How to Cycle the Eurovelo 13 Alone Across Finland!
What happens when you take a girl who has never cycled more than 20km 6 weeks before she is about to cycle the Eurovelo 13: The Iron Curtain Trail 1500km across the remotest parts of Finland...alone?
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Posted on 25 August 2015 | 12:31 pm
9 Ways Native Men Can Heal From Historical Trauma
Historical trauma has taken its toll on Native people, and Clayton Small, Northern Cheyenne, founder of Native Prevention, Research, Interventio...
Posted on 26 August 2015 | 12:00 am
Screening Passes Giveaway – Tomorrow August 27, 2015
LEARNING TO DRIVE hits theatres nationally August 28
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Posted on 26 August 2015 | 11:07 pm
10 Strange Books Written By Serial Killers
Serial killers have always stirred up a wide range of powerful feelings, from terror to fascination. There are numerous fiction and nonfiction books about serial killers, but none are as controversial as the ones they write themselves. Some of these are autobiographies, while others (seemingly) are works of fiction. In 1997 the first “Son of […]
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 7:01 am
Cîroc kicks off in Canada with Cabana party and Sully Wong collaboration
Cîroc Ultra Premium celebrated their official launch in Canada today with a big party at Toronto's Cabana Pool Bar, and to mark the occasion they also debuted a limited edition collaboration with footwear designers Sully Wong.
The post Cîroc kicks off in Canada with Cabana party and Sully Wong collaboration appeared first on The GATE.
Posted on 16 August 2015 | 4:03 am
Easy Chicken Shawarma Kebobs
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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
Scale Model Reveals Design Features of The Barrington
The Lash Group and The Goldman Group will soon be adding a new 18-storey, Richmond Architects-designed boutique condominium development on the southwest edge of Toronto's prestigious Forest Hill neighbourhood. The Barrington Condominium Flats will bring 93 new homes to Bathurst Street, north of St. Clair. To get a better understanding of what will be built here, we turn to the scale model currently on display inside of The Barrington's presentation centre.
The building's Bathurst Street ground floor frontage will offer retail sheltered from the elements by a canopy, and street trees to soften the public realm. Blank podium walls to the north and south sides are where the Barrington will be built up against adjacent properties, creating a continuous urban street wall along Bathurst.
As seen above, the he second through sixth floors will feature a vertical expanse of copper-hued cladding, adding a bold shot of colour to the building's street presence. Atop the podium on the quieter west side of the building, residents will have an outdoor terrace with barbecues, offering lounging and seating areas. Just inside are amenity spaces for cooking, dining, and entertaining, or relaxing with a game of pool, or just enjoying programs from the multi-media wall.
The tower's main exterior expression comes from vertical fins on the building's east and west facades, emphasizing the building's height, and adding visual interest to the exterior. Suites inside range in size from 555 to 2,177 square feet, and start in the mid $300,000s.
Additional information can be found in The Barrington's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.Enabled
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:02 pm
Mike Little Harnesses North Shore Advantage in New Cross-Inlet Riding (in News)
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 7:30 am
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 10:27 pm
Expectations Must Be Tempered, but Don't Count Out Marcus Stroman
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 8:42 pm
Senate Reports Give a Glimpse of Potential Future Digital Policies
The trial of Senator Mike Duffy featured several notable revelations last week about the inner workings of the Prime Minister's Office. One of the most important was found in a 2013 memo written by former chief of staff Nigel Wright that focuses on the control exerted by the PMO over the Senate. While the Senate is nominally an independent body of "sober second thought", the memo highlights how the PMO expects Senate leadership to follow directions from the Prime Minister and to avoid developing policy positions without advance consultations and approval.
For anyone who has followed Senate committee reviews of legislative proposals, the Wright memo is not particularly surprising. This past spring, a Senate committee review of Bill C-51, the controversial anti-terrorism legislation, heard from experts such as the Privacy Commissioner of Canada about much-needed reforms. Yet once it was time to vote, the committee left the bill unchanged, lending an air of theatre to the entire process.
My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that assuming that policy control over Senate committee remains a priority, a recent batch of Senate reports provides new insights into future Conservative policies. Weeks before the election call, Senate committees began releasing long-awaited reports on a wide range of issues including national security, digital commerce, and the future of the CBC. In fact, more Senate committee reports were released in June and July (15 in total) than in the previous 18 months combined.
