Life as a Human

Halong Bay, Vietnam: Two Days And A Night

My visit to Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam was one of those few visits where reality lived up to my expectations. All the pictures and stories from the travel promotions were dead accurate. This was not a place of beaches and rolling waves - this was a place of geographic drama on a grand scale.

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 2:00 pm

CTV News

Raptors fall to Wizards in Game 4, bow out in a first-round sweep

The Toronto Raptors have been eliminated from the post-season after falling 125-94 to the Washington Wizards on Sunday in Game 4.

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:13 am

Vancouver Sun

B.C.'s Nepalese community frantically seeking news of family

Aneeta Gauchan was on Skype with her two-year-old daughter and the rest of her family in Kathmandu when a massive earthquake hit this weekend.

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:58 am


Underground child porn trade moving toward youngest victims

WINNIPEG—Sexualized images of children under the age of 9, most depicting explicit sexual acts, represent the largest and fastest-growing category in Canada’s underground child pornography trade, according to exclusive data obtained by Torstar News Service from the Canadian Centre for … Continue Reading

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:48 am


Someone got Android Wear running on Samsung's Gear 2 watch

Don't despair if you bought Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch, only to realize that you wanted the Android-powered Gear Live instead -- there might be a solution in the works. XDA tinkerer biktor_gj has successfully loaded Android Wear on the Gear 2 after ...

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:16 am

Ottawa Citizen

Scanlan: The Senators were endearing, their comebacks enduring

The greatest adventures end too soon. So it was with the Ottawa Senators unexpected run to the post-season, a record-breaking, 23-4-4 joy ride that re-ignited a fan base, even if the path would ultimately lead Sunday to a cul de sac: a six-game, quarterfinal series loss to the favoured Montreal Canadiens. In their third crack at eliminating Ottawa, the Habs finally got it done, climbing on the back of goaltender Carey Price, who was magnificent. In the dying seconds, the Senators pushed hard, had chances, but gave up the second goal into an open net, on a desperation clearing attempt by Max Pacioretty. And that was it. To their feet, fans rose and delivered a thunderous roar in salute of this endearing team. Players saluted back, raising sticks as spines tingled. In the spring of 2015, the Sens finally ran out of miracles. Dream travel ends, and it's time to get back to work. For Senators management, the work begins today, sorting out next year's roster and this summer's draft list. After a passionate push from mid-February on, Senators players can finally relax, disappointed in the playoff outcome but as hopeful for the future as any young team can be. Based on the the stretch drive and spirited first round series, all of which brought a ray of sunshine to a dreary winter, Senators players won't have to buy a drink around town for weeks. One of these years a team from here is going to win it all and Senators players can dine out on it forever. For now, it's about building a true contender. [pngallery id="517529"] At times, the Senators looked like one in this series, pounding the Habs 5-1 in Game 5 and riding the hot goaltending of Craig Anderson in Game 4 to shut Montreal down 1-0. The earlier three losses were all by one-goal margins, two in overtime, and the Senators were probably unlucky to be down 3-0 in what had been a fairly evenly-played series. The Senators scored first in five of the six games, but not on Sunday, when Brendan Gallagher got the visitors on the board, ending what had been a couple of games of futility trying to put pucks past Anderson. By the time the Habs got one in Game 5, it was all but over. This time, the Canadiens nursed their one-goal advantage for the better part of 50 minutes, counting on Carey Price to shut down the enemy as he did so often this season while building on his credentials as a Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy candidate. When the Senators did put a puck past Price, in the second period, a quick whistle nullified what would have been the tying goal. Price thought he had the puck tucked safely in his chest, so did the referee who blew the whistle. J. G. Pageau knew it was loose, and tucked it into the open net only to be told the play was dead. Through 40 minutes the Senators were out-shooting Montreal 29-16, but many of the shots were routine for Price. When the chances were Grade A, like Kyle Turris ripping a wrister on a 2-on-1, Price got across and got his blocker on the shot. He's been lurking, like a bad debt, Price. From the outset of this series there was always the notion – if not expectation – that Price would steal a game. He hadn't until Sunday. Anderson, meanwhile, needed some help to keep his team in the game. Tomas Plekanec had a wide open net when his second period backhand veered up and over the net. The Habs also hit a post as they tried to build on their slim lead. For the most part, they were happy clogging up centre ice. “The neutral zone is the win zone,” Senators head coach Dave Cameron said Sunday. In a one-goal game, it is the zone where rushes go to die. In the end, the Senators offered a tip of the cap to the Canadiens, a team that raised their game against Ottawa, compared to regular season matchups, perhaps drawing inspiration from their bloody, stinging playoff loss to Ottawa two years ago. Almost always, there is give and take between franchises. The Senators have won and lost playoff series against Pittsburgh, Buffalo and New Jersey. And now the storied Montreal franchise, the team that Ottawa eclipsed in five memorable games in 2013, the only Senators series win over an Original Six franchise, has gained a measure of revenge on what went down when Alfredsson was still captain here. Next time, it could all play out differently and probably will. This is the joy of post-season hockey. Drama, mystery, surprise. Joyous victories and crushing defeats. To and fro. When it ends, it all ends swiftly. “One hiccup and the season is over,” winger Mark Stone had said, as the Senators played in a trio of elimination games. The hiccup ends a memorable Senators season. @hockeyscanner

