Some fancy security for 6 to 14-year-old girls
Anne's Diary is a Canadian social network for 6 to 14-year-old girls (I read about it on the CBC's Spark blog
). It has two interesting security features to fend off child molesters and the like. To sign up for the service, kids need to get a non-parental adult professional as a 'sponsor' who validates their identity and age (much like applying for a passport). Secondly, you get a USB fingerprint scanner with your initial package, and I gather the kids use this to log in to the service. And yes, that's Anne with an 'e'. No Prince Edward Island gable was ever this secure. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot
on Dec 6, 2007 -
Future handgun ban?
Despite reassurances made during passage of C-68 that registration would not lead to confiscation, Paul Martin is promising to enable provinces to ban handguns if elected this January.
posted by Mitheral
on Dec 9, 2005 -
“Time is on the side of open disclosure that there are ethical Extraterrestrial civilizations visiting Earth. Our Canadian government needs to openly address
these important issues of the possible deployment of weapons in outer war plans against ethical ET societies.
posted by airguitar
on Nov 29, 2005 -
-- Lloyd Axworthy was Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs for five years (1995-2000). Now that he's no longer in government, he doesn't need to be so diplomatic.
posted by winston
on Mar 3, 2005 -
Toronto's Deep Lake Water Cooling System was launched today. The system cuts electricity consumption in commercial buildings by 75 per cent by drawing near-freezing water through pipes extending five kilometres out into Lake Ontario. According to the city
, the system will save enough power to service more than 100 Toronto office towers or 4,200 homes per year, and it will eliminate 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Here's
a public television segment explaining the process. Seems like it makes a nice complement to the lakeshore windmill
posted by stonerose
on Aug 17, 2004 -
Browsing at my local library, I just came across a display of the winners
of this year's Canadian Awards for Excellence in Book Design
I was blown away by the design and content of The Gryphons of Paris
, a limited edition collection of black-and-white photos of surpassing beauty. This led me to the web page of the photographer, Ronald Hurwitz
, his city vignettes and remarkable portraits. A good reminder that not everything
of value can be found on the internet.
posted by louigi
on Aug 3, 2004 -
A Canadian Chinese Celebrity
- (LA Times - reg required) Use this
to get login.
"The lanky Ottawa native, a virtual unknown in Canada, is most renowned for his Chinese TV appearances as the quick-witted foreigner who does amusing skits and the first Westerner to perform the ancient Chinese art of xiangsheng, or comedic dialogue."
posted by blahblah
on Jun 21, 2004 -
Are You, Deep Down, Secretly, Between-You-And-Me, Proud Of Your Country?
Even if you're not Canadian
? Because a lot of people
in the world, no matter how badly run their country might be, seem to be just that. Isn't it weird, though - and, well, stupid - to be proud of something that just happened to happen to us and that we've done nothing to deserve, whether for good or for bad? A more telling question that occurs is: what nationality would you choose
to be, if you couldn't be the one you are? Here's the menu
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 11, 2003 -
The Group of Seven
. Arguably Canada's most important artists, the Group of Seven "popularized the concept of an art founded on the Canadian landscape, gave many Canadians a sense of national identity and enabled them to discover the beauty of their own country
." Peruse an art gallery
and marvel at the beauty they portrayed. (Mangled quote from the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery)
Equally important was Emily Carr
. While her style was similar to that of the Group of Seven, her interest in First Nations became her trademark. Some of her paintings
posted by ashbury
on Jun 30, 2003 -
This isn't about agriculture.
Today, twelve prairie farmers have surrendered themselves to RCMP, rather than pay a fine for their illegal activities. Their mutual crime was choosing to export their wheat crop independently
, rather than through the Canadian Wheat Board
. Are state-run agricultural monopolies appropriate, especially when their authority is exerted unevenly throughout the country? Do you think the action taken by these farmers is justified?
posted by vesper
on Oct 31, 2002 -
Xenophobia at its best! " The British and the North Americans are often said to be divided by a common language. Now it seems this linguistic split may apply to the natural world too.
A pair of Canadian otters brought to Britain a year ago are under 24-hour guard at the National Sea-life Sanctuary, near Oban in Scotland, because of fears they will be attacked by indigenous cousins unable to understand their "foreign accents". "
YES!!11 GO CANADIAN OTTERS!!!
posted by ( .)(. )
on Jul 4, 2002 -
Win a Trip to Bellegarde, Saskatchewan!
No joke. And thousands of people will enter this contest. They're ingenious, these prairie farmers.
Round-trip airfare for two to Regina from a major Canadian airport.
Three nights' hotel accommodation in Regina.
Limousine ride to Bellegarde.
An official tour of the hamlet by the president of the Bellegarde Rural Development Council.
$250 spending money.
All you have to do? Predict when a rusted out old car will crash through the ice and cause a local, and very minor, environmental catastrophe.
posted by Salmonberry
on Apr 9, 2002 -
For the Canadian's out there, I'm sure I don't have to remind you about those classic CanCon series' The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High,
and Degrassi High.
(Any Canadian between 15-35 grew up on at least one of these) Well starting October 14th, we can all grow up again with a new gang of kids on Degrassi: The Next Generation! Who will be the next Joey Jeremiah?
posted by paultron
on Oct 6, 2001 -
We're getting some new cable channels in Canada, and one of them is PrideVision
, the world's first gay, lesbian, and bisexual television network
. Even ten years ago, would anyone have thought we'd someday see programmes
like Closeted Hollywood, Dyke TV
, Queer as Folk, and Metrosexuality
on North American television? And as a category 1 service, Canadian cable companies are required to make PrideVision available as part of their digital service.
posted by tranquileye
on Aug 31, 2001 -