Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show
The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show is an annual agricultural fair that takes place in the town of Simcoe, Canada. This festivities begin on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and ends on the Canadian Thanksgiving Monday; the official organizers for this annual event are the Norfolk County Agricultural Society. Since 1840, the fair has been active in Norfolk County on the 48-acre complex, it is considered to be the fourth largest fair in Ontario. Out of all the festivals, the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show is considered be the 88th best festival in Canada and has been named as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario. Operated by the Norfolk County Agricultural Society with 400 volunteers organizing the event on an annual basis, this autumn fair attracts 100 community organizations and local businesses. More than half a million visitors come to the Norfolk County Fairgrounds annually while the annual event attracts 120,000 people from outside the local community. Being the leading producer of vegetables in Ontario, the Norfolk County Fair helps to demonstrate the best of Norfolk County's produce to the rest of the province.
Inside one of the buildings, students from all over Norfolk County submit their artwork to be evaluated by the local judges. The top prize winners receive a small monetary cash prize. Larger prizes are offered for professional art, horse and poultry shows. Other buildings feature commercial inventions and innovative technologies demonstrated to the local populace. Large vegetable and field crop competitions are held, including the classics like the heaviest pumpkin. In the past years, winners have weighed in 450 kilograms. More than $120,000 are handed out every year in prizes related to agriculture. Homecraft and Childcraft are a big part of displays with some of the finest in quilts and culinary arts at all age levels. Traditional and historic displays make this a "must see" area when tourists come to visit from near and from far. Commercial demonstrations and product offerings remain a big part of "the Fair." Patrons can still see them first with a variety of products which are either handcrafted or have been advertised on television.
Innovative services are being demonstrated and/or sold within the confines of the commercial building. Haggling is allowed to the merchants and is encouraged; the rides consist of some of the world's finest travelling amusements for children and adults alike. One of Canada's largest horse shows, this local competition features many kinds of horses from miniatures, jumpers and Percherons; the horse competitions, pulls and an eight-horse hitch parade are all a part of the traditions of this annual fair. Cattle, goats, llamas and animals from every field and pen put on their finest coats for judging at one of the most important fairs on the circuit. People attending the fair are encouraged to real close to meet them nose to nose on competition days. All around the facility is student art and more special interest entertainment. Both classic and new carnival-style foods like cotton candy, dixie dogs, pulled pork, French fries are everywhere. Patrons can enjoy the fresh taffy and fudge made on site as the demolition derbies, tractor pulls and finest Canadian stage acts take place Friday and Saturday nights.
Popular bands like Emerson Drive, Blue Rodeo, The Roadhammers have all entertained the fair with their individual style of beats and lyrics in the past years. Coleman Hell and Chad Brownlee are considered to be the two most recent additions to the Norfolk County Fair entertainment lineup. During the 2013 edition of the Norfolk County Fair, Canadian performer Carly Rae Jepsen performed in front of a packed grandstand audience, she had the young people enthralled. Canadian pop rock band Marianas Trench was scheduled to perform in the 2015 edition of the fair, they have been active in the music scene since 2001. Local schools are given opening Tuesday off from school to enjoy Young Canada Day at the fair. While the festivities of the fair are occurring, the Simcoe Rec Centre is used to provide exhibition space for Flavourfest; this celebration brings out the best in local produce and products that patrons can purchase on-site. On stage are demonstrations and shows with star chefs like Lynn Crawford and Massimo Capri in the kitchen while regional artists and bands perform
Delhi District Secondary School
Delhi District Secondary School is a publicly funded high school, located near downtown Delhi in Norfolk County, Canada. The rural school had one of the lowest enrollment rates in Norfolk County, had been considered for closure on several occasions, until September 2010 when they received over 200 students from Norwich Secondary School. Delhi District Secondary School has a variety of athletics teams including football, basketball, soccer, badminton, cross country and field, scholastic wrestling, swimming. Port Dover Composite School was permanently closed on January 31, 2013. In response, DDSS has improved their academics programs in an attempt to keep transfer students from going to their rival Simcoe Composite School. Advanced placement courses were made available for senior academic subjects. Busing for the Norwich area was kept intact. List of high schools in Ontario
New World oriole
New World orioles are a group of birds in the genus Icterus of the blackbird family. Unrelated to Old World orioles of the family Oriolidae, they are strikingly similar in size, diet and contrasting plumage, a good example of convergent evolution; as a result, the two have been given the same vernacular name. Males are black and vibrant yellow or orange with white markings and immature birds duller, they molt annually. New World orioles are slender with long tails and a pointed bill, they eat insects, but enjoy nectar and fruit. The nest is a elongated pouch. Species nesting in areas with cold winters are migratory, while subtropical and tropical species are more sedentary; the name "oriole" was first recorded by Albertus Magnus in about 1250, which he stated to be onomatopoeic, from the song of the European golden oriole. One of the species in the genus, Bahama oriole, is critically endangered; the genus Icterus was introduced by the French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson in 1760 with the Venezuelan troupial as the type species.
