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Today is the One hundredth Anniversary

The Halifax Explosion. Previously. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has some good links. Another previously.
posted by Bee'sWing on Dec 6, 2017 - 18 comments

"To the victims of the purge...

...who were surveilled, interrogated, and abused; who were forced to turn on their friends and colleagues; who lost wages and lost health and lost loved ones - we betrayed you. And we are so sorry." Today, Canada's prime minister delivered an apology to LGBTQ2 members of the Canadian civil service and military whom the government attempted to purge between the 1950s and 1990s and to people who were criminally convicted for same-sex acts in the years when they were illegal. This included introducing legislation to expunge their criminal records. In addition to the apology, a settlement with the victims of the purge was also announced today. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Nov 28, 2017 - 20 comments

Then they all say sorry a lot

The Martians Claim Canada - a short satire of settler-colonialism written and illustrated by Margaret Atwood.
posted by Rumple on Nov 27, 2017 - 10 comments

Sports, eh?

One hundred years ago today, the National Hockey League was formed. With 5 of 6 owners of the National Hockey Association forming the new league, it was obvious what its purpose was: Meanwhile, right now in Ottawa, the 105th Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League championship, is turning into a bit of a snow bowl. Watch it if you can.
posted by clawsoon on Nov 26, 2017 - 28 comments

Good news, everyone!

Dave Pell (Managing Editor, the Internet) has produced a special edition of his newsletter: the reader-supplied NextDraft Good News Only Pre-Thanksgiving Extravaganza. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 22, 2017 - 5 comments

Pointy Water

The Icicle Atlas contains more than 230,000 images of icicles (plus 3D models, time lapse movies and time-series data) on 237 icicles made at the University of Toronto over a five year period. [Via Ottawa Citizen] The atlas is the end product of a quest to determine why icicles form ripples.
posted by Mitheral on Nov 22, 2017 - 8 comments

ice + ice = baby

They were once Olympic rivals — one the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team, the other the captain of Canada's women's hockey team. But now Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette are celebrating the birth of their daughter. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Nov 20, 2017 - 33 comments

Unleashing grumpy-old-man Skynet on the academic world

Tabatha Southey asks: Is Jordan Peterson the stupid man’s smart person?
posted by scruss on Nov 18, 2017 - 106 comments

This might be the most Nova Scotian thing you've ever seen.

A 24-hour live stream of donair. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by anem0ne on Nov 15, 2017 - 32 comments

From and to "The Place that Looks Like a Caribou".

A three-metre-tall polar bear stood in the doorway. It walked up to her, put its snowshoe-sized paw on her pregnant belly, and began to speak: ‘If it’s a boy, you name it after me.’ . . . When Alice gave birth to a son two weeks later, she gave him two names. The first was Mangilaluk. The second was Bernard.
A new all-season highway opens tomorrow, which will be the first road to connect Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik, in Canada's far North. It is already informally being called "Bernard's Highway". Nadim Roberts tells the harrowing life story of Mangilaluk / Bernard.
posted by Rumple on Nov 14, 2017 - 14 comments

Canada’s Most Memorable (English) TV Thing: Round of 64

I’ll get straight to the point: you know what hasn’t been done before? A public vote, in the digital age, to see what is the most memorable piece of Canadian television. You know what we’re going to do? That. Right now.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Nov 13, 2017 - 225 comments

Lest we forget

For Remembrance Day: Although not subject to conscription, many Aboriginal men and women signed up to fight for Canada in the World Wars. Some escaped from the horrors of residential schools to the horrors of the battlefield. Although many experienced equal treatment on the front, upon return they were denied the same benefits and recognition as their non-Aboriginal comrades. Photographer Zehra Rizvi interviews three surviving Aboriginal WWII veterans (and the late Henry Beaudry, who died last year at 95). [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Nov 11, 2017 - 5 comments

