The Most Captiviating Wildlife Adventures in Yala, Sri Lanka
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Everyone goes to Yala in Sri Lanka to see a leopard. But to make the most of your visit, focus on the wildlife that you do see. I guarantee there will be some happy surprises!
Posted on 28 May 2015 | 9:55 am
First Native Astronaut Tells Students at Hopi High About Space Journeys
Going into space is a dream some little kids have growing up....
Posted on 28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
Seine River Dinner Cruise with Bateaux-Mouches
When I shared with friends that I was heading to Paris on a team trip, they all said don’t forget to talk a walk along the Seine River. After 5 days of touring the...
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 7:07 am
10 Reasons Hummingbirds Are Absolutely Astounding
Across the Americas, buzzing winged projectiles streak around backyards searching for sugar. All summer long, they dip and dive through their aerial acrobatics, occasionally sipping from brightly colored bird feeders. Hummingbirds only live in the western hemisphere, but they are an iconic family due to their beauty and uniqueness. They drink nectar from flowers with […]
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
Film review: ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne Johnson & Carla Gugino
Full disclosure--I am a huge fan of the disaster epic genre and always have been, so when I saw early trailer footage for San Andreas I was a bit excited but it looked like the real deal. And it is.
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Posted on 29 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
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
Shoring Work Proceeding for Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts
The recent demolition of the former Guvernment night club at Queens Quay and Jarvis cleared the way for The Daniels Corporation's ambitious multi-phase development, dubbed Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts. The development will feature four buildings with heights ranging between 169 feet and 508 feet, offering residential, institutional, office, and retail space, as well as some key upgrades to the surrounding public realm.
Shoring work is now under way in advance of the first phase of the development, located at the southern end of the site along Queens Quay Boulevard. The first phase will take the form of two connected buildings offering 280,000 square feet of commercial office space, a 150,000 square foot 'Creative Industries Hub', and 27,000 square feet of retail space at street level.
Mere weeks after demolition of the Guvernment concluded, the project is moving forward with at an impressive pace. Piles are being driven deep into the landfill around the perimeter of the site to support a wall that will hold back the surrounding earth to allow excavation of the site.
The image above shows three different shoring rigs working the site simultaneously, expediting the early construction stages for the project's initial phase. The actual shoring process involves the boring of hollow steel casings into the ground, after which the contents are removed with an auger. The final step is the injection of concrete into the hole and removal of the hollow casing, leaving behind a long concrete pile.
Once initial piles have been created, intermediate piles will be drilled between them, cutting into them slightly and interlocking with them to create a watertight wall. Once the wall is in place, the earth can be removed behind it to build the foundations and parking garage for Daniels Waterfront.
The first phase already has a number of major tenants signed on, with occupancy expected for Spring 2018. These tenants include The Daniels Corporation, who will be relocating from their existing address on Queen Street, as well as non-profit arts development organization Artscape, talent management firm Last Gang Entertainment, entertainment law firm Taylor Klein Oballa LLP, non-profit organization The Remix Project, and the youth organization Manifesto.
Additional information and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
Women Creating Comics: 'We Built Our Own Little Playground' (in Culture)
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 7:40 am
Posted on 28 May 2015 | 10:47 pm
Canada Releases Full Video of Gunman Before He Ambushed Parliament Last Year
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 9:09 pm
Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era
Edward Snowden burst into the public consciousness in June 2013 with a series of astonishing revelations about U.S. surveillance activities. Snowden's primary focus has centered on the U.S., however the steady stream of documents have laid bare the notable role of allied surveillance agencies, including the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada's signals intelligence agency. The Canadian-related leaks - including disclosures regarding surveillance over millions of Internet downloads, airport wireless networks, spying on the Brazilian government, and the facilitation of spying at the G8 and G20 meetings hosted in Toronto in 2010 - have unsurprisingly inspired some domestic discussion and increased media coverage on privacy and surveillance issues. Yet despite increased public and media attention, the Snowden leaks have thus far failed to generate sustained political debate in Canada.
I am delighted to report that this week the University of Ottawa Press published Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era, an effort by some of Canada's leading privacy, security, and surveillance scholars to provide a Canadian-centric perspective on the issues. The book is available for purchase and is also available in its entirety as a free download under a Creative Commons licence. This book is part of the UOP's collection on law, technology and media (I am pleased to serve as the collection editor) that also includes my earlier collection on the Copyright Pentalogy and a new book from my colleagues Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves titled eGirls, eCitizens. All books in the collection are available as open access PDF downloads.
