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Canada's Last WWI Veteran Dies

John Babcock, Canada’s last known First World War veteran, has died. John Babcock was 109 years old. John Babcock was ready to fight in the Great War so we can live in a country where the great national stress is a shootout victory over Switzerland in Olympic men's hockey.
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Canada for Haiti

On Friday night at 7pm, CBC, CTV and Global Television will air "Canada for Haiti", a fundraiser to support earthquake relief for Haiti.  The one-hour, commercial-free event will also be streamed online at the networks' websites and broadcast on CBC Radio Two. Joining hosts Cheryl Hickey, Ben Mulroney and George
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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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Buy Canadian

For the life of me, I can't remember who sent me the "Buy Canadian" email this morning.  I think it was Mike from Lowville, please correct me if I'm wrong... I got the instant message while balancing four burning issues. I thought it was a valid point and worthy of
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I Am Canadian

In 2000, a certain beer company launched an ad entitled "The Rant".  You may have seen it.  It starred Jeff Douglas as Joe, a proud Canadian with something to say.  Here's the ad. On July 1, 2000, I was at Molson Park for an Edgefest when Jeff Douglas actually delivered
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Canadian War Posters

McGill University has a great collection of Canadian war posters online. The holdings of the Print Collection in the Rare Books and Special Collections Division include some 250 Canadian posters from the two World Wars. The posters are accessible to researchers who visit the Division's Lande Reading Room; a printed
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49 Songs

I'm a sucker for all these Canadian music features the CBC like to throw at us every few years.  The latest is from CBC Radio 2.  Starting this morning, CBC Radio 2 is inviting us Canadians to help select the top “49 songs from north of the 49th parallel” that
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A Figurehead With Power

When they taught us in primary school about our Governor General, they always referred to the position as symbolic and merely a figurehead with no actual power.  Canada is, after all, a democratic nation, and the Governor General is merely a tip of the hat to the Queen of England.
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117,000 Reasons to Remember

Veteran's Affairs Canada provides general statistics about Canada's participation in war, including numbers of casualties.  It doesn't include our recent losses in Afghanistan, but the figures are still staggering for a country our size. South Africa War (1899-1902) Approximately 7,000 Canadians served; 267 of them gave their lives.First
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Does VANOC Own Our National Anthem?

Not only am I not an economist, but I'm also not a lawyer. As a non-lawyer, I find myself confused by copyright law. This story says the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee has trademarked the line "With glowing hearts".  That's right, they've trademarked a line from "O Canada", our national anthem.
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O Canada, Vegas Style

Vegas Geoff just sent this over. I just came across this absolutely fantastic clip of our anthem being butchered during a Las Vegas Posse CFL game. Apparently, the story goes that this singer, Dennis "KC" Parks, had never heard the anthem before, so just tried to wing it. As you
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Canada Turns 141

Happy Birthday, Canada, you're 141 years young today. Over the past 5.5 years I've written quite a bit about you.  All of those posts can be found at http://www.torontomike.com/o_canada/.  This is a great day to dive in and revisit those red and white entries.
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Jayde Nicole Ends Drought

I see at Canadian Thinker that the drought is finally over. 26 years ago, Canadian Shannon Tween was named Playboy's Playmate of the Year.  For the first time since, that title belongs to another Canadian.  Jayde Nicole, 22, of Port Perry, Ontario, has been named Playboy's 2008 Playmate of the
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