Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Call to Unity

These are uncertain times.

We read about climate, economic, social issues and political unrest every day.

And when news of a Quebec mosque shooting - where six men in a house of worship, gathered for evening prayers and were gunned down on Sunday night. It was shocking and tragic.

Moreover, to happen in a country that is so peaceful, diverse and inclusive.

It's heartbreaking.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated, "Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear." 

We cannot remain silent on hatred and violence.

Nor allow fear and ignorance to seep on our Canadian values.

We must be vigilant and fight for the freedom we so cherish.

My heart goes out to the families and to the Muslim community.

We are all united in your sorrow.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017!

Another year has come and gone. Goodbye 2016.

Welcome 2017!

And with that in mind, I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Here are some highlights from the holiday season:

J.P made a sock snowman at school. Perhaps, the last Christmas craft he'll ever make! This is definitely a keeper! A cute companion for Mr. Snow.

A few days after Christmas, we spent the day in downtown Toronto. We ventured in the PATH - a 72 km (6 miles) network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the downtown core. It is the world's largest shopping complex. It led us to Toronto CF Eaton Centre, where it displays Canada's largest Christmas tree. It stands 100 ft tall.

We took the boys to watch Star Wars Rogue One in 4DX - a high tech cinema experience with special effects that include chair motion and vibration, wind, water, strobe lighting, lightning and fog. It was a fun and enjoyable evening at the movies!

And the Christmas holidays isn't complete without baked cookies! Here's the batch I made this year!

Hope you all had a memorable holiday with your loved ones!