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Environment

reeves report: Historic dam latest line of defence against invasive Asian carp

Posted December 20, 2014 by awreeves

Carp over Barge. (Photo: Dan O’Keefe, Michigan Sea Grant)

THE NEXT LINE OF DEFENCE against keeping invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes will come at an 81-year-old lock and dam in Joliet, Illinois, 65 kilometres south of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The Brandon Road dam, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2004, is being investigated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a suitable location to test run new deterrents for halting Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species. In addition to the electric barriers already in place eight (Read more…)

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Allan's Perspective

Stop monkeying around!

Posted December 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Here’s something that will make Pam Anderson and her buddies a whole lot happier, folks! Animal-rights advocates seeking “personhood” for chimpanzees want to take their case to the highest court in New York State. Since 2013, an organization called the Nonhuman Rights Project has been seeking a writ of habeas corpus to free a pet […]

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Christmas

Gifts for Stanley Park: Vancouver Gift Guide

Posted December 18, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”) and its volunteers work hard to conserve, protect, educate and research to ensure that Stanley Park remains a bastion of natural wonder and beauty, and the Best Park in the World. If you’ve followed Miss604 online — whether on the blog, Twitter, or […]

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Christmas

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Posted December 18, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. It’s the very last weekend before Christmas and the city is alive with events, activities, and plenty of neighbourhoods showing off their very best light displays. The weekend event list is bigger than usual, packed with fun ways to get the most out of the city this holiday season. […]

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General

PADDINGTON: Exclusive Advanced Screening Passes For 15 Cities! #Giveaway

Posted December 18, 2014 by Stephanie

Based on the beloved children’s book and now making his big screen debut, it’s PADDINGTON!  Do you remember the stories?  From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city […]

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General

Christie Blatchford: Bail transcript speaks volumes about Eaton Centre killer

Posted December 17, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

Christie Blatchford: Husbands had a criminal record, but appeared as a young man on the cusp, teetering between straightening out his life and falling off the cliff

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Alberta

Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up?

Posted December 17, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

In any old province the opposition will from time to time take over the government. But only in Alberta will you find the government taking over the opposition

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Books

Book Giveaway: Live at the Commodore

Posted December 17, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. If I was Miss Sheilds from the beloved holiday film A Christmas Story I would legitimately give Aaron Chapman’s new book Live at the Commodore an “A Plus-Plus-Plus-Plus…!” It arrived by courier last week and I immediately sat down to read it. I didn’t budge as the sun crossed […]

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Cats

Vancouver Christmas Cats of Instagram

Posted December 17, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Two things that I, and most of the internet-using population around here, love dearly are cats and Vancouver — a reason why we recently hosted an Internet Cat Video Festival and funded a Cat Cafe. As such, during this busy holiday season I thought I would spread some lighthearted […]

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Events

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Posted December 17, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Celebrate the 21st annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival on December 21st in three Vancouver communities. Presented by the Secret Lantern Society and Artistic Director Naomi Singer, this free family event (with some ticketed attractions) will illuminate the longest night of the year. Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque on […]

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Allan's Perspective

Yorkville

Posted December 17, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: This might not be of interest to anyone not of a certain age and from Toronto, but since I practically grew up on this street it held a lot of memories for me! Posted by Chris Bateman / December 17, 2014 No neighbourhood in Toronto has undergone a more seismic aesthetic and ideological […]

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Christmas

Christmas Lights in Vancouver

Posted December 16, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Growing up in Surrey, one of my favourite Christmas memories was when our whole family would bundle up and pile into our van for a night of Christmas light hunting. First things first, we’d stop somewhere to pick up hot chocolate that would warm our mittened hands, and then […]

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Contests

Chimp Charitable Giving Giveaway

Posted December 16, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Chimp a local Vancouver company that empowers people and organizations to manage and amplify their charitable impact. Used by individuals, groups, companies, and charities, Chimp allows you to host an online account from which you manage donations to your favourite charities or give the gift of a cause neutral […]

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Christmas

White Spot Christmas Day Lunch

Posted December 16, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The White Spot Christmas Day lunch for charity is back again this year as management and staff at two locations continue a decade-long tradition of donating their time, tips and proceeds to the Richmond Hospital Foundation and Variety – The Children’s Charity. White Spot Christmas Day Lunch for Charity […]

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Allan's Perspective

Cosby should have kept his mouth shut!

