Showing posts with label Parliament Hill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parliament Hill. Show all posts

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Northern Lights on Parliament Hill

On July 10, 2015, Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with its exclusive sponsor Manulife, will launch Northern Lights. This entirely new 30-minute experience of sound and light is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada's history presented in spectacular detail against the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings.
As momentum builds toward Canada 150 celebrations, Northern Lights reflects the important milestones in Canadian history.
Facts you should know about the show -
  • The inaugural season for Northern Lights runs from July 10 to September 12, 2015.
  • Northern Lights is a free bilingual show that will be presented each night on Parliament Hill for the next five summers (2015 to 2019).
  • Using state-of-the-art digital technology, the show illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision for a country.
  • It is the sixth edition of the sound and light show on Parliament Hill since 1984.
  • Over its five-year run, the previous show, Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people, was seen by more than 1.1 million spectators.
I saw my first shows about 4-years ago, in the company of about a 1,000 spectators who were amazed by the show. It seems as if the whole center block of the Parliament Building came alive as it traced Canadian history through the ages.
Now I will have an excuse to go back this summer!
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Flag Day

February 15, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark National Flag of Canada Day:

“The Canadian flag is an inspiring and endearing symbol that unites Canadians from coast to coast to coast. It is equated both at home and abroad with a peaceful and progressive country of enormous natural beauty, prosperity and generosity of spirit. At no time is national pride in our flag more evident than during the Olympic Games, and it is certainly on prominent display in Sochi over so many podiums and around so many of our magnificent athletes. We could not be more proud.

“In keeping with the recent tradition of presenting a Peace Tower flag to deserving Canadians, I am deeply honoured to present this symbol of our country to Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, parents of the late Sarah Burke, who are accompanied today by widower Rory Bushfield. Sarah was a gifted athlete, a trailblazer in freestyle skiing, and one of the principal reasons why the half pipe was introduced as an Olympic sport this year in Sochi, Russia. She was a great Canadian whose efforts have had a remarkable impact on the world of sport, and whose story has touched the nation. Her legacy will live on in the many athletes who take up the sport she so championed.

“On this day, I invite all Canadians to take a moment and reflect on our national icon and what it means to be Canadian.”

February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day in 1996. To celebrate this special day in Canadian history, each year the Peace Tower flag is presented to a Canadian who has exemplified the values our country holds most dear.

To read about the history of National Flag Day, go to and go to