Second Monday in March March 12, 2012
Here’s a geography quiz:
1. What is the official language of Belize?
2. Whose portrait adorns the Canadian loonie?
3. What comprises 53 countries, covers over a fifth of the world’s land area, and accounts for 2 …Read more
3rd Monday in February
Lunatic or a Patriot? The Voice of God or an Enemy of the People?
Nope, not George Bush, we’re talking about another controversial figure, whose life is celebrated today in Manitoba.
Louis Riel was a leader of the Metis people of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and of French-Canadian Catholics.
Riel studied to become a priest and then a lawyer, but did not complete either training. Still, his education and his powerful speaking …Read more
“In London and other places, St. Stephen’s Day, or the 26th of December, is familiarly known as Boxing-day, from its being the occasion on which those annual guerdons known as Christmas-boxes are solicited and collected…
The Book of Days
As a child I thought it odd that the British, so seemingly refined (compared to us their American cousins), would dedicate the day after Christmas to such a brutal and …Read more
2nd Monday in October
This weekend I shared something with my one year-old niece: our first Canadian Thanksgiving. She was born just after Thanksgiving last year.
The most glaring difference I’ve noticed between Thanksgiving in the U.S. and in Canada is that Canadian Thanksgiving is on a Monday. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same.
In the process of celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, I have learned a few other things about our Canuck brethren and sisteren.
1. Conservatives …Read more
Second Monday of October
Newfoundland and Nova Scotia each lay claim to Thanksgiving celebrations even older than the Pilgrims of Massachusetts.
English navigator Martin Frobisher enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal on Baffin Island in 1578, and Samuel de Champlain established an “Order of Good Cheer” in 1606, after most of his men died out the previous winter from scurvy and malnutrition.
But according to Robert Ruby, author of An Unknown Shore: The Lost History of England’s …Read more
1st Monday in September
I have to say the name’s misleading. The whole point is not to labor on Labor Day, isn’t it? Shouldn’t it be Leisure Day or Play Day? But then I guess it would defeat the purpose of honoring the workers–past and present–who make it possible to BBQ on this day.
Scores of countries and billions of people celebrate Labor Day on May Day (May 1) but the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand …Read more
C’mon Jessica, C’mon Tori,let’s go to the mall you won’t be sorry. Dad says I’m too young to date. But baby I don’t wanna wait… That’s okay… I’m gonna rock your body till Canada Day.
“Let’s Go To the Mall,” Canadian National Anthem
Canada Day isn’t an anniversary of independence but of unity. On July 1, 1867 the colonies of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia united to …Read more
D-Day: Cargo Vehicles
“The eyes of the world are upon you.”
from General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s statement to the soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force, June 1944
June 6 marks the anniversary of the 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy that precipitated the long and brutal campaign to liberate Western Europe from Nazi power.
The invasion, also known as Operation Overlord, involved the landing of approximately 160,000 Allied …Read more