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Allan's Perspective

Saturday Morning Confusion: It’s all politics to me!

Posted April 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, while it has never been a gentleman’s game, at least politics was practiced with a certain degree of civility and decorum in the past. MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED! It just occurred to me this morning that the veneer of respectability in politics is not only long gone, but despite the apparent differences, there […]

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Kardashian speak with forked tongue!

Posted June 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Your ever humble, and much maligned reporter weeps for society! POLITICAL CORRECTNESS has gripped our land and the nuts are running the show kids! Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has sparked outrage online after sporting a traditional Native American headdress to her niece’s lavish birthday bash.Listen boys and girls, if some asshole can […]

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Canada, eh!

Posted April 4, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

1. People in Churchill leave their car doors unlocked in case their neighbours need to make a quick escape from polar bears. 2. There’s also a prison for polar bears who break into peoples’ homes for food. Flickr: ankakay / Via Creative Commons 3. No cows in Canada are given artificial hormones for milk production. […]

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Not all holes are assholes, but some are!

Posted May 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Kimberley Big Hole – South Africa – Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1,097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds, before being closed. Folks: These holes are not only amazing, but some are really terrifying – Especially the final one ! The sheer scale of these holes reminds […]

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Calgary

Putting Away My Boots: Calgary Stampede 2014 Highlights

Posted July 17, 2014 by Jes

This cowgirl has finally put away her cowboys boots. I know, the Calgary Stampede has been over for 4 days, but it took me a while to get my life together after the 10 day festivities wrapped.From the deep-fried-everything, to the Grandstand Show all t…

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The Sane Middle-Ground!

Posted April 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, your long suffering reporter is ever grateful that I don’t suffer from all the common mental disorders that afflict a large portion of our population! Yes boys and girls, we are slowly being consumed by our insane religious and political beliefs …, and I can’t see any way of stopping it! There are the […]

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We got trouble in River City Folks!

Posted June 12, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, this is wrong on so many levels that I hardly know where to begin! Why this wasn’t one of the main election issues is totally beyond me, but then again, people just seem naturally reticent about asking for my opinion about stuff………, and that’s why I started this “Blog!” SO! How do I begin? […]

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A hooker by any other name!

Posted July 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, I don’t know who I am more P.O.’d with, feminists, politicians, the P.C. crowd, or just the left wing in general! Although I couldn’t catch her name in time, some woman testifying at the hearings into the new Conservative anti-prostitution law, described being a hooker as about the same thing as being “tortured!” She […]

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Canada

Mother charged with murdering daughters is free in Canada

Posted July 23, 2014 by macleans.ca

Sarah Augustine was mentally ill when she allegedly stabbed her daughters, Rachel, 5, and Sophie, 2 months, in Dominica in 2010

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Another Roadblock for Abortion in New Brunswick

Posted May 28, 2013 by The Pedgehog

Bad news in New Brunswick: remember way back in 2008, when an anonymous doctor filed a complaint with the NB Human Rights Commission about how the abortion policy in New Brunswick discriminated against her female patients? Apparently the HRC handed tha…

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Federal transfer system not to blame for Ontario’s fiscal shortfall

Posted July 14, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Not only have federal transfers to the province grown rapidly in recent years but they have grown as a share of all federal transfers

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Baseball

Reader’s Diary #1127- Adam Blaustein (Writer), Jim Craig (Pencils): The Amazing Spider-Man/ Dead Ball

Posted June 3, 2014 by John Mutford

It’s yard sale season once again, much to the enjoyment of my wife Debbie. Me? I like yard sales in principle, but I usually feel let down. I’m all excited to go out a find some rare books or CDs to add to my collection, but find myself sifting through…

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This Post is Not Spam: Discount Sex Toys!

