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Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you...... grin

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Ask me ANYTHING about Canada . Come on I dare you...... grin

Post Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:38 pm

Folks :

This is the place to ask that nagging little question about Canada, that you haven't asked yet .

It doesn't have to be about Immigration, or employment. It could be about where we get our summer clothes, or how you find a place for your car to be repaired.

I know that there is a large , but silent group who read this forum ( I can see the numbers you know ) who don't step up and get involved in any of the conversations. NOW is your chance to come into the light and ask me about any subject, to do with Canada.

Jim. B


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:04 pm

Ok, Jim I've tried to rack my brains but couldn't think of much, then I noticed St. Patrick's day is soon upon us and then 23rd March is St. George's day.
Do you celebrate these days over in Canada and if so, to what extent?


Tis the year to be jolly!


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:30 pm

Good ones.

St Patricks is much more widely clebrated here, with big parades in Montreal, and Toronto. Did you know that in the middle 1850' s there were more Irish in Montreal than there were French speakers, due to the Irish potato famine ?

A further fact is that many Irish orphans , whose parents had died on the voyage, were adopted by Quebec French cathoilc families, and some people in Quebec today have French family names but Irish first names, such as Dugald Le Fleur, or Mary Elizabeth Savard, to pay respects to their ancestry. There is a island in the St Lawrence river, east of Montreal, where the ships were held for two weeks, in quarantine, to see who was sick. Thousands of immigrants were buried on Gross Ile , which is a national historic site in Canada.

St George's day is less well clebrated, but there are a number of St George societies in the Toronto area, and they do hold a formal ball, and a number of summer gatherings, to get together and dance and sing.

The United Empire Loyalists were those British people who were forced out of the 13 American colonies, by the rebels. The UEL are still a small but determined group , who maintain their heritage and marks of destinction.

The UEL came to what was then Upper Canada ( now Ontario ) to start a new life, under the British crown. They helped to develop and expand Ontario's frontiers, to the North and West.

Here is one back at you. Who were the Fenian Brotherhood and what did they try to do to Canada, in the period between 1867 and 1872 ?

Jim B.


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:24 pm

hi jim,
I cant answer your question, ( not without googling it ) but here is one for you.... just what is "hamburger helper" we see it at the supermarket all the time but even after reading the packet I cannot figure out what it is or how its meant to help a hamburger ??

Also, when listing to the hocky roundups on the news I get lost with the slang names for the various teams.. and also which teams represent which city or Province is there a directory of some kind?? eg, The Toronto Maple Leafs aka the Leafs.. The Oilers ... Calgary maybe?, The Bruins ... Montreal ? I suppose its a bit like trying to figure out Uk football teams like Spurs or the gunner ( Totenham Hotspur & Arsenal) .


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:32 pm

Hi Stesol :

Long time no see you............

Hamburger Helper is a product that is intended to be added to a pound of hambrger meat, cooked in a frying pan, to create a meal for up to 4 people. It comes in many flavour choices, and it is a complete meal, that only requires adding some water, or milk, depending on the selection that you have bought.

As hambugrer meat can be cooked from frozen, it is a quick meal to prepare, about 20 minutes in most cases. Cook the meat, add the package of noodles, the gravy/flavour mix and the water. Boil and let simer, to absorb the liquid, and serve. There is also a Tuna Helper line , that uses a can of tuna, instead of hamburger.

here is a link to the Hamburger Helper home page

click here "


The National Hockey league has 30 teams, with 5 of them located in cities in Canada, the rest are in the USA. Starting on the east side of Canada ........

Montreal Canadiens. This is their 100th season, and they have won the Stanly Cup a league record 26 times.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, or the " Leafs ". They play at the Air Canada Center, also known as the "Hanger" as in airplanes .

Edmonton Oilers . It is the most northerly major city in Canada, and yes it is in the middle of the "Oil Patch " .

Calgary Flames. They play their home games in "The Saddle Dome " stadium which has a roof that looks like a western horse saddle .

The Vancouver Canucks. They play at GM Place, which is named after General Motors of Canada, a major sponsor of that team. The locals call it "the Garage ".

Canuck is a slang term for a Canadian, but it can be a insult, or a compliment, depending on who says it, and how they say it, and who they say it to ........

Just a few facts about hockey in Canada............

It is our national game, and rightly so, as the first game to be played, with official rules, took place in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1875.

The longest running tv show in Canada, since 1955, is Hockey Night In Canada, broadcast on Saturday night, nation wide, on CBC tv. The theme song is so well known that humming it on a international flight will bring any Canadians round to see you.......

It is a very small town indeed, in Canada , that does not have an indoor hockey arena, where the community gets together to see their kids and adults play the game. If someone says " meet me at the rink " everyone knows where that is......

On the world stage, Canada is a power house in hockey, and it is not unusual for us to have the Olympic Gold in both mens and womens , as well as the world junior , the under 21, the under 18, and the womens world championships , at the same time.

Where else but in Canada would you see 120 teams, from all over the world, come to Plaster Rock, New Brunswick , to play in the "four a side pond hockey world championship " ? Played outdoors, on a frozen lake, and to get to the "final game " takes a whole week of elimination playdowns.

No money, only huge, worldwide bragging rights........

here is a link to the website ....

click here "


Jim B.


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:10 am

hi jim

thanks, great info as usual

Hockey, I also heard of the Bruins... which team is that slang for?


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:33 am

Hi Steve.....Arent they the team from New Brunswick?


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