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When I was six years old my math skills suddenly took a steep tumble, so my parents whisked me off to the eye doctor who twiddled a bunch of knobs and eventually concluded that this L’il Squinter couldn’t see the blackboard. Unfortunately, instead of asking me to drink a glass of carrot juice every morning […]
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Dominic Green:It was only Seven Days in Entebbe, but it felt like an eternity. The rescue in July 1976 by Israeli commandos of 102 Jewish and Israeli hostages from Palestinian and German terrorists at Entebbe airport in Uganda was a scriptwriter’s dream: a three-act drama of crisis, complication and resolution, in which the good guys […]
Jason Fagone, in Highline, with an incredible story about math, and the folks who used it to successfully game the lottery.
Sophie Gilbert, in The Atlantic, with an inconvenient story about Nazi-looted art.
Jon Michaud, in The New Yorker, tells the story of the creation of my very favourite album of all time – Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.
You know how it is: you walk into the elevator, you press your button, and just as the door is about to fully close, a hand appears out of nowhere and pulls it back open. Then a stranger walks in and presses the same button you already pressed, going to the same floor you were […]
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Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar dropped a major climate clanger in Washington this week, when boasting about intervening with Irish planning authorities on behalf of Donald Trump. The incident occurred in 2014, prior to Trump’s presidential run and when Varadkar was then Irish tourism minister.
Trump phoned him in a bid to thwart plans for a wind farm to be located near his newly purchased golf resort in Doonbeg, on Ireland’s western seaboard. Varadkar then phoned the local county council and “endeavoured to do what I could do about it”, he told a lunch event in Washington this week to mark St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s national holiday.
Permission for a nine turbine wind farm close to Doonbeg was subsequently refused. “I am very happy to take credit for it if the president is going to offer it to me”, Varadkar said this week.
As the US coal industry winds down, does it have enough money set aside to clean up the vast pits, walls and broken mountains left behind?
A Climate Home News investigation has found the answer is no. Particularly in Appalachia, the land, water and health of mining communities have been put at risk by a critically underfunded system supposed to clean up after mines close.
Natural causes and human factors cover over sites for archaeologists to find
A disturbance in the Earth’s core is weakening our magnetic field.
Physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku talks about his new book “The Future of Humanity.”
In the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, citizens with radiation detectors so they can collect their own data
Remembering Professor Stephen Hawking with a commentary and an interview
As outlined in the March 9th, 2018 Lexology post, “A Radical New Way of Thinking about our Innovation Economy: Canada’s IP Strategy and the 2018 Budget,” last year’s 2017 budget included reference to a Canadian National IP strategy, in order to facilitate an “innovation ecosystem” where commercialized IP (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, trade secrets and other items) assist Canadian firms to grow to scale.
This year’s budget allocated financing for the strategy, with “an overall commitment” of $85.3Mln for:
As outlined in the March 1st, 2018 post, “‘Patent Boxes, our Canadian Space Agency and the Lack of Real Innovation in the 2018 Federal Budget,” IP management is a critical component of growing Canada’s innovation economy.
It’s good to know that others feel the same. At least some of this message seems to be getting through to the Federal Liberal party.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer
I’ve voted New Democrat in all Federal elections since 1972 with membership since 1981. With the woeful inexperience and bad judgement of the current Leader, I don’t feel comfortable in the Federal Party anymore. Under his short leadership, major Par…
Hey everyone, I hope you’re enjoying a fun March break if you’re off this week! We finally decided to book a quick trip to Arizona to visit my parents…even though after our December holiday travel shenanigans I vowed I wouldn’t fly with Arlo again until he’s older and less squirmy…lol. Spoiler alert: he is at […]
Norwegian energy giant Statoil has announced it is rebranding to ‘Equinor’, a new name the firm states is inspired by “words like equal, equality and equilibrium”, as well as “Nor” for Norway.
But is this just an exercise in greenwashing? Just how fair and equitable is the company’s strategy?
After all, Statoil remains, at heart, a fossil fuel company.
