Friday, July 1, 2011


Today is Friday.

Today Kelli left the farm for Kentucky.  She is going to spend some time hammering things, building things, getting very hot and tired.

Today is also Canada day.

For those of you who don't know what Canada Day is, shame on you.

It's a birthday of a nation. Not just any nation.  The nation that brought you hockey, Bob and Doug Mackenzie, Pierre Trudeau, Bryan Adams, Anne Murray, and so many more.

Did you know that the Canadian Flag is made up of a red maple leaf and the colours of red and white? The maple leaf is the national emblem of Canada. The color red was taken from the Saint George's Cross and the color white from the French royal emblem.

How 'bout this?  Canada got its name from an Iroquois word, "Kanata", meaning "village." The people of Canada are called Canadians, not Canucks.  Of course I'm kinda disappointed in the Canucks because they got beat by the Bruins, but that is for another time, another place.

Canada became an independent country in 1867, and we celebrate its birthday on July 1 each year in the same way Americans (or is it Yankees?) celebrate the fourth. We do fireworks, picnics, and other general holiday type activities. 

Canada has a population of more than 31 million people.

The official languages of Canada are English and French. There are many other languages spoken in Canada because of all the different nationalities.

The Constitution Act was signed into law by Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada on April 17, 1982 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Queen Elizabeth's constitutional powers over Canada were not affected by the Act, and she remains Queen and Head of State of Canada. Canada has complete sovereignty as an independent country and the Queen's role as monarch of Canada is separate from her role as the British monarch or the monarch of any of the other Commonwealth realms.

The above paragraph was taken directly from Wikipedia.  I myself have been a little fuzzy about the queen's role since 1982.  I remember all the hoopla, knew that we became independent of Britain,  but was unclear about the queen.

Here's a link to some famous Canadians  Check it out.  You may be surprised by some of the names.

Here are some of my most famous and dear Canadians.

Happy Canada Day!

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