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  1. By coincidence, we will be near the port in Italy, where dearie had boarded the ship with his family to get to CAnada (Halifax, Pier 22. It is now a large national museum for CAnadian immigrants crossing the Atlantic from late 1800's to mid 1950's. ) His area of Germany is the famous area for German wines, lots of well preserved medieval, Rennaissance/baroque architecture/art....in addition to the plainer Lutheran stuff.
  2. Appreciate what you mean. There's a way of presenting facts without stooping too much. On topic, I've always believed in the dept. we could market our services better and raise the level of awareness to the organization, by learning how to tell short effective stories how information....is valuable to business..and ultimately to citizens, whom we serve, by being just abit flashier, big picture oriented rather sounding like work drones. This is not about debating but how to communicate better at certain times..a form of persuasion which is what winning a debate is.
  3. Part of our European trip will include the area where dearie was born and where his family roots still are/have been in southern Germany, not far from French border. (In France, it is the region of Alsace....German influences in cuisine, some dresswear, etc.) This is the area where he will take us. I've met some relatives on another earlier trip. Dearie was born when the bombs were being dropped. WWII. His mother had to get up after birth and go to another room for safety in hospital. Photo of area. 2nd photo is his cousin's vineyard (in family since 1700's) . He had walked the vineyard paths with his mother when she was alive over 25 yrs. ago. She brought food over from another family location by walking 3 km. through the woods, etc. to the restaurant-inn where the French soldiers occupied the place for a month. By feeding them, it was survival for the family.
  4. I'm sorry to hear since you seem to be interested and dedicated to helping students long-term to think more critically and debate well through better self-expression.
  5. I'm trying to reconcile the idea of restaurant that included Chink in the name. I'm sorry..there's such bad associations with it personally because strangers have yelled it to me occasionally out as a negative slur. There are enough social media comments in the area of discussion on racism and personal memoirs in books, where chink has flung so negatively for so long. Interestingly wonder how crab pollack came about...processed crab.. For instance awhile ago, there was an establishment "Wok and Roll"...I thought it was clever since it was on point...on things culinary and food.
  6. I would tend to agree. A permanent public sign and business with name doesn't necessarily ring well long term. It does stir up curiosity which is probably what they might want. Will novelty fade? Maybe. Things might last longer in suburbs compared to downtown Toronto where restaurant business is cutthroat and highly competitive. There is newish Asian fusion restaurant in my prairie city that is Mr. Chen's Asian Braisserie… it is owned and run by a non-Asian (which is fine). Dishes look ok on menu. I find the interior of some paintings/photos quite sexist/racist....it sorta of takes the old stereotype of exotic Asian women...which I dislike. (Note: there are several restaurants world-wide which by coincidence use Mr. Chen in name but they are all independent and created by Chinese owners that have no connection to this fusion restaurant.) https://www.opentable.sg/r/mister-chens-asian-brasserie-calgary See the photo here. It actually bothered me, the feminist part of me....even if she wore a strapless dress, it would be fine.. https://calgaryherald.com/life/food/john-gilchrist-favourite-local-chef-duncan-ly-makes-dream-of-foreign-concept-a-reality Contrast to this restaurant also fusion Asian. The owner is Vietnamese-CAnadian and Western trained, chef -worked in Europe. See the photo behind the chef-owner...he has several arty photos where the Asian women wear high necked traditional dresses...which is considered classy..and respectable.....and real. I forgot to tell you....he is married to a Caucasian. Both of the restaurants are popular in town to all customers of all backgrounds (I think but I've never felt like going to Chen's), but for some different reasons....both offer pan Asian cuisine. It's the ambience, vibe differences, I guess. Guess which restaurant I would go and bring my family, good friends (male or female)? We're paying for a meal and I would like everyone to feel comfortable.
  7. The iPhone is a tough one....her job would only require it for site inspections which isn't that often. She also uses a work tablet plus desktop computer. She is heavy iPhone user in her personal life...I know because I'm with her at restaurants and when she visits me. Yes, we have workers' compensation law, etc. in our province... I'm not sure what she is planning in terms of options. She doesn't want to retire at this time. She is in her early 50's or younger.
  8. With my good friends in Toronto this fall. All of us are cyclists and have been for past 30 years. All of us have cycle toured in several countries (not together. Our separate ways) and all still cycle-commute. The woman with whitest hair is probably in her late 50's, younger than I (@60). She had her own cycling and walking tour company in Toronto for a few years. The one on left at back, is the oldest @approx. 63 yrs. She was a transportation analyst in govn't….cycling, transit, driver licensing (for seniors) for province of Ontario. She recently sustained a concussion when she was doored while cycling in a separated bike lane in this summer. AFter university, she started off as a bike courier in downtown Toronto. None of us dye/colour our hair. Other 2 also love tennis...playing and watching the game. The other 2 are also very good on taking apart their bikes, changing flats, etc. You never know what people are doing in their lives..by just looking at them.
  9. Surgry...has it helped? Do you use iPhone much now, etc.?
  10. She's trying all. She doesn't want to get too hooked on meds. How did you solve your problem?
  11. A good friend has been experiencing prolonged stabbing/burning pain in part of her upper hand and up into her arm. She has been diagnosed for a form of carpal tunnel syndrome. So she has arm in a support...but meanwhile she's still going to work. At least 50% of her job involves computer office work,....writing reports, analyzing data, etc. She also does infrastructure site inspections/monitoring so she has to drive (or so she believes). I think she's afraid of taking time off because she's afraid of losing her job....right now organization is under major budget pressures.
