The Quick Brown Fiox



Six creative writing courses starting soon, for beginners, personal stories, next step, and advanced

Welcome to Creative Writing
10 weeks of exploring your creative side
Tuesday afternoons, Jan 20 – March 31, 2015
12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and children’s writing, writing in first person and in third person, and writing just for fun. 
You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.
Note: Read two reviews of the "Welcome to Creative Writing" course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 149.56 plus 13% hst = 169
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
8 weeks of sharing and writing
Tuesday mornings, Jan 27 – March 17, 2015
9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you.  We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, of course, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it. Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going.
We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. 
Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
Note: Read reviews of Brian's courses here.
Fee: 140.71 plus 13% hst = 159
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Offered in three locales:

Wednesday evenings, Jan 21 – March 25
6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
First readings emailed Jan 14
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)

Thursday afternoons, Jan 22 – March 26
12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
First readings emailed Jan 15
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here.)
Or
Thursday evenings, Jan 22 – March 26
6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
First readings emailed Jan 15
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (In the village of Glen Williams. Map here.)

This course will challenge you to take a step up in your writing.  The format will be similar to the "Intensive" courses, but with less reading between classes each week, leaving you with more writing time. Over the ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in four pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.

Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write.
Note: Check out two reviews of the Next Step course here. More reviews here.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199. 
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca 

Intensive Creative Writing
10 weeks towards mastering your craft 
Wednesday afternoons, Jan 21 – March 25
12:15 to 2:45 p.m.
First set of readings emailed Jan 14
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
Intensive Creative Writing isn't for beginners; it's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects. Over the ten classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.
Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Note: Check out a review of the Intensive course 
here. More reviews here.
Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  
 To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 7:14 am

Cine'-immortel



Barbara Stanwyck: La dame en noir

Ruby Catherine Stevens est née 16 Juillet 1907, à Brooklyn (New-York), et était la cadette d'une famille de 5
enfants: Laura Mildred(1886-?), Mabel Christine(1890-1930), Viola Maud (1888-?), Malcom / Bert (acteur 1905-64).  Malheureusement, un ivrogne poussa sa mère, qui attendait un enfant,  à l'extérieur d'un tramway en marche, Catherine  MCGee (1870-1911) mourut. Le père, Byron (1864-1919), partit travailler sur le Canal de Panama et abandonna les enfants. C'est la soeur ainée, Mildred,  qui s'occupa  d'elle, pour peu de temps, car elle devint une show-girl.  Ruby et Malcom furent placés dans plusieurs familles d'accueil, puis à l' orphelinat.
Elle fait divers métiers et devint mannequin et chanteuse de cabaret. Elle fut engagée comme chorus girl dans les Ziegfeld follies de 1922 et 1923, elle  fit de la scène à Broadway: «The Noose» (1926), «Burlesque» (1927). C'est à ce moment qu'elle devint Barbara Stanwyck,  suite aux recommandations de son imprésario Willard Mack. Le nom aurait été choisi sur une affiche publicitaire d'une pièce de théâtre, c'est le jumelage du nom de la comédienne (Jane Stanwyck) et du  titre de la pièce «Barbara Frietchi» .
En 1928, Barbara se marie avec Frank Fay, un acteur de vaudeville. Comme elle ne pouvait pas avoir d'enfant, ils adoptèrent Dion Anthony, 10 mois (1932-2006).  Ses premiers films: "Broadway nights" (1927) sous son vrai nom, puis, "The locked door/ La porte fermée" et "Mexicali Rose" (1929).
Peu de temps après, Frank Capra regarde un bout d'essai qu'elle avait fait pour  la
  Warner, sans hésiter, il l'engage pour le film "Ladies of leisure. elle signa un contrat non-exclusif avec la Columbia qui lui permet de travailla pour les autres Studios d'Hollywood. Elle tourna avec Capra : "The Miracle Woman" (1931), "Forbidden/Amour défendu" (1932), "The bitter tea of General Yen/La grande muraille" (1933) et "Meat John Doe/L'homme de la rue" (1941). La carrière de l'actrice prend de l'ampleur, alors, que celle de Frank stagne.
Barbara divorça de Frank, devenu alcoolique, en 1935. Elle se battit pour que celui-ci n'obtienne pas de droit de garde et réussit, mais cela causa un froid entre l'actrice et son fils. Abandonné à son tour, Dion alla habiter chez "oncle Buck", le frère de sa mère. En 1947, Dion fut inscrit à l'école militaire et il s'enfuit. Il se fit arrêter, en 1957, pour possession  et vente de pornographie. Il serait mort en 2006.


