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TIFF 2014: Top Film Picks

Posted August 29, 2014 by Sonya

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is making its way to the city and we’re getting ready! From September 4 to 14, 2014, be ready to embrace the experience as we take you along with us during this 39th year […]

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Events

Things to do in Vancouver Labour Day Weekend

Posted August 28, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Summer isn’t over yet and with events lined up for Labour Day Weekend — even in the rain — you’ll have plenty of activities to enjoy with the family around town. Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr Things to do in Vancouver Labour Day Weekend Events that run for […]

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Fan Expo returns

Posted August 28, 2014 by James Hamilton

Cosplay and celebrities bring out fans by the thousands in #Toronto from August 28 to 31, 2014. The cavernous halls of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre become tightly packed with visitors making the days feel like a continuous rush hour on the city’…

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@Cirque #Kurios in #Toronto

Posted August 28, 2014 by James Hamilton

Exterminate, exterminate! Sorry, wrong robot. A full sized Kurios robot is locked in a crate at the Eaton Centre. The quirky robot, assembled from scraps, is one of many that help put on the Cirque Du Soleil show in the Portlands from August 28 to October 26, 2014.

A cabinet of curiosities

“What if you could alter reality at will? Delve into a world of curiosity where seeing is disbelieving: the world of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. The show immerses you in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: “Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?”

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Contests

Win Free Tuition for CircusWest

Posted August 28, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Combine fitness, performance art skills, and good old fashion play with CircusWest this fall as they launch their new program for the season for kids and adults alike. Photos courtesy of CircusWest CircusWest is Vancouver’s circus performing arts society – a comprehensive circus arts centre for all ages. Located […]

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5 Vancouver Hyperlapse Videos

Posted August 28, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Two days ago Instagram introduced Hyperlapse, a new app that allows users to create speedy timelapse videos with their phones: “Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time […]

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Concerts

Rifflandia Festival in Victoria

Posted August 28, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The Rifflandia Festival will take over Victoria clubs, bars, public spaces and parks from September 11th to September 14th as this mega music event welcomes acts like Girl Talk, Serena Ryder, Dragonette, The Skatalites, Dear Rouge, Head of the Herd, Jon and Roy, Rich Aucoin, We Hunt Buffalo, and […]

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Events

Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival

Posted August 28, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Vancouver’s cobblestone streets will be dripping with sweet and smoky sauce this weekend as the Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival takes place Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st. Carrall Street will be closed to traffic and the neighbourhood will turn into a festival space complete with live music, […]

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Gazonto . . .

Posted August 28, 2014 by Edstock

Imagine if Stevie hammered the GTA like the Israelis have hammered Gaza? Toronto filmmaker John Greyson’s efforts to give us a better and more personalized feel for how the bombing of Gaza would look, feel, and play itself out for all us ordinary ci…

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Stephen Harper and the Deep Not So Blue Ontario Sea

Posted August 28, 2014 by Simon

It was so beautiful and warm yesterday I wish I could have spent the whole day sunning myself on the beach, or swimming in Lake Ontario.

Because when I saw the lifeguard boys racing for home at the end of their shifts, I was reminded that summer will soon be following them.

Which was a really depressing thought eh?

Until I thought that maybe they were just racing to save Stephen Harper.

Because when it comes to the province of Ontario, he’s definitely going under. 
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Butterflies over the shallow area

Posted August 28, 2014 by James Hamilton

A calm swimming pool sits empty in #Toronto as a mural on the adjacent wall reflects butterflies in the still water. The site is at Alexandra Park at Bathurst and Dundas and I always associate the park with zombies.Kitty Sin City – a stomach to draw on…

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Book a Great Photographer in Vancouver at Discounted Rates with 51moments

Posted August 28, 2014 by Jodi Shaw

Stop searching for a photographer online, stop wasting your money and get the deals and discounts you want. Head on over to 51moments.com a Vancouver web database that links those seeking professional photographs at great discounts. Keep reading for your own discount below. So How Does 51 moments Work? It’s pretty easy and takes all […]

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Andrew Coyne: Problem with charities isn’t their politics, it’s their generous tax credit

Posted August 27, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Charities will squawk at the impact this would have on private donations, which only highlights how disconnected from actual charity the whole business has become

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Events

Westham Island Herb Farm: A Day at the Farm

Posted August 27, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The Westham Island Herb Farm hosts their 9th annual A Day at the Farm event on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Westham Island Herb Farm bounty. Photo credit: Ann Hung & Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr Organized by the Delta Farm and Wildlife Trust A Day at […]

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Alberta

From guns to dinosaurs: All’s Grand in Grande Prairie!

