Daily Archives: July 1, 2013

Only In Canada, You Say?

Canadian Tire

Canadian Tire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Lake Lousie, Alberta, Canada

Lake Lousie, Alberta, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


There are some things that belong to Canada — most we take for granted.  Mottos are a great example of that.  So many we hear often, and yet we don’t remember that they’re ours.  Such as:

English: A Tim Hortons in South Portland, Maine

A Tim Hortons (Photo credit: Wikipedia

Always got time for Tim Hortons.” (Coffee and Donuts)
At Speedy you’re a somebody.” (Mufflers)

Canada, the world next door.” (Tourism Canada)

“Ever been to sea, Billy?” (Cap’n Highliner foods)

Ex says it all.” (Beer)

Only in Canada? Pity.” (Red Rose tea)

The Champagne of Ginger Ale.” (Canada Dry)

Where you give like Santa and save like Scrooge.” (Canadian Tire)

I am Canadian!” (Beer)

I challenge everyone to come up with others!


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♨ Happy Birthday, Canada!

More important events have taken place in Canada on July 1 than on any other day of the year, but first place will always be retained by Confederation Day, 1867.  This was Canada’s birthday, although Canada then included only Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

A very Canadian vision by Nancy Rose

© Nancy Rose.
Give someone special a squirrel calendar (I guarantee you won’t regret it!!)

Most nations were born of adversity, unhappy occasions, often due to war.  Canada was born of diversity, a curious blending of races, geography and economics.

For the most part, her birthday was a happy occasion.  In Ottawa, church bells began ringing after midnight, June 30.  There was also a 101-gun salute, while 21-gun salutes were fired in other centres.  In Saint John and Halifax, however, a number of merchants were so opposed to Confederation that they draped their stores in crêpe!

There was a drab ceremony in the Privy Council chamber, where Lord Monck was sworn in as governor-general by Chief Justice Draper.  After the cabinet ministers had taken their oaths of office, Lord Monck, who hated pomp as much as Macdonald loved it, announced that Queen Victoria had made John A. Macdonald a Knight Commander of the Bath, which meant they would have no titles.  This was a mistake.  Cartier and Galt were so angry that they refused the decorations.  Later, however, they were made baronets.

The rest of the day has been summed up beautifully by W. G. Hardy in From Sea Unto Sea.  He wrote:

The official part of the ceremonies was completed by midday.  Then, across the Dominion, but more particularly in what had been the province of Canada, the people went on holiday.  In Canada East, renamed Quebec, it was flags and bunting and family parties, and a cricket game at Trois Rivières.  Canada West, which had now become Ontario, favoured brass bands, regattas, races, and the like.  In the more remote centres the farmers gathered in the local fairgrounds or picnic places for a  program of sports and a country supper of salads, cold meats, pies and cakes, at tables set up on trestles under the trees.  As the soft July night floated down, the villages, towns and cities were bright with Chinese lanterns on the porches and with fireworks and illuminations.  The people, the inchoate mass without articulate voice, sensed that something of significance had occurred!

Do you like the photo included in today’s post?  Yes, I thought so.  Nancy Rose not only provided us with beautiful photos of “The secret life of squirrels“, which will definitely give you a smile but you can also order a calendar from her (a steal at $22 + shipping) !  I ordered one from her, and I proudly have it next to me, and I confess that I go through it often, just to smile!  Be sure to visit her site at!!


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Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On any given day, there a millions who are having a birthday. The days they fall on is not always convenient. My birthday is on the now infamous 9/11. I have friends and family who have birthdays on December 26, October 31, June 24 …actually I know friends who have birthdays in all through December – which makes gift buying a little more difficult; and for them it just doesn’t really feel like a normal birthday with Christmas thrown in there.

July 1 is Canada Day, otherwise known as Canada Day. All of Canada and Canadians are having one giant celebration!

But what about Canadians sharing their birthday, their special birthday, with all of Canada celebrating with them?

A few of the more known Canadians celebrating their birthday today are:

Actress Genevièe Bujold – Montreal 1942.  :   Happy Birthday

The Greatest Hits Collection (Michelle Wright ...

The Greatest Hits Collection (Michelle Wright album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Pamela Anderson

English: Pamela Anderson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Actress Pamela Anderson – Ladysmith, B.C. 1967. :  Happy Birthday?
Comedian Dan Aykroyd – Ottawa, 1952.  : Happy Bithday!

Clint Eastwood, Genevieve Bujold in ''Tightrop...

Genevieve Bujold with Clint Eastwood

And so to every one celebrating your birthdays today:

Happy Birthday!
Country Singer Michelle Wright– Morpepth, Ontario 1961


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