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Published: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:42:50 -0800

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:42:50 -0800

With a provincial election scheduled for June 7 and the incumbent Liberal party reeling from voter fatigue and scandals after fourteen years in power, Ontario Progressive Conservative leader (and previous favourite to be the next Premier) Patrick Brown has resigned the party leadership after allegations from two women that he sexually harassed and assaulted them when both girls were only 18. Brown issued a trembling, teary statement earlier today then fled reporters at the scene. Within minutes of the statement five key members of the Brown campaign had resigned (although at least one appeared to be throwing stones from a glass house). The Brown crisis comes on the same day where Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative party leader Jamie Baillie resigned after being accused of "inappropriate behaviour" which appears to have included sexual harassment.

Some days you are the moose, some days you are the wolf

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:10:54 -0800

Northern Ontario Moose vs Wolf. It begins with a serene autumn scene of a Moose standing alone in a still Northern Lake.

"It's nice here in Canada with all us robots together."

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:07:59 -0800

How Do You Do was an absolutely bananas TVOntario series for ESL students with Billy Van (previously) playing a robot learning English. Pt.2, Pt.3, Pt.4. (Yes, the Billy Van of House of Frightenstein fame). As brought to you by the good folks at Retrontario (previously).

Muskoka mystery

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:45:26 -0800

Nearly 20 years ago, four seniors vanished in Ontario's cottage country. Now, a joint investigation by CBC's The Fifth Estate and The Walrus magazine into recently unsealed documents offers new insight into one of Canada's most notorious cold cases. [Disturbing content]

A stagnant tide swamps poor boats, but floats the rich ones

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:50:55 -0800

Losing Ground: Even as debates over the planned increased to the minimum wage increase in Ontario continue, a new report shows how earnings for poorer families fell between 2000 and 2015, while increasing for the richer 50%. (The first link goes to a webpage, from which the PDF can be downloaded).

"It is not known whether Hawaiian pizza will be served at the wake."

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:15:14 -0800

Sam Panopoulos, the man credited with inventing the Hawaiian pizza, has died aged 83. According to this report,
He and his brothers liked the contrast between the sweetness of the pineapple and the savoury flavour of the ham. [...] It was called the Hawaiian after the brand of tinned pineapple used.
But not everyone loves this Chatham, Ontario creation. For instance, Guðni Jóhannesson, Iceland's president, earlier this year declared he was "fundamentally opposed" to the idea of placing pineapple on a pizza. Other Icelanders (and others) begged to differ. There was such a furore the president found it necessary to clarify his views on a pineapple pizza ban. Funeral home obit Also, #TeamPineapple

The Canoe

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 05:46:51 -0800

The Canoe - a film by Goh Iromoto. A beautiful and evocative short film from Goh Iromoto describes the importance of the canoe to many different Canadians, from first generation immigrants exploring the waterways around Toronto to First Nations teens rediscovering the art of building birch-bark canoes.

"He just died, that's all"

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:07:59 -0800

Wiarton Willie is one of Ontario's Groundhog Day mascots. When he died two days before Groundhog Day in 1999, organizers couldn't find a replacement and displayed him in a coffin dressed in a tuxedo with coins over his eyes, and a carrot between his paws. There was only one problem: The animal in the casket wasn't Willie at all. Festival organizers had used a stuffed stand-in because the poor rodent had started to decompose. The confusion sparked widespread outrage and wild speculation about the cause of his death. "Ever since that time, Wiarton Willie has become famous."

