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July 2015 Newsletter

Posted by Erin OCanada on

The Pan Am Games have just wrapped up in Toronto, with the Parapan Am Games coming up from 7-15 August. Canada put on a great performance and finished in second place with 78 gold medals, 69 silver medals and 70 bronze medals. The U.S.A. finished in first place and Brazil in third place. In a sensational extra innings finish to the Baseball gold medal match between Canada and the United States, Canada finished with a win of 7-6 in the 10th inning. Check out the winning finale here:

Go Canada!

Last month, we featured Toronto's reaction to the sight of a man parachuting off of the the CN Tower for an advertisement promoting the Pan Am Games. Check out the CN Tower this month: 

CN Tower Fire

To quote a tweet from a friend from Toronto on the day, "People were FREAKING OUT this evening." It turns out that the Pan Am Games committee failed to notify the Toronto Fire Department that they were doing a trial run of fireworks. 

Here is what the official event looked like: 

Pan Am Games Fireworks - CN Tower Pan Am Games Fireworks - CN Tower

Spare $10?

Delia, AB Delia, AB

Delia, a village of 186 people in Alberta, is offering residential lots for $10 or best offer. The town wants to bring in new residents to stop its population decline. The town is only two hours from Calgary and has an ice rink (as every good Canadian town does!), a school, a library, credit unions and restaurants. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us! Read more here

Pet oxygen masks

Pet Oxygen Mask Paws for Breath

The Port Coquitlam, B.C. fire department has recently unveiled oxygen masks that can be used on any animal that needs help breathing. Fire Chief Nick Delmonico says that, "We do get three to five [calls] per year where we need to provide oxygen to a pet of some kind." The Mountain View Veterinary Hospital donated four kits to the fire department. Each kit comes with three masks in different sizes that will fit anything from a ferret to a large dog. Vancouver's fire department has 40 pet oxygen masks distributed among the city's 20 fire halls. 

Stranded orca   

Stranded Orca Free Willemina

Last week, an orca that was stranded on some rocks near Hartley Bay in northern B.C. was kept alive for eight hours by volunteers who kept her cool with water and blankets. When the tide rose, the orca was able to start freeing herself. It took her about 45 minutes but she was able to swim free and rejoin her pod. For more on this story, and to see video footage, click here

Tim Hortons ehmoji keyboard 

Timmies Ehmoji Keyboard Canadian Hieroglyphics

Tim Hortons has released a downloadable keyboard that includes its trademark beverage, along with 11 other Canuck-centric conversation-starters including a tuque and Muskoka chair. The app is called "Ehmoji Canadian Keyboard" and you can find in both the Apple and Android app stores. Timmies is also inviting people to submit their own ideas for emojis and the most popular choices will be added this month.  

For more on this story, click here.

Caring Torontonians 

#deadraccoonto Raccoon In Peace

Canadians are a pretty caring bunch. Earlier this month, a raccoon was found, deceased, on Yonge Street in Toronto. A call was placed to Animal Services, who acknowledged the call, but the raccoon laid in state for sometime thereafter. The hashtag #deadraccoonto was born and citizens of Toronto created a (freaking hilarious) memorial/shrine to the raccoon. The visitation continued long into the night, allowing Torontonians to light candles for the dearly departed. For the full timeline of the story, check out Buzzfeed's report. (If you have time to kill (and have a warped sense of humour, like Paul's), it is well worth a read. In the wake of the raccoon story, Buzzfeed has also compiled "A History of Toronto's Sick and Hilarious Obsession with Rogue Animals".)    

Cycling for cancer research  

Canadian fire captain, Rudy Pospisil will be in Australia in September, cycling from Cairns to Mebourne for his current leg of cycling around the world to raise money for cancer research. Here is his promotional video for Australia. Support Rudy if you can! 

Rudy Down Under Rudy Down Under


Homeless Good Samaritan Letter Turning donations over to charity.

A homeless man from Langford, B.C. found $2,000 on a suburban Victoria street. Wanting to do "the right thing", he turned the money over to the police. His actions inspired a GoFundMe campaign. The funds were to be split between the man and a local community centre. When the RCMP managed to track down the homeless man and told him about the thousands of dollars raised for him, he requested that they please donate all of it to food services providers for people in need. 

Canuck of the Month 

Earlier this month, Erin emceed an event for the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce. In the crowd, she spotted someone that she used to work with during university days. What a blast from the past! She couldn't resist exploiting Franco as this month's Canuck of the Month.  

Where are you from?
Born, raised, educated, worked in London, ON at The University of Western Ontario (UWO - Cheers to you Erin Burchill - O Canada!)   

What brought you to Australia? 
Completed a university exchange program at Victoria University of Technology (Melbourne) in 1997, then met my Aussie wife Kirsty in Whistler, BC (would you believe?)...and moved to Brisvegas in 2000.    

Franco Pisani Franco, accepting a sensational prize from Mr. John Williams, Queensland Trade Commissioner for Canada, and Erin.

What do you miss most about Canada? 
Other than missing family of course, I miss the beautiful, humble Canadian people. We Canadians are so relaxed, yet strong, independent and inclusive folks. We know who we are, and thus, we do not feel the need to politicize our insecurities.

What do you most enjoy about Australia?
I most enjoy the endless opportunities Australia offers; both economically and lifestyle wise.  Australia's small population allows us to individually achieve our goals that would normally be extremely competitive in other nations.  Then, on the weekends, it's off for a swim or a kayak here at Paradise Point on the Broadwater, Gold Coast. 

What is your favourite team?
I used to dream of playing for the Leafs - until disappointment got the better of me and I gave up.

Interesting "Timbit" about yourself?
I have enjoyed working as a Manager in Hotels for the past 15 years here.  Being part of a Guard of Honour for 33 Princes and Princesses from Saudi Arabia whilst working at Palazzo Versace was exciting; along with serving Brad and Angelina (and 6 kids); chasing Rod Stewart across a restaurant; 'rescuing' Courtney Love from an elevator; and being told 'where to go' by Metallica when I didn't have availability for them...oh well!

I now spend my days helping people and companies come up to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat ( ) which is situated at 1000m on top of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It is surrounded by the World Heritage Listed ancient Lost World Rainforest. Take a tour here. O'Reilly's is about as Canadian as Queensland is going to get - a little piece of home in our backyard! Come and join us for dinner in the Log Fire Room or have a drink up at Moonlight Crag with your colleagues. Bring the family for a complimentary Canopy Tree Top Walk, enjoy feeding the Rainforest Birds, zip down the Rainforest Flying Fox and take a stroll through 160km of hiking trails! Seriously, if you're Canadian and you live in South East Qld, you gotta give this place a go!!!

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