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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tourism Indicators #nlpoli

These days,  Chris Mitchelmore does what Steve Kent used to do:  hype tourism numbers.More people.Tourism is big.Yay.Hooray.Yeah, well, take a breath.As we noted in 2008,  actual tourists – non-resident visitors in Gov Speak – actually c… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tourism Indicators #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tourism Indicators #nlpoli

These days,  Chris Mitchelmore does what Steve Kent used to do:  hype tourism numbers.More people.Tourism is big.Yay.Hooray.Yeah, well, take a breath.As we noted in 2008,  actual tourists – non-resident visitors in Gov Speak – actually c… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tourism Indicators #nlpoli

Scripturient: Tourism and Collingwood

Tourism is the world’s fifth fastest-growing industry and growing at five percent per year. A recent story on CBC Radio this week suggests growth has been even higher for Canada, thanks to our lower Loonie: at least six percent. According to the Tourism Association of Canada, in 2013, Canada’s tourism industry: Represented more of Canada’s . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Tourism and Collingwood

Left Over: Corporate R & B: Get Over It…

Oilpatch could lose $100B without new pipelines, researchers warn Energy research firm suggests Western Canada producers won’t receive full value for oil exports

By Kyle Bakx, CBC News Posted: Jun 22, 2015 11:41 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 22, 2015 12:11 PM ET

 

 

Wah-wah-wah!!!! The whingeing of the rich and . . . → Read More: Left Over: Corporate R & B: Get Over It…

reeves report: Climate change could boost visitation to US National Parks by 2060

In silver lining news: the latest report from the U.S. National Park Service has found that increases in global temperature could boost tourism traffic to national parks from Alaska to Guam.

The report, released this week in the open access journal PLoS ONE, compared historical monthly mean air temperature information with data on park visitation . . . → Read More: reeves report: Climate change could boost visitation to US National Parks by 2060

Things Are Good: The Humanitarian Douchery That is Voluntourism

“Voluntourism” is the growing trend of rich people using their vacations to go to poor places where they think they can help. A good chunk of the time these voluntourists are actually causing harm. This may seem counterintuitive but we’ve seen this before in the past with programs of the ‘adopt a child’ sort . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: The Humanitarian Douchery That is Voluntourism

Melissa Fong: Electronic music, raves & Toronto’s moral panic on drugs

…they do the work because they want to re-produce the type of city they want to live- the type of city that is worth living in. … …not all entertainment is built the same- some of these very worth while performers and promotors can’t jump through your hoops, or will grow tired doing so. These . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Electronic music, raves & Toronto’s moral panic on drugs

Eclectic Lip: Back from Happy Hawaii

Synchronized phoning, coming soon to a summer Olympics near you…

Trivia note: Swedish supergroup Abba’s “Why did it have to be me” was originally titled (and lyricized) as “Happy Hawaii”. But those of you who also secretly bought the 4-CD ABBA box set without admitting it to your friends, already knew that! 🙂

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The Canadian Progressive: Oprah Receives Racist “Pretty Woman” Treatment From Swiss Boutique

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey says she received the racist “Pretty Woman” treatment while attempting to buy a $38,000 designer handbag at a pricey Swiss boutique recently.

The post Oprah Receives Racist “Pretty Woman” Treatment From Swiss Boutique appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Post Bike Tour Slide Shows

After the bike tour we stayed in Ennis for a few days and took a bus to Limerick for a day tour.

The most interesting observation we made was that while Ennis had narrow streets with one lane one way traffic and narrow sidewalks, much of Limerick had wide streets with one lane one way . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Post Bike Tour Slide Shows

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 6 Slide Show

This was the longest ride of the tour but not too bad as far as hills go, except for the last ride into Westport, up and down and then back up and down again. Lots of scenery but not too many photo stops because of the long ride and then drive back to Ennis in . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 6 Slide Show

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Break Day Slide Show

We took today easy, went for a walk near the lodge on Lough Inagh in the morning and managed to talk Jeff into driving us to the Kylemore Abbey in the afternoon where we explored the grounds and the remarkable gardens. There is some real interesting history about this place.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 5, Sheep Shearing, Flowers and More Slide Shows