The name is the Latin word for the Eurasian golden oriole. The genus name Icterus as used by classical authors, referred to a bird with yellow or green plumage. In modern times this has been identified as the golden oriole. Brisson re-applied the name to the New World birds because of their similarity in appearance; the genus contains 33 species. Scott's oriole, Icterus parisorum Yellow-backed oriole, Icterus chrysater Audubon's oriole, Icterus graduacauda Jamaican oriole, Icterus leucopteryx Orange oriole, Icterus auratus Altamira oriole, Icterus gularis Yellow oriole, Icterus nigrogularis Bullock's oriole, Icterus bullockii Streak-backed oriole, Icterus pustulatus Black-backed oriole, Icterus abeillei Baltimore oriole, Icterus galbula Yellow-tailed oriole, Icterus mesomelas Spot-breasted oriole, Icterus pectoralis White-edged oriole, Icterus graceannae Campo troupial, Icterus jamacaii Venezuelan troupial, Icterus icterus Orange-backed troupial, Icterus croconotus Bar-winged oriole, Icterus maculialatus Black-vented oriole, Icterus wagleri Hooded oriole, Icterus cucullatus Black-cowled oriole, Icterus prosthemelas Orchard oriole, Icterus spurius Ochre oriole, Icterus fuertesi Cuban oriole, Icterus melanopsis Bahama oriole, Icterus northropi Martinique oriole, Icterus bonana Puerto Rican oriole, Icterus portoricensis Montserrat oriole, Icterus oberi Saint Lucia oriole, Icterus laudabilis Hispaniolan oriole, Icterus dominicensis Orange-crowned oriole, Icterus auricapillus Variable oriole, Icterus pyrrhopterus Epaulet oriole, Icterus cayanensis New World oriole videos and sounds on the Internet Bird Collection
Baptists are Christians distinguished by baptizing professing believers only, doing so by complete immersion. Baptist churches generally subscribe to the tenets of soul competency/liberty, salvation through faith alone, scripture alone as the rule of faith and practice, the autonomy of the local congregation. Baptists recognize two ordinances: baptism and the Lord's supper. Diverse from their beginning, those identifying as Baptists today differ from one another in what they believe, how they worship, their attitudes toward other Christians, their understanding of what is important in Christian discipleship. Historians trace the earliest "Baptist" church to 1609 in Amsterdam, Dutch Republic with English Separatist John Smyth as its pastor. In accordance with his reading of the New Testament, he rejected baptism of infants and instituted baptism only of believing adults. Baptist practice spread to England, where the General Baptists considered Christ's atonement to extend to all people, while the Particular Baptists believed that it extended only to the elect.
