Perry Friedman (1935-1995) was a Canadian folksinger who spent most of his career after 1959 in East Germany, except for a spell in the early 1970s when he returned to Canada and worked for the CBC. Read about him at The GDR Objectified. Listen to "Ich trage eine Fahne".
In 2008 the Japanese and Canadian post offices jointly issued this Anne of Green Gables commemorative set, on the hundredth anniversary of the publication of the first Anne novel. The two stamps at the top were designed in Canada, while the rest reference the 1979 anime Akage no An.
The Mounties have a list of about 1200 aboriginal women who have been classed as homicide victims or missing persons. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has publicly given the matter a big shrug. At his house they're more concerned about homeless cats. So cartoonist Evan Munday has started a portrait-a-day drawing project in honour of the missing and mudered women. Above is Maggie Lea Burke who has not been seen since 2004. We live in a visual culture; artists can do a lot to move this issue to the forefront of public consciousness. You can follow Munday on twitter or visit his blog. (Via Sequential.)
A blog named Plenty of Nothing is admittedly not the ideal place for a post about missing persons, but it's better than silence. This issue is decidely not plenty of nothing, and is indeed more important than most things most Canadians talk about most of the time.
Many persons who have large houses of stone or brick, now adopt the plan of heating them with hot air, which is conveyed by means of pipes into the rooms. An ornamented, circular grating admits the heated air, by opening or shutting the grates. The furnace is in the cellar, and is made large enough to allow of a considerable quantity of wood being put in at once.
A house thus heated is kept at summer heat in the coldest weather; and can be made cooler by shutting the grates in any room.
The temperature of houses heated thus is very pleasant, and certainly does not seem so unhealthy as those warmed by metal stoves, besides there being far less risk from fire.
Catherine Parr Traill, The Canadian Settler's Guide (1855), page 20, NCL edition.
1608 Champlain founds New France and its capital Québec. The Old Capital has been either the capital city of Canada or of the Province of Québec ever since, except for some of the years between 1841 and 1867 when the government of the Province of Canada roamed all over, stopping in Québec twice.
Although Newfoundland had some of the earliest European habitation in North America, St. John's came into its power gradually, so it's hard to pin a starting date on it. When the island became a Crown Colony in 1825, St. John's was where the Governor resided. There had been Commodore-Governors since 1729, but they lived on board their vessels in St. John's Harbour, or wherever they happened to be. One of them built a house in St. John's in 1781 and lived there in the summer. Let's use that date.
1793 York (later named Toronto) is chosen capital of Upper Canada.
1849 Victoria is made the capital of the Colony of Vancouver Island.
1866 Ottawa becomes the capital of the Province of Canada.
1870 Winnipeg. 1869 if you're with Riel.
1882 Regina is made capital of the North-West Territories.
The Canadian Space Agency provides this graphic of the International Space Station as it might appear if it were the broadcast gondola overhanging five newly-Zambonied hockey rinks. Canada currently employs two astronauts, neither of whom is scheduled to be on board the ISS before 2020, and we have no rockets or capsules of our own to get them there. But, look, hockey.
Wizard Barristers are experts in the legal aspects of magic. Though she works in Tokyo, and can transform into a giant robot, the world's youngest wizard barrister Cecile Sudo actually grew up on Lake Huron, where people keep maple syrup on the coffee table.