Modern artsists informed by their Native American heritage

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:47:03 -0800

Jason Garcia, who also goes by Okuu Pin (Tewa for Turtle Mountain, the name for Sandia Mountain) is a traditional clay artist from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, except his art isn't strictly traditional. His work is his effort to document the ever-changing cultural landscape of Santa Clara (8 minute interview and overview of his art), as seen in his 'Tewa Tales,' clay tiles painted as silver-age covers, depicting the Pueblo Revolt and the colonization of New Mexico. For more, see Jason Garcia's short bio video for North American Native Museum (Nordamerika Native Museum) in Zurich, Switzerland, for a past exhibition titled "Native Art Now." Vimeo user Dylan McLaughlin/Invisible Laboratory has 10 more short bio videos from other artists in the exhibit. More information on each of those 10 other artists: Chris Pappan, and Osage, Kaw, Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux artist who illustrates in realistic and surreal styles Diego Romero, a Cochiti Pueblo contemporary potter who pulls in pen and ink comic styles (Wikipedia) Sonya Kelliher-Combs was raised in the Northwest Alaska community of Nome, and works in mixed media Shan Goshorn is an Eastern Band Cherokee artist/activist who works in weaving and basketry Cannupa Hanska Luger is a Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lokota artist who works with ceramics Will Wilson is a Diné photographer who also works with display space, presentation, and storytelling Maria Hupfield, a member of the Anishinaabe Nation at Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, is a multimedia artist/maker Nicholas Galanin is a Tlingit multi-disciplinary artist and musician (website/blog/Flickr gallery). Example of his work: Tsu Heidei Shugaxtutaan part 1, part 2 (YouTube / see also: Wikipedia entry) Ross Chaney is a member of the Osage and Cherokee tribes and works with film, video, installation, painting, drawing and digital imagery Gina Adams' work focuses primarily on her mixed heritage of Ojibwe and Lakota, Native American, Lithuanian and Irish bloodlines [...]

"There were Americans everywhere." U.S. partiers wash up in Canada.

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:00:08 -0800

An estimated 1,500 Americans illegally and unexpectedly washed up in Canada late Sunday after strong winds blew them across the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ont.

'Myths of rape should be dispelled': Ontario Court Justice Zuker

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:32:54 -0800

"The myths of rape should be dispelled once and for all," he announced near the long-awaited end of his verdict. "It doesn't matter if the victim was drinking, out at night alone, sexually exploited, on a date with the perpetrator, or how the victim was dressed. No one asks to be raped." He underlined that last line, literally.

"We need help in Attawapiskat,"

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:02:14 -0800

Attawapiskat Declares State of Emergency Over Spate of Suicide Attempts [] The chief and council for the Attawapiskat First Nation on remote James Bay have declared a state of emergency, saying they're overwhelmed by the number of attempted suicides in the community. On Saturday night alone, 11 people attempted to take their own lives, Chief Bruce Shisheesh said. Including Saturday's spate of suicide attempts, a total of 101 people of all ages have tried to kill themselves since September, Shisheesh said, with one person dying. The youngest was 11, the oldest 71. The Cree community — home to about 2,000 residents — saw 28 attempts in March alone. Last September, a group of five girls overdosed and had to be medevaced out of the community, Shisheesh said. - Poverty, Inequality Fueling Suicide Crisis, First Nations Leader Says. by Tim Fontaine [] In almost every one of these tragedies, the response from authorities has been the same. The community calls for help and the federal or provincial governments offer some kind of short-term relief, like trauma counsellors or crisis response teams. Health Canada says the department is working with the Assembly of First Nations to implement a "First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework," which will promote a culturally relevant approach to First Nations mental health. In an email, the department also says that last year, $300-million was spent on mental wellness programs for First Nations and Inuit communities. A spokesperson also said that over $13-million goes toward the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, which has been in place since 2004 and supports over 130 community-based suicide prevention projects across Canada. "Suicide is a complex and devastating issue that requires a comprehensive, multifaceted response targeting prevention, intervention and aftercare," the email reads. - Manitoba community seeks answers as youth suicides soar. by Kathryn Blaze Baum [The Globe and Mail] The statistics are bleak: Suicide and self-inflicted injuries are the leading cause of death for First Nations people up to the age of 44 in this country; First Nations youth are five to six times more likely to die by suicide than their non-indigenous counterparts; at 11 times the national average, suicide rates for Inuit youth are among the highest in the world. "The average Canadian citizen has got not the faintest sense of what it is like to be a native person in this country," said Gabor Maté, a retired physician and author who specializes in addiction, stress and childhood development. "On the one hand, suicide is traumatic, but on the other hand, suicide is also an outcome of trauma. It's just one more link in the chain of trauma." - Assembly of First Nations Chief Calls for National Suicide Strategy by Chinta Puxley [CTV News] "It's a bigger issue than just Cross Lake," Bellegarde said. "There's got to be a huge intervention there, but also in a lot of communities across Canada. There's got to be a national strategy on mental health to deal with the youth suicide that is rampant amongst our communities." That strategy has to include adequate mental-health supports, as well as recreational facilities, proper education and the restoration of cultural pride among young people, he suggested. "Our young people need hope and inspiration," Bellegarde said. "They don't see that right now. We've got to make those key strategic interventions now. It's a life-and-death situation." - Beyond Grief: An Innu Community's Stories by Christopher Curtis & Charlie Fidelman [Montreal Gazette] Since the Uashat suicides, at least two other indigenous communities in this country have struggled [...]

