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How to Know if You’re Canadian

How to Know if You’re Canadian

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1.Finish sentences with “Eh?” It’s not proper English, but somehow, someway, the word eh squeaks in at the end of our sentences. sentences. Some more often than others, but it is one word that identifies Canadians in whatever country they might be in.

2 Know a good brew It’s no secret that most Canadians Canadians love a cold beer on any given day, at any given time, in any given place. Mexico has tequila, Italy has wine, Poland has vodka. We have beer. Even if you don’t drink it, you’ve probably got some in your fridge for all your friends who do.

3 Canadian treats There are a few tasty treats that are truly Canadian. Poutine, ketchup and all-dressed all-dressed all-dressed potato chips, Timbits, Nanaimo bars, smarties and Beaver Tails, a deep-fired deep-fired deep-fired pastry that has been keeping skiers satisfied for decades.

4 Foot accessories Look in the shoe closet and if you find at least three pairs of the following, you’re one tick closer to being a true Canadian: ice skates, sliders or grippers, running shoes, flippers, snowshoes, skis, inline skates, flip-flops, flip-flops, flip-flops, golf shoes, cycling shoes, cozy slippers, hiking boots, snow boots, cleats.


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Answer “Yes” to three of the following:

You have more Canadian Tire money in your home than real cash.

You use a tennis ball more for road hockey than tennis.

Your three favourite spices are salt, pepper and ketchup.

You are excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada,

You dismiss all beers under 6 alcohol as “for children and the elderly.”



You know that a “Premier” isn’t a baby born a few months early. You know that Wayne Gretzky isn’t and never was the prime minister.

You know all the words to “O Canada” and “If I Had a Million Dollars” Dollars” by the Barenaked Ladies.

7 Canadian flags There is one of these tattooed on your body, stuck to the back of your car, ironed onto a backpack, flying in the front yard, on the front or back of a free T-shirt T-shirt T-shirt or baseball hat.

8 Hockey When your team is playing, nothing else matters. Not even sex.

9 Mistaken identity You will do just about anything anything not to be mistake for an American when travelling.

I0  Love thy neighbour–we are more likely to pull out a hockey stick to defend ourselves than a gun.

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Dusty Pettes

Poutine served at the Hortons… how much more Canada can you get? ( Linda says’–I just can’t Dusty– I just can’t LOL)



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

Carleton Place Come Sign The Canada 150 Commemorative Flag!

Carleton Place Come Sign The Canada 150 Commemorative Flag!


Sign a Flag???


This year, July 1st., marks the 150 Birthday of Canada. To mark this important time in our history we are creating a special Commemorative Unity Signature Flag at Mitchell’s Independent, in Carleton Place.

Why? Where?

You are invited to come and sign or print your name with a red sharpie on a white flag, inside the outline of the maple leaf and two bars, thus creating a truly Canadian Unity Signature Flag. There is a possibility of this flag or a second flag, that may be created on Parliament Hill on Canada Day, presented to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Several emails have went back and forth to Rideau Hall and Canadian Heritage, since April 18th. when the request was sent in.

The flag signing will occur from 10:00 am. until 7:00 pm., Mon. June 26th. to Fri. June 30th. Donations will be collected for the Salvation Army. Volunteers are needed to oversee the flag signing for three hour shifts. If you can volunteer for at least one shift, please call or email, Gary Strike at 613-257-8120, or email, garystrike@rogers.com


To see previous projects go to garystrike.com



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A Lyle Dillabough Flashback– 150th Birthday

A  Lyle Dillabough Flashback– 150th Birthday


Gary Strike sent me this memory and I thought we should jog everyone’s memories– especially for Canada’s 150th. Anniversary.
“A number of years ago I was driving Lyle Dillabough up to my cottage. Before we left I asked Lyle to write a song called Proud Canadians. Lyle agreed and began the whole thought process and started to piece it together. By the time we got to my cottage, which was an hour and a half drive, he had half the song written. Lyle is such a great music composer that at 9:00 pm. he had the song completed. 
Within a week we had the song recorded and  the song got plenty of media coverage on CJOH, The New RO and other station. To our surprise the song was featured on the news on Canada Day. I just realized that the song is a very good depiction for our 150th. Anniversary.”- Gary Strike
As a footnote Valerie and Gary are planning on going to “the Hill” on Canada Day and create a Canadian Unity Signature Flag which is a special Commemorative 150th. Anniversary Flag. I agree with Gary and this is a “blast from the past” Lanark County memory




What the Hell Do You Really Know About Lyle Dillabough?

