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The 9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge – February Roundup (Sticky Post— Scroll down for most recent post)

Posted February 29, 2016 by John Mutford

1. Click on the icon above
2. Add a link to your review. (Please link to your specific review, not an entire webpage.)
3. Add your name and in parentheses the title of the book, such as John Mutford (Anne of Avonlea)
4. In the comment section below, tell me your grand total so far. (ex. “This brings me up to 1/13″)

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Canada’s Top Taekwondo Athletes Will Compete at the 2016 Canada Open and Canada Para Open in Montréal from February 11 to 14, 2016

Posted February 13, 2016 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Government of Canada supports Taekwondo Canada in the hosting of the Canada Open and Canada Para Open 2016, the first step for Canada’s top taekwondo athletes on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games

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How would property tax changes affect B.C. homebuyers?

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

The finance minister has hinted Tuesday’s provincial budget will increase the tax-exempt threshold for first-time homebuyers, and at the same time create a new luxury tax for high-end homes.

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Vancouver’s property transfer tax revenues are one-quarter of B.C.’s $1.15 billion total

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

Vancouver accounted for nearly one-quarter of the government’s $1.15-billion windfall from B.C.’s property transfer tax in the past fiscal year. The $266.5 million collected in the City of Vancouver in the property transfer taxes from 16,635 transactions in the 2014-2015 fiscal year ending in March 31 shows how Metro Vancouver’s overheated market is increasing this tax revenue for the B.C. government.

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The rise and fall of the ‘Ghomeshi effect’

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

For just a moment it looked like change was in the air. In 2014, when former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi first fell so spectacularly from grace — a sudden and very public dismissal from CBC, and a stunning number of women who levelled accusations of sexual assault and gross behaviour — the backlash against the women was swift. Then Twitter began to rumble.

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Canucks wardrobe: A history from hideous to splendour

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

Sometimes it’s easier to pinpoint the precise moment love ended than when it began. Joe Borovich remembers the day: Oct. 11, 1978.

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First Nations basketball player excluded from games, native identity questioned

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

VANCOUVER – Tattooed on Josiah Wilson’s chest is a fine line of writing that combines two significant dates: his birth and the death of his biological mother four days after he was born.

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DNA breaks in nerve cells’ ancestors cluster in specific genes

Posted February 12, 2016 by e! Science News - Popular science news

The genome of developing brain cells harbors 27 clusters or hotspots where its DNA is much more likely to break in some places than others, researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Me…

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Don Cayo: PM is right to consult on energy, but should stop sending mixed signals

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

A key aspect of the Trudeau government’s energy policy — reforming the regulatory process to build credibility and make it easier for more Canadians to express their views — is the right way to go, according to a new study by the market-oriented Macdonald-Laurier Institute. I agree. After all, the previous government’s ham-handed boosterism when it came to almost any energy-related project succeeded mainly in generating suspicion and hostility. On pipelines in particular, it accomplished exactly nothing.

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Why is Rex Murphy Trying to Inflame Alberta Separatists?

Posted February 12, 2016 by Simon

As I pointed out recently, Big Oil’s sinking fortunes are driving its faithful hooker Rex Murphy over the deep end.

He has been using his bully pulpits on The National and in the National Post to blame everybody but Stephen Harper for the dire situation in Alberta.

But even by his low standards this deranged rant is absolutely outrageous. 
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Vaughn Palmer: Green leader’s ideas find favour with B.C. Liberals

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

VICTORIA – As the legislature convened for the afternoon sitting one day this week, the third presence in the house, Green party leader Andrew Weaver, got to his feet with a couple of suggestions for the government to get a handle on the runaway real e…

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Shelley Fralic: Save the planet, recycle a house

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

She always wanted to own land, and so Judy Kenzie worked her way from an apartment in Kitsilano to a house on small lot in Strathcona and, finally, to a lush hillside spread in Mission with a can’t-look-away view of Mount Baker. She had always wanted to recycle a house, too, because Kenzie has a thing for older homes and because she has found it not only sad, but infuriating, to watch as so many perfectly livable vintage houses fall to the bulldozer all over Metro Vancouver.

