Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Goodbye England" Laura Marling

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Fort McMurray mother trying to kill bed bugs poisoned her children: fire department

Infant dead, four other children in critical condition after possible pesticide poisoning
By Otiena Ellwand and Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal

A pesticide used in a unit in this apartment building killed an infant and left several other children in critical condition.

Photograph by: Bradley Karp , MyMcMurray.com

A mother trying to kill bed bugs in her Fort McMurray apartment used an imported pesticide that fatally poisoned her infant and left her other children critically ill.
The substance used in the apartment was a pellet form of phosphine, an agricultural pesticide that is strictly controlled in Canada and requires special training to use.
When exposed to the air, the pellets react with moisture and release phosphine gas, said James Kehrer, a toxicologist at the University of Alberta. As a gas, it’s often used to fumigate large batches of grain.
“It will kill the bed bugs, but it’s nasty stuff,” said Kehrer. “Children are more susceptible to these things ... It should only be used by a professional.”
The pellets were mainly spread around one bedroom, but fire crews detected the substance throughout the unit, said Brad Grainger, deputy chief of operations for the Fort McMurray fire department.
“It’s airborne, but it’s low to the ground,” he said. “You can imagine children crawling on the ground.”...Continue reading...
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SASKATOON – Bed bugs. Just the thought of them makes your skin crawl and according to local pest control experts, they’re becoming more prevalent.
“Bed bugs are simply a hitchhiker and you’ll pick up bed bugs in many, many different places,” said Murray Davison, branch manager for Poulin’s Professional Pest Control Services.
“They’re making a come-back because of international travel,you know lots of people traveling to different destinations around the world and they’re just bringing them back.”
Surviving up to a year without a blood meal, bed bugs can live in walls and transfer in between apartments.
“They’re quite happy to live in the top third of your bed, in your headboard, in your night stand that kinda stuff and as long as there’s a blood meal there every night, you know you’re sleeping in there and they’ll come and feed on you.” explained Davison.
Serina McKeen, a young mother of one, says she’s packing up after getting fed-up with a bug infestation in her apartment complex on Avenue O South.
“It’s not a safe place for my kid.”...Continue reading...

Highlights from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

© Ramil Gilvanov/Rimma Gilvanova, Russia, Shortlist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Photos here

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Reason To Cry" by Lucinda Williams

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Jennifer Jones wins tight Scotties final over Val Sweeting

By , Toronto Sun

MOOSE JAW, SASK. - As tears streamed down her face, Saskatchewan skip Stefanie Lawton battled hard just to answer the questions from the media.
This was no throwaway bronze medal game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. After nine days playing in front of passionate, partisan crowds at Mosaic Place, Lawton wanted nothing more than to take that elusive step up to the podium right here at home.
However, it was not meant to be. Lawton finished fourth for the fourth time in as many appearances after a 7-5 loss to two-time defending champion Rachel Homan's Team Canada on Sunday.
"We wanted to play a good game out there and give the crowd something to cheer about," Lawton said. "They were pretty quiet today because we just weren't making the shots we had been all weekend."
No matter, Saskatchewan was the feel-good story of this event, overcoming plenty of hurdles en route to a very respectable finish...Continue reading...
Related: Regina curling fan meets her idol Jennifer Jones. Video
                                              Team Jennifer Jones sticking together for another run at the Olympics

Monday, February 16, 2015

Coldplay "See You Soon"

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A couple of gifs (laugh or call 911)


Canada confirms new case of mad cow disease, cattle prices rise

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Cows graze in a pasture in the southern Alberta foothills near Dog Pound in this file photo taken on March 2, 2005.
Credit: Reuters/Patrick Price

(Reuters) - Canada confirmed its first case of mad cow disease since 2011 on Friday, but said the discovery should not hit a beef export sector worth C$2 billion ($1.6 billion) a year.
The news, however, helped boost U.S. cattle prices.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said no part of the animal, a beef cow from Alberta, had reached the human food or animal feed systems.
Mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is a progressive, fatal neurological disease. It is thought that the disease can be transmitted to people from food made from cows sick with BSE.
"The CFIA is seeking to confirm the age of the animal, its history and how it became infected. The investigation will focus in on the feed supplied to this animal during the first year of its life," the agency said...Continue reading...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

"Please Don't Tell My Daddy" The Inspirations

http://www.theinspirations.com/Inspirations.htm

Canadian Jihad - What radical imams are preaching in Canadian mosques.

