Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth realms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today (March 12th, 2018) is Commonwealth Day in the countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Commonwealth Day, celebrated on the second Monday of March throughout the Commonwealth, as its name suggests celebrates the Commonwealth.
Traditionally, in London, Queen Elizabeth II leads a celebration at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and the Commonwealth High Commissioners. Her Majesty is the Head of the Commonwealth, and normally reads a speech in honour of the occasion. Continue reading
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Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star. One question raised in his article demonstrates why condominium owners in Ontario still need to insist on more protections in the Condominium Act.
The question raised is as follows: Continue reading
The cast of M*A*S*H from Season 8 onwards (clockwise from left): Mike Farrell, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, David Ogden Stiers, Loretta Swit, Alan Alda, Harry Morgan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It has been reported that actor David Ogden Stiers has passed away at 75. He is best remembered for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester on M*A*S*H.
Mr. Stiers was born in 1945 and grew up in Oregon. He would have a few guest appearances on shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, and Rhoda prior to landing the role he is most famous for, Major Winchester in M*A*S*H in 1977. He would remain on the show until the end of the series 1983. He would win two Emmy awards while working on the show. Continue reading
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Tagged 75, ALF, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO, David Ogden Stiers, dead, Death, Ernest Bloch Music Festival, Kojak, Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Newport Symphony Orchestra, Rhoda, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, TSO
Team Canada has set a personal best record at the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning a total of 29 medals (11 Gold, 8 Silver, and 10 Bronze) for third place overall. The team would also finish in third place for Gold medal count. Only Norway and Germany would win more Gold Medals (14 each) and more total medals overall (Norway 39, and Germany 31). The previous record for total medals won by Team Canada was 26, set at the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver.
The games were held with some controversies as the Russian team was barred from attending the games due to doping allegations (although many athletes from Russia were still allowed to compete as the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” or “OAR”), and for the first time since the 1994 Winter Olympics NHL hockey players were not allowed to compete at the Olympics.
The following teams/individuals are bringing medals home to Canada: Continue reading
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Tagged Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, Alex Gough, Alexander Kopacz, Andrew Ebbett, Ann-Renée Desbiens, Bailey Bram, Ben Scrivens, Blayre Turnbull, Brady Leman, Brandon Kozun, Brianne Jenner, Brigette Lacquette, Brittany Phelan, Cassie Sharpe, Charle Cournoyer, Charles Hamelin, Chay Genoway, Chris Kelly, Christian Thomas, Cody Goloubef, Derek Roy, Emily Clark, Eric O'Dell, Eric Radford, Gabrielle Daleman, Geneviève Lacasse, Gilbert Brulé, Haley Irwin, Jenn Wakefield, Jillian Saulnier, Jocelyne Larocque, John Morris, Justin Kripps, Justin Peters, Justin Snith, Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Kaetlyn Osmond, Kaillie Humphries, Kaitlyn Lawes, Karl Stollery, Kelsey Serwa, Kevin Poulin, Kim Boutin, Laura Fortino, Laura Stacey, Lauriane Rougeau, Laurie Blouin, Linden Vey, Marc-André Gragnani, Marie-Philip Poulin, Mark McMorris, Mason Raymond, Mat Robinson, Maxence Parrot, Maxim Lapierre, Maxim Noreau, Mélodie Daoust, Meagan Duhamel, Meaghan Mikkelson, Meghan Agosta, Mikaël Kingsbury, Natalie Spooner, Pascal Dion, Patrick Chan, Phylicia George, Quinton Howden, Rebecca Johnston, Renata Fast, Rene Bourque, Rob Klinkhammer, Samuel Edney, Samuel Girard, Sarah Nurse, Sébastien Toutant, Scott Moir, Shannon Szabados, Ted-Jan Bloemen, Tessa Virtue, Tristan Walker, Wojtek Wolski
Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star. Let’s look at some of the questions:
QUESTION: Our condominium manager responded to my request — I’m a director on our condo’s board — to examine certain condominium records by advising that I must submit the prescribed Request for Records form.
She advised that the corporation will respond within 30 days to say whether the records will be provided and, if not, then giving the reason and any applicable legislation. Is she correct? Do I as a director need to submit the form? And also, does this not render owners’ meetings useless since owners request all types of information at those meeting?
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
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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Tagged Castel Sant'Angelo, David Finn, Emmanuel Villaume, Giacomo Puccini, John Macfarlane, Met Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Palazzo Farnese, Patrick Carfizzi, Sant'Andrea della Valle, Sir David McVicar, Sonya Yoncheva, The Met, Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo, Željko Lučić
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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Tagged Alan Trammell, Anaheim Angels, and Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball Hall of Fame, Baseball Writers' Association of America, Chicago White Sox, Chipper Jones, Class of 2018, Cleveland Indians, Cooperstown, Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, Hall of Fame, Jack Morris, Jim Thome, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Modern Baseball Era Committee, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero
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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