Monkeys and Mountains

Hiking Laber Mountain to Schartenkopf to Oberammergau

The original can be found here: Hiking Laber Mountain to Schartenkopf to Oberammergau. Please read the original.

Laber Mountain is a great hike in Oberammergau and offers great views of the Ammergau Alps and the monastery in Ettal. Here's what you need to know:

Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 11:02 am

Indian Country

Revitalizing Food: Oglala Lakota Chef Serves Pre-Colonization Menu

Before there was fry bread, there were sage, white pine, chokecherries and wild buffalo....

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 12:00 am


7th Annual Walk Now For Autism

This past Sunday while my twelve year old son captained a team full of family, friends and my co-workers for the 7th annual Walk Now For Autism

The post 7th Annual Walk Now For Autism appeared first on Hello Vancity.

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 11:07 pm

List Verse

10 Reasons That We Still Haven’t Found Aliens

The Fermi Paradox, first introduced by physicist Enrico Fermi, asks the question, “Where is everybody?” Or, more specifically, “Where are all the aliens?” When we factor in the size of the universe, the number of Earth-like planets, and a range of other variables (as outlined in the Drake equation), there should be tens of thousands […]

The post 10 Reasons That We Still Haven’t Found Aliens appeared first on Listverse.

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 3:00 am

The Fur Files

Dangerous Things People Should Probably Avoid

My husband is a smart guy. He knows a lot about a lot of things. I would consider him to be one of those people who is both life smart AND book smart AND good at fixing washing machines. (Ours keeps breaking and breaking and breaking – I’m about to go all “I’m sending a […]

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Posted on 11 April 2014 | 10:13 am

The Gate

Belkin WeMo LED Starter Set & WeMo Smart LED Bulbs now available in stores

Belkin’s ever-expanding home automation and remote control ecosystem is ever expanding, and last week they announced the availability of their new WeMo LED Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs, which give you control over scheduling, customizing, and otherwise controlling your household lights from your smartphone or tablet.

The post Belkin WeMo LED Starter Set & WeMo Smart LED Bulbs now available in stores appeared first on The GATE.

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 10:27 am


Activists disrupt JNF event championing Israel's war on Gaza

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 4:16 pm

This hungry Kitten

Easy Chicken Shawarma Kebobs

My last post was almost a month ago! Life gets busy sometimes and finding moments to sit and reflect don’t come around often enough. I have been on a journey to better health, and it’s been wonderful! I think we’ve … Continue reading

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Posted on 10 July 2014 | 11:45 am

The cat from Hell

While Me was in Devon….

After mes visitied with Flynn, mes thoughts mes stop by and visits another sick furrend – Speedy! Speedy and mes has know each other since he first started to blog. Mes stopped by to visits when mes winned one of his scarfs! Me Steam Punked him Mes visited him UTB Mes meeted with him after […]

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Posted on 28 September 2014 | 9:00 pm

The Future Soon

Octopus killing a seagull - THE KRAKEN WAKES

Octopus killing a seagull off Ogden Point breakwater

I love octopuses. Smart, powerful, adaptive, and deadly.

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.

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Posted on 3 May 2012 | 2:21 pm

Urban Toronto

Streetcar's Riverside Square to Transform Queen Street East


Although they have only been in business since 2002, Streetcar Developments has already made a big impact in some of Toronto's trendiest neighbourhoods. Much of their new building stock is located east of the Don Valley Parkway and around Queen Street East in the Riverside District, steps away from Streetcar's offices. Two of Streetcar's recent developments, Sync Lofts and Edge Lofts, have transformed underutilized sites on Queen Street East into modern mid-rise condominiums. But, according to the company, the best is yet to come.

Riverside Square will include retail and pedestrian spaces. Image by Streetcar.Riverside Square will include retail and pedestrian friendly spaces. Image courtesy of Streetcar Developments.

