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Nov 22, 2006

One of the goals of Care2 Connect is to help people with common interests connect with each other. At the group Exploring Canada, this connection isn't just limited to membership and discussion; it also includes other venues where Canadians (and non-Canadians) can meet and share their experiences and opinions about Canada.

It is with this in mind that the Care2 Community Blogline is happy to promote Exploring Canada's very first Event, which is promoting an online radio show running every weekday from 10:30am to 12:30pm (MST), and  which is hosted by our newest Care2 member Wil Henderson (a.k.a. "Captain Canuck" - he joined Care2 in 2005, but he didn't get involved on the site until just recently).

Beginning next Tuesday, Nov. 28, and on every Tuesday thereafter, Captain Canuck will be tuning us into Canadian music artists via his blog, Due North.  The blog itself is called Tunesday, and when he started it a couple of years ago, I don't really think he was expecting the kind of popularity it's received.  Every week, he features a Canadian band or solo artist, and he even includes an audio clip, and lyrics, too. 

Group and Care2 Connect members are encouraged to tune into CKA every weekday from 10:30am to 12:30pm to listen to Captain Canuck's online radio show for some fantastic all-Canadian music. And if you want, you can post your music requests directly to the Captain by going here.

So, check out this wonderful new addition to Care2 Connect and to Exploring Canada. Captain Canuck totally rocks, because HE IS CANADIAN! (reference to "Joe Canadian" there).

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Posted: Nov 22, 2006 10:05am
Jun 30, 2006
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

* Victorialand

* Borealia

* Cabotia

* Tuponia (The United Provinces of North America)

* Superior

* Norland

* Hochelaga

SOURCE: Canada Online

And now you know how our nation got its name.      Have a great Canada Day weekend, everyone!  

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Posted: Jun 30, 2006 6:24am
May 22, 2006
Name: Nichola Goddard
Type: Memorial (for the deceased)
To Honor: Individual(s)
Location: Calgary, Canada
This is a tribute to honor a Canadian hero, Nichola Goddard

I would like to pay her tribute, because she is a member of my husband's family - a cousin, in fact.  In my eyes, it seems only fitting and right that on a day when we're honoring the birth of Queen Victoria (even though she died in 1901), we should also honor the life of a young woman who gave her life fighting for what she believed in.

Nichola Goddard (1980 ~ 2006)

Nichola was the 17th soldier to die in Afghanistan, and the first female soldier to die in combat since World War II. Just 26 years old, she'd been serving with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, and she was also a member of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Shilo, Manitoba.

According to news sources, Nichola's role in Afghanistan was that of a "forward observer." She helped target artillery by watching where the shells fell. That may not seem like a dangerous job to some, but in actuality, it's incredibly dangerous - as has been proven...

Nichola took pleasure in what she called "small victories." Whether those victories meant successfully hauling a gun up what seemed like an impassable mountain in the Rockies, finally getting shower stalls, or talking with the local people and encouraging genuine dialogue with them, Nichola took pride in these "small victories" and worked hard to foster and encourage the efforts towards peace and discussion among the Afghan people she was in contact with. She certainly did our country proud.

Nichola's leadership is well-documented by now, but many of you might not know that she was also what many will call an "angel of mercy."

Even though they were in the middle combat, Nichola always made the Afghan children smile by giving them treats and toys her church parish and her family had sent her. And then, she would write a note to the people who'd sent things to her to let them know what she'd done with those gifts. Nichola didn't have children of her own, so she showered love and gifts on the Afghan children she encountered, and if that isn't doing the work of an angel in a war zone, I don't know what is.

Nichola will be remembered for her dedication, her leadership, and her patriotism by her family, friends, and brothers-in-arms. Those of us who never had the chance to know her can honor her by carrying on her mission in whatever ways we are able, to show her that her sacrifices were not in vain...

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember: It is not what we give that shows the measure of ourselves as human beings.  Rather, it is how we give - whether with true altruism and a genuine spirit of love, or with a desire to be recognized for our generosity - that matters.

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Posted: May 22, 2006 9:01am


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