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Thursday October 8, 2015

15:47 Fines set to climb for Summerside city parking infractions »Journal-Pioneer Local
Parking fines could soon double in Summerside.
15:44 1915 in the USA »Island Musings
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?) Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help. There&ellipsis;Read the full post »
15:43 Community Notices »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, October 8, 2015 New listings this week: 1) Honouring our Feminist Forebears ~ a Women’s History Month Celebration 2) Women’s Institute – Active Like A Girl Fun Walk Run Event 3) CANO (PEI) Education Session – Registration deadline Oct 9 4) Family Fun Day! 5) […]
15:42 Charlottetown asking for special treatment under water act »The Guardian - Local News
City says legislation needs to protect huge demands, challenges put on its water resources
15:36 ‘Fall Colours’ Trali Walk — Saturday, October 17 from 10am-12pm »sawig
15:15 Free flowing Water Act »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
For decades, the issue of water has been a topic of concern for most Islanders. The long list of problems includes ongoing fishkills, excessive nitrates and multiple pesticides in drinking water, anoxic conditions in bays and estuaries, sections of the Winter River running dry, excessive ...
15:01 Shea has best round »Journal-Pioneer Sports
PEISAA senior championships held at Mill River
14:53 MHL announces schedule change for Caps »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Home game scheduled for Oct. 22 moved to Jan. 21
14:49 White Spartans head to Sackville »Journal-Pioneer Sports
To take on Titans in exhibition atom tackle football game Saturday
14:39 Applications Being Accepted for Charlottetown Christmas Parade »City of Charlottetown
2015-10-08 The City of Charlottetown is accepting applications for the 17th annual
14:37 NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Raising niqab stakes is not a risk-free strategy »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Against the expectations of many - including some of his own strategists - Stephen Harper has thrown the niqab issue back into the mix in the last stretch of the election campaign.
14:22 Honouring our Feminist Forebears ~ a Women’s History Month Celebration »Women's Equality PEI
Join the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat in celebrating Women’s History Month. We will be remembering women leaders no longer with us, who’s legacy lives on in our lives and work. You are welcome to bring a photo, memento, or memory of one of your feminist […]
14:20 [BLOG] Some Thursday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • blogTO looks at atypically-named TTC subway stations, the ones named not after streets.

  • Centauri Dreams examines the protoplanetary disk of AU Microscopii.

  • The Dragon's Tales looks at China's nuclear submarine issues.

  • The Everyday Sociology Blog examines the intersections between game theory and water shortages.

  • Far Outliers notes the travails of Buddhism in Buryatia and the decline of Russia's Old Believers.

  • Geocurrents looks at rural-urban--potentially ethnic--divides in Catalonia.

  • Savage Minds examines controversies over tantra in contemporary Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Torontoist notes that the TCHC is only now investing in energy-saving repairs.

  • Window on Eurasia suggests contemporary Syria could have been Ukraine had Yanukovich been stronger, notes Belarusian opposition to a Russian military base, and notes discontent among Russia's largely Sunni Muslims with the alliance with Iran and Syria.

