Life as a Human

The Virtues of Art and Social Networking

There is irony in this: in a world in which humanity has never been so interconnected by virtue of technology and social networking sites, these people may never have been so alone. They live separated,and exist in a sterile universe of loneliness.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 5:17 am

CTV News

Can police tackle cyberbullying without Bill C-13?

Though most people want to see an end to online harassment, Bill C-13 introduces measures that critics say could violate citizens’ privacy.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 9:02 pm

Vancouver Sun

Pacers' Paul George suffers serious leg injury in shortened US basketball exhibition

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.

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Posted on 2 August 2014 | 12:30 am


First Nation's chief urged to quit over bonus

COQUITLAM, B.C. – At least one member of a tiny Metro Vancouver First Nation is calling for their chief’s resignation over an $800,000 bonus paid on an economic development contract. Documents published under a federal financial-transparency law show Chief Ron … Continue Reading

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 9:10 pm


Do you like watching German-language TV? Then this post's for you.

When we, at Engadget, indulge in the occasional use of the German language, it's usually to fire off Deutschland's version of our favorite four-letter word (hint: it rhymes with sh-high-zuh!). Instead, we're rattling off this mouthful: ProSiebenSat.1...

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 7:39 pm

Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa man faces 181 charges related to cyberbullying, harassment

Robert Campbell is accused of harassing 38 people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, including 18 from Ottawa.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 5:01 pm

Government of Canada

Statement on WTO Failure to Adopt Protocol for Trade Facilitation Agreement

On behalf of hard-working Canadians, businesses and stakeholders that will not benefit from the economic growth, jobs and opportunities generated by the successful implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), I wish to express Canada's disappointment on the failure to reach an agreement. We believe this result is a loss for all WTO members.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:18 pm


Transparent Mice Offer a Front-Row Seat to Inner Anatomy

Biologists have long wished for superhero-like X-ray vision to see right into organs or even the whole the body. Imagine the possibilities: watching where cancer cells go when they metastasize, tracking an asthma drug’s effect on the lung’s airways, or zeroing in on neurons in the brain. A team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology have realized that dream of peering deep into the body. In a study published yesterday in the journal Cell, they demonstrate how to tur

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 2:35 pm

Open Media

Here’s to Andrew Currie, OpenMedia’s Daily Digital Hero

Here at OpenMedia so much of what we do depends on you, our community. Whether it’s speaking up in ">huge numbers to safeguard our privacy, ">crowdsourcing the future of online free expression, or standing up against ">powerful telecom giants, we know we can depend on our community members to pitch in and help out.

Our small team couldn’t be more grateful for this support and, in particular, the tireless efforts of our incredible volunteers. We’ll be publishing a series of short articles to celebrate their hard work, and what better way to start than with Andrew Currie, the brains behind our always popular Daily Digital Digest website feature.

One of the challenging things about looking after communications for OpenMedia is simply our location. Vancouver is an incredible city for many reasons, but living here does mean our work day starts three hours after that of the many of our readers who live in central Canada and points east.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 5:12 pm

Mark Steyn

Taking Sides in a New Middle East

For my weekly date with The Hugh Hewitt Show, Ed Morrissey was guest-hosting for Hugh and opened with breaking news of a 72-hour "humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza. I see Hamas has already broken it with a suicide bomber killing Israeli soldiers, and some

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 10:00 am


Paul George suffers serious leg injury in U.S. basketball game

Indiana Pacers All-Star smashed against the bottom of the backboard stanchion.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:21 pm

Huffington Post

Don't Select Charities To Audit Based On Their Political Leanings

It was "always a bit tricky", Cathy Hawara told the Globe and Mail, when Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) "gave consideration to, you know, what you might call political leanings, to make sure that we weren't only focusing on one side of the political spectrum."

Ms. Hawara's acknowledgement that her group gives consideration to an organization's place on the political spectrum is important because she is the Director-General of CRA's Charity Directorate which is conducting all the audits of charities allegedly engaged in "political activities".

This admission that consideration of political leanings formed part of the basis for audit selection came only months after the same Director General spoke to Canada's charity lawyers at the Canadian Bar Association's 2014 Charity Law Symposium about how important it was that the regulator of charities located in a line department of the Government of Canada operate independently from government. She clearly stated: "As I have made clear in the past, the process for identifying which charities will be audited (for any reason) is handled by the Directorate itself and is not subject to political direction".

Absent that claim, it would be easy to assume that the aggressive charity audit program being undertaken by Charities Directorate, which did not begin with but was given impetus by the special additional funding provided by the 2012 federal budget, is intended to focus on those charities whose advocacy creates discomfort or embarrassment to the Prime Minister's political agenda.