Checking the mail can be a bit depressing. Sometimes there isn’t anything in there. Nope, nothing at all. Just one big, empty mailbox telling the world that everybody forgot about you today. Then again, the alternative is typically a fistful of bills and flyers. Someone’s selling air conditioners, your car payment’s due, and the pizza […]
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Today the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge’s temporary injunction halting work on the Bayou Bridge pipeline within Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. In a 2-1 vote the higher court’s decision will allow construction to proceed while the company, Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, appeals the injunction.
In the past, this blog has discussed media as it relates to science and the space industry, in articles such as the November 17th, 2013 post, “The 2013 Canadian Space Summit Media Panel,” and the February 4th, 2013 post, “Hiding Science Behind Academic Journal Paywalls.”
We’ve also applauded, as outlined in the November 8th, 2015 post, “A New Era for Canadian Space or More of the Same?,” when then newly minted Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains fulfilled a Liberal party campaign promise to allow government scientists and experts to comment on their work to the media and to the public, without interference from their political masters.
And we’ve complained loudly when, as outlined in the September 29th, 2014 post, “No Visas for Russian and Chinese Space Delegates to Attend IAC 2014,” the Federal Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper refused access to senior members of both the Chinese and Russian delegation to attend the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2015), which was held in Toronto, ON from September 29th to October 3rd, 2014.
But the recent refusal to allow independent Canadian journalist Lauren Southern to enter the United Kingdom (UK) to report on UK immigration and the domestic political situation is problematic to all journalists, everywhere.
As outlined in the March 13th, 2018 Independent post, “Lauren Southern: Far-right Canadian activist detained in Calais and banned from entering UK,” Southern was denied entry into the UK because, “her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.”
Southern is known online for her you-tube videos, and is considered as an independant representative of the growing new media. As outlined on her Wikipedia page:
Lauren Cherie Southern (born June 16th, 1995) is a Canadian far-right political activist, Internet personality, and journalist associated with the alt-right. In 2015, Southern ran as a Libertarian Party candidate in the Canadian federal election.
She worked for The Rebel Media until March 2017. Southern continues to work independently and publishes videos on YouTube.
To be fair, the reference for Southern’s categorization as a “far-right political activist,” is from the July 27th, 2017 Canadaland podcast, “Why Lauren Southern Got Banned From Patreon.” According to Canadaland:
The Patreon account of former Rebel Media personality Lauren Southern was banned late last week by the subscription-based crowdfunding website, following a lobbying campaign by the UK based anti-extremism charity HOPE not hate.
“Yes, HOPE not hate lobbied Patreon directly, and they removed everyone connected to Defend Europe (a European based identitarian focused political organization which Southern reported on and was active in, but which was also actively at odds with the viewpoints promoted by HOPE not hate) from their service,” Hope not hate director of communications Nick Ryan told CANADALAND in an email.
A Patreon representative informed Southern by email last Thursday that her account was being banned because some of her actions were “likely to cause loss of life” but didn’t elaborate further on any specific actions that prompted the ban.
Patreon is a popular crowdfunding platform used by independent media creators, including CANADALAND (and the Commercial Space blog), that allows “patrons” to pledge support via recurring payments.
Curiously enough, HOPE not hate also has other aspects to its agenda. As outlined on its website, the organization grew out as a response to the gains made by the British National Party (BNP) in the middle 2000’s.
HOPE not hate opposed the BNP and eventually took credit for its collapse.
So Southern and HOPE not hate both had agendas and viewpoints to disseminate. Southern simply preferred to state her biases in her editorials, unlike others, who preferred campaigns designed to “defund” and “de-platform” their opponents.
Much of the rest of our current media landscape also comes with an attached agenda.
This includes traditional media outlets such as the CBC, and more alternative outlets such as the Vancouver BC based Universe Today (a competitor to this blog, since we both cover many of the same topics) and Toronto, ON based Rebel Media (where Southern used to work).
For example, its interesting to note how Kent, WA based Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos gets such wonderful coverage of his rocket company from the Washington DC based Washington Post, which Bezos also owns.
Even Elon Musk might just be looking to get into the media business. As outlined in the March 14th, 2018 Gizmodo post, “Elon Musk Starts Media Business, Possibly Named ‘Thud!,’ Musk has certainly made suggestions in that area.
