Why You’ll Really LOVE the Adventure of Ziplining in Como
Ziplining at Jungle Raider Park Xtreme near Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy was unlike anything I've ever done! Adventure junkies will love its uniqueness!
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Posted on 24 May 2016 | 7:53 pm
'Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic' is Incredibly Relevant to Native Communities
Pain pills and heroin addiction are sweeping through many Native communities....
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 12:00 am
8 Simple Reasons you need to be at TechFest Vancouver!
Mark your calendars! Techfest is back in Vancouver May 25th! In a competitive market, it can be hard to get your foot in the door. Thanks to Techfest by TechVibes, growing tech companies and talented...
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Posted on 25 May 2016 | 1:17 am
10 Brutal Accounts Of Torture In Old Insane Asylums
Reports from the 1800s and early 1900s about the abuse of patients in insane asylums are enough to make the strongest person want to vomit. The patients were often kept in the most horrendous conditions and, in some cases, were treated far worse than any mistreated farm animal. Even worse, the asylums fought back against […]
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Posted on 25 May 2016 | 7:03 am
#AliceOnQueen pop-up hits Toronto for ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’
You'd better hurry, or you'll be late, for a very important date. The Alice on Queen pop-up event has arrived in Toronto for one week, and celebrates the May 27th release of Alice Through The Looking Glass with the Mad Hatter's Tea Party table brought to life courtesy of YouTube's How To Cake It star Yolanda Gampp and her team.
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Posted on 25 May 2016 | 3:26 am
Easy Chicken Shawarma Kebobs
Posted on 10 July 2014 | 3:45 pm
Octopus killing a seagull - THE KRAKEN WAKES
|Octopus killing a seagull off Ogden Point breakwater|
These are the first ever photos of a Giant Pacific Octopus catching and killing a Glaucous-winged seagull.
And they provide two important lessons: One, always carry a camera with you because you may happen upon a scientifically important event. And two, keep an eye out for the unusual.
I loved finding and booking this story for my local CBC morning show, On The Island.
Take a listen to Ginger Morneau, the woman who took these photos.
Here she is speaking with CBC On The Island host, Gregor Craigie.
And this is where I found this story.
Posted on 3 May 2012 | 6:21 pm
Photo of the Day: Rainbow
Today's Photo of the Day comes to us from Forum contributor UrbanOptic, who captured this fantastic view of a rainbow over Toronto's South Core area. Captured from the east tower of Ïce Condominiums, this shot overlooks the topped-off Sun Life Financial Tower and the rising Harbour Plaza Residences.
Want to see your work featured as Photo of the Day? Head over to the City Photos & Videos section of the Forum, or submit your images to the new and improved UrbanToronto Flickr Pool for your chance to be featured on our Front Page!
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 4:00 am
More Combat Training for BC's Natural Resource Officers (in News)
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 7:30 am
A little screwed
Posted on 22 September 2015 | 9:39 pm
We Asked Millennial Priests How They're Courting the Least Religious Generation
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 10:55 pm
Canada’s Copyright Lobby Revolving Door Raises Fairness Concerns Ahead of 2017 Review
The revolving door between government and lobby groups has long been a source of concern in the United States, where lead government IP officials have regularly jumped to lobby groups representing music, movies, and software interests and vice versa. In recent years, that has included the USTR official responsible for copyright in ACTA and the TPP moving the MPAA, the lead software industry lobbyist joining the USTR, and the general counsel of the Copyright Office joining the top international music association.
The Lobby Monitor reports that the revolving door has apparently migrated to Canada, with the former Director of Regulatory Affairs for Music Canada joining the government to play a key role in copyright policy, only to be replaced by the former Director of Parliamentary Affairs within the Prime Minister's Office, who was the lead on the surprise copyright term extension for sound recordings passed in 2015.
The post Canada’s Copyright Lobby Revolving Door Raises Fairness Concerns Ahead of 2017 Review appeared first on Michael Geist.
Posted on 20 May 2016 | 8:40 pm
More Combat Training for BC's Natural Resource Officers (in News)
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 7:30 am
PNE Summer Night Concerts include Hedley, the Sheepdogs, Culture Club, Steve Miller Band
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 2:41 pm
Posted on 22 December 2013 | 2:24 pm
Summer gardens and gardening!
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 12:11 pm
Could "Psychological Stress" Explain The Biggest Losers' Metabolisms?
And though that's what I told the reporter from the New York Post, she left out the "doubtful" proviso and left in the "possible".
