The Quick Brown Fiox

You’re invited to a book launch for Riverdale: east of the Don by Elizabeth (Liz) Gillan Muir

A new history of Riverdale from the Don River to Greenwood Avenue, including Playter Estates published by Dundurn Press

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
6:30-8:30 pm
at Dora Keogh pub, 141 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
(just east of Broadview Subway Station)

Also, Liz will be giving a book signing
Saturday November 8
2:00 – 4:00 pm
at Book City
348 Danforth Avenue
(just west of Chester subway station)

“Muir’s new and excellent book…is interesting and informative…”
George Rust-D’Eye, author, Cabbagetown Remembered

Bring your friends!

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in BBarrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, 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 24 October 2014 | 9:28 pm



Une pub de thé glacé Lipton présentée par Linda Darnell.
Vous reconnaissez?

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:00 pm

Other Food - Daily Devotions

Fruit Test

apple on an apple tree
TODAY'S SPECIAL: Matthew 7:15-29

" 'You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit but a bad tree bears bad fruit.' " Matthew 7:16,17

Comparing a life to fruit-bearing plants, Jesus points out how ludicrous it is to expect edible fruit from weeds. And by the fruit, He suggests, one evaluates a life.

Good fruit—what is it?
What is the fruit of a life? Surely Jesus isn't talking about how many physical children we have, or the multitude of things with which we surround ourselves? Most likely not. There is a fruit list in Galatians 5. Paul says there is no law against these Spirit-fruits: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control Galatians 5:22.

Good fruit—how do we bear it?
How do we find it within ourselves to produce such crops? Well, we don't. In John 15 Jesus gives instructions about fruit-bearing as a metaphor where God is the Vine, and individuals are branches. To bear good fruit it is necessary for us individuals to "abide" or live in the Vine. Abiding in the Vine will line up our will with the Vinedresser's so that prayers will be answered, because they are what He wants too. The branch's  abundance will glorify God even as it brings the branch joy.

Fruit-bearing—it's serious business.

In John 15:6 Jesus also alludes to something sobering which He mentions in our passage as well—that non-fruit-bearing branches and plants will eventually be "cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 7:19, see also Matthew 13:7).

What can fruit-bearing branches expect?

Pruning (John 15:2). But pruning is cutting! Ouch! Indeed, pruning may come in many ways: through circumstances, through people that challenge, irritate, and sand us to smoothness. We may do some pruning ourselves as we cut extraneous, non-fruit-bearing activities out of our lives.

As we go into today, let's reflect on what kind of fruit our life-plant is bearing. If it's not good, let's examine our attachment to the Vine; do we need re-attaching? If we're producing a measly crop, let's ask ourselves what we might do to increase that yield.

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to be an abiding branch that allows Your fruit-producing activities of prayer and obedience flow through me even as I submit to Your pruning.  Amen.

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 25 October 2014 | 5:00 am

Anglican Samizdat

Canadian Primate says 2018 Lambeth unlikely

Justin Welby doesn’t want to hold another Lambeth conference only to discover a large number of bishops absenting themselves because they are upset with the presence of the Anglican Church of Canada and TEC; both provinces have wandered away from … Continue reading

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 3:45 pm


Back to Normal Weight and 10 Men's Push-ups

I have again achieved my normal weight since I got weigh-in result of 72 kilogrammes today and my BMI is now under 25 which means normal weight.

In addition it was time to do fitness test and I could do 10 men's push-ups and 21 one leg squats with my both legs. I felt a bit tired before the test but I exceeded all my expectations and improved the result in most of the fields which have felt difficult lately. Fitness Score is now 64 and Athleticism Score is 46. And more detailed..
Endurance 84 (earlier 85, 72, 79, 68, 77, 68, 53, 52, 42, 01)
Flexibility 55 (earlier 36, 55, 55, 55, 55, 36, 55, 55, 55, 27)
Strength 79 (earlier 53, 65, 49, 60, 38, 51, 51, 34, 21, 09)
Speed/Reaction/Agility 76 (earlier 81, 78, 76, 50, 69, 59, 50, 45, 36, 58)
Balance 70 (earlier 69, 66, 75, 53, 63, 51, 54, 53, 24, 01)
Power 34 (earlier 39, 46, 12, 11, 05, 10, 9, 10, 37, 12)

I have forgotten to mention earlier that I'm going to have bicycle ergometer test on Monday where I'm going to get feedback of my current condition and tips how and with which heart rate levels I should continue to exercise in future. I haven't tried it earlier but now there is equipment in the gym nearhood so I decided to try.

