Our Cup Runneth Over With Anticipation

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It's great to see so many Canadian teams in the playoffs, but it's Habs all the way, according to OC editor Gary

Say what you will about modern-day NHL hockey, when the Stanley Cup playoffs finally roll around, there's nothing quite like it here in Montreal. Especially on Game Day.  I work across the street from the Bell Centre and, during my lunchtime stroll today, I couldn't help but feel the electricity in the air.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-04-24 2:04pm

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All-Girls High School a Thing of the Past?

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Where do you stand on the issue of single-sex versus mixed high schools?

I just found out that my high school, an all-girls private school, is opening to boys in 2016 in a move towards modernization. I’m still figuring out how I feel about this.

I did just fine in an all-girls school and didn’t feel I missed out on anything, although maybe that was because I had enough of boys at home with my three brothers.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-04-24 1:04pm

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There's No Place Like Home

According to a recent global survey sponsored by the United Nations, Canada is one of the happiest places on earth.
We rank fifth in the world, surpassed (barely) by Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark and Norway.
The final results were based on:

Posted by: Maryanne on Thu. 2015-04-23 1:04pm

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CanCon Rules

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OC editor Gary gets reminded that we Canadians are a talented bunch

We're working on our June-July issue here at Our Canada and one story in particular struck a chord with me. Literally.

Running as the issue's Canadians Abroad piece, the story was sent in by an expat Canadian currently living in Colorado, Tracey Feist. Born and raised in Alberta, Tracey grew up with a healthy love for music– especially of the Canadian variety, which she credits in large measure to CRTC Canadian content regulations that stipulate 35% of radio playlists must be from Canadian artists. 

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-04-17 4:04pm

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A Rite of Spring

It's that time of year again, peeps—Stanley Cup Playoffs, when normally mild-mannered Canadians turn into jersey-wearing, anthem belting, towel-waving, ref-cursing fanatics—and I love every minute of it. Even many who largely ignore the regular season (like my younger sister) get caught up in playoff fever.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-04-17 3:04pm

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Canadian Trophy Tour

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Is the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy stopping in your city? Check it out and get ready for the tournament to come in June 2015!

Did you know that the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy is touring through 12 cities in Canada?

Me and Shueme, the Women's World Cup Mascot

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-04-17 1:04pm

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Farm Animal Painting Exhibit

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Lynda Toews of La Broquerie, Man., puts on an art exhibition of her farm animal paintings and heritage stories at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg from March to June 2015. Her story will be availble in the upcoming July issue of More of Our Canada.

If you love animals and you need a dose of rural sensibilities, come feed your soul at Toews’ art exhibition. “A Place in the Kingdom” is a several-year project involving creating 50 original paintings and collecting 22 animal stories contributed by Manitobans who grew up on farms. When one stops to think, it’s not difficult to count many ways in which farm animals have contributed to our survival!

Painting by Lynda Toews

Posted by: Community Blog on Tue. 2015-04-14 3:04pm

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In Praise of Eager Beavers

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OC editor Gary stumbles upon a former story contributor who now "lives like she gives a damn."

I was trolling through our online submission site at work earlier this week, hoping to land a summer story or two for the Wheels section of our magazine when I happened upon the name of a past contributor from Vancouver, Sara Kinninmont.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-04-10 2:04pm

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Happy Feet

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I got to see the Irish Dancing World Championships in Montreal and do a little dancing of my own!

Last week, Montreal hosted the Irish Dance World Championships at the beautiful Palais des Congrès. I went for a day to see the ladies, from 18 to over 21, compete and experienced several emotions over the course of the few hours I was there: Amazement, nostalgia and a little sadness.

I was amazed by the athleticism of the dancers flying across the stage as if they weighed nothing and thoroughly impressed with their footwork. I was also amazed by the fashion show that was going on and I don’t just mean the dancer’s ornate dresses!

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-04-10 12:04pm

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Sweet Dreams

My love of books began long before I learned to read—it began with my mom and dad reading me bedtime stories. Tucked in tight, by the glow of a bedside lamp, I’d be transported to whatever world lay between the pages of that night’s pick. Although there were many books over the years, a few stick out clearly in my mind for different reasons.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-04-10 11:04am

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