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 9:03 pm

Government of Canada

Statement by Minister Glover on the 30th Gala Artis

Statement on the 30th Gala Artis

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:30 am


When Robot Personalities Mimic the Dead

Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn and martial arts legend Bruce Lee represent just a few of the dead celebrities whom have been resurrected as digital avatars in TV commercials to sell products such as chocolate or whiskey. A Google patent raises a new possibility by describing robot personalities based upon the voices and behaviors of dead celebrities or loved ones. Such a vision may not necessarily come true, but it raises the question of whether people would feel comfortable dealing with a

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 5:58 am

Open Media

EFF supports our notice-and-notice letter

We wrote a letter to Minister of Industry James Moore demanding that the legal loophole be closed. It is time to put an end to abusive copyright trolls. Speak out at 

Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF

The notice and takedown provisions of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provide a streamlined way for copyright owners to remove material from the Internet. Now almost two decades after the law was passed, the DMCA takedown system has proved itself to be an utter disappointment. Users are frequently outraged by false takedown notices that are issued recklessly (such as the scattershot automated notices that Total Wipes Music Group recently sent targeting websites, including EFF's) or even maliciously (such as the use of takedowns to silence political speech).

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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 10:25 pm

Mark Steyn

A Se'nnight of Steyn, April 20-26

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 2:00 pm


Rona Ambrose works to break silence on the Hill

When allegations of sexual harassment surfaced on Parliament Hill, Health Minister Rona Ambrose set out to change the culture

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:18 am

Huffington Post

Feds Charged Ahead With Northern Gateway First Nations Consultation Despite Internal Doubts

Internal documents obtained by B.C.'s Haisla Nation show the federal government had concerns about the consultation approach proposed for Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline since at least 2009.

The documents, requested by the Haisla Nation nearly four years ago, were released through Access to Information legislation recently and show the federal government was warned it wasn't fulfilling its duty to consult aboriginal peoples as required under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.

An Environment Canada email included in the documents contained a list of concerns regarding the consultation process, stating, "it is not clear that [the process] would meet the honour of the Crown duty."

The email also acknowledged "First Nations were not involved in the design of the consultation process" and that there was a "lack of clarity" concerning First Nations' rights and title.

Haisla Nation Chief Coun. Ellis Ross said he received the trove of documents with "mixed emotions."

"We're very satisfied to know the staff of Environment Canada agreed with us in terms of the inadequate process in place to address rights and title," Ross said. "But it's disappointing this information is in our hands now when we can't do anything with it legally or politically."

"But it does confirm what we've been saying all along about the process when it comes to rights and title is very inadequate. It doesn't even follow case law."

Under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution Act, the government is obligated to "recognize and affirm" First Nations rights, including the right to traditional land and cultural practices. The Crown has a "duty to consult" First Nations on any projects planned for traditional territory or projects that may affect aboriginal rights.

The National Energy Board conditionally approved the controversial 1,178 kilometre Northern Gateway pipeline in June 2013 despite broad opposition from First Nations and other British Columbians.

"Now we can see that Canada's own environment ministry agreed with us," Chief Fred Sam of Nak'azdli said.

"For years Nak'azdli and the Yinka Dene Alliance have said to Canada that its approach to consultation for the Enbridge proposal is seriously flawed," he said.

Eight First Nations including the Haisla, the Nak'azdli and Gitxaala Nations have launched a legal challenge against the pipeline on the basis of inadequate consultation.

Chris Tollefson, lawyer with the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre, said the lack of appropriate consultation was apparent from the moment the Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings for the Northern Gateway pipeline began.

"At the hearings I could see the frustration of the First Nations that were participating in terms of the inability of the process to deal with their constitutional rights and their issues," Tollefson told DeSmog Canada.

