13 awesome things made in Canada

Forget Labatt’s beer and maple syrup. Canadians have created plenty of
awesome and strange stuff, and here are 13 things you probably didn’t know
were proudly made in Canada. While hockey players and great beer may be
Canada’s favourite exports, there are actually tons of great Canadian
products used around the world every day. And while everybody knows the
telephone was invented in Canada, how many people know that 95 per cent of
the world’s Lentils come from Saskatchewan, or that we make more submarines
than most countries combined? Check out this strange and surprising list of
Canada’s most fascinating exports, and let us know what we forgot in the
comment section below.

1. Did You Know Most of the World’s French Fries Come from New Brunswick?
New Brunswick-based McCain Foods makes one-third of all the frozen French
fries produced in the world, and many come from a $65-million state-of-the
art potato processing plant that’s in Florenceville-Bristol
. The small town in western New
Brunswick has taken on the moniker ‘The French Fry Capital of the Worlddd_’
Not surprisingly, this is the location of the Potato World museum, and the
heart of the mid-July National French Fry Day celebrations.

2. Did You Know Carlton Place Makes the World’s Best Baseball Bats?
In 2012, more than 100 Major League Baseball players chose to swing
Canadian maple wood bats — better known as the “Sam Bat”. Sam Holman,
founder of the The Original Maple Bat Corporation ,
invented the bat by choosing maple wood, a harder wood than the
traditionally used ash. So, if you see a professional player with a little
logo on their baseball bat, that’s one of the 18,000 sluggers produced each
year in Carlton Place, a half-hour from Ottawa.

3. Did You Know Saskatchewan Makes Most of the World’s Lentils?
Mmmm, Lentils! Whether home or travelling abroad, order some lentil
soup and odds are you’re getting a little taste
of home. Canada is the largest exporter of green lentils in the world —
about 1.5 million metric tonnes annually, with 95% of it coming from

4. Did You Know Scarborough Makes Most of the World’s Halls?
If you pick up a pack of Halls you’ll be
getting another little taste of home since they are made in Scarborough,
Ontario. The plant at Bertrand produced more than 6 billion pieces of
“medicine” for the U.S. last year — enough that if you lined them
side-by-side they would circle the earth at the equator approximately 3.4

5.. Did You Know Winnipeg Mints Coins for Over 60 Countries?
Canada produces currency for more countries than you can imagine! The
Royal Winnipeg Mint produces coins for 60 different
countries, including Centavos for Cuba, kroner for Norway, and pesos for
Colombia. Currently the mint can produce over 20 million coins a day.

6. Did You Know Hamilton Makes the World’s Swedish Fish?
Those chewy Swedish Fish sure weren’t made
in Sweden! More than 5 billion of the colourful little candies are produced
in Hamilton, Ontario every year — that’s all of the Swedish Fish consumed
in North America. Every day about 13 million of the little fish are
produced at a factory in Hamilton, which also makes all Maynards Candy for
Canada, and key brands for the U.S., including Sour Patch Kids.

7. Did You Know Toronto Makes the World’s Best Racing Bikes?
Using the same tools and techniques as Formula One teams,
Toronto-basedCervélo builds what have been
called the world’s fastest and lightest bikes. At the 2008 Olympics in
Beijing, athletes riding Cervélo bikes won 10 medals, while in 2008 Carlos
Sastre rode a Cervélo bike to win le Tour de France.

8. Did you Know Winnipeg Makes Most of the World’s Scratch Cards?
Walk into almost any corner store in the world for an instant win lottery
ticket, and there’s a good chance your scratch card was printed by Winnipeg
company Pollard Banknote . Founded in
1907, Pollard now has facilities throughout North America, however a
significant amount of its lottery scratch cards are still made in Canada.

9. Did You Know the World’s Best Cymbals come from New Brunswick?
Where do the cymbals used by Rush, Keith Harris of the Black Eyed Peas,
the Philadelphia Orchestra and marching bands around the world come from?
The small village of Meductic (population 300), located along the Saint
John River in southern New Brunswick. SABIAN
cymbals are sold in 120 countries around the world.

