Happy Canada Day

By PatD, a Trail Mix Contributor

To our trail friends to the north, have a happy day. A sing-along just for you with all four verses.

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  1. Published on Feb 10, 2017

    The official launch video for 150 Years of Awesome Canada

  2. Ô Canada!
    Terre de nos aïeux,
    Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
    Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
    Il sait porter la croix!
    Ton histoire est une épopée
    Des plus brillants exploits.
    Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
    Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
    Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

  3. however….
    from indian country:
    Canada 150: Not the First Celebration To Spark Controversy
    Indigenous leaders have called the events a ‘celebration of colonialism’
    Matthew Hayday • June 29, 2017

    Canada Day is poised to be the high point of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Ottawa is in Party Central mode, with guests including Prince Charles, Bono and The Edge of U2 and a host of Canadian performers including Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Cirque de Soleil. But there has been a vocal debate across the country about how celebratory Canada 150 events should be — and even whether it should be celebrated at all.

    Indigenous leaders have called the events a “celebration of colonialism.” A clever designer has been marketing T-shirts with an inverted Canada 150 logo over the words Colonialism 150. On Twitter, hashtags like #Resist150 and #Unsettle150 connect posts calling the celebrations into question. The @canada1504sale account draws attention to how corporations are trying to profit from patriotism.


    On Indigenous issues, the change in messaging has been dramatic. In 1965, First Nations were represented by tartan-clad, bagpipe-playing teenaged Indigenous girls from a British Columbia residential school. By the 1990s, this had changed to rock and pop artists who performed in the Innu-aimun (Montagnais) language or Inuktitut. It was a major shift from a message of forced assimilation to one encouraging revitalisation of Indigenous languages.

    The laudatory ways that Canada is celebrated in official speeches on a Parliament Hill stage on Canada Day may mask ongoing deep problems in our society. But these events can also signal key symbolic shifts from the past, and possibilities of change in the future. It’s commonplace to dismiss Canada as a relatively young country by global standards. However, 150 years of a stable, democratic, multinational federation is nothing to sneeze at.

  4. Oh Canada, terre de nos aieux ….

    Ha, as a kid I only knew the French version because I would listen to Radio-Canada’s broadcast of the Montreal Canadiens’ games ( 1970s. ) It came in better than the English station.

    Shout out to the late singer/songwriter Stan Rogers. Northwest Passage is haunting, beautiful.

    Sat in the second row at a Gordon Lightfoot concert, May 1979. His band was a hoot, great with the audience. Adore the 1967 version of Canadian Railroad Trilogy: his guitar work was at its peak.



  5. I saw old Gordie Light of foot sometime between 2000 and 2002……not my kind of stuff but hehe’s a good performer and it was a good show…..

  6. Guy on Imus the other day has written the story of Sgt. Barry Sadler……a good story about a life gone from Number One Hit Song on the Hit Parade in 1966 then thru Nashville, Tucson, and Hollywood, to Guatemala where he expired of a gunshot wound to the Cabeza.

    It seems that there was no one in his life ever to properly explain to him that he couldn’t really sing, dance, or act.

  7. Well happy day to Canada!

    Unfortunately in what many call the worlds greatest sporting event (hotly debated by all other sports of course), the Tour de France, which starts today, and there are no Canadians riding this year.

    And for a bit of irony, a major study was just released that concluded that the performance enhancing substance that Lance Armstrong used and lost his seven Tour de France titles, reputation and career over does nothing to improve athletic performance.

    So happy Canada Day and good luck to all the cyclists starting in Düsseldorf today for three weeks of cycling.


  8. rocky’s Girlfriend: Why do you Box?

    Rocky: Because I can’t sing or dance…….

  9. Besides…..everyone knows that the World’s greatest sporting event is the Calgary Stampede……..

  10. sjwny, for you.  thanks for telling us about it, good history lesson as well as haunting song.

    Published on May 7, 2014

    Stanley Allison “Stan” Rogers (1949–1983) is one of Canada’s most highly regarded and fondly remembered folk singers and songwriters. Rogers was noted for his rich, baritone voice and his finely crafted, traditional-sounding songs frequently inspired by Canadian history and the daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing villages of the Maritime provinces and, later, the farms of the Canadian prairies and Great Lakes. Rogers died in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 on the ground at the Greater Cincinnati Airport at the age of 33. His influence on Canadian folk music has been deep and lasting.

    Franklin Expedition

    In 1845, a two-ship expedition led by Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) sailed to the Canadian Arctic to chart the last unknown swaths of the Northwest Passage. Confidence was high, given there was less than 500 km (310 mi) of unexplored Arctic mainland coast by then. When the ships failed to return, search parties explored the Canadian Arctic, resulting in a thorough charting of the region along with a possible passage. Many artifacts from the expedition were found over the next century and a half, including notes that the ships were ice-locked in 1846 near King William Island, about half way through the passage, unable to break free. Franklin died in 1847 and Captain Francis Rawdon Moira Crozier took over command. In 1848, the expedition abandoned ships and tried to escape south across the tundra by sledge. Although some of the crew may not have died until the early 1850s, no evidence has ever been found of any survivors.