Posted March 29, 2013 by The Pedgehog

Guys, one of the things I love about living in the super-trendy West Queen West neighbourhood in Toronto (yes I said West Queen West – everything west of Bathurst is even that much cooler than plain ol’ Queen West) is that there are so many delightful …

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Business

Fiat Chrysler surprises by saying no to more taxpayer money

Posted March 4, 2014 by Chris Sorensen

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s surprise decision to make a billion-dollar investment in Ontario’s…

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How to tell if you’re Canadian!

Posted February 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Guest post by Damien Ponech and John Bayko In the same month my little e-mailman, dodging the e-dogs, brought not one but two Canadian culture tests. With the authors’ consent I’ve combined them. Both are English Canadian; there is a separate Québecois culture test. Items identical to the American test are in grey. Damien was […]

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Worst Days in canadian Conservative History?

Posted May 21, 2014 by Boris

Um.

1 July 1867, aka Canada Day. 1 August 1834, the formal end of slavery in the British Empire.

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Christie Blatchford: Want to see more female judges? Blow up the stupid appointment system

Posted June 23, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

The answer’s not to guess, as MacKay did, as to why women aren’t applying. The answer is to do things the way Ontario appoints provincial judges

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Shark!

Posted July 17, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

A video of a what appeared to be a bull shark swimming off of Wolfe Island in Lake Ontario has been revealed to be a marketing ploy for Discovery’s Channel’s Shark Week and its sponsor Nissan Rogue. The whole thing sounded a bit “fishy” to begin with folks, since sharks are salt water fish and […]

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General

Cole Harbour drug bust turns up cocaine, cash, other drugs

Posted July 11, 2014 by Staff

RCMP in Halifax have seized cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, cash and other drug property after a Thursday night search in Cole Harbour. A search warrant at Merrimac Drive led to the arrests of two males, 18 and 16 years old. The … Continue Reading

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Eliminating the province’s government: The Tim Hudak Plan

Posted May 9, 2014 by Boris

The Canadian Press might want to revise their piece.

It’s all part of Hudak’s larger goal of eliminating the province’s
projected $12.5-billion deficit by 2016 — a year before the Liberals say
they can balance the books.
No. Cutting the 100 000 p…

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Someone got a hair cut

Posted July 20, 2014 by andrea tomkins

Sometimes a good haircut can really change things around, don’t you think? My own hair appointment isn’t until August. I needed a new place to go so I took it to Facebook (crowdsourcing for the win!) where I received many suggestions but Mint Hair Studio won out. Woot! Other exciting things: The girls and I […]

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Winnipeg Goldeyes choke before finishing off sweep

Posted July 24, 2014 by Darrin Bauming

In the final regular season meeting between the heated North Division rivals, the Winnipeg Goldeyes eyed an eleventh-consecutive victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Wednesday night. But the ‘Hawks must have had a nasty taste in their mouth following Tuesday’s … Continue Reading

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Pride #Toronto Streetfair 2014

Posted June 29, 2014 by James Hamilton

Church-Wellesley Village is jammed during the June 27-29 weekend World Pride celebrations and visitors and participants came out in the thousands to browse the neighbourhood. The hot, sunny day was perfect for drinking and wearing some amazing outfits …

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Alberta

Reader’s Diary #1137- Larry Loyie, with Constance Brissenden (writers), Heather D. Holmlund (illustrator): As Long as the Rivers Flow

Posted June 21, 2014 by John Mutford

After just 12 years away from Newfoundland, though longer than that away from the small outport I grew up in, when I go back now I feel a bit like a tourist. I hear my family speak and it almost seems like they’re affecting an accent. Was it always tha…

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Canada

Big Brother Canada season 3 to air on Global!

Posted June 4, 2014 by Jes

Big news announced today by Shaw Media! Big Brother Canada is going to move from the specialty channel Slice, to the big leagues. Season three of Big Brother Canada is going to air on Global TV.For the past two seasons viewers had had a cable package t…

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Les femmes de vétérans

Posted May 31, 2014 by Claude Dupras

Quelle image désolante que celle du ministre canadien des anciens combattants, Julian Fantino, se faufilant dans un corridor du parlement pour éviter volontairement d’écouter la complainte d’une femme d’ancien combattant, Jenifer Migneault, qui finalement a crié pour se faire remarquer par la presse. La télé nous montrait le ministre lui tournant le dos et accélérant le pas pour se sortir de cette situation.

