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The Sun doesn’t always shine!

Posted November 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, let me tell you a little bit about Sun News. First of all, the Sun News TV network is not on basic cable because the left wing media and government have managed to keep it relegated to the hinterland of  cable TV by making it the only news network you have to pay extra […]

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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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National Day of Action for Access – September 20, 2014

Posted September 18, 2014 by The Pedgehog

The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC-CDAC) is hosting a National Day of Action this Saturday – come on out if there is an event in your city! If not, I highly recommend you get in touch with ARCC or with RJNB for tips on how you can help in the battle for abortion access in the Maritimes.

The Toronto event will be featuring a speech by yours truly! (Exciting, I know). Here is the ARCC release in full:

Reproductive Justice Rallies Across the Country: Sep 20

National Day of Action in Solidarity with New Brunswick and PEI: Equal Access Now! 

NATIONAL – Reproductive justice activists across the country will be rallying this Saturday
September 20 to stand in solidarity with the citizens of New Brunswick and PEI, who lack
access to abortion. The former Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton was forced to close in July for
financial reasons, because the provincial government had refused to fund it for 20 years in
violation of federal law and Supreme Court precedent. The province continues to refuse to
improve access, even though many women are now being forced to travel out of province.

In Prince Edward Island, Health PEI blocked the application of three doctors willing to provide
abortions at the Charlottetown hospital, saying “it was not in line with current government
policies.” But the PEI government does not have a policy on abortion, or any other excuse. The
proposal was cost-neutral, and lack of a provider has been the only barrier to providing services

Across Canada, especially in northern, rural, conservative, and low-income areas, there is often
a lack of access to basic sexual and reproductive health services (SRH) and information.
The most vulnerable usually pay the highest price, including youth, LGBTQ people, Aboriginals,
refugees, racialized communities, people with disabilities or health issues, and those of low
income. To achieve equality and justice, women and marginalized communities in NB, PEI, and
across Canada are demanding recognition of their rights, and Equal Access Now to services.
Reproductive justice includes a range of issues that are integral to equality for all, including not
just access to SRH services, but also affordable childcare, pay equity, housing, stopping
violence against women, defeating racism and colonialism, and transgender people’s right to
non-discriminatory access to healthcare and employment. Saturday’s rallies will feature
speakers on many of these issues.

Rally Information

Halifax: Equal Access Now Event–National Day of Action. 1pm, Victoria Park.

New Brunswick: National Day of Action: Equal Access Now / Journée nationale d’action :
Pour l’équité, dès maintenant.

• Rothesay: Rally, 9-10am, look for our red banner on Hampton Rd.
• Sackville: 12:30pm, Fall Fair Parade (starting from 165 Main Street)
• Fredericton: Photo booth at Farmers Market Boyce (8 am to 13 pm)

Charlottetown: Rally for Abortion Access at Province House. Noon, Province House.

Montréal: Journée nationale d’action : La justice reproductive : Pour l’équité, dès maintenant.
2-4pm, Place Émilie-Gamelin.

Toronto: Rally & March, Reproductive Justice: EQUAL ACCESS NOW! 11am. Lake Devo,
Ryerson U. (corner of Victoria and Gould Streets).

Vancouver: Reproductive Justice Solidarity Rally. Noon, Thornton Park, 1166 Main Street.

Resources and Further Info:

National Day of Action Facebook page:
Reproductive Justice New Brunswick website:
Abortion Access in New Brunswick (ARCC):

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Sustainable Lifestyle & Best Designer Consignment Shops

Posted January 15, 2015 by Sonya

When you have time to think and assess life, ever wonder what you can do to make the world a better place? I’m not talking about massive changes—unless you want to, of course. But what manageable steps can we take […]

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Got your underwear in a knot?

