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Triple O’s and KidSport Team Up for BC Kids

Posted October 16, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Photo: Triple O’s on Facebook This fall you can support KidSport, getting children active in organized sports, when you visit participating Triple O’s locations. Until October 24th, donations made at any of the 32 participating Triple O’s locations will support registration fees for children in BC. KidSport BC is […]

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Calgary

Great places to meet your neighbours in Calgary and shop at the same time!

Posted October 16, 2014 by mike

If you’ve ever chatted with me, read this blog or followed me on Twitter, it wouldn’t take you long to figure out that I’ve always loved supporting all the great and local businesses around Calgary.  Throughout every neighbourhood of this …
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Vancouver Photos of the Week

Posted October 16, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Trading off the bright summer sunshine for a multicoloured display of fallen autumn leaves, local photographers of all kinds have captured the vibrancy of the season through their images. Here is this week’s selection of photos from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram. Enjoy! Vancouver Photos of […]

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Ottawa giveaway alert: $$ to spend at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s storewide sale

Posted October 16, 2014 by andrea tomkins

Hoo boy. Do I have a great giveaway for Ottawa peeps today. Many of you are already familiar with Fishbowl patron, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. They’re a locally owned store (there are five of them in fact) that has a long history of making people happy in the Ottawa area and beyond. Three cheers for shopping local! […]

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Check Out Photos Of Bastille’s Stadium-Rockin’ Night In Toronto!

Posted October 16, 2014 by Melody

Bastille are clearly a stadium rock band. Their anthems Pompeii and Things We Lost In the Fire were meant to be heard in a large setting like that, with fans clapping along to every thumping drum beat and singing along the words to the triumphant choruses and now, thanks to their star status, they have […]

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Events

3 Places to Watch Halloween Movies in Vancouver

Posted October 16, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Dust dances in the beam of light streaming from the projector. Your hand trembles as it reaches for another piece of popcorn that may or may not make it to your mouth as you pause with fear. You start whispering to the characters on screen, warning them of the […]

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Shop The Neighbourhood

Posted October 16, 2014 by andrea tomkins

Many of you Fishies already know how passionate I am about shopping locally. It’s something I’ve written a lot about here before and try to do whenever I can. It is a perfect fit with my shopping philosophy: Buy fewer things, that matter more. I do what I can to be a conscious consumer, and […]

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Canada

New TPP Leak: Canada Emerges as Leading Opponent of U.S. Intellectual Property Demands

Posted October 16, 2014 by Michael Geist

This morning Wikileaks released an updated leaked version of the draft Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter. The latest leak dates from May 2014 (the previous leak was current to August 2013. I assessed it in posts here, here, here, here and here). The 77-page document provides a detailed look at the proposed chapter, complete with country positions on each issue. While a comprehensive assessment of the chapter will take some time, the immediate takeaway is that the U.S. remains fairly isolated in its efforts to overhaul patent and copyright law around the world with Canada emerging as the leading opponent of its demands.

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Frost brings the colour

Posted October 15, 2014 by James Hamilton

October’s long, cool nights have brought a lot of colour into the Greater Toronto Area. Forests of green have quickly started to show more yellow, orange, red and purple and this is the time to get out into nature before the leaves are all on the groun…

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Events

5 Haunted Houses To Visit This Halloween

Posted October 15, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Vancouver is not immune to haunted houses and ghostly tales, and at this time of year eerie amusements and attractions with the sole purpose of scaring your proverbial pants off pop up all around town. I found five that will get your blood pumping this season: Haunted Mansion at […]

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Win Tickets to Evil Dead The Musical

Posted October 15, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. It’s not every day that a friend and I leave a musical, covered in stage blood, and singing along to an upbeat tune about a cabin in the woods. This jolly good time, complete with guts, gore, and entertaining musical numbers, was Evil Dead The Musical and it’s coming […]

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Cars

#FitWhatever in the 2015 Honda Fit

Posted October 15, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Honda Canada has been a great supporter of Miss604 over the last few years so when they asked if I would put their new 2015 Honda Fit to the test, with a local adventurer, I was immediately on board. They paired me up with Sarah Shandl of Vancouver We […]

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#Toronto @KehillaRP sukkahville 2014

