Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]
Ranch? La Croix? Holy water? Hot sauce? Which liquid delivers the best hit?
Employees said sewage was “covering the floors” of the headquarters in DC.
A judge just dismissed the airline’s attempt to shut down a class action lawsuit alleging widespread sexual misconduct.
Democratic lawmakers are calling for a congressional investigation into the president’s alleged past sexual improprieties. Is that the first step to his removal?
The 27-year-old acclaimed photographer from Toronto carried a basketball with him everywhere growing up and is still nostalgic about his Raptors fandom today.
‘The Return,’ now on Netflix, is the writer-director’s first standup special.
Prosecutors just upgraded James Fields Jr.’s charges to first-degree murder, arguing he intentionally sped into counter-protestors at the alt-right rally.
Apparently opioids are more popular than cigarettes in Ontario high schools.
This may have been the most epic blog post and photoshoot I’ve ever tackled. It’s my last post before Christmas, and I think it’s safe to say we’re going out with a bang this year! I hope my roundup inspires you to create your own vegan cookie board—big or small—this holiday season. If you make […]
Pasquale Barbaro was murdered by an associate last November. To get a sense of how Pas lived, we spoke to a guy who’d partied with him.
Holiday cheer in New York City. (Photo: Marley White)
Almost any millennial can recall in detail scenes from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Many credit the film as their first introduction to Christmas in “The City That Never Sleeps,” and some even visit the Big Apple with hopes of retracing Kevin McCallister’s steps.
Where Indigenous languages are being spoken now in Canada. Scroll down for a closer look at this map and the country’s 12 Indigenous language families. (Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo)
These are the languages of the land beneath your feet.
The most recent Statistics Canada census data reveals the country’s Indigenous linguistic landscape, the places where 60 languages belonging to 12 overarching families — Inuit, 10 First Nations and Michif (Métis) — are being used now. Most of these have been spoken, and have been evolving, for thousands of years — far longer than English or French.
Documentary film “Bluefin” explores the mystery of why wild giant tuna will approach fishing boats and eat bait from a human hand. (Image courtesy National Film Board)
The documentary films The Cove and Blackfish brought global awareness to the plight of dolphins and killer whales, respectively; now, the team behind a new Canadian doc hopes their film will do the same for bluefin tuna.
Welcome to my second Christmas Home Tour! Yes. My second. But there’s a story behind it. I have a funny story to tell. This year we put up our Christmas tree, but we (I) broke from tradition and put up the flocked tree. We didn’t get a real tree like we’ve been doing for the past 20+ years, and oh man did I feel all the guilt. The kids were good sports and went along with it, but it just didn’t feel right. We went through the motions and decorated the tree while we watched Elf, just like we do […]
In a case that has national ramifications, a federal judge has ruled against the city of South Portland, Maine, in its latest effort to stop the coastal town from becoming a destination for Canadian tar sands oil. The case centers around an existing pipeline owned by oil companies ExxonMobil, Shell, and Suncor.
Toulouse, France based Airbus SE has a successful commercial story to tell about one of its newest satellites, the PerúSAT-1, a high resolution earth observing satellite built for the Peru National Space Agency (CONIDA), an organization attached to the Peruvian Ministry of Defense.
Expect the Airbus Canadian subsidiary to reference the story every chance it gets as it seeks to win new domestic satellite and space contracts.
|PerúSat 1 is an high resolution earth observing satellite ordered by the Peruvian Space Agency in April 2014 and launched as a secondary payload on an Arianespace Vega launch vehicle in 2016. As outlined on Gunter’s space page, “the satellite is designed based on Airbus Defence and Space’s AstroBus-S (AstroBus-300) bus and features an imaging system from the NAOMI (New Astrosat Observation Modular Instrument) family to provide 0.7 m resolution panchromatic images and 2 m resolution images in four wavelengtt bands.” Graphic c/o Airbus.|
As outlined in the December 14th, 2017 SatNews Daily post, “Peruvian Government Reports Investment in Airbus’ PerúSAT-1 Already Recovered … In First Year,” the Peruvian government has already declared PerúSAT-1 a great success.
Since the October 2016 signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) intended to eliminate 98% of the tariffs between the two, Airbus has been ramping up its efforts to sell satellite and military technology to Canadian customers in both the government and the private sector.
