Not Everyone Loves Marineland. – Marineland Opening Day Demo – May 18th.

Over a 1000 people joined in on the Marineland Opening Demo organized by Marineland Animal Defense this weekend. It felt like a pretty awesome show of solidarity with dozens of whistleblowers facing lawsuits, the captive marine and other animal life locked up in the jail/”amusement” park, as well as the community at large (please see GoHomeless.ca,) in addition to the various SLAPP suits (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) they’ve thrown at organizers and the media and anyone else they don’t like (or threatened with lawsuits – even the OSPCA).

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CN Tower Climb for the WWF – Complete!

Every year, a few times a year, people have the opportunity to climb or race the 1776 steps to the top of the CN Tower. On Saturday, it was finally my turn to do it. I managed to raise just under $500 for the WWF (though, feel free to add more!) and climbed to the very top with surprisingly little grumbling. I arrived at around 8:30, the tower and surrounding area were full of people and bustling with energy. Some people had already finished the climb (registration started at 6am!) as I was arriving, and it got me wondering if anyone ever did it more than once in a day (perhaps next year will be the year to find out and do it myself?)

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Blood Donation Failure and Success.

Yesterday I walked over to the 66 College Street Canadian Blood Services clinic with the intention of donating a pint of my blood. However, this is the sign that greeted me (p.s. Yesterday was Monday): Oh well. Write off. No donations on Mondays, okay! And sure, I would have known this, if I had made an appointment… but making appointments is counter to how I like to do most things. On the plus side, trying to check in on Foursquare showed me all the other Canadian Blood Services locations in the city (crowdsourcing for the win!) and I realized there was one much closer to me (at University and King). So I decided when I woke up this morning to try again at one of the other locations. My last donation was (according to my card) on July 12, 2010, which means that it hasn’t been more than a year since my last donation (Which I didn’t realize). This one went really well and I asked about plasma and platelets. Oddly enough, they don’t accept platelet donations from women that have had a history of pregnancy, abortion or miscarriage (I don’t have a history of any of those, so I would be a standard donor.) The phlebotomist that took my blood didn’t elaborate (either she didn’t know the details, or didn’t think I would understand them), so I did a search for issues with female platelet donation and found out about transfusion-related acute lung injury (or TRALI.) Canadian Blood Services…

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