OK, you tell me. What do you call politicians who ignore their own scientists? It’s not a trick question. What if scientists tell their political bosses about the climate impacts of ramping up a mythical $1 trillion LNG industry, then the politicians ignore the warnings so they can go frack ahead anyway? Ignorant? Stupid? Corrupt? […]
(Darren Calabrese / CP) Dear Conrad; Never mind the revue of your book in Friday’s Globe and Mail. Peter Scowen doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground, and this paragraph proves it: Gee, when I was taught history back in the 60’s I was told it was the explorers, monarchs, politicians and […]
This is an international day of action, so check the event page to see what’s up in your town, for TOMORROW! And if there’s nothing at your home, be the change! Let’s consolidate our recent victories and continue moving public opinion to transitioning to the post-carbon energy infrastructure: wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, rail, transit, energy […]
OK, I’m fine admitting it. I focus on entitlements a lot. I’m often trying to encourage people to examine our unexamined entitlements: race, age, economic class, gender, sexuality, etc. But one way to understand entitlements is to understand how unentitlements work. I’m guilty of overlooking this. Until today. Read this, below, then read the rest […]
Dear Hon. Premier Gallant, Deputy Premier Horsman,Speaker Collins, Ministers, Party Leaders and Government Advisers:Re New Brunswick’s Lack of Adult Autism Care:I am sure that you are all grappling with important issues in these weeks follow…
This week so far has been like a strange dream that I have floated through. The decision out of Ferguson did not surprise me but it stunned me, and ever since I have been detached and numb. It can’t help that I had my IUD removed (more on that in anoth…
I think it’s time for me to put my two cents worth in again, and damn the opposition! OR! As our motto says: “Let’s get things back into perspective here!” First we take you to Ferguson, where things are hopping, and guns are popping’! As any regular reader of this blog knows, your humble reporter […]
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 […]
On Saturday, in the western Prince Edward Island riding of Egmont, 1,500 local Liberals showed up to vote in a four-way nomination race. For those not in politics, let me assure that 1,500 at just about any nomination anywhere is a helluva good turnout but this is a rding where, in 2011, there were just […]
The Male Cycle: When I was 13, I hoped that one day I would have a girlfriend with big tits. When I was 16, I got a girlfriend with big tits, but there was no passion, so I decided I needed a passionate girl with zest for life. In college I dated a passionate girl, […]
“I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree!” That’s a poem by Joyce Kilmer, but this is actually a story about Christine Montgomery and Andy Beaton! The ballad of Chris and Andy! You see, Chris is an amateur Poet who put a small box on the tree in front […]
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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Street style, I’m sure you’ve heard of it before. There are thousands of fashion blogs dedicated to just that, they capture real style that is found in everyday life and off the runways. We love it! We love the idea, and […]
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G20 Summit lead-up, 2020
The world was not shocked today when the remaining G20 countries declined to extend meeting invitations to Canada and Australia over their stance on climate change. The intransigent position on fossil fuels taken by the nation…
Apparently, they’ve had a bit of chat.
Harper and stuck out his hand. Harper responded: “Well, I guess I’ll
shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to
get out of Ukraine.”
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The police officers in the
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Left-leaning, progressive Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has twice won at the polls but this time, it appears he’s in tough against challenger Kirk LaPointe, the former journalist (who was my boss at not one, not two, but three different news organizations in my career) who is the candidate in this race for the Non-Partisan Association. […]
How much will we keep spending to develop more fossil fuels when we know we have to stop to avert climate breakdown? $88b/year? More? How about zero. It’s time to redirect that money to wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro so we can stop exacerbating our climate crisis. Redirect NOW! Let us end this silent accord […]
The 110th annual Santa Claus Parade will take over the streets of Toronto this Sunday, November 16th! And we were invited to visit Santa’s Secret Workshop for a sneak peek recently. Over 30 amazing colourful floats and 21 brilliant marching […]
One of the main reasons I loved travelling to south Florida and to D.C. frequently was for the shopping. Of course, the warmer weather was always a wonderful bonus, and yes, even the weather in D.C. is better than the weather we have here in Ottawa—but really, shopping was always a highlight of my travels.