The end of cheap postal rates from China to Canada

Ever wondered why it's so cheap to ship small stuff on the slow boat from China? It's due to an international agency that "sets prices based on factors such as national income. The cost of sending mail from China to Canada was set at a low amount years ago, long before the advent of e-commerce and China's emergence as a major economic force." That will start to change in 2018.
posted by clawsoon on Nov 10, 2017 - 26 comments

"End the scourge"

A couple of Halloweens ago, Tristin Hopper, a columnist for the National Post, recorded a video condemning , a Halloween candy that is fairly ubiquitous - and controversial - in Canada. This year, just in time for Halloween, the Post republished the video alongside a column by Hopper, entitled "End the scourge: This Halloween, only the righteous can stop the Kerr’s Molasses Kiss." A war of words has ensued between Hopper and Kerr's Candy, which has refused to take the criticism of their confection lying down, taking to social media to defend their product. It may be an uphill battle. In 2016, the CBC surveyed viewers on Halloween candy, with the molasses kiss ranking dead last.
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Oct 31, 2017 - 65 comments

Remoteness, clean air, cameraderie, and making money

An Acclaimed War Photographer Turns Her Lens on Canada’s Tree Planters
posted by jacquilynne on Oct 24, 2017 - 18 comments

“Do not take anything for granted. Not even words.”

In February, Toronto imam Ayman Elkasrawy was accused of hate-preaching against Jews. He was condemned by many, including members of his own faith. In the aftermath, he reached out to the local Jewish community to educate himself and learn from his mistakes. Still, a key question remained unanswered: did he really say what he was accused of saying?
posted by zarq on Oct 22, 2017 - 20 comments

Some days you are the moose, some days you are the wolf

Northern Ontario Moose vs Wolf. It begins with a serene autumn scene of a Moose standing alone in a still Northern Lake.
posted by saucysault on Oct 21, 2017 - 60 comments

I took the one less traveled by / And that has made all the difference

While Google Street View may have made it easy to see the world from a roadway (also, also), as well as other selected locations, allowing some people to curate artistic and fascinating vistas from the automated panoramas, since 1999 Untraveled road allows travelers to document scenic views themselves and identify must-see locations for fellow travelers. While focused on the United States and more specifically National Parks and Monuments, as well as US highways, Canada, England and Italy are also represented. If you don't know where to start, check out locations popular today.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 19, 2017 - 6 comments

Gord Downie 1964-2017

Promise me, promise me,
They bury me some place I don't want to be,
You'll dig me up and transport me, unceremoniously,
Away from the swollen city-breeze, garbage bag trees,
Whispers of disease and the acts of enormity
And lower me slowly, sadly and properly
Get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy

Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip, has died.
posted by GuyZero on Oct 18, 2017 - 159 comments

Canoe odysseys

Nine rivers. Lake of the Woods to Arctic Ocean. Gulf of Mexico to Arctic Ocean. Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean. 28,000 miles around and across North America. Highlights: "Our first big river, the kind that we dream about in wintertime." A bear and a wolf, playing. Maps. "Beautiful glass days on the lake." Lowlights: Bugs. Bugs. Ice. So many bugs.
posted by clawsoon on Oct 11, 2017 - 12 comments

Go home baby pandas / you are drunk

In 2003, scientists from Zoo Atlanta, Chengdu, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding published a study that described trends in the behavior of giant panda cubs. Among other findings, this study confirmed that falling was a normal and expected part of the play of the giant panda cubs being reared by their mother. [...] In celebration of our giant panda cubs second birthday on October 13, we at the Toronto Zoo wanted to show you just how promising the development of Canada’s first giant panda cubs has been over the last 24 months. It’s a bunch of baby pandas falling on their little baby panda baby butts! [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 11, 2017 - 33 comments

From Lorne and Gwendoline to Zainab and Linden

The most Canadian names, decade-by-decade. Bonus: The most loved Canadian books. The most loved Canadian movies. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Oct 9, 2017 - 31 comments

