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VisitFacebook I love Canadian history. I love Canadian trivia and facts. I have, therefore, just set up BiteSizeCanada’s Facebook page. I would like to urge you to visit it and introduce yourselves. Encourage your friends to visit and introduce themselves.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Canadian-related Links, Entertainment

 

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Why Canadian History is NOT Boring

Here is a [somewhat] short video from TED Talks about “Why Canadian history isn’t as boring as you think it is,” by Chris Turner.  Hope you all enjoy it!

 

 

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Bestest Gift Ever!

Remember the last-minute post I wrote last week about the near travel of a comet?  Well, tonight is going to be even better!

aurora borealis

Images of the aurora australis and aurora borealis from around the world, including those with rarer red and blue lights, accessed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora

Starting at 8 p.m. (Eastern) we will be able, apparently, to see the northern lights in our North American skies.

Besides seeing Paris one day, my biggest wish has been to see the Northern lights. Now I may get that chance, and on my birthday no less!!

To get fresh info about the “show” in your area I suggest visiting Soft Serve News to get the constantly (just press refresh in your browser) changing forecast.

Oh this will be fun! Thank you Mother Nature!

 

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‘Shocking’ damage from heavy summer snow will take days to clean up, says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

‘Shocking’ damage from heavy summer snow will take days to clean up, says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

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I was so sure this was a joke, but no!

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Commuters needed hours to get to work, snow-laden tree branches groaned and snapped and thousands of people were without power Wednesday after a second major taste of winter hit Calgary with 10 days to go before summer’s end.

Trees were uprooted and roads clogged with broken branches.

The power outages, which at one point affected up to 30,000 homes and businesses, also caused traffic lights to go out.

According to Enmax, 26,000 customers are currently without power, with outages concentrated in western Calgary.

In an update at the city’s emergency operations centre Wednesday, spokeswoman Doris Kaufmann Woodcock said additional crews have been brought in to help get power back on.

For the latest Enmax outages, click here.

“We are going to see some real damage and that is an extraordinary shame,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who spoke at the city’s emergency operations centre.

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Canadian-related Links

 

Facts of interest about Colonel John Hamilton Gray of Prince Edward Island

tkmorin:

I can’t add anything to this post as it is complete on its own. Very interesting. A must read! -tkmorin

Originally posted on thebravestcanadian:

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Col. Gray c. 1860

  • John Hamilton Gray was likely one of very few men to have had a father (the United Empire Loyalist Col. Robert Gray) serve in the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century, and a son (Arthur Cavendish Bentinck Hamilton-Gray) serve in World War One in the 20th century.
  • Robert Gray was 64 when his son John Hamilton was born in 1811. John Hamilton Gray was 65 when his son Arthur was born in 1876.
  • In an October 1864 speech, John Hamilton Gray reflected on the great benefits of Confederation for “our sons”. In 1876, after six daughters, Gray finally had a son, Arthur, with his third wife Sarah Caroline Cambridge. He had another son, Hamilton Edward Jarvis Gray, in 1880 when he was 69, but the boy did not survive to adulthood. His first two wives, Fanny Sewell Chamier and Susan…

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Canadian-related Links

 

Are you watching?

There is an amazing event tonight, and just in case you didn’t hear about it, here is a link that you’ll want to go to right now!  It goes live in about a half hour!

http://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/slooh-tracking-rogue-asteroid-2014-rc-pitbull-skimming-by-earth-at-only-25000-miles-40234-km-away 

 

A rogue asteroid is heading for Earth, and it is going to be 10 times closer to us than our moon!

 

Enjoy everyone!

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

British Columbia: Two Capitals?

British Columbia has a fascinating history, as do all of Canada’s Provinces and Territories.  For today’s post, however, please let me acquaint you with some of B.C.’s history.

Photo of Songish village, Brithish Columbia, prior 18634

Songish village opposite Victoria, B.C., before 1863. from http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/confederation/023001-3030-e.html

There are two parts that make up British Columbia: the mainland and the island, until they both united in 1866.

For a while there wasn’t agreement between the ex-colonies about which of their capital cities would serve as the seat of government.  Islanders wanted Victoria, and the mainland argued for New Westminster.  For years, the cities alternated.  Eventually, Victoria became the permanent capital of the colony.

Have you heard of Bill Smith?  He was a newspaper editor and politician, If you haven’t, you may have heard of what he called himself: Amor de Cosmos (<–  you can read my earlier post about him by clicking on his name). One of his greatest achievements was his hard work to get British Columbia to join Confederation, and later became Premier of the province.

Vancouver acquired the nickname “Terminal City,” because the terminus of the transcontinental railway was there.  A chief financier of the railway, William Van Horne, had chosen the site  and he also insisted that the new city be named after the explorer George Vancouver.

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Mount Elbert from Turquoise Lake, the highest summit in the Rocky Mountains

I cannot write of British Columbia without mentioning the Rocky Mountains. It is Canada’s largest mountain range as well as the largest in the western hemisphere. While it runs nearly the entire length of British Columbia, it also forms part of the border with Alberta.  The economic resources of the Rocky Mountains are varied and abundant. Minerals found in the Rocky Mountains include significant deposits of copper, gold, lead, molybdenum, silver, tungsten, and zinc.

Every year the scenic areas and recreational opportunities of the Rocky Mountains draw millions of tourists and it’s easy to see why.

Map of the Rocky Mountains

Map outlining the Rocky Mountains, in both Canada and the United States.

 

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