Monkeys and Mountains

Hiking to Everest Base Camp: A Day By Day Account

The original can be found here: Hiking to Everest Base Camp: A Day By Day Account. Please read the original.

A day by day account of what it's really like to trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, including how difficult each day really is.

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

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Posted on 15 July 2014 | 3:24 pm

Indian Country

Coeur d'Alene Cancel Ted Nugent Concert Over Rocker's 'Racist Remarks'

Ted Nugent was booked to play a concert at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho, on August 4 -- but the show has been canceled due to concern over what the tri...

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:00 am


Behind The Brand: Berluti

Artistic director Alessandro Sartori talks about the craftsmanship of the Parisian shoemaker Berluti.

The post Behind The Brand: Berluti appeared first on Hello Vancity.

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 1:53 am

List Verse

10 Controversial Air Crash Conspiracy Theories

The recent loss of Malaysian Airlines Flights MH370 and MH17 have been the source of endless speculation. Many questions remain unanswered. For MH17 at least, the answers suggest sinister goings-on and a crude attempt at a cover-up. Speculation over aircraft disasters isn’t new. Crashes from decades past continue to suggest that someone may have something […]

The post 10 Controversial Air Crash Conspiracy Theories appeared first on Listverse.

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 3:01 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

Traveling the Virtuoso way

There was a time not too long ago when taking a vacation trip was a big deal--people dressed in their Sunday best to take an flight on a plane. Now travel is commonplace and flying is as routine as jumping on your local commuter train.

The post Traveling the Virtuoso way appeared first on The GATE.

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 10:48 pm


Anti-gay pastor, denied by Ric McIver, endorses the PC leadership candidate anyway

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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 1:29 am

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

Urban Toronto

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for July 23, 2014

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 7:31 am

The Hook (B.C. News)

'Gay and Grey': AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement (in News)

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 3:40 am

The Greater Fool

The correction

If I’d known the people reading this pathetic blog were so damn well off, I’d have dressed better. At least changed my leather Harley-Davidson briefs. It’s one thing to make a lot of money (we already know you do that), but quite another to accumulate wealth. So after reading yesterday’s comments on net worth, new […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:50 pm

Hiking With Barry!

Beaver Pond Trail – Elk Island NP – Hiking Alberta

This short trip to Edmonton is preparation for a more aggressive mission later in the summer.  Our second trip to Elk Island National Park is a half hour drive east on the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) from north-east Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Our previous visit, last fall, experienced Bison … Continue reading

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Posted on 20 July 2014 | 9:53 am

VICE News: Immigrant America: The Worst Job in New York

Milking cows is a dirty, monotonous job, and as we found out in our latest episode of Immigrant America, it's not a job many unemployed Americans are willing to do. But for some reason the government doesn't give dairy farms a way to recruit foreign workers legally, so most feel forced to hire illegal immigrants. This makes the farms and their workers easy targets for immigration authorities looking to fill deportation quotas.

We went to upstate New York to try to understand the cat and mouse game going on between dairy farms and immigration authorities. We found a lot of wasted taxpayer money, racial profiling, and a broken system that unnecessarily treats family farmers and hardworking immigrants like criminals.

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 4:43 pm

Michael Geist

Welcome to the Hotel California: ISPs Who Won’t Take No For An Answer

Last week, a recorded customer service call with U.S. Internet provider Comcast went viral as the recording featured a Comcast representative spend 20 minutes deflecting a customer's request to drop its Internet service. While Comcast apologized, the incident clearly struck a chord with many frustrated by customer service representatives whose mandate is seemingly to retain the customer rather than provide actual service.

Yesterday, Toronto web developer Daryl Fritz tweeted this photo of a Rogers injection into his web page:

Rogers response to @DarylFritz

The post Welcome to the Hotel California: ISPs Who Won’t Take No For An Answer appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 9:14 am

The Tyee / The Hook

'Gay and Grey': AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement (in News)

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 3:40 am

VIFF Forum panel discussion of Not Business As Usual and conscious capitalism

You might want to watch this panel discussion about the film.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:37 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

Lily bug beetles - they have won!

larvae  I have something to admit. I've lost the Lily Bug Beetle Battle. (Say that fast three times!) lily beetles I've been religiously spraying Neem oil on them, until this past couple of weeks. It is an amazing preventative, but you must be vigilant (every 5 - 7 days when the larvae are hatching). I stomp on them when I see them, or feed them to the goldfish.  They like the larvae, poo

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 6:34 am

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

Fear the Nutrition Guru Whose Opinions Don't Change

Nutrition is anything but a set-in-stone science. It's staggeringly difficult to study as it's near impossible to control for the myriad of confounding variables that might influence outcomes, study durations are too short, and dietary self-reporting is abysmal.

