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Queen’s Grandson Marries Canadian Girl

Queen’s Grandson Marries Canadian Girl

Peter Phillips the 11th in line to the throne, became yesterday the first of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren to wed, marrying his Canadian bride Autumn Kelly.

Autumn Patricia Kelly was born in 1978 in Montreal, Quebec. Kelly graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies in 2002 and started a career as a management consultant. While at University, she worked as a bartender and model.

Girls out there wondering how Autumn Kelly got to meet Peter Phillips 😉 … Autumn Kelly and Peter Phillips, who was working for WilliamsF1 at the time, met at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in 2003.

Interestingly Peter Phillips could have lost his place in the line of the succession to the Throne because Autumn Kelly was a Roman Catholic. However, a couple of weeks ago she renounced her Roman Catholic faith for the Church of England.

So as the Telegraph puts it: If by some tragic mischance, or distressing Nepalese-style bloodbath, the Prince of Wales, Princes William and Harry, Prince Andrew, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Edward and his children and the Princess Royal were all snuffed out, it will be Peter Phillips rather than his feisty sister Zara whose head will one day appear on the stamps. And his wife will be the Canadian Autumn Kelly.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Dairy Queen Commercial Sends out a Wrong Message

Well it’s not the first time that Dairy Queen have had an offensive or inappropriate commercial so you shouldn’t be very surprised.  Love2save posted about this commercial in the forum and here’s what she had to say:

Does anyone see anything wrong with the new DQ commercial that has the little girl expecting the little boy to have a sundae sent over to her table and then she just looks at the camera and says “it’s like shooting fish in a barrel”? I may be reading too much into this but I just think it sends out a very wrong message.

Here’s the commercial:


Discussion of this DQ commercial on the forum

Fallen Heroes Welcomed Back to Canada with Respect

They serve the same Queen, fight the same foe and lay down their lives with equal valour and sacrifice. But when the fallen heroes of Canada and Britain come home, the welcome is very different.

In Canada, roads are cleared and police stand to attention to welcome home fallen heroes.

Why Canada’s Better than Britain

In Britain, hearses carrying their war dead routinely get stuck in traffic without even so much as a police escort

Why Canada’s Better than Britain

Click here to read the full article

Protesting for Profit

I came across this unconventional radio interview at Blue Blogging Soapbox about the seal hunt. It really bothers me that out of the thousands of endangered species out there, so much focus has been put onto the seal hunt, one of the few remaining sources of income to many Newfoundlanders. I am totally against cruelty to animals, but I don’t like being manipulated by organizations who aren’t very honest about their claims and have profit objectives.


Why Things Cost $19.95

The Scientific American has a very interesting article about why stores label items as, say, $19.95 instead of simply $20. You probably think it’s simply to make the item appear cheaper and that you’re not fooled by this trick. Turns out there’s more to it than that.

Click here to read the interesting article at the Scientific American.

Or if you’re too lazy to read the article, here’s the paragraph that sums it up:

As Janiszewski and Uy explain in the February issue of Psychological Science, people appear to create mental measuring sticks that run in increments away from any opening bid, and the size of the increments depends on the opening bid. That is, if we see a $20 toaster, we might wonder whether it is worth $19 or $18 or $21; we are thinking in round numbers. But if the starting point is $19.95, the mental measuring stick would look different. We might still think it is wrongly priced, but in our minds we are thinking about nickels and dimes instead of dollars, so a fair comeback might be $19.75 or $19.50.

It’s official: Rogers to bring iPhone to Canada later this year

It’s official: Rogers to bring iPhone to Canada later this year

Canadian wireless carrier Rogers Wireless said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Apple to begin offering the iPhone later this year, putting an end to months of speculation on the subject.

“We’re thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year,” the carrier said in a statement. “We can’t tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned.”

Continue reading at AppleInsider

She Has A Boyfriend

Warning for crude language


Remember the sound of a dial-up modem?

