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Ides of May

by @shadowspub

The Great Canadian Flag Debate

This past Friday was National Flag Day in Canada. This year marked 54 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, proclaimed our flag into law on January 28,1965. At noon on February 15, 1965 the Red Ensign flying on our Parliament buildings was lowered and replaced with the new maple leaf design which is now known throughout the world as representing Canada.

Wait, What? Canada Didn’t Have a Flag Until 1965?

That’s right, let’s explore that subject.

Unlike our neighbours to the south, who established their independence and sovereignty forcefully, Canada’s evolution as a sovereign nation has been carried out over time. Our American neighbours established their own form of government, their own national symbols, flag and their own constitution very early on.

In Canada, those elements have been a process which started with Confederation in 1867 when the four original provinces came together to form the Dominion of Canada. We retained the Westminster Parliamentary process with a Constitutional Monarch as head of state. The French represented by the Province of Quebec and a founding language would have status along with the then dominant English. That had been established after the Plains of Abraham and was carried into the Confederation.

The Roots of Our Great National Debates

Those early decisions for French and English to cohabitate within Canada has led to what is often referred to as the two solitudes. At times the unity between the two groups creates an uneasy tension within the country and has influenced every step Canada has taken as it evolved into the country it is today. read more…

Let’s Check In With TeamHobo — Feb 15

Hobo checking in here.We’re at the end of the second week of the Spunkee Monkee BETA test.

I’ve been visiting the Spunkee Monkees on TeamHobo this week. They really are a great bunch of kids and just having some fun while doing activities offline. They enjoy activities like dancing, animation, drawing, doing video, sports, swimming, reading, helping mom, dad and even their siblings. It’s awesome visiting them and sometimes telling them stories about my staff member Shadows. Who knows, I may take up writing regularly.

So, let’s see where the Monkees are at:


She missed a few days but has posted her journal the last couple of days. HURRAY, I miss my Monkees when they don’t have time to post. It’s like missing a visit with a friend. @gg2 has earned 690 points and hasn’t tried any digs on the map yet.


He’s been busy with Chinese New Year. I really enjoyed the activities he shared and the things I learned about the traditions he enjoys that I never knew before. He’s back at school now and busy as ever. He missed a few days but I hope to see him post soon. @raynen has earned 1230 points and has used 200 points for digs which leaves him with a balance of 1030.


She had a bit of a tough week, she was sick with a cold that kept her home from school but she still did what she could for her Spunkee Monkee activities. She missed a couple of days but you know, it’s about having fun with the game so there are no points lost when a day is missed. @purplemaze has earned 1390 points and has used 900 points for digs leaving her with a balance of 490.


She’s had an interesting week exploring the possibility of being an Olympic swimmer or a dancer. Sounds like she enjoys both activities. @skysika has earned 1410 points and has used 1100 on digs leaving her with 310 points.

I hope the ones who did digs won some cool prizes. Great work all of you! All of the Monkees can take part in an interactive story when they visit the map, they can help decide where the story goes next.

This fine group of young Monkees will work hard, and have fun, in the Beta Test of @spunkeemonkee! Working alongside their parents and family, they will hone their talents in 5 areas:

Five Cornerstones Of Spunkee Monkee

  1. Care of the Environment
  2. Hobbies and Talents
  3. Careers
  4. Health and Hygiene
  5. Service To Others

Each time they work hard, and successfully complete some of their tasks, Monkees will earn points. When they collect enough points, they have a chance to dig on the Monkee Treasure Map to find fun prizes for themselves, and digital accessories for their Spunkee Monkee!

SPUNKEE MONKEE is a fun way to get families excited about teaching their kids how to adopt healthy mindsets and start planning for their successful future!

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Until next time … Hobo & The Gang