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The Common Sense Canadian: The Harper Conservative economic disaster

Posted August 28, 2015 by Common Sense Canadian

Photo: Stephen Harper/Flickr cc licence

Guest post by Doug Carrick

According to Stephen Harper, the coming election offers a choice between the certainty of Conservative economic expertise on the one hand…or the risk of Liberal or New Democrat inexperience. However, a closer examination reveals a different picture. It is the Conservatives who have the shaky economic record.

All his eggs in one basket

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For example, instead of diversifying the economy, Harper has put all his eggs in one basket (the tar sands). Farmers on the prairies know all about diversification. To cover the possibilities (Read more…)

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Canada

The Common Sense Canadian: The Harper Conservative economic disaster

Posted August 28, 2015 by Common Sense Canadian

Photo: Stephen Harper/Flickr cc licence

Guest post by Doug Carrick

According to Stephen Harper, the coming election offers a choice between the certainty of Conservative economic expertise on the one hand…or the risk of Liberal or New Democrat inexperience. However, a closer examination reveals a different picture. It is the Conservatives who have the shaky economic record.

All his eggs in one basket

Mark Robinson/Flickr cc licence

For example, instead of diversifying the economy, Harper has put all his eggs in one basket (the tar sands). Farmers on the prairies know all about diversification. To cover the possibilities (Read more…)

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National Post: Public servant being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory ‘Harperman’ song

Posted August 28, 2015 by Anonymous

An Ottawa federal scientist’s job is in danger after he recorded a song speaking out against the government’s politics of fear.

Article by Kathryn May, Post Media News at the National Post

An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government.

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OpenMedia.ca: National Post: Public servant being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory ‘Harperman’ song

Posted August 28, 2015 by Anonymous

An Ottawa federal scientist’s job is in danger after he recorded a song speaking out against the government’s politics of fear.

Article by Kathryn May, Post Media News at the National Post

An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government.

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General

Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Addictions and Mental Illness

Posted August 27, 2015 by John Klein

Watched a TED talk about addiction, and then heard the same concepts being discussed in this Regina news story about a man who committed suicide last week.

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Canada

The Register: Canadians taking to spying on their spies

Posted August 27, 2015 by Anonymous

The Internet has changed Canadian politics. Issues like C-51 simply don’t go away. This election is our best chance to repeal C-51, pledge your vote at OurDigitalFuture.ca
Article by Trevor…

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Canada

WJS: Study Finds ‘Supercookies’ Used Outside U.S.

Posted August 25, 2015 by Anonymous

Bell Canada is one of the few carriers still using the evil ‘supercookies’ to track their customers. Thanks, Bell…

Article by Elizabeth Dwoskin for WSJ

Most major US wireless carriers are no longer using controversial identifiers that some researchers call “supercookies,” but their use appears to be extensive overseas.

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Canada

The Last Days Of Summer ~ $300 Giveaway!

Posted August 24, 2015 by Stephanie

*The following giveaway is open to Canada only I once read, you only get 18 summers with your children…. I intend to make the very most of every single one of them. At the beginning of each summer I sit down with my SassyHubby and we create a master plan.  Seriously, we really do.  This […]

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General

Remembering Jack Layton and the New Orange Tsunami

Posted August 23, 2015 by Simon

It’s hard to believe that it’s now been four years since Jack Layton died, and the hopes of so many turned to sadness.

And yesterday evening, when I returned from the island to the ferry dock named after him, I paused for a moment before this statue in my neighbourhood.

I didn’t stay long because I pass the statue almost every day. Anything I had to say I said long ago. Like thank you, or how cruel life can be.

But I did stay long enough to think that wherever that happy warrior’s spirit roams, it must be singing. 

Because the orange wave he created in Quebec, is now becoming an orange tsunami. 
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Canadian Elections Explained. Mostly.

Posted August 17, 2015 by Chandra Clarke

Chandra Clarke

Being very sensibly immersed in summer, you may not have heard the most recent political news: Canadians are preparing for a federal election for this autumn. This is almost unheard of here, as political parties usually have the good sense to call fall elections in the… you know… fall. However, the incumbent party apparently wants […]

Chandra Clarke – This material is safe for work. No really, it is.

