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Oh Canada. Blockbuster Movies Made Here
Posted:Jun 30, 2020 11:51 am
Last Updated:Jul 1, 2020 5:25 pm
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As the 'go-to' destination for Tinseltown’s big budget productions, Canada has always been ready for its close-up—even when it’s doubling for another location! The cost is also a big factor with the Canadian dollar being much lower. Here are just a few of the blockbuster movies that were made here.

Brokeback Mountain


This groundbreaking drama starring Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway was shot in Alberta’s majestic Rocky Mountains. Calgary, Cowley, Elbow Falls and Fort Macleod all masqueraded as Wyoming! The cowboy romance was celebrated at the 78th Academy Awards, winning three Oscars: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.

Capote


This critically acclaimed Truman Capote biopic was shot primarily in Winnipeg, with additional scenes captured in Selkirk, Manitoba. While the story of the In Cold Blood author is set in Kansas, the film’s producers selected Manitoba as the American city’s stand-in. Stony Mountain Institution, the Manitoba Legislative Building and Gilbart’s Funeral Home star prominently in this Oscar-winning flick (Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor).

Titanic


Real-life catastrophe and movie magic are intertwined on Canada’s east coast. In 1912, when the Titanic was ripped apart by an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax was the closest major seaport to the disaster. Despite feverish rescue attempts, few survivors were pulled from the frigid waters and over 100 victims were laid to rest in Halifax cemeteries. When James Cameron began production on his 1997 epic, he brought his cast and crew to Halifax. The city would once again play a role in the story as Cameron shot the film’s harrowing ocean scenes aboard the icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.

Twilight


Calling all Twihards! Come to British Columbia and follow in the footsteps of Bella, Edward and Jacob. Three of the four movies in the Twilight saga—New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn—were shot in various locales around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, including David Fraser Secondary School (appearing as Forks High School), Minnekhada Regional Park and the Ridge Theatre.

American Psycho


This controversial cult classic does an incredible job of using Toronto as a stand-in for New York City. Toronto-Dominion Centre is used as the office building of main character Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale). American Psycho‘s dance club scenes were shot in the Phoenix Concert Theatre, while Toronto pillars The Senator and the Omni King Edward Hotel’s Consort Bar double as one of the many restaurants the film’s characters frequent.

Good Will Hunting


Despite being one of the most famous Boston-set films in recent memory, Good Will Hunting was actually mostly shot in Toronto! The University of Toronto’s campus prominently stars as both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively, while a few classroom scenes were filmed at Central Technical School.
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Oh Canada. Yes, we did invent these!
Posted:Jun 29, 2020 12:15 pm
Last Updated:Jul 6, 2020 10:50 am
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Peanut Butter


Although American agricultural pioneer George Washington Carver is often credited for inventing peanut butter, the first patent for the spreadable substance was actually given 'to' Montreal’s Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884. He came with the process of milling roasted peanuts '' create “a consistency like that of butter,” which he promoted as a protein substitute for those who couldn’t have solid food.

IMAX


Canadian filmmakers Graeme Ferguson and Roman Kroitor first pioneered the technology of high-resolution images on huge screens at Montreal’s Expo ’67. With businessman Robert Kerr and engineer William Shaw, they founded Multi-Screen Corporation, which later became IMAX (short for “Image Maximum”). The first permanent IMAX theatre, the Cinesphere, opened in Toronto’s Ontario Place in 1971. Originally used for science films and documentaries, IMAX was bought in 1994 by an American company, who turned it into a Hollywood powerhouse. Its headquarters remain in Toronto.

Trivial Pursuit


In 1979, Montreal Gazette picture editor Chris Haney and sports journalist Scott Abbott came with their own game while playing Scrabble. They scraped together a few investors, and after a slow start, Trivial Pursuit became “the biggest phenomenon in game history,” Time magazine reportedly said. Over 100 million copies of the game have been sold, and 50 special editions have been created. Sadly, Haney died in 2010 at the age of 59.