Posted October 1, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, we get a lot of really weird shit sent to us here on this site, but this has to be one of the funniest and strangest things I have ever seen! Someone was flogging caffeine infused underwear to help you lose weight! Let me repeat that! Someone was selling underwear dipped in coffee, and […]

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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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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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Kids Cook To Care: Feeding The Shelter

Posted October 14, 2014 by Sonya

The conversation started like this, “hey, kiddo would you like to go and help make a dinner for some people in need?” My 10 year jumped without hesitation. “Cool! I love to cook and help people!” Exactly the answer I […]

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Alberta Postcards

Posted November 3, 2015 by Gail Bartel

This Fall I have done a lot of these ‘postcard’ projects.It’s an image that would be on a tourist postcard but we make it canvas sized.I have made similar ones for the Taj Mahal and Machu Pichu that tie into the Grade 3 social studies curriculum. &nbsp…

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Contest: Kick-Start The New Year With A Special K #2015Revolution!

Posted January 5, 2015 by Sonya

That’s right! Resolutions are so last year! Let’s face it, we all have good intentions to change something about ourselves or the way we do things. Most of us often falling flat within a few weeks. Including me. Hey, life […]

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Papier Mache Bear Heads

Posted September 17, 2015 by Gail Bartel

Keeping with our Bear and papier mache theme this week I put together this project.Each head is about the size of an orange.  I mounted mine, a good way to combine this project with a writing assignment.I think these would also be amazing as a Chr…

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Looking For Gluten Free? GF Garage MarketPlace Pop Up’s Got You Covered

Posted October 30, 2014 by Sonya

The gluten free marketplace has grown dramatically recently and we’re seeing more children with gluten sensitivities. But gluten-free is often associated with bland, dry and tasteless offerings. But things are changing. There’s a definitely wave of products in the marketplace […]

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Backstage Beauty Trends At World MasterCard Fashion Week

Posted March 30, 2015 by Sonya

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

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You’re a million dollar baby!

Posted November 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Let this be a warning to be very careful where you go on vacation, and then make sure you have proper insurance! A dream vacation has turned into a financial nightmare for one Saskatchewan couple, after a mom-to-be gave birth while on holiday in Hawaii. Jennifer Huculak and her husband have been saddled […]

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And a banana for your monkey!

Posted December 22, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

A woman with a small baby gets on an airplane and sits beside a guy who is very drunk. The drunk  looks over and says: “Jesus Christ lady, that’s the ugliest kid I ever saw!” The woman, who is outraged, calls the Stewardess and starts to loudly complain. The Stewardess, attempting to calm the situation, […]

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If Not Now, Then When?

Posted April 9, 2014 by The Pedgehog

Today it was announced in Fredericton that the Morgentaler Clinic will be shutting its doors after 20 years. From the press release:

The Morgentaler Clinic is closing for the following reasons:
Many women are unable to pay for their abortions. As a result, the clinic revenue has never met expenses. Shortfalls were made up by Dr. Morgentaler personally.  In the past ten years the clinic has contributed over $105,400 to subsidize abortions for women unable to pay the full amount.
The 2008 flood caused damage to the clinic totalling more than $100,000.  Many downtown businesses received some compensation but the clinic was denied any because it was not owned by a resident of New Brunswick.  Had Dr. Morgentaler not paid for the required repairs to keep the clinic open, the clinic would have closed in 2008.
The clinic cannot continue to provide abortion services that are not publically funded.

As a former employee of the clinic, I can vouch for all three of these reasons. Every week I made appointments for women who didn’t have any of the money to pay, or only had part of it. Of course we tried as much as possible to help direct them to funds, and we even sometimes tried payment plans, although of course this was a futile effort. I’m actually surprised the amount subsidized was not more than $105,400.
After the 2008 flood we spent hours in the basement of the clinic, trying to rescue as many patient files as possible, and using a borrowed ShopVac to frantically bail out the water. The city was compensating businesses affected by the flood; I was there when the government employee charged with inspecting the damage pulled up to our building, and, upon learning what kind of business it was, got back into his car and drove away without conducting the inspection. 
A clinic like this could never continue unfunded in a province like New Brunswick, and anyone who believed it could was dreaming. I think the provincial government may feel a sense of relief upon hearing the news of the clinic closing, but what they don’t recognize is that this will only hurt the province – socially and economically – in the long term. 
The silver lining is that the clinic’s closure may be the impetus needed to finally push the province into action. We must strike when the iron is hot; it is time for the people of New Brunswick to organize. In the wake of this news I would love to see two things:
1. Some kind of referral/support network for providing folks seeking abortion with the immediate care they need, just like in the bad old days when abortion was illegal. There needs to be a network where people can go and find out: sympathetic referral doctors; doctors who will provide medical abortions (when RU486 becomes available); funds to travel out of province for abortions; and people who can help with transportation and accommodations in that regard. It is important that people who need abortions continue to be able to access them.
2. Grassroots, hardcore protest action. Not standing outside the clinic with candles, because why would any legislator give a shit? I mean identifying specific targets and taking actual, stand-up-and-take-notice action. Set up a tent on the lawn of the Legislature and start providing abortions in it. Hang bloody coat hangers on the mailboxes of anti-choice MLAs. Abortion caravan that shit, chain yourselves to seats in the Legislature. They won’t listen to reason, so get radical. Lives are at stake.
I hope that New Brunswick finds the energy and the spirit to fight back. If not now, then when?
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Canadian Designer Spotlight: KANIA At WMCFW

