Toronto Mike

O Canada

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Good Riddance to the Penny

I almost never use cash.  Just about everything I buy, from a McDonald's coffee to my groceries, goes on my President's Choice MasterCard.  I'm trying to remember the last time I bought something with cash and I'm drawing a blank. For this reason, I won't even notice the penny has
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Canada is the Most Educated Country in the World

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the 10 most educated countries in the world.  Canada tops the list. Here's their top 10: CanadaIsraelJapanUnited StatesNew ZealandSouth KoreaUnited KingdomFinlandAustraliaIrelandIn 2010, 51% of our Canadian population had completed a tertiary education, which takes
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A Day of 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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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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