Great Innovations from Great Canadian Universities – A highlight on McGill University and University of Guelph

When you look at the inventions created in Canadian Universities it is really astounding.  There have been so many discoveries in Canadian Universities that have changed the way people’s lives are lived for the better.  From the discovery of Insulin and stem cells to tests to predict the spread of cancer and the first artificial blood cells.  These and all the other great discoveries have made a big impact on the world.  Today I will review some highlights of great discoveries at McGill University and University of Guelph in Canada.

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  1. At the University of Guelph they have the Catalyst Centre which is specifically set up to promote research and innovations to help improve life. The organization works with faculty and students to help protect their intellectual property and find funding opportunities to further their ideas.  Some of the great innovations from University of Guelph are below:
  • Creation of a Carbohydrate based vaccine to treat C. Difficile. Difficile is an infection that causes severe diarrhea and can be life threatening especially in older adults.  These infections are becoming more prevalent in recent years.  This new vaccine was created by a team led by Professor Mario Monteiro from the University of Guelph’s Department of Chemistry.  The vaccine will help control the infection and spread of C. Difficile.  This is an important and significant discovery.

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  • A fully Compostable single- serve coffee chaff-based resin – These coffee pods can make a huge difference in the waste being produced by all the single serve pods and k-cups being used around the world. Hundreds of Thousands of people use these and they are currently not biodegradable and can’t be composted.  This product created by Engineering and Plant Agriculture Professor Amar Mohanty and his team at the University of Guelph Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre will surely make a big impact on the world and the environment.  These pods are made of 100 percent Compostable resin and are already in Canadian grocery stores.

 

  • Early Yellow Soybean – In 1898 after years of experimentation with various Japanese soybeans lines Professor Charles Zavitz cultivated a yellow soybean that could be successfully bred in Canada and set the stage for future soybean advancement and breeding. It was the beginning of the University of Guelph’s role in cutting edge Agriculture.
  • OAC 21 barley – This grandad of malting barley was created in 1910 by Professor Charles Zavitz. It gave Canada a leading edge on high quality beer and whisky production.  There are many varieties now but they can all be traced by to the OAC 21 barley
  • Victor Sweet Cherry – This was created in 1925 by breeder George Dickson. This cherry did very well in Ontario, Canada’s climate.  The University of Guelph has a Vineland program where they have since created 13 other varieties that are well suited for the environment.

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  1. McGill University is considered 1st in Canada for Medical-doctoral Universities and is ranked 24th in the world. It is a top information technology school.  There have been many discoveries at McGill throughout the years that have changed the world for the better.  It has a reputation for being a month the best research-intensive universities in the world.  Some of their innovations and discoveries are below:
  • The Gas Mask – was created by Dr. Clunky MacPherson during the First World War. This mask would be used by many soldiers to protect them from dangerous gasses on the battlefield.

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  • Montreal Procedure – This surgery was developed in the 1930’s by Doctor Wilder Penfield to help treat severe case of epilepsy. During surgery the patients were given anesthesia but were fully awake and he used mild electric shocks to help find the area of the brain that was causing seizures.  This was the beginning of brain mapping and learning what parts of the brain worked with what functions.  Doctors have worked from these beginnings to make great strides in neuroscience.

 

There are many other great innovations from these and other Canadian Universities that have been shared with the world.  Canada is certainly a trailblazer of innovations.

Great Innovations from Canadian Universities – Highlight of 4 Inventions at University of Toronto

There are many great Universities throughout Canada leading the way in scientific discovery and research.  In my past posts I highlighted some innovations that have come out of Canada.  Some of these innovations were from Universities in Canada.  Today I am going to highlight some of the great innovations that have come directly from Canadian Universities with University of Toronto specifically highlighted. They have had some amazing discoveries and innovations throughout the years.  University of Toronto receives the most scientific research funding out of all the Canadian Universities. In 1939 the Physics department at the University of Toronto built the first practical transmission magnetic electron microscope.

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In addition it is known to have begun research in the areas of insulin (in 1921 it was discovered at the University of Toronto, and was a significant advance in medicine) and stem cells (In 1963 stem cells were discovered at the University of Toronto leading to bone marrow transplantation and many other discoveries).  The Franks G- suit was created at the University of Toronto in the Banting and Best Medical Institute in 1941.  These were created for pilots to help with the G force to prevent blackouts during acceleration.  They have had many innovations since then. Below I have listed 4 recent discoveries that came out of various departments at the University of Toronto.

