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Animals

Beaver ‘still at large’ in PEI after felling tree that damaged couple’s car

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Police say a beaver is to blame for felling a tree that collapsed onto a car driven by Quebec tourists in Prince Edward Island on Saturday.

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General

A bill introduced in Congress could be an important step in clarifying property rights in outer spac

Posted July 29, 2014 by Anonymous

A bill introduced in Congress could be an important step in clarifying property rights in outer space. The ASTEROIDS Act says that resources obtained from asteroids legally belong to the company or other entity that extracted them, but it has some kinks to work out, such as the legal definition of an “asteroid.”

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General

The dark side of the renovation boom

Posted July 28, 2014 by Chris Sorensen

Canadians spend billions a year on renovations. But our love affair with fix-ups has put households–and the economy–at risk.

The post The dark side of the renovation boom appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Employment

The closer you look, the weaker Canada’s job market appears

Posted July 28, 2014 by Mike Moffatt

A refined look at the data shows that some demographics in the labour force are enduring near-historic unemployment rates

The post The closer you look, the weaker Canada’s job market appears appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Minister Valcourt Announces Measures to Advance Treaty Negotiations and Reconciliation

Posted July 28, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

At this meeting, Minister Valcourt announced that the Government of Canada is taking further action to help advance treaty negotiations

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Business

Search Engines: Therea4s LOTS more than only Google! | CanuckSEO

Posted July 27, 2014 by JVRudnick

I found this link earlier in the week….and thought I’d share it with our readers…and for me having been on the web since the days of L…

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General

Sandcastles in St. Joseph

Posted July 27, 2014 by James Bow

St. Joseph and Benton Harbor appear to be twin cities. Either way, I believe I’ve used “the Beaches of Benton Harbor” before, and I must have my alliteration! Yesterday was a good day. We left the west of Detroit…

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Advertising

Ad Campaign: Tom Ford Eyewear Fall 2014

Posted July 26, 2014 by Nicola Gossips

#fashion #thecollections

Tom Ford continues to release images for its Fall 2014 advertising campaigns. Lensed by photographer Johnny Dufort, the campaign for Tom Ford Eyewear features “next generation” celebrities, Gigi Hadid and Patrick Schwarzene…

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General

Statement – Taking The First Nations Financial Transparency Act One Step Further Toward Accountable and Transparent First Nation Governments

Posted July 26, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:
First Nations, like all Canadians, deserve transparency and accountability from their elected officials.

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General

Twelve Mile Road

Posted July 25, 2014 by James Bow

We started the first leg of our journey today, a two-week tour of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. We are visiting family once again, even though two very important members of our family (my mother-in-law and her husband) came across…

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Events

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

Posted July 25, 2014 by Anonymous

What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano. The properties include a perfect starter home, a spacious townhome and a sleek one-bedroom condo. 3…
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Environmental Standards Come To Toronto Rental Apartments

Posted July 25, 2014 by Anonymous

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More than 500,000 people live in the hundreds of apartment complexes that spread across Toronto 630 square kilometres. On average, these  apartment residents use less water, energy, and generate less waste than persons living in single-detached dwellings. High-density neighbourhoods also use fewer materials during construction and consume less land. Though the latest high-density buildings are generally understood as the more environmentally conscious way of living, there is a growing desire to ensure that Toronto’s old post-war apartment buildings, often designed in “tower in the park” style, and prior to today’s more efficient technologies, are updated to reflect modern society’s environmental priorities. To adapt to this reality, the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) has introduced new Environmental Operating Standards as part of its Certified Rental Building Program (CRBP).

The CRBP banner hangs outside 7 St. Dennis Drive in North York. Image by Marcus The CRBP banner hangs outside 7 St. Dennis Drive in North York. Image by Marcus Mitanis.

Developed in 2008, the CRBP is the only multi-residential certification program in North America. Certification means that the building is well-run, well-managed and follows over 50 standards of practice in building management and customer service. The current standards include requirements for regular building cleaning and inspections, suite inspections, communication with residents when repairs are made, pest management practices, and education programs for building staff. Maintenance requests and other inquiries are also required to be responded to within two business days. To ensure compliance with the standards included in the CRBP, J.D. Power & Associates conducts regular audits.

