Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



Yowza

There is a certain kind of stamina required if you are going to lecture, travel, lecture, travel. I've been off the road for a few months, presenting only the occasional 'one off' conference here and there locally. Nebraska is breaking me in for the next few months when I'm travelling and speaking a lot. But YOWZA it's been a workout. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving every minute of it. I've had lovely audiences, great questions and terrific support, but YOWZA.

My blog hasn't been updated for a few days because when we finish a day, we get in a car and drive and by the time we get into the hotel, get food ordered, I'm just whacked. This isn't a bad thing though, in fact it feels very, very, good. It's that good tired that you get when you've worked hard, concentrated intensely and given it your all. So. I've been sleeping well.

On our way down, we drove so I could have my power chair, we stopped at a hotel and on checking in I was chatting with folks also in the line. They asked if I was going to the casino, I told them that I was getting to bed because I had to be up for a long drive the next day. One of them asked why I was going to Omaha, did I have family there? I said, that I was gong there for work.

A guy said, "Wow, good for you."

It seemed silly at the time. I knew he was being nice, but all the same it seemed silly.

But not now.

After all the YOWZA involved in a lecture tour, I take his comment as a compliment.

I always have a bit of a worry when I've not lectured like this for a couple of months. I worry that I won't have the energy, or the stamina, or the ability to do it. It's a deep worry. It's a worry that brings along with it a premonition of pain.

But.

I'm here.

I've one day to go.

Then I go home.

I'm tired. Good tired. And now the worry is gone, bring on Calgary, bring on Vancouver ... in fact bring 'em all on, I'm good to go.

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 11:19 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



Neil Patrick Harris added last minute Calgary Expo!

Being a fan of Calgary Expo is an emotional roller coaster.  Because you never know who they’re going to invite, it’s sort of like going on a blind date. Well, not really because Calgary Expo is always fun, you just ...
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Posted on 16 April 2015 | 5:51 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



Justin, Ariana and Lance Bass try to give Carly Rae Jepsen a boost


Carly Rae Jepsen's newest pop hit I Really Like You is not getting the air time that Call Me Maybe did. Maybe that's why Justin Bieber rallied the troops to make a lip dub video of him and B list friends singing along to the song...recreating the magic from this video with his former lover Selena.


I mean, it's not a terrible song, but it's not as catchy as Call Me Maybe...and the Biebs just doesn't have the pull that he once did. He is trying to make lightening strike twice, but we know that that's rare...even with the help of Ariana Grande, Lance Bass, Kendall Jenner and Frankie Grande.

Plus, this video is way more budget.

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 15 April 2015 | 5:26 am

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



Part 11: 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield

The REAL Story Behind RADARSAT, COM DEV and MDA



By Robert Godwin 
This paper, first presented at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, which was held in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 3rd, 2014, is a brief synopsis of the history of astronautics in Canada.

The author wishes to thank the late Dr Phil Lapp and his wife Colleen Lapp for their permission to reveal some of Dr Lapp's memoirs. Dr Lapp was a founder of the the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) and of SPAR Aerospace.
 
He passed away in 2013; the text herein was written by Robert Godwin.

SPAR's partners on RADARSAT, COM DEV International (COM DEV) and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), would both play substantial roles in Canada's space engineering future. 

COM DEV had been founded by Valentine O'Donovan, an Irish immigrant who had worked at RCA in Montreal. O'Donovan had invented a new type of microwave multiplexer. He and several partners established COM DEV in Dorval, Quebec and quickly built a company with a global presence claiming to have hardware aboard 80% of the world's communication satellites. 

In 1974 their first contract was to provide microwave components to SATCOM 1. In April 1979 Donovan announced his intention to move the company and its 100 employees to a four acre site in Cambridge Ontario. In 1985 in their first bid to get involved with the newly proposed space station, COM DEV offered to build a debris detection radar. 

