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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Daimler’s dreams of self-driving big rig trucks just took one step closer to reality. The automaker has conducted the first-ever test of its semi-autonomous Highway Pilot system in a production truck on a public road, driving an augmented Mercedes-…
We’ve been told that this election is about growing the economy. But all of the parties are still focused on capital, not labour. Murray Dobbins writes:
Just three weeks before the federal election comes a report from Morgan Stanley that should remind everyone that the election is still about the economy. The message of the paper is as unambiguous as it is surprising: the era of cheap labour is over. It (Read more…)
Justin Bieber’s famous pals are coming to his defense, saying the pop singer hasn’t hopped off the sobriety train despite recent footage showing him smoking and boozing. Riff Raff tells us he and Diplo were hanging with Justin just last week…
“Fast N’ Loud” host Richard Rawlings says he broke his back promoting a famous auto parts store and all he got was the shaft. Rich says in a new lawsuit, he signed on with the company that does marketing for O’Reilly Auto Parts to make personal…
Forget Ben Stiller or Andy Warhol (yes, seriously) … the greatest WWE celebrity cameo EVER was executed (painfully) by Jon Stewart … so says WWE legend Scott Hall. Stewart was famously SLAMMED to the mat by John Cena during “Monday Night…
An A-list make-up artist known for his Audrey Hepburn eyebrows and clients like Mariah Carey and Jessica Chastain, turned from pretty boy to Batman after a guy tried robbing his pal’s NYC jewelry store. Kristofer Buckle says he was helping his…
It’s become a lot clearer why Lorenzo Lamas’ son A.J. allegedly stole random items from Target … we’ve learned he was carrying a meth pipe during the incident. TMZ broke the story — A.J. was arrested last month after he allegedly…
Before he was crushing real estate, “Million Dollar Listing” star Josh Altman was crushing ass at Syracuse … where he says being the kicker for the football team paid off HUUUGE! Check out the clip … Altman says he’s still friends with some…
Every little thing Sting does is magic. Here’s a 33-year-old version of the Police frontman and sex symbol looking good in London back in 1984 (left) and 31 years later … a much grizzlier version of the solo singer — who celebrated his 64th&h…
A team of researchers from the RMIT-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology Research Centre has developed a technique to create 10-micron-wide flower-like structures that bloom like the real thing. The group mixed two ingredients in water to ma…
As we all know Stephen Harper has an unhealthy obsession with marijuana, handcuffs, and Justin Trudeau. Not necessarily in that order.He has no respect for science, and has never seen a scientist he didn’t want to muzzle.But even by his low standards this is criminally irresponsible. Read more »
The Whitecaps failed to clinch an MLS post-season berth Saturday night. And they blew a chance to reclaim top spot in the Western Conference.usa
In what was their final dress rehearsal before the games that really matter begin, the Vancouver Canucks certainly did not nail all of their lines.
Even his supporters acknowledge that this fellow is a bit robotic but it is getting painful to watch Harper dependably spout the lines fed to him by the Lizard of Oz: ”Old Stock Canadians” (Still not certain what that means), Niqab!, Dual Citizenship! It will go on and on for the next 16 days. But this one has him looking like a parody of HAL 9000.
Harper is supposed to be the apogee of the Canadian Tea Party. And the best he can do is run around like the Robot from Space Family Robinson spouting “Danger!” about whatever (Read more…)
Google Glass (aka Project Aura), as cool as it is, isn’t very immersive: you’re still looking at flat pictures superimposed on a 3D world. You may see some added depth in the future, though. Google has filed for a patent on a “head wearable display…
Army veteran Chris Mintz was shot five times protecting classmates from the deranged mass murderer who killed 10 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday.
In an earlier post, I sought to explain (not necessarily defend) the Mulcair team’s decision to run balanced budgets as an election campaign tactic to counter being branded by the Conservatives (and potentially the Liberals)as a profligate manager of the public purse. Whether or not this tactic is successful will ultimately reflect in the October 19th electoral results.
Since this announcement in late August, polls have suggested the tactic may not have worked, with the NDP having being overtaken by the Conservatives and Liberals in terms of share of the popular vote. It does not strictly follow (Read more…)
It wasn’t a leap of faith that made Jonathon Jennings the quarterback of the B.C. Lions. Circumstances placed the fate of the team in the hands of the 23-year-old rookie, who began the season as the third-stringer.
On October 5, Brigette DePape and other young activists will “Storm the Dorm” at university campuses to boost youth voter turnout during the 2015 federal election.
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Many marriages end with some version of “you may kiss the bride.”
