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Canadian Montreal Smoked Meat

Posted May 2, 2015 by Anonymous

Schwartz’s Famous Montreal Smoked Meat Order it fatty. There is nothing like it. The flavour is in the fat. It’s as tender as butter and so succulent, I found myself licking my fingers in public. Schwartz’s Deli is a Montreal institution; therefore, the Montreal Smoked Meat is an important Canadian food. Founded in Montreal in 1928…

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General

PCPO leadership race

Posted May 1, 2015 by trashee

I’m obviously NOT a supporter of Ontario’s PC Party, but am rooting for Patrick Brown over Christine Elliott in the current version of Ontario conservatives fighting amongst themselves to decide who will lead the party that Davis built.These two are so far apart that it reminds me of the Jean/Paul differences in bygone days. More […]

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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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Alberta

Alberta: The NDP Closes In On A Majority

Posted April 30, 2015 by Simon

It may be hard to believe, but something amazing is happening in Alberta.

Other polls have documented the rise of the NDP.

But now one is suggesting the party is closing in on a majority. 
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General

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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Alberta

They Get It. We Don’t.

Posted April 29, 2015 by Anonymous

California has set an ambitious target for greenhouse gas emissions.  Their target is to cut emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.  That’s an ambitious target but, let’s face it, 2050 is a long way off in the world of politics which means there’s lots of time to duck any meaningful action, enough that it can be left until it’s simply too late.

Apparently California governor Jerry Brown knows the best way to make that 80% of 1990 by 2050 target a reality is to trim the lead time.  What better way than to order an interim emissions reduction target.  And so he’s ordered the state to cut emissions from 1990 levels by 40% by 2030.  

2030 is not that far off for reductions of the magnitude governor Brown has ordered.  Analysis, planning and implementation have to get underway almost immediately.

Mr. Brown’s order marks an aggressive turn in what had already been among the toughest programs in the nation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Under the law put into place by Mr. Brown’s predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state was required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 on the way to reach the 2050 target; California is already well on its way to meeting the 2020 goal, and may exceed it, officials said Wednesday.


So California is just five years away from reducing its emissions to 1990 levels and they might exceed that target.  Ten years after that, they have to cut their emissions a further 40%.  
Now remind me, what are Canada’s targets?  What are we aiming for?  Oh yeah, a 17% reduction below 2005 levels by 2020.  And, what, we’re not going to make even that?  Even as Ontario and Quebec make inroads on cutting their emissions, Alberta’s are already far more than those two provinces combined and are set to soar even further.  Price of progress, I guess.  
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Canada

An Odd Way to Conduct an Opinion Poll

Posted April 29, 2015 by James Bow

The website ABvote has been following the Albertan election super closely and, yesterday, released this startling poll. You can see the results (along with other polls earlier in this campaign below: I would wager that anybody who has been following…

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Arctic

Ikaahuk Artifact Reproductions Completed!

Posted April 29, 2015 by Tim Rast

Artifacts (left) and reproductions (right)It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally completed the Ikaahuk Archaeology Project set of artifact reproductions.  The artifacts that they are based on range from Pre-Dorset to historic pieces and ar…

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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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Canada

The Fall of the Alberta Tories

Posted April 24, 2015 by James Bow

It’s been a while since I last updated this blog. Not only has it been busy, here, with three non-fiction commissions to be done (the last is due this Monday), I’ve been down with a cold. I thought it was…

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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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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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Culture

Ottawa giveaway from the NAC!

Posted April 22, 2015 by andrea tomkins

This ticket giveaway is from Fishbowl patron, the National Arts Centre (NAC). We are big fans of the NAC, and like to visit whenever we can. I’m thrilled that we have such a fantastic venue here in Ottawa. Over the years they’ve helped us introduce our kids to a rich variety of performing arts. Arts and […]

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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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General

How To Be A Bunhead

Posted April 22, 2015 by Stephanie

If you’re going to be a true ballerina, an authentic Bunhead, you simply must rock the right shoes. Where does one find the elegant foot wear of the choice?   At Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto Ontario of course. Surrounded by all this pretty; my ballerina was treated like royalty and fitted for her […]

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Feminism

Catch She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry at DOXA

Posted April 21, 2015 by Anonymous

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, the new documentary about the women who founded the feminist movement in the United States from 1966 to 1971, has been collecting rave reviews for months. Ms. Magazine called it: “A feminist film masterpiece” that “offers an inspiring account of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s.”  Samantha Updegrave at Bitch said about watching the film: “Within […]

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General

Putting On The Ritz At The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Posted April 20, 2015 by Loukia

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of staying at and reviewing the stunning Ritz-Carlton, Montreal with my family. Montreal has always been one of my favourite cities because of its history and culture, and also because it is charming and beautiful.

