Superman is a Dual Citizen – So is Winnie the Pooh – Remember Heritage Minutes?


After my blog about Fox reporter Harold Reynolds last night and what he thought of Canadians– I knew I had to step up to the plate.


If you are Canadian; you remember your TV viewing being interrupted in the 90’s by 60-second ads inspiring us about great moments in Canadian history. Well, Heritage Minutes  is back, and we will be reminded once again about Superman, being half-Canadian, and the the famous Dr. Wilder Penfield  “I can smell burnt toast” spot, which celebrated the Canadian brain surgery pioneer.

Two new “Heritage Minutes” are reportedly being produced about the War of 1812, and they will be added to the roster of 66 original ads (first produced by the CRB Foundation and then the Historica-Dominion Institute) that aired on TV and in cinemas up until 2005.

“They have become their own nostalgia,” Jeremy Diamond, director of the Historica-Dominion Institute, told Maclean’s of the spots.


From Canada Cool– Winnie The Pooh’s Canadian Roots

World-famous children’s character Winnie the Pooh was inspired by an orphaned bear cub, which was purchased from a trapper at White River by Captain Harry Colebourn, during WW I. He was a veternarian and his troop train had stopped at this Northern Ontario town enroute from Winnipeg. Colebourn named Winnie for his home city (Winnipeg) and took her on to England as his troop’s mascot. Before shipping on to France he left Winnie at the London Zoo where she was discovered by author A.A. Milne’s delighted son Christopher. Winnie inspired Milne to write the children’s stories for his child.The town has a large statue of Winnie complete with honey pot, and the popular children’s character is celebrated with Winnie’s Annual Hometown Festival, held the third week in August.

Superman was a dual citizen and he was not totally made of American Steel

Joe Schuster was born in Canada. While a very small child in Toronto, along with the Toronto  Daily Star were an inspiration for the city of Metropolis because it left a lasting impression on him. His family struggling in Canada, moved to Cleveland while he was at the age of 9-10. He then helped create Superman in 1932 with American Joe Siegel. After leaving Canada in 1924, it was not until the 1940’s – long after Superman was created, that he returned to Canada.


Born in Canada, James Naismith studied physical education in Montreal before moving to the United States, where he developed basketball in late 1891 while teaching at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The following video has to be one of the most beloved Heritage Minutes of all time. This is the story of Canada’s own Paul Revere- a Canadian woman called Laura Secord.  During the War of 1812, Laura Secord walked 30 km from Queenston to Beaver Dams, near Thorold, to warn James FitzGibbon that the Americans were planning to attack his outpost. The story of her trek has become legendary, and Secord is so loved in Canada  that instead of building many a monument; we opened chocolate shops in her honour. When the new Heritage Minutes begin I anticipate a whole generation saying, “Take me to Fitzgibbon!”

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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