Photojourney to the Historic Towns of Apulia, Italy
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If picturesque historic towns and villages are what you're after, you would be hard pressed to do better than Salento, the south-east region of Apulia.
Posted on 15 March 2014 | 3:47 pm
Interior Issues Tribal Land-Into Trust Legal Opinion
The Department of the Interior has released a long-anticipated legal opinion that clarifies its ability to take land into trust for tribes.
The opinion, announced March 12 by Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins at the winter meeting of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Washington, D.C., details a process the department has been using to decide whether tribes were “now under federal recognition” in 1934. That question was made paramount as a result of the 2009 Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, which called into question Interior’s ability to take lands into trust for tribes not under federal jurisdiction at the time the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) became law in 1934. The decision held that the word “now” in the phrase “now under federal jurisdiction” in the first definition of “Indian” in the IRA refers to the time the IRA was passed in 1934.
Tompkins explained at the NCAI meeting that there is a two-part process to Interior’s decision-making on this issue.
“The test has been applied since I came into office in June 2009,” said Tompkins, who noted the Obama administration has taken 250,000 acres into trust for tribes to date and plans to take 500,000 total acres into trust by 2017. “Two parts: One, the tribe must show that it was under federal jurisdiction before and up to 1934…. The second prong is simple: Was that jurisdiction approved in the first prong—did it remain intact in 1934? We just have to show that it still existed from pre-1934 to 1934, and it never terminated.”
Treaty negotiations with the federal government, voting to ratify or not to ratify the IRA, negotiation of contracts, enforcement of trade acts, and health or social services are all actions that can be used to show that a tribe was under federal jurisdiction prior to and up to 1934, Tompkins said.
“Silence on the issue is okay,” Tompkins added. “Because you need something affirmative saying that the jurisdiction went away.”
To date, under the test, no tribes have been found by Interior to not have been under federal jurisdiction in 1934, according to Interior officials.
Tompkins said the test takes into account the Indian canons of construction, which result from Supreme Court rulings that say national statutes are to be construed liberally in favor of Indians with ambiguous provisions interpreted to their benefit. “We believe the phrase ‘under federal jurisdiction’ [in the Supreme Court Carcieri ruling] is ambiguous, so we applied the Indian canons of construction,” she said.
Tompkins’ 26-page “M-Opinion” is located on the Interior website.
Tribal leaders at the meeting widely praised Interior’s decision to release the opinion, with NCAI President Brian Cladoosby saying in a statement that the organization is “pleased the Department of the Interior has addressed one of the many problems created by the unclear and damaging language in the Carcieri decision.”
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 12:00 am
10 Of The World’s Greatest Lost Treasures
Whether money, priceless artworks, or untold vaults of knowledge, the idea of treasure titillates the minds of nearly every person on Earth. Fortunes have been thrown away in the quest for lost treasure , and the fame and even greater monetary rewards they promise. Here are 10 of the greatest treasures lost to us. 10 […]
Posted on 16 March 2014 | 7:02 am
Loving Animals More Than Humans: It Happens
Posted on 11 March 2014 | 9:21 pm
Covering the Angles at the CHAZ Yorkville Construction Site
CHAZ Yorkville Condos, you may know, is a 47-storey condominium tower by developer 45 Charles Ltd and project manager Edenshaw Homes, now under construction near Yonge and Bloor in central Toronto. We have been keeping up with the development of this Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed 47-storey tower ever since it was first announced, and have returned to the site often since ground was first broken. This past Summer CHAZ made it back to ground level, has now risen 19 storeys high, and is starting to make quite the impact on the neighbourhood.
The building starts with a 5-storey podium, squared off to the surrounding streets, and mostly clad in a pre-assembled limestone panel system, before emphasizing glass and 45° angles on the upper 42 storeys. The ground floor here will also be predominantly glazed, bringing transparency and a warm interior glow to the pedestrian realm. While the window frames are going in, glass installation on the ground floor will be held off until such time when there is less activity in this busy construction staging area to avoid damage.
Another step inside, CHAZ's lobby also remains in a very raw state as a busy construction staging zone.
Several of the building's extensive amenity spaces are located one floor above and are also a ways from completion, though a look inside still helps to better understand how these raw spaces will develop some day into the finished rooms. First off is the 3D movie room, which as the name implies, will be equipped with 3D screens and a viewing area for residents.
Next door to the 3D movie room, a sports lounge with bar will give residents a place to mingle and watch the big game.