As a consequence attitudes and opinions change.

It's not an academic crime to have a mind open to change, on the contrary, it's an academic crime if you don't.

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 5:30 am

Margaret Wente

Why Australia’s carbon tax bombed

Canny politicians know that a lot of people don’t like carbon taxes and will punish governments that try to impose them

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:07 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

The Importance of Giving: Angel’s Story #givewherewelive

It’s often easy to forget living in an ugly word, that every now and then we need to stop and give back to others.  One person can truly make a difference, which is why I love sharing TELUS and all their campaigns that help give back to the communities we… Read more »

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:21 am

Bow. James Bow

On Harvey Weinstein and Snowpiercer's North American Distribution Model

This probably deserves repeating. In my earlier review of Snowpiercer, I suggested that the distribution company’s decision to extremely limit the release of the movie was a fit of pique resulting from the director refusing an edict to cut twenty...

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 10:28 am

A Toronto Blog

Sunday at the races - @HondaIndy 2014

Saturday's loss is Sunday's gain as the weekend 2inTO has become 2in1day! Starting early in the morning the typical race of 85 laps or two hours will be reduced to help the drivers and teams survive the grueling Sunday, one-two race combination on the streets of Toronto. Verizon IndyCar series mascot Firehawk gives his two thumbs up (photo at top).  Overall it was an impressive display of racing during the whole weekend and the crowds, from FAN Friday to the last day on Sunday were quite large.
Minor precipitation starting around noon Saturday became a downpour that forced the the series to move the dates of the scheduled race around the 11-turn, 1.75 mile circuit. Sunday weather forecasts unfortunately contain some precipitation described as light rain and isolated which will hopefully hold off until the motorfest and other festivals have finished.
Driver James Hinchcliffe #27 is interviewed by Sportsnet reporter. James finished 8th in the first race.

"Due to inclement weather, the Verizon IndyCar Series postponed its Saturday race one. The Honda Indy Toronto will now hold two Verizon IndyCar Series races on Sunday. The races will both be 65 laps or 80 minutes each, whichever comes first. Race one will take place at 10:30 a.m. and will be a rolling start. Race two will take place at 4:15 p.m. and will be a standing start. This is the first time in the history of the event and in Canada that two INDYCAR races will be held in one day. We will honour all Saturday tickets with a Sunday general admission ticket, and will provide kiosks for these fans at the entry gates. An email will be sent directly to our customer database with further details. Information will also be posted on our social media sites. Gates for the Honda Indy Toronto will open at 8 a.m. We are doing this for our fans. It’s a lot of racing and it’s good racing. Thank you for your patience and continued support."
Indy Lights coming out of turn 3

The day started off really nice even though rain was falling to the west of Toronto, eventually light rain started falling during the second IndyCar race in the late afternoon, however it didn't last too long and the track quickly dried up. Sunday's original schedule was thrown out the window and the entire day was rearranged to accommodate the new one day IndyCar and USF2000 double headers. The IndyCar pre-race ceremony was reduced for race one and the winners at victory circle did not spray any champagne.
Sunday was full slate of events with an Indy Lights race, two Pirelli World Challenge (WC) races pictured above, two USF2000 races, two IndyCar races, the final Stadium Super Trucks (SST) race and the final F1600 race. Off track, the highly anticipated Toronto Sun Grid Girl contest was to take place after the post race #1 IndyCar Victory Circle celebration. There was also a couple of rounds of driver autograph sessions which were held in their team areas in the IndyCar paddock.
IndyCars waiting to enter Pit Lane from Gasoline Alley, looking towards Princes' Gates.
Retired IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti remains with CGRT and provided advice to the team.
Paul Tracy, or the Thrill from West Hill moves from his sports commentator roles and climbs back into a TRAXXAS-sponsored Formula Off-Road Stadium Super Truck. After crashing during his 2013 foray into the high-flying truck series, he joins eight competitors in the race. The four 36 inch jumps provide a surface where trucks blast 20 feet into the air and don't hit ground for a considerable distance. The new time for the trucks jumping is 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
"Sheldon Creed, 16, who won one of last year’s two races at Toronto, will drive another TRAXXAS-sponsored SST and will be joined in the field by 2014 series’ winners Apdaly Lopez and Robby Gordon. Series regular Scotty Steele, 16, as well as Nick Vanis and Aaron Baumbach return to the TRAXXAS series along with Bill Hynes who is making his series debut."
Off the track make sure to catch the Toronto Sun Grid Girls who will compete for the title Miss Honda Indy on Sunday, July 20 from noon to 2 pm at Victory Circle. You can also find ladies of the Honda Indy Toronto 2014 on my post here.
Contest judges from UFD