Concern about political direction stems in part from the fact that from 2007 through 2009 Ms. Hawara served as the Director of Appointments with the Senior Personnel Secretariat at the Privy Council Office. Consequently, prior to becoming Director General, her job was to provide advice to the Clerk of the Privy Council, the Prime Minister and his Office.

One of Canada's charity lawyers who is most often quoted in the press, Mark Blumberg, welcomed Ms. Hawara's appointment as Director General of the Charities Directorate with the "good news" that she provides "a much needed vigorous crackdown on a few bad apples who are involved with abusive charity gifting tax shelters and receipting fraud." Today she is carrying on a vigorous crackdown on a few bad apples who are allegedly involved in "political activities". Whether this crackdown is "much needed" is a question best left to others.

My concern is that it is meaningless to claim that the audit selection process is not subject to political direction if consideration of political leanings is an integral part of the audit selection process. How can Canada claim to have a truly independent regulator when the Director General has admitted to the national press that the Directorate is concerned with the particular political leaning of charities, rather than with whether their activities are political at all?

Selecting a charity for audit on the basis of its political leanings undermines the independence of the charitable sector. It also undermines the integrity of the audits themselves; because it is possible that a court might overturn a resultant decision by the Minister of National Revenue to revoke that charity's registration on the basis that it was based on improper considerations. The particular direction of a charity's alleged political leanings is generally irrelevant to answering the question whether a charity is or is not carrying on "political activities".

The reason that the federal government is frustrating Freedom of Information Requests filed by audited charities is that will highlight these improper considerations if the matter goes before the courts. CRA's refusal to reveal how the Charities Directorate conducts its audits increases the effectiveness of the "advocacy chill". More importantly, it hopes to conceal the extent to which this audit program has given "consideration to, you know, what you might call political leanings".


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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 5:22 pm

CTV Atlantic

Woman recovering in Halifax hospital after highway accident

A woman is being treated for serious injuries at a Halifax hospital after an accident Friday afternoon on Nova Scotia’s Highway 104.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 9:37 pm

1000 Awesome Things

#450 Horrible fake accents made by close friends

Believe it. It’s your girlfriend at the lunch table doing her dad’s lecture with a bizarre sailor with a sore throat inflection. It’s your grandson at Thanksgiving pretending to be his angry first grade teacher, hitting the squeaky high notes … Continue reading

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 12:01 am

Petit’s first career home run helps Astros to win over Blue Jays, snapping 6-game streak

By Kristie Rieken HOUSTON — Gregorio Petit’s first career home run put Houston on top in the eighth inning and the Astros held on for a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night, snapping Toronto’s six-game winning streak. […]

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:32 pm


The top 10 daiquiris in Toronto

daiquiris torontoThe top daiquiris in Toronto aren't quite enjoying the renaissance some other trends are seeing in the city's most recent cocktail boom. That's a shame, because the humble daiquiri, a clean fusion of white rum, lime, and sugar, when made well, produces one of the most stunningly crisp and appetite-whetting drinks in existence. There are a number of classic variations, though many bars have settled on the Hemingway Daiquiri (named after Havana's most famous adoptee, Ernest Hemingway) as the definitive iteration.

Here are my picks for the top daiquiris in Toronto.

County General
At West Queen West's ever popular rum 'n' bourbon bar, the Esteban Daiquiri ($12) has apparently been selling like gangbusters. Shaking up mint with a cucumber-infused rum, lime, and watermelon syrup may seem pretty far from a traditional daiquiri, but all of the requisite crisp flavour and bright punch remains intact, albeit in amazingly refreshing fashion.

Rhum Corner
Possibly the only frozen daiquiri really worth getting excited about, Rhum Corner's offering, at $7, also represents fantastic value for money. Yes, it gets poured from one of those slushie machines, but the devil is in the details - the classic combination of lime juice, rum and sugar is topped with grated lime zest and sprayed with a fine mist of Goslings rum to finish.

La Creole
OK, so the Ti'Punch ($8) at St. Clair West's Haitian eatery isn't technically a daiquiri, but it is very closely related, mixing rhum agricole with cane syrup and lime juice. Their version provides a more pungent and spicy variation than the crisp and sour Cuban classic.

BarChef's basil daiquiri ($13) is, like the County General's offering, twisted with a number of flavours: coconut rum is shaken up with fresh basil, lime, a pineapple-infused honey, and black pepper, offering bite and subtle spice along with a delicious background fruitiness.

