February 15 – Canada National Flag Day


Canada is a country located in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area. Canada’s southern border with the United States is the world’s longest bi-national land border. The majority of the country has a cold or very cold winter climate, but most areas are warm in the summer. Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land territory being dominated by forest and tundra and the Rocky Mountains. It is highly urbanized with 82 percent of the 35.15 million people concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver

Aboriginal Long Term Care – 1

See: Aboriginal Long Term Care Homes See: Govcan Home & Community Care Program

Aboriginal families tend to stick together for those living off reserve and are together for those on reserve. Like all of us when we live very close by our families we want to care for them at a family home if possible.

O Canada – 2 Genders

At Last.

The Senate passed a bill that renders the national anthem gender neutral Wednesday despite the entrenched opposition of some Conservative senators.

The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member’s bill in 2016 that would alter the national anthem by replacing “in all thy sons command” with “in all of us command” as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.

Footnote by this blogger: us being often understood to be a short form for United States I would prefer “Canadians” but I accept the change.



Arctic Patrol Ships

Thales Canada, a French company subsidiary, has been awarded a contract to build six arctic patrol vessels.

Patrol vessels of Thales design are being built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, with the first expected next year.

Under the contract, Thales is required to subcontract work for ships delivered in the east to companies in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario, whereas work on ships delivered in the west must be completed in the western provinces and territories.

Canadian Arctic

From a Government of Canada publication…..

“Canada’s Arctic makes up over 40% of our landmass and is home to more than 100,000 Canadians. It is an essential part of our national identity and an area of growing importance internationally.

The Government of Canada is dedicated to ensuring that the international spotlight stays focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the Arctic.

It is a vast treasure that we inhabit and hold in trust for future generations. Northeners, including indigenous peoples who comprise 80 percent of the population in some regions, have brought a number of issues to the world’s attention:

  • the dangers and challenges posed by climate change;
  • the need for sustainable economic development;
  • and the importance of sharing experiences and knowledge with our circumpolar neighbours and the world.

Canada’s Artic foreign policy is based on four pillars – protecting Canada’s environmental heritage, promoting economic and social development, improving and devolving northern governance and exercising Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic.”

Northern Canada, defined politically to comprise (from west to east) Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Northern Canada, colloquially the North, is the vast northernmost region of Canada variously defined by geography and politics. Politically, the term refers

Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, protection

“The boundaries of what is now Canada’s largest marine conservation area were announced yesterday by the federal government along with the government of Nunavut, and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
Protecting Tallurutiup Imanga, or Lancaster Sound, protects approximately 110,000 square kilometres of ocean — an area double the size of Nova Scotia — and represents almost two percent of Canada’s coastal marine waters. This more than doubles what was previously protected, but still falls short of the Liberals’ campaign promise to protect five per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2017”

Source: CBC News

Also See: Lancaster Sound Protected