Posted October 14, 2014 by James Hamilton

It’s all about Affordable Housing! Eight structures are being built in Nathan Phillips Square in a competition to build a temporary Sukkah for the joyous Jewish Festival of Sukkot. The annual architectural battle hopes to draw attention to the pro…

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Advance voting in #Toronto

Posted October 14, 2014 by James Hamilton

Early @torontovotes for the municipal elections began Tuesday, October 14, 2014 and will continue for six days from 10 am to 7 pm, ending October 19. Each of the city’s 44 wards will have one advance voting location. Residents of Toronto can vote at Ci…

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New Brunswick MLA quits politics 3 weeks after winning seat by 9 votes

Posted October 14, 2014 by David Akin

  New Brunswick held a general election as per its fixed election date law on Sept. 22. Because it’s a fixed-date election, none of the parties or candidates were surprised by the date of this election. The result? The New Brunswick Liberals, led by 32-year-old Brian Gallant, would oust the incumbent Progressive Conservatives led by […]

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BC Children’s Hospital Superhero Ball

Posted October 14, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel will host the 2nd annual Superhero Ball for BC Children’s Hospital on October 24th. The revolving rooftop event space is the perfect place for caped crusaders masked avengers to gather in support of this very worthy local cause. BC Children’s Hospital Superhero Ball What: […]

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BC Bubbly: Sparkling Wine from the Okanagan

Posted October 14, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Everyone loves bubbles! Pop a cork or cap to celebrate a milestone, achievement, or to make any occasion special. Here in BC, there are plenty of options to sip a crisp and effervescent wine made right here in the Okanagan. “I’m sure if I look hard enough there’s a […]

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I Can’t Keep It A Secret Any Longer! Review of alt Hotel

Posted October 14, 2014 by Stephanie

What do I look for in a hotel?  Location, style…even beauty, safety (I often travel alone, or with just my children), comfort and a decent rate is a bonus. I know what I like and will settle for nothing less. What do you get when you combine comfort, convenience, a gorgeous modern design, a boutique […]

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DAILY SPEW Oct13/14

Posted October 13, 2014 by Ted Bird

                                    THE DAILY SPEW                        SUBBAN DEMOTE…

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Feminism

Audre Lorde Fall Festival in Vancouver This Week

Posted October 13, 2014 by Anonymous

UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is putting on an Audre Lorde fall festival this week in Vancouver to celebrate and explore the work of the noted black feminist activist and poet. On Wednesday, October 15 from 4:00 -5:00 p.m., Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be speaking at UBC. Gumbs, founder of School of […]

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General

Fun things to do in #Toronto November & December 2014

Posted October 13, 2014 by James Hamilton

Time to head underground to the #Toronto PATH system and avoid all that cold temperatures and blowing snow that is sure to come. You can find plenty of things to do to keep you busy inside or you can be a brave Canadian and also enjoy outdoor winter ac…

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Allan's Perspective

I will NOT be censored or silenced!

Posted October 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Ladies and Gentlemen, this article was originally called “We got trouble in River City,” and for good reason! The politically correct crowd has taken over the asylum and woe to anyone who gets in their way! Your often maligned reporter wrote an article a few months ago about the injustices and inequities in this world, […]

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Art

Mavor’s Bones: A Gothic Novel-In-Poems by Rolli

Posted October 13, 2014 by Jenn Ashton

“Company’s come. In a ramshackle mansion, meet a family in the same condition—ancient, decayed. There’s the brooding Duke, and his riotous brother. There’s Grandam, lost in wilds of herself. There’s a vicar, a philosopher, an angel, a ghost or two. And somewhere above them all, in a ruined garret…” (from rollistuff.com). IN the five years that I
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Evil Dead – The Musical returns on Halloween

Posted October 12, 2014 by James Hamilton

The singing undead are coming back to #Toronto from October 31 to November 9 for an amazing unlucky number of performances (13). The North American tour from Starvox Entertainment will play at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst Street) and bring an old fashioned boy meets girl story that includes a small glitch when they unleash and ancient evil force (photo supplied at top).

“This is really a story about the little Canadian show that could. It all started 11 years ago, and with over 20 stops, our North American tour proves audiences are still hungry for more,” said Corey Ross, president of Starvox Entertainment. “Toronto audiences have been especially mad about this show – we’ve even had people get married on stage covered in blood! As a special thank you to all the fans, we just had to bring the show home to Toronto for Halloween.”