But for one night, people in downtown Toronto were asked to kiss their ride instead.
These people got married to their bicycles as part of a Nuit Blanche event put on by a local women’s art collective and bike crew.
Kirsten White, code name “Snow White,” helped organize the event with other members of the Deadly Nightshades Midnight Bike Crew. Though the group is usually focused on promoting cycling culture in the city, this event is more of a statement on marriage and marriage equality than about traffic in Toronto, she said.
“Marriage, for us, is more about the idea of picking someone in the moment that you care about and that you love,” White said.
“We’re saying the kind of love that should be celebrated now is a little less rigid, and a little more free in its will,” she said.
Nuit Blanche participants were married to their bikes, or unicycles or tricycles — White said the group doesn’t discriminate — in front of officiators dressed up as characters ranging from Elvis to Dolly Parton and a mermaid.
The theme was purposefully chosen to evoke images of chapel weddings and Vegas, White said.
“We love kitsch … so each character is slightly derived off that kitsch,” she said.
The ceremonies took place in front of a trailer decorated with an arch made up of bicycle wheels and flowers. Newlyweds-to-be quickly said their I-do’s before signing a marriage certificate and getting their photo taken. Some opted to let the bikes sign the certificates as well, running the front wheels over the paper a few times to get a tire tread signature.
Corey Sullivan was the first in line on Saturday night. The avid cyclist said he wanted to get married to his bike — named Alabama Whirl — partly because of his devotion to it, but also just because he thought it was funny.
“I basically live on my bike. I bike to work, I bike to everything,” he said.
After Sullivan, Dennis DaCosta got hitched to his bike, Earl, whom he had decked out in LED lights for the ceremony. DaCosta opted to give Earl a quick kiss on the handlebars after signing their certificate.
“He’s been a loyal companion. He’s always there when I need him, so why not,” DaCosta said.
For those concerned about the legal ramifications of a bike marriage, White assured none of it was legally binding.
“You’re still able to marry other bikes if you want,” she said.
The group has tried to be a part of Nuit Blanche for several years with different ideas, but hasn’t been accepted until this year. They’re hoping to take the marriage on tour in the U.S. They haven’t decided if they’re going to do something for next year’s Nuit Blanche, but if they do, it will most likely be connected to bikes again.
“We have been in love with our bikes for many years now, and we just feel like it’s time to make it official,” White said.
MONTREAL — Strange bedfellows, indeed. Stephen Harper might not be the only one on the federal campaign trail who’s crossing his fingers for a deal on the blockbuster Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Conservative leader says would be a huge boon to the Canadian economy.
A new Disney Research project can make coloring books more exciting for those of us with limited art skills. The team has built an interactive Android and iOS coloring book app using the Unity game engine that can take a colored drawing and tur…
Human remains have been found near the Townsite area of Powell River, B.C.
ST. PETERSBURG—It will go down to the final day between the Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals for first overall and the American League’s top seed after the Royals won and the Jays lost on Saturday.
The Jays squandered control of their own fate after a 4-3 loss to the Rays on a blown save in the ninth.
While the Royals have Johnny Cueto, their prized acquisition at the trade deadline, lined up to start on Sunday, the Jays did not know who they were going to call upon, either Drew Hutchison or Mark Buehrle.
Buehrle started on Friday and needs just two more innings to extend his streak of 200-plus innings to 15 consecutive seasons. It was going to be a bullpen day in any case, with David Price shut down. The Jays squandered control of their own fate after a 4-3 loss to the Rays on a blown save in the ninth.
“For us, we’ve been so good at home,” Jays manager John Gibbons explained his desire to finish ahead of the Royals. “We’re a home-run hitting team and it’s a great place to hit. It’s a great home-run hitting park. Look at what our crowd’s turn into, not just big crowds but crazy crowds. That’s got to help, I would think. I know everybody gets juiced up in the playoffs everywhere you go but there’s something different about what we’ve been experiencing these last couple of months.
“I don’t know how it could work against you, I’ll put it that way.”
The Jays were forced to come from behind against the Rays for the second straight game, but Osuna could not hang on. Osuna gave up a two-run single to Tim Beckham for the loss.
Left fielder John Jaso led off the game with a home run against Marco Estrada. The Jays’ right-hander allowed just two more hits in 6 2/3 innings, although one was another homer to Asdrubal Cabrera leading off the seventh. Estrada allowed 24 homers this year with a career-high 181 innings. Osuna gave up a two-run single to Tim Beckham for the loss.
“I think the slider I threw against (Steven) Souza was a strike,” Osuna said. “He didn’t give it to me. But we still had a chance (to get out of it).”
