Monday July 1, 2013, 11:36 am
A few facts about Canada that you may or may not know:
The name Canada comes from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement".
By 1545, European books and maps had begun referring to this region of North America as Canada.
The national holiday was changed from Dominion Day to Canada Day 17 April 1982 when the constitution was repatriated from the UK by the Canada Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was created. Not hard for me to remember as that was my 30th birthday!
Canada has 33.5 million people spread over 10 provinces and 3 northern territories. The territories are working towards being full provinces.
The Canadian one dollar coin, commonly called the Loonie, is a gold-coloured one-dollar coin introduced in 1987. It bears images of a common loon, a bird which is common and well known in Canada. In 2006, the Royal Canadian Mint patented the word "Loonie" which is the common name for the Canadian $1 coin. The last paper $1 note rolled off the presses in 1989 and to my knowledge is still legal tender but most are now removed from circulation. Canada has replaced the $2 bill with a coin referred to as a "Toonie". The makers of purses and pockets owe Canadians a debt of gratitude because the weight of the coins creates more need for purse and pocket repair or replacement!
Canadians are known as "Canucks" and this term has a storied past that goes back almost 200 years.
And yes, we did unleash that artery clogging delicacy, Poutine, on an unsuspecting world. For those who have never heard of it, it is french fries, beef gravy and cheese curds which become gooey in the gravy. Thank you Québec! Actually, if made properly, it is good but definitely artery blocking.
The national sport is hockey.
Some will know that if called to defend our southern border against Teabagger types, I have said that we would throw frozen hockey puckets and poutine.
Thanks Pam for reminding me that one of our national symbols is the Maple Leaf, and our official animal is the beaver.
Thanks Kit! We do so need to show the Right disHonourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives to the unemployment line in 2015. Unless some of his caucus sides with the opposition in a non confidence vote, we're stuck until 2015. Not a chance on the non confidence vote because that would dissolve the government and ALL seats would be up for grabs. Harper is a Republican/Teabagger in red and white clothing.
Monday July 1, 2013, 8:35 pm
I erred . . . the official national sport is lacrosse which was first played by the First Nations people and picked up by the European settlers. The second sport is ice hockey. This from Wikipedia:
"However, modern hockey is believed to have evolved from outdoor stick-and-ball games adapted to the icy conditions of Canada during the 19th century. The games of British soldiers and immigrants to Canada (influenced by First Nations stick-and-ball games) may have influenced the game played on ice skates (often with a puck) with sticks made by the Mi'kmaq people of Nova Scotia. Another theory is that the game was introduced by Icelandic immigrants adapting the game of knattleikr. These immigrants moved to Canada and the U.S. after the eruption of a volcano in Iceland in 1875. Immigrants from Iceland played for Canada, winning the first Olympic medal in hockey.