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5th Apr '17 7:18:39 AM sinesofinsanity
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'''May 3, 2016:''' A wildfire south of the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta surges out of control to jump two rivers and surround the town, forcing a mass evacuation of over 88,000 people. The fire, nicknamed "The Beast" by firefighters for it's tendency to be savage and unpredictable, destroyed over 2,400 homes (10% of the town) before being turned away, though the dedicated action of the firefighters resulted in zero deaths from the fire (two people were killed in a car accident while evacuating). As well, firefighters were able to save all significant infrastructure allowing residents to return home starting June 1. This was the largest mass evacuation in Alberta's history and the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history according to the Canadian Insurance Bureau.

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'''May 3, 2016:''' A wildfire south of the town of Fort McMurray, [=McMurray=], Alberta surges out of control to jump two rivers and surround the town, forcing a mass evacuation of over 88,000 people. The fire, nicknamed "The Beast" by firefighters for it's tendency to be savage and unpredictable, destroyed over 2,400 homes (10% of the town) before being turned away, though the dedicated action of the firefighters resulted in zero deaths from the fire (two people were killed in a car accident while evacuating). As well, firefighters were able to save all significant infrastructure allowing residents to return home starting June 1. This was the largest mass evacuation in Alberta's history and the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history according to the Canadian Insurance Bureau.
5th Apr '17 7:14:33 AM sinesofinsanity
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'''December 6, 1917:''' The munitions ship ''Mont Blanc'' collides with Norwegian vessel ''Imo'' in Halifax Harbour. She burns for twenty-five minutes before she explodes, levelling two square kilometres and killing over two thousand people. Train dispatcher Vince Coleman desperately sends a message to stop an inbound train carrying over seven hundred people, remaining at his post until he confirms the train's response. He does not survive. Until the Trinity test, this was the largest man-made explosion at the time, and remains the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion to this date[[labelnote:*: It's still possible to see how far the explosion reached from the bay by a clear delineation between "older" buildings and "newer" buildings in Halifax, though with rebuilding, it's more difficult each year]].

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'''December 6, 1917:''' The munitions ship ''Mont Blanc'' collides with Norwegian vessel ''Imo'' in Halifax Harbour. She burns for twenty-five minutes before she explodes, levelling two square kilometres and killing over two thousand people. Train dispatcher Vince Coleman desperately sends a message to stop an inbound train carrying over seven hundred people, remaining at his post until he confirms the train's response. He does not survive. Until the Trinity test, this was the largest man-made explosion at the time, and remains the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion to this date[[labelnote:*: date[[note]] It's still possible to see how far the explosion reached from the bay by a clear delineation between "older" buildings and "newer" buildings in Halifax, though with rebuilding, it's more difficult each year]].
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5th Apr '17 7:11:00 AM sinesofinsanity
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'''May 3, 2016:''' A wildfire south of the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta surges out of control to jump two rivers and surround the town, forcing a mass evacuation of over 88,000 people. The fire, nicknamed "The Beast" by firefighters for it's tendency to be savage and unpredictable, destroyed over 2,400 homes (10% of the town) before being turned away, though the dedicated action of the firefighters resulted in zero deaths from the fire (two people were killed in a car accident while evacuating). As well, firefighters were able to save all significant infrastructure allowing residents to return home starting June 1. This was the largest mass evacuation in Alberta's history and the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history according to the Canadian Insurance Bureau.
31st Mar '17 7:06:05 PM JulianLapostat
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'''ca. 1000:''' Leif Ericson founds Vinland in what is now L'anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. His men stay for a while until the natives kick them out for partying too hard.

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'''ca. 1000:''' [[UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge Leif Ericson founds Vinland Vinland]] in what is now L'anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. His men stay for a while until the natives kick them out for partying too hard.
2nd Mar '17 8:27:45 PM PaladinPhoenix
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'''December 6, 1917:''' The munitions ship ''Mont Blanc'' collides with Norwegian vessel ''Imo'' in Halifax Harbour. She burns for twenty-five minutes before she explodes, levelling two square kilometres and killing over two thousand people. Train dispatcher Vince Coleman desperately sends a message to stop an inbound train carrying over seven hundred people, remaining at his post until he confirms the train's response. Until the Trinity test, this was the largest man-made explosion at the time.

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'''December 6, 1917:''' The munitions ship ''Mont Blanc'' collides with Norwegian vessel ''Imo'' in Halifax Harbour. She burns for twenty-five minutes before she explodes, levelling two square kilometres and killing over two thousand people. Train dispatcher Vince Coleman desperately sends a message to stop an inbound train carrying over seven hundred people, remaining at his post until he confirms the train's response. He does not survive. Until the Trinity test, this was the largest man-made explosion at the time.
time, and remains the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion to this date[[labelnote:*: It's still possible to see how far the explosion reached from the bay by a clear delineation between "older" buildings and "newer" buildings in Halifax, though with rebuilding, it's more difficult each year]].
28th Sep '16 7:31:56 AM sinesofinsanity
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'''October 19, 2015:''': After nearly ten years of hard right rule (for Canada) by the Conservative Party under PM Stephen Harper, the party was toppled from power. That was made possible by Pierre Trudeau's son, Justin Trudeau, leapfrogged the Liberal Party of Canada from third place to the governing one with a strong majority in Parliament. This kind of victory has not happened since 1925 and it is the first time that the child of a Canadian Prime Minister has won the position himself.

