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Trip End Apr 01, 2007

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Monday, January 22, 2007

So it is Monday. Our family and Regina and Inga sat around the lunch table and all of us were exhausted! It was funny as I havenīt really felt that "Its Monday" feeling for a while. I know you are all feeling soooo sorry for me right now. I could hardly think in class today because I was so tired. I donīt know if I actually suffered some heat exhaustion on Sunday or what. (OK I just googled it and I think not. But I am tired and sunburnt!)
Hey our teacher asked us why the Canadian flag has the red bars. We know why the three parts but not why red as opposed to any other colour. Anyone know the answer?
Prices (all in US dollar) here (if you are interested) one adult fare on the city bus .25 (do you think OC transpo could lower the fare to match this?) Gas $1.48 per gallon. Room and three meals $14, internet .90 per hour, slice of pizza and a pop $1.00
Today it feels like my spanish has hit a plateau (and not a high one at that!). I hope that I can get over it and learn more. I understand in class but trying to string together a sentence without looking at my notes and the dictionary is still almost impossible. Andrew is much better at it (as are the children).
We went to see a church the other day in the old town of Quito (the church is called San Fransico). Brett had some very good but difficult questions for me. Why is God important? How long has he existed? How did he come to exist? ect.
Morgan has decided that there are no bus stops here in Quito. He calls them "bus slops" because the bus only slows down and you have to jump off or on (unless there are many people getting on or off or children involved). You can also flag a bus to stop for you anywhere (another good idea for OC transpo).
We are hoping to go to the new teleferico. Google it so you can check it out.
I better go. I hope you are all well.
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Flag Details
Here's all the info I could dig up on the flag.

The sides are red because red and white are Canada's official colours. (Though Blue side bars were considered)
The flag is red and white, the official colours of Canada as appointed by King George V in 1921, with a stylized 11-point red leaf in its centre.
Early in 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson informed the House of Commons that the government wished to adopt a distinctive national flag. The 1967 centennial celebration of Confederation was, after all, approaching. As a result, a Senate and House of Commons Committee was formed and submissions were called for once again.

In October 1964, after eliminating various proposals, the committee was left with three possible designs -- a Red Ensign with the fleur-de-lis and the Union Jack, a design incorporating three red maple leaves, and a red flag with a single, stylized red maple leaf on a white square. (Pearson himself preferred a design with three red maple leaves between two blue borders.)

The committee eventually decided to recommend the single-leaf design, which was approved by resolution of the House of Commons on December 15, 1964, followed by the Senate on December 17, 1964, and proclaimed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, to take effect on February 15, 1965.

In due course the final design of the stylized maple leaf was established by Mr. Jacques St-Cyr, the precise dimensions of red and white were suggested by Mr. George Best, and the technical description of precise shade of red defined by Dr. Gunter Wyszchi.
Red and white: Canada's national colours

History records that in the first crusade, Bohemund I, a Norman lord, had red crosses cut from his mantles and distributed to the 12,000 crusaders, who then wore them as a distinctive badge on their garments.

In subsequent crusades, each nation was distinguished by a cross of a different colour. France long had a red cross on its banners while England used a white cross. Time and again in history, red and white are found as the colours of France or of England.

Red and white were approved as Canada's official colours in the proclamation of the royal arms of Canada in 1921 by King George V.

In 1957, the colour of the maple leaves on the shield of the Royal Arms of Canada was changed from green on a white ground to red on a white ground in recognition of Canada's official colours.
The symbolism lies in the maple leaf itself, which is the traditional emblem of Canada. There is no special significance to the eleven points.

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