Oh, Canada. We share a history.


170701 All-Day Breakfast — Oh, Canada. We share a history. — #261

Canada, eh?

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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).

Can you guess how old I am? (Hint: I’m still younger than Canada.)


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Dutch_Foods
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_(book)
  3. https://www.infoplease.com/well-have-nunavut
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication_in_Canada
  5. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Quebec-referendum-of-1995
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oka_Crisis
  7. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/justin-trudeau/
  8. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/pierre-elliott-trudeau/
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinoceros_Party_of_Canada_(1963%E2%80%9393)
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUT4sS0lsss
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grapes_of_Wrath_(band)
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_iPhone
  13. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/key-dates-in-nortel-networks-history-1.802117
  14. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/04/blackberrys-last-internally-designed-phone-comes-out-at-the-end-of-may/
  15. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto-calls-in-army-to-battle-storm-1.182326
  16. http://globalnews.ca/news/1438743/the-5-worst-floods-in-canadian-history/
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