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Guest Post: Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2015

Posted August 12, 2015 by Jes

Guest Contributor: Uryelle Dimailig

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival—as mentioned in my last article—is a pretty big deal. To illustrate exactly how big of a deal, tickets to the festival sell out within minutes while lotteries are drawn simply to enter the grounds when gates first open for the day.

Arguably one of the most popular festivals of the year, it boasts an army of over 2,500 volunteers alone, not to mention the thousands more who attend as guests. But whether volunteer, concert-goer, performer or passing observer, this annual event is indeed a magical time for all: four days of stunning scenery, world class music, united community, and general feel-good vibes unique to the one and only “Folk Fest.” For those of you who missed last weekend’s festivities (or have never been), here is my round-up of highlights from my time there on Saturday and Sunday to get you caught up to speed.

For those of you who are regulars, well, consider this fond nostalgia.

My first day was mainly spent exploring the festival and getting acquainted with the grounds. First thing you’ll undoubtedly notice is the sea of tarps sprawling over the steep hills of Gallagher Park on one side and the stunning view of Edmonton’s downtown core perched on top of the river valley on the other—the view alone is a big draw for many. You feel like you’re in an oasis in the middle of the city!

My quick tour of the market saw unique local vendors selling crafts that follow the “folk” sensibility: leather satchels, handmade jewelry, wooden décor, the works. The food pavilions provided hungry concert-goers with international fare including Thai, Chinese, German, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Canadian and more, with (of course) vegetarian and vegan options.

There were plenty of kid friendly amenities in the festival as well including a spray park, face painting and a family fun area. For us grownups, our fun area was known as the beer gardens, which offer up pitchers of beer, hotdogs, and great conversation with new and old friends. Stick around after the sun sets and take in the glorious sight of a hill filled with twinkling lights and a night sky full of stars. Truly magical.

As for the shows, my goal on Sunday was to catch as many as I could and I feel my mission was accomplished, having caught seven concerts that afternoon. Here are a few of my favourites:

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Emmanuel Jal: So I stumbled on this show by accident. I was actually on my way to find ice cream but I couldn’t help but stop as I passed by Emmanuel Jal’s stage. This guy had energy for days, jumping up and down, dancing in the crowd and pulling the audience on stage to join the show. Jal’s empowering songs affected the crowd too—everyone was up on their feet dancing along as the park resounded with anthems of love and peace, such is his mandate. The incredible story of Jal’s past life as a child soldier in Sudan, turned hip-hop artist and activist hailing from Toronto made for an uplifting performance that not only entertained but inspired all those who watched. For music with a message, an artist with a story, and an entertainer with passion, Emmanuel Jal’s your guy—his show was a definite highlight of the festival and it’s all thanks to ice cream.

I’m With Her: Shifting musical stylings somewhat after the Emmanuel Jal show, I drifted over to Stage 2 where the ladies of I’m With Her began their soft-spoken, gentle set of folksy originals and cover songs. These ladies had the most angelic voices which, when paired with their delicate instrumentals, served as the perfect complement to the sunshine and stunning view of the river valley behind the stage. Considering you were surrounded by thousands of people, the I’m With Her set had a magical way of feeling intimate and close, as every live performance should.

Fairfield Four: So funny story. While I was in the media tent sorting through the day’s photos, a group of older gentlemen arrived and media volunteers were busy trying to get them to their assigned stage. One of the men took a seat beside me, smiled and said, “How do you do,” in the smoothest, southern baritone voice I have ever heard. Being a newbie to the folk music scene however, I couldn’t quite place what kind of music they would be playing.

An hour later, there I was swaying to the stylings of the legendary Fairfield Four as their airtight four-part acapella harmonies and rolling bass lines took you through a journey of gospel tales and rich southern history. Incredibly humble for a group whose songs have won them Grammies and major Hollywood soundtracks, these talented vocalists are the third generation to hold a place in the Fairfield Four’s almost century long history. What a privilege it truly was to watch them live in concert.

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The McCrary Sisters: Continuing on the gospel note, the McCrary Sisters took to the stage shortly after. As daughters of one of the founding members of the Fairfield Four, it was clear that musical talent ran through the family. The sisters, with their pitch perfect harmonies, powerful vocal riffs and impeccable showmanship, took turns sharing the spotlight with their spirited set of blues, soul and gospel songs. My personal favourite was their song “Let It Go” which was an anthem of positivity and love. To top it all off, the Fairfield Four joined the Sisters on stage for an amazing joint performance that had everyone on their feet dancing and singing along.

