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Today's fact about Canada

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

  1. Chalkie

    Chalkie One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'll report on the Thanksgiving dinner offered at the Winnipeg Four Points by Sheraton... Churchill excursion starts tonight!
     
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    Weird
     
  3. sly_karma

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    A little snowy in Winnipeg?
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    90% of Canadians live within 160 km of the US border.
     
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    There is a town in Alberta named Sexsmith
     
  6. Chalkie

    Chalkie One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    As promised, some Churchill photos. Polar bear excursion starts tomorrow.

    Boeing 737-200 flew us the 1,000km up from Winnipeg:


    We're really here:


    Bear safety is real (this is the town beach!):


    Polar bear gaol (aka the Polar Bear Holding Facility), where miscreant polar bears are sent for corrective and deterrent punishment (max 30 day sentence, before they're released onto the ice (if any available) or helicoptered out into the wild):


    Hudson Bay doesn't offer quite the same scenery as the Maritime provinces...
     
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    Chalkie One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    It was! Plenty of snow had fallen, but by the time we arrived last night it had already started to melt / evaporate. Some big piles at the airport though. It's been flurrying on and off today in Churchill, but no serious snow yet, and Hudson Bay hasn't started to freeze yet. Daytime temps hovering around 2 degrees airtemp; minus 4 with windchill.

    BTW, I ended up having (a very good) steak dinner at the Four Points. We'd had a turkey dinner buffet on Saturday night; I was all turkey tuckered out :D:D:D.
     
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    so have you seen any bears?
     
  9. Chalkie

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    Not yet. Going out in the tundra buggies for the next two days to go bear spotting.
     
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    Some polar bear photos taken from the tundra buggy on my excursion to Churchill, Manitoba, on the shore of Hudson Bay. These are taken with my smartphone on max zoom, so not the best quality. +1 had fancy camera with proper zoom lens, so we'll see if it produces some better shots. Watching the bears was more fun than taking photos in any event!
     

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    What a great adventure. One of my regrets from my year in Canada was not travelling to the northern parts and seeing polar bears.
     
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    Marty_McSly Staying the **** at home. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Despite their renown, some people still manage to get it wrong.

    Someone I was speaking with recently insisted they're the Royal Canadian Mountain Police :doh:
     
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    The official euphemistic term for the RCMP highway patrol units is Traffic Services, but I've heard them referred to as the Revenue Collecting Motor Patrol.
     
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    Not the Queen's Cowboys?
     
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    Some better polar bear pictures from Churchill:
     

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    It varies year to year but in the Rockies there is a window at the start of winter where the lakes are starting to freeze over but haven't yet been covered in snow. This is in effect currently, though most of the currently frozen lakes (that don't get wind stripped) will probably be covered in the next couple of days.

    This gives us some perfect surfaces for skating, that are usually a lot better than anything you've ever seen in an indoor rink.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Canada's national day for remembering the service of war veterans is November 11. Remembrance Day is an official holiday in most provinces, and is observed on that date regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. At 11 am, there is a two minute period of silence in memory of the fallen and those who served. The symbol of Remembrance Day is a red poppy, recalling the flowers that grew spontaneously on the battlefields and graveyards of Flanders. The poem "In Flanders Fields," written by Canadian John McCrae in 1915, is usually read at Remembrance Day ceremonies.
     
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    Canola is a product developed in Canada. The word itself is a contraction of "Canada Oil, Acid reduced." Back in WW2, there was a shortage of lubricating oil as most petroleum was refined directly into fuels for the military. Rapeseed oil was found to be a good substitute for mechanical lubrication in the naval vessels of the time. Large crops were planted on the Canadian prairies where it flourished. At the end of the war, there appeared to be little use for the oil, as it was foul smelling and went rancid easily. An industry research team got to work and found a way to remove most of the erucic acid that was the main cause of the unpleasant odour and taste. By the early 1950s, the newly named Canola oil was on the market as a light edible oil for domestic consumption and steadily rose to prominence internationally. Today, China is the largest producer worldwide, but it still cannot meet its own needs and so Canada exports large quantities to them.
     
