Unexpected Travel Highlights in Crete
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Travellers can expect incredible richness and diverse landscapes when they travel to Crete, but perhaps just as importantly, open people and delicious food!
Posted on 24 June 2015 | 12:55 pm
‘Punched in the Gut’: Uncovering the Horrors of Boarding Schools
“No one has ever asked me before,” the elder explained....
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:00 am
The Bhakti Concert of the Summer – Wednesday August 5th, 2015
This is the best of East and West as heart-opening songs blend with ancient mantras in a tapestry of love and joy. Devotional Ecstacy Songs & Chants Mystical Poetry Sacred Initiations Honoring The Divine...
The post The Bhakti Concert of the Summer – Wednesday August 5th, 2015 appeared first on Hello Vancity.
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 4:16 am
10 Crazy Ideas From The World Of Space Exploration
If, 100 years ago, you told people that a machine we made would land on Mars and send us back photos, many of them would have thought you insane. That’s the thing about space exploration. It is such a new concept with innovations made every day that it’s hard to distinguish science fact from science […]
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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 7:00 am
Volunteer at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival
Do you love film? The Toronto International Film Festival celebrates 40 years in 2015, and they're looking for passionate film lovers to volunteer and help make this another spectacular year at the festival.
The post Volunteer at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival appeared first on The GATE.
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 2:46 pm
Easy Chicken Shawarma Kebobs
Posted on 10 July 2014 | 3:45 pm
Octopus killing a seagull - THE KRAKEN WAKES
|Octopus killing a seagull off Ogden Point breakwater|
These are the first ever photos of a Giant Pacific Octopus catching and killing a Glaucous-winged seagull.
And they provide two important lessons: One, always carry a camera with you because you may happen upon a scientifically important event. And two, keep an eye out for the unusual.
I loved finding and booking this story for my local CBC morning show, On The Island.
Take a listen to Ginger Morneau, the woman who took these photos.
Here she is speaking with CBC On The Island host, Gregor Craigie.
And this is where I found this story.
Posted on 3 May 2012 | 6:21 pm
Restored Clock Unveiled as Emblem of Union Station's New Era
Earlier today, Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell unveiled the newly restored Union Station plaza clock, heralding the historic timepiece as "not only a piece of infrastructure," but also an icon of the vibrant public life the new plaza aims to bring to the Downtown core. With an outdoor food market and free TIFF screenings headlining a series of public events this summer, the Union Station plaza is transforming from a utilitarian commuter nexus—a place to merely pass through—to a place to be.
Unveiling the clock, Councilor McConnell stressed the painstaking restoration work needed to return a piece of Toronto history to its former grandeur. Centuries of paint were carefully stripped away to reveal intricate detailing along the clock's base, while the internal mechanisms were updated, with new technologies installed.
Situated in the middle of the new plaza—directly in front of Union Station's exquisitely restored facade—the clock stands as a prominent symbol of the city, as Toronto gets set to welcome scores of visitors for the upcoming Pan Am games. To visitors emerging into the metropolis from Union Station, the clock's new face serves as the face of an entire city.
For residents and visitors alike, the new plaza—where the clock stands as a shining centerpiece—aims to cultivate better city living, where a commuter hub can become a social and cultural hub as well.
We will keep you updated as the transformation of Union Station continues, for a fuller look at the plaza in front of the station, and continuing over the next couple of years as significant interior work is still underway. In the meantime, information about the upcoming urban market at Union Station plaza can be found here, while details about TIFF's July 23rd screening of Martin Scorcese's Hugo are available on the festival's site.
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:10 pm
HarperPAC Is Dead. What Was that About? (in News)
Posted on 27 June 2015 | 7:40 am
Posted on 30 June 2015 | 12:17 am
Why Google's Neural Networks Look Like They're on Acid
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:24 pm
CBC Seeks Takedown of Conservative Ad, Claims “No One” Can Re-Use Its News Clips Without Permission
Last week, the Conservative party posted an offensive advertisement on YouTube and Facebook titled Justin Trudeau on ISIS. The ad starts with ISIS music and images of prisoners about be drowned or beheaded before running short edited clips from a 13 minute interview with Trudeau and the CBC's Terry Milewski. The advertisement has rightly generated a backlash with questions about whether it violates Bill C-51's prohibitions on terrorist propaganda. Conservative Party campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke argues that it is little different than newscasts involving ISIS, but watching the combination of music and imagery, it clearly goes well beyond conventional news reporting on ISIS. Indeed, even if it fall short of violating Bill C-51, the ad is in terrible taste, treating images of victims as mere props for political gain.