"The JRP in my view was never clear on what its role was in relation to consultation and that uncertainty, I think, will ensure that this issue is before the courts for some time. Because in the end that consultation, from my perspective, was never duly discharged."

When it comes to Section 35 of the Constitution, "the first principle is that First Nations have a right to be consulted on projects that would affect their rights or their title; in short, their livelihood and life and right to occupy traditional territory," he said.

Tollefson said the federal Court of Appeal will hear the case of the eight First Nations as well as two environmental organizations -- including BC Nature which he represents -- against the Northern Gateway pipeline's approval in Vancouver this October.

An additional Transport Canada email released to the Haisla, dated Aug. 31, 2009, also expressed doubt in the adequacy of the government's approach saying "the consultation plan as written does not appear to be flexible enough to account for changing circumstances and incoming information."

Both the Environment Canada and Transport Canada emails were sent to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, which was seeking input from government agencies on Crown consultation.

Despite these doubts the federal government "charged ahead" with its consultation process, Chief Sam said.

"Now, many First Nations have been forced to go to court to challenge Canada's Enbridge decision," he said.

Gitxaala Nation Chief Clarence Innis said he's "shocked" that, despite the apparent level of uncertainty about consultation, "Canada pressed ahead with this dishonourable treatment of our Nation and other First Nations."

"This confirms the justice of our principled opposition to the shipping of bitumen through our territory and British Columbia's Northwest Coast," Innis said.

For Haisla legal counsel Ellis Ross, the documents cast a shadow on the traditionally fraught relationship between First Nations and the federal government.

"We're trying to follow the rules, and case law principles -- the Haisla isn't blocking roads or anything -- we're trying to follow the courts," he said.

"But with Canada, it's like the rules are there to be bent or broken."


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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 10:31 pm

CTV Atlantic

Man dies after car veers into Annapolis River

A 76-year-old man is dead after the car he was driving veered into the Annapolis River just east of Aylesford, N.S.

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:40 am

1000 Awesome Things

#260 People who look like their pets

AWESOME! — Email message — “I moved in with a new roommate in the beginning of this school year and we decided to make our own list of AWESOME! things to hang up in our drab dorm room.  Some of … Continue reading

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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 4:01 am

Royal Caribbean ending last-minute deals

Royal Caribbean’s Chairman, Richard Fain, said the company put a stop to “last-minute” discounting in North America in March. He called the practice damaging to its brand image. When I get emails asking if people can go down to the […]

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:00 am


10 new stores and restaurants in Leslieville & Riverside

LeslievilleLeslieville and Riverside are well on their way to becoming happening alternatives to their west end counterparts with tons of new restaurants, coffee shops and stores opening up. From bulk food to tacos, there are plenty of new spots to check out in the neighbourhood.

Here's a round-up of new stores and restaurants to check out in Leslieville and Riverside.

Raspberry Cafe/Yogaville
With the saturation of coffee options in the neighbourhood Raspberry Cafe has decided to diversify by offering yoga classes in their upstairs space. Famed Toronto yogi, Mahyar Raz and her son have opened up their new yoga studio and offer espresso drinks and baked goods for a lovely after class wind down.

Il Ponte
Capitalizing on the available space at the bottom of one of the many new condo developments beside the Don River, Il Ponte is serving up contemporary updates to classic Italian dishes. Added bonus: they have gluten free pasta on the menu.

Raise The Root
Not only do I love their punny name, I'm also a fan of the great organic fruits, veggies and eggs they offer. Sitting next to Meating on Queen it's the perfect grocery pairing for the neighbourhood. Not only does it offer up organic alternatives to regular grocery store shopping, it's also a quicker stop than a big box store.

District 28
This Logan St. event space and café is a great addition to the neighbourhood. A massive and versatile 23,000 sq. ft. space for your next party, fashion show or corporate event. Doubling as a café they offer sandwiches, pastries and in-house catering for their events.

urban bulk emporiumUrban Bulk Emporium
This indie take on Bulk Barn is a great place for the health conscious cook. From locally-sourced honey to every type of quinoa you can imagine this place has all your specialty food needs. Urban bulk emporium also offers a great selection of natural soap products and some pre-packaged foods for those with strict dietary needs.

Queen's Head Pub
If you're looking for an English-style pub head here. With traditional pub fare, a lengthy beer list and daily specials, it might just be your new local. They also offer brunch on weekends.

