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On Toplessness

Posted July 28, 2015 by James Bow

I saw a woman walking topless in downtown Kitchener today. I was in the passenger seat of my parents’ car, my father was driving and my mother was in the back, and my mother said, “what’s that woman doing not…

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CBC: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing

Posted July 28, 2015 by Anonymous

Harper might want to stretch the TPP bargaining to minimize electoral risks. But in the middle of an election, the timing is not really up to Canada. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net
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CTV: File breach at electronic spy agency prompts mandatory privacy training

Posted July 28, 2015 by Anonymous

This is the agency our government is telling us to “just trust” with our secrets?
Article by Jim Bronskill for CTV News
OTTAWA – Canada’s electronic spy agency introduced mandatory privacy aware…

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Toronto Star: RCMP tracked Toronto activists with fake Facebook profile

Posted July 27, 2015 by Anonymous

Would liking a page or an article about blacklivesmatter on your social profile get you tracked by the RCMP, looking for other “subversive” materials? Does sharing content about social equality make you an activist? Subversive? A target of the RCMP?

And what’s next, under C-51… ?

Article by Laurent Bastien Corbeil for the Toronto Star

Has a waddle of penguins ever “liked” your Facebook page? If so, your account may have been monitored by the RCMP.

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Summer sights

Posted July 26, 2015 by andrea tomkins

The post Summer sights appeared first on a peek inside the fishbowl.

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Toronto Star: Canada’s electronic spy agency fears threat of informed public

Posted July 24, 2015 by Anonymous

Video by the Toronto Star
The Communications Security Establishment seems to view an informed public as its adversary Until that changes, we should probably view the CSE as ours.

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Reader’s Diary #1178- Gil Adamson: The Outlander

Posted July 24, 2015 by John Mutford

I’d heard enough praise of Gil Adamson’s “gripping” Outlander to be quite excited to finally read this book. And at the beginning, I really was enjoying it. The premise was good; it’s the wild West of Canada circa early 1900s and Mary Boulton is on the…

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Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver City Hall: Take big money out of civic campaigns

Posted July 20, 2015 by Laila

Forgive me for the lack of recent posts other than my columns; summer is here and there are many other things to do in the warm summer evening than sit and blog on a hot sweaty desk chair….I’ll post soon … Continue reading

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doing nothing is everything

Posted July 20, 2015 by raymi

Happy Monday! Nothing like a rainy Monday. At least this is a day of travel. Just a little breathless post to say hello and goodbye to PEI. The time just flew on by. Sadness. I’ll tell ya one thing I surely won’t miss and that’s the wifi! Holy bloody slow. I didn’t work on my […]

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One afternoon at Ottawa Bluesfest

Posted July 20, 2015 by andrea tomkins

I have to confess, I’ve never been to Ottawa Bluesfest. I generally don’t love crowds, sweating, or standing around… so really, there is little reason for me to go. The music festival scene is such a big part of summer in Ottawa, and I’m perfectly content to stay out of it. Isn’t that awful? Anyway, Mark […]

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Calgary

Defence minister’s grandmother leaves PM Harper ironic campaign theme song

Posted July 19, 2015 by Counterweights Editors

The truth seems so easy to forget. Maybe because it so often reminds us of unpleasant facts? Or at least facts we would just as soon not remember? So we counterweights editors here have been wondering. Why, in the middle of July 2015,  is the Citizen X posting for January 31, 2015 still dragging in […]

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PEI STYLE

Posted July 18, 2015 by raymi

Hello everyone! Kinda put together a Punky Beach Brewster look yesterday with maybe a bit of Michelle Tanner. Have to wash my hair today it’s at that point eek. Stay fit, limber and agile. You’ll regret it if you don’t. My body is sore from doing TWO cartwheels so there you go. Welcome to my […]

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Canada

Leonardo Dicaprio’s Alberta film The Revenant (TRAILER)

Posted July 17, 2015 by Jes

Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy spent a lot of time in Alberta over the last year filming The Revenant with the Oscar winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Birdman).  Most of this was filmed just outside of Calgary.