Posted August 27, 2014 by mike

Presented by Travel Alberta Photo (below) via Jess Harcombe Fleming Photography In terms of booming cities, Grande Prairie is one of Alberta’s “boomiest.” Over the past couple of years, it’s become a hub for people working in living in north western …
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Love Locks #DistilleryLove

Posted August 27, 2014 by James Hamilton

‘My heart is, and always will be, yours’ is the motto behind the gathering of locks in the Historic Distillery District. Couples in love can leave a padlock on the metal heart and LOVE sign at the corner of Pure Spirits Mews and Tank House Lane.The fir…

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Film

VIFF 2014: BC Film Spotlight

Posted August 26, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) is known for showcasing local, Canadian, and international film talent and this year homegrown talent is front and centre as VIFF has just confirmed 13 features for the BC Spotlight program. Sonja Bennett of Vancouver and James Caan in Preggoland. Launched in 2013, […]

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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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Contests

Summer of Bear Discovery at Grouse Mountain

Posted August 26, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Once reaching the lodge at Grouse Mountain, by SkyRide or after completing the Grouse Grind, there’s one thing most people do: check in on the bears. Grinder and Coola are both orphaned grizzlies who were found in 2001 in different parts of BC and they now live in a […]

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Australia

In Drought News

Posted August 26, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

Central America continues to reel under severe, multi-year drought.  Guatemala has declared a state of emergency in 16 of the country’s 22-provinces.  Experts believe the impact on agriculture could soon leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.

As America’s west coast and southwest continue to be plagued by drought, an article at Treehugger examines how Americans might look to Canadian waters to ease their pain.  The article revives a long-forgotten idea to dam James Bay and divert the excess freshwater via canal to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. Presumably the diverted James Bay water would then be drawn into the U.S. via the Mississippi River.

In Australia, farmers are bracing for a possible, late season El Nino to worsen an already serious drought.

When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive.
With a recurrence of El Niño, the weather pattern behind the drought, looming and dry conditions already affecting an area larger than South Africa, another major drought could be one struggle too many for farmers such as the Kendals.
“In 2006, we saw the lowest amount of rains here since records began…and we still haven’t recovered from that even today,” said Robyn Kendal, whose 3,000-acre (1,215 hectares) cattle farm is about 500 km (300 miles) southwest of Sydney.
China’s agricultural heartland is said to be experiencing its worst drought in 63-years.  In Brazil, severe drought is impacting agriculture and urban water supply. The city of Sao Paolo could run dry within a few months.
Across the Middle East and East Africa, most of the conflict hot spots – Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Sudan - reveal how destabilizing drought can be in vulnerable countries.
The good news is that world cereal grain production is up this year thanks to good crops in the U.S., the E.U. and India.


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General

Community Protection courtesy of Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Posted August 26, 2014 by James Hamilton

This #Toronto Community is PROTECTED by neighbourhood watch! Amazingly the protectors are the crew of the Starship Enterprise – from Star Trek the Next Generation. Someone has posted photos in the middle where houses with eyes would normally be staring…

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Superheroes in #Toronto

Posted August 25, 2014 by James Hamilton

Bright white uniforms signified the arrival of a super gang of Medikidz characters – look out trouble because these guys are your worst nightmare.

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Awards

We Heart Local Awards 2014: Nominations Open

Posted August 25, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. We Heart Local is the best way to find local food, making it easy for consumers who are looking for local options, and the program is currently hosting its second annual We Heart Local Awards. We Heart Local Awards 2014 Anyone living in BC can nominate and vote for […]

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Family

A peek inside a Thousand Islands boat cruise, plus a visit to Boldt Castle

Posted August 25, 2014 by andrea tomkins

I like the idea of ending summer on a high note, with an extra special day trip or family activity. At the very least the kids will go back to school with something good to write for their “what I did this summer” essays. :) This past weekend Mark’s parents took the four of us […]

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Economy

How do we measure a politician’s job record?

Posted August 25, 2014 by David Akin

Today on the campaign trail, New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant was talking about his job creation plan and hammering the government of incumbent Progressive Conservative Premier David Alward government because it “it lost 3,900 jobs since October 2010, lost, more specifically, 6,500 full-time jobs.” That phrase “since October 2010″ is an important qualifier but, in […]

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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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We got trouble in River City folks!

