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[6 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

On March 11, 2011 Hiroki Takai was studying at a university in Vancouver. Instead of feeling helpless at the steadily flowing images of destruction in the media following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, he quickly took action and gathered other Japanese students to raise money for their homeland. Thanks to the students’ efforts and the generosity of the people of Vancouver the “Japan Love Project” managed to raise CAN$320,000.
Now, with the 3-year anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake approaching, Takai wanted to pay the kindness of the Canadians back. As …

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[27 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]

Vancouver Consul General Seiji Okada said California, Oregon and Washington state each are being given $1 million as well.
Canadian officials estimate up to 1.5 million metric tons of tsunami debris could reach its western shores.
Okada says the funds are in recognition of Canada’s support in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. He says Canadians donated millions to aid Japan.
British Columbia Environment Minister Terry Lake says about half a million dollars has been spent on cleanup so far, but added the volume of debris is not as much as was …

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[29 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

Harley-Davidson Motor Co. opened an exhibit Wednesday in its Milwaukee museum featuring a motorcycle found washed up in Canada in April and belonging to tsunami survivor Ikuo Yokoyama.
Calling the bike a “personal object” that “people can relate to,” the museum’s senior curator, Kristen Jones, said the special display is intended to honor the lives lost or changed forever by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
“For Harley owners, their bikes are an extension of themselves,” Jones said. “I think that for people to see that and to see how this bike …

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[9 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

Japan will draw up a plan to help the United States and Canada with debris along their Pacific coasts, as it looks to pay back support received after last year’s tsunami, officials said Wednesday.
Tokyo is aiming to offer help, possibly in the form of payment, as a way of showing its gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy in the days and weeks after the monster waves devastated the country’s northeast coast in March 2011.
“Although Japan is not obliged to retrieve debris on the North American side of the Pacific, we …

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[24 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

Canada’s economy slowed in the fourth quarter, posting an annualised growth rate of 1.8 per cent following a revised 4.2 per cent increase in the previous quarter, Statistics Canada said.
This brought the gross domestic product for the year to 2.5 per cent, the government agency said, slightly higher than the central bank’s forecast of 2.4 per cent.
In the last three months of 2011, consumer spending and business investment increased while new housing construction declined following two quarterly increases.
Canadians spent more in the quarter on transportation and communication, new and used …

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[15 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

People who use marijuana before driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a car crash as those not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a Canadian analysis of previous studies.
Experts at Dalhousie University in Canada reviewed nine studies of more than 49,000 people involved in accidents on public roads involving one or more motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles. Marijuana use was confirmed by blood tests or self-reporting.
Researchers found drivers who had used marijuana within three hours of beginning to drive had nearly double …

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[3 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

Two Canadian high school students have launched a Lego man almost 25 kilometres above sea level – high enough to capture video of the plastic toy hovering above the curvature of the Earth.
Now the results of their experiment have gone viral, racking up more than 600,000 views on YouTube in just two days and inspiring a Facebook page.
The Toronto Star reports that the two teens, Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammed spent 4½ months working on the project.
They told the Star the hardest part was hand sewing the parachute.
They also constructed …

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[14 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Japan’s two-time world figure skating champion Mao Asada vowed Monday to carry on training “toward my dream” despite suffering the loss of her mother and biggest supporter last week.
Kyoko Asada, 48, died after a battle with liver cirrhosis early on Friday at a hospital in their hometown of Nagoya, while Mao was flying home after pulling out of the Grand Prix final in Quebec City, Canada.
Asada’s management agency IMG said the skater would not change her immediate schedule, including the national championships next week which will serve as trials for …

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[30 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

A proposal to replace the beaver – described by one senator as a ‘dentally defective rat’ – with a polar bear as Canada’s national emblem provoked rebukes from across the nation on Friday.
Senator Nicole Eaton called for adoption of the cold-loving polar bear, the world’s largest walking carnivore, as a new symbol of Canada.
‘It is high time that the beaver step aside as a Canadian emblem or, at the least, share the honor with the stately polar bear,’ she said in the Senate on Thursday.
The lawmaker lauded the polar bear’s …

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[2 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Video-sharing site YouTube, which has been adding professional content in a bid to generate revenue, announced Thursday it has begun renting movies online in Canada.
YouTube said in a blog post that more than 1,000 full-length movies from major Hollywood studios are available for rent in Canada at youtube.ca/movies.
YouTube began renting movies from the Sundance Film Festival last year and expanded its offerings to US users in May with films from Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate Films and other studios.
Its foray into renting movies in Canada is the latest bid by …