As outlined in the January 7th, 2017 Esprit de Corps post, “Eyes in the North: Airbus Canada aims to Deliver Cutting-Edge Space Systems,” satellites and space systems, “make major contributions to the effectiveness of Canada’s maritime surveillance, search and rescue, and Arctic sovereignty capabilities.”
Don’t you love it when you pull up to a red light in the right lane, and the guy in front of you notices and squeezes out into the intersection a bit, just so you can make your right turn a bit faster? What a great thing that is. Careful though — now it’s your […]
The Industrial Revolution is responsible for personality traits that exist in people today
Scientists produce ‘bionic silk’ by feeding graphene nanotubes to spiders
Scientists figure out how a mind-controlling parasite hijacks mice’s immune system
Trump’s plan to return to the moon leaves many questions unanswered.
A scientific look at the Grinch’s growing heart and Rudolph’s red nose
Eye contact helps sync brain waves between mother and baby
The Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the world’s biggest funders of environmental conservation groups, has given almost $5 million since 2011 to an organization that rejects the overwhelming evidence that human-caused climate change is dangerous, DeSmog has found.
Between 2011 and 2015, financial returns show the Pew Charitable Trusts gave $4.7 million to the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), while giving millions more to dozens of worthy conservation causes.
Hartnett White, who hopes to chair the influential federal council, also rejects the science linking fossil fuel burning to dangerous climate change.
Some of the groups that have received major grants from Pew have been outspoken in their criticisms of Hartnett White, describing her as a “climate change denier” who was unfit for the role. The Pew Charitable Trusts confirmed the grants, but said they were unrelated to work on climate change.
|Orbital ATK CEO David W. Thompson and Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler announce their satellite servicing agreement at the 32nd Space Symposium, which which was held from April 11th – 14th, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO. As outlined in the April 12th, 2016 Space News post, “Orbital ATK signs Intelsat as first satellite servicing customer,” the two companies scheduled their first launch in 2018 and so far at least, seem to moving forward according to plan. According to the post, “MEV-1 will first dock with a retired satellite in a graveyard orbit above stationary orbit to test its systems, then dock with an active Intelsat satellite to extend its life for five years.” Photo c/o Chuck Bigger.|
The IS 901 was the first of nine new Intelsat satellites launched in June 2001. It currently provides Ku-band spot beam coverage for Europe, as well as C-band coverage for the Atlantic Ocean region and is reaching the end of its operational life, but could potentially be refueled for several more years of service. The satellite is operated by US and Luxembourg based Intelsat.
As outlined in the December 12th, 2017 Space News post, “FCC begins approval of Orbital ATK satellite-servicing mission for Intelsat-901,” the proposed mission is intended to test out the new Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1), a satellite servicing vehicle operated by Orbital ATK subsidiary Space Logistics Services, which was set up specifically to deal with Orbital ATK’s satellite-servicing business.
However, components of the mission are still to be decided. According to the post:
The commission has, for now, withheld permission on a request from Space Logistics LLC, the subsidiary handling Orbital ATK’s satellite-servicing business, for relocating Intelsat-901 alongside another Intelsat satellite.
The agency also deferred on a request to undock MEV-1 from Intelsat-901 at the end of that mission and to return MEV-1 to a graveyard orbit to await its next assignment.
The FCC licence is only one of the steps required to gain government approval for the mission, According to the article:
Satellite servicing is a relatively new area for regulators, consequently requiring a lot of trailblazing by Orbital ATK. (Joe) Anderson, (the VP of business development and operations for Space Logistics) said the company has been in a dialogue with the FCC, the U.S. State Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for several years, and those discussions concluded that the FCC would be the licensing body for launch, deployment, docking and TT&C.
Several other hurdles remain to be jumped in order to obtain the necessary regulatory approval, but all sides are optimistic that a solution can be found before the planned launch of the MEV-1 in late 2018.
As outlined most recently in the July 17, 2017 post, “Orbital ATK, DARPA, MacDonald Dettwiler, DigitalGlobe & Unleashing the Lobbyists,” Orbital ATK isn’t the only private firm developing the capability to service satellites in orbit.
