Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



Early

Image description: The sun as the head on the 'wheelchair' symbol with the wheel turned into a clock showing the time 10:55
We are staying at a hotel directly across from a small mall that has a lovely movie theatre attached to it. When we got up we checked movie times and decided to go see Keanu, a comedy about crime and cats, which was playing at 10:55 AM. We love going to movies early, so we got ourselves ready and strolled over eagerly anticipating the day ahead of us.

We entered the theatre at a side door, I like the theatre and all but am always a little annoyed when the disabled access doors are not the same doors that everyone else goes through. But, at least they had the push button and the doors open wonderfully wide, so, thought I won't be grateful, I'm at least glad. We ride the elevator up and approach the doors that go into the cinema itself. Pushing the button, we find nothing happens. Perhaps we are a bit early, so Joe tries the doors and they are indeed open. He pushes the button on the other side of the door, we've discovered that sometimes one is broken and the other one not. It doesn't work either.

It's not hard to figure out what's going on. We learned from a store we shop in regularly back home that the accessible buttons have to be turned on. We've also learned that people often forget, when they are unlocking the doors for everyone else, to turn on the accessible door pushers. In fact, Joe knows where, in the store back home, the turn on switch is so now, instead of seeking someone to do it, he just does it himself. So, we figure, the buttons have been forgotten and need turning on.

I make this my duty, other disabled people will be coming, and the doors are heavy, I'll make sure the buttons are turned on. I would not be able to get through those doors without Joe's help when the buttons are off or down. I tell the guy selling us tickets but he's sullen to the point of hostility, and refuses to listen to my request. That's OK, he's young, he's not happy to be there, at that age I've been him. I seek out another person to tell.

When I tell her that the buttons have not been turned on she says the weirdest thing, "Yes, it's probably because it's still early."

What?

I said, "But I'm here. Doesn't that prove that disabled people come to movies at the same time as everyone else?"

She looked like I'd attacked her, I hadn't yelled, I was still in chat mode, then I recognized the tactic, turning me into a hostile, bitter, out of control, cripple. I said, then, softly, "If you could just ask that they be turned on because they are big doors and difficult to manage on your own."

She brightens, "I'll do that for you."

|Now it's a favour she is granting.

Whatever.

When we leave the theatre, the buttons are working and all is right with the world.

For the rest of the day whenever one of us said, 'I wonder why' or Why do you think' the other responded, 'because it's still early.'

The things they say to us.

The things they say.

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Posted on 2 May 2016 | 10:44 am

Literature and Culture Blog - Perogies and Gyoza



The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall

Written by: Deborah Ellis

Published by: Groundwood Books

Published on: August 11, 2014

Ages: 10+












Clare is a regular girl at a regular school in Pennsylvania, but with a mean streak. Clare is also a cat in the West Bank of the Middle East, who finds a boy hiding from Israeli soldiers. How Clare became a cat and what Clare the cat decides to do about the boy are just two of the mysteries told in this middle grade novel.

Ellis has impecable nonfiction credentials (Looks Like Daylight, Kids of Kabul) and she combines her extensive knowledge of the Israeli-Palestine situation to illuminate an important theme- that we all have choices and we can improve or worsen other people's lives as a result of the path we choose.

The fantasy element was actually quite well-done, although different from what I expected from Ellis' work. The juxtaposition of a normal middle-class life in the US with the fear of an orphaned boy in one of the world's most conflicted areas is clever and the fantasy element makes it feel less like a moral tale.

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Posted on 3 January 2015 | 1:10 pm

Entertainment Blog - Mike's Bloggity Blog



TD Bank brings even more music to Calgary!

2016 is Calgary’s Year of Music, which means that almost every day is packed with once in a lifetime concerts, packed music halls, surprises show and historic openings like the National Music Centre.  The Year of Music celebration also included the ...
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Posted on 20 April 2016 | 3:32 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



Guest Post: Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2015

Guest Contributor: Uryelle Dimailig

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival—as mentioned in my last article—is a pretty big deal. To illustrate exactly how big of a deal, tickets to the festival sell out within minutes while lotteries are drawn simply to enter the grounds when gates first open for the day.

Arguably one of the most popular festivals of the year, it boasts an army of over 2,500 volunteers alone, not to mention the thousands more who attend as guests. But whether volunteer, concert-goer, performer or passing observer, this annual event is indeed a magical time for all: four days of stunning scenery, world class music, united community, and general feel-good vibes unique to the one and only “Folk Fest.” For those of you who missed last weekend’s festivities (or have never been), here is my round-up of highlights from my time there on Saturday and Sunday to get you caught up to speed.

For those of you who are regulars, well, consider this fond nostalgia.

