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Trudeaumania

Canada is a great country, having seen mostly peace for all of its existence, and being one of the countries whose history is almost impeccably laudable. Building that amazing history has partly been due to the fact that our leaders have mostly done the right thing for our country. And when the topic of good leaders come, our modern history has seen one whose name always stands out. Pierre Trudeau, the father of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been an inspiration for an entire generation, with his wonderful period as a Prime Minister.

A personality that dominated the entire country with such ferocity as never seen in our country’s history, Pierre Trudeau had a great career as a popular political figure, loved by many. Beginning his career as a lawyer and activist in Quebec politics, Trudeau joined the Liberal Party in 1960s, and was quickly appointed the Parliamentary Secretary of Lester B. Pearson. He went on to become the Minister of Justice of the country. Such was his following that some even give it the term “Trudeaumania.” He stayed as Prime Minister for a long period, before resigning from his post finally in 1984. His leadership has been seen as a remarkable, and often favorably polarizing period for Canada.


An example of him holding tight to his decision in a crisis is the FLQ episode. Canadians were shocked on October 19, 1970 when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the House of Commons passed the War Measures Act.

The federal and Quebec governments where struggling with the Front de Liberation du Quebec(FLQ). The had kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James Cross on October 5. They held him for a ransom of $500,000 and demanded that the CBC broadcast the FLQ manifesto.

Then they abducted Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte on October 10; his body was discovered eight days later.

At one point, from the steps of parliament, the press asked him about the extreme implementation of the War Measures Act, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau replied, “Just watch me.” That statement would forever become a part of Trudeau’s legacy.

Some of his biggest national achievements during his term as Prime Minister were suppressing the Quebec sovereign movement, and building Canada as a nation with unity as a core principle. He is also known for introducing bilingualism as official policy of Canada, and for his Patriation of the Constitution. It was under him that Canada stopped being ruled by British laws that could be changed by the British, and it was the moment when Canada finally got sovereignty. This event has had him hailed as the “father of modern Canada”.

PM Pierre Trudeau doing a pirouette behind the Queen

Every great person has critics, and so did Pierre Trudeau. His critics impugn him with claims of arrogance and poor economic management, and of having centralized the management of Canada (which has been hailed as a very good thing by others), thus robbing Quebec of the culture and economy of Prairies. But whatever the naysayers speak, Trudeau has been consistently shown up in a list of the greatest Prime Ministers of Canada.

Pierre Trudeau has been considered one of the most loved, and the most hated of the Canadian Prime Ministers. This is because of the charisma and confidence that he held, along with his focus on uniting Canada and making sure that the country has one holistic identity. But he is also known for his antipathy towards his political opponents, and his dislike for any sort of compromise have also gained him some critics. In fact, it has been said the it was Mackenzie King, who was the only other person who had matched such levels of electoral success as Pierre Trudeau. This mad made Canada what it is today, fought for recognition, and suppressed any factional uprisings to make the country whole. That is something that is going to be on the history books forever.

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I’m taking a moment

He was my friend for ten years and I miss him every day.

Photo of Rufus

Furrr-ball with ears

Rufus as a kitten

First week with his new home

Rufus

What can you say about this pic, eh?

Rufus on Day 1

First trip home!

Now THAT'S a lap!

Now THAT’S a lap!

You have to pat me before you pass!

You have to pat me before you pass!

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God bless you, Rufus!

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Animals, Photography

 

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Capturing an Underwater Goddess!

Benjamin Von Wong

Benjamin Von Wong is a photographer from Montreal.  I recently saw his photographs featuring a beautiful woman, underwater, with a 50-year old shipwreck.  You can see how amazing his photos are.  Then I continued to be surprised when I learned that these photos were not photoshopped!  In Bali, he and his team dove underwater to take these shots.  The model had to hold her breath for 3 to 4 minutes at a time!  Yep, very impressive.

I could not find much about who Wong is, unfortunately.  And though I would have liked to dig deeper, I also think that his works tell a story all on their own.  So I am giving you links that you can follow to see his amazing work for yourself!

The best place to start, would be his official website at www.vonwong.com.  He has his own dedicated Facebook page that is entertaining. Then another site that showcases his work would be at My Modern Met blog.  I suggest you visit where I first learned of Von Wong, at demilked.

 

 

 

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First in the world, don’t you know

Just a re-blog of a while back.  I was going through older posts and liked this one.  So here it is again …

George Edouard Desbarats published the first issue of Canadian Illustrated News in Montreal on October 30, 1838. It is the world’s first to use the new half-tone technique to reproduce a photograph.

English: Canadian Illustrated News, Vol.XXII, ...

English: Canadian Illustrated News, Vol.XXII, No. 7, Page 97. Photo: From Library and Archives Canada. Title: Come to Stay Artist: Julien, Henri, 1852-1908 Date: 14 August, 1880 Pagination: vol.XXII, no. 7, 97 Notes: Canada welcomes these bands of immigrants who, in such numbers, last week, came to settle in the Dominion, instead of passing to the United States. Subject: Immigrants Record: 110 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Yousuf Karsh, Canadian Photographer

I recently did a post in which Doug of WeggieBoy reminded me of Yousuf Karsh, a famous Canadian photographer. So I would like to introduce you to him in today’s post.

Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh – Self Portret
Date 1938 / Ottawa, Ontario
Source This image is available from Library and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number PA-212511.

Yousuf Karsh was born on December 23, 1908, in Mardin, a city in the eastern Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey). His childhood wasn’t to be envied in the least. He grew up during the Armenian Genocide. He is quoted as saying, “I saw relatives massacred; my sister died of starvation as we were driven from village to village.” [Lucas, Dean (2007). “Famous Pictures Magazine – Churchill’s Portrait”. Famous Pictures Magazine.]

Winston Churchill 1941 photo by Yousuf Karsh

Winston Churchill 1941 photo by Yousuf Karsh

When he reached the age of 16, his parents sent Yousuf to live with his uncle George Nakash, a photographer in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Karsh would assist in his uncle’s studio. Nakash saw great potential in his nephew and in 1928 arranged for Karsh to apprentice with portrait photographer John Garo in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Four years later, he returned to Canada. In 1931 he started working with photographer, John Powls, in his studio at 130 Sparks Street in Ottawa, Ontario. When Powls retired in 1933, Karsh took over the studio. His first solo exhibition was in 1936 at the Château Laurier hotel.

Prime Minister Mackenzie King discovered Karsh, and he was so impressed that he arranged introductions with visiting dignitaries for portrait sittings. Karsh’s work further attracted the attention of various celebrities. On December 30, 1941, he took this now iconic photograph of Winston Churchill. His career took off and he became internationally known for his portraits.

He moved his studio into the Château Laurier hotel in 1973, and it remained there until he retired in 1992.

In the late 1990s Karsh moved to Boston. On July 13, 2002, aged 93, he died at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital after complications following surgery. He was laid to rest at Notre Dame Cemetery in Ottawa.

A good place to see Karsh’s portraits is through Google. Another place to visit would be his Official Website. Another site that I only discovered today is PhotoQuotes (Quotations from the world of photography). I also recommend visiting The Ottawa Citizen.

 

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The NSA isn’t the only one spying on you…

The NSA isn’t the only one spying on you…

Here’s a smile for you! tk

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Animals, Entertainment, Humour, Photography, Reblogged

 

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Sochi 2014

Hope this will make you smile!

Sochi 2014 CBC/Radio-Canada app http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/canadian-pets-enjoy-the-sochi-2014-olympics.html

Not just humans are enjoying the Games at Sochi!

 

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