Barbara tourna aussi: "Night nurse/ L'ange blanc" (1931), "Baby face/Lilianne" (1933), "Gambling Lady/ Franc jeu" (1934), "The woman in red/ La dame en rouge", "Annie Oakley/ la Gloire du cirque" (1935). Sur le tournage de "His brother's wife/ La fièvre des tropiques" (1936). elle rencontra l'acteur Robert Taylor. La MGM,  Studio de l'acteur, organisa le mariage en 1939, pour cacher la bisexualité de l'actrice. Barbara aurait eu une longue romance de trente ans avec l'actrice Helen Ferguson, toutes les deux étant mariées.
 Elle fut en nomination pour un Oscar pour son rôle dramatique dans "Stella Dallas" (1937). Un passage dans quelques comédies "The Lady Eve/Un cœur pris au piège"," You Belong to Me/Tu m'appartiens", "Ball of Fire/Boule de feu" (nomin. Oscars1941) .Elle excellait dans les films noirs ou dans les rôles dramatiques: "The Great Man's Lady/ L'Inspiratrice" (1942), "Lady of burlesque/L'Étrangleur"  (1943),  "Double Indemnity/ Assurance sur la mort" (nomin. Oscars,1944), "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers/L'Emprise du crime",  "My Reputation/ Le Droit d'aimer" (1946),  "The Other Love/L'Orchidée blanche" (1947), "Sorry, Wrong Number/Raccrochez, c'est une erreur" (nomin. Oscars, 1948), "East Side West Side/Ville haute, ville basse" (1949), " The File on Thelma Jordon/La Femme à l'écharpe pailletée", "No Man of Her Own/Chaînes du destin" (1950), "Clash by Night /Le démon s'éveille la nuit" (1952),  "Jeopardy/La Plage déserte", "Blowing Wild/Le Souffle sauvage", "All I Desire" (1953), "Executive Suite/La Tour des ambitieux" (1954), "There's Always Tomorrow/ Demain est un autre jour" (1956), "Crime of Passion/Meurtrière ambition" (1957),  "Walk on The Wild Side/La Rue chaude" (1962).  Lors du tournage de "Titanic", en 1953, Barbara s'amouracha de Robert Wagner (22 ans), la romance dura 4 ans.
Dans les années 50, Barbara tourna beaucoup de westerns et elle y était excellente: "The Furies/Les Furies"  (1950), "Cattle Queen of Montana/ La Reine de la prairie"(1954), "(The Violent Men/Le Souffle de la violence" (1955), "The Maverick Queen/La Horde sauvage"  (1956) et "Forty guns /Quarante tueurs" (1957). Dans ce dernier film, elle fait ses propres cascades. Barbara et Robert divorcèrent en 1961. Barabara tourna ses deux derniers films en 1964: "Roustabout/ L'Homme à tout faire", "The Night Walker/" Celui qui n'existait pas".
Mais, sa carrière ne se termina pas ainsi, l'actrice se dirigea vers les séries télévisées dans lesquelles elle fit quelques apparitions ainsi que quelques téléfilms. Elle anima son "Barbara Stanwyck Show" (Emmy Awards, 1960-61),  la série "The big valley/La grande vallée" (Emmy Awards, 1965-69), " The Thorn Birds/Les oiseaux se cachent pour mourir" (Emmy Awards,Golden Globe,1983),  "Dynastie- Les Colby"(1985-86). En 1981, elle fut victime d'une invasion de domicile, le voleur lui déroba $40000 en bijoux.  En 1982, on lui décerna un Oscar d'honneur.
Barbara Stanwyck est décédée le 21 Janvier 1990, souffrant d'emphysème et d'une pneumonie.


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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 10:52 pm

Other Food - Daily Devotions



Your new name

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Isaiah 62:1-12

TO CHEW ON: "You shall be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the Lord will name." Isaiah 62:2

Whenever I read about a new name in the Bible, I think of Donna Smallenberg's painting by that title. In it a beautiful queen looks intently at a glowing white stone with an inscription on it. Smallenberg's inspiration for that painting came from Revelation 2 (Revelation 2:17) and Isaiah 62. She says of her depiction:

"This woman representing the overcoming church in Revelations 2 is given a white stone with a new name written on it. The white stone is symbolic of priestly revelation, the new name reveals her true calling and destiny. Isaiah 62 speaks of her shining like the dawn, of being a crown of beauty in the Lord's hand..."

