Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



The 'Art of the Matter

(photo description: A birthday card, drawn by a child, with the words 'Happy Birthday' on one side and a drawing of a man in a wheelchair, wearing a hat, on the other.)

Joe had, essentially, two birthday parties.

On his actual birthday we were in Edmonton and had dinner with nephew Jason and his girlfriend Cindy. We hadn't seen Jason for a long while and we'd not met Cindy before but it didn't matter. We talked a lot. We laughed a lot. We ate a lot. It was the perfect kind of birthday celebration for Joe. It was relaxed and casual and a lot of fun.

While this was going on I was planning with Mike and Marissa a birthday luncheon with them and with Ruby and Sadie for the Sunday after we got back. It was supposed to be a surprise but when you are with someone nearly 24/7 on the road, that's nearly impossible. That, along with the little fact that I'm shit at keeping secrets like this, meant that Joe knew about the gathering. I'm glad, actually, because that meant he could look forward to it.

Sunday came and the girls came in carrying a cake that they'd made for Joe. It was beautiful, a marble cake with chocolate icing and blue piping. Ruby took extra pains to describe to us the delicate art of writing on a cake - it was lovely to see her bursting with pride over the job she did. Kids need to and ought to delight in jobs well done.

Sadie was terrifically excited to give Joe both of the cards that she made. One of them is pictured at the top of this blog. The cool thing about both cards is that Sadie, when trying to think of something that Joe loves to draw in the card, to make it super duper extra special, she decided to draw me. She gave him, in both cards, pictures of me that he could have.

"Look Joe, I drew you a picture of Dave," she said, showing him the picture in the first card, "see, he's in his wheelchair."

"Look Joe, I drew you another picture of Dave," she said, showing him the second picture, "Now you have two!"

She, like Ruby, was delighted with herself and her gift and her drawing. She'd figured it out all by herself, she knew exactly what to draw.

And she was right.

Joe loved the cake and loved the cards, both of them, from Sadie. He also loved the 'Scary Clown' card from Ruby that had all the numbers from one to sixty-two carefully written down so he could see exactly how many (many, many, many) years he's been around.

So, Joe's birthday has been well and truly celebrated AND now he's got two, not one but two, pictures of me that he can gaze upon with fondness.

Which I caught him doing.


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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 12:00 am

Literature and Culture Blog - Perogies and Gyoza



Haze (Blog Tour)

Haze

Written by: Paula Weston

Published by: Tundra Books

Published on: September 9, 2014

Ages: New Adult



Provided by the publisher for review. All opinions are my own. 







Gaby and Rafa are back!!! Last year I fell in love with the Rephaim and Pan Beach residents introduced in Paula Weston's Shadows.  That tale was packed with action and building a fascinating world where the children of fallen angels fight to keep humans safe from demons. The best thing about the book is it was only the first. Now Haze is here to continue this story.

Gaby's journey to unravel the web of deceit and false memories she has fallen into continues. The last memory she has of her brother Jude was of him dying in a car crash. But if the car crash wasn't real for her, maybe it wasn't for him either. In that case, where is her twin??

Luckily, Gaby has the mysterious and attractive Rafa to help her follow Jude's trail and introduce her to the other Rephaim, which might be the most difficult part- she steps right into a world fraught with tension and division and she doesn't know who is her friend and who is her enemy from her past life. How do you work beside others to kill demons when you can't even trust them?

Gaby is lucky that she has her best friend from Pan Beach, Maggie, and she knows Maggie is true. Sadly, she knows Maggie has also been dragged into this demon war mess, and has to make sure Maggie is protected too.

Gaby is such a great central character. Her disconnect between her current self and what people tell her about her past self, and especially her past morals, makes her vulnerable despite her physical strength, and without ever veering into whiny. Will she ever develop back into the Gabe who dated the arrogant Daniel? I hope not, I like to see her with Rafa, despite the fact that Rafa won't tell Gaby what was up with them before she landed in Pan Beach.


One of the fun things the fabulous author, Paula Weston, did for the bloggers on the tour was to tell us which character matched our personality the most! I was afraid I would end up being Daniel, we both have a tendency to know what is best for everyone who is not ourselves. But I was so happy to find out that I am most like Micah!


