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, March 31, 2010

Maple Syrup Montreal: Spring 1927 to 1933

Maple syrup time is a special time in Canada so I have very fond memories of the maple bush as a child in Ontario, Canada. Searching for a video I came up with the following video and liked the write-up enough to do a direct quote with due credit. In the video they are making snow taffy. Snow taffy is just a pure Canadian delight! Once the sap is boiled down it is poured onto freshly fallen snow where is hardens to be enjoyed as nature's candy. Notice too how in the video despite snow on the ground there is a lack of heavy clothing. Maple syrup time signifies the real start of spring in some areas of Canada. The maple bush is a wonderful place to be when the sap is running. Here's the intro to the video:

"Every year with the beginning of the spring thaw, Peter Ewart, with father Clarence and neighbour Bev LaBaron, trekked into the woods, a healthy distance from their homes in Montreal (N.D.G.), to tap the sugar maples and boil the sap down for syrup. This "sugaring off" process was an event enjoyed over the course of several days.
Here you see the process from the first drip of sweet sap into the can, through collection and evaporation, to the sticky syrup and taffy after it was boiled down over an outdoor fire. Clarence, Peter's father, is the primary photographer. The woman is Peter's mother. Peter is the boy with all his teeth and Bev is the boy in the leather cap. You can see the time-lapse between the different clips. In some Peter is c 9 years old, and in the others he is 13 or 14 or even older."

-source ewartstudio




Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We Are More by Shane Koyczan (Winter Olympics 2010)

The Vancouver Winter Olympics gave Canada a chance to show that we are more. Canadians as a whole do not display an in your face patriotism. Rather we are quietly patriotic. Our outward display of patriotism not only surprised the world but drew criticism from the British press.

Shane Koyczan (b. May 22, 1976) is a Canadian poet and writer who was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories but grew up in Penticton, British Columbia. He was the Canadian to win the Individual Championship title at the US National Poetry Slam in 2000. He along with Mighty Mike McGee and C. R. Avery are co-founders of Tons of Fun University (T.O.F.U.). Shane has published two books: visiting Hours and Stickboy. His poem "We Are More" was commissioned by the Canadian Tourism Commission. It was unveiled at Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on 1 July 2007. He performed a variation on his piece at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. What a magnificent performance it was! Here's the video clip of the performance.




Monday, March 29, 2010

RMR: Budget 2010

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced his had federal budget on March 4, 2010 in Ottawa. He pledged to continue the economic stimulus measures and last year while vowed balance reduce the deficit as soon as possible. Flaherty claimed 2010 to be year 2 of Canada's Economic Action Plan with Budget 2010 introducing a limited number of new and targeted actions to protect Canadians from the global recession as well as create the jobs and stimulate the economy. In short Budget 2010 falls short once again. However, some Canadians such as Rick Mercer were looking forward to see if Budget 2010 would have anything new. Here is his video in anticipation of the disappointing Budget 2010. Enjoy!




Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Dionne Quintuplets


scanned from original postcard
Pub. by Wm. R. Forder Souvenirs
Photo by NEA Service Inc., © 1938

The Dionne Quintuplets were born on May 28, 1934 near the village of Corbeil, Ontario to parents Oliva (father) and Elzire (mother) Dionne. The Dionnes named their premature (by 2 mo.) Annette (1934 - ), Cécile (1934 - ), Marie (1934 - 1970), Yvonne (1934 - 2001) and Emile (1934 - 1954). The five identical girls made history by being the first set of quintuplets to survive infancy. The Dionnes had five living children at the time of the Quints birth. They were Ernest, Rose Marie, Therese, Daniel, and Pauline who was only eleven months older than the quints. A sixth, son Léo, died of pneumonia shortly after birth. The Dionnes also had 3 sons after the quintuplets. Oliva Jr., Victor, and Claude (born when the Quintuplets were 12). Dr. Allan Ro Dafoe of Callander, Ontario is credited with the birth aided by midwives, Aunt Donalda and Madam Benoit Lebel.