Elle a bien fait. Tout ce qu’elle veut, c’est une rencontre avec le ministre pour lui faire part de la vie qu’est la sienne et celles de milliers d’autres épouses ou conjointes d’anciens combattants face au symptôme de stress post traumatique (SSPT) qui afflige un très grand nombre de nos soldats après leur retour à la vie civile.

Fantino, ancien chef de police de Toronto est député et ministre conservateur en fonction depuis près d’un an. Il est un dur qui n’accorde aucune importance aux relations humaines dans sa fonction.

Cela arrive au même moment où l’ex-lieutenant-général Dallaire démissionne de son poste de sénateur pour consacrer tout son temps notamment à ses recherches sur le SSPT (un mal dont il souffre) et à la lutte contre le phénomène des enfants soldats. Il faut se rappeler que ce vaillant soldat avait crié aux pays du monde entier, dont la France, la Grande-Bretagne et les USA, d’envoyer des troupes supplémentaires pour prévenir le déclenchement des massacres au Rwanda en 1994. Il n’avait pas été entendu et depuis, a toujours dénoncé cette inaction.

Nos soldats sont de jeunes volontaires qui sont déplacés sur différents fronts de guerre au monde. Ainsi le mari de Mme Migneault a fait partie de quatre missions importantes au Golfe, en Irak, en Haïti et en Syrie. Leur retour à la maison n’est pas toujours de tout repos car plusieurs se découvrent un trouble réactionnel découlant d’une blessure opérationnelle. Il vient, généralement, d’un évènement traumatique, qui les a marqués, comme la confrontation avec la mort, la peur de mourir ou lorsque leur intégrité physique ou celle d’un de leurs compagnons d’armes a pu être menacée. Cela a provoqué une peur intense, un sentiment d’impuissance ou un sentiment d’horreur. C’est le SSPT. Pour plusieurs, cela peut être de courte durée, pour d’autres, comme le mari de Mme Migneault, il se chronicise.

On peut facilement imaginer la répercussion sur les membres de la famille, particulièrement l’épouse, aux prises avec, ce qui est en fait, le prix ultime à payer pour le déploiement militaire de leur mari au service de leur patrie.

Le soldat Migneault a dû attendre sept ans avant que son syndrome soit reconnu et, malgré une médication hebdomadaire, les cauchemars continuent, l’anxiété persiste, la honte est pénible, le déni est perceptible, l’humeur est affectée, le suicide guette… La détresse est si présente qu’il ne peut être laissé seul. Les enfants ne comprennent pas, la famille souffre et celle qui encaisse tout, c’est l’épouse ou la conjointe.

Mme Migneault a cherché à confronter le ministre pour revendiquer de l’aide pour ces femmes qui ne sont « pas outillées pour bien accompagner les vétérans ». Dans son cas, ce n’est que lorsqu’elle a atteint le fond du baril et crié à l’aide qu’elle a obtenu une aide psychologique. Elle considère important que le ministre la voit, la rencontre, l’écoute car elle est l’image de toutes celles qui, comme elle, vivent des vies difficiles. Elle veut que le ministre ressente, avec raison, que toutes ces personnes doivent être reconnues comme des aidants naturels et qu’elles soient aidées dès le retour de leur soldat.