The easy going guitar playing half-angel was Gabe's best friend in the Sanctuary. He, Jude, Rafa, and Gabe were inseparable before Jude and Gabe disappeared. When Gaby comes back he is quick to reacquaint her with the other Rephaim, and tries to play peacemaker between the Sanctuary Rephaim and Rebel Rephaim. Micah is a stand-up guy and I hope to see more of him in Shimmer and Burn.

This book ends on a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to see how it is resolved. Shimmer comes out next autumn and I hope the time passes quickly before I am back in Gaby's world.

Visit the other stops on the Haze tour today!

Summer at MissFictional’s World of YA Books
Jillian at Centre of the Universe
Crystal at WinterHaven Books
Lisa at Turning Pages


Don't forget to check out the home of the Blog Tour at Tundra Press to see what other fabulous places Haze is visiting this week, where there will be giveaways, interviews, and more!


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Posted on 16 September 2014 | 7:00 pm

Entertainment Blog - Mike's Bloggity Blog



Stephen Colbert celebrates Kevin Vickers: “To hell with Bruce Willis!”

Seven days ago, Canadians all across the country, and world, really, joined the Kevin Vickers fan club. The Parliament’s Sergeant at Arms became an instant household name, and more importantly a hero, when he risked his life and shot the ...
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:59 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



What's the real story? Jian Ghomeshi gets fired from CBC (Developing)

What's going on with Jian Ghomeshi? That was the question across the country this morning when CBC announced that they had parted ways with the popular host of "The Q".

Earlier this month Jian's father passed away and on Friday Ghomeshi told his audience that he was taking some 'much needed personal time' away from the show...one would assume it was because of his family, but maybe not.

This morning CBC dropped the bomb - Jian was done.

"The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well...Information came to our attention recently that in CBC's judgment precludes us from continuing our relationship with Jian...Whenever a decision is made to end a relationship with an employee, terms of separation are never disclosed."

This was all from a statement made by CBC on Sunday morning.

It was clear that Jian got fired from the show, but what did he do? Must have been something major for the network to fire him. Besides Peter Mansbridge (Mansbridge Nation represent), Jian is arguably one of the most popular people in the CBC family.

The Internet went crazy with speculation as to why. Most of the things I read leaned towards it being a sexual issue. Abuse, harassment...just being a creepy to multiple woman.

Jesse Brown, an online media critic also tweeted, "What I have learned about @jianghomeshi after months of investigation will be reported responsibly as soon as possible. Patience please."

There was only speculation. Did he get fired? What did he do?

Then a release came out stating that Ghomeshi was suing CBC for $50 million in damages and that he would like to be reinstated.

 OK, so he got fired, but what for?

Later in the afternoon Jian released a post on Facebook that claimed he had been dismissed from the CBC after coming forward with information to his superiors that he had a kinky, consentual sex life with an ex girlfriend. And that's why they fired him.

"I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer." (Read the full statement after the jump).

The Internet went crazy once again. It seems the post (which was made after Ghomeshi hired a PR firm to assist in his crisis, which makes one assume that he posted it with their council) had done its job.

"Jian got fired for being kinky? Really? In 2014?" was one of many tweets made in defense of the host.

The "report" from Jesse Brown has yet to come out, and there has yet to be any word from the other side of what the full accusation is. I suggest we all put down the gasoline and step way from the CBC until we hear the other side. There's always another one.

More to come...




From Jian Gomeshi's Facebook page:

Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more.

Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful.

I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I've never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been honoured to help grow.

All this has now changed.

Today I was fired from the company where I've been working for almost 14 years – stripped from my show, barred from the building and separated from my colleagues. I was given the choice to walk away quietly and to publicly suggest that this was my decision. But I am not going to do that. Because that would be untrue. Because I’ve been fired. And because I've done nothing wrong.

I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.

As friends and family of mine, you are owed the truth.

I have commenced legal proceedings against the CBC, what’s important to me is that you know what happened and why.

Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some.

I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.

About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady's Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone's business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.

Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.

After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.

It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.

Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation. Everyone contacted would ask the same question, if I had engaged in non-consensual behavior why was the place to address this the media?

