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  • Nova Scotia is racing to protect its fragile ‘Moose Sex Corridor'

    04/25/2017 6:09:47 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 22 replies
    Maclean's ^ | April 10, 2017 | Rosemary Counter
    A narrow strip of land connecting Nova Scotia to New Brunswick is a lifeline for maritime moose in the mood to mate—and it’s under threat The Chignecto Isthmus—the corridor connecting New Brunswick to Nova Scotia that at its narrowest is just 24 km wide—poses a uniquely Canadian problem. On one side of the land bridge thrives a healthy population of more than 25,000 moose; on the other, numbers have dwindled to as few as 500. Long classified as endangered, the Nova Scotia moose is perilously close to extinction. All moose face poaching, parasites, climate change and habitat loss. But unlike...
  • Spaceport project hinges on moose count

    04/17/2017 8:31:05 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 17 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | April 17, 2017 | Anne Farries
    Before you launch a rocket, you need to count the moose. Maritime Launch Services, the company that hopes to build a spaceport on a parcel of Nova Scotia land that juts into the ocean near Canso in Guysborough County, must first complete an environmental review — including counting seasonal numbers of local flora and fauna — before the province agrees to the project. “We’ve hired a contractor to help us do the study,” MLS president Steve Matier said Monday. “We could conceivably complete that effort at the end of this year.” “It’s part of the process, and it’s understood. We...
  • Globe and Mail suspends columnist Leah McLaren after breastfeeding controversy

    03/30/2017 11:31:10 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 26 replies
    Toronto Star | March 30, 2017 | Staff
    Suspension follows social media furor over a column in which the writer described her attempt to breastfeed MP Michael Chong’s baby without his knowledge. .... The Globe and Mail has suspended marquee columnist Leah McLaren for a week. A source told the Star that McLaren, who wrote about her attempt to breastfeed Tory Leadership candidate Michael Chong’s baby without his knowledge and at a time when she was not lactating herself, has been forbidden to comment on her controversial column or on her suspension. Calls and e-mails to the newspaper were not immediately returned Thursday. McLaren told the Star by...
  • N.S. man’s personalized licence plate deemed ‘socially unacceptable’

    03/23/2017 5:36:59 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 27 replies
    CTV Atlantic ^ | March 23, 2017 | CTV Atlantic
    Lorne Grabher is very proud of his unique family name, which comes from German origins. It's displayed on the front of his house, as well as on his personalized licence plate. "Well, I am the only one in Eastern Canada," says Lorne Grabher. "I originally had it done for my father back in 1991 for his birthday. It was to have our name be put on something and be proud of it." But in December, Grabher received a letter from Nova Scotia’s Registrar of Motor Vehicles, telling him they'd received a complaint and had deemed the licence plate 'socially...
  • 'Justin Bieber impostor' on 931 child sex-related charges

    03/10/2017 4:01:55 AM PST · by Loyalist · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 8, 2017
    A man who posed as Justin Bieber online has been charged with more than 900 child sex-related crimes in Australia. The man, 42, masqueraded as the Canadian singer to gain explicit images from children, Queensland Police said. He was charged with 931 crimes, including three of rape, involving 157 alleged victims across the globe. Detective Inspector Jon Rouse called the allegations "frankly horrendous" and warned young fans of the singer and parents to be vigilant. "The fact that so many children could believe that they were communicating with this particular celebrity highlights the need for a serious rethink about the...
  • Do I need to restart wudhu after windpassing and how to cut hair

    02/19/2017 4:34:58 AM PST · by Loyalist · 52 replies
    Ask Imam ^ | January 30, 2017 | Mufti Ibrahim Desai
    i have two questions for you this time, 1. While doing wadhu/ Gusul if wind pass, do i need to start my wadhu from the beginning? 2. What is the proper (Sunnah) way to remove my private part hair? and can i use trimmer to remove my private part hair? because usually i use a razor with blades, but i feel pain in that and sometimes it will cut my skin and bleed. and please give references in English. Answer In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. If a person passes wind...
  • Ontario’s Beer Store appoints its first ombudsman

