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Fake Facts: What No One Tells You about CN Tower

Name a few memorable landmarks in Canada. Along with the Rockies, Niagara Falls, and that awesome potato out in Maugerville, you certainly thought of the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario — a building that earned global fame on April 2, 1975, when it became the planet’s tallest structure. You’ve had 40 years to the day to learn about… Read more »

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Fake Facts: St. Patrick’s Day

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish — meaning Costco has tighter control of its membership than the Emerald Isle does. If you’re claiming temporary refugee status on March 17, you should know at least a couple facts, right? Or nine. But five are false. Can you drive the fakes out of Ireland?

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Fake Facts: Beer

The Fredericton Craft Beer Festival pours some tall small ones tonight. We’ll be there to see how craft brewers from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia make beer classy. Want five facts about beer now? Only two are fake facts… Which ones will ale you?

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Fake Facts: Scuba Diving

I learned scuba diving in Boracay, Philippines. The coral looked all bleached out and covered in nasty sea urchins, but I did enjoy seeing the massive lapu-lapu (grouper) that looked hungry for my buddy, Mandeep. Recently I read/heard Greg Hemmings‘ mention of scuba and it reminded me of the facts below. Well, three of them. One is a fake fact. Dive in.

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Fake Facts: New Brunswick Flag Flies for 50

New Brunswick’s provincial flag hits a half-century today. Light up 50 candles! Just… keep them away from the fabric. Here are six facts about our flag. Except three of them are fake facts. How much do you know about NB’s flag?

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Fake Facts: Happy 230th Birthday, Fredericton!

Fredericton turns 230 years young today (February 22, 2015). Here are six facts about the City of Stately Elms. However, two aren’t true. Well, what do you know?

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Fake Facts: The Plots of David Adams Richards

Mr. David Adams Richards promotes a new play at the Fredericton Public Library tonight (Feb 19). His acclaimed novels, usually set in small towns, feature large emotions, family ties tethers, and people working through life alone together. Here are plots to four of his books. Except only three are his. That means one is not. Do you know? It’s a quiz of short duration.

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Fake Facts: Fredericton City Hall

When Fredericton turns 230 on February 22, where would you send its birthday card? Right: City Hall. (Pretty weird of you to mail a city a card, though.) Here are six amazing facts about Fredericton’s City Hall. Also, three fake facts. Which is which?

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Fake Facts: Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross

Despite humankind being an outlier in killing each other via wars, people didn’t automatically think to develop proper army nursing systems or rules for the battlefield wounded. We just kind of… left them out there. On February 17, in 1863, Jean Henri Dunant (you can call him Henry) founded the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded to resolve this… Read more »

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Fake Facts: March of the 104th

The time? 1813. The place? British North America. The topic? WAR… of 1812. On February 16, 1813, one of the greatest military marches in history happened in Canada. With the Americans planning an offensive in the spring, the British needed reinforcements. But the St. Lawrence ice prevented troop transport. So, New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot just hoofed… Read more »

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    What’s Your Favourite Christmas Story, Jessica Rhaye?

    Seven people with ties to New Brunswick tell about their favourite Christmas or “winter season” stories this month. I’ll highlight a title every other day from now until December 25. Here’s singer & song writer Jessica Rhaye, who recently released her popular new album, Far Gone Lullabies.

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    What’s Your Favourite Christmas Story, Kael Kennedy?

    Seven people with ties to New Brunswick tell about their favourite Christmas or “winter season” stories this month. I’ll highlight a title every other day from now until December 25. Here’s Kael Kennedy, the elementary student who frequently fundraises for the Chalmers Regional Hospital Foundation. (His current project: acquiring an ophthalmic camera to help premature babies… Read more »

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    What’s Your Favourite Christmas Story, Loralie Boyle?

    Seven people with ties to New Brunswick tell about their favourite Christmas or “winter season” stories this month. I’ll highlight a title every other day from now until December 25. Here’s Loralie Boyle, Children’s Programming Coordinator at the Fredericton Public Library.

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    What’s Your Favourite Christmas Story, Julia Wright?

    Seven people with ties to New Brunswick tell about their favourite Christmas or “winter season” stories this month. I’ll highlight a title every other day from now until December 25. Here’s Julia Wright, reporter and media savant for CHSJ News and writer/publisher of Saint John’s Hard Times zine.

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    Microsoft Knows Your Embarrassing, Lazy Password

    As a student or employee, you likely forget your password and lose time resetting it. Or you might use the same password for every site, which made you vulnerable this week when hackers stole two million Facebook, Twitter and Gmail passwords. Last month I wrote about how to create an unhackable but easy-to-remember password. Microsoft… Read more »

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    What’s Your Favourite Christmas Story, Patrick Lacroix?

    Seven people with ties to New Brunswick tell about their favourite Christmas or “winter season” stories this month. I’ll highlight a title every other day from now until December 25. Here’s Patrick Lacroix, Executive Director of Elementary Literacy Inc.

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    What’s Your Favourite Christmas Story, Terry Seguin?

    Seven people with ties to New Brunswick tell about their favourite Christmas or “winter season” stories this month. I’ll highlight a title every other day from now until December 25. Here’s Terry Seguin, host of CBC’s Information Morning Fredericton.

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    Use Magnetic Words to Get Your Child to Write at Home

    Parents often ask teachers, “How do I get my son/daughter to write at home?” One idea: Interest your child by using words that are personally relevant to them. You can make magnetic words with your children so they can dip into a parts-of-speech pool to form sentences (usually pretty amusing ones).

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    How to Link to a Specific Time in a (1D) YouTube Video

    Embedding a video in your presentation? Excellent. Forgetting what minute and second you need to start it? Well, while you’re looking for the starting point, Cassidy’s highjacked your momentum to tell everyone that, although Niall’s teeth are totally the most perfect ever now that his braces are off, Harry definitely has the best hair. Sound… Read more »

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    Why Teachers and Parents Shouldn’t Email Each Other

    Recently (although it happened not recently), you may have heard about Kristen Bartkiw, the Manitoba woman who was fined for not including a grain product in her children’s lunch, as per a government regulation. You could predict the ensuing discussions: How accurate is Health Canada’s Food Guide anyway? Should government be involved in our meals?… Read more »