COM DEV was subcontracted by SPAR to contribute to the European Remote Sensing Satellite as the supplier of microwave components. Later that year, despite some multi-million dollar contracts, the company was forced to lay off dozens of employees, in part due to a downturn in the industry. By the early 1990s COM DEV still received contracts from the government but they started to shift their focus from project-driven to product-driven. 

By 1996 COM DEV had partnered with Motorola to mass produce components for the new low altitude satellite constellation named Iridium. This rapid turnover allowed the company to develop a commercial production strategy it had previously been lacking. By 2013 their sales were $216M with approximately half the sales public and half private. They also received their biggest contract that year, $65M, to provide microwave switchers and multiplexers for a fleet of comm-sats. 
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MDA was formed in Richmond, British Columbia in 1969 by John S. MacDonald and Werner Dettwiler. Like Lapp, MacDonald had received part of his education at MIT. Dettwiler was a Swiss immigrant who earned his degree at the University of British Columbia. 

In 1971 MDA gained a small government contract to supply components to a ground station in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The $10M facility at Prince Albert had been opened in June 1959 by Prime Minister Diefenbaker. As a publicity stunt Diefenbaker and President Eisenhower had used the 25m dish to bounce a greeting to each other off the surface of the moon.[i] In 1974 MDA was awarded a $1.3M contract by the Federal government of Canada to build a full prototype ground station for receiving data from weather satellites being operated by NASA and outputting the data to imagery or computer tape.[ii] 

All through the mid-1970s MDA concentrated on the impending digital revolution, hiring software and computer engineers. By the late 1970s MDA was exporting world-class processing facilities for Landsat data to places as far afield as, Brazil, Iran, Sweden, Italy, Hong Kong and Australia. By 1978 MDA employed 100 people, with no manufacturing capability, and had sales of $5.5M.[iii] 

MDA moved into other technologies including synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and computerized flight planning systems. In 1978 they produced the first digital image using the SAR data from Stehling's Seasat. In the early 1980s the company would have financial difficulty due to over-spending on a job but found financial support from various venture capital companies, as well as the government in Ottawa and Swissair. In 1985 they garnered their first contract with the European Space Agency to provide an SAR system for the European Remote Sensing Satellite. Sales that year were $26M and they employed 450 people.[iv]

In 1987 when SPAR became a prime contractor for Canada's involvement in the International Space Station, MDA was brought on board to handle software needs. That same year was also when SPAR and MDA combined forces on RADARSAT, with MDA providing the SAR and data processing.[v] In July 1992 the shareholders of MDA rejected a $50M buy-out offer from SPAR. 

However, in September 1995 MDA was sold to Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles for $67M, although the process was approved as a merger rather than a straight takeover, MDA became a wholly owned subsidiary of Orbital.[vi] In March 1999 MDA purchased SPARs robotics division, and with it the Canadarm contracts.[vii] That same year Orbital sold its interests in MDA.
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MDA would go from strength to strength, acquiring other companies with skills in robotics and sensing. By 2008 MDA had its hands in insurance, land titles and mortgages and were being allocated almost half of the CSA budget, with contracts worth $430M.


At that time, Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) of Arlington Virginia attempted to purchase MDA but the takeover was blocked by the government in Ottawa. A schism developed between the original founders, with MacDonald issuing dire warnings that MDA wouldn't survive if it couldn't penetrate the veil of US government contracts, while Vern Dettwiler expressed his desire that the company not become an arm of a foreign defense contractor.

The government held fast on their decision and the deal was stymied. However, only four years later MDA purchased  Palo Alto, California based Space System/Loral (SS/L) for $875M, transforming John MacDonald and Vern Dettwiler's little start-up into a global giant in space technology with access to US government contracts.

Robert Godwin.
In 2005 work began on a replacement and upgrade to the RADARSAT which had been on orbit since 1995. In 2007 RADARSAT-2, built by MDA, took over, but a new RADARSAT constellation is now slated to fly in 2018. This will consist of at least three and possibly as many as six RADARSATS, designed to keep a close eye on Canada's northern waters.
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Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He is also the Space Curator at the Canadian Air & Space Museum

He has written or edited over 100 books including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports" and appeared on dozens of radio and television programs in Canada, the USA and England as an expert not only on space exploration but also on music. 

