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Calgary

Cirque Eloize at the Calgary Stampede

Posted July 5, 2015 by Jes

The ENMAX Corral Show at the Calgary Stampede gets better and better every year. Located on the Stampede grounds, the Corral seats just over 7,000 people and has a free with-park-admission show every day (at 2, 4 and 7 PM) for Stampede goers to attend….

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Canada

FIFA – Blatter Doubles Down

Posted July 5, 2015 by Anonymous

When is a resignation not a resignation?  When you’re the Pharaoh of FIFA, Sepp Blatter.

Ol’ Sepper has announced he won’t be attending the final of the Women’s World Cup in Canada tonight.  The way he explained that is really bizarre.

“For as long as things remain unresolved, I won’t take any travel risks,” Blatter said, adding that he was needed at FIFA’s Zürich HQ, saying the “commanding officer remains at his post during a battle.”


So traveling to Canada almost right under the noses of American investigators is one trip too risky for the Sepp Monster.  He is, however, looking forward to traveling to Russia this month for events related to Russia’s 2018 World Cup. Canada is too high risk, Russia is oh so sublime.

“Criticism doesn’t hurt. What hurts me are hateful tirades. From jealousy, hate has grown,” Blatter said.

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Canada

The Disaffected Lib: FIFA – Blatter Doubles Down

Posted July 5, 2015 by Anonymous

When is a resignation not a resignation?  When you’re the Pharaoh of FIFA, Sepp Blatter.

Ol’ Sepper has announced he won’t be attending the final of the Women’s World Cup in Canada tonight.  The way he explained that is really bizarre.

“For as long as things remain unresolved, I won’t take any travel risks,” Blatter said, adding that he was needed at FIFA’s Zürich HQ, saying the “commanding officer remains at his post during a battle.” So traveling to Canada almost right under the noses of American investigators is one trip too risky for the Sepp Monster. (Read more…)

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Canada

The Little Bomber That Couldn’t

Posted July 4, 2015 by Anonymous

F-35 “Fatso”The myth of the F-35 as an all purpose, multi-role fighter imploded this past week with the leak of a report on flight tests showing that it couldn’t hold its own, much less defeat a decades old F-16 in air combat maneuvering.  To put …

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Arctic

First Day on Site

Posted July 3, 2015 by Tim Rast

Our first site of the season greeted us with a brief shower followed by a nice bright rainbow.  By the time I took this photo the rainbow had retreated to the far side of the river, but when it first appeared it ended right on our tent rings.The R…

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Canada

John Crosbie Unleashed

Posted July 3, 2015 by James Bow

My American friends — and Canadians who came of political age after 1993 — may not truly appreciate this gem, but it’s clear that Newfoundlander conservative John Crosbie hasn’t lost the fire that made him a force in federal…

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General

All Phil Kessel

Posted July 3, 2015 by torontosportsmedia

By TSM The drumbeats about a Phil Kessel trade were loud leading up to draft. Calgary? Pittsburgh?? In the end nothing happened and we waited. Things were quiet leading up to Free Agent day and then the bomb dropped. It’s been a while since we’ve […]

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Canada

A secret deal was proposed between CSIS and Canada Border Services Agency

Posted July 2, 2015 by Anonymous

Before Bill C-51, CSIS shared information with other federal agencies – but they needed the Public Safety Minister’s permission. C-51 removes political oversight, giving CSIS access to 16 other…

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Canada

Canada is going backwards on telecom prices

Posted July 2, 2015 by David Christopher

This article was originally published at Rabble.ca
If you’re a Canadian and you own a cell phone, you probably don’t need an official report to tell you that you’re paying way over the odds…

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Calgary

What to do every night of the Calgary Stampede 2015

Posted July 1, 2015 by Jes

The Calgary Stampede is a few days away and it is time to get your schedule in order. Besides going to the grounds and watching the Grandstand show, hitting the Rodeo, betting on the chuckwagon races and buying the weird midway food (this year there is a $100 hot dog…um, what?)Here are some things that can keep it full for the 10 days of fun ahead:

Friday July 3, 2015
Stampede Parade
The Stampede kicks off with the Stampede Parade through downtown Calgary.  This year’s parade marshal is Olympian Kallie Humphries.