What was her old name? "Forsaken." "Desolate" - Isaiah 62:4.

Her new name is "Hephzibah""My delight is in her," and "Beulah"—"married," and a "Holy People," "The Redeemed of the Lord," "Sought Out," and "A City Not forsaken" - Isaiah 62:4,12.

This new name promise is repeated in Revelation 3:12:

"He who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem... And I will write on him My new name."

Neil Anderson, in an appendix to the book The Bondage Breaker lists statements that summarize our identity in Christ—our new names. Below are a few from a much longer list. Let's ponder them today and thank God again for the wonderful thing He did when He sent Jesus to earth to adopt us and make us His own.

  • I am a new creation - 2 Corinthians 5:17.
  • I am a child of God - John 1:12.
  • I am a son/daughter of light not of darkness - 1 Thessalonians 5:5.
  • I am Christ's friend, chosen and appointed to bear His fruit - John 15:15,16.
  • I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ's life - John 15:1,5.
  • I am God's workmanship—His handiwork - Ephesians 2:10.
  • I am one of God's living stones - 1 Peter 2:5.
  • I am a joint heir with Christ - Romans 8:17.
  • I am a citizen of heaven - Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:6.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You that I am Yours and have a new identity in You. Help me to live true to the names You call me. Amen.

MORE: Our thanks back to God

In the last few days I've been listening to Robin Mark's 2009 Year of Grace CD while cooking dinner. One song I can't hear enough times is his rendition of "Greater the One." As we ponder Jesus' coming to earth as a baby and all His life means for us now (our new names and all the benefits of new life in Him),  this song is the perfect response. Sing along with Robin Mark these words of appreciation and thankfulness to our beautiful Saviour.



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Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 5:00 am

Anglican Samizdat



Anglican reaction to U.S and Cuba diplomatic ties

From here: Upon hearing the news that the U.S. and Cuba would re-establish diplomatic ties, Bishop Michael Bird of the diocese of Niagara said in a statement that the diocese “rejoices at the transformational opportunities that this announcement holds for … Continue reading

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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 1:37 pm

Spotterfly



-34kg After the Birth

I woke up this morning and made quite an unbelievable result in the weigh-in this time. I have lost 2.5 kilogrammes in two weeks meaning 22 kilogrammes from January and actually, meaning 34 kilogrammes from the day I gave a birth. I have drank too little water but eaten proberly, expect the day and night we barbequed, and I have exercised much less than before due to the flu I have had. That's why I also decided to skip the fitness test and do it maybe tomorrow, if I feel energetic enough. But still, I got a good result.

The whole week has been actually totally unbelievable and I have started to believe in Santa Claus again. The new job is the best present for years I guess.

Sportterfly

PS. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO LEAVE COMMENTS EITHER IN ENGLISH, FINNISH OR SWEDISH!

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Posted on 19 December 2014 | 2:12 pm

After the Kids leave



Our holiday season wishes to you

Dear Readers, It’s that time of year again—time for us to slack off and take it easy for a couple of weeks, until this whole holiday thing blows over. Meanwhile, wherever you are, and whatever flavour (or flavor) of holiday you celebrate at this time of year (including “none of the above”) please accept our […]

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 8:45 am

How to survive life in the suburbs



How A Germaphobe Survives The Holidays

What was that?  I heard a sniffle.  I’m sure that was a cough.  Oh that child did not just sneeze three times in a row!  Now she feels nauseous?  Now I feel nauseous?  Deep breaths. NO I take that back. No deep breathing.  Do not breath in the germs; must KILL all the germs and […]

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 8:32 am

Progressive Bloggers



Recreating Eden: Happy Holidays to Everyone

The year is drawing to an end, and I find myself running ever faster–but in circles.

But I did have a chance to finish this year’s version of our holiday blog.  If you’d like to see what’s up with us, here’s the link. 


