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Canada: The full country experience at Windbreak Farm B&B

By Paul Knowles (first published in the Mitchell Advocate)

For Cathy Hutson, owning and operating a Bed & Breakfast was an ideal occupation. Her parents ran a hunting and fishing camp in northern Ontario, so “from a young age, I was used to the tourism industry.” She describes herself as an unusual combination – a homebody, and yet an entrepreneur – so a home-based business seemed the ideal answer.

Canada: Complexity in our nation’s capital

By Paul Knowles

The first question we had after a flying visit to our nation’s capital a few weeks ago was, why don’t we do this more often? Because Ottawa is a wonderful city with dozens of fascinating things to do. We had time for only two of them, but both of our chosen sites were nothing short of terrific.

Canada: New exhibits explore refugees' journey of hope

By Maureen Fitzhenry

A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) explores the global refugee crisis through the eyes of two teenage boys - a 13-year-old Syrian who survived a perilous voyage across the Mediterranean and a 15-year-old boy in Spain who felt compelled to respond.

Canada: 100 years of Canadian passion

By Paul Knowles (first published in a shorter version in Forever Young)

As virtually every Canadian is well aware, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the most important institution in this country. No, not Parliament – the National Hockey League. As Canadian celebrates its 150th birthday, the NHL is marking its centennial. (Photo: The puck drop at the terrific 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles; many of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time were on hand to drop a multitude of pucks for the 2017 All-Stars; Paul Knowles photo).

Canada: Capturing human rights through the lens of a camera

By Maureen Fitzhenry

National exhibition of crowd-sourced photos opens for Canada 150. (Photo: Ossie Michelin, Mi'kmaq Woman, 2013)

Canada: This land is our land

By Paul Knowles

The eight of us came from almost every part of this country – one from Nova Scotia, two from Quebec, three from Ontario, one from Alberta, and one from B.C. When we compared notes about our hometowns, the settings were very different, from proximity to lighthouses to proximity to mountains. And the languages we speak at home are different – six spoke English, two, French.

Canada: A wise “million-dollar” investment

By Paul Knowles

The Drayton Festival has made a shrewd investment this season, bringing the deservedly popular musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” to several of its stages.

Canada: "Oh, Canada!"

By Paul Knowles

(Photo: a group of Canadians, including the author, celebrating Canada day in a  British pub in Cranbrook, Kent).

"O, Canada!" At public events, we sing it loud and proud. But on any given day, we might pronounce it with very different inflections.

Canada: TORONTO: Top 17 in 2017

By Krystal Carter

Tourism Toronto has released their list of the  Top 17 in 2017 attractions and events coming to Toronto. These include Canada's 150 celebrations, the Maple Leaf's Centennial as well as new festivals and hotels opening this year, plus more. (Shown: Toronto Caribbean Carnival).


By Heather Kelly

TORONTO - The Bloor St. Culture Corridor is thrilled to announce that the City of Toronto has designated Bloor St. West, between Bathurst and Bay streets, a City of Toronto cultural corridor. (Shown: The Talisker Players)

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