Have a nice weekend!



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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 3:59 pm

After the Kids leave

The Saturday Post: Oct. 25

Dear Readers, And what a week that was. Not necessarily  in a good way, either—the shooting in Ottawa’s Parliament really cast a pall over our entire country.  A sense of melancholy has been in the air since Wednesday, and we suspect it’ll take Canadians some time to recover. In Ottawa, where Karen lives, one way […]

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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 12:02 am

Buzz Feed

17 Signs You're Twister Rodriguez From "Rocket Power"

You’re definitely a rider on a mission, an action kid in play position.

You're quick with the insults.

You're quick with the insults.

Klasky Csupo / Nickelodeon


Klasky Csupo / Nickelodeon

Your video camera is always by your side.

Your video camera is always by your side.

Klasky Csupo / Nickelodeon

You're easily amused.

You're easily amused.

Klasky Csupo / Nickelodeon

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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 5:48 pm

How to survive life in the suburbs

Travel In Style! FamilyTravelCA Twitter Party!

My philosophy, if you’re going to travel, you might as well do it right!  The best hotels, the most beautiful beaches, and take the time to seek out those take your breath away locations.  So it only makes sense that I also believe; if you are going to travel, you might as well do it […]

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:11 am

Progressive Bloggers

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Searching for Reasons: The Aftermath of Tragic Events in Canada

I live in a quiet suburb of Ottawa, Canada.  The tragic and shocking events in our nation’s capital this week shook all Canadians to the core and there’s almost no one in my city whose life wasn’t touched by the cruel aftermath of Michael Zehof-Bibeau’s murderous rampage.  Of course, we all searched news reports for any bits of information that would give us clues about how to make sense of this tragedy.  One thing quickly became clear: no one knew Michael Zehof-Bibeau.  He was a homeless loner who was addicted to drugs, racked with guilt and in search of redemption (Read more…)

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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 5:58 pm

Bird Droppings

Timing is everything

   Some people get it; others - not so much.
   Members of the Quebec National Assembly get it.  MNAs from all parties wore red poppies in the legislature yesterday in a show of solidarity with the military and out of respect for the two Canadian soldiers killed in terrorist attacks this week in Ottawa and St. Jean-sur-Richelieu.  
   Ian Orr gets it.  A member of Royal Canadian Legion branch 66 in east end Montreal, Orr told the Montreal Gazette that he and other veterans will wear their uniforms proudly during Remembrance Day ceremonies.  "We've been under fire before," he said,  "and we're not going to run away."
   Members of the Montreal Police Brotherhood get it.  They'll dispense with their pension plan protest wardrobes and go back to wearing full uniforms on the days of the funerals for the fallen soldiers.
   Glenn Greenwald doesn't get it.  The left wing American lawyer and journalist wrote an article this week saying Canada has reaped what it sowed as a military aggressor, and told an audience at McGill University last night our perception of ourselves as a peace-loving nation is entirely at odds with who we really are.  Greenwald's lack of timing, judgement and self-awareness makes him a fine bedfellow with Quebec Green Party leader Alex Tyrell - a leading proponent of the white poppy campaign drummed up by a social fringe element who've deluded themselves into thinking the red poppy glorifies war. Tyrell says this weekend's cross-country demonstrations by something called the Canadian Peace Alliance are perfectly timed.  The grieving personal and professional familes of Warrant Officer Partrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo would probably disagree. 
   It's easy to march in the streets wearing your white poppy and demanding peace, just as it's easy to lecture a neighbor on your perception of their shortcomings.  It's easy because while you're living in your self-righteous, holier-than-thou cocoon, someone else is making the difficult real-world decisions and sacrifices on your behalf.  
   But just because it's easy doesn't make it any less inappropriate and distasteful.


