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5 Beautiful Ways To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted October 9, 2014 by Sonya

Many of us have been affected by Breast Cancer in some way. Whether it’s a family member, friend or even ourselves, we are aware and have been touched by this illness. October is a month where we raise awareness and […]

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“Our game” belongs to everyone

Posted January 6, 2015 by Ted Bird

   Even though it fell a goal short, Russia’s near-miracle comeback at the World Junior Hockey Championship final in Toronto was useful from a Canadian perspective, because it brought some much-needed humility to the process. Humility would h…

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So Many Things Left

Posted January 16, 2015 by The Pedgehog

Still here, still angry. Still too cynical to tell y’all my in depth feelings about recent developments. I am currently reading Olivia Chow’s memoirs and the message I am taking away is the same that permeated Jack Layton’s last letter – hope is better…

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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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Entertainment

Introduce Your Kids To A Little Culture With The Toronto Symphony

Posted April 17, 2015 by Sonya

I love bringing my kids out to experience theatre and other performing arts—it’s something that I personally love to do and I believe in balance. We need arts in our lives just as much as we need academics and sports. […]

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It ain’t paintball, folks

Posted January 29, 2015 by Ted Bird

   Not that it comes as a surprise, but some of Canada’s political and media elites are demonstrating breathtaking cluelessness on the fundamentals of military affairs.  The fretting by the opposition parties and their journalist allies …

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A pregnant pause!

Posted December 23, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Boy, oh boy………….! Folks the only real cool class trip I went on was a day trip to Niagara Falls. It sure wasn’t like THIS one! Parents are blaming the teachers;  or at least one health official is blaming the parents. But no matter how many fingers are pointed, it doesn’t change the fact that […]

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Federal Politics

Babel-on-the-Bay: With Patrick Brown you get bupkis.

Posted April 27, 2015 by Peter Lowry

It seems we are supposed to do some sort of mea culpa in regards to Barrie’s MP Patrick Brown. Yes Babel-on-the-Bay originates in Barrie but we thought we had that covered by calling the place Babel. It just would not remain hidden.

In writing the other day about the relative voting strength of the two remaining Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidates, we used only the raw figures. How those votes are going to be counted by the provincial Tories is the only reason Christine Elliott MPP for Oshawa is still in the race. Barrie’s Brown might be ahead by more (Read more…)

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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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The Fall of the Alberta Tories

Posted April 24, 2015 by James Bow

It’s been a while since I last updated this blog. Not only has it been busy, here, with three non-fiction commissions to be done (the last is due this Monday), I’ve been down with a cold. I thought it was…

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

Posted April 1, 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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Come to Fireworks Factory

Posted March 14, 2013 by Darren

In recent years, Web of Change has been the most important event I attend each year. It’s a gathering of really senior people in the social…

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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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Ontario

Posted March 9, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Here’s another one from Wayne! An Israeli doctor says: “In Israel, medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man’s testicles, put them on another man, and in 6 weeks, he is looking for work.” The German doctor says: “That’s nothing, in Germany we take part of a brain, put it in another man, […]

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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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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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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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Join The Journey With Energizer And Win

Posted April 10, 2015 by Loukia

Once you become a parent, some things become absolutely essential to have in the home. Locks that work on bathroom and bedroom doors, erasable markers, waterproof mascara, and batteries. If you’ve got kids in the house, you need a constant supply of batteries. For toys. For wii controllers. For Nerf guns. For the TV remote. And especially for Christmas Day.

I was recently invited to Toronto (thanks to Energizer) with my family for the weekend. (A special thank you to the beautiful Renaissance Hotel for taking such good care of us and for the warm welcome. The children especially loved the large indoor pool, and I loved the downtown location—we were literally next to the CN Tower!)


Energizer invited us to spend some time at the Ontario Science Centre so we could learn more about their recently launched Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery, which is the world’s first AA battery made with four percent recycled batteries. Isns’t that great?  To celebrate this innovation, Energizer launched a national content that encourages young Canadians to engage with science, technology, engineering and math. (STEM). Kids (along with their parents) can submit drawings of their dream creations for the chance to turn their creations into a real working, battery operated toy. How cool is that? Start drawing!