10. Did You Know Trenton Makes Tons of Dinos?
No, they don’t make dinosaurs like in Jurassic Park, but close. Research
Casting International , the leading company for
constructing dinosaur remains (casting, restoring, mounting, repairing), is
located in a 45,000 sq.ft. airplane-hanger-sized building in Trenton,
Ontario. The company has created more than 750 of the mighty beasts for
museums around the world.

11. Did You Know Kelowna Makes Most of the World’s Water Slides?
When you slip down one of those clear tube water slides on a Disney
Cruise, you’re likely using Canadian design and technology. Canada’s
Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
is the largest water
parks attraction company in the world. Their Kelowna, B.C. facility,
FormaShape, makes thousands of water slides each year.

12. Did You Know Peterborough is the Custom Aircraft Capital of Canada?
Flying Colours Corp. of Peterborough,
Ontario doesn’t make airplanes, but they sure make them special.
Entertainment systems, corporate logos, iPad-holders, custom exterior
paint, upholstery, and they’ve even added a permanent bed in an aft cabin.
Everything is custom made in-house, from the leather seats and wood trim to
the side walls — for customers from across the globe, including much of
Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Asia, and India.

13. Did you know B.C. Makes Tons of Submarines?
Atlantis Submarines , of British
Columbia, actually owns more submarines than many countries — but these
ones are used for tourism. The Canadian company initiated the world’s first
commercial tourist submarine in the Cayman Islands in 1986. More than 10
million people have since experienced underwater adventures in their 48 and
64 passenger submarines in the Caribbean and Pacific. The subs they operate
in Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Aruba, St. Martin, Cozumel, Curacao & Guam
were all made in Canada.


The wind tries to kill me

OMG, being tiny is horrible when it’s a very windy day. Friday morning whew I had got the adventure of a lifetime.

Around 11AM I locked the door and headed out to meet James at Algonquin College so that we could head off to have lunch at our favourite place, Denny’s

The weather claimed that it was 16c, 60f outside so I didn’t bother grabbing a jacket. I’d regret that decision later, *grumbles*

Stepped out the door and locked up all was great, but whew as soon as I turned from our sidewalk onto the walk in front of our house the wind said, “hi there…lets play.” Uh oh, I’m in for some fun! The wind kept trying to blow me sideways into the street every few steps.

The first time the wind tried to kill me was by blowing a dumpster lid the rest of the way open right as I got close enough. Luckily for me I heard the chain shaking and stepped aside or I would have been knocked out. Did the wind stop there? Oh no! It didn’t get me with the first trap it will try with the next dumpster and blew it down right in front of me, *yipes* Quickly hop out of the way of that one.

The wind wasn’t done with me yet. I was trying to cross the next corner when the wind blew really hard and nearly blew me into the path of an on-coming bus. *gasp* Shit! Sorry young readers, but that was a close one and definitely made my heart stop. Here’s where I started thinking maybe I should turn back and go home before I die out here. But onward I went cursing the wind the whole way to the bus stop.

Finally I get on my first bus, no thanks to the wind that didn’t want me to get on and prepare myself for round two with the wind. I’ll skip over the part while I’m waiting on the second bus since the wind didn’t try and kill me then just blew crap at me and all that fun stuff.

Now, here’s where the fun starts again once I reach Algonquin College. I get off the bus and try to cross the street and the wind says no way, you really want to stay on this curb. *grumble, curse, try again* Get to the other side and just about to step on the curb when guess what?

Yep, the wind picked me up and blew me a few steps back into the street. *growls* Good thing the bus didn’t decide to move yet or the car that was waiting.

I finally get on the opposite curb and continue fighting with the wind to get to the main campus doors. I’m being blown this way and that, into poles, rails, trash cans and nearly a wall before I finally reached the doors.

Whew, safe, I made it. Time to get out of this blasted wind. i reached for the door and . . .


The wind decided to help me out and blew me right into the edge of the door. I didn’t need that nose anyway!

I really think I should have just stayed home! Really, it just wasn’t meant for me to be going out and trying to you know go find food. Anyone have some extra weight they don’t want? I could surely use it!


No dancing Noah

I created a monster when it comes to Noah and dancing with Shout Sister Choir

On Saturday October 19th was our first performance of this season and I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to go since I’ve been horribly sick since my weekend in Petawawa for Thanksgiving. It was a short performance for us so I didn’t have my bf and family there this time, but our next show we open for the Nylons which is in November, but more about that another time.

