Browsing: Canadian Life

Anything related to my new life under the snow. From bitching about the weather to hockey games and the Stanley Cup, from culture shock to shocking culture, from old Europe to the New Continent, whatever is on my newcomer’s mind!

Life in Ottawa
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Entertainment Week — WWE and Pearl Jam

Last week was entertainment week for us: we had tickets for two shows in Ottawa, Monday Night RAW and Pearl Jam.
When I first saw wrestling on TV in Canada, I dismissed it right away: “it looks fake and I bet it’s fixed!” I was later informed that indeed, the fight followed a specific “choreography” and that the outcome was determined in advance. This is not the point of WWE anyway. It has to be watched as theater: characters challenge each other, adopt gimmicks and portray roles.

Canadian Life
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The United Nations At Home

Sometimes, when I look at my reflection in the mirror, I’m almost surprised to see that, indeed, I have a big nose and dark eyes that are much too wide to be mistaken for most Asians’ almond-shaped eyes. I’m almost about twenty inches too tall and forty pounds too heavy to be your average Asian woman. I guess I’m not Chinese.

Practical Advice
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5 Things You Wouldn’t Believe Are Banned or Illegal in Canada

I learned about local customs and laws little by little, in context. For instance, my journey to Canada started with understanding the basic of immigration law. I learned to respect local traffic laws when I took my driver license.
But there are some laws or bans that you really, really can’t guess. Here are 5 things you wouldn’t believe are banned or illegal in Canada!

Traditions, Events and Holidays
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Ottawa’s Gay Pride

The world apparently needs Gay Pride to remember that homosexuality is neither a disease nor a choice. It just… is. And yet, members of the LGTB community are regularly victim of discrimination. Why? What can possibly justify it? Homosexuality is as old as the history of the world. Nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide.

Life in Ottawa
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Picture of the Week: Double Rainbow

By the Experimental Farm, where we live, thunderstorms are always impressive, maybe because the farm is a flat empty space. The other day, it started raining even though it was sunny outside. A few minutes later, we spotted this beautiful double rainbow.

Canadian Life
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5 More Things My Mum Observed in Canada

I never get tired of noticing the little cultural differences that exist between counties and culture—I even have a blog tag dedicated to them! My mother and my brother came to visit us in July and I eagerly wrote down what surprised them, and what probably surprised me as well a few years ago.

Canadian Life
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5 Things My Mum Observed in Canada

In July, part of my family (my brother, who is 19, and my mother) came to visit us for three weeks. I loved walking around with them because they noticed a lot of little Canadian quirks I don’t even see anymore. I changed over the years—I became more Canadian. Two pairs of fresh eyes was all I needed to rediscover the city and some aspect of our culture.

Working in Canada
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7 Canadian Work Culture Facts You May Not Know

My work experience is France is fairly limited since I left when I was 18. I basically embraced the Canadian work culture—I didn’t really have a choice anyway. It’s only when I talk with my family or friends back home that I notice the many little differences that exist between the two cultures.

Traditions, Events and Holidays
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The Tragically Hip, Live

Finally. Finally, I’m a real Canadian, a little bit over two years after taking my citizenship oath.
I survived many winters, I took my driving license in the snow, ate beavertails, went to hockey games… but I had never seen The Tragically Hip live until last week. And everybody knows that seeing Canada’s favourite band live is a must-do for all Canadians. The Hip are one of the stuff Canadians like. When I learned the band played at the Bluesfest in Ottawa, I decided I simply had to go to complete my Canadian education.

Traditions, Events and Holidays
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Night Show On Parliament Hill

After wandering around between Parliament Hill and Major Hill’s Park on Canada Day, we went home to rest a bit and eventually headed back downtown for the night show. We somehow managed to secure a spot by the Parliament where we were surrounded by a sea of people clad in red and white.

Canadian Life
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Mysterious Signs

Ottawa doesn’t have a lot of graffiti, except on Prince of Wales Bridge. Most opinions are expressed on posters scattered across the city, stapled on wooden poles or taped to utilities poles, despite the “No Postering” signs in effect. Whenever I wait at the red light, my eyes wander and I read them.

