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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EI successfully claimed by both parents for twins

18 September 2009 Canadianisms

From CBC Ottawa, news that an Ottawa couple successfully argued that both parents are entitled employment insurance (EI) parental benefits for their twins. Each parent claims the benefits for one child. The decision applies only to this couple, but sets an amazing precedent. Way cool!

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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 love letter to Corner Gas

21 April 2009 Canadianisms

Love this delightful essay in the Globe and Mail comparing and contrasting Canada and the United States — via a love letter to Corner Gas. Worth the read!

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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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Name that RCMP puppy!

12 February 2009 Canadianisms

I knew the RCMP holds a contest each year inviting kids to new foals from the Ottawa stables that may be part of the Musical Ride program, but I didn’t know they also had a Name That Puppy contest for future police service dogs. Kids 16 and under can enter, but you have to send […]

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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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