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ACT OF KINDNESS – “I WAS RAISED BY A QUEEN”

One Ontario man’s tiny act of kindness is making a huge impact on social media.

Only in Hamilton

Only in Hamilton

 

Godfrey Cuotto, a 21-year-old student in Hamilton, Ont., was photographed holding hands with a man named Robert with special needs on a local bus earlier this week. The photo, which was later posted on the Facebook page “Only In Hamilton” on Tuesday by a stranger, has now gone viral.

Cuotto says he was coming home from a burrito joint downtown when he entered a packed bus, and a man sitting near the front wanted to shake his hand. A little taken aback at first, the McMaster student says he then shook Robert’s hand.

“He kept holding my hand,” he told the Huffington Post Canada. “I thought I was getting pranked at first, but he just needed comfort.”
Over the 30-minute bus ride, Cuotto says the man held his hand, leaned on him, hugged him and also kissed his hands throughout the ride.

“I just allowed it, like what am I going to do?” Cuotto says. “Sometimes you just have to be selfless and put someone else’s needs above yours.”

Robert’s family member later contacted Cuotto on Facebook and thanked him for comforting their uncle. They also told him Robert suffered from cerebral palsy and was deaf.

On Thursday, Cuotto told Toronto radio station Kiss 92.5 he stayed with Robert until the final stop, and also attributes his kindness to his mom: “I was raised by a queen.”

See story:      http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/08/hamilton-man-bus-holding-hands_n_8265558.html

 

Canadian pilot diverts plane to save dog from freezing to death

This story touched me as I’m sure it will all pet owners.  Click on the link below to read the story.

Pilot Diverts Plane to Save Dog from Freezing

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15 Things Most Canadians Don’t Know about Canada

I thought I knew alot about my country, Canada – but I didn’t know most of these facts found in this article.    I didn’t know that our national sport was lacrosse?????  what happened to hockey????

1. We made the world’s first $1-million coin

In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the world’s first million-dollar coin (it was also named the world’s largest gold coin by Guinness World Records). To date, five of these coins have been bought by investors.

2. We eat 55 percent more Kraft Dinner than Americans do.

Yes, us northerners really love instant macaroni and cheese—which maybe isn’t so surprising given The Barenaked Ladies even referenced this university dinner staple in their song, “If I Had a Million Dollars.”

3. We built the world’s first UFO landing pad

St. Paul, Alberta, is home to the world’s first landing pad for alien life. The raised cement pad was built in 1967 and was officially opened by then Minister of National Defense (and open alien conspiracy theorist) Paul Hellyer.

4. We never owned Alaska

It’s a common misconception that Canada “sold” Alaska to the U.S. Not true. Our southern neighbours bought the state from Russia in 1867.

5. We almost shared currency with Iceland

In the aftermath of the country’s economic collapse, Iceland’s government publicly considered adopting Canada’s currency, prompting speculation that Greenland would also consider taking on the loonie.

6. We’re home to the waterfall capital of the world

The region surrounding the steel town of Hamilton, Ontario, has more than 100 waterfalls, and is dubbed both “The City of Waterfalls” and “The Waterfall Capital of the World.” It may be a self-made claim, but it works for publicity: do a Google search for “waterfall capital” and top spots go to the Hammer.

7. We harvest icebergs in Newfoundland and Labrador for vodka

Ever seen Iceberg Vodka at your local liquor store? It’s the only vodka in the world made from icebergs, which are harvested from Iceberg Alley, off Newfoundland’s east coast, then processed in St. John’s. Ontario has a hand in there, too—the alcohol part is triple-distilled from Ontario sweet corn.

8. We’re the garter snake capital of the world

If you’re not scared to see tens of thousands of red-garter snakes in a mating frenzy, head to the Narcisse Snake Den in Manitoba. For two periods each year, visitors can see “more snakes at a glance than anywhere else in the world,” according to the Government of Manitoba’s website.

Click here for the other 7 items in the originial article by Tammy Burns in Cottage Life.

 

 

MYSTERY TUNNEL UPDATE

A few weeks ago, I posted about the Mystery Tunnel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that was thought to be a possible Terrorist effort or maybe tied to an illicit drug connection – neither were the case.

 

 

Tunnel found in Toronto

Tunnel Vision Fund

 

There is more to the story…Elton has turned his Tunnel Experience into a way to help fund a Youth Program.  Here is the complete  story.  To see how the funding is going for his project “Eltons Tunnel Vision Fund” click  here

So happy to post such a good news story!!

 

JEFFERSON SALAMANDER…why did he cross the road

Here is a good news environment story.  The pictures below are the endangered Jefferson Salamander.  Every year a portion of a city street in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada is closed (from March until May) so they can cross the road to lay their eggs in ponds found on the other side.  Nice to see that humans have adapted their habits for the sake of nature.

jefferson salamander Jefferson Salamander

 

To see the complete story click here

SPRING IS COMING…THE SAP IS RUNNING

We folks up in Ontario have had a very cold February – well cold for Ontario anyway…but it is a beautiful day today and when the sap starts to run it surely means Spring is close!

 

Start with an idea:

Maple Syrup

 

 

Make this:

waffle homemade

 

Turns into this:

 

 

Homemade Waffle

 

 

Add this:

 

 

Home made Waffle and Fruit

 

 

Then of course this:

 

Waffle and fruit

 

 

And YES…I can still taste the wonderful Ontario Maple Syrup!!!

 

What a beautiful way to anticipate the coming of Spring 2015!!

THE MAN CAVE….not a Tunnel of Terrorism

Tunnel found in Toronto

 

A couple weeks ago, all of Ontario was a buzz with a 33 foot tunnel that had been found near the location of the upcoming Pan Am Games.  Speculation went crazy with everything from a secret cave used for drug purposes all the way to a possible Terrorist plot….Turns out it was a Man Cave…..see the story here.

Gotta feel badly for him – all that work for nothing….

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