Red, White & Canadian

Rick Hansen – A Man in Motion
[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

Rick Hansen – A Man in Motion

A multiple medal winner for Canada – over the course of two Paralympic Games – Richard Marvin “Rick” Hansen’s fame comes more from his Man in Motion World Tour that began and ended in Vancouver between 1985 and 1987. He raised an incredible $26 million dollars for spinal cord research, and like his fellow British […]

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Justin Bieber
[ 0 ] June 4, 2014 |

Justin Bieber

  “Rather than the rise-to-fame narrative of his first concert movie, 2011′s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, it amounts to damage control by way of distraction.” Marc Hirsh, Boston Globe The movie Mr. Hirsh is talking about, Bieber’s second cinematic adventure, is Believe. Based on early box office showings—somewhere around $4.5 million in its first five […]

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Jim Flaherty (December 30, 1949 – April 10, 2014)
[ 0 ] May 21, 2014 |

Jim Flaherty (December 30, 1949 – April 10, 2014)

In a related Canadiana Connection article – Canadian Federal Budget – we discussed how every February or March the Government of Canada presents its new Federal budget. We began that article with an important nod to Jim Flaherty, our former Federal Finance Minister. We felt Canadians would miss Flaherty’s expert guidance of the country’s finances; […]

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True North

Saint John, New Brunswick
[ 0 ] September 24, 2014 |

Saint John, New Brunswick

The second-largest city in Canada’s Maritime Provinces, Saint John is the largest city in New Brunswick. The latest census, taken in 2011, showed the population of this lovely centre at just over 70,000; the metropolitan area’s population is approximately 130,000. Known by many nicknames – Fundy City and Loyalist City are but two – Saint […]

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Road Trip Diary: Lake Louise, Banff
[ 0 ] September 3, 2014 |

Road Trip Diary: Lake Louise, Banff

Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta is probably one of the most chosen scenes to represent the Canadian Rockies.  On one end of the deep blue-green lake is a view of the Victoria Glacier amid mountain peaks, and at the other end, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  The Chateau was originally a much smaller cabin when […]

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Québec City – Old World Charm
[ 0 ] August 6, 2014 |

Québec City – Old World Charm

You have the answer. The question is: “What is one of the most beautiful, charming, and magical cities in Canada?” Next to Montreal, Québec City is the second largest city in the province of Québec, with the 2011 Census indicating the population of the city proper at just over 516,000 and of the metropolitan area […]

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Patriotic Patter

Family Day in Canada
[ 7 ] January 23, 2013 |

Family Day in Canada

The second Monday in February in B.C.–the third Monday in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan—the wonderful tradition of Family Day comes around. Family Day is observed to celebrate “the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.” Family Day was first held in Alberta, in 1990, followed by Saskatchewan, and then Ontario. In […]

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The Canadian Railway Story – Part II
[ 0 ] September 26, 2012 |

The Canadian Railway Story – Part II

“Laying down track and building the bridges Bending our old backs til the railroad is done.” Gordon Lightfoot – Canadian Railroad Trilogy In Part I of The Canadian Railway Story, we began an account and a history that stretches from coast-to-coast. It’s one that that has helped establish the Canadian identity in this great land. […]

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The Canadian Railway Story – Part I

The Canadian Railway Story – Part I

“For they looked in the future and what did they see They saw an iron road running from the sea to the sea” Gordon Lightfoot – Canadian Railroad Trilogy Canada has one of the greatest railway systems in the world. From our first railroad, the Champlain and St. Lawrence Railroad, opened on July 21, 1836, […]

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Canuck Quotes

Canuck Quotes: Rick Hansen
[ 0 ] October 1, 2014 |

Canuck Quotes: Rick Hansen

For Rick, his Man in Motion World Tour, and even being named a Companion of the Order of Canada, weren’t/aren’t enough: “I honestly believe that my best work is in front, not behind me. I am driven by a deep passion and need to make a difference and leave this world a little better than […]

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Canuck Quotes: Justin Bieber
[ 0 ] June 9, 2014 |

Canuck Quotes: Justin Bieber

Perhaps in reference to his first movie, Bieber stated: “I’m telling you, people. Everyday we wake up is another blessing. Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you. Never say never.” On visiting the Anne Frank House museum, Bieber (foolishly) wrote the following in the guest book: “Truly inspiring. Great girl – hope she […]

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Canuck Quotes: Jim Flaherty
[ 0 ] May 26, 2014 |

Canuck Quotes: Jim Flaherty

Less than a month before he died, in a speech announcing his resignation as Canada’s Finance Minister, in a quote that’s perhaps eerily ironic, Flaherty stated: “As many of you know, I faced a health issue over this past year. I have received much support and good wishes from Canadians across the country and for […]

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Trivia Eh?

Trivia Eh? Rick Hanson
[ 0 ] October 8, 2014 |

Trivia Eh? Rick Hanson

Like Terry Fox, one of Rick’s inspirations and heroes, Rick was born in British Columbia. Rick’s Man in Motion World Tour took 26 grueling months. It covered over 34 countries, through four continents, and involved over 40,000 km. It raised world-wide awareness for spinal cord research, plus over $26 million dollars. Amanda Reid-Hansen was Rick’s […]

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Trivia Eh? Justin Bieber
[ 0 ] June 11, 2014 |

Trivia Eh? Justin Bieber

In 2012, Forbes magazine named Bieber as the third most powerful celebrity in the world! Not bad for a Canadian kid who was born in London, Ontario and grew up Stratford. Bieber was born on March 1, 1994. In terms of social media popularity, it seems Justin is in a perennial race with Katy Perry. […]

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Trivia Eh? Jim Flaherty
[ 0 ] May 28, 2014 |

Trivia Eh? Jim Flaherty

Player and fan Flaherty won his way into Princeton University on a hockey scholarship. The only Canadian Finance Minister to have been so-named, Mr. Flaherty was named Finance Minister of the Year by EUROMoney Magazine. The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Member of Parliament for Whitby-Oshawa was afforded a […]

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Understanding the Canadian Federal Budget

Understanding the Canadian Federal Budget

[ 0 ] May 14, 2014 |

After lengthy service to the Harper government over several terms, former-Federal Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, stepped down in the spring of 2014.  He was financially ‘prudent’ in the way he managed our finances. One of the more spectacular miracles he pulled off, in conjunction with former Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, and others, was […]

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You Live in Canada When…

You Live in Canada When…

This was an internet list making the rounds some years ago and attributed to Jeff Foxworthy.  I haven’t been able to get confirmation or denial that this is true, although I did find denial about similar lists attributed to Foxworthy. If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, […]

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Meanwhile in Canada…

Meanwhile in Canada…

  Thank you for sharing these Bettina Antle!

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