Wayward Sailor

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OC editor Gary concedes that fact-checking can be fun

Fact-checking is not one of my favourite activities here at Our Canada, but a necessary one. Adding some degree of fun to the often-labourious task is the fact that, every now and then, while browsing the Internet in search of confirmation of various aspects of a story, I stumble upon items that just blow me away.

Tom Sukanen and the ocean-going vessel he built from scratch in the middle of the Prairies during the Great Depression—with the intention of cruising her back to his native Finland—is a case in point.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-01-23 5:01pm

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A New Canadian Citizen

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What does being Canadian mean to you?

My husband became a Canadian citizen this week. After arriving in Canada more than seven years ago, it’s finally happened!

It was a lovely little ceremony in the afternoon, only a few hours after he passed the test (with 100%!). Here is the oath of citizenship he had to say:

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-01-23 2:01pm

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#ReadingBingo

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Do you want to play Reading Bingo?

Have you heard of reading bingo? I hadn’t until I came across not one, but two reading bingo cards. The first was from CBC, which challenges you to read books by CBC hosts, CBC literary prize winning books and so on.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-01-16 2:01pm

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All Dolled Up

Driving home from work a few nights ago, Hubby and I were having one of those meandering conversations that jumps from topic to topic and we started talking about what our favourite toys were as kids.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-01-16 10:01am

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Welcome to 2015!

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Oc editor Gary wishes everyone a happy new year, weather-perimitting.

I have to admit that the last two weeks have been quite the rollercoaster ride.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-01-09 5:01pm

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Beating Those Post-Holiday Blues

The tree is down, the twinkling lights have gone dark and summer vacation is a long, long, long way away. Like a lot of people, I find getting back to normal life after all the Christmas festivities kind of dreary. Let’s face it, after a week (in my case, two weeks) of holiday parties, family time, eating and drinking, sleeping in and generally just kicking back, it’s tough to face reality.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-01-09 4:01pm

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Borrowed My First E-Book

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What (and how) are you reading these days?!

I borrowed my first e-book from the library this week! How wonderful not to budge from my couch and suddenly have a new book delivered right into my hands through my e-reader, free of charge.

A book of short stories from the universe of a fun urban-fantasy series by Patricia Briggs, I had to stop part way through to buy the first of the series in e-book form – also wondrous, but at a cost.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-01-09 3:01pm

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Constructing a New Year's Tradition

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What are your New Year's traditions?

Getting up early today wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated and my dog was happy to get his morning walk at a normal hour—he didn’t even have to come fetch me from my bed!

The streets and metro ride were unnaturally quiet but pleasant and the office equally so.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-01-02 4:01pm

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My Favourite Our Canada Story From 2014

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OC editor Gary shares his favourite Our Canada story from 2014.

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching -- excuse me for a second while I do my happy dance -- and the new year just around the corner, I thought I'd take a moment to share the most inspiring story that came across my desk at Our Canada magazine in 2014.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2014-12-19 3:12pm

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Taking Advantage

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Time to take advantage of the holidays and a fesh start for the new year!

This week I went to the gym, for the first time in many many months to try a boot camp class. I’ve had a free membership to the gym for the year because of my volunteering there and I’ve barely used it. Since it’s about to expire, I thought I should finally take advantage of it…

Now that I can walk again without too much pain, I’m able to recall the fun I had in the class and regret not taking advantage of the membership.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2014-12-19 2:12pm

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