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Just a note to the 2 Danish girls that visit Canada There are more to Canada and nice people

I am born Danish Have lived in Canada for 45 years and love this country

I go to Denmark every 2-3 years  you talk about the cars here at least we have bigger roads not one lane roads. We have lots off country site parks and lakes and Forest If you go to the big cities you will always have lots off traffic and cars, The same in Denmark. next time you come to Canada contact me and I will show you great places to see. In Canada  Cars-houses-food-gas-shopping-eating out-Hotels- I can go on.  Please do you home work next time you go on vacation

sorry you fell that way about  oure  great country .I love it I am on face book


Kicker uses “interesting times” in the Chinese sense of the term:


This has in many ways been a horrible summer for big Canadian media.

CBC announced massive cuts. TorStar killed The Grid. Bell cut lots of jobs (and this has reverberated in places like CTV Montreal). Rogers has been cutting people on its publishing side, and elsewhere. Postmedia…

Two Danish women visit Canada, are unimpressed

Here’s an email I received today. It was sent to a number of media outlets and politicians in Canada, including Maxime Bernier, Lisa Raitt, Olivia Chow, Jim Watson, and Rob Ford. 

An open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada,

My girlfriend and I (Danish) were tourists in your country for 5 weeks this summer. We had the most incredible adventure and met the most wonderful Canadians, who welcomed us warmly into their homes. 

Apart from these people, who sincerely do your nation credit, our overwhelming memory of Canada is one of cars, traffic, parking and the related obesity and unfulfilled communities. It is an impression that we have since shared with other tourists who have visited Canada. 

Before arriving in Canada we had a genuine impression of a clean, healthy and sustainable first world country. Upon arrival in Toronto we were horrified to see great oceans of car parks deserting the landscape and 12 lane high ways,  rammed packed with huge SUVs, with people going no where. A greater shock came when we discovered that this kind of infrastructure is not reserved just for the sprawl surrounding towns and cities but that highways actually run through city centres too. As humans trying to enjoy Canada’s major cities (Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and Halifax) we were treated like second class citizens compared to cars. The air was dirty, and the constant noise from horns and engines was unpleasant.  

An observation that was especially noticeable in Halifax was the sheer amount of land in the city centre given to parking. Ginormous swaths of prime locations for living (parks, shops, cafés, market squares, theatres, playing fields etc - human activities which are key to quality of life) concreted over as homes for an ever increasing number of SUVs (most trucks and SUVs we saw contained only one person. The most SUVs we saw in a row were full of singular people driving through Tim Hortens). We asked the Canadians that we met how they felt living in such a car culture, here are a few of their responses:

'Trying to solve traffic problems by building more roads is like trying to solve obesity by buying bigger trousers.' Ottawa

'It's only 10km to my work place. I would love to cycle, it would only take 30 minutes but it is simply not possible. I don't feel safe. Instead I park and sweat, meaning after 25 minutes stuck in traffic I drive my car to the gym and waste another 25 minutes of time I could spend with my family.' Quebec City

'I hate cars in the city so much that I actually find myself slowing down as I cross the road, in a tiny effort to exert my authority as a human being over all that metal.' Toronto

'It seems to me that birds fly, fish swim and humans walk. Except in North America where you are expected to drive-everywhere. You wouldn't put a fish in a submarine!' Montreal

'I am obese. My children are overweight and most of the people who live around here. I am surrounded by fast food chains, car parks and highways. I would love to ditch the car. My neighbourhood doesn't even have sidewalks.' Levis

As we explored more of the country we tried to console ourselves that at least a few cities were making an effort to make life liveable for humans - small local businesses, cycle infrastructure and pedestrianised streets. However, it felt like a token gesture rather than a genuine effort to make Canada a healthy, happy and sustainable country. Pedestrians were squeezed onto narrow pavements and forced to stop every 100m to cross the road, bike lanes were little more than paint on the ground for the cyclists to help protect the parked cars lining every street. We heard that the mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, is actually tearing up bicycle lanes to make way for more cars! 

Walking and cycling are human activities that bring great life, health and economy to communities. Streets that prioritise cars over humans are bad for business, bad for health (mental, social and physical), unsafe and break down communities. 

I write this letter to appeal to you to take radical steps to transform Canada into the healthy, happy and sustainable country we were expecting. You are a nation of the most fantastic people, we know because we met them everywhere! As citizens they deserve much, much better. 

Come on Canada! When tourists visit Canada make sure they remember it for for its parks rather than parking. 

Sincerely yours,

Holly Chabowski

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Shreddies sells out to the anti-GMO lobby

Sad to see that Shreddies, the cereal that got me through primary school, has fallen prey to the authenticity hoax. Here’s a press release that came out today:

Good, good whole wheat Shreddies now Non-GMO Project Verified

Receives official seal of approval from North America’s only third party verifier

June 27, 2014 – Toronto, ON – Post Foods Canada today officially announced that its Shreddies Original cereal has been verified by the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only organization offering third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products.