Each of these standards will now be accompanied by new environmental requirements for apartments accepted into the program. Buildings must have an Environmental Management Policy, outlining the dedication to environmentally friendly operating procedures and practices.  This will be accompanied by an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy to establish a commitment to use products and services that minimize environmental and human health impacts. Energy, water and waste usage will also be monitored, ensuring that irregularities and excessive use will be mitigated as much as possible. Energy and water conservation will be heavily promoted, partially through the installation of energy efficient electrical fixtures and water efficient plumbing fixtures in common areas. Other mandatory standards encourage the use of recycling and implementation of air quality benchmarks, demonstrating the wide range of environmental concerns that the program addresses.

Ted Whitehead of the CRBP talks environment standards. Image by Marcus Mitanis.Director of Certification at the CRBP, Ted Whitehead, discusses the Environmental Operating Standards. Image by Marcus Mitanis.

The official Toronto launch of the new standards took place at 7 St. Dennis Drive in the Flemingdon Park area. The manager of the address, WJ Properties, has become the first in Toronto to assume the new environmental standards. Representatives from WJ Properties and FRPO were joined by Elanor McAteer, Project Director of the City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal Program and Ward 26 (Don Valley West) Councillor John Parker to mark the occasion on Thursday.

Depicted below, from left to right are: Eleanor McAteer, President and CEO of FRPO Scott Andison, Councillor John Parker, Vice President of Operations at WJ Properties Carol Weinbaum, President of WJ Properties Allan Weinbaum, Chair of FRPO’s Board Bill Zigomanis and Chief Financial Officer at WJ Properties Perry Fryers. 

The CRBP is officially unveiled. Image by Marcus Mitanis. The CRBP sign is unveiled by representatives from WJ Properties, the City of Toronto and FRPO. Image by Marcus Mitanis.

“I am very impressed with the Certified Rental Building Program,” Councillor Parker said. “Certification helps renters in a community have confidence in the buildings in which they live. I am very pleased that the CRB Program has now come to our Flemingdon Park community.”

President of WJ Properties, Allan Weinbaum, also expressed his support for the initiative. “We have long been proud supporters of the CRB Program,” he said. “As it has now grown to include new environmental standards, we are delighted to be the first property manager in the City of Toronto to be in compliance with them.”

CRBP banner officially unveiled at 7 St. Dennis Drive. Image by Marcus Mitanis.The CRBP banner is officially unveiled at 7 St. Dennis Drive. Image by Marcus Mitanis.

Implementation started in Ottawa when the Minto Group adopted the new environmental standards in October. Osgoode Properties’ then adopted the new standards in Kingston and now the program has launched in Toronto. Over 225,000 residents in more than 950 buildings in Ontario are covered under the CRB Program and will soon enjoy the newly introduced environmental standards. 

About one-third, or 365, of Toronto’s apartment buildings are currently enrolled in the CRB Program. That is quite a feat for the six-year-old initiative that is bound to see more enrollments as awareness about the Program and environmental issues continue to increase. 

“It’s like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval, said Ted Whitehead of the CRBP. I always say, why would you rent anywhere but a certified rental building?”

For more information about the Certified Rental Building Program and the related Standards of Practice, visit the CRBP website

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Business

Is It Time to Find a New Bank?

Posted July 25, 2014 by MMarquit

When you feel as though your bank isn’t treating you right, it’s tempting to find a new bank, and build a new relationship.23 Zoom(s)

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Copyright

UK ISPs and Rights Holders Agree on Voluntary Notice-and-Notice Style Copyright System

Posted July 25, 2014 by Michael Geist

Several years ago, the United Kingdom passed the controversial Digital Economy Act, which included provisions for disconnecting Internet users accused of repeat copyright infringement. That bill generated protests, but ultimately passed. The disconnection provisions never took effect, however, as they were the target of legal challenges. Now reports indicate that the copyright enforcement scheme has been shelved altogether as rights holders and Internet service providers have reached agreement on a voluntary system that looks a lot like Canada’s notice-and-notice approach.

The system involves a maximum of four warning letters to a customer per year.  There is no disclosure of the subscriber information and no threat of loss of Internet service. Rights holders can take further legal action if they so choose. I wrote about Canada’s notice-and-notice system here (which similarly involves notices, no disclosure of personal information, and no loss of service), discussing its effectiveness and warning against the possibility that the Trans Pacific Partnership could be used to override the “made in Canada” approach.