My first day was mainly spent exploring the festival and getting acquainted with the grounds. First thing you’ll undoubtedly notice is the sea of tarps sprawling over the steep hills of Gallagher Park on one side and the stunning view of Edmonton’s downtown core perched on top of the river valley on the other—the view alone is a big draw for many. You feel like you’re in an oasis in the middle of the city!

My quick tour of the market saw unique local vendors selling crafts that follow the “folk” sensibility: leather satchels, handmade jewelry, wooden décor, the works. The food pavilions provided hungry concert-goers with international fare including Thai, Chinese, German, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Canadian and more, with (of course) vegetarian and vegan options.

There were plenty of kid friendly amenities in the festival as well including a spray park, face painting and a family fun area. For us grownups, our fun area was known as the beer gardens, which offer up pitchers of beer, hotdogs, and great conversation with new and old friends. Stick around after the sun sets and take in the glorious sight of a hill filled with twinkling lights and a night sky full of stars. Truly magical.

As for the shows, my goal on Sunday was to catch as many as I could and I feel my mission was accomplished, having caught seven concerts that afternoon. Here are a few of my favourites:

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Emmanuel Jal: So I stumbled on this show by accident. I was actually on my way to find ice cream but I couldn’t help but stop as I passed by Emmanuel Jal’s stage. This guy had energy for days, jumping up and down, dancing in the crowd and pulling the audience on stage to join the show. Jal’s empowering songs affected the crowd too—everyone was up on their feet dancing along as the park resounded with anthems of love and peace, such is his mandate. The incredible story of Jal’s past life as a child soldier in Sudan, turned hip-hop artist and activist hailing from Toronto made for an uplifting performance that not only entertained but inspired all those who watched. For music with a message, an artist with a story, and an entertainer with passion, Emmanuel Jal’s your guy—his show was a definite highlight of the festival and it’s all thanks to ice cream.

I’m With Her: Shifting musical stylings somewhat after the Emmanuel Jal show, I drifted over to Stage 2 where the ladies of I’m With Her began their soft-spoken, gentle set of folksy originals and cover songs. These ladies had the most angelic voices which, when paired with their delicate instrumentals, served as the perfect complement to the sunshine and stunning view of the river valley behind the stage. Considering you were surrounded by thousands of people, the I’m With Her set had a magical way of feeling intimate and close, as every live performance should.

Fairfield Four: So funny story. While I was in the media tent sorting through the day’s photos, a group of older gentlemen arrived and media volunteers were busy trying to get them to their assigned stage. One of the men took a seat beside me, smiled and said, “How do you do,” in the smoothest, southern baritone voice I have ever heard. Being a newbie to the folk music scene however, I couldn’t quite place what kind of music they would be playing.

An hour later, there I was swaying to the stylings of the legendary Fairfield Four as their airtight four-part acapella harmonies and rolling bass lines took you through a journey of gospel tales and rich southern history. Incredibly humble for a group whose songs have won them Grammies and major Hollywood soundtracks, these talented vocalists are the third generation to hold a place in the Fairfield Four’s almost century long history. What a privilege it truly was to watch them live in concert.

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The McCrary Sisters: Continuing on the gospel note, the McCrary Sisters took to the stage shortly after. As daughters of one of the founding members of the Fairfield Four, it was clear that musical talent ran through the family. The sisters, with their pitch perfect harmonies, powerful vocal riffs and impeccable showmanship, took turns sharing the spotlight with their spirited set of blues, soul and gospel songs. My personal favourite was their song “Let It Go” which was an anthem of positivity and love. To top it all off, the Fairfield Four joined the Sisters on stage for an amazing joint performance that had everyone on their feet dancing and singing along.

All in all, I LOVED every second of my Folk Fest experience. Yes, the music was amazing but even more important was the incredible spirit of community, inclusion and support you felt when you were there. If you have a chance to make it to next year’s festival, I highly recommend it. Cheers to all the Folk; see you next August on the hill!


Photo Credit: Uryelle Dimailig

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Posted on 12 August 2015 | 4:09 am

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



OneWeb Goes to Gatineau

          By Chuck Black

Channel Islands based OneWeb, with its proposed constellation of satellites intended to provide global internet broadband service to individual consumers, will begin as a business-to-business internet provider, then use the revenue and infrastructure developed to move into under-served rural and consumer markets worldwide.