The thing is, it's unclear why The Biggest Loser's contestants' metabolisms seem slower than would be expected simply as a consequence to weight loss. They're also slower than the metabolisms of patients who've had bariatric surgery and lost similar amounts of weight.
Could their greater degrees of metabolic adaptation be due to the nature of the show itself? Sure. But as I told the reporter Maureen Callahan, over and over again in fact, it's also possible that losing 40-50% of your body weight without surgery, regardless of approach, is responsible.
And yes, despite what the article misquoted me as saying, plenty of people have lost 40-50% of their body weights without surgery, but generally those losses occur with extremes of effort (like they do on The Biggest Loser). What I'd like to know is whether or not losing comparable amounts of weight slowly would lead to similar outcomes?
That'd be a challenging thing to figure out because losing that much weight slowly is a rarity. Of course that doesn't mean it doesn't happen, it just means that it's rare. It also means that randomizing people to lose 40-50% of their body weights with non-extreme efforts isn't feasible.
Lastly, though I think when it comes to weight loss The Biggest Loser's Dr. Huizenga is either deluded, unethical, or clueless, I never claimed to know him personally.
Bottom line. The Biggest Loser is a horror show (I've written extensively about it over the years), but so too is Maureen Callaghan's reporting on it for The New York Post.
Posted on 24 May 2016 | 2:16 pm
Electric cars and unicorns: Ontario’s new green scheme
Posted on 24 May 2016 | 11:00 am
HIATUS: LaurenOutLoud.com re-launching sometime, maybe, in the future
Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:54 pm
Gear up for Summer with Bentology #BentoBoxes
One thing we love to do in the summer is go on a picnic. In order to do that though, snacks must be provided. Trace loves using his Bentology (Bento) Box from Fenigo for school, but he also brings it along whenever we hit the park. What’s a Bento Box? Wow you have to check it […]
Posted on 24 May 2016 | 7:09 pm
Journeys End With...
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 9:20 pm
Harlem Globetrotters in Toronto
The Harlem Globetrotters began in 1926 as the Savoy Big Five. Now more than 85 years and 20,000 games later, the team has become one of the most recognizable franchises in sports." This year marks the 90th anniversary of the amazing and entertaining sports franchises in history.
Posted on 26 May 2016 | 12:30 am
Samantha Power to the Class of 2016: ‘Get close. Go all in.’
And once you're close ... bring other people close with you — helping them see issues that can otherwise feel far removed
The post Samantha Power to the Class of 2016: ‘Get close. Go all in.’ appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Posted on 23 May 2016 | 10:32 pm
Photo of the day: Tumbling on the sand dunes at Port Franks
Posted on 23 May 2016 | 12:17 pm
No love for premiers Ball, Wynne, or Clark
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 12:45 pm
Time To Reboot
Posted on 24 May 2016 | 3:30 am
6.05 The Door
I loved that Yara and Theon are now sticking together; we’ve seen them at each other’s throats so much, but if one tiny good thing came out of Ramsay’s abuse of Theon, it’s that Theon has been humbled by everything, and is finally following the right person. Though I do feel like Professor Marvel at the beginning of the Wizard of Oz film, looking off into the distance as the storm brews and saying, “Poor kid... I hope she’s all right.”
Until, in one terrifying moment, the Night King spots him, and then suddenly, all of the wights turn around and can see him. The scene abruptly transforms into the “Thriller” video, with the camera swirling around him as he turns back to the Night King, who’s now standing right beside him and grabs his arm. Bran screams, and wakes up.
- After seeing the Night King and his hordes, Meera tries to wake Bran from his reverie, saying “We need Hodor!”, as Hodor has fallen into a panicked, very nearly fetal paralysis of hodors.
- Bran hears her voice in this midst of his vision of Winterfell, and the Three-Eyed Raven says “Listen to your friend.”
- Bran looks over at young Hodor; in the cave, present-day Hodor’s eyes go briefly milky.
- Hodor stands and grabs Bran’s sledge, and they start to make their escape.
- The Night King walks up to the Raven and swings his scythe; at Winterfell, Bran sees the Raven’s demise as him shattering into a thousand dark shards and swirling into nothing (at a certain point, it becomes hard not to start making analogies to The Matrix).
- Hodor, Meera, and Leaf—with Bran in tow—are now basically in the midst of a zombie chase, replete with sound effects that sound like they were lifted from The Walking Dead.
- Hodor, Meera, and Bran escape through the back door (Leaf having sacrificed herself), and Hodor hauls it shut. As she runs off with Bran, Meera cries repeatedly, “Hold the door!”
