Life as a Human

Hopeful Humanity: Common Reasons People Make the Decision to Migrate

Migration has taken place for centuries, with people from all over the globe choosing to leave their home country in search of a better life in a faraway land. Although the media often portrays only the negative aspects of migration, it actually offers far more benefits than many people realize.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 2:50 pm

CTV News

Alberta man fights off grizzly bear with empty rifle

An Alberta man used quick thinking and nimble reflexes to fight off a massive grizzly bear using an empty hunting rifle.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 5:13 pm

Vancouver Sun

Rhino horn sells for small fortune

A 19th century rhinoceros horn was estimated to sell for $20,000 at a recent auction. But a “grand battle” erupted between four Asian bidders and when the smoke cleared, it had sold for $228,000. Normally, high-priced antiques are cherished as objects. But rhino horns can be worth a small fortune because they’re used in traditional Chinese medicine and some people believe they’re an aphrodisiac.

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 8:05 am


Prairie police forces drop the mic in hilarious rap battle on social media

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 2:20 am


Indie puzzler 'Fez' resurfaces with a $100 special edition

We aren't getting a sequel to the adorable retro indie puzzler Fez well... ever. But that doesn't mean developer Polytron is out of things to sell fans. The Canadian company hopes the wound it opened by canceling the sequel won't deter you from dropp...

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 10:32 am

Ottawa Citizen

Justin Trudeau meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace

LONDON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a private audience Wednesday with the Queen at Buckingham Palace — decades after meeting her when he was a young child — with the PM recalling she was "much taller" than him the last time they met. Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau and two of their kids, daughter Ella-Grace, and son Hadrien joined the prime minister on his trip to Buckingham Palace, and also had a chance to meet the Queen. The prime minister, wife and kids, along with a few of Trudeau’s aides waited in the antechamber for Her Majesty. The Queen arrived and went through the room to her private apartment. Trudeau then went into the Queen’s apartment by himself, and Her Majesty’s equerry introduced Trudeau with a ceremonial sword. “The prime minister of Canada, your Majesty," the equerry said. Trudeau and the Queen talked about the fact they met once when he was a young boy and his late father, Pierre, was prime minister. “Very nice to see you again … in rather different circumstances," the Queen said to the prime minister. Trudeau told her: “I will say you were much taller than me the last time we met.” Trudeau is now much taller than her. The Queen then told the new prime minister: “In very different circumstances. It’s extraordinary to think of,” she said. “So now you’re having a very busy time.” After the meeting, during a speech to about 250 people (mostly expats) gathered at Canada House in London, Trudeau praised the Queen. “She was, of course, gracious and insightful with a unique and invaluable perspective," Trudeau told the crowd about his meeting with the Queen. "Her Majesty has been an important part of Canada’s history and I’m confident will remain an important part of our continued progress and our future.” Earlier in the day, Trudeau described his recollection of meeting the Queen when he was young. “She was always lovely and gracious. She was very tall, which points out how little I was at the time,” he was quoted as saying in an emailed statement provided by the Prime Minister’s Office. “They were nice moments because I knew how much my dad liked her. You could tell my father was really proud to be introducing his son to the Queen.” The prime minister’s visit with the Queen came 38 years after his father’s iconic pirouette behind her majesty at Buckingham Palace in 1977 during a G7 conference that sparked both an international controversy and sensation. The younger Trudeau is the Queen’s 12th Canadian prime minister. [related_links /]

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 10:22 am

Government of Canada

Minister Carr Meets With Alberta Energy Minister, Energy and Environmental Stakeholders in Calgary

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, today met with Alberta Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd and energy and environmental stakeholders in Calgary to discuss economic and environmental issues affecting the oil and gas sector, including lower oil prices, infrastructure development and access to markets. He outlined the Government's commitments to grow the economy and protect the environment while investing in clean technologies to develop Canada's natural resource sectors and create good jobs for Canadians.

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 2:18 am


Do We Need A Neuroscience of Terrorism?