The post Senate Reports Give a Glimpse of Potential Future Digital Policies appeared first on Michael Geist.
Posted on 25 August 2015 | 6:05 pm
Mike Little Harnesses North Shore Advantage in New Cross-Inlet Riding (in News)
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 7:30 am
Harvest Haus Oktoberfest party will return to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
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Posted on 22 December 2013 | 2:24 pm
YOW => YVR; YTO and back to YOW
Posted on 22 August 2015 | 11:54 am
Jersey Colour May Trump Need for Food Industry Sport Sponsorship
By way of example today I'll be discussing Mac's Convenience Stores' "Froster Active Kids" program.
Mac's conveniently spell out the requirements of teams who seek their sponsorship - among them:
And then they get a great deal more specific in the application. What struck me from the application, is while there are plenty of questions about the sponsorship opportunities that would be afforded to Mac's, and of the aesthetic fit with Mac's logo, there were no questions, none, to help flesh out the deservedness or financial needs of the team.
- The sports team must agree to send pictures of jerseys, events, etc that can be used to post on our social media pages. Please note that a Photo Release form must be signed by each parent and returned to FrosterActiveKids@macs.ca before funds can be released.
- Where applicable: Sports team must disclose the expected number of audience for the events/tournaments. Froster Active Kids Program branding must be present at the event through team jerseys and potentially a banner.
- Mac’s and Froster Active Kids Program branding must be presented on the team or the association’s social media, web pages and other branding opportunities.
- Sampling opportunities for Mac’s will also be reviewed where applicable.
Froster Active Kids Logo Exposure:While other programs may provide lip service to altruism, it's refreshing to see Mac's Convenience Stores boldly tell us that it's not about us, it's about them.
- When does the season start and end? Click here to enter text.
- How many jerseys will the logo appear on?: Click here to enter text.
- Will the logo appear in colour or black and white? (colour preferred): Click here to enter text.
- Will the logo appear on the home and away jersey, please clarify if only one: Click here to enter text.
- What is the colour(s) of the jersey?: Click here to enter text.
- Where will placement of the logo appear?: Click here to enter text.
- What other logos will appear on the Jersey (including other corporate sponsor logos): Click here to enter text.
- Can you send a team jersey to Mac’s with the number “15”? Click here to enter text.
- Is there a team banner that Froster Active Kids will receive logo exposure on? Click here to enter text.
- Additional opportunities for logo exposure i.e. hats, jackets, bags: Click here to enter text.
- Will the Froster Active Kids logo appear on the webpage and the social media page? If so, please provide the link to both: Click here to enter text.
- Will you be sending a team picture of the members wearing the jersey? Click here to enter text.
- Is there an opportunity for Mac’s to provide coupons (i.e. BOGO Froster, Free Froster)?: Click here to enter text.
- Is there an opportunity for Mac’s to come out to a tournament with a banner and sampling/coupons? If so, please describe: Click here to enter text.
- Additional marketing opportunities: Click here to enter text.
And how much are these sponsorships worth? A few hundred dollars? A few thousand? Would it really be impossible to raise these funds in other ways - ways that might also teach the kids important lessons? My three girls went door to door selling flower bulbs for their school this year. They raised nearly $250 in an afternoon. I also recently came across a group of kids sitting outside the local liquor store collecting empties from returning customers so as to collect the bottle deposits for charity. In the few minutes I purposefully spent watching, I didn't see a single person enter the store without donating their bottles to the kids. Back of the envelope calculation has them raising at least $100/hr/store of sitting there.
Given most teams are between 10 and 20 kids strong, and weekends are two days long and multiple times a month, I struggle with the notion that funds can't be raised without turning kids into walking billboards and providing fast food marketers access to children along with a priceless emotional branding opportunity.
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 9:30 am
What kind of monster is Amazon?
Posted on 21 August 2015 | 9:30 pm
HIATUS: LaurenOutLoud.com re-launching sometime, maybe, in the future
Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:54 pm
Back To School With Sears #giveaway
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Forbidden City - Toronto Chinatown Festival 2015
Posted by Joe Hamilton and James Hamilton.
Posted on 23 August 2015 | 3:32 am
Students: Help us rank Canadian universities and win $1,000
Maclean's is conducting a survey open to all postsecondary students designed to help measure the quality of Canadian schools. Fill it out here
The post Students: Help us rank Canadian universities and win $1,000 appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Posted on 24 August 2015 | 7:28 pm
Photo(s) of the day: A walk at the Chapman Mills boardwalk
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 12:23 pm
Liberal hyperbole: Mulcair will make massive cuts to health care. Guaranteed
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 1:24 pm
Praying For Rain
© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for dutchblitz.net as Praying For Rain.
