Police fire tear gas in Hong Kong and protestors douse – The Globe and Mail


Video shot by Globe journalist Nathan VanderKlippe shows protestors in Hong Kong on Wednesday dousing a tear gas canister with water.


Hong Kong’s resistance in 16 seconds: ‘If there is ever a video to give you hope for civil disobedience, then this is it’



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The floodlight dispute – Too funny!

This guy’s neighbor bought a new floodlight. What happened next is absolutely hilarious.

It’s not unusual for neighbors to have conflicts. Sometimes those conflicts are large and at other times, they’re just small annoyances.

What happened between Justin Flecker and David Thorne is just plain hilarious, as David shared their email exchange over a dispute over a light.

David‘s hilarious emails made me laugh so much – I would love to have him as my neighbor! Share this with your friends, family and neighbors if this article made you smile too!



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New Zealand / Aotearoa and Australia / New Holland

Here is some info about the names of these two great places I very much enjoyed visiting and living in plus some of my thoughts about them.

I am fortunate to have made many good friends in New Zealand (NZ) and Australia while living in Austrialia and the UK and during my travels. NZ is also the home of my wife’s immediate family.

To learn more about this see my about page.

June 13 2019

New Zealand flag

Māori flag

I think geographical NZ is a lot like Canada but shrunk in size plus adding more rain forests, volcanoes, extreme adventures and friendliness. It has closer ties and more similarities to the UK.

I think they have come closer to finding the right balance of colonial and indigenous heritage and are strong protectors of the environment. Like Canada there is much more needed to find and maintain these balances.

The name “New Zealand” comes from “Zeeland” (which translates to “Sealand”) in Dutch, after it was sighted by Dutch Explorer Abel Tasman. Zeeland is a province of the Netherlands.

New Zealand is called “Aotearoa” in the Māori language. It means “Land of the Long White Cloud”.

Australian flag

Australian Indigenous flag

Austrialia is similar in many ways to Canada and New Zealand but it has some amazing differences.

Like NZ it has closer ties and more similarities to the UK. I loved the people as much as the country.

The name Australia is derived from the Latin australis, meaning “southern”, and specifically from the hypothetical Terra Australis postulated in pre-modern geography. The name was popularised by the explorer Matthew Flinders from 1804, and it has been in official use since 1817, replacing “New Holland” as the name for the continent.
Australia is colloquially known as “the Land Down Under” or “Down Under” from the country’s position in the Southern Hemisphere, at the antipodes of the United Kingdom. The term was popularised internationally by the 1980 song of the same name by Men at Work.[32] Aka “Straya” (“Australia” pronounced in an exaggerated Strine manner), and “Aussie“, which is often used as a demonym, but occasionally extended to the country as a whole (especially in New Zealand).[33]

There is no one Indigenous name for the whole of Australia. Indigenous people were diverse and had multiple languages. Most Indigenous peoples had names for their own traditional lands and for the earth but not for the continent known today as Australia


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Grocery store finds cheeky way to move customers away from plastic bags | CTV News

The East West Market in Vancouver has started adorning its plastic bags with names of fake, embarrassing businesses in an effort to steer customers toward reusable options.


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House approves year-long, fully paid parental leave from the Commons for MPs | CTV News

CTV News

June 12 2019



With the net debt of the federal government over $.5 Trillion and annual deficits of over $30 Billion how is this sustainable?

They don’t pay into EI so if they want maternity leave they should pay into it and they should get the same percentage of reduction that any one else on EI gets not full pay. When they not travelling and working in Parliament regularly they will have less personal expenses.

They already very well compensated for the work they actually do and only lose $121 per day after 21 days if they do not attend Parliament the short periods it is in session.

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Locally produced and meat alternatives. Are they responsible and healthy options?


It makes sense sometimes to buy local and other times not so much. There needs to be a balance and sometimes compromises need to be made. I go into this more below.

There is many meat alternatives available now and more coming out. Are they what they claim? Again it varies and requires some investigation.


From the comments it looks there is some misleading information in this article with no author and unknown source. Pea isolate used not soy isolate plus ingredients on the label different than what is on the label at least on Canadian version.

Regardless it best to avoid or limit processed food.

I support locally and responsibly produced products including meat and eating it in moderation. There is often less costs and pollution when not having to transport goods long distances.

We recently split a cow three ways from Spence Bros in Winkler with delivery to Wpg included. Grain fed and 29 day dry aged. 134 lbs @ $3.60 /lb (59 lbs of hambuger plus 75 lbs of steaks and roasts including some T-Bones, Sirloin, Sirloin Tip, Rib and other cuts. It double wrapped with quality maintained for at least a year in freezer.

Apparently they meet organic rating requirments other than fence posts are treated. Great taste and quality so far.

Also “Local Meats” on St. Annes rd. In Winnipeg is family run with large selection of local MB produced meats, cheese and other products frozen or fresh that are high quality and significantly lower cost than even Superstore.

We still have balanced diets with lots of fresh and whole foods and some meals with no meats. I cycle to work regulary, we have a large compost for yard and house organic waste and try to be responsible in other ways. It is not always the easiest option that is the responsible option.

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Policies restricting drug use are fueling the drug crisis, says Dr. Carl Hart – CBC Ideas

Neuropsychopharmacologist Carl Hart believes attitudes and laws around drug use need to change, particularly in his own country, the United States. (Harper Collins)

Hart argues risks associated with drug use have been overstated for healthy adults

June 6 2019 – CBC Ideas

Activist Carl Hart is known for his positive views on responsible drug use for healthy adults. He himself has used drugs for pleasure.

What makes him a less typical advocate for legalization is that he is a neuropsychopharmacologist, winner of a PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and Chair of Psychology at Columbia University.


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