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Is sex education for kindergarten next?

The sex education courses that are taught in public schools here are over twenty years old, so the Wynne Liberals are introducing a new school curriculum for pre-teens that includes such things as masturbation, sex change and gender identity, and a whole lot of other issues that has parents up in arms about what is […]

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Wednesday Mayhem!

Seems like old people are in the news this week! The world’s oldest person says 117 years doesn’t seem like such a long time. Misao Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, made the comment Wednesday, at a celebration a day before her 117th birthday. Appropriately, she was wearing a pink kimono decorated with cherry […]

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Couple married forever!!!!!

I still can’t get into any long posts about me, or the world in general, but this caught my eye and I thought you mind find it interesting! “In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, Spring Valley resident Duranord Veillard and his wife Jeanne Veillard are photographed in Spring Valley, N.Y. Duranord Veillard […]

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On the slow road to recovery.

I can honestly say that I have never gone through anything like this in my life. Oh, I’ve been incredibly hung over, sick with all sorts of stuff, had hips replaced and much more, but nothing compares to dying a few times and being on life support for over a month. I guess the only […]

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How I spent my winter vacation!

(Son-of-a-bitch, I DID die……………… read on:) The last thing I remember on the morning of January 6th is my wife saying: You have got to go to the doctor NOW! Apparently I went, and the doctor immediately called an ambulance and put me into intensive care. (My blood oxygen level was 55% vs. the normal 95%. […]

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The flu is no fun at all!

Every one around here has had the flu over the past month, and it’s a nasty, nasty one folks! I kept saying that I wouldn’t get it, and almost proved myself right until New Years eve! Since then I have been in a living hell, and even lost my voice earlier today! Needless to say, […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies # 541

1- I’m not saying let’s go kill all the stupid people. I’m just saying let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out. 2- I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now. 3- I can tell a lot about a woman’s mood […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion about Cosby!

Dear Readers: I feel I must comment on this issue one more time, and then I will leave it alone! The first question is: did he do all that stuff he is being accused of? Probably not! Did he do some of the stuff he is being accused of? PROBABLY! But that doesn’t matter kids, […]

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Another Year!

Where did the year go? Suddenly it is January…….again, and we realize that with giant strides, we started last January and within a blink of an eye, 2014 is on its back! A big “Thank You” to each and everyone of you, for the impact you had on my life this year. Especially for all […]

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Happy New Year!

White Rock, B.C. will hold its annual polar bear plunge in the ocean again today. These slightly deranged revelers are shown here during last years dip, and most of them will be back again today for another try at hypothermia! ——————————————— Since last night was New Years Eve you should know that a lot of […]

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Bill!

Guest post: By Kathleen Parker, Opinion Writer, Washington Post. By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn’t do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s. According to several women who have accused him of sexual predations, Cosby’s usual modus operandi was […]

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Look, up in the air ……!

Dear Readers: I think it’s time for a bit of “debunking” again! We occasionally like to expose all the conspiracy theorists for what they are ………….., a bunch of hysterical, paranoid and misguided zealots who see shadows at every turn. This latest story concerns UFO’s and little green men! (The most famous couple, as far […]

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Another Day!

Dear Readers: Contrary to rumours floating around the Internet this morning, Hugh Hefner did not die on the weekend! The long time Playboy is in fine health, but we are sad to report that it was his “dick” that died! After having an erection for the last sixty years, his ‘willy’ finally gave out by […]

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Censorship: Oh, for shame!

Dear Readers: Let’s get things back into Perspective here! As you may, or may not know, BlogsCanada.ca has been engaged in an ongoing battle with Google over the issue of censorship. My views on political correctness, the government, cops, Indians, feminists, the far left, the far right, Muslims, Christian fundamentalists, the judicial system, and […]

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What day is this?

