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Sunday Newsletter 2000-08Su.

August 20, 2000.

We are currently working on a mission statement that will be expressed in this newsletter. In this statement we want to convey to you our intentions, ambitions, goals and standards for this newsletter and Web site venture. We simply want to inform Canadians, and those interested in Canadian facts, stories and tidbits of information, of our heritage and the endless amount of history, current events, and uniquely Canadian stories that can stimulate interest in our country. To use this week's biography as an example, we will not be restricting our scope only to very recent topics but rather to subjects which pertain to Canada's history both before and after Confederation. Enough said on this for now. I hope you enjoy this week's contents.



What Canadian retailer used the advertising slogan, "Where the lowest price is the law, everyday"?



James De Mille

James De Mille (born 167 years ago this Wednesday on August 23, 1833) was not only a professor, teaching history and literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, but also a prolific and popular novelist. He was in fact one of North America's most popular writers of the time. He wrote novels of adventure ("The Dodge Club" in 1859), historical romances ("A Tale of Rome in the First Century" in 1857), and tales of mystery and suspense (being best known for the thriller "The Cryptogram" written in 1871). De Mille also produced two notable series of "books for boys" (one being the BOWC series or "Brethren of the White Cross") in which he avoided much of the hackneyed preaching found in such children's literature during this period. De Mille's imagination ranged furthest in "A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder", from 1888 (and the only one I can get my hands on) -- a story set in a future time when humanity, devoid of inspiring ideas, lapses into conformity.

De Mille died young, at only 46 years, in Halifax on January 28, 1880. His name would assuredly have been more readily remembered if he where to have lived longer, to be included the surge of fiction writing at the turn of the century. That period was made famous by such well known writers as H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- to name but a few that crossed global boundaries.



Sent in from Pamela, one of our original readers, referring to a previous recipe and a quaint remembrance:

"I will have to try the recipe for the Bocconcini pizza -- it sounds good. The cheese info reminds me of a story from when I was studying French at Laval University in Quebec. There was a girl from China in my class and one day the instructor asked her what was one 'North American' food that really 'grossed her out' (that's the best way I can think of putting it) and she said that it was cheese!!!! Imagine that!"

Imagine that indeed. I have not been acquainted with anyone (except lactose intolerant [defined below] folks) who did not like cheese. Perhaps she just had not found the right type for herself. I guess a person new to Canada, coming from a land probably not known for it's cheese history, could not possibly have tried the 150 varieties made here, or the over 950 varieties available world-wide. I'll bet once she tried a pizza, she was hooked!



Above I mentioned "lactose intolerance" Here's some definitions for those of you unfamiliar with the term:

Lactose: A sugar (made up of glucose and galactose) found only in milk and its by-products.

Lactose Intolerance: A disorder, due to a defect or deficiency of the enzyme lactase, resulting in an inability to digest lactose. Some symptoms include bloating, flatulence (I had better watch my milk consumption), abdominal discomfort, nausea, and diarrhoea on ingestion of milk and milk products.



Mount Putnik

A recent newcomer to our newsletter, Biljana, has requested any information on a mountain by the name Putnik. I must admit that my media information and Web searches did not help me out at all on this one, so I contacted Heather Ross at Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa and she was able to provide me the following information:

Province/Territory: Alberta.
Feature type: Mountain.
Location: 19-10-W5.
Latitude and Longitude: 50 39' 00" N and 115 14' 00" W.
NTS Map: 082J11.

The following origin information comes from the publication "Place Names of Alberta, Volume 1, Mountains, Mountain Parks and Foothills" by A. Karamitsanis, University of Calgary Press, 1991:

"Approximately 70 km west of Turner Valley. This mountain, 2940 m in altitude, was officially named in 1918 after Field Marshal Radomir Putnik (1847-1917), a Serbian Army officer, War Minister and Chief of Staff."