  12. Sure Cherry was always open about his preferences. Hockey Night in CAnada in Punjabi is to grow a bigger tv audience for a popular sport in another language. From Statistics Canada, the federal authority that does the census: https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/as-sa/98-314-x/98-314-x2011001-eng.cfm#a2 Some data as of 2011 (old, since we had census in 2016). I included these 3 big cities since I've, worked, etc. for a number of years... Of course I'm privileged being born in Canada....and worked for it...learning English even born in Canada...etc. I've never forgotten that. (How could I forget when translating for my mother as a child?) It has been immigrant parents that have borne the sacrifices for myself and siblings. They escaped a Communist revolution. Mao was starving his people in 1950's. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Chinese_Famine Toronto: 1.8 million speak an immigrant language most often at home The census counted roughly 1.8 million persons who reported speaking an immigrant language most often at home in Toronto. In fact, this population is two and a half times larger than the corresponding population in Vancouver, the second-ranking CMA in this regard. Among those speaking an immigrant language at home in Toronto, about one-third spoke one of five languages: Cantonese (8.8%), Punjabi (8.0%), Chinese (n.o.s.)Footnote 5 (7.0%), Urdu (5.9%) and Tamil (5.7%). ……………………...……….. Vancouver: Punjabi is the most frequently reported immigrant home language In Vancouver, 712,000 people reported speaking an immigrant language most often at home. Of these, nearly 18% spoke Punjabi, Cantonese, Chinese (n.o.s.) or Mandarin had the next highest proportions of people who spoke an immigrant language most often at home. These three languages accounted for 40% of the population of Vancouver having an immigrant language as a main home language. Thus, Vancouver stands out from the other major CMAs in that the four leading immigrant home languages accounted for more than half (57.7%) of the overall population speaking an immigrant language most often at home. Calgary: Punjabi and Tagalog are the top immigrant home languages In the Calgary CMA, 228,000 people reported speaking an immigrant language most often at home. Of these, Punjabi (27,000 persons) and Tagalog (nearly 24,000) were the languages most often reported, followed by Chinese (n.o.s.) at nearly 21,000. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ More updated info. below from 2016 census: https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/as-sa/98-200-x/2016010/98-200-x2016010-eng.cfm Guess Canada in the eyes of some folks, is falling apart. Or we just can't produce enough babies in Canada. Would I note my mother language in a census? Well, I can't speak Cantonese...the dialect I know is a subset of Cantonese. But I say yes. People ask me for directions in Cantonese/Toishanesse. I do provide it. I can order in lousy Chinese in restaurants and stores. I speak to mother and relatives in the language...shamefully horrible but they don't care. They are understanding. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Strong increase in immigrant languages The increase in other languages in Canada is mostly due to the increase in immigrant languages, international migration being the main driver of population growth in the country. The number of people who reported an immigrant mother tongue rose from 6,838,715 in 2011 to 7,749,115 in 2016. This is an increase of 910,400 people or 13.3%. In 2016, 22 immigrant mother tongues each had a population of more than 100,000 people. This is the same number of languages as in 2011.Note 4 Combined, these 22 mother tongues comprised more than 6.3 million people in 2016, or 81.5% of the population with an immigrant mother tongue. In 2011, the 22 languages with each more than 100,000 people totalled close to 5.6 million people. Table 1 Immigrant mother tongues with more than 100,000 people in 2016, Canada Table summary This table displays the results of Immigrant mother tongues with more than 100. The information is grouped by Language (appearing as row headers), Rank in 2016, Rank in 2011, Change, 2011, 2016, Difference and Change from 2011 to 2016, calculated using number and percent units of measure (appearing as column headers). Language Rank in 2016 Rank in 2011 Change 2011 2016 Difference Change from 2011 to 2016 number percent MandarinTable 1 Note 1 1 9 +8 255,160 610,835 355,675 139.4 CantoneseTable 1 Note 1 2 6 +4 388,935 594,030 205,095 52.7 Punjabi 3 1 -2 459,990 543,495 83,505 18.2 Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 4 7 +3 384,050 510,420 126,370 32.9 Spanish 5 3 -2 439,110 495,090 55,980 12.7 Arabic 6 8 +2 374,410 486,525 112,115 29.9 Italian 7 4 -3 437,725 407,455 -30,270 -6.9 German 8 5 -3 430,055 404,745 -25,310 -5.9 Urdu 9 12 +3 194,095 243,090 48,995 25.2 Portuguese 10 10 0 225,530 237,000 11,470 5.1 Persian (Farsi) 11 13 +2 177,015 225,155 48,140 27.2 Russian 12 14 +2 169,950 195,915 25,965 15.3 Polish 13 11 -2 201,240 191,775 -9,465 -4.7 Vietnamese 14 15 +1 153,355 166,830 13,475 8.8 Korean 15 17 +2 142,880 160,455 17,575 12.3 Tamil 16 16 0 143,395 157,120 13,725 9.6 Hindi 17 21 +4 106,305 133,925 27,620 26.0 Gujarati 18 22 +4 101,310 122,460 21,150 20.9 Greek 19 19 0 117,890 116,460 -1,430 -1.2 Ukrainian 20 18 -2 120,265 110,580 -9,685 -8.1 Dutch 21 20 -1 116,280 104,505 -11,775 -10.1 Romanian 22 23 +1 93,135 100,610 7,475 8.0 Note 1 The increase of Mandarin and Cantonese is due in large part to changes to data collection. New instructions in the electronic questionnaire, asking respondents to indicate the Chinese language spoken at home or that was first learned as a child (mother tongue), as applicable, resulted in a sharp increase in certain Chinese languages, particularly Mandarin and Cantonese. Return to note 1 referrer Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2011 and 2016.
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