Egg Carton


As the story goes, newspaper publisher Joseph Coyle of British Columbia overheard an argument about a delivery of broken eggs that had literally all been put in one basket. Thinking there had to be a better way, Coyle came with the humble beginning of a big idea. In 1911, he crafted a carton of individual slots so the eggs wouldn’t jostle against each other and break in transit. Over a century later, his creation remains largely unchanged.

Green Ink for American Money


The roots of America’s “greenbacks” go back to Canada and the Civil War. In an effort 'to' avert counterfeiting, banks were looking for an ink that couldn’t be easily copied like black could be—especially since counterfeiters often used cameras, which could only take pictures in black and white, ‘to’ reproduce paper bills. Thomas Sterry Hunt, a professor at Laval University in Quebec, came with the green colour, called “Canada Bank Note Tint,” in 1857. The United States became a fan of the hue, with the Union using it on its bank notes fund the Civil War. Afterward, the green colour continued be used America’s bills out of tradition.

Push Bra


Although the name “Wonderbra” existed as far back as 1939, a new approach the undergarment by Quebec designer Louise Poirier in 1963, called the Dream Lift model 00, featured underwire and a push- design that created maximum cleavage. The Wonderbra became the quintessential piece of lingerie and created a sensation in the 1990s when it came '' the states after being relaunched by an American company. Currently owned by U.S. company Hanes, the Wonderbra brand is still known the world over.
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Oh Canada. Iconic Canadian Foods
Posted:Jun 28, 2020 1:09 pm
Last Updated:Jul 7, 2020 9:20 pm
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I have always been a proud Canadian and enjoy sharing our history, tradition and culture.

Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain on 'July 1, 1867'. For One Hundred and Fifteen Year, this was known as Dominion Day. However, the name was officially changed to Canada Day in '1983'.

In honour of our upcoming One Hundred and Fifty-third birthday, over the next few days, I will be sharing some facts and information about my country.

Poutine



Several small towns in Quebec claim to have invented it which dates back to the '1950s'. A real poutine uses peppery meat-based gravy and “squeaky” curds on fries. Many swear it's a great cure for a hangover!

Canadian Bacon


What’s known in our country as “peameal bacon” is branded as Canadian bacon just about everywhere else. Unlike traditional bacon, which comes from the pig’s belly, Canadian bacon is lean pork loin that’s been brined and rolled in cornmeal. Carousel Bakery in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market is world-renowned for its Canadian bacon sandwiches.

Caesar


Invented in '1969' by Calgary restaurant manager Walter Chell. The key ingredients are Clamato juice, vodka, Worchester and a salted rim. Every bartender will garnish them differently. Clamato-maker Mott’s claims more than Hundred and Fifty Million Caesars are sold every year.

Butter Tarts


The origins of this rich, pastry can be traced back the late nineteenth century in Ontario. Consisting of a delic crumbly crust and a creamy centre made of a butter, and egg mixture, there’s constant debate over whether raisins should be added the mix. The City of Kawartha Lakes offers its own Butter Tart Tour.

Ketchup… Everything!


While it’s not so much a dish as it is a condiment, there’s still something inherently Canadian about ketchup. There are ketchup chips (unheard of elsewhere). We also tend slather everything from Kraft Dinner egg burgers.

BeaverTails


Essentially a flattened fried donut without a hole. They are individually hand stretched resemble beaver’s tails. These treats became popularized in ‘1978’ They can be topped with either sweet or savoury ingredients.

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Making Hard Decisions
Posted:Jun 26, 2020 4:39 pm
Last Updated:Jul 11, 2020 7:10 pm
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The above quote is from 'Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics', a book by Ziad K. Abdelnour. I immediately felt drawn to those words and how the concept was applicable far beyond economics.

