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Sunday Newsletter 2000-03Su.

July 16, 2000.

Well I am back, and very pleased to report the extremely favourable responses I have received and the great amount of interest from parties to whom you must have forwarded my first two newsletters. So thank-you everyone for your support, and without further delay welcome to issue number three!



Paul Albert Anka.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, on July 30, 1941.

Mr. Anka has sold over 51 million records internationally and has received over 23 citations for writing from BMI (formerly Capitol Records). Paul was invited to the White House on two occasions; in 1967 and 1986. One of the awards from BMI was the Alsac Service Award from the St. Judes's Children's Research Hospital for Leukemia Foundation). Paul Anka also composed the theme music for Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show"! This sold approximately 607 000 copies. As a song writer Paul Anka is known for writing "Diana", "Puppy Love", and "Lonely Boy" all of which sold over 1 million copies; "Put your Head on my Shoulders" and "Having my Baby" sold over two million copies! Paul also received an Academy Award nomination for the theme to "The Longest Day".

Fans can contact Paul at:

10573 W. Pico Boulevard
Box 159
Los Angeles, CA 90064

More information is available through this link.



Having trouble remembering our prime ministers, or do you simply associate better with American presidents due to media attention? Well, here's a list of the prime ministers of Canada:

Sir John A. Macdonald Conservative 1867-1873
Alexander Mackenzie Liberal 1873-1878
Sir John A. Macdonald (2nd term) Conservative 1878-1891
Sir John J.C. Abbott Conservative 1891-1892
Sir John S.D. Thompson Conservative 1892-1894
Sir Mackenzie Bowell Conservative 1894-1896
Sir Charles Tupper Conservative 1896
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Liberal 1896-1911
Sir Robert L. Borden Conservative/Union 1911-1920
Arthur Meighen Conservative/Union 1920-1921
William Lyon Mackenzie King Liberal 1921-1926
Arthur Meighen (2nd term) Conservative/Union 1926
William L.M. King (2nd term) Liberal 1926-1930
R.B. Bennett Conservative 1930-1935
William L.M. King (3rd term) Liberal 1935-1948
Louis St. Laurent Liberal 1948-1957
John G. Diefenbaker Progressive Conservative 1957-1963
Lester B. Pearson Liberal 1963-1968
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Liberal 1968-1979
Joe Clark Progressive Conservative 1979-1980
Pierre Elliott Trudeau (2nd term) Liberal 1980-1984
John Turner Liberal 1984
Brian Mulroney Progressive Conservative 1984-1993
Kim Campbell (1st woman) Progressive Conservative 1993
Jean Chrtien Liberal 1993-Present



July 21st is National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. This day is celebrated by Canada's First Nations people and usually includes a day-long feast.



Beginning July 16 and running through August 20 is a summer recital series consisting of six classical concerts held on consecutive Sunday afternoons. The venue is Cates Hill Chapel located on Trunk Road on BC's Bowen Island. The highlight of this series will be the performance of Shubert's Winterreise on August 6. Cates Hill affords world class acoustics along with the unique setting of being nestled in a west coast rain forest, next to a salmon stream. Adult tickets are only $10 and anyone under 20 is admitted free with an accompanying adult. The concerts begin at 5:30 pm allowing ample time for afternoon shopping, hiking, sailing and a host of other activities. For more info check out the Web site at this link.

Meanwhile if you are in Edmonton on July 22, the Rang Tarang festival of Indian Classical Dance and Music is taking place. This event features seven dancers led by Director Sudha Thakkar of the Manu Kala Mandir Bharatha Natyam dance academy. This is live Carnatic and Hindustani music by T.K. Ramakrishnan. This event is taking place at the Provincial museum auditorium at 12845 102nd Avenue in Edmonton. For more information you can contact shreela@telusplanet.com .



Although there are around 341 species of Hummingbirds (New World family name Trochilidae) in the world, only four species nest in Canada. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is the only species in eastern Canada, while the remaining three, the Black-Chinned Calliope and two versions of the Rufous Hummingbird (Stellula Calliope and Selasphorus Rufous) nest only in Western Canada.

The Hummingbird family has the distinction of having the world's smallest bird; the Bee Hummingbird. All Hummingbirds come in a variety of colours, but the male of the species come in an astonishing number of sizes, shapes, plumage and colours. In flight, the wings of some beat so rapidly they produce a humming sound (hence the name). They get their energy from flower nectar, while small insects provide protein for their growth. The Hummingbird has an astoundingly fast metabolism and can feed on up to 1000 flowers daily, while consuming half its body weight in sugar. During the evening and in periods of bad weather, certain species fall into a semi-conscious state to conserve energy.



"Canada is a collection of ten provinces, with strong governments, loosely connected by fear." —Dave Broadfoot.

Mr. Broadfoot, who was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, was born in North Vancouver, BC, on December 5, 1925. His diversified career defines him as a comedian, actor, director, producer and writer.



Green Gables, Prince Edward Island

This name was given in 1953 to the post office in Cavendish. It was taken from the book Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908 by acclaimed author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The term refers to the green-gabled house now located in Prince Edward Island National Park.



Pabulum -- ahhh, conjures up fond memories of my best childhood meals. But did you know this baby food originated here in Canada? Three concerned physicians (Doctors Theodore Drake, Alan Brown and Frederick Tisdall) working at Toronto's HSC (Hospital for Sick Children) are responsible for concocting the breakfast cereal that has since become a household name to all Canadian parents. They came up with an idea for this pre-cooked, vitamin enriched cereal in the late 1920s. After scrapping the original idea of infusing all the nutrients into a soft biscuit, they came up with a product not to different than what is manufactured today. Pabulum was first marketed by Mead Johnson in 1930 and its name is derived from "pabulum", the Greek word for food.



Thanks very much to Pamela, one of our readers, for this week's joke.

An American decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. For his first chapter he decided to write about famous Canadian cathedrals. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Halifax, thinking that he would work his way across the country from east to west. On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read "$10 000 per call".

The American, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10 000 you could talk to God. The American thanked the priest and went along his way.

Next stop was in Montreal. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Halifax and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10 000 he could talk to God. "OK, thank-you", said the American.

He then travelled to Toronto, London, Winnipeg, Flin Flon, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Kelowna and in every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same "$10 000 per call" sign under it.

Finally, the American arrived in Vancouver, and again, there was same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read "10 cents per call." The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. "Father, I've travelled all over Canada and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to heaven, but in all the other provinces the price was $10 000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?"

The priest smiled and answered, "You're in Vancouver now son. It's a local call".



Soupe aux pois a l'Habitant (Pea soup, Habitant style).

Take 450 grams of whole dried yellow peas, and soak in cold water for 12 hours with a half teaspoon of baking soda. Rinse the peas well and place into a pot with 3 1/2 liters of fresh, clean, cold water and 225 grams of salt pork. Bring to a boil, skim well, then add 125 ml of diced carrots and turnips and one small to medium chopped white onion. Let simmer for four hours and add a small quantity of salt and pepper to taste. Various fresh chopped herbs can also be added at the cook's discretion. Serve unstrained. This is sufficient for four.


That's it for another week. I was afraid I was going to run out of material within a few weeks, but I'm actually having to take stuff out to make sure these messages are not too long. Thanks for your time, and if you're not getting this from me directly, feel free to contact me at tashakat@home.com and I'll be happy to add you to my distribution list. Bye for now.




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