14:14 Canadian newspapers alive and well »The Guardian - Opinion
Newspapers are credited with containing the first rough draft of history. Newspapers in communities large and small preserve the chronicles of history of many nations. Back issues contain an untold wealth of information on the people, events and issues of the day. No medium can tell a story ...
14:09 Charlottetown Mall owners focused on filling vacant space, not selling »The Guardian - Local News
P.E.I.'s largest shopping mall is not for sale. Reports have circulated recently that the Charlottetown Mall was for sale after RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall, announced less than two weeks ago that it was ending its partnership with Kimco, another real estate ...
14:08 More accountability needed in P.E.I. education »The Guardian - Opinion
The issue of accountability often arises when speaking of education, so I decided to see what the Department of Education website says about what key decision-makers do; here is what I found:- The Minister defines, provides, assesses, establishes, approves and even prohibits – all actions are ...
14:05 Change coming in different political colour »The Guardian - Opinion
It’s interesting to read the paper and watch the news these days, what with all the ‘expert’ political opinions, trends and, hmm, what would Rex Murphy say, prognostications on the coming federal election. Everybody seems to have the answer, but we won’t know until the 19th.As someone once said ...
14:02 Warnings, threats affront to political reality of Canada »The Guardian - Opinion
As the Canadian election nears, it seems wise to establish certain personal rules of thumb to aid us in our decision making at the ballot box. This time around, I am on the lookout for the stock phrase threat to democracy from party leaders. This lazy term is an affront to the political reality ...
13:55 Every Canadian’s Favourite Warrior Princess Doesn’t Care for Steve »PEI Curmudgeon's Blog
It’s just amazes me the number of Canadians who accept the racism and misogyny and general nastyness of the CPC’s campaign. Marg Delahunty Warrior Princess certainly has no use for it.  
13:49 Hughes has one-win lead on Campbell in CDP driver standings »The Guardian - Sports
The battle for top driver continues tonight at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval has a 13-dash card slated for a 7 p.m. start. Jason Hughes continues to lead the driver’s colony in Charlottetown with 76 victories while Marc Campbell sits in second place with 75. The ...
13:30 Veteran riding horse across Canada visits P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
Since April, Canadian military veteran Paul Nichols has been riding across Canada on his horse, Zoe, on behalf of the Communities for Veterans Foundation. The ride started in British Columbia in April and will make its way through Prince Edward Island between Oct. 9 and 14. At stops along the ...
13:00 Kensington area man arrested on drug charge »The Guardian - Local News
KENSINGTON - A 21-year-old man from the Kensington area was arrested for possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking in Summerside. The Prince County drug unit, with assistance from Summerside police, arrested the man on Saturday. As a result, police seized two cellphones, cash, a ...
12:48 Trust issue with Egmont Liberal candidate Bobby Morrissey irks voter »The Guardian - Opinion
This week I went to our mailbox and found that Bobby Morrissey distributed a pamphlet with false information. He had a list of promises that only a Trudeau government would offer and another column under NDP x’d out, indicating the NDP government would not be offering these promises. This is an ...
12:46 Avoiding debate helps in decision »The Guardian - Opinion
So Tom Mulcair and Stephen Harper both want to be Prime Minister. However, neither one would show up if a debate was televised live nationally on the CBC or CTV. On the other hand, Justin Trudeau is more than happy to be in the public eye and meet one on one with voters. He’s been in Summerside ...
12:45 NDP unveils Atlantic platform in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
The NDP is vowing to restore door-to-door mail delivery, spend more money on municipalities and make child care more affordable. Those were among the promises Charlottetown candidate Joe Byrne made at a press conference this morning as the party announced its platform for the Atlantic ...
12:44 Health cuts resemble Kyoto »The Guardian - Opinion
Mr. Stephen Harper, why do you keep cutting your share of health care costs each budget? Is it your aim to get out of Medicare like you did Kyoto?Charles Clarkson,Charlottetown
12:43 Eagles tend to be loners? »The Guardian - Opinion
I quote from the front page of Wednesday’s Guardian. “they may all flock together, but the release of an injured bald eagle into the wild here certainly ruffled some feathers”.Hello! Eagles don’t flock. No one has ever seen a flock of eagles. Check it out, the next time you see an eagle, it ...
12:39 Joe Byrne sees leadership "from below" »The Guardian - Opinion
By Rev. Phil Callaghan (guest opinion)
12:35 The danger of feeling safe »The Guardian - Opinion
By David Weale (guest opinion)
12:31 Restoring watersheds to historic conditions »The Guardian - Opinion
12:23 P.E.I. Coalition for Proportional Representation questions timetable »The Guardian - Opinion
By Brenda Oslawsky and Marie Burge (guest opinion)
12:13 Group of employees at Key Murray Law wins $100,000 on TAG »Journal-Pioneer Local
A group of employees from a Summerside law firm are a little bit richer today.
12:09 P.E.I. fish plant wants review of temporary foreign workers program »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE - Whoever wins the federal election on Oct. 19, Jeff Malloy hopes they will agree to take a second look at the temporary foreign workers program. Malloy, CEO of the Acadian Fishermen’s Co-op in Abram Village, said his company and other Island seafood processors continue to struggle ...
12:01 [PHOTO] 7/11 at 1:54 am, Queen Street West, Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
7/11 at 1:54 am #toronto #711 #queenstreetwest #trinitybellwoods

