Archives for the month of: January, 2014

 
Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet (1,885 m). The lake has a surface area of .5 square kilometres (0.19 sq mi).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moraine_Lake
 

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Canadians are normally pretty nice but there are things you just don’t want to say to a Canadian…
 
This looks like Monopoly money!
 
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Hey you’re from Canada? Do you know my friend Doug?

You lost the War of 1812, right?

Polar bears rooting through your garbage at night must be pretty irritating.

Do you guys all ski to work and stuff?

Do you have cable / internet / random technology in Canada?

You all speak French right?

What part of America are you from?

Is Vancouver / Edmonton / Calgary close to Toronto?

Do you have a president?

Is Toronto your capital city?

Say “aboot” for me

Wasn’t it wonderful that Ben Affleck thanked Canadians at the Oscars? Were Canadians in Iran?

To someone from Toronto: “I have a friend named …. In Vancouver, do you know them?” “No, it’s a 3hr flight”

You guys all live in igloos right?

Is it warm there in summer? Do you drink maple syrup? You say roof (ruff), tour (tore), and bar (ba) weird.”

Can’t I just call you an American?

How would you feel about statehood?

“You’re from Canada? Vancouver is beautiful!” Me: “I wouldn’t know.” “So, is Newfoundland close to Toronto?”

“So what’s the deal with Tim Horton’s? I don’t get it.”

Donuts are bad, curling’s not a sport, and Bettman is a great NHL commissioner.

Do you celebrate 4th of July?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
The Rock
Yes, Dwayne Johnson’s father is Nova Scotia-born wrestler Rocky Johnson. As the first generation child of a Canadian, Johnson is eligible for Canadian citizenship. Johnson also played in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders during the 1995 season, but was cut after two months.
 
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James Doohan
Scottie was totally from Vancouver.
 
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Emmanuelle Chriqui
The “Entourage” star was born in Montreal.
 
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Frank Gehry
The world-famous architect was born in Toronto.
 
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Rick Fox
The former NBA star was born in Toronto.
 
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Norm Macdonald
The comedian is from Quebec City. Bonus points if you knew his brother is CBC journalist Neil Macdonald.
 
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Nathan Fillion
The “Castle” and “Firefly” star was born in Edmonton.
 
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Ted Cruz
The potential Republican presidential nominee was born in Calgary. However, because his mother is American, U.S. officials have ruled that he would be eligible to run for the presidency.
 
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Men Without Hats
That’s right, “Safety Dance” came from a Montreal group.
 
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Matt Groening
While born in Portland, Groening’s father Homer was born in Main Centre, Saskatchewan and so Groening is eligible for citizenship.
 
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Lorne Greene
The “Bonanza” star was born in Ottawa.
 
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Brendan Fraser
While born in Indianapolis, both of “The Mummy” star’s parents are Canadian and so he is entitled to Canadian citizenship.
 
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Anna Paquin
The Oscar winning star of “True Blood” was born in in Winnipeg.
 
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David Rakoff
The regular contributor to “This American Life” was born in Montreal.
 
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Kim Cattrall
While the “Sex and the City” star was actually born in in the U.K., she moved to Coutenay, B.C., when she was just an infant.
 
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Mia Kirshner
“The L Word” star was born in Toronto.
 
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Carrie Anne Moss
The star of “The Matrix” was born in Burnaby, B.C.
 
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Eric McCormack
The “Will and Grace” star was born in Toronto.
 
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James Cameron
OK, you may have known this one already, but for some reason people are always forgetting that the “Titanic” and “Avatar” director was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario.
 
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Monty Hall
The original host of “Let’s Make A Deal” was born in Winnipeg.
 
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“As a Canadian citizen, I am concerned that this government is not acting within the advice of science.”
~ Neil Young

 
“Science cannot be ignored as inconvenient and that’s what today’s leader’s are doing,” said Neil Young as he tore into the federal government and Alberta’s oilsands.