The post UK ISPs and Rights Holders Agree on Voluntary Notice-and-Notice Style Copyright System appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Business

Mars plans more renewables, says they are cost-neutral

Posted July 25, 2014 by Sami Grover

If only our politicians were as ambitious as our corporations when it comes to clean energy.

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Business

Canadian Dollar Looks to Hold to Yesterday’s Gains a4 Forex News

Posted July 24, 2014 by MMarquit

Canadian dollar is hoping to hold on to some of yesterday’s gains, and that is a possibility21 Zoom(s)

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Business

NEWS: Canada Has Youth Jobs But Needs Entrepreneurship to Flourish! | FundHamOnt

Posted July 24, 2014 by JVRudnick

According to a new report by Ernst & Young, Canada is a top country for “good quality jobs for youth.” But supporting entrepreneurship…

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Business

5 Unique Client Tasks wea4ve Done as Personal Concierge | Kathy Russell – Butler Girla4

Posted July 23, 2014 by thebutlergirl

When there are not enough hours in the day to do all the things you need to do, consider hiring a personal concierge to assist with th…23 Zoom(s)

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Canada

OECD Releases New Broadband Data: Canada Ranks in Bottom Third on Mobile Broadband Subscriptions

Posted July 23, 2014 by Michael Geist

The OECD released its latest Internet broadband data yesterday, covering the 34 OECD member states. The update emphasized wireless broadband access, comparing subscription rates across the OECD (many other aspects of the OECD data collection, including pricing and speeds, were not updated). Wireless broadband has emerged in recent years as a critical method of Internet connectivity with consumers and businesses relying on mobile broadband, yet the OECD data has Canada ranking poorly for wireless broadband subscriptions when compared to the rest of the developed economy world (coverage from the Wire Report (sub req)). The OECD release comes one week after a CRTC sponsored report found that Canadian wireless pricing is among the most expensive in the G7 in every tier of usage.

Seven countries, including Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Korea, and the U.S., have at least one subscription for every inhabitant. In Canada, the number drops to 53.3 subscriptions for every 100 inhabitants. That places Canada 24th out of 34 OECD countries.

OECD, 2014, http://www.oecd.org/sti/broadband/oecdbroadbandportal.htm OECD, 2014, http://www.oecd.org/sti/broadband/oecdbroadbandportal.htm

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Debt

More than half of students hide spending from parents: RBC

Posted July 22, 2014 by MoneySense staff

Devise an updated student budget before Labour Day rolls around

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General

Minister Blaney announces the removal from Canada of 20 convicted human traffickers

Posted July 22, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced the removal from Canada of 20 members of a human trafficking criminal organization that had operated in the Hamilton area. The individuals were all part…

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Minister Blaney announces the removal from Canada of 20 convicted human traffickers

Posted July 22, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced the removal from Canada of 20 members of a human trafficking criminal organization that had operated in the Hamilton area. The individuals were all part…

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Minister Blaney announces the removal from Canada of 20 convicted human traffickers

Posted July 22, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced the removal from Canada of 20 members of a human trafficking criminal organization that had operated in the Hamilton area. The individuals were all part…

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Debt

Gifts for our children

Posted July 22, 2014 by Norm Farrell

When Liberals formed British Columbia’s government in 2001, they had a commitment to manage provincial finances responsibly. The result: program cuts, reduced capital spending and lower costs of administration. Fiscal conservatism was the BC Liberal ma…

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General

Cost of gas, accommodations keep Canadians at home

Posted July 21, 2014 by Special to MoneySense

Nearly one-quarter won’t be travelling this summer

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Canada

High cost of travel discouraging Canadians: survey

Posted July 21, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Only seven per cent are travelling overseas this summer

The post High cost of travel discouraging Canadians: survey appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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General

How To Have A Luxury Family Stay In Toronto: The Ritz

Posted July 21, 2014 by Stephanie

Every once in a while there are milestones in life that need to be celebrated.  One of those occasions we could not allow to pass without the biggest of pomp and circumstance was that of my Mother’s 70th Birthday.  How does one celebrate such a birthday?  By whisking her away to Toronto for a stay […]

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Events

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

Posted July 18, 2014 by Anonymous

What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano. The properties include a heritage home, a townhouse with stunning views and a one-bedroom condo. 3…
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Entertainment

Meet the Bowmanville Cubs with this great Discount!

