St Mary’s Ontario ~ Canada ~ Architectural Work of Art “Lionvale” 236 Jones St E by Onasill ~ Bill Badzo
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Architectural Work of Art “Lionvale” 236 Jones St E in perfectly preserved Victorian Heritage town of St Marys (pop 6,600) . Circa 1880. Second Empire Italianate style, 5 bdrms ) Sold for approx &700. 000 The historic Lionvale in St. Mary’s Ontario Canada is for sale. St. Marys is a town in southwestern Ontario, Canada. It is located at the junction of Thames River and Trout Creek, southwest of Stratford and surrounded by the Township of Perth South. It is in the Perth census division but is independent of Perth County. The town is also known by its nickname, “The Stone Town”, due to the abundance of limestone in the surrounding area, giving rise to a large number of limestone buildings and homes throughout the town. St. Marys Cement, a large cement producer founded in the town, capitalized on this close feedstock, and grew to be a major producer of cement in the province of Ontario. St. Marys is home to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Newfoundland fossil trove wins bid to become UNESCO World Heritage Site
Mistaken Point, so-named for its frequent disorienting fog, is home to the oldest-known evidence of early multicellular life.

A rocky stretch of coastline along the southeastern tip of Newfoundland that holds secrets about the origins of complex life has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Mistaken Point, so-named for its frequent disorienting fog, is home to the oldest-known evidence of early multicellular life — a 565-million-year-old sea floor that’s been slowly exposed by the pounding Atlantic surf.

International experts visited the ecological reserve last fall as part of province’s bid to establish a UNESCO site on the island’s east coast.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee made its final decision at a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday.

This will be Newfoundland and Labrador’s fourth World Heritage Site of 18 in Canada.

Others include Gros Morne National Park, the L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site and the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station.


This spectacular old home is a designated Heritage Building in Vernon BC by Verminator
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Victorian Queen Anne-style home built in 1898.


Totems of Haida Gwaii - Tlell, Canada

On the south end of an archipelago sixty miles off the coast of mainland Canada lie the last remnants of the rich artistic heritage of the Haida people. The largest grouping of these Haida totems are found in the once thriving village Ninstints, which is guarded by twenty-six of these massive totem poles.

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Hamilton removes bus shelter ads about transgender people in public washrooms
Transgender rights advocates say with city's new pro-LGBTQ pledge, the ads never should have been there

The City of Hamilton is rushing to remove three Christian Heritage Party (CHP) ads from local bus shelters that urge restrictions on which public washrooms people who are transgender can use — ads that have local activists fearing the city’s pledge to be more transgender-friendly is merely lip service.

The ads, which appear to show a man entering a door marked “Ladies Showers,” include the phrase “Where is the justice?”

The CHP also distributed 3,500 flyers to Hamilton Mountain homes. The flyers encourage residents to contact city councillors to especially keep transgender women out of women’s washrooms.

When informed of the ads on Wednesday, the city called them offensive and apologized.

“The city will be removing the ads and we are sorry for the offensive nature of them,” spokesperson Jasmine Graham said in an email. “We strive to be a welcoming community and are committed to equity and inclusion.”

A third-party contractor, Outfront Media, handles HSR advertising, Graham said, and “should ask the city about any questionable advertising content so the city’s senior management team can review and either approve or reject the ad … We are currently investigating to see where the breakdown was.”

Coun. Aidan Johnson will also introduce a motion to that effect at a city council meeting Friday.

It’s bad timing for the city, which settled an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal complaint in April on this issue. The settlement came after a security guard told a transgender woman she couldn’t use the women’s restroom at the MacNab bus terminal.

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
The hamlet is named for the nearby Lake Louise, which in turn was named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, and the wife of John Campbell, the 9th Duke of Argyll, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.

The hamlet was originally called Laggan, and was a station along the Canadian Pacific Railway route. It was built in 1890.[4] The rail station building was preserved and moved into Heritage Park in Calgary.

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2016 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest’s Best Entries

#1 Jonas Blizzard And The Flatiron Building, New York, United States

#2 Beast, South Dakota, United States

#3 Wherever You Go, I Will Follow You, Japan

#4 Mystic Shed, Finland

#5 Golden Sunrise, Tuscany, Italy

#6 Blizzard In The Mountains, Switzerland

#7 Namibian Desert, Namibia

#8 Family Ties, Japan

#9 Trollstigen, Norway

#10 Terraces Village In The Mist, China

The National Geographic has always been a showcase for the world’s most evocative photography, and its prestigious annual competitions never fail to attract the most talented photographers from around the globe.

The 2016 Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition is no exception, and as you can see from the selection of pictures below, this year’s judges have no easy task in choosing a winner from these amazing entries.

The Grand Prize on offer is a 7-day Polar Bear Safari for two (including airfare) at Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba, Canada. But the real prize of course is simply being named National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year. The competition ends on May 27 so you’ve still got time to enter.


Charming Victorian-style Home - Surrey, BC by ♥ Petersoɳ Photogr@phy
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PLEA Community Services Society of BC Waypoint Program 16590 - 96th Avenue Four-month addiction treatment program for male youth aged 12 to 18 on probation. Participants reside in a PLEA family care home with caregivers trained in detox, stabilization, and support recovery. At a separate facility, they receive day, evening, and weekend treatment, including counselling (individual, group, and family), support groups, parent-teen mediation, ongoing assessment, teacher-supervised education, and social and recreational activities. Referrals accepted from probation officers, parents, social workers, counsellors, or agencies. redbookonline.bc211.ca/service/9508129_9508129/waypoint_p…