The Jays’ 2015 finale starts at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday.
Walter, a husky-greyhound-pitbull puppy, was just six days old when someone sliced off his left ear. Two days later, on Aug. 25, they took scissors to the pup’s right cheek and cut all the way to the top of his jawbone, leaving him unable to eat and as good as dead. But that same day, a B.C. SPCA cruelty investigator rescued Walter and six other puppies.
Today my sister-in-law would have 35 years old. She would have been taking her 3-year-old to pre-school, relishing in the joys of his finger paintings and story-telling. She would have been holding her baby in…
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If you know your Rare history, you probably know that Conker’s Bad Fur Day began life as a tame, kid-friendly game and evolved into the foul-mouthed ‘mature’ title that reached your Nintendo 64. Have you wondered what that original squirrel adventu…
A crowd came to New Westminster’s Hyack Square Saturday to commemorate a magical photograph celebrated around the world.
We briefly mentioned Ruhe a few weeks ago in reference to Paulie’s horrible, rotten, no-good 2015, but didn’t really talk much about the man himself other than posting a link to a recent article about Ruhe in the “Gerorgia Straight.”
Brian Ruhe is was a continuing-education instructor at Capilano University teaching courses on meditation and Buddhist philosophy, however on learning of his other activities, some of which might have been taught in his classes according to one anonymous poster in the comments section of the “Georgia Straight” article, Ruhe’s contract was not renewed.
You see Ruhe was also a UFOologist (Read more…)
Retiree wins $1.7M Chase the Ace jackpot
The Winnipeg Freepress reports (registration needed) that a Jewish audience, to its credit, reacted negatively to the Conservative candidate’s attempt to smear Liberals as ‘enemies of Israel’: Bateman, the Conservative MP from Winnipeg South Centre who is running for re-election, was sitting onstage at the Asper Jewish Community Campus in Tuxedo for an all-candidates forum hosted by B’nai Brith. Up until that point in the evening, the crowd of 100 or so had been exceedingly polite and well-behaved.
Bateman and the other candidates — Liberal Jim Carr, New Democrat Matt Henderson and Green party candidate Andrew Park — had performed (Read more…)
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OTTAWA—Negotiators struggled Saturday to overcome a few remaining irritants holding up an agreement on a 12-country Pacific Rim trade deal that would shake up Canadians’ economic prospects for years to come.
Even as talks in Atlanta continued for a fourth day, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair headed for southwestern Ontario to warn of job losses from a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which he vowed to scrap, if elected, on the grounds that it was negotiated in secret and too close to an election.
Unifor, the union representing autoworkers in Canada, warned that compromises by Ottawa in the TPP negotiations will likely increase foreign competition for Canadian auto producers, a development that could cost thousands of jobs.
And dairy farmers in Ontario and Quebec are worried their livelihoods could be endangered if protections under the supply-managed agricultural system are lowered as a result of a TPP agreement.
“An NDP government will not be bound by any secret trade agreement signed by Stephen Harper on the eve of the election,” Mulcair said.
Mulcair will keep pressing his message on possible threats to Canada’s family farms and the auto sector on Sunday in a whistle-stop tour through Brantford, Waterloo, Stratford, London and other Ontario centres.
If an agreement in principle is reached in Atlanta, the new pact — which covers trade and common commercial standards for Canada, the United States, Japan, Mexico and other countries from four continents — is likely to feature prominently in the final two weeks of the federal election.
In Montreal, Harper said he is in touch with Canada’s negotiators in Atlanta.
“Let me assure everyone that we will only conclude a deal that is in the best interests of our country,” he said, adding the TPP would open up huge markets in Asia to Canadian products and services.
Harper has brushed aside criticism that it’s too near the election to be binding Canada in a far-reaching trade deal.
“We need to be at the table to advance and protect our interests, to have any possibility of participating, but the final decision on a deal — obviously a deal will be made public and the final decision will be voted on eventually by the Parliament of Canada,” the Conservative leader said.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wasn’t on the campaign trail Saturday, but Ottawa candidate Catherine McKenna told a news conference that the Liberal party wouldn’t take a yes-or-no position on the TPP until there’s more information about its contents.
“At this point, we actually have no idea what’s in the TPP, and this government has been completely secret,” McKenna said. “The devil is in the details of any trade deal, and we just don’t have the details.”
Reports from Saturday’s round of negotiations in Atlanta said the key items remaining to be ironed out in the talks concerned dairy imports and patent-like protections for companies developing a new category of pharmaceuticals called biologics.