This is proof I walked Queen from Yonge to Dufferin Nuit Blanche night. How many other people have seen this?
12:00 Charlottetown man gets jail time for luring minor »The Guardian - Local News
A 40-year-old Charlottetown man was sentenced in provincial court Wednesday for attempting to lure a minor through Facebook. Christopher Joseph Beaton was sentenced to 90 days at the provincial correction centre after requesting photos and engaging in inappropriate conversation with a ...
11:32 P.E.I. F.C. players recognize the importance of early games »The Guardian - Sports
SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C.’s quest for a national title begins today in Calgary. The Island’s senior men’s team starts with a 3 p.m. (Atlantic) game with Quebec, which lost 1-0 to Ontario on Wednesday. The three teams make up their pool. “We’re going to come out Thursday looking for a big win,” ...
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10:00 P.E.I. government says lower spending, higher revenues shrunk deficit »The Guardian - Local News
The province recorded a deficit of $20.3 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 - and that has the Liberal government patting itself on the back. The government heralded in a statement Wednesday that the deficit is an improvement from fiscal 2013-14’s deficit of $45.9 million, and ...
09:45 Lawrence MacAulay Has Been Riding On Islanders Backs For To Long »
27 Years, 4.5 Million Richer, MacAualay Is a ‘Party’ Parasite In Cardigan, the people have had the same man represent them for the past 27 years. And during all that time, he has portrayed himself as the noble crusader for the common man. Your fight was his fight, your misfortune was his and your wishes … Continue reading Lawrence MacAulay Has Been Riding On Islanders Backs For To Long
09:20 P.E.I. Home and School Federation wants input on changes to system »The Guardian - Local News
The president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation hopes decisions on potential changes in Charlottetown’s school system don’t come too quickly. Peter Rukavina said he understands there are challenges that need to be addressed and that the process can’t drag out but he wants to see more ...
09:17 Sunny, breezy and cool conditions expected today across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Thursday Oct 8th 9:15am..  Good morning.. A weak cold front crossed the island overnight giving just some cloudy periods. The big change will be in the temperature dept as much cooler seasonal values along with a brisk NW wind on … Continue reading
08:18 Number of fatalities on P.E.I. roads up in 2015 »Journal-Pioneer Local
Charlottetown resident Piero Campanaro knows his late wife would want him to get on with his life. He is doing so. Yet the loss following 72-year-old Carole Campanaro’s fatal motor vehicle collision April 10 near North Wiltshire still looms large for the widower. Says Piero: “How do you ...
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08:03 P.E.I. Crown appeals sentence for man who molested girl during break in »The Guardian - Local News
The P.E.I. Court of Appeal has been asked to increase the sentence imposed on a 22-year-old Charlottetown man who broke into a city residence last January to commit a theft and subsequently molested a 12-year-old girl sleeping in her own bed. Travis Mehmoodi was sentenced to two years in a ...
06:05 Sprong set to realize dream by playing first NHL game »The Guardian - Sports
Charlottetown Islanders teammates, coaches happy for 18-year-old rookie
06:03 Home Security in Vancouver (180 Words) » | New Topics
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00:00 Engage PEI invites Islanders to get involved in government agencies, boards and commissions »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The Government of Prince Edward Island is recruiting Islanders to serve on a variety of agencies, boards and commissions, says Premier Wade MacLauchlan.'Engaging the perspectives and voices of Islanders is vital to effective government,' said Premier MacLauchlan. 'All Islanders are encouraged to consider ways in which they can contribute to the public life of our province.'Engage PEI provides an easy process to become involved in one of the more...
00:00 Island export success performs above national growth »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Prince Edward Island continues to perform above Canada's national growth in exports, driving another record year that will support economic growth and job creation for the province. 'Our government has set a plan in place to achieve growth above the national averages and create more opportunities for trade, businesses and job creation,' said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. 'Robust business growth across our key sectors will build a more prosperous province...
00:00 Island export success performs above national growth »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Prince Edward Island continues to perform above Canada's national growth in exports, driving another record year that will support economic growth and job creation for the province. 'Our government has set a plan in place to achieve growth above the national averages and create more opportunities for trade, businesses and job creation,' said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. 'Robust business growth across our key sectors will build a more prosperous province...
00:00 Sessions will educate about Island court system »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
A three-part public education session next month will shed light on the Prince Edward Island court system, including Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal. Over the course of the three nights, attendees will learn about criminal, family, constitutional, and administrative law. These sessions are taught by retired and sitting judges and are open to all citizens who have an interest in the court system or the administration of justice...