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Posted on 29 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
Women Creating Comics: 'We Built Our Own Little Playground' (in Culture)
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 7:40 am
23 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, May 29
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May 18th clouds – no tornado!
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 11:52 am
Steve Paikin: Five lessons learned from tracking every minute, every day
After interviewing a Washington Post journalist who wrote a book called Overwhelmed, which accurately described her life, I decided to do a time efficiency experiment myself.
For ten days, I tracked 25 different categories of activities I typically do. (The results are compiled in detail in a previous blog post.) The bottom line: I work 80.2 hours per week. Almost all of that time is spent working on The Agenda, but I also do other professional activities, such as writing books and contributing time to two post-secondary institutions because I also find them very enjoyable activities.
Once the verdict was in, and I had all my information, I sat down with time efficiency expert Mark Ellwood of Pace Productivity Inc. (who supervised my experiment) to get his advice on how I could improve.
Mark honed in on the time I was spending on email, since I spend more than twice as much time doing that compared to the average person he tracks. He asked me about all the newsletters and organizations that regularly send me press releases, and whether I really read all that stuff. I had to confess, I rarely did. Once upon a time I thought filling up my “inbox” would be helpful for my job. But as it happens, it really isn't.
“Unsubscribe!” he said. “If you're on a mailing list for which you have no interest, reply by unsubscribing.” Makes sense. There might be one press release in 100 that's actually useful, but in the meantime, I'm spending far too much time checking the other 99. That's going to end. Apologies to all those I'm about to drop. Blame Mark.
He's also suggested email should be for short transactions. One sentence, and out. If you've got an opus to write, don't. Pick up the phone. It'll be faster. Okay, Mark, I'll do that too.
Mark also pointed out I somehow kept the administrative aspects of my job to a minimum – much less than other folks whose time he tracks. That's not by accident. One of the greatest changes I've experienced at TVO over the past year is having someone help me with scheduling and organizational tasks. Her name is Sue Beres and she's revolutionized how I do my job. I can now focus more fully on the parts of my work that directly affect what ends up on the screen or on the website.
Mark says most people won't delegate tasks to someone else. They think they can do it better. They don't trust another person. They think they're the only ones who can do it properly. They fear adding to that other person's load. Fortunately, none of those issues is at play with Sue. She does all of those things better than I did.
Mark pointed out the time I spend planning my day is also much less than the average employee's, who spends half an hour a day on it. That's also because of Sue, who's a godsend. I know that because she just took her annual vacation and I didn't like it one bit. I'm tempted to ask our boss never to let her leave again.
Another superb piece of advice Mark gave me: don't plan every minute of your day. This will be a hard one to accomplish. At the moment, from the second I wake up in the morning and begin perusing newspapers, to the time my head hits the pillow at night, virtually every minute of the day is scheduled: doing interviews, meeting with sources, attending events I tweet about, composing blog posts, producing shows, writing scripts, reviewing interview questions, reading books, contributing time to Laurentian and Ryerson universities, and on and on.
Mark suggests time needs to be blocked off for purely “thinking time.”
While I've rarely felt overwhelmed by the job, there's no question I've become accustomed to having every minute of every day scheduled with something that needs doing. I've never thought it was possible to actually find more time in a work week that’s already more than 80 hours long.
But thanks to Mark Ellwood's time-tracking experiment, I'm hoping to get even more efficient in what I do. And since I'm the kind of guy who likes to get a lot of stuff done, I'm hoping that will all be to the good.
Image credit: Cindy Schultz/flickr.com
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
You've Got the Golden Touch
Have a great weekend!
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 9:30 am
Federal election: Let’s have a three-way!
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 8:40 pm
HIATUS: LaurenOutLoud.com re-launching sometime, maybe, in the future
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Why You Have to Love Your Family #streamteam
Posted on 26 May 2015 | 5:19 pm
Just Remember that Somebody Had to Consider the Possibilities
Posted on 28 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay starts in Toronto
Posted on 28 May 2015 | 1:22 am
It’s time to seriously rethink how economics is taught
With little evidence of a serious debate among teachers about economics reform, students are taking the lead
The post It’s time to seriously rethink how economics is taught appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Posted on 28 May 2015 | 10:17 pm
Planning for PEI: Five places we must revisit
Posted on 28 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
Conservatives make their second steal in as many days
Posted on 26 May 2015 | 11:12 pm
Crunchy Peanut Butter Snack Bites with Chia
© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for dutchblitz.net as Crunchy Peanut Butter Snack Bites with Chia.