If you’ve ever been to a county fair or watched a movie about Australia you have seen sheep sheering, but usually with electric shears. In this part of Ireland they use hand shears and probably sheer the sheep faster and cleaner than with the electric ones. This was a great day for photos, including a . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 5, Sheep Shearing, Flowers and More Slide Shows

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 4, Discovering Ireland’s Sheep Slide Show

Today was a day at the beach as we stopped at a wonderful little beach along the route, as well as made a visit to the lovely town of Clifden. More scenery, and did I mention the sheep. The sheep in Ireland seem to have priority over the roads, followed by bicycles and then cars.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 3, The Aran Islands Slide Show

Most of the day was spent on one of the Aran Islands. It was a great day for photography as it was actually sunny and there was so much to photograph, from a remarkable fort to literally hundreds (maybe thousands) of stone fences from millions of stones dividing up the tiny allotments that people had . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 3, The Aran Islands Slide Show

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 2, To The Burren Slide Show

Today we did a circle route through the remarkable Burren, a landscape that almost defies description, although parts of Ottawa’s Lime Kiln Trail with it’s underlying Limestone hints at it. And, of course it’s Ireland so there were more ruins. This was the second hardest climbing day of the tour.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 1, The Irish Landscape Slide Show

Today we got setup on our bikes with our self-guiding instructions so we could ride on our own while Jeff went ahead with the van and then would mysteriously appear on his bike cycling towards us to make sure we were not lost. We rode to the Cliffs of Moher which reportedly has spectacular views, . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 1, The Irish Landscape Slide Show

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Ennis Slide Show

We arrived a few days early and got to know the town of Ennis which was full of stone walls, first thing we noticed, and lots of local shops and pubs – no Walmarts or big box stores. The only chain store we noticed was a large Irish department store, Dunnes. The other big attraction . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Ennis Slide Show

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour Overview

In recalling our wonderful bike tour of Ireland at first it seems like one long uphill ride in the rain, the green being the only constant. But actually every day was different with many different landscapes and varied geography throughout the over 300 kilometre route. We even had some dry and sunny days with fluffy . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour Overview

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Phake Photos Make Come Back #nlpoli

The Mighty Ceeb ran a story on Thursday about a block of three houses in downtown St. John’s.  Tourists and some residents are upset by a set of wires that one of the local phone companies has installed in front of the houses.

They quoted Les Cuff, who lives in one of the houses.

"Instead . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Phake Photos Make Come Back #nlpoli

From Orangutan: Dear travelers to Montreal,

As the nightly demonstrations that snake their way through the city continue, often picking up thousands along the way and cheered on by onlookers from balconies, windows, and outdoor patios, I hope you understand that these marches are peaceful, joyous, and filled with the same festive spirit that is unique to Montreal and unparalleled in North America. I hope that you can look beyond the countless negative stories produced by mainstream media outlets that mischaracterize this city as, among other things, violent and dangerous. Montreal is neither violent nor dangerous. I hope that you can see clearly through the if-it-doesn’t-bleed-it-doesn’t-lead journalistic strategy and discover that the rare abandon of the aggressive few is minute compared to the extraordinary coming together of the gentle masses. People of varying ages and from diverse backgrounds coalesce at these nocturnal happenings. Some bang utensils, pots, and pans (a nod to the practice of our Chilean counterparts undergoing a similar period of change), and all are armed—no, not with weapons—but with the determination to make the world a better place. If you choose to march with us (and we welcome you with open hearts), it will quickly occur to you that all these well-meaning human beings wouldn’t be out on the streets of our enchanting neighborhoods if they didn’t already take for granted that Montreal is a safe and friendly town for citizens and travelers alike, no matter where you decide to go and even after the sun sets. This is Montreal. Come and see for yourself. You’ll be witnessing an historic moment in the process. . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Dear travelers to Montreal,

From Orangutan: Dear travelers to Montreal,

As the nightly demonstrations that snake their way through the city continue, often picking up thousands along the way and cheered on by onlookers from balconies, windows, and outdoor patios, I hope you understand that these marches are peaceful, joyous, and filled with the same festive spirit that is unique to Montreal and unparalleled in North America. . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Dear travelers to Montreal,