Victoria Day

In Canada, Victoria Day is a public holiday that falls on the last Monday before May 25th which marks both Queen Victoria’s birthday and the birthday of the current monarch.

Depending on where you hail from in the country, it’s sometimes referred to as the “May Long”, or the “May Two-Four” because of the late May date and, perhaps more importantly, the Canadian term for a case of 24 beers is a two-four. Do we have our priorities in order, or what?

The Elections

This week I had my first experience of a hustings in the UK. I was curious to see what it would be like and I wanted to hear a bit more from my local candidates running in the General Election.

I’m interested in politics with a lower case “p” in so far as I like to have an overall idea of what’s happening and the effects of government policies. But, this was definitely an occasion for people who are Political with a capital “P”.

Emily Carr - Canadian Artist and Writer

A few weeks ago, I went to an exhibition of paintings by Canadian artist and writer, Emily Carr, at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London.

Emily Carr is most well known for her paintings of the natural landscape and Native communities of coastal British Columbia. I’ve long been an admirer but, this time, felt drawn closer to her as I discovered more about her search for a sense of Western Canadian identity and her place in the art world.

Canadian Elections - The Five Year Rule

In May 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that the five-year rule for Canadian electors living abroad was no longer valid. The rule had stipulated that Canadians living outside of Canada for more than five years consecutively were not eligible to vote in federal elections by special ballot.

Now, however, all Canadian citizens aged 18 or over and living abroad may register for the International Register of Electors to vote by a mail-in special ballot in federal elections, by elections, and referendums if they have previously resided in Canada.

The New Year

I hope this finds you well in the new year. Wow, 2015 - it’s official, it’s the future!

As at the close of a project, January can come with the feeling of a slight letdown. There has been a long buildup of preparation for the main event, and following all of the time, energy, and effort we might put into celebrations, it can be a bruising bump back to reality when all is said and done.

Not to mention having to recover from jet lag after making the return trip from Canada. I liken it to operating behind a screen in slow motion - for about a week.