Dear Readers: I have the same problem as Billy Pilgrim had in the novel “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. For as long as I can remember, I have been “unstuck” in time! That’s right ………, “unstuck!” By that, I mean that every morning when I wake up, I am in a different period of […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies #552

Dear Readers Now that Christmas is over and done with: IF YOU SAW A FAT MAN Who’s jolly and cute, Wearing a beard, and a red flannel suit, And if he is chuckling and laughing away, While flying around in a miniature sleigh, With eight tiny reindeer to pull him along, Then let’s face it… […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion #566

Dear Readers: Your oft confused reporter is going to draw a comparison that might not make much sense at first glance, but upon further inspection might just start to ring a few bells! I am going to draw a comparison between cops and Islamic terrorists! Now don’t get too excited about this because I am […]

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Merry Christmas!

Dear Readers: From The Mrs. Herself and I, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and happy and prosperous New Year! If you’re Jewish, or Muslim, or a Hindu, an Atheist, a Wiccan, or whatever …………………., Merry Christmas anyway! ————————– Christmas, in Ontario at least, is here to stay. Almost everyone — 94% […]

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Santa!

Tomorrow night is the night, boys and girls! Just pray it’s not one of these guys …….., all of them are either pissed, demented, or just plain weird!                     And then, of course, there is our all-time favourite Santa!!!

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A pregnant pause!

Boy, oh boy………….! Folks the only real cool class trip I went on was a day trip to Niagara Falls. It sure wasn’t like THIS one! Parents are blaming the teachers; or at least one health official is blaming the parents. But no matter how many fingers are pointed, it doesn’t change the fact that […]


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Bill Longstaff: Prentice is right—Albertans are to blame

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Bill Longstaff

If Albertans want to know why their government is having budget problems, Premier Jim Prentice advises them to “look in the mirror.” His comment went, as they say, viral. Opposition leaders have demanded he apologize for his insult to the people of this province. “I was really quite surprised that he would come out with something that was so insulting and so disconnected from the reality in

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Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie is Barely Better than Crappy

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Ryan

  Synopsis: In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first…

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Red Army Flawlessly Blends Hockey and History

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Kenny Miles

From Oscar (R) nominated and Emmy award-winning filmmakers, RED ARMY is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey…

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Apple expects you to use its Watch in 10-second bursts

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Timothy J. Seppala

Apple doesn’t want you to spend a lot of time with Watch apps. Specifically, if you’re looking at your Cupertino-device adorned wrist for more than 10 seconds, that isn’t ideal according to Bloomberg’s sources. In addition to quick bursts of info, Wa…

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Harrison River RV Resort Events, Fun & Family #local #fraservalley

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Anonymous

Harrison River Resort – Arrive as Strangers, Leave as Friends. Located in the Fraser Valley near Harrison River, Chehalis River and Fraser River, right in the heart of Sasquatch country surrounded by mountain peaks and lush green forest 10 miles west of Agassiz, 19 miles east of the Mission Highway 7, which is a beautiful […]

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Top Five Reasons to Shop At Nordstrom Ottawa #NordstromOTT

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Loukia

Nordstrom Ottawa is opening its doors today, after much excitement and anticipation. I am ALL CAPS EXCITED, you guys! I have been a long-time lover and shopper of Nordstrom—it is my favourite department store, after all—and after attending the #NordstromOTT Gala Wednesday night, it was great to see that all the things I love about Nordstrom will be the same in my hometown, with a local twist. (How amazing is it that $180,000 was raised for United Way Ottawa and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation because of the Gala?)

Bright and early today (starting at 7:30 a.m.) you can attend the Nordstrom Ottawa Beauty Bash, to get a look at what’s in store for you (no pun intended) and to meet some of the lovely people who will be working behind your favourite beauty counters. (I’m still in awe of this package of amazing products Nordstrom sent my way to review. Best. Gift. Ever.)

From the Nordstrom pre-gala party  (which was a great way to welcome Nordstrom to Ottawa!) to the media preview of the 157,000 square-foot department store, to the VIP night in a Sens Suite (where I hung out with some wonderful people, including the amazing and charming John Bailey, Nordstrom’s Spokesperson extraordinaire) it has been such a fun ride waiting for Nordstom to open. Yes, I love to shop, and yes, I’m easily excited, but you guys… this is huge news for Ottawa.