All in all, I LOVED every second of my Folk Fest experience. Yes, the music was amazing but even more important was the incredible spirit of community, inclusion and support you felt when you were there. If you have a chance to make it to next year’s festival, I highly recommend it. Cheers to all the Folk; see you next August on the hill!

Photo Credit: Uryelle Dimailig
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The Hypothetical Elephants (On the Sherbrooke Declaration and the Clarity Act)

Posted August 11, 2015 by James Bow

As is our wont in our negative election campaigns, our various parties go after each other with various attempts at knockout punches, often to the expense of real discussion of policy. You can see how this mentality has infected our…

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Beauty

Back-To-School Beauty and Walmart #BeReady2Roar Giveaway!

Posted August 11, 2015 by Stephanie

**Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I received compensation, products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own. When my girls were 5 or 6 years old, back to school shopping meant countless hours picking out cutsie little dresses, jean […]

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General

Dinner at Wooden Heads, Kingston

Posted August 9, 2015 by andrea tomkins

I have so much to catch up on here and I feel like I am falling behind by leaps and bounds, but I have to stop the presses and tell you about a great restaurant in Kingston that knocked our socks off recently: Wooden Heads Gourmet Pizza. Have you ever been? They’re a fixture in Kingston […]

The post Dinner at Wooden Heads, Kingston appeared first on a peek inside the fishbowl.

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Figues fraîches à la poudre de thé des bois

Posted August 8, 2015 by Martine Gingras

Vous cherchez une petite idée rapide pour compléter une table de bouchées servies à l’apéro? Pareil pour nous, l’autre soir, alors qu’on attendait les parents d’une petite amie de mes filles, qui arriveraient d’une minute à l’autre.

Des figues … Suite

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A Summation of Ontario’s Transit Policy

Posted August 3, 2015 by James Bow

LIBERALS: Gee, we need to spend $50 Billion over the next twenty-five years in order to move our public transit network into the 21st century, but we don’t have $50 Billion in the folds of our couch. How are we…

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Strength and Bloc

Posted August 1, 2015 by James Bow

Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe briefly made waves a month ago when he announced his return as party leader. As a sign of how desperate the Quebec separatist party was to get out of its political doldrums, the then…

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On Tom Mulcair’s Proposed Exit from the Consortium Debates

Posted July 31, 2015 by James Bow

Photo by Jonathan Allard. The CBC is reporting that New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair is threatening to walk away from the Consortium debates, unless Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks back in. For those who don’t know, who might…

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Canada

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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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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Fashion

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Posted July 22, 2015 by Loukia

It’s the most important time of the year—and I’m so excited!

No, I’m not talking about summer, although that’s pretty amazing, too. I’m talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

If you haven’t been to Nordstrom Rideau Centre lately, you should go, like, NOW. Everything else can wait—the dinner you’re in the middle of preparing, the house you’re furiously cleaning, the backyard summer BBQ you’re hosting—just drop everything and go, and everyone will forgive you, I promise.

The Anniversary Sale is on until August 3rd, and I don’t want you to miss the huge savings on all the fabulous new items you need of fall—boots, jackets, jeans, sweaters, bags… whatever you desire.

I was so happy to be invited to Nordstrom Rideau Centre last week for an exclusive behind-the-scenes shopping spree. Thank you, Nordstrom Rideau Centre, (once again!) for the generous gift card and coffee to keep me going all morning long.

I had a blast trying on all the brand-new fall arrivals (at amazing prices) with one of Nordstrom’s fabulous stylists before doors opened to the public.

I was in shopping heaven—serious bliss. I loved all the new sweaters and pants and dresses, and I basically want the entire store, as I always do. I left with a lot of great new clothes and I can’t wait to start wearing them on my upcoming vacation.

And I have to go back for these amazing Tory Burch sunglasses, too—early birthday present to me? Why not!

Happy shopping, Ottawa. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is not to be missed.

