Monkeys and Mountains

How to Really Discover Italy

The original can be found here: How to Really Discover Italy. Please read the original.

Find out how to really discover Italy with these tips by Agata Mleckzo, who considers it to be her second home.

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

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 11:18 am

Indian Country

Tester Criticizes Indian Health Service Leadership, Calls for Staffing Changes

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) wants to know why the leadership of the Indian Health Service (IHS) has failed to hire permanent directors in one-third of its regional offices....

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:00 am


Sampling the Dominican Republic’s finest (Brugal Añejo Rum)

I was recently invited to sample some premium Brugal Añejo rum crafted in the Dominican Republic. I was hosting a backyard barbecue which was the perfect excuse to make some summery cocktails and get...

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 2:59 pm

List Verse

10 Of The Creepiest Things Superheroes Have Done

Comic book readers learn to suspend their disbelief and roll with the absurd or impossible things that go on. But the more familiar you are with comics, the harder it is to accept your favorite heroes acting out of character and becoming corrupt, murderous, or perverted. These comics leave the most veteran readers shaking their […]

The post 10 Of The Creepiest Things Superheroes Have Done appeared first on Listverse.

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Posted on 30 July 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

Comfortable meets distinguished at Viceroy Hotel, New York City

For ten years now I have been writing about hotels for The Gate and for newspaper travel pages, in addition to my last book. I have been in about as many hotels as the Gideon Bible and given that I have formed very definite, almost subconscious ways of determining if I am digging a hotel I am in--and that usually begins immediately with the way I am treated on my first approach to the front desk for check in.

The post Comfortable meets distinguished at Viceroy Hotel, New York City appeared first on The GATE.

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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 3:31 pm


Youth suicide in Canada

The Swan Song
The Swan Song

Since 2008, youth suicide has tripled in BC's North Shore. Dr. Michael Markwick, a North Shore resident, discusses how insufficient clinical services funding for youth has impacted youth suicide rates and the need for systemic change to better support youth with mental health issues.


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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:19 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

Fish on Sunday

Now, mes knows what fish is. Mes has been fishing lots with Mommy and Daddy. Here is one being put back by Daddy, we does catch and release fishing. And mes KNOWS what their eyes looks like If yous squeemish, don’t reads this– Mes LOVES to eats them!!! When we is camping, Daddy cuts them […]

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Posted on 19 July 2014 | 7:45 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

The Hook (B.C. News)

Why Does The Province’s Theatre Critic Use a Fake Name? (in Mediacheck)

And more strange tales from today's blurry frontiers of arts coverage.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:40 am

The Greater Fool


“Thought you might like this,” George wrote me. “Kind of unbelievable – a 19% return on investment? Actually, it IS unbelievable.” Yawn. Another Toronto condo developer trying to move product to virgin landlords by claiming it’s a fabulous investment. This time the project is Garrison Point, a five-tower mass wedged between two sets of railway […]

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 3:37 pm

Hiking With Barry!

Amisk Wuche Trail – Elk Island NP – Hiking Alberta

‘Amisk Wuche’ in the Cree Indian language means ‘Beaver Hills’.  This short, easy 2.9 KM (1.8 mile) trail has a bit of moderate grade and one brief section which could be considered steep by some.  There is a wide variety of terrain throughout … Continue reading

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Posted on 27 July 2014 | 10:15 am

PR Firms in Britain Are Spinning Stories for Foreign Dictatorships

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, dubbed "Europe's last dictator," and Vladimir Putin. Photo via Wikicommons

The UK PR industry generates roughly $12.7 billion per year. To those who work in media in Britian—as in America—it probably feels like a good chunk of that comes via companies blasting your inbox with products that literally no one could ever want. But let’s be rational about this: there’s a lot more to be made by working for heavy hitters than trying to flog iridescent bean bags to a music reviews website.

Helped by a lack of interference from the government, and with no regulation standing in their way, British PR firms are doing their best to suppress the evils of foreign dictatorships, and making a decent living in the process. This isn’t a new phenomenon, of course—regimes have been employing spin doctors for decades whenever they need a dodgy human rights violation smoothed over. But thanks to the internet, there are increasingly more ways in which they can soften whatever blow it is that needs softening.

