Red, White & Canadian

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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Lululemon Athletica Inc. and Chip Wilson
[ 0 ] September 25, 2013 |

Lululemon Athletica Inc. and Chip Wilson

Chip Wilson’s Lululemon Athletica Inc. has made him one of the richest Canadians of all time. There are a lot of Canadians in the $1 billion dollar plus club, and Mr. Wilson has amassed a fortune of approximately $3 billion in a relatively short time. Dennis “Chip” Wilson was born in 1956. Raised in San […]

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Ground Control to Major Chris…  Hadfield
[ 0 ] May 20, 2013 |

Ground Control to Major Chris… Hadfield

“But for me personally, right now, I have no aspirations at all.” So stated Chris Hadfield in a mid-May, 2013 interview with The Canadian Press. Don’t worry … it’s not what you think. His answer was in response to whether or not he was interested in entering the Canadian political arena. Phew! Actually, he went […]

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True North

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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Road Trip Diary: Johnston Canyon
[ 0 ] February 12, 2014 |

Road Trip Diary: Johnston Canyon

About 18 kilometers off the main throughway  in Banff National Park, is Johnston Creek, a tributary of the Bow River. What is spectacular about this small creek is that it has formed a canyon, cut through limestone walls, over thousands of years.  The park has paved a walkway for most of the gradually ascending trail […]

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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: 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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Canuck Quotes: Justin Trudeau
[ 0 ] April 16, 2013 |

Canuck Quotes: Justin Trudeau

Invoking his father’s iconic phrase, when the latter was about to invoke the War Measures Act some 40 years earlier, Justin was asked during a plane trip whether he felt he could beat incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the next federal election. Trudeau’s response: “Just watch me.” On education, and investing in Canadians, Justin […]

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Canuck Quotes: Elvis Stojko
[ 0 ] February 2, 2013 |

Canuck Quotes: Elvis Stojko

On one of his skating idols: “Always looked up to Brian and his skating. I loved his skating and what he had done for the sport. And the triple axel, that was the thing. And I wanted a triple axel.” “My mom was a dancer and my dad is a singer and I’ve always had […]

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Trivia Eh?

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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Trivia Eh? Chris Hadfield
[ 0 ] May 22, 2013 |

Trivia Eh? Chris Hadfield

In 2010, NASA announced that Hadfield would be the first Canadian who commanded the International Space Station (Expedition 35, which was launched in December, 2012). In his pre-NASA career, Chris flew over 70 types of aircraft. Flying intercept missions for NORAD, Hadfield was the first CF-18 pilot to intercept a Soviet long-range bomber that was […]

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Trivia Eh? Justin Trudeau
[ 0 ] April 17, 2013 |

Trivia Eh? Justin Trudeau

In case anyone was wondering: yes, Justin is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Justin’s post-secondary education was completed at McGill University, and the University of British Columbia (where in his early career he taught Math and French). In April of 2013, Trudeau beat out some heavy competition to win the Liberal […]

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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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Canadian WINTER Poem

Canadian WINTER Poem

[ 0 ] January 9, 2014 |

It’s winter in Canada And the gentle breezes blow Seventy miles an hour At thirty-five below. Oh, how I love Canada When the snow’s up to your butt You take a breath of winter And your nose gets frozen shut. Yes, the weather here is wonderful So I guess I’ll hang around I could never […]

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