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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Christianity is on the run in the Middle-East folks! Won’t be long before Israel is the only place they will be safe! “Iraqi Christians flee cities captured by extremists known to kill non-Muslims:” That was the stark message Christians in the Syrian city of Raqqa received when ultra-fundamentalist Sunni extremists, proclaiming themselves to be members […]
In the attempts to divide this nation between Tim Horton’s double-double drinking Joes and elite Starbucks latte sippers, I come down firmly in the middle. I drink at both establishments. Copiously. So much so, that I own both a Tim…
Trillium, by Jeff Lemire, was a limited comic book series produced by Vertigo. The first issue was released last year and all 8 issues were available in a collected format as of August. Make no mistake, with the arc and the lack of reviewing plot points common in some serials, it feels like a complete graphic novel.
I have long been a fan of Lemire’s work, so I was excited to see what he would do with sci-fi. Trillium is set partially in outer space in the year 3797, when the entire human race has been reduced to about 4000 people, and on Earth in 1921. Nika, a female in the future, is in search of trillium plants, which hopefully hold a much needed cure. She finds them by the score in front of a temple, but they are guarded by a mysterious alien race. William, a male from the past is searching for the Lost Temple of the Incans. The temples house a time/space passage. William and Nika meet and eventually in love. Their love is not without complication, however. Their histories wind up switching, creating alternate universes— neither of which are pleasant.
I love how experimental Lemire was with this book. Besides the sci-fi, which involves time travel, artificial intelligence, outer space, and even a small dose of steam punk, Lemire’s done such a good job with the romance genre, that I’d almost go as far as saying I’d classify the book as a romance first.
And the artwork is just crazy; at one point you even have to flip the book over to read a concurrent story.
A small complaint with the first comic (chapter) is with the amount of dialogue. I’ve always loved Lemire’s ability to tell so much without words, but with such a convoluted set-up this time, there’s much told through somewhat awkward dialogue or thoughts. Perhaps a Star Wars-esque scroll would have served to let readers know what the deal was. In any event, once that’s out of the way the story gets well underway and I was enraptured in the lives of Nika and William.
I don’t know if we’ve reached peak dystopia yet, but surely in 2011 when PJ Sarah Collins published What Happened to Serenity? there was still some elbow room in the YA market. In the Canadian YA market? It’s probably still a veritable prairie of youth…
A woman is swept back in time to the mid 1700s, torn between two men – including a Scottish warrior, in this new television series beginning on August 24, 2014. Three men, shirtless, wearing part of the kilt kit help to promote the Show Case series sta…
The race in Alberta to become that province’s next premier takes a new twist Thursday with a province-wide radio blitz aimed at taking the front-runner down a few notches. Listen: This radio ad from the Ric McIver campaign began playing all over Alberta today The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta will hold its first vote […]
FREDERICTON – After a 32-day election campaign fought largely on jobs, voters in New Brunswick decide Monday between a Liberal plan to turn the economy around through government stimulus or a Progressive Conservative promise to allow greater development of the … Continue Reading
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 […]
ANOTHER REASON NOT TO LIVE IN WINNIPEG, KIDS! It may be the middle of summer, but in Winnipeg, a little shred of winter just won’t go away. A filthy, muddy, massive snow pile has defied the seasons and survived the summer heat at the Kenaston snow dump site on the edge of the city. The […]
Teddy bears of all shapes and sizes were welcome Sunday as part of an annual stuffed animal drive for Edmonton police Victim Services Unit. Hosted by the Edmonton Thunderbird Club, the event saw almost 100 classic cars line up for … Continue Reading
In 2013, Girls Rock Camp Toronto held three sold out camp sessions and had a long waiting list of kids that never got in. Not only should this never happen but the kids should be able to come back every year. Girls Rock Camp has been one of my favorite…
© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. This morning the Georgia Straight released the results of their 19th annual Best of Vancouver readers’ choice awards. I am very honoured to have been voted #1 Best Local Blog this year. I am so thankful for every reader, sharer, commenter, and contest entrant that has read my blog […]
High flying aerial acts like the CF-18 hornet flew over Lake Ontario as part of the closing of the Canadian National Exhibition during the Labour Day long weekend. The final Toronto CIAS performance is September 1, 2014 from 1-4 pm.Matt Younkin an…
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…
One year ago today, right after “May Two Four weekend” as you Canadians call it, I launched this blog. That’s one year of teaching Americans about poutine and bagged milk and Robertson screws. One year of Canadians saying, “I had no idea that was only in Canada!” And the occasional Rob Ford joke. Here’s a look back at my favo(u)rite posts:
Cream soda. In which Canadians lose their minds that American cream soda is light brown instead of pink.
Electric kettles. In which Canadians lose their minds that Americans sometimes microwave water.