IndyCars are positioned along the far side of Pit Lane when drivers are instructed to get to their cars. Final preparations involving fire masks and helmets are completed and the drivers squeeze into their cars and the steering wheels are added one they are in place. After the opening ceremonies and national anthems (Canadian and American) drivers are given the famous instruction to start their cars. Three cars stalled but then got their engines turning and entered the rolling grid. For this race cars were alloted only 69.5 gallons of fuel and the race begins when the cars go by the flag stand for the third time.
A full course blockage in lap one puts a temporary hold on the cars before the race gets underway under yellow in the second lap and full green in the fourth lap. Bourdais #11 leads in the first lap and continues leading for most of the race and ends with his first win of 2014 in the first race of 65 laps by a margin of only 3.3408 seconds. Helio Castroneves #3 comes second and finishing in third is Tony Kanaan #10.
Tony Kanaan congratulates Sebastian Bourdais
The confetti cannon launches in Victory Circle

Sebastien says of the win "It's really sweet. That didn't come easy. WE had to fight and wait for it for a long time but today was just one of those days when the stars align. I guess I was not expecting it because here I know how things can go."
Helio Castroneves #2 takes the lead for the initial few laps before losing his place to Will Power #12 in lap 14. Driver James Hinchliffe #27 hits Juan Pablo Montoya #2 early in the race but is able to continue. Mike Conway #20 takes the checkered flag in lap 56 to end the double-header, followed by Tony Kanaan #10 and Will Power #12. Mike has won two races in 2014 and races for owner/driver Ed Carpenter. Tony's second place sent him to the podium twice during this weekend.
Mike credits part of his win to the decision to change from rain tires to slicks which benefited him greatly as the track dried out. During the light rain the conditions were tricky for driving as part of the track, especially the concrete, felt like ice. Team owner Ed Carpenter said that Mike is one hell of a racer and he made the right call. Teams were confused by IndyCar's use of the red flag on a timed race and conceded that more communication is needed on non-standard issue like this.

During the post race press conference Tony Kanaan jokingly asks if IndyCar wanted them to race again on Sunday after completing the 2in1day double-header. He did admit as he gets older it takes him awhile to recover from the race and he appreciates fans for staying for the racing. Tony took over the #10 car from Dario Francitti after he suddenly retired due to injuries. He says that one of the best things that owner Chip has done was to keep Dario on board for advice.

At the start for pole position Will Power was moved to the back of the race for some reason he has not figured out. His qualification time, used for start position, was suddenly changed so he felt the element of surprise was awesome.
The view from Turn 10 grandstands provides a great view of the S bend

Winners of Race #1, l-r Helio Castroneves (2nd), Sebastien Bourdais (1st) and Tony Kanaan (3rd)
An SST goes up on two wheels
Mike Conway #20 comes out of the pits
Umbrellas come out in the rain during race #2
Race #2 winners, l-r Tony Kanaan (2nd), Mike Conway (1st) and Helio Castroneves (3rd)

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Posted on 20 July 2014 | 5:00 am

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

Photo of the day: Five generations!

How often do you get to see FIVE generations in the same room? That’s Beloved’s grandmother, his father, his sister, our niece and our grand-nephew. Isn’t that extraordinary? Related posts (automatically generated):Photo of the day: Father’s Day Photo of the day: Grape hyacinths Project365: 300 days and more than 10,000 shutter clicks! Related posts (automatically generated):
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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:54 am

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

Everything Is Awesome!

Today was one of those days that if I were not an eternal optimist, I would have thrown a hissy fit instead of laughing at how everything kept going sideways. How was today ridiculous? Let me count the ways. -Matthew is taking Masters courses, and swamped with his course load, which means that I have […]

© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for as Everything Is Awesome!.

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 1:46 am

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


Lemming populations go through a boom and bust cycle.  We saw lots of them in 2011, but numbers were low over the past couple of summers.  It looks like they are experiencing a boom again.  That  usually leads to a corresponding boom in the predatory animals and birds that rely on the lemmings for food.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 1:40 am

Adam Radwanski

Can Andrea Horwath appeal to disillusioned Liberals?