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  1. CMPF used to predict the risk of developing diabetes

CMPF is a substance that was used to help create a test to help predict if someone is at risk of developing Diabetes.  This test created by Karey Prentice, Professor Michael Wheeler and Research Associate Feihan Fay Dai in University of Toronto’s Department of Physiology is able to detect risk much earlier than other methods available.  Their research lead them to believe that CMPF holds the key to predicting and preventing diabetes.  This development can make life much better for hundreds of thousands of people and help detect the possibility of developing diabetes much earlier which can prevent other complications.

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  1. Deep Bind

This is an application that combines artificial intelligence and genomic medicine.  It creates the first ever deep learning application that helps determine the specifics of DNA and RNA binding proteins.  It was created by Postdoctoral Fellows Babak Alipanahi, Andrew Delong and Professor Brendan Frey of the University of Toronto in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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  1. Pantin

It is a special anti-Dust and self-cleaning technology that helps keep Solar Panels clean.  By keeping them clean they can generate more energy and also keep maintenance costs down on the panels.  This amazing technology was created by Research Associate Cheng Lu and Professor Cynthia Goh of the University Of Toronto Department Of Chemistry.  This product can make a huge difference in the efficiency and cost of solar panels and can make a big impact on green energy.

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  1. Printem

This is an amazing film that gives anyone the ability to create an electronic circuit board.  The film called printed allows individuals to use a regular printer and the film to print an electronic circuit board right from their home printer!  The Printem film was invented by PhD student Persumel Varan Chadalvada and Professor Daniel Wigdor of the University Of Toronto Department Of Computer Science.  This can have big implications allowing ordinary people to make new creations around the world.

As you can see there are many great innovations and discoveries happening at the University of Toronto and in Canada.  These innovations have made a big impact on many people and the environment.  Keep an eye out for my post on other great Canadian Universities and their discoveries.

13 Canadian Innovations that have contributed to a better quality of life

The list of great innovations discovered or created by Canadians is staggering.  Below are some inventions that have made life easier for people either directly or indirectly.

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  1. Insulin

While this wasn’t invented (it’s naturally produced in our bodies) It was discovered by Toronto Scientist Frederick Banting and Charles Best in 1921.  They then worked with Canadian Chemist James Collip and Scottish physiologist J.J. R Macleod to develop Insulin for human treatment of Diabetes.  This in a discovery that would go on to help hundreds of thousands of Diabetics.

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  1. Instant Replay

While this might not help millions of people, it helps the referees of many sporting events.  Instant replay was first used by George Retzlaff using a kinescope to produce the first replay in 1955.  It was during a hockey night show in Canada.

  1. The steam powered foghorn

This important safety device was invented in 1854 by Robert Foulis.  The foghorn is vitally important in keeping the waters safe during foggy weather.

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  1. Baggage Tags

These helpful tags were invented by John Michael Lyons in 1882. It was the first time that anyone used a simple tag to track your bags departure, destination and owner.  This invention assisted many travelers with having their bags arrive with them rather than getting lost and ending up in the wrong location.

  1. Standard Time

This important time tracking system was brought to the United States and Canadian Railways by Engineer Sanford Fleming in 1883.  After this, time zones became a law in the United States in 1918 and time zones were accepted worldwide by 1929.

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Jack Callinan, an instructor for MBTA bus operations, pushes Larry Braman of Cambridge, Mass., out of a low-floor, fully automated electric trolley bus after a news conference announcing the introduction of the new trolley buses Friday, June 4, 2004 at the MBTA’s carhouse in Cambridge, Mass. The wheelchair accessible vehicles have modern accomodations such as air conditioning, automatic stop announcements and onboard visual displays depicting each stop. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
  1. The Wheelchair Accessible bus

This important advancement and invention was created by Walter Harris Callow in 1947.  Walter Harris Callow was a veteran who was blind and quadriplegic.  He provided a service for injured veterans to help them get to important events, sports and picnics.  He created the wheelchair accessible bus so that everyone in a wheelchair could get to the places they wanted to go.

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  1. The Electric Wheelchair

The electric wheelchair is another invention that has made it so much easier for disabled people to get around.  This important invention was created by George Klein who was an engineer in 1952.

