The Canadian-est invention ever

8 March 2007 Canadianisms

It’s a reliable sign of the end of the Canadian winter. No, not the lengthening days, the appreciable warmth of the sun on a frosty day, not even the first day you decide you can safely leave the house in shoes rather than fur-lined mukluks. Spring is truly on the way when the already long […]

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You can’t get there from here

6 March 2007 Canadianisms

Link surfing is a wonderful thing. I can’t even remember where I was, but I caught sight of something about a lunar eclipse on March 3. Turns out it wasn’t visible from here, only in a wide swath on the other side of the planet through Europe and Africa. Disappointing. I love stuff like eclipses […]

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We’re not so different after all

25 February 2007 Canadianisms

The last line, about being mistaken for a Canadian a lot, made me laugh… What American accent do you have? Your Result: North Central “North Central” is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw “Fargo” you probably didn’t think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for […]

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The Greatest Canadian Inventions

4 January 2007 Canadianisms

I’m in love with CBC TV lately. Last night, I got completely sucked in by an unexpectedly delightful TV special called The Greatest Canadian Invention. It used a combination of archival clips and commentaters to count down the 50 greatest Canadian inventions, as ranked by the Canadian public. It was full of cultural references and […]

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Christmas Lights on Parliament Hill

8 December 2006 Canadianisms

It was cold. Damn cold. Somewhere around minus 17C with the windchill, I think. And yet, we bundled up the kids, and coerced a few friends, and headed out to see the Christmas Light Ceremony on Parliament Hill last night. I’ve lived in Ottawa for 18 Christmases now, and this is the first time I’ve […]

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Our national preoccupations

6 December 2006 Canadianisms

You know I’m intrigued by the differences between Canadian and Americans; you know I’m mesmerized by search results. Many of you know I even have a vested interest in taxation. How then could I leave unblogged this article in the Globe and Mail that intersects so many of my bloggy fascinations. It compares the top […]

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Meeting Farley Mowat

19 November 2006 Books

There are some people who are so iconic, so legendary, that when you actually meet them in person, it’s a little bit of a surprise to find out that they are ordinary flesh and blood after all. Farley Mowat is that kind of person. I think he was the first person I ever understood to […]

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Quelle surprise! Je suis toute Canadienne.

11 November 2006 Canadianisms

I was rather flummoxed by the “How Massachusetts Are You?” test at Phantom Scribbler, but it did lead me indirectly to this little gem: You are 100% Canuck! You rock, you are an almighty Canadian through and through. You have proven your worthiness and have won the elite prize of living in a country as […]

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