“The day the guns fell silent”

Dutch & Canadian Bond Canada and the Netherlands have a special relationship. This dates back to World War II. If you would like to learn more about this, you can visit my sister-website and read about it.


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Happy Birthday, Florence!

International Nurses Week

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

For more information, I suggest the Canadian Nurses Association.


Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Canadian-related Links


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Dump truck like no other in the world!

Very Large Dump Truck In Sparwood, B.C., they call it simply “The Truck.” The truck in question, a 1974 Terex Titan, is the largest tandem axel dump truck in the world. The 350-tonne, 20-m-long, 3,300-hp vehicle is so big, it can fit two Greyhound buses and two pickuups in the box at the same time.

The Titan was assembled at the General Motors Diesel Division’s assembly plant in London, Ontario (click to see a map) in 1973.  Over the course of its four years of service at the Eagle Mountain mine, the “Titan” hauled about 3.5 million tons of earth.  After 13 years in service, the 33-19 was restored and is now preserved on static display as a tourist attraction in Sparwood, BC, Canada.

Are you thinking that you need to see this in person?  Well, then, I suggest visiting the Sparwood city visitors site.  Can’t wait?  Then you can also visit the Titan Cam. 



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♫ They Did It Their Way! ♫

Canadian music. It’s actually interesting.  Here are just a few highlights:

Canadian Pop Music Highlights

  • “American Woman” by the Guess Who (based in Winnipeg, Manitoba) hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list for three weeks in May 1970.
  • Musician Burton Cummings was born on December 31, 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a member of The Guess Who and was the first Canadian to have a quadruple platinum-selling album in the U.S. for his 1978 album Dream Of A Child.
  • Bryan Adams, Singer/songwriter, was born in Kingston, Ontario on November 5,1959.  He was the first Canadian musician to sell one million alburms in Canada with his 1984 album Reckless.
  • Anne Murray was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on June 20, 1945.  She was the first solo Canadian female artist to be awarded an American Gold album (500,000 sales) in 1970 with her second album This Way Is My Way.  It featured the well-known hit “Snowbird.”
  • Shania Twain, Canadian country music star, was born Windsor, Ontario on August 28, 1965.  Her second album (1995) The Woman in Me, holds the record for most weeks at Number One on Billboards’s country album chart.  It resided there for 29 weeks at the top and has sold more than 7.7 million copies.
  • Alanis Morissette, musician, was born in Ottawa on June 1, 1974.  She still holds the record for the best-selling American début for a female solo artist, for her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill.  The album won four Grammys and has sold more than 33 Million copies.
  • The band April Wine (from Halifax, Nova Scotia) became the first Canadian group to make a Platinum album (100,000 sales) in Canada just for advance sales, for The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy which was released in September 1976.  They also hold the record as the first tour to gross $1 million.
  • Céline Dion was born on March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec.  She was the first Canadian to receive a Gold Record in France.  She did this in 1983 at just 15 years old.
  • Justin Bieber was born in Stratford, Ontario, on March 1, 1994.  He is the first Canadian musician with five Number One albums on the Billboard 200 chart before turning 19 years old.  He achieved this for his  album My World 2.0 (2010),  Under the Mistletoe (2011), The Remixes (2011), Believe (2012), Believe Acoustic album (2013).

I hope you enjoyed the post.  Who are your favourite Canadian musicians?



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Over 200 Voices!

How many of you are familiar with impressionist Rich Little?  Did you also know that he was born right here in Ottawa (Canada’s capital)? I would like to introduce you to him today.

Little was born on November 26, 1938.  Little was an usher at the Elgin Movie Theatre in Ottawa where he would perfect his voices while standing at the back of the theatre. He started his amateur acting career at Ottawa’s Little Theatre, winning his first acting award at the Eastern Ontario Drama Festival in Deep River, Ontario.

In 1979, Little recorded, on videotape, a one-man adaption of A Christmas Carol called Rich Little’s Christmas Carol.  You can purchase this, with other recordings, from his official website at Rich

The best way to show just how talented he is, allow me to show you a few YouTube videos that showcases some of his appearances.

An interview with Rich little:

There are so many more on YouTube. I’d do a search on the site to find more. His best work, in my opinion, is when he was performing at roasts. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this.


Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Canadian, Funny, Reblogged, YouTube


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Earth Day 2015

I found this quiz that calculates your ecological footprints.  Unfortunately it uses flash, so not every device can take the quiz.  But the result I got was that if everyone lived as I do, we would need 2.1 planet Earth to provide enough resources.  Sorry people.  If you would like to take the quiz, you can find it at the Earth Day Network

Earth Day 2015

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year!

The 1992 Earth Flag pledge was written by Maurice Strong, the first executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme and former commissioner of the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1986. The 1992 pledge reads as follows:

I pledge to the best of my ability to help make the earth a safe and hospitable home for this and future generations.

The 2015 Earth Flag pledge is:

I pledge to make Earth Day Every Day and reduce my carbon footprint.

Walk softly to these links to read more about Earth Day: There’s the Earth Society Foundation, the Direct Design Now that explains how the movement started (very interesting read), and Earth Day Canada, and finally, the Earth Day Carol, where you can learn all about Earth Day with an app that is available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, and Nook Color devices.


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Early 19th century artifacts unearthed on Parliament Hill

Early 19th century artifacts unearthed on Parliament Hill


This is a fascinating article! – tkmorin

Originally posted on Metro News:

OTTAWA – If Parliament Hill has sometimes seemed throughout its history like a boozy, male-dominated powder keg, it’s worth noting that’s partly what it was built on.

Recent archeological digs outside some of the main buildings in the precinct have turned up tens of thousands of artifacts from the early 19th century.

They tell a story of life before Sir John A. Macdonald, before MPs and senators, and before Ottawa was even called Ottawa.

Starting in 1827, the area that is now Parliament Hill was called Barrack Hill, a staging ground for the British Royal Engineers to undertake the construction of the nearby Rideau Canal. It was overseen by Lt. Col. John By — for which Bytown (now Ottawa) was named. It remained a military area until 1858, when Queen Victoria designated the site the future capital.

When crews began to dig to the west and to the east of…

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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Canadian-related Links

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