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What do you call a carbonated beverage? Submit your answer; you can do so anonymously and it looks like they need more Canadian responses. 😉

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…here's Stonehenge as seen on Google Maps.

OTTAWA — Canada’s cultural treasures — including religious objects from Quebec and aboriginal artifacts — are “racing out of the country” because government controls are ineffective and Canada’s border agency isn’t interested in enforcing them, Canadian Heritage has been told.

“It should be pointed out that the recent creation of the (Canada Border Services Agency) as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has resulted in a significant reduction in the priority given to issues not related to health, safety and security,” reads an internal evaluation by Canadian Heritage, obtained by the Ottawa Citizen under the Access to Information Act.

“The CBSA has explicitly indicated that … export controls are outdated and it wishes to get out of the business.”

Key informants from government and private cultural institutions, who were interviewed for the evaluation and warned of the lost treasures, indicate significant numbers of cultural exports bypass controls, and that some institutions ignore temporary permits for travelling exhibitions completely.

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Love this! I seem to remember it was "underduck" when I was a kid in North Bay.
Always willing and ready to respond to great questions and queries, we at Concepts.Inc. were delighted when a letter came into our office asking, “When you get a push on the swings in which the pusher runs underneath the pushee, is it called Underdog or Underduck?” A perplexing query indeed.

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"Using the power of Google searches, I hope to prove why Myspace.com is a failure of humanity. I’m not debating whether Myspace offers a good system or service, I’m only lamenting the place it has become thanks to its user base. There are good and bad uses for social networking websites. Most are useless and waste more time without contributing to the social good. Myspace is the worst."

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This is an article of mine that was originally published in Surface newsmagazine in October 1997. It was a great magazine, and I’m not just saying that because I was the Cultures Editor that year (1997-98) and Co-Editor-in-Chief for 1998-99.Not *that* Surface; this was a Queen’s U. publication which seems to have since bit the bullet–just like MODE. Oh shit, I’ve probably killed the blog craze too…

Reality Fashion

Fashion magazines have always been about fantasies. Vogue presents the new seasonal collections with all the breathless excitement of NASA announcing their latest discovery. The models themselves are impossible visions of womanhood. In the early 1990s, the average North American woman stood 5’4″ and 140 pounds; most fashion models are at least six inches taller and 25 pounds lighter. The designers whose clothing they are selling seem to assume that the women who buy the magazines, look at fashion layouts and scrutinize ads are similarly built. Many couture lines stop at size 12; depending on the store, clothing sizes often only go up to 14 or 16. A healthy woman of average or larger size begins to look monstrous compared to these media images. Paradoxically, they are invisible in spite of being bigger; rarely does one see a fashion model who isn’t tall and rail-thin.


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