Saturday, July 1, 2017

Canada Day July 1, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER  ... Celebrate Canada Day
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Canada, O Canada! What a great country exists in this world as Canada. Renowned for their politeness, the delicious local food known as poutine, and some of the most forward social and civil liberty laws in the known world. They began their existence in the world as three separate colonies that were all part of the British Empire, and Canada Day celebrates the joining of these three colonies and the creation of the country of Canada within the British Empire. Canada Day reminds us to celebrate this auspicious day and cheer the creation of the most polite country and socially progressive country in the world today!
Canada Day celebrates that day in history when the British North America Act (Now called the Constitution Act of 1867) was put into place. This was an important end to a long struggle to get Canada recognized as a separate country from its British parents. Three colonies were bound together to create what is now recognized as one of the best countries in the world to live in. For a long time it had some issues with its currency not performing well on the world stage, but recently it has risen to prominence and held its own among first world countries.
Somehow in keeping with Canada’s reputation for humility, the country didn’t make a big deal out of this event over the next few years. In fact, it took until 1917 before any official celebration of the event was held, and it took a full 10 years for another to be held. In fact, it wasn’t until 1946 that what was then known as ‘Dominion Day’ even became known as Canada Day, and then until 1958, almost a hundred years later, until they started celebrating it yearly with government sanctioned events. Canada has to be the only country in the world that essentially won its independence from its mother country and then went on not to be bothered with making a big deal about it. 
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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest.
Usage:She was too acquiescent to challenge authority and did everything she was told.

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Idiom of the Day

come into question

 — To become doubted, scrutinized, or a matter of serious discussion.



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Sony's first truly portable cassette player, the Walkman, was originally developed for a company chairman who wanted to be able to listen to music on long plane rides. He was impressed, and less than a year later, the revolutionary device hit the market. Sales soon exploded, cementing the Walkman's place in pop culture. It remained popular throughout the 1990s, before CDs and mp3s supplanted cassettes. 

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646)

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Leibniz was a German philosopher and mathematician who greatly expanded the field of calculus. He also perfected the binary number system—the basis for modern computing—and constructed one of the first practical calculators. A jack-of-all-trades, Leibniz worked on mechanical devices, delved into the study of logic, was a historian and lawyer at times, and is considered one of the fathers of geology.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

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Formerly an occupied territory of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on July 1, 1997. The day is reserved for official celebrations of Hong Kong and its unique "one country, two systems" arrangement with its mainland ally. Large crowds observe the anniversary by turning out for an official flag-raising ceremony displaying the emblems of Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. There is also a parade featuring traditional drumming performances and dragon dance troupes. 

Boaty McBoatface Returns from Maiden Voyage with "Unprecedented Data"

A British polar research vessel that captured online attention in 2016 has completed its first voyage, returning to the U.K. after collecting "unprecedented data" in some of the coldest waters on Earth. 

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Boaty McBoatface returns from maiden voyage with "unprecedented data"

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1847 - In New York City, the U.S. Post Office issued its first adhesive stamps. The two stamps available were a 5-cent Benjamin Franklin and a 10-cent George Washington. 

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1874 - The Philadelphia Zoological Society zoo opened as the first zoo in the United States

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1893 - The first bicycle race track in America to be made out of wood was opened in San Francisco, CA.

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1905 - The USDA Forest Service was created within the Department of Agriculture. The agency was given the mission to sustain healthy, diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations. 

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1941 - Bulova Watch Company sponsored the first TV commercial in New York City, NY

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1961 - The first community air-raid shelter was built. The shelter in Boise, ID had a capacity of 1,000 people and family memberships sold for $100. 

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1963 - The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-digit ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) code. 

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1966 - The Medicare federal insurance program went into effect. 

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1979 - Susan B. Anthony was commemorated on a U.S. coin, the Susan B. Anthony dollar. 

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1980 - "O Canada" was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada. 

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1991 - Court TV began airing. 

