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Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada! October 9, 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

Woke up to a relatively chilly day here in the Ottawa valley (around 11oC, about 51oF), actually weather that’s about normal for this time of year.

I want to wish all my Canadian friends a very good day, and one that is filled with all sorts of reasons for being thankful.

To honour this day, I thought I would just share a bit of Canadian music from Nova Scotia musician Melanie Doane…

To all my Canadian friends and peeps, here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

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Canada Day Trivia July 1, 2017

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In honour and celebration of Canada Day, I thought I would offer some trivia on things Canadian today:

“O Canada” was commissioned by Théodore Robitalle, the Lieutenant Governor of Québec, for Saint Jean Baptiste Day in 1880. While it has been sung since 1880, it wasn’t proclaimed Canada’s National Anthem until 1980.

The Canadian Flag was inaugurated on February 15th, 1965 at an official ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Queen Victoria selected Ottawa as the capital of Canada, then a province, in 1857.

Canada is a name derived from the Iroquois word “kanata”, meaning a “village” or “settlement”.

There are three oceans that touch Canada – the Atlantic on the east, the Pacific on the west, and the Arctic to the north.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was included in the Constitution Act in 1982. Unlike the majority of democratic countries whose basic law derives from one document, Canada’s basic law derives not only from a set of documents known as Constitution Acts, but also a set of unwritten laws and conventions.

The name of the highest mountain in Canada is Mount Logan. However, having said that, on October 4, 2000, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien announced that Mount Logan would be renamed Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau. After a public outcry against the idea, it was decided to keep the name Mount Logan. Sir William Edmond Logan was one of Canada’s greatest surveyors and scientists. Without getting political here, for many people the issue was not so much whether or not Trudeau deserved it, but more the importance of retaining the history of Canada which is too often forgotten.

Happy Canada Day! July 1, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Canada!! 🙂

Today is Canada Day. I want to wish all my Canadian LJ friends a very happy, very safe, Canada Day. Go out there and celebrate our country, the fact that we are unique and diverse, but the fact that we are stronger together than apart. Just remember to play safe! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Canada. 🙂

Remembering Vimy Ridge Today April 9, 2017

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Today is the 100th anniversary since the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

This battle is one of the most famous of the First World War, and is of special significance to Canadians. As the 100th anniversary since the battle, the ceremonies to be held in Canada as well as at the Vimy Monument in France will be unique today.

Here’s honouring the Canadian soldiers who died at Vimy Ridge on this day (and the days surrounding it) back on April 9th (to the 12th), 1917.
in 9 to 12 April 1917. They served their country well, and paid the ultimate price. It is only fair, right that we acknowledge them today on this anniversary.

Remembrance Day November 11, 2016

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Today is Remembrance Day.

On this particular Remembrance Day, it seems doubly important to remember and give witness after some of the events here in Canada and abroad recently.

I just want to say *THANK YOU* to those who serve. And I want to thank those who served and died for our country and for the cause of peace all these years.

REMEMBER THEM.

‘Nuff said.

Aftermath of the U.S. Election November 9, 2016

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I woke up this morning to hear the news of who won the U.S. Presidency. (That’s not to say that I didn’t see this coming last night when I turned off the TV and went to bed.)

I was quite shocked by what was going on last night in the U.S. election, so that’s not part of the morning feelings on having the news confirmed. What I am right now is…scared. I’m scared for myself, sure, but I’m also really scared for my country and what that man intends to do about Canada-U.S. relations (among other things), the economy (which appears to be tanking this morning), but also for all the people down in the United States of America who are in for a load of Trouble because of the outcome of this election.

I’m worried for all of us, for all of you, but for now… We just have to carry on, because as the saying goes, “Life goes on.”

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada! October 10, 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

I woke up to a very chilly morning here in the Ottawa valley (it’s about 2oC, some 35oF now), but that’s to be expected at this time of year. I want to wish all my Canadian friends a very good day, and one that is filled with all sorts of reasons for being thankful.

To honour this day, I thought I would just share a bit of Canadian music from Nova Scotia musician Melanie Doane…

To all my Canadian friends and peeps, here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs of Canada September 21, 2016

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Over on the Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs blog site, there’s a neat piece today on vintage dinosaur art from Canada.

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs of Canada