In essence, there is nothing wrong with setting up your own media outlet, or bringing a viewpoint to your posts. The problem isn’t even when other organizations (like HOPE not hate) with contrary viewpoints seek to compete in the marketplace of ideas in order to advocate and effect change.
The problem occurs when governments, often in response to lobbying efforts from organizations like HOPE not hate, take it upon themselves to censor people like Southern.
When that happens we all need to take note and object.
Otherwise, the freedom to research, assess, develop independent conclusions then speak and subject those conclusions to peer review via publication and exposure to a wider audience, is in jeopardy.
This is what seems to have happened to Lauren Southern.
As journalists and commentators, we need to point this out and object to it, in order to prevent those same surreptitious actions from secretly hanging over the heads of each and every one of us.
Les feux de forêt s’enflamment sur le long de l’autoroute de Yellowknife, au sud de Behchokò (T.N.-O.), en 2014. Les chercheurs étudient l’influence des feux à long terme sur les lacs et les cours d’eau. (Photo : Nathan Shute)
En 2014, des feux de forêt massifs ont balayé le sud des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, incinérant les forêts et détruisant les habitats fauniques sur une superficie de 5000 kilomètres carrés, forçant la fermeture de la route de Yellowknife et polluant l’air aussi loin que le sud de la Saskatchewan et du Manitoba.
Wildfires burn alongside the Yellowknife Highway south of Behchokò, N.W.T., in 2014. Researchers are studying the long-term impact of the fire on streams and lakes. (Photo: Nathan Shute)
In 2014, massive wildfires swept across the southern Northwest Territories, incinerating forests and destroying wildlife habitat across 5,000 square kilometres of landscape, forcing the closure of the Yellowknife Highway and polluting the air as far away as southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Photo: Charles Rondeau (License: CC0 Public Domain)
If you think drinking bottled water instead of tap water will protect you from ingesting contaminants, think again.
A 2017 study conducted by Abigail Barrows, an Ocean Analytics marine research s…
Eliot was “shockingly plain … with a huge nose and missing teeth.” Why, then, did her family fixate on the seemingly insignificant rumor that her right hand was larger than her left, attempting to change and control the narrative about this appendage after her death? In the chapter “George Eliot’s Hand,” Hughes carefully unpacks this […]
(Background here.)Steyn notes that younger people are less inclined to be supportive (even in the breach) of free speech as a value in and of itself, whereas he “thought young people were supposed to be idealistic…”But these young people ARE “idealistic” — about “social justice” and censorship.What worries me more is their conformity.We also expect […]
A delicious collection of lemon recipes. Scones, Drinks, Cakes, Tarts, Desserts, Popsicles, Loaves and more! – – – – – – – – – – I love lemon. I can’t think of too many recipes that a lemon could ruin. And I’ve realized that my love of lemon really does come through over here, as I’ve shared quite a few sweet lemon recipes over the years. So why not share all of the lemon love in one post? Yes please. So for your love of lemon, here is a collection of some of my most favourite lemon recipes! Enjoy! 15 […]
Today’s guest post comes from one of our office’s wonderful RDs – Christine McPhail, who has been spending a bit of time with Greta Podleski’s terrific new cookbook Yum and Yummer.
As a Dietitian, I see the difference it makes when families start cooking together and children begin to develop the important food skills that they will need as adults. I hear about children being more interested in trying new foods, helping in the kitchen, wanting to pick out recipes, and being proud of the foods they’ve made. These cooking experiences can help children learn about nutrition, balanced meals, and the importance of including a variety of foods. Our lives are busy and I do hear about food going on the back burner (see what I did there) but it shouldn’t have to. You can read Dr. Freedhoff’s past post Teaching Your Kids To Cook Is More Important Than Teaching Them To Play Soccer Or Hockey that provides strong rationale for families cooking together.
Adults in turn benefit from sharing their skills, having the opportunity to pass down their favourite recipes and traditions, and of course having more balanced and nutritious meals themselves. A great place to start is having your family go through cookbooks together and pick recipes they would be interested in making. One recipe book I can recommend is Yum & Yummer by Greta Podleski, a Canadian author and recipe developer, who you may know from her very popular Looneyspoons cookbooks, which she co-wrote with her sister Janet.