Posted on 24 August 2015 | 2:31 am
The Complexities of Internet Grief
At first I was annoyed: Jesus, can't we have one single moment of upset that something terrible has happened in the world before we all start calling each other names and guilting each other and accusing each other of not caring about anything else? The two aren't mutually exclusive: being saddened by the death of an innocent animal doesn't mean we don't care about the death of human beings, too.
But instead of being pulled down into typical internet arguing about something, let's ponder that thought and actually look at the issue, because, like it or not, these people are right. This lion was a beautiful creature, innocent, hunted only on instinct, and it was wilfully gunned down by a man who won't be arrested for his act. But ISIS isn't working in secrecy... why are we politicizing it and not spending every free moment of our days fighting it? Why are we not posting constantly about it on Twitter? And why the hell is anyone taking sides on the issue of nine people being gunned down in a church in the States? How is there a side to even take there?!
Is it possible that something about animals is ingrained in us from the get-go? Disney raises us to deal with big human emotions by anthropomorphizing animals and having them act it out for us. We don't mourn the loss of a human mother, but Bambi's mother, or Nemo's mother. We don't mourn the loss of a human father, but Simba's father. Animals are imbued with an innocence that humans can never have. If a lion bites you it's because you threatened him and he acted on instinct. He didn't get together with his buddies, draw up a game plan of how to lure you out of your tent, surround you, and kill you just for sport. When your cat bites you it's because you rubbed his belly wrong or he's trying to get your attention because you haven't fed him in the last three minutes or you just moved your arm after he'd been sleeping on it for the past two hours and you briefly interrupted his sleep. He doesn't plan to hurt you; he does so on instinct. But those of us with pets equate them with unconditional love. Sure, they might nip us or pee on something or make a mess, but sometimes snuggling with a cat or a dog is the only thing that makes the day a better one.
So when a lion dies we all cry out in horror. But just because humans are calculating and never perfect — even the sweetest lady who died in that church shooting could have bullied another child years ago when she was in grade school — it doesn't mean we shouldn't fight for the civil rights of everyone and be outraged that someone could have killed them. We have bumper stickers and posters declaring that Black Lives Matter. Is that even up for debate?! Who the hell thinks they don't?? And why aren't we fighting against anyone who thinks they don't, smearing their business pages with angry rants, shutting down their offices and forcing them to go into hiding like people did with the lion killer?
We as humans are so caught up in disagreeing along political lines or religious lines or ideological lines that we seem to have less and less sympathy for our fellow human beings. We can grieve the cat because he didn't have a different religion than we do, or didn't vote differently in the last election than we did, or didn't make an angry Twitter post one night that really changed our mind about him. He's just a lion. We humans are able to unite to mourn the cat, but we can't do the same about the human beings who are dying, or being tortured, or being mistreated, or being denied civil rights on a daily basis. And we need to.
This is Cecil the lion before he died. This is the photo I posted on Facebook yesterday.
And these are the nine beautiful people who were gunned down in South Carolina.
And this is Kayla Mueller, before she was murdered by ISIS. She was a humanitarian aid worker and human rights activist who was abducted in August 2013 and killed around the beginning of February 2015. She was 26.
Look into all their eyes. Mourn them. They all deserve our support, our outrage, our vow to make things change. Let's stop fighting amongst each other about who showed the proper amount of grief or outrage on Twitter or Facebook, or if you thought they showed too much on one topic and not enough on another. Let's stop pointing fingers and guilting each other and making people feel bad. Support each other in our grief, stand together against the real enemy, and actually turn the internet into a place that could effect change, instead of a place where we just fight amongst ourselves and then walk away to the next issue while leaving these incredible creatures — and their unnecessary deaths — behind.
Posted on 30 July 2015 | 2:27 pm
Toys Travelling Around the World
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Posted on 27 August 2015 | 10:07 am
Elfshot and NLAS
|Pieces for a sandbox dig|
Tim Rast (President, NLAS), Darin King (Minister
of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural
Development), John Riche (Chair, Admiralty
House Museum), Steve Kent (Deputy Premier)
|"The Great Wall" at|
|Discussing the origins of the rock pile|
|A walrus ivory and copper Thule Inuit harpoon|
head reproduction and an antler and chert
Dorset Palaeoeskimo harpoon head.