One door over, a fitness room will occupy the northeast corner. Fitness machines will look out over Charles Street East, allowing residents to get in shape while watching the world go by out the window.
Toronto is mostly about 'the box' it seems, so this building's unique angular tower floorplate, an homage to the site's now demolished Macy Dubois-designed predecessor, provides multiple corner units with true 'corner' views. Few suites at CHAZ are without 45° angles somewhere, and most feature at least one angled window wall that faces the city in fresh ways.
On the 9th floor, suites are starting to take shape with mounting brackets in place for drywall installation, while electrical and communications cabling, and heating and cooling systems are already seeing installation.
The higher you go here, the better the urban vistas get of course, so we will return next week with a look at CHAZ's views. Until then, a comprehensive collection of building facts, renderings and floorplans can be found in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads or voice your opinion in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 9:30 pm
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Posted on 15 March 2014 | 7:40 am
The big R
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Waterfall Valley – Winter – Calgary – Hiking Alberta
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The US Really Has No Idea How to Withdraw from Afghanistan
Posted on 15 March 2014 | 10:23 pm
Canadian Authors & Publishers: We Demand Education Talk To Us As Long As It Leads to New ...
The CCI document, which raises some of the same themes found in an Association of Canadian Publisher's paper that distorts Canadian copyright law (thoroughly debunked by Howard Knopf), features at least three notable takeaways: the shift to threats of government lobbying, long overdue admissions that the value of the Access Copyright licence has declined, and emphasis on arguments that have been rejected by the courts and government. There are also three notable omissions: the fact that the overwhelming majority of copying in schools is conducted with publisher permission, the role of technological neutrality, and the relevance of other copyright exceptions. By the end of the document, the CCI and Access Copyright work to fabricate a new fair dealing test that is inconsistent with Supreme Court of Canada rulings as they call for dialogue so long as it leads to a new collective licence.
First, the CCI threatens the education community that it will lobby the government to change the law unless it resumes paying Access Copyright:
Without an acceptable solution - in other words, the resumption of licensing for schools, colleges and universities - writers and publishers will have to pursue political as well as legal solutions. This is not their preference. There exists a long and valued relationship (symbiotic, even) among writers, publishers, educators and students. We believe that there is a better way forward.
The threat of political solutions is particularly laughable given that the same groups lobbied extensively for two years during the Bill C-32/C-11 process to urge the government to scale back fair dealing. Despite numerous appearances before parliamentary committees, star witnesses, social media campaigns, and public opinion pieces, the government completely rejected their demands. With no appetite for more copyright reform in Ottawa, the threat of a renewed lobby campaign is no threat at all.
Second, Access Copyright and the CCI finally admit that the recent legal changes have reduced the value of their collective licence. After the Supreme Court decisions, Access Copyright stated:
This decision, however, has no impact on the requirement that royalties continue to be paid on
the hundreds of millions of pages of student texts that are copied for use in Kâ€�12 classrooms
It even argued after the decision that the Supreme Court had not ruled that the copies at issue were fair dealing. Now the groups acknowledge:
Copyright owners may not like but they do accept the Alberta (Education) decision, and that means accepting a lower value for Access Copyright licensing.
In fact, the decreasing value of an Access Copyright license stems from more than just changes to Canadian copyright law. The collective has also admitted that works older than 20 years are unlikely to be copied under its licences. In its 2012 Payback FAQ to authors, the collective noted:
Q. Why are you only asking for works published within the last 20 years?
A. Our statistical analysis of copying data shows that works published more than 20 years ago are unlikely to be copied under our licences.
This admission from Access Copyright shows how its repertoire is declining in value since a growing percentage of newer materials are available by alternative means, while the older materials may not be subject to an alternate licence, but they are unlikely to be copied. Over the coming years, the Access Copyright squeeze is only going to grow as the entire repertoire of materials likely to be copied - the materials published within the last 20 years - are all published in the digital/Internet era with many available through alternative means such as open access or site licences.
Third, the document's emphasis on the Supreme Court's dissenting opinion or attempts to downplay the law provides a sure sign of a weak argument. The law of the land is reflected by the majority, not the minority view. The references to a "very powerful dissent" or the "bare majority" suggest doubt that simply does not exist. As I pointed out in this post, each of Access Copyright's key arguments (user rights, copier perspective, private study, and aggregate copying) were rejected by the court. The majority view is unlikely to be revisited in the short term. In fact, should the issue return to the court, it is worth noting that the majority judges all remain on the bench, whereas the dissent has already had one retirement with another on the way.