The story of the Dionne Quintuplets is a sad one with the Canadian government realizing the tourism potential of the little girls removed custody from their parents at the age of 4 months making them wards of the provincial govenment originally until the age of 18. Oliva Dionne remained part of the gardianship controlled by Dr. Dafoe and two other guardians. They were moved across the road from their house to the Dafoe Hospital and Nursery known as Quintland built specially for them. There tourists could watch the girls play behind one-way screens. The Quintuplets brought in about $1 million and attracted l about $51 million of tourist revenue to Ontario in 1934 alone. Quintland became Ontario's biggest tourist attraction. Their lives were very structured under the watchful eye of Dr. Dafoe. They had some contact with their parents and siblings while living in Quintland. In 1943 they moved back in with their parents in a newly built mansion called The Big house that was within walking distance of Quintland. In 1998, the three living sisters (Yvonne, Cécile, Annette) reached a monetary settlement of $2.8 million with the Ontario government as compensation for the governments exploitation of the girls. Yvonne passed away on June 23, 2001. Cécile and Annette remain living in Yvonne's house in St. Bruno, Québec.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

RMR: Budget 2010

One problem with Canadian politics as I see it is the average Canadian is really not all that interested. See we elect these people who are supposed to have our best interests at heart because after all they do speak for the people who elected them. Then they get in power and basically do whatever the heck they want. What these elected officials don't realize is we now have this new fangled thing called internet. Oh sure by world standards Canada is lagging so far behind we are in last place with respect to internet access while those who do actually get it have to pay through the nose but as Canadians we have come to expect this type of thing. At any rate Canadians have been interested in the federal budget. Here is a video from Canada's leading funny man, Rick Mercer who puts the regular Canadian's anticipation right in perspective. Enjoy!





Friday, March 26, 2010

Rick Mercer Report CBC Television War of 1812 Lincoln Militia Re-enactment

The War of 1812 was a fundamental changing point in North American history. It was declared by the US on June 18, 1812 against the British Empire and the British North America (future Canada). The war ended on March 23, 1815. Along both sides of the border there are impressive re-enactments of the war skirmishes. We have attended several of them and I have to say they are quite impressive! Here is a video of Rick Mercer visiting the Lincoln Militia re-enactment in London, ON.




Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Pilgrims by John McCrae

Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918) is best known for his poem In Flanders Fields, a Canadian icon well known and always recited at Remembrance Day services. I found another of his poems that well lesser known is equally good. Enjoy!


The Pilgrims

An uphill path, sun-gleams between the showers,
Where every beam that broke the leaden sky
Lit other hills with fairer ways than ours;
Some clustered graves where half our memories lie;
And one grim Shadow creeping ever nigh:
And this was Life.

Wherein we did another's burden seek,
The tired feet we helped upon the road,
The hand we gave the weary and the weak,
The miles we lightened one another's load,
When, faint to falling, onward yet we strode:
This too was Life.

Till, at the upland, as we turned to go
Amid fair meadows, disky in the night,
The mists fell back upon the road below;
Broke on our tired eyes the western light;
The very graves were for a moment bright:
And this was Death.
- Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918)


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae was born November 30, 1872 in Guelph, Ontario. He was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the battle of Ypres. He died on January 28, 1918 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France at the age of 45 from pneumonia while still commanding No 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) at Boulogne. John McCrae is best known for writing the infamous war memorial poem In Flanders Fields that was published in Punch on December 8, 1915. His poem has become iconic symbolism for war, learned by every Canadian child and recited on Remembrance Day each year (November 11).


In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
- Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918)


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

RMR: War of 1812

A standing commentary you will get from any Canadian when talking about Americans is their lack of knowledge of The Great White North. We are their closest neighbours and seriously they seem to know nothing about us, while even our school children can tell you fact about Americans. Where this lack of knowledge bordering of shear ignorance is most apparent is in border towns. Believe it or not some Americans actually think they will be stepping into a huge wilderness void filled with nothing but snow, igloos and polar bears as soon as they cross the border. Having lived near the border most of my life I could tell you so many stories! Here is a cute video clip with Rick Mercer pointing out one such example of the American lack of knowledge about us. Enjoy!





Monday, March 22, 2010

Current Events Interjected With a Bit of Humour

If you have been following this blog you will have noticed that I like using videos. When it comes to current events I rely on The Rick Mercer Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, two great Canadian television shows, to interject a bit of humour. Why? There are several reasons humour comes into play when talking about current Canadian events with one of the most important ones being that is the way Canadians deal with things. We poke fun at ourselves, our neighbours to the south, Great Britain, our elected officials, Canadian icons and current events. What is important to realize that in humour there is a dose of reality so it is just a different perspective and way of voicing displeasure while being polite about it.