1,5: Tim Rast
2-4: Lori White
Posted on 26 August 2015 | 10:20 pm
Conservatives have reason to fear NDP in Southwestern Ontario
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 12:55 am
A Place You Can Breathe
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 12:02 pm
Ottawa giveaway alert! Making lunch… with help from terra20
I don’t pack my kids’ lunches anymore. I stopped doing it as soon as they were old enough to open the mayonnaise jar and cut their sandwiches in half. It may have been second or third grade, I’m not sure, but I will say this: this decision was a win/win situation for all involved. Not only […]
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Posted on 27 August 2015 | 1:30 pm
Women hold up half this guy
Posted on 25 August 2015 | 8:36 pm
Owe-lympics Myths: Reuse Pan Am Venues*
Or, Myth 5 at NoTO2024.
Myth 5: We can re-use most of the Pan Am venues
Some sites can be re-used, but even under the relaxed Agenda 2020 guidelines there will be major holes. The ACC and Rexall Centre should be ok, but the velodrome and aquatic centre are too small and too inconveniently located. The Rogers Centre is exactly the wrong size for everything. The athlete's village will have been converted to housing and we need to find somewhere to stick a $1B+ 80,000 seat track and field stadium. The Olympics are much larger than the Pan Am Games and that level of infrastructure just wasn't built.
Mayor John Tory seems to have been sold this bill of goods.
The mayor added that he’s asked for a report from city staff on the usability of Pan Am venues for a potential Olympic Games.Prepare to be disappointed, Mr Mayor.
“It would disappoint me if all that investment we made in very excellent facilities was not to be, under these new rules, something to be taken into account, if one wanted to bid.”
Chris Selley of the National Post pointed out that "the Pan Am organizers have always been frank: their facilities are not designed for the Olympics." He also says of the 80K+ seat stadium: "Toronto has no earthly need of such a facility."
John Barber weighs in:
Meanwhile in Ontario, taxpayers just spent $450 million on the four most expensive venues for the Pan Am Games, none of which will be good enough for the Olympics, all of which will have to be replaced by larger facilities if Toronto hopes to host in 2024. There is a long list of new stadiums and every variety of gold-plated facility to be built.Not only are these venues too small -- and will be too old by 2024 -- some are too too far apart.
. . . many of the venues built for Pan Am are so far from Toronto that they may not meet Olympic committee standards. Some events were in Minden Hills (more than two hours from the city), Welland (90 minutes) and Hamilton (one hour).
New ginormous 80-100K seat stadium, new athletes' village, new/upgraded/relocated velodrome, ditto aquatics centre. . . the list goes on.
In short, existing Pan Am venues are just not viable for Olympics. They will need to be upgraded, expanded or replaced.
All costing mega-bucks.
In other words, a successful Olympic bid would create white elephants like the totally ridiculous baseball stadium in Greece (pictured above).
*Second in an irregular and ongoing series.
Owe-lympics Myth 5: Health and Fitness Legacy.
Toronto Star and Olympics: Something Stinks
Toronto Councillors' Twitter Accounts
10 People on Twitter
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 12:34 pm
My Favourite School Supplies
The best thing about going back to school is stocking up on supplies. Everything is on sale!
I get several requests for advice on supplies. Now I am no expert and this post is not sponsored by any supplier. It's just what I find works for me.
I work with thousands of kids every year and I'm always trying to balance quality, durability, and cost. In my residencies I bring all the supplies with me so they have to perform.
This week we'll talk general supplies....next week I'll show you my favourite art supplies.
Most of you know my favourite glue is Aleene's Tacky glue. If you haven't used it you are missing out. It's thick and sets up fast. Cost wise it's slightly higher than regular white glue.
It can be hard to squeeze, I call it muscle glue, "Kids we gotta use our muscles"
It's easy to lose the cap so I always take off the caps ahead of time and store in a little cup. During clean-up one of my helpers will collect and re cap the glues.
I use regular white school glue when pasting paper to paper. I loathe glue sticks as they just don't stick but I have had some success with Elmer's Xtreme glue stick. I buy a class set of white glue containers (I like Elmer's) to start the year and then re-fill. In my area the best glue to refill with is Scholar's Choice. I buy the big 4 litre and also use it to make my papier mache mix.
