Remembrance Day is a holiday to commemorate the First World War (or as we call it in America, World War I.) It is a statutory holiday in all territories and all but 4 provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia) and you always know it’s coming because every politician, public servant, police officer, and TV personality begin to wear plastic, red lapel poppies in the weeks leading up to the day. It is similar to Veterans Day in the US because of the timing, but is more similar to Memorial Day in the purpose and function of the remembrance itself. In schools, lesson plans tend to focus around the history and importance of the date, and there is usually a 2-minute silence in educational and government buildings, sometimes punctuated by the firing of a ceremonial cannon. This year, much ado has been made on social media about the origin of the 19 million plastic poppies themselves (short answer: prison labour, long answer: more complicated.) In any case, the current holiday sounds a little less cute than its previous name: Poppy Day.
· it has been snowing endlessly for days. you havenot seen the sky or the sun in so long. snowbanks slowly build higher andhigher and soon there will be no way to leave the house. you ran out of food
every patron in the bar is wearing the same
plaid shirt and the same rubber boots. when you stand up to use the washroom, each
patron watches your every move. they are all smiling and talking to each other,
but they look only at you.
it is the middle of august. the heat is
unbearable, and the cicadas are giving you a headache. when you look outside,
the town is covered in three feet of snow, snow that burns your hands when you
you decide to drive from your small town to the
city half an hour away to run errands. you drive down the highway for three
hours straight. there are no exits. you haven’t seen any other cars. the trees
are beginning to look the same as the ones you passed by twenty minutes ago. on
your right, the next exit is for the town you just left.
you call a taxi one night to take you home. your
driver is a friendly old man wearing a ballcap, and his voice is heavy with the
maritime accent. you get in the back of the cab, and your driver adjusts his
mirror. in the reflection, his face is your own.
you’re new to this town. you enter a store you’ve
never been in before, and at the counter is a woman you’ve never met. she stares
at you and tells you that outsiders are not welcome here.
the snow is blowing so hard you can’t see the
end of your street. it is simply gone, consumed by the storm. beyond that is
your neighbours seem nice. they have a quaint
house, well-cared-for gardens, and pretty flowers on their door. you have never
seen them, and every window is curtained at all times. the bright and cheerful
welcome mat on their porch is stained with old blood.
you walk up to an intersection. cars are waiting
for you to cross. they were already waiting when you approached the
intersection and they continue to wait after you’ve crossed. the cars have no
Dream of being a senator? The government is ready to hear from you.
“The Senate application process is now open. Apply online,” says the invitation posted Thursday on the government website.
There have always been ways for individuals — usually higher-profile ones, or those with a long history in partisan politics — to let a government know they are interested in joining the Upper Chamber, but never so directly.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to replace the old system of patronage with a new merit-based appointments process overseen by an independent advisory board.
On Thursday, that board opened up the application process to anyone who thinks they might be a good fit for one of the 20 current and upcoming vacancies in seven provinces.
Applicants from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are invited to submit their curriculum vitae, three reference letters and a form consenting to a background check to www.canada.ca/senate-appointments.
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The Halifax Media Co-op has announced the editors are currently seeking more topical stories from the viewpoint of underrepresented or socially-excluded communities in the province of Nova Scotia; this includes people with disabilities, naturalized citizens and expatriates, working-class workers, Black communities, First Nations communities, LGBTQ individuals, and those with other hardships. The editors are accepting two kinds of pitches: The Mega Pitch and The Mini Pitch.
New Brunswick has resettled more refugees per capita than any other province, with Nova Scotia and P.E.I. not far behind.
The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia crunched the numbers, which include government assisted and privately sponsored refugees.
“The provinces have stepped up,” says Gerry Mills, Director of Operations at the organization.. “This is a humanitarian movement of peoples. We are saving lives with this.”
Alex LeBlanc with the New Brunswick Multicultural Council says there are practical reasons why the province could receive more than others.
“We do have three resettlement organizations whereas other provinces, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Nova Scotia have just one [each],” said LeBlanc. “Capacity is definitely part of why we are punching above our weight.”
But the New Brunswick government’s appeal to the federal government played a role too.
The province made it clear to John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, that N.B. would take as many refugees for resettlement as possible.
In September, New Brunswick’s minister for the population growth secretariat, Francine Landry, said that taking on 1500 refugees could boost the stagnant population and help the province economically.
Lower Sackville man's jail time for animal cruelty 1st in Nova Scotia, says SPCA
A Lower Sackville man who pleaded to keeping 19 cats in “quite horrific” conditions is going to jail for 30 days.
Michael Cairns is the first person in the province to be jailed for animal cruelty, said Nova Scotia SPCA investigator Jo-Anne Landsburg.
It’s the man’s second conviction for animal cruelty. In 2013, he received 18 months probation during which he was prohibited from owning animals. He was also ordered to pay $1,663 in restitution to the SPCA, which was never received.
“I would say that added to it [severity of the sentence]. It was an extreme situation,” Landsburg said.
“The conditions were quite horrific. The ammonia smell was extreme, there was feces everywhere, there was no clean area whatsoever in the apartment. The cats were hiding in cupboards, in drawers, closets. There was no food or water present when we were there.”
The SPCA said got a complaint about a terrible smell coming from Cairn’s apartment on Dec. 11, 2014. Officers went to the residence Dec. 18 and removed the animals. Nine had to be euthanized.
Landsburg said the rest have had veterinarian care and been adopted.
Cairns also banned for life from owning any animals and prohibited from residing in a home where animals reside. He’ll be on probation for 12 months after his release and must pay $2,000 restitution to the Nova Scotia SPCA.
Correction : Michael Cairns was sentenced in 2013 under a section of the Canadian Criminal Code, not the Animal Protection Act. He was ordered to pay restitution of $1,663, not $1,000. Incorrect information was contained in an earlier version of the story.(Oct 21, 2016 3:04 PM)
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The Canadian Pacific Railroad was founded in 1880 to complete a rail line across the continent and connect the provinces in the newly formed country of Canada. When Confederation occurred on July 1, 1867 Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were the first four provinces. Manitoba joined in 1870 and B.C. was enticed to join in 1871 by the promise of a transcontinental railway which was to be built within 10 years.
When the line was built it passed through Leaside and Toronto West Junction missing the city of Toronto. Trains had to back up 5 miles from West Junction to Union Station. In 1888 the CPR was granted permission to build a spur line from Leaside to Union Station along the west side of the Don River. In 1891 the first freight train ran along this track into Toronto, with passenger service starting the following year. A bridge was built to cross the Don River Valley. One end was near Todmorden and the other ran past The Don Valley Brickworks. A steel trestle bridge 1100 feet long (just under a quarter mile) and 75 feet high was constructed. The bridge picked up the nick-name “half mile bridge” early on even though it is only half of that in length.
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