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The Duchess Of Sussex Now Has Her Own Coat Of Arms

It’s a tradition that when a new member enters the Royal Family, a unique coat of arms is designed to identify them. According to Kensington Palace, Meghan Markle, the first person to hold the title of Duchess of Sussex, worked

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Looking For Love The Old Fashioned Way

The Bridegroom’s Oak, is a 500-year-old tree in Germany. It has its own postal address and receives around 40 letters every day. Those letters are sent by love seekers from around the world, hoping that someone will read them and

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“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race!”

Scots across Ottawa will recite Robert Burns’s Address to a Haggis tonight to celebrate the famous poet, and Scottish culture in general. The tradition began after the Scottish bard’s death in 1796, when his friends decided they needed to celebrate

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Christmas Tree Gift from Nova Scotia To New England Goes Back 100 Years

A Nova Scotia tradition that recalls how New England residents came to the aid of Halifax after a massive explosion ripped through the city 100 years ago is underway today. On December 6th, 1917, two ships collided in the city’s harbour,

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Ever Wondered About The Origin Of The Letter “K” To Symbolize A Strikeout?

The world series begins tonight in Los Angeles, as the Dodgers host the Houston Astros in game one of the annual classic. The use of the letter K to represent a strikeout has always puzzled me. So, I did a

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Spring Blooms Early At The Museum Of Nature’s 33rd Annual Ikebana Exhibition.

From March 30th to April 2nd, the Canadian Museum of Nature’s rotunda will be brought to life with 45 artistic and beautiful creations, presented by members of the Ottawa Chapter of Ikebana International. Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of

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Donald Trump’s White House Breaks With A Century Long Tradition

The 45th president of the United States appears poised to become the first in over a century to not have a dog, or any pet, for that matter in the White House. Earlier this year, a golden doodle named ‘Patton’

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Why Do We Associate Poinsettias With Christmas?

Why do we associate Poinsettias with the Christmas season? After all… it’s a sub-tropical plant, indigenous to Mexico. The wild-growing poinsettia was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the U.S.-Mexican ambassador who first brought it to the States in 1828. In

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Origin Of The Candy Cane?

Would you believe there is some controversy over the beginnings of the humble candy cane. Contrary to popular belief, candy canes, or sweet sticks of hard candy, have been around for hundreds of years. According to folklore, in 1670, in

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Musical Ride Is A Highlight Of The RCMP Sunset Ceremony

A time honoured tradition is back for a limited time. Join the RCMP for the Canadian Sunset Ceremonies June 22nd through 26th! The Sunset Ceremonies is a family friendly event featuring the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride. The theme this year

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“They Can’t See The Puck”

NHL Hockey legend Guy Lafleur has a theory about why the San Jose Sharks are struggling in the Stanley Cup Final against Pittsburgh Penguins. Their beards are in the way. The former Montreal Canadiens’ sniper and Hall of Famer shared

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Boushey’s Fruit Market On Elgin To Close On July 31st

I was a little shocked to hear that Boushey’s is closing its doors after 70 years on Elgin Street. I’ve been going there since the mid 80s, when I first moved to Ottawa. July 31st will be the last day

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Why Do Men’s Dress Shirts Button On The Right?

Have you ever wondered why men’s dress shirts have their buttons on the right, while women’s blouses have them on the left? It’s actually a holdover from the ‘upstairs-downstairs’ hey-days of the Victorian era. Back then, buttons were extremely expensive

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