Thomas Helwys formulated a distinctively Baptist request that the church and the state be kept separate in matters of law, so that individuals might have freedom of religion. Helwys died in prison as a consequence of the religious conflict with English dissenters under King James I. In 1638, Roger Williams established the first Baptist congregation in the North American colonies. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the First and Second Great Awakening increased church membership in the United States. Baptist missionaries have spread their faith to every continent. Baptist historian Bruce Gourley outlines four main views of Baptist origins: the modern scholarly consensus that the movement traces its origin to the 17th century via the English Separatists, the view that it was an outgrowth of Anabaptist traditions, the perpetuity view which assumes that the Baptist faith and practice has existed since the time of Christ, the successionist view, or "Baptist successionism", which argues that Baptist churches existed in an unbroken chain since the time of Christ.
Modern Baptist churches trace their history to the English Separatist movement in the 1600s, the century after the rise of the original Protestant denominations. This view of Baptist origins has the most historical support and is the most accepted. Adherents to this position consider the influence of Anabaptists upon early Baptists to be minimal, it was a time of considerable religious turmoil. Both individuals and churches were willing to give up their theological roots if they became convinced that a more biblical "truth" had been discovered. During the Protestant Reformation, the Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church. There were some Christians who were not content with the achievements of the mainstream Protestant Reformation. There were Christians who were disappointed that the Church of England had not made corrections of what some considered to be errors and abuses. Of those most critical of the Church's direction, some chose to stay and try to make constructive changes from within the Anglican Church.
They are described by Gourley as cousins of the English Separatists. Others decided they must leave the Church because of their dissatisfaction and became known as the Separatists. Historians trace the earliest Baptist church back to 1609 in Amsterdam, with John Smyth as its pastor. Three years earlier, while a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, he had broken his ties with the Church of England. Reared in the Church of England, he became "Puritan, English Separatist, a Baptist Separatist," and ended his days working with the Mennonites, he began meeting in England with 60–70 English Separatists, in the face of "great danger." The persecution of religious nonconformists in England led Smyth to go into exile in Amsterdam with fellow Separatists from the congregation he had gathered in Lincolnshire, separate from the established church. Smyth and his lay supporter, Thomas Helwys, together with those they led, broke with the other English exiles because Smyth and Helwys were convinced they should be baptized as believers.
In 1609 Smyth first baptized himself and baptized the others. In 1609, while still there, Smyth wrote a tract titled "The Character of the Beast," or "The False Constitution of the Church." In it he expressed two propositions: first, infants are not to be baptized. Hence, his conviction was that a scriptural church should consist only of regenerate believers who have been baptized on a personal confession of faith, he rejected the Separatist movement's doctrine of infant baptism. Shortly thereafter, Smyth left the group, layman Thomas Helwys took over the leadership, leading the church back to England in 1611. Smyth became committed to believers' baptism as the only biblical baptism, he was convinced on the basis of his interpretation of Scripture that infants would not be damned should they die in infancy. Smyth, convinced that his self-baptism was invalid, applied with the Mennonites for membership, he died while waiting for membership, some of his followers became Mennonites. Thomas Helwys and others kept their Baptist commitments.
The modern Baptist denomination is an outgrowth of Smyth's movement. Baptists rejected the name Anabaptist. McBeth writes that as late as the 18th century, many Baptists referred to themselves as "the Christians commonly—though falsely—called Anabaptists."Another milestone in the early dev
The American crow is a large passerine bird species of the family Corvidae. It is a common bird found throughout much of North America. American crows are the New World counterpart to the hooded crow. Although the American crow and the hooded crow are similar in size and behavior, their calls are different; the American crow occupies the same role that the hooded crow does in Eurasia. From beak to tail, an American crow measures 40–50 cm half of, tail. Mass varies from about 300 to 600 g. Males tend to be larger than females; the most usual call is CaaW!-CaaW!-CaaW!. The American crow is all black, with iridescent feathers, it looks much like other all-black corvids. They can be distinguished from the common raven because American crows are smaller, from the fish crow because American crows do not hunch and fluff their throat feathers when they call and from the carrion crow by the enunciation of their calls. American crows are common and susceptible to the West Nile virus, making them useful as a bioindicator to track the virus's spread.
