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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
6:20 pm - test 1

A piece of wreckage apparently from a Boeing 777 -- like the missing MH370 airliner -- was found washed ashore over the weekend on the coast of Mozambique, a U.S. official told CNN on Wednesday.

The newly discovered debris is on its way to Malaysia for further examination. The wreckage is a piece of horizontal stabilizer skin, the U.S. official said.

The horizontal stabilizer is the part of the aircraft's tail that is horizontal as the plane flies.

A second aviation source said there was no record of any Boeing 777 missing other than Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

No comment from airline

current mood: awake

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Friday, April 10th, 2009
8:15 pm

So, you've all probably already heard about the case in Quebec in which a 12-year old girl sues her father over his denying her permission to attend her 6th grade graduation trip, and apparently wins.

The attorney who helped her win the case? The same attorney who handled her parents' divorce. The filing and execution of this lawsuit was completely within the guidelines of provincial law, all frivolousness aside.

What say you?

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
10:49 pm - Prorogue

So, I'm sure by now everyone has heard about the NDP/Liberal Coalition with the Bloc's support. Something that keeps being brought up though is that Harper might prorogue parliament to prevent the coalition from taking over. While I follow politics I'm not all that savvy when it comes to such specific terms (all I can tell is that it means parliament will be put on hold) so I was wondering if anyone could explain to me what exactly proroguing is, and what kind of effects it will have.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
6:33 pm

how many of you canucks have studied abroad? i'm seriously considering it when i get to university, and i'm wondering if i should downright go to uni in my desired country (quite expensive) or go to a canadian uni that offers a 'year of schooling at _______' kind of thing.

sorry if this sounds like the question of a 15-year-old. cause, well, it is. just grasping this whole idea 'n stuff.

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Saturday, January 26th, 2008
4:30 pm - The Importance of Remembering the Past

I remember riding the subway one day back in the late 1980s and noticing just how many of the people around me were not white and for whom English was not their first language. Mulroney had opened the immigration floodgates, the results were beginning to be visible (as it were) and I was beginning to worry.

"We're taking in too many people, from too many places, too fast," I said to my friend John. How could such an influx be integrated into our society? I wondered.

John suggested I was being an idiot and possibly a racist, to boot.

He was wrong about my racism, but right that my fears were misplaced, as the subsequent 20-odd years have amply demonstrated.

During that time, immigration to Canada - and especially to Toronto - has continued apace, and yet the sky has not fallen.

But the worries I expressed some 20 years ago are still being expressed. Which brings me to the January/February issue of The Walrus and editor Ken Alexander's a-historical column, "Puzzling Ethnicity", in which he makes the startling observation that immigrants tend to settle near one another and, in a bizarre twist of logic, blames this process on the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Read more.Collapse )

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Friday, January 25th, 2008
9:33 am - Help! It's Murder!

Can someone please point me to a source for murder statistics in Toronto? Preferably a simple chart, showing the number of homicides per year, going back 20 or 30 or, ideally, 40 years? I've spent the past hour and a half with Google and have gotten nowhere.

I anyone can help, I'll be eternally grateful

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Friday, March 23rd, 2007
12:25 pm - National Day to Empower Teen Parents

The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is coming upon us once again.  Now, I'm all for preventing unwanted pregnancies, but I am not pleased with the way the NCPTP slanders teen parents and tries to keep them down in order to further their cause.  Previous ad campains have used the words "Dirty", "Cheap", "Useless" , and "Nobody" to describe teen parents.

All parents need support, especially those for whom the odds are against.  There are so many issues facing teen parents that make just being able to care for their children difficult. Lack of access to affordable childcare and flexible schooling, limited financial resources,  and unstable relationships are just some of the many obstacles that a teen mother might be up against.

I propose that on May 2, (or the weekend following) the same day the NCPTP is held, that we hold a counter event in Vancouver, BC.  The International Day to Empower Teen Parents campaign should include information about pregnancy options (it WILL be a pro-choice event), support services for pregnant teens and young parents in the area, information on financial aid in the form of welfare, EI, and community service agencies.

I am a young mama myself, and don't have much financial resources available to me, but I'm very passionate about this and would like to make this happen.  If anyone would like to help in the organizing, help out at the actual event, or give suggestions on how to do this on a low budget, I'd like to hear from you.  If the response is big enough, I will be holding a planning meeting within the next 2 weeks.

X-posted everywhere.

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Sunday, March 11th, 2007
11:51 am - Fill out a quick survey? Pleeeeease?

Hey everyone.

Could ya'll please head on over to this questionnaire and fill it out? It'll take you 5 minutes, tops.

Also, if you could get other people (family, housemates, etc) to take it, I'd be really, really grateful.

It's for a presentation due tomorrow - so any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Monday, February 26th, 2007
6:32 am - Lousy Journalism, Lazy Journalism

This story both delighted and irritated me.

In a nutshell, a Muslim girl was thrown out of a soccer tournament for wearing a hijab - apparently the headscarf is banned by the Quebec Soccer Association on grounds of safety, "...to protect children from being accidentally strangled."

I'll leave the question of the risk of being strangled by a hijab during a soccer game to the experts. But I want to talk about is the story itself - or rather, about how it was written.

Most of it was told as a human-interest piece - how the girl felt, how the coach felt, how the girl's team-mates felt. The girl's team withdrew from the tournament in protest, apparently with the full backing of the team itself.

To me, the real story here was alluded to in the second paragraph and then never mentioned again.

