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Originally posted on January 4, 2015. Updates provided in COMMENTS below. “Once something is added to your collection of beliefs, you protect it from harm. You do this instinctively and unconsciously when confronted with attitude-inconsistent information. Just as confirmation bias shields you when you actively seek information, the backfire effect defends you when the...
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It’s so fucking true. And I have a better idea…let’s stop with all of the lies and bullshit that are taking our soldiers to war in the first place. What? Too naive? Is war an absolutely necessary evil in preserving our “freedom” to spend money that we technically don’t have, in order to buy...
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Okay, so here’s the condensed version of the background story: A Hamilton Spectator journalist wrote a column stating that Cpl. Nathan Cirillo wasn’t really a hero. Not a popular opinion, but an opinion (Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) nonetheless. People got mad (understandably). In fact, one person from Vancouver...
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Well, it’s been a strange few days to say the least, but just when I thought that things couldn’t get any weirder…they did, and that’s a pretty massive understatement at that. It all started with an article written by Andrew Dreschel of the Hamilton Spectator, where he, like it or not, questioned why it...
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Over the years, I know I’ve spoken to a lot of people about my many wilderness adventures, particularly those spent over the past decade with my son in Algonquin Provincial Park. My son and I have had a lot of incredible adventures together, which subsequently, I plan on sharing in great detail in my...
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Well, I can’t honestly say that I disagree with the attrition of 100,000 government jobs, but I seriously fear the second part of Hudak’s plan, which is what I can only assume will be the mass destruction of Ontario’s wildernesses. And more than likely our highly precious Provincial parks. All in the name of...

“Kids . . . ‘Being Liberal’ or ‘Being Conservative’ is something your parents and grandparents self-indulged in to avoid ‘Being Fair,’ ‘Being Insightful,’ and ‘Being Human.’ Human enough to see anyone as human beings. Just because they won’t wake up, does not need to put your soul, to sleep.” – James F. Hill

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Not to become the spoiler alert for another artist’s work, but I am currently proof-reading a graphic novel by a Toronto artist, which is completely based on a true story revolving around the prohibition. We’ve had many discussions on the subject, and interestingly enough, we’ve both found many similarities between the old alcohol prohibition...
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As I approached the barren check-out lines, I noticed that the only light that was on, was at check-out station number one. A man standing behind an alternate counter off to the side quickly noticed me as I stood there looking around, and told me that someone would be happy to help me exactly...
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Okay everyone, here’s your chance. Tell me and everyone else on here how difficult your life is. How unhappy you are in your current relationship. How much your job sucks. How your dreams aren’t coming true because you’re being discriminated against. How no one is giving you that big break because they’re jealous of...
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Social Project Will Ribeiro WEC: Free boxing and muay thai lessons with Will Ribeiro For more information or to become a support partner, please contact: Social Integrator Wladimir Alves Tel: 9-8758-5870 E-mail: will_ribeirovt@hotmail.com
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Model: Denae Albertyn Hair and Make Up: Neeshea Ellis Photo: Relz Life Photography “I found this awesome abandoned motel and gas station by accident. Once I saw it, I had this shot already planned out in my head. It reminded me of something you’d see in the deserts of Nevada or Arizona. So I...

“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with, we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” – Anais Nin

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After work today, I hung out for a bit at the Prince of Wales Hotel in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario, Canada), where I happened upon an old acquaintance of mine – Peter Crabtree of Crabtree Publishing. Peter was one of the many consultants who I chose to add as a dedication in my book Desolate...