Keep out of the first 4 rows of the theatre during Evil Dead unless you want to experience the splatter zone with fake blood dousing the audience.

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A weekend away at Le Canotier: why it took so long to get there

Posted October 11, 2014 by andrea tomkins

The thing about getting older is that you get better at knowing yourself. It took me awhile to figure it all out but I now know that there are some things I need to do in order to keep myself happy and healthy. I need to eat well, I need to exercise, I need sunshine, I need […]

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Celebrities

The Breakfast Table is full of Dragons

Posted October 11, 2014 by James Hamilton

Business people and cast members of Dragons Den, Arlene Dickinson, Jim Treliving and David Chilton, are having an early morning event on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Arcadian Court in Toronto. Bringing together Dragons and other entrepreneurs, such as Christine Magee, together from 7 am to 9:30 am to celebrate and share secrets to success for small businesses in Canada.

The Breakfast Table is designed to inspire, engage and inform established and aspiring entrepreneurs. Guests will have an opportunity to learn the keys to business success from some of Canada’s top entrepreneurs. Dickinson along with Robert Deluce (Porter Airlines) and Christine Magee (Sleep Country) will share their expert experiences and insights on running a successful business and the entrepreneurial lifestyle in an intimate and interactive forum.”

Darlene and her company YouInc will not only celebrate small businesses on October 15, they will also launch the 9th season of CBC’s Dragon Den which airs at 8 pm. During the Breakfast Table attendees will get a sneak peek into the Dragon’s new season and take part in a special question and answer session.

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Canada

Gazette Calls Out Harper on Climate Change

Posted October 11, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

It’s one of the grand old English-language papers in Canada, the Montreal Gazette, and its editorial board has had enough of waiting for the Harper regime to act on the threats Canada faces from climate change.

Many of the arguments the government employed in favour of sending war planes to northern Iraq also apply to the necessity of acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: climate change is a growing threat to global peace and security; only through international cooperation will the emergency be brought under control; Canada would be an freeloader if it failed to do its part in the global effort.

But since taking office, the Harper government has ignored these compelling reasons for fighting climate change. Time and again, it has buried its head in the sand.

This lack of action was underscored again this week when Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development issued a report documenting the federal government’s lamentable record. Among the findings are that the government did in fact draft regulations for emissions in the oil and gas sector that were initially promised in 2006, but has never made them public or to implemented them. While Environment Canada has taken steps to monitor the impact of oilsands exploitation on air, water and biodiversity, plans for continuing this crucial work after 2015 are unclear. Rules for conducting environmental assessments are applied haphazardly. The ground rules for public input in environmental-assessment processes are onerous and viewed as a barrier by many participants.

An audit of Environment Canada found regulations to cut emissions have been delayed, best practices have not been followed, the department is not evaluating the effectiveness of regulations in place, there is a lack of coordination with the provinces and there is no plan for meeting reduction targets. As a result, Canada will miss its emissions reductions targets for 2020, agreed to at Copenhagen in 2009.

Add to this the Conservative government’s track record of villainizing environmental activists, cutting departments and agencies that safeguard Canada’s natural resources and curtailing the right of federal scientists to speak to journalists — the latter transgression decried in a separate study this week by Simon Fraser University and Evidence for Democracy.

It is noteworthy that the federal environment commissioner is not an environmental group or think tank ideologically opposed to the Conservatives and their drive to exploit Canada’s oil riches. Julie Gelfand is a federally appointed watchdog who has a background in the mining industry, conservation and government. This is criticism from an insider — a knowledgeable one.

…The Harper government has shown it views environmental regulation as a threat to its ambitions to transform Canada into a global energy superpower. 

…Harper spoke in the House of Commons this week about Canada losing credibility on the international stage if it failed to contribute to the mission against IS. If only he would apply his own logic to the fight against climate change, Canada and Canadians would be much better off.




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Canada

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ISIS

Posted October 10, 2014 by Ted Bird

   Call me a worry wart, but I can’t say that I take comfort in the statistical likelihood that I’ll drown in the bathtub or choke to death on a grape before I’m deliberately decapitated or shredded by a nail bomb.   This week’s&nbs…

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Allan's Perspective

Verily, I say!

