Come on…it’s July 1-tell me you love me!

1 Jul

After all, I’m one of your favorite canadians!

 Castor canadensis 
     The Canadian beaver was the country’s first natural resource to be exploited by Europeans. At one time, beaver pelts were the unit of currency in the new land. The beaver population was almost wiped out by 1930, but conservation measures have since restored their numbers to relatively healthy levels. 
     Beavers have a well-developed social hierarchy in which the family is the basic unit, and the female the central figure in each family. The usual family group consists of the adults, the kits, and the yearlings of the previous year. The average size of the family is about 10 or 12 individuals. Adult weight varies between 15 and 35 kg with the average being about 20 kg. 
     The bear, wolf, coyote, fisher, wolverine, otter, and lynx prey upon the beaver who is, nevertheless, a powerful antagonist when at bay. Their lodges, made of tangled sticks and caked mud, offer protection that even black bears have difficulty in breaking through. 
     Beaver dams are usually about 50 m in length, 2 m high, and about 3 m through the base. Their dams help to maintain water levels in forest streams, thus providing habitat for themselves, fish, and waterfowl. 


The Cheese – The cheese is the most important part of good poutine. You must use FRESH white, cheddar cheese CURDS. poutine-ashton.jpgThese curds have a taste and texture very different than actual cheddar cheese. The cheese curds will actually squeak in your teeth as you bite them. While curds are available in most Canadian supermarkets, they are not found in many American markets (the closest thing in taste is Mozzarella String Cheese – but don’t use this stuff!).

Alex Colville

Alex Colville was born in 1920 in Toronto, Ontario. He studied Fine Arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick from 1938-1942. Hon. Alex Colville in 1945.

Colville has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally including the Tate Gallery in London, England; Beijing Exhibition Centre; Fung Ping Shan Museum in Hong Kong; Teien Museum in Tokyo; Canadian Pavillion at the 1966 Biennale in Venice, Italy; National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover and Menschenbilder, Mathildenhohe in Darmstadt, Germany. In 1983 an international touring retrospective of his work was organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Alex Colville’s work is found in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée National D’Art Moderne in Paris, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne and Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover, Germany.


Dieppe Raid CWM/MCG 12122

 After graduation he joined the Canadian Army and was appointed a war artist. Upon arriving in London, Colville was stationed with a supply unit in Yorkshire. He subsequently travelled to the Mediterranean, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany

 Go forth, wear red, and pretend to be Canadian today!

9 Responses to “Come on…it’s July 1-tell me you love me!”

  1. radicalmama July 1, 2007 at 11:59 am #

    I don’t WANT to pretend! I want to emigrate!

  2. thordora July 1, 2007 at 12:08 pm #

    Come to where the flavour is!!!!

  3. Mogo July 1, 2007 at 1:27 pm #


    you COMPLETELY overlook our most important, significant cultural/artistic export of the past 100 years:

    The Nihilist Spasm Band!!

    good thing I paid a little tribute to them, at least:

    hehe 😉

  4. roxy July 1, 2007 at 1:44 pm #

    I’ll pretend, happily: It’s too embarrassing these days to admit American citizenship anyway.

  5. ann adams July 1, 2007 at 10:39 pm #

    Pretending as well. If I were younger and unencumbered, I’d happily be your next door neighbor.

    Happy Canada Day.

  6. Nat July 2, 2007 at 9:45 am #

    Hooray for poutine!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  7. thordora July 2, 2007 at 10:13 am #

    I’m so totally having one today. Deluxe here I come! I haven’t had a real poutine in months!

  8. bine July 2, 2007 at 10:45 am #

    i don’t want to make any enemies here but i think poutine sounds pretty gross.
    then again … some of my “comfort foods” are pretty gross, too.
    so enjoy your poutine!

  9. thordora July 2, 2007 at 10:46 am #

    don’t worry. it looks disgusting, and you feel like shit after you eat it.

    It’s almost as nasty looking as my “mashed potatoes and baked beans” concoction…

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