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Allan's Perspective

The decline of the U.S. Empire!

Posted September 12, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

As the U.S. marks the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and contemplates renewed military action in Iraq, some observers warn that America is a fading power. “There was a time when America would whisper ‘coup’ and nations would quake,” says historian and University of Wisconsin professor Alfred McCoy, noting that in a 20-year period up to […]

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Allan's Perspective

We’re back! Did ya miss me?

Posted September 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks if the site goes down for a day like it just did, then I don’t know what to do with myself! It’s been a creative outlet and a good place to rant, whenever I get myself bent out of shape by some assault on our collective common sense! Don’t know how much I miss venting […]

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Canada

Tooth Fairy Favours Atlantic Canada, Quebec Kids Miss Out

Posted August 25, 2014 by Anonymous

I have a sister who is two years older than me. For me, that meant spending a lot of time wishing I could do what my big sis was doing. This included all the growing up milestones you can think […]

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Calgary

What to Watch: CIFF 2014

Posted September 15, 2014 by Jes

The Calgary International Film Festival is almost upon us! Starting this Thursday and running until September 28, 2014, CIFF will bring us films from all over the world in all different genres.Here are my picks for the movies to watch in their years li…

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Canada

Good for Grapes – Skipping Stone (VIDEO)

Posted October 18, 2014 by Jes

I really like this song. If you can ignore the fact that the principle actors in this video are children – it’s quite good.XOXOJes…

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General

The NDP looks to 2015: “We’re up against our own belief in the ability to get this done”

Posted November 24, 2014 by David Akin

On Saturday, in the western Prince Edward Island riding of Egmont, 1,500 local Liberals showed up to vote in a four-way nomination race. For those not in politics, let me assure that 1,500 at just about any nomination anywhere is a helluva good turnout but this is a rding where, in 2011, there were just […]

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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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Canada

9 Great Lunch Box Ideas & The Sobeys #BetterFoodForAll Challenge!

Posted September 4, 2014 by Sonya

It’s the first week back to school and the kids have already made a few requests for their school lunch boxes. I’m totally happy to have their input if it means they will eat it. We had some winning lunch […]

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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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General

Get Cozy With The New Urban Barn in Kanata (And Twitter Party With Us On November 12th, 9-10 p.m.!) #UrbanBarnKanata

Posted November 4, 2014 by Loukia

Hey, Ottawa—I’ve got some great news for you! Urban Barn—everyone’s favourite furniture store—is opening its doors in Kanata on November 15th, on Hazeldean Road in the Grant Crossing mall. (From 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., so you have plenty of time to shop!)

A new Urban Barn in my city makes me very excited, and I’ve already started planning out my dream rooms—I’m renovating my family room, bedroom, and dining room and I couldn’t think of a better place to get all the furniture and home accessories I need. My children are growing up and it’s time for me to starting thinking properly about home decor again—the timing is just right, and I can’t wait to start shopping.

I have spent so much time online recently, looking at all the gorgeous rooms and furniture from Urban Barn,  trying to narrow down which couch to buy… or which new bedroom set I desperate need. Often, though, I find even more inspiration walking through the store—it helps with the decision making process. Even more reason to be excited for the new Kanata location on Hazeldean Road.

Urban Barn Kanata will be celebrating their grand opening day by giving the first 50 visitors a $20 Urban Barn gift card and 20% off all home accents. Total bonus? Everyone who goes to Urban Barn that day will be entered to win a $1,000 Urban Barn shopping spree. I know, right? Totally amazing!

There are so many beautiful pieces I want to add to my home from Urban Barn, from lamps to end tables,  and I love that they always have the very best contemporary furniture and home decor to suit any style—whether it’s modern, or classic, you can find whatever it is you’re looking for at Urban Barn.

And now that the holidays are around the corner, there are so many beautiful accessories and items that would be perfect for entertaining in the home—from decorations to new cosy throws for the couch to make things look even more festive, inventing and warm.

