Toronto Mike

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Natural Canadian Flags

I recently came across Don Komarechka's natural Canada flag picture on Reddit.  I quite like it. It inspired another photographer over there, known only to me as Cuervo2099 on Reddit.  I like this one, too. I like this new trend.  Who's next?
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A Part Of Our Heritage Vignettes

In the 1990s, we learnt a great deal about Canadian history from the A Part Of Our Heritage vignettes that played on television during commercial breaks.  Where else was I going to learn to ask aloud "burnt toast, Dr. Penfield?" Here are a couple of my other favourites.... First, there's
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Happy Birthday Canada

Happy Birthday, Canada, you're 145 years young today.  Here area few entries I've written about you over the past 9.5 years. Vimy RidgeO Canada! (2003 Version)A Distinct IdentityBlame CanadaReason Number 32Our Other AnthemThe Maple Music RevolutionMy Ten Favourite Song References to A Canadian PlaceBest Canadian MoviesTop 100 Canadian
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11.11.11 Remembrance

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause and remember the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom and democracy during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and
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D-Day to Victory

My friend Julie works for the company that helped build http://ddaytovictory.ca.  I quite like it, and wanted to share it before 11/11/11. On the website, users follow the Allies, tracing their path from Normandy to Berlin on an interactive map interface, and exploring the key events
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Canada Is A Very Happy Place

24/7 Wall St. has named "The Happiest Countries in the World".  Canada finished in second place. Canada scores extremely well in the majority of metrics used to calculate “well-being.” The country has the tenth greatest life expectancy of all OECD countries. Furthermore, 88% of people in Canada report being
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Arcade Fire Hit Mainstream

Late last night, Arcade Fire upset Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminem and Katy Perry to win the most prestigious Grammy Award, for album of the year.  Most people, it seems, hadn't heard of Arcade Fire. In fact, a website is collecting America's response to Arcade Fire's big win.  You've got
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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow  Between the crosses, row on row,  That mark our place; and in the sky  The larks, still bravely singing, fly  Scarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days ago  We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,  Loved, and were loved,
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Canadians in the NFL

I'm watching a bit of the Bills game.  It's here in Toronto, so the broadcasters just went through the obligatory "Canadians in the NFL" segment. That got me wondering, how many Canadians are playing in the NFL today?  Surprisingly few, it seems... Cory Greenwood, KC, Kingston, ON Vaughn Martin, SD,
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Happy Contrived Summer Holiday!

Most of us in Canada have the day off today.  It's a Civic Holiday, or as I like to call it, Contrived Summer Holiday. Essentially, with a whole summer between Canada Day and Labour Day, we needed a summer holiday.  The first Monday of August sounded good, and most provinces
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Our Haiti Relief Song is Better Than Yours

American musicians re-recorded We Are The World to raise money for Haiti and now we have a Canadian response.  The collective is called Young Artists for Haiti and they've recorded K'naan's Wavin' Flag. Here are the soloists: K'naanNelly FurtadoSam RobertsAvril LavignePierre BouvierTyler ConnollyKardinal OffishallJully BlackLIGHTSDeryck WhibleySerena RyderJacob HoggardEmily HainesHawksley WorkmanDrakeChin
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