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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.

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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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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.

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Ottawa Business Leaders Positive About Growth Prospects

According to a recent survey of Ottawa business leaders, Canada’s capital city remains a great place to start and/or grow a business, as well as a great place for skilled workers to find a fulfilling job.  While it is not without its problems, the local business environment is healthy – especially f…

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Canada Tops OECD Education Rankings

Are Canadians the most educated people in the world?  Based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the answer is yes.  Based on data collected for its 2017 publication Education at a Glance, the OECD reported that over 56 percent of Canadian adults have successfully c…

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Visit Winnipeg to Celebrate Manitoba’s Indigenous Cultures in May

May is a great month to visit Winnipeg, home to over 700,000 people and the capital of the province of Manitoba.  This dynamic city is close to the geographic centre of North America and easily reachable from any major airport worldwide.

Manitoba has a rich First Nations (the Canadian name for N…

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Whistler Strengthens Relationship with Lil'wat Nation and Squamish Nation

The Resort Municipality of Whistler, Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation have entered into an agreement to build stronger government-to-government relationships, and move forward on key areas of mutual interest including intergovernmental coordination, land use planning and management, economic devel…

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Amazon Builds Its Technology Workforce in Vancouver

Online retail giant Amazon continues its love affair with Canada’s west coast, announcing a planned expansion of its Vancouver, British Columbia technology hub.  The expansion will bring an estimated 3,000 new e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning jobs to the province. 

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Prince Edward Island Anticipates Another Strong Lobster Season

Prince Edward Island (PEI) may be Canada’s smallest province but it is big on natural beauty and great food…including fantastic seafood.  Check out Kevin Yarr’s article about the lobster season starting this week. Lobster is big business in Atlantic province and the domestic and export market…

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