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Canada

Santa Writes Back

Posted October 20, 2014 by What's Different in Canada

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In case you didn’t think Canada was adorable enough, Santa writes back to letters he receives from Canadian children. All you need to do is write a letter and address it “Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada” (seriously, not making this up) between November 3rd and December 17th and he will write back. While various world powers argue about who owns the North Pole, Canada stakes their claim in a super cute, old-fashioned way. This tradition dates back to 1982, and always the multicultural one, Santa will respond to his million-plus pieces of mail each year in the language they were written in. 

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Film

VIFF 2014: That’s a Wrap

Posted October 20, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) wrapped up a record-setting year on October 10th. The 33rd annual event saw a 10% increase over 2013 at the box office, which was the previous benchmark year. Over the course of the festival’s 16 days, VIFF presented 549 public screenings of 349 […]

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Copyright

Copyright and attack ads: Progressive mayor uses Sona image to attack conservative challenger

Posted October 20, 2014 by David Akin

Karen Farbridge is the the four-term left-of-centre, progressive mayor for the city of Guelph, the city and federal riding that is ground zero for the robocalls controversy. Farbridge is facing a stiff challenge from Cam Guthrie who is pitching ideas familiar to small-c conservatives.  Last week, the Farbridge campaign bought a half-page of ad space […]

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Contests

SPARK Animation 2014: Win Tickets

Posted October 20, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Calling all animation students, artists, industry members, and enthusiasts! The Spark Computer Graphics Society presents SPARK Animation 2014, a conference and film festival celebrating creativity, inspiration and innovation in animation around the world. What: SPARK Animation 2014 October 22 – 26 at the Vancity Theatre Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 […]

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Canada

Transportation After Fossil Fuels: A Decade Away?

Posted October 20, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Once upon a time, I rode the maglev at the Japan pavilion at Expo 86. Since then, I’ve come to see that that was the Commodore Vic 20 of high speed travel. What’s the new standard? ET3. So if you’ve been having a hard time imagining a post-carbon transportation system that would run on the […]

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General

SS Sicamous in Penticton

Posted October 19, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The mission of my trip to the Okanagan in early October was to taste, sip, and experience a bounty from the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and its members but along the way I discovered a few more points of interest worth exploring the next time you’re in the area. […]

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Web slinging superhero

Posted October 19, 2014 by James Hamilton

#Toronto Spiderman hangs out at Yonge-Dundas, meeting fans and posing for pictures. Street buskers keep the area fun for tourists and regular visitors as well as fighting crime and those weird bad guys like Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin.This coul…

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Canada

Les Français, dénigreurs de leur pays ?

Posted October 19, 2014 by Claude Dupras
Il y a quelques jours, à la télé, le premier ministre français Manuel Valls a accusé ses compatriotes de faire du « France Bashing ». Il a affirmé que ce dénigrement de leur pays l’énervait et l’agaçait et que cela devait cesser.

Je rentre au Canada après un bon moment en France durant lequel j’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer et de parler avec un grand nombre de Français et Françaises, de tous milieux, de la situation actuelle dans leur pays. J’ai compris qu’ils sont devenus pessimistes et désespérés face à la situation politique et économique dans leur pays. Ils constatent le déclin de la France et la voit comme le pays malade de l’Europe. Ils la trouvent moins compétitive, moins influente sur le plan international. Ils regrettent que les jeunes diplômés s’exilent. Ils en ont marre. Pour eux, la « Douce France… » de Charles Trenet a disparu. Son âme s’est envolée.
Mais ce n’est pas la France qu’ils dénigrent mais les politiciens qui l’ont amenée au bord de ce précipice. Ils sont exaspérés devant leurs inaptitudes et leur incompétence. Ce n’est pas du « French bashing », puisqu’il faut parler anglais, mais du « Hollande bashing » qu’ils pratiquent. Ils n’en peuvent plus de leur président et de ses gouvernements. Rien ne va plus. Jour après jour, ils réalisent l’erreur monumentale qu’ils ont faite en l’élisant avec son parti socialiste. 


Les Français savent bien que leur pays est unique et qu’il est une terre de grands découvreurs, chercheurs, inventeurs, scientifiques, travailleurs, réalisateurs, artistes, écrivains, cuisiniers… dans tous les domaines. Le passé lointain le démontre et le récent le confirme. En effet, il y a quelques jours, deux prix Nobel ont été choisis parmi les leurs, en littérature et en économie. Ils reconnaissent que la France est un des pays les plus intéressants du monde et qu’elle attire un plus grand nombre de visiteurs que tous les pays d’Europe. Ils constatent son prestige dans tous les coins de la planète.