Canadians like many world wide are struggling with political concerns, environmental issues, unemployment, increased crime and it short all the problems of society. The current recession hasn't helped matters either. Enjoying a bit of a chuckle while getting the point across is not a bad thing. So I hope you enjoy the videos and view them in the spirit intended.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

RMR: A Message from Canada's Oil Producers

Canada's oil producers have been on the hot seat for some of their policies and damaging environmental methods. Canada's favourite funny man pokes a little fun at the oil producers in this cute video. Enjoy




Saturday, March 20, 2010

Canada to Switch to Plastic Bills

The Canadian federal government announced in eary March that Canada's paper-cotton banknotes would be replaced by newly designed plastic ones in 2011. The new plastic bills, made from a polymer material, are harder to counterfeit, recyclable, and two to three times more resistant to tearing according to the Bank of Canada said. Australia has used polymer banknotes since the 1990s and several other countries including New Zealand, Vietnam and Romania have also been using polymer banknotes. An Australian company will provide the material for Canada.

The new notes will be issued in about 18 months and will be in circulation until sometime in 2011. The Bank of Canada has not divulged what the new bills will look like. This prevents potential counterfeiters from starting to produce any counterfeits prior to the new notes circulation. In comparison to the classic cotton-paper Canadian bill the Australian banknote is soft and smooth which will get a bit of getting used to.


Friday, March 19, 2010

The Great Backyard Chicken Debate

Communities across Canada are being forced into the debate as to whether or not allow people to raise chickens in their backyards. Currently it is legal to have backyard chickens in: Victoria, BC; Surrey, BC; Brampton, ON; Guelph, ON; and Niagara Falls, ON. Each of these have specific restrictions and roosters are not allowed. Other Canadian communities have passed bylaws to prohibit residents from having backyard chickens. In April of 2009 Waterloo, ON banned backyard chickens making it illegal to have them even though major cities across North America are legalizing having backyard chickens. Oshawa, ON is in the process of passing a bylaw that will make owning backyard chickens illegal. This bylaw to go into effect April 2010 will include pigeons, ducks and geese. Toronto, Calgary, Waterloo and other larger centers are still debating the issue. In the meantime some residents have been charged including a Calgary mother of three with keeping chickens within city limits while the debate continues. There are a number of vocal pro-chicken advocacy groups including: the Halifax Chicken Group, The Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (also known as CLUCK), Backyard Chickens and Poultry Canada, Omelettes for Everyone and the Waterloo Hen Association.

I recently discussed the backyard chicken debate on my gardening blog as raising chickens fits in nicely with urban gardening. The first two posts included part 1 and part 2 of an exclusive Green Apple Pie interview with Toronto Chickens. The speaker's face was obscured with two chicken eggs in order to protect her identity because she raises chickens in her own backyard in a residential neighbourhood in the City of Toronto. The municipality has no way of knowing if someone has backyard chickens unless there is a complaint from a neighbour or they are reported by someone who happens to see they have chickens. Some backyard chicken owners have gone into hiding in order to keep their chickens despite the bylaws.

One roadblock in legalizing keeping backyard chickens in Canada is the poulty association Chicken Farmers of Canada. A resident with 4 laying chickens would in theory produce 4 eggs per day or 120 eggs (10 doz) per month. That would be 10 doz eggs not purchased from grocery stores. Multiply that by 100 households and that works out to a lot of eggs not being purchased from grocery stores, directly affecting the chicken farmers of Canada. There are also noise and health concerns both unfounded but given as reasons for passing bylaws prohibiting having backyard chickens. A likely used argument is aesthetics as well since some chicken coops don't look as nice as they could which could in effect lower property values of surrounding homes. It's a flimsy argument but one city hall will take note of. Despite the obstacles the backyard chicken movement continues to grow across Canada.

As pets backyard chickens are far less problematic than dogs or cats or even snakes that can cause bodily harm to others. Just recently a snake escaped it's cage in Peterborough, ON then managed to get into a nearby apartment when it bit a man working at his computer. From time to time there are also news reports of dogs biting postal workers or other people, or attacking smaller dogs and even of cats biting. This isn't a problem with chickens. In the big picture, backyard chickens are a viable way to provide inexpensive protein for your family as well so they do earn their keep. In these hard economic times this is one way for families to be a bit more self sufficient and perhaps lessen the burden on social assistance and food banks.