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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 7:49 pm

Bird Droppings



No more cheap Cuban vacations? Blame Harper

   There are substantial political and social implications in the revival of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.    The end of 50 years of estrangement between the two countries could signal the beginning of a new era of mutual prosperity, although significant battles are still to be fought in the U.S. Congress over the full normalization of relations with what remains a repressive communist regime.
   For Canadians - savvy internationalists that we are - the overriding consideration in the historic rapprochement is "How will this affect our inexpensive Cuban vacations?"  A massive influx of American tourists into what's been a de facto exclusive Canadian tropical island playground would mean considerable price increases and the end of the low-cost Cuban vacation party as we know it.  That's the bad news.  The good news is that it'll probably be years before restrictions on Americans travelling to Cuba are eased to any significant extent, so you can still get there while the getting is cheap. 
   Meanwhile, word that Canada's Conservative government was a key player in facilitating the behind the scenes talks that resulted in the diplomatic thaw is a tough pill to swallow for Liberal leader and noted communist sympathizer Justin Trudeau, whose late father was thick as thieves with Fidel Castro. Uncle Fidel even showed up at Pierre Trudeau's funeral, which Justin tried yesterday to spin as somehow having sown the seeds of what transpired  nearly15 years later.  Trudeau's disappointment that it was Stephen Harper and not him who sabotaged our cheap Cuban holidays was palpable.  
   If that's not delicious irony, I don't know what is.


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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:24 pm

Trashys World



Helping out Clifford Bowey PS…

… in the Aviva Fund competition. Hi all – PSA time: Clifford Bowey PS has moved into the Aviva Fund Semi-Finals! I like to think that our school community last year helped Vincent Massey win this competition – and a new playground! Please visit the site and register and VOTE – one vote per day […]

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Posted on 4 December 2014 | 12:34 pm

The Galloping Beaver



NEB: Rubber-stamping pipelines and boasting about it

Hostile to the public interest. Conservative Party agent. Oil sector agent. In league with Satan. Pick your description, either the formerly respectable National Energy Board, which you pay for, will not help you understand and possibly object to an oil or gas development in your neighbourhood. Fascism. Now read this.

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Posted on 10 December 2014 | 4:56 am

Michael Geist



Notice the Difference? New Canadian Internet Copyright Rules for ISPs Set to Launch

The longstanding debate over how Internet providers should respond to allegations of copyright infringement by their subscribers was resolved in Canada several years ago with the adoption of a "notice and notice" system. Unlike countries that require content takedowns without court oversight or even contemplate cutting off subscriber Internet access, the Canadian approach, which has operated informally for over a decade but will kick in as the law in 2015, seeks to balance the interests of copyright holders, the privacy rights of Internet users, and the legal obligations of Internet providers.

The result is a system that has proven effective in raising public awareness about copyright, while safeguarding the identities of Internet subscribers, providing legal certainty to Internet providers, and leaving potential legal actions to the courts.

The post Notice the Difference? New Canadian Internet Copyright Rules for ISPs Set to Launch appeared first on Michael Geist.


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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 8:45 am

Montreal Simon



The Ghastly Con Nightmare Before Christmas



Golly. When I think of the Cons reciting "Twas the Night Before Christmas" all I can think of is "The Nightmare before Christmas."

Because Christmas and the brutish Harperland were definitely not made for each other.

But believe it or not, the real version, is even SCARIER !!!!
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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 1:08 am

Ghost of a Flea



Roger Scruton - Why Beauty Matters (2009)

Why Beauty Matters - Por que a beleza importa from jinacio on Vimeo....

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 6:48 am

The Disaffected Lib



If It Scares Canadians, It's Manna from Heaven for the Tories

Manipulating the public with carefully tailored fear is despicable.  It's also the entire first chapter in Stephen Harper's playbook.  He's been incredibly successful in using fear as a weapon to motivate his own political base from the outset.

If you own a working television set chances are you've seen the Harper government's anti-marijuana ad.  It's ostensibly the work of Health Canada but the ad bears the imprimatur of the Prime Minister's Office because it's based on falsehoods calculated to scare gullible parents.

An ominous 30-second ad now on YouTube and TV warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm a teen's developing brain, with the words "Decreased IQ" crossing the screen.

The spot was chosen after that message got the strongest reaction from focus groups of parents who were privately shown a similar ad and several alternatives in cities across Canada in June.
The parents, described by the interviewers as "generally uninformed regarding marijuana health risks," reacted with alarm when told marijuana can trigger psychosis, schizophrenia and a drop in IQ in young, still-developing brains.
The information on the harmful effects of cannabis on mental functioning was "surprising and scary" to them, says a newly released report by Harris Decima, commissioned by Health Canada at a cost of $95,000.
It's been an aspect of HarperLand that the public service has been transformed into a personal partisan agency of the prime minister.  The ad that is being aired was chosen based on focus group reactions according to which they found most alarming.  It's obviously designed to give Harper's anti-marijuana stance more public support in the 2015 election and, best of all, it's electioneering on the public dime.