I have further researched the Field Marshal and have found that Radomir Putnik, was born at Kraguyevats, Serbia. He began his military career against the Turks in 1876-77 and, after the war against the Bulgarians in 1889, he was appointed deputy chief of the Serbian General Staff. He also held a post on the faculty of the Military Academy. Radomir Putnik was perhaps the most distinguished soldier in Serbia's history. He was a natural strategist and tactician, a rarity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who failed on only one occasion to defeat his country's enemies.



"I didn't know at first that there were two languages in Canada. I just thought that there was one way to speak to my father and another to talk to my mother." --Louis St. Laurent (1882-1973), Canadian Prime Minister.



The Canadian Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had covertly funded a project with the Canadian auto maker Ford for the past five years, whereby the auto maker was installing black boxes in four-wheel drive pick-up trucks in an effort to determine the cause of fatalities in accidents.

They were surprised to find in almost all provinces the last words of drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were, "Oh, Sh*t!" Only the province of Alberta was this result different, where 89.3 percent of the final words were, "Hold my beer and watch this!"



A couple of weeks ago I reported to you a list of Canada's largest corporations. This week I am going to list the top ten employers in descending order of the number of their employees. Once again I will follow this list with a few more well known corporations and their placements. These figures are based on 1999 statistics.

1. George Weston Limited
2. Onex Corporation
3. Nortel Networks Corporation
4. Laidlaw Incorporated
5. Hudson's Bay Company
6. Quebecor Incorporated
7. Magna International Incorporated
8. Bombardier Incorporated
9. BCE Incorporated
10. Royal Bank of Canada

12. Sears Canada Incorporated
13. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
14. Canadian Pacific Limited
16. The Bank of Nova Scotia
19. Bank of Montreal
22. The Toronto-Dominion Bank
23. Canada Safeway
25. General Motors of Canada Limited
26. The Seagram Company Limited
27. Canadian National Railway Company
29. Air Canada
30. Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited
31. Jim Pattison Group
33. BCT.TELUS Communications Incorporated
38. DaimlerChrysler Canada Incorporated
39. McCain Foods Limited
42. The Loewen Group Incorporated
43. Placer Dome Incorporated
45. Maple Leaf Foods Incorporated
46. Rogers Communications Incorporated



From the "Ontario Country Kitchen Cookbook" here is a very simple recipe to take care (or rid oneself) of those mashed potato leftovers:


For every 2 cups (450 ml) cold mashed potato leftovers add:

1/3 cup (75 ml) finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon (5 ml) summer savory
4 tablespoons (60 ml) butter
Garlic can be added if desired.

Mix all the ingredients (except butter) and form into eight balls or round cakes. Melt two of the tablespoons (30 ml) of butter in a skillet large enough to hold all the balls or cakes. Cook potatoes over medium heat, turning gently until browned on all sides and cooked through. Add remaining butter as needed. Allow 25 minutes total cooking time, being careful to keep heat low enough so as not to over-brown the balls. If made into cakes, brown slowly on one side, add more butter. and turn and brown on second side.

Yields four servings for every two cups of mashed potato.



With the Queen Mom in the news lately celebrating her 100th birthday, I thought I would include the following article:

So what do centenarians (those that live to be 100 years old) have in common?

- Handle emotional stress well.
- Do not dwell on issues.
- Live for the day.
- Have a good sense of humour.
- Are adaptable.
- Have a spiritual life.
- And they strive to stay active (no staring at a computer screen 30 hours a week).

This gives validity to the oft spoken saying "everything in moderation".



Many people may answer this question incorrectly, thinking of the former retail giant Eatons. The correct answer would be obvious, however, to those "Z points" collectors out there -- Zellers Stores.


The newsletter continues to get good comments from all that respond which, by themselves, make up for all the research that goes into each week's newsletter. Another requested story to appear in a future issue will be on Laura Secord. In addition we have an avid, transplanted Canadian follower in Korea who is going to contribute a story. So sit back and relax. There is a lot more in store for the near future as FactsCanada.com continues to grow.



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