Graphic highlighting the main talking points of the OneWeb satellite constellation. According to the plan, 640 communication satellites will operate in low Earth orbit to receive and re-transmit internet data , initially to various commercial ground stations, but eventually to anyone with a receiver. As outlined in the April 18th, 2016 post, "We Won't Have Dan Friedmann to Kick Around Anymore!" OneWeb has partnered with Airbus and others to manufacture the satellites in Florida. Graphic c/o Airbus

At least that's the plan outlined by OneWeb CEO Matt O'Connell last week when OneWeb submitted its license application to US regulators. It's a process which, as outlined in the April 28th, 2016 Space News article, "OneWeb to debut as B2B broadband wholesaler before serving world’s poorest," will likely result in "a multi-year slog through the world’s capitals as the company seeks global operating rights."

All of which should provide a little context to the April 25th, 2016 public meeting at Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) headquarters in Gatineau, PQ., with OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, his daughter, OneWeb policy director Marc Dupuis, MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) Information System Goup CEO Don Osborne, MDA director of government and public affairs Leslie Swartman and various CRTC representatives. 

OneWeb founder Wyler. Photo c/o Space News.
The OneWeb presentation was part of a series held over the last month on extending broadband access to Canada's remote communities, developing metrics to judge the success of any new initiative and figuring out how to pay for the roll-out of new services.

As outlined in the April 8th, 2016 Globe and Mail article, "Is high-speed Internet a basic right? CRTC to weigh in," the CRTC "has already collected hundreds of written submissions over multiple rounds of questioning and 90 individuals, academics, advocacy and lobby groups, municipalities and telecom companies are scheduled to appear at the three-week hearing," which began on April 10th.

According to the article, 96 per cent of Canadian households had access to high speed internet by the end of 2014 and that number is slowly rising. However, its expected that approximately 300,000 Canadian households (or 2% of the total) will still lack high-speed internet access in 2017 and these are the potential customers Wyler intends to target.

The article also noted that:
... while many of Canada's large Internet providers are likely wary about the prospect of increased regulation, dozens of intervenors are urging the CRTC to take dramatic steps in support of the "world-class communications system" it envisages in consultation documents.
And OneWeb CEO Wyler could certainly be described as an "intervenor," He's advocating new satellite technologies to replace the existing fibre connectivity and offering up low pricing (at five bucks a month with a $200 CDN connection fee) to provide basic service for homes and Canadian communities which are currently "off the grid."

To learn more, check out the CRTC transcript of the Wyler presentation, under the title, "Introductory Remarks By OneWeb Founder and Chairman Greg Wyler to the CRTC (25April2016)." It's available online on the CRTC website. The full presentation, including questions from CRTC representatives is also available on the CPAC channel April 25th, 2016 CRTC review of basic telecommunications services, beginning just after the 57 minute mark.

Chuck Black.
Just don't expect this universe to change overnight.

It's one where technological advancement is far too heavily dependent on telecom lawyers, bureaucrats and politicians to do anything more than move forward in slow fits and starts.
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Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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Posted on 3 May 2016 | 2:56 pm

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



Defense Bill Contains Stealth Attack on LGBT Rights

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 8:27 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



Mary Macleod’s Shortbread

we’ve been given just a glimpse of spring.. fleeting moments of brilliant sunshine promised yet again, today, we are cloaked in overcast skies and having my car in for service this morning...

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Posted on 30 March 2016 | 4:44 pm

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



October 18, 2003: Andy Scott Called for a Strong National Autism Strategy; Will October 19, 2015 Deliver A Government That Will Make It Happen?


Andy Scott called for a REAL National Autism Strategy that would ensure treatment for autism 12 years ago,  Munson, Thibeault, and Stoffer have continued the fight tirelessy. Will October 19 bring Canadians a government prepared to make it happen?

Some good work has been done during this current election campaign in drawing politicians attention to the need for a REAL National Autism Strategy.  The Medicare for Autism Now's 1 in 58 campaign has produced considerable discussion in a number of selected ridings.  In Saskatchewan Shannon Hill and the PAAT group have engaged federal and political politicians.  Hopefully the government elected October 19 will do more than shell out money for a do nothing committee with no serious mandate like the Harper Party did during the past year.  The Green, NDP and Liberal Parties have all expressed some support for a National Autism Strategy that includes efforts to ensure that evidence based ABA treatment for autism will be covered by Medicare across Canada as Andy Scott called for 12 years ago. 

Following is text from a commentary I posted in 2010  which records  Andy Scott's call as reported by Tali Folkins in the Telegraph Journal and also acknowledges the tireless efforts of Senator Jim Munson, Nova Scotia NDP MP Peter Stoffer and former NDP MP Glenn Thibeault as reported by MetroNews.ca. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

Renewed Calls for a Real National Autism Strategy

Canada does not have a real national autism strategy but it is not for lack of trying by some dedicated federal politicians  including  Liberal  Senator Jim Munson and  NDP MPs Glenn Thibeault and Peter Stoffer who     have renewed calls for a real National Autism Strategy for Canada.

