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Monday, 1 July 2013

Happy Canada Day 2013!

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Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks, on land, in airplanes and on our ships at sea! Today is our day. Canada is ours to fight for; a true north strong + free from greed, injustice + exploitation. As teachers we must continue to fight the good fight, for social justice and democratic rights, at school, in our communities, and at Queens Park + in Ottawa. But for today ........ Don't forget to relax, put up your feet, and start the BBQ! Enjoy!



Official Stuff!

International Readers Guide! So just what the heck is this Canada Day thing all about?!? Learn more @ Oh Canada!?

J.J's Complete Guide to Canada is very complete @ J.J.McCullough

Here's a good site for info you should know about Canada @ Oh, Canada?

Here's Ontario Premier Wynne's Canada Day greeting to Ontarians @ Premier

Here's Ontario Opposition + Party Leader Tim Hudak's Canada Day statement @ Opposition leader

I can't find any official Canada Day statement links for the Ontario NDP. Kindly help if you can. There are no links on their website or the twitter account listed that I can see. I really think they should get their communications act together coz this isn't the first time this has happened. I'm sure at least Andrea Horwath must've said something somewhere. Sincerest Regrets. Check 4 yourself @ NDP?

Some Consolation: NDP's Rosario Marchese's + Olivia Chow's invitation to a free Canada Day BBQ at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto is @ NDP BBQ

Here's where you can see celebrations today + fireworks tonight across Toronto. When I stop to think about it I'm not so sure I really like to celebrate special occasions with explosions even if they look nice. Try telling me that to a kid though! Maybe it's something primal? Anyway see @ Firework Celebrations


The 1867 Fathers of Confederation: Can you name them? See the links above!

Canada Mania! For all readers~

Here's 50 great gifts from Canada to the world @ Made in Canada!

Only in Canada @ Very funny!

10 reasons why Toronto is not just the city that elected Rob Ford mayor @ Toronto Top 10

Here's a list of 117 Canadian slang words + phrases; toonie, toque etc. @ Canadiana

Here's the results of Toronto Life's poll on the all time greatest Top 100 Canadian songs. They think it's ironic that the Guess Who's "American Woman" comes in at #1. Besides being a great rocker, it seems to me it describes Canadians love/ hate relationship with the USA perfectly. How Canadian can you get?!? ;-) See the list @ Top 100 Greatest?

Here's Huffington Post's programmable Top Canadian jukebox with music + videos @ Party playlist


Bonjour! I'm Jacques! We are here from France to discover you! Comprehend?

First Nation's Idle No More co-founder Sheelah McLean reflects on the Canadian identity and the meaning of Canada Day @ Canadian history + myths

Here's a list of Canadian TV stars you might recognize @ By Golly!

Here's where you will usually find Canadians in the wilds of television land @ No kidding?!?

Who are the 5 Canadians most of us would want to attend our BBQ? The 5 we wouldn't? Read @ MacLeans

Canadian songster Tim Hicks says you can tell Canada is greater than the USA because we have stronger beer. So there! Hear his song @ Stronger Beer

Here's Amazon.ca's list of the Top 100 most essential Canadian books. Alice Munro's "Love of a Good Woman" is #1. Hmmm. It also has lists of the top best sellers. "Walter the Farting Dog" comes in at  #9. Go figure. It also lists the top essential and the best selling top Canadian DVD's and CD's plus there's a lot more @ Top Reads!

Feel like some controversy? Here's a book review on the Big Shift by Darrell Bicker + John Ibbitson. They claim the great Canadian Liberal consensus is changing drastically to the right within our new multicultural milieu. How will it effect schooling? Read @ Big Shift


Happy Canada Day from Toronto Ontario Canada!

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