The Quick Brown Fiox

Kira Vermond publishes her third kids book, Why We Live Where We Live, plus she's up for a top kids’ book award for Growing Up

Guelph-based children’s author Kira Vermond is among 10 finalists for the prestigious Red Maple Non-Fiction Award for 2015, part of the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading program. 

Kira calls her book, Growing Up, Inside and Out (Owlkids), “a brave choice” for the nominating committee, noting it tackles a top-of-mind subject for the award’s target grade 7 and 8 demographic: puberty.

Although the book discusses how kids’ bodies change, Growing Up takes a more holistic (and humorous) approach to the adolescent years, tackling everything from brain chemistry to cliques and from being a transgender teen to forming healthy sexual relationships.

Kira Vermond
“I’m delighted the book has been nominated as part of the Forest of Reading 2015 program – it’s one of the biggies for kids’ books in Canada,” Kira says. “I’m particularly happy that more kids will get a chance to read it. I know that if I’d had this book as a child, it would have been a life changer.”

Kira is the author of three non-fiction books for children, one for adults and has another children’s book in the works. When Growing Up was published in 2013, it received high praise for being a “straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty,” according to Quill & Quire’s starred review. This is Kira's second nomination for the award.

Meanwhile, Kira recently released her third children’s nonfiction book, Why We Live Where We Live (Owlkids). Kirkus gave it a good review, calling it “unusual” and says it offers a “surprising amount of information”— which were the qualities Kira was shooting for.

The book takes readers, age 8-11, on a sweeping journey through time and space to examine not only the places we call home, but why we want to build a community there in the first place – think Las Vegas, built in the middle of the desert, or Pompei, built at the base of an active volcano.

Kira explores how access to food and water, language, family ties, transportation and even climate change influence our decisions. Humans, smart enough to adapt to the environment and also adapt the environment to their needs, can live nearly anywhere, even in space.

Kira’s first nonfiction book for kids (published in 2012 and also nominated for a Red Maple Award) was The Secret Life of Money: A kids’ guide to cash. At the time, my son was 10 and it was his favourite book of the year, and my daughter who was 14 at the time loved it, too. 

Some of my readers will know Kira from the Wednesday afternoon Intensive class, where she was working on a middle grade novel. – Brian

Growing up, Inside and Out is available from Owlkids here, Why We Live Where We Live is available here, and the Secret Life of Money here.

For information on submitting to Owlkids and Maple Tree press, see here.

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:43 am


Janet Leigh: Un joli minois

Janet Helen Morrison est née le 6 Juillet 1927, à Merced (Californie) et était enfant unique. À l'Université du Pacifique, janet étudiait la psychologie et la musique. Elle fit un bref  mariage ( 4 mois) avec John
Carlyle, puis, un autre le 7 Octobre 1945, avec Stanley Reames.

Durant l'hiver de 1945, ses parents: Helen Lita Westergaard et  Frederick Robert Morrison travaillaient dans la station de ski «Sugar Bowl», où passa l'actrice Norma Shearer qui aperçu la photo de Janet affichée sur le mur, elle s'informa de son identité et la recommanda aussitôt à l' agent Lew Haserman qui lui fait prendre des cours d'art dramatiques avec Lillian Burns. Peu de temps après, elle passe un audition à la MGM  et obtient un rôle dans un premier film "The Romance of Rosy Ridge/ L'Heure du pardon" (1947). Janet devient vite une coqueluche dans: " Little Women/ Les Quatre Filles du Dr March" (1949), " Stricktly dishonorable" (1951), "Scaramouche" (1952),   "Houdini" (1953), "My Sister Eileen/ Ma sœur est du tonnerre" (1955).
Pendant ce temps, Janet divorce (1949) et épouse l'acteur Tony Curtis, le 4 Juin 1951. De ce mariage, naquirent les futures actrices, Kelly(1956) et Jamie Lee (1958). Elle tourna, ensuite: "Houdini /Houdini le grand magicien", "The Naked Spur /L'Appât" (1953)," The Vikings",  "Touch of Evil / La Soif du mal" (1958) d'Orson Welles," Psycho" (1960) et  " The Manchurian Candidate/ Un crime dans la tête" (1962). Le couple Curtis divorça en 1962. Elle épousa  Robert Brandt la même année.
Des films: " Bye Bye Birdie" (1963)," Harper/ Détective privé" (1966), "The Fog" (1980), "Halloween H20 : 20 Years Later /Halloween, 20 ans après, il revient"(1998). Janet Leigh apparaît également dans plusieurs séries télévisées et signe deux romans: «House of Destiny/ Les Chemins de la gloire» (1995) et «The Dream Factory» (2002).
Janet Leigh, qui souffert de vascularite, est décédée le 3 Octobre 2004.