Not many hotels are linked to the history of the city in which they are located; the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is one of those hotels. After all, it’s not called the “Grand Dame of Sherbrooke Street” for nothing. This hotel is an iconic part of Montreal. The hotel first opened its doors in 1912 and perhaps that is part of its charm.

The lobby area (also called the Palm Court) is a great place to people watch and enjoy afternoon tea. The Palm Court makes me feel like I’ve stepped into the world of Gatsby. There is also a Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar in the Palm Court – exclusive to the Ritz-Carlton Montral and the first of its kind in Canada. (I’ll have to come back for that!)

I stayed at this hotel a couple of  times before the renovations that took place between 2008-2012.  The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is one of Canada’s most award-winning hotels, and it is actually only one of four hotels designed by César Ritz himself (in addition to London, Paris, and Madrid.) It’s luxurious, for certain—and the service is like no other from the moment you walk in the historic doors.

The old charm of the hotel combined with the comtemporary design (I love that they’ve kept some pieces of antique furniture in the rooms—I think it adds to the charm) makes a stay here very memorable. You’ll never want to leave. The boutique rooms and suites blend historic elements with modern features in an effortless way.

The rooms are luxurious and breathtaking. My children loved the washrooms the most—from the large tubs and TV’s to the heated toilet seats, they were so happy. Our two connecting rooms were very spacious and the boys enjoyed a scavenger hunt in our room as soon as we arrived.

What they loved even more than the amazing bathrooms and candy, though, was the rooftop saltwater pool. With views of downtown Montreal, this pool was breathtaking and a great place to relax with a book, too.

I loved the cute and soft robes they were given to wear to and from the pool. It’s the little things the hotel thought about that made this stay so lovely.

Later in the evening, the boys were treated to an in-room movie complete with drinks and popcorn. It was perfection.

Although there is so much to do in Montreal, (we walked around Crescent Street, had dinner at an excellent Greek restaurant, and more) we enjoyed being inside the Ritz-Carlton the most. There was no need to leave.

 

We were also treated to a delicious breakfast at the renowned Maison Boulud restaurant the next morning, too. The restaurant features an open-kitchen concept and modern cuisine with a twist. It’s a great place to eat, whether you’re enjoying breakfast or dinner. There is a fine wine menu, too, as you can see…

I loved the features and attention to detail in the hotel rooms; the heated bathroom floors, the beautiful views and large windows in the rooms, the neutral colour scheme, the Nespresso machine and turndown service, complete with slippers and lavender hand lotion, the pillow menu, the towel warmer, and the motion sensors that activate lights at night. Absolutely everything was perfection, including the service.

Thank you so much, Ritz-Carlton Montreal, for this incredible stay. We truly loved every single moment, and can’t wait to be back soon.

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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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General

The Hazelton Hotel: An Intimate And Luxurious Stay

Posted April 12, 2015 by Loukia

Last week I was in Toronto, staying at The Hazelton Hotel–Toronto’s most exclusive five-star hotel. It was every bit as wonderful as I imagined it would be.

I’m thankful to have been invited to review this gorgeous property because it’s one hotel I’ve always wanted to explore. The Hazelton Hotel is an important part of Yorkville’s vibe and culture. And boy, do I love Yorkville—this is Toronto’s most stylish district, after all, with plenty of amazing shopping and fine dining. Yorkville is where you’ll find me when I’m in Toronto, no matter the season. I was curious to find out just how lovely a stay at The Hazelton Hotel would be, especially because it is the number one hotel in Toronto, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

The service was amazing; similar to the service I received at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour. Everyone was incredibly friendly and ready to help with any request I had, morning or night. The rooms are stunning, especially the gorgeous, spacious bathrooms, complete with heated floors, a built-in television in the mirror, and L’Occitane bath products. It was absolute heaven.

After falling in love with my room, I was whisked away to the world-class Hazelton Health Club and Spa where I was treated to a 75 minute pedicure. It was so relaxing and the service was, once again, perfection. (Special thanks to Vickie for taking such good care of me!)

The Hazelton Health Club and Spa has plenty of services, from world class facial and body treatments to manicures and pedicures. (The spa uses the Swiss product line Valmont, which I love.) You’ll leave the Spa at the Hazleton feeling revitalized and rejuvenated.

If you want to work out before hitting the spa, the Health Club is open 24 hours. There is also a beautiful lap pool, with a private elevator taking you right to the pool from your hotel room floor.

After my spa appointment, I went back to my room to catch up on some work and relax. I ordered room service, (which is available 24 hours) and enjoyed my relaxing night in my beautiful hotel room before leaving for an event the next day. The rooms are intimate with “… a splash of 1940’s inspired Hollywood glitter.”

My favourite part was the large dressing room and all the closet space. I also loved the floor to ceiling mirrors. Often, there is not enough room to place luggage and hang up clothes when I’m traveling,  so this was great to see. 

