Published on February 26, 2014
Guest Visit Canada / Biographical Data / Life Message
CANADA / Location • Extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the East to the Pacific Ocean in the West. South is the border with the United States, north to the Arctic Ocean.
Size and Population • Second largest country in the world • 35 million inhabitants (Mexico has over 120 million) • Most of Canada’s population lives in the southern part of the country due to the climate. The northern areas are mostly uninhabitable
Political Divisions Ten Provinces and 3 Territories
Capital • Ottawa, located in the province of Ontario, on the border of the province of Quebec.
Official Languages • English and French • Due to immigration from many countries, we are multilingual. • The first language of all the provinces except Quebec is English. • Quebec’s first language is French.
Quebec’s Separation • There has been a lot of controversy within the province of Quebec. Many Quebecois would prefer to separate from the Country of Canada to become an entity of their own. In fact, twice they have held a referendum in which a vote was taken to decide whether they should in fact separate. Both times, the vote decided that they should remain one of Canada’s provinces.
Religion Canada is predominantly Roman Catholic and Protestant (72%) Roman Catholic – 43% Protestant – 29%
Government • Three main parties: Liberal /Progressive Conservative / New Democratic Party • They are voted in to rule at 2 levels: Federal / Provincial
The Prime Minister The Federal Government’s Parliament Buildings are located in Ottawa. The leader, called the Prime Minister, is Stephen Harper who belongs to the Progressive party. • Conservative Party.
The Premier Provincial Governments have their Parliament Buildings located in each provincial capital. In Ontario, they are located in Toronto. The leader, called the Premier, is Kathleen Wynne who belongs to the Liberal Party.
What do Canadians Eat? • Due to immigration to Canada from so many countries, we are multinational and this is obvious from the many varied ethnic restaurants we have. Canadians love eating in restaurants.
Barbeques • Most Canadians have a Barbeque in their back yard and some diehards even barbeque in winter when it is freezing and snowing. • Favourite Barbeque foods are: steak, chicken, pork chops, ribs, sausages and wieners, vegetables.
Typical breakfast foods • Cereal, toast, eggs, bacon and sausages, hash brown potatoes, pancakes with Maple Syrup, porridge.
Lunch • It is usually a light meal taken between 12 noon and 1:30. • Sandwiches, soup, noodles, hamburgers, hot dogs.
Dinner • It is the main meal of the day and depending on the activities of the family, it is eaten between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. • Meat is the focus of the meal: beef, pork, chicken / Potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables, salad / Desserts such as pie, cake, tarts, cookies, pudding or ice cream.
Poutine • A fast food dish which is typically Canadian and which has become quite popular is “Poutine”. It consists of French fries covered with brown gravy and white curd cheese. Mmm Mmm good! ! !
German husband: Hans
Proud and happy wife & husband
First baby, Michael
Second son, Peter
Proudest father and babies at a park in Germany
Family on a ship on their way to Canada
Lucille’s house in Saint Catharines / Summer
Winter in Canada
Lots of snow
And more snow!
Sons and daughters-in-law
Peter’s cottage, 11 hours drive north of Saint Catharines
Loon lake (or Borden lake), seen from the cottage.
Taking flying lessons…
Wearing a wig
The new look!
With a kangaroo in Hobart, Australia
With a koala
The Opera House in Sidney, Australia
At the Taj Mahal, India
Parthenon, Athens, Greece
Happily wearing her new dress bought in Dubai (United Arab Emirates federation)
Nice dress bought in Puerto Vallarta to wear on the cruise!
Dress from Dubai and photo taken aboard the ship
Lucille spending Winter 2014 at her condo in Puerto Vallarta
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