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An inside look at truck culture and Ford's supersized MegaRaptor

For reasons not clear to those outside of it, truck culture is huge. Big trucks, tall trucks, loud trucks, chrome trucks, trucks that blow black smoke out their chimneys, trucks with nutz – it's all super popular. To call truck culture underground is incorrect. It's right there, out in the open. Trucks rule the road everywhere in Canada, with the exception of a few big cities where everyone drives baby SUVs and compact cars, if they drive at all. "Diesel trucks became the new hot rod," says Martin Barkey, CEO of MBRP, a custom exhaust company based in Huntsville, Ont. "There's people driving with paint cans in the back and ladders on the roof, going to work in 11-second trucks." For the uninitiated, that's a truck which blasts down a quarter-mile drag strip in 11 seconds. A new Ferrari 488 will do it in 10.6, but can't carry a ladder. Story continues below advertisement Martin Barkey, CEO of MBRP, poses with a SuperRaptor. It doesn't make sense though. W..

American pastor in Canada doesn't miss culture wars, church growth pressures

Justin Joplin heard something few, if any, ministers hear when interviewing for senior pastor positions in U.S. churches. “The chair of the search committee made it really clear to me: ‘We want to grow in our faith … whether that means more butts in the seats or not, doesn’t matter,’” Joplin said. “There is something liberating about that.” And the liberating — and often astonishing — differences didn’t end there for Joplin, lead pastor at Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga, Ontario. Yes, as in Canada. Joplin, 39, and his family arrived in that country in 2014 after he served congregations through youth ministry and pastor positions with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregations in his native North Carolina and in Richmond, Va. The move wasn’t about politics as much as it was about a quest to experience a Baptist identity free from anxiety over a decline from majority cultural status. In the U.S., Joplin said, “I would drive to work past seven Baptist churches, all of which we..

NYE musical performances cancelled on Parliament Hill due to cold

Jackie Dunham, Published Friday, December 29, 2017 8:30AM EST Last Updated Friday, December 29, 2017 12:39PM EST The federal government has cancelled the musical performances, including one by Canadian hip-hop artist Kardinal Offishall, planned for its Canada 150 Closing Party on Parliament Hill this New Year’s Eve due to the extreme cold currently gripping much of the country. The scheduled musical entertainers and DJs, including Carl Muren, Evana Muren and DJ Shub, and were scheduled to perform on the Hill Sunday evening, but with temperatures expected to dip down to at least -24 C and wind chill values of -35 C, the acts were called off. The modified program will still include the Christmas Lights Across Canada multimedia show, which has already been running every night, and he presentation of Nimidiwin, a celebration of First Nations culture, at the Canadian Museum of History, according to an updated statement from Canadian Heritage release..

Canada's soft visa regime for Pakistani tech startups

KARACHI: Pakistani startups and entrepreneurs will have tickets to the Toronto-Waterloo region, often referred to as the Silicon Valley North and home to thousands of tech startups and international companies, for better connectivity and penetration in the international market as the Canadian government is open to provide a 52-week work permit or a permanent resident to Pakistani tech startups. The representative of Accelerator Centre, based in the Canadian Silicon Valley, has unveiled the features of the visa programme for the Pakistani tech startups and entrepreneurs to the Momentum Pakistan-2018, according to Momentum Pakistan founder Amir Jafri. The mega event – Momentum Pakistan-2018 – is bringing digital world’s giants like Facebook, Amazon Web Services, IBM and Microsoft and several others to Karachi on February 19 and 20 where their representatives will mentor and support with tools and funds the Pakistani entrepreneurs and startups. Besides that, premier Pakistani and internat..

A Review of Year-End Reviews: The Canada Letter

Advertisement Ritual certainly plays a role in the various year-end items that The Times and other news organizations unfailingly push out every December. And when I worked at a weekly newsmagazine, they provided a way for the staff to take a break. The New York Times’s headquarters on Eighth Avenue.CreditJabin Botsford/The New York TimesBut, speaking as reader, I find them useful not just to recall the year but also to catch up on things I missed. Between articles, videos, podcasts, graphics, recipes and visual essays, The Times puts out several hundred items every day. Many gems within that torrent will inevitably slip past even the most dedicated reader. For the holiday edition I’ve gone through and sorted out our year-end offerings, at least the ones which have been posted up until this point. The list below isn’t a complete accounting of our look-backs. But it should provide enough reading to fill anyone’s holiday downtime. Next week, the Canada Letter will be taking a week off. B..