An expansive new project by Streetcar is set to transform a 4.5 acre Queen Street East site between the Don Valley Parkway and Broadview Avenue. Dubbed Riverside Square, the development will revitalize a plot of land that is currently occupied by a Toyota dealership (677 Queen Street East) and two large Tippet Richardson warehouses (77-79 East Don Roadway). The plan includes 894 condominium units within four buildings that vary in height, with the taller structures located away from Queen Street in order to maintain its mid-rise integrity. Buildings facing Queen Street will only be four storeys tall, rising to seven storeys as the building pushes back into the site. A 24-storey point tower will be located in the rear centre of the property to ensure that shadow impacts on Queen are minimized. 

Map of the site, including DVP on-ramp and proposed park. Image by Streetcar.Map of the project site, including DVP on-ramp and proposed park. Image courtesy of Streetcar Developments.

Though Streetcar's specialty is condominiums, they will not be the only feature of this project. Perhaps Riverside Square's main selling point is the pedestrian-friendly woonerf street that will be animated with a variety of large and small retail spaces. Combined with new retail spaces fronting onto Queen, Streetcar hopes to include a grocery store, restaurant, cafe and daycare within the site. 

Proposed 24-storey point tower at Riverside Square. Image by Streetcar.The proposed 24-storey point tower at Riverside Square. Image courtesy of Streetcar Developments.

The property will require a completely new configuration that will see Munro Street extended south beyond Queen and terminating at a new public plaza within Riverside Square. "We're mid-rise boutique developers, so when we get into these larger sites, we try to break it down into more manageable chunks," said Founder and President of Streetcar Developments Les Mallins. 

Another street will connect Munro to East Don Roadway, where five new urban showrooms facing the Don Valley Parkway—including the relocated Toyota dealership—will be integrated into two of the proposed buildings. This will complement the existing BMW and Mini dealerships in the area which can easily be viewed from the busy DVP. 

The current Toyota dealership on Queen Street East. Image by Marcus Mitanis.The current Toyota dealership on Queen Street East. Image by Marcus Mitanis.

The project will accommodate 722 parking spaces in total, including 536 residential spaces. In addition to vehicular spaces, there will be 851 spots for bikes available. These parking facilities plus loading and garbage collection will all be located in the project's underground area, eliminating the use of intrusive surface parking lots. 

Two Tippet Richardson warehouses on East Don Roadway. Image by Marcus Mitanis.The two Tippet Richardson warehouses on East Don Roadway. Image by Marcus Mitanis.

Mallins emphasized that the project will be connected to its surroundings both visually and physically. To do this, Streetcar is proposing several bike and pedestrian connections to alleviate transportation barriers in the neighbourhood. Though municipal officials will have to approve the idea, the current plan is to extend East Don Roadway south underneath the Eastern Avenue overpass to an unused 3.6 acre green space within the Eastern Avenue DVP on-ramp. This green space will become publicly-accessible and provide pedestrians and cyclists with a safe connection to Eastern Avenue and Corktown Common. 

Map of site and proposed bike and pedestrian connections. Image by Streetcar.Map of the site and proposed bike and pedestrian connections. Image courtesy of Streetcar Developments.

"This stretch of Queen hasn't been as successful as Leslieville," said Mallins. "This stretch between Broadview and the DVP, with its biggest frontage being taken up by a car lot, has been tricky. What this development does is unlock that." 

Proposed bike and pedestrian connection under Eastern Avenue. Image by StreetcarProposed bike and pedestrian connection under Eastern Avenue. Image courtesy of Streetcar Developments.

Riverside Square will be built in phases, with the plot of land west of the new Munro Street extension being constructed first. RAW Design will be responsible for that first half with the second half designed by Giannone Petricone Associates

Streetcar is also making an investment in a local landmark at the corner of Queen and Broadview. The New Broadview House Hotel, currently home to the strip club Jilly's, was built in 1893 and originally served as an office building. It became a hotel and then transitioned into its current use as a boarding house. The building has seen better days. Its interiors are beginning to crumble like so many of Toronto's historic structures. Even worse, the building lacks the heritage designation that would help ensure the property is kept in good condition, though the City has signaled its intention to designate.

The former Broadview Hotel on Queen Street East. Image by Marcus Mitanis.The former Broadview Hotel on Queen Street East. Image by Marcus Mitanis.

