This video presents “Canada Day in the Capital 2013 – Chris Hadfield – Fête du Canada dans la capitale 2013”:

CAA South Central Ontario offers the following fun facts about Canada, the Great White North:

  • Hockey and lacrosse are both Canada’s national sports.
  • John Cabot was the first explorer to reach Canada in 1497.
  • Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation on Earth.
  • Ontario’s groundhog (named Wiarton Willie) is an albino groundhog from Wiarton, Ontario.
  • There hasn’t been mail delivery on Saturday in Canada for the past 35 years.
  • The Stanley Cup has its own bodyguard.
  • The word “Canada” comes from a misunderstanding between Jacques Cartier and some Iroquois youth. The youth were pointing out a small area (for which they used the word “Kanata”), but Cartier took that to mean the entire area.
  • There are no snakes on the island of Newfoundland.
  • Canada only received an official national flag almost 100 years after it became a country.
  • It was illegal to sell pop cans in Prince Edward Island between 1984 and 2008.

Here are exciting celebratory events in Ontario, Canada:

  • Most of these events are FREE

The Capital’s Annual Canada Day Celebrations: July 1, 2013

Canada’s Capital

Canada Day Hotline
613-239-5000 | 1-800-465-1867

Open Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm
July 1st from 8:30 am to 10 pm

  • Canada Day is the celebration of Canada’s birthday.
  • It marks the anniversary of July 1, 1867, when four British North American provinces joined to create a new federation called Canada.
  • There are also special activities at other locations in the Capital, including:
    • FREE jazz concerts at Confederation Park, as part of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

    • FREE admission to the Capital’s many national museums and attractions.

    • Canada’s Biggest Barbecue Event on the Plaza Bridge.

    • FREE parking at National Capital Commission (NCC) beaches and parks.

    • And more!

This video presents “UN Secretary-General message “World Water Day 2013”:

  • 22 March 2013
  • Video Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the importance of Water Cooperation, the theme of World Water Day 2013

United Nations' image: World Water Day 2013, International Year of Water Cooperation

United Nations’ image: World Water Day 2013, International Year of Water Cooperation

Today is World Water Day.

22 March was designated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as World Water Day, an international day to annually:

  • celebrate freshwater
  • focus attention on the importance of freshwater
  • advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources

World Water Day 2013 is also dedicated to:

  • the theme of  “cooperation for peace, prosperity and sustainable development”

“Water holds the key to sustainable development, we must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource”

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of World Water Day on Water Cooperation

This video presents “How to Catch a Grizzly Bear”:

  • “Dr. Michael Proctor catches grizzly bears for a living.
  • He is gathering data on the bears to aid in their conservation.
    • Here he tells the story of how one mama bear — and her curious cub — became the latest subject in his ongoing research project tracking bear movement in the West Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada”:

"The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain."

“The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.”

This summer, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is partnering with the Toronto Zoo to give you a chance to see some of Canada’s (and the world’s) coolest species up close via a contest:

  • Contest opens to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) of age of majority, except employees, volunteers, representatives or agents of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Toronto Zoo
  • Entries are accepted online only.

Enter this NCC- Toronto zoo contest to win one of these two possible prizes:

Read more of Two Contests: Nature Conservancy of Canada (Ends Aug.3) & Toronto Zoo (Ends Aug.31,2012)

This video explains Earth Day and its green mission to Mobilize the Earth™ :

Mobilize the Earth – Earth Day 4.22.12 – is today’s global campaign whereby:

  • more than one billion people around the globe participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth™
  • people of all nationalities and backgrounds voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection
  • together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part
Earth Day 2012

Earth Day 2012

Here are some great, green, Canadian milestones for Earth Day:

Read more of Some Great, Green, Canadian Milestones on Earth Day April 22, 2012!

Watch the movie trailer of The Lorax here:

Let It Grow Contest: Help The Weather Network Plant 500,000 Virtual Trees For Your Chance to Win

Let It Grow Contest: Help The Weather Network Plant 500,000 Virtual Trees For Your Chance to Win

The Weather Network invites you to participate in the Let It Grow with The Lorax! contest by:

  • planting a Truffula tree in The Weather Network’s virtual forest to make a difference and for your chance to WIN
    • “help the Lorax make the virtual forest grow
    • when registering, each tree you plant count as an entry to WIN a trip for two to attend a Hollywood movie premiere
    • you can plant a tree each day so be sure to come back tomorrow

Read more of Let It Grow Contest: Help The Weather Network Plant 500,000 Virtual Trees for Your Chance to Win