His books have been discussed on CNN, the CBC, the BBC and CBS 60 Minutes. He produced the first ever virtual reality panoramas of the Apollo lunar surface photography and the first multi-camera angle movie of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. His latest book was written with the late Frederick I Ordway III and is called "2001 The Heritage and Legacy of the Space Odyssey" about the history of spaceflight at the movies.

Footnotes

[i] Ibid. Jun 8 1959
[ii] Ibid. Dec 28 1974
[iii] Ibid. Dec 9 1978
[iv] Ibid. Dec 27 1985
[v] Ibid. Jun 26 1987
[vi] Ibid, Sept 6 1995
[vii] Ibid. Mar 20 1999


Last Week: "SPAR's Evolution, Stehling in the States and RADARSAT's Origins," in part 10 of "100 years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield."

Next Week: "Canadian Astronauts and a New, Canadian Space Agency," as part 12 of "100 years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield" continues!

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 8:42 pm

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



Adventists Cancel ‘Holy Sexuality’ Confab; Egyptian Court OKs Deportation of Gays; Mongolian Trans Activist Gives TV Interview; Global LGBT Recap

A Russian nonprofit group, the St. Petersburg-based Coming Out, celebrated April 17 International Day of Silence by releasing a video “Break the silence,” which...

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 9:53 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



Power Protein Oatmeal Bowl

It’s been forever since I’ve shared a recipe with you.. there are so many fantastic healthy recipes out there, eating clean doesn’t have to be boring. Morning oats is one of the...

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Posted on 4 April 2015 | 1:09 am

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



Autism Society NB Meeting This May, Still Focused On Evidence and Results, Still Operating As An Independent, Informed Voice for Autism Services in NB


If you are the parent of an autistic child receiving early evidence based autism intervention at one of the government recognized autism intervention centres you are able to do so because of the advocacy of the Autism Society New Brunswick.  

If your sons and daughters in NB schools have access to education aides or resource teachers with autism training they are receiving that training as a result of advocacy by the ASNB.   

If your child is receiving care at the Stan Cassidy Centre Autism program you are doing so because the parents of the Autism Society NB publicly and successfully advocated to reverse the previously announced decision to close that program.

We HAVE NOT achieved success, for a variety of reasons, in seeing the development of a rational adult autism care network but we are not and will not give up.  We are still pressing forward on adult care. The principles discussed by ASNB members over the past 12 years with respect to adult autism care were reflected in the  2010 CBC interview with Paul McDonnell, clinical psychologist, Professor Emeritus (Psychology) and the source of much of the knowledge and information forming the evidence basis on which ASNB has operated.  

The adult care principles discussed and developed by ASNB over the past 12 years are also the basis of the recently completed adult autism care proposal which has been submitted to government and to several  MLA's.   ANYONE in NB interested in a rational adult care system to replace the band aid approach which plagues adult autism care and treatment  in NB may obtain a copy by simple request to AutismRealityNB@gmail.com.

Our mode of operation has puzzled some including some political leaders. ASNB in the last 12 years has not acted as a registered charity and did not earn income for the organization or to pay salaries.  We donated our time and efforts without monetary compensation and particularly without receiving ANY MONEY from the Province of NB for our own purposes.  In this manner we remained independent from government, free of the conflict of interest which necessarily accompanies government payment of monies.


Autism Society New Brunswick meeting Saturday March 23, 2013 
L: Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr
R: Autism Society New Brunswick Acting President Harold Doherty

We HAVE periodically met in person including a March 23, 2013 meeting attended by former Education Minister Jody Carr at UNB.  For the most part though we have operated  efficiently via the modern means of communication known as the internet.  A dozen years ago we communicated and achieved considerable results by using email and Yahoo News groups.  At least one of those Yahoo News Groups still exists as a record of discussions among members of ASNB over the years.   The Autism Society NB Facebook page has operated for several years with membership open to anyone in NB with an interest in autism.