The official Non-GMO Project seal on all packaging of Shreddies Original cereal, confirming the recipe and suppliers avoid GMO ingredients, will be available to customers at retail locations starting in July.

“We are committed to providing nutritious and delicious products for Canadians of all ages,” said David Bagozzi, Director of Marketing for Post Foods Canada. “Non-GMO Project Verification is an important endorsement that we want to share with our consumers as they continue to make informed decisions about the food they consume.”

The Non-GMO Project’s mission as a non-profit organization is the commitment to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

“Having an iconic cereal such as Shreddies now Non-GMO Project Verified is a clear indication that Post Foods Canada is making a concerted effort to provide nutritious, non-GMO product offerings,” said Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “Post Foods Canada takes the choices its consumers make about food to heart and deserves kudos.”

About Post Foods Canada Inc.: 
Post Foods Canada Inc. is the manufacturer of iconic ready-to-eat cereal brands including Shreddies, Honeycomb, Sugar Crisp, Alpha-Bits, Shredded Wheat, Great Grains, Honey Bunches of Oats and other great tasting cereals. For more information, please visit

About the Non-GMO Project: The Non-GMO Project is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third-party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. Learn more at


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On invading Russia

It’s a singular fact of the Great Conflict against Russia that no one — certainly no one on the Allied side — had any clear idea of how to go about it. You will think that’s one of these smart remarks, but it’s not; I was as close to the conduct of the war in ‘54 as anyone, and I can tell you truthfully that the official view of the whole thing was:

"Well here we are, the French and ourselves, at war with Russia, in order to protect Turkey. Ve-ry good. What shall we do, then? Better attack Russia, eh? H’m, yes. (Pause). Big place, ain’t it?"

Flashman at the Charge

We got some new publishing equipment delivered to the newsroom this week. Can’t wait to fire it up.

We got some new publishing equipment delivered to the newsroom this week. Can’t wait to fire it up.


Here’s a bunch of stuff that made my life better this year that I think a wide range of other people would like, too. It’s all $5-$25, so great for stocking stuffers or people on a budget.

Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold - Loud, obnoxious punk. Best played loud. $16 on vinyl.


The speed of light compared to the fastest objects known to humanity. Also see what happens on Earth in a single second. 


The speed of light compared to the fastest objects known to humanity. Also see what happens on Earth in a single second

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The definitive Web 1.0 Nostalgia Top Ten

Jennicam. Mahir Çağrı. CIndy Margolis. The Trojan Room coffee pot. Admit it — things were better when all there was to the web was Web 1.0.

And so, following the rule that the rate of nostalgia-mongering increases proportionally to the square of technological change, herewith are the definitive top ten Web 1.0 moments. 

10. Gawker wanted nothing more than to be We loved it especially for that one picture. You know the one. "A fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun". Damn straight.

9. Before there was the Browser and Brainpicker, there was the Arts and Letters Daily, the first great middle-brow aggregator. It’s still going, but it hasn’t been the same since its founder, philosopher Dennis Dutton, died too soon.  

8. The Visual Thesaurus. They’ve ruined it now, but when it first launched it was magnificent. Search any word and see its relationships to the rest the language mapped out in a dancing, playful semantic web. Absolutely mesmerizing. 

7. Hot Chicks with Douchebags. There’s not much to it. Pictures of hot chicks with douchebags, with extended captions written like prose poems from the gutter. The founder was a graduate student in literature, naturally. 

6. The precursor to College Humor and Funny or Die, Brunching Shuttlecocks was one of the first great humour sites. Your roommate plays the Indigo Girls

5. The Best Page in the Universe. It’s still going, and it still has that appalling design. And he’s an asshole. But lord Maddox is funny. So, so funny. 

4. If there was ever a site that was too smart for its time, it was Fametracker, the “Farmer’s Almanac of Celebrity Worth.” Along with its sister site, Television Without Pity, Fametracker was run by Adam Sternbergh and Tara Ariano. I wish it were still up just so I could link to the Fame Audit of William Shatner, one of the greatest short hits on celebrity ever written. 

3. They had a website. They had a plan. Generals Jenny and Claire even had T-shirts promoting their goal of Canada World Domination.  I interviewed one of them, sort of, by email. We all had crushes on them, back when I was part of the gang running This Magazine in Toronto. 

2. You can do anything at The only limit is yourself. 

1. Sometimes, the culture is poorer because people aren’t willing to sell out. What could we have had, if the brothers Chaps had been less interested in just amusing themselves, and more interested in making more lucre? I suppose what we have is plenty enough: Halloween cartoons, Sbemail, Marzipan’s answering machine. At the core of it all was Homestar, a lisping, moronic, fantastically endearing cartoon knockoff of a Japanese popsicle. Everybody! Everybody!

"Och — a ned shat doon the chimney," or, why I want to work for a tabloid.

"Och — a ned shat doon the chimney," or, why I want to work for a tabloid.

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