The writer tried to peddle the story and, at one point, a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story. One assumes they recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications. Still, the spectre of mud being flung onto the Internet where online outrage can demonize someone before facts can refute false allegations has been what I've had to live with.

And this leads us to today and this moment. I’ve lived with the threat that this stuff would be thrown out there to defame me. And I would sue. But it would do the reputational damage to me it was intended to do (the ex has even tried to contact me to say that she now wishes to refute any of these categorically untrue allegations). But with me bringing it to light, in the coming days you will prospectively hear about how I engage in all kinds of unsavoury aggressive acts in the bedroom. And the implication may be made that this happens non-consensually. And that will be a lie. But it will be salacious gossip in a world driven by a hunger for "scandal". And there will be those who choose to believe it and to hate me or to laugh at me. And there will be an attempt to pile on. And there will be the claim that there are a few women involved (those who colluded with my ex) in an attempt to show a "pattern of behaviour". And it will be based in lies but damage will be done. But I am telling you this story in the hopes that the truth will, finally, conquer all.

I have been open with the CBC about this since these categorically untrue allegations ramped up. I have never believed it was anyone's business what I do in my private affairs but I wanted my bosses to be aware that this attempt to smear me was out there. CBC has been part of the team of friends and lawyers assembled to deal with this for months. On Thursday I voluntarily showed evidence that everything I have done has been consensual. I did this in good faith and because I know, as I have always known, that I have nothing to hide. This when the CBC decided to fire me.

CBC execs confirmed that the information provided showed that there was consent. In fact, they later said to me and my team that there is no question in their minds that there has always been consent. They said they’re not concerned about the legal side. But then they said that this type of sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host on the CBC. They said that I was being dismissed for "the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out." To recap, I am being fired in my prime from the show I love and built and threw myself into for years because of what I do in my private life.

Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life. And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life.

And so, with no formal allegations, no formal complaints, no complaints, not one, to the HR department at the CBC (they told us they’d done a thorough check and were satisfied), and no charges, I have lost my job based on a campaign of vengeance. Two weeks after the death of my beautiful father I have been fired from the CBC because of what I do in my private life.

I have loved the CBC. The Q team are the best group of people in the land. My colleagues and producers and on-air talent at the CBC are unparalleled in being some of the best in the business. I have always tried to be a good soldier and do a good job for my country. I am still in shock. But I am telling this story to you so the truth is heard. And to bring an end to the nightmare.

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Posted on 26 October 2014 | 9:47 pm

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



Free OECD Report on Space Economy Provides Guidance for Upcoming Paid CSA Report

          by Chuck Black

Anyone looking to learn the real state of national and international space activities and the economic benefits deriving from those activities might not want to wait for the anticipated January 2015 delivery date on the next quarter million dollar Canadian Space Agency (CSA) study on the topic and could instead check out the just released 2014 report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on "The Space Economy at a Glance."

The report is available at no charge on the OECD "Space Forum" website. As outlined on the website;
The OECD Space Forum aims to assist governments, space-related agencies and the private sector to better identify the statistical contours of the growing space sector worldwide, while investigating the space infrastructure’s economic significance and potential impacts for the larger economy. 
The Forum includes institutions from nine OECD member economies (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States), as well as the European Space Agency."
According to the report, "the space economy represented some USD 256.2 billion in revenues in 2013, divided between the space manufacturing supply chain (33%), satellite operators (8.4%) and consumer services (58%), including actors who rely on some satellites' capacity for part of their revenues, such as direct-to-home satellite television services providers."

But as outlined in the August 24th, 2014 post "Space Agency Seeks Insight into Space Industry," the CSA didn't just contribute data and background materials to the OECD. Over the summer, the CSA also solicited bids of up to $250,000 CDN, from "qualified suppliers" willing to undertake a "comprehensive socio-economic impact assessment" of the Canadian space sector.

The original bid, as referenced on the the Public Works and Government Services Canada BuyandSell.ca website under the title Comprehensive Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the Canadian Space Sector (9F012-140360/A), even explicitly referenced OECD expertise in this area.

