Category: Canadian Culture

August Long Weekend in Canada

August Long Weekend in Canada

[ 0 ] July 29, 2014 |

Canadians, much like their American and other counterparts, look forward to a steady stream of holidays every year. Using Ontario as a sample province, starting with New Year’s Day, we live for Family Day in February, the coldest of winter months, look forward to Good Friday (the date of which, as we know, changes every […]

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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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Paddle to the Sea – Canadian Film Board

Paddle to the Sea – Canadian Film Board

[ 0 ] March 20, 2014 |

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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Mark McMorris Video: Pre- Sochi 2014

Mark McMorris Video: Pre- Sochi 2014

Mark McMorris says, “You gotta always know why… cause the reason you started was so much fun.” In all the competitiveness of the Olympics, I hope the athletes are able to remember why they started and focus on the fun.  Best of luck Canadians!

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Valentine’s Day in Canada – It Will Warm Your Heart

Valentine’s Day in Canada – It Will Warm Your Heart

[ 0 ] January 30, 2014 |

Winter in Canada can be … challenging. Many of us like the outdoors, but come on; sometimes enough is enough in terms of harsh, cold weather. For many, Valentine’s Day helps warm the heart. Canadians have all sorts of ways they celebrate this special day of the heart, and they do it in all sorts of unique towns […]

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All Canadian 12 Days of Christmas

All Canadian 12 Days of Christmas

A fun twist on the 12 Days of Christmas.  Find out more at http://amooseinamapletree.com/.  Have a wonderful holiday – however you choose to celebrate!

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Canada, Sweet Canada

Canada, Sweet Canada

[ 0 ] August 21, 2013 |

If you’ve lived in Canada long enough, you may already know about many of its sweetest offerings; sweet, in terms of home-grown desserts! Perhaps it was us who got you thinking about things like sugar pie, in the interview Pat did in November, 2011 with Expat Patricia Lenkov. Every region of Canada is known for […]

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Makin’ Canadian Pandas

Makin’ Canadian Pandas

[ 0 ] April 1, 2013 |

Two Giant Panda’s were FedExed to Toronto where they’ll live at the Toronto Zoo for five years before moving to Calgary Zoo for another five years. Officials, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper who was on-hand to welcome them personally, are hoping the two will create the first Canadian Giant Panda on their extended stay. Er […]

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Easter in Canada

Easter in Canada

[ 0 ] March 28, 2013 |

Each year, many of us begin to celebrate Easter on Good Friday; it’s a statutory holiday for most people. In Québec, the official workday observation is Easter Monday. Some would say the most important day is Easter Sunday, as Easter is the most important Christian holiday, following the lengthy period of Lent. Many people rejoice […]

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St. Patrick’s Day in Canada

St. Patrick’s Day in Canada

[ 0 ] March 7, 2013 |

What has run every year, consecutively, since 1824? The answer is the Montreal St. Patrick’s Parade! Since 1929, it’s been organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal. Every year, a “giant replica of St. Patrick at the onset of the parade lets everyone know that the celebration has begun”. It’s an important celebration for […]

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