    Starvation, exposure and scurvy all contributed to the deaths. In 1981, an anthropologist from the University of Alberta examined remains from sites associated with the expedition. Examination of tissue and bone from the frozen bodies of three seamen exhumed from the permafrost of Beechey Island revealed high concentrations of lead in all three bodies (the expedition carried 8,000 tins of food sealed with a lead-based solder). Further research has suggested botulism also caused deaths among crew members. Evidence also confirms that cannibalism was a last resort for some of the crew. Included in this video is a map and summary slide of the known and surmised routes of the Franklin Expedition and locations where remains (as indicators of the crews’ escape route) have been discovered. Note that Stan Rogers’ “brave Kelso” is in reference to Henry Kelsey (1667-1724), the first known European to have explored Canada’s Great Plains.

  11. Another exploration on the fabled Northwest Passage by master of historical fiction, Kenneth Roberts

    Northwest Passage is an historical novel by Kenneth Roberts, published in 1937. Told through the eyes of primary character Langdon Towne, much of the novel follows the exploits and character of Robert Rogers, the leader of Rogers’ Rangers, who were a colonial force fighting with the British during the French and Indian War.

  12. Pretty sure it’s that book, or perhaps Rabble in Arms, which contains the finest recipe ever for hot buttered rum.

  13. From some guy on the internets:

    I had always heard about Hot Buttered Rum and thought it sounded like the perfect cold weather drink. Well, I finally ordered one and much to my surprise and dismay, it was made with mostly hot water, sugar, rum and enough butter to coat the backside of your teeth! Yeech… My curiosity having been satisfied, I never ordered another. However…
    Being a voracious reader, I was re-reading Kenneth Roberts’ “Northwest Passage”… I stopped dead in mid-paragraph, and marveled that I had seemingly rediscovered the original colonial recipe for the legendary drink! No hot water, no sugar, just natural cider and rum with a bit of butter. Hummm… In the book, they were making the brew in a kettle outdoors and heating the concoction by stirring the pot with a hot poker heated in the fire.

  14. Happy 150th Canada Day to Tylenol, eh.

    (SCTV -Some of the best stuff ever produced.)



    *Lack of sleep reduces the dumping of beta-amaloids which happens during deep sleep.  This leads to early dementia.

    Which country’s prez is up all night tweeting???

  15. sturge & sjwny, both the stan rogers and gordon lightfoot songs of maritime mishaps are haunting poetry.  good example is the fifth stanza of the “wreck of the edmund fitzgerald”

    Does any one know where the love of God goes
    When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
    The searches all say they’d have made Whitefish Bay
    If they’d put fifteen more miles behind her
    They might have split up or they might have capsized
    They may have broke deep and took water
    And all that remains is the faces and the names
    Of the wives and the sons and the daughters

  16. lest we forget that great canadian red green,

    the Possum Lodge oath `Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati` (When all else fails, play dead), salute

    and the man’s prayer

  17. LeTour has begun – a prologue individual time trial in the rain. Welcome to Düsseldorf.

  18. a whiff of good news from the fix at wapo… maybe. well we can hope.
    The biggest winner in the current health-care debate: Single-payer
    We still don’t know who will ultimately prevail in the debate over the future of American health care: the Republicans who want to overhaul Obamacare, or the Democrats who want to keep it in place.

    But after weeks of debate, there is one clear winner so far: single-payer health care.

    No, single-payer isn’t going to happen at the end of this debate — or even the end of this year or this decade, necessarily. But the logical foundations for it are being laid in our political debate just about every single day. And when you pair that with the rising public support for government-run health care, it’s clear in which direction this whole debate is trending.


  19. This year’s solar eclipse is coming directly thru Flatus-Sturgeone territory.  A clear and distinct sign of god’s favor.

  20. mother jones:
    Trump and His Aides Might Have Broken the Law With “Morning Joe” Threats
    Several lawyers say there’s a strong case the White House committed extortion.

    Whether they realized it or not, Scarborough and Brzezinski were accusing the president and his aides of committing an action that might have been a crime. Several attorneys say the White House officials who called Scarborough to convey the threat—and Trump himself—might have broken a federal extortion law, as well as a blackmail law and a New York state law against extortion or coercion. This episode may be far more serious than yet another Trump Twitter feud.


    “One could certainly argue coercion,” says Matthew Galluzzo, a defense lawyer who previously worked as a prosecutor for the New York County District Attorney’s office. “If you assume those facts to be true, there could be a coercion charge.”