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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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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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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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Comics

Reader’s Diary #1174- Jeff Lemire (writer), Mike McKone (art): Justice League United, Vol. 1

Posted July 9, 2015 by John Mutford

Justice League United made Canadian headlines last year when Jeff Lemire announced he would be using the series to introduce the first Cree superhero to the DC roster, Equinox. Given that importance, and coming from Jeff Lemire, of whom I’m clearly a f…

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Reader’s Diary #1173- Rebecca Rosenblum: Ms. Universe

Posted July 6, 2015 by John Mutford

 Rebecca Rosenblum’s “Ms. Universe” has Martians in it and it was published in 2013. That struck me as odd at first. Martians seem like a 1950s thing. Perhaps, I supposed, this was meant to be a story written in the 50s. A narrator couldn’t have w…

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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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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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Capital Camps: Ottawa’s Best Choice For Summer Camp

Posted June 16, 2015 by Loukia

Are you singing along with me? School’s out for the summer… almost. And we’re all excited! Well, mostly all excited. The kids are excited. Parents? Well, we’re excited, too. After all, we love spending time with our children, right? And we don’t have to pack lunches every day! But, most of us still have to work during the summer months, and summer is long. (Not as long as never ending winter, but long.)

We’re always looking for ways to keep our children busy, having fun, and staying active. Of course, most parents will sign up their children for summer camp, but with so many camps to choose from, selecting one that is perfect for your child is a daunting task.

My boys have been taking tennis lessons through Capital Camps for a couple of years, and when I found out that they also offer a variety of Summer Camps, I got so excited. After all, I know they’ll have a good time, because they love it during the year—and summer camp is even more fun than the regular program!

Capital Camps has been running in the Orleans area for over 14 years, and I love their stellar reputation.
 
They promote safety as number one, and have a ratio of one instructor to every eight campers. 
 
They’re huge on making sure everyone feels included, and they make sure everyone is participating so every camper has a chance to excel.
 
And, of course, their camps are… SO MUCH FUN!
 
Fun is a very critical aspect of Capital Camps and my boys can attest to that—it is a lot of fun, they are playing in a safe environment, and they always feel included, no matter their level or experience.  I love the solid reputation Capital Camps has earned throughout the years.
 
My boys are signed up for Full Day Tennis Camp and not only will they be playing hours of tennis each day, they’ll also take part in other fun activities, too, like basketball, soccer, capture the flag, swimming, dodgeball, and so much more.
 
Oh, and free BBQ lunches every day… and a pizza day on Friday! Don’t you want to go back to camp, too? I know I do.
 
Other camps available through Capital Camps include:
 
Half-Day Tennis Camp
Dance and Drama Camp
Multi-Sport Camp
Arts Camp
Cheerleading Camp
Flag Football Camp

 

You can register your child online, or call 613-276-4307 for more informaiton. You can also email Aaron at aaron@capitalcamps.ca, and he’ll be happy to answer your questions, too. (You can also drop off your child before work, and pick them up after 5, too.)
 

Isn’t summer the best? Especially when your children are in a camp you know they’ll love!

 

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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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Join The Journey With Energizer (And Win!)

Posted June 15, 2015 by Loukia

We were invited to Toronto a couple of months ago to take part in a special science event with Energizer® at the Ontario Science Centre. Spending the weekend in Toronto is always fun, especially when we get to stay in great hotels like the Renaissance Hotel—from our stay at this lovely hotel, to our time spent learning in the Ontario Science Centre, it was a very memorable weekend.

My boys just received a fun personalized package from Energizer so they could conduct even more fun home experiments with the new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery, Energizer’s longest lasting AA high-performance alkaline battery, and the world’s first battery made with 4% recycled batteries. (The cool thing is, this battery is a first step in a journey towards a goal of developing batteries made with entirely recycled materials—hoping to reach 40% by 2025!)

They made a circuit bulb holder, a hanging magnetic compass, an electromagnet and more. They had a blast. 


The Join Our Journey campaign celebrates the world’s first innovation, and encourages and inspires the next generation of thinkers—our children—to begin a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) journey of their own, so innovations like this can keep happening in the future.

You can get involved with STEM at home, through fun experiments that can be created using simple materials you may already have lying around the house, like the items we used for our at-home experiments.

Did you know you can also help choose the next child innovator by voting for your favourite “dream creature” at joinenergizer.ca? Perhaps you can even get the kids involved in choosing the one they like best!


Bonus: I’m giving away the Elements of Science kit to one of my readers, along with some EcoAdvanced batteries and other goodies, so you can have some science fun at home with your kids, too!



Just leave me a comment below to win and I’ll pick a winner randomly by June 25th. 

Good Luck!

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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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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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