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Silly Seed Claims

Sure, the city vegetable patch has been elevated mightily in the local media. So has the amount of questionable information presented.

My Hero Gabe

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As some of you know, there has been a major change in Gabe and Chuck’s partnership in the last few weeks. Some of us have been following their life together for a long time now.

I am a firm believer in what I call “the photo album of the heart.” You know - those moments in each of our lives that are permanently engraved on our heart, long after the physical photos have faded and worn. Gabe and Chuck’s life together is well-documented - thanks to Chuck! - and I have chosen just a few photos for here.

By Guest Column Ros Prynn- Sunday, May 31, 2009 - Full Story

Canada’s swine flu cases jump 20 per cent, largely due to rise in Ontario

TORONTO - Canada’s swine flu case count has jumped nearly 20 per cent since Wednesday, largely due to a rise in cases in Ontario.

By News on the Net - Saturday, May 30, 2009 - Full Story

Cruise ship Pacific Dawn quarantined near Cairns over swine flu

THE P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn will be quarantined off Willis Island, east of Cairns, tomorrow after three crew exhibited flu-like symptoms.

By News on the Net - Thursday, May 28, 2009 - Full Story

Tulips Came from Turkey

After being sheltered in Ottawa during the Second World War while their country was under the heel of the Nazis, the Dutch royal family demonstrated their appreciation by presenting Canada’s capital city with a gift of tulips. Ian Fleming, the English writer who created James Bond, called Ottawa a grey city. He can’t have visited during tulip time. Every May Ottawa comes alive with – no exaggeration – millions of bulbs. Indeed, gardens everywhere from coast to coast are aglow with brilliantly coloured tulips. And almost every one of the bulbs that produced them came from the Netherlands.

Leave drug use decisions in patients’ and their doctors’ hands

- Rebecca Walberg, Manitoba Columnist, Troy Media Corporation

While a study released last month by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) correctly identifies a number of administrative problems involved in drug monitoring, arguing that Canada allows new drugs onto the market too soon, its emphasis on the hazards associated with innovative drugs leads it to advocate for an unduly restrictive approach to pharmaceuticals.

The Home Renovation Tax Credit Includes Landscaping

Revenue Canada isn’t exactly advertising it widely, but the Home Renovation Tax Credit can be claimed against landscaping expenses. The catch? The 15 per cent credit may only be claimed on costs over $1,000 and it is limited to a maximum of $10,000. Since Rev Can’s offer ends 10 February next year, it effectively limits landscaping to the present season over most of the country. Still, 15 per cent could equal as much as $1,500, making for good reason to upgrade the home surroundings.

Chicago Police Dog Afraid of Thunder Comes Home

CHICAGO —  A Chicago police dog named Bear who is apparently a scaredy cat when it comes to thunder is back home after going missing during a storm.

By News on the Net - Monday, May 18, 2009 - Full Story

Flu Doctor: WHO To Declare Phase 6 On Swine Flu

The website of a US based influenza expert has suggested that the World Health Organization will soon declare a level six swine flu alert, following new and unlinked cases of transmission in Scotland.

By News on the Net - Sunday, May 17, 2009 - Full Story

Review: Predators and Child Molesters

Each year thousands of children are subjected to violent crimes such as sexual abuse and kidnappings. The US Justice Department considers protecting children from victimization a top priority. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the DOJ’s primary component that investigates crimes against children.

Former Policewoman Pens New Hit Thriller

She’s tough. She’s streetwise. She’s clever. She’s persistent. And she is a head-turning, good looking woman. Meet Detective Stacy Dittrich, author of the newly released crime thriller, Mary Jane’s Grave.

By Jim Kouri - Thursday, May 14, 2009 - Full Story

The $20M lessons of “freeing” Keiko the whale

Despite $20 million and the best of intentions, the killer whale who starred in the movie “Free Willy” never lived a free life.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - Full Story

Enough Tamiflu here to treat 1 million

KUWAIT CITY, May 11, (Agencies): The Kuwait Health Ministry has a stockpile of 10 million Tamiflu capsules, enough to treat one million cases of swine flu, said Heath Assistant Undersecretary for Supportive Medical Services Dr Yousef Al-Nisf on Monday. In a statement to KUNA, the official affirmed that Kuwait was “swine flu-free.” He expected a vaccine for swine flu would be developed by the end of the year, based on the latest scientific reports, adding that the ministry’s plan to deal with any related situation was “fool-proof.” On his part, the ministry’s Deputy Director of the Department of General Health Dr Yousef Mandakar said that all three forms of swine flu treatment — Tamiflu capsules, Relenza spray for those with difficulty swallowing, and a liquid formula for children — were available in Kuwait.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - Full Story

Prejean Might Lose Her Crown

Carrie Prejean worked her way up through the pageant system, eventually becoming Miss California USA, and a contestant in the Miss USA 2009 pageant. As the pageant proceeded, she quickly became the favorite, with only a few steps remaining to secure her win. Enter, stage left, Perez Hilton, the highly read entertainment blogger that makes no secrets about his homosexual lifestyle, or liberal leanings on the social end of politics. As a judge in the pageant, he was tasked with asking Carrie Prejean a question, and he chose the volatile topic of Gay Marriage. Perez Hilton asked, “Vermont recently became the 4th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit. Why or why not?” Carrie Prejean, in short, responded that she believed marriage is between a man and a woman.

By Douglas V. Gibbs - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - Full Story

Hollywood Interference: Why It Must Stop

I am writing this in response to the increasing out of control behavior of the famous, something that has been boiling in me for over the past five years since the beginning of the Iraq war. This is about their interference in things beyond their inability to comprehend the consequences of their unqualified interference in things that do not concern them.

By Guest Column Diane Crow- Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - Full Story

Raising your own vegetables, herbs and fruit

Ready to join the growing numbers of wannabe food raising home farmers? After all if Michelle Obama can do it, why can’t you? This is her very first veggie garden too. And get this – it is all-organic, just like that Governor General Adrienne Clarkson established in 2001 at Rideau Hall, her Ottawa digs on Sussex Drive. It cost $2,483 and the assistance of the National Capital Commission.

H1N1 Government Manufactured?

There has been a lot of speculation, of late, that has come to my attention regarding the possibility that the H1N1 Virus, also known as the Swine Flu, is not a product of nature. After all, the virus is made up of components from the human flu virus, avian flu virus, and swine flu virus - a combination not possible, according to some scientists, in the natural world. There are no cases of swine being infected with this particular virus, either. The origin, in essence, is a complete mystery.

By Douglas V. Gibbs - Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - Full Story

What Star Wars Teaches Conservatives

The 1977 classic movie, Star Wars, portrayed an epic struggle between a righteous outnumbered few (Rebel alliance) against a much stronger dominant government (Empire). The now well known story tells how a small group of activists can effect change by adhering to their principals as a source of power and focusing their efforts on the identifiable vulnerability of their adversary. A useful analogy may be drawn to the current situation of contemporary conservative activism.

By Dr. Tony Magana - Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - Full Story

The Flu By Any Name

First of all, it’s not the “Swine flu”, it’s the Mexican flu. That’s the nation where it mutated into a combination of swine, avian and just plain flu. Mexico is a place that exports people, drugs, and now this new strain of flu.

By Alan Caruba - Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - Full Story

Flu Waning, Schools Start to Reopen

NEW YORK —  Students were welcomed back to St. Francis Preparatory School on Monday as if they’d been on spring break, but they couldn’t help but be reminded of the reason it was closed.

By News on the Net - Monday, May 4, 2009 - Full Story