Posted August 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers; I should warn you from the get-go that this article will not be politically correct or even nice! It might even border on the racist and elitist according to some, but I am going to say things that need to be said! Ya see, these last few weeks is one of those periods […]

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Fall and Fall Fairs 2014 return to Ontari-ari-ari-o

Posted August 24, 2014 by James Hamilton

It’s not like it is cooling off drastically because it has been so cool lately, but with the return of the CNE you know summer is over and the trees are starting to show telltale signs of changing colours. Fall fairs in central ontario will take over f…

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Buy local garlic and help people, all at the same time

Posted August 24, 2014 by andrea tomkins

For years, we’ve been driving past Silver Springs Farm, which is right on the edge of Bell’s Corners in Ottawa about five minutes from Bayshore Shopping Centre. I’ve always been intrigued by their roadside signs promising fresh garlic, but every year we somehow missed the small window of opportunity to check it out for ourselves. Well, this is a […]

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Canada

Conseil de Lucien Bouchard aux séparatistes : soyez réalistes !

Posted August 24, 2014 by Claude Dupras

S’il y a un homme politique qui connaît bien le Québec et qui sait prendre son pouls, c’est bien l’ex-premier ministre Lucien Bouchard. Nationaliste dans l’âme, il a quitté le parti progressiste-conservateur canadien et le gouvernement de Brian Mulroney, en 1990, sur, ce qui était pour lui, une question de principe. Nous n’étions pas tous en accord avec lui, mais la quasi-majorité des Québécois l’était.
Après sa démission, il fonda un parti politique fédéral dédié à la séparation du Québec, le Bloc Québécois (BQ), et remporta une forte majorité des sièges du Québec. Ce faisant, il se retrouva chef de l’opposition de Sa Majesté à la Chambre des Communes puisque son parti avait fait élire le deuxième plus grand nombre de députés. Impensable, mais vrai !
Sa popularité était grandissante et elle a été bien démontrée lors du référendum sur la séparation du Québec de l’ensemble canadien de 1995. C’est Bouchard qui, par la force des choses, a mené la campagne lancée par le PM québécois Jacques Parizeau. Avec son dynamisme, sa forte personnalité, sa force de caractère et la puissance de ses mots, il a capté, assemblée après assemblée, l’imagination des Québécois qui venaient de plus en plus nombreux le voir, l’entendre, l’apprécier et se laisser convaincre de ses idées. Ce fut une démonstration spectaculaire d’un chef politique charismatique au discours clair, efficace et laconique. Il n’échoua que par quelques déciles puisque sur 4,7 millions de votes exprimés, le « NON » gagna par seulement 54 288 voix.
The following year, Parizeau resigned and Lucien Bouchard became Quebec premier and Parti Québécois leader (PQ).
This man today, Following his retirement from politics 2001, became an important figure in the legal and business world. His words are always in the public. Thus, there a few days, he expressed his belief in a major interview in which he demonstrated, once again, its Quebec sensitivity, strategic intelligence and political savvy. He summarized his feelings clear on his personal political history, those of the PQ, Quebec, Canada and the Referendum on the separation of Quebec from the Canadian federation.
Of course, current separatists did not like his comments and are raging against Bouchard, especially when he predicts that there will be no new «& Nbsp; referendum in my lifetime & nbsp;», and that if there were a, « le « Oui » would still be rejected & nbsp;». Regarding BQ, he feels he no longer has a place on the federal level as it is in the interests of Quebecers to be well represented in the national political parties can take power.
His opponents do not share his opinions as his words came to destroy their dreams, their actions and their predictions on the separation of Quebec. Since then, they despise, the caricature and depreciate while seeking to demonstrate that he is wrong and that the idea of ​​separation is still alive and in the minds of Quebec. And this, even if what is said Bouchard research results of all pollsters and cruelly real vote of Quebecers to the PQ in the last Quebec election. & nbsp; 
Nevertheless, I have a certain admiration for these individuals with respect to the density of their fervor and nationalism. The trouble is, qu'aveuglés by their passions and their hopes, they refuse to acknowledge the wisdom of one of their most prestigious leaders of the past and put aside their Weird. More, by not endorsing the thought of most Quebecers, they do not help the cause of the Quebec people nationally. They are not builders.
More, they do not respect those who do not share their views. Bouchard is a good example. This is the leader who gave them power in Quebec and by his actions and his actions almost delivered them a positive result for a referendum on Quebec separation. Present day, blame it for not having fired a third referendum even if Bouchard knew that the winning conditions were not met. They turn against him as if he were an ordinary individual by pointing. One only has to read to realize that for many of them, Bouchard is sold, it was purchased, it works only for money and is an outcast they despise them and the public square. They are uncompromising.
These separatists are generally well educated, write very well, thoroughly and find and amplify know everything that goes wrong with the federal government and Quebec to & nbsp; lay the foundations of their arguments. What matters to them, is to denigrate, first of all, holders of the other message. I consider that this is because their main error resulted in the decline in their credibility.
As for their political agenda, it does not germinate because there is no political ground as that which prevailed in the failed projects of the Constitutional reform in Canada following the agreements rejected Meech Lake and Charlottetown. & nbsp;
More, they do not have a charismatic leader, warm, sensible, loved and confident as René Lévesque, who led the first referendum nor Lucien Bouchard, who led the second with Jacques Parizeau. They dream of finding a savior, without realizing that such leaders are usually from particular political moments when society is experiencing difficulties out of the ordinary because of the political environment that makes it so suitable for the impact of whipping up nationalist discourse and imagination with figures solutions to. It is far from that.
In fact, recent interview Bouchard highlighted, once again, the inability to achieve their separatist goal. It is time they react positively and become realistic.
Claude Dupras