Direct transmission of the virus from American crows to humans is unlikely. The American crow was described by Christian Ludwig Brehm in 1822, its scientific name means "short-billed crow", from Ancient Greek brachy- "short-" and rhynchos "billed". The northwestern crow is closely related to the American crow, its ancestors became separated by Ice Age glaciation west of the Rocky Mountains. It is endemic to Pacific temperate rain forests. Only in the Seattle region do they co-occur to any extent. In form the two species are much alike. There is a marked difference in voice. Four subspecies are recognized, they form a rough NE-SW clinal in size across North America. Birds are smallest in the far west and on the southern coast. Corvus brachyrhynchos brachyrhynchos – eastern crow: northeastern United States, eastern Canada and surroundings. Largest subspecies. Corvus brachyrhynchos hesperis – western crow: western North America except the Arctic north, the Pacific Northwest and the extreme south. Smaller overall with a proportionally more slender bill and low-pitched voice.
Corvus brachyrhynchos pascuus – Florida crow: Florida. Mid-sized, short-winged, but decidedly long bill and legs. Corvus brachyrhynchos paulus – southern crow: southern United States. Smaller overall, bill small; the American crow is a distinctive bird with iridescent black feathers all over. Its legs and bill are black, they measure 40–53 cm in length, of which the tail makes up about 40%. The wing chord is 24.5 to 33 cm, with the wingspan ranging from 85 to 100 cm. The bill length can be from 3 to 5.5 cm, varying according to location. The tarsus is 5.5 to 6.5 cm and the tail is 13.5 to 19 cm. The body mass can vary from 316 to 620 g. Males tend to be larger than females; the most usual call is a loud and rapid caaw-caaw-caaw. The birds thrust their heads up and down as they utter this call. American crows can produce a wide variety of sounds and sometimes mimic noises made by other animals, including other birds. Visual differentiation from the fish crow is difficult and inaccurate. Nonetheless, differences apart from size do exist.
Fish crows tend to have feet. There may be a small sharp hook at the end of the upper bill. Fish crows appear as if they have shorter legs when walking. More when calling, fish crows tend to hunch and fluff their throat feathers. If seen flying at a distance from where size estimates are unreliable, the distinctly larger common ravens can be distinguished by their lozenge-shaped tail and their larger-looking heads, they fluff their throat feathers when calling like fish crows, only more so. Ravens soar for extended periods, unlike crows, which fly more than a few seconds without flapping their wings; the average life span of the American crow in the wild is 7–8 years. Captive birds are known to have lived up to 30 years; the range of the American crow now extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in Canada, on the French islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, south through the United States, into northern Mexico. The increase in trees throughout the Great Plains during the past century due to fire suppression and tree planting facilitated range expansions of the American crow as well as range expansions of many other species of birds.
All types of country from wilderness, parks, open woodland to towns and major cities are inhabited. This crow is a permanent resident in most of the USA, but most Canadian birds migrate some distances southward in winter. Outside of the nesting season these birds gather in large communal roosts at night; the American crow was recorded in Bermuda from 1876 onwards. The American crow is omnivorous, it will feed on invertebrates of all types, scraps of human food, seeds and nestlings, stranded fish on the shore and various grains. American crows are active hunters and will prey on mice and other small animals. In winter and autumn, the diet of American crows is more dependent on acorns, they will visit bird feeders. The American crow is one of only a few species of bird, observed modifying and using tools to obtain food
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border, its capital is Ottawa, its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra, its population is urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons. Various indigenous peoples have inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years prior to European colonization. Beginning in the 16th century and French expeditions explored, settled, along the Atlantic coast.
As a consequence of various armed conflicts, France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America in 1763. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces; this began an accretion of provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy from the United Kingdom. This widening autonomy was highlighted by the Statute of Westminster of 1931 and culminated in the Canada Act of 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with Elizabeth II as its queen and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the federal cabinet and head of government; the country is a realm within the Commonwealth of Nations, a member of the Francophonie and bilingual at the federal level. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, education.
