If you live in North America, you know what’s coming this Monday – the Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2017. This is a pretty big deal; a solar eclipse is quite a rare experience, but to be frank, it’s actually not that rare; there was a solar eclipse visible in North America was on May 20, 2012 and another one is set to take place on April 8, 2024.
However, this year’s eclipse is different from the previous one in 2012. First of all, the 2012 was only visible in some parts of North America, and even in some places where it was visible, it was mostly a partial eclipse and was covered by clouds anyway. I was in Vancouver at the time of the 2012 eclipse, which is a cloudy maritime town on Canada’s West Coast. Was I able to enjoy the ecl…Read more >
As many of you know, this year Canada turned 150 years old. My family decided it was time to go explore our country’s natural beauty. So, we decided to spend some time in Western Canada, in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Canadian wilderness. We just got back a week ago.
Our first destination was a town called Banff, Alberta. We had to fly from Toronto to Calgary, and then rent a car to drive to Banff (an hour to the west of Calgary). Banff is the main place in Banff National Park, a huge area full of mountains, forests and ecosystems. One site we visited was Lake Louise, which is a lake located right next to a mountain. The mountain also had a 3.4-kilometre hiking trail which was long and tiring, but rewarding once you get to the top…Read more >
My parents’ first day in Toronto was January 24, 1998. To them, Canada was a strange, foreign land. They had no friends or relatives here, and didn’t speak the language yet. They landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport on a cool, dreary winter day, as you would expect in Toronto in January.
Originally, my parents were from the big, oppressive Soviet Union. However, when they had the opportunity to leave, they left, as many Jews did, to Israel, which was also quite a struggle.
Then they chose to immigrate here – and a year later, in 1999, I was born here in Toronto. I was my family’s first Canadian. My sister, born a few years later, was the second one.
Today is the day Canada turns 150 years old – quite a long time, but still young co…Read more >
If you are Canadian or familiar with Canada, you probably know what's coming up - la Fête de la Reine, as they say it in French, or as English speaking Canadians call it; Victoria Day.
Taking place the Monday on or before May 24, the holiday was originally created to honour the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was the Queen of the Commonwealth for most of the 19th century. But, most Canadians don't actually care about who our Queen was 200 years ago. For most of us, the May 24 long weekend means one thing - the informal start of the summer season.
So, this Monday, May 22 is Victoria Day, or the unofficial start of summer. The problem is that this year, it doesn't feel like summer at all! This Monday will be a cool, rainy 20 Degrees Celsius (t…
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You might already know that I’m Jewish. Therefore, I’m currently celebrating Passover – you know, that holiday where Moses parted the Red Sea and for some reason that means we can’t eat bread.
If you’re not very familiar with what Passover is (or Paysakh, the Hebrew term for the holiday), let me give you the 411. It’s 8 days long, and we’re not allowed to eat bread (or anything that from a long list of things called chametz, which includes yeast). It’s supposed to celebrate the time when the Jews were liberated from slavery in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The Jews had to leave Egypt and then walk through the desert, and they didn’t have food. But water and flour started to fall from the sky, because, you know, that’s just what happens on a lon…Read more >