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Lifemates Complaints on Internet Lower Divorce Rate

Lifemates ComplaintsRecent studies indicate that the divorce rate in Canada has been declining slightly in recent years, but statisticians note that, in conjunction with the reduction in the divorce rate, there is also a higher rate of partners who live together (and then separate with no necessary formal divorce proceedings). In addition, media observers are also observing a form of “self-motivated therapy” that may be keeping some couple from divorcing by posting anonymous messages on Internet sites to vent frustrations and concerns.

Therapists point out that these postings are, in many ways, quite healthy. They allow an aggrieved spouse to express his or her frustrations in a wholesome manner that encourages a process that involves considering the problem in an organized manner. The poster can then read the ideas presented by other posters. These replies can help the original poster look at an issue from a variety of perspectives.

“When a person takes the time to express themselves in writing” notes family therapist Joyce Malone “that progress enables them to look at the problem from different angles and puzzle out possible alternative options.”

Ms. Malone also supports the concept of posting anonymously and waiting to read the thoughts of other Internet posters.”You have to have a thick skin if you’re going to put your problem on the Internet” she says “because some of the posters can be quite brash and offensive. But other posters are prepared to offer thoughtful suggestions that can really provide the kind of caring and support that the spouse needs, as well as some useful ideas about how to approach a problem in the marriage.

Not all Internet sites allow these unsigned postings but there are some which encourage married couples to express themselves directly on their site. Postings may include issues regarding problems with in-laws, differences of each spouse’s view of how to raise their children and the role of each spouse concerning household chores and each other’s home life vs. professional life.

Here a few sites dedicated to spousal complaints that can be found on the web.

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Miss Teen Niagara

30 finalists will compete at the title of Miss Teen Niagara at Seneca Theatre Niagara Falls in April.

It is the preliminary to Miss Teen Canada World Pageant, contestants ranging from ages 13 to 19 may apply.

Categories judged on personal interview, evening gown, swimwear, charity contribution, public speaking and photogenic appeal.

For an application please visit Miss Teen Canada World or call 905-354-5475.

Famous Friday – James Cameron

james-cameron-oscarName: James Cameron
August 16, 1954
Place of Birth: Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
Claim to Fame: Academy Award winning director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and inventor.  His films Titanic and Avatar are the highest grossing films of all time ($5 billion).

James Cameron grew up in Chippawa Ontario, a municipality of Niagara Falls, and attended Stamford Collegiate Secondary School in Niagara Falls Canada.

His writing and directing work includes The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2 (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). He is also a co-developer of the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System, a precursor to his invention of the now popular Blu-ray Disc format. His most recent film Avatar is up for 9 Academy Award this Sunday March 7th 2010. more…

Hey Canada, Can you turn down the noise?

Congratulations Canada for winning gold in Men’s Hockey and being #1 in the Gold Medal Standings.Canada wins

Here are some great quotes heard on  Twitter:

“I’m a little surprised team USA can’t find a goalie fat enough to block the entire net.” – @badbanana

“Congratulations Canada. Winning the Hockey gold makes up for winning the Curling gold.”  –  @cravenheart

“it’s hard to be a canadian. What with all this GOLD weighing us down all the time. Suck it, rest of the world.” – @JoshRamsay

“Hey Canada. Best of 3?” – @CraigyFerg more…

Canada vs. USA today

game on

Canadians and Americans will be glued to their TVs watching the showdown between Canada and the USA in hockey that promises to be epic. more…

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Video – USA vs. Finland (fights), Canada vs. Slovakia (dives)

I’m very excited about the possibility of a CANADA vs. USA men’s hockey gold medal final in the 2010 Olympics. For this to happen USA will have to defeat Finland and Canada will have to defeat Slovakia.  I’m very surprised how many of the teams have performed, so rather than predicting who wins and what the score will be, I will predict this:

USA vs. Finland – Prediction: Fights

Canada vs. Slovakia – Prediction: Dives

Why? Because this is exactly what happened the last time these teams faced each other.

USA vs. Finland 2009 – Fight

Anssi Salmela, of Finland bleeds after a fight with David Backes of the United States during the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship qualification round on May 11, 2008.

Canada vs. Slovakia Dec. 29th 2009 – Dive

Matus Rais, of Slovakia, pulls off one of the best dives against Canada during the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships just a few weeks ago on December 29th, 2009.

Allanburg Bridge Destroyed in Seconds

The Allanburg Bridge over the Welland Canal comes down too soon and destroys the Windoc ship passing under it. This clip is from the Discovery Channel show called Destroyed in Seconds.

Crystal Skull of Doom

One of the only known Crystal Skulls in the world was owned by Anna Mitchell-Hedges of Port Colborne, Ontario. If you have an interest in the Skull of Doom, check out this Discovery Channel clip.

Ford Escape Commercial featuring Niagara Falls

The Hidden Entrance to the Blue Ghost Tunnel

Part 16 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

This is video of the hidden entrance (east end) of the Blue Ghost Tunnel. Many people have been searching for directions but it really is one of those places that can’t be described. It’s a good hour long hike over streams and through dense forest.

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Try Again Mayor

Video footage from the Grand Opening of Auntie Anne’s where Mayor Ted Salci fails his attempt to make a pretzel.

Marineland’s Loud Mouth Fish

Here is a video someone posted on YouTube of a Loud Mouth fish at Marineland.

Has This PSA Gone Too Far?

This Public Service Announcement by The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario has been pulled from some television stations. It does get the message across but can be found to be a little graphic. You be the judge.