It will be interesting to see how this current debate will play out across Canada.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

YouTube Interview with Prime Minister Harper / Entrevue YouTube avec le Premier ministre Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has embraced social media by taking his message to YouTube in a recent interview airing March 16, 2010. The video is quite lengthy (a little over 40 minutes) but is included in its entirety below. You can read comments on the video here. This really is a first for a Canadian Prime Minister. It is nice to see that our elected leaders are taking advantage of social media.




Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Canada's Economic Action Plan [Updated]

From time to time Canada's favourite funny man Rick Mercer updates previous political statements in a humorous way of course. The thing is Canadians are getting a tad tired of hearing about Canada's Economic Action Plan (CEAP) while not seeing any of the benefits. The reality is many families are seeing no economic savings with the CEAP, no decreased costs and no reduced taxes because our friend inflation mixed with political greed has come into play. Some provinces specifically BC and ON have seen their taxes increase with the introduction of the HST. If anything the average Canadian household has seen their cost of living increase since the CEAP went into action. Isn't that rather ironic? Enjoy!





Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Mckenzie Brothers: Take Off,Eh!

Bob and Doug McKenzie are a pair of fictional Canadian brothers who hosted The Great White North (originally called Kanadian Korner). This was a panel show playing upon Canadian stereotypes. Bob and Doug were two down-to-earth Canadian, beer-swilling brothers wearing heavy winter clothing and tuques who comment on various elements of Canadian life and culture, frequently employing the interjection Eh? and derisively calling each other hoser. Fans of the show created a social phenomena referred to as hosermania. Other popularized terms from the show were take off, hosehead and beauty!.

The sketch was introduced on SCTV (a hit Canadian comedy show) for the show's third season when it moved to CBC Television network in 1980. Bob is played by Rick Moranis and Doug is played by Dave Thomas. Each improv epidsode was shot live on camera. Those shown in Canada were 2 minutes longer than those syndicated to the US. The show's producers were asked by the heads of CBS to add specific and identifiable Canadian content for hose two minutes. Rick and Dave thought this request was rediculous as the show had been taped in Canada for two years with a primarily Canadian cast and crew so they created a parody to incorporate every aspect of Canadian stereotypes. In 2009 the characters were revived for an animated series, Bob & Doug, which premiered on Global.

Bob and Doug McKenzie became Canadian icons! Here is a great video of Barbara Frum, host of The Journal, part of CBC's The National interviewing Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Enjoy!



Monday, March 15, 2010

This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Galen Weston

Willard Gorden Galen G. Weston (born October 29, 1940) is the son of Willard Garfield Weston and grandson of the founder George Weston of George Weston Bakeries Limited. Galen's brother Garry Weston (1927-2002) took charge of the family's UK operations, Associated British Foods plc. The Weston family is the second richest family in Canada and the 98th richest family in the world. Galen G. Weston is married with two children, Galen Weston Jr. (current Loblaw executive chairman and spokesperson) and Alannah Weston. Galen G. Weston's wife Hilary (born Hilary Frayne in Dublin in 1942) served as the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1997 to 2002. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990 and awarded the Order of Ontario in 2005.

Loblaw's is known for their store brands such as 'no name®' (no frills) and has introduced the President's Choice (PC) brand including the new PC® Blue Menu™healthy choice foods. The company's corporate image stresses family both in advertising and the way their franchise owners are treated. Commercials featuring Galen Weston Jr air often enough for This Hour Has 22 Minutes to poke a little fun at them. Enjoy!



Sunday, March 14, 2010

This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Air Canada, the Board Game

Air Canada is Canada's one and only major airline although there are several smaller airports and landing strips. This is especially important for northern regions where the only way in and out is by private airports with planes often landing on small lakes. Air Canada is major and like all major airlines there are a lot of things to find fault with. Lack of competition does not help the situation. In the recent months they have made the decision to use full body scans that certainly hasn't gained them any popularity in the polls. Not that Air Canada has been very popular with travelers for quite some time. Here is a cute skit by This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Enjoy!




