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Who in the world is talking about Halifax (Apr.17/07)

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An oddly cool day on the web for Metro, as the city is linked to a painful skateboard fall that goes prime time tonight, and preparations continue for the world lacrosse championships. But don't worry, all's not big and extreme on the east coast, as a couple travel mentions make clear. Full links for these stories — and cringe-inducing video — below.

BOARD TO TEARS
from Brooks (Alberta)
The entertainment section of The Brooks Bulletin is shilling for Scarred, a show that premieres tonight on MTV Canada. The story's local connection: One of the painful accidents being showcased on Scarred happened to South Shore skateboarder Bruce Treby, and a Halifax academic weighs in to talk about why it's OK for TV shows to celebrate people tricks.

Treby says those types of programs haven't influenced his risk-taking, and he doesn't think "Scarred" will lead to scores of people ignoring the obligatory warning not to try the stunts at home.

"I've seen them before, I've seen 'Jackass,' but it wasn't something I wanted to inflict on myself," he says with a laugh. "Most of the guys that do this, they understand the risks and what can happen. I knew what could happen to me if I fell."

Michael Ungar, who teaches social work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, says young people participating in dangerous activities is not a new phenomenon.

"Before we condemn this, I think parents should think back to what they were doing at that age," says Ungar, author of "Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive."

"Yeah, we didn't post our foibles on the Internet or on television, but think back. How many of us were jumping off 30-foot cliffs into the ocean or driving motorbikes or riding (all-terrain vehicles) - you can go on."

Ungar argues that sheltering children and youth from socially acceptable risks leaves them unable to properly assess risk. (full story here)

Ungar is doubtless right, but does that make Treby's wipeout any easier to watch? I dare you to find out by watching it here:

TEAM CANADA'S US CONNECTIONS
from Denver via cyberspace
The lacrosse team that will represent Canada at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships — starting May 14 in Halifax — is stocked with pros based in Colorado. The "independent and minor league sports news" site OurSportsCentral has a story out of Denver naming five players and the coach who are coming to Team Canada from the Colorado Mammoth.

Forwards Dan Carey and Gavin Prout, transition player Nenad Gajic, defenseman John Gallant, and goaltender Gee Nash were named to the list of elite National Lacrosse League players representing Team Canada.

Mammoth coach Gary Gait will coach Team Canada as it tries to defend the gold medal it won at 2003 championship, and Mammoth general manager Steve Govett, who is serving in the same role for Team Canada, said he is excited about the group that's been assembled.

"It's a very talented and athletic team," Govett said. "All of these guys are leaders on their NLL teams and I think we'll see them play a very exciting and well-rounded brand of lacrosse in Halifax." (full story here)

Hopefully coming from the oxygen-deprived Mile High City to Sealevelville will give the players that extra little something needed to beat the shit out of their opponents and score lots of goals. Go team!

HOMEWARD BOUND
from Haarlemm (Netherlands)
A blogger at Expatica (you might not be shocked to hear it's a site for the English-speaking expatriate community) will be leaving her home base of Belgium to take a quick trip to her actual hometown. That town is none other than — wait for it — Halifax. Alison Cornford-Matheson prepares for the visit with an Expatica piece that details why she is, and isn't, stoked about it:

We hadn’t planned to go home this month. In fact, we’re planning a three week vacation to visit friends and family back home in July. April was supposed to be a relatively quiet month. But, as is often the case, Andrew’s work had other plans for us. So, because Andrew is required in his Halifax office for a week, we decided I would tag along and we would extend the trip by another week.

It’s not an ideal time to be going home for a lot of reasons.

Spring hasn’t sprung yet in Nova Scotia and after spending the past long weekend lounging on my deck in the sun, I’m not looking forward to the single digit temperatures Halifax is experiencing. I’ll have to dig out the sweaters and heavy jackets I had optimistically packed away. (full story here)

On the plus side, she's "looking forward to seeing my old home with new eyes" and buying cold medicine at Shopper's Drug Mart. You don't know what you've got until it's gone.

A BOAT TIME
from an unspecified location in Greece
These stories about travel in scenic Atlantic Canada are probably going to come fast and furious when the tourism season actually starts, and I'm already tired of them. But the TravelDailyNews site is based somewhere in Greece, so a Halifax mention there still gets special Burning Ears attention. Anyway, according to TravelDaily, the east coast is becoming even more popular with cruise ships:

In 2008, Pearl Seas Cruises, a division of American Cruise Lines, will home port a new 165-passenger ship in Halifax built right in this historic ship-building port – one of the world’s largest natural harbors. From July to October, 2008 the line will offer 12 departures for a seven-night itinerary. (full story here)
There's just one thing I don't understand: Why doesn't the Titanic connection scare today's cruisers away from Halifax?

I'm looking for tips, as in stories, not icebergs. Send links here.

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