The Energy East pipeline is dead

The planned tarsands-transporting pipeline was canceled on Thursday after the National Energy Board of Canada insisted on "assessment of greenhouse gases generated by the fossil fuels to be transported in the pipeline".
posted by clawsoon on Oct 7, 2017 - 33 comments


The Canadian government has announced a new cultural policy, of which the centrepiece is Netflix. The policy has been attacked as being only a sweet deal for Netflix and - in its call "for developing the business, technology and entrepreneurial skills of Canadian artists and creators" - a profound misunderstanding of the place of art and culture in our society.
posted by clawsoon on Oct 4, 2017 - 21 comments

Orange you glad I didn't say leadership race?

The New Democratic Party of Canada - descended from the socialist CCF - is about to choose a new leader, after more than a year of campaigning. Policies on offer include universal basic income, a worker cooperative option for closing businesses, a national carbon budget, mixed-member proportional representation, recognition of the distinct need of Aboriginal people in the justice system, legalization of all drugs, and more. Four candidates - Jagmeet Singh, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron and Niki Ashton - remain in the race. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Sep 30, 2017 - 45 comments

Drunk canoeing may soon be legal in Canada

...which isn’t sitting well with the Canadian Safe Boating Council. The law has long been a sore point among drunken Canadian canoeists, who enjoy their cabrewing.
posted by clawsoon on Sep 28, 2017 - 61 comments

All the colours of Canadian parks

To to mark Canada's 150th anniversary (previously), Jana Dempsey, who created Hand Maiden Fine Yarns in Halifax, made a collection of yarns dyed in the colours of 13 national parks across Canada [Facebook], one for every province and territory.... Dempsey said the idea for the yarn collection grew out of her love for camping and knitting while camping. To pick the colours, she and her staff highlighted features of each park and chose the different yarns' hues based on that. (CBC.ca)
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 26, 2017 - 12 comments

Angry about "Sandwich au fromage fondant"? Send a courriel about it.

BBC: "...the Canadian province of Quebec has relaxed its guidelines around some common 'anglicisms'." The Register: "Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban. It's for the grater good." The Globe and Mail: "...the agency gives the green light to technical words from English such as mayday and humidex, along with bluegrass and haggis." CBC News: "...and mot-clic as an alternative to hashtag." National Post: "And tennis players can take satisfaction from a well hit “smash” after the Office acknowledged that its recommended replacement - “coup d’écrasement” - just hasn’t caught on." Fromages Du Quebec, cheeses of Quebec, Best Quebec Cheeses, On the Quebec cheese trail, and Cheeses from Quebec. [previously]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 21, 2017 - 42 comments

Muskoka mystery

Nearly 20 years ago, four seniors vanished in Ontario's cottage country. Now, a joint investigation by and The Walrus magazine into recently unsealed documents offers new insight into one of Canada's most notorious cold cases. [Disturbing content]
posted by figurant on Sep 15, 2017 - 7 comments

“Nobody likes this job,” she says in hesitant English. “But the money.”

Under Cover in Temp Nation by Sara Mojtehedzadeh and Brendan Kennedy [The Toronto Star] “There are two dozen of us crowded around a conveyor belt, bodies twisting to snatch dough off the line. The floor is strewn with raw pastries that seem to accumulate faster than anyone can sweep them up. They collect in bloated masses at our feet. It is my first day as a temp at Fiera Foods, an industrial bakery that reeks of yeast and is alive with the constant drone of machinery. We are forming and packing raw, circular pastry dough into wet plastic trays — a shoulder-crunching task called pinching. These may well be the croissants you eat for breakfast. Supervisors shout at us to wake up. They shout at us to move faster, pinch nicer, work harder. No one talks through the noise and exhaustion. The factory relies heavily on temporary help agency workers. Its health and safety record is checkered; three temps have died here or at Fiera’s affiliated companies since 1999. Across the province, more and more people are relying on temp agencies to find work. When they do, statistics show they are more likely to get hurt on the job. I am undercover to investigate why.”
posted by Fizz on Sep 11, 2017 - 17 comments

