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HOW DO YOU MAKE DONALD TRUMP LAUGH - DEMOCRATS SHOULD THINK ABOUT IT By Jeremy Kinsman (Article)

 

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Jeremy Kinsman

Many times in the past two years, people have told me they’ve never seen Donald Trump laugh.

So, what would it take?

A sure bet would be if — after the mid-term elections that bore very ominous tidings for President Trump’s hopes for re-election in 2020, because women voters chose Democrats for House races by a staggering 59% to 40% — new insurgent Democratic members of Congress, seeking generational and ideological change, rebelled against Nancy Pelosi’s re-election as Speaker of the House of Representatives when Democrats take the majority in January.

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VOYAGE AU RWANDA - JUILLET 2018 Par Henri Bigras (Article)

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Henri Bigras

Si marcher Compostelle pendant deux semaines en juillet 2017 a permis un bilan personnel réconfortant, parcourir en 2018 le Rwanda en famille le fut encore plus. C'était un très vieux projet pour les 12 ans de Maïka, notre petite-fille. Notre fils Éric n'y était pas retourné depuis 1983, 35 ans. Voyage extraordinairement réussi. Je vais essayer d'être factuel et réaliste. J'ai été un peu ébloui par les constats. J'ai donc essayé de confirmer par des informations les plus objectives disponibles mes coups de cœur. Je vous laisse donc apprécier.

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THE G7: HARD TALK OR A SLEEP-WALK By Jeremy Kinsman (Article)

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Jeremy Kinsman

As the Charlevoix G7 approaches, there is some question as to how the June 8-9 summit could play out as a Trumpian disaster. As veteran diplomat Jeremy Kinsman writes, if the disruptive president plays skunk at the La Malbaie garden party, Justin Trudeau should think about publicly calling him out on it and issuing a heavily qualified final communiqué.

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SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN OTTAWA - OTTAWA SALUS By Dwayne Wright and Lisa Ker (Article)

Back in the late 1970’s a project called Conservation House in Saskatchewan highlighted the use of air tightness and “heat recycling” to manage energy consumption.  It was one of the first demonstration projects of its kind in North America and achieved a benchmark of 85% less energy required than a standard home for heating and cooling.  At the time, the research behind its success did not manage to influence Canadian building codes.  Instead it made its way to Germany, where “Passive Houses” were designed and built beginning in the 1990s.  While Passive House construction is increasingly being used in the private housing market today, the application of its principles to publicly-funded housing has been less common. 

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CITY TO SPRAY WILD PARSNIP By K.Jean Cottam (Article)


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CITY TO SPRAY WILD PARSNIP THIS SUMMER

Regarding “City to spray wild parsnip this summer” by Emma Jackson, which item appeared in the Kanata Kourier-Standard on May 8, 2015, I am concerned that the City plans to spray  herbicides in suburban areas this summer, but this seems unavoidable.  Wild parsnip is a newly-classified noxious weed, found mainly in ditches and fields, alongside more than 200 kilometres of rural roads as well as pathways, in parks and woodlots. It may cause painful blisters as well as long-term skin discolouration. It cannot be killed by a lawnmower.

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INTERESTING OTTAWA HOMES #2 - RALPH ST By John McLeod & Rick Belliveau (Article)

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Richard Belliveau

 

 

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John McLeod

 

 This house was the first house designed by architect W.E. Noffke in the Glebe (1912), and his first Spanish Colonial Revival house.  This type of house, with stucco walls and red tile roof, became a Noffke trademark.  It is remarkable that designs more suitable for California or the Mediterranean would be taken up in our northern climate, and would actually perform very well.

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INTERESTING OTTAWA HOMES #3 - 55 JULIANA RD By Roderick Bell (Article)

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 Roderick Bell

A HART MASSEY HOUSE IN ROCKCLIFFE

This article is the third in a series on “interesting houses in Ottawa”.  The writer Roderick Bell, the owner and occupant of this house, is a retired Canadian Diplomat.  He tells his story below: 

 

Falling in love with a House "

Real  estate agents frequently tell prospective clients that a  cardinal rule for the buyer is not to fall in love with one house and  close their eyes and minds to other possibilities.

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ORGANIC FARMING - THE DOWNSIDE By Jack Derksen

 

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Jack Derksen

ORGANIC FARMING – THE DOWNSIDE

Blue plastic tarp tents spread under giant trees of natural windrows, smoke from outdoor cooking fires, kids playing simple games in the mud beside a dirt road, women washing clothes and dishes with water drawn from blue plastic barrels, men rinsing off after a hard day hoeing weeds in 90 degree plus heat, mosquitoes everywhere—this is the hidden face of large scale organic farming.

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EXERCISE FOR THE WEAK-WILLED By Brian Northgrave (Article)

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Brian Northgrave

EXERCISE FOR THE WEAK-WILLED

I am clearly among the weak-willed. Almost every time I put on my exercise clothes, my mind comes up with any number of excuses why I shouldn’t have to exercise, at least for that day.But because, over the years, I have usually been able to combat those urges and keep at it, I may be able to offer advice that would be useful to my fellow weak-willed.

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