Year: 2011

Spinal surgery by GPS
It was an ordinary everyday manoeuvre in 2005 that put Tammy Milgrom on track for one back surgery after another. She bent down to do laundry, she sneezed, and her back went out. The damage was so severe that her bladder stopped working, and she was taken in for immediate surgery.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Movie crowds dip to 16-year low
An Avatar hangover accounted for Hollywood’s dismal showing early this year, when revenues lagged far behind 2010 receipts that had been inflated by the huge success of James Cameron’s sci-fi sensation.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Pop artist James Rizzi dies at 61
James Rizzi, a New York-born and based pop artist best known for his playful and childlike three-dimensional sculptures, has died. He was 61.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Cheetah the chimp from 1930s Tarzan flicks dies
A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee from the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s has died at age 80. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor said Cheetah died Dec. 24 of kidney failure.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Syrian troops kill more protesters despite monitors
BEIRUT — Arab League monitors gathered accounts about the Syrian government’s crackdown on dissent in the central city of Homs Wednesday as fresh violence flared just dozens of miles away.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Iran threats to close key oil passage
TEHRAN, Iran — The U.S. strongly warned Iran on Wednesday against closing a vital Persian Gulf waterway that carries one-sixth of the world’s oil supply, after Iran threatened to choke off traffic through the Strait of Hormuz if Washington imposes sanctions targeting the country’s crude exports.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Sears Canada aims to improve shopping for consumers
Sears Canada won’t be looking to close stores but will rather seek to improve the ones it has, the department store operator said Wednesday, a day after its American parent announced it’s shutting hundreds of locations after poor holiday sales.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Google looks to grow further in Canada in 2012
Google marked its 10th year in Canada by nearly doubling the size of its staff here and the Mountain View, Calif.-based company intends to make its Canadian presence even larger in 2012.

Dave Nagy / December 28, 2011

Canada’s economy scores well in BMO rating
OTTAWA — Canada’s economy performed relatively well last year, but not enough to displace Germany as the top country in the Group of Seven big industrial nations, the Bank of Montreal says.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Taxman fails fairness test
Income tax rules are simple: file by the deadline and if you’re entitled to a refund, you get it. If you’re late in filing and you owe the federal government money, the more you delay paying that money back, the more interest they tack on.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Strip malls stripped down
They’re everywhere — block-long, single-storey lengths of small businesses, anchored by a convenience store. An asphalt apron, mostly empty, spreads out in front. In the back, an alley hosts dustbins and dubious dealings.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Canada Googled by Google
Google marked its 10th year in Canada by nearly doubling the size of its staff here and the Mountain View, Calif.-based company intends to make its Canadian presence even larger in 2012.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Avalanche risk across B.C. triggers backcountry warning and road closures
The risk of avalanches across B.C. has forced highway closures and triggered warnings to people thinking of heading into the backcounty. A dump of heavy, wet snow on top of a weak snowpack has created a high risk of avalanches from the North Columbia all the way down to the Kootenay Boundary region.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011

Chia heads decorative and healthy
Make your own chia head this holiday season. It is an easy activity that is fun and creative as well as a delicious treat. You will need a sock, a container with a narrow opening, absorbent material such as cotton balls, a clear plastic bag, a cup, a permanent felt marker, string and chia seeds. Chia seeds are usually available at bulk and alternative grocery stores.

Advocate Staff / December 28, 2011