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Allan's Perspective

Blow Me Down!

Posted November 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Over in Alberta, and just about any other jurisdiction that has wind turbines, there is absolutely NO opposition to them! Matter of fact, everybody and his uncle are clamoring to get in on the action by placing one of these windmills on their property! SO WHY THE OPPOSITION HERE IN ONTARIO? Blame Canada  […]

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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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General

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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Family

Cool Baby & Tot Travel Gear For Your Carry On Bag

Posted March 9, 2015 by Sonya

If you’re getting ready to head out on a family vacation here are a few cool things we’ve spotted that are worth bringing in your carry on bag! TEENY KNOT GENIE HAIRBRUSH ($18) Designed for little locks, this handy little brush with […]

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Car 54, someone stole a balloon!

Posted October 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

A balloon lifts off over the crowd in the early morning during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Organizers have equipped all 550 pilots with tablet computers capable of running a mapping application that will enable them to steer clear of the many restricted areas or prohibited zones […]

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Canada

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

Posted March 31, 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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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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Entertainment

Jersey Boys Brings Iconic Tunes To Stage

Posted December 22, 2014 by Sonya

I’m up early on a Saturday morning searching iTunes for Frankie Valli tunes after seeing the musical Jersey Boys the evening before. I didn’t grow up in that era. My mom did and remembers the songs fondly. But they all […]

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Calgary

March Break Guide To Calgary & Edmonton

Posted March 5, 2015 by Anonymous

Both Calgary and Edmonton offer a wide-array of family activities throughout the March Break to keep children of all ages busy and happy. Here are some things to do during the break. Calgary Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes Disney […]

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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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Entertainment

Santa Shares His Must-Sees At This Years Parade

Posted November 11, 2014 by Sonya

The 110th annual Santa Claus Parade will take over the streets of Toronto this Sunday, November 16th! And we were invited to visit Santa’s Secret Workshop for a sneak peek recently. Over 30 amazing colourful floats and 21 brilliant marching […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion About Privacy #76

Posted November 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Facial recognition technology is used to screen people at the Statue of Liberty in New York. The U.S. government pumped millions of dollars into the development of facial recognition technology after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (Chip East/Reuters) Dear Readers: If anybody is still confused about how much the government is prying into your private […]

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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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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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Contests

March Break Guide To Toronto + Win Tickets To The ROM!

Posted March 6, 2015 by Sonya

If you aren’t planning a holiday this March Break, don’t fret! There is plenty to see and do in Toronto, and thank goodness for that! We all know the kids can get a little squirrely if they’re locked up indoors […]

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Canada

Living With A Teen Is Hard…

Posted October 7, 2014 by Sonya

But living without one is harder. This statement stopped me in my tracks. This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada. Mental illness affects 1 in 5 youth in Canada, and in tragic instances, may lead to suicidal thoughts […]

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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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Entertainment

First Look At The Upcoming Theatre Season With Mirvish

Posted September 30, 2014 by Sonya

It’s not too early to start thinking about expanding your theatre options… and even start thinking about holiday gifts! Mirvish Productions recently unveiled it’s 2014/2015 season and there are more than a few great options to consider. This season Mirvish […]

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General

La Societe’s Chef Romain Avril Shares A Favourite Recipe!

Posted December 19, 2014 by Sonya

As a foodie family we’re often asked where we like to eat out in the city. Since we enjoy eating out A LOT, we have several favourites and are constantly trying out new ones. La Societe  (131 Bloor Street West, Toronto) […]

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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

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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Edmonton

No Museums “I Was A Worker & Now I’m Old”

Posted September 23, 2014 by Anonymous

September 23. Edmonton’s No Museums have just released “I Was A Worker And Now I’m Old”. This seven song album was recorded over the summer and is now freely available on Bandcamp The album features songs about museums, ships, snow, distance, engines, drivers, mountains, trains, water, parks, and workers. Some say that No Museums sound
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Entertainment

Sitting Down With Cinderella: An Interview With Danielle Wade

Posted November 10, 2014 by Sonya

Ross Petty and his production team are getting ready for the 19th annual holiday family musical. We can’t wait to see what antics are in store in the new CINDERELLA, The Gags To Riches Family Musical. If you haven’t experienced a […]

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Blowin in the wind!

Posted November 7, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well folks, it’s official, wind turbines do NOT cause illness, or even ill effects, in people. A year long study of over 1000 people has positively shown that wind turbines do not cause  bad things to good people. Not through noise, or magnetic fields, or increased UFO traffic, or disruption of the O-zone, negative energy, […]

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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

Faith In Humanity—Restored

Posted February 5, 2015 by Kath

How often do you browse through social media accounts, only to toss your phone aside in disgust, your faith in humanity hitting rock bottom? I know it happens to me several times daily: news of atrocities committed in the name […]

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Entertainment

“Once” Is An Emotional & Beautiful Must-See

Posted March 4, 2015 by Sonya

There are times when I want to cozy up with a warm blanket by the fireplace with my hubby and stop all the rushing around. That’s the experience I felt when I recently saw ONCE The Musical, now on stage […]

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And a banana for your monkey!

Posted October 7, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Now here’s a case straight out of “Planet of the Apes,” or perhaps a poster child for the group “people for the ethical treatment of animals!” (PETA) The case of Tommy the pet chimpanzee goes back to court this week, and a group of judges could decide whether he should be recognized as a “person” […]

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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

Celebrity Chefs And What They Feed Their Own Kids

Posted November 3, 2014 by Sonya

Hanging out at the amazing Delicious Food Show in Toronto recently was definitely a fun time and good thing I went hungry! The morning media breakfast created by the amazing chef Rob Gentile and Buca Restaurant not only tantalized our […]

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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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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

What Did We Google The Most In 2014?

Posted December 29, 2014 by Sonya

Google is very much part of our daily lives. Both a noun and a verb, it’s a way to launch our research into everyday inquiries from how to make those perfect cookies to helping our kids with their homework. It’s […]

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Books

Book Review: The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

Posted March 13, 2015 by Anonymous

I watch people with the same kind of fascinated horror that I view a car wreck. I don’t intend to stare, but I just can’t seem to tear my eyes away from the catastrophe that is in front of me. […]

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General

A Dim Sum How (And Where) To

Posted January 14, 2015 by Sonya

Dim sum is a tradition for many Chinese families and it’s becoming more mainstream as our taste for global cuisine broadens. It’s something our family does almost every weekend. Since we’re coming up to Chinese New Year, I thought I’d […]

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Honey Boo Boo and Uncle Poodle!

Posted November 4, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: In a world-wide exclusive, the Naked News Department  and the  Perspective Research team has learned from TMZ that Honey Boo Boo is about to have a safe, stable home free of all convicted child molesters … …., or so vows Uncle Poodle, who says he’ll file for custody if things get bad at […]

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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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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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Entertainment

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: What To See With Kids

Posted October 3, 2014 by Sonya

From dusk to dawn, Toronto, and other cities around the world hosts Nuit Blanche – an evening where many streets, buildings and public spaces are transformed into an exciting big open art exhibition. Since 2006, we’ve been attending. I can […]

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