À toutes questions sur la politique, ils regardent l’interlocuteur et, d’un air découragé, haussent les épaules. Chacun a sa théorie mais toutes touchent principalement l’incompétence de ses dirigeants actuels, les dérives de ceux du passé et le poids du système social.  Plusieurs socialistes, pour se justifier, vont même jusqu’à prétendre que la France est un pays ingouvernable tellement ils sont mal à l’aise et affaissés devant tous les sondages qui placent Hollande entre 13% à 18% d’appuis favorables et les défaites électorales successives de leur parti.
Pourtant, Hollande n’a cessé de faire des changements, des « réformes» comme il dit. Dès son entrée à l’Élysée, il a voulu respecter ses dénonciations des politiques de son prédécesseur faites en campagne électorale. Il a mis fin à plusieurs projets et lois malgré qu’elles étaient importantes et nécessaires. Particulièrement celles qu’il qualifiait de « cadeaux aux riches » et celles devant corriger la magistrale erreur des « 35 heures » du gouvernement Jospin. Toutes ces « méchantes » lois avaient été supposément inspirées par la méchante « Finance », qu’Hollande qualifiait de « mon pire ennemi ». Pourtant, elles avaient été votées pour relancer l’emploi en diminuant appréciablement le « coût du travail » dans le but d’aider les petits entrepreneurs à engager des apprentis et des ouvriers additionnels pour leur permettre de croître, et les grandes entreprises afin qu’elles deviennent plus concurrentielles sur le marché mondial.


Parallèlement, Hollande a augmenté les taxes, sans bon sens, en ne tenant pas compte des conséquences négatives sur l’emploi et sur la capacité de payer de la classe moyenne et des moins riches.


En somme, il a tout fait pour nuire au développement de la France et cela, souventes fois, pour des raisons politiques partisanes. Il refusa de faire la part des choses. Il est clair qu’Hollande n’a jamais été en affaires et ne connaît rien aux vrais défis d’un entrepreneur. Il n’a cru qu’en ses thèses idéologiques qui n’ont rien à voir avec la vraie vie démontrant clairement ainsi qu’il est déconnecté de la réalité. 
Puis, voyant sa cote de popularité s’écraser, il a changé son fusil d’épaule et s’est tourné radicalement vers la droite pour renaître. Il a commencé à détaxer et à revoir ses décisions passées. Il affirme maintenant aimer le monde de « la finance » et justifie sa nouvelle position en affirmant qu’il a compris, laissant entendre qu’il était dans l’erreur dans le passé. Il cherche à reprendre le temps perdu des deux dernières années par des voltefaces spectaculaires. Mais les résultats se feront attendre car normalement, quatre à cinq années sont nécessaires avant que l’État puisse réellement bénéficier de nouvelles politiques économiques. Deux ans ont été perdus et son quinquennat à la tête de la France est à moitié complété. Il est donc probable que ce sera son successeur qui sera, politiquement, le bénéficiaire.


De plus, pressé de redevenir populaire, le président dit « oui » à tous ceux qui critiquent ses politiques et fait des changements afin qu’ils soient satisfaits et arrêtent de chialer. Vous n’aimez pas une politique, alors manifestez, menacez de grève, critiquez et vous verrez, ô combien vite, le président comprend vos doléances et s’adapte à vos demandes. Il renie ce qu’il affirmait il n’y a pas tellement longtemps, aussi vite que Judas. De plus, il va-t’en guerre à la moindre occasion Mali, Centrafrique, Irak, Syrie, Ukraine… et voyage vers des pays étrangers le plus possible pour impressionner les Français avec des qualités de leader mondial.


Le malheur est que souvent ces voyages sont inutiles. Par exemple, il ira au Canada et au Québec au début de novembre prochain pour une visite officielle. Pourquoi ? Il n’y a aucun conflit majeur entre nos deux nations. La bonne entente règne. Certes, il y a quelques petits différents, par exemple sur la question des subsides aux jeunes français qui étudient dans nos universités, mais rien qui ne peut être réglé via nos ministres respectifs et nos ambassades. Il s’est invité et nous sortirons le tapis rouge pour bien le recevoir. Alors que la France a des problèmes par-dessus la tête et que la responsabilité première de son président est de rencontrer les Français pour en discuter et les encourager, il part faire le beau au Canada et tenir quelques discours qui seront aussi vite oubliés qu’ils seront débités. Pour couvrir ce déplacement du président français et de sa suite, la France, le Canada et le Québec vont engendrer des frais importants au moment même où chacun coupe radicalement, chez lui, dans les dépenses inutiles pour diminuer ses déficits.