    01/03/2017 2:07:58 PM PST · by Loyalist · 13 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | December 22, 2016 | The Canadian Press
    A former ombudsman at one of Canada’s big banks has been tapped to investigate complaints of a far more frothy nature: beer. The Beer Store has appointed Charles Dougall as Ontario’s first beer ombudsman. The foreign-owned consortium, which operates more than 470 retail outlets throughout the province, says Dougall will be responsible for mediating operational disputes between the Beer Store, its customers and brewers. He has been appointed to a three-year term, beginning Jan. 2, and will report annually to the Beer Store’s independent directors.
  • Alberta man punches cougar in head to save pet dog during attack near Tim Hortons

    12/28/2016 4:50:03 PM PST · by Loyalist · 41 replies
    City News ^ | December 28, 2016 | Canadian Press
    An Alberta man says he fought off a cougar that was attacking his dog by punching the big cat in the head. William Gibb says he stopped at a Tim Hortons in Whitecourt, northwest of Edmonton, on Boxing Day. He let his two dogs out for a bathroom break near a wooded area, then heard one of them crying in pain. Gibb says he ran to see what was wrong and found the cougar on top of his husky, Sasha, so he bashed it with his fist. The cougar jumped off and Gibb took the dog to a veterinarian, who...
  • Quebec City guide to help integrate newcomers derided as insulting, infantilizing

    12/26/2016 2:22:26 PM PST · by Loyalist · 34 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | December 26, 2016 | Jacques Boissonot
    Immigrants who settle in Quebec City are being offered a new guide to explain local customs, and the authors spare no detail in telling the newcomers how to fit in – for example, refrain from committing incest, wash with soap and use underarm deodorant to "control perspiration and bad odours." The guide from city hall was made public last week and has already been condemned as insulting and paternalistic. ..... Quebec City is one of 13 municipalities across Quebec designated by the province to settle refugees from Syria. While Montreal remains the overwhelming destination of choice for newcomers, more than...
  • People are hiking in hopes of a Hillary Clinton sighting

    11/28/2016 7:56:03 PM PST · by Loyalist · 57 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 28, 2016
    US News This afternoon In an alternate universe, Hillary Clinton is assembling her White House cabinet right now. In this universe, she's maintained a low profile since her election loss, occasionally crossing paths with hikers and shoppers near her home in Chappequa, New York.
  • Redblacks pull off huge upset to win 104th Grey Cup in OT

    11/27/2016 7:29:00 PM PST · by Loyalist · 5 replies
    CBC Sports ^ | November 27, 2016
    The Ottawa Redblacks pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Grey Cup history, defeating the Calgary Stampeders 39-33 in overtime. Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris threw an 18-yard touchdown to Ernest Jackson in overtime. Calgary, who got the ball second, could not equalize, giving Ottawa its first CFL title since 1976, when they were called the Rough Riders. Burris led the charge with 461 yards passing and three touchdowns. He added two more touchdowns on the ground.
  • 'Yes, we cran': Obama pardons turkeys for last time as POTUS

    11/23/2016 5:45:05 PM PST · by Loyalist · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | November 23, 2016 | Betsy Klein & Samantha Reyes
    Washington (CNN)--President Barack Obama dished out some final Thanksgiving puns Wednesday as he performed the ceremonial White House task of pardoning turkeys. Obama was joined at the Rose Garden ceremony by his two young nephews, Austin and Aaron Robinson, as opposed to his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, whom, he said, "just couldn't take my jokes anymore -- they were fed up." He then spoke about turning from "polls to poultry" in carrying out the tradition. This year, the two lucky birds, named Tater and Tot, came to Washington by way of Iowa. Obama, however, said the tradition wouldn't end...
  • Female Clinton supporters describe their despair over Hillary's loss

    11/10/2016 6:28:28 PM PST · by Loyalist · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 10, 2016 | Hannah Parry
    Female Hillary Clinton supporters have described how they broke down after her crushing election loss. For many women, they felt they'd not only lost the chance of a huge milestone — the election of America's first female president — but the victorious candidate was one who had denigrated women and been accused of multiple instances of sexual assault. Maggie Passmore of St. Paul, Minnesota, had been watching election returns at a party but reverted to watching at home 'when things got scary.' She fell asleep, then awoke to learn that Donald Trump was defeating Hillary Clinton. 'And then I threw...
  • Queen’s University stage production scrapped over ‘oppressive’ choice of white woman to play Othello

