June 11, 2013 |
"Tomorrow's Harvest," the fourth album by Scottish ambient electronic duo Boards of Canada, begins with the sound of an audio logo, a quick "Intel inside"-suggestive mnemonic that vanishes as quickly as it arrives. The tones are followed by a moment of silence, and the effect is not unlike the strike of a bell before a meditation session. Immediately, the listener is transported into another world, one realized on computer but teeming with organic beauty. Boards of Canada has crafted this kind of mysterious, humid, drenched instrumental music in its studio in Scotland for the last few decades, and the result on "Tomorrow's Harvest" (its first full-length release in nearly eight years)
June 8, 2013 |
Nearly 1.5 miles beneath Earth's surface in Canada, scientists have found pockets of water that have been isolated from the outside world for more than 1 billion years. The ancient water, trapped in thin fissures in granite-like rock, has been bubbling up from a zinc and copper mine for decades in Timmins, Ontario. Only recently have scientists been able to calculate the age of this water and determine that it is the oldest ever discovered - possibly as old as 2.6 billion years, when Earth was less than half its current age. And it may harbor life.
June 5, 2013 |
If you don't like a worm in your tequila, you probably won't like a human toe in your drink. Steer clear, then of the Sourtoe Cocktail at the Sourdough Saloon in Canada 's Dawson City, Yukon Territory, where a petrified human toe is part of the drink. Since 1973, more than 60,000 visitors have indulged in the libation. In that time, several big toes have startled, thrilled and grossed-out visitors. The toes do turn black over time, but they clearly are recognizable. “They've all been donated anonymously,” said manager Dick Van Nostrand.
June 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- When he walked into a recent meeting of property developers and angry residents of Canada's largest city, Toronto City Council member Josh Matlow said, the two sides quickly put aside their quarrel over a disputed building project. “All they wanted to talk about was what is happening with the mayor today,” Matlow said. That would be Mayor Rob Ford, 44, who is fighting allegations that a cellphone video shows him smoking crack cocaine and muttering epithets against minorities and gays.
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May 29, 2013
Dr. Henry Morgentaler, 90, an abortion rights activist who helped overturn Canada's abortion law 25 years ago, died Wednesday at his Toronto home, according to Carolyn Egan, director and founding member of the Ontario Coalition of Abortion Clinics. The Polish-born Morgentaler emerged in 1967 as an advocate for a woman's right to have an abortion, at a time when attempting to induce one was a crime punishable by life in prison. Morgentaler later said his five-year stay in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau prepared him for his showdown with Canada's legal system, saying that in his mind, laws can be wrong.
May 27, 2013 |
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., Canada's largest publicly traded drug maker, is continuing an acquisition spree with an agreement to buy eye-care giant Bausch & Lomb Holdings Inc. for $4.5 billion. The Montreal company, which announced the deal Monday, said it also would pay $4.2 billion in debt owed by privately held Bausch & Lomb, a major manufacturer of contact lenses. Calling Bausch & Lomb a “world-renowned brand,” Valeant's chairman and chief executive, J. Michael Pearson, said the deal would “transform Valeant into a global leader in eye health.” GALLERY: Biggest Southern California companies Valeant said it expects to squeeze out $800 million in annual cost savings by the end 2014 after merging Bausch & Lomb, which is based in Rochester, N.Y., with Valeant's much smaller eye-care operations.
May 22, 2013 |
Fans of Asian food can sample dishes from a variety of nations without any jet lag during a visit to Richmond , British Columbia , the city that's home to Vancouver 's international airport (YVR). Within three blocks along Richmond's Alexandra Road -- in the suburb's Golden Village district -- 200-plus restaurants feature styles including Cantonese, Szechuan, Korean, Malaysian and more. While many are small “holes in the wall” tucked into strip malls, the food befits the city's residents, two-thirds of whom are of Asian descent.
May 20, 2013 |
Canadian singer Alexis Normand probably will have to leave the building the next time she hears the U.S. national anthem being sung. Because she tried to sing it Saturday before a hockey game and botched the lyrics. Before a game in the Memorial Cup hockey tournament, Normand came out to sing the U.S. and Canadian anthems. All seemed well, until she got a couple of lines into the song. Apparently, she had memorized a new version of the song most of us are unfamiliar with. The new version had lines such as: "At the twilight's last first gleaming" "Through the perilin nigh" "Whatsoever we swayed and the twilight still be there" "And the rifle's boom boom, the bombs bursting in air" At this point, in the best part of the video, the fans in the stands, who you have to figure are almost all Canadian, begin singing the song loudly, helping Normand out. Normand was extremely apologetic afterward.
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May 13, 2013 |
A bear spotted in La Cañada Flintridge on Monday sent swimmers scurrying indoors as it lumbered from yard to yard, apparently seeking a respite from the hot afternoon sun. With helicopters tracking its movements, officials were able to tranquilize the bear shortly after 3:30 p.m., more than an hour after it was first reported near Viro Road and Crown Avenue. Television news footage showed the bear - which officials described as a 1-year-old female - move lazily across the neighborhood, stopping briefly out of sight in trees as officials moved in. At least two swimmers were seen bolting for a house after the bear popped over the fence during its jaunt.
May 8, 2013 |
As warmer weather arrives in Edmonton, Canada , locals and visitors take to the city's extensive trail system , hoping to make the most of the relatively short summer season in the provincial capital. Edmonton, the capital of Alberta province, boasts more than 100 miles of trails, many of them along North Saskatchewan River, which winds through the city. Warming temperatures bring bicyclists, dog walkers, inline skaters and runners who have come out of hibernation and onto the trails.