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"How to date a Canadian: embrace gender fluidity – and wear layers.
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Unlike Australians, Ethiopians and in fact every other nationality, Canadians don’t tend to congregate in neighbourhoods. No city on Earth has a Little Canada.
Canadians do, however, require shelter like other human beings: try Gumtree or Craigslist and you might be able to attract one to your house. They are sometimes spotted near youth hostels, sports bars and political protests.
If that fails, note that they’re also more susceptible to cold – all that time spent behind double-glazed windows in super-insulated homes has made them soft. So provide sources of warmth: log fires, hot chocolate and hugs. Canadians love a hug.
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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jan/20/how-to-date-a-canadian
 
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Ellie Goulding, Delirium World Tour, Toronto, yesterday.
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"Why I created the trending #GIVEELSAAGIRLFRIEND hashtag"
by Alexis Isabel Moncada
http://www.mtv.com/news/2875696/why-i-created-the-trending-giveelsaagirlfriend-hashtag/
 
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"Micah White helped create Occupy Wall Street. Now he's talking about its failures and why he doesn't like other contemporary protest movements."

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Officially!
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Mandate Letter:
create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.
 
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> The Pencilsword: On a plate

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"The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State."
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf
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  On the 27th of April, The Singing Sailor Underwater Defense System was installed into the sea in the archipelago due east of Stockholm. The Singing Sailor is a subsurface sonar system sending out the Morse code: "This way if you are gay". For any submarines passing close by, The Singing Sailor also features the message “Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944.” (the year Sweden legalized homosexuality) as an animated neon sign.
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http://www.svenskafreds.se/singingsailor/
 
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15 December 2014: Martina Navratilova has married her long-term partner Julia Lemigova in a ceremony in New York.



"Martina Navratilova proposed to her live-in Russian partner, Julia Lemigova at the 2014 US Open in the public, expressing love for each other.
The pair got married yesterday Monday in New York after two years of been together."
 
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The Secretary of State has the authority to determine which countries have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism and so designate them as "state sponsors of terrorism" pursuant to three laws: Section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, Section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and Section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include: restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions. Currently, four countries are so designated: Syria, Cuba, Iran, and Sudan.

We remain deeply concerned by Russia's continuing destabilizing actions... )

The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW • Washington, DC 20500 • 202-456-1111
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"Design a life that suits what you need. Don't be guilted into doing what the media or the internet tells you is the 'right thing'. Run your own race. Do the things you love, with the people you want to spend time with. Take a moment to reflect, to pause and to smell the roses. You're not lazy like the articles say. You're just taking it at a different speed."

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By Gina O’Reilly
"Many of us are well aware that there’s a serious gender imbalance in the workplace, particularly across leadership roles and particularly in technology. But this imbalance doesn’t have to define women. Rather than engage in divisive tactics, isolate ourselves at female-only events, or openly complain about an issue that needs to be addressed, we can all practice what I call complementary collaboration: simply recognizing, respecting, and embracing the fact that men and women bring different but often hugely complementary skills to the table that, if nurtured and developed, can be a very powerful and highly successful combination for any business."
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"according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature"
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"Snowflakes, sand dunes and self-replicating vortices in the protoplanetary disk may all be examples of dissipation-driven adaptation."
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"it could further liberate biologists from seeking a Darwinian explanation for every adaptation and allow them to think more generally in terms of dissipation-driven organization. They might find, for example, that “the reason that an organism shows characteristic X rather than Y may not be because X is more fit than Y, but because physical constraints make it easier for X to evolve than for Y to evolve”"
https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20140122-a-new-physics-theory-of-life/
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"Press reports about the French president's complicated love life highlight the difference between Anglo-Saxon and Gallic attitudes towards sex, adultery, but above all appetite, writes Adam Gopnik."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25756961
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