- At Winterfell, Bran hears Meera’s entreaties. Looking over at young Hodor, he sees his eyes roll back and he falls into a seizure, all the while crying desperately “Hold the door!” Which becomes … well, you know the rest.
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 9:09 pm
The Danger of Trigger Warnings
Posted on 18 May 2016 | 12:35 am
Completed Alaskan PalaeoIndian Spears
|Alaskan Spear Reproductions|
|PalaeoIndian spear reproductions: Spruce, Birch, Alder. Various cherts and flints. Rawhide, gut, sinew. Pitch and hide glue.|
|Fully assembled, the spears range in length from 77 1/2" to 84", with foreshafts ranging from 15 1/2" to 18 1/2" and main shafts ranging from 64 1/2" to 70 1/2".|
|Generally, the lithic tools that I make are much smaller than these heavy spears. These have a nice weight to them and should make an intimidating statement alongside the Ice Age mammals of northern Alaska.|
Posted on 6 May 2016 | 2:47 pm
Tories ask Australian adviser what went wrong in federal election
Posted on 13 May 2016 | 4:39 pm
Disney’s Beach Club Resort ~ A Place To Create New Family Traditions
Posted on 24 May 2016 | 3:29 pm
Write on Ottawa: Adventure & memory in Letters from Labrador
When Ottawa-based writer Stacey D. Atkinson first met Dr. Patricia Davis, a retired psychologist who once worked in Northern Labrador as a midwife, Atkinson had the option of writing Letters from Labrador as a conventional memoir recounting Patsy’s adventures in the north in a straightforward manner. However, Atkinson has taken an interesting approach, using Patsy’s […]
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Posted on 25 May 2016 | 1:18 pm
Zucchini ribbon and caper pasta recipe
I decided to try a new pasta dish for lunch the other day and use up a few ingredients I had lying around. This was the result: This dish is via the Canadian Living website (which you can find right here). If you click over to the original recipe you’ll see that my photo doesn’t […]
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 12:14 pm
Ontario set to curtail free speech
Posted on 19 May 2016 | 12:20 pm
SHOCKER! Fake Clinics Lie
The Abortion Rights Coalition has released a major study into the online presence of Canadian fake clincs, or crisis pregnancy centres (full PDF report).
From the press release:
Anti-abortion counselling agencies in Canada often present misinformation on their websites or fail to disclose their anti-choice or religious agenda to prospective clients, according to a new study published today by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.
Crisis Pregnancy Centres (CPCs) are anti-choice agencies that present themselves as unbiased medical clinics or counselling centres, and which often claim to provide women with non-judgemental information on all their options when faced with an unintended pregnancy. However, CPCs are not medical facilities, most are Christian ministries, they generally will not refer clients for abortion or contraception, and many promote misinformation about abortion. CPCs in Canada have no regulatory oversight; however, 68% of them are registered charities.
Researchers identified 180 CPCs in Canada, and looked at the 166 of them that have websites.
Results were not surprising. Well, not to those of us who have made it our mission to get these fake clinics regulated, defunded, and stripped of charitable status.
They lie about abortion risks; they promote sexual abstinence and adoption as ideal solutions to unwanted pregnancy; they fail to disclose their religious agendas; they do not reveal that they refuse to refer for abortion or contraception.
In fact, the Canadian study mirrors much of what was reported last year in a USian report, titled "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie." (PDF).
The situation in the US is much more dire. There are many, many more of these fraudulent operations and an astounding number of them get significant government funding.
The Canadian study reports on CPC funding (pp 29–30 of PDF). It seems that not much public funding goes to these places, but what does must be stopped.
A majority of them have charitable status.
Many CPCs also enjoy charitable tax status, which significantly increases their ability to fundraise (Arthur 2005). Out of the 180 CPCs we identified, 68% (122) had charitable tax status. However, Canadian groups should not be eligible for charity status if they disseminate biased or inaccurate information that is disguised as “education” or “counselling.” (Arthur 2005; Canada Revenue Agency 2013).
Coincidentally, Amanda Marcotte wrote recently about an analysis of USian CPCs' own data.
Nicole Knight Shine looked at the numbers and concluded they fail miserably at their mission -- if their mission is to dissuade women from choosing abortion.
Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are billed as alternatives to abortion clinics, but new data suggests they largely fail at their mission, persuading less than 4 percent of clients to forgo abortion care.