Saturday July 4, 2015
Chinook Center Pancake Breakfast
One of the great joys of Stampede is all the pancakes. If you don’t go to a pancake breakfast during Stampede you just aren’t stampeding right. The Chinook Stampede breakfast feeds 60,000 people. That’s a lot of pancakes. 

Sunday July 5, 2015
Coca-Cola Stage 
Hit the grounds on the first Sunday and get your place around the Coke stage for one of this year’s acts Vance Joy.

Monday July 6, 2015
Wildhorse Saloon Tent
The tent in the middle of downtown is the corporate cowboys delight. There are different concerts and on this night you have Canadian rocker turned country star Dallas Smith. 

Tuesday July 7, 2015
ENMAX Corral Show
This year the ENMAX Corral show at the Stampede grounds is Cirque Éloize, one of today’s leaders in contemporary circus arts from Montreal, Québec.They are performing a Stampede version of their show iD.

Wednesday July 8, 2015
Stampede Roundup
The big concerts at Fort Calgary never disappoint the crowd. This year they are throwing back with Collective Soul, Big Wreck and Journey. You always sing along to Don’t Stop Believing when it comes on – this year you can do it with the band live. 

Thursday July 9, 2015
Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show
You can’t miss the Grandstand fireworks every night during Stampede, but you should see the whole show at least once. The Young Canadians, the Alberta Ballet and many other performers bring the glitz and dazzle to the stage every night after the Chuckwagon races. 

Friday July 10, 2015
Virgin Mobile Concert Series at the Saddledome
Blake Shelton takes the stage at the Saddledome the night after his wife Miranda Lambert woos the audience. 

Saturday July 11, 2015
Nashville North
Hit up the famous Stampede beer tent on the night Jason Blaine takes the stage. 

Sunday July 12, 2015
Cowboys Tent
End off the ten day event with a stop at the Cowboys tent for a concert. Kip Moore and Nelly will shut down the Cowboy’s stage for this year.

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Canada

“O Canada, O Canada, who stands watch from sea to sea? Who for a lost democracy? Who for the true north strong and free? If not you then let it be me”

Posted July 1, 2015 by Laila

Singing the national anthem at any event – even at home during hockey games – is always a moment that stirs tremendous pride within me. I am Canadian and thank you William Shatner because every time I say that now, I … Continue reading

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Canada

The Sacred and the Dead: ‘Friend of the Devil’ is a Love Song

Posted July 1, 2015 by Anonymous

Despite its provocative title, the Grateful Dead’s song “Friend of the Devil” actually can be heard…

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Alberta

Glacier Skywalk

Posted June 25, 2015 by Anonymous

It has taken me a year to write this post…I have no idea why but it has haha!  But recently I was going through pictures of last years summer holidays and thought I really needed to blog about the places we visited.  I want my blog to also be a journal for me…a place where I can look back […]

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Canada

It’s the D-Word and It’s Arrived in Canada

Posted June 25, 2015 by Anonymous

Prime minister Cletis doesn’t seem to have noticed that global warming has arrived in his very own backyard.  Funny how he can’t hear all those local Tories squealing like pigs over the drought setting in across the West.It’s the sort of think I w…

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Events

Movies on the Beach 2015 = free fun in Ottawa!

Posted June 25, 2015 by andrea tomkins

Movies on the Beach is one of the most fun things to do during the summer in Ottawa. It’s hosted by Majic 100 (who have renamed it Friday Night Flicks by the way) and it’s free! We’ve been to the one at Westboro Beach a few times, so if you’re planning on going, here’s what […]

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General

The city of Ottawa

Posted June 24, 2015 by Jennifer A. Jilks

Wednesday is Yoga day
on Parliament Hill lawns.
We just missed them!