Spelling. I get submissions for spelling posts all the time, covered most of them in this post.
Sorry. In Canadian, this means “Excuse me.” Or “hello,” or “thank you,” or any number of things ranging from excessively deferential to passive aggressive.
Chocolate bars. In which Americans angrily claim they can get Aero bars at their local “International Foods” store
Duo-tangs. This is one I didn’t actually know before starting this blog since I didn’t go to high school in Canada.
Bunny hug. Saskatchewan, you’re adorable.
Thank you for an amazing year of Canadianisms, look out for a possible book or podcast, and please sign up for the e-mail list
Well, folks, we finally did it! The Perspective Research Department, along with the Naked News staff, have finally found a direct correlation between guns and dick size! After years of study and conjecture, we began to realize that men in the NRA had a unusual, and unhealthy fascination ………, no, let’s make that OBSESSION, with […]
Dear Readers, we got this in the mail today:: A lot of talk lately about what the provincial Liberals are going to do to Ontario now that they have a majority, but it can’t be any worse than what Mike Harris did to us back in may of 1999! The Common Sense Revolution in action: […]
A federal government that asserted leadership over the economic union would expose itself to the kind of scrutiny it would probably prefer to avoid
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.
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.
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. https://www.facebook.com/events/330343923809712/
• 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/284717198387009/
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/551179511655500/
Reproductive Justice New Brunswick website: http://rjnb.org/
Abortion Access in New Brunswick (ARCC): www.abortionaccessnb.ca
Opposition caught governing Tories off-guard
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Saskatchewan shipped a lonely, wooden grain elevator to #Toronto to promote the film spectacular that will surely open next year’s tiff: Corner Gas – The Movie. Stars Eric Peterson (Oscar) and Tara Spencer-Nairn (Constable Pelly) showed up last Friday for a Sing-A-Long and sign autographs. The elevator and the karaoke singing will play during the credit sequence in the movie which is being distributed by Prairie Pants Distribution Inc and was based on a sitcom created by Brent Butt.
I am going to cut down the back forty and bring the grain in and see if they will store it in the elevator. The structure will remain in place beside Much Music/CTV at Queen and John Streets from September 13, 2014 in parallel with the film festival. The song everyone will be singing on the red carpet is the Corner Gas theme song ‘Not A Lot Goin’ On’ written by Craig Northey and Jesse Valenzuela. The old style grain storage building really makes the area look like little Dog River.
“We’re really excited to give fans this last chance to be part of Corner Gas: The Movie,” said executive producer,Virginia Thompson. “I encourage anyone with a voice – good or not so good – to take part. Everyone sounds great when they’re part of a chorus, and it will make the end credits of the film a great deal of fun!”
“Corner Gas: The Movie was shot in Saskatchewan from June 22 to July 22, 2014. The 90-minute feature film will be delivered to Canadians as a national event on multiple platforms in December. The first-ever release strategy of its kind, the film will open with a Cineplex Front Row Centre Events theatrical debut across Canada, followed by premieres on The Movie Network, CTV, and The Comedy Network, and complemented by a special collector’s edition DVD available for purchase before the holidays.”
You see it in many cities around the world. You know, that one tower or skyscraper where you can go high above every other building to look down at the cityscape? There’s the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Toronto’s CN Tower. Well, Calgary Alberta has a tower too! Being the height lovers that we are, we wouldn’t miss going up the Calgary Tower during our visit to Alberta. There’s something about seeing a city from [...]
Folks, we will have a second article later today, because this first one is strictly for Canadians! Well, OK, anybody else can read it too…………………., but it won’t affect you in any way. DO YA WATCH TV? Then you might want to read this. Even though it’s rather long, it is something everyone who has […]
There is a rumour that Target Stores, after just 18 months here in Canada, (And over 1 BILLION dollars in loses) is going to pull the plug, pull up stakes, and pull out, as in “coitus interruptus!” Yup, they just might pull a fast one …………….., and split! ——————————————- How’s THIS for bullshit supreme?During all […]
When I realized that Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants was told as a series of flashbacks from an elderly person, I was a little concerned. I had just recently read Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel, also told from an elderly person’s perspective. Was my subconscious or a higher being trying to prepare me for aging? Knock it off, universe, I’m not even middle-age yet (at least, I hope not!).
To make matters worse, I enjoyed it! Told from the perspective of one Jacob Jankoski, a 93 year old man now in a retirement home, recounting his days in a traveling circus— memories sparked by the announcement that a circus is being set up next door to the home. Set during the Great Depression, the overarching theme seems to one of luck; when it’s bad luck, persevere and be patient for the good luck (should it ever come).