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Burnaby suggests Vancouver reject future office towers

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

Some of Metro Vancouver’s mayors are lamenting the lack of new office towers outside downtown Vancouver, saying it’s hampering their ability to build complete communities in their growing town centres. The concern prompted Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan to call for some tough decisions, even asking Vancouver to reject new office developments so as to encourage their construction elsewhere in the region. About 45 per cent of the large office towers with 10,000 sq.ft. or more of space in Metro Vancouver are either in Vancouver’s Broadway corridor or its downtown core, according to a staff report.

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Vancouver mining company sues Ottawa over blocking of Williams Lake-area Taseko gold mine

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Province - News

VANCOUVER — Taseko Mines Ltd. is suing the federal government in B.C. Supreme Court and seeking unspecified compensation for a 2014 decision that blocked development of a proposed $1.5 billion gold and copper deposit.

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Douglas Todd: What makes love last?

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

“Every good relationship needs one optimist and one comic.” That’s the wry way Sarah White sums up the secret of the 30-year relationship she has with Tamara Adilman, the birth mother of their two sons.

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Deconstructing Marie Henein: Ghomeshi lawyer did ‘excellent job,’ fellow defence attorney says

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Province - News

‘Henein made a very clever final submission — she said is the truth is between the lines. She didn’t say they lied. She said you cannot rely on what they said’

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Video: Encouraging women to consider mining as a career

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

Conversations That Matter features Anna Tudela, Vice President, Diversity, Goldcorp. Tudela discusses the challenges facing mining companies committed to increasing women in their ranks at all levels. Her “Creating Choices” program is designed to encourage women to pursue a career in mining. This is episode 72 in a series of videos by Stu McNish.

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Vancouver locksmith shows us how to effortlessly break into a safe

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Province - News

A Vancouver locksmith says he can easily break into safes with electronic locks typically found in homes and hotels using a good old-fashioned technique his grandfather used. The YouTube post showing how Terry Whin-Yates effortlessly cracks a small saf…

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The tobacco endgame: Radical proposals part of strategy to win faltering war on smoking

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Province - News

Tax hikes, graphic warning labels and public smoking bans have been successful at reducing smoking — but a stubborn 20% of the population refuses to quit

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New experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection

Posted February 12, 2016 by e! Science News - Popular science news

When it comes to early diagnosis of Lyme disease, the insidious tick-borne illness that afflicts about 300,000 Americans annually, finding the proverbial needle in the haystack might be a far easier challenge–until now, perhaps. An experimental method…

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Escape from Dorchester Penitentiary – Minimum Security Unit

Posted February 12, 2016 by Canada News Centre - National News

On February 12, 2016, at about 3:15 p.m., inmate Jeffrey MacLean escaped from Dorchester Penitentiary – Minimum Security Unit.

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Rare beluga data show whales dive to maximize meals

Posted February 12, 2016 by e! Science News - Popular science news

Children’s singer and songwriter Raffi may have brought beluga whales into popular culture with his 1980 song “Baby Beluga,” but surprisingly little is actually known about the life and ecology of these elusive marine mammals that live in some of the w…

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New nanotechnology detects biomarkers of cancer

Posted February 12, 2016 by e! Science News - Popular science news

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a new technology to detect disease biomarkers in the form of nucleic acids, the building blocks of all living organisms.
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Ants were socializing — and sparring — nearly 100 million years ago, Rutgers study finds

Posted February 12, 2016 by e! Science News - Popular science news

Like people, ants have often fought over food and territory.
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Memory replay prioritizes high-reward memories

Posted February 12, 2016 by e! Science News - Popular science news

Why do we remember some events, places and things, but not others? Our brains prioritize rewarding memories over others, and reinforce them by replaying them when we are at rest, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, Cente…

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Graphene leans on glass to advance electronics

Posted February 12, 2016 by e! Science News - Popular science news

Graphene, the two-dimensional powerhouse, packs extreme durability, electrical conductivity, and transparency into a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon. Despite being heralded as a breakthrough “wonder material,” graphene has been slow to leap into commerc…

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Asthma linked to an increased time to pregnancy

Posted February 12, 2016 by e! Science News - Popular science news

Asthma has been associated with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate in a new clinical observation study.
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‘Why me? Why my partner?': Former Surrey Mountie cries at criminal negligence sentencing

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Province - News

Const. Bonnie Sauve has waited two years to tell James Weaver what went through her mind and how her life changed when he rammed her police car with an SUV. “His actions have forever changed my psychological and emotional well being,” Sauve said through tears at Weaver’s sentencing hearing in provincial court in Surrey on Friday.

