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World’s Most Liveable Cities: Canada Scores High Again

Canada ties Australia with three of the top ten most liveable cities in the world, according to the 2018 global ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The two countries accounted for 60 percent of the top ten, with Calgary, Alberta ranking fourth, Vancouver, British Columbia ranking sixth…

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Wild Bison are Back in Banff National Park!

After an absence of over 100 years, wild bison are roaming the backcountry of Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park.  Driven almost to extinction in one human lifetime, the plains bison numbered an estimated 30 million across western Canada centuries ago.  Parks Canada, the federal gover…

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Go Global at Brandon’s Funky Farm to Fork Market

Not only is Brandon, Manitoba at the geographic centre of North America, it is at the centre of a food and cultural revolution known as the Global Market.  This downtown market is a project of Westman Chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association and brings together farmers, chefs, artists, musi…

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Outdoor Theatre Thrives in Armstrong Spallumcheen

If you are traveling across southern British Columbia (BC) this August, you’ll want to stop in Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen to catch the unique and highly entertaining Caravan Farm Theatre.  The professional outdoor theatre company and registered charity performs its productions on a…

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Calgary’s Pathways Top 1,000 Kilometres

The city of Calgary is known for its endless sunshine, friendly and dynamic people, and the Calgary Stampede.  But Alberta’s largest city is more than cowboys and big business.  The city recently completed “The Greenway,” a 138 kilometre (85 mile) cycling and walking pathway that connects 55 neighbo…

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Orphaned Black Bears Return to Banff National Park

Parks Canada, the government agency responsible for national parks across Canada, announced this week that three black bear cubs, originally found in a public washroom in April 2017, have been returned to Banff National Park in Alberta. The three orphans, now yearlings, are healthy and free in the b…

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Canada's Cool Capital

Check out this great article on Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.  Long-time Globe and Mail journalist John Ibbitson helps to dispel the myth of Ottawa as a government town with little personality.  As a former long-time resident of this beautiful, multicultural city of over one million people, I …

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Taste of Edmonton Starts Tomorrow

Bring your appetite to Edmonton, Alberta for one of North America’s top food festivals. 
Taste of Edmonton runs for twelve days starting on July 18 and is Western Canada’s largest food festival with over 350,000 visitors sampling fantastic food and listening to great music. Check it out in Cap…

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Loving Victoria British Columbia: One Artist’s Take on BC’s Capital City

When I reflect on British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria, I think of a relaxed west coast vibe, great food and beautiful nature.  But there is more to this Vancouver Island city. Check out this great article by Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Jacque…

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Amazon Grows its Business in Ottawa

Retail giant Amazon continues its Canadian love affair with its recent announcement of a new warehouse and distribution centre in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital.  The facility is expected to create an estimated 600 jobs with Amazon and an additional 1500 jobs in the local economy. Unlike the prev…

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Happy Canada Day!

Today we celebrate the 151st birthday of Canada. In these tumultuous and unpredictable times, it is reassuring to live in a country that still values freedom, equality and tolerance.  And while we don't always get right, we recognize the need to improve and safeguard rights and freedoms of every mem…

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Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa Make Global Quality of Life Top 20

Once again, Canada’s cities dominate the North American ranking of top cities for quality of life.  According to Mercer’s Quality of Life City Ranking, Vancouver, British Columbia (#5), the Ontario provincial capital of Toronto (#16) and the national capital of Ottawa (19) all made the top 20 i…

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Ottawa: Canada Day in Canada’s Capital City

I have many fond memories of Canada Day in Ottawa over the years.  Ottawa, the National Capital and fourth largest city in Canada (just under 1 million people) is a beautiful city by any standard and any time of year; however it shines even brighter on July 1st when thousands of Canadians from acro…

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Get Ready for Canada Day

July 1st is just around the corner.  People and communities are gearing up to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday and give thanks for living in such a safe, tolerant, free and democratic nation. Find out what’s going on across the country by clicking here.

 Find out more interesting facts abo…

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Air Canada Rouge Connects Toronto and Kamloops

Travellers now have a direct route between Canada’s largest city and Canada’s “Tournament Capital.”  Air Canada is testing the route between Toronto, Ontario and Kamloops, British Columbia this summer to see if passenger traffic is sufficient to establish a permanent route.

The decis…

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Okanagan B.C. Out of Reach? Live the Dream in Lillooet

Anyone who knows beautiful British Columbia knows about the Okanagan – an oasis of sun and fun in the southern part of Canada’s westernmost province.  The region is halfway between the Pacific coast and the Alberta border, extending northward from the Canada/United States border for about 200 k…

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June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Communities across Canada are gearing up to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.  On June 21st, Canadians can celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples from coast to coast to coast.

According to the Government o…

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True North Strong and Free…and a Safe Haven for Those in Need

As the civilized world recoils in horror and dismay at the human rights crises unfolding in the United States, it is important to reflect on the principles, behaviours and actions that help define us as a humane society.  Canada has a long history of aiding foreign individuals and families escaping …

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#ThanksCanada Shows Americans and Canadians are True Friends and Allies

In the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s bizarre and unfounded attacks on Canada at the G-7 meeting in Quebec last week, many Americans are taking to social media to apologize on behalf of their President and show Canadians how Americans really feel about their neighbors to the north. 

Ame…

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Happy World Oceans Day

Canada is bordered by three oceans (Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic) and has the longest coastline in the world.  It is no wonder Canadians recognize the significance of healthy oceans to their future and the planet’s survival.  Today, join others in celebrating World Oceans Day.

The Government …

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