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Again with a Sinkhole on the 148

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Jonathan Crowe

In June 2011, heavy rains washed out a portion of Route 148 between Luskville and Quyon, forcing traffic to detour along narrow gravel roads for more than two months. At the time I noted that had the washout occured east of Parker Road rather than west of it, no detour would have been possible: westbound traffic would have had to double back to Gatineau, and eastbound traffic would have had to take the Eardley-Masham Road or the Quyon Ferry.

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Finding Longitude

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Jonathan Crowe

Major map exhibitions are frequently accompanied by lavishly illustrated books: London: A Life in Maps and the Magnificent Maps exhibitions had their eponymous books (London: A Life in Maps and Magnificent Maps), and the Chicago Festival of Maps was accompanied by Maps: Finding Our Place in the World.

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Animal Abuse is Never Okay

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by ModernMilkmaid

I never wanted to write this post. Sadly, I must address the recent undercover video by Mercy for Animals on a British Columbia dairy farm.

As an animal lover, I am disgusted and horrified by abuse or mistreatment of any kind. As a dairy farmer, I am sickened that anyone would hurt cows and calves.

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Academics Review: Selling the Fear of Organic Marketing

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Rob Wallbridge

It’s been a little over four years since I joined Twitter and a year since I started blogging. What I originally considered a way to share information about my farm has evolved into something that feeds my passion for informed discussion and logical debate. The farmers, scientists and bloggers I’ve encountered have radically altered the way I view the world and certain issues, GMOs in particular. Yet every once in a while, I am reminded that to be human is to be subjective, and that bias can lead people to accept flaws in one argument that they would not tolerate in another.

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Review: The Map Thief

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Jonathan Crowe

E. Forbes Smiley III was a well-known and well-connected map dealer, an expert who helped build the Slaughter and Leventhal map collections. Then in 2005 he was caughton videotape — stealing maps from Yale University’s Beinecke Library. Libraries he had frequented scrambled to check their own holdings and found additional maps missing. Smiley, who cooperated with the authorities, would eventually be sentenced to 3½ years for stealing nearly 100 maps from the British, Boston Public, New York Public, Harvard and Yale libraries, among others. The libraries believed he stole many more.

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La reconstruction de l'église Saint-Paul ne fait pas que des heureux

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La reconstruction de l'église Saint-Paul à Aylmer ne fait pas que des heureux.

Dans une lettre envoyée aux médias, le président de la Société de l'histoire de l'Outaouais, Michel Prévost, affirme que bien qu'il s'agisse d'une bonne nouvelle pour la paroisse, ce n'est pas nécessairement le cas au niveau du patrimoine.

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Another Crash on the 148

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Jonathan Crowe

One of Shawville’s pharmacists and his wife were killed in a head-on collision on Route 148 earlier this week. (Yes, he was our pharmacist.) In its coverage, CBC News identifies the portion of Route 148 between Luskville and Quyon as one of five dangerous stretches of highway in the Ottawa area, with nine fatal crashes between 2001 and 2011.

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