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Sunday Newsletter 2000-01Su.

July 1, 2000.

Hello everyone and happy Canada Day! Hope you enjoy this little collection of Canadian trivia to celebrate the day.


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You know, Canada Day has not always been called Canada Day, although the term now seems entrenched in our minds as much as Independence Day is to our southern neighbours. This is only the 19th time we as Canadians have referred to this national holiday by that name. On June 20, 1868, a proclamation issued by the Governor General, Lord Charles Stanley Monck, stated that the "loving subjects throughout Canada" (that means all of us), should join in the celebration of the anniversary of the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1868. On May 15, 1879, royal assent was given to make the first day of July a public holiday by the name of Dominion Day. Thus it remained until the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect on April 17, 1982, and that July we began calling this date Canada Day.


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Shania Eileen Twain:

While the book has just been opened on Shania, here is some interesting information.

Born: Windsor, Ontario, August 28, 1965 (while mother was visiting relatives). She was raised in Timmins, Ontario.

Parents were Gerald and Sharon Twain who both died in an auto accident in December 1987. Shania married John "Mutt" Lange, a record producer, in December 1993. Shania began singing at he age of eight in local clubs and community centers, on TV and radio, and sang or participated in musical comedy theatre at the Dearhurst Resort (Huntsville, Ontario) from 1987-1990, during which time she supported her three younger siblings.

Shania is loosely translated from the Ojibway language as being "I'm on my way". Shania (pronounced sha-NYE-a) was the name of a wardrobe lady she worked with at the Dearhurst Inn, and when it came time to choose a show-biz name, she changed her first name from Eileen to Shania. Her adoptive father, Jerry Twain, is full-blooded Ojibway and Shania is a legally registered fifty percent Ojibway Indian.

Shania has homes in upstate New York, Tour de Perlitz in Switzerland, and Florida.

Her fan club can be reached at:

P.O. Box 1150
Timmins, ON P4N7H9
Canada

Office is at:

Jon Landau Management
40 West Elm Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
United States of America


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Do you ever wonder if the answer button on cellular phones automatically disengages the brain from other bodily parts, (like the feet used in braking and accelerating, or the hands used in signalling)? I feel this is the case in about 70 percent of drivers I see attempting the tricky manoeuvre I refer to as "drawking" (driving and talking at the same time). So the next time you are behind someone performing this difficult feat, please turn off at your nearest opportunity. It will more than likely help you avoid being in an inadvertent accident while the real culprit continues on his or her merry way.


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Did you know that the new Confederation bridge which links the provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick is 12.9 kilometres long?! Opened in 1997, the now famous bridge carries two lanes of traffic and takes approximately 10 to 12 minutes to cross at the normal traveling speed of 80 kilometres per hour. (Now I know all of us will keep this statistic safe, since none of us speed, do we?!)


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World famous humourist, essayist, teacher, political economist and historian Stephen Leacock was actually born in Swanmore, England, on December 30th 1869. I always thought he was born and raised Canadian but his family came over early in Stephen's life and he grew up on a farm near Lake Simcoe, Ontario. One quote from him on the subject of advertising reads; "Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it."


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Jack Graney of St. Thomas, Ontario, was the first baseball player to pitch to Babe Ruth in the Major Leagues. We all know what Babe did in his career. As for Graney, he played 14 seasons and then became the first ex-ballplayer to broadcast a game on the radio.


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Wiarton, Ontario -- A town (founded in 1894) in Bruce County, northwest of Owen Sound. Its post office was named earlier in 1868 after Wiarton Place, the birthplace near Maidstone, Kent, England, of Sir Edmund Walker Head (1805-1868) and Governor of the Province of Canada (prior to Confederation in 1867), from 1854-1861.


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Top Ten Agricultural Exports (1998)

1. Wheat and meslin, which is a mix of wheat and rye.
2. Live cattle.
3. Rape or colza seeds (which come from the yellow-flowered plant of the same name).
4. Cuts of beef and beef carcasses.
5. Crustaceans.
6. Pork.
7. Rape, colza, or mustard oil.
8. Dried vegetables.
9. Alcohol, liqueurs and spirits.
10. Fresh or chilled fish.


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Peach Custard Flan. Served at the Hotel Toronto East.

Chef Raymond Taylor suggests trying this recipe using other summer fruits, with apricots being particularly delicious.

Buttery tart pastry:

500 mL (2 cups) all-purpose flour.
75 mL (1/3 cup) granulated sugar.
2 mL (1/2 teaspoon) salt.
125 mL (1/2 cup) unsalted butter.
15 mL (1 tbsp) fresh lemon juice.
2 large eggs, well beaten.
Grated zest of 1 lemon.

Peach custard filling:

750 mL (3 cups) peeled and sliced fresh peaches.
4 egg yolks.
250 mL (1 cup) sour cream.
50 mL (1/4 cup) peach liqueur.
175 mL (3/4 cup) granulated sugar.
50 mL (1/4 cup) all-purpose flour.
Sweetened whipped cream (35%), as a garnish.

To prepare pastry:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. (400 degrees F.). In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture has the consistency of fine crumbs. Stir in lemon zest. Make a well in the centre and add lemon juice and beaten eggs, stirring to combine. Shape dough into a ball and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 22 cm (9") pie plate or flan pan. Prick the bottom with a fork. Bake in oven for 8 minutes, then decrease the heat to 180 degrees C. (350 degrees F.) and bake until golden (about 7 minutes). Let cool before filling. Makes one pie crust.

To prepare filling:

Leave oven at 180 degrees C. (350 degrees F.). Line the pie or flan shell with sliced peaches. In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sour cream, peach liqueur, sugar and flour. Pour over peaches. Bake in oven for 35 minutes or until set. Let cool.

To serve, cut into slices and serve with dollops of whipped cream. Serves 6.


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Please feel free to pass this message onto anyone you think would be interested in its contents. I have always wanted to do something like this and thought the time was appropriate. Hope you found the read enjoyable. John


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