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Video of Auschwitz as a Political Gaffe: A Positive Effect

“The atrocities that happened at Auschwitz were truly despicable, and we must never let history repeat itself in such a way. I have always stood with Israel and all Jewish people, and I always will. We live in a dangerous world, and massive forces of evil do indeed yet exist. We must all stand united against those evils. My Auschwitz video has been removed, and my sincere apology for any unintended pain is extended.”

I have watched the video in question — which is…

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Was I Too Blinded By Hunger to Read This Sign Correctly?

After spending yet another full day driving and stopping at places of interest in the Rocky Mountains in Canada, I was ready to get some sleep at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hinton hotel property — but I had not eaten dinner yet.

In fact, I had basically not eaten much food all day. The incredible scenery and landscape in Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and Yoho National Park tended to have distracted me from most bodily functions.

Yes — that one too.

Anyway…

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Review: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hinton

There are relatively few lodging options within Banff National Park and Jasper National Park which offer the combination of decent accommodations at a reasonably good value — and are also available with vacancies — which is why I bracketed my visit to the Rocky Mountains in Canada with stays at the Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton Calgary — University Northwest and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hinton hotel properties.

I spent one night between those stays with a stay at the Delta Hotels Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, which I found overpriced and underwhelming.

I first walked into the lobby area of the hotel property late at night, which was rather dark. The woman behind the front desk who checked me in was…

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Maligne Lake Was Maligned By Pouring Rain

The skies opened up and poured torrential rain from the black clouds down on Trans-Canada Highway 16 out of Hinton just after I entered Jasper National Park. I still had 84 kilometers to go to get to Maligne Lake; and the extensive road construction exacerbated the drive exponentially.

I finally turned left onto Maligne Lake Road; the rain practically blinding my sight as the windshield wipers furiously slapped the water to the left, slapped the water to the right — and seemingly losing the battle.

Medicine Lake is approximately halfway to Maligne Lake on the 37.8 kilometers of Maligne Lake Road. I stopped and parked the car in the parking area, hoping that the rain would let up.

It…

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Review: Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton Calgary — University Northwest

On my second night in Alberta, I stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton Calgary — University Northwest hotel property, as it was located literally meters north of Trans-Canada Highway 1 in Calgary — where it is not a limited access highway — for fairly easy access to head towards Banff.

Parking for the Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton Calgary — University Northwest is located to the right of the portico for either…

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WestJet: My First Flight

WestJet Airlines Limited — which is better known as simply WestJet — is an airline which is based in Calgary. I have written about WestJet in articles in the past at The Gate primarily because of the creative videos; and I have even poked fun at the Canadian accent of Richard Bartrem, who is the the vice president of marketing communications and community relations at WestJet…

…but I have never flown as a passenger on one of their airplanes — until now…

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Can You Find the Red Chairs in This Photograph?

In honour of Canada Day — yes, honour, as I will even honour how Canadians spell the word honor — I thought I would offer an easy game to play while simultaneously bringing about awareness to what I believe is an interesting program.

Here is the same photograph as the one seen at the top of this article, on which you can click to see an enlarged view…

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Happy Birthday Number 150, Canada!

Saturday, July 1, 2017 marks 150 years since Canada became a confederation on Monday, July 1, 1867 when the British North America Act united what were then the British provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario into the Dominion of Canada; and I simply wanted to wish the neighbor north of the United States a very happy birthday.

Some of the celebrations — as documented from the Twitter site dedicated to the special day — around Canada include…

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