Here are my top five reasons to shop at Nordstrom Ottawa:  

1. One stop shopping. You can find it all at Nordstrom, from your favourite beauty products to accessories and clothes, for men, women, and children. (There’s even an amazing lingerie department where you can finally stock up on Hanky Panky!) You can shop home decor, too. I love that this department store provides affordable options as well as exclusive, more expensive brands. Tory Burch, French Connection, Kenzie, Vince Camuto, Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Rag & Bone, Ted Baker, and Michael Kors are just some of the names you’ll see as you shop.

2. The shoe section. Nordstrom started out as a shoe store in Seattle back in 1901. Trust me, Nordstrom knows shoes. The shoe shopping experience is my favourite part about shopping at Nordstrom! You’ll be blown away at just how many shoes there are. And I need them all. I do!

3. Bazille restaurant. Rest your tired feet after hours of shoe shopping at Bazille restaurant, and enjoy all the delicious food and wine as you relax with friends. Bonus? An amazing patio to enjoy eating and drinking outside when the weather is nice out. (If you need a quick bite or an espresso, Nordstrom Ottawa also has a coffee shop on the main floor for a little pick-me-up.)

4. The service. I’ve always found the service to be excellent at Nordstrom, and this is very important to me. I love knowledgeable employees who are smiling and helpful, and Nordstrom does a great job of hiring the right people for the job.

5. Pretty things. Everything is pretty in Nordstrom. Just walk in, and you’ll see what I mean. You can’t shop at Nordstrom and not be in a happy mood, especially when you’re surrounded by everything that is pretty. Put on those Michael Kors sunglasses. Feel the soft leather on that gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff bag. Try on the Jimmy Choo heels. It’s retail therapy at its best.

These are just five of many reasons I love Nordstrom.

And now, I have to go—I’ve got some shopping to do!

Happy shopping, Ottawa.

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Seismic upgrading of B.C. schools pushed back 10 years

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Squabbling between the Vancouver School Board and the provincial government over earthquake repairs is causing major delays in the upgrade work and putting children at risk. A 2020 deadline announced a decade ago to upgrade all of the province’s schools at high-risk during a major earthquake has now been pushed back to 2030, at least in part due to disagreements over the scope of the necessary repairs.

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Coyotes edge Canucks in SO, 3-2, end 10-game slide

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

The Vancouver Canucks are less predictable than their coach.

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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Who is really to blame for Alberta’s financial situation? #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Anonymous

Are Albertans are to blame for the province’s current financial situation, as Premier Jim Prentice would have you believe? Mr. Prentice faced a public backlash this week when he commented on a CBC Radio call in show that “in terms of who… Continue Reading →

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Marriage equality comes to Slovenia, continues to spread in Mexico; Civil Union legislation approved in Sicily, debated in Peru; Global LGBT Recap

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Peter Montgomery

March 1 marked the second annual Zero Discrimination Day, which is promoted…

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Vuzix’s new VR headset adds earphones and supports multiple devices

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  Mariella Moon

Yet another VR headset? We wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what you’re thinking after all the VR headset news these past few days. This one is the latest device out of Vuzix’s headquarters called the IWear 720, which can do more than just block the w…

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#295 Location based snacks

Posted  March 6, 2015  by  nkspas

Stuff that belly. It’s time to enjoy some location based tastiness with some location based snacks: • Massive bag of wet popcorn at the movies. Squirt some hot buttery-like substance on that corn get ready to chomp through the previews. … Continue reading

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Have A Heart Day Spring Crafting #greenworksmessmaker

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Anonymous

Valentines Day just happened and it was also Heart Month for February. Trace’s Nana, my mom was set to go into the hospital March 2nd, she had open heart surgery for the second time. Trace wanted to make his Nana and his class some hearts of their own in celebration of the recent holiday’s just […]

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Yes side harnesses B.C.’s most trusted brand

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Vancouver-based businessman Jim Pattison is the ideal person to bolster support for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum, according to marketing experts who say his brand image inspires trust and confidence. Through his unpaid role as head of Expo 86, his philanthropy, and his ownership of successful companies like Save-On-Foods, Pattison has built an image of “integrity beyond reproach,” said Colleen Collins, an associate professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.