Saturday, March 13, 2010

RMR: The Scritchy

No one was happy when the Conservative government decided to prorogue Parliament earlier this year. In fact many were downright ticked off over this decision. The question remains as to whether or not proroguing Parliament will hurt the Conservatives in the next election. I hardly doubt the Canadian population is going to forget the proroguing of Parliament but that remains to be seen. In the meantime some bills were delayed due to this action. Here is a video featuring Canada's leading funny man Rick Mercer highlighting one such bill. Enjoy.



Friday, March 12, 2010

Jack Layton Green House Tour

Canadian politicians like all politicians get a fair amount of criticism from the general population. They certainly provide ample content for commedians and blog fodder for bloggers. Recently New Democrate Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton (Member of Parliament, Toronto Danforth) has been in the news with the announcement of his recent diagnosis of prostate cancer. Canadians countrywide are sending well wishing for his speedy recovery.

What some may not know about Jack Layton is his active evironmentalism that starts right in his own Toronto home shared with his wife Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina MP). Their home has become a green home. Not only is his home energy efficient but it is also eco-friendly. I find it extemely encouraging to see a fellow Canadian retrofitting their home to reduce their carbon footprint the way Jack and Olivia have done. It is even more impressive to see a politician following an eco-friendly, socially responsible lifestyle. Here is a video clip of Jack and Olivia's green house.




Thursday, March 11, 2010

'Lost Boys' star Corey Haim dies at 38


image source: Corey Haim

Former 1980s Toronto born (December 23, 1971) teen movie actor and heartthrob Corey Ian Haim passed away early Wednesday, March 10, 2010. He is well known for his partnership with Corey Feldman in TV 'reality' show titled The Two Coreys that aired on the A&E Network from July 2007 to August 2008 and the movie The Lost Boys (1987).

Our condolences to Corey's family, friends and fans during this difficult time. RIP Corey.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rick Mercer's Sleepover with Stephen Harper

Canadians have a wonderful sense of humour. Not only do we like to poke a bit of good humoured fun at ourselves we like to poke do the same at our elected officials and public figures. No one does this better than Canada's favourite funny man, Rick Mercer. Rick had the opportunity for a sleep over at 24 Sussex Drive and shared the highlights in this funny clip from the Rick Mercer Report! Enjoy :)




Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rick Mercer: The Monday Report

The Canadian Parliament is no longer prorogued which means we the Canadian people should make some assumption they, our elected government officials are now doing something or at the very least anything. Thanks to Rick Mercer we now have a good insight as to what is going on behind closed doors on Parliament Hill. Enjoy




Sunday, March 7, 2010

One Smart Kid

[from my email files, and yes the teacher is wrong. If Kristen was born in Canada to Canadian parents but living in the US then she is Canadian. If she were born in the US to Canadian parents then she has dual citizenship of which she can identify with either.]
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This was sent to me in an email....don't disown me!!! I just couldn't resist! It is so cute!!! A US first grade teacher explains to her class that she is an American. She asks her students to raise their hands if they are American too. Not really knowing why but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like flashy fireworks.

There is,however, one exception. A girl named Kristen has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different. "Because I am not an American." "Then", asks the teacher, "What are you?". "I'm a proud Canadian," boasts the little girl. The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Kristen why she is a Canadian. "Well, my mom and dad are Canadians, so I'm a Canadian too." The teacher is now really angry. "That's no reason," she says loudly. "What if your mom was a crappy hockey player, and your dad was a crappy hockey player? Would that mean that you're a crappy hockey player too?"

A pause, and a smile. Then, says Kristen, "Nope! That'd mean I'm an American!"
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Michael J. Fox at The Closing Ceremonies of Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Michael J Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox in Edmonton, Alberta on June 9, 1961. He is an Emmy Award winning Canadian actor best known for his roles as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy (1985 - 1990), Alex P. Keeton in Family Ties (1982 - 1989) winning three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award and Michael Flaherty in Spin City (1996 - 2000) winning three Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Michael J Fox is also an author and voice over artist including voice of Stewart Little in the Stewart Little trilogy.
Michael J Fox married Tracy Pollan in 1988. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991. He disclosed his condition to the public in 1998 and worsened went into semi-retired from acting in 2000 due to worsening symptoms He has become an advocate for Parkinson's research toward finding a cure establishing The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in May 2000. The foundation is the largest private funder in the US for Parkinson's research. More than $159 million in research has been funded through the foundation directly or through partnerships.
It is always a great pleasure to see Michael J Fox in front of an audience and still active in various smaller roles such as commercials. He is simply delightful and an inspiration not only to those suffering from Parkinson's but to anyone suffering from any disease or disorder. As a Canadian he is definitely one of the best! Here is a short video of him performing at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics game on February 28, 2010.





