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Old 02 January 2007, 01:01 AM
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Comment: Regarding your article on letters to Santa in Canada, would you mind taking out the "Frozen North" comment? Maybe insert "our neighbours to the North" or maybe even "Canadian"? It's assumed by many Americans that we live in ice & snow all year round but the basic truth is that we have four distinctive seasons (gosh, the temperatures actually go up in the 90's in July!!). There are U.S. states that are much farther north than where I live; the most southern point in Canada has the same latitude as Northern California.

Today is January 1, 2007 and it's 50F outside. We haven't seen a flake of snow so far this winter.

I love your site - I really do. I'm just weary of all the stereotypes when it comes to Canada.
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Old 02 January 2007, 01:10 AM
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What was that all aboot, eh?

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Old 02 January 2007, 01:17 AM
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Probably just some Canuck venting after being trampled by a moose or hit in the head by a hockey puck.

I don't get it, since they're supposedly all so polite.

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Old 02 January 2007, 01:18 AM
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To be fair, I don't believe it's common knowledge for everyone where Barbara is originally from. But this:

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Today is January 1, 2007 and it's 50F outside. We haven't seen a flake of snow so far this winter.

I love your site - I really do. I'm just weary of all the stereotypes when it comes to Canada.
She seems to forget that Canada is a very big place. Today is January 1, 2007 and it was -10C this morning and there's more than a foot of snow on the ground. In the last two months I've lived through a week of colder than -25C and I will probably see -30C again before Easter. Last Tuesday in southern BC I woke up to 5 inches of snow that wasn't there the night before.
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Old 02 January 2007, 01:25 AM
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It's assumed by many Americans that we live in ice & snow all year round but the basic truth is that we have four distinctive seasons (gosh, the temperatures actually go up in the 90's in July!!).
I don't think this is true. Some parts of Canada only have one season -- I've been watching Corner Gas, and Saskatchewan apparently has gorgeous, summer-like weather all year around.

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Old 02 January 2007, 01:28 AM
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I don't think this is true. Some parts of Canada only have one season -- I've been watching Corner Gas, and Saskatchewan apparently has gorgeous, summer-like weather all year around.
You mustn't have seen the Christmas episode yet. It's gorgeous and summer-like most of the year, but Dog River gets snow for Christmas.
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Old 02 January 2007, 01:44 AM
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You mustn't have seen the Christmas episode yet. It's gorgeous and summer-like most of the year, but Dog River gets snow for Christmas.
I've watched two years' (or two seasons') worth of episodes so far, and they haven't had a Christmas yet ...

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I've watched two years' (or two seasons') worth of episodes so far, and they haven't had a Christmas yet ...

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The third season is out on DVD, and yes, there is a Christmas episode, so Christmas does indeed come to Dog River. Maybe they only celebrate once every three years or something.
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Ah yes. Ariadne is right, they've only had one Christmas so far. But it was a white Christmas.

We've missed most of season three. I really need to pick up the DVD.
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Wow, I had no idea Corner Gas was available south of the border. For those who are watching are you picking it up via satellite from a Canadian channel or is it being shown on a US channel?

...and I've yet to see winter in Dog River myself...
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Old 02 January 2007, 02:19 AM
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Must be satellite or DVD. It was only last month or so that Corner Gas was picked up by a US station for airing.
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Wow, I had no idea Corner Gas was available south of the border. For those who are watching are you picking it up via satellite from a Canadian channel or is it being shown on a US channel?

...and I've yet to see winter in Dog River myself...
We had to order the DVD from Amazon.ca. We don't get cable or satellite, so I don't know if it is shown on US TV. We were introduced to it via my husband's relatives, many of whom live in Canada. His parents brought back the first and second seasons from Canada when they came out. We haven't made it through the whole third season yet, but it is great so far.

Okay, according to Jenn it is available for viewing on US television.

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Old 02 January 2007, 02:31 AM
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Oh, apparently a distribution deal was made last May:

http://www.thecomedynetwork.ca/servl...ComedyPrograms

This is the distribution deal I was referring to from the last couple months
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The OP reminds me of Scott Thompon's "Buddy" talking about the differences - "Americans know as much about Canada as straight people know about gays. Americans come to Canada with ski masks in July, and straight people think being gay is 'just a phase'."
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Comment: Re: Dead Dog Letter. Grow up, this kind of Magical Thinking makes
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Comment: Hi there,
great site, and often useful, but I notice a lot of your recent stories
don't end with 'Barbara (appropriate descriptor) Mikkelson'.
It was a distinctive and amusing feature of Snopes. Is there a reason for
this change?
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Comment: Hi there,
great site, and often useful, but I notice a lot of your recent stories
don't end with 'Barbara (appropriate descriptor) Mikkelson'.
It was a distinctive and amusing feature of Snopes. Is there a reason for
this change?
Those articles are written by the Wizard.

Oh, just ignore the man behind the computer over there.
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ZOMG!!!!! What have they done with Barbara?!!?!?!?
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ZOMG!!!!! What have they done with Barbara?!!?!?!?
Barbara is in a better place now.

Which rules out Toronto.
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Comment: I have been these weird emails about winning prizes and they want
to know my personal information. I recently received one from microsoft
and one from the department of finance in South Africa. I spoke with a rep
from Microsoft and they gave me your website. I would like to know how to
check for legitamacy on these emails I received.
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