Tag Archive: Canada



Peaceku Paixku 16 – the dove flutters by = la colombe voltige





English:

the dove flutters by
Happy Canada Day ...
bless the world entire *

* In English adjectives may follow nouns for the sake of emphasis.
The official languages of Canada are English and French. We are a bilingual nation.

français :

la colombe voltige
bonne Fête du Canada ...
bénissons le monde

Les langues officielles du Canada sont l'anglais et le français. Notre pays est b bilingue.

italiano:

la colomba svolazza
il festival del Canada ...
benediciamo il mondo

Corsican:

a culomba sbatta
u festival di u Canada ...
noi benedemu u mondu

Catalan:

el colom fa volar
el festival del Canadà ...
beneïm el món

portuguêse:

a pomba vibra
o festival do Canadá ...
nós abençoamos o mundo

Deutsch:

Die Taube flattert
das Festival von Kanada ...
wir segnen die Welt

Nederlandse:

fladdert de duif
het festival van Canada ...
we zegenen de wereld

Afrikaans:

die duif fladder
die fees van Kanada ...
ons seën die wêreld

ancient languages:

Obviously, there is no word for Canada in ancient languages, but if there were, it would be feminine in Latin.  

Latin:

volitat columba
dies Canadae festus
orbem terrarum beamus

translation:

the dove flutters
the festival of Canada
we bless the world

Hittite:

sopaiš periš piddaizi
Canadaš EZEN 
kueran usantraiweni

translation:

the sacred bird flies
the festival of Canada
we bless the land

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

both photos public domain / les deux photos domaine public Pixabay

Canada day is celebrated on July 1. On the scale from the most peaceful = 1 to the least peaceful nations = 158 on earth, Canada is no. 6 right near the top. I fear to remind you where the United States stands.  Can you guess?

La Fête du Canada est célébrée le premier juillet.  Sur l'échelle des pays les plus paisibles = 1 jusqu'aux pays les moins paisibles = 158. le Canada tient le 6ième rang, donc notre pays est l'un des plus paisibles sur terre. J'ai peur de vous révéler où se trouve les États-Unis sur cette échelle. Pouvez-vous deviner ?


Happy Canada Day! July 1


Happy Canada Day! July 1










summer haiku d'été – our canoe moored = canot amarré





our canoe moored
in the island's cove
we share tall tales

canot amarré
dans l'anse de l'île 
parbleu nos contes

Richard Vallance

© Richard Vallance 2020

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance August 31 2018/ le 31 août 2018



summer haiku – over the forest hush = survolant le bois





over the forest hush 
the northern lights a rush
for the wild rice moon  
 
survolant le bois
l'aurore boréale sidère
la lune du riz sauvage 

Richard Vallance

© by Richard Vallance 2020

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay




autumn haiku – where in the world = où dans le monde

where in the world
are the Gatineau Hills?
fall leaves whisper where?




où dans le monde
les Collines de la Gatineau ?
l'automne murmure où ?

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance

spring haiku de printemps – float planes = hydravions


spring haiku de printemps – float planes = hydravions

float planes
in Tofino –
rain? ... not again!




hydravions
à Tofino  –
encore la pluie ?

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – fiddleheads = têtes de violon

fiddleheads
in the forested hills –
andante breeze

fiddleheads 620

têtes de violon
sur les collines forestières –
brise andante

Richard Vallance

Fiddleheads are native to Canada. They taste like spinach. They thrive in the Gatineau Hills just outside Ottawa and the Outaouais.

Les têtes de violon sont endémiques au Canada. Elles ont le goût des épinards. Elles prospèrent sur les collines de la région du Gatineau proches d’Ottawa et de l’Outaouais.


summer haiku d’été – striking Canoe Lake = sur le Lac Canoe

striking Canoe Lake
lightning springs to life
from your oil palette

tom thomson 1915 - lightning, canoe lake, 1915 620

sur le Lac Canoe
quel coup d’éclair né
de ta palette

Richard Vallance 

spring haiku de printemps – ravens = corbeaux


spring haiku de printemps – ravens = corbeaux

ravens in flight,
ravens on totem poles,
rainforest tricksters 

totem pole620

corbeaux en vol
et sur les mâts totémiques,
filoux forestiers

Richard Vallance

In the Amerindian culture of the Pacific west coast Haida, tricksters are awfully naughty clowns essential to any contact with the sacred. 

Dans la culture amérindienne des Haidas du littoral pacifique, les filoux sont des clowns vilains essentiels dans toute communication avec le monde sacré.  


Why do I write so many haiku?


Why do I write so many haiku? 

Why do I write so many haiku

To put it in the simplest terms I can, because I am so deeply inspired by the astounding beauty of our country, Canada. Being Canadian, I am naturally always moved by the vastness of the natural world in Canada. But that is not all. That is why the vast majority of my haiku are, in a word, uniquely Canadian. Of course, I also write haiku about other places in the world, as well as senryu. I am prolific in haiku, simply because I love them, no matter who writes them, so long as they are beautifully composed. I also published a quarterly haiku journal, Canadian Zen Haiku canadiens, ISSN 1705-4508, from 2004-2010.

Canadian Zen Haiku quarterly

As it so happens, I have been a natural-born poet most of my adult life. I used to write hundreds of sonnets, and I even published a multi-lingual international sonnet anthology, The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, which features some 200 sonneteers and poets from around the world.

