Life as a Human

Einsiedeln Abbey Church: Baroque Survivor of the Reformation

This heavily decorated church is a rare survivor of the iconoclasm of Huldrych Zwingli's Swiss Reformation.

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 11:00 am

CTV News

Tom Mulcair launches his 'campaign for change' from across the river

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair kicked off his party's election campaign across the river from Parliament Hill just moments after his Conservative rival asked Governor General David Johnson to dissolve Parliament.

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 3:13 pm

Vancouver Sun

Trudeau opens Liberal campaign in Vancouver

Justin Trudeau kicked off his election campaign in Vancouver by promising to fight for the middle class.

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 6:47 pm


Stephen Harper campaigning on experience, economy and security

OTTAWA—Stephen Harper is pinning his re-election hopes on the themes of experience, security and safeguarding the economy. The Conservative leader on Sunday launched his bid for a rare, fourth straight election victory with a not-so veiled warning that the economic … Continue Reading

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 10:37 pm


AT&T's first DirecTV plans include a $200 phone-and-TV combo

AT&T isn't waiting long to take advantage of its DirecTV acquisition. The telecom giant is introducing its first plans that incorporate the satellite TV provider, including a promo plan that could save you money if you need to get both cellpho...

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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 4:01 am

Ottawa Citizen

Sun's out, guns out: 19th century military re-enactors have a blast at Bytown Days

The guns were out Saturday afternoon as a troupe of 19th-century British military re-enactors fired numerous booming rounds from their muskets down at the Ottawa Locks.

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Posted on 1 August 2015 | 11:15 pm

Government of Canada

Government of Canada Partners with Rotary Foundation Canada to Eradicate Polio Worldwide and Reduce Poverty in Developing Countries

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the renewal of the partnership between Government of Canada and Rotary Foundation Canada by providing a total of up to $18 million to help save the lives of vulnerable children and reduce poverty in the world's poorest countries.

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Posted on 1 August 2015 | 11:06 pm


A Close Look at the Connectivity of a Single Brain

In a new paper just out in Neuron, researchers Timothy Laumann and colleagues present an in-depth look at a single human brain. The brain in question belongs to neuroscientist Russ Poldrack, and he's one of the authors of the paper. Poldrack was fMRI scanned a total of 84 times over a period of 532 days. The goal of this intense scanning schedule was to provide a detailed analysis of the functional connectivity of an individual brain. Previous studies have compared functional connectiv

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 1:54 pm

Mark Steyn

The Bunny in Winter

Bugs Bunny turned 75 earlier this week. Like the Queen, he has official and unofficial birthdays. Unofficially, Looney Tunes introduced a rabbit to the cast of characters in "Porky's Hare Hunt" (1938), but the anthropomorphized lagomorph looked nothing like Bugs and, although he was voiced by Mel Blanc, he sounded more like Woody Woodpecker. So, officially, Bugs made his debut in the form we know him today on July 27th 1940 in Chuck Jones' "A Wild Hare". Which is enough of an excuse to spend our Saturday movie date with the enduring, indestructible stars of the Looney Tunes funny farm...

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Posted on 1 August 2015 | 2:00 pm


The 2015 federal election campaign is underway. What changes?

Now the campaign is underway, parliamentary committee work is on hold

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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 3:07 am

Huffington Post

Another Reason Donald Trump Would Make a Lousy President

One of Donald Trump's biggest attractions is that he is a successful businessman, one who says he can apply business principles to reform the workings of government. Trump claims he can run the U. S. like he runs his businesses -- with attendant efficiencies and savings.

That siren sound of the self-made man is alluring. We'd all like to believe in the myth of the free enterprise white knight brandishing his capitalist sword to slay the bloated dragon of overgrown government. But that's not how the world works. Here is my cautionary tale about the false promises of the entrepreneur turned politician.

It all started nine years ago in my hometown of Ottawa. City politicians had been unsuccessfully struggling to bring in a budget with no property tax increase.