Wednesday October 7, 2015

23:55 Both Royals teams open with a tie at nationals »The Guardian - Sports
The host Winsloe-Charlottetown Royals recorded a pair of scoreless draws during opening day action Wednesday at the under-18 cup of the Sport Chek national club soccer championships. The Royals tied Alberta’s South West United in afternoon girls action while Winsloe-Charlottetown and Ontario’s ...
23:29 Hillary Clinton Craps On Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau TPP ‘Banking’ Trade Scheme »
Thomas Mulcair and his NDP Party can make a lot of hay in the next two  weeks on the Federal Election hustings. Hillary Clinton just crapped all over the Stephen Harper TPP Trade Scheme, which Justin Trudeau also supported. Trudeau has been added to the mantra ‘Stop Harper’, “Stop Harper Trudeau and the Banks”, vote … Continue reading Hillary Clinton Craps On Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau TPP ‘Banking’ Trade Scheme
22:53 Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce hands out annual Business Excellence Awards   »Journal-Pioneer Local
Wednesday was a big day for Mona MacKinnon.
22:47 Athletics a win away from KCBL title »The Guardian - Sports
The Stratford P.E.I. Brewing Company Athletics defeated the Peakes Tee Bombers 5-1 Wednesday to take a 3-2 series lead in the best-of-seven Kings County Baseball League final. Ronnie De La Cruz threw a complete game four-hitter with six strikeouts for the win while Josh Coffin went the distance ...
21:58 One Time Payment of 35 Million to PEI Vanishes Without Any Provision For E-Gaming Suit »
PEI rolled five years of advance payments into last years budget to claim they are on track toward a balanced budget. Al Roach the Minister of Finance, a liar of ‘record’ on the Liberal team, made no provisions for losses although a 25 million dollar Securities Commission lawsuit is coming in like a freight train. … Continue reading One Time Payment of 35 Million to PEI Vanishes Without Any Provision For E-Gaming Suit
21:27 Province set for female hockey weekend »The Guardian - Sports
The 2015 world girls hockey weekend, a partnership between the International Ice Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada, goes Saturday through Monday across the country. P.E.I. events in the program, which aims to celebrate and grow the female game, begin Saturday, at 9 a.m., in Borden-Carleton ...
21:20 [LINK] "Sons of Russian spies battle for their birthright" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Nicholas Keung's Toronto Star story takes a look at an interesting consequence of Canadian citizenship law. Two young men, born in Canada to Russian spy parents who had faked identities, were stripped of their citizenship as a result of this, and they want to get it back.

Alexander Vavilov, 21, and his older brother, Timothy, 25, are in the midst of a legal battle to get their citizenship back, arguing they shouldn’t be penalized for the sins of their parents.

“It is not fair to punish us for something we have nothing to do with. We have done nothing wrong,” Alexander Vavilov told the Star in an exclusive interview from an undisclosed city in Europe, where he is studying for an undergraduate degree.

“I now feel I must live in exile because of past events completely out of my control or knowledge,” the former Toronto resident said. “I believe that if I don’t fight for my rightful citizenship I may never be able to return to my birthplace.”

Alexander and Timothy have never been in trouble with the law, though it’s a different story for their parents — Andrey Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova — who acquired their new personas by stealing the identities of two dead Canadians, Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley.

[. . .]

In taking away the brothers’ citizenship, Ottawa ruled their Russian parents were employees of a foreign government when they’d lived in Canada and hence the boys should be excluded from the privilege.

[. . .]

In August 2014, the Registrar of Canadian Citizenship refused to issue citizenship certificates to the brothers under their amended surname, Vavilov.