Posted October 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, your sometimes naive reporter just had a revelation of sorts. OF COURSE the bible thumpers believe the world was created 6000 years ago ………….., and evolution is a myth. After all, they also believe that Jesus spoke in 16th century English! (Verily) ———————————————- Workers at a New Jersey treatment plant say they saw a […]

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Christie Blatchford: Jun Lin was alive when his neck was slashed, Magnotta trial hears

Posted October 9, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

WARNING: DETAILS IN THIS STORY MAY BE DISTURBING TO MANY READERS — ‘I cannot say if the victim was alive when he was decapitated’

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Alberta

Aloha from Edmonton: Catching big waves in Alberta’s capital city!

Posted October 9, 2014 by mike

This post is presented by Travel Alberta Hawaii Tofino The Dominican Republic. When you think of surfing, those are likely the places you think of. You probably don’t think about Alberta, which would be fair. When it comes to landlocked …
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Alberta

Is Wildrose violating copyrights in new ads?

Posted October 9, 2014 by David Akin

  The nice. And now …   ..  the nasty. Those are two ads out today from Alberta’s official opposition as they try to steal seats in four byelections underway right now in Alberta. But they also land in the the heat of hot debate among Parliament Hill journalists sparked by news first reported last night […]

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Allan's Perspective

What Would Jesus say?

Posted October 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Strange news out of “Snoops.com” this morning! American Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood released a single titled “Something in the Water,” and soon after, rumors began to circulate that atheists were trying to ban the track due to its Christian themes.Fortunately, that’s all this rumour is………………., a rumour! I say fortunately because it’s […]

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Arctic

Nunavut Grocery Prices are Insane

Posted October 9, 2014 by What's Different in Canada

Nunavut has the dubious distinction of having the highest prices for goods in North America. Really, they are insane. 

Obviously this is because Nunavut is so remote, many products need to be flown in or driven across frozen lakes to get them to Nunavut grocery stores, and there is not a lot of volume in a place with 30,000 people. The government tries to correct this by giving people in Nunavut some of the most generous welfare payments in Canada, but even then, you still have to buy things like $30 bottles of crappy juice. 

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Celebrities

NHL Face-Off 2014

Posted October 8, 2014 by James Hamilton

Hockey town #Toronto enjoys a good hockey game – win or lose, and some former NHL Maple Leafs like Darryl Sittler, above, and Wendel Clark came down to Yonge Street to take part in the season opening hockey and music festival. Tragically Hip was schedu…

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Calgary

Global Calgary turns 60: Why Kidstreet was its best show!

Posted October 8, 2014 by mike

Today’s a pretty special day for the folks over at Global Calgary, because today marks their 60th anniversary! While it’s known as Global today, it wasn’t always that way. When it originally took to the airwaves, it was known as …
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Canada

Canada’s Militarized Foreign Policy

Posted October 8, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

Perhaps the ultimate legacy of the Bush/Cheney regime was the militarization of America’s foreign policy by which the use or threat of military force came to displace diplomacy as the principle instrument of foreign policy.  That Canada should suc…

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Family

Ottawa giveaway alert: tickets to Saunders Farm!

Posted October 7, 2014 by andrea tomkins

We’re huge fans of Saunders Farm here at Casa Fishbowl. Saunders is a Fishbowl patron, and we’ve visited in the summer and the fall … we’ve made so many fun memories there. We have our favourite attractions – the jumping pillows, the mazes, and of course the haunted hayride – but we also like how there’s something […]

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Canada

There’s Just One Highway in America With All Metric Road Signs

Posted October 7, 2014 by What's Different in Canada

There’s Just One Highway in America With All Metric Road Signs:

For a brief period in the 1970s and early ’80s, the U.S. tried to switch over to the metric system, despite objections from real Americans that it was “Communist” or an “Arab plot.” Metrication didn’t get very far, but one highway remains: Arizona’s Interstate 19.

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Canada

Wadena Derailment Crisis: Early Lesson

Posted October 7, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Let’s move to the post-carbon energy infrastructure NOW! Publicly-owned wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, hydro is our future. No tarsands. No pipelines. No tankers. No coal. No LNG. No fracking. No climate change by rail either. http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/saskatchewan/major-train-derailment-and-fire-near-wadena-sask-1.2791337 June 16, 2014 Hey, BC: Want More Jobs? Dump the LNG and Pipelines! (1)August 11, 2014 Welcome to the […]

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