Welcome to the first weekly instalment of “Canada Soup” where we roundup news on Canadian history, identity, and fun and bizarre developments in the country. Like the internet, and our country for that matter, our roundup is an eclectic smorgasbord where news of Canada’s first polymer note mixes with the imagined apocalyptic future of the CBC and a surprising admission of military defeat by a US scholar. What remains constant in this alphabet soup is our steady focus on our dear old country Canada!
Canada’s first polymer bank note, a $100 bill, combines our rich history with the best of technology. Issued by the Bank of Canada, the note celebrates the Canadian discovery of insulin and incorporates heightened security to combat counterfeiting. It’s as good as gold! [Postmedia News]
Canada won the War of 1812 says leading US scholar Eliot Cohen. In a rare admission, the Johns Hopkins University professor writes, “Ultimately, Canada and Canadians won the War of 1812…Americans at the time, and, by and large, since, did not see matters that way.” Canada -1, US – 0. Oh, we jest! [Canada.com]
The CBC battles funding cuts, while a campaign, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, imagines the CBC’s hellish future with former American wrestler Lance Fury at the helm. In a satiric video, a smiling Fury says deadpan, “Canadians are very unique; they’re just like Americans, except for the Quebec-ians, who are more like the Puerto Ricans.” [Canada.com]
University of Toronto professor David Wilson talks about the life and legacy of Father of Confederation Thomas D’Arcy McGee, the hatred he inspired in the Fenians, and his assassination – the first in Canadian history. [CTV]
The wonderful Penguin series, Extraordinary Canadians, has been adapted to the small screen by CityTV. If you haven’t seen the episodes, which aired in mid-October, make sure to catch it this Sunday night for the life of women’s activist Nellie McClung. [CityTV]
For Japanese-Canadian students who were forced from their studies and herded off to internment camps during the Second World War, the University of British Columbia has recently announced that it will award special degrees to approximately 75 of those students. One such student, an 89 year old Mr. Sumiya, responded: “I’m on cloud nine.” [Globe & Mail]