My first 25 years I lived in Toronto, in the inner city. I walked to Cottingham P.S., and took the subway to Jarvis C.I.

Later, my first hubby and I moved to Nepean (1981), now pa…

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Education

Live, learn, love (Welcoming a new patron: OMS Montessori!)

Posted June 23, 2015 by andrea tomkins

At what age should a child be taught how to slice a banana? It’s something I found myself thinking about as I was chatting with Pat Gere, the director at OMS Montessori. Studies show that kids crave and thrive when given age-appropriate responsibilities, yet we find ourselves in a society that is becoming increasingly fearful of kids walking […]

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General

Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Transparency hit new low during plebiscite

Posted June 22, 2015 by Laila

 http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/06/17/transparency-hit-new-low-during-plebiscite Twenty-three is the number of elected representatives in Metro Vancouver who are members of the Mayors’ Council on Transportation — 21 members are mayors, one represents Electoral area ‘A’, and another is the chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation. … Continue reading

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General

Capital Camps: Ottawa’s Best Choice For Summer Camp

Posted June 16, 2015 by Loukia

Are you singing along with me? School’s out for the summer… almost. And we’re all excited! Well, mostly all excited. The kids are excited. Parents? Well, we’re excited, too. After all, we love spending time with our children, right? And we don’t have to pack lunches every day! But, most of us still have to work during the summer months, and summer is long. (Not as long as never ending winter, but long.)

We’re always looking for ways to keep our children busy, having fun, and staying active. Of course, most parents will sign up their children for summer camp, but with so many camps to choose from, selecting one that is perfect for your child is a daunting task.

My boys have been taking tennis lessons through Capital Camps for a couple of years, and when I found out that they also offer a variety of Summer Camps, I got so excited. After all, I know they’ll have a good time, because they love it during the year—and summer camp is even more fun than the regular program!

Capital Camps has been running in the Orleans area for over 14 years, and I love their stellar reputation.
 
They promote safety as number one, and have a ratio of one instructor to every eight campers. 
 
They’re huge on making sure everyone feels included, and they make sure everyone is participating so every camper has a chance to excel.
 
And, of course, their camps are… SO MUCH FUN!
 
Fun is a very critical aspect of Capital Camps and my boys can attest to that—it is a lot of fun, they are playing in a safe environment, and they always feel included, no matter their level or experience.  I love the solid reputation Capital Camps has earned throughout the years.
 
My boys are signed up for Full Day Tennis Camp and not only will they be playing hours of tennis each day, they’ll also take part in other fun activities, too, like basketball, soccer, capture the flag, swimming, dodgeball, and so much more.
 
Oh, and free BBQ lunches every day… and a pizza day on Friday! Don’t you want to go back to camp, too? I know I do.
 
Other camps available through Capital Camps include:
 
Half-Day Tennis Camp
Dance and Drama Camp
Multi-Sport Camp
Arts Camp
Cheerleading Camp
Flag Football Camp

 

You can register your child online, or call 613-276-4307 for more informaiton. You can also email Aaron at aaron@capitalcamps.ca, and he’ll be happy to answer your questions, too. (You can also drop off your child before work, and pick them up after 5, too.)
 

Isn’t summer the best? Especially when your children are in a camp you know they’ll love!

 

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General

got flaunt

Posted June 15, 2015 by raymi

Hello outstanding citizens! Join me now on another Adventures with Raymbo quest. Okay lets not beat around the bush, this was terrifying! But you just have to try things, no? I even made NOW. I mean obvi lol. Some of my friend’s shots of me accidentally took on a black & white setting. Kind of […]

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General

Join The Journey With Energizer (And Win!)