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Leafs’ loss to Lightning caps rough road trip

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Kevin McGran - Sports reporter

TAMPA, FLA.—Eric Brewer, the 37-year-old defenceman approaching 1,000 games, emerged from the dressing room after his first game with the Maple Leafs — a 4-2 loss to the Lightning — and called it like he saw it.

Brewer, who played five seasons in Tampa, sounded very much like Olli Jokinen — another veteran who, in his short stay with the Leafs, made no excuses.

“I would have liked it to have turned out a little different,” said Brewer. “I thought we played two solid periods. The first period wasn’t that great.”

Asked if he was happy that the Leafs had kept the game close — and if a late goal by another former Tampa player, Richard Panik, was a sign that the Leafs didn’t quit — Brewer didn’t bite.

“It’s not good enough,” said Brewer. “You have to win games. You have to play better. You can’t continually make excuses from games that you’ve lost and say you played two good periods when you should have played three.”

The Leafs return home after a 1-3-0 road trip that started with a 4-0 loss in Montreal on Saturday. It included losses in Washington and Sunrise, Fla., and the NHL trade deadline where the Leafs officially raised the white flag, jettisoning some veterans for prospects.

“We’re relieved the deadline is over, that’s for sure,” said centre Peter Holland, after playing before several friends and family members vacationing in Florida. “A weight has been lifted off our group. Getting one win in a four-game road trip is tough. But the deadline is over, we have a couple of new faces. We’ll continue battling hard the rest of the season.

Brewer’s no prospect, but rather a fresh voice who could help in the development of some young blue-liners and change the conversation in a dressing room where players have been distracted by social media rants and ugly tweets of late.

Both Brewer and Panik started the season in Tampa and wanted to have big nights. The results were mixed.

Brewer deflected a puck into his own net and was minus-2 in the first period as Toronto trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Panik, a 2009 Lightning draft pick let go on waivers at the beginning of the season, was out for the opening faceoff and skated hard to the net, leading to a power play. It came to nothing, but he scored late in the third, his career-high 10th goal.

“It was a lucky goal,” said Panik. “I would take a win instead of a goal any time.”

The Lightning used their size, speed and skill to establish that 2-0 lead. Nikita Kucherov scored his 24th goal on one of the most productive second lines in the NHL with Tyler Johnson, who also has 24 goals, and Ondrej Palat, with 49 points.

“It’s more of a 1-A, 1-B kind of thing,” said Leaf killer Steven Stamkos, who finished with two assists. “We have a lot of depth in this team.”

Stamkos has six goals and five assists in his last six games against Toronto.

David Booth scored the other Leafs goal, his second of the season after a 31-game drought and the first allowed by the Lightning on home ice since Feb. 12.

New Leaf defenceman Tim Erixon was scratched with a stomach virus.

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Wankband charges gizmos with a flick of the wrist

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Timothy J. Seppala

PornHub thinks it has a sexier solution for the age old problem of a gadget running out of juice prematurely, and the secret is in the (hairy) palm of your hand. Say hello to the Wankband: a wearable that straps on to your forearm, capturing the ener…

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Wynne previews plan to combat violence, harassment against women

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Joan Bryden - The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Kathleen Wynne says she’s determined to use her influence as Ontario’s first female premier to improve the lot of all women — starting with an action plan on sexual violence and harassment to be unveiled Friday.

The premier says the plan will include a variety of initiatives, including a public education campaign aimed at raising awareness of the problem and challenging societal norms and beliefs.

She says victims must be better supported, ensuring that women who are “brave enough” to come forward with complaints aren’t re-victimized.

As well, Wynne says laws need to be strengthened to keep workplaces and post-secondary campuses free from sexual violence and harassment.

Above all, she says the plan aims to change deep-rooted attitudes and behaviours that contribute to violence against women.