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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:34 am

Trashys World

Ottawa City Council candidates worth voting for!

I have already endorsed some of these candidates in past posts, but being that it is only a few days till E Day, I thought I’d go over some of them again. Jean Cloutier will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for […]

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

The Galloping Beaver

Stephen Harper's Ottawa speech.

“We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and our institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all. But let there be no misunderstanding. We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.” (Stephen Harper, 22 October 2014)

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 6:03 pm

Michael Geist

About That Copyright Exception for Political Advertising. . .Never Mind

Earlier this month, a political storm hit in Canada when it was revealed that the government was considering including a new copyright exception for political advertising in its forthcoming omnibus budget bill. The reports sparked claims of fascism, censorship, expropriation, and more, yet as I argued, the commentary bore almost no relationship to reality. There were legitimate concerns about an exception made solely available to politicians and political parties as well as doubts about the need for such an exception given the breadth of the current fair dealing exception that already permits most uses of video clips.

Yesterday, the government tabled its omnibus budget bill, which contains changes to the Patent Act (to bring Canada into compliance with the Patent Law Treaty), effectively ban paper billing charges for telecom and broadcast services, and grant new enforcement powers to the CRTC. As for the copyright reform provision, perhaps the public outcry had an impact. It is nowhere to be found.

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 9:06 am

Montreal Simon

Stephen Harper's Sinister Plan to Suppress Our Freedoms

I knew Stephen Harper wouldn't waste any time exploiting the senseless tragedy on Parliament Hill.

I knew he'd strike when many people were still in shock, emotions were still raw, the MSM in Ottawa was still making it sound like it was Canada's 911. 

And he could still scare some Canadians into believing that our country, and its values, were under attack.

And that only he can save us... 
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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 1:24 pm

Ghost of a Flea

Zegna - A Rose Reborn, Episode 2

Andiamo: As I hadn't posted Episode 1....

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 9:33 am

The Disaffected Lib

Keep Calm and Carry On, Canada

Harvard prof Stephen Walt says Canada's MPs are delusional if they think doubling down on counterterrorism will make the country one bit safer.  In a Foreign Policy op-ed, "Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper", Dr. Walt sums up our situation succinctly: "the blowback powerful states experience needs to be understood as part of the price they pay for an active, interventionist foreign policy."

This basic reality also undercuts the illusion that the United States and its allies could run an ambitious but cost-free foreign policy: that it could use military force to shape the internal politics of various foreign countries without suffering any real harm. After 9/11, Americans were told they were attacked because terrorists "hate our freedoms," as if the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East had nothing whatsoever to do with al Qaeda's motivations.

Given the related assumption that foreign intervention will be welcomed by the entire local population of whichever country we happen to be bombing, we still tend to be shocked when some local elements rebel or when sympathizers elsewhere rally to our opponents' banner and try to enact some form of revenge. We shouldn't be surprised at all: No state can attack or occupy another country without pissing off a lot of people, even if the disaffected remain a minority. And a few of those people will try to hit us back here at home. Most who try will fail, either because they are incompetent or unlucky, or because our law enforcement and intelligence agencies work pretty well. But as the Ottawa attack reminds us, a handful of our opponents will occasionally succeed. 

...Even when the loss of life or damage is small -- thankfully -- each new terrorist incident tends to magnify public concern and is used to justify increasingly stringent counterterrorism measures.

...Whenever there is some kind of terrorist incident (including failed plots), politicians seem compelled to enact more extensive surveillance regimes and promise more assertive efforts to go after the bad guys, in order to show that they can't be cowed. But unlike security measures enacted during conventional wars, which are normally lifted once the war is over, the various measures imposed since 9/11 remain firmly in place, even after years go by without another incident. Over time, these measures keep ratcheting up, because every now and then another incident will occur and whoever is then in power will feel they have to "do something," too. It also reinforces the rhetoric of terrorismthat increasingly dominates our public discourse and makes it harder to develop a coherent set of strategic priorities.

