Canadiana classic: ‘Log Driver’s Waltz’

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‘Log Driver’s Waltz’, classic Canadiana vignette, featuring a Kate & Anna McGarrigle sing-along, via the NFB

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o canada: a nation of nations

‘Metis Nation Flag’, ‘… the oldest Canadian patriotic flag indigenous to Canada, first used by Metis fighters in 1816. As a symbol of nationhood, the Metis flag predates Canada’s Maple Leaf flag by about 150 years …’

More info about the fascinating Metis Nation flag from the Canadian Design Resource

O Canada! {as sung by William Shatner, via the NFB … enjoy!}

shipping news: busy beavers at work …

Grey Owl + Jellyroll beaver

Tinder’s busy beavers are working hard to catch up with your orders for shipping in the next day or so …!

+ XMAS delivery deadlines for Canada: 10 December & USA: 07 December … we’ll post reminders in the coming weeks too, this is just advance warning …

Parks Canada image of Grey Owl & Jelly Roll {the beaver, his pet} … & nice summary of the famed British trapper who became Canada’s first conservationist, guided by his Mohawk wife … fascinating silent movies c. 1928, via the NFB

on thin ice: the arctic sea & history

‘Cambria Icefields, BC’; aerial photography by Eamon Mac Mahon

Some ‘ice breaking news’ we may have heard before … but whether ‘climate change’ or ‘solar cycles’ … whether climate warming or cooling, it seems the Arctic sea ice is melting rather quickly …

According to ‘the largest climate change study ever undertaken in Canada, the Arctic sea ice is thinning faster than expected … It was the first time a research vessel had ever remained mobile in open water in the Far North’ …

For the past 100 years, ‘no serving Canadian icebreaker was able to penetrate Canadian Arctic water during the severe winter season from November to May’ …!

Will icebreakers {and sea ice} become ancient history? Open season on the high Arctic seas begins …

Cruising the Northwest Passage … not so long ago, a certain charismatic Scot ventured across the top of Canada, exploring the legendary and ‘mythical sea route’ … {and got a mention in the Scottish Parliament for it … see below}

Billy Connolly journeys to the ‘Edge of the World’: insightful observations, stunning scenery, remote and remarkable folks; aired on TVO not long ago … an ode to Canada, series produced by ITV UK, keep an eye out for re-runs …

One of the last expeditions that attempted passage through Arctic waters 1.5 centuries ago, was much less pleasant … ‘Passage’, based on the compelling book by Ken McGoogan , who brought the story to light …

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Anticipating the film release of this fascinating and largely obscured history of Dr John Rae, the Orcadian Scot who scoured the Northwest Passage in search of the truth … and ‘was the first to identify and map the navigable link of the North West Passage’

Dr Rae joined the HBC and became a ‘student’ of the indigenous Cree and the Inuit in particular, who nicknamed him ‘Aglooka’ {he who takes long strides} for his skilled snowshoeing … and the rest is history … it’s been a long time coming …!
{we spent a year in Orkney, many moons ago, where we were introduced to this extraordinary story and unsung hero}

A wee tune to set the mood …