The Hemingway Special ($12) at SpiritHouse can't really claim to be a true Hemingway Daiquiri. After all, the great man himself was a diabetic, and required the use of maraschino liqueur and grapefruit as a substitute for sugar, producing a notoriously punchy cocktail. The one on offer here tempers that with a little simple syrup to provide a little more balance.

This King West saloon's take on the classic Cuban cocktail takes its name after the famous La Floridita bar in Havana. Known as 'the cradle of the daiquiri', La Floridita is credited with elevating what sounds like a devastatingly simple concoction and turning it into an art form. Weslodge provide a sparkling update to the Hemingway with the addition of cava, orange spiced simple syrup, and lemon oil ($14).

The Beverley Hotel
Since taking control of the front of house operations at Queen West's microscopic boutique hotel, Aja Sax has been developing a competitive bar program to draw people up to the outstanding roof patio. While there are a number of inventive signature creations, there's also a short, snappy list of classic cocktails made well. The daiquiri on offer ($12) is as classic as they get, shaking up Havana Club Blanco with lime and sugar.

Tortilla Flats
By no means the most refined daiquiri on this, or any, list, Tortilla Flats merits a mention entirely on the basis of price. On Mondays, their frozen fruit daiquiris can be had for a bargain $3.50. With a base mix of lime and sugar working it's way around the slushie machine, punters can choose from a variety of flavours - peach, mango, strawberry, mojito, lime, raspberry, or pina colada. On any other day, they're available for $5.25.

Portland Variety
This brand new spot at King and Portland is impressing with some deft and restrained use of molecular technique in a short, but well-worked, menu. The Hibiscus Daiquiri ($9) uses a dash of hibiscus water alongside lime and sugar, with a hibiscus flower infused Bacardi. It's floral and very fresh, and certainly worth a try.

Mambo Lounge
The only restaurant on this list under authentic Cuban ownership, Mambo Lounge's Hemingway Daiquiri ($9) can also be served in Ernest's favourite style, as a 'Papa Doble' (requiring a double helping of rum) for $14. However, in place of the maraschino, you'll find that Mambo opt for triple sec, so not quite as authentic, though certainly still delicious.

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite spots for daiquiris in the comments.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 1:05 am


Burlington Skyway closed until Monday

The Burlington Skyway will be closed until at least Monday afternoon after a dump truck smashed into the bridge's scaffolding, the Ministry of Transportation said Friday.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 9:21 pm

Metro News

Tory MP Eve Adams quits nomination race

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Conservative MP Eve Adams, who has been in a contentious nomination battle in the new Toronto-area riding of Oakville North-Burlington, says she is dropping out for health reasons. Adams says in an emailed statement that she suffered … Continue Reading

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 10:28 pm

The Province

One First Nations Chief in Metro Vancouver took home nearly $1 million last year

VANCOUVER — Newly posted documents show a dramatic disparity in the salaries and travel expenses paid to a handful of Canada’s First Nations chiefs, ranging from thousands of dollars to almost $1 million.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 10:19 pm

Rabble CA

A perspective: understanding the roots of the conflict in Ukraine


Roger Annis has just returned from an anti-war conference in Yalta, Crimea. He outlines the political changes in Kiev that led to the war now raging in Eastern Ukraine. Roger Annis is a writer, activist and socialist commentator. He writes at and has a blog on Roger Annis speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 7:01 pm

Zoom It

Reducing Canadian Payroll Taxes with a Tax Waiver | Newmarket Certified Professional Bookkeeper | Maureen Burleson | Bookkeeping Ontario

You may be able to reduce your payroll tax deductions if you pay for child care, make regular contributions to a Registered Retirement...

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 6:20 pm


Weekend Planner: August 2-3, 2014

In this Weekend Planner: Caribana's Grand Parade, a festival of food trucks, and guardians of a comedy galaxy.

Photo by BruceK from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Parades: Regardless of the weather forecast, it’s guaranteed to be hot in the Exhibition Place region this Saturday. That’s when the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival comes to a head with its most celebrated event—the Grand Parade. The procession will feature dancers, steel pan drummers, and hundreds of spectacular costumes over a 3.5-kilometre route down Lakeshore Avenue. […]

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 3:48 pm

Quirks and Quarks

No New Podcast Until September. Visit Our Website For Downloadable Shows.

Podcast placement notice.

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Posted on 25 June 2014 | 12:00 am

Sun Columnists

Foreign policy wins points, not votes

Capricious, unstructured and even dangerous: That’s what American political thinker Walter Lippmann once wrote about the public’s views on foreign policy.

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 7:14 pm

The Progressive Economics Forum

Is r>g in Canada?