Often, in our lifetime, we are faced with difficult decisions. How we deal with them can vary depending on many factors including the potential consequences.

There’s no question, the hardest choice I have had to make happened many years ago. It was the decision to leave my ex-husband. My was two and a half years old and I was five months pregnant with my .

I won’t go into why I chose to do so. However, once I actually said the words out loud, it made it all very real. A tremendous weight was lifted off my shoulders. While the journey has been difficult, not once, have I regretted making it.
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Your B.S. Does Not Fool Me
Posted:Jun 23, 2020 12:15 pm
Last Updated:Jun 24, 2020 6:16 pm
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Others mistake my easy-going and quiet nature for naivete. Nothing could be further from the truth. Work and life's hard knocks have taught 'me' 'to' trust my instincts and have fine-tuned my b.s. radar. In the words of Shania Twain@,
‘You think you're special
You think you are something else
That don't impress me. much’

Keep that in mind, the next time you spout your b.s. or spin a tale.
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There Are Different Kinds of Great Fathers
Posted:Jun 21, 2020 3:36 pm
Last Updated:Jun 23, 2020 6:29 am
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It isn't just in humans that fathers show such a wide degree of parenting styles, roles and responsibilities. The same is true in the animal kingdom.

Perhaps the most famous of all animal fathers are seahorses. They are one of the only male animals in the world to get pregnant. The female deposits her eggs into his brood, then he fertilizes the eggs and carries them to term. As you can see in the image, they can get quite large. Seahorses can deliver as few as 5 babies or as many as 1,500. On average though, the numbers are around 100-200.



After a summer of hunting and feeding, Emperor Penguins enter their breeding season in the fall, where each mother produces only a single egg. After, she transfers the egg to her mate, she spends the rest of the winter in the open water. The father penguins huddle together, guarding the egg, keeping it warm while rests on their feet. It is covered by a fold of skin, protecting it from the -30 degree weather. By time the egg has hatched, the father penguins will have lost 45% of their body weight. They then leave to feed at sea.



Bald Eagle’s mate for life, and parent many eaglets together, often returning to the same nest year after year. Both eagles take turns adding sticks to the nest and keeping the eggs warm until they hatch. At the beginning of their eaglet’s life, the fathers do most of the hunting and feeding by gently placing small pieces of meat into the young bird’s mouths. As the eaglets mature, both parents care for their young together until the baby birds can fly and hunt on their own.



A hardhead catfish doesn’t get pregnant like a seahorse, but he does put up to 48 of his fertilized eggs in his mouth and carries them with him for 60 days. If that wasn’t uncomfortable enough, he doesn’t eat for this entire period.



Male lions often get a bad reputation as they laze around in the shade while the female lions hunt all day. However, they will put their lives on the line when it comes to protecting their territory, their females, and their cubs. They’ve evolved to grow magnificent manes to protect their necks and heads. Unfortunately, their manes make them stand out while hunting, whereas the females perfectly camouflage with the savanna. The lionesses hunt and provide for the pride, allowing the males and cubs to eat first, and in return, lion father’s do whatever it takes to protect his family.


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A Love Unlike Any Other
Posted:Jun 21, 2020 3:27 am
Last Updated:Jun 23, 2020 1:21 am
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To The Greatest Dad In the World

Some things will always be in style.

Good solid things like honesty and trust and caring about people.

It’s qualities like these that keep us aware of who we are,

And what we can give to life.

It’s qualities like these, Dad, that you’ve taught me to value,

Through your influence, your example and your love.

It has made me love you very much,

And has made me very proud to have you for my Dad.

Love always from your .



The above was written to my Dad for Father's Day, June 2000. Little did I know that in less than 5 years, he would be gone. He only lasted 2 years after my Mom. He was only 20 when they marred and simply couldn't go on without her.