The struggle for a National Autism Strategy began many years ago including here in New Brunswick where Andy Scott issued a public call for a National Autism Strategy on October 18 2003:

""Fredericton MP Andy Scott said Saturday he has been lobbying prime- minister-to-be Paul Martin for a federal program to help young children with autism. "I desperately want a national autism strategy - and let me just assure you that Paul Martin knows it," Mr. Scott told supporters at a party celebrating his 10th anniversary as an MP in Fredericton Saturday evening.

Early work by therapists with young autistic children, Mr. Scott said, can make a big difference in their capacity to lead fulfilling lives as adults - and can save money in the long run. But the costs of starting such early intervention programs are high and should be borne directly by Ottawa rather than each individual province, he said. "We have responses and therapies and so on that I genuinely believe can work," he said. "You're going to save millions of dollars over the lifetime of an autistic adult. If you can get in at the front end, you can make enormous progress.

"But it's very expensive, and there's not a lot of stuff being added to Medicare, generally - that's why we have catastrophic drug problems and other things," he said. "In the province of New Brunswick, P.E.I., or even Quebec or Ontario it's very, very expensive. The feds are going to have to step up to the plate." "

Tali Folkins, Telegraph Journal, October 20, 2003

Mr. Scott was successful in getting a commitment by the federal government to a National Autism Strategy recognized in principle but the strategy at that time did not commit to the hard action necessary to provide assistance to all parts of Canada in providing early autism intervention programs.  Even the National Autism Symposium which came out of that commitment was a sham, pure and simple, a sham.  Public autism advocates, including me were excluded from the Symposium.  Those in attendance were all screened by federal health agency involved with organizing the event to ensure that they would go along with the government's do nothing to help autistic children agenda.

Senator Munson has been literally crossing the country for several years fighting for a real national autism strategy  and he has not given up on his efforts.  He organized and  spoke in Ottawa yesterday at an event to mark World Autism Awareness Day this Friday, April 2, 2010:

There’s no reason why we cannot treat autism within our own communities equitably across the nation,” said event organizer Senator Jim Munson. “There is a crisis and I know that we can come up with a plan to deal with the issue that is so important to all of us.”

MetroNews.ca, Ottawa, March 31, 2010


The event was also co-hosted by  NDP MP's Glenn Thibeault and Peter Stoffer who spoke at the event.  Mr. Thibeault also  introduced a private member's bill, seconded by tireless autism advocate Peter Stoffer,  to create a real national autism strategy, one that would actually help autistic children and their families by having the federal government work with the provinces:

"“Autism doesn’t discriminate based on geography.  It’s time for federal leadership to ensure that no matter where a child is born with autism, they receive equal treatment and services of the highest caliber.

Glenn Thibeault,  March 30 2010

I’m very pleased that my colleague has done this.  We’ve been asking for many years for the federal government to work with the provinces to develop a national autism strategy. I hope this will become a reality in the near future.”

Peter Stoffer, March 30 2010

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Posted on 14 October 2015 | 8:06 am

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



Earl's Restaurants and Certified Humane

Alternate title, “It’s not the beef, it’s the bullshit”. From a super article on beef in LIFE HACK Last Wednesday, April 27, Earl’s announced they were switching from Canadian to US beef because they could not access sufficient Certified Humane beef in Canada. They will be buying all their beef from Creekstone Farms, a processing plant in Kansas. (Actually they are a slaughter plant but

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Posted on 2 May 2016 | 5:05 pm

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



Spring has Sprung

Well at least I think Spring has come.  Where there was one bunny


Now there are two more, one of which is a baby.


The guy at the shop did warn us they multiplied.  I guess cold weather doesn't deter them.

It hasn't been a warm spring, that's for sure.  Just last week we had a frost warning.  Frost, in mid-June!!!  I have struggled getting the vegetable garden in because I was afraid to plant out the warm weather plants like basil, peppers and pumpkins.

It was a good year for tulips though.  They like it cold.


Last summer I moved all of my spring flowering bulbs and plants to one side of my flower bed and grouped them together.  I was looking for impact and the results were beautiful.


Just as I had hoped, cushion spurge mixed well with pink and white tulips, the hostas opened up and complemented the daffodils.


The anemone has finally spread into a considerable mound and provided a fantastic backdrop to pink and purple tulips.


Of course, there's always a few hiccups along the way.  The late frosts killed off the majority of our apple blossoms.  and the daffodils appear to be dwindling.  Usually daffodils multiply and expand but this variety seems to be dying off.  So I will need to try a different variety next year.  Something a little more robust.  Any suggestions for a favourite daffodil and where to buy them?

