Life as a Human

Autism is a Whole Body Condition

One of the perplexing problems of childhood autism is the presence of a myriad of symptoms that make it difficult to live in their own skin, hear the sounds around them, digest their food, and enjoy normal sleep. Here we discuss these issues of 'sense-disconnect' and how to start reconnecting these kids.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:00 am

CTV News

California fruit recalled due to Listeria concerns

Some fruit products imported from California are being recalled due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:19 am

Vancouver Sun

Photos: Top images from around the globe

View the best photographs from hot spots around the world.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:12 am


Police warn of possible debit machine fraud

HALIFAX – Police in Halifax are warning business owners about a potential fraud targeting debit machines. Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity involving two well-dressed men along the 2400 block of Agricola Street on Friday. Police say the … Continue Reading

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:48 am


Government turns to robots for security interviews

National Center for Credibility Assessment is looking to bring the process of doling out national security clearances into the future. As it does more often than not, "the future" in this case means robots. Alright, well not robots exactly but a...

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 5:26 pm

Ottawa Citizen

Carleton tunnel motorcycle stunt has officials, police interested (with video)

Police are considering investigating the origin of a YouTube video which appears to show someone riding a small motorcycle through a pedestrian walkway beneath Carleton University.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 7:41 pm

Government of Canada

Open Government Talks in Vancouver Bring Fresh Ideas

Canada Updating its Action Plan on Open Government

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 5:00 pm


Patients Who Were Research Subjects and the Doctors Who Listened - the Citizen Science of HIV/AIDS Research

Editor's Note: Flight MH17 was a horrible tragedy, with many lives lost, including HIV/AIDS researchers en route to a conference. In Caren Cooper's latest Coop's Citizen Sci Scoop, she explains how citizen science assisted with AIDS research, and how AIDS activists were able to become participatory members of the medical and scientific process.  Here, in full, is Caren's post. Many prominent people involved in HIV/AIDS research lost their lives when Malaysian plane MH17 was shot down over Eas

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 10:44 am

Open Media

Michael Geist: Come Back With a Warrant: How Will the Canadian Government Respond to the Supreme Court?

Tens of thousands of Canadians have spoken out about how the government is obtaining our private information without a warrant. Following a recent pro-privacy Supreme Court ruling, the ball is in the government's court. How do you think Peter MacKay will respond?

Article by Michael Geist

Canadian Internet and telecom providers have, for many years, disclosed basic subscriber information, including identifiers such as name, address, and IP address, to law enforcement without a warrant. The government has not only supported the practice, but actively encouraged it with legislative proposals designed to grant full civil and criminal immunity for voluntary disclosures of personal information.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:11 pm

Mark Steyn

Chemistry Lessons

James Garner was one of those actors who was watchable in almost anything, even commercials. He had great sexual chemistry, which is why his leading ladies loved working with him. For my money, when it comes to Sixties sex comedies, he was better with

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 10:00 am


Stories we’re watching: Leafs hire 28-year-old as assistant GM

Also, the latest on the Gaza invasion, Calgary stabbing suspect and new sanctions against Russia

The post Stories we’re watching: Leafs hire 28-year-old as assistant GM appeared first on

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 5:00 pm

Huffington Post

Why Reports Say Canada's Economy Won't Recover For Several Years

This week the Bank of Canada reiterated our country's weak economic standing by downgrading expectations for growth both this year and next. "Right now, we don't have a sustainable growth picture in Canada," Governor Stephen Poloz said. The Bank is now forecasting that Canada's economy won't recover from the doldrums for several years.

This performance is a "serial disappointment," he said.

None of this is news to anyone but the Harper government, which seems to be nothing more than a hapless spectator as the economy falters from one bad indicator to the next.

