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* TODAY - Highlights of Sens win against Ottawa 5-1; Rex Murphy snarls at Senate, wonders about honour and character; Why isn't Free Trade delivering better jobs? Omar Kadr granted bail but Feds appeal; Plan your driving for Ottawa summer construction; Peter March: Justice 2; Beagles Freedom Project rescues laboratory dogs; Which companies test on animals; Updates; Thanks Wayne Laporte for good suggestions; JOB OFFER; more

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* PREVIOUSLY- Sens WIN Game 4 ! Pierre Polievre spoiling for a showdown with public service unions; Mel Hertig - who owns Canada # 3 ; Postmedia owns, WHAT? ! Russia, Clintons & Canadian uranium company in weird deal; more

* Budget analysis; Feds take aim at public service sick leave; Mel Hertig - Who Owns Canada #2; Canada @ war: Operation Impact updates; Vancouver commits to 100% renewable energy; Twins' Doc thanks donor for liver; Middle East; more

* Mel Hurtig: Who owns Canada?; Armed US border guards here; Hydro One zapping us on May 1; Debate on value of NATO; Second Ottawa twin gets liver transplant; Today is Budget Day; more

* Scott Taylor: The Canadian government is downplaying risks that our Forces will be used to train neo-Nazis in Ukraine; Peter March: Justice; Alberta sex-worker 'fisted'; Gwynne Dyer- Dead migrants; Harper & the CBC - The difference between publicy-owned and state-owned ; The North: Rangers stressed out and Inuit take on Big Oil; Duffy trial; Our economy; Canada at war; Norma Dixon - poetry; more

* British sailors charged with gang rape in Halifax; Canada sells uranium to India; India test fires missile; Harper & Indian PM in Vancouve; Nurse cat; Parks Canada video tour of the Franklin wreck; Peter March -Provocation 2 - If morality is local, how can we change it ? Arctic ice, Jian Ghomeshi; Eaton Centre shooting; Buy booze online; Syria using chemical weapons, children die; Kitty winks and purring; more

* Saudi Arabia buys Canadian Wheat Board; Old NFB doc on how our wheat was won; Indian PM welcomed in Toronto, looking for uranium deal; Peter March: Moral Relativism on abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment; O-Town Funk! and more

* Elizabeth May: Can we stop C-51 and might she be in next leaders' debate? Harper's mandatory minimums on gun law struck down by Supreme Court; Trudeau may be open to coalition; Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super- rich; Alzheimer breakthrough? Mangey coyotes in Ottawa; Re-run of truck monkey commercials; more

* Game changer? Russia sells defense systems to Iran in the midst of nuclear deal; Conservative petro $$ policies cause lowest manufacturing jobs in 40 years! Ontario & Quebec agree on cap - & -trade; What does inequality do to us? Blackwater military contractors get time; Photos of English Bay oil spill; more

* The Sens mile; Glebe fire; Gwynne Dyer: The Armenian Genocide; Vancouver spill; Hillary launches campaign; Peter March on info overload; Get ready for an explosion of mining on the ocean floor; TheMiddleEast; The biggest story in the world; following the Duffy trial; & following our atrocious economy; more

* Canada bombs Syria; Understanding Yemen; Excellent BBC multimedia presentation of Red River Women; Christopher Waddell: Mike Duffy, Stephen Harper and the politics of panic; Rex Murphy on the Senate; The Ottawa Valley's music legend Sab died; Ongoing updates on Canada at war, our sinking economy, and the Duffy trial.

* We begin 3 new series: Canada at war & Canada's economy & the Duffy trial. . . ALSO . . . Middle East expert Gwynne Dyer explains why Iran is back; Tom Friedman interviews Obama; Middle East updates; Atwood discusses fashion; Baby hummingbird survives; Boston marathon bomber wanted to punish Americans; Fracking & earthquakes; more

* CIA tried to stop arrest and torture of Maher Arar; Canadians bomb IED factory in Iraq; Red Cross sending aid to Yemen; Kenya mourns killing of 148 at university.

* BIG NEWS: Tentative nuke deal with Iran -- who is saying what? AND Canadian military wants to play a bigger role in intelligence: WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!