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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:03 pm

De Smog Blog



As New York Bans Fracking, Calls for Moratorium in Pennsylvania Grow Stronger

This week, New York Governor Cuomo announced that his state would ban fracking, due in large part to concerns about impacts on public health. But right across the border in Pennsylvania, one of the fastest-moving shale booms in the country still proceeds at breakneck speed.

While Governor-elect Tom Wolf campaigned on promises to tax shale gas extraction, evidence continued to grow that Pennsylvania has struggled to police the drilling industry or even keep tabs on its activities. A scathing report issued in July by State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found that record-keeping was “egregiously poor,” and environmental regulators do “not have the infrastructure in place to meet the continuing demands placed upon the agency by expanded shale gas development.”

For the past several years, Pennsylvania has had a history of lax regulation of the shale rush and its impacts on drinking water. For example, in 2011, the state made national headlines for allowing shale wastewater laced with toxic and radioactive materials to be discharged after incomplete treatment into rivers and streams that were not capable of fully diluting the waste, according to internal EPA documents. Even now, toxic waste from the fracking industry is only tracked via industry self-reporting, which a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigation found has led to major gaps in tracking and reporting.

“I think there is a strong feeling in Pennsylvania that what happened in New York is in large part because of the demonstrated damage caused by gas production here,” said Myron Arnowitt, State Director of Clean Water Action.

“It appears that the leadership in New York has been more responsive to what has been happening to Pennsylvanians than the leadership in Pennsylvania.”

Right from the start of the shale rush, the two states took different tacks, with New York maintaining a temporary moratorium until the state understood the impacts of shale gas extraction methods and Pennsylvania allowing drilling to begin before regulations were put in place.

Some environmental advocates are calling for Pennsylvania to undertake a similar review to New York's.

“A state-wide assessment in Pennsylvania has never been done,” said Mr. Arnowitt. “Again, with a new governor there is an opportunity for some real examination of the facts on the ground here.  Even though these potential studies in PA would be after gas production started, it would definitely be better late than never.”

There are also calls for local and regional authorities to intensify their look at shale gas extraction.

“In Pennsylvania, for example, we have been pushing the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to conduct their own cumulative impact study of the effects of fracking on the Susquehanna watershed (which covers New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland including the Chesapeake Bay),” said Mr. Arnowitt. “Hopefully New York’s decision will help move SRBC to consider the need for an overall look at the impacts.”

Tom Wolf, the incoming governor, did not respond to requests for comment from DeSmog as of press time. “Governor-elect Wolf’s priority is to ensure that Pennsylvania is an energy leader with all Pennsylvanians sharing in the prosperity,” Jeff Sheridan, press secretary for Wolf's transition team, told Politics PA. “Governor-elect Wolf opposes a ban, and he will work hard to make sure the process is safe.”

Wolf will likely face tough questions in light of New York's review of the research, which casts doubt on the feasibility of ensuring that fracking is safe.

“Would I live in a community with [fracking] based on the facts I have now? Would I let my child play in the school field nearby, or my family drink the water from the tap or grow their vegetables in the soil?” said Howard Zucker, New York's acting Health Department comissioner, as he announced the ban. “After looking at a plethora of reports … my answer is no.”

The New York report focused on the difficulty of protecting against a broad range of risks and uncertainties associated with drilling, its cautious wording casting doubt on claims that risks to public health from the process could be effectively managed.

“As with most complex human activities in modern societies, absolute scientific certainty regarding the relative contributions of positive and negative impacts of HVHF on public health is unlikely to ever be attained,” the report says.

“In this instance, however, the overall weight of the evidence from the cumulative body of information contained in this Public Health Review demonstrates that there are significant uncertainties about the kinds of adverse health outcomes that may be associated with HVHF, the likelihood of the occurrence of adverse health outcomes, and the effectiveness of some of the mitigation measures in  reducing or preventing environmental impacts which could adversely affect public health.”

Studies from Pennsylvania were cited dozens of times in New York's review, on issues ranging from air pollution to traffic accidents to emerging health impacts in communities where fracking takes place.

