1. That would be William Lyon Mackenzie King, who spent about 22 years in office between the years of 1921 and 1948.
2. Toronto — a.k.a. Hog Town, a.k.a. T-dot, a.k.a. the Centre of the Universe, had 50,000 citizens, or about two and a half times the number that turn out to Air Canada Centre to watch the Leafs lose.
3. Screech. Imported from Jamaica, this very strong rum was extremely popular among sailors. It was reportedly named by an American soldier during World War II who followed a Newfoundlanders’ lead and chugged back a shot, only to choke and cry out “what the cripes was that ungodly screech?”
4. Canada’s third territory, which includes Baffin Island, was created in 1999 and broke up the Northwest Territories. The capital city is Iqaluit.
5. Canola, a variation of rapeseed (meaning turnip seed, from the Latin), is praised for being low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated oil content and Omega-3 fatty acids — good fats that convert to bad fats when overheated, so go easy with the frypan.
6. The mighty Mackenzie River runs 4,241 km (2,630 miles) on its way to the Beaufort Sea. In comparison, the so-called “mighty” Mississippi is just 1,015 miles (1,640 km) long.
7. The Rhinoceros Party had official party status from the 1960s to the 1990s but never won a seat. The main party platform was described as “two feet high and made of wood”. The other platform included calls to repeal the law of gravity, paving Manitoba, providing higher education by building taller schools, making illiteracy an official language, annexing the U.S. as Canada’s third territory (before Nunavut of course), ending crime by abolishing laws, driving on the left, and declaring a war on Belgium after cartoon character Tintin killed a rhino in one episode. (The war was settled after Belgium delivered a conciliatory case of mussels and Belgian beer to the Rhino Party headquarters in Montreal.)
8. The Duo-Tang, now hated by students worldwide.
9. The Molson Muscle. Also acceptable is The Labatt Labanza.
10. The Edmonton Journal won a Pulitzer Prize in 1938 after fighting an attempt by the provincial government to require newspapers to provide cabinet with space to write rebuttals for stories deemed inaccurate. The Journal fought all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and won, earning a Pulitzer for defending freedom of the press.
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