Then along came Larry O'Brien, a local high-tech multi-millionaire, who decided to run for mayor. Mr. O'Brien said he intended to run the city like a business and he guaranteed there would be no tax hike. At the same time, he pledged to kill a recent deal to build a light rail line.

The other candidates warned voters that O'Brien's promises were unrealistic but the lure of no new taxes was too much to resist. The electorate soon came to regret their choice as one by one Mayor O'Brien's initiatives failed.

His first action was to convince councilors to vote with him and cancel the light rail contract. The immediate effect of that decision was to invite two lawsuits from the companies involved which resulted in a $36.7 million payout.

The long-term effect was even worse. If the contract had proceeded, Ottawa would today have at least one major light rail line and probably be well on its way to a second.

Instead, almost ten years later, we still have no modern mass transit system. Luckily, a new politically-minded mayor and a savvier city council had the foresight to go ahead with a light rail line. By 2018, the city will finally have the first link in a modern transit system -- only a dozen years late thanks to Mr. O'Brien.

The rest of O'Brien's tenure was filled with quixotic attempts to bring the annual tax increase down to zero. Initially, he almost made it but at a severe cost to basic city services and eventually he raised taxes.

Throughout his tenure, O'Brien stubbornly persisted in his "businesslike" approach to governing. However, what he failed to recognize was that politics is not business. As the mayor, he was not the CEO of Ottawa; he was simply first among equals on a large, unruly city council.

O'Brien couldn't simply order things to be done his way. He had to engage in that messy process called democracy. He also finally had to realize that, for the most part, government services are not the same as business services. Governments don't operate in a competitive, free market environment; they generally provide basic common services that all citizens require.

Not surprisingly, O'Brien's windmill tilting and his nascent political career came to an abrupt end when he was soundly defeated after one term in office.

Luckily for Ottawa, its citizens were not entirely naïve. They had been fooled once and chose not to be fooled again. They replaced O'Brien with a career politician who didn't promise no tax increases, didn't incur giant penalties for broken contracts and addressed the issues of mass transit, basic services and infrastructure repairs.

American voters would do well to learn the lesson that we learned the hard way here in Ottawa rather than have to re-learn it from the likes of Mr. Trump. Governance is not like The Apprentice. It's not a dictatorship run by an all-powerful CEO. It's democratic, complicated and messy and it's the electorate who does the firing.

My advice to the American voter? Choose someone with political experience and tell Donald Trump: "You're fired!"


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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 12:20 am

CTV Atlantic

MV Farley Mowat raised in Shelburne Harbour

A sunken ship has been raised off the bottom of Shelburne Harbour, N.S., where it has been leaking oil since June.

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 5:39 pm

1000 Awesome Things

#190 Making disgusting slurping noises while eating a really juicy peach

You can’t fake a peach. Juice and candy companies keep trying with their Fuzzy Peach gummies and sugary peach drinks. But those molar-clogging sugar clumps never do the real peach justice. They’re an insult to peaches everywhere and mock the … Continue reading

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Posted on 31 July 2015 | 4:01 am

Viking Star abandons cruise in Tallinn

A passenger on the new Viking Star contacted Ports and Bows on the weekend to advise that the ship has been in Tallinn, Estonia since Thursday with mechanical problems. The passengers were later told by Viking officials that the remainder […]

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 3:34 pm


5 landmarks that light up in Toronto at night

night torontoToronto is dotted with landmarks that'll help you orient yourself no matter what state you're in by the end of the night. Many are distinctive to the neighbourhoods they're located in, becoming sources of pride to those who pass by them on a daily basis.

Here are some notable landmarks that light up in Toronto at night.

CN Tower
It's our most iconic symbol and you can see it from far, far away - even in the nether regions of the GTA. While most of us think of it as a tourist trap, we were all still amazed and delighted by the spectacular fireworks show it provided during the Pan Am Games.

Bloor Viaduct Luminous Veil
Architect Derek Revington designed the Luminous Veil as a safety barrier and the city installed it back in 2003. Now, it has finally been lit up thanks to the Pan Am Games.

