The history of Canada Day?

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  1. Fairlady_Z

    Fairlady_Z Official Voice of Flareup

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    It's coming up. And I have suddenly realized, clueless American that I am, that I know nothing about this day other than it is our northern neighbor's day of independence that falls so closely to our American own. In fact my very limited knowledge of Canadian history ends somewhere around the War of 1812 (expect perhaps concerning hockey, theater, and knowing that Quebec is a rebelious provence).:wink:  So how about it Canadians? How did you win your independence? And isn't your 200th anniversary coming up within the next decade or so? I am eager for a history lesson.

    Consequently, if any of you Canadians have questions about the American Revolution I might be able to answers some questions in turn.
     
  2. Phy

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    We didn't really win our independence, so much as we, um, we asked for it nicely.

    And we're approaching our sesquicentennial.
     
  3. cannabisprime

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    I could've sworn we won it from a game of shinny.. :D 

    Canada Day is more about the birth/formation of Canada (through the unification of the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec) than it is about independence. I'm not entirely sure about this next point either, but as far as I know, we're still not an independent country (merely a sovereign state); Queen Elizabeth II is still our head of state.
     
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    From what I understand, we're about as independent from the UK as a nation can get. Elizabeth is still our head of state, but officially, she serves in this capacity as Queen of Canada, not Queen of England, or Australia, or Jamaica, or wherever. (She's queen of a lot of places!) Technically, she represents the ultimate political power in the nation, and if she chose to exercise it, it would probably be in favour of the country in which she lives, but other than that, the UK holds no power over us, aside from the usual alliances and trade agreements.

    Of course, if Elizabeth chose to start exercising her political power in Canada, or the Governor General did as her representative, we'd most likely give Her Royal Highness the boot.
     
  5. DevilzFan

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    Ship me some maple syrup and canadian bacon STAT!

    I really only like you guys because of hockey though, so don't go getting a big head.











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  6. Mike

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    July 1st is Canada's Birthday :) 
     
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    Jul 1st marks the day that Canada requesitioned it's freedom as a nation within itself, apart from the united kingdom. Esseantially, we gained our freedom by asking for it, and bypassing all the bloodshed.
     
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    hey we got it that way too! way!
     
  9. Ops_was_a_truck

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    Y'know what? I'm gonna go wiki myself some Canada history. I am curious.
     
  10. Bryan

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    The only factoid I have in my brain about Canada is that something like 80% of the population lives within a hundred miles of the Canadian-American border. Is that a weather thing or an economics thing?
     
  11. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    I bet it's a "leaching our wireless internet" thing.
     
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    It's the day Canada officialy became a country, and not just part of the British Empire.

    Canada FTW!!!
     
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    :lolol 
     
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    How do you think all that horse porn wound up on your hd?
     
  15. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Argh! I knew you guys had something to do with that! I go to watch "Heroes" and all I get is "The Catherine the Great Orgy Hour!" You crazy bacon-eating, enforcing-the-law-in-red-suits-from-atop-horses Canucks!

    Srsly, though, learned this while Wiki'ing:

    It's kinda wild - but makes perfect sense - that Canada was undergoing a period of "wild west" expansion at the same time the the United States was. It's just something I never really considered, but maaaan...the amount of beautiful, new landscape available to those Canadian pioneers must have been breathtaking.
     
  16. Team Jetfire

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    Yay! Fun Canadian Facts!

    Canada is the second largest country in the world, with 9,971,000 square kilometres of land.
    The baseball glove was invented in Canada in 1883.
    With only three people per square kilometer, Canada has the fourth lowest population density in the world.
    Vancouver Canada is tied with Zurich Switzerland for the highest quality of life of any city in the world.
    The world's smallest jail is believed to be in Rodney, Ontario, Canada. It is only 24.3 square meters (about 270 square feet).
    Canada has the ninth biggest economy of the world
    According to the United Nations Human Development Index, Canada has the highest quality of life in the world.
    Contrary to popular opinion, Canada does not own the North Pole. In fact, the North Pole is not owned by any country. It is believed, however, that Santa Claus is from Canada.
    Of all of the world's producers of natural gas, copper, zinc, nickel, aluminum, and gold, Canada is in the top five.
    Canada is the home of many great inventions, including: basketball, the electric light bulb, the electric range, the electron microscope, standard time, the television, the telephone, and the zipper.
    Canada is the fifth largest energy producer.

    Another fun fact - Canada became a contry in 1867, but added the last province in 1949 (newfoundland)
     
  17. RandomFerret

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    Oh yeah, the Canadian prairies are beautiful, flat stretches of land.
    They say you can watch your dog run away for three days.

    Other things you might not know:

    Nobody calls it 'canadian bacon'. It's either back bacon or peameal.

    We all brag about the superiority of metric, but we don't actually bother using it to measure things. And nobody uses celsius on their ovens either.

    Even though it was a bunch of imported British soldiers fighting, we're all pretty smug about winning the war of 1812

    All we actually KNOW about the war of 1812 is that we beat America.

    Transformers are approximately 30% more expensive on average. This is bullshit.

    Many Canadians like to use British slang on the internet.

    Half the people who claim to speak French don't.
     
  18. Ops_was_a_truck

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    A neat Canada tradition that I learned from an electrician buddy was that the Calgary folks like to eat Cheddar Cheese with their Apple Pie. "Apple pie without the cheese is like a hug without a squeeze," he'd say.

    Any truth to this, Phy? I still haven't tried it. I'm too skeered.
     
  19. Phy

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    I've never had it that way, but it sounds like it would be tasty. A straight up raw apple and a hunk of cheddar are already pretty good. Throw in some pastry and cinnamon and sugar...

    About half that stuff TJ mentioned that we invented, well, a case could be made for it, but it's like Mr. Chekhov claiming everything was invented in Russia. We certainly had our mitts on them at one point, but were responsible for improving the design, not outright inventing it. However, we can definitely lay claim to insulin as a diabetic treatment, the concept of time zones, and the snowmobile. (That last one should not be a surprise.)
     
  20. Frank Horrigan

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    My grandpa won't touch apple pie without cheese so I guess. I don't like it personally.
     

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