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If You Were Born Today, July 1
You are an intriguing person who attracts attention whether you want to or not because of this quality. You’re a very determined person, sometimes quite stubborn, who is also hard-working. At the same time, you have a soft, giving, and perceptive side to you. Love relationships can be up and down because of a tendency to swing between being too soft and too hard. Famous people born today: Princess Diana, Pamela Anderson, Liv Tyler, Twyla Tharp, Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Harry, Estee Lauder.
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Top 10 facts about July
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1. The month of July is named after Julius Caesar by a decision of the Roman Senate in 44BC as July was the month of his birth.
2. Before that, it had been known as Quintilis (fifth) as it was the fifth month in the old calendar.
3. Until the 18th century, the word July in English had the stress on the first syllable and rhymed with duly or truly.
4. Although six months have passed, July 1 is not the mid-point of the year. The exact halfway point comes at 1pm BST on July 3 in a non-leap year.
5. No month ends on the same day of the week as July unless it is a leap year, when January does so.
6. Julius is not now in the top 500 names given to newborn boys in the UK, though Julia is 79th for girls in England and Wales and 74th in Scotland. Julian comes 326th in England and Wales.
7. July’s birthstone is the ruby, which is said to symbolise contentment.
8. Seven US presidents have died in July, which is more than any other month.
9. “The English winter, ending in July, To recommence in August, now was done,” (Byron).
10. In all parts of the UK July is on average the warmest month of the year.


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Canada Day History
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Canada Day celebrates Canada's independence from Britain on July 1, 1867. Prior to 1867, Canada was a British North American Colony composed of present day Ontario and Quebec. On July 1st, 1867, Her Majesty Queen Victoria of Great Britain officially proclaimed the Confederation of Canada's founding provinces, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and the new Dominion of Canada became a self-governing body within the British realm. 

Although it was a self-governing body, Canada did not attain legislative independence from Britain until the signing of the Statute of Westminster on December 11, 1931. July 1st, originally named Dominion Day, was renamed Canada Day and made an official statutory holiday in 1983.

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Canada Day Facts & Quotes

  • On July 1, 1980, O Canada was named the official national anthem.
  • The Queen of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II, is sometimes in attendance at Canada Day celebrations held at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Although the Dominion of Canada began with 4 provinces (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia), it rapidly expanded in the years following Confederation. Manitoba and Northwest Territories (NWT)  joined in 1870, British Columbia in 1871, Prince Edward Island in 1873, the Arctic Islands joined the NWT in 1880, the Yukon in 1898, Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905 and Newfoundland and Labrador in 1949. Finally, in 1999, the NWT were split in order to create the new territory of Nunavut.
  • In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect. - Bill Clinton
  • Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad. - Arnold Edinborough

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Canada Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the International Freedom Festival by visiting Detroit, Michigan or Windsor, Ontario.
  • Watch the large firework displays in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. Ottawa's fireworks are located right near the Canadian Parliament and can be watched on boats in the Ottawa River or the Rideau Canal.
  • Be sure to wear red and white and decorate yourself with as many maple leaves and possible.
  • Attend a local parade in your home town.
  • Get outdoors - go rafting, hiking, fishing, or just take a walk in the park.

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Pictures of the day

Prince Edward Island dollar
A banknote in the denomination of five Prince Edward Island dollars. This dollar was introduced in Prince Edward Island (PEI) in 1872, when it was a British colony, by the Bank of PEI. It replaced the PEI pound at a rate of 1 pound to 4.866 dollars. Although PEI joined Canada in 1873, its dollar was reissued once before being absorbed into the Canadian dollar.

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The Icelandic show "Keeping Up with the Kattarshians" is a 24-hour live broadcast of adoptable cats shown in a dollhouse.-------------------- In 1987, an Alaska Airlines 737 collided with a fish midair.-------------------- Curlies are a breed of horse with a gene responsible for giving them their distinct curly hair.

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Thought this would help you understand yourself better.   This is pretty accurate.  Happy day! 
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I just discovered my age group! I am a Seenager ("SeniorTeenager").  I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50-60-70-80+ years later.  
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I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month.  I have my own pad. I don't have a curfew.  I have a driver's license and my own car.  I have ID that gets me into bars, liquor stores, and the wine store.  The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant.  They aren’t scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long, why be scared? And I don't have acne.  Life is Good! 
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Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a "Seenager." Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains.  Scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing, as it puts pressure on your inner ear.
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Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.  It is NOT a memory problem,  it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.   SO THERE!
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I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names.  So, please forward this to your friends, since they may be my friends, too.

