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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, History, Lifestyle, 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» 

Animals, 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, History

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» 


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, History, Immigration & Refuge, Indigenous, Lifestyle, 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, History, 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,» 

History, Indigenous, Politics, Society

National Aboriginal Day in Canada

The day was established in 1996 by then Governor-General Romeo Leblanc. Over one million Canadians identify as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit. In creating the day of recognition for First Nations contributions to Canada, the original proclamation read in part,» 

Health, History, International, Military

Emotions, effort, and fund raising for wounded veterans

It’s called the Battlefield Bike Ride, and this was the 17th edition organized by the non-profit Wounded Warriors Canada This year in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, some 150 riders signed up to ride across northern France to raise money» 


Ottawa unveils Royal Tour details

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly unveiled today the details of the upcoming Royal Tour by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, who will be travelling to Canada at the end of June to take part in celebrations of the»