Family Day is a provincial holiday occurring on the third Monday in February in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and P.E.I. In Manitoba and P.E.I. it’s called Louis Riel Day and Islander Day, respectively. BC, ever the unique little snowflake, celebrates Family Day on the second Monday of February starting last year, and in Newfoundland, kids get the day off but nobody else. It is roughly the equivalent of President’s Day in the states, and the name has just about the same amount of significance: none. Expect worse transit hours, reduced access to liquor and random restaurant closures.
by Matt English
Someone in Ottawa was handing these out today
Dinky was a British toy manufacturer that was popular in the 1960s and 70s, and the term “dinky car” became synonymous with toy cars in Canada around that time. This is similar to how “Matchbox car” became synonymous with toy cars in the US in the early 90s. This is another example of a proprietary eponym, where a brand name becomes a generic term for a category of products. Dinky eventually faced mounting pressure from competitors, ceased production in 1979 and was ultimately acquired by Mattel.
When finished dining at a Canadian restaurant, one asks for the “bill” instead of the “check” because this makes sense.
The origin of the word “check” to mean the “bill” is a little ambiguous, but is along the same lines as the word “coat check” and “rain check” - a piece of paper that indicates some value, money owed or proof of ownership, whether it is for money or personal property.
Whatever you do, though, don’t ask for the “invoice.”
In Canada, a variant of bowling is played with only five pins and a substantially smaller ball with no holes. It is sometimes offered in bowling alleys that have both 5 and 10-pin bowling, other times on its own.
Five-pin bowling is substantially less fun than ten-pin bowling, but is suitable for little children who don’t know any better. And yes, there is even cosmic 5-pin bowling. Possibly fun if you’re 8 years old or stoned.