  1. Garbage Bags

I don’t know about you, but I never thought about the fact that someone had invented the garbage bag! Can you imagine not having a garbage bag to put your trash in?! This vital invention was created for commercial use by Canadian Harry Wasylyk who was from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Larry Hansen from Lindsay, Ontario.

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  1. Wonderbra

This was the famous first push up bra.  It was created by the Canadian Lady Corset company.  Their first license and trademark was for the Wonder-Bra in 1939.  In 1961 they changed it to Wonderbra.

  1. Trivial Pursuit

This timeless game was invented in 1979 by Scott Abbott, a Montreal Sports Editor and Chris Haney a photo Editor.  This game is still being played today.

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  1. Rotary Snow Plow

This was an important invention, especially up in snowy Canada.  This invention by Dr. J.W. Elliot who was a dentist in Toronto was created to clear the railroad tracks.  This has made rail travel safer no matter the time of year you are going.

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Another cold weather invention was created by Joseph Armand Bombardier in 1937.  This invention made traveling in the snow much easier!

  1. Snow Blower

This winter tool has helped many people.  It was invented by Arthur Siard in 1925.

This is a smattering of the famous inventions that have come from Canada.  Keep an eye out for more posts on other inventions.

 

Highlights of great Canadian Inventions

If you have been reading my other posts then you already know that there are some great Canadian inventions.  Today I am going to highlight some more of great innovations that have come out of Canada.  Canada has certainly made it’s mark on the world we know today as you will see from these important inventions.

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  1. IMAX Movies

This great entertainment medium was created by Filmmakers Graeme Ferguson and Roman Kroiter along with Engineer Robert Snow.  They founded IMAX in 1967 and Kroiter produced their first IMAX film in 1970.  These movies have an incredible cinematic experience.  If you have never seen an IMAX film I highly recommend it.

  1. McIntosh Apples

These delicious apples were not naturally made in nature.  They were created over time by a Canadian Farmer named John Mcintosh starting in 1811 when he started to graft wild apples on his farm.  By 1835 he had created the Mcintosh Apple and people all around were beginning to enjoy it.  These great apples are still enjoyed today around the United States.

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  1. Canada Dry Ginger Ale

This staple was created in 1904 by John McLaughlin.

 

  1. The Prosthetic Hand

This important inventions was created by Helmut Lucas in 1971.  This invention has made a big difference in many people’s lives.  The prosthetic hand helps people do ordinary things they would otherwise not be able to do.

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  1. Goalie Mask

It shouldn’t be surprising that there are more ice hockey related inventions in Canada considering how popular the sport is there.  The Goalie mask for Ice Hockey was created in 1959 by Jacques Plante.  This helps protect the goalies face from damaging shots and accidental hits to the face by a high stick.

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  1. Electron Microscope

The first Electron Microscope in North America was built by J. Hillel,  A. Prebus and E.F. Burton at the University of Toronto in 1938 (Keep an eye out for future posts detailing some more great inventions coming out of the University of Toronto).

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  1. Cardiac Pacemaker

John Hopps was one of the pioneers of the artificial pacemaker. He worked on this creation at the University of Toronto.  This was a critical first step for an invention that would make a difference to many people around the world.

  1. Explosives Vapour Detector

This was created by Lorne Elias in 1985.  This was an important safety device to protect people against the buildup of harmful gasses.

  1. Superman

This Famous Character was created by Canadian Joe Shuster and American Writer Jerry Siegel in 1932.  The superman character has now been featured in 100’s of shows and movies as well as comic books.  The character has entertained countless children with stories of bravery and good vs. evil.

  1. Key – Frame Animation

This important technological advance revolutionized how animators could create their 3D graphics.  Key-Frame Animation was invented by Canadians Nestor Burtnyk and Marcelli Win in the early 1970’s.  Animators everywhere are thankful for this innovation.

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  1. Java Programming Language

This incredible important programming language was designed by James Gosling and Developer Sun Microsystems in 1995.  This program helped application developers be able to create code that could then run on multiple platforms.  It is a very useful programming language.