Posted on 20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
Game of Thrones 5.7: The Gift
Then again, Khal Drogo might have been a merciless warrior, but he wasn’t a psychopath like Ramsay. I don’t think anyone will be able to bend that little bastard to their will, and Sansa seems to know that and doesn’t even try.
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:06 pm
A 5-Step Plan to Become Seriously Influential Online
The post A 5-Step Plan to Become Seriously Influential Online appeared first on Word Grrls.
This post about building authority online is good for beginning bloggers but also those who have burnt out and want to try again. Do try again. Don’t expect instant success. Step 1: Narrow your focus. Step 2: Stop reading just blog posts. Step 3: Write authoritative articles. Answer specific questions. Quote other authorities in your industry. Don’t be afraid to take a contrarian view. Use stats and detailed case studies to add substance. Repeat your ideas. Step 4: Build an Audience. Step 5: Build a Fan Club. Real authorities solve their audience’s problems. Consistently. Repeatedly. That’s why people listen to ... Continue...
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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
Happy 2nd Birthday NLAS!
|The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society was incorporated two years ago today - on May 29, 2013. Happy Birthday and congratulations to all the volunteers who've been working to make the organization grow!|
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
Election excitement reaching fever pitch, but leaders staying course
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
Ready To Find My Ochi!
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
Ginger tofu bites of deliciousness (my #dailylunches number 1050)
I made this for my lunch twice last week. Not only because I had a whole block of tofu to use up, but because it was so good I couldn’t wait to have it again. It started with a craving for something spicy with ginger, tofu, and soy sauce. I figured a marinade would fit […]
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Posted on 24 May 2015 | 11:00 am
#FHRITP: Name and shame
Posted on 13 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
Turned Away in PEI
One rendition: A person waits 5 hours for treatment at a Canadian emergency department then is turned away with the words "we are not comfortable dealing with this situation."
Or: A person is turned away from a hospital emergency department and told to go to a clinic in ANOTHER PROVINCE.
Or: The Minister of Health looks into the situation and is satisfied that all protocols were followed.
Here's the story as reported in the media.
Here's the story as told by the woman herself, Courtney Cudmore, to As It Happens (at 9:50 mark), or from her Facebook page.
In Prince Edward Island, while it is part of Canada where abortion is legal, abortion is simply not done.
A PEI woman was unwillingly pregnant, found a doctor to prescribe LEGAL abortion drugs, listened carefully to the instructions, and took the drugs. The instructions included what to do if the drugs did not seem to be performing as expected: Go to a hospital.
The drugs did not perform as expected, and so the woman took herself to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital emergency department.
Well, they didn't seem to know quite what to do with her. A nurse got her to give a urine sample and that was it for about 5 hours.
Finally 7:00 pm.. I get called in... The nurse gives me a johnnyshirt to put on, Obviously Im getting examined. 45 minutes later Dr. Lantz comes in. With my chart ... Looks at my chart then looks at me and says... What would you like me to do.. Ohh I don't know check me out?! I told him why I came in. "Well I will go talk to the gynecologist and see what they say" 10 minutes later... "Well we are not comfortable dealing with this situation" What really... not comfortable... What the hell is going on inside of me... I'm thinking this in my head.... and staring at him. I ask ok what did my urine sample tell you?? Are my levels dropping?? "I don't know.. all I can tell you is you are still pregnant" ok so in that breath right there his job was to do a full examination on me. If I didn't pass everything which I'm sure I didn't .. Tha'ts going to cause bigger issues for me. But he did let me know I could go to a clinic in Halifax, They would have no issue helping me. After totally getting he wasn't going to help or find me help I asked him to leave so I could put my clothes back on. But I did thank him for wasting my time.
There just was an election held on the Island, where abortion was an issue.
P.E.I.’s four male political leaders provided their party’s policy on abortion services Tuesday during a forum on women’s issues where the last remaining variable was finally clarified. Liberal Premier Wade MacLauchlan said P.E.I. would continue to provide abortion services but only at a Halifax hospital. It’s the same policy followed by Premier Robert Ghiz so there is no change to the status quo.