Seeing that the building needed work, Streetcar bought the property and hopes to transform it into a boutique hotel with a ground floor restaurant and rooftop patio. "Riverside is well connected and very accessible so there's no reason that this couldn't be a destination", said Mallins. Jilly's has since closed and residents have been relocated to accommodate the renovation work that will be starting shortly. 

The restoration of the former Broadview Hotel combined with the construction of a brand new walkable community at Riverside Square will help this stretch of Queen match the ambiance that has made the street famous. Ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedrooms, condos at Riverside Square start at $239,900 and offer numerous amenities, including a fitness room, swimming pool and rooftop terrace. 

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 5:00 pm

The Hook (B.C. News)

Deceased Deportee's Accent Led to Border Services Arrest (in News)

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 1:34 pm

The Greater Fool

It’s not working

Every year the feds spend $13 million on financial literacy. We have a Financial Literacy Leader (bureaucrat Jane Rooney). We’ve got a federal Task Force on Financial Literacy. Last week Joe Owe gave a speech pushing the now-in-development National Strategy for Financial Literacy. There’s a national financial literacy department, called the Financial Consumer Agency of […]

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 4:58 pm

Hiking With Barry!

Pocaterra Ridge – Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta

It is nearly eleven months since Jen, Greg and I attempted to hike the top of Pocaterra Ridge, from the Little Highwood parking area in Kananaskis Country, with an intended return via Rockfall Valley wedged between the bases of Pocaterra … Continue reading

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Posted on 26 September 2014 | 1:30 pm

VICE News: Ghosts of Aleppo - Full Length

Aleppo is Syria's largest metropolitan area and a millennia-old commercial hub. Today, however, it is a relative ghost town, threatened by regime bombing from the air and a militant offensive on the ground.

For two weeks this summer, VICE News embedded with the Islamic Front, a coalition of Islamist rebels fighting the forces of President Bashar al-Assad on one hand and Islamic State militants on the other. From their secret tunnels beneath the ancient city to their threatened frontline outposts in Aleppo's ruined medieval center, we followed the Islamic Front as it battled against overwhelming odds to retain control of the capital of the Syrian revolution.

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 5:08 pm

Michael Geist

The CRTC’s Right to Forget: Regulator to Ignore Netflix and Google TalkTV Submissions

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission backed down in its public spat with Netflix and Google yesterday, releasing public letters advising the two Internet giants that without the supporting evidence it was seeking, the CRTC will remove all Netflix and Google materials (including submitted documents and transcripts) from the public record. The Commission emphasized that it maintains the power under Section 16 of the Broadcasting Act to require disclosure of information and that participants cannot pick and choose the parts of the regulatory process they participate in. Yet rather than enforce that power, it has decided not to fight the Netflix and Google refusal to disclose information, instead opting for a regulatory right to forget.

The post The CRTC’s Right to Forget: Regulator to Ignore Netflix and Google TalkTV Submissions appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 9:50 am

The Tyee / The Hook

Deceased Deportee's Accent Led to Border Services Arrest (in News)

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 1:34 pm

SFU didn’t exactly rake in the Bitcoin donations in first month

In late August, Simon Fraser University became the first Canadian university to accept Bitcoin donations.

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 8:42 pm

A View from the Edge

Merry Christmas!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you
for following my blog. I have been blogging since 2005; 3 years on 
another site and 5 1/2 years on this site. I started the blog mainly as a
diary and for my friends and family to keep track of our doings and 
whereabouts when we decided to hit the road in our RV. We got off the
road in April 2012. I have decided to step away from blogging for awhile, if not
permanently. I have many ideas in my head for books, and, in fact, have started
a few of them! I am hoping to spend more time this new year on writing. I
might check in from time-to-time on your blogs; may not comment, but just to
see how you all are doing. I've made some good friends over the years through
blogging, and I know that we will stay in touch.

Have a WONDERFUL Christmas and a HAPPY and HEALTHY
New Year!

Love, Pat

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Posted on 22 December 2013 | 9:24 am

Cottage Country Reflections

Fall Colours - driving to westport

I cannot get enough of the colours!   

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 7:24 am

Steve Paikin

And Now There Are Three Vying for PC Leader: Vic Fedeli Is In

It's a problem all of us should have. 