[image] Canadian Jihad: Canadians believe in freedom of speech and freedom of religion. But when Muslim leaders preach violence against women, gays and non-Muslim “infidels”, and even support violent jihad and the creation of an Islamic state, our police and security services have a duty to investigate to see if Canadian laws are being broken...Canadian Jihad

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sun News shut down

By: The Canadian Press

Sun News Network shuts down after buyer fails to materialize

The Sun News Network went off the air Friday morning after negotiations to sell the troubled television channel were unsuccessful.
No on-air announcement was made as the screen went dark and was replaced moments later with the Sun TV logo.
The closure of the conservative-angled news channel follows months of uncertainty surrounding its fate, after Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced plans to purchase the Sun Media newspapers and websites from Quebecor for $316 million.
The Sun News channel was not included in the deal, which sparked outsiders to suggest the network could fold after years of struggling in the ratings.
In a news release to coincide with the early-morning shutdown, Sun Media Corp. said it spent months actively seeking a potential buyer.
But it said “no party capable of taking over the channel was found” and that in view of the financial losses “there was no alternative to closing Sun News.”
“This is an unfortunate outcome; shutting down Sun News was certainly not our goal,” said Julie Tremblay, president and CEO of Media Group and Sun Media Corporation.
“Over the past four years, we tried everything we could to achieve sufficient market penetration to generate the profits needed to operate a national news channel. Sadly, the numerous obstacles to carriage that we encountered spelled the end of this venture.”
Adding further questions about the future of the network was a short-term agreement with Postmedia which allowed Sun News to licence the rights for its existing logo for only a year before Postmedia required the broadcaster to distance itself from the brand.
“The closure is regrettable for the Canadian broadcasting system, which is losing a distinctively Canadian voice in the national news space,” said Tremblay.
“We thank all employees for their daily efforts and the talent they have contributed to the channel. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”...Read more...
Its A Heartache_The Greatest Hits by Bonnie Tyler on Grooveshark

Canadian wins Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year

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Josiah Launstein (Photo: John Launstein)             
It’s been a busy few weeks for 10-year-old Josiah Launstein of Pincher Creek Alberta, as he was recently named Outdoor Photography Magazine's 2014 Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year based on his incredible photo of two Bighorn rams sparring in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. His winning entry was selected from over 10 000 images submitted to the international competition as the best among photographers aged 18 years or younger. Josiah and his father John recently took time away from snapping internationally renowned nature photos to speak with Canadian Geographic about his achievement...Continue reading...
 Josiah's winning photo. (Photo: Josiah Launstein)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Bibi the Goat’s Surprising Reaction After Being Kissed by a Horse

by | Epoch Times Bibi the goat loves to roam the Virginie Bourdes’ horse riding school. When Bibi approaches the horse, greets him with a kiss—and in return, Bibi stands on his hind legs and gently bumps the horse with his head. This silly goat might be a bit confused—he probably doesn’t realize that he’s a goat and not a human.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Song of the South "Everybody's Got A Laughin' Place"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMAGS4_7huQ

Cult of climate change at it again

Where the hell is Al Gore? Why isn’t he out there, holding a press conference to explain this latest inconvenient truth?
So here we are, reeling from another blizzard, the greatest storm of the century to hit Massachusetts since way back in 2013, and guess what?
The global-warming cultists are blaming it on, what else, global warming. Excuse me, climate change.
Here’s the headline yesterday in one of the U.K.’s leading moonbat broadsheets:
“Climate change responsible for super-charging winter storms, scientists say.”
Homer Simpson used to say, “Donuts! Is there anything they can’t do?”
Listen Homer, donuts got nothing on global warming, er climate change. It causes blizzards … and heat waves. Floods … and droughts. That’s why 1,700 billionaires had to fly to Davos this week to huddle over how to cut down on the carbon footprint — your carbon footprint, not theirs.
Here is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2008: “Anemic winters … snow is so scarce today.”
Hey Bobby, shovel this!
Another true believer named Porter Fox wrote an interminable op-ed piece for The New York Times less than a year ago under the headline, “The End of Snow?”
Can we lose the question mark? The answer is no. Believe it or not, this guy wrote “a book on the future of snow.”
It’s got a great future, snow, at least until the spring. But shhhh, don’t tell Porter Fox. You know what they say: If you believe in nothing, you’ll fall for anything.
“I was floored,” he wrote, “by how much snow had already disappeared from the planet.”
Now if it would only disappear from my driveway.
At the State House, the office of state Sen. Mike Barrett, Moonbat-Lexington, sent out an email late Monday announcing the postponement of a legislative briefing Tuesday on a bill, “An Act combating climate change.”
In other words, an outbreak of global warming hysteria was canceled due to a blizzard.
It’s a cult, a failed cult. MIT professor Richard Lindzen told me last week: “As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, ‘Oh, we were wrong,’ they get more and more fanatical … Think about it, you’ve led an unpleasant life, you have led a very virtuous life. But now you’re told, you get absolution if you watch your carbon footprint. It’s salvation!”
It’s like the Middle Ages. These trust-funded loons are buying indulgences. And their epiphany occurred on the road not to Damascus, but to Davos.
Let’s close with one more apocalyptic report from noted snowologist Porter Fox on what happens when the white stuff disappears:
“What follows is a dangerous chain reaction of catastrophes like forest fires, drought, mountain pine beetle infestations, degraded river habitat, loss of hydroelectric power, dried-up aquifers and shifting weather patterns.”
The warmologists call it the apocalypse, the rest of us call it spring.http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2015/01/carr_cult_of_climate_change_at_it_again

