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All-Canadian World Series Threat Oh, no! It's the summer of 1983 and Sports Illustrated presents this horrible scenario: The Montreal Expos might win the National League pennant and the Toronto Blue Jays are threatening to win the American League flag. Brace yourselves. This would mean (gasp!) an all-Canadian World Series! We can't have that! (Luckily for xenophobic American baseball fans, neither the Expos or the Jays won the pennant that year. Whew! That's a relief!)
Tags: baseball  Canadian  teams 
Added: 21st July 2008
Views: 1051
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Posted By: Lava1964
Battle of Passchendaele 70th Anniversary Survivors of the appalling First World War Battle of Passchendaele gather at the site 70 years later in 1987. (For my money, the First World War was the most dreadful conflict in human history. Imagine, a battle to gain five muddy miles that cost 250,000 casualties!) Sixteen thousand Canadians were among the killed or wounded.
Tags: Passchendaele  First  World  War  anniversary 
Added: 4th August 2008
Views: 877
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Posted By: Lava1964
Listowel Arena Disaster 50th Anniversary Fifty years ago today, on Saturday morning, February 28, 1959, in a small Canadian town not far from where I live, a terrible tragedy occurred: The roof of the Listowel (Ontario) Arena collapsed due to a heavy accumulation of snow and inadequate construction. Seven peewee hockey players (aged 10, 11 and 12) and Listowel's recreation director were crushed to death by the debris while they were on the ice surface. A group of other young players preparing for their upcoming game in the arena's dressing rooms were completely unscathed. The arena was only four years old.
Tags: Listowel  Arena  disaster 
Added: 28th February 2009
Views: 5698
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Posted By: Lava1964
Winston Churchill Photograph This famous photo of a defiant and angry-looking Winston Churchill was taken in Ottawa in December 1941 by famed Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. According to Karsh, Churchill was in a foul mood because the photographer had yanked a cigar from the great man's mouth moments before the picture was taken!
Tags: Winston  Churchill  photograph 
Added: 12th August 2008
Views: 1012
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Posted By: Lava1964
A Pittance of Time November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. It is the anniversary of the date in 1918 when the Armistice was signed that ended the First World War. It is a solemn occasion. It is customary for Canadians to pause for two minutes at 11 a.m. to remember those who died in the two world wars, in Korea, and in later conflicts. This video is based on a true incident observed by singer/songwriter Terry Kelly on November 11, 1999. He was in a Nova Scotia drug store that morning. At 11 a.m. everyone in the store paused for two minutes of silence--except for one oblivious man who had a young daughter with him. Kelly channelled his anger into this touching song, A Pittance of Time.
Tags: Terry  Kelly  A  Pittance  of  Time  Remembrance  Day 
Added: 11th November 2008
Views: 820
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Posted By: Lava1964
First World War Casualty Laid To Rest Canada's most famous First World War battle occurred at a French salient known as Vimy Ridge. Heavily defended by veteran German troops, the Canadians brilliantly took the ridge on Easter Sunday, 1917. Some 3,500 Canadians were killed in the action. One's remains were found a few years ago, identified through DNA, and laid to rest in 2007.
Tags: Vimy  Ridge  casualty  First  World  War 
Added: 11th November 2008
Views: 639
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Posted By: Lava1964
Maurice Richard Riot The most shameful incident in Canadian sports history occurred on March 17, 1955. A riot broke out during a Montreal-Detroit NHL game at the Montreal Forum and quickly spread to the streets. The fans were angrily reacting to the suspension of their hero, Maurice Richard. This is a CBC news clip that aired on the 50th anniversary.
Tags: hockey  Maurice  Richard  riot 
Added: 28th November 2008
Views: 1088
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Posted By: Lava1964
Steven Truscott Case 1959 Canada's most famous criminal case of the 20th century revolved around the rape and murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper near Clinton, Ontario in 1959. A schoolmate, 14-year-old Steven Truscott, stood trial, was convicted of murder, and sentenced to hang. The sentence was eventually reduced to life imprisonment. With some doubts lingering over the accuracy of Truscott's conviction, and sympathy because of his age, Truscott was eventually paroled from prison in 1969. He lived for many years in Guelph, Ontario under an assumed name. In 2000 he shed his alias and began to publicly clamor for a new trial. Truscott's conviction was eventually overturned in 2007 because of what the Ontario Court of Appeals perceived as "a miscarriage of justice," though the court did not formally declare him innocent. Truscott was also awarded a $6.5 million settlement by the Province of Ontario. Is Truscott a murderer? Polls generally show Canadians think he is innocent by a 3:1 ratio. However the Harper family, usually forgotten by the media and the Truscott advocates, is convinced of Truscott's guilt. The victim's older brother has publicly called the payment to Truscott a travesty. The news of it seriously affected the health of Lynne's aged father. And little Lynne Harper remains 12 years old forever...
Tags: Lynne  Harper  murder  Steven  Truscott   
Added: 9th December 2008
Views: 2773
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Posted By: Lava1964
Presidential Trivia Let's see how much you Americans know about your presidents. (Remember, you're being quizzed by a Canadian! Okay, I'm a Canadian who specializes in American history.) The questions appear in the comment section.
Tags: presidential  trivia 
Added: 16th December 2008
Views: 695
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Posted By: Lava1964
Canadian Two-Dollar Bill The Bank of Canada stopped printing these in 1997. They were replaced by two-tone two-dollar coins commonly called 'toonies.'
Tags: Canadian  two-dollar  bill 
Added: 17th December 2008
Views: 2999
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Posted By: Lava1964

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