The document also tries to downplay the effect of the Court's decision on numerous occasions. For example, it states:
with the recent addition of "education" as a fair dealing purpose, we accept that some copying for classroom distribution now meets the first test for what can be fair dealing - subject to the very important second test of fairness.
Yet the first test only requires an appropriate purpose. With the inclusion of education in the law as one of the purposes, all copying for classroom distribution undoubtedly meets that part of the test.
What the CCI and Access Copyright Do Not Say
The document is also notable for what it does not say. The CCI and Access Copyright emphasize the 250 million copies that are copied annually, rather than the 16.9 million copies addressed by the court. Yet the evidence in the case before the Copyright Board actually found far more copying. The Access Copyright sponsored study that lies at the heart of the K-12 case that ended up in Canada's highest court found that schools already had permission to reproduce 88% of all books, periodicals, and newspapers without even conducting a copyright analysis or turning to the Access Copyright licence.
That study, conducted by Circum Network Inc., tracked the photocopying practices at hundreds of schools across the country with full logging of all copying over two-week periods. The study found a huge amount of photocopying - the Canada-wide estimate was 14 billion copies - but the overwhelming majority have nothing to do with Access Copyright. In fact, once personal copies, unpublished copies, administrative documents, and self-produced documents were accounted for, the number of copies dropped to 4.5 billion. Most of those 4.5 billion copies were taken from books, but there was permission to reproduce nearly 4 billion of the copies without Access Copyright.
In other words, Access Copyright's own evidence is that schools obtained permission (typically through direct licences or permission from the publishers from whom they purchased hundreds of millions in books) to cover 88% of their book, periodical, and newspaper copying. Access Copyright is simply irrelevant for the overwhelming majority of copying even before anyone conducts a fair dealing analysis.
The document also conveniently omits the Supreme Court's emphasis on technological neutrality. For example, it states:
The Court looked only at photocopying of â€œshort excerptsâ€�. It said nothing about digital delivery. And in CCH, the Court questioned whether it would have come to the same conclusions with other methods of copying and if longer excerpts were involved.
Yet the court's discussion of alternative digital delivery models do not help Access Copyright given the new principle of technological neutrality articulated in the ESAC case:
The principle of technological neutrality requires that, absent evidence of Parliamentary intent to the contrary, we interpret the Copyright Act in a way that avoids imposing an additional layer of protections and fees based solely on the method of delivery of the work to the end user. To do otherwise would effectively impose a gratuitous cost for the use of more efficient, Internet-based technologies.
The singular focus on fair dealing also omits the many additional exceptions available to education. The fact that much of the copying of short excerpts may simply be de minimis and not even require a fair dealing analysis (much less an Access Copyright licence) is not discussed, though the Copyright Board wants the collective to address the issue. Moreover, the education Internet exception, the non-commercial user generated content exception, the distance education exception, and others may all be used by education to cover some copyright uses. Indeed, these same groups warned during the C-11 process that those provisions would have the effect of granting education expansive new rights.
What is the End Game?
Leaving aside empty threats about lobbying, what is the Access Copyright end game? The document makes it clear that for all the references to "dialogue," from its perspective the only satisfactory outcome is an Access Copyright licence. Indeed, the document states:
Canada's copyright owners will support whatever action is needed to reinstate collective licensing in schools, colleges and universities.
Copyright law changes, the millions spent on site licenses, a diminishing repertoire, and the growth of open access publishing? All irrelevant in the eyes of Access Copyright which only wants to talk about reinstating a collective licence. If that wasn't enough to reject calls for dialogue, there is also an effort to fabricate a fair dealing test far different from the one articulated by the Supreme Court of Canada. In the place of user rights, the document raises a series of new considerations such as "whether the copying is spontaneous and non-systematic" (irrelevant from a fair dealing perspective), "whether the copying is directed by the teacher or is mandated by a board or ministry of education" (having lost the argument on whether teacher directed copying is fair dealing (it is), Access Copyright is now shifting to the claim that board directed copying is not fair dealing), or "whether the copies are retained/reused" (another non-fair dealing factor).