Gone but never forgotten.
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Things I Did Know. Did You?
Posted:Jun 19, 2020 11:10 am
Last Updated:Jul 6, 2020 3:17 pm
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Tigers have huge barbs on their tongues, larger versions of what a domestic cat has. Also, the more that a tiger curls his or her tongue when licking, the more prominent the barbs.


No wonder, when meeting someone, I don't want them to shake my hand. Give me a hug and it tells me a lot about you.


It was discovered in 1802 by a Royal Navy explorer. Despite the salt content levels (comparable to those of the Dead Sea), Lake Hillier is safe to swim in. However, there are very few ways to reach Lake Hillier.


Ferrari or Lamborghini? Which would you choose?


Get your mind out. of the gutter figuring if there's anything else unique that everyone has
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I Don't Need Your Approval
Posted:Jun 13, 2020 7:14 am
Last Updated:Jul 6, 2020 1:04 pm
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I learned a long time ago, to accept Myself. for who I am.

I don't try nor want to be anyone else.

If you can't accept Me. for who I am, that's Your problem, Not Mine.


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Bet You Didn't Know 🤔
Posted:Jun 10, 2020 11:19 am
Last Updated:Jun 25, 2020 11:54 am
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Froot Loops are the same flavour
Sure those sweetened O's are different colours, but that doesn't mean they are different flavours. Kellogg's has admitted that each Froot Loop is "froot flavoured" which they describe as "a blend of fruit flavours." Therefore there’s no difference between each one.



There is a country with no capital
Nauru is the only country in the world without an official capital city. The government offices of the tiny Pacific island nation are located in the Yaren District.



Humans and giraffes have the same number of neck bones
feet is how long the average giraffe's neck is while a human being's neck averages just four inches. Yet both have the same number of bones in their necks: Seven.



Most Canadians live south of Seattle
The contiguous United States goes farther north than you think and the majority of Canadians live near the southern border. The result? At 45 degrees latitude, Seattle is farther north than Toronto and Montreal, meaning that 64 per cent of Canadians live south of Seattle.


Polar Bears aren't white
Polar bears aren't white at . Their skin is black and the hairs in their fur are hollow and clear. So why do they look white? Light hits their fur and is trapped inside the hollow part of the hair, causing a reaction called luminescence. In addition, salt particles stick the bears' fur and act as light-scattering particles.



Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. were born the same year
The two seem so far apart in history but both figures were born in 1929—January fifteenth for King, and June twelfth for Frank.


*if pictures are missing, it’s a site glitch
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Is Attitude Everything?
Posted:Jun 3, 2020 2:08 pm
Last Updated:Jun 6, 2020 6:04 am
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Many years ago, these words were on a hand-out at a dear friend's funeral. They accurately define how she embraced life and still resonate. Given all that is happening, I feel they are worth sharing here:

Attitude
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on my life.
Attitude to me. is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.
It will make or break a company...a church...a home.
The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day.
We cannot change our past....we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play. on the string we have and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me. and ninety percent how I react to. it.
And so it is with you.
We are in charge of our attitudes.
~Charles Swindoll


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Ever Have One of Those Days....
Posted:May 21, 2020 1:35 pm
Last Updated:Jun 13, 2020 5:58 pm
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.....when this is what you want to do?

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All The Things You Are Not and What You Are
Posted:Apr 30, 2020 3:52 am
Last Updated:Jun 11, 2020 2:05 am
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You are not your age,
Nor the size of clothes you wear.
You are not a weight,
Nor the colour of your hair.
You are not your name,
Nor the dimples in your cheeks.
You are the books you read,
And the words that you speak.
You are the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you have cried.
You are the songs you sing so loudly,
When you think you are alone.
You are the places you have been ,
And the ones that you call home.
You are the things that you believe in,
And the people that you love.
You are the photos in your bedroom,
And the future that you dream of.
You are the person you see in the mirror,
and the one who smiles back at you.
You’re made of so much beauty,
But it seems that you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you’re not.

------Amy Rees Anderson

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