 
Neil Young: “Canada is trading integrity for money”
 

 
Fort McMurray tunes out Neil Young after he blasts oilsands
 

 
Oilsands = Hiroshima?? Neil, This Note’s For You
 

 
Neil Young at National Farmers Union Press Conference
 

 
CBC News – Neil Young on Fort McMurray
 

 

Neil Young on being political on Q
 

 
Neil Young on being political on Q
In this clip from his feature interview with Jian Ghomeshi, Neil Young talks about where one should draw the line between being an artist and being an activist, or whether there should be a line at all.

 
Articles:

Neil Young Blasts Harper Government For Allowing Oilsands Development

Neil Young Benefit Tour Inspires Ex-Oilsands Worker

Neil Young responds to criticism from Prime Minister’s Office

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn’t Seem to Care)

 

 
As Marsden describes it, the industry is so damaging and irrational that you’d think someone would slam the brakes.

Instead, projects are rubber-stamped and supported with generous tax breaks and lax oversight. Through the stories of families sickened or financially devastated by polluted water or air, Marsden describes how the government and regulators ignore victims and trample opponents.

In fact, he says, the oil sands, combined with Alberta’s growing mania for extracting natural gas from coal seams by injecting toxic chemicals into the ground – thereby poisoning some of the dwindling supply of drinking water – threaten to create a parched, deforested, polluted wasteland. “At the end of the day you will have a pot of gold with no place to live.”

“Why are Albertans so stupid?” William Marsden asks in his provocative new book

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Canada – 12.2 Per Cent
3,429,678 people

These are the StatsCan totals for Canadians age 15 years and older in the 12 months of 2012. Use included cannabis and hashish.

10. Saskatchewan – 10.1 Per Cent
81,676 people

9. P.E.I. – 10.4 Per Cent
12,437 people

8. New Brunswick – 11 Per Cent
68,444 people

7. Newfoundland And Labrador – 11.1 Per Cent
47,344 people

6. Quebec – 11.5 Per Cent
763,278 people

5. Manitoba – 11.5 Per Cent
110,235 people

4. Alberta – 11.8 Per Cent
361,247 people

3. Ontario – 12.1 Per Cent
1,331,299 people

2. B.C. – 14.2 Per Cent
538,434 people

1. Nova Scotia – 14.8 Per Cent
115,285 people

 

Where In The World Do Kids Smoke The Most Pot?
 

29. Norway
– 4.55 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

All data from UNICEF’S Child Well-Being Index for 2013.

28. Sweden
– 5.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

27. Romania
– 6.08 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

26. Greece
– 6.6 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

25. Iceland
– 7 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

24. Finland
– 8.02 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

23. Germany
– 8.55 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

22. Austria
– 10.04 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

21. Portugal
– 10.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

20. Hungary
– 10.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

19. Denmark
– 11.51 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

18. Slovakia
– 13.04 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

17. Ireland
– 13.11 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

16. Lithuania
– 14.24 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

15. Poland
– 14.60 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

14. Estonia
– 14.69 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

13. Luxembourg
– 15 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

12. Belgium
– 16.07 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

11. Italy
– 16.62 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

10. Netherlands
– 17.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

9. The United Kingdom
– 17.45 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

8. Slovenia
– 18 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

7. Latvia
– 18.5 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

6. Czech Republic
– 21.49 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

5. The United States
– 22.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

4. France
– 22.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

3. Spain
– 24.06 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

2. Switzerland
– 24.13 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

1. Canada
– 28 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
This needs to be on every front page of every Canadian News outlet!!

 
Silence of the Labs – the fifth estate – CBC News

 

How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre

Scientists are calling it “libricide.” Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans [DFO] libraries were closed by autumn 2013, ostensibly to digitize the materials and reduce costs. But sources told the independent Tyee in December that a fraction of the 600,000-volume collection had been digitized. And, a secret federal document notes that a paltry $443,000 a year will be saved. The massacre was done quickly, with no record keeping and no attempt to preserve the material in universities. Scientists said precious collections were consigned to dumpsters, were burned or went to landfills.