Posted June 15, 2015 by Loukia

We were invited to Toronto a couple of months ago to take part in a special science event with Energizer® at the Ontario Science Centre. Spending the weekend in Toronto is always fun, especially when we get to stay in great hotels like the Renaissance Hotel—from our stay at this lovely hotel, to our time spent learning in the Ontario Science Centre, it was a very memorable weekend.

My boys just received a fun personalized package from Energizer so they could conduct even more fun home experiments with the new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery, Energizer’s longest lasting AA high-performance alkaline battery, and the world’s first battery made with 4% recycled batteries. (The cool thing is, this battery is a first step in a journey towards a goal of developing batteries made with entirely recycled materials—hoping to reach 40% by 2025!)

They made a circuit bulb holder, a hanging magnetic compass, an electromagnet and more. They had a blast. 


The Join Our Journey campaign celebrates the world’s first innovation, and encourages and inspires the next generation of thinkers—our children—to begin a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) journey of their own, so innovations like this can keep happening in the future.

You can get involved with STEM at home, through fun experiments that can be created using simple materials you may already have lying around the house, like the items we used for our at-home experiments.

Did you know you can also help choose the next child innovator by voting for your favourite “dream creature” at joinenergizer.ca? Perhaps you can even get the kids involved in choosing the one they like best!


Bonus: I’m giving away the Elements of Science kit to one of my readers, along with some EcoAdvanced batteries and other goodies, so you can have some science fun at home with your kids, too!



Just leave me a comment below to win and I’ll pick a winner randomly by June 25th. 

Good Luck!

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Events

A Big Hug and Many Thanks

Posted June 13, 2015 by Marguerite

It was a cold and rainy morning but despite the weather it was a great day to shop for plants.A little rain was no matter for these shoppers. Just put on your wellies and pick your plants!I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all the many many people …

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General

Canada Needa a Real National Autism Strategy: Exhibit #1 Saskatchewan

Posted June 9, 2015 by H L Doherty

Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy

Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their  parents live in. One of the most glaring examples of the need for national autism medical coverage is in the province I once called Canada’s Autism Wasteland  province.   Since that commentary on September 2, 2007  little progress appears to have been made judging by the Global story by Amber Rockliffe: Saskatchewan families moving due to lack of autism funding.  Rockliffe reports of  Saskachewan families leaving the province to find treatment for their children’s autism disorders; treatment which is not available because of long wait lists and is not usually delivered  in sufficient hours to make a substantial difference in treating their children’s autism. 

One of those families that has already made the move is the family of Sheri Radoux:

Sheri Radoux, has moved south of the U.S. border to Minnesota. “I think the services in Saskatchewan are probably the worst, or one of the worst in Canada, “said Radoux. “We moved down to Minnesota and we got full-time therapy for all our children, paid and funded by the state.”


The Rockliffe report goes on to indicate that Saskatchewan spends half, approximately $7.5 million annually, compared to approximately $15 million, that   Manitoba, with a similar population, spends annually on autism services.
Families leaving provinces, including the province many would consider the birthplace of medicare in Canada, to seek a better life for their autistic children in jurisdictions provincial and American  where a greater value is placed on the lives and futures of autistic children.
Yes, Canada needs a REAL National Autism Strategy.


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General

“Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith aka “The day politicians closed a bridge to do yoga.”

Posted June 6, 2015 by Laila

It was hot yesterday in the suburbs. So hot that when I first heard the Burrard street bridge was being completely closed for 7 hours on the first day of summer to do yoga.…I went and poured a glass of … Continue reading

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General

This weeks columns for 24Hrs Vancouver: Time to look at mail-in elections

Posted June 4, 2015 by Laila

As voting closed in the transit plebiscite, the numbers surprised many. In every Metro Vancouver municipality, the turnout surpassed the number of registered voters who cast a ballot in the 2014 municipal elections. According to numbers from Elections BC — … Continue reading

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Events

Canoe Cove Plant Sale

Posted May 29, 2015 by Marguerite

It’s a sure sign of Spring.The Plant Sale is coming….. and that means a raffle featuring a locally made birdhouse, canteen with fresh baked goodies, aged manure and compost, used garden books, a playground for the children…..and PLANTS.  lots …

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Canada

NEW HERITAGE MINUTE: Nursing Sisters

Posted May 18, 2015 by Jes

Did you know that they still make Heritage Minutes? There have been five released since 2012, and they just released a sixth about nurses in WWI. As usual, it will make you feel very patriotic.