J’aime parler avec des vétérans. Je m’en fais un devoir car ces individus ont risqué leur vie afin que nous puissions vivre dans une démocratie saine, prospère et protéger. Dans les derniers mois, j’en ai rencontré deux. Un au Québec, l’autre à Puerto Rico. Je leur ai posé la même question « comment vous aide votre gouvernement ». Dans les deux cas, la réponse fut similaire : « rien, si on n’est pas blessé ». Ces hommes et femmes qui ont été enrôlés durant plusieurs années ne reçoivent pas d’appuis pour leur retour à la vie civile. Pas d’aide psychologique spontanée, pas d’aide pour trouver un emploi, pas de cours d’orientation pour parfaire leur éducation, pas de pension… seul l’hôpital militaire pour vétérans à leur disposition. Cela me semble injuste. Dans les deux pays, la réaction gouvernementale est similaire.

Aux USA, la colère des GI américains vient d’avoir raison du secrétaire américain aux anciens combattants qui a dû démissionner et Obama a promis « que son successeur se préoccupera davantage de leur sort ». À quand la démission de Fantino, qui refuse de rencontrer l’épouse d’un ex-soldat qui veut le sensibiliser afin que toutes les femmes qui accompagnent un vétéran qui souffre profondément de son service militaire, soient “outillées” pour les aider ?
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Allan's Perspective

Happy Canada Day!

Posted July 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

A lot of talk in the local, and national media about moving the July 1st holiday to the nearest weekend! Great Idea: We need long weekends in May, June, July, August and September, folks! (And then a mini-vacation between Christmas and New year!)http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2014/07/02/should-canada-day-remain-july-1-or-nearest-weekend-to-that-date ————————————————————— Cattle rustling is alive and well in S.W. Ontario, folks!THIS GUY […]

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Researchers unlock genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia

Posted July 22, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Researchers pinpoint genetic variations in people with schizophrenia

The post Researchers unlock genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Get Ready Montreal!

Posted August 27, 2013 by foodguymtl

Are you dreading to say your goodbyes to summer? I am, and I’m not ready to let it go just yet. Yes, festival season is over, but there’s still a bunch of great events happening in Montreal in the next couple of weeks. There’s plenty of time to get in some good eats, while the […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: The Ontario election was a referendum on fiscal conservatism. Fiscal conservatism lost

Posted June 13, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The public were presented with a clear choice: cut spending or increase it, cut taxes or raise them, borrow less or borrow more, and in every case chose the latter

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Missing in Action

Posted December 15, 2013 by Marguerite

Hello folks, it has been a long dry spell in blogland but I swear I haven’t forgotten about you.  This post is for all of you who have emailed, called and generally wondered what the heck is up with me.  I am still in school and that is conti…

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High Ends Announces Debut, Shares Free MP3s

Posted July 18, 2014 by Andrew_Horan

High Ends, the side project of Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes has announced that he will release his solo debut Super Class on October 7 via Dine Alone Records. To celebrate, he’d shared a free streams of ‘Intoxicated’, ‘The Weight’ and ‘Downtown’ from the album; The side project came about as a result of the
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York police hope video of van will help solve hitman’s murder

Posted July 11, 2014 by Staff

Homicide investigators hope the driver of a white van can help them solve the murder of hitman Salvatore (Sam) Calautti and his longtime associate James Tusek a year ago. Grainy video just released by York Regional Police shows a white … Continue Reading

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Calgary

Christie Blatchford: A curious secrecy over arrest in Nathan O’Brien case

Posted July 14, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

There isn’t a case in the country which to my memory has been jeopardized by what police say — whatever they say — at a press conference to announce an arrest

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All is fair in love and war….and politics!

Posted June 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Down in the U.S, of A. it looks more and more as if Hillary Clinton will run for the Presidency in 2016. Just to show you how nasty the Republicans can be, they’re sticking to their story that Hillary got brain damage when she bumped her head a few months ago! (I can tell ya […]

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The spam is in the mail!