I called Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch, an organization that keeps an eye on the PR industry, to get an update on the current situation.

VICE: Hi, Tamasin. What reasons do these dictatorships have to employ PR firms, besides the obvious?
Tamasin Cave:
All governments worry about their reputations. So it follows that the governments that regularly violate human rights, stamp down on protests, or lock up journalists will invest heavily in public relations. To a government, a poor image can jeopardize investment, trade, and their standing with other governments around the world. Countries can face sanctions, or already have sanctions against them that they want lifted.

So, increasingly, governments look to PR groups and lobbyists to give their image a scrub. What it is, is reputation laundering. What they are buying is a good image in political centers like Brussels and Washington, in the international and financial media and with investors. Governments and dictators will look overseas for this type of expertise, and London has become the place to go for it. This is partly due to the sophisticated nature of our PR industry, but also you have this secrecy in London that you don’t have to the same extent in, say, the US. In the States, there are regulations that are supposed to govern this type of work. Lobbying firms working in the US for foreign governments are required to register their activities under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). There is no equivalent in the UK. 

OK, but how exactly do these PR groups manage to spin a story about human rights violations, for example, or press censorship?
It's the PR company’s job to charm and cajole journalists and commentators into promoting a positive message about a country. Some PRs have enormous power in the UK media, with many journalists dependent on them for information. PRs are often the gatekeepers to information. If a journalist pisses one of them off with a story, they may find their job becomes all but impossible.

The more shadowy side of the industry involves preventing people from reading bad things about you. It's about suppressing information. This is a big part of what PRs do. So, for instance, they manipulate the online space to make finding critical content all but impossible. This is done by driving negative content down the Google rankings, relying on the fact that few of us regularly click beyond the first page of results. They create new positive content that fools the search engines into pushing the "dummy" content above the negative, hiding the articles they don't want you to read.

One firm contracted by the Bahraini government, for example, has been accused of creating favorable blogs and websites, and pushing out a stream of "good news" press releases for this purpose. The purpose is to bury the bad news under a pile of propaganda.

Sneaky. So say a dictator is in the headlines for something they'd rather not be—what's the first thing a PR company would do?
According to PRs, the first step of "crisis management," as they call this type of work, is to find out what people are saying about the client. Firms have these mass surveillance systems that track everything from social media to the mainstream press. Bad mouth the client in 140 characters and chances are they will find it. So it’s about finding out what's being said and by whom.

They will also help come up with the alternative narrative that the client wants to promote. Bell Pottinger, for example, was hired by Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus—dubbed the last dictator in Europe—to help the country secure the lifting of EU sanctions by promoting the message that “Belarus is embarking on a journey of democratic change.”

As well as the press, they also want to be talking to individual officials and politicians to make sure the message is carried with influential governments. For that, you need well-connected insiders: former government ministers, ex-ambassadors, retired senior civil servants. Bell Pottinger, for example, through employees such as Sir David Richmond—a former top-ranking Foreign Office official—was able to facilitate conversations between Belarus and governments in London, Brussels, and Washington.

Robert Mugabe was considered a "step too far" by one UK PR company. Photo via Wikicommons.

How do these PRs justify what they're doing?
Russia has long employed London PR expertise. The agency, Portland Communications, is one of the most sought-after lobbying firms in the business at the moment. Their response is that they are helping the Russian government to professionalize the way it communicates with the world. That could mean, for example, teaching them that paying journalists off doesn’t wash overseas. Tim Allan—the founder and a former advisor to Tony Blair—argues that it’s not an affront to democracy to help a government like Putin’s, which has previously been secretive, and lead them on a path to greater openness. There’s some legitimacy in that. But it doesn’t get away from the fact that they are working for a regime with an appalling human rights record.

Tim Bell, of Bell Pottinger, is another who argues his motivations are pro-democratic, helping dictators on the road to better governance. Bell, for example, advised Belarus’s Lukashenko of the measures he needed to adopt, like the release of political prisoners, if sanctions were to be lifted. But then Belarus reneged on its promises and the sanctions were reinstated. This is what democratic change by PR looks like.