ASNB has always operated on an evidence based approach.  We were and are focused on and will always advocate for meaningful results not feel good cliches.  This has been and remains the Autism Society NB.  

We  have been and are an evidence based, focused and results oriented,  independent voice for autism services in NB  and we are planning to meet in person in May for those who are less comfortable with internet communications. We will announce the particulars as soon as possible.

Respectfully,

Harold Doherty


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Posted on 15 April 2015 | 8:19 am

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



Man . . . seeks Woman

So how did you meet your spouse?  If the answer is at a family reunion, I probably don't want to know the details...or maybe I do, if she/he was married to your cousin at the time. Finding a mate for those of us whose parents do not do the arranging can be a bit of a problem.  At the age of 18 to 25, finding that "one person" who is supposed to be perfect for you for the next 65 years is at

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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 6:35 pm

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



The Always Unfinished Flower Garden

Some of you may remember that I promised myself I was going to finish my flower garden last year. After working away for the past 4 years I swore up and down that 2014 was the year I would finally complete it.

Siberian Iris 'Caesar's Brother' and perennial Bachelor's Button in June
I'm here to report.  That didn't happen.

This garden is taking off at the speed of a turtle stuck in a pool of honey.  It started out 5 years ago as a small circle around a forlorn apple tree and I thought, well that's just too small.  It looks out of scale against this large house.  So I enlarged it.  A lot.  It's now 50 feet long and 25 feet wide.

It's not that the size was a bad idea.  I love how big it is.  Passerbys can see it from the street.  I can see it from inside the house through my bay windows.  But I didn't take into account how much work it would be to plant all that space.

Oh I tried.  I dug and dug, put in yards of compost and plants.  I have had some good results.  One end of the bed is fully planted and even starting to mature a bit.

The original starting point around the apple tree is now filled in with flowers
I'm quite pleased with some of the plant pairings.  Siberian Iris 'Caesar's Brother' and 'Snow Queen' look wonderful together.


 Late in the season Autumn Joy sedum and blue fescue combine for a cool autumn look.


 This unplanned collaboration of Jupiter's Beard and Evening Primrose was a lovely surprise.


The problem was I didn't plant enough plants, nor did I mulch.  And so the weeds took over. For the last couple seasons I have been battling weeds in an attempt to gain my garden back.

those aren't flowers, those are WEEDS
I came close.  There is just a small corner of the garden left to dig over.  I'm ready for that corner this year.  I have bags of mulch on hand ready to fight the good fight, and I have pre-purchased plants so once the ground is dug the space will be promptly filled.


 the left side looks good but the right needs some work
Part of what is slowing me down is that in addition to digging out the weed filled areas I'm constantly assessing and reviewing what I've already done.  It's hard to finish the whole garden when I keep going back and changing things.

That's a garden though isn't it?  As it matures we realize what works and what doesn't.  There's one thing I found that I really don't like.  What do you think of these?

Rudbeckia hirta
It's not that I don't like Rudbeckia.  In fact they're great flowers.  The bees love them and they grow easily from seed.  But they are SOOO ORANGE.  At least they look really orange when they're planted next to a bright pink flower.

Filipendula and Rudbeckia clashing in the August garden
These seeds were originally tossed in as filler and I think it's high time I removed them.  Jody likes them but every time I look at those flowers I cringe.  I have yellow in the garden but the Rudbeckia is not the right shade of yellow in my eyes.  What's your opinion, would you pull them or keep them?

Another issue that was giving me trouble was the spring flowers.  Originally I planted spring blooms all over the bed thinking I should spread them out.  It didn't work.  Cushion spurge sat alone in an island of not quite living perennials.  Tulips sprang out of a sea of dead foliage and looked quite lonely.  So I moved them all.  Grouping them together in one section I planted anemone and columbine, spurge, February daphne, tulips and daffodils.

