Last term, when council sent out community newsletters to keep residents informed, the illiterati screamed these were ‘propaganda’ and a waste of tax dollars.* Now this council has done the same thing and these nattering nabobs of negativity have raised their voices and screamed… nothing. Their silence is deafening. Well, they wouldn’t want to embarrass their friends […]
Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments reiterated their shared commitment to maximizing the economic benefits of immigration at today’s meeting of FPT Ministers responsible for immigration.
Progress Energy Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty on May 20, 2015, in Fort St. John, British Columbia Provincial Court, and was ordered to pay a total of $250,000 in penalties for an offence under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, that occurred on May…
At least 75 per cent of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change, but not only are fossil fuel companies committed to burning all of those reserves, they’re spending billions searching for more. Wrecking the climate in exchange for money is officially the worst business model. Truck Nutz, you’re off the hook.
Every time we read another bowel-loosening article on climate change it’s easy to feel powerless because fossil fuel companies are so deeply entrenched in our economy and politics. But one way people are pushing back is divestment. If institutions remove their investments (Read more…)
…I’m going to start by arguing with one of the student columnists, Isabelle Agnew. She’s a good writer and an intelligent columnist; so she’s worth arguing with.
1. Just about all dress codes have something to do with sexuality. That’s why most schools do not allow female teachers to wear bikinis in the classroom. That’s why male teachers do not wear artificial erections in their pants.2. Laws have to be broken to modernize – as Martin Luther King did? Sometimes. Hitler broke rules, too. And Harper does it all the time. Breaking a rule does not make the rule (Read more…)
Today in Mississauga, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for York–Simcoe, and Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament for Mississauga South, on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), and the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, announced financial support for a local organization that helps reduce social isolation of seniors and improve access for Canadians with disabilities to programs and services in their community.
I was a young teenager the first time I read George Orwell’s Animal Farm and I loved it. I’ve since heard from some who never encountered the book until adulthood and of those, many who felt Orwell was a bit too obvious with his allegory. Rereading it again, I’ll admit it’s not the most subtle of books, but perfect for a young adult with awakening political awareness.
I decided this time around to read it to my daughter. She’s younger than I was, but certainly more mature and smart than I was at her age— ready, in other words, for Animal Farm. She enjoyed it, as did I again, but the experience was a little bittersweet.
As you’ve probably ascertained from my description of her above, I really don’t need to be reading aloud to her anymore. She was more than capable of tackling this one on her own. But it took us forever. She’s busy with her stuff right now. And I get that. But that also meant finding time for Animal Farm was hit or miss and when you’ve gone a while from it, it’s a big hard to get back into. As the seven commandments began to be rewritten, some animals were suspicious— wasn’t the rule slightly different before? The problem was, we too would often forget what the original rule was!
With that in mind, we agreed that this was probably the last bedtime read aloud. She’s outgrown them. It’s natural enough, I suppose (though I’m sure there are those out there that never give it up, and that’s fine too), but it feels strange to have that part of our life over. We did agree though that since we both love reading and talking about books so much, we would still make an effort to read and discuss some of the same books— which I’m sure will be fine in its own right. But still…
If you’re a parent, at what age did you stop the read-alouds? Or have you?
Today, the Honourable Tim Uppal – Minister of State for Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park and the Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced more than $2.7 million in funding over five years for the crime prevention project Strengthening Families Program for At-Risk Youth, which is designed to strengthen family relationships and help children and youth steer clear of delinquent and criminal behaviours.
This turned out to be quite the week for unannounced Microsoft apps. News of a “light-weight” email solution broke cover a few days ago, and today another pair of productivity apps were tipped. Thanks to @h0x0d on Twitter — the source of the Flow em…
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OTTAWA – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Saskatoon and Yellowknife left Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt earlier this week to conduct operations,
The Center for Aquaculture & Environmental Research (CAER) in West Vancouver is an internationally recognized research facility dedicated to aquaculture and coastal research.
April 22, 2015 – West Vancouver, British Columbia
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Randy Kamp, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission and Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Oceans and John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and Sea-to-Sky Country, today announced investments from the Government totaling over $57 million in science facilities, marine protection and Pacific Salmon research. Also in attendance were Dr. John Nightingale, President and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium and Dr. Brian Riddell, President and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
Department of Finance officials will provide a background telephone briefing on the upcoming meeting of G-7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors being held in Dresden, Germany, May 27-29, 2015.
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More than fifty years ago, Thalidomide was approved by Health Canada and prescribed to treat morning sickness in expectant mothers. Tragically, Thalidomide caused serious and permanent physical and emotional damage to mothers, children and families.
Since celebrating its topping off ceremony back in November, the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, the newest addition to the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, has continued to make steady progress through the last six months, despite the harsh winter we had in Toronto. The traditional, celebratory fir tree from the topping off and the tower crane it was on have been replaced by portable cranes and other heavy equipment as the structure’s signature, intricate cladding work has become the focus of the exterior work.
Here, a close-up shot of the glazing, closer to completion, can be seen:
Another angle, showing the structure from further away, highlights the rapid progress underway:
Nicknamed “the Cloud,” by faculty and fellow students, the ZAS Architiects-designed building aims to deliver upon the designer’s bold vision of a thoroughly modern, 21st-century space for free-form innovation and creativity. Once completed, the Bergeron Centre will encompass 169,000 sq. ft. of mixed, open-concept, fluid, highly flexible classroom spaces, alongside study rooms and labs spread across 6 floors. Putting a whole new meaning to the well-worn phrase “blue sky,” the new structure promises to be a place for the type of immediate, free-flowing thought that is essential for fostering a creative, collaborative, and invigorating, educational environment to be enjoyed by tomorrow’s engineers and city builders.
