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10 Facts about Canada – True North Strong and Free

  1. The average low for the month of January in Ottawa, Ont. is -14.4 C. That’s pretty cold. However, a temperature recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon makes the rest of Canada’s winter weather seem like a beach vacation. A temperature of -63 C was recorded in the small village of Snag on Feb. 3, 1947. That’s roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars!
  2. Canada’s really big! Bigger than the European Union, more than 30 per cent larger than Australia, five times as big as Mexico and three times as big as India.
  3. Canada has lots of trees! Canada actually has 30 per cent of the world’s boreal forest and 10 per cent of the world’s total forest cover? An incredible 396.9 million hectares of forest and other wooded land can be found across the country — about 68 per cent of Canada’s forests are coniferous.
  4. We have national parks BIGGER than countries! Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories is an incredible 30,050 square kilometres — bigger than Albania and Israel.
  5. The Big Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario is the world’s largest coin. It is a huge reproduction of a 1951 Canadian nickel and measures 9 meters in diameter.
  6. Actor Leslie Nielsen is Canadian and his brother Erik was the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada for two years, from 1984 to 1986.
Canada Blog Image July 2015

Leslie and Erik Nielson, even when you become deputy Prime Minister you can still be upstaged by your brother wearing a dress.

  1. Canada basically got its name by mistake. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’. The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada.
  2. The Hotel de Glace in Quebec is built every year using 400 tons of ice and 12 000 tons of snow. Every summer it melts away and every winter it is rebuilt.
image ice for July 2015

This ice hotel in Quebec is rebuilt every year to open for three months. It takes 50 workers a month and a half to construct.

  1. Canada’s only desert in British Columbia is only 15 miles long and is the only desert in the world with a long boardwalk for visitors to walk on.
  2. Famous Canadians include Pamela Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Avril Lavigne, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey.

    Canada Dat

    OH Canada


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Cool Green Technology

Check out these top 15 strange (often very strange) green technology ideas. There is some cool stuff happening out there. So much of it seems to be about changing the way we see and do our everyday things… The Green Warrior shower curtain that grows spikes when you surpass your water limit! Now THAT is some encouragement to turn off the tap! The blood lamp that requires a drop of blood to activate the light would make me think twice about wasting electricity.

Then there are the outright paradigm shifting ideas like the Lilypads, self-sufficient floating cities that would each accommodate up to 50,000 people, 3D Food Printers and Lab Meat – check it out.

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Lest We Forget

Dear Mr. Prime Minsiter,

I saw this video by Rick Mercer.

It made me think of my grandfather, a man that fought for Canada and a man celebrated on a Dutch stamp commemorating their liberation, and it made me think of you, the Prime Minister of our Country.

You owe it to my grandpa, the 100,000 living WWII Canadian war veterans, and to the veterans of more recent conflicts, like Afghanistan – a war Canada has fought longer than WWI and WWII combined to NEVER FORGET.

While you are our Prime Minister, I expect you to do all you can to honour their memories, and to compensate the living veterans of conflicts present and future for all they’ve done.


Thomas William Goodall

Grandson of (now deceased) William Lleweyn Roberts, Ret. Seaforth Highlander of Canada
You can send your own letter to the Prime Minister of Canada by emailing or visiting his site:

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How to Film the Earth from Space

Do you have $700? It’s all you need.

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Japanese tsunami debris to reach West Coast in 2014

Taken directly from the CBC, it appears that all those things washed out to sea from the tsunami like cars, boats and even whole houses could wash up on the shores of British Columbia and the west coast of North America. It will pose a real hazard to shipping lanes and on some level I suppose is a commentary on society.  Link to CBC here:

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Sharks: Predators in Peril

On the front page of the Vancouver Sun this morning was part 1 of a very interesting investigation into sharks. Today was about the decline worldwide and locally.

The Sun says, “A new research paper reveals there are 28 species of sharks in Canada’s oceans – more than half of them found off the B.C. coast – ranging from the common dogfish to exotics such as great whites, and hammerheads. Of those 28 species, 12 are rated as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list and another seven as near threatened.”

The Sun continues to postulate on why the ocean’s shark population is in decline, “The Major driving factor is Asian demand for pricey shark-fin soup – strictly a status symbol, the fins providing no flavour. Between 26 million and 73 million sharks are estimated to be traded annually for their fins, an unsustainable harvest by any measure.”

There’s a website tied to the story which is REALLY interesting including a link to a Google map of where the sharks live and links to external sites with more information.

One of the most informative news articles I’ve read in some time.

SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS:  Reporter Larry Pynn dives with sharks at the Vancouver Aquarium  earlier this month.

Photograph by Wayne Leidenfrost – Vancouver Sun

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Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice: Rob Dunbar on

From time to time along I come across people that acknowledge climate change but say it’s a perfectly natural function of the world. That volcanos eject aerosoles into the atmosphere, El Nino, and La Nina affect the temperature of the ocean and so on. So to some degree, they’re assumption is correct.  Here though, is a compelling and interesting argument outlining both what’s natural, and what’s human impact at the website.

Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice: Rob Dunbar on

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