Happy Dominion Day 2020!!!!

The Maple Leaf

Happy Dominion Day to everyone in Canada! July 1st, 2020 marks the 153rd birthday for the Dominion of Canada since Confederation on July 1st, 1867.

Confederation was created thanks to the hard work of many people, and helped to create the Canada we know today.

On July 1st, 1867, three British colonies: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada (the combined colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, now Ontario and Quebec.)

Other provinces and territories were added over the years: Manitoba (1870), Northwest Territories (1870), British Columbia (1871), Prince Edward Island (1873), Yukon Territory (1898), Alberta (1905), Saskatchewan (1905), Newfoundland and Labrador (1949), and Nunavut (1999.)

So, Happy 153rd Birthday, Canada!

English: International Convention at Quebec of...

International Convention at Quebec of Delegates of the Legislatures of Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, October 1864, Quebec City, Canada East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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‘The Undertaker’ Retires

Wrestler ‘The Undertaker’ (real name Mark Calaway) has announced his retirement after almost 30 years with the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/WWE.)  The announcement was made during the latest episode of Undertaker: The Last Ride documentary series on June 21st, 2020. Continue reading

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Dame Vera Lynn has Passed Away

Famed British singer Dame Vera Lynn, who helped to keep up the morale of the Allies during the Second World War has passed away at the age of 103.

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Spring 2020

So far, the spring of 2020 has required a lot of sacrifices by all of us.  Getting out to get pictures has been difficult for the most of the spring, but as our restrictions have slowly decreased, I have managed to go out and get some pictures, which I hope will act as a source of inspiration and support for you! Continue reading

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76th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

Juno Beac

Juno Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, June 6th 2020, marks the 76th Anniversary of Canada‘s involvement in the D-Day landings in Normandy France.

On June 6th 1944, members of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, with the help of the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Marines, landed on the beach code named JUNO in the early morning.

The Canadians had some of the best results on the first day of fighting – some troops progressed further on the first day of fighting than any other units. Canadians were dealt with 359 dead, 574 wounded, and 47 captured on the first day of fighting.

Let us not forget the sacrifices made that day, and throughout the war, to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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Happy Victoria Day 2020

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George ...

Queen Victoria by Sir George Hayter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, May 18th 2020, is Victoria Day in Canada. I want to wish every Canadian a very happy and safe Victoria Day.

Today marks the celebration of the birthday of Canada’s first monarch, Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901 and was Monarch when four British colonies – Canada West (Ontario), Canada East (Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia – were combined together to create the Dominion of Canada.

Queen Victoria would see Canada grow rapidly, with the purchase of Rupert’s Land to form the Northwest Territory, as well Manitoba, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island all joining Confederation. Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of V-E Day

Today, May 8th 2020, marks the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) and the end of World War II in Europe.

1.1 million Canadians would serve during the war, and saw action in every theatre, but most saw action on the North Atlantic and in Europe.  55,000 military personnel would be wounded, while another 42,000 would never make it home again.

Canada was attacked during the Battle of the St. Lawrence, and our naval personnel would play a vital role in keeping the supply chain with the U.K. and Europe open via the North Atlantic. Continue reading

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Happy 65th Birthday to The Canadian

Prince Albert Park on The Canadian

Today, April 24th 2020, VIA Rail’s flagship train, The Canadian, turns 65 years old.

On April 24th, 1955 the Canadian Pacific Railway began running The Canadian on a daily schedule between Toronto/Montreal and Vancouver.  The train ran from Vancouver, British Columbia to Sudbury, Ontario where it would be split into two sections with one section going to Montreal, Quebec, and the other going to Toronto, Ontario. Continue reading

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Actress Shirley Douglas has passed away at 86

Famed Canadian actress Shirley Douglas has passed away at the age of 86.

Ms. Douglas is best remembered for her role as matriarch May Bailey in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) series Wind at My Back.  She also appeared as Madeleine Albright in the miniseries, The Path to 9/11.  Other series include Road to Avonlea, Flash Gordon, and Street Legal. Continue reading

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Some Encouragement

As the world grips with the coronavirus, I thought that I would spread some cheer with some spring related pictures to help encourage everyone to handle the hurdles in their life at the moment:

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