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Monday, October 08, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in Canada. The Canadian markets are closed.

Some things you may not know about Canada ...

Stephen Colbert tells us that Canada was founded by a duck, a moose and a beaver

The reality may be even more discomforting for some Canadians: Canada (as we know it) was founded by the Frenchies. The French established the first permanent settlement at Port Royal (now Annapolis Royal) in 1605. The First Nations may dispute when Canada was actually founded, and "Canada" is actually an Iroquois word meaning "village" or "settlement".

The French handed Canada over to the English in 1763 at the conclusion of the French and Indian Wars (as we in the US call it), or the 7 Years' War (as the Canadians call it). No one asked the Iroquois what they thought of the deal.

Nunavut became Canada's third territory in 1999. Carved entirely out of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut covers 2 million sq km, or approximately one-fifth of Canada’s surface. Of the 30,000 residents, 85% are Inuit. “Nunavut” is an Inuktitut word meaning “Our Land.”

One of America's 10 most beautiful beaches is in Canada -- Grand Beach in Manitoba.

Canada has some of the lowest population density in the world -- 9.1 people per square mile.

Famous Canadians include Jim Carrey, William Shatner, Pamela Anderson, and Margaret Atwood.
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