“Given what the New York State Department of Health (NYDOH) has concluded, that 'the risks are too great' to allow fracking, we should ask for a point-by-point response to the NYDOH health impact analysis from Pennsylvania's Gov-elect Tom Wolf,” said Stephen Cleghorn, owner of Paradise Gardens and Farm and former Advisory Council Member for Stop the Frack Attack.

“If the public health risks are too great in NY, then why are they not too great in PA?”

In some ways, the shale rush in Pennsylvania may have served to bear out the fears of New Yorkers.

“Although the natural gas industry will blame environmentalists and activists for the fracking ban in New York, the reality is that the industry itself bears a huge share of the responsibility,” said Pennsylvania state Congressman Jesse White, who represents one of the most heavily drilled counties in the state.

“New York had the benefit of watching everything unfold in Pennsylvania over the past decade before making any decisions about fracking,” he said, “and what should have been a golden opportunity for the drilling industry to brightly shine has instead taken on the distinct look and stench of a dumpster fire.”

New Yorkers have also looked across the border and seen that the economic benefits hoped for in Pennsylvania have failed to measure up to the boasts of drilling advocates.

“Neither job creation nor potential gas production are accurately reported by the industry and sadly, many of our elected leaders have been perpetuating inaccuracies,” economist Janette Barth wrote in a Dec. 4 letter to Governor Cuomo. “While the Governor of Pennsylvania has stated that 200,000 jobs have been created by gas development in Pennsylvania, detailed analysis by the unbiased Marcellus Shale Research Collaborative shows only one-tenth that number of jobs created.”

In large part, the New York State Department of Health report centered on the lack of evidence surrounding fracking's impacts, and the industry's inability to demonstrate that the process would be done safely.

This uncertainty is promoted by the shale industry's unwillingness to share information for scientific review and its use of sealed settlements when lawsuits over contamination are filed.

“The lack of transparency by both the gas industry and the PA DEP, coupled with the continued use of dangerous wastewater impoundments and a refusal to disclose the chemicals used in frac fluid, only serve to delay the inevitable public debate about the real impacts of fracking,” said Rep. White. “The refusal to have an honest discussion about the impacts of drilling could very well end up being more dangerous than any real or perceived impacts from drilling itself.”

“It’s like being so afraid of talking about the flu that nobody gets a flu shot,” he added, “you’re making a problem much worse by pretending it doesn’t exist.”

Despite the lack of transparency, a growing number of Pennsylvanians see downsides to drilling. Nicholas Davitt, of the grassroots group Encouraging the Development of a Green Economy (E.D.G.E.) said that two-thirds of Democrats support a statewide moratorium on fracking and that it is the official platform of the  State Democratic party.

We’ve won moratoriums on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed and in Dimock. We’ve banned fracking in Pittsburgh,” he said. “We need to halt it statewide to ensure a healthy and robust economic future for Pennsylvania and the region.”

Many environmentalists hoped that momentum for grassroots activism would continue to build in the wake of the surprise announcement.

“This victory in New York proves that when people are committed, vocal, and earnest in their pursuit of the truth there is no deep pocket industry chief, lobbyist or politician that can stop them,” said Maya van Rossum,  the Delaware Riverkeeper.

“There were many along the way who said we could not secure a moratorium on shale gas extraction in the Delaware River watershed — we did.  There were many along the way who said we could not secure a ban on fracking in New York — today we, as a community, have,” she said.

“There are those who say we cannot stop the drilling happening in Pennsylvania or other states across the nation — I believe we will and today’s victory in New York supports that.”

Photo Credit: Color shot of a shale gas drilling rig on a field, via Shutterstock.


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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 2:25 pm

RotoRob



The Wire Troll: The Andrei Vasilevskiy Era Begins

A first round pick of the Lightning in 2012, the 6'3" 207-pounder was the highest drafted goaltender in the draft at 19th overall. He's been quite successful -- even dominant -- at all levels of play he's competing in so far. That didn't change when he made the leap across the pond this fall. In 14 appearances with the Syracuse Crunch, "Andrei the Giant" compiled an 8-3-3 record, a 2.34 goals against average, a .918 save percentage and two shutouts. He took his stellar play with him to sunny Florida after being recalled by the Bolts in Week 10, collecting a win, a 1.52 goals against average and a .958 save percentage.