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Pirates in your neighbourhood: How new online copyright infringement laws are affecting Canadians one year later

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

Proponents say the use of infringement notices is reducing piracy, while privacy advocates want clearer rules to prevent film studios from shaking people down for settlements

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The kite is out there: Nanaimo UFO sightings turn out to be less than X-Files material

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Province - News

The unearthly fantasies of people tracing the course of an unidentified flying object over north Nanaimo on Wednesday were grounded after police investigated.

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Don, the MoMA Guard Dog

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Nag

In June 1933, Don, a German Shepherd, was given to The Museum of Modern Art by Vanity Fair magazine’s kennel department.  Don was two years old, weighed 80 pounds, had very strong, white teeth and had completed a short training course in “museum management” and burglar detection.
Don’s duties began at 6:00 p.m. He was not kept on a leash, so he could roam freely to smell any thieves. During the daytime Don slept in the backyard of the Museum, or chased stones thrown by Museum staff. In the afternoons he was taken to the penthouse and allowed to run or sleep in the sunlight on the roof.
However just one short month after Don’s hiring, reports arose that his professional watchdog performance had rapidly deteriorated. The aesthetic environment evidently brought a complete change in the savage beast. Don became so gentle and friendly that the museum officials had to train him all over again to make him suspicious of strangers.

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The Art of the Berkeley Political Poster Workshop

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Nag

In May 1970, students at the University of California, Berkeley, came together to form the Berkeley Political Poster Workshop, which produced hundreds of silkscreen designs. Under the guidance of Malaquias Montoya, a leading figure of the Chicano Art Movement, the workshop class was the largest of its kind. Students created images of resistance in response to the increasing political tumults and traumas, from Nixon’s ordered bombing of Cambodia to the Kent State shootings that occurred just days before the workshop took root.

50 posters from the Berkeley Political Poster Workshop are now on view in America in Revolt: The Art of Protest, an exhibition at Shapero Modern in London.

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To be young and polyamorous in the age of OkCupid

Posted February 12, 2016 by Vancouver Sun - News

These 20-somethings take the idea of having multiple romantic partners to another level

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Mies Van Der Rohe – Architecture As Language

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Nag

This five-minute video created by Swiss filmmaker Alexander Fairies is a tribute to modernist architect Mies van der Rohe. There is footage of Mies’ most well known works, including the Barcelona Pavilion replica, Farnsworth House, and the Neue Nationa…

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Family Day: Free and fun activities across Canada

Posted February 12, 2016 by Anonymous

Fishing in Saskatchewan, hot chocolate in Ottawa, Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto

The post Family Day: Free and fun activities across Canada appeared first on MoneySense.

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Pirates in your neighbourhood: How new online copyright infringement laws are affecting Canadians one year later

Posted February 12, 2016 by The Province - News

Proponents say the use of infringement notices is reducing piracy, while privacy advocates want clearer rules to prevent film studios from shaking people down for settlements

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Over Two Dozen Americans Got Hurt or Killed in Mass Shootings at Clubs This Week

Posted February 12, 2016 by VICE Staff

Seven days brought seven mass shootings, but most of the carnage was confined to three events in or near night spots last weekend.

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Surreal, Colour-Soaked Photographs of a High-Fashion After Party

Posted February 12, 2016 by Anonymous

Photographer Daniel Scott’s came away with some surreal images from the after party for YSL’s latest event in LA.

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An Astrophysicist Explains That Whole Deal with the Colliding Black Holes and Gravity Waves

Posted February 12, 2016 by Anonymous

Professor Alan Duffy explains how researchers were able to confirm the existence of gravitational waves from black holes.

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