I was very impressed with the car service The Hazelton Hotel provided me, too,  taking me to and from my event as well as making a stop at a nearby store in Yorkville for me so I could pick something up.

Before I left the hotel, I enjoyed a delicious lunch in One Restaurant with the Sales Manager of The Hazelton Hotel, Christine, and Cassie, who helped organize my wonderful stay. The company was wonderful and the food was amazing, and I cannot wait to go back again soon—the menu has a lot to choose from and dining at One Restaurant is something you have to experience. (One Restaurant is headed by Chef Mark McEwan, and is especially popular during TIFF—The Hazelton Hotel is always the place to be if you want to spot celebrities!) 

The Screening Room in The Hazelton Hotel was quite impressive, too–this theatre holds up to 25 people, and is used for many functions, from sporting events to movie screenings.

Although my stay at The Hazelton Hotel was short and sweet, I will certainly be back soon. From the service to the location, this five-star hotel left me wanting more.

Thank you, Hazelton, for making my first experience with you so magical.

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Family

Join The Journey With Energizer And Win

Posted April 10, 2015 by Loukia

Once you become a parent, some things become absolutely essential to have in the home. Locks that work on bathroom and bedroom doors, erasable markers, waterproof mascara, and batteries. If you’ve got kids in the house, you need a constant supply of batteries. For toys. For wii controllers. For Nerf guns. For the TV remote. And especially for Christmas Day.

I was recently invited to Toronto (thanks to Energizer) with my family for the weekend. (A special thank you to the beautiful Renaissance Hotel for taking such good care of us and for the warm welcome. The children especially loved the large indoor pool, and I loved the downtown location—we were literally next to the CN Tower!)


Energizer invited us to spend some time at the Ontario Science Centre so we could learn more about their recently launched Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery, which is the world’s first AA battery made with four percent recycled batteries. Isns’t that great?  To celebrate this innovation, Energizer launched a national content that encourages young Canadians to engage with science, technology, engineering and math. (STEM). Kids (along with their parents) can submit drawings of their dream creations for the chance to turn their creations into a real working, battery operated toy. How cool is that? Start drawing!

The Energizer Bunny is asking parents of children, aged 5 to 12, to submit a drawing of their child’s most creative creature for the chance to see it become a reality. Canada will then vote to see which creature will be turned into a playful and powerful toy. The winning submission will also receive $10,000 towards their education.

Every submission will also be entered into a secondary prize draw for a chance to win 1 of 100  Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ and Spin Master Ltd. toy prize packs.

I love that Energizer encourages children to find the joys of STEM-related subjects at an early age. My oldest son is science obssessed, and I love to see his love for science grow every day. I knew both my boys would love exploring the Ontario Science Centre after taking part in a fun battery-operated science experiment with Energizer.

Thank you so much for a fun and eventful weekend, Energizer! We loved being a part of the excitement. For more information on the contest, and to find out more about Energizer, click here.
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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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Canada

Big Brother Canada Sindy with an S takes her exit

Posted April 3, 2015 by Jes

Sindy with an S was voted off of Big Brother Canada the second week into the game, but we may not have seen the last of her yet. Sindy and Risha both sit waiting to see if they will be able to go back into the house…and on Sunday another person will …

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General

Win A Family Four Pack To The Harlem Globetrotters

Posted April 3, 2015 by Loukia

Looking for something extra fun to do with the kids? I’m giving away a family four pack of tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters, valued at $260. They’re in town Sunday, April 12th and it’s guaranteed fun for the entire family. The worl…

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Canada

We Are the City releases full album of videos on YouTube

Posted April 1, 2015 by Jes

We Are the City, the Vancouver, BC indie rock trio, re-released their sophomore album Violent in Canada (with two bonus tracks) last week and for the fir time in the US. To celebrate, the group has put a video of each track from the album on YouTube. T…

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Canada

Hilary Grist and a traveling salesman Come and Go (VIDEO)

Posted April 1, 2015 by Jes

Vancouver songwriter Hilary Grist just released a music video for her song Come and Go. The song is beautiful, but the video is about a traveling salesman…also known as the job I will be doing in hell when I finally arrive. Seriously – worst ever.I w…

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Alberta

Danielle Smith’s “disreputable end”

Posted March 30, 2015 by JR

Ezra Levant on Wild Rose defector Danielle Smith’s defeat:

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It’s against the law, bunky!