Posted December 16, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: So far in this whole mess surrounding Bill Cosby, the man has taken the high road and refused to comment on the allegations ………………, until this weekend, that is! Then, the sit hit the fan, and it all backfired on him! On Friday, Bill Cosby broke his silence to speak to the New […]

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General

10 Vintage Ski Photos From Local Vancouver Mountains

Posted December 15, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. For decades the North Shore mountains have been a playground for locals and visitors, especially during ski season. Grouse Mountain had one of the first double chairlifts in the world when it was constructed in 1949, Mount Seymour has been enjoyed since 1938, and Mount Strachan & Black Mountain […]

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Christmas

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Posted December 15, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Christmas time in Vancouver means ice skating at Robson Square, checking out the lights in Stanley Park, getting shopping done on your favourite retail street, and spending times with loved ones at Canyon Lights, VanDusen Garden, or enjoying a holiday show. Here are just a few of the photos […]

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General

Tales From Toronto

Posted December 15, 2014 by Loukia

My boys are the best travelers, whether traveling by car, train, or plane. We just spent three days in Toronto for a pre-Christmas getaway—to attend my mom’s art show, visit the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and to see my best friends—and we had a great time.

 Chevrolet Canada gave me a 2015 Traverse to test drive for an entire week, and we were able to take this awesome vehicle to Toronto for our trip. The kids, of course, loved it, and we were thankful for all the room, too—thank you so much for the sweet ride, Chevrolet Canada!

We arrived to our favourite Toronto hotel, the Marriott Bloor Yorkville. This was our third stay (and my fifth) at this hotel in Yorkville, and our third stay in the Presidential, two-level suite. Our first visit was during my 35th birthday and the hotel treated us to not only the suite, but champagne, cake, flowers, treats for the children, and balloons, too.

The kids truly love all the room, and I like that we can invite friends and family to our suite, too, to chill out, have dinner around the table, and run around. The service at this hotel is great, and I love the Yorkville location. The best part is that all the shops are connected underneath the hotel, so we don’t have to wear boots or bring our coats when we want to grab a coffee at Starbucks or go shopping. Truly a great thing in the winter time!

 

We celebrated my dad’s birthday (and my Name Day) at Spuntini’s in Yorkville with the family while the guys went to a Raptors game. This is my favourite restaurant in Toronto, along with Sotto Sotto and Ciao, and the food and service was perfect and delicious.

The next day, we went to The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, which was truly such an incredible experience—it was the highlight of our getaway, and we all enjoyed seeing all the fish and especially the sharks and stingrays. It was so cool! (You can read my full review here.)

We attended my mom’s art show that evening, at Artworld of Sherway, and my best friends met me at the show. (Thanks, Marcie and Suzanne and Eamon!) The kids hung out together while we connected again, and then we went out for a yummy dinner at Sherway Gardens.

 

Of course, no trip to Toronto is complete without a walk around Yorkville— it’s especially beautiful this time of year with all the dazzling Christmas lights and window displays. While we split up—two went to the Royal Ontario Museum, and two shopping in Yorkville—it was such a  nice time, and a great day to be outside walking around.

 My little trooper even held his own shopping bag on our walk back to our hotel!

 

Lunch on the Danforth for Greek food was the perfect ending to our little weekend getaway and we can’t wait to visit Toronto again. It’s become one of my children’s favourite places to visit that’s close to home.

 

Thank you, Marriott Bloor Yorkville, for the memories once again!

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Canada

The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Making A Splash In Toronto!

Posted December 15, 2014 by Loukia

I love getting away with the family for mini vacations, and this past weekend we took the kids (along with my sister and her family, and my parents) to Toronto for the weekend. We travel to Toronto with the children as often as we can, and this trip was planned so we could attend my mom’s art show, see my best friends, do some shopping in Yorkville for the holidays, and enjoy a nice stay at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville once again. We had a sweet drive up in a Chevy Traverse—thanks again, Chevrolet Canada, for lending me this awesome vehicle for our road trip—the kids, of course, LOVED it, and so did we!

A highlight of our trip was visiitng The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, right in the heart of Toronto. It was, without a doubt, an amazing experience and everyone loved it. (Thank you to Ripley’s for providing me and my family with media passes for our visit!)

The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opened its doors last fall and since then, it has been one of the most visisted and talked about attractions in Toronto for residents and tourists.

There are 16,000 marine animals, 5.7 million litres of water, and 50 live exhibits. It was an oasis of water, and it was so beautiful to experience. It reminded me of the Atlantis in Bahamas.

We loved the Discovery Centre, and seeing so many cool fish like octopus, the tropical freshwater fish, American Eels, the American Lobster (one of the large lobsters was 75 years old!) and the blue lobster. We saw tube anemones, Sea Pens, huge crabs, and adorable clownfish. (Hi, Nemo!)

The Dangerous Lagoon section was our favourite, with the long, walking runway. We were able to get up close and personal with some of the scariest and coolest looking sharks and stingrays and hung out with sea turtles, potatoe cod, venomous fish, and pirhanas.

Another cool section was the Jellyfish section… they are so fascinating and scary!