You're 35 years old, you've just sold your advertising business for a great sum, and now you've got the rest of your life to do... what exactly? 

For Vic Fedeli, the answer had something to do with helping his hometown of North Bay. "The Gateway to the North" was in trouble. The federal government was moving the 414 Squadron from CFB North Bay, leaving the air base in a precarious state. The job losses and economic impact on North Bay were deeply concerning. The result: some of the airfield's facilities got sold to an arms-length corporation, and Fedeli served as its dollar-a-year chairman from 1996-2002. Fedeli even personally incurred expenses to keep the airfield alive, until a lawsuit against the federal government allowed the corporation to realize some revenue to help it survive. 

That bit of public service took Fedeli from North Bay Citizen of the Year in 1999, to its mayor in 2003, to its MPP for the riding of Nipissing in 2011, and re-election in 2014. Now, Fedeli is ready to take the next step and lead the Ontario PC Party out of the wilderness.

At his leadership kickoff today held at The Exchange Tower at Bay and King in downtown Toronto, Fedeli sounded very much like a guy trying to put the Progressive back into the Progressive Conservative Party.

"It's not about ideology," he said. "It's not about left, or centre, or right. It's about doing the right thing."

Fedeli said the PC Party has become known for being "mean." "I want a kinder, gentler PC Party," he said. "We have to stop giving people a reason to vote against us." 

Fedeli's grandparents immigrated to Canada from Sicily. He's 58 years old (one year younger than his main challenger Christine Elliott). He and his wife Patty have been married for more than three decades. She is as affable and personable as he is. When asked at the kickoff today whether she'd be traveling with her husband on the campaign trail, she said, "Oh yes. Give me 20 minutes to shave my legs and I'm always good to go." 

Patty Fedeli's maiden name is Kelly. I asked her if she kept it. "Heck no," she said. "Can you imagine my being Patty Kelly Fedeli?"

Fedeli has had a quick ascent at Queen's Park. He became finance critic in relatively short order and was widely praised for effectively holding the government's feet to the fire in Question Period on the state of the province's finances. He does come across as a happy warrior type, rather than an angry, "severe" kind of conservative (as Mitt Romney would say). 

However, he was also quite front and centre during the last election campaign, when the Tories' election platform was ridiculed for its fuzzy math. That was something Fedeli wasn't the slightest bit interested in discussing today, laughing off repeated questions with a breezy "we're looking forward" kind of line. 

While the Liberals mischievously offered up a press release today trying to tie Fedeli to the 2014 Tory election debacle, the fact is, Fedeli was being a good soldier, getting out there to fight the good fight when his leader wanted him to, and doing his best to defend a platform that was increasingly melting under scrutiny. 

He and Elliott have both positioned themselves as the potential champions of the long-ignored Red Tory faction of the party. Having said that, Kevin Gaudet, the former head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and self-described borderline libertarian, is doing communications for the Fedeli campaign. 

"By the time I'm done, we're going to need a bigger tent!" Fedeli told the crowd, sounding very much like Chief Brodie in the movie "Jaws." 

PC Party members will elect their next leader next May 8, 2015. 

Fedeli always wears his MPP's pin.

Read more by Steve Paikin. 

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Posted on 24 September 2014 | 11:43 am

Weighty Matters

Just Because it Came from a Supermarket Doesn't Mean it's not Takeout

A short post.

You know those counters in the supermarket where you can buy prepared meals?

Well I've met quite a few folks over the years who believe because supermarket meals are prepared in an actual supermarket that somehow they're healthier than restaurant meals.

Sad to tell them (and you), that take-out's take-out, no matter where it's made. And chances are those supposedly healthier supermarket offerings are just as salty, sugary, and calorific as anything you'd buy in a restaurant.