Related: A complete list of things caused by global warming.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones "Long Time Gone"

Billie Joe& Norah

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Tuesday 27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Six survivors, some of whom will be returning to the site for the last time, tell Kate Connolly their stories                                                                                                                                                                                              Kate Connolly

  • The Guardian

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    A doctor escorts a group of Auschwitz survivors from the camp in January 1945. Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images

    Irene Fogel Weiss, born in 1930 in Bótrágy, Czechoslovakia, now Batrad, Ukraine. She lives in Virginia, US. She will be returning to Auschwitz for the third time, as part of the US presidential delegation, along with her daughter, Lesley Weiss

    We lived in Bótrágy, a very small, mostly poor town in Czechoslovakia with a population of approximately 1,000 mainly farming families, including about 10 Jewish families. The town was a typical low-income community with a tailor, a shoemaker, a grocery store, where people struggled to get by, but where everyone knew each other and there was easy communication between the neighbours, though that didn’t mean we were equal.
    When I was eight years old Czechoslovakia broke apart and we became part of Hungary. That was when our problems started, because the Hungarians were allied with the Nazis. It was a difficult time for Jewish families, as suddenly the law no longer protected us and overnight we lost our civil rights. My father’s lumber business was confiscated and given to a non-Jew, and we received no compensation. Jewish children were thrown out of Hungarian schools, so right away we had no choice but to concentrate on hunkering down and trying not to bring attention to ourselves. We couldn’t ride the trains and we had to wear the yellow star. It was a free for all. With no law to protect us, it was common for Jews to get beaten up or thrown off the train...Continue reading...

Woman makes bucket list for dying dog


When Lauren Fern was told last summer that her pet pooch Gizelle was dying of bone cancer, she decided to savour every moment she had left with her beloved dog and create a bucket list.

First up on that list, Lauren took her four-legged friend canoeing. While this may seem like a random activity for a dog, Lauren had very heartfelt reasons for choosing it.

"Gizelle and I always used to watch The Little Mermaid together, and a favourite scene was the one where Ariel is chauffeured in a row boat by Prince Eric," she revealed.

Next up, Lauren and Gizelle spent some time together in New York's Times Square. Again, New York has a special significance to the close pair as when Lauren moved to the city from her small hometown in Tennessee, Gizelle was right by her side, helping her set up home.

"Together Gizelle and I had been through college, boyfriends, our early 20s, and a move from simple Tennessee to big and scary New York City," Lauren wrote in a moving blog post...Continue reading...
© Instagram/ Lauren Fern Gizelle enjoy ing rare peaceful moment in New York Times Square
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40 Best Wildlife Photography Examples

Wildlife Photography, probably the most adventurous photography genre in the whole world. Actually wildlife photography is not that easy as it look like. In fact, a wildlife photographer has to spend most of his time in a year searching for some amazing shots in the jungles and wildlife. Most of their life passes out in wildlife looking for some amazing frames to capture. The most important fact is that wildlife photography is an awkward genre in that sense because you can’t do this if you only have a big knowledge of photography. Side by side you have to acquire knowledge about the wildlife, geographical studies, environmental studies and a lot more things. Even you will have study the animal psychology to become a good wildlife photographer...Continue reading, 40 Best Wildlife Photos.

The Singing Policeman

By Carmine Starnino                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Constable Kevin Gibson wants to use music to prevent street violence. 