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Posted on 26 June 2015 | 12:33 am

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



New FattyCast: Bike Snob NYC Talks About His New Book: The Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual

A “Hey Join Me for this Last-Minute Conversation About the Rockwell Relay” Note From Fatty: I’m a huge fan of the Rockwell Relay. Huge. And on Wednesday, May 4, at 12pm (noon) MDT I’m going to get together with Tyler Servoss on a Google Hangout to talk about this year’s Rockwell Relay: what’s different, what’s [...]

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Posted on 3 May 2016 | 11:28 pm

Travel Blog - Local Traveller



The Salt Room – Halifax, NS

Cozy blankets, comfy chairs, relaxing music, and a room full of salt.

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Posted on 17 February 2015 | 2:10 pm

Group Blog - Urban Moms



What Advice Did Drake’s Mom Give Him?

Last Friday Drake’s latest album VIEWS was released and hit the charts running. I was one of those quick to download the album as soon it was released. As a Drake fan, it’s incredible to see his career progress and this album seems to […]

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 7:44 pm

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie Bowl

pb-and-j-smoothie-2      I am sure most of us in the 25+ age range grew up with peanut butter sandwiches and peanut butter toast.  Maybe you had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in your lunch bag, or perfectly melted peanut butter and honey toast. Maybe, like my dad, you enjoy a peanut butter, cheese and […]

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 11:52 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



Early

Image description: The sun as the head on the 'wheelchair' symbol with the wheel turned into a clock showing the time 10:55
We are staying at a hotel directly across from a small mall that has a lovely movie theatre attached to it. When we got up we checked movie times and decided to go see Keanu, a comedy about crime and cats, which was playing at 10:55 AM. We love going to movies early, so we got ourselves ready and strolled over eagerly anticipating the day ahead of us.

We entered the theatre at a side door, I like the theatre and all but am always a little annoyed when the disabled access doors are not the same doors that everyone else goes through. But, at least they had the push button and the doors open wonderfully wide, so, thought I won't be grateful, I'm at least glad. We ride the elevator up and approach the doors that go into the cinema itself. Pushing the button, we find nothing happens. Perhaps we are a bit early, so Joe tries the doors and they are indeed open. He pushes the button on the other side of the door, we've discovered that sometimes one is broken and the other one not. It doesn't work either.

It's not hard to figure out what's going on. We learned from a store we shop in regularly back home that the accessible buttons have to be turned on. We've also learned that people often forget, when they are unlocking the doors for everyone else, to turn on the accessible door pushers. In fact, Joe knows where, in the store back home, the turn on switch is so now, instead of seeking someone to do it, he just does it himself. So, we figure, the buttons have been forgotten and need turning on.

I make this my duty, other disabled people will be coming, and the doors are heavy, I'll make sure the buttons are turned on. I would not be able to get through those doors without Joe's help when the buttons are off or down. I tell the guy selling us tickets but he's sullen to the point of hostility, and refuses to listen to my request. That's OK, he's young, he's not happy to be there, at that age I've been him. I seek out another person to tell.

When I tell her that the buttons have not been turned on she says the weirdest thing, "Yes, it's probably because it's still early."

What?

I said, "But I'm here. Doesn't that prove that disabled people come to movies at the same time as everyone else?"

She looked like I'd attacked her, I hadn't yelled, I was still in chat mode, then I recognized the tactic, turning me into a hostile, bitter, out of control, cripple. I said, then, softly, "If you could just ask that they be turned on because they are big doors and difficult to manage on your own."

She brightens, "I'll do that for you."

|Now it's a favour she is granting.

Whatever.

When we leave the theatre, the buttons are working and all is right with the world.

For the rest of the day whenever one of us said, 'I wonder why' or Why do you think' the other responded, 'because it's still early.'

The things they say to us.

The things they say.

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Posted on 2 May 2016 | 10:44 am

Law Blog - Wise Law Blog



LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday April 28, 2016. Today we are talking about Employment Law.

A video posted by @wiselaw on Apr 28, 2016 at 6:33am PDT

Do employees have different severance entitlements under the Employment Standards Act and in wrongful dismissal cases that are decided in Court?

Ontario’s Employment Standards Act provides only for employees’ minimum notice and severance entitlements.  Common law entitlements can be as much as one month for each year of service, or even more in exceptional circumstances. 
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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Posted on 28 April 2016 | 1:43 pm

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



Study finds ice isn’t being lost from Greenland’s interior due to unique process

Unusual process recycles water at the ice-air boundary From the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO Scientists studying data from the top of the Greenland ice sheet have discovered that during winter in the center of the world’s largest island, temperature inversions and other low-level atmospheric phenomena effectively isolate the ice surface from the atmosphere — recycling…

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 5:01 pm

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



CFL EXPANDS DRAFT TO EIGHT ROUNDS


TORONTO - The CFL has expanded its draft from seven rounds to eight, starting with this year's event.