New York Times criticizes Harper government’s alleged muzzling of scientists to protect oil sands
The New York Times editorial board is taking the Harper government to task for allegedly silencing publicly funded scientists, a strategy the Times says is designed to ensure oil sands production proceeds quietly.

NY Times: Silencing Scientists
Over the last few years, the government of Canada — led by Stephen Harper — has made it harder and harder for publicly financed scientists to communicate with the public and with other scientists.

It began badly enough in 2008 when scientists working for Environment Canada, the federal agency, were told to refer all queries to departmental communications officers. Now the government is doing all it can to monitor and restrict the flow of scientific information, especially concerning research into climate change, fisheries and anything to do with the Alberta tar sands

New York Times Editorial Board: Harper Conservatives Aim To ‘Guarantee Public Ignorance’

“This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.”

“It is also designed to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the northern resource rush — the feverish effort to mine the earth and the ocean with little regard for environmental consequences. The Harper policy seems designed to make sure that the tar sands project proceeds quietly, with no surprises, no bad news, no alarms from government scientists. To all the other kinds of pollution the tar sands will yield, we must now add another: the degradation of vital streams of research and information.”

 
Related topic:

Stephen Harper’s 13 Fails of 2013

 
 
 
 
 

 
Red Head Cove actually takes its name from the reddish coloured headlands to its north.
 
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2. Balls Falls, Ontario
 
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If you’re looking for beautiful Balls Falls, roll on over to the picturesque Niagara region of southern Ontario. Featuring an amazing ghost town (dating back to the 1800s), and truly scenic conservation areas, this hilariously named waterfall doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of Balls Falls’ regional appeal. Let’s just hope it wasn’t named after a particularly unfortunate accident.

 
3. Vulcan, Alberta
 
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Vulcan doesn’t actually take its name from Star Trek’s Spock (no doubt to the dismay of nerds the world over), but that hasn’t stopped Trekkies from congregating in this southern Albertan town. Hoping to make the most out of its popular name, Vulcan has since created a Star Trek tourist station and Starship Enterprise replica, drawing countless dedicated fans for a one-of-a-kind photo op.

 
4. Crotch Lake, Ontario
 
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Poking fun at its name is a shot below the belt, especially since Crotch Lake gives plenty of reasons to visit the nether regions of the North Frontenac Park Lands. Get in touch with your Canadian roots on a wilderness hike, visit one of the 77 nearby campsites, or have a swim in the crystal clear waters. Either way, you’ll likely feel compelled to dive headfirst into the Crotch Lake experience.

 
5. Swastika, Ontario
 
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Named after a train station built in 1908 (well before Nazi Germany), Swastika has somehow resisted changing to reflect the times. Unlike Ontario’s Town of Berlin (which later became Kitchener during WW1), Swastika’s name has no doubt lead to many awkward interactions with alarmed out-of-towners.

 
6. Dildo, Newfoundland
 
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Another raunchy town name that has no connection to its modern interpretation, Dildo’s name dates back to the 1700s, when the term may have referred to a pin placed in a rowboat, or a type of shrub. Despite campaigns to have the name changed, Dildo’s name has managed to persevere which is pretty hilarious.

 
7. Climax, Saskatchewan
 
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Despite an innuendo-laden name, Climax is really just a beautiful town full of friendly Canadians and lovely, scenic countryside. On the other hand, the opposite side of the Climax road sign says “Come again,” so maybe its cheeky reputation is well deserved.

 
8. Saint-Louis-Du-Ha!-Ha!, Quebec
 
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Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! is an actual parish municipality near the southeast tip of Quebec. Some say the strange name was derived from a First Nations’ word, while others claim Ha! Ha! comes from the sound of exclamation made at the sight of a nearby lake. All can agree Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! makes absolutely no sense.

 
9. Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia
 
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10. Conception Bay, Newfoundland
 
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If this bay is rocking, don’t come a-knockin! Yet another strangely named Newfoundland destination, Conception Bay is thought to be titled after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Sadly, the only noteworthy penetration to occur at Conception Bay happened during WW2, when cargo ships carrying locally-mined ore were torpedoed by Nazi U-boats.

 
Source: Readers Digest Canada