Canada Reads 2011

28 October 2010 Books

Back in the day, I used to blog a lot about books. Way way back in the day, I used to consider myself somewhat of a fan, if not an authority, on Canadian Literature. So when I heard that CBC Radio was compiling a list of the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade, […]

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Nova Scotia road trip playlist

20 June 2010 Canadianisms

I tweeted the other day that I was having fun sorting through iTunes to make a Nova Scotia road trip playlist, and Susan asked me if I’d blog my playlist. Sure, why not? Except, now that I have a second to do it, iTunes is being persnickety and I can’t get it to open. So […]

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After the gold medal hockey game, I didn’t think I could be more proud as a Canadian

12 March 2010 Canadianisms

And then I watched this video. Doesn’t it make your heart soar?

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It’s a good day to be Canadian!

1 March 2010 Canadianisms

Does it get any more Canadian than this? We go to bed on a wave of Gold medal fervour and wake up to Roll Up the Rim to Win. It’s Canada’s Best! Day! Ever! If you watched even a bit of the Olympic coverage (Go Canada GO!) this year, if you felt that nascent tug […]

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The Senate Report on Childcare in Canada: Part 1

26 May 2009 Canadianisms

At the end of April 2009, the Senate of Canada released a report titled Early Childhood Education and Care: Next Steps. I printed it out and have been lugging it around with me (it runs more than 200 pages) for the better part of a month. If you are at all interested in the issues […]

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A rambly ode to the Canadian health care system

15 February 2009 Canadianisms

By Friday of last week, Lucas had been sick for three days. Fever, green snot, bad cough and most troubling, increasing lethargy. I gave up waiting it out and tried to get an appointment with our ped, but by the time I got through around 11 am, the answering machine said they were completely booked […]

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(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: First skating lessons

8 October 2008 Ah, me boys

They’re Canadian; of course I had to sign the boys up for skating lessons! They’d never been on skates before. The morning started out with a lot of this: After a while of crawling around on the ice, Tristan had progressed to this: I honestly never expected him to get to this during his very […]

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21 September 2007 Canadianisms

I’m *so* excited! I bought my tickets back in April, but I swear, I have been waiting to see this concert since I was ten years old. Finally, tonight, we’re going to see Rush! With 100-level seats, no less! I’m beside myself with anticipation. I’ve always loved Rush. For my 12th birthday, my folks replaced […]

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Go Sens GO!

24 May 2007 Canadianisms

When I heard that there would be a rally to cheer the Senators on to a Stanley Cup victory on the very day I was home with the boys, I couldn’t resist bringing them downtown for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event. It was hot – damn hot, to quote Robin Williams – and crowded, […]

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Birth of a hockey fan

17 May 2007 Canadianisms

So we’re not exactly sporty people. Beloved, bless his literate artsy heart, couldn’t care less about the difference between an infield fly and a hanging curveball. The athletic education of the boys has fallen largely to me, which, if you know me at all, is pretty darn funny. Pity my poor boys, who are just […]

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