“Mr. Vavilov does not dispute his parents’ status as illegals in the United States, nor does he dispute that their Canadian citizenship and passports were obtained by fraud,” wrote Federal Court Justice Richard Bell in a recent ruling upholding the federal government’s decision in Alexander’s case. “There is adequate evidence on the record to reasonably conclude that his parents’ presence in Canada constituted part of their (spying) mission for the Russian government.”
21:08 Premier Maclauchlan Can Utilize Vast Theatrical Resources Promoting PEI, Why Not? »
Wade Maclauchlan suggested his ‘team PEI’ would promote and market the Province. Considering the enormous talent locked up in his life partner, Wade barely stuck his toe in the water, promoting dump trucks as a voice over ‘talent’ in a local sales video. Duncan MacIntosh should have been involved in any such theatrical production for … Continue reading Premier Maclauchlan Can Utilize Vast Theatrical Resources Promoting PEI, Why Not?
20:52 Engineering students on P.E.I. take up beach beach ball challenge »The Guardian - Local News
Assemble at Stanhope Beach to guide a ball through a maze, battling wind, as part of design course


20:40 Cornwall curling open for the season »The Guardian - Sports
The Cornwall Curling Club kicked off its 2015-16 season Wednesday and will have ice available for daytime curlers beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13. Other programs include the free, no-obligation learn to curl adult curling lessons and league play, which starts Monday, Oct. 19, with evening mixed, ...
20:30 Rebar stolen in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Police say the theft occurred sometime in the last seven days
20:14 Holland College golfer McEwen honoured by conference »The Guardian - Sports
Holland College golfer Karleigh McEwen was named the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) female athlete of the week on Wednesday after winning her first individual ACAA golf championship on the weekend in Stratford. McEwen also won the Hurricanes female athlete of the week award for ...
19:14 Council to look at reinstating crossing guard position near Greenfield Elementary »Journal-Pioneer Local
Summerside city council will look at the possibility of reinstating one of two crossing guard positions eliminated on South Drive.
19:14 UPDATED: Council to look at reinstating crossing guard position near Greenfield Elementary »Journal-Pioneer Local
Summerside city council will look at the possibility of reinstating one of two crossing guard positions eliminated on South Drive.
18:33 Prince County still closed to shellfish harvesting »Journal-Pioneer Local
Situation causing frustration, tension across the province
18:30 Caps look to continue hot start versus Ramblers »Journal-Pioneer Sports
MHL teams clash in Summerside on Thursday
18:11 [LINK] "New Human Ancestor Walked Like Us, Climbed Like an Ape" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
National Geographic's Nadia Drake reports about the latest analyses of Homo naledi.

The mysterious human ancestor called Homo naledi was primed for success in a prehistoric triathlon, new research shows—if the challenges were walking upright, climbing trees, and handily wielding tools.

Based on fossils retrieved from South Africa’s Rising Star cave, two teams reconstructed the locomotor habits of Homo naledi, reported Tuesday in Nature Communications. With funding from National Geographic, one took a close look at 107 foot bones, the other at 26 bones from a nearly complete right hand.

In most respects, the H. naledi foot looks surprisingly like a modern human’s. Its ankle joint, parallel big toe and wide heel bone belong to a striding biped, a creature fully adapted to efficiently walking upright on two legs. But its lower arch and curved toe bones are more ape-like.

The hand, with its curved fingers, indicates that H. naledi were strong climbers—and yet the long, strong thumb and shock-absorbing wrist could also have been capable of manipulating tools (though no tools have been found yet).
18:10 [LINK] "Do Crows Hold Funerals for Their Dead?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
National Geographic reports.

For this Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week Emilie Bouef commented via Facebook: "I heard that ravens do some kind of funeral when one of them dies. I’d love to know more about this."

Calling to each other, gathering around, and paying special attention to a fallen comrade is common among the highly intelligent corvids, a group of birds that includes crows, jays, magpies, and ravens, says Kaeli Swift, a Ph.D student in environmental science at the University of Washington. (See "Are Crows Smarter Than Children?")

But it doesn't necessarily mean the birds are mourning for their lost buddy. Rather, they're likely trying to find out if there's a threat where the death occurred, so they can avoid it in the future.

In a study published recently in the journal Animal Behaviour, Swift found that American crows associate people seen handling dead crows with danger, and can be wary of feeding near such people.
18:07 [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto will say bonjour to new French-language bookstore" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I quite look forward to this. From Metro:

Lovers of French-language books will soon have a new place to get their fill in Toronto, as a Quebec City-based bookstore plans to open a branch here by early next year.

