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International Women’s Day is a day to Celebrate Women

Today (8 March), is International Women’s Day a day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future all around the world. The first IWD was run in 1911. Next year marks the IWD Global Centenary 1911-2011 With International Women’s Day now an official holiday in countries like China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, and colleagues  with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent of Mother’s Day status, where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers. International Women’s Day is also a day that we ce...

Academy Award Results, not the show is what people seem to want

The 82nd Academy Awards were held Sunday night, but overnight ratings are not expected to be good.  This is due in part to declining ratings in past years and the show running an hour past prime time.  This is also due to the fact that people are losing interest in the show. These days there are more choices when it comes to TV viewing, there are more channels, there are more programs and there are on-demand and DVR’s. The Oscars had there heyday when there were few networks and fewer channels. Polls on the Internet are showing that more people will not be watching the Oscars than will be watching. Even those people who are interested in the Academy Award results, can find those results on the Internet, seconds after they were announced. or wait until after the show to get the full r...

Are you going to the Toronto International Bicycle Show March 5-7, 2010

While it is not bicycle weather yet, unless you are one of the hard core cyclists that ride year round. It has been a long and cold winter, so with the warmer weather approaching, people are starting to think of getting out their bike and getting it ready for a spring tune up.  Many others will be heading to the Toronto international Bicycle Show this weekend at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. Besides looking for the new bicycle models, some people will be going to the bicycle show for the newest trends and fashions in bicycle clothing and the newest innovations in bikes parts and accessories, others will be going to watch some of the great bicycle demonstrations and competitions. Competitions include Toronto BMX Jam returning  for the 11th year. A number of the world’s best Pr...

Day 17 of the Vancouver Olympic Games ended with a bang and not just the fireworks at the closing ceremonies.

In some ways this is the saddest blog I have to write, it is also one of the happiest. I am sad that it is over, yet so happy with the results of these Vancouver Olympic Games. Canada’s last gold medal of these Olympic Games was the one that most Canadian’s were waiting to see. In a nail biting overtime time win, Canada beat the USA in men’s ice hockey 3 to 2.  At the closing ceremonies, the crowd in the stands actually let out a sigh when the  IOC president  declared the games closed, as no one wanted the games to be over. This has been the best Olympics for Canada in so many ways, outside of the Gold Medal Records for a nation at the winter games and the most Gold Medals by a host nation at a winter Olympic Games. What most impressed me was the positive spin that the American broadcaster...

Day 16 of the Vancouver Olympic Games brings Canada its 13th Gold Medal

Until today only 2 other countries had won 13 gold medals at the winter Olympics, the only other countries to win 13 gold in a Winter Olympic Games were the Soviet Union in 1976 (Innsbruck, Austria) and Norway in 2002 (Salt Lake City, Utah). Today, Canada became the third. If Canada beats the USA in ice hockey or another athlete from Canada wins a Gold Medal, a new winter Olympic record for Gold Medals will be set.  13 gold medals is also a new record for a host nation, This has Canada ahead of the previous record of 10 Gold Medals by a host nation that was held by the United States (2002 Salt Lake City, Utah)  and Norway (1994 Lillehammer). These Vancouver Olympic Games that had a slow start for Canada, but it started to gain momentum in the second week of the game. Canada gained even mor...

Day 15 and another 4 medals for Canada, 2 Gold, a Silver and a Bronze

Canada’s Olympians may not have owned the podium, but they are now leading in terms of most Gold Medals at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Canada’s men’s short track speed skating team finally ended their medal drought, they secured two Gold Medals and a Bronze Medal to put Canada third in the medal race and first in terms of most Gold Medals. Charles Hamelin picked up the men’s short track Gold Medal, finishing first in the 500 metre skate. His teammate François-Louis Tremblay earned the Bronze Medal in the same 500 metre event. Then less than an hour later in the men’s 5000 metre relay . Charles Hamelin and François-Louis Tremblay along with teammates François Hamelin, Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille, again reached for the top of the podium, winning the Gold Medal in t...

Day 14 of The Vancouver Olympics and Canada’s women win third straight hockey Gold Meda

Another Gold medal for Canada’s women’s ice hockey team, they defeated a very tough USA women’s team 2 to 0, to take their third straight Olympic Gold medal. What made this Gold Medal sweeter was to take this one on home ice in front of not only a hometown crowd and the Prime Minister, but the greatest player who ever played the game who was seated next to Stephen Harper, Wayne Gretzky. While it was widely publicized that the team had spent weeks leading up to the Vancouver Olympic Games playing practice games against boys midget hockey teams . Thanks to an innovative strategy by Alberta Minor Hockey League, the boys teams’ games against the Canadian women even counted in the league standings, giving these teenagers more motivation for pushing the women’s team to improve. What ...

Day 13 Of the Vancouver Games Brings Canada’s Best Bronze Medal

Canada has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at these Vancouver Olympic Games, but the sweetest medal came in the form of a Bronze. Clara Hughes took Bronze in the women’s 5000 metre long track speed skating today, what makes it sweet is this medal is the sixth of her career, putting her in a tie with Klassen as Canada’s most decorated Olympian. The other title that Hughes holds is that she is the only  athlete in history to win multiple medals in Winter and Summer Olympics games. This was her last ice race and she was happy to earned a spot on the podium. Canada has won Gold and Silver in Women’s bobsledding. Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse dominated the Whistler sliding track and took the gold and Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown picked up the silver medal in the Canada 2 ...

Day 12 of the Vancouver Games Brings another Gold and another first for Canada

While most of Canada is watching the qualifying hockey game between Canada and Germany in Ice Hockey, Canada has already gained another gold medal and another Olympic first. Canada’s women skiers have won the Gold Medal in women’s Ski Cross. Canadian racer Ashleigh McIvor has won the Olympic gold medal in ski cross at Cypress Mountain. This is the first time Ski Cross has been an Olympic event and Ashleigh McIvor has taken gold. Canada may not be owning the podium in these Olympic games as they were promoted to be doing, but they have made many firsts. The first Gold by Canada at a Canadian Olympics, the youngest and first North American team to win Olympic Ice Dancing Gold Medal and now the First ever to win women’s Ski Cross at the Olympic games. Team Canada is not the only number one  t...

Day 11 of the Vancouver Olympics Brings Another Gold Medal

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won the gold medal in Ice Dancing. Not only have they won another Gold Medal for Canada, they made Olympic history, they are the first North American team to win the Olympic Ice Dancing Championship. They went into tonight’s Free Skate with a 2.6 point lead, but there are their American training partners and a strong Russian team that were expected to give them them a good run. While I am not a fan of cross country skiing, I read today that Canadian Bill McKeever will make Olympic history by being the first winter athlete ever named to both Olympic and Paralympic teams. McKeever has only 10 % vision and that is not a challenge for him in competing with fully sighted skiers in the 50km race. His ability to compete with his vision impairment may even he...