Anemone are early bloomers in my garden
I'm hoping for a spring explosion this year.  I don't want to hunt and peck all over my garden looking for flowers.  With any luck this will give more impact in one area and later in the season the other areas will take over.

Columbine are the first blooms to follow the bulbs
And so you see why this is taking so long.  I make a choice and then I take it back.  And then I change my mind again.  By the time I get settled the weeds are back and we start all over again.  Wish me luck trying to 'finish' my flower garden this year. 


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Posted on 6 April 2015 | 5:43 pm

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



3 Things Fatty Loves

A lot of stuff comes to me in the mail. I’m not complaining; I’m happy to try things out. But as I’ve mentioned before (and mention anytime someone emails me, asking if they can send me product to review), I don’t wind up writing about a majority of the things that come my way. I [...]

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Posted on 16 April 2015 | 5:46 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



#IWishMyTeacherKnew: Students Share Heartbreaking Notes

Kyle Schwartz is a third grade teacher at Doull Elementary in Denver. She has been teaching for three years. While she loves her job, she admits to having one main obstacle in her teaching: relating to her students. “Ninety-two percent […]

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 1:57 pm

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



From Nursery to Primary Giveaway Roundup (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

If you’d like me to list your Baby or Kid Friendly giveaway (Blog hosted only please) next week send a link with description including end date and eligibility to info at frugalmomeh.com, or Fill out my form!   Giveaways are listed by end date with those ending soon at the top.   * Giveaway was listed in previous weeks […]

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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 11:27 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



Yowza

There is a certain kind of stamina required if you are going to lecture, travel, lecture, travel. I've been off the road for a few months, presenting only the occasional 'one off' conference here and there locally. Nebraska is breaking me in for the next few months when I'm travelling and speaking a lot. But YOWZA it's been a workout. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving every minute of it. I've had lovely audiences, great questions and terrific support, but YOWZA.

My blog hasn't been updated for a few days because when we finish a day, we get in a car and drive and by the time we get into the hotel, get food ordered, I'm just whacked. This isn't a bad thing though, in fact it feels very, very, good. It's that good tired that you get when you've worked hard, concentrated intensely and given it your all. So. I've been sleeping well.

On our way down, we drove so I could have my power chair, we stopped at a hotel and on checking in I was chatting with folks also in the line. They asked if I was going to the casino, I told them that I was getting to bed because I had to be up for a long drive the next day. One of them asked why I was going to Omaha, did I have family there? I said, that I was gong there for work.

A guy said, "Wow, good for you."

It seemed silly at the time. I knew he was being nice, but all the same it seemed silly.

But not now.

After all the YOWZA involved in a lecture tour, I take his comment as a compliment.

I always have a bit of a worry when I've not lectured like this for a couple of months. I worry that I won't have the energy, or the stamina, or the ability to do it. It's a deep worry. It's a worry that brings along with it a premonition of pain.

But.

I'm here.

I've one day to go.

Then I go home.

I'm tired. Good tired. And now the worry is gone, bring on Calgary, bring on Vancouver ... in fact bring 'em all on, I'm good to go.

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 11:19 am

Law Blog - Wise Law Blog



In Discussion with Mitch Kowalski, 2015 LSUC Bencher Candidate

I had a good sit-down today with Mitch Kowalski, 2015 LSUC Bencher candidate, who discusses current issues facing the Law Society of Upper Canada, including governance, ABS, articling, professional discipline and the future of paralegals.

It's well worth the watch - and sorry for the intermittent audio distortion.


- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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Posted on 15 April 2015 | 2:24 am

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



Claim: Rabbits will be impacted by climate change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall PLOS ONE has published a study which suggests two thirds of rabbit species will be severely affected by climate change. The authors of the study think climate change will force rabbits to migrate towards the poles, or to higher altitudes, and that some species will suffer significant range declines. The…

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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 4:00 am

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



JLB ELECTRIC GAME RECAP: WHEAT KINGS ELIMINATE PATS


Peter Quenneville's even strength goal at 6:15 of overtime was the winner Friday night in Brandon as the Wheat Kings beat the Regina Pats 3-2 to clinch the second round best-of-seven series in five games.