According to page 34 of the "Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) Solutions Based Supply Arrangement (SA) Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Requirement of: Comprehensive Socio-Economic Assessment of the Canadian Space Sector for the Canadian Space Agency," the first task required as part of the project, was a "review of background documentation" and best practices such as those outlined in the OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy.

The most recent version of this handbook, published in March 2012, provided a summary of the key methodological issues surrounding indicators and statistics on the space sector and the larger space economy and was meant to be complementary to another publication, the 2011 edition of the Space Economy at a Glance. Both publications, along with many others, are available as free downloads from the OECD website.

The final CSA contract, valued at $285,000 CDN according to the October 20th, 2014 post "Hill Times Promotes the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit," was won by the North American subsidiary of Paris, France based Euroconsult which is currently preparing the final report for presentation to CSA and other government officials, "by January 30th, 2015."

Here's hoping that the OECD left at least some of the juicy details related to measuring the economic benefits of space activities out of its free reports in order to provide value to the paid report which Euroconsult is preparing for the CSA. 

Otherwise, even they might be better served by reading the free report. 

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Posted on 27 October 2014 | 9:56 pm

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



Pro-LGBT Evangelical David Gushee: “I’m With You and the Church Needs to Change.”

David Gushee is thinking a lot about history. About social change, about...

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:10 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



Paradise

I apologize for my absence here, sometimes I think it’s important to step away, sometimes, and place your instrument down.. whether it be a cello, a paintbrush, spoon or keyboard in order to create again. I am just busy living this crazy wonderful life of ours on this planet. We had a lovely, quiet few days of […]

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Posted on 26 October 2014 | 8:28 pm

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



New Jersey Dad: "Reality Of Autism Is Often Very Grim"


I chose the name of my email account "AutismRealityNB@gmail.com" because, from my perspective, the harsh realities of autism disorders are usually ignored or worse,  intentionally misrepresented, by the mainstream media, autism awareness organizations, some high functioning autism "self"advocates and even some parents and autism professionals.  An online friend of mine who shares similar perspectives, Roger Kulp, shared an article on my Facebook timeline yesterday which surprised me because it was a commentary published in the New Jersey Courier-Post which presented a realistic view of some of the harsher realities faced by some with autism disorders and their families.


James Terminiello is the father of a 26 year old autistic son.  His commentary, Reality of autism is often very grim,  describes in detail many of the harsher realities faced by those with autism disorders and their families and other caregivers. Terminiello pulls no punches and will quite possibly incur the wrath of those who wish to paint autism as a pretty picture of alternative thinking and unusual genius:


"In  the world of autism, the autistic who pens short stories, designs bicycles, plays a mean piano or builds his own advocacy website gets the lion's share of media attention. And it has gotten out of hand. As a result, in the public eye, what was once regarded as a future-annihilating, invincible condition has become just a quirky little detour on the merry road to success.

Very nice and very, very untrue."

I  will not re-post  Terminiello's entire commentary here but I strongly encourage anyone who wants a realistic view of autism disorder realities to read it on the Courier-Post. And the next time you read a feel good story about the wonders and accomplishments of the more fortunate with autism remember there are many, many more whose lives, and the lives of their families and caregivers are actually impaired, restricted and shortened by autism disorders.

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Posted on 27 October 2014 | 7:47 am

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



Voting in the DNR

Ukraine voted Sunday Oct 26 for a new Rada (parliament).  We now have a parliament FOR Ukraine elected BY Ukrainians (of all ethnicities including Russian).  Deputies are elected half from party lists based on percentage of votes over 5% and half from first past the post. The Pro-Russian parties have been reduced to one (Opposition Bloc) with about 11% of the vote plus a majority of the 100 "

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:26 am

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



Happy Thanksgiving

I'm not sure where the time has gone but it's long past the end of summer and we're deep into fall.


The leaves have begun to turn, the apples are ripe and there's a chill in the air.


I spent some time thinking about Thanksgiving this weekend and what it means to me.  I thought about it while I sat in the orchard munching on fallen apples.


I thought about it some more while I worked in the kitchen to make salsa and tomato soup.


I thought about it as I pulled carrots and parsnips out of the ground for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I grew some pretty stunted parsnips this year
I thought some more while I placed bags of apples in the freezer next to containers of homemade pesto and soup.  Then again while I cleaned onions for storage.