Remarkable Bean
There are tons of great coffee options in the neighbourhood but this second coming from the Beaches stalwart is trying to make inroads with their small batch espresso, roasted up fresh by the owners every other day. Can't get a spot at Bonjour brioche for brunch? Head to Remarkable Bean for delicious quiches and baked goods.

The Cannonball
F'coffee has rebranded as The Cannonball. Now fully licensed and open a little later than it previously was it's a great spot to grab a coffee, a bite or a beer. Their grilled cheese is to die for and if weather permits, head out to their shady back patio. The added bonus of available beers keeps the option of a day drink open, which is a nice touch.

La CarnitaLa Carnita
The popular west end taqueria has moved to the east, filling the space of Rasputin Vodka Bar. The narrow space has been warmed up with bright stools and wood accents in their signature Mexican street style. All the favourites from their College St. location are available, including their Margaritas on tap.

Home James
This retail outlet is like the best of reel of southern Ontario's antique markets and vintage shops. Carefully curated by owner James Lane, Home James is bringing Leslieville the best in both new and upcycled homewares. The owner also offers home staging which is a skill he obviously uses in the beautiful layout of his store.

What did I miss? Let us know about your favourite new Leslieville and Riverside business in the comments.

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 10:48 pm


How this year's budget will affect you

How this year's budget will affect you

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Posted on 22 April 2015 | 12:34 am

Metro News

Calgary bar owner on a hiking honeymoon among those stranded by Nepal quake

Among the people in the Nepalese mountains when the devastating earthquake struck last week was Calgarian Cam Dobranski, the owner of Brasserie Kensington and Container Bar, who was on a hiking honeymoon. Cam and his new wife Jacq – married … Continue Reading

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:24 am

The Province

Workplace victims to be honoured at Vancouver ceremony

As a health promotion specialist with Alberta Health Services, Daliha Yousuf was tasked with organizing the first Day of Mourning to honour workers injured on the job. In a tragic coincidence, as she sat in her first planning meeting for the new job, Yousuf received a telephone call — her very own father, Osman, had been fatally injured on the job.

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:56 am

Rabble CA

Budgets ignore the housing disaster but so do the advocacy groups

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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 5:47 pm


Historicist: Toronto’s Dentist Mayor

Dr. Frederick L. Conboy's career as a dentist and public-health advocate leads to four years in the mayor's chair.

Mayor Frederick Conboy greeting General Knox on the steps of City Hall. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 3308.

“The only motive that a sane man can have for entering Civic public life is a desire to render a real service, and that means constant work and great anxiety.” So said Frederick J. Conboy to city council in January of 1945, at the conclusion of four consecutive one-year terms as mayor of Toronto. Conboy’s […]

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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

Quirks and Quarks

Yellowstone Supervolcano's Mass of Magma - 2015/04/25 - Pt. 4

A secondary source of magma has now been located underneath the Yellowstone supervolcano.

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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 4:00 am

Sun Columnists

Do PCs have a death wish?

This was supposed to be the Progressive Conservatives’ “Aha” moment.

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 1:36 pm

The Progressive Economics Forum

Budget 2015: A tale of austerity past, present and future

Cross-posted from my blog. I’ve been banging the drum of “slow-motion austerity” for a while and little in the 2015 federal budget suggests any change from the pattern of death by a thousand cuts. This budget is another is a series of unspectacular austerity budgets. Taken together, however, the cuts rapidly add up and budgets […]

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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 8:53 pm

Religious News Blog

Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days

Aracely Meza, pastor of Iglesia Internacional Jesus es El Rey

Aracely Meza, a 'prophet' who operated the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey church at her home in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve to death a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a "demon," then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators say.

Full story: Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days

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Posted on 15 April 2015 | 6:29 am

Much Music

How To Break Up With Someone When You’re Scared Of Conflict

Spring has finally sprung and that means more longer days, warmer weather, the promise of summer, and of course, spring cleaning. While this is a great time of year to clean out your closet and figure out what the smell is under your bed, it’s also a great time to do some other cleaning…in your […]

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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 9:46 pm


Reno shows having profound impact on buyers

Dubbed "the HGTV effect"

The post Reno shows having profound impact on buyers appeared first on MoneySense.

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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 7:53 pm


Ford's crack confession tie sells - again - on eBay

Ford's crack confession tie sells - again

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Posted on 22 April 2015 | 1:12 am

National Post Blog

Nepal earthquake death toll 3,200 and climbing: ‘We don’t feel safe at all’

Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks while digging in the rubble for survivors

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:24 am

Eureka Science News

Diabetes drug found in freshwater is a potential cause of intersex fish

A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish -male fish that produce eggs.