Below is a rendering of what the interior, open-concept learning environment will look like once complete:
Assuming the continuation of what has been a steady pace of construction, the $60 million structure will aim to open in August, 2015, just in time for September classes. Built in part from a generous, $8 million donation from Doug and Sandra Bergeron—from whom the Centre for Engineering Excellence gets its name—the new building promises to be a one-of-a-kind addition to what has in recent years been an exciting time for development at York University. Together with all of this new construction are of course, the long-anticipated opening of the Spadina Subway Expansion to York University in 2017, along with the upcoming participation of the campus with the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer.
Stay tuned for future progress updates, and check our dataBase file, linked below, for all information about the ongoing construction of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence for the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Want to get in on the discussion? Choose the associated Forum thread link, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.
The man accused of second-degree murder in the beating death of Surrey hockey mom Julie Paskall has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
May 22, 2015
Sidney, British Columbia – On May 24, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, will participate in the naming and dedication of the Hero Class Mid-shore patrol vessel CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M. She will be joined by me…
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Have you noticed the wealth of sunrise and sunset photos on Instagram? Michelle Chandra certainly has, and her project offers a look at the sun’s activity around the world in real time. “All Our Suns” gathers snapshots upload with either the #sunrise…
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The Wham Bam Babes in action. Photos provided by Justin Credible
Let’s address a serious issue: It seems as though, for some women, taking sexy photos in the bathroom mirror is turning into a redundant trend. Those who are eager to flaunt their ass(ets?) appear to be yearning for something and somewhere more unconventional to capture tantalizing moments that will garner them a flurry of likes on various social networks. And it appears to be turning into a dire situation.
But take heart! To help remedy this grave circumstance, a Vancouver man who goes by the name Justin Credible founded a charitable venture to provide aid to those in need. It’s called the Wham Bam Babes.
“We’re a local non-profit Suicide Girls that flips the finger at other modeling agencies,” the 34-year-old explained. “Anyone can be a Wham Bam Babe, you just have to get in the van and show it off to the world.”
A few things of note. First, yes, this initiative is technically a non-profit, but not in the same realm as, say, Doctors Without Borders or the Red Cross. Second, the van he refers to is the “wham bambulance,” a refurbished, tricked-out motorhome complete with a shower, fireplace, and TV. The interior also has a bed covered in chenille animal-print sheets, and chains hanging from the ceiling. Although it’s not technically an ambulance, it is equipped with a siren, should things get out of control…which they do!!!! (Credible did use a retired ambulance for some time, which he also customized.)
The cozy setting also serves as the set for the photo shoots, which Credible conducts himself. Often, but not always, he’ll post the results on his website along with a bio of the participant.
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Credible started his charitable enterprise five years ago, as “a way to get hot chicks in the back of my van.” It was also a way to include women who might not fit the standards to model for typical outlets. Given all the tireless work he’s put toward those eager to validate their confidence—and heavily modified bodies—it’s astounding he hasn’t yet been nominated for a BC Community Achievement Award.
Credible admits to putting more money into Wham Bam Babes than he’s gotten out, but he’s not bothered. He’s made friends and has had more fun than he’s ever imagined possible.
Women reach out to Credible through his website. Most of them are from Vancouver, though some have come from as far away as Seattle and Alberta. Once a time is scheduled, he’ll meet them at an arranged location, park the vehicle and encourage them to (according to his website) #getinthefuckingvan. The women call the shots and walk away with a set of 20-40 photos they can use however they’d like. Nothing is photoshopped or altered.
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“We don’t have any rules,” he says. “The girls are free to wear what they want, do what they want, or as little as they want. They come in and show off.”
All those involved also receive a pair of booty shorts, which Credible calls “their mark.”
When asked if the wham bambulance has ever followed in the tire tracks of the Bang Bus, Credible laughs.
“I’d be totally lying to you if I said that didn’t happen from time to time, but that’s completely their call and not mine,” he says. “We’ve done it all.”
He quickly follows up with the disclaimer that the van isn’t used as a space for solicited or soliciting intercourse, just that sometimes things get wild. Hear that sound? That’s the sound of the alarm!
“We like to go to the edge, but nothing that would scare away sponsors,” he says.
Bobbi Mcdonald works as a manager at a children’s store, but also proudly identifies as a Wham Bam Babe. She got involved after a friend who followed them on Facebook alerted her about a post looking for the perfect ass to go into their customized booty shorts. Her friend sent Credible photos of Mcdonald and a week later she had her first photo shoot.
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“I’ve always had low self confidence, so when they mentioned they wanted me to model for them, I felt good,” she says. “I had to do a bunch of shots before my first shoot but when I met Justin, I felt comfortable. I just loved doing it.”
That was a year ago, and she’s since gone on to do four more photo shoots and take part in a few promotional gigs like the Taboo Sex Show and the Pride Parade. She’s also managed to get some other modelling gigs as a result.
Mcdonald identifies as one of the “calmer” Wham Bam Babes, and always keeps her pants on for shoots.
Although the promotional gigs aren’t paid, Mcdonald says it doesn’t matter because she feels rich on good times.
“When we did the Pride Parade, it was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire life,” she says. “You almost felt famous. People were screaming and reaching out to touch you.”
As for the future of the whamming and the bamming, Credible, who works a day job in sales for the wireless industry, says he hopes the van will be involved in more campaigning.
“I see more companies or bands use our girls for promotional events,” he says. “All our girls are outgoing, which makes a good promo team.”
So you all know what that means? The opportunity to make your mark in those booty shorts isn’t going to end any time soon.
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