* Harper's war against ISIS will cost Canadians more than half a billion dollars by the end of the next fiscal year; Senate expenses under investigation; Economy 'atrocious'; Job losses; childcare tax breaks to families with no childcare; ISIL infiltrates refugee camp; Jordan closes borders; Tonight's Sky; more.

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* Pope Francis: "Never war, never war,” he said. “I am thinking, above all, of children who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, a future. Dead children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who don't know how to smile.” This was the moment when the tears came. “Please stop,” said Francis. “I ask you with all my heart, it's time to stop. Stop, please!”

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Today in the Ottawa Valley
Sunrise 06:01am  Sunset 08:01 pm  
Sun is 150,497 mil km away from us today
Moonset 01:47 am  Moonrise 11:57 am
1stQ Moon April 25 @ 07:56 pm
Moon is 399,052 km away from us today
ISS No sightings from Apr 22 - May8
The Ottawa Citizen Obituaries & Guest Book
The Ottawa Valley Fault Lines

Tonight’s Sky April 2015: Constellations, Deep-Sky Objects, Planets & Events


REMINDER -  ON. Hydro increase - May 1

Algonquin Park -  East & West gates open & April events calendarHere


Highlights  -- Game 5

Live Stream NHL FREE >>Game 5 HERE<<

Playoffs Round 1

GAME 1: Ottawa 3 -- Montreal 4
GAME 2: Ottawa 2 -- Montreal 3 / OT
GAME 3: Ottawa 1 -- Montreal 2 /OT
GAME 4: Ottawa 1 -- Montreal 0 - Ottawa Wins!
GAME 5: Ottawa 5 -- Montreal 1 -- Ottawa Wins!
*GAME 6: Sunday, Apr. 26 @ Ottawa @ 6:00pm
*Game 7: Tuesday, Apr. 28 @ Montreal, TBD
* If necessary.


News, weather, sports & info digest @ 7:00 a.m.
Monday - Saturday & updated throughout the day. No digest on Sundays & holidays.


Today is Saturday, April 25

No digest on Sundays & holidays.


Kashechewan flood evacuees arriving in Cornwall, Ottawa today -- Town's dike faces a 'horrible risk' of collapse due to ice jams  /CBCNews



7.8 Earthquake strikes Nepal  / Kathmandu  - more than 1000 dead and climbing - Massive damage . . .  >>MoreDetails& Updates Here



Prime Minister Harper extends condolences to people of Nepal on behalf of all Canadians and offers help where needed.  Canadians affected by this earthquake can find important information >HERE



Rex Murphy: The State of the Senate


Canada at War

We Support Our Troops

War Zone - Operation Impact

UPDATES - As of 22 April 2015, Air Task Force-Iraq conducted 811 sorties:

  • CF-188 Hornet fighters conducted 526 sorties;
  • CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller conducted 138 sorties, delivering some 8,123,000 pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft; and
  • CP-140 Aurora aircraft conducted 147 reconnaissance missions.

> Write to our troops HERE

> Tweets about OpImpact

Military reports reveal soldiers, sailors busted for drug dealing Reports reveal cases involving crystal meth, cocaine trafficking, marijuana grow-ops  /CBCNews&Video

Military help for grieving families still lacking, ombudsman says /OttawaCitizen

Marine General Praises Canada’s Efforts in Iraq/ TheSentinel /   MoreHere

What We Still Don’t Understand about Military Suicides /Frontline /MoreHere

Why are Canadians Joining the Islamic State? - Homegrown Radicals

Why is the US sending its warships to Yemen?
Questions remain about whether the US plans to intercept potential shipments of Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels.   /AlJazeera

Who will watch the spies? #RejectFear
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO

>World News Updates

>TheMiddle East

> Gold / Silver / Money / More


The Ottawa Valley Anthology of Peace and Freedom



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This blog is about my adventures into the unknown where peace and power, myth and magic, love and joy might converge. / Sher Brisebois

Immrama # 1 - The Journey Begins >MoreHere

Immrama # 2 - Easter Weekend - Lunar Eclipse & Blood Moons - a most terrible and wonderful event - A tribute to Newfoundlanders-
& Alogonguin myth about spring, life &death, sea lions & magicians. MoreHere

Immrama / 3 - Dark Nights - Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual --Living in harmony with nature; Needfires & Smudging; An Irish swan myth: Aonghus & Caer; A poem by the Christian mystic St. John of the Cross; Taking Time.