The Energizer Bunny is asking parents of children, aged 5 to 12, to submit a drawing of their child’s most creative creature for the chance to see it become a reality. Canada will then vote to see which creature will be turned into a playful and powerful toy. The winning submission will also receive $10,000 towards their education.

Every submission will also be entered into a secondary prize draw for a chance to win 1 of 100  Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ and Spin Master Ltd. toy prize packs.

I love that Energizer encourages children to find the joys of STEM-related subjects at an early age. My oldest son is science obssessed, and I love to see his love for science grow every day. I knew both my boys would love exploring the Ontario Science Centre after taking part in a fun battery-operated science experiment with Energizer.

Thank you so much for a fun and eventful weekend, Energizer! We loved being a part of the excitement. For more information on the contest, and to find out more about Energizer, click here.
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It’s a Love Thing with Twin Kennedy

Posted January 21, 2015 by Jes

Meet Canada’s newest country duo – Twin Kennedy.Well, that actually isn’t true. They’ve been around, touring and writing songs as Carli and Julie for years. Since they were children they have been playing instruments and singing for any audience that w…

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Allan's Perspective

Guilty?

Posted December 15, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Yes, your faithful reporter knows all about Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby, and I know that sexual assault is not to be treated lightly, and I realize that women need to be treated equally in modern day society! I know all this, and I am also aware that I have to make a […]

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Ontario Place!

Posted April 24, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Hey kids, I ran across this article today and since Ontario Place opened when I was still quite young, (teens) and these photo’s and video’s brought back a whole bunch of memories! Any kid who spent time in Toronto during the 1970s, 80s and 90s surely fostered blissful, orange-soaked memories at Children’s Village […]

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Entertainment

BOOM! A Generation of Influence

Posted January 27, 2015 by Sonya

Why should we take a look at the past? Well, it helps us understand where we are today. Most of us weren’t even born in the “baby boomer” generation but we certainly are aware of it, hopefully? For me, it’s […]

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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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We Are the City releases full album of videos on YouTube

Posted April 1, 2015 by Jes

We Are the City, the Vancouver, BC indie rock trio, re-released their sophomore album Violent in Canada (with two bonus tracks) last week and for the fir time in the US. To celebrate, the group has put a video of each track from the album on YouTube. T…

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Environment

Salmon spawn in East Vancouver?

Posted November 12, 2013 by Darren

The other day–I can’t recall where–I read a story about salmon spawning in East Vancouver. It turns out that they spawn in Still Creek, near the…

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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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Ryan Reynolds heads to Vancouver to film Deadpool

Posted January 19, 2015 by Jes

Ryan Reynolds is going to be back in Vancouver reprising his role as Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Deadpool will begin filming in the stars hometown in March.I’m not sure if you recall how that movie ended, but Reynolds went from hawt…

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Air Canada vs. WestJet in the Christmas video Battle 2014

Posted December 8, 2014 by Jes

The battle is on! Air Canada and WestJet are the two main competing airlines in this great country of ours, and it looks like they are giving us a new tradition.The airline battle of the tears.WestJet did an amazing Christmas Miracle video last year an…

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General

Without Access there is No Choice

Posted September 2, 2014 by The Pedgehog

On September 20th, ARCC is hosting a National Day of Action on Reproductive Justice, the theme being Equal Access Now! Check out the Facebook event here for details.Something that is often missed in the mainstream pro-choice movement is the fact that a…

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Entertainment

Heart Of Robin Hood Is Action-Packed Fun!

Posted January 19, 2015 by Sonya

Everything about the classic tale of  Robin Hood is turned upside-down in the new exhilirating theatre production, Heart of Robin Hood, now on stage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (Toronto) until March 1st. Yes, Robin Hood (Gabriel Ebert) and his […]

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The Hazelton Hotel: An Intimate And Luxurious Stay

Posted April 12, 2015 by Loukia

Last week I was in Toronto, staying at The Hazelton Hotel–Toronto’s most exclusive five-star hotel. It was every bit as wonderful as I imagined it would be.