So you see, poetry, and above all haiku, comes so naturally that it is second-nature to me.  


wildlife – summer haiku d’été - the living montage = le montage en vie

our lasting wildlife
passing through summer,
this living montage

living montage 620

la faune chez nous
qui passe tout l’été,
ce montage en vie

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – Sable Island = l’Île de Sable

blowing snow
on Sable Island -
wild horses

Sable Island haiku620

neige soufflant
à l’Île de Sable -
chevaux sauvages

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – fiddleheads =têtes de violon 

fiddleheads
in a rain shower –
water music

fiddleheads haiku

têtes de violon 
dans la pluie légère –
« water music »

Richard Vallance

- based on the Water Music suite by George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).
Fiddleheads blossom in late April and early May in Canada.
- basé sur le « Water Music » par George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).
Au Canada les têtes de violon fleurissent vers la fin d’avril et au début de mai.   


Some more astounding photos of Argentée in the woods in Ottawa:

NCC and Argentee

The first 2 photos in the first series of 3 are of the National Capital Commission Parkway, which is forest land running straight through the heart of Ottawa for 40 kilometres (25 miles for Americans). In the third photo we see Argentée sitting in the grass on top of the cliff you see in the first photo.

In the second series of 4 photos, you see Argentée in the grass again, and in the last photo you can see her merrily dragging me back home along the forest path. That is why she is in fact a forest cat. It is her breed. And she knows exactly where she is going.

Argentee in the woods

 


Universal Medicare rankings by country, with Canada near the top, and the poor performance of the United States:

In the first chart here, we can see the world nations with Universal Medicare, with Canada in third or fourth place, at least according to two sources (although we sometimes rank around tenth):

Universal health care and Canada 3 & 4

In the second chart, we see cost expenditures and cost benefit analyses:

health care spending and USA last

The United States has the worst performance of all developed nations in the world, and sometimes worse than in third world countries. People without private insurance in the USA are stuck. Even people with private insurance more often than not are not covered for pre-existing conditions. For instance, I had my cataracts removed from both eyes at the cost of only $2,500 C per eye (C$ worth about 78 cents US$), whereas in the USA the cost is $4,500 US per eye, and sometimes insurance companies will only pay for the operation, and not the lenses if you are insured.

 


Canada, one of the most amazing and most peaceful countries in the world!

Of all the countries in the world, Canada surely ranks as one of the most beautiful. Canada is the second largest country in the world, covering 4,000 kilometres coast to coast, or 10 % of the circumference of the earth. Our population is a mere 36,000,000, making us one of the least populated countries in the world. China is fourth, with 2 billion inhabitants! But what really makes us stand out is our rank among the top most peaceful countries in the world! We rank 7th. or 8th. all the time, twice even coming in ahead of Switzerland! See the figures below:

First set:

Canada 7 and 8 most peaceful

Second set:

Canada 8 most peaceful versus USA 114

Notice that on the last chart in the second set, Canada ranks eighth and the United States 114! This is because guns are an absolute, hotly contested and irrevocable right in the USA, this situation running counter to all the basic principles of democracy, and accounting for their crime and murder rates, which is 10 times per capita greater than Canadas, where acquiring guns is merely a privilege, as in most democratic nations, not a right by law.

God has surely blessed a very few nations on earth, and we are among the select few.


scenes from Ottawa, Ontario, the capital Canada, one of the most beautiful cities and countries in the world! Our population is 1,000,000, making us the fifth largest city in Canada. Many people compare Ottawa to Geneva.

The first photo is a general view of Ottawa:

downtown Ottawa

The next two photos are of the Parliament Buildings:

Parliament buildings from the Ottawa River

Parliament buildings at night

The next two photos are of the stunning Rideau Canal in summer:

Ottawa Rideau canal nighta

Ottawa Rideau Canal nightb

The last photo is of the green belt and Dows Lake:

Ottawa Dow's Lake

 


photos of my little house, front yard etc. in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital city of Canada, May 9 2018:

4569 Brittany Drive 09052018

looking onto the street 09052018

parasol09052018

beware of cat 09052018

I have been moderating this blog for years now, but I have never yet shown where I live and what it is like. My neighbourhood is quiet, but then so are almost all of them anywhere in Canada. I live in a little row house with 2 bedrooms, a living/dining-room, a laundry room and a garage. This is the house where Argentée spends all her time outside spring, summer and autumn, except of course when it rains, because she is after all a cat!

In the next 3 posts, I shall tell you some very interesting things about Canada, which is so very much unlike the United States in so many key respects.

Hope you like the photos!

Richard

 


Our site moderator, Richard Vallance Janke, April 30 2017


Richard Vallance Janke April 30 2017



Unkind

in commemoration of the savage attack on a Muslim mosque
in Quebec City, Sunday, January 29, 2017

kata-loukan-17-3-4

3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you,
rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 
4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day, and seven times
come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” 

Luke 17: 3-4


Is humankind so kind or so unkind
we have embraced and have abandoned love
we harmonized ... or despotize to blind
ourselves to pitying the mourning dove? —
or mob ourselves with xenophobic crime? —
and chase our dreams but chase them all away? —
We pillorize our neighbours half the time,
while terrorizing those for whom we pray.
Come on! What, come again?  Can you explain
why our religion has to reign supreme,
while theirs and yours must suffer mindless pain
to kill our worlds that no one can redeem. 
     Excuse me, God... Hey, do You give a damn
     as we expose our souls to another scam?


Richard Vallance,


January 30, 2017

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