There are people around the world who cannot even say Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, don’t really know what it means (and perhaps don’t even care that they don’t), who are posting online videos of themselves dumping buckets of ice water over their heads.
And then challenging others to do the same. Or pay a donation to the ALS Association in the United States. READ
Alberta must be getting a sense of what it’s like to be the victim of the school yard bullies. Once one starts picking on you, all the others figure you’re fair game. The latest big hitter to take a swipe at Alberta’s biggest industry is Leonardo DiCaprio. His tour to the Northern Alberta “tar sands” comes on the heels of visits by such high-profile heavy hitters as Neil Young, James Cameron and even spiritual leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu. READ
The last time “Mare Nostrum” (Latin for “Our Sea”) was used as a political slogan in Italy, Mussolini’s fascists were claiming dominance over the entire Mediterranean. This time it’s different. It’s the name of the operation the Italian navy is running to save asylum seekers from drowning on the dangerous voyage in open boats from North Africa to Italy. READ
Ebola is a truly frightening disease, with a fatality rate as high as 95 per cent (although the death rate in the current outbreak in West Africa is only 55 to 60 per cent). At the moment, it is largely confined to a heavily forested inland area where the borders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea meet, although cases have already appeared in the capital cities of all three countries. READ
“It was not worth even one life,” said Harry Patch shortly before he died in 2009 at the age of 111. He was the last survivor of the 65 million soldiers who fought in the First World War, and by the time he died it was a normal, quite unremarkable thing to say. But he would never have said it in 1914. READ
Early this summer, city road crews brought out their grinder and erased the lines and road symbols on the bike lane on 39th Street. Just one more overpayment on the so-called $800,000 pilot project looking to examine solutions for safe, accessible bike commuter transit in the city. The money was spent, expensive lines were painted — and more expensively erased — but the pilot project itself never really existed. Other than the torrent of online rants to the city’s website and calls of outrage to city staff and councillors about the project, no data was collected. READ