Opinions & Analysis



The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Michael Harris: Harper in the Hot Seat

TVO WatchHere

About the video:
In "Party of One," journalist Michael Harris argues that Stephen Harper has given Canada a radical makeover - one that fundamentally threatens Canadian democracy. He lays out his arguments and discusses the role Harper's personality will play in the upcoming election.

Conservative government’s inequality budget hands billions to wealthiest families . . . measures that will exacerbate economic inequality and see billions flow to Canada’s wealthiest families while leaving the majority of Canadians with no benefit at all  /BroadbentInstitute

Harper Brings CBC to Heel  -- Squeezed by the throat, our public broadcaster is  . . . confused between "publicly-owned" and "state-owned." . . .



2015 budget holds few surprises; a litany of lost opportunities  “The Harper administration is set to spend more money on the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday than on the crisis of First Nations education /MoreHere


Why isn’t the free trade era delivering better jobs?/IPolitics


Decisive Storm Blows Over  (What can have possessed Saudi Arabia to launch this foredoomed aerial campaign) /MoreHere

Half a Titanic /MoreHere

Killer Robots /MoreHere


Trudeau says yes to Liberal-Conservative silent partnership   /Rabble


Shell game: How Harper and Oliver murdered the math /IPolitics

Stephen Harper loves the smell of napalm in the morning -- It is beginning to look like Field Marshall Harper has slipped a gear.  /IPolitics

Reflections of Former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page

Decisive action, not diplomacy: canada lobs a grenade into the Ukraine-Russia cauldron.  -- The Canadian government is downplaying risks that our Forces will be used to train neo-Nazis in Ukraine.


MEDIA OWNERSHIP  Let’s encourage the Independents -  I’m pretty sure that the management of Postmedia are all good independent thinkers, but they own ALL of these: /ListHere

Local & National

Unions Brace for Battle Over Sick Days -- Tory plan to 'modernize' system won't save money, public-sector unions say./TheTyee
Pierre Poilievre says $900M hit to public servants 'set in stone'  'Budgets don't balance themselves, it takes fiscal discipline,' MP Pierre Poilievre says  /CBCNews
Pierre Claude Nolin, the Speaker of the Senate has died at the age of 64, after a long battle with cancer.
Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr to be released on bail - The federal government immediately announced it would appeal. /CalgaryHerald

Switzerland has the World’s Happiest People -- Canada rates fifth --  Life expectancy, social connections, personal freedom and the economy all play a role in happiness /TimeMagazine


Vancouver pot shops should be shut down, says Rona Ambrose - Health minister appeals to council to vote down resolution to regulate 'illegal storefronts' / CBCNews

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship FREDERICTON sails under a display of aurora borealis off the coast of Scotland during Exercise JOINT WARRIOR as part of Operation REASSURANCE on April 16, 2015. Maritime Task Force - OP Reassurance, DND

Lois Lilienstein, of Sharon, Lois & Bram and Skinnamarink fame, dies at 78
'We fought like sisters but we loved each other like sisters,' said co-star Sharon Hampson /CBCNews

Pierre Poilievre says Ottawa police funds to fight jihadists, mayor says no
Police chief and mayor say new funding is for day-to-day policing in the capital /CBCNews

Kashechewan begins evacuation as Albany River rises  -- About 600 of most vulnerable residents in James Bay community are set to leave Thursday morning. /TorontoStar



Update - Suspected killer took photos of dead woman, 3 children, in Tisdale home: relative
Latasha Gosling had been in a relationship with the suspect for 3 years /CBCNews

Support pours in for relatives of slain Tisdale family
Online campaign to help with expenses reaches $22,000 in nine hours /CBCNews

RELATED - Mother reaches out to parents of her daughter’s killers / MacleansMagazine

Halifax couple plead guilty in Loretta Saunders murder case -- A Halifax couple accepted responsibility Wednesday for the murder of university student Loretta Saunders in February 2014. /ChronicleHerald&Video

Vancouver commits to run on 100% renewable energy
Canadian city of 600,000 people is the latest to announce it will use only green energy for electricity, transportation, heating and air conditioning within 20 years /TheGuardian

The Mike Duffy Trial

Mike Duffy

Following . . .