    Ted Williams, a criminal defense attorney in Washington, DC, echoes this view. “This case could very well be extortion,” he says. “If these are the facts, you have the president of the United States colluding with a newspaper based in Florida and its owner to make certain things happen with a threat. It is a strong possibility that an extortion case can be made, and also a conspiracy case should be looked at. Here was a threat: You kiss the brass ring or you are exposed. I would hope the FBI would get involved.”

    Williams adds that a criminal case could also include wire fraud. “When certain communications are transmitted over phones and other apparatuses for blackmailing two television personalities to help the president of the United States, that could lead to such a charge,” he says.

    Other attorneys contend that White House officials might have broken a federal statute that makes it a felony for a US government employee to commit extortion, which is defined in the federal code as “wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear” to compel a person to give up property or something of value. 

  21. Sturg…   you’re on a roll this morning!

    I really need to get my passport renewed.  Haven’t been up to Canada to see relatives in awhile.

  22. some wiki wisdom (or wayward words depending on your pov) on the slang term “canuck”:

    Canadians use “Canuck” as an affectionate or merely descriptive term for their nationality. It is not considered derogatory in Canada.

    If familiar with the term, most citizens of other nations, including the United States, also use it affectionately, though there are individuals who may use it as derogatory term.

    Usage of the term includes:  [….long list follows….]


    wiki also guesses its origin:

    Although its etymology is unclear, possible origins include:

    kanata, “village” (see name of Canada)
    Canada + -uc (Algonquian noun suffix)

  23. Oh, jeez! Corey,

    I can’t un-see Trump’s tighty-alt-right-whities in that meme. Bleccch!

  24. Meeker & MoJo jumped the shark awhile back.   Trump’s tweets are detestable, but I just can’t feel too sorry for ’em.  The attention will help their ratings.

    However, if MoJo is accurate in his account of folks from Trump’s camp threatening him with a National Enquirer story (originators of fake news back in the 70s, I believe),  then that is a bigger issue.

  25. I’ve always worked for companies based in Canada.  The US is their cheap labor, although the increased price of health insurance squeezes them more each year.

    We had a company recipe book with a recipe for “Canadian Cookies,” which I then referred to as “Canukies.”  They liked that.

    They sure get a lot more paid holidays up at the home office than we do down here, though.

  26. I have a tremendous fondness for Canada developed during our annual August vacations there while I was still at home, and the tremendous kindness my eldest cousin’s wife, from the Georgian Bay area, graced me with during my teenage years.

  27. I was in New Mexico with a nice pair of wool dress pants which had blown the zipper…..took em to a local las cruces cleaners and had them install a new zipper.  It cost $11 and change and was made out of nylon.  I must assume cheap nylon, since that zipper had blown by the time I got to Moose Jaw.  Took em to a cleaners on Main St. and had them install a new zipper. Got them back and the zipper was heavy duty serious metal, and cost $7 Canadian.  Years later those pants had reached “tatters” stage and zipper I took out and had installed on something else.

    and that’s Canada to me.

  28. meanwhile elsewhere

    Political giants say goodbye to the Man who Reunited Germany: Bill Clinton salutes, Angela Merkel bows her head and Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Helmut Kohl

    During his 16-year term as Germany’s leader from 1982 to 1998, Kohl spearheaded his country’s reunification in 1990 and was an architect of the continent’s common currency, the euro.

    Former US president Bill Clinton said: ‘Helmut Kohl gave us the chance to be involved in something bigger than ourselves’.
    Mr Clinton also cited Mr Kohl’s willingness to put international co-operation before national interests.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel, who served as a minister under Kohl in the 1990s, remembered Kohl as an at-times controversial figure with numerous enemies.
    She said: ‘I could tell you stories as well… But all that paled in comparison to his life’s achievements.’
    ‘The lives of millions of people would have been a lot different without Helmut Kohl – including my own life,’ the former East German said. 
    ‘Dear Helmut Kohl, thanks to you I’m standing here today. Thanks for the chance that you made possible for me and many others.’
    EU parliament president Antonio Tajani said Mr Kohl deserved ‘a place of honour in the European pantheon’ for unhesitatingly extending the hand of friendship to fledgling democracies in eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
    The high profile memorial lasted around two hours, after which Kohl’s casket was flown by helicopter across the Rhine to his hometown of Ludwigshafen. 

  29. Angela doesn’t need nor want a male to defend her honor; she’ll whup Trump’s phony ass with one arm behind her back.

  30. love to send one of these to angela for her next encounter with the twit.

    better yet send one to the whole g-20 gang except him…. little hand shakes supplying electroconvulsive therapy (old time psychiatric treatment for the mentally untethered) 

  31. I really like Merkel – not sure why – but she’s a stateswoman.  I hope she tears dumbshit a new a$$hole at the G-20, unlike the Saudi King who kissed Trumps behind and did some sword dancing.