Happy Public Domain day! Here are the works entering the public domain in Canada...

When the USA decided to retroactively extend the term of copyright, it deprived itself of free, open access to important cultural treasures that new creators could build upon as creators have done since time immemorial. Luckily, Canada and the EU were not so foolish, and so today, there is a raft of work entering the public domain elsewhere in the world that US creators and audiences will not be able to freely use. A selection of works that could have entered the public domain in the USA this year: works from 1961 including Catch-22, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Soft Machine, The Phantom Tollbooth, Franny and Zooey, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, West Side Story (the movie)... all copyrighted until 2057. And, yes, scientific articles from 1961 are still behind paywalls. Works that Canadians and Europeans can freely use, as of tomorrow: in Canada, the works of René Magritte, Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker, and many more. In the EU, the works of Hugh Lofting (the Doctor DoLittle books) ..

'Window Horses': Turning Poetry and Inclusion into an Animated Adventure

“The Breadwinner” isn’t the only female-driven animated feature directed by a woman inspired by peace and inclusion. In “Window Horses,” the darkest of dark horses in the Oscar race, Asian-Canadian director Ann Marie Fleming propels her Stick Girl avatar into the culturally rich world of Iran via a poetry festival. The fish-out-of-water novice not only attains more wisdom, but also reconnects with her Persian heritage. It’s a curious blend of hand-drawn styles that achieves a striking multi-cultural bridge to imagination and empathy. “A lot of my life experiences are in there except for the obvious bare bones of the family’s story, which is a compilation of a lot of people,” said Fleming (“The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam”), who financed through Indiegogo and co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. Actress Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) not only voiced protagonist Rosie Ming, but also executive produced. [embedded content] Getting Personal Like the director, Rosie is also of..

Pot activists Marc and Jodie Emery plead guilty, sentenced in drug-related court case

Prominent pot activists Jodie and Marc Emery pleaded guilty to a number of drug-related charges in a Toronto court, which fined them $195,000 each, Jodie Emery told CBC Toronto. The pair also received two years' probation and cannot participate in the running of illegal marijuana dispensaries. Three others charged in the case were also sentenced to pay fines, but 17 more had their charges withdrawn as part of a deal, Emery said. Marc Emery, the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot," pleaded guilty Monday to possession of marijuana for purpose of trafficking, trafficking marijuana and possession of proceeds of crime more than $5,000. 'I even offered to go to jail for a year'Jodie Emery pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000. All other charges against the Emerys were dropped and the judge accepted a joint recommendation for sentencing the couple. Each must pay a $150,000 fine plus a $45,000 victim surc..

Canada senator kicked out by Conservatives for 'racism'

Canadian senator Lynn Beyak has been removed from the Conservative Party's caucus months after inflammatory remarks about indigenous people. Mrs Beyak has been criticised over the past year for various comments. She posted online letters from supporters who called indigenous people lazy. Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer said "racism will not be tolerated". In Canada, senators keep their jobs until they turn 75 and so she will retain voting privileges in Parliament. Last March she defended Canada's residential school system, church-run and government-funded boarding schools where indigenous children were often physically and sexually abused. She said reports on the abuse only focused on the bad and ignored "the good" aspects of the "well-intentioned" institutions. Her comments immediately provoked an outcry from indigenous leaders and other Canadians, and many called on her to resign. In response, she published "letters of support" on her official Senate website from ..

BC teen creating app, summer camp to revive First Nations language

VANCOUVER — A 15-year-old high school student in British Columbia is turning to technology to help address a decades-old problem — how to revive an Indigenous language nearly lost to the residential school system. Tessa Erickson of the Nak'azdli Whut'en First Nation is creating an app and organizing a summer camp to help get younger people in her central B.C. community speaking the Nak'azdli dialect of the Dakelh language. "To me, it's a bit of a symbol," she said. "The language is really important to me, personally, because it's a way to connect with my community and really bridge the gap between the generations." Members of her nation were fluent in the dialect about three generations ago, before they were sent to residential schools, Erickson said. The Grade 10 student said she's been told generations since then were afraid to teach the language to their children. "They didn't want the same experiences they went through to happen to their children..

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