So, our show on Saturday. For those of you who already know about the Shout Sister Choir dancing dog you know that since we joined the choir Noah and I have danced at just about every show. If you haven’t seen it yet, well shame on you and go watch now

Well, when this season started I discovered that Noah and I no longer have our dancing song, *cries* and we’d have to find a new one. I relayed this to my lovely golden boy that we would not be dancing for this show since we don’t have our song anymore, the stage we were on was a little small and to top it off I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t have the energy needed o sing and dance with him.

Well, guess what happens?

We get through all of our songs and the audience loves us of course and they ask for an encore. Well, in fact they ask for 2 more songs, but sadly we only had one more, lol. By this time I already have Noah up and sitting next to me since at first people weren’t asking for that encore and we were getting ready to go….oops, nope encore time! Get Noah to settle down again and sit nicely next to me like he’s done before and he’ll eventually lay back down for the song.

Not this time!

Shortly after we begin the song, the first line my lovely puppy who “was” sitting nicely at my feet has decided, “nope, screw you mom, we’re dancing.” I find myself with a armful of golden retriever who demands that we dance.

I of course am totally not prepared for this and neither is the group since, “hello” not the dancing song and everyone near me including myself can’t sing because we’re laughing, the audience is laughing and clapping.

“oo, clapping” Noah thinks, lets dance even more mom.

No Noah, no dancing, get down. I tell the furry pain in the butt.

“What’s that mom, dance you say?”

*growls, grumbles*
So here I am trying to sing and get Noah to “stop” dancing, but every time I tell the silly mutt stop dancing,

“what, dance you say” is his response.

Finally I get him to sit down, not settle, just sit and I go back to singing. We get to part of the song where I actually don’t have to sing and guess what?

Yep, you guessed it, I yet again have an armful of dog who demands that we’re dancing. The audience loves it and the more they clap the more he says, “dance mommy, dance? Oh, how about I join in and sing too, is that ok?”

*snort, snort, dance, dance*


Is this darn song over yet? No, no, yes, *whew*

So it’s now the end of the song, Audience is happy and clapping wildly and my great golden boy is proud of himself is now sitting nice and quiet back at my feet. Can I strangle him now? I have learned my lesson, no more telling Noah “no” dancing.

“What’s that mom, dance and kill you, you say?”

*growls, grumbles, damn dog*

Annoying things people ask dogs

lol, I’m sure Noah says probably worse when we ask him some of these questions. I definitely know he at least rolls his eyes.

1. “Where’s your bone?”
It’s somewhere in this house probably. Instead of asking, why don’t you help
me look?

2. “Who’s the best doggy in the whole wide world?”
I’d like to think I am, but maybe there are better dogs? Stop comparing me
to other dogs!!!!

3. “Want a treat?”
I will never say no to this question. This is a silly question because YES
is always the answer.

4. “Did you s*ininment in the den?”
No, it was your son. YES JEEZ, of COURSE it was me. No need to make me feel
all bad about it.

5. “Are you hungry?”

6. “Do you want to go for a walk?”

7. “What do you have there?”
It’s YOUR sock, can’t you tell?

8. “Did you do all of this?!”
I think you know the answer. SORRY ABOUT THE COUPONS.

9. “Who’s going to clean this up?”
You, duh. I don’t even have hands.

10. ‘Why do you hate cats so much?”
MISCONCEPTION! We don’t really hate them. But if we do, it’s justified
because they are huge jerks!

11. “Why are you so cute?”
Why? I don’t know, I was born this way. I CAN’T ANSWER THIS, YOU ARE MAKING

12. “Hi”
Technically not a question, but you just said hi to me 27 times in less than

13. “Do you know how much I love you?”
You tell me often, but I’ll never get tired of hearing it, so tell me again!