In the Boston Herald, we read that Little is currently known about the neurological pathways of terrorism - the inner workings of a brain that can justify random violence to promote an abstract, extreme belief... there has been no neuroimaging done to examine terrorist brain activity at play. This lack of neuroscientific knowledge is a problem, we're told, because “[terrorism is] like with cancer: The more you know about it, the more you start to understand the process of it, the earl

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 8:46 pm

Open Media

Death of Hyperlink: The Aftermath

Must read: The free flow of information that journalist Hossein Derakhshan spent years in an Iranian jail for is dying. vHelp us ‪#‎SaveTheLink‬:

Article by Hossein Drakhshan

Last November, I walked out of an Iranian jail after six years. The most shocking news I learned after that? It was not President Barack Obama’s acknowledgment of Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology, nor the death of NDP Leader Jack Layton, nor the abrupt disappearance of the Canadian embassy in Tehran. It was the death of the Web as I knew it.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 11:26 pm

Mark Steyn

No Change at the Climate Court

On this Thanksgiving eve, I am thankful for many things, but the sclerotic and depraved "justice" system of America's capital city is not one of them. Today marks the first anniversary of my trip to Washington for oral arguments at the District of

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 2:00 pm

Huffington Post

This Is How We Can Protect B.C.'s North Coast

During my first visit to British Columbia's north coast, I was immediately struck by the area's extraordinary natural wealth. It's a place renowned for its rich ocean habitats, temperate rain forests as well as humpback whales, bears, salmon and orca. It's also very important for people, and provides 10,000 jobs and up to $1.2 billion in total economic output each year from sustainable ocean-based industries alone. Most importantly, the region is well known for its strong cultural connections with First Nations who have inhabited and cared for the ecosystems within it for millennia.

We refer to this region as the Great Bear Sea. It is truly one of this country's most vibrant ecosystems, a place millions of Canadians have stood up for as Enbridge developed its Northern Gateway Pipeline and tanker project.

The Great Bear is no place for a pipeline: as over 300 scientists from across Canada have stated, the risk of a spill is just too high. So high that on Friday, November 13, 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a mandate letter that seeks to place a moratorium on oil tanker traffic off B.C.'s north coast. This announcement is significant, not only because it will make life safer for the salmon, whales and people that call the area home, but also because it marks the end of the pipeline project as we know it.

Without the proposed 225 tankers a year moving through Kitimat's Douglas Channel -- as well as the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound -- there will be no chance of diluted bitumen spilling into these highly productive waters.

The moratorium is something to celebrate, and puts a major hurdle in front of Enbridge's plans for the region. However, in the wake of the decision, the company indicated that it still has every intention of proceeding with its Northern Gateway pipeline plan.

It's now crucial that we push towards the next stage: a legislated ban on all oil tanker traffic in the region. This is the best way to help secure a sustainable future for the many communities and species that depend on its resources for survival -- and a future in which Canada looks to a variety of different renewable energy resources to power its growth.

We can already see the momentum building. Behind the moratorium are other important commitments voiced by the new Government of Canada, including the re-establishment of comprehensive environmental assessments, and an over-arching goal to meet international commitments to increase marine and coastal protection from 1.3 per cent to five per cent by 2017, and 10 per cent by 2020.

These goals, as well as a commitment to work closer with provinces, Indigenous Peoples, and other affected groups to effectively co-manage our oceans, show real ambition and are attainable if we commit to working together.

For B.C.'s north coast, there is already a strong framework and building block that can help the federal government reach some of these goals. Earlier this year, the province of British Columbia signed the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP), an agreement with 18 Coastal First Nations that integrates the management of 102,000 km2 of ocean environment. MaPP moves away from traditional sector-by-sector management by considering the combined effects human activity has on marine ecosystems, and how to keep them healthy. The MaPP plans are premised in Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) and integrate human well-being, ecological integrity and governance. Even better, underlying the entire MaPP agreement is the protection of biodiversity.

These plans have the reach to manage areas and issues where the provincial government has legal jurisdiction and regulatory authority, but not activities and areas under federal jurisdiction.

This is the right moment for the federal government, which manages shipping and commercial fishing with a traditional sector-by-sector approach, to learn from the example the MaPP agreement has set and to work together with B.C. and First Nations groups to meet its own Federal mandate for integrated management under the Oceans Act.

The building blocks are in place. For instance, many of MaPP's Protected Management Zones have been developed with robust science as well as local and traditional knowledge to protect key ecological values. The same zones are held to a standard that will allow them to be candidates for inclusion into a network of federally-legislated Marine Protected Areas.