This movie looks really intense…and Leo looks really dirty. I don’t really approve of that aspect of the film.

XOXO
Jes…

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Who to see at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2015

Posted July 17, 2015 by Jes

I went to my very first Edmonton Folk Music Festival last year and I was blown away. It quickly ranked to the top of my Alberta music festival chart and this year’s line-up is promising more of the same!So this year, if you are planning on spending a f…

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Canada

Recession and Perception II

Posted July 16, 2015 by James Bow

I’m a little leery of writing this out loud, since I know the Fates sometimes seem to delight in making mischief with proclaimations. We all know we shouldn’t say "what’s the worst that could happen?" or "This’ll be the best…

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Celebrate The Pan Am Games At Novotel Toronto

Posted July 15, 2015 by Stephanie

You can feel it in the air, the excitement of an influx of people from across the world, the anticipation of world class competition and the opportunity to watch your country compete against the best of the best.  The Pan Am Games have arrived in Toronto and the fever of this incredible celebration has taken […]

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6 Years Later New Brunswick STILL Hasn’t Addressed Adult Autism Care

Posted July 12, 2015 by H L Doherty

Years have passed, governments have come and gone, but still the elected  members of the New Brunswick legislative assembly, despite international recognition for its parent advocacy driven early intervention and school autism services, …

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Calgary

Cirque Eloize at the Calgary Stampede

Posted July 5, 2015 by Jes

The ENMAX Corral Show at the Calgary Stampede gets better and better every year. Located on the Stampede grounds, the Corral seats just over 7,000 people and has a free with-park-admission show every day (at 2, 4 and 7 PM) for Stampede goers to attend….

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Canada

John Crosbie Unleashed

Posted July 3, 2015 by James Bow

My American friends — and Canadians who came of political age after 1993 — may not truly appreciate this gem, but it’s clear that Newfoundlander conservative John Crosbie hasn’t lost the fire that made him a force in federal…

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All Phil Kessel

Posted July 3, 2015 by torontosportsmedia

By TSM The drumbeats about a Phil Kessel trade were loud leading up to draft. Calgary? Pittsburgh?? In the end nothing happened and we waited. Things were quiet leading up to Free Agent day and then the bomb dropped. It’s been a while since we’ve […]

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Calgary

What to do every night of the Calgary Stampede 2015

Posted July 1, 2015 by Jes

The Calgary Stampede is a few days away and it is time to get your schedule in order. Besides going to the grounds and watching the Grandstand show, hitting the Rodeo, betting on the chuckwagon races and buying the weird midway food (this year there is a $100 hot dog…um, what?)Here are some things that can keep it full for the 10 days of fun ahead:

Friday July 3, 2015
Stampede Parade
The Stampede kicks off with the Stampede Parade through downtown Calgary.  This year’s parade marshal is Olympian Kallie Humphries.

Saturday July 4, 2015
Chinook Center Pancake Breakfast
One of the great joys of Stampede is all the pancakes. If you don’t go to a pancake breakfast during Stampede you just aren’t stampeding right. The Chinook Stampede breakfast feeds 60,000 people. That’s a lot of pancakes. 

Sunday July 5, 2015
Coca-Cola Stage 
Hit the grounds on the first Sunday and get your place around the Coke stage for one of this year’s acts Vance Joy.

Monday July 6, 2015
Wildhorse Saloon Tent
The tent in the middle of downtown is the corporate cowboys delight. There are different concerts and on this night you have Canadian rocker turned country star Dallas Smith. 

Tuesday July 7, 2015
ENMAX Corral Show
This year the ENMAX Corral show at the Stampede grounds is Cirque Éloize, one of today’s leaders in contemporary circus arts from Montreal, Québec.They are performing a Stampede version of their show iD.

Wednesday July 8, 2015
Stampede Roundup
The big concerts at Fort Calgary never disappoint the crowd. This year they are throwing back with Collective Soul, Big Wreck and Journey. You always sing along to Don’t Stop Believing when it comes on – this year you can do it with the band live. 

