Forget Canada’s two solitudes. The country once divided by language – French in Quebec and English elsewhere – is now defined as an East-West economic rift, according to Michael Mendelson, Senior Scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.
Mendelson says the economy once based largely on the manufacturing sector in central Canada – Ontario and Quebec – is now driven largely by the western provinces’ natural resource industries, especially Alberta and Saskatchewan.
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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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Students in Toronto report feeling stress and anxiety that drives them to tears and to lose sleep. A wide-ranging survey of 103,000 students by the Toronto District School Board found they are uncertain and worried about their future. These results will be used by the board to plan future strategy for its already-existing mental health services.
In answering questionnaires, almost 60 per cent of students in Grades 7 and 8 said they worried about their future all the time or sometimes. By high school the percentage grew to 73 per cent.
Teens reported feeling tired, having trouble concentrating or making decisions. Almost half didn’t believe they could get over their difficulties and one in three wanted to cry all the time.
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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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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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