Cap-and-trade will cost Ontarians $8B in first years with minimal greenhouse gas reductions: auditor.


TORONTO — Ontario’s cap-and-trade program will cost the province’s consumers and businesses $8 billion dollars in its first years of operation to get minimal greenhouse gas reductions, the auditor general said Wednesday. In her annual report, Bonnie Lysyk said households will pay an average of $156 next year in added costs on gasoline and natural…

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I can’t just pick one part of the Auditor General’s report on the way the Ontario Liberal Government has been slowly destroying this province but I think this is the main one we’ll be talking about for years to come…

When will Ontarians wake up to the deceit and lies being fed to us by this government and care enough to not vote them back in power.

I’ll translate the headline further: The Ontario Liberal government will be getting $8 billion dollars from you, and me, from taxpayers, from businesses, from seniors… from everyone in Ontario for nothing.

This $8 billion dollar tax windfall will pay for broken contracts, wasteful spending, overruns on transit projects, union contract negotiation payouts disguised as pizza, and other perks.  It will result in businesses being forced to close, families going hungry and unemployment.

Much like the high hydro rates have resulted in people using less hydro, which then resulted in hydro having to increase rates to make more money.  It just doesn’t pass the smell test.

If it doesn’t look good, and it doesn’t smell good, it isn’t going to taste good and that’s because it’s rotten.

The Auditor General said it…

June 15th is National Lobster Day! How to eat a lobster tips…


Did you know that June 15th is National Lobster Day in the United States and possibly in Canada as well?!?

I certainly did not know that until an email came into my inbox entitled “How To Eat A Lobster”, from Executive Chef Seth Levine (Hotel Chantelle, Penthouse808 at Ravel Hotel and The Regal).

Coincidentally, Hotel Chantelle, Penthouse808 and The Regal each just re-launched their own Lobster Bakes held weekly each Wednesday – which includes 1 whole lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and farm fresh corn on the cob for a prix-fixe price (price varies among venues).

The Lobster Bakes will be taking place throughout the duration of summer.

YUM!

Executive Chef Seth Levine’s Tips on How To Eat A Lobster:

  1. The easiest way to break down a lobster is by bending its joints backwards or twisting it out of its joints. This technique can be done with every movable part of the lobster.
  2. Skewer the lobster tail before cooking to keep it straight when cooking. It is easier to extract the tail meat when it’s cooked straight rather than when it’s curled.
  3. The leg meat is very sweet. After breaking them at their joints, eat them each like an artichoke. Hold one end with your teeth and pull the leg shells down with your fingers. Another sweet secret morsel of meat is in the tail fins- eat those similar to an artichoke as well.
  4. If you’re feeling adventurous, the green lobster liver is a delicacy also known as tomalley, and has some of the best flavor. Give it a try. Female lobsters may have a roe sack which turns bright red after cooking. Again, it is super flavorful and lobster lovers already know to dive right in.
  5. The knuckles take the most time to fish out the meat, but they are well worth it. Depending on how hard the shell is on your lobster, using crackers and a lobster pick are always your best tools of choice. The knuckles have very sharp spikes or points, so doing this with your hands can be dangerous. This is where most people end up cutting themselves when deconstructing a lobster.
  6. Lastly, the lobster body has hidden crevices all over. This takes the most time and effort to find them all. With smaller lobsters, the time and effort may not be worth it but on larger lobsters where the legs meet the body, you will find some delicious meat.

 

Enjoy your lobster on the 15th – and onward – and remember, it’s better to eat a lobster than to be in the sun without sun protection and look like a lobster.

Parenting News: Head North (Ontario) This Holiday Season


Now is the perfect time to book your holiday getaway up north.

Make this Christmas and New Year’s Eve the most memorable one yet – surrounded by a picturesque country setting with great shows, fine dining, soothing spa treatments, outdoor adventures and spectacular accommodations.

There are many events and family activities to choose from:

  • Enjoy the play Twas The Night Before Christmas presented by the Huntsville Theatre Company until December 19th;

  • Take the kids for a magical ride to visit Santa on an antique stream train;

  • Experience the pride and joy of Muskoka Heritage Place as this historic treasure chugs merrily along through winter wonderland;

  • Travel to Santa’s Village in Bracebridge, Muskoka, during SantaFest Dec. 19-22, with sleigh rides, petting zoo, marshmallow roasts and more;

  • Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area presents its annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade from 5pm on December 24th; and

  • Visit Arrowhead Provincial Park’s famed Ice Skating Trail, opening towards the end of December.

Take some time to visit the region’s craft breweries and wineries including Muskoka Lakes Winery, Lake of Bays Brewing, and Highlander Brew, among others; all offering tours and tastings, even during the holidays. Work off the holiday calories with some epic outdoor adventures such as dog sledding, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, and more, or perhaps just stay warm and enjoy the wellness and pampering at one of the relaxing spas in the region.

Dine, dance and delight at all there is to enjoy this New Year’s Eve, including:

  • The hundreds of outstanding dining establishments open year-round, including Inn at the Falls in Bracebridge and Sherwood Inn near Port Carling;

  • Hidden Valley Resort in Huntsville, Muskoka is offering a great package that includes a one-night stay, fabulous buffet plus a DJ party with balloon drop and champagne at the stroke of 2016;

  • For a rocking New Year’s Eve in the style of Creedence Clearwater Revival, get your tickets for Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst, Muskoka for the incredible tribute band; and

  • Attend the Cottage Country Comedy Festival at the Gravenhurst Opera House. Headliners include Jim Nasiopoulos, Mike Rita & Adrian Cronk. After-party with live music by WinnieBrave.

For more information, please visit Explorer’s Edge.

I Don’t Know What To Make About This: Woman Makes Yoghurt With Her Own Vaginal Bacteria


I like when people comment on posts because it means I potentially have another blog to follow / enjoy / comment on, which led me to follow the blog from which I came across this article this morning.

The post title is “Cecilia Westbrook Makes Yogurt With Her Own Vaginal Bacteria” and to be perfectly honest, I opened the article to read because4 I didn’t know it was possible to do this.

A couple of paragraphs into the post I realized this blog is a Christian blog – which I follow and read even though I am not Christian because I appreciate well written posts regardless of who writes them, what religion they are or what political slant the article takes.

I finished reading the article unsure if there is any truth to this claim, but I did learn that in the eyes of the very devout Christians, this woman is a very BAD, Bad girl.

There was a whole lot of mentions of hell, demons, satan (not Miro Satan of the NHL, either) and other stuff.

So I went back to the source of the article, and found it here;

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-to-make-breakfast-with-your-vagina

Now…

Not having a vagina, I didn’t feel the need to read on, but my interest had peaked and I’m not entirely sure if this is a hoax site or a real one.  So I read on…

I learned there are cookbooks dedicated to bodily fluids (totally NOT searching that) and that the US Food and Drug Administration do not think this is a good idea because while there are probiotics in vaginal secretions, there are also imbalances which can cause yeast infections and you certainly do not want that flavour of yoghurt, do you?!?

I guess what had intrigued me was that there are so many pro-biotic yoghurts available for sale here in Canada, some even promoting better internal health, could the possibility exist that using human enzymes might be better than using something from a cow, sheep or pig?

But I had one last question…

If this post was written for a Sex Education feature on the website, why was the uber-Christian blogger reading it?  It just seems so… uncultured.

😉

Here is a ink to the original article: https://rogertharpe.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/cecilia-westbrook-makes-yogurt-with-her-own-vaginal-bacteria/