Thursday July 9, 2015
Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show
You can’t miss the Grandstand fireworks every night during Stampede, but you should see the whole show at least once. The Young Canadians, the Alberta Ballet and many other performers bring the glitz and dazzle to the stage every night after the Chuckwagon races. 

Friday July 10, 2015
Virgin Mobile Concert Series at the Saddledome
Blake Shelton takes the stage at the Saddledome the night after his wife Miranda Lambert woos the audience. 

Saturday July 11, 2015
Nashville North
Hit up the famous Stampede beer tent on the night Jason Blaine takes the stage. 

Sunday July 12, 2015
Cowboys Tent
End off the ten day event with a stop at the Cowboys tent for a concert. Kip Moore and Nelly will shut down the Cowboy’s stage for this year.

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Canada

“O Canada, O Canada, who stands watch from sea to sea? Who for a lost democracy? Who for the true north strong and free? If not you then let it be me”

Posted July 1, 2015 by Laila

Singing the national anthem at any event – even at home during hockey games – is always a moment that stirs tremendous pride within me. I am Canadian and thank you William Shatner because every time I say that now, I … Continue reading

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Alberta

Glacier Skywalk

Posted June 25, 2015 by Anonymous

It has taken me a year to write this post…I have no idea why but it has haha!  But recently I was going through pictures of last years summer holidays and thought I really needed to blog about the places we visited.  I want my blog to also be a journal for me…a place where I can look back […]

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Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Transparency hit new low during plebiscite

Posted June 22, 2015 by Laila

 http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/06/17/transparency-hit-new-low-during-plebiscite Twenty-three is the number of elected representatives in Metro Vancouver who are members of the Mayors’ Council on Transportation — 21 members are mayors, one represents Electoral area ‘A’, and another is the chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation. … Continue reading

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Reader’s Diary #1167- Mélanie Watt: Have I Got a Book for You!

Posted June 16, 2015 by John Mutford

I’ve only been out of full time teaching for about a year. Kept busy with other things, I haven’t really had the time consider if I’d missed it or not. But man, did Mélanie Watt’s Have I Got a Book for You! ever put me back in the headspace. 

The story of greasy salesman, Mr. Al Foxwood, who tries every marketing tactic in… the book, it reminded me of an old activity I used to do with my drama/improv class. I’d have a box of random objects, and small groups would have to pick blindly, then “pitch” the object to the class. It was typically a lot of fun and many approaches were similar– if not as perfected– as Foxwood’s spiels to get you to buy not one, not two, but 742 copies. What a great book this would have been to introduce the idea.

It’s also a great book to teach about media awareness and advertising (though, some of the methods are a bit “old school” now), or voice. But rest assured, it doesn’t have to have all the fun sucked out of it by over-eager teachers, the book would be fun completely on its own. 

The pictures too are delightful. Simple, but still clever. I especially loved how the book Foxwood is pushing is Have I Got a Book for You! which has that whole meta thing going on. I’m reminded of an old Smurfs record I used to have where a Smurf was holding up the album cover of a Smurf holding up an album of a Smurf holding up an album of a Smurf… and so on until it was too small to see. I thought it was the coolest.

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Events

A Big Hug and Many Thanks

Posted June 13, 2015 by Marguerite

It was a cold and rainy morning but despite the weather it was a great day to shop for plants.A little rain was no matter for these shoppers. Just put on your wellies and pick your plants!I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all the many many people …

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Canada Needa a Real National Autism Strategy: Exhibit #1 Saskatchewan

Posted June 9, 2015 by H L Doherty

Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy

Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their  parents live in. One of the most glaring examples of the need for national autism medical coverage is in the province I once called Canada’s Autism Wasteland  province.   Since that commentary on September 2, 2007  little progress appears to have been made judging by the Global story by Amber Rockliffe: Saskatchewan families moving due to lack of autism funding.  Rockliffe reports of  Saskachewan families leaving the province to find treatment for their children’s autism disorders; treatment which is not available because of long wait lists and is not usually delivered  in sufficient hours to make a substantial difference in treating their children’s autism. 

One of those families that has already made the move is the family of Sheri Radoux:

Sheri Radoux, has moved south of the U.S. border to Minnesota. “I think the services in Saskatchewan are probably the worst, or one of the worst in Canada, “said Radoux. “We moved down to Minnesota and we got full-time therapy for all our children, paid and funded by the state.”