For months on end, they dismiss weak employment numbers -- like the ones recently reported by Statistics Canada for the month of June -- as just "monthly volatility". But it keeps recurring, month after month. One might ask, at what point does that so-called "volatility" become an undeniable trend in the wrong direction. Or to put it another way, when will Mr. Harper pull his head out of the sand.

He tries to justify his grindingly mediocre record on economic growth and jobs by claiming to be doing better than any other G7 country. But that's neither true nor relevant.

The U.S. and the E.U. were at the epicentre of the 2008 recession. Their economies fell to rock-bottom. To claim that Canada, nearly six years later, is doing a bit better than that bad lot is not saying very much. In fact, some 140 countries in the world are projected to grow faster this year than will Canada. Should we be content with that?

Among G7 countries, over the past 18 months nearly all have made progress in reducing their unemployment rates (the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France and Japan), while the other two (Canada and Italy) have not. Is that good enough?

To camouflage his slow growth/no growth record, Mr. Harper claims to have generated "more than a million" new jobs since the lowest point in the recession. But examine his numbers. They are at least two years out of date.

More recently, the pace of job creation has markedly slowed. Fewer than 100,000 Canadian jobs came into existence in all of 2013, and the numbers in 2014 are on track to fall short of even that sorry figure.

The Bank is particularly concerned about the substantial decline in the "participation rate" in our labour force since just before the recession in 2008. It reports that 100,000 people aged 25-54 have given up looking for work altogether and that things are even more dire among our youth, with 200,000 dropping out of the labour force. Hardly a vote of confidence in Mr. Harper's performance!

And despite this lower labour market "participation", job creation is still not keeping pace with the numbers of people still looking for work. Indeed, in the month of June, there were 230,000 more jobless Canadians than just before the recession.

And what do we get from the Harper government?

Decision-making based on Kijiji postings. A year of tax-paid government advertising about a "Jobs Grant" that didn't exist. A temporary foreign workers system that is roundly condemned by both employees and employers alike. Complete denial about youth unemployment. And job-killing Employment Insurance payroll taxes frozen at artificially inflated levels to rake in more cash -- just so Mr. Harper can concoct a surplus on the eve of an election.

That's pretty thin gruel for close to 1.4-million jobless Canadians.


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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 6:17 pm

CTV Atlantic

Cape Breton Police arrest sixth suspect in North Sydney assault case

Cape Breton Regional Police say Cory Patrick Blinkhorn was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Monday near Rateau Street in Sydney Mines, N.S.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:11 pm

1000 Awesome Things

#458 Those rare moments when you’re the only person on the beach

Enjoy the silence. Maybe you’re an early bird who goes jogging on the cool sand as the sun rises. Ocean waves quietly lap to shore together with twisted messes of dark seaweed and chipped seashells as faint orange sunbeams peek … Continue reading

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:01 am

Toronto Maple Leafs sign veteran forward David Booth to one-year deal

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed veteran forward David Booth to a one-year deal. The 29-year-old Booth spent last season with the Vancouver Canucks, recording nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games. The six-foot, 212-pound winger has […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:47 pm


King St. food truck alley to return on a smaller schedule

king west eatsKing West Eats, Toronto's newest food truck alley, served a lot of hungry lunch diners last week. Now, it looks like the alley, Toronto's second, will be sticking around for a while longer - but in a more limited capacity, serving only on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during lunchtime.

The trucks are slated to return this Wednesday through Friday, and a representative from Allied Properties, who teamed up with local food truck Curbalicious to launch the site on a company-owned parking lot, says they're looking into establishing that as an ongoing schedule.

Allied and Curbalicious owner Brittney Pawlick worked together to launch the alley, which ran Monday to Sunday and saw over a dozen trucks driving in throughout the course of the week to dish out everything from healthy wraps and Mexican fare to smoked meat and cupcakes.

