Today is Canada Day, a federal statutory holiday, celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act of 1867, which united Canada as a single country of four provinces. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as internationally. So join us in celebrating Canada’s 142nd birthday by singing OH Canada.
” O Canada! our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.”
What is it that propels this ordinary looking guy to stardom, and how does he manage to tickle so many of us to laughter? He is the son of Indo-Canadian immigrant parents, born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, Ontario. For a while, he was just a brown skinned kid in a white society, always on the outside. He learned to take note of the small differences in all races and culture. Today, he is a successful comedian playing on jokes about race, culture and class. He bonds with his audience regardless of background. He is extremely popular and well-received all around the world. His Youtube videos are viewed by over 20 million people and his website receives 10,000 hits a day… read more
The Silk Purse Art Gallery houses the West Vancouver Arts Council and holds regular art exhibits showcasing artworks by local artists. This month from June 16th to the 28th, it hosts a watercolor exhibit titled “Landscape, Clear and Radiant”. … read more
She is the daughter of middle-class Canadian Korean immigrants. Her father is a Canadian-Korean businessman and her mother, a bio-chemist. Coming from a family of scientists, lawyer and academics, she broke the mould of a typical Canadian-Korean family, by going into movies. She applied the same hardworking ethics of Canadian immigrant families but into a different field, and succeeded. What’s so admirable is that Sandra Oh is not particularly beautiful in the western definition of beauty, yet she managed to make a career in Hollywood just out of sheer talent and hard work. read more
This is a truly Canadian recipe made with hand picked crabapples, plums and berries from an abandoned homestead at Grace Harbour in Desolation Sound Marine Park made to an apple-berry cobbler. Crab apples are sour when eaten fresh, yet when baked, gives a sweet tangy taste. Easy to make, healthy and full of nutrients. Can be served warm with ice cream topping. This recipe was inspired during the summer of 2008 while cruising the BC Inside Passage to Alaska. read more
This is a Canadian-Filipino variation of an omelette. Torta means omelette or pie and Giniling means ground. Tortang Giniling in this case is a pork omelette. A good variation from the usual North American Ham and Cheese omelette and hash browns. If you like eggplant, try the Tortang Talong Giniling (Eggplant and Pork Omelette), another variation using the long Asian eggplant. read more
Hollywood tackles the problem of immigration with a simple solution, get married. In the movie “The Proposal” starring Ryan Reynolds, a 32 year old Canadian actor from Vancouver, (he is the real-life husband of Scarlet Johanssen). Ryan plays the role of an ambitious American assistant to a Canadian boss (Sandra Bullock) of a US publishing firm. Faced with a deportation order for working illegally in the USA, Bullock bullied Reynolds into marrying her to get her immigration papers.
In Hongkong and in China, no building of consequence can be built without consulting the Feng Shui Geomancer. This tradition has become popular among westerners beginning in the 1980′s. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (energy). It is about how everything is energy and is interconnected and constantly changing. Based on the laws of nature, its theories, principles and techniques, Feng shui offers a way of understanding how humans can create a comfortable environment that is supportive and life affirming.
Every year, North Americans throw 40 million metric tonnes of electronic e-waste. This includes cellphones, computers, TVs, VCRs, electronics that are full of heavy metals and dangerous chemicals. Only 13.6% of e-waste was recycled in 2007. 90% of North American … read more
Dogs are social animals, and love company. They also need daily walks and exercises at least once, and preferably twice a day. Without proper attention, dogs can be destructive and manifest behavioral problems. Older arthritic dogs who are not so agile, may not adjust well to new surroundings. If you are travelling and will be away from your pet, consider giving your pets quality care by using a pet sitting service. If you love pets and are considering self-employment, consider this: the startup cost is low and this is a type of business that cannot be outsourced to a third world country. read more