Prime Minister Trudeau has the support of Canadians when it comes to protecting B.C.'s north coast from oil tankers. He'll also find similar backing on initiatives to protect other culturally and ecologically important sites across the country. But to ensure they are a success, ambitious and collaborative long-term planning is key. We've already shown that we have the will. Now we need to prove we have the way.


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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 8:19 pm

CTV Atlantic

Missing N.S. man Landon Webb found safe: RCMP

The Nova Scotia RCMP say a 25-year-old man who disappeared from a special care home in October has been located.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 4:50 pm

1000 Awesome Things

#106 Finally unsubscribing from that annoying email list you’ve been on forever

Let freedom ring from the felt-covered walls of cubicle farms. Let freedom ring from the dimly lit university dorms. Let freedom ring from cell phones at the back of the train. Let freedom ring from laptops at the back of the plane. But not only that — let freedom ring from daily coupon deals! Let […]

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 5:01 am

Regensburg now has company — Passau

One of my favourite parts of Europe is Bavaria, Germany. One of my favourite towns was — and is still — Regensburg. However, now I have a new co-favourite. Passau. Three rivers meet in this beautiful city that was re-built […]

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 4:00 am

BlogTO opens its first store in Toronto TorontoOnline retailer (or to us Canadians) is getting ready to open its first ever bricks-and-mortar store in Toronto next week.

This real life shop, located in the old Crocs store at 356 Queen Street West, will run as a pop-up for the next few months. And, it'll showcase a new collection approximately every six weeks. For now, the small outpost is centred around the theme "Shoes for you neck of the woods."

Outfitted with forest-inspired wallpaper, the storefront holds a selection of winter and over-the-knee boots, fringed ankle booties as well as items from spring/summer line. There's also stock from private label brands PIKA, Hardy Design Works and Richer Poorer socks on display

You can try anything on in-store, which is a blessing for risk-averse online shoppers. If you don't want to wander around Queen West with a bulky parcel, you have the option of getting your shoes delivered right to your door within two hours (or the next day). got possession of its storefront on Friday. As it runs its pop-up, the Vancouver-based company is working to expand its offerings and will open up a full retail store, including some sort of coffee concept, in March.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 4:52 pm


Stallone's Creed and all the Rocky movies, ranked

Stallone's Rocky movies, ranked

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 5:40 pm

Metro News

Vancouver poised to get chandelier underneath Granville Bridge

Vancouver council will vote next week whether to allow a spinning chandelier hanging over Beach Avenue under the Granville Bridge.

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 2:36 am

The Province

SkyTrain 'power issues' halt service in downtown Vancouver; service now restored

Service on a key length of the SkyTrain went down just before rush hour Tuesday, leaving commuters scrambling to get out of downtown Vancouver late into the evening.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 7:06 am

Rabble CA

Strengthening the heart of Ontario universities with good academic jobs

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 8:51 pm


From Raqqa to Roncesvalles: Toronto Gets Ready to Welcome Syrian Refugees

Community organizations in Toronto rally in support of refugees.

With the Canadian government extending their end of year deadline to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees, Torontonians are taking matters into their own hands. All across the city, individuals, institutions, and community organizations are coming together to raise money and donate clothing. Although Toronto city council passed a motion last month to allocate $600,000 for resettlement […]

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 5:35 pm

Quirks and Quarks

Adelie Penguins May Thrive In Warmer Antarctic - 2015/11/21 - Pt. 3

Shrinking glaciers expose more nesting sites for ground dwelling adelie penguins.

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Posted on 20 November 2015 | 5:00 am

Sun Columnists

Trudeau channels Harper on refugees

The Trudeau government has come to its senses and walked back from its campaign promise to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees in 2015.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 11:30 pm

The Progressive Economics Forum

Is your pension in climate denial?

Fossil fuel divestment campaigns have become a focus for climate change organizing, targeting university endowments, churches, foundations and pension funds. While the motivations are primarily moral—if it is wrong to wreck the climate, it is wrong to profit from that wreckage—there are important economic arguments for divestment. If we are to have a reasonable chance […]

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Posted on 18 November 2015 | 11:10 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

Did Camila Cabello Get Friendzoned By Shawn Mendes?