Four nights a week, Wanda Kent drives east, across Winnipeg’s Red River and down a long cul-de-sac to a dilapidated, grey stucco building. “On my first visit,” says the single, unemployed mother of five, “I thought I had the wrong address.” Inside the softly lit East End Cultural and Leisure Centre, however, is plush carpeting and a stage, as well as a soundproof recording studio. Keyboards and a range of guitars line the walls. There’s even a piano used by performers at the 2014 Juno Awards.
Kent has been bringing her 12-year-old twin girls here for two years. It’s a chance to escape the North End, an area afflicted with the highest rates of reported muggings and assaults in the city, and where Kent is often afraid to let her children play outside. Tonight, a volunteer lines up Chelsea and Cassie, both dressed in jeans and black tops, with 20 other children, many new arrivals from Sudan and Rwanda. Soon the group is harmonizing along with Serena Ryder’s hit song “Stompa.”...http://www.readersdigest.ca/magazine/true-stories/singing-policeman/                                                                                                                                                          Serena Ryder

ISIS spokesman calls for more Ottawa-style attacks in Canada, warning ‘what lies ahead will be worse’


An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on July 8, 2012, shows a man identified as Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). AFP / Getty Images
The ISIS spokesman renewed his calls for terrorist attacks in Canada on Monday in a fiery speech that referred to the Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill and warned that “what lies ahead will be worse — with Allah’s permission.”...Continue reading...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Heartwarming picture shows lioness HUGGING man who saved her life

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Strong bond: Sirga embraces Val, who cared for her when she was abandoned
With what seems to be a huge smile on her face, a lioness hugs the man who saved her in this amazing moment captured on camera.
The story of Sirga and conservationist Valentin Gruener was one of the biggest viral hits of 2014, with a video of the beautiful beast leaping into his arms viewed almost 10 million times on YouTube.
Their unlikely friendship began when cub Sirga was driven out of her pride, and faced certain death alone on the plains...Read more...

Foody Garden Towers And The Future Of Urban Gardening

With over half of the world’s 7 billion people residing in urban settings, food consumption and waste has reached an all-time high. And while the accelerated rate at which the population continues to grow is alarming, the more troublesome fact remains our misuse of resources. Essentially, less is being grown resourcefully, while more is being consumed. Vertical farm owner, James Cannon, highlights the extent to which urban dwellings have contributed to the current consumption issues by explaining:
If cities produced just ten percent of the ground crops they currently consume, by employing sustainable indoor vertical farms and greenhouses to do so, then nearly half of the damaged portion of the Brazilian rainforest could theoretically be restored (340,000 square miles worth) and a significant amount of carbon would be sequestered as the result.
By just producing 10% of what they consume, cities could amazingly eliminate a huge portion of their carbon footprint...Continue reading...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I started taking my camera to work. Update


Lumpy, sweetest owl you'll ever meet. (Great Grey)... Someone told me you guys might like my pictures from work. There are over 150 birds at the center so I picked out just a few of my favorites. It's hard work, sometimes dangerous but at the end of the day it's worth it. Here's an assortment of owls, eagles, hawks and vultures...Photos here...

Jim Croce "Bad Bad Leroy Brown"

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Hippo charges at boat full of tourists - USA TODAY

USA Today Network Jessica Durando: Some tourists on an African safari boat got both a good scare and a great photo when a hippo charges the boat at high speed. Jen Markham (@jenmarkham) has the amazing video. Newslookhttp://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/01/16/hippo-charges-boat-botswana-pangolin-photo-safari/21872115/

Saskatoon embraces Clinton

By Phil Tank, The StarPhoenix:
Huma and Aftab Ahmad appreciated what high-profile American politician Hillary Clinton said Monday about battling global terrorism.
Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State who is widely expected to seek the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election, spoke about several global issues in front of a receptive capacity crowd at TCU Place Wednesday night.
Clinton called the war on terror a contest of ideas and stressed that extremists should not be confused with moderate Muslims.
She remarked on the story of a moderate Muslim who helped defend Jewish people during the recent Paris attacks.
“Those are the stories that can inspire all the moderate Muslims and everyone as well,” Huma said.
“We’re proud Canadians, but at the same time we’re also very moderate Muslims,” Aftab added. “I think she did a good job.”
Clinton referred in her speech to Islamic terrorism.
“ I think we should be cautious about using the term Islamic terrorism,” Huma said...Continue reading...

Revealed: Saudi Arabia's 'Great Wall' to keep out Isil

By , Middle East Correspondent:
When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost.
The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest profile effort by Saudi Arabia to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours.
The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” - a combined fence and ditch - to separates the country from Iraq to the north.
Much of the area on the Iraqi side is now controlled by Isil, which regards the ultimate capture of Saudi Arabia, home to the “Two Holy Mosques” of Mecca and Medina, as a key goal.
The proposal had been discussed since 2006, at the height of the Iraqi civil war, but work began in September last year after Isil’s charge through much of the west and north of the country gave it a substantial land border with the Kingdom to the south...Continue reading...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Drone Photos Taken of Botswana’s Wildlife Will Take Your Breath Away!

