Baking Banana Bread in Canada

I have an odd preference for unripe bananas. But even if you prefer your bananas to be ripe, I’m sure you sometimes end up with bananas that are too ripe. These can be saved in the freezer for banana bread. Here’s my recipe. Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas (mashed) 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour 1/2 […]

Corb Lund: Canada’s Great Modern Cowboy Musician

I began my love of country music through hearing Corb Lund on CBC. His story songs about horses, ranching, Alberta and military history really struck a chord with me. I’ve seen him live twice now, once at the National Arts Centre and once at the Carp Fair. Both shows were great but he certainly seemed […]

Samuel de Champlain

Samuel de Champlain Birth: 1567-1580 (estimates include 1567, 1570, 1574, 1575, 1580 – only document from childhood is a baptism on August 13, 1574) in Brouage or La Rochelle, France Death: December 25, 1635 in Québec City, New France (aged 61) Profession: explorer, navigator, cartographer, geographer, soldier, diplomat, administrator, chronicler Summary of Great Accomplishment: – […]

La Chasse-galerie: the flying canoe myth of French-Canada

French-Canadian settlers came primarily from the Normandy region of France. As such, they brought Norman myths with them, which themselves descended from ancient Norse myths brought by Viking colonists. The original Germanic myth involves a hunt by supernatural-beings (such as Odin) nowadays called The Wild Hunt. Ordinary people would get sucked into the chaos of […]

Quick Canadiana: The Robertson Screw

Serial inventor P.L Roberston invented a damn good screw. It’s the square-shaped one with tapered edges. Ubiquitous in Canada, it’s rare in the States because he didn’t want to lose control of his product through licensing, unlike Henry Philips who gave up control over his inferior patented Philips cross-shaped design. The square shape prevents the screw driver from slipping out of the hole and also provides leverage for easy screwing with one hand.

The Republics of Canada! A Tale of Alternative Canadian Government Systems

The cliché is that Canada is always a country in the making. Not too long ago, this was literally true as the borders between the rebellious United States and British North America were often questioned and challenged. There was never any guarantee of British supremacy over the colonies with a major competitor like the US […]

Canadian Sniper

Canada has a long and proud tradition of marksmen/sharpshooters/snipers through our brief history, starting with the imperial struggle between the British and French empires in North America. Part 1: The Imperial War (the Seven Years’ War) The clear superiority of European iron and firearms meant aboriginals had to use stealth and ambush attacks to gain […]

Battlefield North America: Defence Scheme No. 1 versus War Plan Red

Canadians and Americans weren’t always the best of friends. From the fractious split of the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 to the American doctrine of Manifest Destiny and the need to expand into the West to British support for the South during the Civil War to the Alaska border dispute, Canada-US relations have […]