>>Live blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 14

Redacted diary reveals oil's hidden route to Harper -- Was Duffy a lobbyist for Enbridge? Diary redactions suggest `yes`. MoreHere /NationalObserver

Duffy had 'no discretion' to change contract services, court hears /CBCNews

Kady O'Malley - So it's not like the Crown keeps screwing up by calling witnesses who only help the #Duffy defence: they don't really have a choice.

Rosemary Barton Tweet - "This has become a vaudeville show. Save me."

Who's Who

Donald Bayne
Duffy's criminal defence lawyer
Nigel Wright
Ex-chief of staff to Stephen Harper
Conservative Sen. Marjory LeBreton
Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk
Conservative Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen
Ray Novak - now Harper's Chief of Staff

The Canadian Economy

TFSA a problem for Stephen Harper's granddaughter to solve, Oliver says  - Amid criticism that it favours the wealthy and will saddle future governments with a tax leakage problem that could cost billions, Finance Minister Joe Oliver defended his budget's plan to almost double the TFSA limit on Tuesday, saying we should 'leave that to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's granddaughter to solve.


Income-splitting announcement made against advice of top public servant - Prime minister was warned against revealing details of tax cuts outside House of Commons

Federal budget 2015: Conservatives dig into contingency to hit surplus -- Finance Minister Joe Oliver scrapes together savings to balance books, and give tax breaks  /CBCNews

Budget / 2015 / Macleans

Feds balance budget with asset sales /OttawaSun

Harper`s Fiscal Record  -  No matter how you add it up, Harper’s fiscal record is a catastrophe
/ScottClark &PeterDeVries  /IPolitics

Income Splitting   -   Infographic-TheBigSplitReadHere


Related - Stephen Poloz warns of ‘atrocious’ first-quarter economic growth / TheGlobeAndMail

The trunk monkey commercials - # 9
The Franklin Expedition - Parks Canada
Breaking the Ice 2015: HMS Erebus Revealed - Underwater tour and Dive Diary VIDEO

The Korean 5 touch grass for the first time! See their first moments of freedom!

TheBeagles`Freedom Project rescues animals trapped in laboratory testing. 

>>Our Research Methods - determining the cruelty-free status for a company:>>ReadHere<<

World News

Nepal / Kathmandu earthquake measuring 7.8 -- More than 1000 dead, many feared trapped

Hundreds of people are known to have died in a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say. /BBCNews& Photos

>>BBC Live Reporting Updates HERE&Videos<<



Devastating Nepal earthquake kills hundreds, triggers deadly Everest avalanche /Reuters


>US Geological Survey Map&InfoHere

Vice News Daily - April 24
Hundreds 'locked in hold' of boat capsized off Libya
Reports that "hundreds" of migrants were locked in hold of sinking vessel, as calls for action on smuggling mount
       /AlJazeera .

UPDATES - EU triples fund to address migrant crisis
Bloc leaders commit ships, aircraft and aid after deaths of more than 1,000 migrants in past weeks.

Captain, crewman arrested over migrant boat sinking  - Italian police have arrested the captain and a crew member of a migrant boat that capsized over the weekend off Libya, as the UN put the death toll at 800.  /France24&Video



The Middle East



Yemen conflict: Iran urges aid effort as Saudi air strikes end  /BBCNews

Who wins if Washington loses in the Middle East? With Washington's support for Israel now shaken, Palestinians may yet benefit from Europe's growing influence. / AlJazeera

Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison  - Cairo court’s sentence over killing of protesters in 2012 comes as Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood members face several other trials /TheGuardian

ISIL claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
Video released online shows one group of captives being shot and another group being beheaded on a beach/AlJazeera
General John Allen: We will 'degrade and destroy' ISIL
The man tasked with leading the fight against ISIL explains the strategic and tactical choices behind the campaign./AlJazeera
Australia and Iran will share intelligence to fight IS - Australia and Iran have agreed to share intelligence about Australians fighting with militant groups in Iraq.
The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State - They portray an organization that, while seemingly driven by religious fanaticism, is actually coldly calculating. /DerSpiegel
Justin Welby: 'Islamic State is deeply evil'
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has spoken out against what he called ''atrocious pressure'' on Christians and other minority communities across the Middle East. /BBCNewsVideo


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