Service started at 11am daily to cater to the local lunch crowd; though the parking lot at 7 Morrison St., just off of Adelaide and Brant, is tucked away from view, diners still found their way in fairly steadily throughout the week, with lunch crowds often lined up a few dozen deep.

king west eatsTrucks stuck around until 11pm until Friday and Saturday night to catch bar-hopping diners; evidently, lunch service seemed to be the far stronger draw (and a rainy Saturday that washed out business probably didn't help).

This week's schedule is yet to be unveiled; for the latest info on truck locations in Toronto, check out Toronto Food Trucks.

Photos by Jesse Milns

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 1:31 pm


Former NFL coach Dungy wouldn't have drafted Sam

Former NFL coach wouldn't have drafted Sam

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:23 am

Metro News

Police warn of possible debit machine fraud

HALIFAX – Police in Halifax are warning business owners about a potential fraud targeting debit machines. Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity involving two well-dressed men along the 2400 block of Agricola Street on Friday. Police say the … Continue Reading

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:48 am

The Province

No foul play in death at Pemberton Music Festival, police say

Homicide investigators have ruled out foul play in the death of a 21-year-old Regina man at the Pemberton Music Festival. Nick Phongsavath was found dead inside his tent on Friday evening. Emergency crews attempted to resuscitate Phongsavath, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:43 pm

Rabble CA

Funding denied? Inconceivable! The Fire Swamp of Canadian student aid

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:36 am

Zoom It

Could Your Commute Be Costing You More Than You Think?

One of the downsides to working at a "real" job outside the home is that you often have a commute.

6 Zoom(s)

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:40 am


Newsstand: July 22, 2014

Happy birthday, Prince George. Here's to another year of bashing other kids on the head at playgroup as the most popular member of the Royal family. In the news: a company challenges the City’s private parking ban, Scarborough residents unite against a TTC bus garage, the Toronto Time Bank offers helping hands, and the Canada Revenue Agency targets PEN Canada.


A decade-old City of Toronto bylaw makes it illegal for any company without a proper licence to demand payment for parking on private property. It has not stopped Parking Control Unit from trying—the company has been charged with violating the private parking ban 75 times. Now it is disputing the validity of the ban in […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:22 am

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

The curious case of Sen. Mike Duffy

It’s a little like being charged with speeding when you’re not in a car.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:28 pm

The Progressive Economics Forum

Financial Risk and Alberta’s Tar Sands

When it comes to global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change notes that what matters is the total volume of greenhouse gas emissions going forward. This amounts to about 30 years of emissions at current levels – a global carbon budget that would provide the world a 66% chance of staying below 2°C. There is some debate […]

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Posted on 16 July 2014 | 12:59 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

We Spent a Day on Blake Lively’s New Site And Here’s What We Learned

Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively launched her non-lifestyle lifestyle site today, called Preserve. As I’m sure the young thespian is aware, people are just waiting to drink a big ole glass of haterade with her latest endeavor. Lively has enlisted the help of artisans and writers to craft the visually appealing Preserve, which aims to […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:32 pm


How much should I put in my RDSP?

Patricia, 27, has type 1 diabetes and qualifies for the disability tax credit. Here's how she should spread the money between her RRSP, RDSP and TFSA

The post How much should I put in my RDSP? appeared first on MoneySense.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:00 am


Missing N.H. teen reunited with mom after nine months

Missing teen back home after 9 months

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 10:27 pm

National Post Blog

Prince George turns one: A look back at the royal baby’s first year

One of the most-anticipated babies in history, the British throne’s third-in-line has not disappointed Royal watchers during his first 12-months on the job

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:27 am

Wired Science

Shape-Shifting Jet Wings, From Soviet War Planes to Top Gun’s Tomcat

Take off. Rise. Soar. Bank. Turn. Stall. Swoop. Dive. Land. For each of the different kinds of flying an airplane has to do, there’s an ideal shape and configuration for its wings. Even though bird-like flappability isn’t feasible with struts and steel, engineers since the dawn of aviation have been trying to make wings that […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 6:30 am

Eureka Science News

Mammoth and mastodon behavior was less roam, more stay at home

Their scruffy beards weren't ironic, but there are reasons mammoths and mastodons could have been the hipsters of the Ice Age.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:03 am

The Toronto Star Columnists

Another Lancaster seat on epic U.K. flight offered on eBay

If you’re still smarting about losing out in May’s bidding war for the $79,100 Lancaster flight of a lifetime to Great Britain next month, here’s your chance to land a seat on the return trip.

