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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brings back Stephan (the English language butcher) Dion into his cabinet   Leave a comment


Stephan Dion is a federal Canadian politician from Quebec. He is sort of a big wheel in the Liberal party as he ran for the leadership a few years ago and has much seniority within the party.  He comes across as a sort of geek.  But his major problem: he tries to speak English. As with many Quebecers, the English language is a hurdle they just can’t get over.

Listening to Dion try to speak English is as painful as listening to Freddy Kruger scrape his claws along a marble wall. Pronunciation Stephan, there are tutors out there that can help.

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Posted January 29, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Best Countries in the World Rankings   Leave a comment


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Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Jan. 20, 2016 – Germany is viewed as the best country in the world, according to the inaugural Best Countries report, a joint rankings and analysis project of U.S. News & World Report, WPP’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Created to capture how nations are perceived on a global scale, the rankings are the centerpiece of a new web portal called “Best Countries,” launched today at the World Economic Forum.

Canada and the United Kingdom are the No. 2 and No. 3 Best Overall Countries, respectively. The United States places at No. 4, followed by Sweden at No. 5. Nordic nations were highly regarded for their progressive policies and top the most rankings categories. Sweden is recognized as the most modern country, the Best Country to Raise Kids and the No. 1 nation for Green Living. Denmark is named the Best Country for Women.

“Globalization has made the world a competitive place for business, influence and the quality of life,” said Mortimer B. Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News. “Just as we have done with universities, hospitals and other institutions, our Best Countries portal will be a global homepage for stories and data to help citizens, business leaders and governments evaluate performance in a rapidly changing world.”

The rankings evaluate 60 nations across 24 rankings lists on a wide range of criteria, from sustainability to economic influence. The United States is named the most powerful country and India has the No. 1 up and coming economy. Germany is the best country for entrepreneurship, while Luxembourg is the most business friendly. Italy is the country with the richest tradition and Brazil is the No. 1 nation to visit. Canada tops the list of countries with the best quality of life.

The rankings evaluate 60 nations across 24 rankings lists on a wide range of criteria, from sustainability to economic influence. The United States is named the most powerful country and India has the No. 1 up and coming economy. Germany is the best country for entrepreneurship, while Luxembourg is the most business friendly. Italy is the country with the richest tradition and Brazil is the No. 1 nation to visit. Canada tops the list of countries with the best quality of life.

“Best Countries is a product of the most extensive data set ever collected on how nations are perceived globally,” said John Gerzema, CEO of BAV Consulting. “These perceptions contribute to a greater narrative about future drivers and deterrents of economic  prosperity in nations and shape powerful brands that impact a country’s bottom line.”

The 2016 Best Countries methodology uses data gathered from a proprietary perception survey of more than 16,200 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens. “Our results were analyzed in correlation with the per capita gross domestic purchasing power parity of each country,” said David Reibstein, professor of marketing at the Wharton School. U.S. News will regularly supplement the rankings with in-depth content, including interactive data visualization tools, original reporting, videos and op-eds from global experts in government, business and academia.

2016 Best Countries Rankings

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  1. Germany
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. United States
  5. Sweden
  6. Australia
  7. Japan
  8. France
  9. Netherlands
  10. Denmark
To Start a Career
  1. China
  2. Germany
  3. United States
To Start a Business
  1. Thailand
  2. Malaysia
  3. Philippines
To Invest In
  1. India
  2. Singapore
  3. Vietnam
For Education
  1. United Kingdom
  2. Canada
  3. United States
For Raising Kids
  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Canada
For Comfortable Retirement
  1. Costa Rica
  2. Ireland
  3. Canada

Canada comes through in second place! We humbly demand a recount.

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By far Canada is the best country to skate outdoors.

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The Forks, Winnipeg.

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However, it is not always winter:

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Pleasant Valley, south-central Manitoba.

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Posted January 20, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Canadian Weather Chart   Leave a comment


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It was so cold… roosters were rushing into Kentucky Fried Chicken and begging to use the pressure cooker!

It was so cold… the travel agency was advertising tropical vacations in Igloolik!

It was so cold… Grandpa’s teeth were chattering – in the glass!

It was so cold… kids stopped worrying about acne. The new problem – goosepimples!

It was so cold… words froze in the air. If you wanted to hear what someone said, you had to grab a handful of sentences and take them in by the fire!

It was so cold… the snowman knocked on the door and asked to sleep on the couch!

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Posted December 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Hitting it big Overseas   Leave a comment


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Justin Trudeau is making the rounds internationally.  He is being lauded as a totally clean and healthy breath of fresh air by foreign diplomats and media.

On his visit to London he met with Queen Elizabeth. Liz appears to be extremely pleased with the change in Canadian leadership:

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BRAEMAR, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the annual Braemar Highland Games at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 7, 2013 in Braemar, Scotland. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

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Justin the “Rock Star” in the Philippines last week:

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Posted November 25, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Massive Montreal Dumping of Raw Sewage into St. Lawrence River   Leave a comment


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Montreal has begun a controversial dump of 8bn litres (2.1bn gallons) of raw sewage into the St Lawrence River.

Officials in the Canadian city say that the project is necessary in order to replace old infrastructure in the sewage treatment system. The operation has drawn the ire of people in Canada and in the US who have concerns that the river will be polluted with condoms and nappies.

The dump was delayed during the recent Canadian election.

Officials began releasing the raw sewage into the river just after midnight local time (05:00 GMT) on Wednesday, and say it could last about a week.  Citizens are being asked not to flush medication, condoms or tampons down the toilet while the operation goes on.

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The diversion of the raw waste is needed so that workers can replace a snow chute – a large opening that funnels water from melting snow to a facility used to treat the sewage.