Wynne gave a preview of the action plan, which is meant to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8, during a symposium Thursday on women in politics at the University of Ottawa — an institution that has suffered its own recent scandals involving sexual misconduct.

The university suspended the men’s hockey team last year following allegations that two players sexually assaulted a woman while the team was visiting Thunder Bay. The suspension followed the resignation of four student government officials over inappropriate sexual comments about a female colleague on Facebook.

“I am determined to use my influence to make change,” Wynne told the symposium. “The need for action and influence, I think, is particularly acute when it comes to issues surrounding sexual assault and violence against women.”

Research suggests one in three Canadian women will face some kind of sexual violence or harassment in their life, yet most don’t report it, she said.

“There is a real danger in silence. If we don’t talk about it or we pretend that it’s not pervasive or that it’s not happening, then we are doing nothing to stop it from happening again and again and again.”

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CUPE, York U to resume talks

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Anonymous

York University and union representatives for the school’s teaching assistants and contract faculty have “tentatively” resumed talks, the union’s chairperson confirmed Thursday night.

Faiz Ahmed, chairperson of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3903, said “both sides are exchanging proposals” through a provincially appointed conciliator, whom Ahmed said initiated the talks.

“We sent the university proposals, the university will respond tomorrow,” Ahmed said in an emailed statement to the Star Thursday night. He said the union hopes to reach a deal by Monday.

Members of CUPE 3903 – which represents about 3,700 people – have been on strike since Tuesday, a move that has cancelled classes, exams and other academic activities.

York University is also “in contact with the provincially appointed mediator,” confirmed Joanne Rider, the school’s spokesperson.

Meanwhile at U of T, cracks have begun to show in the picket lines.

Just days into their strike, some teaching assistants are quietly returning to work.

“There’s a very small percentage of our members that are crossing picket lines,” Craig Smith, The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3902’s outreach coordinator, says. “We know that the majority of them are from hard sciences.”

CUPE 3902 went on strike on Monday to see the $15,000 stipend teaching assistants receive raised closer to the $23,000 low-income cut-off amount that Statistics Canada sets as a living wage for single workers in big cities. CUPE 3902 represents about 6,000 teaching assistants, who are generally graduate students that run tutorials and labs.

On Thursday, picketers crowded at major campus intersections and in front of university buildings, carrying placards and chanting in the bitter cold. Inside those buildings, most classes continued as scheduled.

While the strike at York University has seen classes cancelled, at U of T, the university and CUPE 3902 both confirmed that strike-breakers are running tutorials and labs. Both the school and the union, however, declined to release exact numbers.

Although the union’s constitution allows it, Smith said that strike-breakers will likely not face retributive action. U of T, which declined to comment for this story, has even made a form available for teaching assistants who wish to continue working through the strike.

“There was very serious pushback,” Smith says of the form. “The system was effectively broken by people writing in with fake names.”

Inside the Bahen Centre for Information Technology, which is primarily used by the university’s engineering, computer science and mathematics departments, several tutorials were going ahead as scheduled on Thursday.

Several strike-breaking teaching assistants approached by the Star declined to provide their names, citing concerns of repercussions and ostracization by their peers. They mostly cited disagreement with CUPE tactics and feelings of responsibility towards their students as reasons for breaking picket lines.

“The stronger the picket lines, the stronger the strike,” Erin Black, chair of CUPE 3902’s executive committee, retorted on Thursday. “Stronger strikes often mean shorter strikes, which means getting back to the classrooms where we want to be in the first place.”

Daniel Otis can be reached at 416-814-2796 or dotis@thestar.ca .

With files from Louise Brown, Jackie Hong and Diana Hall.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper the Not So Great Economist Leader

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Simon

Well now we know why Stephen Harper would rather talk about terrorism than the economy.Why he would rather scare people into voting him, than promise them better jobs.Because if he did talk about the economy people would be REALLY scared.Or really ANGRY. Read more »

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Stephen Harper the Not So Great Economist Leader

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Simon

Well now we know why Stephen Harper would rather talk about terrorism than the economy.

