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Although television is typically reduced to re-runs and a few weak pilots, and easier than usual to avoid through the summer months – not being a baseball fan – this summer will be a little different thanks to the FIFA World Cup in Germany.

For a complete schedule, a look at match-ups, video, articles and game recaps, visit the official site at

Canada didn’t make the cut, again, but since most Canadians are immigrants or the product of immigrants, the interest is always huge.

All 64 games of the tournament will be televised in Canada, with Rogers Sportsnet ( showing 32 games, TSN ( airing 31 games, and CTV ( broadcasting the final match on July 9. Because a lot of the games take place in the evening or late afternoon, Canadians will be able to watch most matches live despite the nine hour time difference for B.C.

If health and environment experts are correct, television might not be that bad an option this summer.

According to Environment Canada the level of UV radiation is expected to be up about four per cent this year over already heightened levels as a result of the diminished ozone layer and some cyclical solar activity. In the right conditions it might only take a few minutes to burn – as I discovered on a recent trip to Costa Rica where even the local Ticos were slapping on 50 SPF sunscreen.

Doctors are recommending the use of sunscreens, minimum 30 SPF, and to avoid being in the sun between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the suns rays are strongest.

Website of the Week – The National Hockey League may have dropped the puck when it came to resolving last year’s strike, but have always done an excellent job covering the sport through the official portal at The writing is excellent, balanced and insightful at times, providing some of the best play-off coverage you’ll find anywhere.

There is also information about coaching and staff changes, team drafts, and links to other hockey playoffs in the AHL, ECHL, UHL, and Memorial Cup.

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