Christophe Gagnon-Lavoie, co-owner of La Librairie du Quartier in Quebec City, told the Star that Toronto is an ideal place to open the shop, which would be the only exclusively French-language bookstore in the city.

The GTA, he said, is home to a sizeable francophone community (numbering almost 125,000 in 2011) and many Francophiles and French-language students.

“There is certainly a place, we think, for a small bookstore of French books in Toronto,” he said.

The project is being facilitated by the Alliance Française de Toronto, executive director Thierry Lasserre told the Star, and the future library will be housed at the group’s downtown building at 24 Spadina Rd.
18:06 [URBAN NOTE] "In North America's Costliest City, Rich Chinese Take the Blame" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Jeremy Van Loon writes about how exceptionally high housing prices in Vancouver, driven at least in part by the heavy immigration of well-to-do Chinese, is becoming a political issue.

James Hankle, a 50-something software engineer sporting blue jeans and a Green Party T-shirt, is explaining his fix for Vancouver’s runaway property prices when he’s interrupted by an eavesdropping passerby: “Stop allowing people from China to buy our houses and leave them vacant,” she says and walks away.

Despite British Columbia’s aversion to pipelines and affection for pot, housing affordability has pushed both aside as the number one issue raised by area residents in the run-up to Canada’s election this month. It’s not completely surprising given that Vancouver has become North America’s most expensive city.

Surging purchase prices have triggered protest movements like #donthave1million, started by a group of young professionals frustrated at being shut out of home ownership. They complain of having to delay starting families as they remain bunked in with roommates, often into their 30s and beyond.

The affordability issue speaks to broader campaign themes: the difficulty young people face getting established in the labor market, the economic anxieties of the middle class, growing concerns about income inequality, support for families with children. Residents also increasingly point fingers at wealthy Chinese immigrants and investors whose lavish embrace of the Pacific metropolis of 2.5 million has inspired reality TV shows with such gaudy names as “Ultra Rich Asian Girls in Vancouver.”

Vancouver, with its C$2.23 million ($1.7 million) average price tag for a detached home is playing an unusual role in the national election to be held Oct. 19. British Columbia is the only place where all four national parties are competitive -- the Conservatives, Liberals, New Democrats and Greens -- and, given the tightness of the race, its choices could spell the difference. As of now, the New Democrats and Liberals look likely to take some seats away from the Conservatives in the region, according to poll aggregator
18:04 [URBAN NOTE] "Homeless-shelter stunt raises eyebrows in Leaside" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star report about this consciousness-raising stunt in Toronto's tony Leaside neighbourhood caught a lot of attention.

On Friday, Leaside residents woke up to find a former Sleep Country store on Bayview Ave. covered in construction hoarding. On it, there was a sign announcing the privately funded Jefferson Homeless Shelter would open on Nov. 1, offering 62 beds and hot meals, run by a volunteer staff of three.

[. . .]

Residents noticed the sign immediately, said Ted Stuebing, who runs the community news website The South Bayview Bulldog. Many contacted him and their local councillor with concerns.

“People were very upset, people were crying,” he said.

Stuebing went by the area and spoke with a young lady, who claimed she worked for the shelter. When he told her he didn’t think there were 62 homeless people in the neighbourhood to fill the beds, she said the shelter would bus them in.

That sounds outlandish, but outlandish things do happen, so that doesn’t mean it wasn’t true, he said.

But it wasn’t. On Saturday, a different notice went up.

“You told us you don’t want a shelter here. Neither do we. Support us in creating long-term solutions. Let’s end homelessness,” it said, and gave a link to Raising the Roof’s website.
18:02 [LINK] "Tories dump candidate who touts therapies to turn gay youth straight" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The CBC carries Jennifer Ditchburn's Canadian Press article reporting on the Conservatives' dropping a candidate who wrote in favour of anti-gay therapies. This, as noted on Facebook, likely means the riding has been lost for the Tories.

The Conservatives have dumped Jagdish Grewal, a candidate in suburban Toronto who defended therapies that attempt to turn gays straight and who penned an editorial that referred to homosexuality as "unnatural behaviour" and heterosexuals as "normal."