Remember the dial-up years? Slow frustrating Internet, busy signals, cheesy alien-like dialing sounds… I’m so glad dial-up’s history.

I hope BELL’s throttling doesn’t screw us up and send us back to stone age Internet with dial-up speeds (that’s almost what I get for torrent downloads nowdays).


The Best Muppets Video Clip Ever

Jim Squires posted this awesome Muppets clip on his blog and I couldn’t resist posting it here.


The Informed Canadian: Is Bill C-10 censorship?


Over the past month a lot of attention has been paid in the Canadian news media to Bill C-10 — and rightfully so.  The Bill includes more than a hundred amendments to the Income Tax Act, but one little clause about the film industry seems to be stirring all this controversy; a clause that allows the Heritage Minister to determine if “public financial support of the production would not be contrary to public policy.”

In plain English, this means that one man has the right to refuse tax credits and other incentives provided by the government to film and television productions that he doesn’t feel are in keeping with public policy.  The problem?  Nowhere does this amendment state what “contrary to public policy” actually means or what specific credits and incentives would be removed.  Considering the number of jobs and dollars that float their way to “Hollywood North” every year, this could prove detrimental not only in determining what we watch but to a large segment of our economy.

A few great bits of reading on the subject;

If you’re at all bothered by this, there are a number of petitions floating around out there in cyberspace you can sign (and even a Facebook group with a large support base), but nothing is ever more effective than contacting your local MP and telling them how you feel.

I went into this article attempting to offer a fair and balanced reporting of this situation, but the more I searched the less I found as far as support for this bill goes.  The only backing I found was in a parlimentary press release: “Bill C-10 has nothing to do with censorship and everything to do with the integrity of the tax system. The goal is to ensure public trust in how tax dollars are spent.”  If there was any truth to that, wouldn’t they just modify the offending clause that obviously has everything to do with censorship?

Where do you stand on the issue?

Eugene Mirman on Canada


Eugene Mirman is an American comedian who occassionally posts up some fantastically absurd videos on YouTube. This one happens to be about Canada. The language is briefly NSFW, so make sure to get the kiddies out of the room before clicking play.

“Canada is what happens when love falls in love.” How can anyone not agree that that should be our new national slogan?

[via fjetsam]

Simon’s Cat ‘Let Me In!’


Free preview of CBC premium channels until April 29th

docbold.jpgFrom now until April 29th, CBC is offering free previews on two of it’s newest premium channels.

The Documentary Channel, which has been around for a few years now but was recently purchased by the CBC, showcases a number of top quality documentary films as well as shows discussing issues affecting our society. Right now the channel is featuring The Devil Came on Horseback, a great doc on the crisis in Darfur. Well worth checking out if you have the time to catch it. The CBC has nailed down a deal with the US documentary Sundance channel, so expect to see a good number of award-winning docs in the near future.

The other channel, Bold, is a rebranding of CBC Country Canada. It will feature a selection of programming comparable with that on PBS. Shows like Live From Abbey Road, the Cirque Du Soliel program Kooza, and a number of CBC Radio shows being re-imagined for television will be prominently featured. Call your local service provider to find out channel numbers.

Great Canadiana: Peter Puck


If you watched Hockey Night in Canada anytime in the 1970’s, chances are you’re intimately familiar with the one they call Peter Puck. A joint collaboration between the NHL and Hanna-Barbera Studios, Mr. Puck was an animated fellow who taught kids (and Americans on NBC Game of the Week) the basic principles of the game. Check out the video above for the very first episode of Peter Puck, “How to Play the Game.”

If you’re an old school fan of the Puck or just looking to teach your kids the finer points of hockey, the complete Peter Puck collection is available on DVD. It runs about 30 minutes, which explains why you can pick it up on Chapters.ca for only $12.99. Don’t forget to make your Chapters purchases through the SmartCanucks CashBack program to save even more!

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