There were 100 interactive displays and 6 play zones for children, so the fun never stopped. It was a great way to spend our morning. Of course, no visit is complete without a stop at the gift shop, and the kids took home a special souvenir to remember their first visit to the Aqaurium.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada yet, make sure you make plans to visit soon. Passes would make a great holiday gift, too! It was a wonderful, educational and fun vist for everyone.

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Ripley’s Aqaurium of Canada for providing me and my family media passes for our visit to the Aquarium. We loved every minute and can’t wait to visit again!

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Allan's Perspective

Guilty?

Posted December 15, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Yes, your faithful reporter knows all about Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby, and I know that sexual assault is not to be treated lightly, and I realize that women need to be treated equally in modern day society! I know all this, and I am also aware that I have to make a […]

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Canada

World Vision offers Feed a Hungry Family in Canada gift option.

Posted December 15, 2014 by Laila

In July Canada made it back into the  UN’s top ten list of developed countries, but looking at the World Vision gift site, you might think we were a third world country. While this might shock some, the response to … Continue reading

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General

Snap holiday giveaway from the Village Quire!

Posted December 14, 2014 by andrea tomkins

Dear Fishies, It gives me great pleasure to share another giveaway from Fishbowl patron, the Village Quire in Westboro. Have you been there lately? Molly, the owner, brings new merchandise in all of the time. There’s something new every time I drop by (and I’m there a LOT). I have a particular weakness for paper goods, and I am […]

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Allan's Perspective

Maybe women are smarter!

Posted December 14, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Much as it pains me to admit this …………….., I might owe the ladies an apology! As you well know, your favourite reporter has ranted and raved for years about how women’s libbers, and feminists, have portrayed men as idiots. It even got to the point where a lot of TV ads show […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion About Indians!

Posted December 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Your much maligned reporter is a confused as ever about what is going on with the Indians in this fair land of ours! You might remember we had a post in yesterday’s blog about a teacher in Winnipeg!Without going into all the sordid details again today, let me say that I forgot to […]

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General

Apologies from Times Colonist and Raeside to First Nations Fall Short

Posted December 12, 2014 by Anonymous

Adrian Raeside’s offensive cartoon about First Nations people is only the most recent example in a pattern of his work at the Times Colonist going back decades.

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Canada

Best New Christmas Songs of 2014 (VIDEOS)

Posted December 12, 2014 by Jes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The middle of December, when you are still in the Christmas spirit and not yet wanting to off yourself due to the never ending Christmas carols.I mean, I don’t know how one could ever get sick of Mariah Carey’s…

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Feminism

Toronto Feminist Art Conference Seeking Submissions

Posted December 11, 2014 by Anonymous

A Toronto-based Feminist Art Conference is seeking visual artists for a month long art exhibition for International Women’s Day 2015, at Daniels Spectrum (formerly called the Regent Park Arts and Culture Centre). Now in its third year, FAC has grown from the brainchild of a few feminist artists to a dynamic, grassroots, not-for-profit organization that brings together artists, […]

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Christmas

Donny & Marie Bring Christmas Fun To Toronto

Posted December 11, 2014 by Sonya

I know what your thinking. Donny and Marie Osmond? Yes, remember them? I certainly do! They are in Toronto with their annual Christmas Show bringing everything they’ve got. They’re here until December 21st playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre […]

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General

Sadness and joy

Posted December 10, 2014 by Ted Bird

   The period of remembrance that concludes today with a national funeral for Jean Beliveau struck a perfect balance between mourning his death and celebrating his life.    Mr. Beliveau’s passing is an enormous loss.  He w…

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Canada

Watch This: Canadian Tire Bring Holiday Cheer To Children’s Hospitals

Posted December 10, 2014 by Sonya

December always warms my heart. Ever since I was little, Christmas has been something to look forward to. Family traditions of gingerbread houses, decorating trees and wondering what to leave out for Santa are always a must. But seeing all […]

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Canada

NEB: Rubber-stamping pipelines and boasting about it

Posted December 10, 2014 by Boris

Hostile to the public interest. Conservative Party agent. Oil sector agent. In league with Satan. Pick your description, either the formerly respectable National Energy Board, which you pay for, will not help you understand and possibly object to an oi…

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Allan's Perspective

You can never go home again!