I also stock up on Elmer's Clear glue but not for pasting just for batik.
There are lots of ways to add colour.
These are some of my favourite Crayola products.
I love their oil pastels. They are chunky and don't break like other pastels. Schools can order mega packs which have extra black and white.
I also like the washable markers. You can paint water over top of them and get some great effects.
The best crayons for me are the twistables. You will lose some from kids twisting them all the way up but they are still worth it. It's a happy day when we get to use the twistables. (even grade 5/6 like them)
Pencil crayons or coloured pencils are usually on every one's list.
The best are Prismacolour. There are different types but the Scholar does fine. They are soft and creamy. They blend wonderfully.
But.....they are expensive. (Walmart carries a great set, 48 of them on sale for about $19.99)
They are also not that durable because they are soft.
I use them personally and I buy them for my kids but I can't afford class sets of them at school.
I also tried out these woodless ones. (Koh I Noor Hardtmuth)
They are also expensive. They are not as creamy as prismacolour. They last forever though as it's solid colour. Easy to sharpen. I thought they were quite durable until my son broke one of mine by colouring really hard.
However he did not break any from his set at school and everyone always wanted to borrow them.
With those nice pencil crayons you need an awesome sharpener.
Forget the electric it eats all that wonderful colour. I love Staedtler. In fact I bought a bunch of them for this year for my pencil caddies.
See that little lid....it will last about 3 seconds at school.
But you don't need it so don't let that stop you.
I also love this Faber Castell Trio beauty. But they are hard to find.
Why are these sharpeners so good?
They give you that very fine point for drawing without having to use a razor blade. (definitely not school friendly)
My favourite pencils are Staedtler as well. They have white erasers on the end and come pre-sharpened!!
My absolutely favourite erasers are the Ecure Maped. They come in an oval or triangular shape. I buy lots and put my name on them as they tend to grow legs.
The Staedtler is my second favourite.
I do not like pink...and those funky shaped erasers are terrible.
I do not use kneadable erasers at school.
You probably know I love sharpies.
I buy them by the box
I use the Sharpie pen for writing.
For art I use the fine and the ultra fine.
Here's a tip: Sharpies often get dust on them and stop working. At school I hand out small pieces of scrap paper when we use sharpies. Kids draw on the paper to get them working again. Don't throw them out too early.
In my own artwork I use Faber Castell PITT pens. They are permanent, waterproof, and lightfast. I use the white one constantly. It works on almost any surface so I use it a lot to put my name on supplies that are dark. I just wish they made the white in different sizes though. :(
One final tip about supplies. Last year I flagged all my sharpies to see if this would help.
Lots of kids have their own sharpies these days and I needed to distinguish mine. I used red duct tape and it worked like a charm. Make sure you put it on the middle though. I first put it on the end and you could not put the cap there.
I hope that helps. I'm going to try an include an art tip every week if I can.
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 12:35 am
This easy to assemble Zucchini Bake makes a delicious side dish! It’s a great way to use up this plentiful summer vegetable! – – – – – It’s zucchini season…that’s such a thing right? Zucchini zucchini everywhere! And you might be wondering what to do with it all. The great thing about this veggie is […]
Posted on 26 August 2015 | 12:25 pm
Kayaking with Beluga Whales – A Paddlers Dream
"Don't worry about your rudders, just get in the water." Our guide Tress, from Sea North tours was worried we wouldn't have enough time kayaking with Beluga Whales in Churchill, Manitoba. I'm glad he rushed us, because this is an adventure you don't want to miss! Kayaking with Beluga Whales We arrived late and had [...]
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 2:12 pm
The Potluck Minefield
Posted on 26 August 2015 | 12:15 pm
Things I was better off not knowing - #32
- The first time Nick stayed for a sleep over, we were in my bedroom talking until around 3AM. Right before we went to sleep, I casually told him ‘Oh, by the way, I always have seizures while I sleep’ and I turned off the light.
(Note: no, he doesn’t have seizures, he was just messing with his friend)
- La primera vez que Nick se quedó a dormir en casa, estuvimos hablando en mi habitación como hasta las 3 AM. Justo antes de ponernos a dormir le dije muy casualmente ‘Oh, a propósito, siempre tengo convulsiones cuando duermo’ y apagué la luz.
(Nota: no, no tiene convulsiones, fue de puro mal tipo nomás)
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 11:19 am