Monday, April 23, 2018

I'm Making Rick Astley An Honourary Canadian

The charming and good-natured British singer, famous for a couple of hits in the 1980s that have had major legs, received an invite from singing group Choir Choir Choir in Toronto to join them for some vocal merriment and he accepted, turning up earlier this past week to perform "Never Gonna Give You Up". From the looks of it, he and everyone gathered had a great time!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Cousin, Saul Cherniack, A Well-Known Manitoba New Democrat And Cabinet Member, Passed On March 30th

A couple of links celebrating his long life.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Today Is The Day: There's A New Face On The $10 Bill

Earlier today in Halifax, civil rights icon Viola Desmond was honoured with a ceremony at which the $10 bill with her face on it was presented. Desmond is the first non-royal and first Black person to be on Canadian currency.

Desmond's story, which took place nearly a decade before Rosa Park's refusal to give up her seat on a bus, had been largely forgotten in Canada until a few year ago. On November 8th, 1946, Desmond  had been on a business trip when her car broke down. She had to stay the night in New Glasgow and decided to see a movie at the Roseland theatre in Nova Scotia. But she refused to give up her seat in a whites-only section when an usher insisted she move.

Today, Desmond's name graces a Halifax harbour ferry and she has also been featured on a postage stamp. 

Read more about Desmond here:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In Week Two Of The Olympics, Skating Partners Tessa Virtue And Scott Moir Get The Gold And Set A Record

Prior to their appearaince in Pyeongchang, Virtue and Moir, who have skated together for two decades, had announced this would be their final Olympics. The Ontario duo, who earned a world-record overall score of 206.07 points, eclipsing their French competitors Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron by 0.79 points and gave fans a terrific, moving farewell performance. With their team gold medal, Virtue and Moir now have five gold medals.

Watch their routine, set to Moulin Rouge:

And the two reflect on their enduring partnership:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dr. Mike Evans Is Trying To Help You Live And Enjoy Life Better

Dr. Evans is a physician, author and educator who has founded ReFrame, a media lab that creates health media, such as videos, like 23 1/2 Hours: What Is The Single Best Thing We Can Do For Our Health. That video, which has gone viral and seen by more than five million people. You can check out his Medical School for the Public, which features more than 30 videos on youtube.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Buzzfeed Gets It - Cheese Fries Are Most Definitely NOT The Same As Poutine

A little fun for your mid-week. Buzzfeed has compiled a list of all the indignities Canadians who have come over to the US have to deal with on a regular basis.

Enjoy with a big plate of poutine and coffee from Timmie's!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

If You're Looking For The Christmas Spirit, Look No Further Than Quebec City

Travel and Leisure, which chose Canada as its 2017 Travel Destination of the Year, highlights Quebec City's Quartier Petit Champlain as the perfect spot to get your Yuletide on. Visitors will find festive cobblestone streets, carolers, Santa handing out gifts to children and more. If you happen to be in Quebec City this weekend, Saturday is Family Day.

If you can't get there, enjoy some photos of the Quartier Petit Champlain.