If Prime Minister Harper wanted to show real leadership and do his fellow citizens a real favor, therefore, he would have begun by simultaneously mourning the dead soldier's sacrifice and by putting that loss in perspective. It is perfectly OK to say that Canada "won't be intimidated," but he should have gone on to explain why. The real reason is that the actual threat Canada faces is far too small to intimidate a wealthy, powerful, and cohesive country. The occasional isolated gunman (or even a whole flock of them) isn't a truly mortal threat to the overwhelming majority of Canadians.
If Harper cares to be more than just an opportunistic politician, he might ask himself if following America's lead in the Middle East was such a smart idea. The six F-18 aircraft that Canada has assigned to the war on the Islamic State (IS) aren't going to tip the balance in that fight; the challenge we face isn't a shortage of tactical aircraft.
Canada's contribution is a purely symbolic gesture of alliance solidarity rather than a meaningful military contribution, and it is far from obvious that bombing IS militants is the right approach to defeating them anyway. No matter how awful we think this movement is, killing more Muslims just plays into the extremists' narrative about Western violence and oppression. It may actually strengthen their political appeal. If you want to defeat extremism over the longer term, you need to defeat and discredit their ideas. Needless to say, F-18s are not designed for that particular job.
If Prime Minister Harper is genuinely interested in helping make Canada more secure, a bit of reflection on the efficacy of Canada's response is in order. The issue isn't about whether our leaders are being "intimidated"; it is simply about the efficacy of their reflexive response. A responsible leader ought to consider whether intervening in the turbulent and far-reaching convulsions now roiling the Arab and Islamic world is going to improve that situation -- and make his or her fellow citizens safer. Or is military intervention likely to make those convulsions worse and increase the very slight risk that his or her country now faces?
Unfortunately, sensible considerations such as these tend to get lost in the patriotic bluster that typically follows violent and dramatic events, and the overly muscular responses that we're already seeing in Ottawa make it more likely they will happen again.

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:34 pm

De Smog Blog

Crude Oil Transport Project Halted In California After Environmentalists Sue

Back in August, DeSmog reported on California environmentalists stopping “stealth carbon bombs” in their communities. Now they're celebrating another victory as a dangerous—and illegal—crude oil transport project in Sacramento has been halted as well.

According to a report by the Sacramento Bee last March, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District first caught InterState Oil Company, a fuel distributor, offloading ethanol without a permit in the fall of 2012. Inspectors with the AQMD then caught InterState transloading crude oil from trains to trucks bound for Bay Area refineries in September of last year, again without a permit.

InterState was not fined for these violations and was even allowed by the AQMD to continue importing ethanol and crude oil into California by train while it sought the necessary permits.

InterState received the permit to transload crude from trains to trucks in March of this year. On September 23, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of the Sierra Club challenging what it called the AQMD's “furtive approval” of the permit.

The larger issue was that the AQMD had not followed the necessary review process laid out by the California Environmental Quality Act despite the fact that InterState's operations would significantly increase air pollutants and the company was importing Bakken crude, which is so volatile that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration was forced to issue a safety alert earlier this year.

No opportunity was given to the public to review the permits, and no notice was given to Sacramento emergency responders and other city officials about the handling of highly flammable Bakken crude just 7 miles north of the city, California's state capital.

In a letter to InterState dated October 21, 2014, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District notified the company that the permits were issued in error and ordered the cessation of all transloading operations.

“This is a huge victory for Sacramento residents and communities across California who are put in harm's way by trains carrying volatile, hazardous crude that are known to derail and explode,” said Devorah Ancel, Sierra Club staff attorney. “Local, state and federal governments must take further immediate action to notify the public when hazardous crude is railed through their communities.”

