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Stay safe all of you folks in Fort McMurray!

For whatever reason, the fire appears to have fallen off the media radar lately, but it's still burning out of control, and covers nearly 580,000 hectares (2240 square miles), which sounds impossible to me.

That's more than twice the area of the entire Greater Vancouver Regional District -,+BC/@49.2869433,-123.4811187,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5462ce9005f9dfa5:0xce9c6c979ef4fca6!8m2!3d49.2501243!4d-123.0824217
Over 280 firefighters from South Africa landed in Edmonton late Sunday night ready to help wildfire relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta., singing in unison to give them 'moral courage' for the task at hand.
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+BBC News' take on the Tragically Hip; dubbed the 'most Canadian' band in the world. Well, I'm not disagreeing (although Spirit of the West and Great Big Sea may take issue).

FTA: "They have sold more albums in Canada than global powerhouses like U2, and retail chains used to open stories at midnight when Hip albums were released to offer fans instant access to the new music."
When the Tragically Hip lead singer said he was suffering from terminal brain cancer, Canada grieved, because the band mined the nation's cultural mythology.
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Yeah I thought the 'small' classification was a bit odd too. :)
And Wheat Kings always takes me to Algonquin Park, so I totally get where you're coming from +Benjamin van den Berg. Oddly, not because of the real loons that are all over the place in the park; but because of the times we listened to that cd there. :)
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This morning I heard that Gord Downie from the Tragically Hip has terminal cancer.

It's been a while since I've listened to the Hip, but I can't overemphasize the place of honour that they held in my CD collection throughout my teenage years. If I think back to some of the best times I had back then, I can almost guarantee that the Hip were present.

Every sunny day spent on a patio, every trip to the beach, every time I mowed a lawn with my ratty old Walkman - Gord and the boys were there too. Guaranteed, everybody from the good old days feels the same way - the Hip were just one of the gang.

I can remember one of the trips a bunch of us took up to a friend's cottage just on the edge of Algonquin Park in particular. There were maybe eight of us down on the dock with a ghetto blaster - my buddy and I had our six-strings down there, and we played and sang along with this song and everything - everything - in the world was just fine. To this day, this song takes me back there every time I hear it. I've never met Gord Downie, and honestly, I'm not sure that I'd want to, because it'd be damned near impossible for him to live up to the bar that he set when he was with us down on that dock.
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Heartbreaking news. The Hip has mad talent. 52 is too young!
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Craft brewers: the real superheroes.
Most of these plastic six-pack rings end up in our oceans and pose a serious threat to wildlife. Together with Saltwater Brewery, a small craft beer brand in Florida…
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Spotted this on LinkedIn today - an apology (sort of) from a millennial, on behalf of her generation. I'm going to overlook the fact that she's also called anyone over 40 as "Elders", otherwise my ancient old heart might just stop.

So I get why she's getting a lot of attention for this, and a lot of people are commending her for voicing her opinion. She throws out a lot of critiques and cites many of the common refrains (i.e. lazy, entitled, rude, etc.) without much in the way of explanations, justifications, or evidence, but the sentiment is pretty widely held.

Some of the points she makes are pretty scathing - like 'not really contributing anything to society'. Ouch.

I work with a bunch of millennials, and some are ridiculously driven, ambitious and hard working. Others are less so. In other words, the cross-section of millennials I know seems to be pretty representative of every other generation - a collection of individuals, each with their own motivations and goals.

Generally speaking, I find it somewhat of a cop-out to dole out praise or condemnation to entire generations of people - but again, the idea that the millennial generation is universally lazy and entitled seems to be accepted...just not usually by the people being painted with the broad brush.

What do you think? Are millennials narcissistic, unmotivated slugs just waiting for life to be handed over on a silver platter?
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The more recent criticisms I've been seeing have been dinging esp college students for trigger warnings, shutting down "unsafe speech" and all that.

Still sounds to me like the PC wars of 20 years ago.
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Oh man. I'm not sure where this came from, but I stumbled on this in one of those 'You might like this' ad blocks on some website. 
I know it's not Christmas, but I don't care. Also, I'm aware that I'm at work with tears in my eyes, but I don't care about that either. If you're having a stressful day, check this out.
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There is hope for us yet, with the children... ))
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Feeling stressed? Take a hike.
For my BC-based friends:
The great outdoors might just be greater than you think. There are plenty of us who love to spend as many hours of the day outdoors as we can, and hiking is obviously quite healthy for the body,
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I have read a few articles on this subject and while they don't all delve so deeply into the brain, they all point in the same direction; they all reinforce how I feel after a hike... which is tired, but calm, relaxed and leaning towards euphoric (this I discovered long before I found the articles).
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I spy with my little eye something that begins with 'X'...
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future ride?
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Ok folks, I have a strange, strange question. Can you point me in the direction of this font, or something similar? For reasons.
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What about a reverse image search, something might come up
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Trump, on Trump: "I'm not stupid, okay? I can tell you that right now. Just the opposite"

Well, now we can put that issue to bed, right?
Presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he hopes to be able to work with British Prime Minister David Cameron in spite of having been called by him 'stupid, divisive and wrong' regarding his views on Muslims
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Proud to be a Canadian today...I've just learned that Justin Trudeau committed Canada to the Paris Agreement today, and that he has described the goal as "the floor, not the ceiling".

And of course, he had to feed the stereotype "We're not making these investments simply to be nice, although I know Canada does have a reputation to uphold in that department."

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And yet, he's talking about supporting the tar pipeline to the coast. I want to believe but...
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Sold my soul to a sweet melody, now I'm gone, now I'm gone, now I'm gone.

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Canadian, through and through. I'm a Vancouver resident now, but I've lived in 5 provinces, and grew up in the suburbs of Toronto. I'm a lover of the great outdoors (mountain biker, hiker, backpacker and camper), a technology nut, gaming geek, a socialist-to-liberal-minded bleeding heart. I'm an unapologetic idealist, treehugger enviro-weenie atheist. On the work side of things, I do communications, business development, project management, marketing (sort of), and procurement (sort of). I am an expert in the recruitment industry and employment - particularly in the Vancouver IT market. I'm husband, a dad, and the BFF to the world's most awesome dog.  If you're in to the whole Myers Briggs thing, I'm INFP or INFJ, depending on the day.

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I'm not a puritan, and I appreciate well-placed salty language, and my jimmies remain unrustled at the sight of nudity. I love a good debate, and I appreciate contrasting opinions, and am a strong proponent of free speech, 


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If the robot that keeps calling me is to be believed, I've recently won several free night stays at select Marriott Hotels. Lucky me!
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