A spokesperson from the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, which owns the famous war bird, said on Monday that another ticket or two will be auctioned off on eBay for the England-to-Hamilton leg of the journey, planned for the week of Sept. 22.

But first, the Lancaster is set to rumble down the runway at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport on Aug. 4, making stopovers in Newfoundland, Greenland and Iceland before landing at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire three or four days later.

On board will be Matthew Munson, a 34-year-old businessman from Henley-on-Thames in England, who paid the nearly $80,000 through eBay to be part of the Lancaster’s flight crew.

That flight was auctioned off to raise money for the journey that will bring together the world’s only two airworthy Lancasters for more than 20 air shows in the U.K. The other Lancaster is owned by the Royal Air Force.

It’s anyone’s guess what the return ticket or tickets on the Hamilton Lanc will sell for.

But since the last eBay auction in early May, there has been tremendous hype and media coverage of the air show appearances in Britain which could drive up the price.

There are only eight seats on the historic plane, and two will be taken up by a documentary film crew.

Warplane Heritage spokesperson Al Mickeloff says the museum has raised more than the $750,000 needed to cover the cost of the trip. This was done through appearance fees, the deal with the documentary film company, endorsement contracts and the seat auction.

With the new seat or seats to be auctioned in August, and possibly additional revenue sources, officials will generate funds to cover other activities at the non-profit museum. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is located at Hamilton International Airport.

Mickeloff says the idea for the U.K. journey was hatched last October at a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight dinner in England. A Warplane Heritage representative ended up sitting at a table with Richard Lake, co-owner of Eastern Airways, a regional airline in Britain.

Lake is an extremely wealthy historic airplane buff whose personal collection includes two Spitfires, a Messerschmitt — and a prosthetic leg from famed Spitfire flying ace Douglas Bader, who died 1982.

Lake says he uses the leg to impress upon people the strength of the human spirit in overcoming obstacles. Bader, who was missing both legs was seen as a British hero for his exploits.

After subsequent talks with Warplane Heritage officials, Lake agreed to cover any financial shortfall arising from bringing the Hamilton Lancaster to Britain.

In appreciation for sticking his neck out — even though in the end, his support wasn’t required — he has been given a seat on the Iceland-to-England section of the journey.

On the phone from England, Lake says he’s thrilled.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Lancaster is an airplane that has touched virtually every British family at some point.”

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:45 am

Canadian Tech Blogger - MobileSyrup

OnePlus One gets Bamboo treatment with new $49 StyleSwap cover

Launched in April, the OnePlus One still isn’t publicly available to buy. Instead, you have to snag a coveted invitation from the company itself. Despite this, OnePlus is already preparing for a day when the OnePlus One is so widely available, users want to differentiate their own unit from the sea of OnePlus Ones in


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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 3:37 pm

The Daily Galaxy

Dwarf Galaxies "Challenge Our Understanding of How the Universe Works"

"Early in 2013 we announced our startling discovery that half of the dwarf galaxies surrounding the Andromeda Galaxy are orbiting it in an immense plane," said Geraint Lewis, of the University of Sydney's School of Physics. "This plane is more...

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 10:58 am

The Movie Blog

Dwayne Johnson and the cast of HERCULES prepare for battle

  Here’s a neat little featurette featuring Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson as they discuss the battles and fighting styles developed and utilized for the upcoming release of Hercules. I’m...

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Posted on 19 July 2014 | 2:19 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