It is no secret that we think that the natural world is made 100 times more breath taking thanks to the presence of wildlife. Healthy animals populations are a clear sign that an ecosystem is thriving … and really, what’s more beautiful than that?
Photographer Paul Souders understands our love for wildlife completely. Souders has worked as an award-winning wildlife photographer for over 30 years and his work is nothing short of remarkable...http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/these-drone-photos-taken-of-botswanas-wildlife-will-take-your-breath-away/

UFO reports declassified: 130,000 pages of declassified UFO records now online

eCanadaNow, staff: NEW YORK – Recently the files of Project Blue Book, a once secret United States Air Force project that sought to carefully document reported sightings of unidentified flying objects, were made public and declassified for the first time in decades. Project Blue Book was launched in 1947 and was over by late 1969, after amassing over 130,000 documents on some 12,618 alleged UFO sightings by military members and civilians.
The Air Force project was based out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and ran from 1947 to 1969. Through the project, the Air Force amassed a total of 12,618 recorded sightings. Out of that total, 701 incidents remain “unidentified.” A University of Colorado report called the “Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects” found that “there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as ‘unidentified’ are extraterrestrial vehicles,” according to a 1985 Air Force fact sheet. Project Blue Book officially ended on Dec. 17, 1969.
Military Times reports:Continue reading...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass '

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Pet of the Week: Moe

Brenda Wilson with Texas Humane Heroes, and she's brought along Moe today.Moe is a seven-month-old domestic shorthair mix. KVUE

Islam, and the Tail of a Scorpion

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By Douglas V. Gibbs 

Islam does not apologize, does not assimilate, and does not accept any other law than Muslim law.  Their goal is absolute domination.  Anything or anyone that says otherwise is either lying, or have been fooled into believing lies.
Freedom of Speech, according to Muslims, according to the socialists, and according to the liberal left appeasers, must be curbed.  You are allowed to say whatever you want, as long as it fits into the little bubble of allowed speech the rulers and terrorists tell you that you can say.  Everything else is unacceptable, because it might make the aggressors angry.
The Islamic terror attacks in Paris, specifically when Charlie Hebdo was targeted, was about quelling free speech, and after free speech has been horrifically attacked, the response has been, “Be careful what you say.  We don’t want to make the peaceful people of the religion of peace angry.”
That would be like being in a fist fight because the other guy ran up to you and just started beating on you, and everyone watching the altercation screaming, “That’s what you get for making him mad!”
Pope Francis went so far as to say, “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others… there is a limit.”
Christians are constantly being bombarded by attacks, insults, and poking by leftist secularists making fun of faith in Jesus Christ. . . but the last time I checked, nobody is worried about Christian terrorists strapping bombs on their bodies, or slaughtering thousands of innocent people, for daring to insult Christianity...Continue reading...

Ezra Levant ordered to pay $80,000 in libel suit

By Joseph Brean, Postmedia News: In his blogging about Canada's hate speech laws, rightwing personality Ezra Levant defamed a young law student as a serial liar, a bigot and a Jew-hating "illiberal Islamic fascist," bent on destroying Canada's tradition of free expression, a judge has found.
For these unfair, false and "extremely serious" written comments, which were motivated by "ill will," and showed a "reckless disregard for the truth," Levant must pay Khurrum Awan $80,000, Judge Wendy Matheson of Ontario Superior Court ruled Thursday.
Awan is now a lawyer in Saskatchewan, but in 2007 he was the public face of a campaign to protest the representation of Muslims in Maclean's magazine. This led to three failed human rights complaints and spurred Canada's first online culture war over the hate speech section of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The judge rejected the argument of Iain MacKinnon, Levant's lawyer, that readers of his blog would not take his comments "at face value" because they would be "well aware of Mr. Levant's penchant to stir controversy and make outlandish comments."
She ordered Levant to remove the posts from his website within 15 days - they have been posted there for years - and pay Awan $50,000 in general damages plus $30,000 in aggravated damages.
"Mr. Awan is very pleased with the decision and is grateful that at long last he has been vindicated," said his lawyer, Brian Shiller.
Levant called the ruling "very troubling" and said he felt compelled to appeal. "This is a shocking case of libel chill that should concern any Canadian who is worried about radical Islam, and the right to call out anti-Semitism in the public square," he said.