Here is a little bit of rainy day economic doodling that may be of interest. Piketty famously argues that there is a tendency for r – the rate of return on capital- to exceed g- the rate of growth of income. If r>g, wealth and income inequality will grow inexorably since ownership of capital and […]

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

Religious News Blog

@religionnews Twitter Feed


We’re taking a brief break from posting while we’re working on a new design and approach. Meanwhile, join 13,500+ people who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed: Tweets by @religionnews By the way: Yes, we know we have a ‘Tweets … [Read more...]

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Posted on 4 July 2014 | 7:41 am

Much Music

Mary Lambert’s Video For ‘Secrets’ Is The Best Start To Your Weekend

Mary Lambert may be best recognized for writing and singing the chorus on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ inspiring LGBTQ anthem Same Love, but the Seattle singer is about to step out on her own in a big way. Lambert recently released the lyric video for her infectious single Secrets, where she tackles every taboo label […]

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 6:27 pm


Reverse mortgages and other income options

Downsizing and reverse mortgages are good options for those who are house rich and cash poor

The post Reverse mortgages and other income options appeared first on MoneySense.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:44 am


Foster dad allegedly high when he left girl in hot car

Dad allegedly high when he left girl in hot car

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 7:54 pm

National Post Blog

Controversial Jewish Defence League to open new Canadian chapters in wake of violent protests over Gaza

The group said it plans to open branches in Calgary, Montreal and, potentially, Ottawa and Vancouver, calling recent clashes in Canada a ‘wake-up call’

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 7:16 pm

Wired Science

The Oculus Rift Made Me Believe I Could Fly

Yesterday, I flew over downtown San Francisco. I swooped past the Transamerica Pyramid, taking care not to get speared, and winged it out towards the water. A heavy fog covered the bay, as usual, so I decided to head back into the city. I dove sharply, and the wind started whipping across my face. I […]

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 1:39 pm

Eureka Science News

Heavy metals and hydroelectricity

Hydraulic engineering is increasingly relied on for hydroelectricity generation. However, redirecting stream flow can yield unintended consequences. In the August 2014 issue of GSA Today, Donald Rodbell of Union College-Schenectady and coauthors from the U.S. and Peru document the wholesale contamination of the Lake Junín National Reserve by acid mine drainage from the Cerro de Pasco mining district.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 3:12 pm

The Toronto Star Columnists

Conservative MP Eve Adams drops out of Oakville North-Burlington race

Conservative MP Eve Adams, who has been in a contentious nomination battle in the new riding of Oakville North-Burlington, says she is dropping out for health reasons.

Adams says in an emailed statement that she suffered a concussion last February and has not fully recovered.

She says she continued working on the campaign but has decided it would be best to drop out.

“Since my concussion last February and against my doctor’s orders, I have not rested,” she said. “I assumed as with all previous health concerns that with time, my body would heal itself. However, six months later, I continue to suffer from my concussion and the time has come to take my health seriously.”

Adams currently represents the riding of Mississauga-Brampton South.

Adams’ team had been accused of paying for supporters’ party memberships — alleged donations that are illegal under the Elections Act. Adams in turn has accused rival Natalia Lishchyna of improperly using data research firms to phone party members at home.

The nomination contest was on hold pending an internal investigation.

Adams’s fiancé, Dimitri Soudas, had to resign last March as executive director of the Conservative party when it was perceived he was using his position to help Adams.

The party has said it is committed to fair and open nominations in all 338 electoral districts across the country.


Car wash tantrum latest bump in road for Eve Adams

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:21 pm

Canadian Tech Blogger - MobileSyrup

Apple ushers in new Beats era, funnels accessory purchases to its online store

Apple has wasted no time welcoming — and purportedly minimizing — Beats into its retail empire. The company has posted a short welcome note on its website, saying, “Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and


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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 7:40 pm

The Daily Galaxy

Origin of Colossal Bubbles Above and Below the Milky Way Remains a Mystery

In 2011, an analysis of data from a NASA Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope turned up massive, previously unseen galactic structures. A group of astrophysicists located two towering bubbles of plasma, now know as "Fermi Bubbles," each extending tens of thousands...

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 11:31 am

The Movie Blog

Mommy doesn’t have to read anymore

    Yes, yes, yes…those are the words your girlfriend or wife are shouting right now. No, it’s not because of anything you did to make them utter that. The...

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 1:02 pm


The mind of Michio Kaku

What is a physicist doing weighing in on the mysteries of the mind? Tim Dean went to find out.

The post The mind of Michio Kaku appeared first on Cosmos Magazine.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:57 pm