    11/05/2016 6:05:26 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 33 replies
    National Post ^ | November 5, 2016 | Graeme Hamilton
    A Queen’s University student theatre company has cancelled a production of Shakespeare’s Othello set to open this month following an outcry over the decision to cast a white woman in the title role of a black man. “For the safety and mental health of our entire team we unfortunately feel the need to suspend our production of Othello,” the artistic directors wrote on Facebook Wednesday. They subsequently apologized to the Kingston, Ont., university’s black community for what they called an “oppressive” artistic decision. After September auditions, Queen’s Vagabond Theatre made what its directors acknowledged was a risky decision: Lauren Broadhurst,...
  • Variety Magazine Goes To Bat For Hillary Clinton In First-Ever Presidential Endorsement

    11/01/2016 5:17:10 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | November 1, 2016 | Kim Bellware
    Variety magazine has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, marking the first time in more than 100 years that Hollywood’s oldest entertainment industry trade magazine has made a presidential endorsement. Variety announced their endorsement of Clinton on Tuesday and joins a growing list of publications like The Atlantic and the conservative Arizona Republic newspaper that have made unprecedented or otherwise rare endorsements of the Democratic nominee this election season. The magazine acknowledged it was unusual for a trade publication to make such an endorsement, but said this of all years was the one in which the editors-in-chief and Variety’s publisher, Michelle...
  • Biker clubs violently attacking Muslim immigrants in Germany

    10/23/2016 3:50:30 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 60 replies
    Speisa ^ | October 23, 2016
    Europe is in chaos. Over the last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allowed over one million Muslim migrants to come to Germany. Many of these refugees are young, uneducated males, with no skills, no understanding of German, and no plans on assimilating. As terrorist attacks and sexual assaults by these Muslim newcomers become more common throughout Europe, many Germans are regretting inviting these people to their country. Now there are multiple reports of German biker clubs roaming the streets of German cities, attacking Muslim immigrants. Two Pakistani men were recently hospitalized after getting attacked by a group of 20...
  • Messenger: Incoming Missouri rep accuses St. Louis colleague of rape

    10/02/2016 6:55:43 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 23 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 2, 2016 | Associated Press
    Four sentences in a letter to Speaker of the House Todd Richardson are about to turn the Missouri political world upside down. “My name is Cora Faith Walker. I will be in the Capitol in January as the Representative of the 74th District. Earlier this week, I reported a sexual assault to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. I named my rapist as Steven Roberts, Jr., who hopes to be in the Capitol in January as the Representative of the 77th District.” On Friday night, Walker, 31, a Ferguson attorney who won the Democratic primary for her seat in August,...
  • National Film Board spent $75k focus grouping its own employees for new office layout

    09/25/2016 7:16:56 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | September 25, 2016 | Marie-Danielle Smith
    OTTAWA — The National Film Board spent $96,000 on focus groups and workshops for its own staff between November and June, including $75,000 to determine office layouts and workplace strategy — a bill the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calls “ridiculous.” The agency hired consultants at Grisvert Inc. to conduct focus group research on physical office layouts and “organizational transformation” for two new offices in Montreal and Toronto, each project costing $21,000. It also hired Deloitte LLP to consult with NFB employees on a “digital workplace strategy,” costing $33,000. Just under $20,000 more was spent on several workshops held for staff, though...
  • Ex-Catholic Michael Coren stripped of papal knighthood

    09/25/2016 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 24 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 25, 2016 | Michael Coren
    Michael Coren, former Catholic apologist and journalist, has been stripped of his papal knighthood following his reception into the Anglican Church of Canada in 2013. Coren is known for his popular work of Catholic apologetics, Why Catholics Are Right, and for his schism from the Church over her doctrine on homosexuality. He is married with four children. Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic made Mr Coren a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in October 1992, for 'services to Catholic media'. According to an interview with the ultra-liberal Catholic journal, The Tablet, "Coren was stripped of his papal knighthood and asked to return the...
  • Maryam Monsef, Canada's first Afghan cabinet minister, learns she was born in Iran

    09/23/2016 7:05:53 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 10 replies
    Toronto Metro ^ | September 22, 2016 | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA — A longtime refugee advocate says stories such as that of Liberal MP Maryam Monsef are not uncommon as families fleeing war and violence reconstruct their past in a new land. Monsef, widely touted as Canada's first Afghan-born cabinet minister, caused a stir in the capital Thursday when she issued a statement saying she only recently learned from her mother that she was in fact born in Iran. The 31-year-old minister of democratic institutions says she and her two sisters never held Iranian citizenship and were always considered Afghan citizens, but she was not born in Herat, Afghanistan, "as...