Traditions, Events and Holidays
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Canada Day 2011

Happy Canada Day everyone!

It was (and still is) a crazy day here in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. With the visit of Kate and William and the usual festivities around Parliament Hill, thousands of people are wandering downtown in the streets of Ottawa.

Traditions, Events and Holidays
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RibFest and Visitors

On our way to pick them up at Montreal Airport , we stopped by the Rib Fest on Sparks Street. I’m not a huge fan of meat but I can definitely have a pulled pork sandwich once a year—and boy, this one was good! The street was packed and smoky but I loved the atmosphere. The city is alive after all!

Canadian Life
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Broken English

I don’t feel as self-conscious about my English as I used to be, probably because I’m fluent now. Besides, I spend my days editing, reviewing, writing and translating documents in both official languages. Obviously, my English is good enough for that.
That said, there are mistakes I keep on making, no matter how many times I catch myself and correct them.

Traditions, Events and Holidays
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Pow Wow in Ottawa

A couple of years ago, I attended the National Aboriginal Day celebrations on Victoria Island, by Parliament Hill. I was introduced to Aboriginal’s culture and had a great day among the performers. This year, I spent most of the time watching the pow wow competition where dozens of kids, men, women and elders took turn performing traditional dances. The costumes were simply amazing! The atmosphere was great too, people were relaxed and welcoming… a photographer’s dream.

Life in Ottawa
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The Food Dilemma

We attract supermarkets.
When we first came to live in the neighbourhood, there was only a Loblaws. Then came Food Basic and Shoppers Drug Mart, right across the road from Loblaws. And when we came back from traveling this winter, we discovered that a huge Wal-Mart had popped up on the other side of the road. We now have three supermarkets within a 20-minute walk.

Life in Ottawa
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Naked!

For a conservative government city, Ottawa has many little quirks. For instance, Four-Twenty aka National Pot Smoking Day is celebrated on Parliament Hill and there is a yearly Zombie Walk (where you can meet zombie hockey players and people with a bad headache). We also have interesting alternative places such as the Prince of Wales Bridge… and let’s not forget about “Maman”, the huge spider.
I’ve just added one on the list: apparently, Saturday was Naked Bike Ride Day. And by “naked”, I don’t mean without a helmet. I mean naked.

Life in Ottawa
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Doors Open Ottawa

Last year, I visited the Supreme Court and the Paramedics Headquarter. This year, I opted for a building I always walk by but never truly paid attention to: the Government Conference Centre, which was also Ottawa’s central railway station until the 1960s. It’s located right in front of the Château Laurier, nearby the Rideau Centre and now serves as the place of many political and cultural discussions and negotiations, including the repatriation of Canada’s Constitution, G20 Conference in 2001.

Life in Ottawa
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And The Tulips Bloomed!

I know, I know, it’s slightly pathetic, I’m raving about spring a month after everybody did. But this is Canada, we don’t really do spring, we go from freezing to boiling in less than a day.
May has been a very rainy month—we were starting to feel like on Noa’s Ark. I mean, this was my daily commute! But suddenly, on Rapture Day no less, the sun started shining and the thermometer went up dramatically. It was the best end of the world ever.

Canadian Life
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8 Things More Expensive in Canada than in France

Comparing cost of living between two countries is a national sport among immigrants. It’s a touchy debate because unless you’re an economist, it’s hard to make an accurate cost of living comparison. First, it depends on where you lived before (for instance, life in Paris is invariably more expensive than in Brittany) and where you are in Canada (you can’t compare Nunavut with Saskatchewan). Second, our perception is also easily skewed even though economically it all comes down to purchasing power.

Life in Ottawa
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Tulips at Dow’s Lake

See, the good side of participating in photo contests? Occasionally, you win.
That’s what happened to me a little while ago: I won the 2010 ESAI Photography Competition. Not only I was flattered, but the prize was really sweet—a $350 gift card from Henry’s, a Canadian camera store.

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