Dog dictionary

Leash: A strap that attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your owner where you want him or her to go. Make sure that you are waiting patiently with leash in mouth when your owner comes home from work. This immediately makes your owner feel guilty and the walk is lengthened by a good 10 minutes.
Dog Bed: Any soft, clean surface, such as a white bedspread, newly upholstered couch or the dry cleaning that was just picked up.
Drool: What you do when your owners have food and you don’t. To do this properly, sit as close as you can, look sad and let the drool fall to the floor or better yet on their laps.
Sniff: A social custom to use when you greet other dogs or those people that sometimes smell like dogs.
Garbage Can: A container your neighbors put out weekly to test your ingenuity. Stand on your hind legs and push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right, you are rewarded with food wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume, moldy crusts of bread and sometimes even an old Nike.
Bicycles: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards. The rider swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.
Thunder: A signal the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling, panting, rolling your eyes wildly and following at their heels.
Waste basket: A dog toy filled with paper, envelopes and old candy wrappers. When you get bored, turn over the basket and strew the papers all over the house. This is particularly fun to do when there are guests for dinner and you prance around with the contents of that very special bathroom wastepaper basket!
Sofas: Are to dogs like napkins are to people. After eating it is polite to run up and down the front of the sofa and wipe your whiskers clean. If there are people sitting on the couch just include them as a handy wipe.
Bath: A process owners use to clean you, drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.
Lean: Every good dog’s response to the command “sit,” especially if your owner is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.
Love: A feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction, shared by you and your owner. Show it by wagging your tail. Remember to smile.
it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.


Top 10 reasons why it’s great to be blind

The number 1 reason is definitely my favorite.

10 We can read in the Dark.

9 We are believed when we say, “We read Playboy for the Articles”.

8 You have an iron clad excuse when walking arm and arm with an Attractive
Member of the Opposite sex.

7 We don’t have any acrimonious discussions with our Spouse about what
color to paint the Kitchen.

6 And mostly for men, we never have to answer that Delicate Question?

“Dear, does this outfit make me look fat?”

5 During a Blackout, we can still mix a mighty good Martini.

4 We don’t have to look into the mirror in the morning and discover all
those new wrinkles which popped up overnight.

3 We don’t have to look at just one more photo of Paris Hilton or Britney

2 We play Poker with a Marked Deck.

And the NUMBER ONE greatest thing about being blind . . . .

We never have to be the Designated Driver.


12 most talkative dogs

No. 1: Beagle
The Beagle might be best known for his nose, but this scenthound has what his fans call a “musical” voice. He’ll sing along to sirens and bark when strangers come to the door, but if you keep him active and occupied, he shouldn’t feel the need to serenade the neighborhood at all hours.

No. 2: Miniature Pinscher
She might look like a scaled-down Doberman, but the Miniature Pinscher is her own dog. She’s a fireball who loves toys and makes a great watchdog, but she’s best suited to an experienced owner prepared to manage her willful nature.

No. 3: Pomeranian
Clever, adaptable and generally happy, the Pomeranian is the smallest of the Spitz breeds — but he thinks he’s a much bigger dog. He enjoys some snuggle time with his family, but he’s busy and active and won’t be content as a purse pooch. Although his bark isn’t deafening, it can be difficult to stop, even with training.

No. 4: Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is a sassy little lady who can be an excellent, albeit tiny, watchdog, but she can be quite yappy if not properly trained. Sh e can also be high-strung, which may lead to nipping and biting (in addition to barking) when she feels frightened or threatened.

No. 5: Alaskan Malamute
The joyful and friendly Alaskan Malamute is a world-class leash-puller and sheds like there’s no tomorrow. Plus, there are few fences that can contain him due to his expert digging and climbing skills. He’s known to howl along with sirens or talk to you with “woo-woos” but isn’t typically a nuisance barker.

No. 6: Siberian Husky
It was no surprise to see the Siberian Husky on this list. After all, one of our favorite Internet celebrities is Mishka the Talking Husky. This is an active, happy and affectionate breed who is generally too friendly to be an effective watchdog, but you are likely to hear her howl along with sirens.

No. 7: American English Coonhound
The American English Coonhound is renowned for his speed and endurance, according to the American Kennel Club. This member of the hound group is a hunting dog who needs regular exercise and typically gets along well with humans and other dogs.

No. 8: Miniature Schnauzer
She might be small, but the Miniature Schnauzer has a larger-than-life personality and can be counted on to alert you – loudly – to anyone at the door. She is smart and athletic and makes a wonderful watchdog, and although she has a natural tendency toward barking, that can be curbed through training.

No. 9: Basset Hound
The good-natured Basset Hound needs to do little more than look your way with his pleading gaze to get what he wants. His short legs and long body make him less active than his fellow hounds, but he still possesses the classic hound howl, which he’ll use to full effect if left in the backyard away from his family.

