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

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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.

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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!”

Harold Reynolds is Becoming the Most Hated Man in Canada Since Shawn Michaels

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If you’ve been watching any of the Blue Jays playoff games, you’ve likely noticed that the regulars you’re used to seeing bring baseball into your homes have been replaced by Fox Sports and their respective commentators. Well, with Fox comes Harold Reynolds, a former MLB second baseman who apparently hasn’t spent much time north of the border.

“We talked about foul balls into the stands… they don’t play a lot of baseball in Canada, a lot of people aren’t used to catching them”

Did he actually say this?  Wait, so we aren’t supposed to hit the ball back with a hockey stick?!? We are supposed to catch them? Since there are only 3 Canadians on the Toronto Blue Jays and 26 Americans, it’s understandable. Eh?

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I remember the day the Blue Jays won the pennant years ago. I was sitting in a taxi cab at the JFK airport and when the driver found out the Blue Jays won he threw me out of his cab because I was going to the Air Canada terminal.

Canada has no business winning the pennant”, he said

Right now I assume they are terrified of the Blue Jays playing in the world series as ratings will be really poor for Fox sports, and they paid a lot of money for the rights to MLB. But what a dumb thing to say when catcher Russel Martin is Canadian, eh? I guess Reynolds knows where Canada is since he used to live here. Did Harold Renyolds forget about his time in Triple A with the Calgary Cannons before he was called up to the Mariners?  Maybe I am wrong, but was Calgary part of Canada back then?

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It may be America’s pastime, but its origins lie in Beachville, Ontario, which makes it Canada’s game. Something few Americans are willing to admit. Beachville, about 40 kilometres east of London, Ontario, boasts of itself as the home of baseball in Canada because it was here on June 4, 1838 that a game of baseball, or at least a form of the game as we now know it, took place in front of several spectators.

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The first documented evidence of a base ball game in Canada comes from a letter published in Sporting Life magazine in 1886, a letter by Dr. Adam E. Ford of Denver, Colorado, formerly of St. Marys, Ontario and Beechville, Ontario, about a game 48 years earlier in Beechville on June 4, 1838 — Militia Muster Day. Many Canadians, including the staff of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ontario, claim that this was the first documented game of modern baseball, although there appears to be no evidence that the rules used in this game were codified and adopted in other regions.

First basketball and now baseball? Oh Canada!

I say we cover Reynolds in maple syrup and throw Timbits at him! As Steve Yaver commented on Facebook:  Harold should see how well he does catching hockey pucks”.

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