I’m thankful to have been invited to review this gorgeous property because it’s one hotel I’ve always wanted to explore. The Hazelton Hotel is an important part of Yorkville’s vibe and culture. And boy, do I love Yorkville—this is Toronto’s most stylish district, after all, with plenty of amazing shopping and fine dining. Yorkville is where you’ll find me when I’m in Toronto, no matter the season. I was curious to find out just how lovely a stay at The Hazelton Hotel would be, especially because it is the number one hotel in Toronto, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

The service was amazing; similar to the service I received at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour. Everyone was incredibly friendly and ready to help with any request I had, morning or night. The rooms are stunning, especially the gorgeous, spacious bathrooms, complete with heated floors, a built-in television in the mirror, and L’Occitane bath products. It was absolute heaven.

After falling in love with my room, I was whisked away to the world-class Hazelton Health Club and Spa where I was treated to a 75 minute pedicure. It was so relaxing and the service was, once again, perfection. (Special thanks to Vickie for taking such good care of me!)

The Hazelton Health Club and Spa has plenty of services, from world class facial and body treatments to manicures and pedicures. (The spa uses the Swiss product line Valmont, which I love.) You’ll leave the Spa at the Hazleton feeling revitalized and rejuvenated.

If you want to work out before hitting the spa, the Health Club is open 24 hours. There is also a beautiful lap pool, with a private elevator taking you right to the pool from your hotel room floor.

After my spa appointment, I went back to my room to catch up on some work and relax. I ordered room service, (which is available 24 hours) and enjoyed my relaxing night in my beautiful hotel room before leaving for an event the next day. The rooms are intimate with “… a splash of 1940’s inspired Hollywood glitter.”

My favourite part was the large dressing room and all the closet space. I also loved the floor to ceiling mirrors. Often, there is not enough room to place luggage and hang up clothes when I’m traveling,  so this was great to see. 

I was very impressed with the car service The Hazelton Hotel provided me, too,  taking me to and from my event as well as making a stop at a nearby store in Yorkville for me so I could pick something up.

Before I left the hotel, I enjoyed a delicious lunch in One Restaurant with the Sales Manager of The Hazelton Hotel, Christine, and Cassie, who helped organize my wonderful stay. The company was wonderful and the food was amazing, and I cannot wait to go back again soon—the menu has a lot to choose from and dining at One Restaurant is something you have to experience. (One Restaurant is headed by Chef Mark McEwan, and is especially popular during TIFF—The Hazelton Hotel is always the place to be if you want to spot celebrities!) 

The Screening Room in The Hazelton Hotel was quite impressive, too–this theatre holds up to 25 people, and is used for many functions, from sporting events to movie screenings.

Although my stay at The Hazelton Hotel was short and sweet, I will certainly be back soon. From the service to the location, this five-star hotel left me wanting more.

Thank you, Hazelton, for making my first experience with you so magical.

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Canada

5 Things You Need to Know About Card Fraud

Posted March 16, 2015 by Sonya

We’re becoming more and more of a cashless society. The convenience of credit and debit cards even has me often walking around with no more than $20 in my wallet. There are pros and cons and we are all well-aware […]

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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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General

Faith In Humanity—Restored

Posted February 5, 2015 by Kath

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

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Entertainment

Ariana Grande’s Energy On Stage IS Explosive!

Posted March 13, 2015 by Sonya

I’m a fan of any live stage performance so when I had heard that pop and television sensation Ariana Grande was planning a stop in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, my ears perked up. To fill the ACC is […]

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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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Allan's Perspective

It’s against the law, bunky!

Posted March 30, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Coming soon to a city near you ………,stupid laws and regulations! Yup, they’re doing it in England and the States, BUT,  we got them all beat!! In England, Councils creating ‘bizarre new criminal offences’       <img alt=”PA Wire” src=”http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/629342/article_update_img.jpg”A campaign group has criticised a new law which allows councils to ban activities such as […]

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Family

March Break Guide To Vancouver

Posted March 3, 2015 by Anonymous

The Vancouver District School Board is closed from March 9 to the 23rd for March Break. While school is out, there are plenty of exciting and fun activities both children and families throughout the city. Skate The Dry Spot Indoor Located […]

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Tested: RealFoodToronto.com Delivers Real Food, Fast

Posted January 8, 2015 by Sonya

There’s a real food movement that’s taken hold and I’m okay with it.  What does that mean? Well, we all lead busy lives and we’re constantly searching for ways to feed our families the best we can. We’re hearing much […]

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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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