En somme, il tasse l’intérêt de la France pour redorer son image et rehausser sa popularité. Au diable les principes, les politiques du parti socialiste, rien ne va plus, la roulette tourne. Pendant ce temps-là, le chômage continue de grimper, la production industrielle stagne, les entreprises tirent le diable par la queue, le chômage augmente, la croissance est aux arrêts, les statistiques sont au mauvais fixe, les plus défavorisés souffrent davantage et les français chialent. Son parti est divisé et les « frondeurs socialistes (députés socialistes non-satisfaits des politiques de droite d’Hollande) le menacent avec, en tête, Martine Aubry, la femme des 35 heures. 
De plus, le physique du président laisse percer son état d’esprit. Son visage est triste, sa démarche plus lente, ses discours moins dynamiques. Il semble perdu, sans amis, seul et incapable de pouvoir jouer son rôle. Il n’est que l’ombre d’un chef de l’État. Triste constat pour un pays aussi extraordinaire que la France. Comment avec une telle attitude de son président, peut-elle reprendre confiance ?


Le récent livre du polémiste Eric Zemmour « le suicide français » a un succès énorme car il est le symptôme des angoisses françaises. Il estime que « la France se meurt, est morte ». « Que ses élites crachent sur sa tombe ». Que l’on vit « les dernières pages de l’Histoire de La France ». Exagéré, sûrement. Mais ce qui arrive en France se situe aussi dans le grand réaménagement du monde où repères, identités et certitudes s’effacent. Malheureusement, le président Hollande n’est pas à la hauteur de ces défis.


Pour être utile à son pays, Hollande devrait démissionner. Mais sur çà, les Français me disent « n’y comptez pas ».


Il reste à espérer que la Providence soit bonne pour la France.


Claude Dupras 

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Canada

28 Photos that will make you want to Discover Ontario Today

Posted October 19, 2014 by Anonymous

Discover Ontario’s True Wilderness As natives of Ontario, we always took the beauty of Canada’s most populous province for granted. I remember the slogan on our license plates growing up was “Ontario, keep it beautiful.” I never really thought about what that phrase meant. I grew up on a large piece of land in the middle of the country surrounded by farms, forests and fields. Ontario was beautiful. I just never knew it. Having travelled the world for the past [...]

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Silvercreek in Fall

Posted October 19, 2014 by James Hamilton

The beauty of Ontario in Autumn has to be second to no other place on our lonely blue planet. The pace of colour changes in our forests is starting to slow and gusts of winds blow many of the leaves to the ground.Silvercreek is a tributary of the Credi…

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Canada

Good for Grapes – Skipping Stone (VIDEO)

Posted October 18, 2014 by Jes

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

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Allan's Perspective

Saturday Morning Confusion About Censorship!

Posted October 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: As you know, your often maligned reporter goes on rants and raves about stuff that seems grossly unfair, unjust, or just plain ridiculous. I have campaigned against the far left, far right, feminists, (especially the femi-nazi’s) special interest groups, animals lovers and vegetarians, bigots, racists, survivalists, cops, minorities, immigrants, liberals and conservatives, lobbyists, […]

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General

Drums in the Square

Posted October 17, 2014 by James Hamilton

Keurig was brewing some free coffee and they brought a drum group who made some beautiful music at Yonge-Dundas Square.They gave out coffee cups and spoons so the crowds could join in with the booming drums

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General

Catch the Feva

Posted October 17, 2014 by James Hamilton

@FevaTV set up a red couch on the streets of #Toronto and lav-wa-la, a television shoot was underway.

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Canada

Where "decolonization" goes off the rails [updated]

Posted October 17, 2014 by Boris

In another venue, fellow inkypixelcreature Alison kindly drew my attention to some aspects of this case that escaped my initial vexatious outburst below. The case is clearly not settled, and the discussion is partly one of collective versus individual …

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Canada

Shoe Addicts Say Hello To Tanya Heath

Posted October 17, 2014 by Sonya

I am a collector of shoes… yes, that’s what I’m calling myself. A collector. Addict is probably more like it but I prefer collector. I know many of you are as well. I mean, come on, shoes are a necessity. […]

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Alberta

Reader’s Diary #1076- Brian K Vaughan (writer), Fiona Staples (illustrator): Saga, Volume One

Posted October 17, 2014 by John Mutford

As a huge fan of Brian K Vaughan’s Pride of Baghdad, I was excited to finally get read the first volume of his critically acclaimed Saga series. Then I was even more excited to see that he had teamed up with another Canadian for the artwork: Calgary’s …

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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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General

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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General

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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General

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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General

#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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General

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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General

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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General

Kids Cook To Care: Feeding The Shelter

Posted October 14, 2014 by Sonya

The conversation started like this, “hey, kiddo would you like to go and help make a dinner for some people in need?” My 10 year jumped without hesitation. “Cool! I love to cook and help people!” Exactly the answer I […]

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General

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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General

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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General

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

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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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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