The reality is that the Supreme Court and the government were both clear with respect to the emphasis on user rights, fair dealing, and new user exceptions. The CCI, Access Copyright and its allies argued these issues before the court and Parliamentary committees. They lost. The new fair dealing guidelines adopted by the Canadian education community are a modest implementation of those rules. There is no need for threats or disingenuous calls for more dialogue, but rather acceptance of the law and efforts to adapt to the new legal environment. The CCI document suggests that is still not part of the collective's strategy for moving forward.
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 8:36 am
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Posted on 15 March 2014 | 7:40 am
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Posted on 16 March 2014 | 2:03 pm
The Original Sin
At the end of the day, why was long-time Liberal stalwart Christine Innes denied the right to compete for the nomination in the upcoming Trinity-Spadina by-election?
I don't know this for a fact, but I'm betting that a nasty, internecine fight within the Ontario Liberal family from almost two decades ago was highly instrumental in what's transpired.
First, the quick background on the current situation.
Given that the riding boundaries are going to change for the next federal election in 2015, it is apparently Liberal Party policy to avoid at all costs a scenario where two sitting MPs would have to challenge each other for the same seat.
Any candidate seeking to run in a by-election before next year's general election had been told that. I wrote about this potential problem in another recent blog post.
Enter Christine Innes. Innes had twice lost to Olivia Chow in Trinity-Spadina and was looking forward to contesting the seat again in the upcoming by-election, caused by Chow’s resignation to run for Toronto mayor.
But sources say two things happened. Innes declined to sign an agreement (that all prospective by-election contestants needed to sign) promising she wouldn’t challenge a sitting MP (read: Chrystia Freeland, the just-elected MP in Toronto Centre) in the ensuing general election.
And beyond that, the Liberal brass heard disquieting stories that Innes’ husband, Tony Ianno, himself a former MP for the riding, had told some fresh-faced, new party volunteers that unless they supported his wife, their future in the Liberal Party was toast.
Officials in the leader’s office stepped in. Enough was enough. They feared a repeat of the kind of hardball politics that nearly killed the Liberal Party during the Jean Chretien-Paul Martin feuds.
They pulled the plug on Innes’ campaign and said she was no longer allowed to be a candidate at all. Innes released a statement yesterday expressing her shock and sadness at the turn of events and denied the allegations.
Why has Justin Trudeau’s office reacted so forcefully? Here’s my guess.
Back in the mid-1990s, Ontario Premier Mike Harris came to power vowing to get rid of several MPPs at Queen’s Park. The “Fewer Politicians Act” saw Ontario adopt the same riding boundaries as federal MPs had. The result was messy. As Ontario contracted from 130 provincial ridings to just 99, there were several instances where two sitting MPPs had to run against each other for nominations for the 1999 provincial election.
(As a side note, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s father Doug Sr. lost his job that way. He was an Etobicoke MPP who ran against fellow PC MPP Chris Stockwell as their two seats merged into one. Stockwell won and Ford’s political career was over).
But the grand daddy of all nomination brouhahas took place in York Centre in the northwest part of Toronto. Monte Kwinter, who’d been a Liberal MPP since 1985, and Annamarie Castrilli, a rookie MPP since 1995, both decided they wanted to contest York Centre.
Both brandished maps showing competing claims on how the new riding was the logical place for them to plant their flag. Dalton McGuinty, then the opposition leader, asked the universally liked and respected MPP Gerry Phillips to negotiate a solution. Kwinter, in fact, had the better claim, given his longer service in the legislature, and the fact that the new riding comprised more of his old riding than Castrilli’s did.
But Castrilli couldn’t be mollified. She had recently contested the 1996 Liberal leadership that McGuinty won, and in fact, dropped off the ballot to support McGuinty. She probably felt she was entitled to the leader’s support, especially since Kwinter backed Gerard Kennedy, McGuinty’s chief opponent.
Eventually, McGuinty told Castrilli she had to stand down. He couldn’t abide a situation where two of his sitting MPPs were challenging each other, when there were Tories and New Democrats to fight.
But Castrilli refused. She ran against Kwinter for the nomination and lost.
But the bad feelings and melodrama didn’t end. Castrilli quit the party and a mere days before the 1999 election, she announced she was running for Mike Harris’ Conservatives against Gerard Kennedy in Parkdale-High Park. She lost badly, by almost 11,000 votes. Harris gave her a job in his office after her election loss, but when that ended, she disappeared from public view. Kwinter, of course, is still the MPP for York Centre, wildly popular in his own riding, having won eight elections in a row, and next week will turn 83 years old, adding daily to his record as the oldest Ontario MPP of all time. (And he’s already nominated to run again in the next election).