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    Today is the 107th annual Grey Cup game, the championship game of the CFL season. The game location moves around, with all of the league's member teams getting their turn to host the game. This year's game is in Calgary, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers facing the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

    The trophy itself was donated by former governor general the Earl Grey, and has had numerous additional rings fastened to it over the years as more winning team names have been added.

    The game is played in late November or early December, and over the years this has resulted in the game being played in winter conditions. The 2017 final had steadily falling snow for most of its duration, forcing venue workers to repeatedly remove snow from the field's grid lines. That year's big Superbowl-style halftime show featured Shania Twain. She rode onto the field for her performance on a dog sled. Most Canadian thing ever.
     
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    Ian D Pool Room Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Appears to be a Canadian equivalent of our Snow Tyres poster.
     
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    And a bit late coming for B.C. residents...
     
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    @sly_karma

    Which is better ? Robertson or Phillips ?
     
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    Robertson fits deeper and is not as susceptible to reaming out.
     
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    Most of the time, I like Robertson best. More positive grip on the fastener and less camming out when you're driving them. Unless the bit is pretty worn out, you should be able to hold the screw on the bit so you can start it off one-handed.

    But of course, there are exceptions. Drywall screws remain Phillips because boarders all use auto guns that are preset to drive the screw head just below flush but not so far it breaks the paper. The tip cams out deliberately at the exact right depth, and the angled shoulders of the Phillips socket make this work nicely. The bit wears out every so often, but they're replaceable. The same system doesn't work with Robertson because it doesn't let go of the screw as easily (which of course is normally an advantage). Also, in a situation where a screw head might get filled with goop - such as concrete if screws are used in form work - it's way easier to scrape stuff out of an angled Phillips socket, whereas the flat bottomed Robertson just compacts and remains difficult to remove. Even so, we so dislike Phillips screws that typically we'll still use Robertsons if we have to use screws for forms, we just put a piece of tape over the screw head so the concrete can't get in there.
     
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    The most iconically Canadian christmas music ever made. Bob and Doug Mackenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) were their country's Hoges and Strop. The deep and intricate cultural references found here are still being examined by anthropologists thirty years later.

    Merry Christmas, hosers!
     
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    My Canadian inlaws gave me the video for Xmas one year. They all fell about laughing watching it, while I was a little puzzled. It took me a few more years to get the Canadian jokes. I love it now!
     
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    The all time leading goal scorer in international soccer, male or female, is Christine Sinclair from Burnaby, BC. The 36 year old captain of the Canadian national women's team has 186 goals to her credit as of February 2020. It seems likely that she'll extend her lead during the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, hopefully adding to her two bronze medals.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Across most of Canada, this past weekend was a long weekend. Termed 'Family Day' in many provinces, in Manitoba it is celebrated as Louis Riel Day. The mention of his name to this day raises a series of polarized opinions, and he is perhaps the most studied person in Canadian history. In this respect, his is roughly comparable to Ned Kelly's place in Australian history. Riel has been variously described as a guerrilla leader, martyr, native rights activist, murderer, Catholic prophet, religious fanatic, and Francophone hero. Despite being a fugitive in exile following his leadership role in two armed rebellions against the federal government, he was also elected three times to the House of Commons and was instrumental in negotiating the entry of Manitoba as a new province into the confederation of Canada. Riel was eventually captured, and hanged in 1885 for his part in the rebellions.
     
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    Difference between transiting through customs and immigration in the US vs Canada

    US, San Francisco. Why are you visiting the USA. ? Answer “ I’m going skiing and going to a ski making course.
    Is that work ? No
    Why are you here for ten weeks.
    Holidays
    no one gets that many weeks holidays

    and so it goes on for 25 mins

    Canada , Vancouver

    hi what brings you to Canada

    Skiing

    Have a really good time
     
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    It’s at this point you break into a rendition of “I come from a land down under...”
     
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    This second half of February marks ten years since Vancouver and Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. There were the third Olympic events on Canadian soil, and the first for BC. The host team set several records, including their best medal count ever, their first gold medal when hosting the games, their first time to win the most gold medals of the games, and the most gold medals (14) by a single country at Winter Olympics. Metro Vancouver is the most populous city to ever host a winter games, and the first to host its opening and closing ceremonies in a covered stadium.

