Red, White & Canadian

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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Murchie’s Tea & Coffee – From Queen Victoria to You
[ 0 ] January 15, 2014 |

Murchie’s Tea & Coffee – From Queen Victoria to You

The iconic and internationally-shopped tea and coffee specialty company, Murchie’s, whose history in Canada dates back to 1894, was in large part responsible for the birth of Starbucks; yes, you read that right. Read on to find out more… Several years ago, on an extended vacation in beautiful British Columbia, a visit to Murchie’s flagship […]

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True North

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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Paddle to the Sea – Canadian Film Board
[ 0 ] March 20, 2014 |

Paddle to the Sea – Canadian Film Board

Now that spring is upon us… remember this little gem from elementary school? I attended primary grades during the 70′s, how many of you got to see it? It was a National Film Board production, circa 1966, based on a book called Paddle to the Sea by American writer Holling C. Holling. It was nominated […]

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Road Trip Diary: Moraine Lake
[ 0 ] February 19, 2014 |

Road Trip Diary: Moraine Lake

You may recognize the view of Moraine Lake from the back of the 20 dollar bill distributed in 1969 and 1979.  Moraine Lake is located in Banff National Park near the village of Lake Louise.  I consider it to be the most beautiful lake view in the entire park.  I’ve walked the main trail around […]

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Patriotic Patter

Family Day in Canada
[ 1 ] 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: 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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Canuck Quotes: Chip Wilson
[ 0 ] September 26, 2013 |

Canuck Quotes: Chip Wilson

Based on Lululemon’s revamped (scalable) Vision: “Mediocrity can be defined in many ways. To paint you a picture, mediocrity is doing an “okay job,” having a relationship that “works,” being just “a little” overweight, or having a job that “pays the bills.”” On Lululemon’s hiring practices: “So we started hiring runners who like yoga. They’re […]

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Trivia Eh?

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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Trivia Eh? Chip Wilson
[ 0 ] September 27, 2013 |

Trivia Eh? Chip Wilson

Dennis “Chip” Wilson is one of the 20 richest people in Canada, with a net worth (in 2013) of almost $3 billion dollars. Wilson is married to Shannon, and the two currently live in an almost $40 million custom home built in the Vancouver area. They have five sons. Chip loves art and music: for one […]

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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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