Brandon jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first period thanks to a Nolan Patrick shorthanded goal at 12:52.  Regina grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second period thanks to goals by Jake Leschyshyn and Taylor Cooper and they carried that lead into the third.  However Patrick struck again for Brandon - at 13:39 of the third - to tie the game at 2-2 and send it to overtime.

That set the stage for Quenneville to launch the Wheat Kings into the Eastern Conference Final, and end the Pats' season.  Brandon moves on to face the Calgary Hitmen, who eliminated Medicine Hat on Friday in the Saddledome.

Brandon outshot the Pats 51-27 and Regina goalie Daniel Wapple was named the game's #2 star with a 48 save effort.  Quenneville was named first star while Patrick got the nod for #3.

The Pats were 0/5 on the powerplay and 5/5 killing penalties.

The attendance at Westman Communications Group Place was 4333.

Congrats Regina on a fine 2014-15 season!

RP

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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 4:58 am

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



Fisher-Price Little People Animal Friends Farm {Giveaway}

My in laws are hoarders, they save some of the strangest things and their basement is a bit of a treasure hunt. Sometimes you kind of scratch your head at items they felt they should keep over the years and then other times it becomes such a blessing to be able to see items you [Read On]

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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 4:09 pm

Professional Blog - Product Management



5 Reasons why you should regularly attend your product’s training classes

by Saeed Khan If you work on a product that requires a training class, your product is way too complex!!! OK, just kidding.   If you work in the B2B space, it’s almost guaranteed that there is a training requirement for your product. The training may be delivered face-to-face in a classroom setting, or over the […]

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Posted on 6 April 2015 | 4:39 am

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



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

document.write(''); How to add your link:
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 2015 | 3:59 am

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



Justin, Ariana and Lance Bass try to give Carly Rae Jepsen a boost


Carly Rae Jepsen's newest pop hit I Really Like You is not getting the air time that Call Me Maybe did. Maybe that's why Justin Bieber rallied the troops to make a lip dub video of him and B list friends singing along to the song...recreating the magic from this video with his former lover Selena.


I mean, it's not a terrible song, but it's not as catchy as Call Me Maybe...and the Biebs just doesn't have the pull that he once did. He is trying to make lightening strike twice, but we know that that's rare...even with the help of Ariana Grande, Lance Bass, Kendall Jenner and Frankie Grande.

Plus, this video is way more budget.

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 15 April 2015 | 5:26 am

Place Blog - Kitsilano



Bard on the Beach Tickets On Sale for Summer 2015

Bard on the Beach, Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival, is back in Vanier Park June 4-September 26.  For 26 years, Vancouver patrons of the arts have turned up enthusiastically for this culture fest celebrating the genius of William Shakespeare with natural beauty of Vancouver as the backdrop. Tickets for Bard...
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 4:17 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



The Hazelton Hotel: An Intimate And Luxurious Stay

Last week I was in Toronto, staying at The Hazelton Hotel–Toronto's most exclusive five-star hotel. It was every bit as wonderful as I imagined it would be.

I'm thankful to have been invited to review this gorgeous property because it's one hotel I've always wanted to explore. The Hazelton Hotel is an important part of Yorkville's vibe and culture. And boy, do I love Yorkville—this is Toronto's most stylish district, after all, with plenty of amazing shopping and fine dining. Yorkville is where you'll find me when I'm in Toronto, no matter the season. I was curious to find out just how lovely a stay at The Hazelton Hotel would be, especially because it is the number one hotel in Toronto, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

The service was amazing; similar to the service I received at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour. Everyone was incredibly friendly and ready to help with any request I had, morning or night. The rooms are stunning, especially the gorgeous, spacious bathrooms, complete with heated floors, a built-in television in the mirror, and L'Occitane bath products. It was absolute heaven.




