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79 days to go – Syrup Suckers Unite!

November 24, 2009

I am behind the times… I probably should have written about Stephen Colbert‘s callout of Canada a while ago, but hey, it’s been fun listening to the slagging and counter-attacks since it all started on November 5th.  If you are not sure what I’m talking about, American comedian Stephen Colbert has recently challenged his followers to support the American Speed Skating team after the team lost its sponsorship funding.  And he’s succeeding!  However, he’s also claiming that Canada is not allowing fair access for American speed skaters to the Richmond Olympic Oval!  You can watch his callout here (scroll forward to the 4 minute mark), and our “Chief Syrup Sucker’s” return challenge here.

Stephen Colbert - pushing Canada's buttons!


I hope that he does come up during the Olympics and take up the post of Olympic Ombudsman to prevent discrimination against American athletes (complete with uniform – a pink toque) as offered by our “Chief Syrup Sucker” Ted Townsend, the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications for the City of Richmond.

So far, it has been fun watching everyone get riled up!  Heck, I’m even riled up!  I’m no Saskatche-whiner!  Well, the mittens are down, we’ll just have to wait and see where it goes from here!

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Have you entered someone for my latest pin contest yet??  I’m giving away a great Visa Mascot pin and all you have to do is get a friend to comment on a post this week with your name and the answer to the following question:

What are the names of the Mascots from the Montreal 1976 and the Calgary 1988 Olympics?

If you would like more than one entry to win this pin then make sure to tell more than one friend about!!  :D And don’t forget to enter your friend’s name too!  But get your entries in before the evening of Sunday, November 29th!

Win this pin for a friend!


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It’s hard to believe that we’re less than 80 days away from the beginning of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics (and only 30 days from Christmas!)!  Where does the time go?  Anyhow, I’m always keen on finding out what people would like to see on this site, and on Saturday my very good friend Elspeth asked for videos!  I would love to host them here, and may in the future, but for now I’m playing with adding them to my 2010vanfan group page on Facebook and including links to there.  So here is my first experiment.  Let me know if it works, or if you have other ideas how I can accomplish this task!  And while you’re there, join the group for 2010vanfan updates!

The GE Plaza opened at Robson Square yesterday!  Here is a little video clip of the Vancouver 2010 Mascots skating during the opening.  I particularly like Quatchi playing tag with Miga!

Thank you merci!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2009 9:54 am

    Answer to mascot trivia

    montreal 1976 mascot -Amik
    Calgary 1988 – Hidy and Howdy

    friend’s name – Lee-Ann Jeffrey
    friend’s name – Denise Spelay Peterson

  2. Lee-Ann Jeffrey permalink
    November 25, 2009 10:09 am

    Lori Watson sent me, and the two mascots are:

    montreal 1976 mascot -Amik
    Calgary 1988 – Hidy and Howdy

  3. Patricia Duffy permalink
    November 25, 2009 11:10 am

    I just wanted to say I love your daily blogs!!! Keep it up!

  4. Mihnea C permalink
    November 25, 2009 1:26 pm

    Thank you for the Petro Canada pin!

  5. Pam Mason permalink
    November 25, 2009 8:35 pm

    Montreal – Amik the beaver
    Calgary – Hidi and Howdy

    Leslye P asked me to send this in

  6. Pam Mason permalink
    November 25, 2009 8:36 pm

    Kay M asked me to submit this:
    Calgary: Hidi and Howdy
    Montreal: Amik

  7. Gail Anderson permalink
    November 25, 2009 10:53 pm

    My 9-year old nephew Michael Ketcheson who lives in Fort McMurray, Alberta asked me enter his name in your contest. The Mascot for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal is Amik – Algonquin first nations language for beaver & the mascots at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary were Hidy and Howdy – cute little polar bears!

    As always I love reading your blog and seeing all of the great photos. You are making the Olympics come alive for those of us who do not live in the greater Vancouver area. Thank you so much!

  8. Sharon Snider permalink
    November 25, 2009 10:57 pm

    My sister, Gail Anderson, asked me to enter her name in your contest for a Mascot Visa Pin as she is collecting Mascot Pins!

    1976 Montreal Olympics – Mascot – Amik
    1988 Calgary Olympics – Mascots – Hidy & Howdy

  9. Brent permalink
    November 26, 2009 6:48 am

    Answer to the Mascot trivia:

    1976 – Amik
    1988 – Hidy and Howdy

    My wife Diana loves collecting pins! Thanks for writing such an interesting blog!

  10. November 26, 2009 9:32 am

    Hi Andrea!!

    Answer to Mascot trivia:

    Calgary 1988 Mascots were Hidy and Howdy (inseparable brother and sister polar bears)
    Montreal 1976 Mascot was Amik (a beaver)

    I bet you can guess who I’m entering for! Kate T! She loves those pins…

  11. Philip permalink
    November 27, 2009 10:32 am

    Montreal 1976 – Amik
    Calgary 1988 – Hidy & Howdy

    Thanks for having the contests.

    This one is for Will who put my name into the draw a few weeks ago and I won one of the RBC pins.

  12. Alberto permalink
    November 27, 2009 3:20 pm

    Pifate asked me to submit this:

    Montreal 1976: Amik
    Calgary 1988: Hidi and Howdy

    Pifate are a crazy pins.

  13. Olga permalink
    November 28, 2009 12:31 am

    Hello Andrea. I’m Olga S.

    Answer to the Mascot trivia:

    1976 – Amik
    1988 – Hidy and Howdy

    Pifate is passionate about the pins and he has infected me. Thanks for this interesting blog!

  14. Alicia J. permalink
    November 28, 2009 12:37 am

    Hello Andrea.

    My father (Pifate) which is a heavy pins asked me to send you a message and here it is.

    Montreal 1976 – Amik
    Calgary 1988 – Hidy & Howdy

    I like the mascots. Thank you very much for this blog.

  15. Katie W permalink
    November 28, 2009 10:36 pm

    Montreal – Amik
    Calgary – Hidi and Howdy

    Ching Y has also asked me to enter for her!

  16. Dave Sims permalink
    November 28, 2009 10:47 pm

    Hello Andrea, luv the blog! Montreal 76 Amik, Calgary 88 Hidi & Howdy… Rob S. and Grant W. asked me to post this for them

  17. Vivian permalink
    November 29, 2009 4:52 pm

    Amik was the Montreal mascot; Hidi and Howdy were the Calgary mascots.

    I am entering for Katie W and Sandy W.

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