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In Canada we have quirky broadcasting regulations that require TV and radio stations to devote a certain percentage of their programming time to Canadian talent: homegrown shows, singers, etc. Therefore to honour my country--yes, we do spell honour with a 'u'--this group will be comprised of posts that have a distinctly Canadian flavour. (We spell flavour with a 'u' too!) You don't have to know what poutine, a Timbit, a toonie, or a double-double is to enjoy these posts, but it might help!
Tags: anything Canadian
Status: Public
Created: 7th June 2008
Owner: Lava1964

Expo 67 Montreal One of the most successful world's fairs ever held was Expo '67 in Montreal. It happened to coincide with Canada's centennial year. The fair was held on two artificial islands built in the St. Lawrence River. The islands were created using the dirt excavated from Montreal's subway construction. Expo was the place to be that summer!
Tags: Expo  67  Montreal 
Added: 23rd January 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Paul Henderson Goal 1972 The greatest moment in Canadian history: It's September 28, 1972. The hockey Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union comes down to the final minute of the final game in Moscow. The score is tied 5-5 after Canada rallies from a 5-3 deficit. Listen to Foster Hewitt call the final four minutes...
Tags: Paul  Henderson  hockey  goal 
Added: 28th March 2008
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Pierre Trudeau Just Watch Me This 1970 clip of Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau is probably unknown to Americans, but it's very famous in Canada. In October 1970, a radical French-Canadian separatist group, the FLQ, began a reign of terror in the province of Quebec. James Cross, a visiting British diplomat, was kidnapped. Shortly afterward, Pierre Laporte, a Quebec cabinet minister, was also kidnapped. (Laporte's dead body was found a few days later.) Prime minister Trudeau responded by invoking Canada's War Measures Act which gave the government extraordinary powers to preserve order. The civil libertarians didn't like it, but it was the most popular thing Trudeau ever did. Watch him as he fields questions from a left-leaning TV reporter.
Tags: Pierre  Trudeau  FLQ  crisis 
Added: 13th December 2007
Views: 2469
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Posted By: Lava1964
Peter Puck Peter Puck was an animated feature that aired during intermissions on hockey broadcasts in the 1970s. It aired on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada to teach Canadian kids the game--which was totally unnecessary. It also aired on NBC's weekend NHL broadcasts to teach Americans the game--which has proven to be totally futile.
Tags: Peter  Puck 
Added: 13th January 2008
Views: 1640
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Definition This excellent Canadian game show ran for 17 years on CTV from 1973 to 1990. Two teams of two competed. The object of the game was to solve a pun by adding letters to the board. (Many of the clever puns were submitted by viewers.) You might recognize host Jim Perry from his work on American game shows. The smooth-voiced announcer is Dave DeVol who holds the world record for the longest tenure as a TV weatherman. Oh yes: the 26th letter of the alphabet is "zed" in Canada.
Tags: Definition  Jim  Perry 
Added: 27th February 2008
Views: 1210
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Pitfall Alex Trebek hosted this game show that was taped in Vancouver and later became infamous. The producers of Pitfall had big plans for this syndicated show, assuming it would get picked up by a multitude of American stations. It didn't, and many winners never collected their prizes. Alex also got stiffed. Last I heard he had never received a penny for his work as host and is still bitter about being stiffed by fellow Canadians.
Tags: Pitfall  game  show 
Added: 5th March 2008
Views: 1564
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Posted By: Lava1964
Stanley Cup The coolest trophy in sports is the Stanley Cup. The Cup was originally the silver bowl that is atop the present trophy. It was purchased for about $50 by Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor-General of Canada, and was intended to be awarded annually to the amateur hockey champions of Canada. It was first presented in 1893 to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association club. Professional teams were openly allowed to compete for it starting in 1909. The National Hockey League took permanent possession of it in 1926. Over the years it's had its share of adventures and misadventures: The Stanley Cup has been used as a flower pot, dropkicked into Ottawa's Rideau Canal, left on a Montreal street corner, and used as an exotic dancer's prop in a New York City strip joint.
Tags: Stanley  Cup 
Added: 24th April 2008
Views: 1194
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Posted By: Lava1964
Chandra Crawford Sings O Canada On Olympic Podium Canadians don't generally win a lot of gold medals at the Olympics. When we do, it's cause for celebration. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Canada's Chandra Crawford won a gold medal in cross-country skiing. She further endeared herself to the country with her gleeful singing of O Canada on the medal podium.
Tags: Chandra  Crawford  O  Canada  gold  medal 
Added: 26th February 2008
Views: 1870
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bobby Orr Goal The greatest hockey player who ever lived, Bobby Orr, scores the most famous goal in National Hockey League history--an overtime tally to win the 1969-70 Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins. Orr's airborne celebration is an iconic image in Canada.
Tags: Bobby  Orr  goal 
Added: 27th December 2007
Views: 2336
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bobby Clarke Toothless Photo This is for Naomi: Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers displays the dangers of playing hockey--especially in the days before protective face shields. Clarke's toothless grin became something of a trademark for him.
Tags: Bobby  Clarke 
Added: 10th March 2008
Views: 1661
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Posted By: Lava1964

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