Beyond the C-51 issue, the CBC waded into the issue late on Friday, as Jennifer McGuire, the CBC News Editor-in-Chief, posted a blog indicating that the broadcaster has asked YouTube and Facebook to take down the ad. The ostensible reason? Copyright. The CBC has again raised the issue of re-use of news coverage in political advertising, claiming that it is determined to limit re-use since "our integrity as providers of serious, independent coverage of political parties and governments rests on this." In light of this position, the CBC says its guiding principle is:
No one - no individual candidate or political party, and no government, corporation or NGO - may re-use our creative and copyrighted property without our permission. This includes our brands, our talent and our content.
The post CBC Seeks Takedown of Conservative Ad, Claims “No One” Can Re-Use Its News Clips Without Permission appeared first on Michael Geist.
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:45 pm
HarperPAC Is Dead. What Was that About? (in News)
Posted on 27 June 2015 | 7:40 am
Would you like to hoist a pint with Kevin Dillon?
Posted on 23 June 2015 | 10:35 pm
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National Art Gallery – Alex Colville
Posted on 19 June 2015 | 11:34 am
Steve Paikin: The Common Sense Revolution at 20 lives on
Rarely in Ontario history do we get an election result that truly portends a new way of doing business at Queen’s Park. But twenty years ago this week, that’s exactly what we got.
For the first time in more than seven decades, the party that was in third place in the previous legislature won the election. Mike Harris, who few gave much of a chance ever to be premier, shocked the province’s political establishment by leading his Progressive Conservative Party to an upset majority government win on June 8, 1995. They were sworn in on June 26.
Harris campaigned by talking to Ontarians about “ten lost years” of Liberal and NDP rule. His Tory party was far more conservative than the Drew-Frost-Robarts-Davis variety, which fashioned a 42-year-long dynasty from 1943-85.
But Harris felt it had to be, to break spending habits and sky-high deficits that he thought were out of control. His approach to governing was also different from the more moderate PCs. Rather than act as an arbiter of competing interests, trying to find the grand compromise on contentious issues, Harris focused laser-like on the 45 per cent of the electorate that put him in the premier’s office, and made sure he did right by them. He didn’t spend much time worrying about what the other 55 per cent thought of him. As a result, that 55 per cent spent a lot of time in the streets protesting.
Within days of taking power, Harris and his finance minister (and eventual successor) Ernie Eves hit the ground running. They showed they were not a “go along to get along” government and instead promised there “wouldn’t be one blade of grass on the south lawn of Queen’s Park that won’t be trod upon by protesters,” by the time they were done transforming Ontario. That transformation was called “The Common Sense Revolution.”
Some of the revolution is still in place twenty years later. Harris thought welfare payments were too generous and a disincentive to work, and so he cut them in one fell swoop by 22 per cent upon taking office. (The new rates set by the PCs were still 10 per cent higher than the national average). Neither Dalton McGuinty’s nor Kathleen Wynne’s supposedly kinder, gentler Liberals have seen fit to restore those cuts during the 12 years they’ve been in power.
Harris eliminated the NDP government’s photo radar on the 400-series highways, calling them a tax increase by other means. No government has brought photo radar back.
Harris killed the NDP’s “anti-scab” legislation, which prevented employers from bringing in replacement workers in the event of a strike. He thought that law skewed the balance in job disputes too much to the union side. No government has reinstituted that law.
He thought the city of Toronto was over-governed with too many politicians, and so he combined the six municipalities of Metropolitan Toronto (Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, East York, and York) into one, single city council. Howls of outrage accompanied the decision, and criticism of the change continues to this day. But the megacity still exists.
