Oh, Canada. We share a history.
The country was only one-hundred-and-five when I was born. And if I’m lucky (and stop eating potato chips¹), it’ll turn two-hundred when I’m ninety-five.
I was ten when Terry Fox² died, and twenty-seven when we added Nunavut³ as our third territory.
"It's got going to keep going without me" September 1, 1980 - It was a dull day in Northern Ontario when Terry Fox ran…www.terryfox.org
I was three when Environment Canada starting measuring the temperature in Cs instead of Fs.⁴
I was twenty-three when Quebec had a referendum⁵ to separate from the rest of the country, and only eighteen during the Oka Crisis⁶ when the Mohawk people protested the building of a golf course on disputed land.
The Oka Crisis or Oka Resistance was a land dispute between a group of Mohawk people and the town of Oka, Quebec…en.wikipedia.org
I was still in the womb (thirty-three-week-old fetus) when Prime Minister Trudeau⁷ (Justin) was born, and twenty-eight when Prime Minister Trudeau⁸ (Pierre Elliott) died.
Here are some facts about the political career of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the prime minister-designate, and his…www.cbc.ca
When I was twelve, I was enamoured (and humoured) by the federal Rhinoceros Party of Canada⁹ which promised to repeal the law of gravity, and whose slogan was, “We promise to keep none of our promises”.
1. Take Canada off the gold standard, opting instead to use a snow standard to boost the economy. (And then, when…www.macleans.ca
For a few days I was still seventeen when The Northern Pikes released their biggest hit, She Ain’t Pretty (She Just Looks That Way)¹⁰ and twenty when the Kelowna-formed band The Grapes of Wrath¹¹ broke up (the first time).
I was thirty-five when the very first iPhone was released in America¹², beginning the death spiral of RIM, the greatest Canadian tech stock since Nortel (which went bankrupt¹³ at the tail end of me being thirty-six). Research in Motion (RIM), the creators of Blackberry, made their last physical smart phone¹⁴ when I was forty-five.
It will forever be a point of Canadian pride that the BlackBerry made email portable before "smartphone" was even a…globalnews.ca
I was still twenty-six when Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman called in the Canadian military¹⁵ to dig the city out of a snow storm, and only twenty-five when “The Flood of the Century” hit Winnipeg’s Red River¹⁶, which rose over twelve metres (almost 40 feet).
As Environment Canada predicts more snow this week along with temperatures plunging to nearly -20C, Mel Lastman is…www.thestar.com
Can you guess how old I am? (Hint: I’m still younger than Canada.)
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