Ottawa just didn’t have enough awesome shopping for me, you see, but recently, so much has changed and all the shopping centres I frequently visit here in Ottawa have been or are under massive renovations. These renovations mean new stores have opened up, like some of my personal favourites: J.Crew, Nordstrom (coming soon!) Express and H&M!
I’m so excited because H&M is opening its second Ottawa location this November 13th in Place d’Orleans and I can’t wait to get shopping. I love Place d’Orleans because it’s close to home for me and also, free parking is a huge bonus!
This H&M is going to be massive, you guys—20,000 square feet—and it’ll carry a huge range of the quality fashion we’ve come to know and love at amazing (truly, truly amazing) prices, for men, women, and children, including a maternity and sports line. Something for everyone!
To celebrate the grand opening of this second Ottawa location, H&M will offer the first 300 customers in line on November 13th with an “Access to Fashion Pass” which will reveal a gift card of $10-$300 in value, for use in-store that day.
I’ll be doing some shopping before the doors open at the H&M breakfast on opening day, and I can’t think of a better way to start my day.
To help spread the excitement of this very awesome day, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to one of my fabulous readers!
Just leave me a comment below telling me why you love H&M.
Contest open to all residents of Ottawa, as gift card must be picked up in-store. Winner will be selected randomly, and notified via email. Please include your contact information in your comment below.
Disclaimer: I have been compensated for this post and for working with and promoting the new H&M in Place d’Orleans. All opinions and views are my own.
Ross Petty and his production team are getting ready for the 19th annual holiday family musical. We can’t wait to see what antics are in store in the new CINDERELLA, The Gags To Riches Family Musical. If you haven’t experienced a […]
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Well folks, it’s official, wind turbines do NOT cause illness, or even ill effects, in people. A year long study of over 1000 people has positively shown that wind turbines do not cause bad things to good people. Not through noise, or magnetic fields, or increased UFO traffic, or disruption of the O-zone, negative energy, […]
So, let me get this straight. Under the 21st century Canadian military code, it’s okay to drop laser-guided smarts bombs on the bad guys but you can’t taunt them on Twitter. The commanding office of the Royal Canadian Air …
Hey, Ottawa—I’ve got some great news for you! Urban Barn—everyone’s favourite furniture store—is opening its doors in Kanata on November 15th, on Hazeldean Road in the Grant Crossing mall. (From 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., so you have plenty of time to shop!)
A new Urban Barn in my city makes me very excited, and I’ve already started planning out my dream rooms—I’m renovating my family room, bedroom, and dining room and I couldn’t think of a better place to get all the furniture and home accessories I need. My children are growing up and it’s time for me to starting thinking properly about home decor again—the timing is just right, and I can’t wait to start shopping.
I have spent so much time online recently, looking at all the gorgeous rooms and furniture from Urban Barn, trying to narrow down which couch to buy… or which new bedroom set I desperate need. Often, though, I find even more inspiration walking through the store—it helps with the decision making process. Even more reason to be excited for the new Kanata location on Hazeldean Road.
Urban Barn Kanata will be celebrating their grand opening day by giving the first 50 visitors a $20 Urban Barn gift card and 20% off all home accents. Total bonus? Everyone who goes to Urban Barn that day will be entered to win a $1,000 Urban Barn shopping spree. I know, right? Totally amazing!
There are so many beautiful pieces I want to add to my home from Urban Barn, from lamps to end tables, and I love that they always have the very best contemporary furniture and home decor to suit any style—whether it’s modern, or classic, you can find whatever it is you’re looking for at Urban Barn.
And now that the holidays are around the corner, there are so many beautiful accessories and items that would be perfect for entertaining in the home—from decorations to new cosy throws for the couch to make things look even more festive, inventing and warm.
To help celebrate the grand opening of the new Urban Barn Kanata, I’ll be hosting a Twitter party on November 12th, and I’d love for you to join us! We’ll be chatting about home decor, the new store, and getting ready for the festive season. We’ll be giving away some amazing prices, too—you are not going to want to miss this Twitter party! Use the hashtag #UrbanBarnKanata to join in on the fun.