There are also fewer politicians at Queen’s Park because of Harris. He earned populist plaudits for reducing the number of politicians, from 130 to 103, erasing the old provincial boundaries and mirroring the fewer federal riding boundaries. Ontario’s provincial ridings continue, essentially, to match the number of federal ones. Premier Wynne has just introduced a bill to increase the number of ridings to 122 for the 2018 election – mostly in line with federal changes and still below the pre-Harris total of MPPs.
However, one thing Mike Harris thought would outlast his time in office has NOT come to pass. During an exit interview for TVO in 2002, Harris said he thought the culture of tax cuts he’d introduced would make it near impossible for future premiers to raise taxes.
He was wrong about that. While promising in the 2003 election campaign not to raise taxes, the Liberals’ Dalton McGuinty did just that after winning the vote, and significantly so, to pay for what he thought was a necessary rebuilding of public services he insisted Harris had degraded during his time as premier.
McGuinty raised taxes, won re-election in 2007, and then courted taxpayer anger again by agreeing to the Harmonized Sales Tax. He raised taxes again after the 2011 election, by increasing income taxes on the wealthy, in order to get a budget deal with the NDP in a minority parliament. In 2013, McGuinty’s successor, Kathleen Wynne, raised taxes on higher income earners yet again.
So Harris’ great hope that by starving government of more tax revenue, he could keep future government spending in check never took hold. A more expansive public sector is back under the Liberals.
However, that is not to minimize the transformational impact Harris had on politics in the province.
Even twenty years later, Harris’ supporters will remember him as a guy who championed the interests of the broad swath of middle class Ontarians who pay their taxes and raise their families. Harris certainly believed that before he arrived, governments had become captive to special interests and responded more to their agendas than the priorities of the broader public. Harris proudly ignored the view of the wine-drinking glitterati from downtown Toronto, and articulated a vision that the barber in North Bay could get behind. He was the original Tim Hortons conservative.
Harris was, and remains, for good and for ill, the most transformational political leader in Ontario of our lifetime.
Posted on 22 June 2015 | 12:08 pm
Dairy Farmers of Canada Break The Law At Medical Conference
According to Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency,
"Nutrient function claims may not refer to the treatment, prevention or cure of a Schedule A disease; or claim to treat, mitigate, or prevent a disease, disorder or physical state; or claim to correct, restore or modify an organic function [3(1) and 3(2), FDA]. Such claims are considered to be drug claims (see Drugs vs. Foods)."And,
"Nutrient function claims are not made for a food per se; they may only be made respecting the energy value or nutrients in a food."And yet here we see, in a room full of influencers important enough for the Dairy Farmers to buy a booth, that Dairy Farmers of Canada have explicitly claimed that the consumption of "milk products" prevents colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, improves bone health, and confers healthy blood pressure.
While dairy has a longstanding tradition of marketing a protein source with calcium as a uniquely magical elixir of strength and health, even I was surprised at how blatantly they ignored CFIA guidance in a room that among others might well have included conference attendee Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, the Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion within the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada.
Guess that means either the Dairy Farmers of Canada don't care about CFIA's guidelines, or that they're not worried about their enforcement, as the notion that they were unaware of the guidelines is simply not a possibility.
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:03 pm
Our precious little snowflakes
Posted on 27 June 2015 | 10:00 am
HIATUS: LaurenOutLoud.com re-launching sometime, maybe, in the future
Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:54 pm
Barilla Share the Table and Make Meals More Meaningful #ShareTheTable
Posted on 23 June 2015 | 9:35 am
San Francisco Dreaming
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:22 pm
Arriving in Toronto on a jet plane
Last time we watched from Airport Road. With the right weather you could see wing tip vortices as the plane passed through the approach to the airport.
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 2:58 am
Read the winner of the 2015 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust student contest
Here's Nico Branham's winning entry, 'Outside the Window, a Billion Stars Are Moving Past Me at the Speed of Light'
The post Read the winner of the 2015 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust student contest appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Posted on 9 June 2015 | 2:00 pm
Planning for PEI 2015: Day tripping
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 1:40 pm
Del Mastro: Jail tonight — and maybe another 30 days behind bars
Posted on 25 June 2015 | 11:13 pm
© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for dutchblitz.net as Cloudy.
