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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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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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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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Montreal School Board's Art Treasures For Sale

The English Montreal School Board is saying good-bye to a trove of art treasures collected over the years. Formerly known as the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, it was often the recipient of gifts and donations of art in the past.  As far back as the 1930’s, it was not uncommon for parents, alumni, or indeed artists themselves to honour schools with gifts of art.

Then in the 1960’s, Anne Savage, a well-known painter herself and teacher at Montreal’s Baron Byng High School, helped acquire more works and donated some of her own pieces when she became curator of the collection.  Many of the paintings were hung in schools and on display in the Board’s head office in Montreal  The PSBGM Cultural Heritage Foundation was the non-profit group established to oversee the collection.

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Lawyers want to improve their image

In Canada lawyers are often the butt of jokes. They are painted as aggressive, greedy and manipulative. But some lawyers are fed up and in the central province of Ontario the bar association will launch a publicity campaign to try to improve their image.

“Why I went to law school” is the slogan for the campaign. Lawyers explain the noble reasons why they decided to get into the legal profession. Some of the stories will be packaged by an ad agency and put on radio, in print and on the internet.

All lawyers from Ontario will be encouraged to go on line and explain the ways they have contributed to society and then spread the word. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins reports.

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