 

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Fly in Lodges of Ontario – A Northern Rite of Passage

Posted August 24, 2014 by Anonymous

Nearly everyone we know who loves to fish has gone to a fly in lodge in Northern Ontario. We always fantasized about going to one even though we aren’t avid fishermen. There is just something thoroughly romantic about flying in to a remote lodge and spending a few days in the Canadian wilderness.  Our TV Guest Appearance We finally got our chance to fulfill that romantic fantasy when appearing as guests on The New Fly Fisher. Sault Ste. Marie Our [...]

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#Outlander of the clan six pack

Posted August 24, 2014 by James Hamilton

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…

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Night comes to @BuskerFestTO

Posted August 23, 2014 by James Hamilton

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…

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Back at the EX

Posted August 23, 2014 by James Hamilton

Exhibition Place is hosting the 2014 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and you can yell that you want to go faster until September 1. After that your ass is probably in school and winter is here.I took the opportunity to check out the exhibition on a …

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Saturday Morning Confusion: Asshole of the Week!

Posted August 23, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Every time we give out one of our “Asshole’ trophy’s, I think to myself, “boy, it’s gonna be hard to top that one!” And then, the next thing ya know, without any warning or “how-DE-do,” along comes someone else who raises the bar to new levels of “assholeness” and blows my theory apart! […]

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Andrew Coyne: The feds have the power make the provinces drop trade barriers. But they probably won’t use it

Posted August 22, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

A federal government that asserted leadership over the economic union would expose itself to the kind of scrutiny it would probably prefer to avoid

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The first whopper of the New Brunswick election campaign

Posted August 22, 2014 by David Akin

Just as Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne tried to use Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a bogeyman early in her successful election campaign earlier this summer, so too is New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant quickly introducing Harper as a character in the just-launched New Brunswick election campaign. Gallant is way ahead in the […]

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Quebec goes it alone!

Posted August 22, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

I assume you are all familiar with Internet domain names? For example, since this site is Canadian, our web address is BlogsCanada.ca WELL! Those pesky French didn’t like the “.ca” stuff, so starting this fall there will be a “.quebec” address as well! Good for them …………………………, stay there! ——————————————— HitchBOT left Halifax in late […]

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Where’s the outrage for Tina?

Posted August 22, 2014 by Ted Bird

     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…

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Big Brother Canada Season 3 Casting Opens TODAY

Posted August 21, 2014 by Jes

The national casting call has been made for Big Brother Canada season 3. From today until November 24, 2014 – can apply online to be on the hit game show.

This is a big year for the show, as all previous years have aired on Shaw’s speciality channel, Slice, and next season they are moving to Shaw’s parent channel – Global. I would say this is the year you want to get cast.

So you can apply online at BigBrotherCanada.ca OR you can audition in person during the open casting calls. The casting calls will be held at the following locations starting in October:

Vancouver, British Columbia – Sunday, October 19

Calgary, Alberta – Sunday, October 19

Regina, Saskatchewan – Friday, October 24 (OMG – WILL THEY FINALLY CAST SOMEONE FROM THE PRAIRIES?!?!)

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Friday, October 24

St. John’s, Newfoundland – Wednesday, October 29

Montréal, Québec – Thursday, October 30

Toronto, Ontario – Sunday, November 23

To all you applying – bravo and good luck!

XOXO
Jes…

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