Posted December 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

That kid who made a terrorist video that has been making the rounds these last few days is more of a “terrorist wanna-be,” than an actual bad-ass, according to some experts in the field! However, even though his statements and claims don’t resonate with most North Americans, it’s a terrific “shot in the arm” [sic] […]

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General

Quebec Moves Forward With Plan To Ban IVF For Women Over 42

Posted December 9, 2014 by Anonymous

A new Quebec bill is causing quite the stir with it’s plan to ban in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for women over 42. According to CTV, if Bill 20 passes, it would make it illegal for women over 42 to undergo IVF even […]

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Canada

Air Canada vs. WestJet in the Christmas video Battle 2014

Posted December 8, 2014 by Jes

The battle is on! Air Canada and WestJet are the two main competing airlines in this great country of ours, and it looks like they are giving us a new tradition.The airline battle of the tears.WestJet did an amazing Christmas Miracle video last year an…

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 92

Posted December 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

O.K. boys and girls, it’s time for another edition of “Let’s Get Things Back Into #Perspective Here!” (God I love that word!) Since regular readers know that I live in a constant state of confusion about what’s going on in the world, they will also know that I attempt to set things straight every now […]

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Education

Trashy’s World: Helping out Clifford Bowey PS…

Posted December 4, 2014 by trashee

… in the Aviva Fund competition. Hi all – PSA time: Clifford Bowey PS has moved into the Aviva Fund Semi-Finals! I like to think that our school community last year helped Vincent Massey win this competition – and a new playground! Please visit the site and register and VOTE – one vote per day […]

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Canada

Andrew Coyne: Until we enact democratic reforms, provinces will continue to run wild using powers they don’t have

Posted December 3, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It has been three months since the premiers last met, in one of their periodic costume balls as the Council of the Federation

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Canada

Christie Blatchford: Luka Magnotta refused to let ‘any Crown attorney-retained psychiatrists’ assess him

Posted December 3, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

The forensic psychiatrist who testified for the prosecution says Magnotta suffers from a personality disorder, not schizophrenia

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Canada

Canada – European Union Data Sharing Agreement Sent to EU Court of Justice for Review

Posted December 3, 2014 by Michael Geist

Earlier this year, Canada and the European Union announced that they had reached agreement on sharing airline passenger name record data. The data shared includes names, addresses, and credit card numbers of airline passengers. The agreement was signed in June (video of the signing here), but approval from the European Parliament was required. In light of growing privacy concerns, that approval has proven more difficult to obtain than previously anticipated.

Rather than simply grant approval, the European Parliament has narrowly voted to send the agreement to the European Court of Justice for review to ensure that it is compliant with European law including EU treaties and the European Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the final vote was 383 to 271 with 47 abstentions). The resolution notes that the European Data Protection Supervisor (effectively the Privacy Commissioner for the EU) issued an opinion in September 2013 that questioned the necessity and proportionality of agreements to transfer passenger information between jurisdictions. The EDPS opinion features an extensive review of the agreement and raises pointed questions about specific provisions along with numerous recommendations for reform.

The decision means that the Canada – EU data sharing agreement will be delayed by at least one to three years while the court conducts its review. The review will raise several important privacy issues including the effectiveness of exchanging passenger information in combating terrorism and the state of Canadian privacy law. The European Court of Justice has already struck down the European Data Retention Directive, suggesting that this agreement could also face tough scrutiny.

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Art

How One Painting Gave Back In A Huge Way

Posted December 3, 2014 by Loukia

Last Monday was a very special day for my family and I. My mother’s painting, Honouring My Father, was unveiled in Mayor Jim Watson’s boardroom at City Hall, where it will be on display next to original paintings by The Group of Seven. The painting will be seen by school groups, ambassadors and dignitaries who visit with the mayor at City Hall. An enhanced print will also be on display in City Hall for everyone to see. The best part is how much this painting has already given back to fallen soldier Nathan Cirillo’s son, Marcus.

The paining was made after the tragic shooting at the War Memorial because like everyone that day, my mom was distraught at the news that a young man—a brave soldier—was tragically shot, especially because this man was a single dad, raising his young five year old son, Marcus. It was an incredibly sad day for Ottawa. 

News of the painting travelled far and wide, and my mom received hundreds of emails, likes, requests, suggestions, and messages, about the painting and the media quickly interviewed her in articles online, in print, and on television. The Mayor requested to meet with my mom to find a way to make this painting public, for all to see.

Prints were quickly made, and hundreds sold instantly, though Koyman Galleries. Prints are still being sold daily, and the best part is that all profits from every single print sold are going to Marcus’s TD trust fund. 

Over the weekend, my mom and I met with Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s mom at Chateau Laurier and had a tea, along with Nathan’s good friend, Brandon, who was also with him the day he was tragically shot. It was an emotional meeting. We hugged a few times, cried, and even laughed, despite the circumstances. My mom presented her with the first enhanced print and she said the painting will be hung in Marcus’s room.

“We’ll neve obviously replace his dad, but certainly through these financial contributions, we can make sure that he is given those breaks in life to go to college or university and to help him as he grows up without a father,” said Mayor Jim Watson during the unveiling. 

I truly love how much one painting has given back in such a huge way, and I love that something good has come out of such a tragedy. My boys were so proud of their grandmother! Giving back and finding a positive way to remember the good is so important.

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