Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 66 years as Queen of Canada

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Au...

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Australia, and other Commonwealth realms) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today marks the 66th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension as Queen of Canada, the United Kingdom, and 14 other nations.  She is also the head of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne of Canada when her father, King George VI passed away in the early hours of February 6th, 1952.  Prior to this date, she was the Heir Presumptive to the crown.

While Her Majesty predominantly lives in the United Kingdom, she has come home to Canada on many occasions, and has personally undertaken many duties in her official capacity as Queen of Canada, both in Canada, and abroad.  When not in Canada, Her Majesty is represented at the Federal level by the Governor General, in each province by a Lieutenant Governor. Continue reading

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Happy 5th Anniversary

February 3rd 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of my blog.  I would like to thank everyone who has stopped by to read my posts.

I have discussed many different topics from operas, stage shows, and movies that I have seen, to condominium issues and reforms, to sports, to the passing of several recognizable people. Continue reading

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Tosca Succeeds in HD

Poster for the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

Poster for the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Saturday January 27th, 2018 the Metropolitan Opera (The Met) aired their new production of Puccini’s Tosca.  The director for this production is Sir David McVicar, with sets and costumes by John Macfarlane, and lighting by David Finn.  The conductor was Emmanuel Villaume.

The performance starred Sonya Yoncheva as Floria Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo as Mario Cavaradossi, and Željko Lučić as Scarpia, with Patrick Carfizzi as the Sacristan. Continue reading

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Vladimir Guerrero leads Class of 2018

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Main Gallery, National Baseball Hall of Fame (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame (i.e. Cooperstown) has announced that four players will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

The players elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America are Chipper Jones (97.2%), Vladimir Guerrero (92.9%) , Jim Thome (89.8%), and Trevor Hoffman (79.9%). Continue reading

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2017: In Review

It’s December 31st, 2017.  I’d like to thank everyone who has visited my site this year.

Let’s look at some of  the highlights of the year: Continue reading

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Johnny Bower Passes Away at 93

It has been announced that legendary Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower has passed away at 93 after a bout with pneumonia.

Mr. Bower was a four time Stanley Cup Champion with the Toronto Maple Leafs, leading them to three straight titles in 1962, 1963, and 1964 before being a member of the Leafs during their last title win in 1967. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

I hope you get to spend time with your family and friends.

May all the blessings of Christmas be found for you and your family.  Continue reading

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Team Canada Names World Juniors Team

Team Canada has announced the members of their team for the 2018 World Junior Tournament, which begins December 26th.

The team consists of: Continue reading

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Halifax Explosion 100 Years Later

Today, December 6th 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s worst man made disaster.  On this date in 1917, the SS Mont-Blanc collided with the SS Imo in the harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The SS Mont-Blanc was loaded with explosives and a fire started after the collision.  The fire quickly spread and caused a large exploration when it made it to the cargo hold. Continue reading

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Etobicoke Celebrates 27th Annual Santa Claus Parade

The south Etobicoke communities of Long Branch and New Toronto celebrated their 27th annual Santa Claus parade.

The parade takes place along Lake Shore Blvd. W., starting at 10 a.m. at Dwight Ave. in New Toronto.  The parade heads west along the Lake Shore to 35th St. in Long Branch.

Here are some pictures from the parade: Continue reading

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