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Sunday Newsletter 2000-02Su.

July 9, 2000.

I am sending this e-mail to help satisfy my urge to accumulate information, statistics, little-known facts and such. I hope to be able to provide you with some interesting, short reads on a number of subjects including biographies, quotes, trivia, and geography that pertain to Canadians and the Canadian way of life. I will even be dabbling with cooking and recipes that qualify as Canadian fare!

I find there are so many newsletters and Web sites that are dedicated to American information. What I want to do is send out an e-mail so you could receive little tidbits and teasers on a variety of the facts mentioned above that have a distinctively Canadian flavour. I hope my attempt brings you a little information of which you may have been unaware. This is an amazing country we live in with a lot of hidden stories that should be known by all.



Captain (N) Marc Garneau

Born: February 23, 1949, Quebec City, Quebec.

Retired: April 5, 1989.

Education: Primary and Secondary schools in Quebec City, St-Jean, Quebec, and London, England. 1970, received Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Royal Military College of Kingston. 1973, received a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England. 1982-1983, attended Canadian Forces Command and Staff College of Toronto.

Career highlights: Navy experience -- Combat Systems Engineer aboard HMCS Algonquin, 1974-76. Promoted to Commander in 1982, to Captain in 1986. Retired from navy in 1989 to officially join the Canadian Astronaut Program.

Interests: Flying, scuba diving, squash, tennis, car mechanics, and home repairs.

Training: Selected astronaut in 1983. Began training in February, 1984. Chosen to be first Canadian in space March 1984.

Previous mission: Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle Mission 41-G aboard Challenger October 6-13, 1984, conducting CANEX group of Canadian experiments. Flew again as Payload Specialist during mission STS-77 in May of 1996.

Message: "Believe in yourself and dare to stretch ten percent beyond what you believe is your limit. You will be surprised, and once you have surpassed your own expectations, you won't ever settle for less than your best."


Canadian Space Agency
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St-Hubert, Qubec
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Swedes to Return Canadian Totem Pole

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- A 124-year-old totem pole brought to Sweden from Canada in the 1920s will be returned to its original indigenous owners, a Swedish museum said Tuesday.

The Haisla Nation erected the 30-foot totem pole in 1876 on a piece of land in the Kitlope lake in northwestern Canada to honour their spirit Tsoda for saving the tribe from a smallpox epidemic.

The totem pole disappeared from the region in the 1920s after then-Swedish consul, Olof Hansson, took possession of it under mysterious circumstances and donated it to the Stockholm Ethnographic Museum, said Palaemona Moerner of the Vancouver-based environmental group Ecotrust Canada, which is helping the tribe retrieve the totem pole.

After an extensive search, the tribe eventually located the totem pole and demanded its return, claiming it was stolen. Hansson has died and Moerner declined to comment.

The museum contacted the government, which in 1994 decided the totem pole should be returned as a gift provided it remain indoors and be properly cared for. Environmental groups have helped the tribe raise funds for the project, and they are now ready to bring the pole home, Moerner said.

The totem pole will be presented to the tribe at a ceremony in Kitimat, British Columbia, in August. The tribe will send a replica of it to Sweden.



Vancouver's Hastings Street perpetuates the name of Hastings Townsite, named by the provincial government in the 1860s after Rear-Admiral, the Honourable George Fowler Hastings (1814-1876), Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station, 1866-1869. By the time Lauchlan Alexander Hamilton (Land Commissioner for which Vancouver's Hamilton Street is named) appointed the street in 1886, Hastings was a well-developed road between Granville and Hastings Townsites.



Eight leading causes of death in Canada:

1. Cancer.
2. Heart disease.
3. Cerebrovascular disease.*
4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.**
5. Accidents and adverse effects.
6. Pneumonia and influenza.
7. Diabetes.
8. Suicide.

* -- Also known as Cerebrovascular Accident or CVA. Abnormal condition in which hemorrhage or blockage of the blood vessels of the brain leads to lack of oxygen and resulting symptoms; sudden loss of ability to move a body part (as an arm or parts of the face) or to speak, paralysis, weakness, or, if severe, death. Usually only one side of the body is affected. Physical therapy and speech therapy can result in some degree of recovery. Also called a stroke.

** -- Medically abbreviated as COPD. General term for chronic, non-reversible lung disease that is usually a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Patients have often been heavy smokers. Treatment is with bronchodilators, corti-costeroids, and antibiotics, when necessary. Oxygen may be helpful in advanced cases.



Some people need not worry about their monthly mortgage or annual taxes (which we just had to pay for the first time since purchasing our home last November). Case in point is Chris Anderson, CEO of Image Media Inc., who just purchased the most expensive non-commercial property in Whistler, BC. What was it worth you ask? A cool $7.9 million for the three-year-old house known as "Akasha". This name is loosely translated from the Sanskrit dialect to "a place that holds records of knowledge both past and present". Highlights of this home include a 428-year-old cedar tree (felled in the Queen Charlotte Islands) which is situated in the centre of the house, a chandelier which was made of two dozen elk antlers (collected by Boy Scouts and assembled by a local artist), everyone's favourite, the heated floors, and, of course, an indoor pool with a 22 karat gold and glass mosaic border. I wonder if Chris is wired up for Internet service?



Here's a Canadian word I just found. I have heard it used many times and did not realize it's Canadian origin:
Kibosh (-i-) n. in Canada, sl. nonsense. -- to put the kibosh on, silence; get rid of; defeat. (Collins Gem English Dictionary, 1974, p. 285).



"Now I know you didn't come from Medicine Hat." --Humphrey Bogart, American actor, after kissing Mary Astor in the Hollywood film "Across the Pacific" (1942).



Canadian Blackberry Fizz (particularly enjoyable in the summer [if you're getting it in your part of the country] but can still be served up all year 'round).

1 Ounce Canadian whiskey
1/4 ounce Blackberry brandy
1/2 tsp. bar sugar
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
2 ounces Club Soda

Shake whiskey, brandy, sugar and lemon juice with ice. Strain into a tall glass filled the crushed ice. Top with Club Soda and garnish with lemon slice.


Well that's it. Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did researching and putting it together. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you feel may enjoy it, whether they be a Canadian or not, living here, in the USA or further abroad. Anyone not already getting this directly from me can just e-mail me at tashakat@home.com to ask to be added to my distribution list. Thanks to everyone.

John MacDonald.



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