What I realized is that I spent my whole Thanksgiving weekend gathering, preparing and storing food from my garden.  And that realization was pretty darn nice.  It's no coincidence that Thanksgiving falls at the time of year when harvests are being brought indoors.  It's a time when food is suddenly so plentiful that you can literally see your freezer go from empty to full in the space of one month.  Knowing that we have food for the winter and that it came to us through an enjoyable chore like gardening is pretty special indeed.  There are times when gardening can be tiring and endless but it can also be therapeutic and incredibly rewarding.  This is one of those days where I'm remembering the rewarding bit.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed many rewards from your garden.

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Posted on 13 October 2014 | 9:51 pm

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



100MoN: Winner of the Iowa County Gravel Grinder In the Dead of Night Division

A Note from Fatty: Today’s 100 Miles of Nowhere race report comes to you courtesy of Martin B, who first caught my attention when he posted this shot of himself on Twitter as he was riding Ragbrai, on a fat bike: Clearly, this is a man to be reckoned with. Plus I like his choice in [...]

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:56 am

Travel Blog - Local Traveller



We’ve Moved! Kinda…

Hey LTNS friends! On May 12th, we joined up with a cool new collective called Halifax Bloggers and started posting under the new url of www.thelocaltraveler.ca. If you’ve been hanging around www.thelocaltravelerns.com, this url will start to redirect to our new site in the next few weeks. Over on the new channel, we’ve got a […]

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Posted on 17 June 2014 | 11:03 am

Group Blog - Urban Moms



Warm Almond Quinoa Breakfast Sundae

My kid is not a big fan of cow’s milk. Never has been. I assume he takes after me when it comes to drinking it straight up and cold. Since I didn’t grow up really drinking milk in my home […]

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 11:08 am

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



Dinner Party with my Family and KFC #sweetchilicrunch

Dinner Party with my Family and KFC #sweetchilicrunchI recently had the opportunity to visit the KFC test kitchen and experience what goes on behind the scenes.  This included an exciting (and delicious!) reveal of the brand new Sweet Chili Crunch Chicken. There is just something about the juicy, tender chicken and the delicious crunchy skin of KFC chicken that just can’t be […]

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:09 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



The 'Art of the Matter

(photo description: A birthday card, drawn by a child, with the words 'Happy Birthday' on one side and a drawing of a man in a wheelchair, wearing a hat, on the other.)

Joe had, essentially, two birthday parties.

On his actual birthday we were in Edmonton and had dinner with nephew Jason and his girlfriend Cindy. We hadn't seen Jason for a long while and we'd not met Cindy before but it didn't matter. We talked a lot. We laughed a lot. We ate a lot. It was the perfect kind of birthday celebration for Joe. It was relaxed and casual and a lot of fun.

While this was going on I was planning with Mike and Marissa a birthday luncheon with them and with Ruby and Sadie for the Sunday after we got back. It was supposed to be a surprise but when you are with someone nearly 24/7 on the road, that's nearly impossible. That, along with the little fact that I'm shit at keeping secrets like this, meant that Joe knew about the gathering. I'm glad, actually, because that meant he could look forward to it.

Sunday came and the girls came in carrying a cake that they'd made for Joe. It was beautiful, a marble cake with chocolate icing and blue piping. Ruby took extra pains to describe to us the delicate art of writing on a cake - it was lovely to see her bursting with pride over the job she did. Kids need to and ought to delight in jobs well done.

Sadie was terrifically excited to give Joe both of the cards that she made. One of them is pictured at the top of this blog. The cool thing about both cards is that Sadie, when trying to think of something that Joe loves to draw in the card, to make it super duper extra special, she decided to draw me. She gave him, in both cards, pictures of me that he could have.

"Look Joe, I drew you a picture of Dave," she said, showing him the picture in the first card, "see, he's in his wheelchair."

"Look Joe, I drew you another picture of Dave," she said, showing him the second picture, "Now you have two!"

She, like Ruby, was delighted with herself and her gift and her drawing. She'd figured it out all by herself, she knew exactly what to draw.

And she was right.