Posted March 30, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Coming soon to a city near you ………,stupid laws and regulations! Yup, they’re doing it in England and the States, BUT,  we got them all beat!! In England, Councils creating ‘bizarre new criminal offences’       <img alt=”PA Wire” src=”http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/629342/article_update_img.jpg”A campaign group has criticised a new law which allows councils to ban activities such as […]

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Fashion

Backstage Beauty Trends At World MasterCard Fashion Week

Posted March 30, 2015 by Sonya

While it’s fun to be invited to the fashion shows at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, it’s equally as much fun to get behind-the-scenes and enter into the calm chaos backstage. From hair to makeup to nails, we had a chance to […]

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General

New Brunswick’s Band Aid Adult Autism Disorder Care and Treatment

Posted March 29, 2015 by H L Doherty

New Brunswick has an approach to adult autism disorder care and treatment that can most charitably be described as a Band Aid approach.   There are many reasons for this Band Aid solution apart from the consistent waving of the “we are living in h…

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General

Canadian Designer Spotlight: KANIA At WMCFW

Posted March 27, 2015 by Sonya

World MasterCard Fashion Week celebrates the many talented designers we have here in Canada and if you haven’t heard of KANIA, take note! KANIA is a luxury sweatshirt line created by designer Stacey Bafi-Yeboa launched  in 2003 after she discovered […]

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Education

SATs? Scholarships? What You Need To Know About U.S. Colleges

Posted March 24, 2015 by Sonya

We sometimes joke around about our kids one day going to Harvard, that’s the dream isn’t it? But then we really started to think if something like that is really a possibility for Canadians? How do you go about it? […]

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Canada

Arisa Cox talks season three of Big Brother Canada

Posted March 23, 2015 by Jes

Big Brother Canada season three premieres tonight on Global, and no one is as excited about this as the BBCAN host Arisa Cox. “It is so huge, we are so thrilled!…because it’s on Global in prime time, I excited for the people who have never seen the show or have watched maybe one episode of Big Brother US and they don’t know what all the fuss is about – when they see tonight’s episode, they will be believers,” said Arisa when I talked to her this morning.

I think all of the regular Big Brother fans were excited last year when the announcement came out that the reality show would be moving from the specialty channel Slice over to the main Shaw channel Global. With the audience reach widening, there are all sorts of opportunities to make believers out of all Canadians instead of just the die hards.

If I were Arisa, all I would be thinking about would be the jump in audience. With so many more people potentially watching the show, would that put Arisa off her game? In her words, no. “…if one person is watching or if 3 million people are watching, I always want it to be the best.”

I tried to get Arisa to give me some spoilers (if I were her I would have given them to me and no one else – obviously), but she would not budge. What she did tell me, “We’ve got a ton of superfans in the house…everybody knows the game, everybody knows the show. They are well versed…As a production team we are going to make them throw all that stuff out the window.” So basically – get ready for a season of twists.

“What we have planned for the season is so next level – you won’t be able to look away,” said Arisa. I am counting on it.

Big Brother Canada premieres tonight on Global TV at 9 PM MST/8 PM EST…Arisa will be wearing a navy and black dress as all the superfans walk into the house.

XOXO
Jes…

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General

10 One Of A Kind Obsessions For The Foodie

Posted March 23, 2015 by Sonya

The One of a Kind Spring Show happens this week and we’ve scoured the hundreds of artisans to discover what’s new and what we are lusting over for our at home entertainers and chefs. Our favourite ten can all be […]

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Canada

A RCMP mountie plays hockey in the snow – most Canadian photo ever?

Posted March 22, 2015 by Jes

They are calling this the most Canadian photo ever…snow, hockey and a mountie.I don’t agree…but if they were to add a moose and say it was the most stereotypical Canadian photo ever, I would concur.The original photo was posted on Twitter by the BC…

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Calgary

Theatre Review: Vertigo Theatre’s The Haunting

Posted March 22, 2015 by Jes

I don’t like scary movies. Never have. I can’t even watch a horror movie trailer without covering my eyes and hyperventilating. Something about an over active imagination and never being able to be alone in the dark if I see them. So, I’m not really su…

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Saturday Morning Confusion #27,680

Posted March 21, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Well folks, are ya confused enough yet? Then read on with these files from the Naked News Department: ————————————— Authorities in Minnesota say three would-be robbers picked the wrong time to pocket-dial 911. Blue Earth Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Murry says a dispatcher took the call early Thursday morning and heard two voices on the other […]

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General

Arctic Apple Takes a Bite Out of Pseudo-Science

Posted March 20, 2015 by Anonymous

After years of research and extensive field testing, the Okanagan’s own GMO apple is going to the big leagues. Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are routinely attacked by urban organic activists in spite of the fact that not a single ailment has ever been linked to this technology. And now, as a testament to the baselessness of such attacks, […]

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General

Reader’s Diary #1132: Susan Hughes (writer), Willow Dawson (illustrations): No Girls Allowed

Posted March 18, 2015 by John Mutford

I had high hopes for No Girls Allowed, mostly because of its subtitle: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure. Important message + love + adventure? I’m in!Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. Susan Hughes’ stories of seven …

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