Nathan Phillips Square
The rainbow-coloured Toronto Sign is another legacy project from the Pan Am Games. As soon as the city installed it, it became an Instagram legend. And, it ignited quite the debate when Mayor John Tory asked where it should go next.

SkyBridge in CityPlace
The SkyBridge at CityPlace seems to defy gravity. It spawns two storeys and is 130 feet long. If you're wondering how it got up there, you should check out this video of its majestic ascent.

Honest Ed's Sign
There's usually a photographer standing on the north side of Bloor pointing a camera at the gaudy, but beloved Honest Ed's Sign. Though Honest Ed's will disappear to make way for condos at the end of 2016 (RIP), let's hope its sign continues to shine bright.

What did I miss? Add more landmarks that light up Toronto at night to the comments. Photo of the Luminous Veil by Marcanadian in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 5:14 am


Five keys to staying in power for Stephen Harper

Five keys to staying in power for Harper

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 6:01 pm

Metro News

Man suffers life-threatening injuries after being hit by car in Halifax crosswalk

A 72-year-old man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in a Halifax crosswalk on Sunday night. The accident happened at about 7:30 p.m. as a car travelling northbound onto Joseph Howe Drive in … Continue Reading

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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 2:41 am

The Province

Campers forced out as Harrison Lake wildfire flares up; could be human-caused

A fast-growing wildfire is burning on the west side of Harrison Lake, forcing the evacuation of some campers and recreational users. The fire broke out early Sunday afternoon about 20 kilometres up Harrison Lake Forest Service Road, said the B.C. Wildfire Service.

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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 3:48 am

Rabble CA

Cheat to win, the Harper electoral game plan

Duncan Cameron
Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Canada's 42nd federal election kicked off Sunday August 1 with a difference. This campaign will be about twice as long as usual before Canadians vote on October 19.

Harper knows that if he wins a minority government the other parties will be in no position to fight another election soon. That is the weakness in his plan the opposition parties need to exploit.

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 12:12 pm


Historicist: Come Out to Caribana ’67

What began as a centennial year project grew into an annual summer tradition.

“Laughing girls in leopard skins dance along Bloor St in Saturday’s Caribana ’67 parade. Toronto’s 8,000 West Indians are throwing a week-long centennial party on Centre Island and inviting the rest of the city to join in the fun.” (The Telegram, August 8, 1967.) Photo by Lee Harrison.

Festival fever was in the air in 1967. Canada was in a celebratory mood during its centennial year and while most of the action was at Expo in Montreal, the federal government encouraged ethnic groups across the nation to showcase their contributions to a country starting to embrace its multicultural makeup. One such group was […]

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Posted on 1 August 2015 | 4:30 pm

Quirks and Quarks

We're on Summer Hiatus - No new Podcasts until September

Visit our Website for more downloads of previous episodes of Quirks & Quarks.

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 4:00 am

Sun Columnists

Does Canada still want Harper?

You could call any general election an historic one but this time it’s really true.

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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 2:39 am

The Progressive Economics Forum

Harper’s economics and geocentrism

Harper’s economics and geocentrism Louis-Philippe Rochon Associate Professor, Laurentian University Co-Editor, Review of Keynesian Economics What a month it’s been. While the first half of 2015 has not been kind to Canadians and the economy, July has proven to be worse. On the economic front, we have had a tumultuous month capping a tumultuous first […]

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 6:12 pm

Religious News Blog

Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon and invested millions more to build Rajneeshpuram as a spiritual retreat for thousands of his red-frocked followers.

A few years later some of his followers were convicted of infecting salad bars with Salmonella, as well as other crimes: arson, wiretapping, immigration fraud, election fraud and attempted murder.