NDP leader should question timing of deficit elimination and calling for new revenues to play a bigger role in achieving that target

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Posted on 20 July 2014 | 8:07 pm

How to Survive Life in the Suburbs

How To Have A Luxury Family Stay In Toronto: The Ritz

Every once in a while there are milestones in life that need to be celebrated.  One of those occasions we could not allow to pass without the biggest of pomp and circumstance was that of my Mother’s 70th Birthday.  How does one celebrate such a birthday?  By whisking her away to Toronto for a stay […]

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:01 am

A Peek Inside the Fishbowl

The deal with dinners*

Although I post a lot of recipes here at the Fishbowl, I am far from being a kitchen whiz or super supper planner. Sometimes I feel like I’m really on top of my game; cruising around the grocery store with a purposeful spring in my step, meal planning and budgeting like a demon, and cooking like […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 5:29 am

Dawg’s Blawg

Canada Revenue Agency becomes an arm of the PMO

There is a salty expression that seems apt at the moment: “Don’t p*ss on me and tell me it’s raining.” A number of charities that have spoken out against various policies of the current Harper administration might well echo the...

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:22 pm

Dammit Janet

Update on the Save the Clinic Campaign

All along, the fundraising campaign by Reproductive Justice New Brunswick was nothing more than a stop-gap, intended to ensure the continuing possibility of an abortion clinic that accepted self-referring patients.

Having hit the initial goal of $100,000 last week, yesterday they announced they're raising their sights in order to buy necessary equipment.
The words "Thank you" don't feel big enough to express the gratitude that we at Reproductive Justice New Brunswick are feeling right now. To surpass our original goal in the first 2 weeks of our campaign? There are no words! Thank you, thank you all, for your support.

We are still a long way from our final goals, however. Negotiations continue with the owner of the former Morgentaler Clinic to secure an agreement to manage the building. Now we are asking for your support and enthusiasm to move forward with Phase 2 of our goals. For a further $85,000 we can potentially buy all the equipment currently located at the clinic; equipment that is required to provide a full range of reproductive health services.  It’s a bargain we don’t want to miss but we need your help. 

RJNB will also continue to lobby the New Brunswick government to change Regulation 84/20 that requires a woman to have the procedure deemed "medically necessary" in writing by an OB-GYN and another doctor, in order to obtain a publicly funded abortion in one of 2 hospitals.

The government still refuses to even meet with us to discuss a change. Until the people of New Brunswick have the same right as other Canadians to the reproductive health care of their choice, where and when they want it, we will never have true equality in New Brunswick. RJNB, with your help, pledges to continue the fight until the people of the Maritimes have access to a full range of publicly funded reproductive health services.
That the Conservative government won't even meet with them is hardly a surprise, but given an upcoming provincial election that the Liberals seem poised to win, this is a little harder to stomach.

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s pro-choice stand is reverberating through New Brunswick, where abortion-rights activists are vowing to make the closing of the Fredericton Morgentaler clinic an election issue – and the provincial Liberal leader is offering little support.

Justin and Brian look pretty cozy here, don't they?

Maybe chicken-shit Gallant is scared of people like this.
Some New Brunswickers, such as Kelly Seale, want less access to abortions, not more.

"Soon as I walk by there, I feel a very strong feeling of the devil. Yeah," said Seale, who works at an anti-abortion centre next door to the clinic.
Well, OK then. The anti-Satan voting bloc must be MASSIVE in Brunswick.

Here's a good round-up on the state of abortion access in Canada by Press Progress. Graphic is from Canadians for Choice.

If you were thinking of donating but didn't get around to it, then thought "Great, they've hit their goal," please think again.

Something else you could do is simply tell someone about the situation in NB and PEI. From the comments at the fundraising site, on various media stories, and blogs like Trashy's World, it's clear that there are a shit-ton of Canadians who have no idea what Maritime women are up against.

Most Canadians consider abortion a non-issue, a done deal -- and are shocked to find out that that's a big fat lie for thousands of us.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 4:46 pm

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

Behind the Blog: On Blog Contributors

I’m back again with my Behind the Blog series.  I’m really loving sharing with you some of the things that happen behind the scenes with blogging!  It’s very therapeutic.  I get asked a lot of questions about blogging, so maybe this series will help? So far I’ve shared with you my answer to the question I […]

The post Behind the Blog: On Blog Contributors appeared first on A Pretty Life In The Suburbs.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 9:00 am

Canada's Adventure couple

Hooked on Fly Fishing in Northern Ontario

We met on an early morning of a very rainy day in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. It was a guest appearance on the TV show  the New Fly Fisher that brought us here. Dave and I have been on a few news programs and talk shows, but this is our first appearance in full length episodic TV. Needless to say, we were very excited. Bill Spicer is the host of the popular fishing show The New Fly Fisher. We knew [...]

Read the original post Hooked on Fly Fishing in Northern Ontario on Adventure Travel blog for Couples | The Planet D.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 5:00 am

My New Life in Canada, under the snow!

French Food in Nantes

Much has been written about French food, from the classic “French women don’t get fat” mystery to haute cuisine drool-worthy cookbooks.

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 7:17 am

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