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 5:46 am
Game of Thrones 5.10: Mother's Mercy
You know how disappointed we are when finales are dull, with too many threads left dangling, not enough twists, and a ho-hum ending that makes you wonder if you'll even return for the next season? In the future, perhaps I'll be a little more thankful. When the death of character that's been recurring for five years becomes the sixth most shocking thing that happens this week, you know we have a lot to cover.
Oh who am I kidding... as shocking and upsetting as some of these things were, what a THRILLING episode this was!!
Before we begin, however, I just wanted to return one last time to the Sansa scene from a few episodes ago. One of the best responses to our post that I received was from a friend of mine, Deanna, who suggested I read a book called One Hour in Paris by Karyn L. Freedman, about the author's horrifying experience of being raped at knifepoint, and how that one hour of her life has shaped and traumatized the 25 years that have followed since. I picked it up and I'm almost finished, but I wanted to give the book a mention here within the context of what happened to Sansa. If you truly want a real-world version of the rapes we've seen depicted in movies and on television, this book isn't an easy read, but really forces you to look at it from the victim's point of view. Not just the hour of agony she endured, but the repercussions of what something like that does to you. I'll be watching Sansa next season to see what she's like post-Bolton (or what I hope is post-Bolton). Perhaps she and Theon can help each other try to find some peace after what they've gone through.
But on to the finale. As always I'm joined by my loyal knight, Sir Christopher Lockett, who will take my squees and bend them into something comprehensible. Sadly I drew the short straw this week, so I have to begin...
- I’m not convinced that Stannis is dead. I watched that scene a few times, and I find it suspicious they don’t show him die, but instead cut from Brienne’s downstroke to Ramsay’s as he kills someone. Why would she spare him? Where did her sword go? I don’t know, but killing Stannis at this point is either (1) a MASSIVE deviation from the novels, or (2) a MASSIVE spoiler for what we can expect in The Winds of Winter. Both are eminently possible, but I’m remaining skeptical until the novel comes out or the next season of the show … whatever comes first.
- I had assumed that the show was simply dispensing with Sam’s journey to the Citadel. It’s one of the main story threads in A Feast for Crows, with Jon sending Maester Aemon along to keep the oldest living Targaryen away from Melisandre and her hankering for king’s blood. Aemon dies on the journey, but Sam makes it to Oldtown, the city at the southeastern end of Westeros, where the Citadel is located. Jon’s premier reason is so Sam can take up the maester’s duties at the Wall. Sam makes the same argument, but the timing at this point is a bit off: one assumes training to be a maester takes several years, but we got pretty powerful evidence two episodes ago that the Walkers’ attack on the Wall will be sooner rather than later. Still, it at least indicates that Sam’s travails at the Citadel will be a significant enough storyline to keep in the show.
|I know how you feel, Jon.|
Posted on 16 June 2015 | 6:53 pm
Fingernails are Creepy
Fingernails are Creepy was first posted on June 28, 2015 at 2:08 am.
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Posted on 28 June 2015 | 6:08 am
Same Gear, Different Pile
|It's that time of year again. The thermals and bug spray are packed and it's off to the airport to begin the long haul north for another field season. Stay safe out there, everyone.|
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 10:33 am
HarperPAC: A cautionary tale about unwanted help
Posted on 26 June 2015 | 9:39 pm
7 European Destinations On A Budget
Posted on 26 June 2015 | 12:01 pm
Weekend reading: June 27 edition
Why #GIFs Are Back In Style and Bigger Than Ever for #Brands by @LaurenJohnson via @Adweek http://t.co/9NCqrXTqyd pic.twitter.com/Nby7Vbf9rI — Elizabeth Friesen (@emfriesen) June 27, 2015 Front pages from all 50 states on the same-sex marriage ruling, poynter.org Is Obesity a Choice?, drspencer.com Playing, with fire: How much risk should we expose our kids to?, macleans.ca Developers […]
Posted on 27 June 2015 | 3:32 pm
Precrime, Canadian style
Posted on 24 June 2015 | 4:34 pm
About that journalist Bro' thing...
