June is a special month for the Heart and Stroke Foundation during which we focus our efforts on stroke awareness. Canadians need to be aware of the devastating effects of stroke and also about the ripple effect it has on families, caregivers and their communities.
Canadian Forces Day is an occasion for us to thank our military men and women for all that they do—and for their willingness to put everything on the line to protect our country and the values that lie at the heart of our democratic society.
•June’s birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.
•The birth flower is rose.
•The zodiac signs for the month of June are Gemini (until June 20) and Cancer (June 21 onwards).
It’s Illegal To Whistle in Petrolia, Ont.
A Petrolia city rep says this unusual law simply aims to limit excessive noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., but according to Article 3, 772.3.6 on the town’s website, “Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing is prohibited at all times,
Keep your booze at home
According to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (which dates back to the time of prohibition and bootleggers), you can only legally move a bottle of booze from one province to another with the permission of the provincial liquor control board. The situation changed on May 28th, 2012, allowing you to legally move wine, but little else.
It’s illegal to attach a siren to your bike in Sudbury, Ont.
Since 1973, the only noise-makers Sudbury cyclists can attach to their bikes are bells and horns. Breaking noise bylaws in Sudbury can lead to fines up to $5,000.
McGill put the Green in Greenbacks
We’ve taken a lot of jabs from the U.S. for our Monopoly-coloured Canadian currency, but what most don’t realize is the green ink used for American money was invented at McGill University in Montreal, in 1857, by Thomas Sterry Hunt.
We Built a UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alta.
One of Canada’s most unique Centennial projects in 1967 was the building of the world’s first UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta. The town provided the land, and local businesses provided building supplies and labour for the raised cement pad. Making things even stranger? Paul Hellyer, then Minister of National Defense, flew in (by helicopter, not spaceship) to officially open it.
Most of the World’s Caesium is in a Lake in Manitoba
The best-known use of this element is in Caesium-based atomic clocks – which are so accurate they would only be off by 2 seconds over a 65 million year lifespan. It’s also used as a lubricant for large drilling projects. The world’s richest deposit of caesium (roughly two-thirds of it) is at Bernic Lake, Manitoba.