Here are a few reasons I liked Yum & Yummer:
With some quality time in the kitchen and eating meals together, your family can appreciate the benefit and taste of whole foods, cooking from scratch, and eating together as a family. If you are interested, you can purchase the book via Amazon.ca (where 92% of the 148 reviews (and counting) are 5 star) or any other online Canadian book retailer.
Christine McPhail MSc, RD is one of our Registered Dietitians at the Bariatric Medical Institute. Christine has worked in academic, clinical and public health nutrition settings and has been fortunate to have worked on projects relating to food sustainability, food security, food policy and politics, childhood nutrition, body image, and school nutrition programs. She believes in the power of connecting with your food from farm to table. She feels fortunate to share this passion with her clients, as she helps them strengthen their relationship with food and learn more about nutrition.
When that churning ocean of sickness in your stomach finally leaves your body in a massive, ab-clencing heave, it sort of feels like a rebirth. Your headache instantly disappears, you chug a glass of water, and then all is well in the world again. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Instagram —
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Wildlife photographer Daisy Gilardini is Canadian Geographic’s newest Photographer-in-Residence. (Photo: Ron Clifford)
With more than two decades’ experience behind the lens, Daisy Gilardini has made it her life’s mission to share the beauty of nature and the importance of the wilderness with Canadians and the world. The Swiss-born, Vancouver-based wildlife photographer has travelled to more than 70 countries, taken part in more than 60 polar expeditions, won several major awards and been published in some of the world’s leading magazines.
The Strawberry Buttermilk Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake) is an easy and scrumptious brunch recipe! Serve with whipped cream and syrup. Our obsession with Dutch Baby Pancakes continues…this time we tried something a little different and it was delicious! It’s pretty much the same recipe as we’ve been using for our other puff pancakes, but this time we substituted the milk with buttermilk. Buttermilk lends such a nice buttery and tangy flavour to the pancake, which pairs perfectly with the strawberries and lemon zest. So gosh dang gooooood. Isn’t it gorgeous? What a pretty recipe for a weekend brunch with family and […]
This was an essay I wrote many years ago, about a patient who stayed with me throughout my career.
Steve Sailer writes:The most amusing aspect of the impressive, if not particularly comic, new comedy The Death of Stalin is that Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), who earns most of the film’s laughs as Malenkov, the Soviet dictator’s sad-sack nominal successor, saw his face Photoshopped out of the movie’s poster for #MeToo reasons.Ironically, one of Malenkov’s […]
A new report by Oren Cass of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research dismisses predictions of the impacts of a warming world with a simple solution: When climate change turns up the heat, people just need to turn on their air conditioners.
From his analysis, “Overheated: How Flawed Analyses Overestimate the Costs of Climate Change,” the Wall Street Journal somehow arrived at the following headline for Cass’s recent op-ed: Doomsday Climate Scenarios Are a Joke.
Air fresheners don’t work. They just make the bathroom smell like someone cracked a bottle of Chanel 5 open like an egg and poured it on top of a hot and steamy garbage dump. Air fresheners don’t so much solve bathroom pollution as they do call attention to it. And ceiling fans have another issue […]
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Despite hearing over four hours of public comments mostly in opposition, New Orleans City Council recently approved construction of a $210 million natural gas power plant in a predominantly minority neighborhood. Entergy is proposing to build this massive investment in fossil fuel infrastructure in a city already plagued by the effects of climate change.
Choosing a gas plant over renewable energy options flies in the face of the city’s own climate change plan and the mayor’s support for the Paris Climate Accord, said several of the plant’s opponents at the heated meeting when City Council ultimately voted to approve the plant.