Thursday, March 4, 2010

Olympic Blues

Three new phases have been hitting the blogosphere and Twitter. They are Olympic Blues, Olympic Withdrawl and Olympic Hangover all a way to express the feeling of suddenly having no Olympics to tune into. It is amazing that an event that only lasted 17 days quickly became entrenched into our daily lives! Part of the reason for this was the awesome display of patriotism by Canadians country wide. Kudos to all involved in the Olympics and those wonderful Canadians showing their support for the Olympics.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wonderbread Olympic Canadian Anthem 2010

Special events like the Olympics tend to draw a fair amount of media coverage. With that media coverage come television commercials. Of those commercials some are just worth watching over and over. This cute television commercial was put out by Weston's makers of Wonderbread for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games coverage. Enjoy!





Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Canadian Olympic Medal Round-up

The Canadian Olympic medal round-up (click here for full medal standings) with a total of 26 medals. We have 14 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze. Canada also earned the distinction of earning the most gold medals on the home soil of a host country. Our Canadian Olympic medal winners are:

Gold:

  • speed skating women's 1,000 m - Christine Nesbitt
  • snowboarding, women's snowboardcross - Maelle Ricker
  • freestyle skiing, men's moguls - Alexander Bilodeau, gold*
  • skeleton, men's - Jon Montogomery
  • women's skicross - Ashleigh McIvor
  • figure skating, ice dancing - Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue
  • women's bobsled - Kaillie Humphreys, Heather Moyse
  • women's ice hockey (team)
  • men's snowboard parallel giant slalom - Jasey-Jay Anderson
  • men's short track, 500 m - Charles Hamelin
  • short track, men's 5,000 m relay - Charles Hamelin, Jean Olivier, Francois Hamelin, Guillaume Bastille, Francois-Louis Tremblay
  • speed skating, men's team pursuit - Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky, Denny Morrison
  • men's curling - Marc Kennedy, Kevin Martin, Benjamin Herbert, John Morris, Adam Enright
  • men's ice hockey (team)
Silver:
  • short track, women's 500 m - Marianne St-Gelais
  • snowboarding, snowboard cross - Mike Robertson
  • freestyle skiing, women's moguls - Jennifer Heil
  • speed skating, women's 1,500 m - Kristina Groves
  • women's bobsled, Helen Upperton, Shelly-Ann Brown
  • woman's curling - Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Corrie Bartell, Kristie Moore
  • short track, women's 3,000 m relay - Tania Vincent, Marianne St-Gelais, Jessica Gregg, Kalyna roberge
Bronze:
  • speed skating, women's 3,000 m - Kristina Groves
  • speed skating, women's 5,000 m - Clara Hughes
  • women's figureskating - Joannie Rochette
  • men's short track 500 m - Francois-Louis Tremblay
  • men's four man bobsled - Lyndon Rush, Chris Le Bihan, David Bissett, Lascelles Brown
* first Canadian to win Olympic gold on Canadian soil


Monday, March 1, 2010

The Olympics is Over

Oh my gosh what an outstanding end to the Olympic games. The Vancouver 2010 Olympics Men's Hockey Team Game Canada vs U.S.A. battled it out in a nailbiting game for the gold medal. The winning goal was scored by Sidney Crosby in the eighth minute of a 4-on 4-overtime bringing the score to 3-2 for Canada and the gold medal. Later that night the Olympic Closing Ceremony wowed the world. It was a stunning display that focused on Canadian culture. Joannie Rochette carried the flag for Canada. Canada's reputation of being a gratious host soared sky high! Kudos to all of our athletes, the International Olympic Committee, the city of Vancouver, BC, the multitude of voluteers and everyone who in anyway participated in the Olympics for show the world what a wonderful country Canada is.

picture gallery of the Olympics