Note: This Twitter party is open to ALL Canadians, not just for people who are living in Ottawa/Kanata. The more, the merrier!
I have an exclusive gift for you, too—here’s a coupon (see barcode image below!) so you can enjoy 15% off furniture at Urban Barn Kanata. You can print it out or show a screenshot of this coupon to enjoy 15% off! (This 15% off includes items on sales, cannot be combined with other offers, and excludes custom products.)
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Last week, a terrible thing happened in Ottawa that affected us all. In the span of a week, we tragically lost two soldiers, one of whom was shot down as he stood sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at Ottawa’s War Memorial.
It was an incredibly difficult day, and week.
However, through darkness, comes light. And as Canadians, and residents of this amazing capital city, we came together in beautiful ways. We went back to work the next day, in the downtown core. We payed respect by leaving flowers, notes, and stuffed animals at the War Memorial. We wore red, and we put on our poppies a little earlier. We saluted our fallen soldier on the Highway of Heroes. We mourned the loss of a young man, because of all he represented; life, joy, youth, and a proud love for his country. He was a also a single father, and now, he’s left behind a young child, a little boy who will always know what a brave man his father was.
My mom, artist Katerina Mertikas, quickly got to work within hours of the attack on Ottawa, and painted a beautiful painting depicting our fallen solider standing guard at the War Memorial, being saluted by his son.
This painting was an outlet for my mom’s emotions, but it became much more than that—it became a symbol of something larger, and it touched thousands of people across the city, and Canada. My mom was overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of emails, phone calls, messages, and likes for this painting, and everyone wanted to know if she’d be making prints, and if this piece of art would benefit Cpl. Cirillo’s son.
And the answer is yes… she’s been working with the Mayor of Ottawa, past mayor’s, (especially Jacquelin Holzman) and with Koyman Galleries to turn this painting into a print with profits going directly the trust fund that is set up for Nathan Cirillo’s son.
The print can be ordered online, here.
The painting appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on two different days, and again, people were moved and touched. Today, my mom was on the front cover of The Ottawa Citizen (I’m so proud of her!) and a lovely article written by Peter Simpson accompanies the picture.
From today’s article: “It was an unprovoked attack on a young man who chose to serve his country at such a distinguished piece of land in Canada. We’re just trying to do something that is memorable, and honourable,” Mertikas says.
If you’d like to see the original painting in person, you can, at Koyman Galleries this weekend during her annual art show. You can also purchase the print in person at the gallery.
In a time of sadness, I always think about how I can give back to those who are suffering the most. And this is such an excellent way to help this young man’s son.
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There’s a Canadian Press piece on CBC announcing the arrival of RCAF fighter-bombers in Kuwait tonight.
Canadian warplanes have taken up position in Kuwait, a country straining
to hold back the tide of Islamic extremism from its borders.
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What’s going on with Jian Ghomeshi? That was the question across the country this morning when CBC announced that they had parted ways with the popular host of “The Q”.
Earlier this month Jian’s father passed away and on Friday Ghomeshi told his audience that he was taking some ‘much needed personal time’ away from the show…one would assume it was because of his family, but maybe not.
This morning CBC dropped the bomb – Jian was done.
“The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well…Information came to our attention recently that in CBC’s judgment precludes us from continuing our relationship with Jian…Whenever a decision is made to end a relationship with an employee, terms of separation are never disclosed.”
This was all from a statement made by CBC on Sunday morning.
It was clear that Jian got fired from the show, but what did he do? Must have been something major for the network to fire him. Besides Peter Mansbridge (Mansbridge Nation represent), Jian is arguably one of the most popular people in the CBC family.
The Internet went crazy with speculation as to why. Most of the things I read leaned towards it being a sexual issue. Abuse, harassment…just being a creepy to multiple woman.
Jesse Brown, an online media critic also tweeted, “What I have learned about @jianghomeshi after months of investigation will be reported responsibly as soon as possible. Patience please.”
There was only speculation. Did he get fired? What did he do?