Descendant Of Pocahontas, Debbie “White Dove” Porreco, supports President Trump, says he will be “our hero.” pic.twitter.com/sfXpHL5Y71— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) November 28, 2017 More from my siteDavid Cole: ‘A President Trump will be neither the hero his supporters take him for…’Jim Goad: An Evil Virus Called PopulismMy NEW Taki’s column: ‘Right-Wingers, Please Stop Saying This […]
David Cole writes:That said, let’s face an uncomfortable truth. Colonizing African nations and using the locals for slave labor was a bad idea, a stupid idea, an idea born of white hubris. And what doomed it was the belief that the “inferior” races would eternally submit to white domination. Over time, any people subjected to […]
From the US Speccie:We were so close to getting rid of Jann Wenner. (…)But reporting from Vanity Fair has confirmed that the Penske Media Corporation, the magazine’s new owners, are keeping Wenner on. Not with some kind of emeritus sinecure, either, but with the title of editorial director.We should have known it would be this […]
(This post was first published on US News and World Report in November 2013)
I’m not suggesting your child should never get weighed – certainly I’d encourage annual weigh-ins with your child’s pediatrician or family doctor to track growth curves – I just don’t want you weighing your child.
Aside from determining whether or not your kid has outgrown their car seat, or what size uniform or sporting equipment they require, there are three main reasons for a parent to want to weigh them. The first would be a worry about a child not growing sufficiently – and herein I’d encourage you to defer to your child’s doctor to determine whether or not worry is warranted.
But the second and third reasons are the ones that concern me. The second reason is a parent’s belief that his or her child’s weight is too high. The third reason is the second reason’s corollary, where a parent might be weighing a child to see if the child has lost weight or to keep track of the rate of gain.
The thing is, scales don’t measure anything other than weight. They don’t measure the presence or absence of health; they don’t measure whether a child is being fed a nutritious diet; they don’t measure whether a child is regularly active; and they don’t measure self-esteem. But they sure can take away self-esteem, can’t they?
And while I haven’t seen a study that proves it to be true, I’d be willing to wager that scale use in children has played a formative role in their development of mood disturbances and eating disorders over the years, as well as having had many negative impacts on their self-esteem, body images, and relationships with food.
Yes, childhood obesity is worrisome. And yes, if you’re worried about your child’s weight – especially if it’s having a negative impact upon his or her health or quality of life – you might want to try to help. But weighing your child doesn’t actually do anything. All weighing your child does is teach him or her that scales measure success, self-worth, and parental and personal pride – and that weight is all that matters.
You might think that tracking your child’s weight loss on a scale may be motivating, but celebrating a loss on a scale is no less risky than shaming a gain; they’re flip sides of the same coin – the coin that says scales measure success. And what happens if that child who is losing one day gains?
A child’s actual weight doesn’t really matter, at least not in any constructive, formative way. Ultimately, a child’s weight is not something that is directly controllable. Weight’s primary levers – eating behaviors and activity levels – have dozens, if not hundreds, of drivers and co-drivers, and many of them won’t in fact be modifiable.
Genetics, peer groups, socio-economic status, coexisting medical conditions (both mental and physical and for both child and parent), food available at school and after-school activities, and many more factors all have a very real impact on weight, while none are particularly changeable. Moreover, weight management is a struggle for highly motivated, fully mature adults with various weight-related medical conditions. Should we really be expecting children to accomplish a task that eludes many grown-ups?
If you’re worried about your child’s weight, look to those weight-relatable behaviours that you might actually help to change instead of weighing your child. For example, consider the source, quality and quantity of their calories and of the meals you’re providing them.
Look to your own examples for fitness, and cultivate active family outings. Review your home’s screen-time rules, and certainly rid all bedrooms (again, including your own) of televisions (which has been shown to dramatically increase risk of obesity in children. Cut your cable (and hence, eliminate the constant food advertisements your children are exposed to), and ensure that your child’s bedroom and habits are conducive to adequate sleep (as short sleep duration is also strongly associated with increased weight).
While it’s true that there are things affecting your child’s weight that you won’t be able to change, it’s also true that there are many things affecting their weight that fall within your parental discretion – and it’s there where you should expend your energies. Importantly, do so without explicitly putting a focus on weight as the cause of your home’s changes or the child as their sole target; instead, put the focus on improving the health of your family as a whole, with your changes affecting every member of the home, as the cultivation of healthy living behaviours provides benefits to everyone at every weight.
Bottom line: If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, don’t rely on a number to tell you or your child how he or she is doing. Simply measuring their weight does nothing to helping you understand how it got there nor will it do anything to help it to go away, but it may make your children hate themselves just a little bit more each time you put them on that scale.