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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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.
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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Talk about one helluva surprise!!! The NAACP didn’t get a heads-up about Michael Jordan’s $1 million donation — they learned about it Monday, at the same time everyone else did … and they couldn’t be happier! “Today, the NAACP Legal…
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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.’
I don’t know what it’s like where you are but in Niagara-on-the-Lake it’s been hotter than Hades for the past month. This post from Colossal is just what you need to make you feel cool as a cucumber. Photographer Julieanne Kost cre…
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ANKARA, TURKEY—Turkey on Monday issued warrants for the detention of 42 journalists suspected of links to the alleged organizers of a failed military uprising, intensifying concerns that a sweeping crackdown on alleged coup plotters could target media for any news coverage critical of the government.
While the Turkish government said it is investigating the journalists for possible criminal conduct rather than their reporting, critics warned that a state of emergency imposed after the July 15 coup attempt poses a threat to freedom of expression.
“We fear there will be a witch hunt which would include journalists known as ‘critical’ against the government. Because they are putting all journalists into one bag,” said Ahmet Abakay, president of the Progressive Journalists’ Association, a media group based in the Turkish capital Ankara. He said the situation was “very dangerous for every journalist” and that government warnings to reporters to be careful would lead to self-censorship.
“By rounding up journalists, the government is failing to make a distinction between criminal acts and legitimate criticism,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Europe.
More than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions have been detained since the uprising, which killed about 290 people. In the latest purge, Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, said it has terminated the contracts of 221 employees. It said the contracts were ended for problems including conduct contrary to the national interest, such as “sponsoring” the movement of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of fomenting the insurrection.
Those fired included seven people in managerial positions and 15 pilots, according to the private Turkish news agency Dogan.
Also Monday, security forces caught seven fugitive soldiers accused of raiding a hotel in the resort town of Marmaris shortly after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left it on the night of July 15, bringing the number of those detained for the attack to 25, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Security forces were searching for 10 others believed to be on the run near Marmaris.
Erdogan has said that he would have been killed or captured if he had he stayed at the hotel for an additional 10 or 15 minutes.
Berat Albayrak, the energy minister and Erdogan’s son-in-law, said the government would take care to ensure that anyone not involved in the coup conspiracy is not harmed during the crackdown. He told CNN Turk television that “it is doubtful this can be ensured 100 per cent” and that “some minor difficulties can occur.”
Gulen, who lives in the United States, has denied any involvement in the failed insurrection that was put down by loyalist forces and pro-government protesters who converged on the tanks of rebel units.
Journalists wanted for questioning include Nazli Ilicak, whose columns in the Ozgur Dusunce newspaper criticized Erdogan’s allegedly autocratic behaviour as well as the crackdown on suspected supporters of Gulen’s movement. Turkish officials allege the movement infiltrated the state as part of a long-term plan to seize power.
Other wanted journalists include Erkan Acar, news editor of the Ozgur Dusunce, and news show host Erkan Akkus of the Can Erzincan TV station, according to the pro-government Sabah newspaper. Both media organizations are offshoots of the Bugun newspaper and Bugun TV, which were viewed as sympathetic to Gulen and were taken over in a police raid in October.
Another wanted journalist is Busra Erdal, a former columnist and legal reporter for the daily Zaman newspaper, taken over by authorities in March for alleged links to Gulen’s movement.
In a series of tweets, Erdal said police raided her house Monday morning and that she would head to the office of state prosecutors in Istanbul to testify. She said she had not committed any crime and that the only organization she is affiliated with is the Istanbul Bar Association.
Five journalists on the wanted list have so far been detained, Turkish media reported.
Nedim Sener, a journalist once jailed after investigating alleged infiltration of the Turkish state by Gulen supporters, noted that backers of the cleric targeted reporters such as himself in the years when they controlled parts of the police and judiciary. Newspapers allegedly sympathetic to Gulen, including Bugun and Zaman, supported investigations that were based on forged evidence, he said.
There were concerns about media freedom in Turkey well before the coup attempt. The government, arguing that it acts in the name of national security, has prosecuted Kurdish journalists under terror laws for alleged links to Kurdish rebels.
Since the coup attempt, the government has blocked 20 websites suspected of being a threat to security, including those of six news outlets and two television channels.
Last week, Turkish police halted distribution of LeMan magazine and went store to store, collecting already distributed copies. The satirical weekly had published a “special coup edition” whose cartoon cover showed a big hand pushing small soldiers across a board or table to confront a larger number of civilians, also being pushed into the fray by a big hand.
The magazine has often lampooned the government. Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan, has also been a target of its satire.
The magazine’s editor, Zafer Aknar, says he’s concerned about the future.
“Who is going to protect us? There is no judiciary, there is no independence,” the 51-year-old told The Associated Press on Monday.
A 29-year-old woman is facing two criminal charges after police allege she fired a pellet gun at people playing Pokemon GO in Newmarket Saturday night.The suspect is alleged to have fired at least four shots at a group of players…
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New Zealand today announced an ambitious plan to rid the island nation of all invasive predators by 2050.
The targeted creatures include rats, weasels, possums and ferrets, all introduced to the island by native settlers and Europeans. If successful, the proposal would eradicate every member of those species on the island in an attempt to restore a more natural ecosystem. It is estimated that some 25 million native birds are killed each year by invasive species, including New Zealand’s ic
A couple of times in four billion years, evolution has slowed to a crawl. And an eon or so has passed before more complex life forms, such as simple animals, could arise.
In a study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, researchers developed a “prediction score” to help healthcare professionals determine which older adults might be most at risk for developing pneumonia.
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to selectively sequence fragments of DNA in real time, greatly reducing the time needed to analyse biological samples.
Nate Silver and his team of data journalists give Trump a 56.7 percent chance of winning the election in a new short-term poll, following the Republican National Convention.
The Romanian health minister did not hesitate to accuse the hospital’s management of negligence: “This is unacceptable… surely someone could have taken some time out of their lunch break to put up a mosquito net,” he said.
“I’d rather you felt strongly one way or the other than not at all.”
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