Why he would rather scare people into voting him, than promise them better jobs.

Because if he did talk about the economy people would be REALLY scared.

Or really ANGRY. 
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Top 10 Spring Activities For Kids #pinterest #spring

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Anonymous

Okay it’s not quite spring and won’t be for another few weeks. Here in BC though the weather is sunny, kids are playing and it’s never too early to jump into some spring activities for the kids to enjoy. Here is our pinterest round-up of the top 10 spring activities for kids. #1. Tissue Paper […]

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Guest Blog

Harper government can’t silence activists by labeling them “extremists”, creating police-state legislation such as Bill C-51, argues renowned scientist David Suzuki.

The post David Suzuki: Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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Rep: Harrison Ford ‘banged up’ but expected to recover after plane crash-lands on golf course

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Harrison Ford’s representative says he’s “banged up” but expected to make a full recovery after crash-landing a vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course.

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Rinspeed reimagines the BMW i3 EV as a self-driving car

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Mariella Moon

Rinspeed did a fantastic visual recreation of the Tesla Model S as a moving living room last year, and now it has given the BMW i3 EV a similar treatment. The Swiss car restorer and conjurer of futuristic concepts has reimagined the i3 as a self-driv…

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Longtime Vancouver radio host Fred Latremouille dies at age 69 in Arizona

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  The Province - News

Vancouver broadcaster Fred Latremouille, whose affable voice was once the first thing thousands of people woke up to every morning, has died.

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How Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents pulled together in an emergency

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

As the 911 call came in alerting officials to a fire at the port at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Todd Spencer was watching the plumes of smoke go up from a friend’s apartment nearby. When he left the apartment 20 minutes later, “there was a lot of smoke and the road was blocked off,” but nobody told him he should stay inside. He walked to the Lookout Society’s LivingRoom drop-in centre on Powell Street near Oppenheimer Park.

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Outrage boils over as B.C. plans to sell groundwater for $2.25 per million litres

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  The Province - News

More than 82,000 people have signed a petition against the government’s plans to sell B.C.’s water for $2.25 per million litres. “It is outrageous,” says the online petition from SumOfUs.org, that corporations can buy water “for next to nothing.”

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Police seek help in disappearance of Coquitlam woman

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  The Province - News

Police are asking the public to help track down a missing woman who hasn’t been seen since late February. Angelina Louie, 39, of Coquitlam, was reported missing on Tuesday. She was last seen just before midnight on Feb. 27.

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Man who attacked his family and burned down their Langley home should serve 10 years, Crown says

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  The Province - News

Crown is seeking a 10-year prison sentence for a Langley man who committed a “callous and unprovoked” attack on his family and set their house on fire last year. “Nothing can describe the horror they went through that night,” said Crown prosecutor Mike Fortino during a sentencing hearing in provincial court in Surrey on Thursday.

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Fred Latremouille: The disc jockey with the joie de vivre

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

There was a time in Vancouver, a time when radio was king and disc jockeys were media stars and when Fred Latremouille was the prince of the airwaves, an engagingly glib and honey-voiced broadcaster whose loyal followers stayed with him throughout a career that lasted nearly 50 years. When Latremouille died Thursday at the age of 69 at his vacation home in Scottsdale, Arizona, following a brief illness, he left a legacy unmatched in the business, charming listeners of all ages and introducing them not only to rock ’n’ roll and adult contemporary music but, later in his career, his trademark “Latremorning” radio shows.

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Mystery powder sent to ministers with threat to ‘annihilate’ Conservatives

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

The Quebec riding offices of at least three federal cabinet ministers have received suspicious envelopes containing white powder and some of their staff have been sent to hospital.

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Judge writes simple and ‘inspiring’ legal decision for repeat offender

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  Anonymous

It was an ordinary case of a 29-year-old repeat offender caught stealing on probation — however; the judgment that was delivered was anything but.

Justice Shaun Nakatsuru became so moved by aboriginal offender Jesse Armitage’s tragic past that he delivered a remarkable decision written in plain language and personally addressed to Armitage.