The Rockliffe report goes on to indicate that Saskatchewan spends half, approximately $7.5 million annually, compared to approximately $15 million, that   Manitoba, with a similar population, spends annually on autism services.
Families leaving provinces, including the province many would consider the birthplace of medicare in Canada, to seek a better life for their autistic children in jurisdictions provincial and American  where a greater value is placed on the lives and futures of autistic children.
Yes, Canada needs a REAL National Autism Strategy.


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Events

Canoe Cove Plant Sale

Posted May 29, 2015 by Marguerite

It’s a sure sign of Spring.The Plant Sale is coming….. and that means a raffle featuring a locally made birdhouse, canteen with fresh baked goodies, aged manure and compost, used garden books, a playground for the children…..and PLANTS.  lots …

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Canada

NEW HERITAGE MINUTE: Nursing Sisters

Posted May 18, 2015 by Jes

Did you know that they still make Heritage Minutes? There have been five released since 2012, and they just released a sixth about nurses in WWI. As usual, it will make you feel very patriotic.

“Nursing Sisters” was produced by Historica Canada and Calgary-based Corkscrew Media and Stir Films. It stars Canadian actress Siobhán Williams (Hell on Wheels, Black Box, UnReal). The iconic end narration is provided by Molly Parker (House of Cards).

I am still going to say that the James Naismith basketball peach baskets and the “Dr. Penfield, I smell burnt toast.” ones were my all time favorites. I mean, you just can’t beat one of America’s favorite past times and everyone thinking their having a stroke when they smell burnt toast.

XOXO
Jes…

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Canada

Shreddies’ “Search For Goodness” Highlights Canada’s Best

Posted May 1, 2015 by Anonymous

One of the things we cherish about being Canadian is our reputation for being polite. It’s great to raise our families in a country known the world over for having good manners (and it’s super handy to be able to […]

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Sebastien’s Sad and Scary Adult Autism Reality in Moncton, New Brunswick

Posted April 30, 2015 by H L Doherty

When autistic persons in New Brunswick turn 21 particularly severely autistic adults services many services will no longer be available. For severely autistic adults adulthood can be bleak, sad and scary. This is Sebastien’s story, a severely autisti…

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Calgary

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra sings a Playoff version of O Fortuna (VIDEO)

Posted April 28, 2015 by Jes

The Calgary Philharmonic got into the hockey playoff spirit on Saturday night at the Jack Singer concert hall at the Art Commons after the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks in game 6 of the first series. Singing a playoff version of O Fortuna…..

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Entertainment

When 900 Guitarists Come Together All At Once

Posted April 24, 2015 by Sonya

When I had heard that Mirvish Productions made a call out for hundreds of guitarists to gather in the city to connect and play the song ‘Falling Slowly’ from the musical Once, I knew it was going to be epic. […]

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Allan's Perspective

Ontario Place!

Posted April 24, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

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 […]

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Entertainment

“Tagged” Explores The Dangers Of Social Sharing & Cyberbullying

Posted April 23, 2015 by Sonya

I’m sitting in an intimate theatre with a bunch of teenagers at the opening performance of the play Tagged. As you would expect, the teens are loud as they sing along to the blaring pop music as we wait for […]

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Earth Day 2015!

Posted April 22, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

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 […]

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Entertainment

Introduce Your Kids To A Little Culture With The Toronto Symphony

Posted April 17, 2015 by Sonya

I love bringing my kids out to experience theatre and other performing arts—it’s something that I personally love to do and I believe in balance. We need arts in our lives just as much as we need academics and sports. […]

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The French are at it again!

Posted April 14, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

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 […]

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Canada

New album by Canadian singer Peter Katz does not disappoint

Posted April 5, 2015 by Jes

Canadian singer Peter Katz is not disappointing anyone with his third studio album We Are the Reckoning – which includes this super cute song Brother featuring another Canadian artist Royal Wood.The song is just so lovely, as is Peter Katz. The first t…

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