After (painfully) witnessing the upset of our mens junior hockey team in the quarter finals we Canadians have moved on to a thrilling and unexpected (maybe not to her) surprise in world tennis action. Eighteen year old Bianca Andreescu has been on the pro tennis circuit since 2017, but suddenly bounced into focus last weekend when she defeated Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in New Zealand’s ASB classic.
Despite the fact that she was defeated in the final of that event, Andreescu went on to qualify for the Australian Open a few days later. Young, talented, ambitious and resilient, Bianca is earning respect on the tennis courts as well as pride and admiration from Canadians.
With a shining future ahead, all of our eyes and hearts are on and with her!
Arriving on the snow-covered field on a dogsled, escorted by (RCMP) mounties, Shania Twain’s Grey Cup halftime show could not have been more Canadian. The flying snow enhanced the performance, captured here by ESPN…
Dressed in sparkly pink and red winter wear, Canadian country singer Shania Twain wowed the crowd with her hit songs “That Don’t Impress me Much” and “Life’s About to Get Good” before closing with “Man, I feel like a woman!”
Oh, and the football game was good too, a close nailbiter right to the end. The underdog won again with the Toronto Argonauts defeating the Calgary Stampeders 27-24 in Grey Cup #105.
I, like many other Canadians, watched the coverage of the election last night. I did switch back and forth between the Ottawa Senators hockey game and the election coverage though, very Canadian of me!
Through the whole election process, I was struck by how divided the country (USA) was on their opinions of the candidates. People were/are very definite in this election. In past elections (ours included) opinions varied, but there appeared to be much less anger. Previously, all candidates had their strengths and weaknesses. Not so with this election.
People are angry at and sick of Hillary’s lies, deceit and suspected corruption. Others are angry and disgusted with Trump’s comments, actions and lack of political experience. Today there are many furious and heartsick people in the USA and around the world because Trump won the election. As naive as it may sound, I hope this anger dissipates soon so the country can move forward together.
I also hope that president-elect Trump is not the crass, irresponsible, selfish, crude, racist, sexist, idiot that all of those angry people say he is…
The 2016 Brier, sponsored by Tim Hortons, is underway at TD Place in Lansdowne Park, here in Ottawa. For those of you not familiar with the sport, the Brier is the men’s Canadian curling championship, where all provinces and territories are represented. Last year’s winning team also qualifies to play as Team Canada. Opening ceremonies were yesterday afternoon, March 5th. My seat in an upper row allowed for a great shot of all the teams lined up on the ice during the singing of our national anthem…
Unfortunately, from this seat, I wasn’t able to get any good closeup shots of the curling matchups within the first draw of the event at 230pm. I did get a decent shot of Ontario’s team skipped by Glen Howard chatting with the crowd after their victory over Kevin Koe’s team from Alberta…
Our tickets for the evening draw (draw 2) at 730 last night were closer to the ice, allowing for some better shots of the three concurrent games.
In these pictures, the two teams on sheet A (top of the picture) are Northern Ontario skipped by Brad Jacobs and Saskatchewan skipped by Steve Laycock. Center ice had BC skipped by Jim Cotter playing PEI skipped by Adam Casey. The third sheet (bottom of pictures) pitted North West Territories skipped by Jamie Koe against New Brunswick skipped by Mike Kennedy…
The former cattle castle, currently known as the Aberdeen Pavillion, houses the “Brier Patch” the entertainment center of the Brier. Fans, players and volunteers congregate and mingle here between and after draws. We dropped by Friday evening, just in time to see and hear all of the teams being introduced to their appreciative fans. After their introductions, the team members wandered through the crowd, stopping for autographs and posing for photos.
Opening day at the 2016 Brier was a great time. The recently renovated TD Place and Landsdowne Park area in Ottawa is a beautiful venue for an event like this. Plenty of parking, free bus service to and from the games, and a wide variety of shops and restaurants all within walking distance make it enjoyable for everyone. We even got to chat with Jim Cotter, skip of the BC team, while out for lunch at Whole Foods Market. The weather was perfect too for strolling around the area.
The caliber of the curling competition is outstanding this year at the Brier, with no team favoured to win easily. We plan to go back later in the week as the competition heats up, with playoffs on the weekend leading into the final game on Sunday, March 13.
Facebook and other forms of social media have been full of jokes, complaints, suggestions and comments regarding Canada’s oil and pipeline dilemma. Here are a few that caught my eye…
The first set of pictures is about the controvery over the Canadian pipeline. Quebec is so concerned with the potential danger of a pipeline running across Canada, yet their politicians were quite willing to dump tons of raw sewage into the St Lawrence river near Montreal last summer. I agree with Henry:
The next set bemoans the fact that we are importing foreign oil at exorbitant prices instead of benefiting from Canadian oil. How does that make sense?
This last one is probably the most upsetting, another inconvenient truth as titled, showing how insignificant the CO2 emissions from the Canadian Oil Sands are compared to those produced by other countries around the world:
All of these pictures make you wonder, don’t they?
If you were at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa Friday night, you were on cloud #9 with Bryan Adams and thousands of other fans as part of his Reckless tour. From the opening song to the encore performances, Adams put on a spectacular show.
The Reckless tour is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that made the Canadian rocker a superstar. Reckless was the first album in Canada to sell one million copies. He had the fans singing along to most of his songs, as soon as they recognized the first few notes, and often before he even started to sing.
Familiar Bryan Adams hits like:
Summer of ’69
18 till I die
Cuts like a knife
One night love affair
Run to you
Kids wanna rock
It’s only love
Somebody like you
Everything I do
and even the less familiar ones had everyone singing and dancing all night.