This Sunday, November 4th is the designated transition of Daylight Savings for Albertans. We will “fall back” and gain an extra hour of daylight each day, allowing us to effectively lengthen our already bitterly short winter days and enjoy more sunlight each morning.
The conecpt of daylight savings dates back as far as 1895 in New Zealand, however the first country to implement this practice was the German Empire in 1916, as a way to conserve coal during wartime (it was known as Sommerzeit). Within the next two years, many countries worldwide, including Britain, Canada and the USA, followed suit. Daylight saving time is not generally observed in countries near the equator, as the variation in sunrise is not significant enough to warrant the change.
Here are some fun facts we have compiled about daylight saving time from around the globe:
- Egypt had four daylight saving time changes in 2010. It was
meant to make the month of Ramadan (which fell during a
hot summer that year) easier for Muslims.
- Newfoundland, which is half an hour off from the rest of
Canada, had a two-hour DST jump in 1988.
- Russia dropped two of its 11 time zones in 2010, then
abolished DST a year later. It’s now one of a few places in
the world that stays on summer hours all year. Argentina,
Iceland, Russia, Uzbekistan and Belarus also abide by
year-round summer hours.
- Samoa, which introduced DST in 2010, lost the entire day of
Dec. 30, 2011 when it switched time zones.
- Antarctica doesn’t get any daylight in the winter but still
practices DST to be in sync with supply stations in Chile and
- The Queen’s staff spend more than 50 hours adjusting 1,000
clocks across her residences.
Interested in learning more? You can find information available about this topic on the official wikipedia page for daylight saving time here.
College Copy Shop is once again sponsoring the the Edmonton Fringe Festival and are proud to say that we are the longest running sponsor for this event.
August 13 through 23th will mark the 34th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. North America’s largest and longest-running Fringe Festival. The Edmonton Fringe doesn’t jury or censor artists’ work in any way and selects performances using an unbiased lottery system. Since participating artists receive 100 per cent of ticket revenue from their performances, the Fringe relies on donations from Festival patrons, public funders and business sponsors to operate.
Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA) brings danger, excitement, adventure and theatre to churches, bars and boudoirs in Old Strathcona and beyond at SupercaliFRINGEilistic, August 13 – 23, 2015.
FTA is dedicated to providing a vibrant year-round home in Edmonton for local, national, and international artists to present theatre arts that challenge audiences, and celebrate the cultural fabric of our communities. We do so by fostering an environment and providing resources that encourage audiences of all ages, and artists – professionals and aspiring alike – to take creative chances.
For more information on how to support, donate, volunteer or create with Fringe Theatre Adventures, or to book tickets visit www.fringetheatre.ca.
Everyone is ‘Fringing’!*
*Fringing: ‘to Fringe’. Fringe (verb)/frinj
- Enjoying a unique, evolving Edmonton experience
- Being swept up in an international artistic force to be reckoned with
- Taking an essential journey for every theatre lover
- Participating in a rite of passage for artists from around the world.
We’re here to for the Fringe:
Everyone is ‘Fringing’! Even the staff at College Copy Shop.
On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1st has been officially known as Canada Day, celebrated now in all ten provinces and three territories.
“O Canada” was proclaimed Canada’s national anthem on July 1, 1980, 100 years after it was first sung on June 24, 1880. The music was composed by Calixa Lavallée, a well-known composer; French lyrics to accompany the music were written by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The song gained steadily in popularity.
Many English versions have appeared over the years. The version on which the official English lyrics are based was written in 1908 by Mr. Justice Robert Stanley Weir. The official English version includes changes made in 1968. The French lyrics remain unaltered.
Happy Canada Day from the friendly staff here at College Copy Shop! We will be closed July 1st for the holiday.
Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations have for centuries celebrated the summer solstice, the first day of summer.
The Celts & Slavs celebrated with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honouring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Perhaps the most enduring were the Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”.
Today, the day is still celebrated around the world – most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.
Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups assemble to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.
Happy Summer Solstice from the friendly staff here at College Copy Shop!
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on the 5th of May. Contrary to what many people believe, it is not Mexico’s independence day. Rather, it’s a remembrance of a David and Goliath-like fight.
In 1862, as the French invasion of Mexico began, their force of 4,000 soldiers defeated twice as many French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla. The French occupation would continue until 1866. But the Mexican soldiers’ courage and determination inspired Mexican Americans to celebrate the win. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Cinco de Mayo story was related to their quest for respect in the United States.
Today, it’s become much like St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t have to be Mexican to celebrate!
Happy Cinco de Mayo from he friendly staff here at College Copy Shop!