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1240125.  Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:14 pm Reply with quote

In honour of the solstice, Canada 150, and my memories of having my mind blown when last call was, er, called at a pub in the Isle of Skye when the sun was still out, here's a fact about Canada:

96% of Canadians live further south than London in the UK.

I am basing this on this post from a data scientist, and the fact that only two major cities in Canada (Edmonton, population just under a million, and Saskatoon, population about 250000) than London (51.5N). Let's say (less scientifically) that there are about 200000 in Cold Lake, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, and all the other settlements north of there. The Canadian population is currently approaching 36 million.

Edited because Calgary is on the cusp, I've just realised, so some suburbs might need to be included.

1240334.  Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:35 pm Reply with quote

I have been one-upped on imgur.

1240348.  Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:08 pm Reply with quote

While I knew that Middle Island in Lake Erie was the southernmost point in Canada, until I looked it up I hadn't realized quite how south it is.

It's at 41 41' N, which means that thirteen states of the US are entirely north of it, and so is Rome. Fourteen more states - including California, as noted in the link - are partly north of it.

Middle Island hasn't had a permanent human population since about 1500, when its indigenous population probably moved to Detroit.

But during Prohibition in the US in the 30s the island was bought by a crook named Joe Roscoe, who used it as the centre of his rum-running business. Once Prohibition was done, the house that Roscoe built for himself became successively an hotel, a casino, a restaurant (locally shot pheasant the house specialty), and a brothel.

It was abandoned in the 50s to become derelict, and is now reported as having almost entirely fallen down.

By the by, most British people probably didn't realize that the southernmost point of Alaska (Nitrof Point on Amatignak Island) is south of London.

1240357.  Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:07 pm Reply with quote

I just went to look up whether, if that proposal of days gone by to bring Turks and Caicos into the Canadian fold would have put all of the United States north of Canada's southernmost point, but Hawaii is still further south. Bah!

1240425.  Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:59 am Reply with quote

Is the plan still that if Turks and Caicos does ever become part of Canada, it will become part of Nova Scotia? The whole thing sounds a bit far-fetched, but there genuinely is a fair amount of support for the idea in Turks and Caicos.

Perhaps more far-fetched still is the notion of Barbados becoming part of Canada, but this one has been around for nearly 150 years and continues to resurface every few decades. Barbados lies some way south of Turks and Caicos, and its capital Bridgetown is at 13 6' N.

That is further south than Ka Lae, the southernmost point of Hawaii, and although they are on opposite sides of it, it's also closer to the Equator than any of American Samoa.
1250082.  Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:39 pm Reply with quote

Personalized number plates (or 'vanity plates' as they are known in Canada) are illegal in Newfoundland and Quebec.

There was talk a couple of years ago of legalizing them in Quebec but these plans were shelved over concerns citizens would use English phrases or swear words.



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