The 2016 CFL draft will be held Tuesday evening.

"With the emerging Canadian football talent across all levels, general managers across the CFL agreed that expanding the draft would be beneficial to the league,'' Glen Johnson, senior vice-president, football, said in a statement.

The CFL draft has consisted of seven rounds since 2013.

TSN will broadcast at least the first round live Tuesday night from 7-8 p.m. ET. The remainder will be streamed live on TSN GO.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders currently hold the first overall selection.

© 2016 The Canadian Press



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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 5:15 pm

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



The Great Canadian #Giveaway Link Up

  Hello and Welcome to the Canadian Friendly Giveaway Link-Up hosted by Maple Leaf Mommy and Mom vs. the Boys This is a weekly link-up, with a new linky published every Thursday (often up by Wednesday night). Fellow Bloggers – Link Up all your Giveaways open to Canada Your giveaway can also be open to [Read On]

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Posted on 5 May 2016 | 12:02 am

Professional Blog - Product Management



What’s Different about Managing SaaS Products?

By Felicia Anderson SaaS provides a treasure trove of new user insights. As customers adopt Software as a Service (SaaS) in record numbers, those software providers that effectively leverage SaaS’ unique advantages will move into industry-leading positions.  Companies that fail to do so will lose competitive ground. Here are 3 areas that every SaaS product […]

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Posted on 10 September 2015 | 5:33 pm

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



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

document.write(''); 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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Posted on 1 May 2016 | 3:55 am

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



Guest Post: Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2015

Guest Contributor: Uryelle Dimailig

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival—as mentioned in my last article—is a pretty big deal. To illustrate exactly how big of a deal, tickets to the festival sell out within minutes while lotteries are drawn simply to enter the grounds when gates first open for the day.

Arguably one of the most popular festivals of the year, it boasts an army of over 2,500 volunteers alone, not to mention the thousands more who attend as guests. But whether volunteer, concert-goer, performer or passing observer, this annual event is indeed a magical time for all: four days of stunning scenery, world class music, united community, and general feel-good vibes unique to the one and only “Folk Fest.” For those of you who missed last weekend’s festivities (or have never been), here is my round-up of highlights from my time there on Saturday and Sunday to get you caught up to speed.

For those of you who are regulars, well, consider this fond nostalgia.

My first day was mainly spent exploring the festival and getting acquainted with the grounds. First thing you’ll undoubtedly notice is the sea of tarps sprawling over the steep hills of Gallagher Park on one side and the stunning view of Edmonton’s downtown core perched on top of the river valley on the other—the view alone is a big draw for many. You feel like you’re in an oasis in the middle of the city!

My quick tour of the market saw unique local vendors selling crafts that follow the “folk” sensibility: leather satchels, handmade jewelry, wooden décor, the works. The food pavilions provided hungry concert-goers with international fare including Thai, Chinese, German, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Canadian and more, with (of course) vegetarian and vegan options.

There were plenty of kid friendly amenities in the festival as well including a spray park, face painting and a family fun area. For us grownups, our fun area was known as the beer gardens, which offer up pitchers of beer, hotdogs, and great conversation with new and old friends. Stick around after the sun sets and take in the glorious sight of a hill filled with twinkling lights and a night sky full of stars. Truly magical.

As for the shows, my goal on Sunday was to catch as many as I could and I feel my mission was accomplished, having caught seven concerts that afternoon. Here are a few of my favourites:

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Emmanuel Jal: So I stumbled on this show by accident. I was actually on my way to find ice cream but I couldn’t help but stop as I passed by Emmanuel Jal’s stage. This guy had energy for days, jumping up and down, dancing in the crowd and pulling the audience on stage to join the show. Jal’s empowering songs affected the crowd too—everyone was up on their feet dancing along as the park resounded with anthems of love and peace, such is his mandate. The incredible story of Jal’s past life as a child soldier in Sudan, turned hip-hop artist and activist hailing from Toronto made for an uplifting performance that not only entertained but inspired all those who watched. For music with a message, an artist with a story, and an entertainer with passion, Emmanuel Jal’s your guy—his show was a definite highlight of the festival and it’s all thanks to ice cream.

