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Another Legend Passes…

Aretha Franklin. No disputing the greatness and impressiveness of her life well-lived and well-loved.

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I’ve said it before

and I’ll say it again. The current Edmonton City Council is on an irrational, runaway course to destroy what was once a fine, livable city. They have destroyed the road system, parking, and ease-of-movement everywhere. They have sold out tourists, … Continue reading

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Edmonton, BC, and Western Canada

are getting an eerie sense of how future summers will be with weird morning and evening skies, unhealthy to dangerous air, and numerous effects even on ordinary activities and work. Climate and weather have suddenly become the big stories of … Continue reading

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Anything can show up in your backyard or house.

Today, in Ottawa, a boa constrictor on the loose. In Quebec, black widow spiders. When will those killer bees get here for all the sun-tanning enthusiasts?

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Killing Our Country Softly

“One trillion litres of sewage leaked into Canadian lakes and rivers over the last five years.” —Toronto Star headline today Uh, where are Justin, the premiers, and all the eco-types like Greenpeace? And while we’re talking eco, what about all … Continue reading

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Many people are cheap and engage

in dangerous behaviors. I sprayed for wasps previously in a small hole by a sidewalk; there are some jobs you do yourself. But, at other times, it’s time to call in an expert to deal with bigger problems such as … Continue reading

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Poor Beautiful British Coumbia

All those wildfires out of control again this year. Makes you wonder how much of those beautiful forests will be affected in years to come. I’ve often driven by burnt-out sections on the way to Radium and marvelled at the … Continue reading

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Best Alzheimer’s Movie Ever Made: “Away from Her”

This award-winning Canadian production skilfully directed by Sarah Polley is a successful adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came over the Mountain”. It is the story of couple married for 50 years who suddenly have to experience Alzheimer’s, … Continue reading

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“A Matter of Life and Death” (Criterion 2018)

Now here’s a classic which really deserved restoring. This 1946 post-WWII-war British film by the famous Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger direction-production team is about a British aviator (David Niven) who has been shot down, but in the process, has … Continue reading

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Last Week at the Zoo…

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