“Nursing Sisters” was produced by Historica Canada and Calgary-based Corkscrew Media and Stir Films. It stars Canadian actress Siobhán Williams (Hell on Wheels, Black Box, UnReal). The iconic end narration is provided by Molly Parker (House of Cards).

I am still going to say that the James Naismith basketball peach baskets and the “Dr. Penfield, I smell burnt toast.” ones were my all time favorites. I mean, you just can’t beat one of America’s favorite past times and everyone thinking their having a stroke when they smell burnt toast.

XOXO
Jes…

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General

Dragon Beard Candy

Posted May 5, 2015 by Anonymous

Dragon Beard Candy Master Johnny Chin Demonstrates this Ancient Art in Montreal The son apprentices at the hand of the father: that is a long lost tradition in our culture, for the most part, and warmed my heart to see it in Montreal at the onset of a food tour Vanja and I took while…

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General

PCPO leadership race

Posted May 1, 2015 by trashee

I’m obviously NOT a supporter of Ontario’s PC Party, but am rooting for Patrick Brown over Christine Elliott in the current version of Ontario conservatives fighting amongst themselves to decide who will lead the party that Davis built.These two are so far apart that it reminds me of the Jean/Paul differences in bygone days. More […]

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Canada

Shreddies’ “Search For Goodness” Highlights Canada’s Best

Posted May 1, 2015 by Anonymous

One of the things we cherish about being Canadian is our reputation for being polite. It’s great to raise our families in a country known the world over for having good manners (and it’s super handy to be able to […]

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General

Sebastien’s Sad and Scary Adult Autism Reality in Moncton, New Brunswick

Posted April 30, 2015 by H L Doherty

When autistic persons in New Brunswick turn 21 particularly severely autistic adults services many services will no longer be available. For severely autistic adults adulthood can be bleak, sad and scary. This is Sebastien’s story, a severely autisti…

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Canada

An Odd Way to Conduct an Opinion Poll

Posted April 29, 2015 by James Bow

The website ABvote has been following the Albertan election super closely and, yesterday, released this startling poll. You can see the results (along with other polls earlier in this campaign below: I would wager that anybody who has been following…

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Calgary

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra sings a Playoff version of O Fortuna (VIDEO)

Posted April 28, 2015 by Jes

The Calgary Philharmonic got into the hockey playoff spirit on Saturday night at the Jack Singer concert hall at the Art Commons after the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks in game 6 of the first series. Singing a playoff version of O Fortuna…..

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Entertainment

When 900 Guitarists Come Together All At Once

Posted April 24, 2015 by Sonya

When I had heard that Mirvish Productions made a call out for hundreds of guitarists to gather in the city to connect and play the song ‘Falling Slowly’ from the musical Once, I knew it was going to be epic. […]

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Allan's Perspective

Ontario Place!

Posted April 24, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Hey kids, I ran across this article today and since Ontario Place opened when I was still quite young, (teens) and these photo’s and video’s brought back a whole bunch of memories! Any kid who spent time in Toronto during the 1970s, 80s and 90s surely fostered blissful, orange-soaked memories at Children’s Village […]

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Entertainment

“Tagged” Explores The Dangers Of Social Sharing & Cyberbullying

Posted April 23, 2015 by Sonya

I’m sitting in an intimate theatre with a bunch of teenagers at the opening performance of the play Tagged. As you would expect, the teens are loud as they sing along to the blaring pop music as we wait for […]

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Earth Day 2015!

