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Ungava Gin a winner at recent World Spirits Competition

Ungava Canadian Premium Gin was honoured with “Best in Show” at the recent World Spirits Competition held in Austria. Last summer it took home two “Excellent” scores from New York City at the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge. 

The stand-out yellow liquid, in the bottle with the Inuktitut writing on it, is growing in popularity and developing a new generation of gin drinkers around the world. 

The idea began in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, with the proprietors of Domaine Pinnacle.  The ice-cider producers had moved into beverages using local maple syrup, and then they began thinking about gin.

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Girl Guides of Canada, new leader, new uniform, new directions

The Girls Guides of Canada has a new leader, and is also showing off a brand new uniform for girls aged five to 18.

Sharron Callahan of Newfoundlane and Labrador is the new and recently installed Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada
She has been involved with Canadian Guiding from her own childhood first as a brownie, then later in life in a variety of leadership roles.

To talk about the new uniforms and modern additions to the focus of guiding, RCI's Marc Montgomery spoke to Chief Commissioner Callahan earlier this week

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Internet gives a new burst of energy to Esperanto on its 125th year

Esperanto, a language invented 125 years ago to help bridge cultural barriers, is increasingly popular thanks to the Internet. It is estimated that from half a million to 2 million people worldwide speak Esperanto, most of whom live in Europe.

“The Internet has given Esperanto a new burst of energy, says Joel Amis, executive administrator of the Esperantic Studies Foundation, in Montreal.

“It allows people to Skype to one another. E-mail has made corresponding much easier”, he adds.

Amis says the website, where people can learn Esperanto for free, has created a community of 125 000 registered users around the world. In Canada, has about 3 000 registered users.

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Brossard-Chinatown: web-doc on a unique community near Montreal

Around most major Canadian cities, there are often several suburban centres which have grown up around, and just outside the big city itself.

Although they are usually cities in their own rights, with a mayor, municipal services, shopping area, and other community services, they are also known as “bedroom communities”, or place where a large number of people go home to at night after commuting to and from the big city.

In Montreal, there are several such cities both to the north and south of the island itself.

The city of Brossard lies directly south of Montreal, just across the river. But what makes it somewhat different than many other communities, is that of its 82,000 population, one in ten is Chinese.

The interactive web-documentary was produced by Radio-Canada, in collaboration with Radio Canada International.

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Canada's National Flag Day

This week marks an important national anniversary for Canada.  On February 15th, 1965, the first distinctly Canada official national flag was raised in the cold air on Parliament Hill, in the national capital, Ottawa.

The idea was first proposed, to unappreciative even hostile reception, in the late 1950's.  Remaining fairly quiet at first, the debate began to heat up as the 1960's progressed.  The final design came after a long and often extremely bitter national debate on the political scene between the Liberal Prime Minister, Lester Pearson, seeking a new distinctly Canadian flag, and the Conservative opposition leader John Diefenbaker who staunchly supported the old Canadian Red Ensign of British Naval heritage.  

At the same time, the debate was also raging across all of Canada, and it too was at times very bitter, and yet it was an extremely exciting debate about creating a distinctly Canadian symbol, and to have it in time for Canada’s centennial year, when Canada would host the world at the international world fair, Expo 67.

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