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Re: “Dogs and apartments don't mix

Everyone really doesn't understand dogs at all. It's always physical activity they crave, it's mental stimulation. That can be outside sniffing on long walks or taking your dog to the dog park. If you're just going to leave your dog home alone all day without any stimulation during other hours, of course they are going to go ballistic. But if you work with them (not necessarily professional dog training), they can be perfectly happy and not stressed when you're gone. Big dogs are often more like large cats, after less than an hour of activity a day they just want to lay down. So unless you're some sort of animal psychologist/behaviourist, please educate yourself.

P.S. By your own logic kids shouldn't be kept in apartments either ;)

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Posted by Men Aren't Funny on 01/18/2019 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Would you prefer bins or bags for your garbage and recyclables?

Bags for garbage, bins for recycling. I have an interior bin for recycling that I could easily empty into an exterior recycling bin. But if we're going to garbage bins I'm still going to be bagging my interior garbage so that I don't get garbage juices everywhere. It'll just be garbage bags put into the bin.

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Posted by hipp5 on 01/18/2019 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Would you prefer bins or bags for your garbage and recyclables?

Bags, because you know, I'm not keeping a bin of garbage inside my house, nor am I walking out in the snow every winter whenever I have to throw out an old paper towel roll or dishcloth. Like, am I supposed to just drop the garbage in an un-bagged pile in my house on the floor and them sweep it outdoors into the can? With these crazy rules it's no wonder so many people just screw it and put their old trash in the woods or at the side of the highway.

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Posted by Jeff Jeff on 01/17/2019 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Meditations on music, religion and neuroscience

As someone who is only part way through her (grueling!) 1000hr internship towards becoming an accredited music therapist under the Canadian Association of Music Therapy, I hate to say that it irks me to read that someone is conducting "music therapy" without the proper certification. As a body, the community works so hard to be recognized as a viable alternative therapy, and where I am certain that as a musician who has studied neuroscience Sid would make an incredible MTA, but it takes away from the validity of the title we work so hard to get. I hope you see where I'm coming from!

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Posted by Laura Greenwood on 01/17/2019 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Stop butchering the word butcher

Back to the original Bitch... I think we need to treat one another fundamentally with respect, and butchering in other places aside from North America is an actual craft. Like, in Germany, you have to go to school. Like 2 years of study. I was once told by someone from Germany that they would be arrested back home if they did what we do here to meat.

That's messed up.

Facts are facts, though, and the lifestyle of meat-eating is different from the choice to eat/not eat meat. We need to re-naturalize our typical lifestyle. That doesn't happen in a decade, that doesn't even happen in a generation.

I get what the posters are for and all, though it's ironically unsustainable. Your children's children aren't going to see those posters, however they WILL inherit the recipes you create, the culture you build around the dinner table.

The real work is shutting up about it and just doing it quietly because you know it's right. So if eating meat is right for you, fine, and if going vegan is right, then fine. Just please stop dehumanizing each other, because the animals... in my humble opinion... don't need us to save them. They belong to the continuum, they don't have goals or expectations, they just go with it-- not without obvious changes in behavior due to stress and trauma, yet humans have the much more complex issue, typically these days and in this part of the world anyhow-- of having a damaged continuum. If our continuum weren't damaged, we would already know exactly what to eat and how much and when.

I've known plenty of vegans with eating disorders. Just fill your cup before trying to help, folks.

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Posted by Frost Keplar on 01/17/2019 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Fired because of my mental health

Speaking as somebody who's had this exact scenario happen to them... honestly, take that shit in stride. they aren't the type of people you want to work for anyways. karmas a bitch. the employer who did that to me, is now importing workers from out of province. and i can assure you in my feild of work there are people looking for a job. just not with them.

It took me two years to get about 50% of my banked pay back and the headaches werent worth it.

Pick your battles

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Posted by adudewithadog on 01/17/2019 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Forget about commuter rail

Wow! What a narrow minded and poorly presented article and argument - presuming there is an actual argument there. All I read is an opinion piece about one side of a story. Poor reporting technique to say the least. The comment "It may also ease congestion on the highway routes to and from downtown which could promote more traffic" is absurd to say the least. How can it ease congestion while promoting more traffic?!? Seems like a bit of a contradiction. And if congestion is eased, how does that directly relate to "speeding and all of those undesirables." First off, what are those undesirables you write of? Where are your studies of traffic patterns supporting your view? Idiocy and lack of concern for traffic laws promotes speeding, not lack of congestion.
Yes, "Many accustomed to a lifetime of car commuting will not give up door to door convenience", but then again MANY WOULD! And this is the reason for exploring the possibility of a commuter rail system.

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Posted by Ramen Davis on 01/17/2019 at 9:34 AM

Re: “New year, same you

Like diets, purging, cleansing and other assorted short-term fixes will do no one any good. We will fail to keep our New Year's resolutions, grow fat and eat meat. Horrified by the fact that we are human, we will simply grow fatter, eat more meat and die unhappy. Or, we could simply accept the fact that we are what we are, that there is no God and enjoy life. But that's all radical nonsense, right?

