Do we still need an Earth Day?
Let’s see if we understand this accurately: An independent and nationally recognized heritage consulting firm issued a Statement of Significance regarding the former home of naturalist Mack Laing -- known as “Shakesides.” They said the building is of national...read more
It landed on our doorstep with a resounding thud. It measured about the size of a thick hardcover novel. It weighed more than 100 copies of “War and Peace” bound together. But all there was to read was a simple card, which said, predictably, “To my brother. Love, your...read more
When Prime Minister Trudeau stepped in front of the media yesterday to announce the decision to approve the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, he personally owned it. Trudeau didn’t send out some sacrificial cabinet minister. Give him credit for...read more
In the era of modern journalism, reporters have operated on a few professional standards -- like detachment and objectivity -- and some ethical values -- like fairness and balance. But what’s a reporter to do when she’s assigned to cover a potentially dangerous...read more
Before Victorians and other west coast residents start congratulating ourselves for producing fewer greenhouse gases per household than most other Canadians, we should pause to acknowledge that this environmental fame may be fleeting. Because if Premier Christy Clark...read more
With the popular summer festivals coming up this weekend in Comox -- Filberg Festival and Nautical Days -- the town likes to get all gussied up. Plants watered and weeded. Streets swept and lines repainted. Lawns mowed, and so on. But this annual beautification...read more
Reason No. 17 why there's still hope for humankind
While chatting with an Australian couple, the waitress at the Waikiki restaurant mentioned she had dropped out of college because she had accumulated too many school-related debts. The vacationing couple left her a $400 tip. The waitress, 22-year-old Cayla Chandara, left a thank-you note and flowers for the couple at their hotel.
The couple revisited the restaurant the next day and gave Chandara an even larger gift: an offer of more than $10,000 to pay off her debts and student loans.
There's some good news, and even better news on happiness
At what age were you (are you) the happiest?
The researchers believe a wave of optimism washes over people as they enter the workforce, and the sense of solace as they leave it.
Canadians are the third most sleepy people in the world
According to a new study, Canadians are the third most sleep-deprived country in the world. Among those who don’t get enough sleep, we’re tied with Americans, and just behind the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The medical director of Aviva, the insurance company that commissioned the study, blames the lack of sleep on too much screen time, and late-night television in particular.
The Washington Post reports that U.S. businesses lose about 1.2 million employee workdays and $411 billion in revenue every year due to the sleep deprivation of its workers. And dozy workers reduce the nation’s GDP by about 2.3 percent per year.
Lame Joke Du Jour
Easter Bunny jokes
Q. What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?
A. A hot cross bunny.
Q. What do you get when you cross a bunny with a leek?
A. A bunion.
Q. How do you make a rabbit stew?
A. Make it wait for 3 hours!
Q. What’s the difference between the Easter Bunny and a lumberjack?
A. One chews and hops, the other hews and chops.
Q. What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
A. Bugs Bunny
Q. How do you catch a tame rabbit?
A. Tame way, unique up on it.
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Thought Du Jour
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
— Maya Angelou