in the video above, based on data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, or SDO.
When the video starts, keep your eye on the bright active region toward the middle of the frame. It’s seething with energy. Abov
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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is the hard-hitting feminist superhero we’ve been waiting for.
It’s no secret that ocean acidification threatens many forms of wildlife, but a recent study suggests some species may actually possess built-in defenses against increasing acidity.
Researchers at Oregon State University have found that Olympia oysters—native to the west coast of Canada and the United States—are fairly resilient to the effects of ocean acidification.
Uncovering the most remote parts of Canada by canoe seems like a mighty task, but it’s exactly the kind of thing Canadian adventurer Frank Wolf thrives on.
Love it or hate it, most would admit that the “augmented reality” sensation that is Pokémon Go has completely changed the nature of video gaming in just a few short weeks. Kids (and adults) are getting outside, exploring their neighbourhoods, and discovering local landmarks, improving their geographic literacy as they search the physical world for virtual monsters.
SAGAMIHARA, JAPAN—The Kyodo news agency is reporting that 19 people are dead and 20 injured following a knife attack in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo.
A knife-wielding man attacked a facility for the disabled and then turned himself in, police said.
“If I didn’t know what happened yesterday, I wouldn’t be able to guess just from the behavior of the people around me.”
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The Republican convention in Cleveland has come to a close, and the official platform of the Party for 2016 maintains the Party’s continued refusal to act on climate change. The Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, openly admits that he believes climate change is a “hoax.”
As easy as it is to forget, it is important to remember that political affiliation and Party platforms don’t always coalesce, and the platforms don’t always reflect the will of the Party members. And that’s certainly the case with climate change and Republicans.
It turns out that the majority of self-identified Republicans actually do accept climate science, and they understand that climate change is a very real threat. The views of Republican elected officials in Washington, D.C. and those funding the Republican Party do not reflect the attitudes of the voters on this issue anymore, and that’s a phenomenal step forward.
But the partisan denial problem goes further than just one political part. It stretches all the way through conservative media outlets, particularly those owned by Rupert Murdoch (Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and countless others.) This right wing echo chamber has played a major role in shaping Republican policy towards the environment, and has helped to keep Republican voters in the dark about the realities of climate change.
Comic-Con itself looks like a crowded cluster of a nightmare to me, but BLESS ITS HEART for providing a full weekend’s worth of outfits in the dead of summer. Read More …
A 37-year-old man who was rushed to hospital in critical condition Sunday morning following a confrontation with Ottawa police — and prompting a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) probe — has died.
He was taken off life support late Monday afternoon at Ottawa Civic Hospital, the SIU confirmed.
Police and SIU investigators would not identify the man but Heba Mounieziel, a family friend who lives in the same apartment building as the victim, said he is Abdirahman Abdi.
According to a statement released by the SIU Sunday, a disturbance at Wellington St. W. and Fairmont Ave. prompted a call to police at around 9:30 a.m. that day. A spokesperson for Bridgehead Café, which sits on that corner, confirmed an incident occurred inside the coffee shop.
Officers located the man, and a “confrontation” took place several blocks away, outside 55 Hilda St., the SIU release states.
“At some point during the confrontation, the man suffered medical distress,” said spokesperson Jason Gennaro in the release.
Heba Mounieziel said Abdi lives with other family members in a unit at 55 Hilda St. in Ottawa.
A video posted online shows police and paramedics working to revive the man outside the building before he was rushed to hospital.
Gennaro did not specify what the distress was, but said “there is no indication that any firearms were involved.”
“The timeline in this incident is something the investigators are working to determine,” Gennaro said, when asked how long it took for authorities to begin CPR.
The Ottawa Police Service and the Ottawa Paramedic service said they could not comment with an SIU investigation underway.
The SIU probes incidents involving police that result in serious injury or death.
Neighbour Paul Kolosinski, whose third-floor apartment looks out over the building entrance, said he saw Abdi “lying there in blood” sometime after 9 a.m. Sunday.
“His face was…bleeding,” he said.
Mounieziel described Abdi as “a peaceful person, a quiet person — he never had any problem with anyone.”
“It really upsets me to see him all bloody,” she said.
Mounieziel said Abdi’s family moved to Ottawa from Somalia about seven years ago.
“There, there is no government, really. Here, ideally, police should be caring for people,” she said.
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The pit bull-type dog that mauled a woman in Vanier on the weekend has been surrendered by the owner and will be euthanized, says the city.
A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process genera…
Washington State University researchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time.
Yale physicists have created something similar to a Moebius strip of moving energy between two vibrating objects, opening the door to novel forms of control over waves in acoustics, laser optics, and quantum mechanics.
New discoveries about spider silk could inspire novel materials to manipulate sound and heat in the same way semiconducting circuits manipulate electrons, according to scientists at Rice University, in Europe and in Singapore.
Bears, wolves and other large carnivores are frightening beasts but the fear they inspire in their prey pales in comparison to that caused by the human ‘super predator.’