Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects my eclectic interests and, I hope, yours. This week, my focus is on Canada Day which is tomorrow and which, except for my Canadian subscribers, most people know appallingly little about. Coming up on Sunday is the U.S. Independence Day, but chances are you already know how to celebrate that one.

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The Quirky Quote
My motto? Time spent laughing at yourself is time well spent.
~ Canadian-born actor, Jim Carrey
The Quirky Facts
Unlike the U.S. holiday, Canada’s national holiday does not celebrate independence from England. Very brief history lesson: The British North America Act (also known as the Constitution Act) of July 1, 1867 officially created the nation of Canada, uniting the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. But today Canada consists of 10 provinces having added Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan, and three territories known as the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon. Newfoundland didn’t become a province until 1949 and the last territory of Nunavut was only created in 1999. As for its independence, it is still part of the British Commonwealth, but became a fully sovereign nation in 1982. It you’re not Canadian, I bet you didn’t know all that. If you are Canadian, I hope I got it right, and it you want to know more, see Resources. As for celebrating our respective holidays, our traditions of fireworks, picnics, and parades are mostly alike.

The Quirky Observations
1) As in the U.S., Canada’s July celebration does not fully honor the indigenous people – known as First Nation people in Canada – who were here hundreds of years before European settlers. Not sure when that’s going to be corrected.

2) Unlike British English which uses lots of terms different from what we’re used to in the U.S., (think jumper, plimsolls, trainers, knickers), Canadian word meanings are mostly the same as U.S. words. But don’t be offended by a Canadian asking after a bunch of “loonies.” No disparagement of your family is intended. Loonie is the nickname for their one dollar coin which features an image of a loon. (Toonie is the affectionate term for their two dollar coin.) Canadians do use some British spellings and pronounce a few words like “about” and “process” slightly differently, but in most ways sound just like people from middle America. The use of the added “Eh,” at the end of sentences may be an exception, but is a way of being friendly, of engaging with others, of saying in essence, “Do you agree?” The video on this site explains it perfectly.

3) The first dictionary definition of a bluenose is a priggish or puritanical person, but the second, more appealing definition is a person from Nova Scotia, in reference to the name of the famous racing schooner that was built there. The most colorful (pun intended) story I read of its origins is that fishermen’s wives used a cheap blue dye on the wool mittens they knit for their spouses. After days at sea with nothing to wipe their runny noses with but the back of their hands, the fishermen would return to land with tinted schnozzles.

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Bonus Note
You don’t have to be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada to celebrate your country’s independence in July. Here are some of the other countries that do so: Algeria, Argentina, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Burundi, Columbia, France, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, The Netherlands, Peru, Rwanda, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Vanuatu, and Venezuela – Bet you didn’t know all that!

The Questions
1) What else should we know about Canada and Canadians?

2) Whatever country you are from, how do you celebrate its independence?

The Featured Product
This week’s quiz is a shortened version of a longer one I created and am offering as a freebie here for those interested.

The Quiz
U.S. and Canada: Choose the correct answer
1. Which country has the larger total area?
a. Canada ___        b. United States ___
2. Which country has the longer coastline?
a. Canada ___        b. United States ___
3. Which country has the larger renewable fresh water supply?
a. Canada ___        b. United States ___
4. Which country has a higher median age?
a. Canada ___        b. United States ___
5. Which country has a greater life expectancy at birth?
a. Canada ___        b. United States ___
6. Which country has more elected government representatives per capita?
a. Canada ___        b. United States ___
7. Which of these well-known comedians was NOT born in Canada?
a.    Samantha Bee ___
b.    David Letterman ___
c.     Mike Myers ___
d.    Seth Rogan ___

8. Which well-known singer was NOT born in Canada?
a.    Michael Bublé  ___
b.    Leonard Cohen ___
c.     Celine Dion ___
d.    Neil Diamond ___

The Resources

Answers to the Quiz
1-6 are all Canada. 7 = b. David Letterman; 8 = d. Neil Diamond

More Canadian-born comedians: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Jim Carrey, Tommy Chong, Rich Little, Colin Mochrie, Leslie Nielsen, Martin Short (pictured)

More Canadian-born singers: Paul Anka, Justin Bieber, k.d.lang, Gordon Lightfoot, Shawn Mendes, Alanis Morisette, The Weeknd, Shania Twain

My multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what I and people whom I admire are doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. I hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (
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