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:59 am

Other Food - Daily Devotions

You pastor's words

TODAY'S SPECIAL: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:5

TO CHEW ON: "For this reason we also thank God without ceasing because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it, not as the word of men but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Do we consider the message our pastor preaches each Sunday the actual "word of God" to us? Do we welcome it as Paul's readers did? Or do we hear it with a critical ear and the intention to obey only the comfortable bits?

It might be a good idea to keep Paul's words in mind next Sunday as we listen to our pastor preach.
  • We can ask ourselves is there something we need to hear?
  • If pastor's sermon sounds like a repeat of other messages he's preached, we can examine our lives for disobedience. Maybe the reason God is impressing the same message on our pastor's heart week after week is because we aren't obeying.
  • If we find it hard to concentrate, taking notes may help. We could write down his main points, statements that grab our attention, and Scriptures that he refers to so we can reread them later.
  • We can listen with the goal of taking something practical home with us. We could look for a truth or principle to apply to everyday life or one change we could make.
  • And one more thing: why don't we pray for our pastor throughout the week that he will hear from God for us, and have the freedom and liberty to speak what God impresses on him to preach. Let's not take lightly God's choice and anointing of our pastor as a means of building us up (His body the church).

PRAYER: Dear God, I thank You for my pastor. Please help him to hear from You this week, and to preach with confidence and conviction next Sunday. Amen.

MORE: Understanding your pastor's challenges

For us in the pews, it's easy to think a pastor's job is a piece of cake. After all, doesn't he just have to get his sermon ready each week and preach on Sunday? What can be so hard about that?

However, the reality is quite different. Kevin DeYoung, an author, blogger and pastor writes of the challenges of being a pastor:

"Ask any pastor who really takes his work seriously and he will tell you of the pressures he feels in ministry—people in crisis, people leaving, people coming, people falling through the cracks, people disappointed by the pastor, people disappointing to the pastor. In the midst of this work the pastor is trying to find time for study, prayer, preparation, and family. He’s trying to improve himself, train up new leaders, meet the budget, get to know a few missionaries, champion important program, manage staff, take care of administrative details, provide for deep, accessible worship and preaching, be responsive to new ideas, listen to new concerns, be ready to help when people are in trouble."
Read all of "Pastoral Pressure and Apostolic Anxiety."

May this insight into pastoral life add to our incentive to pray for our church's pastors and leaders.


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 30 October 2014 | 5:00 am

Anglican Samizdat

Canon Andrew White leaves Iraq

A report from the National Post tells us than Canon White has “has quit Iraq after death threats and the beheading of children attached to his church by Islamic terrorists.” Although Andrew White is travelling in the US at the … Continue reading

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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 9:57 pm


Registration to HCR and Training Program Update and New Diet

Today, I registered me and my husband to the next HCR 2015 half marathon which is next May. So now I have again target which I need to run forward. Then I updated my training program and diet again here.

I have successfully finished my GoJuttaGo meals in two days now. My diet didn't change a lot because I have already get used to vegetables and protein. Now there is only berries in the diet among the vegetables I eat next to a lunch and a dinner, so I may start to miss fruits soon. And because I've preferred morning eating my whole life and the big breakfast is not weird thing, I feel hungry before lunch. On the other hand in the evening it feels that I'm eating all the time and my stomach is full before the next food. And my head is so full of ideas at the moment how to variate the meals that I could cook all the time. And thus, I'm not very worried yet, that will I succeed with the new diet..


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Posted on 28 October 2014 | 4:29 pm

After the Kids leave

An autumn visit to Ontario

Dear Karen, After more than two weeks in Toronto, I’m finally back in London.  As much as I love being home, I do miss  Canada, mostly because I finally got the chance to spend 14 whole days there, with my little grandson.  Oh yeah, and his parents.  They’re kind of important, too!  Thanksgiving – tie […]

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:30 am

Buzz Feed

39 Cats Who Were Brilliantly Pranked By Their Owners

These cats always thought they were better and smarter than their people. But they hadn’t reckoned with the devious brilliance of the duct-tape prison ….

Things started off slow. The traps were set ...

