Monthly Archives: March 2011

And They Say Canadians Don’t Brag…..

And They Say Canadians Don’t Brag…..

So, What do we Canadians Have to be Proud of?
1. Smarties (not sold in the USA)

2. Crispy Crunch, Coffee Crisp (not sold in the USA)

3. The size of our footballs fields, one less down, and bigger balls.

4.. Baseball is Canadian – 1st game June 4, 1838 – Ingersoll, ON

5. Lacrosse is Canadian

6. Hockey is Canadian

7. Basketball is Canadian

8. Apple pie is Canadian

9. Mr. Dress-up beats Mr. Rogers

10. Tim Hortons beats Dunkin’ Donuts

11. In the war of 1812, started by America, Canadians pushed the Americansback past their White House. Then we burned it, and most of Washington …We got bored because they ran away. Then, we came home and partied…..
Go figure?

12. Canada has the largest French population that never surrendered to Germany.

13. We have the largest English population that never Ever surrendered or withdrew
during any war to anyone, anywhere. EVER! (We got clobbered in the odd battle but prevailed in ALL the wars)

14. Our civil war was fought in a bar and lasted a little over an hour.

15. The only person who was arrested in our civil war was an American mercenary, he
slept in and missed the whole thing. He showed up just in time to get caught.

16. A Canadian invented Standard Time.

17. The Hudsons Bay Company once owned over 10% of the earth’s surface and is still
around as the world’s oldest company.

18. The average dog sled team can kill and devour a full grown human in under 3 minutes. (That’s more information than I need!)

19. We know what to do with the parts of a buffalo.

20. We don’t marry our kin-folk…

21. We invented ski-doos, jet-skis, Velcro, zippers, insulin, penicillin and the telephone.
Also short wave radios which save countless lives each year.

22. We have ALL frozen our tongues to something metal and lived to tell about it.

23. A Canadian invented Superman.

24. We have coloured money.

25. Our beer advertisements kick ass (Incidently… so does our beer)

The handles on our beer cases are big enough to fit your hands in with mitts on.

OOOoohhhhh….. Canada !!

Oh yeah… And our elections only take one day!

Roz Weitzman’s Lecture on “Education in the 21st Century”

Ms. Roz Weitzman, Principal of Cherie Hearts Kindergarten gave a lecture on “Education in the 21st Century” in LPG bar, 20th March, 2011.

Roz, who came to China more than five years ago, is a Canadian educator from Toronto with 26 years of Primary School and Early Childhood Education experience. She loves travelling, writing, making and collecting dollhouse miniatures, and cooking.

Roz explained the realities educators are facing in the 21st century, because of the technology revolution, the fast pace of globalization, and global problems that exist that need a new approach in order to be resolved for future generations. Therefore, the traditional way of education has become outdated and current educational models in a fixed pattern cannot sufficiently prepare the children well for their future lives and careers. The reality calls for changing the education concept. Rather than rote memorization of facts after which the students face a test on, the new approach of education in the 21st century teaches children how to use their new knowledge to think, that is to analyze, problem solve and create. This means thinking in ways to create ideas which didn’t exist in the past. Educators must prepare students for this new reality.

When talking about the objectives of learning, Roz shared the philosophy of Bloom’s Taxonomy with the group, according to which levels of thinking are classified into six stages: at the bottom levels, there are remembering, understanding, and as you move up the categories to higher thinking skills, there is: applying, analyzing, evaluating and at the top is creating. In traditional education the abilities related to higher levels of thinking are largely neglected. Every day in educational circles teachers are learning the techniques by which they can organize activities to help the students practice thinking in the higher levels.

Through comparing the features of the traditional education in 20th century to education in the 21st century, Roz explained that the new ways of education give children more practice to problem solve and create, and helps them to develop according to their own specific potentials. These new techniques break the barriers between different subjects, and also develops an interdisciplinary curriculum that will promote children’s initiative and help them develop in a universal way.

More than 20 MINS club members joined this activity. After the lecture they discussed educational ideas and shared their own opinions with the group. Roz commented after her presentation, “I was elated that my talk opened the door to so many participants expressing their most intelligent and valuable personal ideas. It is such a knowledgeable group…that impresses me a lot!”

The Cherie Hearts No.1 international Kindergarten of Qingdao, located in Laoshan district, is a high-end international kindergarten that operates a 50/50 bilingual program (one fulltime Chinese and one fulltime English teacher in each class). Its curriculum focuses on promoting the integrated growth of the child in all areas of development and encourages every child to be a lifelong learner.

(Reported by Harry Moonshooter)

Meat Glue

This shows you to play safe by asking chefs to have it well done
prior to eating. Meat glue. Good thing we all don’t eat much meat anymore! 

The industry-wide secret butchers don’t want you to know about:
The special product called Meat Glue sticking your steak together.

M&M Meats in Toronto gets MOST of their meat from Australia and looks just like that in the video.