I’m With Her: Shifting musical stylings somewhat after the Emmanuel Jal show, I drifted over to Stage 2 where the ladies of I’m With Her began their soft-spoken, gentle set of folksy originals and cover songs. These ladies had the most angelic voices which, when paired with their delicate instrumentals, served as the perfect complement to the sunshine and stunning view of the river valley behind the stage. Considering you were surrounded by thousands of people, the I’m With Her set had a magical way of feeling intimate and close, as every live performance should.

Fairfield Four: So funny story. While I was in the media tent sorting through the day’s photos, a group of older gentlemen arrived and media volunteers were busy trying to get them to their assigned stage. One of the men took a seat beside me, smiled and said, “How do you do,” in the smoothest, southern baritone voice I have ever heard. Being a newbie to the folk music scene however, I couldn’t quite place what kind of music they would be playing.

An hour later, there I was swaying to the stylings of the legendary Fairfield Four as their airtight four-part acapella harmonies and rolling bass lines took you through a journey of gospel tales and rich southern history. Incredibly humble for a group whose songs have won them Grammies and major Hollywood soundtracks, these talented vocalists are the third generation to hold a place in the Fairfield Four’s almost century long history. What a privilege it truly was to watch them live in concert.

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The McCrary Sisters: Continuing on the gospel note, the McCrary Sisters took to the stage shortly after. As daughters of one of the founding members of the Fairfield Four, it was clear that musical talent ran through the family. The sisters, with their pitch perfect harmonies, powerful vocal riffs and impeccable showmanship, took turns sharing the spotlight with their spirited set of blues, soul and gospel songs. My personal favourite was their song “Let It Go” which was an anthem of positivity and love. To top it all off, the Fairfield Four joined the Sisters on stage for an amazing joint performance that had everyone on their feet dancing and singing along.

All in all, I LOVED every second of my Folk Fest experience. Yes, the music was amazing but even more important was the incredible spirit of community, inclusion and support you felt when you were there. If you have a chance to make it to next year’s festival, I highly recommend it. Cheers to all the Folk; see you next August on the hill!


Photo Credit: Uryelle Dimailig

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Posted on 12 August 2015 | 4:01 am

Place Blog - Kitsilano



A cut above: Kitsilano gains a new fashion design and production hub

New York’s loss is Vancouver’s gain as fashion vanguard Liza Deymenjian brings her style and a fresh vision to Kitsilano. With over 25 years experience in the garment manufacturing industry, Deymenjin recently returned to Vancouver after a 12-year stint in New York to launch The Cutting Room. After months of...
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Posted on 3 May 2016 | 2:00 pm

Best Written - Cheaty Monkey



To Blog or Tweet…or Instagram or Vine or—That is the Question.

Because of what I do for a living—Social Media Editor and resident celebrity parent blogger at Today’s Parent—I don’t get to write here at Cheaty Monkey much (you know, where it alllll started). But somehow, I do seem to make time to awkwardly but effectively type stuff on my iPhone. So, these days, I’m pretty much blogging on Twitter, […]

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Posted on 16 January 2015 | 1:10 am

Fashion and Style - Lou Lou's Views



Mother's Day Gift Guide

As a mom of two adorable, smart, and funny boys, my favourite thing about Mother's Day is... well, just being able to spend time with my children. After all, they're my entire heart and world, and they fill me with so much joy every day it feels like my heart might burst. And every day, I am in awe of how much they've grown, and how they're becoming their own independent people. I cherish all the time we have together, and love that they still want me to put them to bed every night. I know this won't last; so I'll enjoy it while I can.

Of course, anything hand-made with love from my boys is the ultimate Mother's Day gift, but what else would a mom love on Mother's Day? I was on CTV Morning Live talking about the great gifts I'd love to receive... and give... this Mother's Day.



Here are some great gifts to give for Mother's Day:

A luxurious getaway: I was on a press trip to Toronto recently and I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto. Any stay at a Ritz-Carlton is guaranteed to be a luxurious experience, with service unlike any other. The Ritz-Carlton Toronto is right downtown, and the rooms are gorgeous, complete with ceiling to floor windows and stunning views of the CN Tower and Lake Ontario. The rainforest shower and oversized bathtub with TV built-in to the bathroom mirror and heated floors? Also very amazing. While treating mom to a night or two away at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, how about also treating her to a spa day a the My Blend By Clarins spa, located on the 5th floor of the hotel? It's North America's only Clarins Spa, and you can also indulge in the indoor saltwater pool, too, before or after your treatments.




An at-home spa day: Who doesn't love a spa day? How about changing things up and treating mom to an at-hom spa day this year? All you need are the right tools—like the MICRO Pedi and MICRO Nail set to give you a perfect salon-like manicure and pedicure. You can buy these at Shoppers Drug Mart. Finish with some gorgeous news nail polish from CND. The new Flirtation collection and Spa line is a perfect for your pampering date with mom.