Calling the rule banning the headscarf worn by Muslim women racist, four other teams followed Asmahan Mansour's team, the Nepean Selects from Ottawa, after she was thrown out for running afoul of a Quebec Soccer Association rule.

That sports leagues have rules about proper attire is not news. That a team withdraws from a tournament because one of its players was ejected is minor news. That four other teams in the tournament also withdrew to support another team's player is interesting news.

Why no interviews with players from other teams?

The CBC's headline was, "Muslim girl ejected from tournament for wearing hijab". Shouldn't it have been, "Four other teams support Muslim girl's right to wear hijab"?

That's the story! Jesus, somebody get re-write on the phone ...

Crossposted to canadadebate, canadakicksass, canadian, canpolitik and to rantrave.

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
12:51 pm - enough with the backpack flag

Hi, I'm not a Canadian, but I wanted to drop by, say hi, and also tell you that it's enough with you guys putting your flags on your backpacks whenever you travel abroad.

You're not fooling anyone. We know you guys aren't patriotic. And even if you were, it's not like the French or the Japanese staple their flags all over the place. There's only one reason you take the time to sew your little red maple leafs onto your bags: so people don't think you're Americans and hurt you.

Well, the jig is up and now it's time for you to grow a pair. You'll have to find another way of telling foreigners of your nationality. I suggest maybe by talking.

Besides, guess how many American tourists were killed in the last year because they didn't have little Canadian flags on their backpacks? Exactly zero. And it's not like you guys are going to Gaza and Iran in large numbers. You wear your little flags in Madrid or Venice or London. Nobody is going to punch you in London because of your white skin and your North American accent.

And I'll tell you another thing that might surprise you: people actually LOVE Americans. They do. Why else would people eat McDonalds in Paris, or order Jack Daniels in Scotland. It ain't for the flavor. It's because they're associated with the country that invented rock 'n' roll and Hollywood. So you're actually losing cool points with your backpack flag.

I realize not every Canadian reads livejournal, so it's up to you guys to let your fellow Canadians in on the news. Consider yourselves on notice! Have a nice day.

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
6:10 pm

Hi, my name is Daniel. I'm new to LiveJournal and I hope I can find friends here. I am from Mexico and I am kind of desperate because I haven't started T yet and I desperately want to.

Will folks tell me some of their own experiences with this? I'd appreciate it!

I would love to talk to anyone who can give me any helpful information on emigrating from Mexico to the US or Canada, or who is in Mexico, or knows of any Trans people in Mexico. I speak Spanish and English but my Spanish is better. I am ariusjuarez on Yahoo messenger and danielivana@hotmail.com on MSN messenger, and would love people to IM me to talk. Thanks very much!

I want to move out of Mexico to start transition. It's difficult to go to the US, I can't get a visa, but if anyone has any ideas, please let me know!

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Sunday, October 1st, 2006
12:00 pm

Hi! I'm new to the community, but I've been interested in Canada for a very long time before. I'm an English Philology student and I live in Poland. Last semester we had a new faculty started - Canadian Cultural Studies - and I decided that the subject of my Bachelor paper would be the Inuit culture. I've already written the paper and turned it in. On October 2nd (tomorrow) I'll have a final exam and one of the topics I had to prepare is "The Myth of the North in Canadian Culture." I already did some research but thought that i could get some more information from the very source. If anyone here wants to help a poor student from Poland, please, answer following questions:

These came up during my reesearchCollapse )

I'd be really grateful for any kind of answers or opinions.
Support Polish students! :)

Thanks in advance.

P.S. If this post breaks some rules in any way just feel free to delete it.

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Saturday, September 9th, 2006
11:45 pm

hello all! I have made a new community called canada_is_love. The point is for canadians to meet and make friends all across canada. I didn't see anything in the info page about not being able to advertise, so i thought i would post this here.
please feel free to join.

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Saturday, August 19th, 2006
11:39 am - Poll on Energy Use

I am working on a project to bring a product to the market. This product is essentially an energy meter, but much more efficient, effective and simpler to understand than the one placed outside your house. To further help us understand our consumers, I would like you, the Canadian homeowner, to take part in this poll. Please, and thank you very much.

This POLL consists of 4 questions, asking you to reflect back to 2 and 5 years ago and compare your thoughts on energy from then to now.

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Sunday, July 30th, 2006
5:39 am



Just made it today. :D If you love icons..and if you love Canada. Join! (you know you can't resist the cute beaver!)

I love you guys. lol!

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
2:27 am - My fellow Canadians & spook lovers!


Come share your spooky tales with us!

Canada is a country filled with spooky lore. This community is about anything paranormal in Canada, whether that be haunted places, native monsters to alien sightings, and much more. Ghost tours, haunted houses (real or fake!), pics and of course stories from all the provinces would be great to share!

current mood: chipper

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Saturday, July 8th, 2006
3:32 am - About Canada


Photo by wchien

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Saturday, July 1st, 2006
10:59 am

Happy Canada Day!

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Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
3:34 pm - The Apartment Hunter

Looking to move to Ottawa, Ontario?Collapse )

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Saturday, May 20th, 2006
5:24 am - Anime IKU at Anime North

Hey Guys,

For all those canadaian anime fans out there the new lifesytle magazine Anime IKU will be releasing the mag at the Anime

North Convention. Drop by their booth and pick up a copy of their very FIRST issue.

There's contests, forums, artwork, cosplay and more going on.

Come and check out the website for more details and info.

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