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:30 pm

North by East West



So long and thanks for all the fish (NxEW is changing management)

I am officially stepping down as editor of NxEW. When I started the site in 2009 there were lots of exciting musicy things happening, I was trying to keep up with it all and sharing some of the great things I found. Now, more than 5 years later life has gotten in the way. I
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Posted on 5 December 2014 | 11:46 pm

Canadian Living



The best fitness motivation tips from Canada's top trainers

Looking for some fitness motivation? These personal trainers tell you how to get fit and stay in shape.

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:00 am

Pro Woman Pro Life



Bah humbug!

I have learned about the effort of some this Christmas to withdraw charitable funds from those who would serve pregnant women in their hour of need. Every Christmas story has a Scrooge I suppose. I was watching A Christmas Carol recently and was reminded that the main point of A Christmas Carol is entirely lost in […]

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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 9:33 am

Rabble



Watch: Canadian labour movement improves lives

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December 22, 2014
Fairness works! The Canadian labour movement aims to improve lives by working on issues that matter the most.

The labour movement is committed to improving the lives of workers and has been for over 100 years. That's our job. Our aim is to improve the lives of all Canadians by working on the issues that matter most to everyone.


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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 10:35 am

Rolling Around in My Head



The Oddity of Being Other

As I sat down to write today's post, I thought of a comment made recently on a recent blog post that suggested that I spent a lot of time being offended. I was glad of that comment in a way because it reminded me to be cautious in how I write about my experiences as a disabled person. I actually don't spend much of my life offended but I'm aware it can seem like that. This blog captures moments of my life as a person with a disability that I'd like to comment on. Many of those moments, like the one I'm about to document, the oddity of life with a disability. I want to capture the social aspects that come with having a visible difference and a visible disability. I do this for two reasons. I do it for me, this blog is my disability diary, in that diary I write what I want to remember, I am also a service provider, what I learn from one interaction with a professional or one ride down the street, can teach me how better to understand the world of those I serve. I also do it for other people, either with disabilities or those who serve or parent those with disabilities. I can't tell you the number of times people say, 'that happens to me all the time too' or 'I have to think about how to prepare my child for this kind of thing.' That makes me happy.

My life is happy.

More clearly: my life is happy, albeit with moment of annoyance.

Now, for the oddity of yesterday.

We went to see Handel's Messiah at the Roy Thompson Hall on the afternoon of my birthday. While there are primarily older people in attendance there are some youngsters too. But as the crowd tends towards dotage there are a lot of people there with walkers and wheelchairs. The ushers let us in first so that we can comfortably find our seating without the push of impatience behind us. I got to my seat and, when the general public came in, a woman came to the seat beside me, she turned and saw me and saw Joe putting my coat away. "You don't have to worry, you have a nurse with you."

I wasn't worried and I didn't have a nurse with me because I don't need a nurse constantly at my side. Part of me was annoyed that the automatic assumption was that Joe was a 'nurse' and I was his 'patient'. I said, politely and conversationally, "Joe is my partner, not my nurse." She said, "No, I didn't mean him, I'm a nurse so you have no worries."

"But I don't need a nurse," I said, confused.

Now she's offended and sits down quickly, I'm sure I heard a harumph as her bum hit her seat cushion. She steadfastly ignored me for the rest of the evening. She made sure, a couple of times, that I noticed her ignoring me.

During intermission she headed upstairs, we stayed in the concert hall. Joe said, "You know she only mentioned she was a nurse because you are in a wheelchair, she wouldn't have said it to anyone else here."

"I know," I said, "it's like she wanted to give me something to write about in my blog."

Joe laughed and said, "That's what I thought too."

So, there it is. Another documented incident of how the wheelchair is a magnet for social inappropriate behaviour.

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 7:45 am

A Canadian Foodie



Retro Recipe: Pork Chop Supreme

A Childhood Favourite: the only pork dish my dad would eat! As much as Vanja loves pork, my dad detested it. “Too many years of having to eat salt pork as a child.” was his explanation. The taste reminded him of a very unhappy childhood amid poverty in the dirty 30’s on the Saskatchewan prairies. […]

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Posted on 16 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

Dean Somerset



Are You Strong Enough for Life?

Today’s guest post is from Dr. Scotty Butcher, PhD, PT, an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s department of physical therapy, and the chair of the Canadian Strength Symposium happening in Saskatoon, SK, January 23-25. I’ll be a presenter there, alongside Dr. Stuart McGill, Andre Benoit, and a bunch of other big names, as…… Read More

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Posted on 16 December 2014 | 7:58 am

Knit Nut



Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted [...]


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Posted on 23 November 2014 | 9:42 pm