July 1, 2015 Canada Day

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On July 1, 1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) became a single country under the British Empire. Every July 1st, Canadians celebrate the birth of Canada. Canada Day is a statutory holiday, which means that Canadians all across Canada have the day off from work and school. Canadians celebrate Canada Day in many …

July 3 – 12, 2015 Calgary Stampede

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The Calgary Stampede is an annual 10-day event held in July that includes a parade, First Nations exhibitions, amusement rides, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon races, rodeo, and much more. The event celebrates the romance and culture of the Old West which Calgary grew out of. Around the time of the Stampede, many local businesses and organizations get into …

Canada – A Land of Many Languages

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Canada is said to be ‘the land of immigrants’. Many different people from all over the world choose Canada as their new home. Because of this, there is a great diversity of languages in Canada. The 2011 census reported that more than 200 languages were spoken as a home language or mother tongue! One fifth of Canada’s population speaks a …

Father’s Day

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In Canada, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. This day is marked to let people show their appreciation for fathers or father figures. Father figures can include fathers-in-law, grandfathers, stepfathers, or other people who have a fatherly role. Similar to the practices on Mother’s Day, many people take the time to do something nice.

Solstice & National Aboriginal Day

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The June Solstice or Summer Solstice is the day with the longest period of sunlight in the year in the northern hemisphere. Usually, the Summer Solstice occurs between June 20th and June 22nd. This year in 2015, the Summer Solstice will occur on June 21st. In Canada, National Aboriginal Day coincides with the Summer Solstice. The solstice has special meaning …

Lilac Festival 2015

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The Lilac Festival is an annual free street festival held in Calgary on the last Sunday of May. Thousands of people come to 4th street (between 13th Avenue South and Elbow Drive) with the slogan: “Shake off your winter blues and come to Lilac Fest!” Lilac flowers are often blooming throughout the city at this time. The event lasts for …

Happy Victoria Day!

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Victoria Day is on the Monday before May 25 to honor Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. It was during her lifetime that the British Empire expanded greatly. Celebrations are held in some cities such as in Victoria, British Columbia where a parade is held. Nowadays, people may be less aware of the historical meaning …

Mother’s Day

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On the second Sunday of May every year, Canadians celebrate Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is a day to show appreciation for mothers or mother figures. Mother figures can include grandmothers, mothers-in-law, foster mothers, or other people who have a motherly role. Because Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, many people do not have work, which gives them time to do …

Communication styles

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Communication styles – There are different communication styles across Canada as Canada is a very diverse country. Generally speaking, Canadians tend to communicate indirectly or in a less straightforward manner. For example, if someone wants to disagree with another person, he/she may do so in a very skillful, sensitive, and diplomatic way. This softer tone is also used when listening. …

Have you ever heard someone say “bless you” after somebody else sneezed?

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This is a common practice in Canada and other English speaking countries. There are several explanations as to where this practice came from. One explanation says that the practice came from the time of the Great Plague. Sneezing was an obvious symptom of the plague. Another explanation is that people believed a person’s soul was leaving the body when the …