Nora Loreto is a writer and activist who lives in Quebec City. January is a difficult month in Quebec City. The bitter winter is at full force, and it will linger well into April. But as the month nears its end, the city’s Winter Carnival takes over some of the streets. Bonhomme smiles upon us from shop windows and houses. He reminds us that it’s going to be okay; we can have fun amid such isolating cold. At city hall, flags that feature Bonhomme Carnaval are already hung.
My mother is in her seventies and lives alone on Prince Edward Island, most of the way across the country from me and my kids. Years ago we bought her a computer, mostly for playing bridge, and then, more recently, an iPad. I don’t remember ever telling her about Facebook, but one day there it was: a friend request from Mom. Facebook makes up about 90 percent of what she thinks of as the web and, for her, it’s the perfect platform.
By signing up you agree to receive email about events, articles, offers, and the Walrus Foundation’s impact in your community. You can unsubscribe at any time. Finance Minister Bill Morneau comes out to talk to reporters during a Liberal caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C. The Canadian Press /Darryl DyckBill Morneau is an easy guy to distrust. Hell, I suspect it’s easy to just plain hate him, no matter your political leanings. He’s rich. Too rich, even.
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Selecting a term
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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