Bell also believes that everyone has the right to present their case in the best possible light, and it's his job to enable clients to do that. Except Zimbabwe was considered a step too far for Bell Pottinger.

Tiananmen Square. Photo via Wikicommons.

Have there been any cases where PR firms have stepped in to cover up genocide or crimes against humanity?
There's a long list of PR and lobbying agencies that have worked for some very brutal regimes. One [American] firm, Burson-Marsteller, worked for the Nigerian government in the 60s to spin the crushing of the Biafran revolt; in the 70s it was hired to improve Argentina’s image after the military coup, during which period up to an estimated 30,000 people disappeared. The firm also worked with Indonesia when it was accused of genocide in East Timor. Another [American] firm, Hill & Knowlton, worked for the Chinese after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, and with Uganda to help blunt highly critical reports from human rights watchdogs. Weber Shandwick is another that accepted work from the Colombian government, whose human rights record is dreadful.

More recently, when Channel 4’s investigations into Sri Lankan war crimes were aired, [the show] was met by a seemingly coordinated counter-campaign that was critical of their reporting. Stories apparently appeared all over the world and all over the internet in a highly organized way.

Have you seen a rise in PR companies working for dictatorships?
It’s impossible to know in this country as it’s mostly below the radar, but it’s something that the industry is very touchy about at the moment. What we do know is that these are multi-million pound accounts. This is where the serious money is. Not long ago, a lobbyist with Portland claimed to be most proud of the work they have done for the Scouts Association. That’s nice, but it’s a fair bet that the money they get from the Russian government is what sustains the business, not the Scouts.

Thanks, Tamasin.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 4:32 pm

Michael Geist

The Battle Over Tariff 8: What the Recording Industry Isn’t Saying About Canada’s Internet Streaming Royalties

Over the past month, Music Canada, the lead lobby group for the Canadian recording industry, has launched a social media campaign criticizing a recent Copyright Board of Canada decision that set some of the fees for Internet music streaming companies such as Pandora. The long-overdue decision seemingly paves the way for new online music services to enter the Canadian market, yet the industry is furious about rates it claims are among the worst in the world.

The Federal Court of Appeal will review the decision, but the industry has managed to get many musicians and music labels worked up over rates it labels 10 percent of nothing. While the Copyright Board has more than its fair share of faults, a closer examination of the Internet music streaming decision suggests that this is not one of them.

The Music Canada claim, which is supported by Re:Sound (the copyright collective that was seeking a tariff or fee for music streaming), is that the Canadian rates are only 10 percent of the equivalent rate in the United States. That has led to suggestions that decision devalues music and imperils artists' livelihood.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues the reality is far more complex.

The post The Battle Over Tariff 8: What the Recording Industry Isn’t Saying About Canada’s Internet Streaming Royalties appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 9:57 am

The Tyee / The Hook

Why Does The Province’s Theatre Critic Use a Fake Name? (in Mediacheck)

And more strange tales from today's blurry frontiers of arts coverage.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:40 am

Photo of the Day: 63 seconds of this morning

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:23 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


This is an amazing book! I started it at bedtime last night, and finished after my morning workout, on the back deck while the guns blared from the annual, summer-long OPP Recertification in the back 40 (actually 500m into the wetland). It was surreal. Hubby was out delivering Meals on Wheels. I was free to read. I was riveted. Kurt Kamm writes easily (or so it seems), and writes well. I've

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 2:01 pm

Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin: Thank You, Finally, For the Leaders’ Debate Transparency

Finally, someone has pulled back the curtain on the media consortium that runs our leaders’ debates. 