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 5:41 am

Margaret Wente

We’ve met the NFL, and it is us

Our modern brain knows the violence is wrong. But the sponsors are right – our old brain can’t bear to give up its pleasures

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Posted on 27 September 2014 | 8:00 am

Lauren Out Loud

#HyundaiDriveSquad: That one time I RODE AN ELEPHANT at African Lion Safari

    Hay kids, hay! Remember that one time I RODE ON A FREAKING ELEPHANT? No? That’s okay. I haven’t even told you about it yet, bwahaha. I’m about to though, so buckle on innnnn (like I did, that one time I rode on an elephant!)     Yeah, that’s an ele-selfie. Okay, so a […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 1:43 am

Rants n Rascals

Scion tC Freerunner – Power your Passion for Competition

I love car commercials. Maybe because I love looking at cars. One car I’ve noticed lately is the Scion tC, a sweet looking vehicle that reminds me of my Dodge Avenger but with a bit more pizazz!  The Scion tC is aimed at those with high energy, physically active, leave on the field type of […]

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Posted on 28 September 2014 | 3:00 am

Bow. James Bow

To Drumheller and Saskatoon

We finished our trip at PIO Peruvian Rotisserie Restaurant, capping off a wonderful week. This restaurant is in a small store in a suburban power centre. It was busy even late in the evening, and seemed to be serving...

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Posted on 26 September 2014 | 10:13 pm

A Toronto Blog

Fall in Muskoka and Haliburton

The lure of a northern getaway brings thousands up into cottage country and as the season winds down, the trees change colour as the days become shorter and colder.
Two lane highways spread out from the major Highways show rock cuts and slashes through forest show sentries of brilliant trees standing tall just beyond the shoulder.
There has been lots of rain up north and the creeks and rivers are running fast

See more of the Fall season after the jump.

Early morning fog reduces the visible environment to a small area
Until the hot sun starts to burn off the fog

The sun hits the mist on spider webs that hang in trees and along the ground. There are literally gazillions of webs spread throughout the forest.

Webs sit side by side waiting for food to enter the sticky traps

High Falls

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Posted on 28 September 2014 | 10:52 pm

Robyn Urbak on Campus

Canada’s M.B.A. programs: a variety of options at 41 schools

Tuition and program lengths vary widely, and the traditional M.B.A.—two years, full-time—is no longer the only way to go

The post Canada’s M.B.A. programs: a variety of options at 41 schools appeared first on

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Posted on 25 September 2014 | 10:00 pm

Postcards From the Mothership

A birthday fable of sibling love

Once upon a time, there was a brother and sister. They was a gap of five years and one gender between them, and when he was on the cusp of becoming a teen, she decided to move across the province. For most of their lives until adulthood, their relationship tottered between tolerance and affection, but [...] Related posts (automatically generated):
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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 4:59 pm

David Akins on the Hill

Nothing But Flowers: Goldkind’s Green Gardiner

  Toronto Mayoral candidate Ari Goldkind doesn’t show up in any of the polls — such as this one, released today showing John Tory in the lead with 37%, Doug Ford in second at 30% and Olivia Chow back at 21% — but Goldkind, who is a criminal lawyer most of the time, is taking […]

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 10:01 am

Dutch Blitz

It Gets Better

It doesn’t get better. It gets different. When you are in the throes of three kids born in under four years, and none of them are in school (and two of them are in diapers), you are told that it will get better. You will enter a land of no diapers (And, sadly, no naps), […]

© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for as It Gets Better.

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Posted on 25 September 2014 | 12:54 am

Nik at Night

New TV! Sleepy Hollow and Gotham

This fall I've made a pact with myself (that will last a total of one day, because "myself" has become a super unreliable person these days, so I warn you now) that I would watch new shows the night they premiere. That isn't helped by the fact that the shows I needed to watch last night — Gotham and  Sleepy Hollow — ran from 8 to 10pm, and my daughter wouldn't go to bed until 9, and then kept coming downstairs asking for a bagel/apple/banana/water/hot chocolate/milk/wrath of her mother until 9:45. But I soldiered on and watched them! And watching these shows back to back was a little unsettling, since Gotham is set in the dark, seedy underbelly of Gotham City, where otherworldly villains plot to run the town while ruining the lives of its residents and they kill Bruce Wayne's parents, leading the future Commissioner Gordon to declare war on all of them... and Sleepy Hollow is set in the dark, seedy underbelly of Sleepy Hollow, where otherworldly villains try to break through a barrier from purgatory into our world to destroy the world and everyone in it, and Ichabod Crane and Abigail Mills declare war on all of them. The first time the "leff-tenant" said, "This is war," I thought, wait, didn't someone already say that? Oh right, that was over on Gotham.