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RIP September 30, 1928 - July 2, 2016

When I went to college. I i was in a special program (whose name I forget) which allowed me to take any classes I was interested in taking in any university in New York City. Before becoming a Nobel laureate, Elie Wiesel was teaching a class called 'Holocaust Literature.' He was as gentle a person as he seems in his pics. Sitting in that classroom, it was hard not to cry every day!

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Lessons from Elie Wiesel

I always thought of Elie Wiesel as the remote uncle who occasionally came to sit quietly at the Shabbat table, bearing witness to the Holocaust by virtue of his existence. His words were like torches in time, illuminating the shadowy indifference that had resulted in the deaths of six million, then lighting the path to a future where genocide would be no more.

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Although I never met him in person, I felt he was the voice of my own suffering and sorrow; I, too, had fled a repressive regime, leaving home and family behind. I saw in him the possibility of taking my misery and translating it into a hopeful future where humanity could work together and embrace the common good.

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His message, to never remain indifferent to suffering, has carved itself into the public conscience. Having lived through the turmoil of the Iranian revolution as a child and born witness to the way Iranian militants turned neighbors against one another, I have found my own fears and terrors alleviated by his brilliant stories.
Despite my fine Iranian education, I never heard of Elie Wiesel as a child and knew very little about the Holocaust. In my private school for girls we studied the Iranian curriculum of the 1970s. I was well versed in Iranian history and the great empire that had once spread from the edge of the Caspian Sea to the borders of Northern India. I learned about our great agricultural and mineral wealth, the story of the Muslim conquests, math, science, and the great Iranian poets and artists of the time. At home, I learned to be a Jew. I also learned that in order to survive, I was to never discuss politics or controversial topics in public.

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I was aware that six million of my people perished during World War II but I had no personal connection to them. Six million was just a number in my mind. My grandparents visited Israel and returned telling stories of a Jewish homeland. We were proud to be Iranian Jews, we were proud of our newly established Jewish country. However, I had not yet visited the Promised Land and knew very little Jewish history. I knew only about the current situation in Iran, under the Shah’s oppressive rule. I was more concerned with the political upheaval and the tragedies that I was witnessing at the time, such as the horrific terrorist attack in August 1978 that took the lives of 400 innocent Iranians, who were burned to death in a locked movie theater. That to me was more concerning than the aftermath of the Yom Kippur war.

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In my heart I was equal in value and potential to my peers, yet I was a two-time minority: a female and a Jew. I longed for a way to escape the constant barrage of fear and uncertainty. When I look back on those lonely years in Shiraz, which I spent hiding from the regime because my name was on their blacklist, I wish I had known of the works of Elie Wiesel.

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When I was 17, I escaped from my homeland through the Kavira Lut desert, which Time Magazine has called the most dangerous desert in the world, and into Pakistan. I promised myself that if I survived I would share my story. I eventually found myself a Canadian political refugee at age 18. I spoke neither English nor French, but for the first time in a long time, I was happy. I was stunned and delighted that when I played classical music on my little radio no one called the authorities. When I entered the library I discovered a world of knowledge that was once forbidden to me. It is there that I discovered Elie Wiesel andNight. His work conveyed the commonality of the human experience; he not only spoke about his own loss, but about the greater loss.

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Few people live lives of such significance. Elie Wiesel’s name has become synonymous with a moral compass. He spoke not only against genocide, but for those who had lost their voice; he refused to let injustice reign. He urged us to continue teaching our children to stand up against indifference, for he understood that that was the only way to defeat the tyrant.

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To my beloved, remote “uncle” whose words and spirit occasionally graced our Shabbat table, I promise to continue carrying the torch and to write my own story of redemption and survival. Your legacy will always be remembered, for you taught us to oppose indifference and embrace our common humanity.

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