There Is Power In A Union

Happy Labor Day USA! The holiday came about due to the 1894 Pullman Strike and Boycott in which national guardmen shot into a crowd and killed 4. Today, thousands take to the streets to demand higher wages (Twitter moment) as McDonalds workers in the U.K. enact their first ever strike. Canada wants the USA to get rid of union-breaking 'Right-To-Work' laws as part of NAFTA talks and the People's Policy Project (previously) presents a simple bill to pre-empt any Right-To-Work action. Also, was there a strike in space in 1973?
posted by The Whelk on Sep 4, 2017 - 21 comments

Thirty years and still dooting

Doot! Doot! The One and Literally Only Nardwuar: He calls himself the Human Serviette. We call him one of the brightest, weirdest stars in the world of CanCon. His show, Nardwuar the Human Serviette (previously), has been airing on CiTR 101.9 FM since 1987. To mark the show's 30th anniversary, the station will be broadcasting a 20-hour marathon of Nardwuar’s interviews ("ranging from Jay-Z to Michael Gorbachev, from Destiny's Child to Wesley Willis to everything in between") starting at 9:00 p.m. on September 21 until 5:00 p.m. on September 22. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Sep 2, 2017 - 22 comments

The Crow's Nest

"Navigating the steep staircase and walking down to the rocks that guard the harbour of St. John’s, it is still possible to see the rusted remnants of the vast wire anti-submarine nets that once guarded the narrows. Its a small reminder of the vital battle that once stretched across the Atlantic, that kept Britain from being forced into starvation, and would eventually bring supplies for D-Day. And overlooking the entrance to the harbour, is an anonymous brick building with a German periscope on the roof, that might be the most remarkable, secret bar you might hope to find."
posted by bryon on Sep 2, 2017 - 6 comments

The Rebel is in full meltdown mode.

Inside Rebel Media by Richard Warnica [The National Post] “Levant, who is 45 years old, founded The Rebel Media from the ashes of Sun News Network in 2015. In the two-plus years since, he has built it from a tiny niche website operating out of his home into a global brand with correspondents on three continents and a footprint in major controversies around the world. The site is a natural climax for Levant’s checkered career. It presents a seamless mix of far-right activism and commentary, the same two-feet-in-two-ponds balance Levant has managed himself for decades. But The Rebel is also something decidedly new. It represents an evolutionary leap for Levant. Free from the limits of broadcasters, of publishers and parties, his already unfettered id is now truly boundless. Levant can say whatever he wants, to whomever he wants, in whatever way he decides. He has the freedom to deride climate science, to embrace Donald Trump, to attack George Soros. He can indulge any conspiracy. Attack any foe.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Aug 31, 2017 - 35 comments

The Tax Shelter Era

In 1974, in order to boost the Canadian film industry, the Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) was increased to 100%. This meant that as long as their productions met a number of standards that made it “Canadian”, investors could deduct 100% of their investment from their taxable income. Thus began the Tax Shelter Era (1975-1982) of Canadian film. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Aug 27, 2017 - 19 comments

Put on a bunnyhug and get off the chesterfield!

The Canadian Language Survey results are in! And “Even in other places that have no obvious reason to talk differently, Canadians have developed strong regionalisms.” Toque, Pencil crayons, garburator, oh my!
posted by blue_beetle on Aug 24, 2017 - 114 comments

Hit that bell down below!