That “fight within the family” was awful for the Ontario Liberals. Inner-party fights are always the worst. And some of the people around Justin Trudeau today no doubt remember those days.
I’m betting they saw a repeat coming, this time between Innes and Freeland, and they wanted to ensure it didn’t happen.
And that’s why a two-time federal Liberal candidate today is persona non grata in the party that she and her husband have worked for, for much of their adult life.
As one British journalist once said when Margaret Thatcher was forced out as prime minister, “Every political career ends in tears".
Image credits: Andrew Rusk/Flickr
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 9:03 am
Saturday Stories: Autism, Murder, and the Food Environment
Andrew Solomon in the New Yorker exploring the agony of being the father of a ruthless killer.
David Sherman in the Ottawa Citizen with a rarity - a news piece that tackles the food environment as a cause of obesity rather than simply blame our supposed lack of willpower.
[And if you don't follow me on Twitter I was doing a bit of media this week. Some highlights include this Breakfast Television interview where I tried a lemon pepper cleanse and this segment on CTV's The Social where I think I might have made Jann Arden and the rest of the ladies a little bit sad by the end.]
Posted on 15 March 2014 | 9:30 am
Quebec’s fantasy is Canada’s nightmare
Posted on 15 March 2014 | 12:00 pm
The ShOws FW 2014: Bellavance, Steven Tai, Kaelen and Antonio Azzuolo
Posted on 13 March 2014 | 10:10 pm
No Twitter automation for this Blogger
Posted on 16 March 2014 | 7:58 am
Vivian, the Acrobatic Reader
Posted on 9 March 2014 | 1:52 pm
Toronto Motorcycle Springshow 2014
Posted on 16 March 2014 | 3:04 am
A rambly review of some of my favourite ideas for March Break family fun in Ottawa
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 3:14 pm
Pushing back: Denis Lebel vs Pauline Marois
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 2:27 am
Running The Race
© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for dutchblitz.net as Running The Race.
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 4:43 am
The Walking Dead: 4.11 "Claimed" & 4.12 "Still"
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 3:22 pm
London’s Transit Advice Poetry
via The crappy world of Transport for London’s advice poetry – Us Vs Th3m. What would you write to turn ordinary transit etiquette into verse? Think of the last time you took a bus, street car, or whatever they call…
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 5:05 pm
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Posted on 15 March 2014 | 1:05 am
Wynne’s transit tax climb-down about much more than appeasing the NDP
Posted on 15 March 2014 | 3:09 am
What Would You Do If You Could Hypnotize That Man?
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 11:01 am
Stony Swamp, NCC trail #21
Posted on 16 March 2014 | 10:06 am
We Got Yer Kozmic News...
Posted on 15 March 2014 | 9:25 pm
If the law don't get you, your regulatory body will
Women’s health clinics, health authorities and the Opposition NDP are lining up to criticize new fees that could lead to service cuts at community abortion clinics.The College had raised these fees to other clinics a few years ago but granted the women's centres a reprieve.
Two Metro Vancouver women’s centres and one Vancouver Island clinic are facing 400 per cent increases to regulatory fees charged by the College of Physicians and Surgeons this year, which equate to an almost $9,000 bill this year.
Now suddenly and summarily ended.
The college is now treating the non-profit women’s health clinics the same way it treats for-profit surgical centres, and that’s not fair, said NDP Health critic Maurine Karagianis.Supporters point out that these clinics provide a range of medical services for women. Many women don't have family doctors and don't feel comfortable having something like a PAP test done by any old random doctor one may encounter in a walk-in facility.
The fees are also not supported by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the Vancouver Island Health Authority, which provide operating funding to the women’s centres. In a joint letter to the college, both authorities said the fee hike “seems inappropriate” and the clinics have fixed budgets, funded mainly by government, that don’t allow them to make up the extra money elsewhere.So. One's gotta wonder. What's -- or maybe more appropriately, who -- has gotten into the BC College of Physicians?
The clinics are different from private surgical facilities, argued the health authorities. They clinics save the health care system money by treating women in the community instead of in a hospital, and provide an environment without fear and stigma for women needing [sentence ends here].
Plain brown envelopes welcome over the virtual transom.
[Blogged from my laptop! First time.]