The poetic and unique legal decision has captivated the legal community, with one lawyer describing it as “the most inspiring decision I have ever read.”

In the decision, Nakatsuru appeals to other judges to write legal decisions in simple language, so offenders can understand.

“As lawyers first and then judges, we get used to using words that are long and complicated. This only muddies the message we are trying to say,” Nakatsuru wrote. “In this case, I am writing for Jesse Armitage.”

He said Armitage appeared before him as a “dispirited man” who does not think of himself as important or care about what he does.

“If I could describe Mr. Armitage as a tree, his roots remain hidden beneath the ground. I can see what he is now. I can see the trunk. I can see the leaves. But much of what he is and what has brought him before me, I cannot see. They are still buried,” the decision said.

Steven Benmor, a family lawyer not involved in the case, said Nakatsuru should be applauded for writing in such elementary language.

“I read dozens of cases each week and most are just a recitation of the facts. This judge went to great lengths to really demonstrate empathy for this person in ways judges historically do not do,” he said.

“Frankly, this is the most inspiring decision I’ve ever read.”

A movement calling for more clear and understandable writing in the United States saw President Barack Obama signing the Plain Writing Act in 2010 to rid bureaucratic legal jargon from government documents. Benmor said Nakatsuru’s decision should be used as an educational tool to motivate all players in Canada’s justice system to do the same.

In the ruling released last month, Nakatsuru not only describes Armitage’s ancestry and how he came to be where he is today, but he also tackles some major social issues such as colonialism, past injustices on the aboriginal people of Canada and the over-incarceration of aboriginal offenders.

Armitage is “a metaphor for what negative effects colonization has had on many First Nations people and communities,” the decision read.

The 29-year-old offender was raised by a solo mother who struggled with alcohol abuse. His grandmother was a survivor of the Indian Residential Schools horror. He left home at 15, became a father at 19 and barely sees his son. He is unemployed, reliant on welfare and has had run-ins with the law since he was a child, often being caught stealing from shops or restaurants.

But, the jail stints never rehabilitated or helped him, Nakatsuru wrote.

Throughout the case, Nakatsuru said he “tried to reach” Armitage.

“Sometimes I felt I had some success. There was sometimes a smile of understanding on his face. Other times I just saw frustration in him,” he wrote.

Nakatsuru did not send Armitage to jail, instead he imposed a 14-month conditional sentence order to be served in the community, noting that some would likely disagree with his decision.

“While I cannot give this aboriginal offender mercy or leniency, I can give Mr. Armitage a chance,” Nakatsuru wrote.

“I have made this order so that he can take this path knowing he need not do it alone. He has the support of others if he wants it. He also has mine.”

The case was heard in Toronto’s Gladue court at Old City Hall, established for offenders of aboriginal background. Facebook messages and phone calls to Armitage’s family on Thursday were not returned.

Shortly after Nakatsuru finished writing his decision, but before it was released, Armitage was arrested for a similar offence.

When Armitage appeared before Nakatsuru again, he had no excuse for his behaviour, but he did ask if he could serve the nine months of the remainder of his sentence in jail.

“I believe that he had come to a point in his life where he was ready. Ready for a chance to change. When an offender has come to this point, no matter how long, torturous or difficult the path taken to get there, there cannot be sadness or disappointment. There can only be hope.”

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Daily Roundup: Best of Mobile World Congress, ‘Rock Band 4′ and more!

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Whitecaps, Toronto to sport other-worldly look for MLS opener

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Canadian Dimension: The United States and Venezuela: Decades of Defeats and Destabilization

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  James Petras

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Rogue notary Sino General given suspended sentence for unlicenced work

Posted  March 5, 2015  by  The Province - News

A B.C. Supreme Court judge gave a suspended sentence Thursday to a Vancouver man who acted as a rogue notary for years, officiating documents for Freemen-on-the-Land and others in B.C. In his decision, the judge said he had “no hesitation” finding that Sino General was in contempt of civil court by continuing his unlicensed work as a notary, in defiance of a 2013 court order.

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