Remembrance Day / In Flanders Fields

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Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians. The 11th of November marks Remembrance Day in Canada, and many other countries around the world.

More: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance

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Canada Day 2014

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Happy Canada Day!  Canada’s birthday is a time to celebrate all things Canadian.

If you’re looking to do something in the local area, Penetanguishene is hosting festivities during the day on July 1. Midland also has many events planned during the day and into the evening. As the 2 towns are so close, Canada Day celebrations are usually shared between the 2 towns and the fireworks alternate between towns. This year the main event is taking place in Midland Ontario including Canada Day parade and capping off the day with fireworks.

I Am Now A Fully Licensed Driver!

For those of you reading this from out of the province or even another country, Ontario uses a graduated licensing system. There are 3 levels for general driving, you must complete all 3 within a certain number of years to become fully licensed. Until you do, there are certain restrictions that apply based on your age and which level you are at.

I started driving late in life. When my friends and classmates turned 16 they ran to get their G1 and begin driving. Not me, I just … didn’t. I turned 24 and realized I needed to drive. Really, it was ridiculous that I wasn’t already driving.

With a much needed push and some help from a good friend & colleague, I wrote my G1 exam when I was 24 (on her 16 year old son’s birthday – we went together). A year went by and I took my G2 driving test. I passed with flying colours – I even kicked butt at parallel parking! So when I graduated to my G2 license and I could finally drive on my own, I just became too comfortable at that level and never went for another test to proceed to the full G level. I coasted on my G2 license to the very end.

Along comes March 2014 and I realized my G2 license was about to EXPIRE!

In a panic I booked my G driving test and miraculously they had an appointment open THE DAY BEFORE my license was set to expire. So yesterday I did the G driving test and passed!

I was already driving with no restrictions, based on my age, but it’s such a GREAT feeling knowing that I’m now fully licensed and the graduated license process is over – at age 30! Such a huge relief.

I don’t need to do another driving test until I’m 80. Woohoo!

Big Brother Canada Season 2

Season 2 of Big Brother Canada begins tomorrow at 9pm! All but one of the houseguests have been announced. The identity of the final houseguest is currently a secret and will be revealed when the season kicks off. I’m guessing that someone from last year is returning OR there will be some sort of game/competition to determine who from a select group of people will become the final houseguest. All will be revealed tomorrow.

I am a huge fan of the US version of Big Brother, however one of the things that makes Big Brother Canada (BBCAN) better is that the live feeds are free! There’s also a larger online component in Canada than in the US, giving the viewers at home more of an opportunity to play along or influence things in the house.

Follow all of the Big Brother Canada tweets using the #BBCAN2 hashtag!

New this year is an after-show, which airs live following Thursday night eviction shows. The season 2 premiere of Big Brother Canada airs Wednesday March 5th at 9pm EST.

*** UPDATE – March 5, 2014 ***

I’m throwing my support behind Kenny Brain! If you’re in Canada you can watch the LIVE feeds completely free 24/7. Go Kenny Go!