This time of year everyone on youtube has a dumb back to school hack to sell you. Cristine of SimplyNailogical has responded.
posted by phunniemee on Aug 19, 2017 - 7 comments

Emotion: Side C

Cold to the Touch is a synth-inflected summer single from Ralph, who released a self-titled EP, her first, earlier this year. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on Aug 18, 2017 - 6 comments


A Dinosaur So Well Preserved It Looks Like a Statue [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Aug 3, 2017 - 29 comments

‘The whole experience was horrifying,’

Cable giants step up piracy battle by interrogating Montreal software developer and searching his home: According to court documents, the group stayed for 16 hours and the plaintiffs' lawyer and independent counsel interrogated Lackman for more than nine hours. He was given a break for dinner and to speak to his lawyer, who was present. Lackman was "not permitted to refuse to answer questions" and his lawyer wasn't permitted to counsel him in his answers. "Any time I would question the process, they would threaten me with contempt of court proceedings," says Lackman.
posted by crazy with stars on Aug 2, 2017 - 12 comments

Ma mère me l’a dit "I can smell burnt toast!" to get her baskets back.

Rebecca and Jim are really, really into Heritage Minutes. Follow along on their website or Instagram as they roadtrip around Canada visiting various sites related to these 87 little slices of Canadiana.
posted by jacquilynne on Jul 28, 2017 - 17 comments

Aww Josh! What is that?

We've talked about Justin Trudeau. We've talked about The West Wing Weekly. But have we talked about Justin Trudeau on The West Wing Weekly? [JT segment starts at 45:04] [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jul 26, 2017 - 25 comments

The Thing in the Woods

In 1962 woodsman David McPherson Sr. found himself deep in the forest of Lutes Mountain, some 15 kilometres west of Moncton, N.B., staring upwards at a 181-kilogram white box with cameras and hanging from a tree by a deteriorated parachute. What began as a day of scouting timber would turn into the mystery of "the thing in the woods" that would stay with his family for the next 55 years.
posted by twilightlost on Jul 25, 2017 - 25 comments

Who's a good dog? / Qui est un bon chien?

On Wednesday, the premiers of Canada's provinces, gathered for a meeting, held a press conference at the Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton. They were upstaged by Smudge, the hotel's "Canine Ambassador," who decided to photobomb the press conference. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jul 22, 2017 - 21 comments

"I only think about the next mile"

"Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg into the ocean at St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, just before setting out to run across Canada, to raise money for cancer research. During those early days of his Marathon of Hope, as he covered the equivalent of a marathon a day, very few people knew of the 21-year-old from Port Coquitlam, B.C. But through the spring and summer of 1980, Fox captivated the nation with his display of will and strength." This is that story in the words of people who were there.
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jul 20, 2017 - 19 comments

So you guys aren't terrorists?

Basement Reels, a Canadian-based group making ~5min short films, both serious and silly, tailored to the Tamil diaspora community. (via tamilculture.com) [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Jul 19, 2017 - 3 comments

The old goose was coming loose...

People who have driven the Trans-Canada Highway through Northwestern Ontario are more than likely acquainted with the Wawa Goose, a roadside attraction located in the town of Wawa. But recently, it became apparent that the steel goose - which replaced a plaster version in 1963 - was deteriorating. After a successful fundraising campaign to help pay for the fabrication of a replacement, the town unveiled its new goose on Canada Day. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jul 18, 2017 - 50 comments

The following is an actual legal dispute. Like, for real.

In which Canadian rapper B. Rich delivers the world's first C&D order in the form of a rap video. To Coca-Cola.
posted by Shepherd on Jul 12, 2017 - 20 comments

Quilt of Belonging

The people of Canada come from many different backgrounds. Quilt of Belonging is a collaborative work of art whose mission is to recognize Canada’s diversity, celebrate our common humanity and promote harmony and compassion among people. [more inside]
posted by Multicellular Exothermic on Jul 11, 2017 - 5 comments

Who let the dogs go to the dogs?

Toronto has a new dog fountain. It's a fountain with dogs. Would you like to see some more dogs in the fountain?
posted by jacquilynne on Jul 8, 2017 - 49 comments

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