To help celebrate the grand opening of the new Urban Barn Kanata, I’ll be hosting a Twitter party on November 12th, and I’d love for you to join us! We’ll be chatting about home decor, the new store, and getting ready for the festive season. We’ll be giving away some amazing prices, too—you are not going to want to miss this Twitter party! Use the hashtag #UrbanBarnKanata to join in on the fun.

Note: This Twitter party is open to ALL Canadians, not just for people who are living in Ottawa/Kanata. The more, the merrier!

I have an exclusive gift for you, too—here’s a coupon (see barcode image below!) so you can enjoy 15% off furniture at Urban Barn Kanata. You can print it out or show a screenshot of this coupon to enjoy 15% off! (This 15% off includes items on sales, cannot be combined with other offers, and excludes custom products.)


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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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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. […]

The post Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.

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General

Keeping the Pressure On

Posted March 17, 2014 by The Pedgehog

A bold group of students from Saint Thomas University in Fredericton have created an online petition that is getting some attention. The aim is to ask/force/demand the government of New Brunswick to pay for abortions performed at the Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic, and runs thusly:

For more than 25 years, the New Brunswick government has been enforcing a regulation that allows Medicare coverage for abortions only to be done at hospitals (in Moncton),by an Ob/Gyn, and approved by two doctors in writing as “medically required”. This violates the Morgentaler Supreme Court decision of 1988, which ruled that restrictions like these are unconstitutional because they violate women’s rights. The regulation also violates the Canada Health Act, which Health Canada has said mandates full funding of abortions at both clinics and hospitals. Over 60% of NB women needing abortions are forced to pay out of pocket for abortion care at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, because hospital access is inadequate. The cost for the procedure at this clinic ranges from $700-$850 for women that are up to 16 weeks in their pregnancies. This discriminates against women, especially those of lower socio-economic status. 

Women who are considering an abortion should not have to worry about covering the costs of the procedure. 

Lets inform our apathetic government that they need to make women’s reproductive rights a priority! 

*Also, for those who are wondering about their tax paying dollars, this procedure would cost approximately $2.21 per annum.   

We call upon the New Brunswick government to fully fund abortions at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, and repeal the provincial law restricting abortion payment (Regulation 84-20, Schedule 2 (a.1), of the Medical Services Payment Act).

Now I feel like I have articulated my position on petitions before, but I feel like, hey, it costs you nothing to sign this – it will take maybe 30 seconds of your time – and it does show that there is a demand for this, and that we are not going away.

Click here to sign the petition.


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Allan's Perspective

Westward Ho!

Posted September 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is important! Aside from the historical aspects, the discovery of a ship from the Franklin expedition will do wonders to strengthen our claim on the ARCTIC! Yup, we were up thee rooting around, and disturbing the Eskimo’s, hundreds of years ago. Canadian explorers were looking for the North-West passage long before […]

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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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Activism

Kirk LaPointe’s Credibility Problem: the NPA

Posted November 14, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Don’t vote for the NPA. Any of them. LaPointe is the NPA’s mayoral candidate. The NPA stands for the Non-Partisan Association. If you actually believe the NPA has no partisan ideology, please don’t vote. For almost a decade I’ve been writing about how the brand notion of the NPA is fundamentally a lie. No one […]

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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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Allan's Perspective

Winnipeg makes the six o’clock news!

Posted August 25, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Look folks, your ever helpful reporter is getting tired about all the bitchin’ and complainin’ over how poorly we cover news from Manitoba…………………., so hopefully this will shut a few of you up! The public is advised that the railway crossing on Panet Road between Molson Street and Munroe Avenue will be closed from 8:00 […]

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Buy Canadian!

Posted September 15, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: We got this in the mail today and I think it is worth passing on to you! Kellogg’s Moves Ontario Plants To China This has been on our agenda since recently hearing of the closing of the Kellogg’s breakfast cereal plant in London, Ontario and moving it to China. Some of us have […]

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Canada

The Ottawa attacks and ISIS: A strategy?

