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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.

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)
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.

  1. Snowmobile

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.

 

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