INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday – Remembrance Day on Sunday

Every year on November 11th, Canada and every other country in the Commonwealth remember the members of their armed forces who fought and died in World War I. It is on this exact date as in 1918 “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” all hostilities formally ended after four long years. WWI then officially ended on June 28th 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles in Paris, France.

This is of course not supposed to be a history lesson for you, but rather a hint to think about our ancestors who maybe even suffered or took part in a war themselves. My granddad fought in WWII as a German soldier on the French frontier and I will never forget his vivid stories about the war and my grandma’s narrations on how she gave shelter and food to refugees and at the same time didn’t know if her husband and brothers would ever return. We are blessed to be living in a peaceful part of the world right now and not having to worry about our own and our families’ safety. We see war as a phenomenon on television and get only kind of emotionally close to it when we find old pictures or diaries in the attic. Still, others are right there in this very second and “the war”, wherever it is, is part of their lives – I’m talking about soldiers, journalists and all innocent civilians living in operational zones. They deserve our respect too.

Canadians express their respect by wearing red poppy pins, which I think is a lovely gesture. Are you wearing one too? Either way, stop what you’re doing for a minute and develop your own thoughts on the topic. Take a minute and remember.

Lest we forget.

Marianne

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Tinseltown-Dinner & A Movie Anyone?

So looking for something to do this weekend!? Well there are lots of parties to go to this long weekend…but if you don’t think you can make it through all four nights partying, then maybe a a dinner and a movie might be a good way to spend one of the nights. And I can think of more than a few movies that might be of interest. If you guys haven’t already been to Tinseltown Cinemark (located at 88 West Pender Street) then you’ve been missing out! This theater has the city’s most comfortable seats ever and some of the best priced tickets too (if you go on a Tuesday Night, which is Cheap Movie Night, then you can watch a movie for just $8.75…can’t get much better than that!). Some of the movies that are headlining down at Tinseltown are…

“Green Zone”, featuring the dreamy Matt Damon or if you are looking for something a little more lighthearted perhaps “The Bounty Hunter” starring Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler. Two movies that are actually premiering this Friday are “Max Manus” which is actually a Norwegian film that tells the true story of one of Europe’s most celebrated World War II-era resistance fighters. And then other movie premiering is “Repo Men” which has an all star cast, including Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber etc

So if any of those sound interesting or you want to check out all of the over movies playing around Vancouver check out this amazing website!

Women’s Gold Medal Game

Canada captured a third consecutive Olympic women’s ice hockey title on Thursday, defeating arch-rival United States 2-0 in an emotional championship match on home ice. Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice in the first period and goaltender Shannon Szabados made 28 saves to bring Canada the victory and bragging rights in a border war arch-rivalry between the sport’s only two women’s powers. The Americans, two-time reigning world champions, settled for a silver medal while Finland took bronze with an earlier 3-2 overtime triumph over Sweden.

“We have no excuses. They played well,” US coach Mark Johnson said. “Their young goaltender played well. She didn’t give us many second opportunities. She came in with the pressure of a nation on her and she never cracked. Szabados surrendered only one goal while making 50 saves in Canada’s undefeated run to gold. “She was awesome,” Canada’s Gillian Apps said. “She was amazing – no other words to describe it.”

The Americans had hoped to spoil Canada’s party on home ice as the Canadians had done to them in Salt Lake City in 2002, but now they must wait until Sochi for another chance at Olympic revenge. Better luck next time US!