Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day 2015

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we will remember...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!

Justin Trudeau was sworn in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada today!  I'm looking forward to his leadership in anticipation that we can once again be proud of Canada without fear and paranoia.  May he lead our country in a positive, compasionate and inspiring manner, one that would make his father proud.  After his swearing in ceremony, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the press outside of Rideau Hall.

Monday, November 2, 2015

World Synchro Champs 2015

Team Canada - amazing!

2015 World Synchro Champs SP Team Canada 1

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day

148 Years Young
Strong, Proud and Free
Oh Canada!

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Anti-terrorism Laws

Like many Canadians, I was shocked and saddened at the acts of terrorism resulting in the loss of life on Canadian soil.  It concerns me to hear of Canadian citizens leaving or attempting to leave Canada with the intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism.  It concerns me more that Canadians are actively being recruited by terrorists to join their cause.  I listened with excitement to Prime Minister Stephen Harper announce the Federal Government's new anti-terrorist laws.

The much need new anti-terrorism bill gives CSIS more anti-terror powers, including power to thwart a suspected extremist's travel plans. Those who are trying to leave Canada  with intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism can be detained.  These individuals can be denied entry reentry amd  they can be have their Canadian citizenship revoked.   CSIS will now have greater authority to take down any Canadian-based website promoting jihadist terrorism and I suspect any other type of terrorism.  This ability in itself, should help lower the recruitment of Canadians by overseas terrorists.   PM Stephen Harper admitted that some of the online activities of terrorists will be hard to detect but the new legislation will help keep Canadians safer.  He stressed that the new laws would ensure Canadian rights and freedoms.   He said the Canadian government will move ahead and modified as new terrorist threats evolve.  There will be judicial warrants required for certain procedures.  The solutions are not perfect but they will be able to intercept more people heading out of Canada with the intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism.  There will be a greater sharing of information between governmental departments especially immigration and law-enforcement.  It's important to note that these measures are designed to go after terrorists and potential terrorists, not just regular Canadian citizens so these are people that have been identified as posing a threat or a potential threat and they are going to nip it in the bud before they have a chance

I agree with the new anti-terrorism laws that will essentially close loop holes that some terrorists were utilizing.  These measures will prevent terrorists from using Canada as a haven for protecting their violent ideals.  These new laws are very much needed and welcomed!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Canada World Jr Champs

What a game!  What a win!  Final score 5/4 for Team Canada.  So proud to be Canadian...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Canadian Fish Coating

Canadian fish coating
Canadian Fish Coating

My husband and I enjoy local fresh fish, mainly perch and pickerel but also bass and whitefish when we can.  Fishing has played a role in our lives and while my husband does not fish, I felt it was an important life skill to teach our kids.  We spent many a summer morning doing a bit of fishing and quite often we did a bit of fishing while camping.  Bass fishing is popular in our area.  There is nothing like walking around a campground with folks frying up their catch in huge fry pans, always ready to share. 

I don't fish as often as I once did but still enjoy doing so occasionally.  One of our friends is an avid fisherman so keeps us supplied with perch and pickerel plus we frequent the many local charity fish fries during the winter months.  The fish fries are common fund raiser social events in smaller communities in southern Ontario.  They are usually held each Friday starting in October and ending with Good Friday in April.   Fishing is so popular in our area that Canadian fish coating is available at the grocery stores, Home Hardware and Canadian Tire.  This light coating is perfect for perch and pickerel!