Monthly Archives: June 2012

Flick Fancy

With the Canada Day long weekend upon us and it being so hot out you couldAmerican,Canada,Canadian,flags,maple,leaves,nature,patriotism,nationfry a piece of back bacon on the pavement, what better way to celebrate than by kicking back with a bowl of poutine (mmm… poutine) and a Canada Dry gingerale to watch a few good Canadian films eh?! (no, I don’t think I could have fit any more Canadianisms in that sentence!). Whether directed by a Canadian, starring Canadians, set in Canada, filmed in Canada or produced in Canada (or a combination of the above), these movies are among the best the True North has to offer! And of course they are all available at your local GPL branch for check out.

(Summaries adapted from www.imdb.com)

Dead Ringers
What list of the best Canadian films would be complete without a David Cronenberg flick? Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship…

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Mind Candy

The question of whether or not cyber-cheating which is the practice of having an online “romance” of sorts has been open for debate since the internet launched. The usual answer is, if you have to hide it – it’s cheating. I’m an insatiable flirt, but I do it wide out in the open – I never hide it from my partner. I don’t even really hide it from my friends or anyone else for that matter, but that is the nature of our relationship, not too many are like that.  While it would be nice to provide a cut and dry one answer fits all response, that just isn’t possible. The first step however is to define what cheating means to the parties involved, and to then see if the cyber-activity falls within the boundaries

Cheating is defined as depriving of something valuable by use of deceit or fraud. Obviously…

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National Post | News

As the country celebrates its 145th birthday, a Forum Research poll commissioned for the National Post reveals the complexities of Canadian identity — the ebbs and flows of patriotism and the things that compel Canadians to identify themselves first by their cities, provinces or their country. Kathryn Blaze Carlson spoke with Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff; head of the Association for Canadian Studies Jack Jedwab; University of Victoria environmental psychologist Robert Gifford; Ryerson University politics professor Myer Siemiatycki; and University of Saskatchewan political studies professor David McGrane to dissect the poll. Here are the 15 things you should know:

1THE YOUNG ARE LESS PATRIOTIC:

Younger Canadians are far less likely to think of themselves as Canadians first than their parents are — a full 22 points stands between them, at 56% for Canadians aged 18-34 and an average of 78% for people aged 55 and over. “National identification is…

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Hackaday

Here’s a novel approach to adding a display to your Raspberry Pi. Instead of using a wired display — either via the HDMI (which can feed a DVI port with a simple hardware adapter) or the composite video out — [Chris Bryden] decided to use Bluetooth to provide a wireless display. This really depends on the hardware that you have available. He snapped up a hackable digital picture frame for a song and used the 320×240 display for this project.

You can see the USB nub plugged into the RPi in the image above. It’s a Bluetooth dongle and there’s with a matching one on the digital frame. With the two networked in such a way [Chris] got to work setting up a VNC that would let him pull up the X desktop over the network.

This ends up being one of the best uses we’ve seen for the…

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National Post | Full Comment

It is disappointing that the recent outrageous criticism of Quebec by the United Nations Human Rights Council has not led to a serious debate in Canada about the country’s almost slavish veneration of the United Nations. The basic problem with the UN is that almost no one has used it for what it was ostensibly intended for: To produce equitable co-operation, or at least civilized exchanges, between all the countries of the world. It was devised by Franklin D. Roosevelt to help convince his previously isolationist countrymen that the world was less dangerous than they feared, and to disguise through international organizations and U.S.-directed collegiality the blunt fact that the United States effectively ruled the world except for what was under direct occupation by Stalin’s Red Army.

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National Post | News

As police and firefighters from across Ontario streamed into the site of the Elliot Lake mall collapse this week, arguably one of the most hardened rescue groups on the scene — veterans of 9/11, the Haiti Earthquake and the Costa Concordia sinking — were never even allowed past the police tape.

“We’ve been on standby since arriving, and if you’re a results-oriented person, the worst thing in the world is to be on standby,” John Green, chief of Special Operations for Ottawa-based International Rescue, told the Post Wednesday.

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The group, an Ottawa-based rescue non-profit, was summoned to Elliot Lake by a call from a private citizen. The roof on the Algo Centre Mall caved in at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday; by 2:55 p.m., an Elliot Lake resident (“He’d heard about what we’d done in Haiti,” Mr. Green said) got the organization on the phone.

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Financial Post | Business

OTTAWA — A rebound in oil output helped deliver surprisingly strong Canadian economic growth of 0.3% in April after two months of soggy readings, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday.

Declines in retail sales and manufacturing had led to expectations for a tepid reading on real gross domestic product. The median forecast in a Reuters survey was for 0.2% growth, and nine of 22 predictions were for no more than 0.1%.

The economy shrank by 0.2% in February and edged up by 0.1% in March.

Oil and gas output rose 2.4% in April after declines of 1.0% and 2.2% in February and March, respectively. All the increase was due to a recovery in crude oil extraction from maintenance and production difficulties in the previous two months.

Mining excluding oil and gas also grew 3.1%, adding to gains in March after an 8.4% decline in February. Wholesale, transportation and…

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Financial Post | Business

Speculation is swirling today about what Research In Motion’s next move will be after the BlackBerry maker’s first-quarter results shocked even the most bearish analysts. The company is undertaking a strategic review, but what do you think it should do? Click here and tell us in our online poll

Research In Motion Ltd. plunged 15% in early trading Friday after posting a loss and delaying the next BlackBerry operating system, increasing pressure on the company to find an acquirer.

RIM shares dropped dramatically as North American markets opened. By 11 a.m., its stock was down $1.93 — more than 20% — to $7.53 per share on the Toronto Stock Exchange and down US$1.73 or 19% to US$7.40 on the Nasdaq.

RIM reported a first-quarter loss Thursday of 37 cents a share, excluding some items, more than five times bigger than what analysts had…

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National Post | News

Premier Dalton McGuinty has promised an “intense review” into the history of the mall in Elliot Lake that partially collapsed last week, killing two people.

McGuinty says the results of that review will be made public. The Ministry of Labour visited the mall six times in the last three years.

The premier said the mall’s history did not come up when he spoke to Mayor Rick Hamilton Thursday. Residents have complained about problems with the roof going back years to officials during briefings since the incident.

McGuinty, whose name was cheered by residents Wednesday for helping restart rescue operations, said the public deserves to know whether everything was done to save lives.

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Elliot Lake residents were outraged after rescue operations stopped Monday, when the building was deemed to dangerous for rescue workers, and have demanded someone be held accountable.

The two victims have been identified by friends as Lucie…

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National Post | News

Amid revelations of death threats and a class-action lawsuit, a news conference held by the lawyer of the owner of the collapsed mall in Elliot Lake spiraled out of control as residents voiced their anger.

“We are not stupid, we were not born under a cabbage patch,” Elliot Lake resident Valerie Clarke shouted as lawyer Antoine-René Fabris tersely answered questions from the media. She was cheered on by many in the crowd.

Fabris defended Algo Shopping Centre owner Robert Nazarian from charges that the company knew the mall was structurally unsound yet continued let it stay open.

“My family was in the mall when it collapsed. If I had thought there was any danger, I certainly would not have put my family in harm’s way,” an emotional Fabris said.

“Madam, I feel your grief . . . please, I’m a member of the community as well. When all this media…

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