Tee time: High tea is a great idea, but so is getting out and golfing now that the weather is nicer. I love Adidas Golf and their cute clothes and shoes made for golfing. If your mom loves to golf, or is trying it out this year for the first time, buy her a cute golfing outfit, shoes, and hat from Adidas Golf to complete her look on the green.






Pamper mom: A good skin care routine is so important to me, and probably my favourite night time ritual is washing off my make-up and using my favourite beauty products. Two of my favourite products to use are Clarins and SkinCeuticals. Both have incredible products for moms and women of all ages, and you can customize what you need for your skin type.

The Clarins Multi-Active duo is specially designed for women in their 30's with a busy lifestyle and a hectic schedule. The moisturizers feel heavenly to put on and you can see and feel the results almost instantly. The Clarins Double Serum is one of their most popular and best-selling products ever and can be used for anyone from their 20's and up.


SkinCeuticals is fairly new to me. I was first introduced to this skin care line in Bal Harbour when I was reviewing Gee Beauty. SkinCeuticals is a great skin care company dedicated to providing advanced skincare backed by science. These products are used in salons, med-spas, and by dermatologists across North America. My favourite products? Serum 10 and C E Ferulic. These serums are amazing and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and defend against environmental damage. They are ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
For more on SkinCeuticals, check out my post here.




Kitchen gadgets: A new stainless steel coffee maker from Kitchen Aid would make anyone happy. Especially me, because I cannot live without my coffee. And more coffee. And more coffee. A juicer from Hamilton Beach is also a perfect Mother's Day gift. I love this juicer, and I love knowing we're getting all sorts of goodness in our shakes.



Books: Books are always a great gift idea, and I love receiving books for Mother's Day. Chapters Indigo is my favourite place to shop for books and all sorts of beautiful things like candles, notebooks, scarves, bags, and mugs.







For the sporty mom: I can never have enough work out clothes, and I'm loving the new sports bras by Anita. These sports bras are cute, stylish and provide excellent coverage and support. You can pick them up at many fine boutiques and Nordstrom Ottawa.



 Happy shopping... and Happy Mother's Day!

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Posted on 28 April 2016 | 6:02 pm

Feminist - Gender Focus



Reading Asian Women Writers: Joss and Gold by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Reading Joss and Gold is both a refreshing take on an old tale, and an introductory crash course in racial politics, identity, colonialism, and Orientalism.

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Fashion - Go Fug Yourself



Met Gala Fine or Fab: Jessica Chastain in Prada

Jessica Chastain MET Costume Institute Gala 2016 - After Parties "Long Day's Journey Into Night" Broadway Opening Night 
The color of this dress is deep and magnificent. The cut is also extremely flattering, save for the usual razor-sharp nipple darts that pock the chests of nearly every Prada gown. Here, the lace bib offsets it a bit, but it’s also flirting with Schoolmarm. The base is more Old West Brothel Madam, and the wisps Read More ...

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Posted on 3 May 2016 | 11:00 pm

Parenting - Snarky Mommy



Jack: Nine years

Dear Jack, You’re nine now. That’s halfway to 18. We’re making the turn and heading for the back nine, the final years of your childhood. It doesn’t seem possible that the baby I held in my arms just moments ago is now the boy running down the basketball court, the soccer field, the baseball diamond […]

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Posted on 8 February 2015 | 5:45 pm

Gossip - TMZ



Prince -- 911 Caller May Have Big Criminal Issues

The man who called 911 in Prince's death could face criminal prosecution if he was expecting to get paid for helping the singer ... and it all comes down to the pills in his backpack. The lawyer for Andrew Kornfeld -- whose dad runs a rehab facility…


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Posted on 5 May 2016 | 8:00 am

Entertainment - i09



Damn, Even Greedo Wants Han Solo to Have Shot First

“Han shot first!” has been the rallying cry of disgruntled Star Wars fans ever since George Lucas began relentlessly tweaking his iconic movies, most notably that infamous change to Han and Greedo’s cantina encounter. The fans want it restored. Finn agrees. Ariana Grande is a believer. The original script proved it once and for all . Now even Greedo wants the original scene restored.

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 5:40 pm

Music - Indie Music Filter



LISTEN: “Ultra-Beast” by Hayden Calnin

Indie Music Filter

I might be out of the loop lately, not hearing these new songs from Hayden Calnin's Cut Love Pt. 2 EP until just now. Take a listen to "Ultra-Beast".

LISTEN: “Ultra-Beast” by Hayden Calnin


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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 12:09 pm