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The Death of a Batman?

Sometimes, there is a bit of news, seems not to have been publicized as much as you would think. This story is based upon one such tidbit. Rich Johnston from Comic Book Resources in his Lying in the Gutters column has revealed to the world—in what I think is the only location so far—that Bruce Wayne is to be killed off next year by DC comics.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Full Story

A Search for Joy is a Search for the Truth is a Search for You

Are you happy? If you have the willingness and you have the desire to do what it takes to bring constant joy in to your perhaps drab existence,  I can tell you a way. It is not religion, it is not a healing retreat, you don’t have to go up a mountain and wait for an eclipse or a full moon, you don’t have to do a triple bonanza weight-loss toxic cleanse or a body-part enhancement, you don’t have to lay prostrate on the floor praying to your Almighty to come and deliver you although that will work in certain circumstances. It isn’t drugs or booze.

By Guest Column Michael Vallins- Monday, November 12, 2007 - Full Story

John William Waterhouse: An Echo of Narcissus

A magnificent painting entitled Echo and Narcissus hangs in the Walker Art Gallery at Liverpool, U.K. Executed in the Pre-Raphaelite style by the English painter John William Waterhouse in 1903 it depicts Narcissus sprawled on the edge of a rock bank in the middle ground, admiring his reflection in the water. On the opposite bank in the foreground, a wistful Echo gazing across at him. She is suffering from what today is known as a wardrobe malfunction. Most becoming it is too, but as gardeners we are more concerned with a lack of narcissus blooms. True, at her feet, is a flourishing patch of yellow water iris – but no narcissi.

By Wes Porter - Monday, November 12, 2007 - Full Story

Raisin toxicity kills

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday.  He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn’t call my emergency service until 7AM.

By Guest Column Laurinda Morris, DVM- Monday, November 12, 2007 - Full Story

Good Dog pups help kids learn to read

imageJustin Ortiz sits on a rug in Room 202, Christy Crawford’s third grade classroom. “It’s 6 o’clock in the morning,” the 8-year-old tells Bodhi. “It is time to wake up.”

Actually, it’s 2:45 in the afternoon, and Bodhi, a 58-pound standard poodle, is awake and at work helping children improve their literacy. He’s listening to Justin read the children’s book “In the Morning.”

By Guest Column SHEILA CALLAHAN- Saturday, November 10, 2007 - Full Story

Queen Rock Montreal

Those of us fortunate enough to have attended the theatrical screening of Queen Rock Montreal enjoyed a once in a lifetime thrill.  Not only did we did we get to experience the film on the big screen and with big sound, but we also got to view this fantastic concert with hundred of other Queen fans.
Now this film is available on DVD and you can watch it in the comfort of your own home.

By Larry Anklewicz - Friday, November 9, 2007 - Full Story

November Gardening

Finally fall arrives – in the gardening sense at least. November promises to be a busy month for the passionate gardener and all those truly devoted to pursuits horticultural. Warming both cheeks before the fire of life, as Lawrence Durrell once wrote.

By Wes Porter - Monday, November 5, 2007 - Full Story

Tigercity coming to Horseshoe Tavern

imageDo they love tigers? Are they fascinated with cities? Is their ultimate dream to find a universe where there is actually a city of tigers? Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is all no.

“Actually, there is no significance at all. No importance… it just happened” Joel Ford, bassist for the disco-indie band Tigerctiy explained.

By Guest Column - Sunday, November 4, 2007 - Full Story

Sinisterism - Secular Religion Of The Lie

Bruce Walker was kind enough to send me a copy of his book (V 3.0) and I have actually been reading it!  Note it is not a stale project, the current issue is version 3.

By Guest Column Malcolm Hedges- Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - Full Story

TXT of the Living Dead

In a day and age where technology has provided us with giant leaps forward, it is no surprise that the most popular aspects of said technology are the humorous ones. Take,  for example the internet. Putting aside porn for a moment, one of the most popular meme’s - a theoretical unit of cultural information—is the act of putting bad spelling with photos.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, October 29, 2007 - Full Story

Ontario horse had to be put down following cougar attack

image  Rumours have been rife in the London Ontario area that a cougar was on the loose.  People who fleetingly spotted the cougar were not always believed.
  At one stage, rumors of cougars—not just a single one—were so rife that people started to give credence to the urban legend that the government had set the cougars loose to cut down on a burgeoning deer population.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Full Story

Bella the Movie: Next Passion of the Christ…

Bella, an independent film staring Mexican superstar Eduardo Verastegui, is scheduled for limited release in theatres on October 26.  The movie, an inspirational drama set in modern-day New York, has what America’s been asking for but what Hollywood refuses to give.

By Matt Barber - Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - Full Story

Oh Deer, Deer

“Many gardeners have had a bellyful of brazen deer,” notes Sears’ Tips for Deterring Deer at this useful web site, part of a much larger ‘Advice for Gardeners’ from that estimable retailer.

By Wes Porter - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

A switch in time

Words of praise adorn the wall of Auto Switch’s myspace page. And why wouldn’t it? Their music is a more pop-ier/ less intense sounding version of fellow Canadian band Nickleback.

By Guest Column - Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Full Story

Gift from the ‘Angel of Doggies’

If there’s such a thing as the ‘Angel of Doggies’ in a troubled world, his name must be Aza.

When Aza, died at age 12 of leukemia last winter, his human companions David and Sophie Dastych were inconsolable without her.

There were so many special things about the lovable Aza, and one of them was she never left David’s side when he was ill and recuperating from a serious operation.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Full Story

The Salt of the Earth,

The City of Windsor, Ontario is renown for many things. Auto manufacturing centre, major casino, magnificent promenades along the flanking Detroit River. Not visible, hundreds of metres below the city are its salt mines.

By Wes Porter - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

The Beautiful Creative Mind

The 2001 movie starring Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind, portrayed the life of renowned scientist John Nash. The movie focused primarily on his battle with schizophrenia, and how it affected his life. Without a doubt, the movie once again brought to the fore the struggles facing sufferers of this mental impairment.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Sunday, October 14, 2007 - Full Story

Which Plants Are Witch?

The Babylonians believed in a female demon that inhabited ruins. Her name, they said, was Lilith. However, in Hebrew folklore Lilith was Adam’s first wife. Then in medieval times she was a famous witch. Likewise, Hecate was the Greek goddess of earth, moon and underworld only later, as Macbeth discovered, to preside over all witches.

By Wes Porter - Monday, October 8, 2007 - Full Story

October Gardening

Prepare for a stormy fall across Eastern Canada, advises the Canadian Hurricane Centre. Environment Canada in its usual confident way predicts a lack of rain for Ontario all this month and on through to the end of November. Ah well, as Ogden Nash in his glorious rhymes once opined:

By Wes Porter - Monday, October 1, 2007 - Full Story

Listening to Golden Oldies at Echos—where I want to be!

DJ Lenny, Kerry Wilkinson
D.J. Lenny (left) and Owner Kerry Wilkinson

Right up there with investigative journalism and gourmet cooking, the allure of the Golden Oldies is my passion.

Tuning in to AM740 is the start of my every business day. The songs of Dean Martin, Fats Domino and Gerry Vale keep me going. They make all the difference in my overly busy life in front of the computer screen.

Sometimes I get to tune in to AM740 when not writing for Canada Free Press (CFP). Barring business emergencies, at 2 p.m. every Sunday, I put everything aside to hear Gene Stevens. I rate his Vintage Favorites; from 2 to 4 as the best radio show I’ve ever heard!

By Judi McLeod - Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Full Story