    Just finished binge-watching West Wing again – makes me feel better.

  32. John Fugelsang is feisty today.  He just called Franklin Graham a “flock-fleecing, Trump-shilling, fake-Christian Pharisee.”

  33. Renee

    You don’t need a passport, just an enhanced Drivers License.  Same day service and a lot cheaper.  I have mine.



  34. Big fan since his first album, but only saw Gordon Lightfoot once.  Great show.

  35. Gordon Lightfoot will be one of the performers tonight on Parliament Hill.  Bono & Edge in for a celebratory visit.  Show begins at 9:00 PM ET.  Fireworks will be live on Facebook.  Not sure about You Tube.


  36. ‘s right, of course….that’s what it is and how it has to be treated christian-wise…..they are the Pharisees…..

  37. the hill:

    No one was more surprised than Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Thursday when her language revoking the administration’s war authority was unexpectedly backed by Republicans and added to a must-pass defense spending bill.

    “Whoa,” Lee wrote on Twitter following a voice vote that pushed through her amendment to sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

    Lee’s measure, which prompted applause when it was adopted in the House Appropriations defense bill, would revoke the AUMF eight months after the passing of the defense act, forcing Congress to vote on a new law in the interim.

  38. excerpt from  the new Yorker: Canada’s Polite and Diffident Independence Celebration

    In some ways, these cheerful tributes to multiculturalism and good manners are just the dose of Canadian civility that American liberals crave. What a relief it must be to live in a country where the head of government spends his time welcoming Syrian refugees and hugging pandas, when our own President is busy trying to ban Muslim immigrants and bullying critics on Twitter.

    But this summer of good feelings conceals a complex debate about what the country stands for and what it means to be Canadian. While Americans fight loudly and publicly over the meaning of our history and founding ideals, Canadians—at least the white, English-speaking majority—have learned to avoid the subject. The relative absence of history from Canadian civic discourse is a testament to just how explosive historical debate can be, and a closer look can show Americans how they often misunderstand culture and politics north of the border.

    […goes into complexity of its history plus the recognition of its indigenous people as well as refugees….]

    Canada 150, then, is a subdued celebration in a noble Canadian tradition: one that avoids ideological confrontation and seeks not perfection but peaceful coexistence. I’m not sure that Americans have that option—at least not in Donald Trump’s America. But on this July 1st, we owe it to our neighbors—and to ourselves—to recognize that there is more than one way to be a North American.

  39. remember musing about a possible greta does the wh gig?  take a look at this morning’s tweet from the twit:

    Word is that @Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at @NBC & @Comcast because she refused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’

    she’ll at least make it past the initial job interview stage…. if not already measuring the office drapes.

  40. Gretavan’s pretty much box-office-poison everywhere else……if Drump throws her a bone, she better latch onto it wid all dem teet……

  41. Trudeau did step in it a bit as in acknowledging all the provinces, he failed to mention Alberta which just happens to be the home of the Canadian version of Conservatism.  It appears to have been an accidental oversight as he immediately apologized and then tweeted more of the same.  Still he did get lambasted a bit on Twitter by the conspiracy oriented.


  42. PATD = Red Green Show meant a lot to us Michiganders and Uppers (through Fathers side), no matter where we lived around the world.  I spent a lot of time in Canada as I lived right across the river from Windsor.  I love Canada, but they do really do not want us old people coming over.  I do not blame them.

    Are we watching the melt-down of an orange man-child?  I believe so.  That none of his family steps in to prevent his shame of failing as president is important.  Each week we see worse output from everything he says or tweets.  Are they just holding on for the will to be read? I think so.  The guy is such a horrible person they are afraid of him.  “Might as well wait for the sickening finale”


  43. Yes, Trudeau is clearly in league with the Latter Day Illuminati, and his besting and humiliation of Trum at the “handshake game” was a secret signal to certain sinister forces quietly arrayed all about that the Game is Afoot and it is time now to move with speed, Jack.

    We’ll never get out of this world alive……..

  44. Hank Williams’ last words:
    Just go the speed limit now, y’hear? Last thing we need’s another damn ticket……

  45. I figure Hank got beat up in Knoxville…..he was full of morph, alcohol, and other stuff, and the coroner in in Oak hill, w Va……said that while he died of heart failure, he also looked to have been beaten up kicked in the groin.
    The driver, an 18 yr old college kid, who died at 79.

  46. Jared was, reportedly, one of the folks from Trump’s camp who contacted MoJo about the possibility of the Nat’l Enq story.   Is that a common practice (not involving that tabloid), but WH trying to quash a story?

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