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Posted by Agra Phol on 01/17/2019 at 9:13 AM

Re: “High-speed connection

Oversharing only occurs within false friendships. ~ Agra Phol, Philosopher

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Posted by Agra Phol on 01/17/2019 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Meditations on music, religion and neuroscience

We all know of the healing power of music yet it's "garbage science" until "proven". We waste so much time, effort and money on providing empirical evidence... Do you feel better? Yes. Prove it!

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Posted by Agra Phol on 01/17/2019 at 9:04 AM

Re: “The last straw

First off, sorry for your loss. I've lived in both cities (as a 30 something professional) and can say without a doubt in my mind Halifax is a fantastic city with lots to offer. I prefer Halifax over Vancouver for many reasons listed below:
1) The People Are Friendlier
Friendly conversations are easy to have with Haligonians. They are way more approachable. One thing I noticed is that people run into each other all the time. It's a small city so I see this happening all the time and it's about 3 degrees of separation.
2) Cost of Living is Lower
Despite what the first commenter said, rent, gas, auto insurance IS more affordable. Do your research but Downtown Dartmouth is a Gem in terms of a location especially if you don't have a family. HST is 13 percent but you don't notice the difference coming from Van
3) The beer scene is on point
Shout out to Battery Park.
4) Outdoor amenities at your doorstep. (similar experience to Westcoast)
5) Shopping. Anything that Vancouver has, Halifax has it (with exception of top end luxury brands)
6) You actually have a Canadian winter unlike Vancouver. I see this as a pro!

Top Cons
1) Though the food scene is good, Vancouver has Halifax beat.
2) Public transportation is worse. Buy a car.
3) Work can be difficult to find, although if you have a marketable skill it could be easier.
4) Construction everywhere

LIFE IS GOOD in Halifax. If looking to rebuild, I would seriously consider taking the plunge.

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Posted by Tony Insua on 01/17/2019 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Fired because of my mental health

I agree with Agra Phol. Get yourself a lawyer.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 01/17/2019 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Love? Nothing like it

Live and learn, kid. Dissing the ex is pretty pointless at this junction. That was then, this is now.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 01/17/2019 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Dogs and apartments don't mix

Depends on the size of the dog. A small lap dog in an apartment is one thing but keeping a dog the size of a Labrador Retriever in an apartment all day on its own is downright cruel.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 01/17/2019 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Nova Scotia‚Äôs approach to data protection remains stuck in the past

Well said and well written. The issue is like a bedsore that has been ignored and left untreated.

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Posted by Agra Phol on 01/16/2019 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Your Best of Halifax 2018 Readers' Choice Awards winners

They have more than one location.

Posted by Shaaron Cox on 01/16/2019 at 3:26 PM

Re: “The last straw

What a relief to read this person's post and know that I am not alone in both my own experiences and feelings, western Canada is home to some of the nastiest, shallow, superficial, selfish and dysfunctional people anywhere, I myself am only living for the day when I can finally leave Calgary and Alberta once and for all and return to Nova Scotia...

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Posted by QE2Guy01 on 01/15/2019 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Poor proofreaders!?

People can advertise however the hell they want. Grow up. First-world problems, much?

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Posted by Jeff Jeff on 01/15/2019 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Stop butchering the word butcher

@Jeff Rockwell And where exactly are you getting this from? Actually, a lot of the things going to feed livestock, especially chickens, are grain (not seed so much), fillers and... other chickens. I'm not kidding, it's cheaper for factory farms. But I digress. It's not just about soy, which already appears in numerous products, it's that vegans are really no better than meat eaters yet continue to talk down to people as if they're ignorant. There's nothing wrong with sustainably eating meat, and I'd gladly eat that high horse you're riding on, too. I'm more in support of sustainable local farming for meat/vegetables than this constant trendy hype about banning meat and "cows are our equals!" and all that rhetoric. iPhones are a horrible source of pollution. Many consumer electronics are. Shipped overseas and dumped so heavy metals can ruin the water, kill fish, hurt people, and nobody here ever cares - they can feel for a cow being slaughtered but not a kid across the world is being contaminated with our e-waste and garbage. I've yet to see a vegan who didn't go run out any buy the latest cell phone or electronic gizmo even if their old ones worked perfectly fine. I've yet to see a vegan give up their sweatshop-sewn jeans or their cruise vacations or their Apple laptops - like the best of us, they're human like everybody else. The only difference is they go out of their way to make other people feel bad about that. A real pot calling the kettle black situation. I got no beef with vegans (pardon the pun) who just live that lifestyle and don't try to push it onto anybody else, that's cool, no problem there. It's the pushy vegans who are shooting their own movement in the foot, always guilt-tripping and looking for every opportunity to make a ridiculous scene over nothing.

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Posted by Jeff Jeff on 01/15/2019 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Stop butchering the word butcher

Someone disliked my comment...but they sure have nothing to say!

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Posted by Jeff Rockwell on 01/15/2019 at 4:31 PM

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