Bottom line: I thought Gotham was great, but Sleepy Hollow was excellent.

You've probably already read what Gotham is about: it's basically the Batman version of Smallville, where we're going to see Catwoman and Penguin and the Riddler and Bruce Wayne before they become villains/dark heroes, and the final episode of the series will no doubt see Batman suit up for the first time (if Fox lets the show get that far). There's nothing subtle about the show — Penguin's mentor-turned-enemy is named Fish (played by Jada Pinkett-Smith, who I really liked in the role), so we know that will end badly; little Ivy's dad is the most poisonous father you could imagine; the Riddler is named E. Nigma (no, really) and works at the police station — but that's okay, because this stuff was never meant to be subtle. The acting is quite good, and where the cops are usually the dull side of comics, I thought the casting of Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue as the good cop/bad cop detectives is a stroke of genius, because I was as interested in them as all of the creepy characters running around. The most fun to watch is Robin Lord Taylor (also the best name of any of the actors), who plays the Penguin. When Fish Mooney figures out he betrayed her, she beats his legs, and in the next scene you see him doing the creepy penguin waddle that we assume will never go away. (The little prosthetic they put on the actor's nose to make it oh-so-subtly pointy is well done, too.) I thought he was wonderful. As is the boy who plays Bruce Wayne himself. Casting kids is a dicey business. As we saw on Lost, they grow up quickly, so you have to be careful that the storyline moves along at the same pace as the child's aging. But there's also the worry that the kid won't be effective. Henry on Once Upon a Time was cute in the beginning, and just became stilted and whiny a season or two later. But this kid seems mature, as if he's playing younger than he is (which is good) and has that glowering look of hatred in his eyes that runs so deep, you just know he'll eventually be donning black spandex and beating the crap out of bad guys in a low, growly voice.

Over on Sleepy Hollow, we open with what this series does best: show what a fish out of water Ichabod Crane still is in our 21st century. We think he's still in the pine box, calling out for the lieutenant out of fear for himself and her, but in fact he's in a dark room because she's about to surprise him with a birthday cupcake. And poof, we're one year after the incident, and I guess the escape was going to be too boring and since we KNOW they're going to make it, maybe this is a clever way to do it? (The writers want you to be confused at this point, and it works.) The scene is glorious, from the fact that Abbie went with a red white and blue motif on the cupcake (ha!) to his astonishment and bafflement at our weird traditions. "Why does your era celebrate terror with dessert?" he asks after she has left him in a dark and stormy room and then suddenly flipped on a light switch and yelled surprise at him. When she explains the tradition, he says in his stilted "I'm trying to be cool" way, "I shall consider myself punk'd." LOL!

Ichabod: So what, you just stare at it?
Abbie: You blow it out, you make a wish.
Ichabod: A wish.
Abbie: Another... modern tradition.
Ichabod: And here I thought science had won over superstition in modern America. Fine. I wish...
Abbie: Not out loud...
Ichabod: Is there no end to this birthday madness?!

Oh Ichabod. How I have MISSED you!!

For the first 15 minutes, they continue to play out this present-day/we've already been saved scenario: if we assume this show is in the present, and several months have passed in our time, those same months have passed in theirs as well.  They presumably got out of the coffin/purgatory back in January/February at some point and have been having adventures, and we're joining them in September, where they will inevitably flash back to show us what happened in the past. Throughout this first 15 minutes I enjoyed the action immensely, as they broke into an office and battled the Headless Horseman, etc., but I kept wondering how exactly they got out of their fixes. They go to see the Sin Eater Henry (Ichabod Junior) and he makes a comment about how even though he's using artificial sunlight on his plants, they don't seem to know the difference and will believe what they're told. And I thought, "Hold on... wait a..." and immediately after, we discover this was all an elaborate trick, they're still in purgatory/coffin, and they've been punk'd for reals. Amazing.

