Michael Bolen

Entries by Michael Bolen

Rapper Tasha The Amazon Takes Tiger For A Stroll In Downtown Toronto

(8) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Hipsters and tigers and rappers. Oh my!

Toronto-based rapper Tasha The Amazon took an enormous Bengal tiger for a walk in Kensington Market early Thursday morning as part of a music video shoot for the song "Thru the Fire." Predictably, people noticed.

Read Post

Meet Annie Sibonney, Canada's Answer To Anthony Bourdain

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 7:02 PM

Annie Sibonney sits in a bar in Mexico City with a cluster of professional wrestlers. Then the electrocutions start.

Sibonney is the host of the new food-focused show "One Night Stand" on Discovery World, but the culinary adventurer does a lot more than just eat and drink...

Read Post

NDP's Youth Wing Chides Mulcair For Not Condemning Israeli Attacks In Gaza

(109) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 4:21 PM

In the latest sign that the NDP is at odds with itself over Gaza, the party's youth wing has called out Thomas Mulcair for not criticizing Israeli attacks.

In an editorial published on Rabble, NDP Youth says "it's time to call a spade a spade" on Gaza....

Read Post

Julian Fantino Flyer Says Trudeau Lectured Kids On 'Benefits' Of Marijuana. Except He Didn't

(230) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:57 AM

A flyer circulated by Conservative minister Julian Fantino makes some questionable claims about what Justin Trudeau is telling children about marijuana.

The mailer, which is similar to others distributed by Tory MPs, claims the Liberal leader has been "speaking to elementary school students about the benefits of...

Read Post

Ron Giesbrecht, Chief Of Kwikwetlem First Nation, Made $914,219 Tax Free Last Year

(144) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 6:14 PM

A B.C. chief made nearly three times as much as Prime Minister Stephen Harper last year. And the chief actually earned much more when you take into account that the salary was paid out tax free.

Ron Giesbrecht, chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, earned $914,219...

Read Post

Yellowknife Looks Like Beijing Right Now (PHOTOS)

(28) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:03 PM

It has a population of around 20,000 people. This weekend it looked as polluted as a sprawling metropolis of millions.

Yellowknife was blanketed with smoke from raging wildfires this weekend, making the city look more like Beijing than a sleepy Arctic outpost.

This is what it looked...

Read Post

Average Canadian Climate Denier Is An Evangelical Man From Alberta Who Votes For The Tories

(122) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Stephen Harper is 55 years old, makes his home in Alberta, goes to an Evangelical church and, presumably, votes for the Conservatives. According to a new poll, that puts the prime minister in the high-risk group for climate denial.

The survey from Forum research found that the vast...

Read Post

How Much Stephen Harper And Top Tories Have Aged In Office

(32) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:26 AM

Stephen Harper has been prime minister since 2006 -- that's nearly a decade. Here's a look at how much power has changed him and his top lieutenants ... physically, of course.

Stephen Harper

Read Post

This June Was The Hottest In History And Canada Is On Fire (VIDEO)

(120) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Yes, winter was super cold. No, global warming is not a hoax.

Read Post

Tories Release Pro-Israel Ad Amid War In Gaza, But They Don't Want Everyone To See It (VIDEO)

(86) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:11 AM

As the conflict in Gaza escalates, the Conservatives have released a dramatic new ad that highlights the party's staunch support for Israel, but it seems they aren't looking for a wide audience.

Titled "Through Fire and Water", the web commercial features Prime Minister Stephen Harper and...

Read Post

Oui, ces lieux existent. Et ils sont au Canada (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Oui, ces endroits existent bien.

Voici le mont Thor sur l'île de Baffin, dans le Nunavut

mount thor 1
(Nestor Lewyckyj)

Il a la dénivellation la plus élevée au monde

mount thor nunavut

On parle...

Read Post

Places In Canada You Won't Believe Actually Exist

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:07 PM

They're real and they're spectacular.

This is Mount Thor on Baffin Island in Nunavut

mount thor 1
(Nestor Lewyckyj)

It has the world's highest vertical drop

mount thor nunavut

That's 1,250 metres, straight...

Read Post

Globe And Mail Strike Watch: Management Erects Fence In Toronto

(19) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:21 PM

It's a grave day for journalism in Canada when one of the country's most venerable newspapers erects a fence around its building to keep out its own reporters and editors.

UPDATE: Globe and Mail union members vote 92.3 per cent to reject the company's contract offer, according to an...
Read Post

Two-Thirds Of Canadians Say They Love Their Country In New Poll

(88) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Canada is often ranked as one of the best countries in the world, but how do the people who actually live here feel about the The True North strong and free?

The short answer is pretty good, though there is wide variation among different regions, according to a...

Read Post

Canada Is Warming At Twice The Global Average And We Still Don't Have A National Plan

(211) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Canada has been warming at roughly double the global average over the last six decades, setting the stage for dramatic changes to the economy, environment and our very way of life. But government and business have been slow to react and Canada still has no national plan to address climate...

Read Post

Stupid Questions Tourists Ask When They Visit Canada

(206) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Visitors from America, we're looking at you now. And we're not amused. OK, we are, but we're also mad.

Because these are some seriously stupid questions.

We asked readers to tell us the most ridiculous things they've been asked by tourists visiting Canada. This is what they...

Read Post

Remember The Strangers Kissing Video? The Sequel Has Slapping (And Haley Joel Osment)

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Remember that viral video of the actors and models kissing? Now add slapping (and Haley Joel Osment) and you'll have something that's much, much more satisfying.

The video isn't a parody but a recreation, except with hitting. It's the brainchild of screenwriter Max Landis and features...

Read Post

Kevin Newman Live Cancelled After Just 7 Months On The Air

(7) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 1:51 PM

"Kevin Newman Live" has been cancelled after just seven months on the air.

The nightly current affairs program debuted on CTV News Channel last November and promised to offer a "more connected" take on the news. The program incorporated social media and tried to present the day's events...

Read Post

Conservative MP James Lunney Denies That Climate Change Science Is 'Settled'

(308) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 12:58 PM

The vast majority of experts may be convinced, but Conservative MP James Lunney doesn't think that climate change is "settled" science.

The long-time Tory MP for the B.C. riding of riding of Nanaimo—Alberni tweeted a link to a story questioning the science behind global warming on Tuesday with...

Read Post

One Of Our Writers Flew A Jetpack. It Didn't Go So Well (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 9:25 AM

Maybe some people just aren't meant to fly.

When I heard that flyboarding was coming to Toronto, I knew I had to try it. Who doesn't want to fly high through the air on streams of highly-pressurized water?

I spent several days Googling things like "flyboarding injuries" and "first person...

Read Post