Things started off slow. The traps were set ...

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... but it wasn't clear that the cats were going to fall for them.

... but it wasn't clear that the cats were going to fall for them.

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A tense standoff was developing ...

A tense standoff was developing ...

who’s first?

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 2:39 pm

How to survive life in the suburbs

StreamInto2015 With TWO Huge Giveaways!

The following giveaway is open to Canada only. Calling all movie lovers!  Have I got a challenge and Giveaway for you!! You won’t believe what I’m up to this month!  For the next 30 days or so, I’ve joined forces with to find the “Ultimate Family Movie”. Yup, it’s #StreamInto2015 with and I […]

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:00 am

Progressive Bloggers

DeSmogBlog: World’s Major Banks Poured Over $80 Billion into Coal Last Year Alone

At least $83 billion USD in financing was provided to 65 coal mining and energy companies last year by 92 of the world’s leading commercial banks, according to a Dutch report published Wednesday.

Leading banks provided $500 billion in financing for the coal industry through 2,283 lending and underwriting transactions between 2005 and April 2014, said the report Banking on Coal 2014, which was released by BankTrack in Nijmegen.

The top 20 financiers provided 73 per cent of this amount alone, added the report, released just days ahead of the publication of the fifth United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: World’s Major Banks Poured Over $80 Billion into Coal Last Year Alone

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 8:00 pm

Bird Droppings

Lucy DeCoutere and Big Ears Teddy are game-changers

   It took a stuffed bear and a trailer park girl to bury Jian Ghomeshi.
   Actress Lucy DeCoutere, who plays Lucy on the popular TV comedy series Trailer Park Boys, lowered the boom on the ousted CBC star by doing what seven co-accusers have refused to do: putting her name to allegations that she was assaulted and abused by Ghomeshi.  In the same Toronto Star article quoting DeCoutere, two of Ghomeshi's anonymous accusers who were allegedly attacked in his home share creepily similar details about a stuffed bear named "Big Ears Teddy", whom they said Ghomeshi would turn around so that it was facing the other way when he assaulted them.  Within minutes of the Star report being published, a six month old Twitter account with the handle @bigearsteddy went viral, revealing that allegations identical to the ones that surfaced against Ghomeshi this week were floating around in cyberspace last April and suggesting that Big Ears Teddy harbored a hidden camera.
   Even with DeCoutere coming forward, no charges have been filed against Ghomeshi, but the due process part of the equation has been rendered moot by circumstantial evidence so overwhelming that the substantial fan support Ghomeshi was receiving on social media has evaporated.  At this point, even if he were to get a favorable ruling in either criminal or civil court, Ghomeshi's credibility and professional clout would be on a par with O.J. Simpson's.  He needs to go far, far away.
   In the meantime, it won't go down in the annals of Canadiana alongside "money and ethnic votes", "Just watch me," and "Henderson scores for Canada", but anyone who ever read or heard "Big Ears Teddy shouldn't see this" won't soon forget it.

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:48 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

Canada’s New “Anti-Terrorism” Bill: Responding to the Courts, Not the Attacks

The government yesterday introduced Bill C-44, the Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act. While some were expecting significant new surveillance, decreased warrant thresholds, and detention measures, this bill is a response to several court decisions, not to the attacks last week in Ottawa and Quebec. A second bill - which might use the U.K. legislative response to terror attacks as a model - is a future possibility, but policy decisions, cabinet approval, legal drafting, and constitutional reviews take time.

Bill C-44, which was to have been tabled on the day of the Ottawa attack, responds to two key issues involving CSIS, Canada's domestic intelligence agency.  The first involves a federal court case from late last year in which Justice Richard Mosley, a federal court judge, issued a stinging rebuke to Canada's intelligence agencies (CSEC and CSIS) and the Justice Department, ruling that they misled the court when they applied for warrants to permit the interception of electronic communications. Mosley's concern stemmed from warrants involving two individuals that were issued in 2009 permitting the interception of communications both in Canada and abroad using Canadian equipment. At the time, the Canadian intelligence agencies did not disclose that they might ask their foreign counterparts (namely the "five eyes" partners in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand) to intercept the foreign communications.

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Posted on 28 October 2014 | 8:30 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

Tom Ford Interview with Lady Kinvara Balfour

Tom Ford interview at the Regent Street Apple Store, April 2014....