In fact, Orbital ATK spent a surprising amount of the last year in pitched battle with then Richmond, BC based Macdonald Dettwiler (MDA), its US MDA subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) and then Westminster, CO based Digitalglobe to prevent the US government from providing a variety of subsidies to it’s competitors, in the form of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grants and NASA Restore-L contracts, in order to build much the same sort of satellite servicing technology.
Orbital ATK argued that the US government provided an unfair advantage to MDA/SSL/Digitalglobe by providing the DARPA/NASA funding when the private sector was already competing in the area. US courts rejected that argument.
But while both MDA and Digitalglobe are now operating under the banner of San Francisco, CA based Maxar Technologies, the partnerships and DARPA/NASA funding remain intact.
Orbital ATK perseveres with its program, at least for now. It will be interesting to see which company manages to eventually pull ahead in this marathon.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.
Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski’s new book on Louise Arner Boyd, “The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame.” (Image courtesy Dundurn Press) Right: Boyd onboard the Hobby during the 1928 mission to rescue Roald Amundsen. (Photo: Norsk Polarinstitutt [NPO18311])
“Who the hell is Louise Arner Boyd?”
Joanna Kafarowski probably won’t blame you for saying that. After all, a not-dissimilar thought ran through the Canadian author’s head when she first learned about Boyd’s Arctic exploits in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s in 2005.
This Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast is a simple and easy way to enjoy Christmas dinner without having to roast a whole turkey! If you’re hosting a small crowd this year for Christmas dinner, why not consider roasting a turkey breast, as opposed to a whole turkey? This Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast is SO easy to prepare, and is ready in just over an hour, from start to finish. Talk about making Christmas dinner easier than ever! I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious turkey dinner recipe just in time for the holidays! I was compensated for my […]
In part at any rate the good guy Doug Jones won in the Alabama special Senate election on December 12, 2017 by leaning on at least something somewhat like the “rigged-electoral-system” luck that almost accidentally gave Donald Trump the US presidency in November 2016. To take just the clearest case in point : “1.7 per […]
…these White Pride groups have become the Jehovah’s Witnesses of our day. The reason so many of the Supreme Court’s First Amendment decisions involve Jehovah’s Witnesses is that they were a despised minority who could be easily bullied because they were regarded as un-American cultists. (Among other things, they refused to salute the flag or […]
Brexit cheerleader Daniel Hannan has been busy since last June’s referendum set the clock ticking on his current job as a Member of the European Parliament.
His latest venture is the Institute for Free Trade, a “private, not-for-profit, non-partisan research foundation”, launched at the Foreign Office no less. The group “sees Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as a unique opportunity to revitalise the world trading system” – a somewhat optimistic outlook that goes against the grain of what most experts expect.
The IFT’s inaugural Global Trade Summit, held in the heart of London in October, brought together prominent government ministers, lobbyists, free market idealogues, and climate science deniers from both sides of the pond.
No two nachos are created equally. When somebody offers you a nacho from their appetizer plate at a restaurant or while on the couch at home in front of a movie, you need to move fast: First up, quickly scan their entire plate. What stage is this offer being made? Are you in the game […]
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This week, Gatehouse Media published a long-form investigative report called “In the Shadow of Wind Farms” claiming that wind energy has caused negative health effects for residents living near wind turbines — a claim that flies in the face of actual science.
GateHouse Media’s anti-wind article leans almost entirely on anecdotal evidence compiled during its six-month long project that included interviews with dozens of people who claim negative outcomes from living near wind farms.
Meanwhile, in the realm of scientific facts, the American Wind Energy Alliance, the main trade group representing the wind power industry, points to 25 scientific reviews that document the safety of wind farms for human health and the environment.
A new study published in the journal Science Advances has concluded that babies born within two miles of sites of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale basin are more likely to have low birth weights.
Researchers from Princeton, the University of Chicago, and UCLA analyzed a decade of Pennsylvania birth data from 2004 to 2013 — reviewing 1.1 million birth certificates — and concluded that those babies born to mothers living in close proximity to fracking sites are more likely to weigh under 5.5 pounds at birth. Specifically, the study concluded that babies born within a kilometer (just over half a mile) of fracking sites are 25 percent more at risk of low birth weights, which comes with other health effects.
“While we know pollution from hydraulic fracturing impacts our health, we do not yet know where that pollution is coming from — from the air or water, from chemicals onsite, or an increase in traffic,” said UCLA researcher Katherine Meckel in a press release.