  1. The Canadarm

This vital piece of equipment is used on the space shuttle.  It has robotic arms that are used on the space shuttle to maneuver payloads and to help inspect the interior of the shuttle for damage.  This was developed beginning in 1969 by Canadian company DSMA Atcon.  DSMA was invited to NASA to help construct a remote manipulator system because of their robot they had created to load fuel into nuclear reactors.  NASA felt the technology would help them with space shuttle loads.  The joint project created the Canadarm.

Keep an eye out for future posts about Canada’s Universities and the great innovations happening there.

20 Canadian Celebrities who have innovated Music or Film

You would be surprised at how many of the actors and musicians you know of that are Canadian.  Canada has a lot of talented people that are sharing their talent with the world.  Below are just some of the famous Actors, Producers and Musicians from Canada.

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  1. Dan Acroyd

He is a Canadian actor, Comedian, and producer.  He’s been in movies such as Ghostbusters, The blues brothers and Trading places.  He also was on Saturday night live.

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  1. Anna Paquin

She is a Canadian born New Zealand actress.  She starred in many movies and TV shows including True Blood, The Piano, X2, Fly Away Home and the X-Men Days of Future Past.

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  1. James Cameron

He is a Canadian Filmmaker, director and producer.  He has made some very popular and successful movies such as Avatar, Titanic, The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2 to name a few.

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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Ryan Reynolds attends the “Mississippi Grind” premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 16, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
  1. Ryan Reynolds

He is a Canadian actor and producer.  He has been in TV shows as well as movies.  One of the TV shows he has been on was Two Guys and a Girl.  Some of the movies he has been in are Deadpool, Green Lantern, The proposal, X-Men origins: Wolverine and Just Friends.

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  1. Jim Carrey

He is a well known Canadian Actor and Comedian.  He has been in many movies including: The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty.

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  1. William Shatner

A Canadian Actor, Producer, and Director.  He is probably most famously known for his role in Star Trek.

  1. Mike Myers

He is a Canadian born actor and comedian.  He was from Toronto, Canada.  He has been in many movies including Wayne’s World, Austin Powers movies, and Shrek.  In addition he has been on Saturday Night Live.

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  1. Matthew Perry

He is a Canadian Actor who was famous for his role on Friends as Chandler Bing.  He has also been in movies such as 17 Again and Fools Rush in.

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  1. Michael J Fox

He is a famous actor, producer and activist from Canada.  He has been on popular shows such as the Michael J. Fox show and Family Ties, The good wife, and Spin city.  He has been in movies, most famously the Back to the Future movies.

  1. Ryan Gosling

He is a Canadian Actor who began his career on the Mickey Mouse Club.  He has been in many movies including: The Nice Guys, Drive, The Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love, and The Place Beyond the Pines.

  1. Lorne Green

He was a Canadian Actor who was famously in the shows: Bonanza and Battlestar Galactica.  He was also in many movies including: Galactica and The Hard Man.

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  1. Keanu Reeves

He is a very famous Canadian actor who has been in many successful movies including: The Matrix, John Wick, Constantine, Point Break and Knock Knock.

  1. Shania Twain

She is a famous Canadian Singer and songwriter.  She has sold over 85 million records.

  1. Bryan Adams

He is a Canadian Songwriter and singer.  He is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.  Some of his Famous Songs are Heaven and Summer of ‘69.

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  1. Neil Young

He is Canadian singer and Songwriter with many famous songs.  Some of his Famous Songs are Old Man and Heart of Gold.

  1. Barenaked Ladies

This very successful Canadian rock band has many big hits.  Some of their famous hits are If I had $1,000,000 and Pinch Me

  1. Michael Buble’

He is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor.  Some of his famous songs are: It’s a Beautiful day, Feeling Good, and Home.

  1. KD Lang

She is a Canadian singer and songwriter.  Some of her famous songs are: Miss Chatelaine, Helpless and Trail of Broken Hearts

  1. Alanis Morissette

An alternative rock singer from Canada. She has had many famous songs including Head over feet and You Learn.

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  1. Nelly Furtado

A singer and songwriter from Canada.  She has sold over 40 million records.  Some of her famous songs are: Maneater, Promiscuous and All Good Things.

 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg!  Canada has talent!

Technological innovations from Canadians that made it easier to communicate

There are many great innovations from Canada and Canadians that have made life better and easier for many around the world.  Some of those innovations have made it easier for people to communicate with each other.  In this post I will share some of these great innovations that have improved communication around the world.