No. 10: German Shepherd
The GSD is a natural protector who has been known to perform pretty much any job available to dogs. She is intelligent, fearless, athletic and needs an owner who will give her focused attention and training — otherwise, she can end up lonely, bored, destructive and loud.

No. 11: Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkie might be classified as a Toy breed, but make no mistake: This is a Terrier, through and through. He is a big dog in a small body and makes for a determined (and boisterous) watchdog, and even when properly trained, he’ll never be totally quiet.

No. 12: Bloodhound
The Bloodhound is probably most recognizable as the baying dog hot on the heels of the
dastardly criminal in the movies. But at her core, she’s sweet and lovable, even if she does produce more drool than you’ll ever be able to mop up. Her man-trailing
ability is so great that her “testimony” has even been accepted in select court cases. Like the other dogs who made this list, she needs to be well-trained and kept entertained in order to stop her from barking out of boredom.


Everest College did not give its all

Wow, it’s been a long long time since I updated my blog. So lets start up again and I’ll try my best to keep everyone up to date after this, *smiles*

Lets start with my lovely school journey. Everyone knows that this summer I have been fighting hard to get into Everest College for the Early Childcare Assistant, (ECA) program and I had fight after fight with people from National Association of Career Colleges

If you don’t remember how this all started, then please go back to the beginning and have a refresher.

Well, everything looked like it was going well, fine great, super I’ll get to start this fall. I was so excited! Finally I can start on the path of the career I’ve been wanting for years.

*growls in frustration*

Here it is September and I am not and will not be attending Everest College because they weren’t accommodating, they didn’t try like they claim they were doing, they waited until 2, count them, 2 days before class was to start to finally tell me, “sorry wee just couldn’t find you any placements. We call 122 different places and they all said no.” I’m sorry I call bull shit on that one! I fed them a placement that would be great for me and they claimed they called them everyday and left tuns of messages. Again I call bull shit. My contact people never heard a word after the initial first call from Everest. Everest told me that the place I recommended also doesn’t do infant and toddler, for the third time, sorry, bull shit!

I waisted months and months dealing with this mess and I’m extremely disappointed in Everest College. They did not put all their effort into getting me into the program. I’m sorry to say that I would not recommend Everest College to a person with a visual disability to attend this college.

Luckily with my contacts that I have from Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre all is not lost with the world. I will actually be returning back to Algonquin College in January for their Early Childhood Education program. That place that Everest says that doesn’t have infant and toddler placement or that they couldn’t reach, yeah, they will be my placements with Algonquin College.

So this time finally I can really say I’m on my way and this time from the looks of things it should go much better with Algonquin than it has in the past due to changes. So onward and upwards I go!


New Worlds Ateraan attends the ACB convention

Have you ever read a book and wondered what it would be like to play one of the characters?

This year at the ACB convention you can learn about the text only online role playing game known as New Worlds Ateraan

This high adventure, fantasy role playing game is based on the book The Light of the Path and staff members from New Worlds Ateraan will host a seminar on Monday and Tuesday evening.

Come to the seminar and you will learn how to become immersed in the world of Ateraan, a planet like earth where you walk among mystical creatures and live in an incredible country of fantastic magic and intrigue.

The seminar will introduce screen reader usage, character interaction, and the best methods of role playing by your host, a professional film and theater actor.

Now you can join hundreds of men and women characters like Neechi in an online adventure that becomes nearly real.

Join us this year at the New Worlds Ateraan Seminar at the ACB convention

To see what a few other players have to say about the game look here



It’s a day of importance for me, but in more ways than just one!

Ten years ago today I moved to Canada and never looked back. Canada became my home the minute I stepped off that plane, but now guess what? Today is more to me than just my anniversary of moving to Canada. Yes, I found the love of my life and this time I didn’t even have to move to another country to do so, ha! All that happened was I blinked and someone stole my heart.

They say that love comes when you least expect it, when you’re not looking for it. Well, I guess that’s true after all. On July 1, 2012 a day that marks a new chapter in my life James turned my life upside down and inside out. This has been the best year that I have had in a very long time. We fit together so well that it’s scary sometimes. Thanks for one awesome year together and here’s hoping we have many more years to share, HAPPY ANNIVERSARy James, I love you!