When this story broke on social media on Thursday, the media got on it and the Health Minister was asked for a comment.
Health Minister Doug Currie says he was initially highly concerned when he received messages on social media, but after following up with officials at the hospital, says he feels all proper protocols were followed.No one denied or turned away? Is he calling Ms Cudmore a liar?
“I was reassured that no one was denied or turned away from the emergency room (Thursday) night,” Currie said.
“I was reassured that the standard quality of care was followed and I continue to be even more motivated to work with stakeholders to continue to remove current barriers that are facing Island women that are looking to access this service.”
Standard quality of care followed? Being told "we are are not comfortable" and "go to Halifax" is "standard quality of care"?
Do PEI physicians not know how to treat miscarriage? Would a woman miscarrying "normally" also be refused treatment and sent to a clinic in Nova Scotia?
Is this not dangerous, patronizing, and, well, simply OUTRAGEOUS?
Not to mention a human rights violation and a pretty prima facie case of malpractice?
The reaction was swift. PEI Abortion Rights Network wrote an open letter.
A petition was begun to have Health Minister Doug Currie removed from his position.
Ms Cudmore plans to contact a lawyer.
What else can we do?
How about alerting potential PEI patients about the patronizing asshole doctor? Ms Cudmore names a "Dr. Lantz". It seems pretty clear that this is Chris Lantz, member of a "prominent" PEI family, and -- hey, look at this -- brother of the leader of the PC party, Rob Lantz.
And how does Rob Lantz feel about abortion?
PC Leader Rob Lantz did meet the group and assured them he will maintain the status quo. … Abortion is not on the PC radar, not in the platform and there are no plans to re-open the debate.
And we'd like to know the name of the gynecologist supposedly consulted by Dr. Lantz.
Here's Ms Cudmore from her Facebook page again:
I have gone to the media as most of you already know and I will be contacting a lawyer to take legal action against the hospital. I urge ALL women who have come across difficulty in support/access to proper health care regarding abortions to take a stand now!! Don't be silent anymore.. We have a right we have a choice. All we see and hear are people slamming abortion if we stand now just maybe we might get the access and rights we deserve. This is legal and as women living on PEI we have a right to choose what we do with our bodies. #statusquonomore
In other momentous news from the Gentle Island, there is a bit of panic going on over metal objects found in potatoes.
Precious PEI potatoes VIOLATED!!!!!
Last word to unexpectedly prochoice Stats Can (which is a parody account just to forestall any idiotic screeching):
PEI treats potatoes with more respect and dignity than 99% of women seeking abortions— Stats Canada (@stats_canada) May 22, 2015
Image from @ProChoicePEI.
UPDATE (May 25/15): Statement from Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.
UPDATE (May 26/15): Another harrowing story of being turned away. How many more are there? How many more will there have to be?
Posted on 26 May 2015 | 8:47 pm
Grade 2 Inchies
This is a recent inchie project I did with Grade 2. It relates to the social studies curriculum where they learn about: - the Arctic
- the Acadians
- the Ukraine
Inchie projects are so adaptable. I use them constantly and they are always a hit with the kids.
Some of these squares you may have seen in my other inchie projects, which is another great thing about inchies, as you can swap in/out squares to fit. I also use them whenever I'm presenting at professional development conferences or sessions. They are a big hit with adults as well!
I say this before listing the materials for every inchie project. Don't freak out by the long list. Use what you have and substitute as needed.
- wc paper cut into squares as the base for our inchies, we used 3"x3" squares
- disk tempera paint (my old standby)
- white and yellow acrylic paint
- white and yellow oil pastels
- black and red sharpie
- pink crayon
- salt shaker
- bubble wrap
- a drinking straw
- scraps of coloured paper
- scraps of white paper
- little wooden hearts, you could substitute cardboard if you have a star punch
- metal duct tape
- scraps of corrugated cardboard
- googly eyes for polar bear and fish
- masking tape
- white felt and/or craft foam
- little flower embellishments
- tacky glue
- gold sparkly paper or wrapping paper
Cut your squares. We did all 9 squares but feel free to revise this depending on time available.
This was a 3 session project. (1hr. sessions)
We work on many squares all at once. I'll give you my schedule at the end. For the blog I find it better to present each square from start to finish.