I’ve been honored on six occasions with the responsibility of moderating a leaders’ debate during an election campaign: three federal, and three Ontario provincial. 
Invariably, each time, I have the following exchange dozens of times with citizens: 
Question: “How do you decide who gets to participate in the debate?” 
Answer: “I don’t get to decide. The Media Consortium does.” 
Q: “What’s a Media Consortium?” 
A: “It’s the group of broadcasters that put aside 90 minutes on their schedules to air the debate. You know: CBC, CTV, Global, etc.” 
Q: “Are you part of that consortium?”
A: “Actually, no. I’m the hired gun they bring in to moderate the debates but, for example, in the last Ontario debate, I had no say in what questions were asked, when the debate aired, who would air it, or who was allowed to participate.” 
Q: “Well, how does the consortium decide all those things?”
A: “I have no idea.” 
Q: “Really?”
A: “Really.” 
And that’s the truth. The reason it’s the truth is because I’ve never seen any criteria, written down or even casually understood by consortium members, that the political parties have to meet in order to participate.
People have often assumed that the Greens are not invited to the debate because they don’t have a seat in the Ontario Legislature. You may have assumed that, but we’ve actually never known if that’s been the case because no one has ever seen any official criteria on who gets to participate. 
Until now. 
Major kudos are due to Bob Weiers, who produced the 2014 Ontario Election Leaders’ Debate, held at the CBC Broadcast Centre a week before the June 12th election day.
For the first time ever, Weiers has actually pulled back the curtain on how the Media Consortium determines all of these things.  It’s a fascinating, revealing piece he did for the CBC website.  
In my view, the key revelation in Weiers’ piece is how the consortium determines who gets to play. Because there were 23 registered political parties for the last Ontario election, obviously, not all of them could be invited (23 politicians all trying to get a word in at once would make for a pretty incoherent and uninformative debate). But where do you draw the line? 
I’ve never known, because that threshold has never publicly been revealed. 
But now, Weiers has unveiled the criteria the consortium uses to make its determination: 
1. Is the party registered with Elections Ontario?
2. Does the party have an identified and full-time leader?
3. Are they running candidates in all, or nearly all of the 107 ridings?
4. Does the party, based on reliable polling data over a period of time and recent political history, have a legitimate chance to win the government?
5. Does the party hold a seat in the legislature that they were elected to in the last vote? (Floor crossers don't count)
This is a crucial issue for the Green Party of Ontario in particular. It can say yes to #1, 2, and 3. It can’t to #4, but then again, one could argue, neither can the NDP. And, of course, the Green Party has never won a seat in its nearly 30-year history of running candidates in Ontario elections. 
This issue will resurface in 2015 as we approach the next federal election, slated for October 19. The national Greens are a registered party with a full time, very identifiable leader in Elizabeth May. 
They will presumably run a full, or nearly full, slate of candidates in all 338 ridings. 
They will have no chance to form government, but then again, the Bloc Quebecois never had a chance to form government, and yet they were always included in leaders’ debates.  The Greens do have two seats: May’s own in British Columbia, plus one floor-crosser in Thunder Bay’s Bruce Hyer, who quit the NDP to sit as a Green. (Under Weiers’ criteria, his seat doesn’t count in the consortium’s consideration). 
Martin Regg Cohn of the Toronto Star has also written some good stuff on this issue, and the need to clarify who gets to participate in future debates. He says, at the moment, these debates are “rigged to fail.”  Cohn recently enumerated some useful ideas that ought to be considered to improve the quality and importance of the leaders’ debate. 
But until some brave souls get moving on those potential changes, at least we can thank Bob Weiers for making the current situation a little less murky. 

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:10 am

Weighty Matters

There's No Fruit in Glaceau fruitwater.

Here are the ingredients for Glaceau's orange mango fruitwater:

Seems to me that missing from this "orange mango fruit water" are actual freaking oranges and mangos!

If this is legal, no doubt it shouldn't be.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 5:30 am

Margaret Wente

The case of the would-be jihadi

It was easy to be a civil libertarian when nobody was trying to import holy war

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:11 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

Have I told you How much I love my Mom?

