Monthly Archives: January 2016

Eh? No-Way! Well, maybe sometimes?


Click here to hear James Harbeck on CanadianMade

Welcome aboard Air Canada and the CanadianMade podcast produced exclusively for this airliner by Flatlands Avenue Productions. For those listening via iTunes, PodBean, iOS or Android, thanks for flying with our sounds today. In this story, we’re talking the differences between Defence and defense, colour and color and why people in Western New York speak strikingly different from their cousins across the Peace Bride in southern Ontario province.  Torontonian linguist and author, James Harbeck loves to talk and write about English. We hope you listen and are entertained and informed.

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Thanks for listening.

Rita Rich


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Excuse me, While I Slip Into Something More Comfortable




Just thinking about that word congers up that famous bass guitar riff devised by famous session musician Carol Kaye, of the internationally famous Wrecking Crew. You know Carol’s work. She created the most famous part of Nancy Sinatra’s pop tune, “These Boots Were Made for Walking.” You know, the chords that come after Nancy Sinatra  growls, “These boots are gonna walk over you.” I found the link to the short clip Ms. Sinatra posted on her website here. Ms. Daughter-of-the-Chairman-of-the -Board’s recording of her iconic song turns 50 this year. Ironically this birthday comes at the same time we are  uploading to Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system (Search for CanadianMade)  our refreshed two-hour long podcast for Air Canada that includes our story about


Canada’s Cougar Shoe Companycanuck_sleeknylon_white_1

We had a wonderful conversation with Cougar’s President and CEO President Steve Sedlbauer. We talked via SKYPE while he was in his Burlington, Ontario offices.  He explained how his father and uncle created the company, after the company they worked for got them out of Czechoslovakia in 1948, shortly before the communist party took over the country.  He then told me about when the name Cougar was adopted by his company and why.


Sedlbauer says Cougar sells millions of pairs of boots to places all over the world, where there’s harsh icy-cold weather. He’s proud that Canada has that rugged terrain and weather reputation, and that people around the globe embrace what his company stands for.  To quote


” Freedom is imagination, aspiration, expectation and perspiration. It’s making
waves and never, ever backing down, especially from a little ill weather. Since
1948 our family has kicked heels, splashed puddles, stomped mud and never taken a step without recognizing just how small we are in this vast and great and
beautiful drift we call home.”

“As a Canadian company, every winter boot we design must conquer the harshest
elements. After all, it’s hard to feel fashionable if you can’t feel your toes. That’s why three generations of our family are still working hard to keep your
family warm, dry and always in style.”


So, listen to our story and enjoy learning more about Canada’s own Cougar Boots


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