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  1. AM Radio

While many people contributed to the theories that helped AM Radio begin but in 1906 Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian, used a rotary-spark transmitter for the first radio broadcast.  He performed experiments in radio and transmissions of voice and music that helped launch the AM Radio.

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  1. The 56K Modem

This was invented by Brent Townshend in 1996.  Brent Townshend is a Canadian inventor and electrical engineer.  He created the concept for the 56k modem.   The 56k Modem helped computers communicate faster and transmit more information to each other.    The computers could transfer data at higher speeds.

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  1. The Pager

The 1980’s were the height of pager use!  You used to see them everywhere you went.  These nifty communication tools were actually invented back in 1949 by Alfred J. Gross. He was a Canadian inventor born in Toronto.  Alfred Gross had created two way radios and he adapted them to create a telephone pager system.  The idea was that this would be used for Doctors to be paged.  His idea didn’t catch on right away but, as we now know they became used by many doctors throughout the world eventually.

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  1. Computerized Braille

This helpful communication tool was created by Roland Galarneau in 1972.  Roland Garlareau was legally blind and was an electrical engineer.  He created a way for a machine to type Braille at a much faster rate than had previously been possible.  Before his inventions Braille had to be created through a long process that was very expensive.    This allowed visually impaired people to be able to have a much larger collection of books so there were a lot more choices available.  This was an extremely important discovery for people all around the world.

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  1. Telephone

The telephone was invented by Scottish born Alexander Graham Bell who immigrated to Canada in 1870.  He was a teacher of the deaf.  In 1876 he obtained a patent for what would become the telephone.  He created the first transmission over a short range phone.   This amazing invention has evolved over the years from a simple communication device, to hundreds of thousands of people having their own number, to mobile cell phones, to today’s smart phones.  It has revolutionized how people communicate.

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  1. The Blackberry

This revolutionary phone was marketed by Mihal “Mike” Lazzardis who was the founder of the company Blackberry.  He was a Canadian who helped bring Blackberry to the world.  Blackberry brought texting to the world and changed how people used their phones throughout the world.

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  1. Walkie Talkie

This amazing communication device was invented in 1937.  The inventor Don Hings, a Canadian, originally called it a “pack set”.  Two years later when Canada went to war with Germany he developed it for military use.  During this time the term Walkie – Talkie was created by journalists who were reporting about the war and these new inventions.

All of these technological communication inventions that were created by Canadians have helped communication throughout the world.  These inventions have helped revolutionize the way the world communicates today.  The Canadian inventors of these great communication devices have helped make the world a more global community and made communicating with each other much easier no matter where you are.

 

Keep an eye out for more posts about the great innovations of Canadians.

4 Sports Innovations from Canada

Canada has many innovations that have come from it’s borders to the world.  Some innovations that might surprise you is that Canada has exported many sports activities that are played around the world.  Sports are a big part of the culture and activities in Canada as well as many other countries.  There are many sports played around the world and Canada has exported 4 popular sports.  Below are 4 of the sports Canada has shared with the world.

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Can you believe that basketball came from Canada?! It was created by James Naismith in 1891.  James Naismith was a physical education teacher who was from Canada.  He came up with the concept in his school days and really created the sport of basketball while working as a instructor at a YMCA in Massachusetts.  Basketball is an incredibly popular sports in the United States.  The National Basketball Association is a big business in the United States with many fans.  Thousands of Fans watch Basketball on TV and in person throughout the United States.   There are 30 National Basketball Association teams in the United States.

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  1. Lacrosse

Lacrosse was originally played by the Iroquois nation, where it was known as stickball, a contest played for training, recreation and religious reasons.  After a demonstration of lacrosse was given by the Caughnawaga Indians in Montreal in 1834 interest in the game began to develop in Canada.  Dr. William George Beers who was a Canadian dentist founded the Montreal Lacrosse club in 1856 and later he drew up rules which reduced the number of players and used a rubber ball instead of the original wood balls used.  In 1860 lacrosse became Canada’s national game.  This was the beginning of the popularization of the sport which is snow played around the world.