MOTHERS- defined by nature as the caregiver, nurturer, keeper of the house, kisser of the BOO BOO’s and giver of advice, one who keeps it all together, lonely mistress to being neglected, unappreciated, unheard, unseen and unknown. Thankless in nature, but rewarded by love, like a ghost she travels through the day and night, loving […]

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Posted on 27 July 2014 | 11:46 am

Bow. James Bow

Sandcastles in St. Joseph

St. Joseph and Benton Harbor appear to be twin cities. Either way, I believe I’ve used “the Beaches of Benton Harbor” before, and I must have my alliteration! Yesterday was a good day. We left the west of Detroit...

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Posted on 27 July 2014 | 9:04 am

A Toronto Blog

12 Monkeys in #Toronto

Amanda Schull films on Bay Street with Rick Hoffman during production of the new series 12 Monkeys. The movie stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Emily Hampshire and Noah Bean.
Based on the 1995 movie of the same name, which starred Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, the television series ordered by US cable channel SyFy involves a time traveler who has been sent back in time to stop a world destroying plague.

Outside the Bay Adelaide Centre

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 9:53 pm

Robyn Urbak on Campus

Video: Motorcyclist rides through Carleton University tunnels

Carleton University says it is investigating after this video was posted online.

The post Video: Motorcyclist rides through Carleton University tunnels appeared first on

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 3:56 pm

Postcards From the Mothership

Weekend project: Re-upholstering the dining room chairs

We’ve had our dining room chairs for 15 years now. The summer we got married, we got them from the As-Is bin at Ikea, I know because the words “as is” are still written on the underside of them in indelible sharpie. For the $30 or so we paid for them, they’ve been worth their [...] Related posts (automatically generated):
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Posted on 27 July 2014 | 7:21 pm

David Akins on the Hill

Baird to UN: Are you kidding me?

The Times of Israel reported this week: A United Nations agency that last week found rockets in a Gaza school operating under its auspices has handed that weaponry over to Hamas, Israeli officials said Sunday, accusing the organization of actively helping the terrorist organization potentially attack Israeli civilians. “The rockets were passed on to the […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:53 pm

Dutch Blitz

The Deep Clean of 2014

Summer is usually pretty quiet around these parts, because summer. We spend a lot of time at the beach, and we take trips to see family down at the Coast and do fun things like go to the Vancouver Aquarium. This summer is even busier, because I’ve decided to completely purge and clean our house. […]

© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for as The Deep Clean of 2014.

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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:40 pm

Nik at Night

Doctor Who Season 8 Trailer

I was trying to describe the awesomeness of this trailer to my friend John the other day, and just couldn't do it in words. So here you go, John!

I think this is signalling the darker Doctor I was hoping we'd get this time around. I certainly hope so!! (Although... I'm wondering if that's going to put off my kids, who have REALLY enjoyed the Eleventh. Hm...)

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 10:17 am

Word Grrrls

The Power of Language

“One must avoid ambition in order to write. Otherwise something else is the goal: some kind of power beyond the power of language. And the power of language, it seems to me, is the only kind of power a writer…

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Posted on 15 July 2014 | 5:09 pm

Elfshot - sticks and stones

Arctic Badlands

The Canadian Arctic has many faces.  One of the rivers that we fly along to get to work has a short section of eroding sandstone, creating a few hundred metres of eroding cliffs and boulders that reminds me a lot of the badlands that I grew up around in southern Alberta.

Can you spot the arctic hare?

This run off channel has slowed to a trickle, but for a few weeks in the spring it'll roar with snow melt.

I don't honestly know if calling this a rock is correct, or if its just highly compacted sediments.  There doesn't seem to be much holding the sand and gravel together.  The features are very fragile.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 8:04 am

Adam Radwanski

Meet Michael Chan, Kathleen Wynne’s international man of mystery

With a dual portfolio of Citizenship and Immigration and International Trade, Michael Chan is the Grits’ obvious choice for reaching out to the Chinese community, but the lines are blurred in the Liberal cabinet

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 3:00 am

How to Survive Life in the Suburbs

Through The Eyes Of A Child: WW

This month we escaped the suburbs and took on the big city of Toronto.  One of our stops on our whirlwind tour was to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.  Want to know what’s kind of takes your breath away?  Being astounded by the teeny wonders of the world, through the eyes of a child.  Breath taken.  […]