By Dave Anderson, crossposted from Energy and Policy Institute
A new letter asking Congress to end the wind production tax credit has ties to the Institute for Energy Research, a group that has received funding from the fossil fuel and utility industry and is a close ally of the Trump administration.
The Energy and Policy Institute downloaded a PDF of the letter from WindAction.org, an anti-wind website run by the New Hampshire-based Lisa Linowes. A look at the “Document Properties” seemed to identify “Chris Warren” as the “Author” of the file:
As Liberals, we are working to build a Canada where we champion these progressive values…
Jump to RecipeThis Easy Ham and Cheese Crustless Quiche is a quick and delicious brunch recipe! It’s Cheese of the Month time again! Actually, this is the last one of the program…sniff. I really loved trying new-to-me delicious Canadian cheeses and creating new dishes each month, then sharing them with you! I’m going to miss it. But I hope you enjoyed all the delicious cheese inspired recipes I’ve shared over the last few months. If you missed any, make sure to check them out at the bottom of this post! This post is sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada. This recipe, all pictures and words are my own. I just really really love cheese. 😉 This month in my surprise cheese delivery, I received 2 cheeses! Baluchon from Fromagerie Baluchon in Quebec, and Boerenkaas from Natural Pastures on Vancouver Island, BC. Both cheeses are flavourful, creamy and SO delicious. I wanted to use both cheeses in one recipe, so I decided to add them both to a crustless quiche with ham and green onion. Crustless quiches, or frittatas, are really easy and delicious dishes. They’re perfect for Sunday or holiday brunch, but they are also my favourite what’s-for-dinner on a weeknight […]
As has been my tradition, in December I repost old favourites from years gone by. This year am looking back to 2014 and this piece on juice.
Juice is an incredibly frustrating beverage. Despite packing the same caloric and sugary punch of Coca-Cola, unlike sugared soda, juice’s undeserved health halo regularly leads to its provision, consumption (and often over consumption) in the name of nutrition – especially to and by our children.
And kids really shouldn’t be drinking the stuff, or at the very least, not in the name of health.
The Canadian Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that juice be capped for kids at half a cup daily. And make no mistake, the capping isn’t because juice is so damn good for the kids that we don’t want them to drink too much of it, but rather because every glass contains 5 teaspoons of sugar (or more) and calories which won’t be compensated for with decreased portions at their next meals.
The World Health Organization also considers juice to be nothing more than a sugar delivery vehicle and in their recent draft guidelines on sugar consumption specifically call out juice as a source of undesirable free sugars.
Yet there’s this piece that came across my Newswire just last week. It was a press release put out by Coca-Cola (makers of Minute Maid) and Breakfast Club of Canada and it featured Teresa Piruzza, MPP for Windsor West and Minister of Children and Youth Services launching the newest Ontario Breakfast Club, which judging from the press photo up above involves the indoctrination of children into believing that fruit juice is a healthy part of their breakfast and the provision of juice boxes (containing more juice than our experts’ daily recommended maximum), festooned with cartoon characters that in turn might further increase a child’s consumption and desire for same.
Can you imagine a similar scene with the Minister of Children and Youth Services grinning and handing out Vitamin C fortified soda, in cartoon covered cans, to children in the name of breakfast?
According to the press release,
“Breakfast Club of Canada supports healthy breakfast programs at 1,266 schools, supporting nearly 130,000 children and serves close to 21 million breakfasts every year and that Minute Maid® has partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada since 2003, donating Minute Maid® juices to support programs across Canada.“
Breakfast I’m all for, but marketing sugar water to children and washing it in BS “corporate social responsibility“, food insecurity, and health, is incredibly misguided, and incredibly sad.
(And if you’re looking for Juice is NOT a F@*#ing Fruit Part I click here)
A black bear sow with a fresh-caught coho salmon. In its latest assessment report, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has raised the status of coho salmon in B.C.’s Fraser River basin from endangered to threatened, but the indicator species still needs careful management. (Photo: Pam Mullins/Can Geo Photo Club)
News that scientists are recommending that the peregrine falcon be delisted as threatened in Canada somewhat overshadowed the status of 39 other species that the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed during its recent semi-annual meeting in Ottawa.