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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 6:41 pm 
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CBC unveils 50 finalists for Canada's 7 Wonders

Apples to oranges? Maybe more like eggs to bagels.

When it comes to comparing the natural and man-made wonders of our home and native land, it seems the opinions of Canadians are as varied as our sometimes dry and flat, sometimes icy or rocky countryside.

Whether it was Montreal bagels (those delightfully doughy wheels) or Alberta's Vegreville Egg (the curious jigsaw puzzle that also takes the dual honour of being the world's largest Easter egg), 18,000 Canadians proudly placed the weird and wonderful alongside some magnificent natural scenery and architectural marvels in a national survey listing 50 Canadian "wonders."

But the CBC's The National and Sounds Like Canada still need your help.

Log on to CBC's Seven Wonders of Canada page to have your say and check off your choices from the short list of 50 nominees.

Vote if you want to bump off the ghastly glow of the Northern Lights in favour of the sheen of a polished Stanley Cup.

Is Toronto's stately CN Tower — the tallest freestanding structure on land — all that it's cracked up to be? Geology nuts may think Quebec's 433-metre-long Percé Rock warrants more attention because it's one of the Earth's largest natural arches and all.

And how can you forget the majestic Niagara Falls? Well, maybe you can.

But if we're admiring modern architecture, perhaps you think Confederation Bridge —spanning the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait and linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick — deserves its due.

Either way, have your say online and vote for your Seven Wonders while keeping in mind five criteria:

* Essential "Canadian-ness" — historically significant, character filled, valued.
* Originality/uniqueness of the pitch and place.
* Spectacular physical site or amazing human creation.
* Ability to inspire.
* Range within the final seven — diversity of location, type of wonder.

Also, check out the nominees, including descriptions, pictures and selected audio, e-mail, and video pitches.
http://www.cbc.ca/sevenwonders/index.html


http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/05/ ... 70515.html

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 11:08 pm 
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OK Susan, what are you voting for?

- I'm torn between the Bay of Fundy and the Northern Lights. And Drumheller's hoo-doos are pretty cool.

Of course, there's Niagara, but it's so obvious that no one will pick it!

How, one 'wonders,' did Wreck Beach make the list?

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Sone of thesse places I haven't even heard of before! :oops:
I need to read through them and that won't happen until Thursday night. WHen do the polls close?
We're going to Drumheller this summer!
I didn't see the niagara escarpment, with it's 1000 year old cliff hanging trees on the list.
Here are just a few articles on them.
www.escarpment.org/leading_edge/LE01/papers/kelly.pdf
http://www.ancientforest.org/oldtrees.htm
http://www.earthroots.org/
http://www.uoguelph.ca/~umatthes/CERG/index.html

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 10:48 pm 
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My votes in no particular order:
1. Bay of Fundy, NB/NS
2, Cathedral Grove, BC
3. Drumheller, AB
4. Northwest Passage, Canada
5. Northern Lights, Canada
6. Igloo, NWT (true Canadian ingenuity to make a home out of snow)
7. Nahanni National Park, NWT (Canada is known for its' vastness ans clean water)

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In no particular order:

1. Niagara Falls
2. Singing Sands
3. Confederation Bridge
4. Igloo
5. Rockies
6.Northern Lights
7.Bay of Fundy

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Niagara Falls is obvious -- and really is a wonder.

I admit to having a difficult time getting my 7th choice. It was a toss up between Bay of Fundy and Mum's House.

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OK, narrowing down and in order:

1. Northern Lights
2. Drumheller's hoo-doos
3. Niagara Falls
4. Bay of Fundy

I'm old school in my definition. I LOVE igloos and canoes (my paddle does sing for me), but to me they show great manmade ingenuity, with added creativity. If they're "wonders", why stop there and not include paintings - e.g. Group of Seven's Lawren Harris or Emily Carr?

Wonderful, but to my way of thinking, not wonders.

Mum's house - AM? Bay of Fundy leaves that entry all wet.
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Haha, Bay of Fundy...all wet!
Hahaha, whew. :lol:

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If they were asking for *natural* wonders I would agree with you. However, while one painting might be considered better than another painting -- there is nothing ingenious about it.

Some of the choices on the list were major advancements in areas. The tallest free standing structure on land -- that's major.

I wouldn't have voted Confederation Bridge based on the write-up on that page -- I voted for it based on when it was under construction. What I read then and shortly after. I do wish they had better write-ups on all the choices.

And weren't the pyramids one of the original *7 wonders of the world*? I don't think they were natural.

Edited because my spelling is horrid.

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Gwen, you will be happy to know that although over 1,000 people have voted for Mum's House -- it still equals 0% .

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AnnaMarie, the write ups seem to just be someones nomination. So if you get some one who write well nominating something, you'll get a well written review (?-OK, I need more coffee :roll: )
You can still write a review for a nomination even if it's already on the short list. Makes me wonder what was on the long list.
Maybe "Voice of Fire" speaking of paintings.

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I just think they should have taken the time to do proper write-ups about their *short list*. I also think they kept to much humour in it. (Like Mum's House, and those trees that aliens peed on. :roll: )

btw, you can still vote for the *New 7 wonders of the world*. Most are man-made. ;)

www.new7wonders.com

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OK, you guys.

AM, you got me on the Pyramids, even the CN Tower. Geez, I'd even throw in the Eiffel Tower or the Acropolis.
But the pyramids and Mum's House? No contest. :lol:

btw, I happened to catch the item on Mum's House. While I'm sure the kids are really proud of their parents' achievement since the property started out a disaster - dare I say: the house really isn't that brilliant. (Sorry, Mum - and Dad!) In fact, that kitchen could stand a reno.

As for the new 7 wonders of the world - great contest, but how daunting. We're struggling with Canada!

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At my son's school, they had an evening when the parents were at the school for some entertainment thingy. There was a table set up and you could vote for the 7 wonders of the world. It was then submitted as a group. It was actually a great idea -- watching all the kids talking about it was fun.

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What were the top picks?

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You mean at the school? I have no idea. I wasn't involved, just voted while I was there. They probably posted what the votes were, but I never even thought to look for it.

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