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 1:45 pm

A Peek Inside the Fishbowl

Camping at Presqu’ile Provincial Park – part one

We arrived at Presqu’ile Provincial Park late afternoon on Sunday, did a rudimentary unpacking/tent setup and went to go peek at the beach before dinner. We parked the car and trudged along a path that cut through the sandy dunes for which the area is so well-known. Suddenly we heard a strange, rhythmic bleating. The four of […]

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:25 am

Dawg’s Blawg

Wealth and polity

It’s not quite true that you can make statistics say anything, but it’s close enough. A standard argument from the economism contingent in response to complaints of rising inequality is to claim that that actually, inequality is decreasing. This...

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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 12:44 pm

Dammit Janet

Riiight. Who's more likely to shoot a doctor? -- UPDATED

"Prolife" has no shame or sense of irony.

This is what was posted on the front page of their website.

Gun held to the head of a Canadian physician?

This is why.

So "prolife" supports choice when it goes against the oath that doctors swear to uphold, AND limits women's choices.

A reminder that the "prolife" movement has a violent history of executing doctors and staff at abortion clinics.

UPDATE (July 29/14, 10:30 a.m.) Thanks to heads-up from Joyce Arthur in the comments, we note that Campaign Lie has replaced the image.

Here's what they have now.

But we have a screen cap of the original, don't we? And we'll trot it out frequently.

UPDATE: Press Progress, who first reported on the image, updates too, but points out that the image is still on Campaign Lie's site and Facebook page.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:54 am

That Artist Woman

Giveaway Winner

The winner of "The Successful Artist's Career Guide" by Margaret Peot is Beth Lowry.

Congratulations Beth.

Thanks everyone for entering and have a great weekend.


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Posted on 20 June 2014 | 1:27 pm

A pretty Life in the Suburbs

Garden Wine Party

  Would you like to come to my garden party?  I felt like many of you were there as you followed along in real time on my Instagram feed.  I just couldn’t resist sharing this party with you because it was so delicious and fun!  Summer is the most perfect time to have friends and family […]

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 8:00 am

Canada's Adventure couple

Music Connects Travelers on a Magical Evening in Brno

 Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent - Victor Hugo The most memorable moments during travel are always unplanned. I have experienced it again and again during my previous trips. If there was an iota of a doubt  still left in my brain about this theory, then this incidence has cleared that as well. I spent a wonderful evening with few strangers in a random street. I did not know them and may be would [...]

Read the original post Music Connects Travelers on a Magical Evening in Brno on Adventure Travel blog for Couples | The Planet D.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 5:00 am

My New Life in Canada, under the snow!

Snapshots of Nantes

Nantes is definitely more touristic than it was before. Every day, I see dozens of people—couples, families, single travelers—wandering around the city core, the "Journey to Nantes" booklet in hand and a camera slung over their shoulder.

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Posted on 27 July 2014 | 3:04 pm

Live From Waterloo

Checking in

(En español más abajo)


I have been busy. Work, travel, kids, things to do at home, the FIFA World Cup... I have lots of good excuses to justify not blogging these days. Truth is, I don't have any new and/or interesting ideas these days, and blogging has fallen of my Top 10 activities for the first time since I started 8 years ago.

I know it's just a phase though, so expect me back very soon. Check my other blog ( for some shockingly useless info on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil...


He estado ocupado. Trabajo, viajes, los chicos, cosas que hacer en casa, el Mundial... Tengo un montón de excusas buenísimas para justificar porque no estoy escribiendo en el blog estos días. La verdad es que no tengo ideas nuevas y/o interesantes para compartir y y escribir en el blog ha caído de mi Top 10 de actividades diarias por primera vez en estos ocho años desde que arranqué con LfW.

Sé que es sòlo una fasw, así que pueden esperarme de vuelta pronto. Mientras, pueden echarle una mirada a mi otro blog ( para obtener información increíblemente irrelevante sobre el Mundial FIFA en Brazil...

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Posted on 30 June 2014 | 1:05 pm