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Allan's Perspective

Sunday Morning Funnies #2213

Posted November 23, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

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, […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion About Trees!

Posted November 22, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

“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 […]

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My Roommate Ordered Someone to Rape Me When I Was a Student at Queen’s

Posted November 21, 2014 by Anonymous

Victims of sexual violence shouldn’t have to complain to The Toronto Star in order to be heard. I complained to my university 10 years ago, but my complaints did not seem to inspire any change. Was that because I didn’t have a newspaper on my side?

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Canada

Home Depot For The Holidays! #HolidaysHappenHere

Posted November 21, 2014 by Stephanie

The holidays are the perfect time to add some love to the house.  Little changes, sweet decorations, lots of candles, a few lights, and of course the perfect Christmas Tree can make a huge difference in the feel of your home.  Are you in need some inspiration?  Pop on over to see what is available […]

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Advertising

Remember those Heritage Minutes?

Posted November 20, 2014 by andrea tomkins

So this happened: And before I could pop another piece in I googled “burned toast” and “Heritage Moment” because TO THIS DAY I can’t smell burned toast without remembering this commercial. Funnily enough, it took me ages to find it because it’s titled: Wilder Penfield on Historica Canada’s YouTube Channel. Had they called it “I […]

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Edmonton

Duchess Bakeshop Cookbook by Giselle Courteau

Posted November 19, 2014 by Valerie Lugonja

This cookbook is the perfect Christmas gift for any and every Edmonton baker! Unable to attend the early VIP book launch and reception for my favourite Edmonton Bakeshop, I sent my daughter, Ragan. I had to be there, somehow! She came home with my Duchess Bakeshop Cookbook, a swag bag better than any major Christmas […]

** Remember to join %%http://www.ziplist.com/mylist%% to create your own online recipe box and then click SAVE on my recipe below to add it! I use my online recipe box ALL the time! **

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Allan's Perspective

The Sun doesn’t always shine!

Posted November 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, let me tell you a little bit about Sun News. First of all, the Sun News TV network is not on basic cable because the left wing media and government have managed to keep it relegated to the hinterland of cable TV by making it the only news network you have to pay extra […]

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You’re a million dollar baby!

Posted November 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Let this be a warning to be very careful where you go on vacation, and then make sure you have proper insurance! A dream vacation has turned into a financial nightmare for one Saskatchewan couple, after a mom-to-be gave birth while on holiday in Hawaii. Jennifer Huculak and her husband have been saddled […]

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General

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Mega-city unsuitable for region.

Posted November 17, 2014 by Laila

This week’s topic: Should the Lower Mainland become a mega-city like Toronto with one election for the entire region? Brent is right on the money when he states: “What an election!” For politicos, there’s no bigger rush than election night – … Continue reading

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Australia

Canada and Australia, alone in the world

Posted November 16, 2014 by Boris

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…

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Canada

Putin and Ensign Teal

Posted November 15, 2014 by Boris

Apparently, they’ve had a bit of chat.

Putin approached
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.”

“Mr. Putin did not
r…

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General

High noon in Châteauguay

Posted November 15, 2014 by Boris

Good lord.

The police officers in the
municipality — located on Montreal’s south shore — donned their new
uniforms today, complete with cowboy boots, dark cowboy hats pinned with
a sheriff’s badge, and lapel badges shaped like stars. Th…

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Activism

Kirk LaPointe’s Credibility Problem: the NPA

Posted November 14, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Don’t vote for the NPA. Any of them. LaPointe is the NPA’s mayoral candidate. The NPA stands for the Non-Partisan Association. If you actually believe the NPA has no partisan ideology, please don’t vote. For almost a decade I’ve been writing about how the brand notion of the NPA is fundamentally a lie. No one […]

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Allan's Perspective

Blow Me Down!

Posted November 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Over in Alberta, and just about any other jurisdiction that has wind turbines, there is absolutely NO opposition to them! Matter of fact, everybody and his uncle are clamoring to get in on the action by placing one of these windmills on their property! SO WHY THE OPPOSITION HERE IN ONTARIO? Blame Canada […]

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General

The nasty Vancouver election! An incumbent apologizes!

Posted November 13, 2014 by David Akin

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. […]

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Activism

Tens of Billions Wasted

Posted November 12, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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 […]

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Entertainment

Santa Shares His Must-Sees At This Years Parade

Posted November 11, 2014 by Sonya

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 […]

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Fashion

H&M Opens Its Doors in Place d’Orleans (Plus, An H&M Giveaway!)

Posted November 10, 2014 by Loukia

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. 

Thank you!

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.

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Entertainment

Sitting Down With Cinderella: An Interview With Danielle Wade

Posted November 10, 2014 by Sonya

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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Allan's Perspective

Saturday Morning Confusion About Privacy #76

Posted November 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Facial recognition technology is used to screen people at the Statue of Liberty in New York. The U.S. government pumped millions of dollars into the development of facial recognition technology after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (Chip East/Reuters) Dear Readers: If anybody is still confused about how much the government is prying into your private […]

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Edmonton

Man’s inhumanity towards nature and a Muskrat sighting

Posted November 8, 2014 by Jennifer A. Jilks

Recycling company fined for Fisheries Act violation in Edmonton

November 7, 2014 – Edmonton, Alberta – Environment Canada

This week, General Recycling Industries Ltd. (GRI) pleaded guilty in Alberta Provincial Court to one count of an off…

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Blowin in the wind!