Posted on 15 March 2014 | 8:12 pm
Landscape Inchies Part 2
Here is part 2 of the inchie tutorial.
We will be making these 3 inches, Canadian Shield, Atlantic, and Great Lakes region.
- wc paper inches cut to 3"x3"
- scrap piece of heavy paper
- white tissue paper
- green painter's tape
- disk tempera paint
- acrylic paint, black, white, red, yellow, orange
- fine black and red sharpie
- cotton Q tip
- yellow and white oil pastels
- white streamer
- iridescent glitter glue
Give each student a scrap piece of heavy paper. This can be scraps of wc paper, card stock, etc.
Have them spread some glue over the paper. Watch out as some kids will put way too much glue on!
Place tissue paper over top of glue and kinda scrunch it. You want some wrinkles in the paper.
Set aside to dry.
Take a wc inchie. Put some green painter's tape about halfway up the inchie.
Paint the top part of the inchie a watery blue. I had the kids mix a little black into the blue to make the sky a little darker.
Add some yellowy green to the bottom section.
Paint a little darker green lines (hills) on top of the yellow green. You want to see both colours.
Paint the tissue paper covered scrap paper with some grey acrostic paint. (black and white mixed together)
Take some white on the brush, splatter with your finger flicking the brush.
You can do black as well if you want.
Cut some rocks out of the tissue paper covered scrap.
Glue onto the inchie.
With a fine black sharpie draw in some trees.
Take a Q tip. Cut one end off. You now have a paint applicator that can make small circles (cut end) and large ones (cotton end).
Dab into acrylic paint in fall colours. Apply leaves to your trees. I chose this because there are some beautiful trees in the Canadian Shield region that are especially nice in the Fall.
That's it for this one.
With pencil draw in a lighthouse on the rocks. Make sure to add a straight line on one side of the horizon to represent water.
Peggy's Cove is the inspiration.
With red and black sharpie add some details.
With yellow oil pastel put in the glow around the light. With white oil pastel put in the light and colour in the lighthouse as well.
With a watery purple wash of disk tempera paint over entire inchie.
The oil pastel should resist the paint. You can blot with a kleenex if you need to.
With black disk tempera paint in the rocks.
Paint the water in dark blue.
Take that same dark blue, make it more watery and add a little to the sky near the top. You can blend it down a bit.
That's it for this one.
Great lakes Region:
For the Great Lakes I used Niagara Falls which is the on the outlet for Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. (Niagara River).
Take your inchie and draw the falls in pencil.
Paint the sky blue with disk tempera.
Paint the fall section with light blue disk tempera(white and blue mixed).
Paint in the sides with green disk tempera.
Paint water below falls with a dark blue.
With plain water add some to sky above falls.
While still wet blot with tissue lifting some of the colour. This creates our mist coming from the falls.
Do the same for the bottom of the falls.
Take a 2" piece of white streamer. Fold in half. Open and then cut a fringe in one half.
Put some glue over the falls.
Place uncut side of streamer into glue. Fringe is up top. You then fold it down to represent falls.
You can then add some iridescent glitter glue and a touch of blue disk tempera to the falls. Do this carefully as the streamer is quite delicate.
That's it. You now have all 6.
See you next time.
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 6:29 pm
Our Sunday Best Showcase #8!
Welcome to Our Sunday Best Showcase!
Together with myself, Shauna from Satori Design for Living, Aimee from Twigg Studios and Nicolette from momnivore's dilemma and ink & sky, we all welcome you to our little shindig! And we thank you all for coming over today!
Come on over and party with us! xoxo
Posted on 16 March 2014 | 1:00 pm
Top 5 Cultural Experiences in Bhutan
Bhutan is a tiny Buddhist country nestled between Nepal, India, and China. In an effort to preserve its unique culture and religious traditions, it has adopted a ”high value-low volume” philosophy toward tourism. But since tourism is a crucial source of income, Bhutan is expanding its tourist infrastructure as quickly as it can. Only 200 tourists entered Bhutan in 1974, but now over 100,000 have visited. I urge you to visit before the country changes too much. If you’re not an Indian national, you must travel with a government authorized travel agency and pay the daily stipend of $250.00 per person, 1/3 of which goes directly to the government.
When it opened its borders to tourism in 2001, Bhutan also let TV and Internet access into the country. Bhutanese youth
Posted on 15 March 2014 | 9:00 am
My Nail Salon Addiction
Posted on 14 March 2014 | 12:44 pm