Posted July 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: As promised, the new anti-spam laws are drastically cutting down on the number of spam messages we get in the mail every day! The only problem is that this law only applies to stuff from within Canada, so all the other shit just keeps right on coming! That’s right folks, all the mail […]

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Canada

Calgary man with air gun arrested at pro-Israel rally

Posted July 24, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Incident comes a week after violent city hall protest

The post Calgary man with air gun arrested at pro-Israel rally appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Someone Notices a Problem

Posted August 28, 2013 by The Pedgehog

Check out this article on abortion access in Canada on VICE, of all places, with a nifty chart (below)! They’re not totally clear on the New Brunswick situation in terms of hospital provision vs. clinic provision, and I wish they’d gone more in depth w…

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The Wilderness of Manitoba Announce New Album, Share MP3

Posted July 23, 2014 by Andrew_Horan

The Wilderness of Manitoba have announced that they will release their new album Between Colours on September 16 via Pheromone Records. To celebrate, they’ve shared a free stream of ‘Leave Someone’; The band has been characterized by their evolving sound with each album. From the four part harmonies of their debut album Hymns of Love
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Ukrainian government forces relentlessly bombarding civilians in east Ukraine and blaming it on Russian aviation

Posted July 19, 2014 by MariaS

Shameless!


I keep wondering if the Canadian government will do the same to the citizens of Quebec when they finally decide to make Quebec into a country.  


I am also wondering if Malaysian Airlines  would  have still continued flying over the conflict region if the MSM had not thrown a blanket on the civil war happening in Ukraine.  Many of the world’s countries pick up news from the main news outlets of the West and if the media in the West was doing its duty to give the news as is their mandate,  more people around the world, including Malaysia Airlines  would have known to give that particular airspace a wide berth.  IMO, the MSM is partly to blame for the deaths of almost 300 passengers of the Malaysia MH17 flight.

From AP via Yahoo:
Airstrike in eastern Ukraine kills 11 civilians. 
An airstrike in eastern Ukraine sent an apartment building crumpling to the ground Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and adding to the steadily mounting civilian death toll from the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents.


Rebels pinned the attack on the Ukrainian air force. The government swiftly denied blame but was not immediately able to offer an alternative explanation.





The bombing in the rebel-held town of Snizhne demonstrated how airstrikes and heavy rocket fire are becoming increasingly common as the conflict drags into its fourth month. The attack comes one day after a Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down in disputed circumstances.


The devastation in Snizhne bore signs of a strike by several missiles and left only a mountain of smoking debris. The four-story apartment block appeared to have been hit in two separate spots, causing the collapse of several tiers. A nearby house was also destroyed.





Resident Igor Chernetsov lost his wife in the attack. “I heard an explosion, and suddenly I was thrown out of the apartment, out of the fourth floor,” said Chernetsov, his head swathed in a bandage. “I woke up covered in dust and had no idea what had happened.”


Health officials in the Donetsk region, which includes Snizhne, provided the number of dead. Rescue workers pulled a small child with broken legs alive from the rubble as grieving residents sifted for belongings. An Associated Press reporter counted six large impact craters.





Dmitry Tymchuk, a military analyst who coordinates closely with Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, said that since rebels are unlikely to have any planes capable of conducting the bombing, there could only be one explanation.


“Only Russian aviation could have performed the airstrike on Snizhne,” he wrote on his Facebook account.


The Defense Ministry stopped short of that claim but insisted the bombing could not have been carried out by the air force as none of its planes were on sorties at the time of the strike.





Security Council spokesman Andrei Lysenko called the incident a “cynical and bloody provocation” aimed at discrediting the armed forces.


Sergei, a rebel commander at the scene who declined to give his surname, said locals bore witness to Ukrainian involvement.



“Many local citizens saw the plane that dropped the bomb — it had Ukrainian markings,” he said. “Why Ukraine would bomb its own territory is harder for me to say.”


No reliable official recent death toll has been produced, but hundreds of civilians are believed to have been killed so far in the conflict. Authorities said Tuesday that 258 servicemen have been killed in fighting and 922 injured.


Representatives for the separatist Luhansk People’s Republic said that 12 more civilians were killed Monday evening in the eastern city of Luhansk following rocket attacks and airstrikes. It was not immediately possible to verify those claims…………….

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