Joe loved the cake and loved the cards, both of them, from Sadie. He also loved the 'Scary Clown' card from Ruby that had all the numbers from one to sixty-two carefully written down so he could see exactly how many (many, many, many) years he's been around.

So, Joe's birthday has been well and truly celebrated AND now he's got two, not one but two, pictures of me that he can gaze upon with fondness.

Which I caught him doing.


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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 12:00 am

Political Blog - Calgary Liberal



Shutting down the blog.

Turns out a job doesn’t leave much time for blogging. And a 65-75 hour a week job makes it even tougher to fit in the time to write. Also, I find I’m writing all day, every day. So the urge to write more all night too isn’t that much of a driving force. There is, after […]

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Posted on 24 August 2014 | 2:46 am

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



New Paper on Sea Level Rise – Purkey et al (2014) – Examines the Sea Level Rise by Basin

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale Please see the Update at the end of the post to avoid confusion. # # # # The paper Purkey et al. (2014) Relative contributions of ocean mass and deep steric changes to sea level rise between 1993 and 2013 was recently accepted for publication at the Journal of Geophysical…

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:12 pm

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



CFL EXECS FINED

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League announced on Wednesday that it has fined two executives.

Toronto Argonauts general manager Jim Barker has been fined $2,500 for violating the league's sideline policy by positioning himself on the goal-line directly behind an official in an attempt to communicate with that official, during last Saturday's game between the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"I made a mistake and I accept the fine and the subsequent sanction as determined by the CFL office,'' Barker said in a statement. "It was not my intention to be outside of the player box as per the CFL sideline policy. In fact, I was making my way to the designated area and I was waiting for the series end. My actions were in no way pre-meditated and I did not intend to communicate with the official.''

Barker has also been informed that he will not be permitted on the sidelines during play for the remainder the Argos' 2014 regular and post-season.

Hamilton Tiger-Cat owner Bob Young has also been fined $10,000 for public comments criticizing CFL officiating.

(The Canadian Press)

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:00 am

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



The Great Canadian #Giveaway Linky

  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 29 October 2014 | 7:00 pm

Professional Blog - Product Management



The Maturity of your Market Dictates the Type of Product that You Need

By Rivi Aspler A few months ago, I linked the type of product manager that you want to hire, to the product life cycle stage that your product is at, saying that an engineering oriented product manager would be a better fit for a product that is at its first life cycle stages and that […]

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 10:08 pm

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



The 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge - October Roundup (Sticky Post— Scroll down for most recent post)




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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:55 pm

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



Blair Waldorf is married, with child and making music - in case you were wondering

Taylor Swift released a new album this week...which is all anyone seems to be talking about.

Well, you know what - Blair Waldorf ALSO released an album and we need to pause and say hi to her career - which seems to be somewhat in the mist, but you never know...the album is not bad. The acting career on the other hand...

I mean, she is carrying Seth Cohen's baby. That calls for a comeback doesn't it? 

XOXO
Jes...



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Posted on 28 October 2014 | 11:16 pm

Place Blog - Kitsilano



Our Top 4 Halloween Events in Kitsilano

Vancouver has a ton of stuff going on for Halloween – everything from haunted houses to haunted amusement parks, from bar hops to club crawls, from house parties to dance parties, this city has got Halloween covered. We’ve scoured Kitsilano to find the best events taking place in our neighbourhood,...
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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 11:00 am

Best Written - Cheaty Monkey



Dance Shoe Diaries

It’s true: Cheaty Monkey and I have been on a break. I may or may not have cheated on it just a little over at Today’s Parent; but, we have made amends and are back together, at least for today. It’s not like I have anything important to say here. Major events in the world and the fact […]

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Posted on 26 October 2014 | 10:04 pm

Fashion and Style - Lou Lou's Views



From Old School NES To The Brand New Nintendo 2DS (Plus A Nintendo Giveaway!)

It was Christmas Day, many, many year ago, when my sister and I received our very first NES. (Thank you, Santa mom and dad!) Remember this? Of course you do! (And if you don't, clearly you're too young!)



The NES started my love affair with Nintendo, and that Christmas Day, I'm not sure my sister and I did anything other than play Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt. All. Day. Long. 