Except for Frank Magazine, there was a reverent hush from all journalists assigned to the House of Commons and Canadian politics beat, though some bienséants guys muttered about Matt Millar's flouting the rules of an implicit gentlemen's agreement around protecting politicians' *personal* lives.
You may recall the histrionic, outraged shriEEEking tirades expressed by Moore when the Museum of Science and Technology hosted a sex-positive and informative exhibit?
PatRiotChick aka @PatOndabak created and promoted the #RideMeWilfred hashtag on Twitter. The cone of silence around James Moore's sexting, from established PPG reporters, just solidified.
The PPG Bros won't address the CPC unofficial "Do as we preach not as we do" modus operandi when Harper Cons' purported christian family values are transgressed by the ongoing sex libertarianism of Vic Toews, Peter MacKay, Bruce Carson, Patrick Brazeau, Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu, Don Meredith (and likely many others) until, in the latter's case, there's a witness/complainant courageous enough to denounce the predatory aspects of power.
Someone whined about violating the *privacy* of the government employee's BlackBerry that contained the self-incriminating sexting between VanGirl & Moore.
My co-blogger asked:
Juxtapose how Harper Con MPs reacted when they learned Vikileaks tweets had been posted from a government IPS provider.
Yet not one peep from the CPC benches on this very *personal* exploitation of a taxpayer-funded BlackBerry for non-governmental use.
A journalist that I greatly admire for his rigorous writing disappointingly displayed his complicity with the Brotherhood, exhibiting deference for Moore's recent resignation to spend more time with his family.
Fortunately, Frank Magazine did not obey the Bro's code, and wrapped-up the whole typically disingenuous CPC act, thus.
Seems to me, in light of the commitment that's required to care for a child with special needs, Mrs Moore is the one who could have benefitted from an adventure on the side, to restore and sustain her energies. But I suspect the Brotherhood would NOT have expressed the same depth of compassion for an outside-the-conjugal-bed idyll she might have pursued, as they overtly did for Mr Moore.
Posted on 25 June 2015 | 6:23 pm
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Posted on 21 June 2015 | 3:56 pm
It has taken me a year to write this post…I have no idea why but it has haha! But recently I was going through pictures of last years summer holidays and thought I really needed to blog about the places we visited. I want my blog to also be a journal for me…a place where I can look back […]
Posted on 25 June 2015 | 8:07 pm
5 Unexpected Reasons to Visit Venezuela
Venezuela, the kidnap-capital of the world. Spiralling inflation, armed gangs of protestors and police with a reputation to shoot first and ask questions later. A powder-keg waiting to explode. A destination for only the suicidal or the foolish Or at least that is what I had been expecting... Why Go to Venezuela? Everybody I had [...]
Posted on 26 June 2015 | 9:00 am
I Want It
Posted on 26 June 2015 | 12:34 pm
Things I was better off not knowing - #28
Okay… this is getting ridiculous. Just when I thought I had it covered having updated my post from two weeks ago last Thursday, now I’m forced to edit it again, after I received some disturbing news… so here it goes. Take three!!
- “There was a left over hotdog and I didn’t want to eat it… so I put it in a bottle of water”
- “…and then I drank some of that water!”
- “And then I ate the hotdog!!”
It just can’t get any worse… or so I hope!
Okay… esto se está poniendo ridículo. Justo cuando creía que ya había actualizado mi post de hace dos semanas de manera correcta el jueves pasado, me veo forzado a hacerlo de nuevo, luego de recibir noticias preocupantes… aquí va. Toma tres!!!
- “Había sobrado una salchicha y yo no tenía más ganas de comer… así que la metí adentro de una botella de agua”
- “…y yo fui y me tomé un poco de ese agua!”
- “Y después me comí la salchicha!!”
No creo que esta historia ya pueda empeorar aún más… o al menos eso espero!
Posted on 18 June 2015 | 9:00 pm