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  1. Ice Hockey

It is not surprising that ice hockey originated in Canada’s cold ice ponds.  It is after all considered a Canadian sport.  While ice hockey wasn’t invented on a particular day, it evolved from the game of Hurley which was a field game in Canada.  The game of Ice Hurley originated around 1800, in Windsor, where the boys of Canada’s first college, Kings College School, evolved Hurley into Ice Hurley.  Eventually Ice Hurley became Ice Hockey.  Ice Hockey has become tremendously popular not only in Canada but in the United States.  It has spread to other parts of the world including Russia. There are many fans around the world of ice hockey.  The National Hockey League is now 30 teams large and draws large crowds around the United States and Canada.

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  1. 5 Pin Bowling

This is a type of bowling that is played only in Canada.  It was created by Thomas Ryan in 1909.  He created it because many customers in his bowling alley felt the ten pin polling was to hard.  He cut down five of the 10 pin bowling pins down to 75% of their size and instead of a hard large ball used hand-sized rubber balls.  This was the beginning of the game of 5 pin bowling in Canada.  This an unusual sport that was created in Canada that many still enjoy today.

 

 

These are some of the great innovations that have come out of Canada.  Sports like ice hockey, lacrosse, 5 pin bowling and basketball have given thousands of hours of enjoyment to fans all around the world.  Many young children start as young as age 3 playing some of these sports and aspire to play as adults. These sports have added much enjoyment to many people thanks to the Canadians that discovered or popularized them.

8 Canadian innovations that made life easier for all of us!

You will be surprised by all the amazing innovations that have come out of Canada.  Canada is known for their easy going soft spoken ways.  They have a reputation for being polite and the weather is known to be quite snowy in the winter.  What they are not readily known for are all their innovations that they have quietly discovered and given to the world.  Below are 8 of these great innovations that have made life easier.

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  1. Easy Off Oven Cleaner

This useful product was created in 1932 by Herbert McCool.  The Easy off Oven Cleaner makes life so much easier for bakers and cooks everywhere.  Within 5 minutes of spraying easy off on your dirty oven you can easily wipe it off and have a sparkling clean oven!  Where would we be without this?!

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  1. Alkaline Batteries

This amazing invention was created by Lewis Urry in 1954.  Where would we be without this amazing invention from Canada?  This handy invention powers so many of our everyday items that we would not be where we are today if we didn’t have them.  Imagine we wouldn’t be able to have wireless remotes, game controllers, flashlights, remote control cars, portable radios and so many more things we use every day! Thank goodness for this Canada innovation!

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  1. Caulking gun

The caulking gun was invented in 1894 by Theodore Witte.  This great invention makes life a lot easier if you are working on a caulking project!  If you have ever tried to caulk around your tub or tile you know how helpful it is to use a caulking gun.  It makes the project go much smoother and it helps the caulk come out evenly and easier!

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  1. The Jolly Jumper

This amazing toddler toy was created by Olivia Poole in 1959 and parents everywhere are thankful!  This inventions let’s toddlers jump to their hearts content and allows parents to get a few things done while their happily jumping toddler jumps for joy.  As a parent I know firsthand how great this invention is.  Toddlers love to jump and many toddlers will want to do it for hours.  Having the jolly jumper allows them to enjoy themselves and parents to unload the dishwasher or fold some clothes while they watch their happy toddler jumping!

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  1. Plexiglass

This invention was created by William Chalmers at McGill University in 1831.  This invention makes our life not only easier but safer!  Many products that are plexiglass used to be glass and if they broke it could be quite dangerous! Plexiglass eliminates the issue of broken glass.

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  1. Canola Oil

This was created in the early 1970’s by Keith Downey and Baldur Stafansson.  While this is probably not the healthiest invention it is certainly a product that has made producing food easier and made cooking easier.

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  1. Peanut butter

Where would our lunches be without peanut butter and jelly or the famous fluffanutter combining peanut butter and fluff?!  Many children’s school lunches utilize peanut butter!  The process to commercially make peanut butter was invented by pharmacist Marcellos Gilmore Edson in 1884.  Thank goodness for this Canadian innovation!

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  1. Egg Carton

This invention was created by Joseph Coyle of Smithers British Columbia in 1911.  The egg carton makes it so much easier for us to get our eggs home in one piece!  The carton protects each individual egg and is an easy to carry product helping us get the eggs from store to home safely.  It also is a convenient way to store our eggs once they are home.

 

As you can see there are many great scientific innovations that Canada has shared with the world.  Look for more posts on Canada’s inventions!