Square#1: Inuit Whale
This inchie is based on another art project, Inuit Whale Portraits.
Paint one of the inches with yellow disk tempera.
Trace around whale template on black paper. Cut out and glue onto the yellow square.
Out of scraps of coloured paper cut some accent pieces. I gave the kids white and red paper. They also used the leftover black from the last step.
Inchie #2 Polar Bear:
Paint an inchie with blue disk tempera.
While the paint is still wet lay a small piece of bubble wrap on top, bubble side down.
Leave it on while the square dries.
I gave everyone a small square of white felt and asked them to cut out a hill shape. Some kids thought it would be an igloo.
Glue into place.
I then handed out a white scrap of paper. I had them cut a rounded triangle shape.
Glue on top of felt at the top.
I handed out pink crayons and they added some colour for the ears.
I gave them a small scrap of white craft foam and they cut a circle out of it.
Glue onto the face for the muzzle.
Glue on some goggly eyes. For the nose we punched a hole in some black craft foam but you could also use paper.
Inchie #3: Arctic Landscape
Draw on a few low hills on an inchie with pencil.
Now you can go over these lines with glue and then let it dry for a glue resist effect or you can just use a white pastel for a pastel resist.
Out of the metal duct tape cut a small moon and then peel and stick into place.
Paint in the sections.
Before the paint dries sprinkle on a little salt.
Spread on a little iridescent glitter on the landscape.
Out of a scrap of black paper cut a little inukshuk and glue into place.
Inchie #4: Fish
Paint a square with blue tempera paint. While the paint is wet you can sprinkle on a little salt.
Using a straw and a little white acrylic paint stamp on some bubbles.
Take a piece of metal duct tape, draw a fish on it with pencil. It will leave a nice etching.
Use coloured sharpies and colour in parts of the fish.
Cut out the fish, peel and stick the metal tape fish onto the blue square.
Using stamps you can stamp on the word FISH. At school I printed out text and the kids glued it on the square.
Inchie #5: Lighthouse
On a square draw some rocks, a water line and a lighthouse.
With the red sharpie colour in top of lighthouse and then outline it with the black sharpie.
With the yellow oil pastel draw smudge on the glow from the lighthouse. Put white oil pastel where the light is and on the lighthouse tower.
Paint the entire square purple. The oil pastel will resist the paint.
Paint the rocks black and the waterline dark blue.
Inchie #6: Acadian Flag
Paint the little star yellow.
With masking tape place a strip down the middle of a square.
Paint one side of the tape blue and one side red with disk tempera.
Remove masking tape when paint is dry.
Glue on the yellow star to the blue stripe.
Inchie #7 Ukrainian Easter Egg
Paint a square with green disk tempera paint.
Using a piece of cardboard, stamp on some grass lines with green acrylic paint.
Cut an egg shape out of some scrap white paper.
Using crayons draw on some designs leaving parts of the egg white.
Paint egg with a wash of disk tempera. The crayon will resist and show thru.
Glue the egg onto the green square.
Inchie #8: Ukrainian Church
Disregard the tape on this square. Paint a square blue and while the paint is still wet lift off some clouds with a kleenex.
Glue on a square of white paper. Using a black sharpie or pencil crayon draw on some windows of the church.
Cut a dome out of some sparkly gold paper or wrapping paper.
With a sharpie add a cross.
Inchie# 9: Ukrainian Dancer
Paint a square blue.
I made a template of a head and shoulders.
I had the kids trace it.
Add colour to the dancer. We added the vest, some X stitch embroidery on the sleeves, and a few necklaces.
Cut the dancer out. Glue onto the blue square and then glue on a few flowers.
Glue completed inchies on paper background.
Posted on 14 May 2015 | 3:48 am
My Summer Patio!
I can’t even begin to tell you of the relief I feel that we can now use our deck without needing to wear toques and mittens. Nope, it’s flip flop and fancy drink season on the patio! Can I get a woot-woot?! We’ve been busy over the last couple of weeks getting our patio all […]
Posted on 29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
Ignite your Wanderlust with Photos of the Bolivian Salt Flats
"You will love it!" were the words we had heard from other travelers every time we mentioned our plan to travel to Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni; the biggest salt flat in the world. As you might imagine those words raised our expectations sky-high and we couldn't wait to see the white endless scenery of the [...]
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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 11:18 am