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Frigid weather brings Canada 150 celebrations to an end, just a bit early

Canada’s 150th birthday party ended with something of wimper on Sunday night. Skaters on the Canada 150 ice rink look on as fireworks explode above Centre Block’s Peace Tower during the illumination launch ceremony of Christmas Lights Across Canada on» 

Arts and Entertainment

Canada 150: skating out the anniversary year

This is Canada’s 150th year and with lots of events having taken place to celebrate,. One of the attractions to end this anniversary year is the creation of a skating rink on the lawn of Canada’s Parliament. Artistic rendering of» 

Politics

Medals for “unsung heroes” (and Senators)

About half of Canada’s Senators are accepting medals for themselves which have been struck to give to Canadians who have contributed to make Canada a better place but who don’t usually make the headlines or get recognition. Earlier this year» 

Arts and Entertainment, International

MosaiCanada 150, perhaps a more permanent installation

MosaicCanada 150, is the gift to Canadians from three levels of government, 600 volunteers, and the visionary behind the team that created the exhibit. The federal government, the provincial government of the French-speaking province of Quebec, and the city of» 

Arts and Entertainment, Politics, Society

Canada 150: Big crowds, increased security needs, and frustration

Canada’s national celebration on July 1st in this special 150th anniversary was supposed to be a wonderful event in national capital, Ottawa. And it was, for tens of thousands of spectators and visitors some of whom travelled long distances to take» 

Environment, Society

Canada’s national bird…not yet

Many countries, if not most have a so-called “national bird”. It’s official, Canada still doesn’t have one. In January of 2015, the Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS) launched a contest to name a national bird. The idea was to have» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

Art will tell four stories of marginalized peoples

A new project celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary will tell the story of four marginalized communities and how artists are going about depicting them. Creators of the Lost Stories project solicited stories and then chose four from 150 submissions from across» 

Society

Canada 150 by the numbers

Statistics Canada has been telling the country’s story in numbers for more than a century and to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation the federal data agency has prepared a numerical snapshot of Canada. Statistics Canada’s has compiled interesting» 

Environment, Immigration & Refugees, Indigenous, Society

Canada 150: What makes Canada great? Many answers, no consensus

A couple of recent polls have sought to get a sense of what Canadians feel about themselves and their country. Conducted by the firm IPSOS for Historica Canada, one survey posed a series of questions to 1,003 adults online. There» 

Economy, Society

Canada 150: surprising popularity in sales of “stuff”

Even as we approach the date of Canada’s biggest celebration ever, a visitor might be hard pressed to realize it.  Canadians have a tendency  to be shall we say, a tad low-key, about such things On July 1 this year,»