Jacob is flawed, but not so much that he ever becomes unlikeable and most of the other characters are believably complex, even Rosie the Elephant. The settings are fascinating (I was as interested in the retirement home as the circus). And the love story is beautiful. Occasionally, it’s predictable (Jacob is forced to be roommates with a little person, who first appears to resent Jacob’s presence, but of course they eventually become friends) and while I was content with the ending of the flashback, the wrap-up of the present day frame story felt more implausible and forced. Still, these are minor complaints and honestly, I looked forward to reading it.
(This was the first time I borrowed an eBook from the local public library and the experience was great. I’d definitely do it again. Do you or have you borrowed eBooks before?)
There were no riots after Tina Fontaine’s body was pulled out of the Red River in Winnipeg last Friday. It was news, all right, but the 15 year old’s still-unsolved murder couldn’t compete with Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed blac…
Street performances continue from early in the day to late at night and as the sun sets, visitors continue to pour into the valley of Yonge Street, deep in shadows between the commercial buildings lining the boulevards in downtown Toronto. As light fro…
Canada is a such a vast, beautiful country, and there are still so many places I have to travel to and explore. I live in the lovely city of Ottawa, and have traveled throughout Ontario and Quebec more times than I can count, but I’ve only been to Calgary three times—and each time I’ve gone, I’ve loved it more than the time before! I love Calgary in the winter, and I love visiting Lake Louise and Banff. They’re such perfect vacation destinations during the winter months, because everything is so picture perfect with all the snow and ski hills.
Summer is also the perfect time to travel to Calgary, because there is so much to do and see. If you’re travelling as a family with kids, you should definitely check out the Calgary Zoo. A family vacation to Calgary during the summer months is the perfect travel destination that’ll keep the entire family entertained, no matter your taste.
For ove 75 years, the Calgary Zoo has offered visitors from around the world the great opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife, right in the heart of the city, only five minutes from downtown. I love the convenience of being in a busy city, yet being so close to a large zoo where you feel like you’re a million miles away. You don’t have to worry abut driving for miles to get to your destination since you’re already “on vacation.”
The Calgary Zoo is Western Canada’s largest accredited zoo and has over 1,000 animals, 6 acres of botanical gardens, a prehistoric park (the kids are sure to love that—there are even life-sized dinosaurs on display so the kids will be in awe!) a zoo-nique playground, and so much more.
I know my favourite part would be the Penguin Plunge! Penguins are the cutest animals, and I’d love to see the realistic penguin habitat they have at the zoo. Of course, you can also find the usual suspects at this zoo: tigers, monkeys, leopards, bears, wolves, and more. You really need an entire day—at least—to take it all in. And still, that might not be enough time.
My oldest son’s favourite animal is the Komodo Dragon, and my youngest son’s favourite animal (or, reptile) is the Crocodile or American Alligator. With so many reptiles at this zoo, including four Komodo Dragons, I know my kids would have a blast. (We have yet to go to the Calgary Zoo together, but it’s on our travel itinerary! If it’s anything like the Toronto Zoo or the Miami Zoo, I know we’ll have a blast.)
The Calgary Zoo has so much to offer, so much to see and do, you’ll really feel like you walked around the world in one day. You’ll be exhausted by the end of your day, but it will have even well worth it!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All views and opinions are my own.
Why is a facility on the edge of the Prairies, near North America’s longitudinal centre, the site from whence some of the most promising Ebola research emanates?
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Folks, all the local and national media outlets in Canada are suggesting that it’s time for Rob Ford to get out of politics ……….., but let’s face it, deep down they’re really glad he’s back! (Rob also said yesterday that he has tried a lot of different drugs, but never did heroin. Well, let’s face […]
Oh, another Saturday and I’m so confused! In typical left wing fashion, the Toronto Star did a front page commentary on the situation in Gaza! Hidden deep inside the article was this one paragraph:HOWEVER, the rest of this lengthy discourse went on and on about what a bunch of shits the Israelis were! Not a […]
Edmonton police continue to struggle to hit their own targets on domestic violence, but insist the most dangerous situations are still being pursued. The police had hoped to increase the number of these checks by five per cent this year, … Continue Reading
The day has com; King Reign’s debut solo album has been released. The drop of Sincere has been greatly anticipated by both fans and King Reign. Leading up to the album drop, King Reign gave fans a little taste of 12 songs off of the new album with 12 Days of Reign. Every day for the last
© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Even though the season is changing, construction cranes swing overhead, and rush hour traffic continues to flow over our many bridges, it’s as though the pause button has been hit on Vancouver’s gloriously sunny summer. The kids aren’t back in school just yet, patios are overflowing with patrons, and […]
Dark clouds moved over the city this past Saturday and eventually the rain came down in buckets and lightning flashed in the skies and thunder cracked your ears seconds later. Then the skies cleared and sun came out to play.I hid under the viewing stan…