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There are two reasons why Belleville, Ontario, should have a special place in the minds of all Canadians. ( see map)

One--yours truly was born there…..and, two--it is also the home of Hawkins Cheezies.

When living in Bellingham, Washington, we would often cross the border to “ Canada”--and was always asked to make sure we brought back, if nothing else, some Cheezies.

As far as we know, you can’t get Cheezies in the U.S…and the kids in the household certainly had a taste for them.

Now, this is not an ad-vert for Cheezies--just a reminder that they are the essential Canadian snack, and have been produced for over 50 years by the Hawkins company.

Here’s an idea--have an all-Canadian party --hosted by Ook-pik---with plenty of “ chimo” toasts….and lots of Cheezies on hand.

Can’t get much more Canadian than that. Except maybe at Grey Cup time.

Oh--one more item-- One of the things Canadians remember best about the sixties--and, yes, some of us do remember them, was that furry little owl with the big head, large eyes, a friendly beak, and black floppy feet. He was called Ook-Pik.

Ookpik is the Inuk-ti-tut word for “snowy owl”.

Apparently, the original Ook pik was created in the early sixties and made from seal skin. Jeannie Snowball is credited with helping bring Ook-pik to the forefront of Canadian life.

And, we are also told that the mascot for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton is the OOK--which is a shortened version of Ook pik …and was first used by NAIT in 1964.

As well,, the late fiddler Frankie Rodgers, of Mission , B.C…even came up with a piece called “ The ook pik waltz” in 1965,

Ook-pik. Dig yours out and put it on display. Or maybe go buy a new one.

And add a bowl of Cheezies or two to go with your beer while watching hockey. Why not? It is the Canadian thing to do. Or you could switch to kale. ( see video )

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