Posted July 18, 2014 by Anonymous

Visiting the Bowmanville Zoo is always a great day, our family always looks forward to our next visit and the boys often talk about animals they’ve made connections with throughout the year. My middle child talks about Limba so much you would think it was one of his friends names! Sadly, Limba passed away and [Read On]

The post Meet the Bowmanville Cubs with this great Discount! appeared first on Mom vs the Boys.

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Lets get things back into Perspective here! #1

Posted July 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, let’s get things back into perspective here! Your humble and overworked reporter has to set things right on certain occasions, so we here at the Perspective Research Department, along with the staff at Naked News, are going to provide a regular feature here on BlogsCanada.ca called…………………………, LET’S GET THINGS BACK INTO PERSPECTIVE HERE! We […]

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Copyright

Notice the Difference: Canada’s Internet Provider Notice-and-Notice Rules and the TPP

Posted July 18, 2014 by Michael Geist

Last week, negotiators from around the world gathered in Ottawa for negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. I was fortunate to be asked to meet with many of the intellectual property negotiators as part of a side session sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the copyright implications of the agreement.  EFF’s Jeremy Malcolm and Maira Sutton write about the event here, which also included Howard Knopf and Open Media’s Reilly Yeo.

My presentation
, embedded below, focused on the Canadian notice-and-notice rules for Internet service provider liability. The government recently announced that notice-and-notice will take effect in January 2015. I explained the background of the Canadian approach, how it differs from the U.S. notice-and-takedown system, and how experience demonstrates its effectiveness.

The post Notice the Difference: Canada’s Internet Provider Notice-and-Notice Rules and the TPP appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Business

Qualities of Great Leaders a4 Self-Awareness & Positive Self Image | YOUR LEADERSHIP MATTERS

Posted July 17, 2014 by Anonymous

The need for a clear sense of self is critically important to leaders. One of the fundamental precepts of leadership is that requires …35 Zoom(s)

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General

Summer Vacation In Greece (With Pictures!)

Posted July 17, 2014 by Loukia

There is nothing more amazing than traveling—near, far, and as frequently as possible. I love to get away as often as I can, with my family. My two boys are amazing travellers and they love the adventure of travel, too. Often we travel as a pack: my husband, my kids, me, my parents, my sister, and her family. It’s a great thing, because you always have fun company, the kids have cousins to play with, and we have build-in babysitters.

We all just got back from a three week vacation to Greece, and it was perfect in every way. I’m so thankful and happy that we all got to experience this together, and I can honestly say it was my favourite vacation ever. Memories to last a lifetime…

I’ve been to Greece many times, so for me it felt like going home again. It was great that we were all able to make it happen this year, and it was especially memorable because it was our children’s first time heading overseas to see where their family is from, and to see their grandparents’ homes, and their great-grandparents’, too. The history and culture of Greece is second to none, and they loved learning and touring the ancient ruins, including fortresses and the Parthenon in Athens.

We went to my grandparent’s city of Tripoli for a few days, where we made day trips to the picturesque cities of Loutraki and Nafplio to swim in the gorgeous sea. The boys loved the sea, even more than the ocean in south Florida, because the water was way more calm. We stayed at Palatino Rooms and Apartments, less than a block away from my grandparent’s home. It was such an adorable place to stay, and very clean. We had an apartment with a bedroom and lots of room for the four of us. We had a full kitchen, and two balconies, too.

From Tripoli, we all headed to my father’s city of Patras, my favourite city in Greece, and the one that holds the most memories for me—from my childhood, to my teenage years and my early 20′s. We reconnected with all our cousins, took the kids to my favourite hotel, Porto Rio, and had a blast swimming all day and eating the amazing food that Greece is known for.  Oh, I miss the food already!

After Patra, we went to my in-law’s beach house in Kanali, near Prevesa. They build a stunning home right on the sea and it felt like home, instantly, to our boys. We went into the city of Prevesa a few times, and to Parga, another favourite city of mine in Greece. 

My husband than took me away for a mini-getaway to the island of Lefkada—absolutely stunning island, by the way—where we stayed at the gorgeous Ionion Blue resort. Our suite even had a private pool overlooking the sea. It was like a mini second honeymoon, and I was so proud of myself for being able to leave the kids in another city without freaking out! The break was well worth it.

We ended our vacation in Athens, and stayed at the Ledra Athens hotel where we relaxed around the roof top pool and toured the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis museum. A must-see if you’re Athens, by the way. My kids loved it.

