I was browsing through the e-cards, and lo and behold, I found something I never even knew was part of this site: Care2 Screensavers!
These screensavers are loads of fun, and very easy to download. And best of all, there's no embedded spyware or adware to worry about, because Care2 goes to great lengths to provide a secure and spyware-free site for all of us.
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If you're looking to put some fun comments into your friends' Comment section on their profile page, Camilla has made some wonderful little things called Care2 Stickies. They're fun, they're easy - just highlight the code, copy it, open the HTML editor when you click "Add Comment" paste it in, and hit submit. Voila, you've given your friend(s) a wonderful and fun little gift!
Tomorrow, July 1, our nation celebrates its 139th birthday. In honor of our nation's birthday, here's a little history lesson I thought you might enjoy. Happy Canada Day!
The Origin of the Name Canada
The origin of the name "Canada" comes from the expedition of explorer Jacques Cartier up the St. Lawrence River in 1535. The Iroquois pointing out the route to the village of Stadacona, the future site of Quebec City, used the word "kanata," the Huron-Iroquois word for village. Jacques Cartier used the word Canada to refer to both the settlement of Stadacona and the land surrounding it subject to Chief Donnacona.
By 1547, maps were showing the name Canada applied to everything north of the St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence River was called the "rivière du Canada" by Cartier, and the name stuck until the 1600s.
In the 1600s, the name Canada was often used loosely to refer to New France, and as land opened up to the west and the south in the 1700s, the name Canada was applied to what is now the American midwest and as far south as present day Louisiana. But it was not official.
In 1791, the Constitutional Act or Canada Act divided the Province of Quebec into two - the colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. In 1841, the two colonies were united again, this time as the Province of Canada.
At Confederation in 1867, the British North America Act officially joined the Province of Canada (Quebec and Ontario) with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to become "one Dominion under the name of Canada."
Canada wasn't the only name considered for the new dominion though. Other names suggested at the time of Confederation were