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello talk fashion regrets and Taylor Swift with James Corden, but most importantly, they get suspiciously defensive when he brings up the question on everyone’s mind: Are you guys dating? The rumored-couple get really squirmy, as they deny the fact that they’ve ever even kissed. Shawn says that Camila has rejected […]

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 11:07 pm


Smart home guide: The bathroom

Smart tech to help control your bathroom experience, and protect your home from excess humidity

The post Smart home guide: The bathroom appeared first on MoneySense.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 11:00 am


Staging a comeback after devastating flesh-eating disease

Staging a comeback

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 2:22 am

National Post Blog

Ontario introduces Rowan’s Law, named after teen who suffered fatal concussion during rugby game

The bill, introduced with rare all-party support, would establish a committee to get recommendations that came out of the inquest into her death implemented within a year

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 5:18 am

Eureka Science News

Canuckosaur! First Canadian 'dinosaur' becomes Dimetrodon borealis

A "dinosaur" fossil originally discovered on Prince Edward Island has been shown to have steak knife-like teeth, and researchers from U of T Mississauga, Carleton University and the Royal Ontario Museum have changed its name to Dimetrodon borealis--marking the first occurrence of a Dimetrodon fossil in Canada.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 10:11 pm

The Toronto Star Columnists

Toronto taking wait-and-see approach to medical pot

The City of Toronto is taking a wait-and-see approach to medical marijuana and the prospect of users puffing in hockey rinks and other city facilities.

“I don’t think it’s something that is on our radar,” Councillor Joe Mihevc, chair of Toronto’s public health board, said Wednesday when told of Ontario regulations that allow medical users to smoke and vape in public spaces unless a proprietor bans it.

“If it becomes more pronounced and present, then we would want to consider our actions.”

Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s West) added that he knows medical marijuana users and believes the regulations won’t affect their desire not to expose others, especially children, to second-hand smoke or vapour.

Toronto has historically taken a strong stand against smoking in public places. In 2013, city council went further than provincial rules by outlawing smoking within nine metres of the entrance or exit of any building used by the public.

Mayor John Tory said allowing pot to be used in places where smoking is prohibited doesn’t make “common sense.”

“I think the rules should be consistent because smoking is smoking,” Tory said while co-hosting the Live Drive with Ryan Doyle on Newstalk 1010 Wednesday night.

Earlier this month Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s public health boss, convinced council to outlaw hookah lounges even if non-tobacco herbal products are being smoked in the water pipes.

Public health, however, seems to be in the waiting room when it comes to doctor-prescribed pot.

Toronto Public Health “is currently looking into the health harms of cannabis, and we will be reporting to the board of health on this topic in 2016,” Susan Shepherd, drug strategy manager told the Star in an email.

Toronto’s licensing and standards department, which enforces city no-smoking rules in public parks, playgrounds and beaches, said: “We will review these new regulations to see what, if any, impact they have on our enforcement.”

Councillor Jim Karygiannis, a cigar and occasional water-pipe smoker, unsuccessfully fought the hookah ban.

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poised to legalize marijuana, he said, Toronto has to give itself a shake and get ready to deal with all the issues “trendy” pot will present.

Karygiannis said he has seen first-hand how medical marijuana can help ailing veterans. But he believes most smokers are “addicts” and don’t really have a choice.

“If the guy who is addicted to tobacco needs to go outside to smoke, then I think if you need to smoke medical marijuana, you should go outside to smoke it, too.”

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 3:50 am

Canadian Tech Blogger - MobileSyrup

Google launches Cyber Weekend deals on Google Play Store

We’ve been hearing about incredible savings on all kinds of tech products leading up to American Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. As you’d expect, the Google Play Store is...

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Posted on 26 November 2015 | 3:01 am

The Daily Galaxy

CERN Replicates Post-Big-Bang Universe --"Quarks, Antiquarks and Gluons Over 4000 billion Degrees Temperature"

The world's most powerful accelerator, the 27 km long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) operating at CERN in Geneva established collisions between lead nuclei, this morning, at the highest energies ever. The LHC has been colliding protons at record high energy...

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 5:49 pm

The Movie Blog

99 Homes is Hollywood, but isn’t Hollygood

  [springboard type=”video” id=”1564395″ player=”tmbg001″ width=”599″ height=”336″ ]   Synopsis: A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by ...
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Posted on 25 September 2015 | 3:32 pm


The December/January 2016 issue of Cosmos Magazine

Issue 66: What smart dogs can teach us

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 5:44 am