Controversial ‘Mother Canada’ statue plan dividing Canadians

Do we really need a 24m statue on this beautifully wild coast?

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: The 24-metre high statue to be erected on the rocks of a section of the Cabot trail at Green Cove. The statue is meant to memorialize Canadian soldiers who didn’t return from war, but its opponents don’t believe it should be erected in a national park. Ross Lord reports.

GREEN COVE, N.S. – The turbulent ocean waters crashing against the ancient rocks at Green Cove, Cape Breton, couldn’t be more symbolic.

Plans to erect a 24-metre behemoth of a statue, known as Mother Canada, atop the rocks – have stirred up an undercurrent of opposition.

Opponents say the development, planned by a group called the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation, is a threat to the cove’s natural beauty, as a granite headland on the famous Cabot Trail.

It’s also in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, which they say needs to be protected from artificial intrusions.

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The cost of raising a child

This is a calculator to see what your little bundle of joy will cost you if you live in the United States:
Baby Cost Calculator.

The cost of raising a child

This is a calculator to see what your little bundle of joy will cost you if you live in the United States:
Baby Cost Calculator.


I bought some kefir, a fermented milk, from a health food store and since then have been making my own. I don’t strain and rinse the kefir grains; I just spoon some lumps from the fermented milk to a new jar and fill it up with milk. It ferments while protected from dust but exposed to air, as I lay a paper towel over the jar. The resulting mixture tastes something like buttermilk or watered down yogourt. I let it ferment for about two days at room temperature as I like it sour.

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Things I learn on the subway (first in a continuing series)

“Freeze your fat away.” Really?

Books: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

Here are the stories in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner

  • “Gift Wrap” by Charlaine Harris. She is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse fantasies and the Harper Connelly series.
  • “The Haire of the Beast” by Donna Andrews. She writes a mystery series featuring Meg Langslow, a blacksmith or ornamental wrought iron, and a science fiction series with Turing Harper, and Artificial Intelligence Personality.
  • “Lucy, at Christmastime” by Simon R. Green. He is the author of more than thirty novel. His series include the Forest Kingdom, Deathstalker, Nightside, the Ghost Finders, and the Secret Histories books with the very secret agent Shaman Bond.
  • “The Night Things Changed” by Dana Cameron. She is the author of the Emma Fielding archaeology mysteries, including Ashes and Bones. and has created the world of the Fangborn. Her website is
  • “The Werewolf Before Christmas” by Kat Richardson. She is the author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels.
  • “Fresh Meat” by Allan Gordon. He is the author of the Fool’s Guild mysteries about a thirteenth-century jester. He writes short stories of mystery, fantasy, and science fiction. He is a criminal defence attorney.
  • ” Il Est Né” by Carrie Vaughn. She writes short fantasy and horror stories. She also writes a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who has a talk radio show for the “supernaturally disadvantaged.”
  • “The Perfect Gift” by Dana Stabenow. She writes science fiction and mystery novels. Her first crime novel was A Cold Day for Murder; her first thriller was Blindfold Game. She has written over twenty-five novels, many in the Kate Shugak series.
  • “Christmas Past” by Keri Arthur. She is an author of fantasy fiction.
  • “SA” by J. A. Konrath. He is the author of the Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels thriller series. He has edited a collection of hitman stories called These Guns for Hire. He has written the horror novel Afraid. under the name Jack Kilborn. His website is
  • “The Star of David” by Patricia Briggs. She is the author of the Mercy Thompson series and other novel.
  • “You’d Better Not Pyout” by Nancy Pickard. She is the author of mystery novels and mystery and fantasy short stories.
  • “Rogue Elements” by Karen Chance. Sge is te author of the Cassandra Palmer series and its spinoff, Midnight’s Daughter.
  • “Milk and Cookies” by Rob Thurman. He is the author of the Cal Leandros novels and the Trick of the Light novels and the thriller Chimera. He can be found at
  • “Keeping Watch Over His Flock” by Toni L. P. Kelner. She is the author of nine novels and many short stories.
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Books: Death’s Excellent Vacation

These are the stories in Death’s Excellent Vacation, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner.

  • “Two Blondes” by Charlaine Harris. She writes mystery, science fiction, and romance.
  • “The Boys Go Fishing” by Sarah Smith. She is the author of Chasing Shakespeares, The Other Side of Dark, and three historical mysteries: The Vanished Child, The Knowledge of Water, and A Citizen of the Country.
  • “One for the Money” by Jeaniene Frost. She writes the Night Huntress series.
  • “Meanwhile, Far Across the Caspian Sea” by Daniel Stashower. He writes both nonfiction and mystery novels & short stories.
  • “The Innsmouth Nook” by A. Lee Martinez. He has written six novels.
  • “Safe and Sound” by Jeff Abbott. He has written twelve suspense novels, including Trust Me, Panic, Fear, and Collision.
  • “Seeing is Believing” by L. A. Banks. She has written 35 novels and a dozen novellas in multiple genres, under various pseudonyms.
  • “The Perils of Effrijim” by Katie McAlister. She has written more than thirty novels.
  • “Thin Walls” by Christopher Golden. He is co-author of Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and The Map of Moments. His novels include The Myth Hunters and The Boys are Back in Town.
  • “The Heart is Always Right” by Lilith Saintcrow. She is the author of series about Dante Valentine, Jill Kismet, and Strange Angels.
  • “The Demon in the Dunes” by Chris Grabenstein. He writes John Ceepak/Jersey Short mysteries and thrillers such as Hell for the Holidays.
  • “Home from America” by Sharan Newman. She is a medieval historian who writes the Catherine LeVendeur historical mysteries, the Guinevere trilogy, nonfiction books, and The Real History of the End of the World.
  • “Pirate Dave’s Haunted Amusement Park” by Toni L. P. Kelner. She writes short stories, including “Sleeping with the Plush,” and also the “Where Are They Now?” mysteries,
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