    Everyone remembers the huge struggles suffered by Cypress Mountain, the venue for freestyle events, due to record warm temperatures and rain during January and February. It got so bad that snow was trucked in from Manning Park ski resort, 200 km away, and hay bales and plywood ramps were used to form ramps and jumps, but not one event was canceled. For what it's worth, this week they have a 300 cm base!
     
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    Did you know the Canadians saved Denmark during WWII ?



    The 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion are total badass.
     
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    Canada is the world's largest producer of low bush blueberries (natural wild style but often farm produced). The US leads in blueberry production overall due to its development of 'high bush' varieties which have improved yield and berry size. British Columbia is the world's largest regional producer of cultivated blueberries, most of this is in the lower Fraser Valley region at the eastern edge of metro Vancouver. Blueberries are the most valuable fruit crop in Canadian agriculture, accounting for 29% of all fruit value.
     
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    And the quality of those blueberries is fantastic. When we lived in Ottawa we would head out to BB farms at harvest time and pick our own and pay for each small bucket we filled. We’d use some and freeze the rest to have a supply through winter.
     
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    Yeah the quality of berries - and fruit in general - in Canada is excellent. Seasons are short but when the local product is around, it's amazing. I'm hungrily eyeing the cherries ripening around here this week, but they're another couple of weeks away. June has been cool and damp so far, hopefully no more rain now because it splits near-ripe cherries and can wipe out a crop.
     
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    So true, I remember going through the markets on Granville Is on my first day in Canada and being blown away by the fruit!
     
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    One of the moments in life you never forget is the first time you taste a Bing cherry. Inky black, the size of a squash ball and bursting with juicy flavour. Not that often bigger fruit comes with good flavour to match its size - just look at commercial strawberries. Pretty soon I'll start seeing little fruit stalls popping up along the highway with the new season cherries. Wonder if they'll sell me a small quantity like maybe 6 cherries? (Any more than that and I'll be way over my sugar limit).
     
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    I bet you didn't test the odd berry on the way to the check out either........................:whistle:
     
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    Thread hijack, as someone that basically grew up on a strawberry farm, but have never lived long term in a cold climate, I envy the people that can easily access apricots, berries, cherries, plums, pears, peaches and other fruit that thrive in a cold climate, I love many of them. Most of these are great in beer or alc drinks, except cherries, I just don't know why they don't work.
     
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    Cherries go great with Campari.
     
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    And brandy or is cognac?
     
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    I was amazed the first time I saw berries for sale at a street stall in Mexico. Strawberries I can understand, they'll do OK in a warm climate. But the guy had blackberries and raspberries and blueberries as well, and they looked pretty good. Bought some and was impressed.

    How the heck is this possible? The answer of course is altitude. Mexico is quite mountainous, many of their major cities including the capital are at or above 1600 m. And there are big swathes of territory above 3000 m plus the stratovolcanoes that exceed 5000 m and carry year round snow. Some enterprising types realised the turistas would like fresh berries and found the right combination of elevation, rainfall and soils to make it happen.

    Those berries were a 'moment' for me. It occurred to me that if those growers could find a good set of conditions to grow quality berries, then someone was probably doing the same with wine grapes. That began an ongoing quest for quality Mexican wines. We had long since dismissed the rubbish domestic wine we encountered in our first visits, but the berry revelation led me to look again. Lo and behold, there are three small but thriving wine regions in different parts of the country. We took a trip to check out the wines of Valle de Guadalupe in the northern Baja in 2018 and I've got my eye on Queretaro in the central highlands next. Those berries turned out to be more expensive than I thought...
     
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    The curse of curiosity. :cool:;)
     
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    not sure where to park this, so this thread will do nicely.

     
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    Black forest stout or a sour
     
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    Yep it's terrible here, no one should come.
     
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    Happy 153rd birthday, Canada! Celebrations will be muted with limits on assembly during the pandemic. Celebrating on a wednesday has everyone confused anyway, no viable reason for a long weekend.
     
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