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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 11:42 pm

The Toronto Star Columnists

Bill Blair launches political career at Sikh celebration

Dressed in a plain black suit, blue shirt and striped tie, retired Toronto police chief Bill Blair stepped outside his comfort zone Sunday on his first day as a civilian and aspiring federal Liberal candidate.

“Public safety was easy. Locking up the bad guys is a piece of cake,” he quipped after greeting several dozen Sikh police officers at the CNE before Sunday’s Khalsa Day parade.

“This other thing is hard.”

As reported in the Sunday Star, Blair is entering federal politics and seeking the Liberal nomination in Scarborough Southwest, a community where he has lived most of his life.

Former CTV anchor Tim Weber is also running for the Liberal nomination in anticipation of next fall’s federal election. The riding is currently held by New Democrat Dan Harris.

Blair’s 10-year tenure as chief officially ended Saturday night. But Toronto’s former top cop said he couldn’t miss the annual Khalsa Day celebration, which marks the Sikh New Year. The parade drew an estimated 100,000 people to downtown streets Sunday.

“I have a very special relationship with this community. I have been coming to this event for 25 years,” said Blair. Over his suit, he wore an orange scarf he received several years ago during a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, a holy Sikh site in Punjab, India.

“Although I no longer wear the uniform of the Toronto Police Service . . . I wanted to be here with these people today because it is an incredibly important day for our Sikh community and the city of Toronto,” he told reporters after addressing several thousand gathered in the CNE’s Better Living Building.

As he posed for photos and mingled with the friendly crowd, talk quickly turned to his political aspirations

“We are looking forward to seeing you in Ottawa,” said event organizer Gobinder Randhawa, founder of Scarborough’s first Sikh temple in 1985.

“We should talk,” Blair responded, as the group laughed.

“I have to tell you, for most of my life, I have run from politicians, not for politics,” he said. “But I want to continue to serve.”

In an interview later, Randhawa said he hopes Blair wins the nomination and the election.

“The quality in politics has to be improved,” he said. “I think we need men like him at every level of government.”

Many police officers at the event seemed pleased their old boss is making the leap into federal politics.

Staff Supt. Rick Stubbings said the retired chief has been “a real bridge” to the Sikh community and predicted he will make a good politician.

“He really is authentic. He cares about people,” added Stubbings, a member of Blair’s senior management team for 10 years and the senior officer at the event.

Auxiliary Const. Anmol Lal, who has served for four years and hopes to join the force full time, said Blair is popular in the Sikh community and among the police rank and file.

“It’s a great thing. He was an amazing chief,” said Lal, one of several who wore turbans with their uniforms.

Speaking to reporters, Blair said he is seeking political office because he wants to continue to serve the public.

“I know the issues that confront our citizens. I know a lot about public safety and national security, issues of drug policy and a lot of things about social justice, because that’s what it means to be a public servant in the city of Toronto,” he said.

Although Blair said he had “respectful conversations with everybody,” he chose the Liberals because the party’s “values most closely fit with my own.”

He said he hopes to bring what he has learned from almost 40 years on the police service “to a national discussion of how we can keep all communities safe, livable, respectful and inclusive.”

But Blair is taking nothing for granted.

“I’m going to have to earn that nomination and try to convince them that I am the best person to represent them (in Ottawa),” he said.

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 12:49 am

Canadian Tech Blogger - MobileSyrup

Flappy Creator lets anyone create their own Flappy Bird clone

A programmer named Jared Feldman has created a tool that allows anyone, no matter what their coding background, to create their very own Flappy Bird clone. Using the creator, it’s...

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 11:19 pm

The Daily Galaxy

"Far-Reaching Implications" -An Ancient Solar System Almost as Old as the Milky Way (Weekend Feature)

"There are far-reaching implications for this discovery," said Tiago Campante, from the University of Birmingham's School of Physics and Astronomy, who led the research. "We now know that Earth-sized planets have formed throughout most of the Universe's 13.8 billion year...

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 4:10 pm

The Movie Blog

Why Film Geeks Should See Ex Machina Before Avengers: Age of Ultron

  Earning fantastic reviews and sensational word-of-mouth during its limited release, Ex Machina plans to expand during these next few weekends in additional cities. The latest science fiction movie has...

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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 5:47 am


Healing a battle-scarred mind

The immune system may be responsible for post traumatic stress disorder.

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Posted on 20 April 2015 | 8:00 am