Posted November 7, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

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, […]

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Canada

British Columbia, Witness The Wild Within

Posted November 6, 2014 by Anonymous

This past year we’ve spent a lot of time exploring Canada. After five years travelling the world, we’ve loved coming home and showing our international readers the beauty of our country. When Destination British Columbia asked us if we’d like to share their latest video showcasing all the amazing things the province has to offer, we gladly accepted. Anytime we can show off Canada, we’re happy to do so. Our Connection with BC Dave and I have spent a lot of time […]

Read the original post British Columbia, Witness The Wild Within on Adventure Travel blog for Couples | The Planet D.

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Canada

Twitter not in the RCAF arsenal, apparently

Posted November 5, 2014 by Ted Bird

  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 …

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Canada

Falling Oil Prices Are Mostly Bad News

Posted November 5, 2014 by Ian Welsh

Yes, it’s nice to play less for gasoline and heating fuel, but while some of the decline in oil prices are a result of the new unconventional oil supplies which have come on line, much of it is that the world is going into recession—demand is down from every major economy.  That’s not good. Yesterdays’ […]

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General

The herons are leaving us soon!

Posted November 5, 2014 by Jennifer A. Jilks

I’d forgotten about this old video. Someone made a nice comment. Most are not!
This was taken lakeside at our old home in Bala.
I wonder if the berm is still there.

I love it when it is peaceful and the big birds come to see us. This one was trying to…

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Get Cozy With The New Urban Barn in Kanata (And Twitter Party With Us On November 12th, 9-10 p.m.!) #UrbanBarnKanata

Posted November 4, 2014 by Loukia

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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Honey Boo Boo and Uncle Poodle!

Posted November 4, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: In a world-wide exclusive, the Naked News Department and the Perspective Research team has learned from TMZ that Honey Boo Boo is about to have a safe, stable home free of all convicted child molesters … …., or so vows Uncle Poodle, who says he’ll file for custody if things get bad at […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Dissenters may try to dislodge Manitoba premier Greg Selinger, but it won’t be easy

Posted November 3, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Obviously bringing Premier Greg Selinger down is now very much in play. But it is a contest without rules or procedures, a war in the shadows

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General

Celebrity Chefs And What They Feed Their Own Kids

Posted November 3, 2014 by Sonya

Hanging out at the amazing Delicious Food Show in Toronto recently was definitely a fun time and good thing I went hungry! The morning media breakfast created by the amazing chef Rob Gentile and Buca Restaurant not only tantalized our […]

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Feminism

Are Your White Male Entitlements Maiming Your Vote this Month?

Posted November 1, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

I’m not going to argue that using an Intersectionality lens in the municipal election in 2 weeks will make your voting choices perfectly easy. But I will say that your white male entitlements have likely contributed to worse choices in the past. Including not voting. When you read this entire article you will see the […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: As a work around to a true flat-tax system, you could do worse than Harper’s income-splitting benefit

Posted October 31, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Income-splitting is admittedly a workaround. The simplest way to tax similar households at similar rates would be to tax household incomes rather than individual

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Activism

Work, Dignity and Living Wages?

Posted October 31, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

A strong union. Corporations that understand the social contract. Corporations that know a tad smaller profit here contributes to more dignity throughout society. Corporations that recognize the value of unions. The living wage in Vancouver this year is $20.10, almost double the minimum wage. The “precariat” are precarious proletariats. We have too many of them; […]

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Art

Giving Back Through Art

Posted October 31, 2014 by Loukia

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.

Thank you.

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Asshole of the Week!

Posted October 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Despite being NDP, I had a certain amount of respect and admiration for Thomas Mulcair……., until yesterday! Even though i don’t agree with his far left leanings, (i.e. NDP) he impressed me as a politician and a leader of a political party. And then he had to go and destroy it!!!!! Mulcair came […]

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General

Looking For Gluten Free? GF Garage MarketPlace Pop Up’s Got You Covered

Posted October 30, 2014 by Sonya

The gluten free marketplace has grown dramatically recently and we’re seeing more children with gluten sensitivities. But gluten-free is often associated with bland, dry and tasteless offerings. But things are changing. There’s a definitely wave of products in the marketplace […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Time to scrap property taxes and give cities power to raise their own income or sales taxes

Posted October 29, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne: The property tax conforms to no known principle of sound taxation, being neither fair nor efficient nor simple

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Canada

"Straining" Kuwait? Really Canadian Press?

Posted October 29, 2014 by Boris

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.
"[S]training"? A few lines later we learn it is actually more of a "debate" in Kuwait about something happening a very long way away on the other side of a

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Conservatives

Leading from the cupboard

Posted October 29, 2014 by Boris

You and I don’t know precisely what went on in the Conservative’s caucus room last week. That said, the information we do hvae suggests that when the gunfire was heard, a good number of Tory MPs acted swiftly to barricade the doors and create makeshift…

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