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 5:44 pm


Start ‘em, Sit ‘em: Cheers to Reggie Bush

The timid and meek may not want read articles like this. Our hope is that together we can push the needle into the Fantasy playoffs. We realize it's tough each and every week and that's why we are at your service with your Start ‘em or Sit ‘em picks for Week Eight.

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 10:53 pm

North by East West

Mavor’s Bones: A Gothic Novel-In-Poems by Rolli

“Company’s come. In a ramshackle mansion, meet a family in the same condition—ancient, decayed. There’s the brooding Duke, and his riotous brother. There’s Grandam, lost in wilds of herself. There’s a vicar, a philosopher, an angel, a ghost or two. And somewhere above them all, in a ruined garret…” (from IN the five years that I
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Posted on 13 October 2014 | 12:14 am

Canadian Living

5 natural ways to manage depression

If you're feeling blue, we've got five alternative methods for dealing with depression the natural way.

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 1:33 pm

Pro Woman Pro Life

Reclaiming abortion rights?

I was trying to ignore Katha Pollitt’s new book called Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. But I’ve just been asked to do Tommy Schnurmacher’s show in Montreal on Monday at 10:30 am so I can do so no longer. Sigh. Just watched this interview with her. It doesn’t strike me that she is saying anything terribly […]

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 3:42 pm

Rolling Around in My Head

Wizard Not

It's our last day in Edmonton and we've had a great time thus far. I've given two full day lectures to two big rooms of people who listened, laughed and took notes. I enjoyed myself. It's nice when those things go well.

We've had a pretty good experience with accessibility too, even though we've had little time to get out and explore. But, I think most importantly, the ramps down to the hotel bar that stocked 50 scotches were perfectly pitched to send me straight there!

This morning, as Joe packs, I'm getting ready for the last of what we are doing here. I'm doing a session for self advocates on rights. Like all the talks I do, it takes organizing and it takes focus to get my mind and my manner perfectly attuned to what I am doing. So this morning when I went down to breakfast, by myself because Joe forgot something back in the room. I flew down ramp one, and then glided down ramp two. As I zipped by the bar where we heartily celebrated Joe's birthday the night before with his nephew and his lovely partner Cindy and knew that it had been a good night. But I arrived, finally at the restaurant.

It was, thankfully, a seat yourself affair. We were having breakfast a little later because we're starting work a little later and it was fuller than I'd seen it before. I began to make my way down an aisle that I'd judged wide enough for me and my chair. There were breafasters on either side of me as I pushed. I'm pretty skilled at this and usually manage with no trouble. But I kept getting distracted by thoughts of the self advocate presentation. I veered once into a woman's walker, she, unsurprisingly just smiled and moved it to the side. Then a few feet later I thought again of something I want to do differently and banged into another chair. I was like a big slow pinball banging from side to side down the aisle.

The moral to this story?

And yes there is one.

Don't think and drive.

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:03 pm

A Canadian Foodie

Highlights of Food Bloggers of Canada 2014

Another amazing coming together of Canadian Food Bloggers from coast to coast Sitting at the Edmonton International Airport writing a quick recap of the highlights of my time at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference 2014 I sit, simply overwhelmed and in awe of the Canadian Food Bloggers that FBC brought together these past 2 […]

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 2:15 am

Dean Somerset

Crawling Your Face Off

I’m a big fan of crawling, and not just for infants, frat boys on Saturday nights, or sniper ninjas sneaking up on their unsuspecting opponents. Crawling is one of those basic “template movements” where a lot of things can happen simply from that position to make adjustments, give variations, and produce entirely different exercises based…… Read More

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 8:00 am

Knit Nut

Rutting Farm Animals and Pink Lungs

Remember back in the winter I started a migraine prevention medication which is also a popular anti-seizure medication, and which is known to cause significant cognitive impairment? Apparently more than half of the people who take this drug don’t last more than a couple of months on it because of its side effects. Well, I’m [...]

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Posted on 7 September 2014 | 12:04 pm