Full story: Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

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Posted on 18 July 2015 | 12:11 pm

Much Music

Osheaga Day 2: Kygo Blows Our Minds, Kendrick Sells Out The Park

Torrential downpour almost sent concert goers home, but thanks to Kendrick Lamar’s selling out day 2 of Osheaga’s 10th anniversary festival, celebration in Montreal’s Parc Jean- Drapeau powered on. Through rain, wind and mud the party continued with big names like St. Vincent, Interpol and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals playing the main stages […]

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 5:44 am


Canada’s top five warm weather spending habits

Summer is the season Canadians spend the most cash. Find out what we’re spending it on and learn how you can earn some of it back.

The post Canada’s top five warm weather spending habits appeared first on MoneySense.

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Posted on 31 July 2015 | 3:04 pm


Alberta teen rescued in human trafficking arrest

Teen rescued in human trafficking arrest

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 6:53 pm

National Post Blog

‘It’s time to put Quebec back in power': Harper appeals to nationalism at campaign launch in Montreal

Harper's Montreal rally was met by about 75 protestors, one of which was wrestled to the ground and hauled away while he was at the podium

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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 3:30 am

Eureka Science News

Starvation effects handed down for generations

Starvation early in life can alter an organism for generations to come, according to a new study in roundworms.

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Posted on 31 July 2015 | 5:22 pm

The Toronto Star Columnists

Appeal dismissed in HIV lawsuit against stripper and government

A man who fought the dismissal of a lawsuit against his estranged exotic dancer wife, the federal and provincial government, Toronto health officials and a local strip club, has lost his appeal.

Percy Whiteman, who contracted HIV from Suwalee Iamkhong, his wife, launched the appeal after his $33-million lawsuit was thrown out by Ontario’s Superior Court in 2013.

In the lawsuit Whiteman alleged that the Zanzibar Tavern, where his wife had worked as a stripper, as well as the provincial and federal government, failed to protect him from his wife who was infected with the AIDS-causing virus.

“I have concluded none of the defendants are responsible for Whiteman’s contraction of HIV. Mr. Whiteman was the author of his own misfortune,” Justice Carole Brown wrote in her judgment at the time.

Iamkhong moved to Canada in 1995 after leaving Hong Kong where she had worked as an exotic dancer and, according to court documents, a prostitute. She tested positive for HIV shortly before leaving Hong Kong.

Whiteman met, and later married, Iamkhong while she was working as a stripper at Zanzibar.

They were married for seven years before she told him she had HIV and Whiteman discovered he too was infected.

Iamkhong was convicted of aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing bodily harm in 2007. She was sentenced to two years in prison and deported to Thailand in 2010.

Whiteman’s lawsuit alleged that Zanzibar was liable for Iamkhong’s actions, which exposed the public to her disease, and that government immigration and medical officials failed to protect him by not providing adequate testing when she came to Canada.

Whiteman said he would never have contracted HIV if Canada had started testing immigrants for the infection earlier than 2001.

He contracted the virus in 1997.

The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the dismissal of Whiteman’s case on the basis that it came after the limitation period and there was “no evidence” that proved if the actions of the federal government had been different he would not have become HIV positive.

Sal Grillo, legal counsel for Whiteman, was unavailable for comment about any future plans for the case.

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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 3:36 am

Canadian Tech Blogger - MobileSyrup

Acer reportedly planning to unveil four new Windows Phone devices at IFA

Acer will unveil four new Windows Phone smartphones at the upcoming IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany, according to editor Roland Quandt. actually, Acer has FOUR new Windows...

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 3:58 pm

The Daily Galaxy

"Our Early Solar System Harbored SuperEarths" (Weekend Feature)

Long before Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars formed, it seems that the inner solar system may have harbored a number of super-Earths--planets larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. If so, those planets are long gone--broken up and fallen into...

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 4:02 pm

The Movie Blog

Mission Impossible Franchise Goes To New Extremes

  Synopsis: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the...

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Posted on 31 July 2015 | 7:38 am


The great dinosaur fossil hoax

China has enjoyed an unprecedented gold rush of feathered dinosaur fossils – but how many are real?

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 8:00 am