North America: timelapse in 4K

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:21:09 -0800

An 8:44 long timelapse in 4K resolution on Vimeo and YouTube. Includes Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, Banff, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Acadia, Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde, Arches, Mount Rainier, Mount Revelstoke and Zion. Also Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, St. Louis, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Plus Mount Rushmore, New Orleans, Toronto, Boston, Calgary, Springdale, Three Rivers, Pagosa Springs, Swift Current, New York, Niagara Falls, Lake Palourde, Keene Lake, Horseshoe Bend, White Mountains, Hobson and the Mississippi River. Technical details: The Canon 5D MK II and 5D MK III shot more than 100,000 pictures for the journey through North America. Lenses used are the Canon EOS 24-70mm 2.8 and 24-70 2.8 II, 100mm 2.8 macro and 70-200mm 2.8 II and the Samyang 14mm 2.8. We used Lightroom and especially LR Timelapse for postproduction. Final editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. Title design with Adobe After Effects.

A Ribfest in Every Town

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:02:25 -0800

Ontario has hit peak ribfest. This is a distinctly heartland phenomenon: More than two-million people will visit one of the province's 65 ribfests this summer. (There are only three dedicated ribfests in British Columbia; Alberta has two.)
The surprising politics of Ontario's growing ribfest industry.

That time when Toronto had Johnny Cash machines

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:38:46 -0800

Retrontario remembers Johnny Cash advertising for Canada Trust, along with several other advertisements from the 80s.

"My business is built on everlasting trust."

Sat, 07 Mar 2015 18:25:23 -0800

The Pigeon King and the Ponzi Scheme that Shook Canada The original, award-winning exposé of Pigeon King International by Better Farming magazine does not appear to be available online, but they do have an extensive archive of online articles regarding PKI and Arlan Galbraith. Alt link. The archive should be considered a spoiler for the main link. The magazine's editorial staff explained their investigative methods here. A (MLM) Skeptic: Scam Study: Pigeon King 2008 Farm and Dairy newspaper article: You're raising what? Pigeons!

It's Never OK

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:30:50 -0800

Today, the Ontario Government released a video called #WhoWillYouHelp (TW; potentially triggering scenes in video relating to sexual assault) as part of the $41-million It's Never OK action plan to end sexual assault and harassment within the province. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the plan today. (42 minute video). Wynne explicitly said we must end "the culture of misogyny." Coming on the heels of the new sexual health curriculum being introduced in Ontario schools, this is part of a comprehensive plan to "stop sexual violence and harassment. By focusing on the root causes of sexual violence – unhealthy attitudes and behaviours and gender inequality - we will make our province safer and more responsive to sexual violence and harassment." The plan includes information on how to intervene, how to be an ally, and new training for professionals on assisting women who have been victims of sexual assault. If you are in crisis stemming from sexual assault or harassment here is a listing of resources in Ontario.

You'd think it was Dominion Day

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:52:03 -0800

A presentation about Ontario's lost villages, ten communities which were flooded as part of the creation of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1958.

There's a tear in my beer because of bad legislation in Ontario, dear

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:15:03 -0800

A 2000 report leaked to the Toronto Star details how the Harris government struck a sweetheart deal to ensure major brewers a stranglehold on Ontario beer retail. Long suspected but never before proven, the report details how the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) was forced to submit to a subsidiary role in beer retail in the province; the then-LCBO head has confirmed that Harris forced the deal onto the province. Martin Cohn reports in the Toronto Star.