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Today's fact about Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by sly_karma, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I could add to Mass:
    - is it food?
    - If yes, is it meat? Yes ==> is it basic cuts? Yes ==> $/kg
    - If no, is it expensive stuff like prime rib, tenderloin, seafood, deli meat? Yes ==> $/100 g
    - is it fresh veges? Yes ==> $/lb
    - is it dairy? Yes ==> increments of 250 g (or 250 mL)
    No ==> anything goes, could be lb or oz (any increment) - with metric equivalent shown
     
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    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Went to a traditional cabane sucre in the Quebec countryside during the harvest a couple of years ago. It was a great experience especially the breakfast and the traditional québécois folk music.
     
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    Something I'd love to do. What time of year did you go?
     
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    luvthabumps A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We really wanted to go to Martin Picard's Sugar Shack (he has opened two now actually) but we weren't in Quebec at the right time of year. Reservations are hard to get but worth the effort - our meal at Au pied de Cochon was a standout in 2 years in Canada / USA

    https://aupieddecochon.ca/en/
     
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    luvthabumps A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    my observation was the butchers (in Kits anyway ) used lbs for meat (beef esp) as it reads cheaper. Got myself in trouble in the first few days after I arrived when I picked out a beautiful aged ribeye big enough for miss LTB and I to share, only to be told it was $38 :eek::eek:
     
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    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    We went in March. Lots of snow still on the ground and we had a sleigh ride around the farm and had maple toffee rolled in snow. The kids loved it
     
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    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    That looks amazing. Very different from our rustic experience.
     
  8. Chalkie

    Chalkie One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's the same everywhere in Van. I've learned to look very closely. I've also observed that really good quality beef is pretty pricey, but the prices tend to be the same everywhere. I've just discovered the Windsor Butchery on Main St and King Edward - a proper, old-fashioned butchery with all of the cuts available, and plenty of good quality value added stuff too.
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’m thinking this is a Sydney butcher not a Canadian butcher (correct me if I’m wrong) cease & desist to keep on topic please.:)
     
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    There's a few butchers in Sydney, NS that may invalid the 'not' in your statement. :p
     
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    Chalkie One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Um, given I live in Vancouver and that is a Vancouver intersection, I can guarantee the Windsor Butchers to whom I'm referring are not in Sydney. But I promise I'll return to talking about Today's Fact About Canada.
     
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    Dirty Money on Netflix covers the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (Or Cartel as they are called by some)
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I stand corrected, well on topic, all good.:thumbs:

    There is a Windsor Butcher in Sydney.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Been meaning to check out the Patriot Act series, thanks for posting. He's pinpointed the most conflicted issue in Canada today: the duality of claiming to fight climate change by owning a pipeline project. No point in trying to appease Alberta, they've been Trudeau haters for 40 years and nothing will change their minds. Trudeau has fallen for the classic politician pitfall, trying to please everyone, and of course ending up pleasing almost no one. The SNC affair is a sideshow, this election will be largely fought around the climate change file.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The first Canadian tennis player to win a Grand Slam title is Bianca Andreescu, taking out the US Open on September 7, 2019.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes, there really is a town in Newfoundland called D!ldo. You can't make this shit up.

    Captain Cook charted the area in 1760 and the name was on the map back then.
     
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  18. Alex.C

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    Called what exactly? All I see are asterixs...
     
  19. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Haha never looked back. Let's try this: D!ldo.
     
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    Always thought that place was somewhere on the West Coast...somewhere near the inside passage !
     
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    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Crazy Quebec road signs.
    Not understanding French made it into a fun game of captioning the signs.

    This was our favourite: caption was
    “Kids pull your socks up or you’ll trip and get run over”
     
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    Can anyone tell us what it is actually informing us?
     
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    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Watch out for our children, they may be yours.

    I think they're trying to be funny/guilt trippy.
     
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    Wont work. We would never let our children outside with poorly worn socks!
     
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    When I had the correct translation explained to me, my reaction was those québécois must sleep around a lot if a whole community Is unsure of who the biological parents of their kids are.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The strip of central Canada stretching 1100 km from Quebec City in the northeast to Windsor, ON in the southwest is the most densely populated part of Canada, with over 18 million people, or 52% of the national population. This corridor contains eight of the twelve largest metropolitan areas, and is the centre of Canada's farming and manufacturing industries. The southerly latitude and the moderating influence of the St Lawrence and the Great Lakes give it a much warmer climate than the rest of central Canada.

    So many people live in this narrow corridor that Highway 401 is considered to be the busiest highway in north America, and likewise the Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor and Detroit carries 25% of all US-Canada trade.
     
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    @Hyst this is a good example of a fun fact thread that gets people interested & engaged with the topic. Perhaps this could be the inspiration to spice the Sumo thread?
     
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    Only in Canada #341

    Keep an eye on the road in the background towards the end.

     
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    My biggest nightmare while in Canada was that I will be cycling along a country road and come across a scene like this.
     
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    I got close! Not grizzlies though. A local black bear and her cub. The cub cam ambling out of the bush, oblivious to my presence. No more than 20m away. (Very cute!) I turned 180 and commenced to to retreat quickly, only to see mumma bear casually lumbering along the track towards me!

    I said something like "oh golly", turned again, and sprinted past the cub (in heavy hiking gear/boots etc) and didn't stop running for a solid 2km or so until I came across a large clearing. I was at 2500m alt so I stopped to suck air for awhile.

    Just another aussie in unknown terrain getting it totally wrong!!!