Now we all can’t wait to get back to Greece, hopefully next summer, or the summer after that. After all, it is a very expensive vacation, but it’s so worth it… the kids now have amazon memories to last a lifetime. I’ll write in more detail about our trip later on, but if you have any questions relating to travel in Greece—from where to stay, shop and eat—just let me know. I’m a wealth of information about Greece, my motherland, and I’ve been to enough cities to declare myself a Greek travel expert!

Till next time…

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General

Three Smart Travel Tips for Canadians Going South!

Posted July 17, 2014 by mike

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the States a few times this year, which is always fun, but a fun time away can sometimes be hampered by senseless costs and stressful trips. So, over the past few months, I’ve …
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General

How To Use A Revolving Door? The Suburbs Edition.

Posted July 17, 2014 by Stephanie

Sometimes when you are on an adventure in Toronto to celebrate your Mama’s 70th Birthday, the best moments are made in the most unexpected of places.     This is how girls from the suburbs rock the revolving doors. Memories made. Can’t wait for our next adventure.

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Business

Leaving a Good Voice Mail Message | Funeral Pre-Planner, Kat Downey

Posted July 16, 2014 by legacymatters

Few people actually answer their phone anymore. Yes there is email, however my parents are not used to doing business this way. Their …34 Zoom(s)

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Business

Could Copper Hold the Key to Loonie Performance? a4 Forex News

Posted July 16, 2014 by MMarquit

While we often think of the loonie as a petrocurrency, the truth might be that it is really more closely related to copper.32 Zoom(s)

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General

Thunder Over Michigan Aug 9-10 2014

Posted July 15, 2014 by James Hamilton

I’ve got my passport application in so I can go to the Baltia Air Lines airshow at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Thunder fans are waiting for the Saturday-Sunday show in August with the highlight of the show being the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and their F-16 Fighting Falcons, the World War II air parades and the European war reenactments.

“Did you realize we are now just a little over three weeks away from hearing and seeing the U.S.Air Force Thunderbirds roar through the skies over Willow Run? The Thunderbirds will headline an awesome lineup of classic military aircraft, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, and much more August 9-10. Fighter Club tickets for Saturday are now SOLD OUT but there are limited numbers of premium seating remaining in other areas. Visit http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow/purchase-tickets/ to reserve your seat and get discounted tickets today.”

The proposed schedule for the two days, subject to change, is as follows.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
8:00 AM – Admission/Ticketing Points Open
9:00 AM – Air Show Grounds Open
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
• WWII European Ground Battle (Featuring Five M5 Stuart Tanks)
11:30 PM – 4:30 PM
• T-6 Texan Takeover (29 aircraft)
• U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
• F-86 Sabre Demo
• P-51 Mustang Demo
• WWII AAF Victory Flight (B-17; P-38;P-47; P-51; P-40)
• WWII AAF Parade (B-17; B-25 (3); P-38;P-47; P-51 (3); P-63; P-40; F-6; C-46; C-47; C-60; AT-11)
• P-63 Kingcobra Demo
• WWII European Air & Ground Battle Reenactment (L-5)
• Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet WACO
• Liberator & Privateer Dual (B-24; PB4Y-2)
• U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds Demo
5:00 PM – Air Show Grounds Close

Sunday, August 10, 2014
8:00 AM – Admission/Ticketing Points Open
9:00 AM – Air Show Grounds Open
10:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.
WWII European Ground Battle (Featuring Five M5 Stuart Tanks)11:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Texan Takeover (T-6 (29))
U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
F-86 Sabre Demo
P-51 Mustang Demo
WWII AAF Victory Flight (B-17; P-38;P-47; P-51; P-40)
WWII AAF Parade (B-17; B-25 (3); P-38;P-47; P-51 (3); P-63; P-40; F-6;
C-46; C-47; C-60; AT-11)
P-63 Kingcobra Demo
WWII European Air & Ground Battle Reenactment (L-5)
Screamin Sasquatch WACO
B-24 Liberator Demo
U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds Demo5:00 PM – Air Show Grounds Close

See photos of my previous Thunder Over Michigan airshow on my posts here.

2013 Thunder Over Michigan
2012 Thunder Over Michigan info
2011 Thunder Over Michigan
2011 Thunder Over Michigan war reenactment
2010 Thunder Over Michigan

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