Posted October 23, 2014 by Boris

The following assumes ISIS is the motivator.

It is interesting that the attacks in St. Jean and Ottawa focussed exclusively on military and political targets, not specifically civilians (although two were apparently wounded yesterday). Three times (…

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Entertainment

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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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 […]

The post White Spot Christmas Day Lunch appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.

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General

How To Pair Craft Beer With Your Meal!

Posted September 5, 2014 by Sonya

“Beer goes with everything!” That’s what my hubby has been saying for years. I’ve humoured him and just shrugged it off as a guy calling out for more beer. Honestly, it didn’t occur to me that he was in fact, […]

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Canada

Break the Cycle: You+Me’s second single is a winner (VIDEO)

Posted September 24, 2014 by Jes

I will admit, a few weeks ago when P!nk and Canadian singer Dallas Green released their first single I was a little ho-hum about it. The single, not the concept of P!nk and Dallas Green forming a folk duo called You+Me – cause that’s awesome. Their sec…

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Canada

Twitter not in the RCAF arsenal, apparently

Posted November 5, 2014 by Ted Bird

  So, let me get this straight.  Under the 21st century Canadian military code, it’s okay to drop laser-guided smarts bombs on the bad guys but you can’t taunt them on Twitter.   The commanding office of the Royal Canadian Air …

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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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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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General

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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Entertainment

TIFF14: Oh, The Parties!

Posted September 11, 2014 by Sonya

If you’re around the downtown core at night, chances are you’ve been caught up in the buzz of the Toronto International Film Festival. After parties are de rigeur particularly after gala screenings. Now in it’s seventh day, the parties are […]

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Allan's Perspective

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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General

High noon in Châteauguay

Posted November 15, 2014 by Boris

Good lord.

The police officers in the
municipality — located on Montreal’s south shore — donned their new
uniforms today, complete with cowboy boots, dark cowboy hats pinned with
a sheriff’s badge, and lapel badges shaped like stars. Th…

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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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Allan's Perspective

Asshole of the Year: Heather Mallick

Posted August 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, I don’t read the Toronto Star because I’m by nature a ‘sort-of-conservative,’ and they are far too red for me! As a result I wasn’t aware of who Heather Mallick was ….., or some of the insane drivel this broad writes about in her columns! (She was brought to my attention when I got […]

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Entertainment

Save Your Soul & Save The Date: The Book of Mormon Scavenger Hunt

Posted September 16, 2014 by Sonya

If you haven’t seen the smash hit The Book Of Mormon, you won’t want to miss its return engagement to Toronto with performances from September 16 to November 30, 2014. It’s one of those really “pushing the limits” type of […]

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General

Stephen Harper’s Ottawa speech.

Posted October 23, 2014 by Boris

“We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and our
institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our
country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and
democratic people who embrace human dign…

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Allan's Perspective

Let’s get things into perspective here! # 6634

Posted November 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

I think it’s time for me to put my two cents worth in again, and damn the opposition! OR! As our motto says: “Let’s get things back into perspective here!” First we take you to Ferguson, where things are hopping, and guns are popping’! As any regular reader of this blog knows, your humble reporter […]

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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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General

How To Pair Craft Beer With Your Meal!

Posted September 5, 2014 by Sonya

“Beer goes with everything!” That’s what my hubby has been saying for years. I’ve humoured him and just shrugged it off as a guy calling out for more beer. Honestly, it didn’t occur to me that he was in fact, […]

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Allan's Perspective

Black-ish is the new black

Posted September 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well, well, boys and girls, time to get serious for a change. North American blacks are leading a truly schizophrenic existence, and I don’t think it’s doing them any good! The reason I mention this is because there is a new TV show premiering tonight called “Black-ish” and it throws a light on some very […]

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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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