I'm admitting this to you here, because I'm honest—I never actually completed the original Super Mario Bros. all the way through, and 8-4 is still impossibly hard to finish. (Just don't tell my kids; I'll lose all my gaming credibility!) I spent many, many hours playing these two games, and then Gameboy came along and I got lost in a Tetris world.


Now? I've got two new Nintendo lovers in my house—my two boys, who are almost seven and nine years old. Yup, they have a love for Nintendo that's larger than life, and they love to play everything from Animal Crossing to Super Mario Bros., and Mario Kart on the Wii U.

My youngest son has been Mario for Halloween a few times, and his favourite character ever is Bowser. He's even invented a "Bowser" language when he plays with his Mario figures. Seriously, it's the cutest thing.


My boys love their 3DS, too, and I love it because when we're travelling (road trips or long plane rides) it keeps them busy and I know they're having fun.

I've got a great surprise for my boys, too... thanks to Nintendo of Canada, I've got a brand new Nintendo 2DS for them... and the new Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 3DS! (Which also works in the 2DS.) They'll be testing this out soon and I'll let you know how much they love it.

The beauty of the Nintendo 2DS is that it's an "entry-level" handheld gaming system that's made for kids who are younger because it's kid-friendly and easier for little, cute hands to hold.

It's also much harder to break, so that's a total bonus, especially in my house, especially when my son is acting like he's actually Bowser!

Here's another great feature of the Nintendo 2DS: it plays both Nintendo DS and 3DS games in 2D, so there's no need to worry about young eyes being affected by the 3D, and it's backward compatible with games you already own. Pretty sweet!


Even sweeter, still? Thanks to my friends at Nintendo of Canada, I'm giving away a brand new Nintendo 2DS AND a copy of Super Smash Bros. 

Perfect gift for the kids with the holidays right around the corner, right?

Giveaway is open to Canadian residents, and the winner will be picked randomly and notified via email. Thank you, everyone!

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 2:59 pm

Feminist - Gender Focus



Sifting Through Municipal Campaign Promises: Use an Intersectional Lens

As we approach the municipal election on November 15th, potential voters may feel unsure about which party or candidate represents the best interests of their community. One way to begin sifting through the different approaches to hot button issues is through an intersectional lens. Addressing the specific needs and concerns of our city’s most marginalized […]

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:22 pm

Food and Drink - well fed, flat broke



Peanut butter marshmallow bars.

Last week, or maybe the week before, it rained and rained and rained one night (I can’t remember which night because that sort of thing happens a lot here), and it was dark out and nearly bedtime, and I had a lot to do, book-wise, and I was dead tired after work and we all […]

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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 5:43 pm

Fashion - Go Fug Yourself



Your Afternoon Man: Chris Hemsworth

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Apparently, sunglasses even make CHRIS HEMSWORTH hotter: The three-piece suit doesn’t hurt, either. Read More ...

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:00 pm

Parenting - Snarky Mommy



First! Day! Of! School!

Worst mommy blogger ever. First day of school was last week and I’m just posting the photos now. But hey, if you follow me on Facebook, I did post pictures there! Jack, 3rd grade (whaaat?) Flipagram of all Jack’s first days Emmie, 1st grade Flipagram of all Emmie’s first days Maeve, Jr. Kindergarten Flipagram of [...]

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Posted on 10 September 2014 | 1:49 pm

Gossip - TMZ



'American Hustle' Sued by Microwave Expert ... The Movie Nuked My Reputation!

"American Hustle" producers took a well-known science author who once wrote about microwaves and cooked his goose in less than 30 seconds ... and now he's suing for defamation.Paul Brodeur writes about environmental stuff.  He is incensed at a…


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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:33 pm

Entertainment - i09



New Guster Album Features Ferrofluidic Art

New Guster Album Features Ferrofluidic Art

Switzerland based photographer Fabian Oefner specializes in combining art and science. Here, you can watch him manipulate a ferrofluidic art piece (comprising oil, watercolor, and magnetic, nanoscale iron particles) commissioned by Guster for their forthcoming album, Evermotion.

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:00 pm

Music - Indie Music Filter



Carried In The Wind

Indie Music Filter

Sometimes you just have to sit back and listen.

Carried In The Wind


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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:08 am