Of course, there's a key and they get out of the coffin and purgatory and manage to keep Moloch in but he's raising an army of evil dead and Jenny's still alive and Headless Horseman Abraham has Katrina and he's being skeezy with her and Henry apologizes to Moloch but Moloch has other plans and introduces Headless Horseman #2 — WAR — and Henry gets to control him like one of the guys controlling the robots in Real Steel (now I just want to see two Headless Horsemen playing Rock 'Em Sock 'Em) and Abbie declares war on everything.

So, the usual awesomeness.

But there are so many other highlights throughout, usually by the brilliant Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod with such arrogant charm and yet complete bafflement that I can't imagine anyone else pulling off this role.


  • Benjamin Franklin is played by Timothy Busfield, who is always amazing in any role. The first time we see him, he's entirely in the nude, and Ichabod shows his disgust with an exaggerated eye roll, making the scene even more hilarious. We see instantly why Ichabod didn't like him, but as Abbie points out, they're pretty much equal when it comes to arrogance. 
  • How many more times he seems to have said "Leff-tenant," especially now that it's been established as the key part of a viewing drinking game (and that that would be her one way of figuring out the fake Ichabod was indeed a fake!) 
  • Ichabod's surprise that Harvard (a university that was established before the American Revolution, as were most of the Ivy League schools) still exists.
  • Aside from the cupcake moment, my favourite scene is Ichabod, about to blow up the coffin and possibly killing himself in the process, deciding to use this newfangled technology in his pocket and leave one last message for his dear friend Abbie on his camera phone: "If I die, Lieutenant, I want you to know that I never stopped fighting... [phone suddenly says MEMORY FULL] ... AND none of that recorded." HAHAHAHA! 
Sleepy Hollow had an excellent return, and Gotham a promising premiere. Here's hoping the rest of this week's premieres are as much fun! 

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Posted on 23 September 2014 | 10:26 am

Word Grrrls

Can Nice Girls Write Horror?

It may be true that nice girls/ women can’t write horror. Or, not that we can’t write it but we just can’t put it on paper and then let someone else read it. What would they think?!!! What a shame if “What would they think” is the real hold up. But… it may be that […]

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Posted on 25 September 2014 | 5:17 am

Elfshot - sticks and stones

Pitcher Plants

When I was out looking for spruce roots last week, I was distracted by all the Pitcher Plants in their fall colours.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 3:02 pm

Adam Radwanski

When steel towns stop being about steel

Both cities had built their identity around steel but U.S. city is considered gold standard for Rust Belt revitalization

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Posted on 19 September 2014 | 10:14 pm

How to Survive Life in the Suburbs

Game Of Life ~ CAA Edition! You Could #Win BIG!

Spin the spinner, move through life, and hope you land where you were meant to be. THE GAME OF LIFE is not that different from the real thing.  In THE GAME OF LIFE, you have the opportunity to hop in your little white car and take off in pursuit of your dreams!  You make career […]

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 8:01 am

A Peek Inside the Fishbowl

Happy weekends = Happy Mondays

Dear Fishies, I have so much to write about but I need to attend to a few pressing deadlines at the moment. In the meantime, let us take a moment to reflect upon the wonderful weekend we just had, and what a gift it was. p.s. don’t forget to enter the latest giveaway!

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 9:40 am

Dawg’s Blawg

Godwine's law

Somehow I accidentally stumbled on this G&M article on the apparent popularity of Canadian icewine in Asia, and while I suspect that any comment thread that comes here will eventually descend into a discussion of booze (Godwine’s law?), what...

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 11:13 am

Dammit Janet

Barbara Frum on How to get women elected.

In the October 1971 issue of _Chatelaine_ Barbara Frum wrote a short piece in her characteristic irreverent, droll style.  It was titled: "Insiders' tips on how to get women elected."

The last paragraph:
Marry a man who's already there and become his widowA third of all the women who've ever been in Parliament got there on the sympathy vote, as widows.  One hard-eyed pro, who dismisses the ability of women to get into politics on their own and has been cynically successful running widows on the black-crepe ticket, says: "The only way you'll ever see a hundred women in the House is to provide a hundred rifles to the wives of sitting members, and then teach them how to shoot."

Huh.  Imagine publishing that, nowadays...?

On the other hand, jerks like Peter MacKay should be very, very afraid.

