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The gifts of 2016 weren't sweetly wrapped in chic silver bows beneath a popcorn-trimmed tree. Rather its gifts were hiding under piles of muck, mire, and metaphorical dirty diapers. 2016 made us work for its rewards; an ongoing dichotomy. Low meeting high. Pain meeting beauty. Injustice meeting a renewed fervour for truth.
A melding of Italian and French ingredients and cooking techniques, Nicoise food is distinct and simple. With an abundance of Mediterranean seafood, it's also delectable. You won't find heavy sauces on the cuisine, nor a lot of fatty dishes.
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There's a growing number of people who think ending news reporting on acts of terror will somehow #SilenceTerror. And I could not disagree more with this all-too-convenient answer to a complex issue. Proper news reporting may seem to give credence to terrorist organizations who actively court such media attention, but it will never truly further their cause -- not when reporting often counters and negates the narratives spun by extremist organizations. Amid the shouting of social media, professional reporting offers fact, reason and, most importantly, context.
The French Riviera is exquisite, and at the time of my visit, American and German tourists were everywhere, falling in love with the city, which is tailored for tourism. Some may think that nearby Cannes and Monaco are the centre of the Earth, with their film festival and F1 Grand Prix, respectively, but Nice is a tourist centre for abundant reasons.
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Every human being has occasional dark thoughts, feelings and urges. Most of us can contain these, most of the time. Now and then, our dark side is provoked a bit more strongly, and we end up being not so nice. What provokes the shadow side of our personality to come out?
I think it may be time for us Canadians to reconsider our investment in being so nice. We don't have to stop being kind, thoughtful, caring or polite, but we might want to try saying "No" on occasion. We might want to let go of our obsession with making everyone else happy at our own expense. If the fish is overcooked at the fancy restaurant we're eating at, we might actually consider sending it back. If we're put on hold for 20 minutes we might contemplate registering a protest. We might even imagine giving up our compulsion for saying "I'm sorry" at the least possible provocation.
There's a reason why travellers from around the world slap Canadian flags on their backpacks. Everyone knows Canadians have the best manners. And the Internet agrees. Just check out these examples of...
At the end of one of our many Just For Laughs performances last week, I asked a familiar face -- a guest of mine, actually -- how he enjoyed the show. He turned to his wife, who smiled awkwardly at hi...
Being polite certainly is a must for those Islanders who depend on the tourism sector that helps fuel their economy. I have had run-ins with people, both from the Maritimes and not, who don't understand the value that being nice has for their business. Bottom line, no kindness, no repeat visit.