What Didn’t You Know? The New Town Hall August 1897

Community Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 8– It was 1963

Community Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 9– It was 1903!

Dominion Day 1897– Happy Canada Day!




Photo: Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-The Dominion Day Parade in Carleton Place July 1, 1897, when the country was only 30 years old—(LAC C-003820)


Dominion  Day 1897- Perth Courier

Nearly 200 persons reached here on Thursday of last week to take in the Dominion Day celebration at Carleton Place; and probably the crowd there altogether equalled from the county adjacent and from Smith’s Falls, Almonte, Arnprior and Renfrew and Pembroke about 4,000 or 5,000 persons.


The day was hot without being unbearable and occasionally passing clouds tempered the heat very pleasantly.  The town was fully decorated with flags and evergreen arches, and private dwellings and grounds were gay with bunting and Chinese lanterns.  A trade procession headed by the fire department and representing many occupations and exhibiting many phases of taste and originality, accompanied by a long company of lady and gentleman bicyclists with gaily decorated wheels followed the forenoon’s moving display and introductory attraction.


The crowd in the afternoon found their way to the celebration field which was a mile out of town on the Perth road on the grounds owned by Thomas Warren and used as a race track by the local turf club.  It was wide and long but the owner in years gone by forgot to leave a few trees standing around for shade purposes and the crowd panted and thirsted in the open unless they had sun shades or canopied carriages to keep off the mid summer sun.  But, come to think of it, all race courses have of necessity to be clear of obstructive trees.  The arrangement for the celebration had been well devised and were well carried out by a good execution from the head and level brained subordinates and the interest all afternoon was actively kept up.


There were races of all kinds, jumping games, competitions both of skill and physical force and all the time the Carleton Place band and our own splendid musical company the Harmonic Band kept the crowd well supplied with field music.  Perth had brought but its little band of sports and athletes and their successes instilled quite a respect for the old county town into the minds of those who looked on.  It turned out that in whatever competition they entered the Perth Club or single competitors came out either first or second—generally on top of everything.  In some competitions Perth was not represented but in everything they tried they captured first or second money.


Our fire chief D.R. Noonan engineered the fire brigade in his usual quiet but telling manner so that they lost nothing from want of coaching and encouragement.  The Lacrosse match between the Crescents of Perth and the Mississippi’s of Carleton Place was a match between two young giants in the national game and though Perth won on an hour time limit two games to one, the home club might well be counted their equal’s and proved themselves worthy competitors in the trial so far.  The Harmonic Band delighted the audience in the field but in the evening they gave a special open air concert on the market square which was attended by 3,000 or 4,000 people and whose verdict was one of unequaled pleasure.  The following is the published prize list:

Firemen’s Foot Race:  First prize A. Wilson, Perth and second prize, R. McTavish.

100 Yard’s Race (Open):  First prize A. Wilson, Perth and second prize, R. McTavish

Bicycle Race One Mile:  First prize John Dittrick, Perth; second prize John Wilson, Perth.

Girl’s Bicycle Race:  First prize, Lizzie Edwards; second prize Edith Strong

Boy’s Bicycle Race (under 16);  First prize Clyde McDiarmid; second prize S. Willows; third prize Alexander McGregor.

Half Mile Foot Race (open):  First prize Sullivan; second prize Farrell

Putting the Shot:  First Prize William McIlquham; second prize E. Reynolds

Hop, Step and Jump:  First prize J. Hourigan; second prize Stewart

Fat Man’s Race:  First prize William McIlquham; second prize John Griffith, Perth.

Running High Jump:  First prize S. McGonigal; second prize W.A.B. Knox

Auction Sale Hotel Property at Watson’s Corners:  Robert Sargent

Happy Canada Day Tim Horton’s – The Timbit Nation


Today is Canada Day and I refuse to write about hockey, moose, the RCMP or snow. So instead I dug up this essay that I wrote in the summer of 2007 because I am proud to be Canadian.

It was the year of the Tim Horton’s “Lemon Drop” doughnut and I was rejoicing Canada Day with a few of my luscious yeast “lovers”.  For all my American friends, Tim Horton’s is an institution in Canada and on any weekday morning, no less than 30 people stand in line waiting for the products of Tim Horton’s to brighten their day.