Officials at the city of Montreal have said the dump will have little effect on the fish population and will not affect the quality of drinking water for citizens.

No US authority

The plan was approved by Canada’s new environment minister on the condition that a host of conditions including extensive monitoring were abided by.

However, the plan has drawn ire on both sides of the US-Canada border.

Mathieu Traversy, a provincial legislator of Parti Quebecois, said cities were concerned that riverbanks would be marred by “diapers, condoms and syringes”.

Across the border, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has asked the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to intervene.

For its part, the EPA has said it has no regulatory authority over the river, which lies entirely in sovereign Canadian territory.

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Posted November 11, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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New Era in Canadian Politics as the Inaccessible and Paranoid Stephen Harper gets replaced by a Friendly and Very Public Justin Trudeau   Leave a comment


Stephen Harper was tossed out the door by the Canadian electorate two weeks ago.  The nation had nine years of a very conservative right-wing government.  Harper was slow to trust and quick to take offence, brooding and resentful at times, secretive beyond reason, perhaps the most introverted person ever to seek high office in this country. Harper didn’t hold press conferences and was totally inaccessible to the media.

There are disagreeable aspects to Stephen Harper’s personality. He was prone to mood swings. He could fly off the handle. He would go into funks, sometimes for long periods. He was suspicious of others. The public was aware of these traits mostly through what was written and reported in the media. In public, Harper was almost invariably calm, measured, and careful in what he said and how he said it. Yet none of us, having watched him, have any difficulty believing that this closed, repressed personality was capable of lashing out from time to time. We all get the vibe. His personality would also come out in the tactics that the Conservative Party used against its enemies, both perceived and real – which were, in a word, ruthless.

The media could not approach Harper, he was always surrounded by layers of defences that kept him isolated from the people that voted him in. But now he is gone, and his super-tight security details can put their eagle glares and Uzi machine guns away.

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The new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is comfortable walking into crowds and meeting the media.  This is what democracy is all about. Transparency from the leadership. Open information and honestly answering enquiries from whoever asks the questions. Trudeau is a very welcome breath of fresh air.

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Posted November 4, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Jets with Super-Cool Paint Jobs   Leave a comment


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The CF-18 Hornets Demonstration Team of the Royal Canadian Air Force use different striking liveries year to year as they make stops at various airshows across North America. The paint schemes celebrate different anniversaries and milestones such as the 75th anniversary of the RCAF and the Battle of Britain. The paint jobs are extremely eye-catching.

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Here the CF-18 is shadowed by a NATO AWACS and CT-133 Silver Star.

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English/Anglais 409 squadron Demonstration Team pilot, Capt Adam “Manik” Runge, in the 2014 Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Canadian Fighter (CF) 188 Hornet demo jet on the 4th of April 2014 at 4 Wing Cold Lake. .  This years’ demonstration jet marks 2 milestones for the RCAF. It is the 60th anniversary of 4 Wing, Cold Lake, and the 90th anniversary of the RCAF.  The jet paint scheme was designed by Mr. Jim Belliveau, and unveiled at a ceremony in 409 squadron on the 27th of March.  Photo: Cpl Stuparyk, Image Data Systems (IDS), AETE AE2014-086-02

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Replica camouflage used by Spitfires during the Battle of Britain

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Boeing officials delivered the first production aircraft from the Canadian Forces CF-18 Modernization Program, Phase 1, to the Department of National Defense in a ceremony at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The Phase 1 program will modernize the fleet of 80 CF-18 aircraft to the specifications of newer models through avionics configuration upgrades.

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Posted October 30, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Famous Justin Trudeau Photo   Leave a comment


These 2 photos were shot in 1973. The Old Man Pierre is carrying Justin like a sack of oats, but he doesn’t seem to mind.

Puerre Trudeau is saluted by RCMP Officer as he carries son Justin to Rideau Hall in 1973 to attend an outdoor reception for visiting heads of the Commonwealth countries in Ottawa.The Canadian Press/ Peter Bregg Peter Bregg/CP

Puerre Trudeau is saluted by RCMP Officer as he carries son Justin to Rideau Hall in 1973 to attend an outdoor reception for visiting heads of the Commonwealth countries in Ottawa.The Canadian Press/ Peter Bregg
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Trudeau,1973 winner of National Newspaper Award for Feature Photography Photo by Rod C. MacIvor Ottawa one time use only Loyalist College newspaper and video productions rmacivor@gmail.com

 

 

Posted October 25, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Trudeau Dynasty Again Rises to the Throne!   Leave a comment


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The Liberal party of Canada, with Justin Trudeau at the helm, has won a majority in the Canadian federal election.  Justin is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister, the late Pierre Trudeau.  The Trudeau royalty will once again take control in Ottawa. Pierre is smiling down from wherever his current manifestation is holed up.  Justin is continuing the mission!

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Posted October 19, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Aerial Photos of Canadian Football League Stadiums   2 comments


B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia Lions, Capacity 54,320

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Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton Eskimos, Capacity 56,302

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McMahon Stadium, Calgary Stampeders, Capacity 35,400

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Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field, Regina, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Capacity 33,427

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Investors Group Field, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Capacity 33,500 – expandable to 40,000

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Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Capacity 24,000

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The Toronto Argonauts currently play in the Rogers Centre Skydome, next year they will be moving into BMO Field

Rogers Centre, Capacity 31,074

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BMO Field, Capacity 30,991

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TD Place Stadium, Ottawa Redblacks, Capacity 24,000

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The Montreal Allouettes use two stadiums, during the regular season they use Molson Stadium and in the playoffs they use Olympic Stadium.

Molson Stadium at McGill University, Capacity 25,012

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Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Capacity 66,308

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Posted October 18, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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