Then a release came out stating that Ghomeshi was suing CBC for $50 million in damages and that he would like to be reinstated.
OK, so he got fired, but what for?
Later in the afternoon Jian released a post on Facebook that claimed he had been dismissed from the CBC after coming forward with information to his superiors that he had a kinky, consentual sex life with an ex girlfriend. And that’s why they fired him.
“I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.” (Read the full statement after the jump).
The Internet went crazy once again. It seems the post (which was made after Ghomeshi hired a PR firm to assist in his crisis, which makes one assume that he posted it with their council) had done its job.
“Jian got fired for being kinky? Really? In 2014?” was one of many tweets made in defense of the host.
The “report” from Jesse Brown has yet to come out, and there has yet to be any word from the other side of what the full accusation is. I suggest we all put down the gasoline and step way from the CBC until we hear the other side. There’s always another one.
More to come…
I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.
This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more.
Today, I was fired from the CBC.
For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful.
I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I’ve never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been honoured to help grow.
All this has now changed.
Today I was fired from the company where I’ve been working for almost 14 years – stripped from my show, barred from the building and separated from my colleagues. I was given the choice to walk away quietly and to publicly suggest that this was my decision. But I am not going to do that. Because that would be untrue. Because I’ve been fired. And because I’ve done nothing wrong.
I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.
As friends and family of mine, you are owed the truth.
I have commenced legal proceedings against the CBC, what’s important to me is that you know what happened and why.
Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some.
I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.
About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.
Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.
After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.
It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.
Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation. Everyone contacted would ask the same question, if I had engaged in non-consensual behavior why was the place to address this the media?
The writer tried to peddle the story and, at one point, a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story. One assumes they recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications. Still, the spectre of mud being flung onto the Internet where online outrage can demonize someone before facts can refute false allegations has been what I’ve had to live with.
And this leads us to today and this moment. I’ve lived with the threat that this stuff would be thrown out there to defame me. And I would sue. But it would do the reputational damage to me it was intended to do (the ex has even tried to contact me to say that she now wishes to refute any of these categorically untrue allegations). But with me bringing it to light, in the coming days you will prospectively hear about how I engage in all kinds of unsavoury aggressive acts in the bedroom. And the implication may be made that this happens non-consensually. And that will be a lie. But it will be salacious gossip in a world driven by a hunger for “scandal”. And there will be those who choose to believe it and to hate me or to laugh at me. And there will be an attempt to pile on. And there will be the claim that there are a few women involved (those who colluded with my ex) in an attempt to show a “pattern of behaviour”. And it will be based in lies but damage will be done. But I am telling you this story in the hopes that the truth will, finally, conquer all.
I have been open with the CBC about this since these categorically untrue allegations ramped up. I have never believed it was anyone’s business what I do in my private affairs but I wanted my bosses to be aware that this attempt to smear me was out there. CBC has been part of the team of friends and lawyers assembled to deal with this for months. On Thursday I voluntarily showed evidence that everything I have done has been consensual. I did this in good faith and because I know, as I have always known, that I have nothing to hide. This when the CBC decided to fire me.
CBC execs confirmed that the information provided showed that there was consent. In fact, they later said to me and my team that there is no question in their minds that there has always been consent. They said they’re not concerned about the legal side. But then they said that this type of sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host on the CBC. They said that I was being dismissed for “the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out.” To recap, I am being fired in my prime from the show I love and built and threw myself into for years because of what I do in my private life.
Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life. And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life.
And so, with no formal allegations, no formal complaints, no complaints, not one, to the HR department at the CBC (they told us they’d done a thorough check and were satisfied), and no charges, I have lost my job based on a campaign of vengeance. Two weeks after the death of my beautiful father I have been fired from the CBC because of what I do in my private life.
I have loved the CBC. The Q team are the best group of people in the land. My colleagues and producers and on-air talent at the CBC are unparalleled in being some of the best in the business. I have always tried to be a good soldier and do a good job for my country. I am still in shock. But I am telling this story to you so the truth is heard. And to bring an end to the nightmare.
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institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our
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