Grand merci to mon copain, who spotted the vintage _Chatelaine_ on my bookshelf and perused it, much to our shared amusement.

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 5:48 pm

That Artist Woman

Nature File Folder Book: Part 2

We continue on with the Nature file folder book.

These are the first inner pages.


- acrylic or tempera paint
- cotton swabs (Q-tips) or extra pencil with eraser on end
- nature stamps
- white paper
- old book page
- plastic wrap
- scrapbooking paper scraps
- straw
- spray paint or inks if you have them otherwise you can use sponges
- yellow paper 
- black buttons
- pinecone pips, optional
- scrap of yellow felt
- coloured feathers


We now have to paint the inside pages.

The first inner page has a big sky section and and a strip of grass.

For the 2 middle pages the kids chose whatever colours they wanted.

The last page needed blue on top section and bluish green for bottom section.

When the paint has dried paint a nice tree with black acrylic or liquid tempera.

Using a cotton swab or pencil end dab on some leaves in fall colours.

The 2 middle pages are where a lot of info gets added in science class.  Tuck in the bookmark, add tabs, tags, and cards.

I had some nature stamps so they kids used these to decorate these pages.

Take 6"x3" or so sized paper and paint a light green with disk tempera. This will be your frog so pick whatever colours work for you.

While the paint is still wet lay a piece of plastic wrap on top and scrunch it a bit.  Leave on to dry.

While your paints are out paint an old book page with some stripes.

We will use it to make the reeds in the pond.

Now we are going to use some scrapbooking paper to make the rocks.  We also used some extra painted paper I had on hand or you can paint some.

Cut out the rocks.  Add a fish if you want.

Add some bubbles using a straw and some white paint.

Cut some reeds out of the painted paper or scraps you have.

Glue into place.

Cut out a frog from the paper you previously painted.  Add some details in black pencil crayon or fine marker.  Glue on a goggly eye.

You could also make your frog sitting on a lily pad if you wanted.

I had some butterfly embellishments from the Dollar store so we added as well.

Back Cover:

Take a piece of brown kraft paper (about 5"x 7") and spray on some paint or ink.  You could also sponge on some colour.

This will be our owl body.

When dry turn over and make an owl body.  Cut out.

Time for the eyes. Cut out a large white circle, a smaller yellow circle, and then add a black button.

To make the feathers we painted some of the pips taken off a large pinecone.

If you don't have these available you could just make them from paper.

Glue owl onto back page.  Add some coloured feathers (Dollar store) for the wings.

Using a scrap of felt cut out a triangle beak.

Glue on the feathers.

You can add some text to label your owl.

That's it……I know a lot of steps but what a great book at the end that ties into science.

Here is some student work in progress.

See you next time.


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Posted on 26 September 2014 | 8:11 pm

A pretty Life in the Suburbs

Easy Chicken Stroganoff

So has everyone settled in nicely with the back to school and work routine?  I always find September to be such an adjustment for everyone…the kids are adjusting to new classes, all of the extra curricular activities have started up and the homework routine has begun.  This means everyone is tired, including me.  So dinner time […]

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 7:30 am

Canada's Adventure couple

Double Gold! Two Big Wins at Top Travel Journalism Awards

Some call the Lowell Thomas Awards the Oscars of Travel Journalism. Most journalists know of it as the most prestigious journalism awards in the world, and we are thrilled to have won gold in two categories at a ceremony held on September 16 at the SATW convention in Iceland.  Best Travel Blog and Best Photo Illustration of Travel.    Dave and I joined the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) two years ago. We wanted to be a part of a legitimate journalism [...]

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Posted on 29 September 2014 | 5:00 am

My New Life in Canada, under the snow!

Welcome to...The Machine...

Feng was born and raised in Shenyang, Liaoning, in Northeastern China. And this is where we were heading after cosmopolitan Shanghai—an industrial city, close to North Korea. Feng often speaks of his childhood in China in the 1970s and 1980s and while he has good memories of it, he has never painted a very glamourous ...

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Posted on 28 September 2014 | 5:33 am

Live From Waterloo

WW#341 - Urban vines

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Posted on 24 September 2014 | 12:34 am