Posted March 27, 2015 by Sonya

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

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How to get smart!

Posted October 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

We’ve all heard the phrase “knowledge is power.” The more knowledge you can acquire, the more power and ability you have to take on life’s problems. The problem, though, isn’t how much knowledge is out there, but how curious you are and how willing you are to go get it. Curiosity may have killed the […]

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Posted May 17, 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.


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It’s Doing it AGAIN!!!

Posted March 15, 2015 by Marguerite

Snowing that is.Remember the days when my yard looked like this?See that lovely compost bin on the left hand side?Now my veggie garden looks like this.Where exactly did the compost bin go?The wood strip you see peeking out of the snow is my bin.  …

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What You Need To Know About Facials Vs. Peels

Posted November 20, 2014 by Sonya

I’ve been to spas before and have spent anywhere from $80 to $250 on a facial. Some were straight forward maintenance type of facials—you know, with extractions and that steaming machine that opens up your pores? To the extreme, I’ve […]

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Clay Crest

Posted February 25, 2016 by Gail Bartel

Last month Grade 4 constructed the Alberta provincial crest out of clay.The students did a terrific job and they were quite proud of them.  Great tie in with social studies.Now you could adapt this to fit whatever province you are in.MATERIALS REQ…

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History from another era?

Posted November 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

(Darren Calabrese / CP) Dear Conrad; Never mind the revue of your book in Friday’s Globe and Mail. Peter Scowen doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground, and this paragraph proves it: Gee, when I was taught history back in the 60’s I was told it was the explorers, monarchs, politicians and […]

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Family Day Weekend Arts & Culture Events In Toronto

Posted February 11, 2015 by Sonya

We’re excited for the upcoming Family Day Weekend in the city and there’s no shortage of things to do. While we know that that there are plenty of skating rinks and ski hills to enjoy but if you’ve got kids […]

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When 900 Guitarists Come Together All At Once

Posted April 24, 2015 by Sonya

When I had heard that Mirvish Productions made a call out for hundreds of guitarists to gather in the city to connect and play the song ‘Falling Slowly’ from the musical Once, I knew it was going to be epic. […]

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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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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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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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What To See At The Interior Design Show #IDS15

Posted January 16, 2015 by Sonya

Spring is just around the corner, I promise! But while we wait, you’ll can check out the Interior Design Show, January 22-25, 2015 at the Metro Convention Centre. Under one massive roof you’ll discover the latest in home design trends, […]

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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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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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Winter’s Chill

Posted February 27, 2015 by Marguerite

It was a slow start to winter this year.  We had reasonably warm temperatures and little to no snow for all of December and January.  February changed all that. A lovely day to go to the beachA thick blanket of snow fell down and covered the …

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The ROM’s Wildlife Photography Exhibit Is A Must-See

Posted November 26, 2014 by Sonya

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition (WPY) opens at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto this weekend, featuring 100 breathtaking images on tour from the Natural History Museum in London. Making its Canadian debut, the exhibition includes […]

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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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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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Fun Stuff For Families At The Canadian International AutoShow

Posted February 13, 2015 by Sonya

This weekend, the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) is in Toronto. And while it might not seem like your first pick for a family outing, it’s actually a great place to spend some time with the kids. The spectacular show runs from February […]

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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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