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

Friday, April 9, 2010

Vimy Ridge Day

Canadians paid a special tribute today to Canada's last World War I veteran and his generation at a commemorative ceremony officially marking the end of an era in Ottawa.  John Babcock (1900 - 2010), who died in February was honoured at the National End of Era on Vimy Ridge Day at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.  Similar ceremonies were held across Canada.

The ceremony began at 11 a.m. ET this morning, with the arrival of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. MichaĆ«lle Jean.  The Ottawa event, expected to draw 20,000 to 30,000 people.  The ceremony  included a fly-past by a vintage World War I Sopwith Strutter aircraft and the release of 65 white homing pigeons, one for every 10,000 Canadians who served in World War 1.


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