After falling in love with my room, I was whisked away to the world-class Hazelton Health Club and Spa where I was treated to a 75 minute pedicure. It was so relaxing and the service was, once again, perfection. (Special thanks to Vickie for taking such good care of me!)

The Hazelton Health Club and Spa has plenty of services, from world class facial and body treatments to manicures and pedicures. (The spa uses the Swiss product line Valmont, which I love.) You'll leave the Spa at the Hazleton feeling revitalized and rejuvenated.

If you want to work out before hitting the spa, the Health Club is open 24 hours. There is also a beautiful lap pool, with a private elevator taking you right to the pool from your hotel room floor.




After my spa appointment, I went back to my room to catch up on some work and relax. I ordered room service, (which is available 24 hours) and enjoyed my relaxing night in my beautiful hotel room before leaving for an event the next day. The rooms are intimate with "... a splash of 1940's inspired Hollywood glitter."




My favourite part was the large dressing room and all the closet space. I also loved the floor to ceiling mirrors. Often, there is not enough room to place luggage and hang up clothes when I'm traveling,  so this was great to see. 


I was very impressed with the car service The Hazelton Hotel provided me, too,  taking me to and from my event as well as making a stop at a nearby store in Yorkville for me so I could pick something up.


Before I left the hotel, I enjoyed a delicious lunch in One Restaurant with the Sales Manager of The Hazelton Hotel, Christine, and Cassie, who helped organize my wonderful stay. The company was wonderful and the food was amazing, and I cannot wait to go back again soon—the menu has a lot to choose from and dining at One Restaurant is something you have to experience. (One Restaurant is headed by Chef Mark McEwan, and is especially popular during TIFF—The Hazelton Hotel is always the place to be if you want to spot celebrities!) 



The Screening Room in The Hazelton Hotel was quite impressive, too–this theatre holds up to 25 people, and is used for many functions, from sporting events to movie screenings.


Although my stay at The Hazelton Hotel was short and sweet, I will certainly be back soon. From the service to the location, this five-star hotel left me wanting more.

Thank you, Hazelton, for making my first experience with you so magical.


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Posted on 13 April 2015 | 3:51 am

Feminist - Gender Focus



Abortion Access in New Brunswick: One Year Later

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of A Rally for our Right to Accessible Abortion. As painful as it was to be standing outside in the cold asking for the right to control my own body, the rally was the best day of my tiny young life.

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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 3:34 am

Fashion - Go Fug Yourself



What the Fug (As Usual): Kim Kardashian, with an assist from Khloe

kim kardashian in paris Kim Kardashian & Family Visit The Yerevan Genocide Memorial 
If this is how her shirt situation is going at the dawn of spring… … then I’m developing some anxieties about what summer will bring. Also, if you’ve ever wondered what a Kardashian would wear to the viewing of a memorial to victims of genocide against Armenians: I certainly hope it was powerful for them, Read More ...

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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 4:00 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



Jillian Barberie -- Rips Britt McHenry ... What She Did Was Horrible

Britt McHenry's getting no sympathy from fellow female sports media star Jillian Barberie -- who tells TMZ Sports what the ESPN reporter did was "horrible" ... and she needs a serious attitude adjustment, stat. Jillian…


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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 5:37 pm

Entertainment - i09



Sponges Are Surprisingly Good At Soaking Up Problem Chemical BPA

Scientists cleaning their labs have discovered that a plain old sponge is surprisingly well suited to removing bisphenol A (BPA) from surfaces and equipment.

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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 2:00 am

Music - Indie Music Filter



#Trending: Rationale, Wales, Goldroom

Indie Music Filter

Choice cuts from the Hype Machine top 50. Take a listen to a few key songs from Wales, Rationale and Goldroom.

#Trending: Rationale, Wales, Goldroom


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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 3:06 pm