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 9:48 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

Jumbo Glacier Ski Resort Threatens Grizzlies in Southern B.C., Into U.S.: Scientists

Grizzly bear

Grizzly bears in the Central Purcell Mountains are more vulnerable than shown in 15-year-old research being used by proponents of Jumbo Glacier Resort and, if the resort is built, it could threaten grizzly populations through southern B.C and into the U.S, says one of Canada’s leading grizzly bear experts.

Michael Proctor, who has studied grizzly bears in the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges in southeastern B.C. for almost 20 years and whose work is regularly published in scientific journals, recently completed two ecological analyses of the Purcell grizzly population and found, based on data-driven population surveys, that bear populations are about 50 per cent smaller than previous estimates.

In 1999, government scientists estimated the area to be at 93 per cent of carrying capacity for grizzlies, but Proctor’s research, completed more than a decade later, found grizzly capacity to be at 54 per cent. The capacity is the population an environment can sustain.

Human Encroachment Likely Cause of Drop in Grizzly Population

Using DNA analysis from hair snagging, Proctor found the Purcell grizzly populations are depressed, bringing them “close to or below the threatened population threshold.” The reason for the lower than expected numbers is most probably more roads into the backcountry and human-caused mortality associated with the activity that roads bring.

Work needs to be done on helping the population recover before efforts to mitigate the negative effects of the proposed resort come into play, he said,

To improve the status of the Purcell grizzly it will likely be necessary to improve the balance of human use and wildlife habitat needs. The Jumbo Glacier Resort would challenge our ability to accomplish that goal,” Proctor said in a 2010 letter to the provincial government.

Purcell/Selkirk Grizzlies Act as Anchor Population

An even more important issue, Proctor said in an interview, is that the proposed resort will likely fragment the approximately 600-strong Purcell/Selkirk grizzly population and compromise its ability to act as a core anchor for beleaguered and already-fragmented smaller units to the south. Keeping that population intact is probably essential to maintaining international grizzly bear populations extending south into the U.S.

Those small, fragmented populations just to the south are too small to survive long-term without the larger Purcell/Selkirk regional core population to act as a long-term source of immigrants,” Proctor said.

It is an argument that has been emphasized by Wildsight, a non-profit fighting approval of the proposed resort.

This is the last stop. There’s small bits of populations to the south and in the U.S and, if we cut them off they are hooped,” said Wildsight spokesperson Robyn Duncan.

Although Glacier Resorts spokespeople say there are few grizzlies in the area that would be used for year-round glacier skiing, there are numerous anecdotes about resort proponents ignoring grizzlies that appear almost in front of them.

Bob Campsall, a long-time Jumbo Creek Conservation Society board member, recalls one of the first meetings about the planned resort.

I asked about grizzly bears and they said they had studied the grizzly bear population and there were not enough to be concerned about. I had hiked up there the previous weekend and saw four grizzly bears,” he said.

Most Up-to-Date Grizzly Research Not Considered by B.C. Government

Proctor said that, as Jumbo is in the central spine of the Purcell Range, it is in the area where the bears are generally going to travel.

Ski areas are not generally bad for grizzly bears; it’s the location of this one,” he said.

However, Proctor’s latest research appears to have been ignored by the provincial government. The Environmental Assessment Office is currently considering whether the environmental assessment certificate, first granted in 2004 and renewed in 2009, should be made permanent.

They haven’t incorporated the new information I have given them,” Proctor said.

They said the research was too late.”

That is a disappointment, according to Proctor, who has a reputation as an independent research scientist, whose only agenda is science.

It is a shame not to use the latest science,” he said.

Gerry Wilkie, a director of the Regional District of East Kootenay, is angry that Proctor’s research is not being taken into account and believes it illustrates how poorly the Jumbo decision is being handled by the government.

It’s a debacle,” he said, describing the project as a white elephant.

The fact that Mike Proctor’s work on population dynamics and fragmentation of habitat of the southern interior grizzly was disregarded is of critical importance.”

The Environmental Assessment Office determined that the 1999 report, conducted for Glacier Resorts by Axys Environmental Consulting (PDF), satisfied the requirement for a pre-construction inventory of grizzly bears in the study area, said an Environment Ministry spokesman.

The project is in compliance with five conditions related to grizzly bears, but future work is required, the spokesman said.

 “Jumbo Glacier Resorts is currently developing plans for the next steps in monitoring for potential impacts of the project on the grizzly bear population.”