    A year later, I find myself 100m offshore, surfing, surrounded by a school of hammerheads fishing for taylor. Didn't even raise my heart rate. I just took the next wave in, and napped on the beach before paddling out again. I still smile at the paradox.
     
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    Apologies if already covered, but did you know the Germans performed only 1 known armed military operation on land in North America during World War 2 and that was in Canada ?

    The weather buffs would like this...

    They installed an automated weather station !




    Was forgotten about until rediscovered in 1977.

    [​IMG]
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    And I bet it still works.
     
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    But if it was built by Volkswagen it is sending inaccurate information.
     
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    Not wuite.”, it’s been programmed to send inaccurate information if it determines the information seeker is incorrect.
     
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    Volkswagen has infiltrated your device.
     
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    I wish, the real issue is apple has just gone off and changed the text for no good reason that anyone in this universe understands.

    Or does VW own and control apple?
     
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    Here's a nifty 4 minute video on it, complete with informed narration and original footage.

     
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    Or Apple control VW?
     
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    Excellent, thankyou.:thumbs:
     
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    Awesome! I hadn't heard of Ice Station Kurt. Although to be pedantic, it wasn't set up in Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador didn't become part of Canada until 1949.
     
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    The constitution mandates a maximum of five years between Federal elections, but in 2007 legislation was passed which sets fixed every four years. This does not remove the ability of the governor general to dissolve parliament and call elections if he or she sees fit.

    There is a campaign in progress at the moment, with the election date set for October 21. For almost all of the time since confederation, government has been formed by either the Liberal or Conservative party, but minority parties play an important role nonetheless. The New Democratic Party (NDP) and le Bloc Quebecois both regularly capture sufficient seats to receive official party status and thus funding and other privileges under law.

    There are currently 308 seats in the House of Commons. In some federal elections, no single party is able to win an outright majority of 155 seats, and so a minority government must be formed. There have been nine federal minority governments in the post-WW2 period.
     
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    The small town (900 people) of Churchill, Manitoba is the only arctic ocean port connected to the north American rail system. Built in the 1920s to provide an alternate outlet for prairie grain exports, this must surely be one of the world's most remote international seaports (1700 km by rail from Winnipeg). At 58 degrees north, it is one of the coldest as well, with only 3-4 months of ice free operations and an average January temperature of -26 C.

    Tourists visit Churchill for the novelty of the lengthy rail journey (there is no road connection to southern Canada), to view the northern lights, and especially to see Polar Bears. Every autumn, numerous bears migrate through the area en route to Hudson Bay as the shallow waters in this area are the first to freeze up. The town styles itself as "the polar bear capital of the world", and local residents typically leave their cars unlocked in case a pedestrian needs to take shelter when a bear gets a little too inquisitive or assertive.

    Finally, Churchill is not named for Sir Winston, but one of his ancestors. The original Churchill River Post was established in 1717 by the Hudsons Bay Company and named for its governor of the time, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.
     
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    And Chalkie will be there next week - off to Churchill to see the polar bears! Hopefully some photos of Churchill to come then.
     
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    Canada's principal police force is the renowned Mounties, formally known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police/Gendarmerie royale du Canada, and generally referred to by the public as the RCMP (GRC if you're francophone), or the Force amongst its members. The RCMP provides federal police services such as counter-terrorism, political and diplomatic security, organised crime and drug interdiction. It also provides provincial police services in all provinces and territories other than Quebec and Ontario, which have their own provincial police forces. Nonetheless, RCMP members have jurisdiction as peace officers in all parts of Canada.

    The RCMP also provides front-line policing services on a contract basis to hundreds of local governments across the country. Each city, town or municipality has the option of providing its own police force - and many do - but many more opt to use the RCMP. Councils are responsible for funding operations and providing facilities for police operations within their boundaries. Rural areas receive almost all funding for RCMP policing from the provincial government.

    The RCMP with its current guise and name came into being in 1920, with its predecessor, the Northwest Mounted Police, dating back to the first decade of Confederation in 1873. It was established as a horse-mounted, mobile semi-military force intended to keep the peace and maintain Canadian sovereignty over the vast western and northern lands recently purchased from the Hudsons Bay Company. US expansionism was a real consideration in the political climate of the day, and was also a major motivator in the push to build a rail link across to the Pacific.

    The famous red serge dress uniform and felt hat with Montana Crease dates back to the earliest days of the NWMP and was based on standard British military uniforms of the day. This uniform is still used today for ceremonial occasions such as Canada Day festivities, opening of government facilities, sporting events and so on. In normal day to day operations, the uniforms are similar to any worn by police forces across the world: grey shirt, blue pants, kevlar vest, utility belt with sidearm. Despite occasional rounds of protest by animal rights activists, the winter headwear is still a fur hat made from muskrat (farmed).

    Despite the name, the RCMP is no longer a mounted police force. A few detachments in inner urban areas use horses for crowd control work or ceremonial occasions, and the famous Musical Ride show is still performed numerous times a year across the country by a special detachment based in Regina, SK.
     
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    [​IMG]
    Someone had to do it.
     
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    Like its neighbour to the south, Canada has an autumn Thanksgiving public holiday, but here it is celebrated in October rather than November. The date moved around a little over the years, before being fixed by parliament in 1957 as the second Monday in October. As in the US, the holiday has its roots in the harvest festival tradition, as reflected by the menu: corn, turkey, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin.
     
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    and later ...
    set in Chicago - who knows why?