It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. Canada's long and complex relationship with the United States has had a significant impact on its economy and culture. A developed country, Canada has the sixteenth-highest nominal per capita income globally as well as the twelfth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index, its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks. Canada is part of several major international and intergovernmental institutions or groupings including the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G7, the Group of Ten, the G20, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. While a variety of theories have been postulated for the etymological origins of Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement".
In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona. Cartier used the word Canada to refer not only to that particular village but to the entire area subject to Donnacona. From the 16th to the early 18th century "Canada" referred to the part of New France that lay along the Saint Lawrence River. In 1791, the area became two British colonies called Upper Canada and Lower Canada collectively named the Canadas. Upon Confederation in 1867, Canada was adopted as the legal name for the new country at the London Conference, the word Dominion was conferred as the country's title. By the 1950s, the term Dominion of Canada was no longer used by the United Kingdom, which considered Canada a "Realm of the Commonwealth"; the government of Louis St. Laurent ended the practice of using'Dominion' in the Statutes of Canada in 1951. In 1982, the passage of the Canada Act, bringing the Constitution of Canada under Canadian control, referred only to Canada, that year the name of the national holiday was changed from Dominion Day to Canada Day.
The term Dominion was used to distinguish the federal government from the provinces, though after the Second World War the term federal had replaced dominion. Indigenous peoples in present-day Canada include the First Nations, Métis, the last being a mixed-blood people who originated in the mid-17th century when First Nations and Inuit people married European settlers; the term "Aboriginal" as a collective noun is a specific term of art used in some legal documents, including the Constitution Act 1982. The first inhabitants of North America are hypothesized to have migrated from Siberia by way of the Bering land bridge and arrived at least 14,000 years ago; the Paleo-Indian archeological sites at Old Crow Flats and Bluefish Caves are two of the oldest sites of human habitation in Canada. The characteristics of Canadian indigenous societies included permanent settlements, complex societal hierarchies, trading networks; some of these cultures had collapsed by the time European explorers arrived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries and have only been discovered through archeological investigations.
The indigenous population at the time of the first European settlements is estimated to have been between 200,000
Haldimand—Norfolk is a federal electoral district in Ontario, represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1979 to 1997, since 2004. Its Member of Parliament is Conservative Diane Finley; this riding is located in rural Southern Ontario, comprises Haldimand and Norfolk Counties, except for parts of the Six Nations and New Credit Indian Reserves. The total area is 3,073 km2. There are 205 polling divisions. Neighbouring districts include Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale, Elgin—Middlesex—London, Niagara West—Glanbrook and Welland. According to the Canada 2011 Census, it was first created in 1976 from the riding of Norfolk—Haldimand. Haldimand—Norfolk was abolished in 1996, was replaced by Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant, it was recreated in 2003 from 12.0 % of Erie -- 88.0 % of Haldimand -- Norfolk -- Brant. From its first election in 1979 to 1988, Haldimand—Norfolk was represented by the Progressive Conservative Bud Bradley. In 1988, Liberal Bob Speller defeated Bradley. Speller went on to serve as Minister of Agriculture.
In 2004, Haldimand—Norfolk elected Conservative candidate Diane Finley, re-elected in 2008 and 2011. After being re-elected in the 2006 election, Finley was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, she was shuffled from the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada portfolio on January 4, 2007. After her 2008 election victory she resumed her former post as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development in the Conservative minority government, a post she continues to hold today; this riding was left unchanged after the 2012 electoral redistribution. This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament: Source: Poll-by-poll results Change from 2000 is based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals. From 1996 until 2003, Haldimand—Norfolk did not exist as a federal riding, was represented by Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant.
Results for 1997 and 2000 can be found on that page. List of Canadian federal electoral districts Past Canadian electoral districts " Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-03. Federal riding history from the Library of Parliament: 2011 Results from Elections Canada Website of the Parliament of Canada Campaign expense data from Elections Canada