Proctor is not the only one to conclude the resort would be bad news for grizzlies

Alton Harestad, former co-chair of the provincial Grizzly Bear Scientific Advisory Committee, concluded the development would adversely affect the grizzly population in the South Purcells.

The size and nature of the development will result, eventually, in the loss of bears locally and will diminish the viability of the regional population of grizzly bears,” Harestad wrote in a report.

There are no examples in North America where grizzly bears have coexisted successfully with large human development over the long term.”

The Jumbo Glacier Resort Master Plan, approved by the province, relies heavily on mitigation efforts, ranging from Bear Smart programs to establishing partnerships with government and local forest tenure holders to improve grizzly habitat in and around the almost 6,000 hectares of controlled recreation area – Crown land that the company will lease from the province.

Ktunaxa Spirituality Not Up For Grabs

However, members of the Ktunaxa Nation, like other critics, say categorically that mitigation is not possible.

The Ktunaxa, who are appealing a B.C. Supreme Court decision turning down an application for a judicial review of the province’s approval of the resort, know the area as Qat’muk, the place where the Grizzly Bear Spirit was born, goes to heal itself and returns to the spirit world.

The heart of the nation’s spirituality is not up for grabs, says Kathryn Teneese, chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council.

It is easy to understand why the Jumbo Valley is so special in First Nations culture, Duncan said.

It’s where grizzly bear science and spirituality come together. It’s not a coincidence that the Ktunaxa knew from living on the land that this is a core area — that this is an area we don’t touch,” she said.

Photo: Heather & Mike via Flickr

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:31 am


Podcast: Mid-Season Fantasy Football Awards

On this week’s episode of RotoRob Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, heard every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio, Nick Wagner and Josh Johnson were joined by Sonja Greenfield of

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 9:59 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

Arren and David's Figgy Pudding Cocktail

Holiday spirits don't get more stylish than this signature cocktail.

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:00 am

Pro Woman Pro Life

Men and the Pill

Crazy charting of a natural family planning method, see photo. It’s not always easy, but it’s better than the alternatives. And what it does is make a couple aware of their fertility, which is dictated by the woman’s fertility, because of the way biology works. In this article, a man testifies to the benefits. Imagine […]

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:54 am

Rolling Around in My Head

Old MacDonald On The Bus

Whenever I get on the bus in the morning, usually when I'm well and truly strapped down, I ask about the ride. At the time I go in to work, I get there at 7, it's a 50/50 chance that I'll ride alone and of course a 50/50 chance that I won't. Yesterday morning the driver looked and told me that we'd be picking someone up on the way, then I'd be dropped of and then the other person would be taken to his destination. This is unusual for me, at the distance I travel, I'm usually first on, last off. I was pleased, I know this ride and I knew I'd be about 15 minutes early at work. Terrific.

When we arrived to pick up my fellow passenger, it turned out that he was a very elderly gentleman who was accompanied by a young woman, a support staff. She immediately spoke to the driver, somehow the trip was booked wrongly, he has an important appointment at the hospital, they can't be late. The driver, nicely, said that he would do what he could.

A little later, not recognizing the route we were taking I asked the driver about where we were. He said, I think expecting backlash, that he's going to drop the other fellow off first. I sat there quietly.

I should have said, "That's great, he needs to get to his appointment, I understand."

I said: nothing.

In my head I was saying: "But I'm supposed to be dropped off first. I wanted to get to work early and now if we are on time, I'll be lucky. Why is it my fault that they booked his trip incorrectly? Why should I have to pay for that mistake? Why do these things always happen to me, they never, ever decide to drop me before someone else." If there was a theme song to my thoughts and rants and ramblings the words would be:

Here a whine.

There a whine.

Everywhere a whine whine.

But. I said nothing.

When we dropped the fellow off, for surgery as it turns out, I wished him luck on his surgery. The woman with me commented that I was a kind man.

I wasn't actually kind.

I was just quiet.

You see I've discovered that the way to be a good person is to just shut the hell up every now and then.

I arrived a work.

The driver thanked me for my patience. I told him that we were exactly on time. He said, "You know what I mean."

Silence itself may be golden - but yesterday, it made me golden too.

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:52 am

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

Why Adults Can’t Squat Like Babies and Should Stop Trying To

For some reason, at one point in time or another, someone suggested that since and toddlers can squat with relatively admirable mechanics that this is somehow a trait that has been “trained out” of most people. From there it became a de facto argument as to why we should try to squat “ass to grass”…… Read More

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Posted on 28 October 2014 | 1:55 pm

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