The 50s

A fabulous walk down memory lane…..I went on my first date in 1957 to the movies in Crystal Beach, at the Friday night school dances, I jived to all the musics, this is like going back in time……….enjoy!

Amy’s Answering Machine – OMG

this is absolutely hysterical – the ultimate Jewish mother – enjoy!

3 Handy Tricks

Let me know how they work….

3 Handy Tricks

Mrs. Goldberg

A Rabbi’s wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the Rabbi’s family expanded, so would his paycheck.

After six children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the Rabbi’s expanding salary. A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the Rabbi’s additional children were costing the synagogue, and how much more it could potentially cost.

After listening to them for about an hour, the Rabbi rose from his chair and spoke, ‘Children are a gift from God and we will take as many gifts as He gives us.’

Silence fell on the congregation. In the back of the shul, little old Mrs. Goldberg struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice, ‘Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers.’

The entire congregation said, AMEN. U.S. Is Urged to Raise Teachers’ Status

The New York Times
EDUCATION | March 16, 2011
U.S. Is Urged to Raise Teachers’ Status
An international education study says the United States must improve the way it recruits, trains and pays teachers.

Blonde Speak – just too funny not to share!

A plane is on its way to Toronto, when a blonde in economy class gets up,
and moves to the first class section and sits down.
The flight attendant watches her do this, and asks to see her ticket.
She then tells the blonde that she paid for economy class, and that she will
have to sit in the back.
The blonde replies, “I’m blonde, I’m beautiful, I’m going to Toronto and I’m
staying right here.”
The flight attendant goes into the cockpit and tells the pilot and the
co-pilot that there is a blonde bimbo sitting in first class that belongs in
economy, and won’t move back to her seat.
The co-pilot goes back to the blonde and tries to explain that because she
only paid for economy she will have to leave and return to her seat.
The blonde replies, “I’m blonde, I’m beautiful, I’m going to Toronto and I’m
staying right here.”
The co-pilot tells the pilot that he probably should have the police waiting
when they land to arrest this blonde woman who won’t listen to reason.
The pilot says, “you say she is a blonde? I’ll handle this; I’m married to
a blonde. I speak blonde.”
He goes back to the blonde and whispers in her ear, and she says, “oh, I’m
sorry” and gets up and goes back to her seat in economy.
The flight attendant and co-pilot are amazed and asked him what he said to
make her move without any fuss.
I told her, “first class isn’t going to Toronto.”

The Power of Salt

“The most visible impact of Japan’s earthquake in China, however, came Wednesday night after state media addressed the possibility not of radiation being China through the air, but rumors that China’s salt supply will soon be exposed to radiation along the east coast.

The fact that state media were used to tell China not to worry about the safety of the future salt supply seems to have had the opposite effect, and led to mass panic buying of salt in several cities, which spread as rumors went unabated. The spectacle, particularly the silliness of it, dominated [zh] discussion on Weibo and most other online spaces all of Wednesday night, and Weibo staff began deleting most salt panic tweets as soon as they appeared, apparently fueling the frenzy. Sina Weibo’s own official account tasked with refuting online rumors had yet to mention the salt panic by midnight Wednesday.”

Here’s the link to the website –

Fortunately for me, I haven’t used salt in any cooking for almost 2 years now, except when I cook for guests. So it doesn’t affect me in the least!

My friend Lewis in Beijing writes: “We participated in the panic. Antoinette called to say that she needed salt for the restaurants, and didn’t understand why there was no in the

stores. We found 1 kilogram at regular prices, and Maggie’s sister bought ten bags. The driver we used last night said that he paid 10rmb for a bag that normally costs 1.5rmb. Who knew there would be a black market in salt.”

Here are some of the comments from the website:

“In places all over Zhejiang province today from this afternoon through to the evening, a wave of panic buying of salt suddenly appeared…someone needs to refute the rumors.

ShanghaiJC: I went out after 9 PM to snatch up some salt, turns out every place was already sold out. Shanghai is now completely out of salt.

My uncle in Shenzhen runs a supermarket, he called to tell me that the salt panic has reached Shenzhen too, selling for RMB 10 a bag. He told us to make sure we have salt back in the hometown. Relatives there as soon as they heard rushed out and bought 20 bags.

People everywhere have gone insane and are rushing to buy salt. Didn’t they say this was just a rumor? Why does everybody think the salt has been tainted? Just now my relatives from the countryside phoned to say that salt out there is gong for RMB 18 a bag, and some people took 10 boxes of it home. Some shops here have even stopped selling their salt. Oh my god….

Everyone is snatching up salt, and the price has already doubled, you can’t even buy salt now if you want to. A friend of hers’ family runs a supermarket and they just got four crates of salt. It was gone in a split second.” The reporter then discovered that all major supermarkets in Hangzhou are now sold out of salt.

The panic buying is not just in the south. My wife lives in Tonghua, in Jilin Province. She just messaged me in Changchun asking me to buy some salt for her. The news said it would stop radiation poisoning.”

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