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'''October 19, 2015:''': After nearly ten years of hard right rule (for Canada) by the Conservative Party under PM Stephen Harper, the party was toppled from power. That was made possible by Pierre Trudeau's son, Justin Trudeau, leapfrogged the Liberal Party of Canada from third place to the governing one with a strong majority in Parliament. This kind of victory has not happened since 1925 and it is the first time that the child of a Canadian Prime Minister has won the position himself.himself.

'''August 20, 2016:''': Music/TheTragicallyHip play the [[http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/from-home-in-kingston-tragically-hip-weave-together-joy-sadness-and-a-country/article31480302/ final show]] in their Man Machine Poem tour in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario. Frontman Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal glioblastoma earlier in the year, but the band decided to go ahead with the tour as a final farewell and celebration. National broadcaster CBC cancels all other programming (during the Olympics) to play the concert with no commercial breaks, and towns and cities across the country host livestream events. An estimated 11.7 million people watch making it the 2nd most watched moment in Canadian broadcast history.
12th Aug '16 11:16:07 PM DarkSoldier
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'''May 5, 1893:''' The Montreal Hockey Club wins the first Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, better known as UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup. The Cup will go on to become the most prestigious North American professional hockey trophy.



'''1958 - 1959:''' Avro Aircraft Ltd. designs, produces, and then (on order of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker) cancels the [[CoolPlane Avro Arrow]] supersonic interceptor program. Dan Aykroyd is not amused. While a marvel of engineering, [=ICBMs=] had rendered interceptors obsolete before the Arrow could be built, but the dismantling of the project was so complete and thorough that it essentially returned Canadian aviation back to square one--and we have been buying American fighter planes ever since.

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'''1958 - 1959:''' Avro Aircraft Ltd. designs, produces, and then (on order of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker) cancels the [[CoolPlane Avro Arrow]] supersonic interceptor program. Dan Aykroyd Creator/DanAykroyd is not amused. While a marvel of engineering, [=ICBMs=] had rendered interceptors obsolete before the Arrow could be built, but the dismantling of the project was so complete and thorough that it essentially returned Canadian aviation back to square one--and we have been buying American fighter planes ever since.



'''June 9, 1993:''' The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Los Angeles Kings in five games to win their twenty-fourth [[UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup Stanley Cup]]. For some reason, the Canadiens fans decided a riot would be the perfect way to celebrate the win. It is also the last time (as of 2016) that a Canadian team won the Cup.



'''2001:''' Canada invades Afghanistan as part of a NATO mission to capture Osama bin Laden in retaliation for 9/11. For the next ten years Canadian troops were mostly based around Kandahar.

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'''2001:''' Canada invades Afghanistan as part of a NATO mission to capture Osama bin Laden in retaliation for 9/11. For the next ten years years, Canadian troops were mostly based around Kandahar.



'''October 19, 2015:''': After nearly 10 years of hard right rule (For Canada) by the Conservative Party under PM Steve Harper, the party was toppled from power. That was made possible by Pierre Trudeau's son, Justin Trudeau, leapfrogged the Liberal Party of Canada from third place to the governing one with a strong majority in Parliament. This kind of victory has not happened since 1925 and it is the first time that the child of a Canadian Prime Minister has won the position himself.

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'''October 19, 2015:''': After nearly 10 ten years of hard right rule (For (for Canada) by the Conservative Party under PM Steve Stephen Harper, the party was toppled from power. That was made possible by Pierre Trudeau's son, Justin Trudeau, leapfrogged the Liberal Party of Canada from third place to the governing one with a strong majority in Parliament. This kind of victory has not happened since 1925 and it is the first time that the child of a Canadian Prime Minister has won the position himself.
4th Feb '16 11:23:53 AM Theriocephalus
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'''ca. 20 000 - 10 000 BCE''': Siberians cross the Bering Strait by either a land bridge (due to lower ocean levels as a result of the ice age) or a sheet of ice (due to the… uh, Ice Age). Hundreds of unique cultures grow and develop up and down the Americas from these progenitors.

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'''ca. 20 000 - 10 000 BCE''': Siberians cross the Bering Strait by either a land bridge (due to lower ocean levels as a result of the ice age) Ice Age) or a sheet of ice (due to the… uh, Ice Age). Hundreds of unique cultures grow and develop up and down the Americas from these progenitors.
26th Oct '15 4:55:30 PM kchishol
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'''March 17, 1946:''' Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's colour line when he debuts at shortstop for the Montreal Royals, the International AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson will be called up for the 1947 season and eventually enter the MLB Hall of Fame.

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'''March 17, 1946:''' Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's colour line when he debuts at shortstop for the Montreal Royals, the International AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although the racist pressure on him almost drove him to a nervous breakdown, he survived in part because Montrealers hailed him as their summer sports hero and he backed that adulation with spectacular play. Robinson will be called up for the 1947 season and eventually enter the MLB Hall of Fame.
26th Oct '15 4:51:43 PM kchishol
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'''July 20, 2005:''' Canada becomes the fourth country to legalize gay marriage. Eight provinces had already done so.

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'''July 20, 2005:''' Canada becomes the fourth country to legalize gay marriage. Eight provinces had already done so.
so. The political support proved so powerful that when the Conservative PM Steve Harper rose to power, he staged a free vote in Parliament on the issue in anticipation of it going against him in order to move past the issue without alienating his base as fast he could.
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