Posted April 22, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

2015 is shaping up to be a monumental year for the international climate movement, and Earth Day Canada wants to show the world that Canadians are supportive of meaningful climate action. As such, Earth Day Canada is creating a 2015 Earth Flag on which we will collect signatures from people across the country who are […]

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General

Putting On The Ritz At The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Posted April 20, 2015 by Loukia

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of staying at and reviewing the stunning Ritz-Carlton, Montreal with my family. Montreal has always been one of my favourite cities because of its history and culture, and also because it is charming and beautiful.

Not many hotels are linked to the history of the city in which they are located; the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is one of those hotels. After all, it’s not called the “Grand Dame of Sherbrooke Street” for nothing. This hotel is an iconic part of Montreal. The hotel first opened its doors in 1912 and perhaps that is part of its charm.

The lobby area (also called the Palm Court) is a great place to people watch and enjoy afternoon tea. The Palm Court makes me feel like I’ve stepped into the world of Gatsby. There is also a Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar in the Palm Court – exclusive to the Ritz-Carlton Montral and the first of its kind in Canada. (I’ll have to come back for that!)

I stayed at this hotel a couple of  times before the renovations that took place between 2008-2012.  The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is one of Canada’s most award-winning hotels, and it is actually only one of four hotels designed by César Ritz himself (in addition to London, Paris, and Madrid.) It’s luxurious, for certain—and the service is like no other from the moment you walk in the historic doors.

The old charm of the hotel combined with the comtemporary design (I love that they’ve kept some pieces of antique furniture in the rooms—I think it adds to the charm) makes a stay here very memorable. You’ll never want to leave. The boutique rooms and suites blend historic elements with modern features in an effortless way.

The rooms are luxurious and breathtaking. My children loved the washrooms the most—from the large tubs and TV’s to the heated toilet seats, they were so happy. Our two connecting rooms were very spacious and the boys enjoyed a scavenger hunt in our room as soon as we arrived.

What they loved even more than the amazing bathrooms and candy, though, was the rooftop saltwater pool. With views of downtown Montreal, this pool was breathtaking and a great place to relax with a book, too.

I loved the cute and soft robes they were given to wear to and from the pool. It’s the little things the hotel thought about that made this stay so lovely.

Later in the evening, the boys were treated to an in-room movie complete with drinks and popcorn. It was perfection.

Although there is so much to do in Montreal, (we walked around Crescent Street, had dinner at an excellent Greek restaurant, and more) we enjoyed being inside the Ritz-Carlton the most. There was no need to leave.

 

We were also treated to a delicious breakfast at the renowned Maison Boulud restaurant the next morning, too. The restaurant features an open-kitchen concept and modern cuisine with a twist. It’s a great place to eat, whether you’re enjoying breakfast or dinner. There is a fine wine menu, too, as you can see…

I loved the features and attention to detail in the hotel rooms; the heated bathroom floors, the beautiful views and large windows in the rooms, the neutral colour scheme, the Nespresso machine and turndown service, complete with slippers and lavender hand lotion, the pillow menu, the towel warmer, and the motion sensors that activate lights at night. Absolutely everything was perfection, including the service.

Thank you so much, Ritz-Carlton Montreal, for this incredible stay. We truly loved every single moment, and can’t wait to be back soon.

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Entertainment

Introduce Your Kids To A Little Culture With The Toronto Symphony

Posted April 17, 2015 by Sonya

I love bringing my kids out to experience theatre and other performing arts—it’s something that I personally love to do and I believe in balance. We need arts in our lives just as much as we need academics and sports. […]

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Allan's Perspective

The French are at it again!

Posted April 14, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Your long suffering reporter fervently believes in that old axiom, “The French are the best second raters in the world” and this article does nothing to dispel that belief! A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after a clerk at a local Toys “R” Us told him he was wasn’t allowed to purchase […]

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