"These comments do not reflect the views of the Conservative Party of Canada. We believe that all Canadians — regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation — deserve to be treated with respect and dignity," the Conservative Party said in a statement. "Mr. Grewal is no longer an official candidate for the Conservative Party."

Grewal, running in Mississauga-Malton, wrote an editorial in the Punjabi Post earlier this year entitled "Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal person?"

He describes an NDP private member's bill passed unanimously in the Ontario legislature in June that removed public funding for services designed to "change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient."

Grewal writes in the piece that some psychologists blame a "shock" during childhood for causing a person to become gay, but that the change "can be corrected."
18:00 [LINK] "U.S. comic Sarah Silverman endorses Canadian NDP candidate" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This Toronto Star report amused me.

American comedian Sarah Silverman made an unexpected foray into Canadian politics on Sunday, when she praised NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and urged voters to support one of the party’s candidates in British Columbia.

The New Democrats welcomed her endorsement, despite questions about whether she may have violated an obscure federal election law that prohibits foreigners from influencing how Canadians vote.

In a Twitter message sent Sunday morning, Silverman, a veteran actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member, appeared to back the NDP’s position on the niqab.

The Conservative party has sought to prohibit Muslim women from wearing the face covering during citizenship ceremonies, while the NDP believes women have the right to wear it. The issue has become one of the defining debates of this year’s election campaign.

“Kudos to @ThomasMulcair 4 supporting a woman’s right to wear what she wants w/out discrimination,” Silverman wrote.

She also urged voters to cast their ballots for Mira Oreck, the NDP candidate in the Vancouver Granville riding.
17:52 [LINK] "Waterstones to stop selling Kindle as book sales surge" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Guardian's Nicola Slawson reports that British bookselling chain Waterstones has decided to stop selling Kindles, on weak e-reader sales and stronger book sales.

Waterstones, which teamed up with Amazon in 2012 to sell the electronic reader in its stores, will use the display space for physical paperbacks and hardbacks instead.

James Daunt, the managing director of the retailer, told The Bookseller: “Sales of Kindles continue to be pitiful so we are taking the display space back in more and more shops.

[. . .]

The move comes after physical book sales at Waterstones rose 5% in December 2014 at the expense of the e-reader.

It appears this trend is not unique to Waterstones. Figures released by Nielsen Bookscan show sales of print books for the first 36 weeks of 2015 rose by 4.6% (worth £739.5m) when compared to the same period in 2014.
17:30 Kensington chamber hosts Malpeque candidates’ debate »Journal-Pioneer Local
There were tough questions in Malpeque Tuesday.
17:20 Callaghan pitches Westisle victory »Journal-Pioneer Sports
First-year team off to high school final
17:19 Superior Blood Leech »The Monkey Rodeo
This is one of those shoots that just sort of came out of wanting to make a messed up looking freaking prosthetic - something that ignores human facial anatomy. The design isn't original, I've seen different instances of it even after I sculpted my ages ago.

I just knew I wanted to make it a little more messy and organic looking - the idea of a series of mouths, or rows of teeth, while freaky looking, isn't exactly disturbing looking - at least not to me - because it's so surreal looking. So I tried making it look a little more fleshy and gross and I'm totally happy with the results.

Originally the shoot was to be done with another friend of mine, who likes the weirder/darker stuff, in another province in a really old, amazing looking cemetery - but that didn't happen for a couple reasons. I decided I need to get this shoot done and was looking into contacting some of my regular folks when a friend of the original model contacted me and we arranged it all right away and within a week had the shoot done.

This is actually the fastest makeup/photo shoot I've ever done. The makeup took six minutes to apply. I did make the piece all up beforehand - but I always do - but this one, because it requires next to no blending, was literally just slapped on, a little fiddling with the edges to get them to lay down and a quick blending with the makeup along the edges and six minutes later were were done. I also was doing them makeup out of the back of a car in a church parking lot beside a major roadway. I never took the time to notice if anyone was watching us.

And there you go. I will be selling these, but only on Etsy I think, or at least only when I have one made, I'm not going to offer them them up otherwise. It's a thick piece, so it takes a lot of foam and there's a buttload of the resin teeth that have to be made, so this one will be a little pricier than normal, I'm thinking $70.


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