Back to Marcotte:
The thing is that CPC centers know this. Shine’s numbers come directly from their own database, showing that they they are well aware that the vast majority of women who come in their doors will not be intimidated, much less persuaded, out of their abortions. So why do they keep plugging away at it, when they know full well they are terrible at what they claim they want to do?
It’s because preventing abortion has never been and will never be the actual goal of CPCs, no matter what their fundraising materials might say. The real purpose is to shame women for having sex and to spread stigma over abortion, contraception, and any non-procreative sexual activity. The vicious lies and guilt trips they lay on women are not the means to an end, but are the end itself. The point is not really “saving lives”, but making women feel scared, guilty, and anxious, as punishment for having sex.
It is this atmosphere in the US that makes the endless screwing around with abortion laws and restrictions possible and, seemingly, acceptable.
In Canada, we are -- so far -- successfully resisting any similar attempts to recriminalize abortion.
This new study demonstrates though that we must remain vigilant and aware of what anti-choice forces are up to. We must impede them any way we can. Regulate them, defund them, and strip them of charitable status.
And for anyone interested in reading or writing about abortion, the ARCC report is full of helpful links and resources.
Kudos to all involved.
On a personal note -- and in what might be a first for a "serious" study -- DAMMIT JANET!, a mere blog, is cited for our efforts in getting public funding yanked from a fake clinic in Ontario.
We are chuffed.
ADDED: This is the only media story on the report I've found: Global.
Posted on 21 May 2016 | 3:28 pm
This tri-rama has many uses or as a teacher told me this week, "This is a game changer".
Here are student examples from this week.
- tipi, use this post of mine to guide you
- file folder letter sized
- ruler and scissors
- oil pastels
- disk tempera paint
- white glue
- some moss and pebbles
- modelling clay in yellow. orange, and red
I like to use file folders for these tri-ramas but you could also use manila tag or pasteboard.
Using a ruler draw a line down the tab on the right side when the folder is open.
Cut along the line cutting the tab off.
Inside the folder there is a box, using the bottom of this box draw a line.
Essentially we are making a square so if your folder does not have a box just measure until you a square.
Fold 1 corner across to another corner.
Do the same with the opposite corners so it looks like this.
Choose one corner, (only 1) and cut to the centre.
This enables the bottom sections to overlap and form your tri-rama.
But before we put it together we want to complete our background.
The students drew their backgrounds first in pencil and then went over those pencil lines with oil pastels.
On one of the bottom flaps we made marks to look like grass.
We then painted with disk tempera.
This is mine fully painted. You only need to do one section on the bottom.
Before I glue I re do those folds so my sides will stand up nice and straight.
Spread some glue on the unpainted flap.
Fold the painted flap over top the one with the glue and press down to seal them together.
We glued in some moss.
Glued a ring of pebbles for a fire pit,
and a bit of modelling clay for the fire.
Add your tipi and you have a great little tri-rama.
Posted on 23 May 2016 | 8:00 pm
This Raspberry Galette is a simple and delicious dessert idea! Use a pre-made puff pastry crust to save time! So good. – – – – – – – I love raspberries so much. Growing up I remember picking fresh raspberries from giant bushes at my grandparents farm, then taking them back in the house to dip in the sugar drawer, then eating them doused in cream. Seriously one of my lifes best childhood memories…farmhouse drawers full of sugar and fresh berries…dreamy. Now I find it hard to eat raspberries any way other than fresh…can you blame me though? But lately I’ve been craving raspberries baked into a pie…like craving in a bad way (my mind works in mysterious ways). So I decided to bake a raspberry galette, because galettes are the fastest and easiest way to a delicious homemade pie. I really love galettes because they are way less pressure to make than a traditional pie…there is no fuss making a crust and the crust doesn’t have to look perfect. In fact, it’s the rustic look of galettes that I love the best. That and the fact that you can buy the crust. Yes, buy the crust. I will never, ever, in the history […]
Posted on 25 May 2016 | 4:16 pm
Pacifying Rio’s Favelas – Out with the Gangs, now bring on the Tourists
I first became interested in visiting Brazil's favelas when Dave was working on The Hulk in 2007. Some of the cast and crew flew down to Rio to film the opening scene where Edward Norton was chased through the slums of the city. When watching the colourful community built on the side of a steep hill [...]
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Posted on 24 May 2016 | 12:42 pm
Victoria Day in Bloom
Posted on 23 May 2016 | 1:43 pm
Before my very eyes
Posted on 22 May 2016 | 8:29 pm