Some political higher ups have complained about the rise of Tim Horton’s as a national symbol. Rudyard Griffiths, director of The Dominion Institute, wrote in the Toronto Star that the ascension of the chain to the status of cultural icon was a “worrying sign” for Canadian nationalism, adding:

             “Surely Canada can come up with a better moniker than the Timbit Nation.”


So why does Timmy Horton’s do well in Canada I keep asking myself?  Accusations run amuck that people are willing to stand for hours and purchase Tim Horton’s coffee because there is some sort of additive in it that keeps bringing them back.

Shocking allegations of MSG or nicotine added to the coffee run rampant. It got so bad that CBC- TV did an entire program on the issue and in the end could not find a shred of proof. To be extremely honest; the coffee drinking crowd from Tim Horton’s is no better than crack addicts and they would be the first to proudly admit it.

After all “Tims” is a place “where everyone knows your name.”


No matter if a Burger King conglomerate in Brazil now owns Tim Horton’s, it still remains Canada’s national treasure. There is nothing like Canadian fellowship by sharing tables with strangers, and the thrill of watching someone order their first “double double”.

Happy Canada Day!


Remembering the Fast Times of the Canadian 80’s


I looked at a newspaper clipping today that featured the 80’s rock band “Platinum Blonde” from Toronto and smiled. I began to have flashbacks of one of my favourite eras- the 80’s. I remembered my “big hair” that contained so much hairspray I must have busted a hole in the ozone layer. I saw Platinum Blonde at least 6 times and thought guys were really pretty in those days. I loved their feminine clothing and the way they looked like a modern day Victorian swashbuckler. Some days when I think of the past I can’t help but head bang and throw devil fingers in the air while I play air guitar in memory of the hair bands that once were.

It was the time of Trivial Pursuit, Boom Boxes and Baby on Board signs. I wore shoulder pads that could also be used as a bullet proof vest, bodysuits and  wore Flashdance bottoms as my regular clothing. My motto was that if I had to pay good money for underwear then I was going to wear it as clothing, which I did. Nothing was sacred and as former customer Lee Aaron sang, “I was the Metal Queen.”

Canadian bands like Darby Mills & The Headpins and Holly Woods from Toronto were competing with the male bands and evening up the score. They did not wear brands like Ocean Pacific, Guess, Jordache, or Esprit. These women could rock with the best of them and the once Phallic guitar solos belonging to the axe wielding male metal heads now also belonged to the ladies.Because no one was using Spandex, my clothing was featured in Flare Magazine and Jo-Anne and Caryl Citron of the cool Cat’s Cradle store in Toronto carried my MC Hammer influenced designs. With my crimped hair and my side ponytail life was good, as I danced to the tunes of Flock of Seagulls while celebrities saved farms and tried to Feed the World.

Movies like Flashdance, Footloose and Desperately Seeking Susan made me want to dance while Ferris Bueller, or anything from John Hughes made me smile. “Heathers” had hope for beating the bullies that were somewhere “Lost in America”. Madonna ruled my world and I loved the teenage Patrick Dempsey movies because “hot girls were just in love” with him and it held hope for the nerds.

I owned 4 Swatch Watches and ripped my pantyhose to wear under Lycra leggings. Leggings had me at the word ‘hello’ and in the late 90’s my oldest son looked at me shook his head and said,

“Mum, the 80’s are over!”

Hanging my head still wearing a big hair bow I shook my rubber bracelets and sighed,

“I just wanted to ‘feel it again’.”

I mixed up my TV viewing with lovable ALF, Kids in the Hall and SCTV. John Candy was my hero and I laughingly told Catherine O’Hara when she visited my store one day that I wanted to bear his children. People suddenly wanted to ‘take off to the great white north’ and Geddy Lee from Rush made it okay for me to say ‘eh’ to my American friends. Beauty eh?

I wore my black Ray Bans even though life was sunny and full of “pretty things.”  It seems now that the 80’s was the last decade where everybody felt totally optimistic about their future. “Isn’t that special?” No Future now! “Like gag me with a spoon” with today’s bleak look on life. We wore sunglasses at night.

“It was better to look good than to feel good.” “Nothing but Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” from Robin Leech and “Totally Tubular” songs from Valley Girls. Nobody “pitied the fool” that asked “where’s the beef” and screamed “You look mahhhvellous!!”

Now I still wear my “Sunglasses at Night”  so I can keep track of the 80’s visions in my eyes and dodge the lighting from those patio lanterns! HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

A few of my designs from the late 80’s in Flare Magazine and Linda in her pink bodysuit and huge padded shoulder in her store Flash Cadilac. Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac and 5 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place