The Seven Wonders of Canada

Friday, June 08, 2007
For the past few weeks, CBC Radio (Sounds Like Canada with Shelagh Rodgers) has been running a contest, of sorts. They were asking Canadians to call/write/email them with their nominees for the seven wonders of Canada. There weren’t a lot of rules to the contest. The nominees had to display essential “Canadian-ness; be historically significant and/or character filled and valued; the pitches had to be original and unique; they could be a spectacular physical site or amazing human creation; and they had to have the ability to inspire.

And the winners, announced last night on the National, are:

The Canoe, The Igloo, Old Quebec City, The Prairie Skies, Pier 21 - Halifax, Niagara Falls, and The Rockies

Because of the overwhelming response (over 1 million people voted), they had to extend the nomination period and then again extend the voting period. Kudos to CBC, the National and Sounds Like Canada for inspiring the nation to look around us at places/things we often take for granted in new light. Hopefully, we’ll appreciate all the nominees a bit more.

In not so happy news, the Supreme Court has ruled that the original judge in the Leo Teskey trial took too long to deliver his judgement and has thrown out the verdict. As a result, a new trial will take place and Teskey’s well-deserved “Dangerous Offender” status will be reversed. This news comes on the 25th wedding anniversary of Teskey’s victim Dugald Miller and his wife Lesley. Many of you may not know who any of these people are. Miller, an apartment building manager, came across Teskey sleeping in the hallway of his building and tried escorting him outside. Teskey attacked Miller in an extremely brutal manor leaving him severely brain damaged, robbed him, and drove off in a stolen truck. He was eventually caught and, based on the viscousness of the attack on Miller AND previously shooting a police officer in the back of the head (not to mention his loooong history of violent crime), he was convicted and sentenced to an undetermined length of time as a dangerous offender. Miller’s wife, Lesley, has remained by his side and now has to relive the entire experience all over again thanks to a jackass judge who sat on his ass too long.

With the new trial, there’s always the possibility (albeit extremely unlikely) that Teskey may in fact be found not-guilty. I was going to blog about this yesterday but frankly the whole is too upsetting. The inadequacies in our justice system (including the Young Offenders Act) is too huge a subject for me to get into right now as well. We’ll save that for another post.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've been following the Teskey debacle and it breaks my heart whenever I hear Mrs Miller speak. The Millers have suffered more than anybody should at the hands of this vicious criminal and now the justice system.

Biby Cletus said...

Hello, i just surfed in searching for interesting blogs on new seven wonders of the world, you have a cool blog. Do keep up the good work. i live far from where you are and its nice to be able to see what people from across the world thinks.

Warm Regards from the Other Side of the Moon.

On a related note perhaps you might find the following links interesting. we're reviewing the best among the competing 21 participants for the new 7 wonders competition. i'll like to hear your take on the subject via comments. i'll be back soon...

The Kremlin and the Red Square
Angkor Wat
Eiffel Tower
Hagia Sophia

ps. if you have your own favourites list or if you'd like us to write about other wonders pls do mention about it in the comments.


Kerala, India

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