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Is Niagara Parks Commission taking a shot at Toronto?

The Niagara Falls add campaign, funded by local businesses, is seen as taking shots at Toronto.  What do you think?

Should Marineland’s Killer Whale show continue?

The Killer whale shows at SeaWorld Orlando has resumed just a day after, Tillikum,  killed a trainer.  It’s the third time the 30-year-old whale, who was captured in Iceland when he was two years old, has been involved in a death. In 1991, when Tillikum was at Oak Bay’s Sealand of the Pacific, he was among three whales who killed 20-year-old trainer and marine biology student Keltie Byrne after she slipped into the pool. The whales, Tillikum and females Nootka and Haida, would not allow her out of the pool and she drowned. All three whales were sold to SeaWorld in 1992, the same year Sealand closed its doors. In 1999, a 27-year-old man apparently jumped into Tillikum’s pool. He died of drowning and hypothermia, but his body was also found to have bite marks.

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Should Marineland continue the Killer Whale show?

One of their main attractions at Marineland Niagara Falls are the Killer Whales.  The Marineland website describes the Killer Whales as affectionate and gentle: more…

So You Think You Can Garden (Contest?)

I was excited to see that Canadian Gardening magazine is running an online contest dubbed “So You Think You Can Garden” on their online site canadiangardening.com.  Upon further investigation I learned that the prize is $500 and a requirement to blog on their site once a week for 6 months.  This sounds like a minimum salary job and not a contest.

Contest or cheap labour?  You decide for yourself:

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New York Wineries Upset with Canada

wineIf a customer with a Canadian accent comes to Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, Fred Frank knows they’re there to taste, not to buy.

That’s because it wouldn’t make financial sense.

Canadians who visit any of New York’s 255 wineries are allowed to bring home two bottles per person duty-free. But the price of wine bought in the U.S. almost doubles with duties and excise taxes imposed by the Ontario government if a Canadian returns home with more than two bottles.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers can fill the trunk of their car with bottles from the wineries that dot the northern side of Lake Ontario and pay insignificant taxes when they cross the border on their return home. The first two bottles also are duty-free.

“It’s bothersome because it’s unfair and it’s the antithesis of free trade,” said Frank, part owner of the winery. “For us, even though we are not close to the border, Toronto is closer than New York City.”

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Save the ‘Bou

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A new online campaign titled, “Save the Bou,” is hoping to send 1,000s of email to Premier McGuinty urging him to take action and protect the Caribou.
The same Woodland Caribou that appears on the quarter in your pocket is quickly disappearing from the southern Boreal Forest of Ontario (just 5000 remaining), despite a promise from Premier McGuinty, over two years ago, to protect the animal’s habitat. more…

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