Canada’s Maple Leaf Flag

On February 15, 1965, a new red-and-white maple leaf design was adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner. The flag of Canada, or in French Le drapeau du Canada, often referred to as the Canadian flag, or unofficially as the Maple Leaf and l’Unifolié (French for “the one-leafed”), consists of a red field with a white square at its … Continue reading Canada’s Maple Leaf Flag

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was formed on February 1, 1920, by the merger of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP), founded in 1873, with the Dominion Police founded in 1868. The former was originally named the North West Mounted Police (NWMP), and was given the Royal prefix by King Edward VII in 1904. Much of the present-day organization’s symbolism has been inherited from … Continue reading Royal Canadian Mounted Police

A Month of Christmas: Horse-Drawn Sleigh

Growing up, Christmas was definitely my favorite holiday but it was surpassed by American Thanksgiving once I moved away from home and family seemed to mean so much more. In Thailand, it can be very difficult to get into the holiday spirit due to the heat and the fact that Thais are only familiar with the secular aspects of the season. In my mind, Christmas … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Horse-Drawn Sleigh