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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 Are Your Favourite Books for Kids, Riel Nason?

    RIEL NASON I spotted Riel’s Twitter feed via Goose Lane Editions (her publisher) a while ago and look forward to her tweets about writing and nature. As a novelist, involved parent and volunteer librarian at her children’s school, Riel knows literature. I’m eager to show her recommended titles to my daughter. Connection to NB: I… Read more »

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    Use This Jeopardy! PowerPoint Game to Teach Your Kids at Home

    Hearing so much positive buzz about Saint John’s Maryanne Lewell on Jeopardy!, I called up an educational PowerPoint that my ESL students loved. You can use this free template at home (download here).

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    The One Easy Way to Make Secure Passwords You’ll Never Forget

    ** Updated for Heartbleed virus. You should change your password immediately if you use either Facebook, Gmail, Tumblr, Yahoo mail, GoDaddy, Intuit, Dropbox, LastPass, OkCupid or Soundcloud. ** Like most people, you were born a human. And like all humans, you can’t remember your @#$%! web site passwords. Same old process:

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    What Are Your Favourite Books for Kids, Ray Seaward?

    RAY SEAWARD I’ve known Ray almost 20 years and consider him a bon vivant (direct translation: “good” + “person who is living”). He’s informed me about excellent music, movies and social sciences. Today he recommends children’s books, and I’m glad to hear and check out any titles he shares.  Connection to NB: I am a New Brunswicker… Read more »

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    Best for Children: ThingLink

    OVERVIEW | THINGLINK A site (and app) to make your images interactive via multimedia uploads and links. Easily shared across the web. WHAT IS IT? You upload a photo, click an area of that picture you want to explain to a viewer, and enter your text or a URL. Done. A free site, you can… Read more »

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    Kids’ Books for Halloween: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark  Written by Alvin Schwartz Illustrated by Stephen Gammell This is the third Halloween book Kael recommends as we support his fundraiser for premature babies. Kael’s mother Krista knew this book from her childhood and suggested it to Kael when they spotted it at a book fair. The collection of… Read more »

  • Kids’ Books for Halloween: Frankenstein’s Dog (Goosebumps)

    Goosebumps Most Wanted: Frankenstein’s Dog Written by R.L. Stine This is the second Halloween book Kael recommends as we support his fundraiser for premature babies. In his spread of scary books, this cover certainly stood out. Goosebumps has been in kids’ hands since 1992. Short chapters, eerie scenarios and the first-person perspective of a childhood… Read more »

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    Spelling Strategies: ‘Together’

    Use the “word-inside-the-word” strategy to help your child spell and read unknown words.

  • Kids’ Books for Halloween: I’m Going to Eat You

    “You can’t give premature babies candy for Halloween because they have no teeth. So let’s help their eyes.” The Backstory Shortly after my good great friend Andre passed away in 2011 due to heart disease, his nephew Kael Kennedy raised $2,000 for the Chalmers Regional Hospital. Why? To improve the family rooms in the ICU…. Read more »

  • What Are Your Favourite Books for Kids, Angela-Jo Griffin?

    Connection to NB: grew up and lives in Saint John area

    Children: Keira & Anna

    Very positive and amusing, AJ works with words (senior technical writer) and teaches Zumba classes. If there were more hours in the day I feel she’d be teaching elementary school, too, so I wanted to hear what she considers good literature for youths.