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Artisans craft special yarn colours for Canada’s birthday

A small, family-run business has created a new palette of yarns to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. Each colour was inspired by one of Canada’s national parks such as the famous Banff National Park in the western Rocky» 

Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Society

The “thrift shop” find worth big money

It’s not quite the Picasso found at a yard sale story, but it’s not that far off. Maud Lewis was born and lived her life in the maritime province of Nova Scotia. She suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and lived in» 

Arts and Entertainment, Education, History, Indigenous, International, Military, Politics, Society

Victoria Day and the ‘Mothers of Confederation’

Victoria Day is the occasion for the holiday many Canadians are enjoying today, at least in central and western Canada. The Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador do not celebrate. And, in» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Lifestyle, Society

Celine Dion and Drake win big at Billboard Music Awards

Celine Dion performed and Drake collected awards last night in Los Vegas, at the annual Billboard Music Awards. The Toronto-based rapper is now the biggest winner ever, but Quebec-born singer, Celine Dion was the musical star of the event. Her powerful» 

Arts and Entertainment, History, International, Lifestyle, Science and Technology

Marionettes coming to life in a giant way in Montreal

Marionettes, giant ones, are taking over downtown streets in Montreal this weekend. The largest city in the French-speaking province of Quebec, celebrated the 375th anniversary of its founding on May 17th, 2017. The day began with a resounding chorus of» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

Free app promises enhanced visits to national parks

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year, the government is providing a free mobile application to help people plan and enjoy their visits to national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. Parks Canada has already made admission to the» 

Arts and Entertainment, History, International

Arts: The rare skill of restoration of antiquarian books

It’s a very rare occupation. Alex McGuckin of Edmonton, Alberta is one of only a handful of craftsmen who restore valuable antique books sometimes hundreds of years old. You’d have to call him an artisan. McGuckin came into the profession» 

Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Politics, Society

Arts- William Lyon Mckenzie King- his secret life

The life and times of Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister AKA “Weird Willie”. A new book looks at Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie-King, and also perhaps the strangest. However it also looks at the times and sensibilities» 

Arts and Entertainment, History, Immigration & Refuge, International

Novel tells of recent refugees and past slavery in Malta

When she arrived in Malta ten years ago, two things shocked Canadian author Ami Sands Brodoff; the  horror stories of refugees coming by boat and the history of Jews who were enslaved there in the 17th and 18th centuries. Author» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, Health, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Public input vs. the secrecy of free trade talks

The citizens advocacy group the Council of Canadians is decrying the ongoing secrecy of new international free trade talks. Highly secret talks were held in the past two weeks with China, and with TPP nations. In addition, the Council’s concerns»