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Happy Canada Day + A Look At Canada’s Contribution To Star Trek July 1, 2010

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Today, July 1st, is celebrated as "Canada Day" a national holiday in Canada commemorating the ‘birth’ of Canada dating back to 1867. So today TrekMovie takes a look at Canada’s connection to Star Trek, starting off with some news about Canada’s latest contribution to Star Trek, Bruce Greenwood.


Bruce Greenwood Honored By Canadians

Star Trek’s latest import from north of the border is actor Bruce Greenwood who has won high praise for his portrayal of Capt. Christoher Pike in 2009’s Star Trek.  Greenwood was born in Quebec and still resides in British Columbia. In fact just last week Greenwood was inducted into the British Columbia Hall of Fame. And for his work in Star Trek he has been nominated by the Canadian Constellation Awards for Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or TV.

Canada – Star Trek thanks you for Bruce Greenwood

Below is a new interview with Greenwood with CBC (Canada) show "Q", where he talks about his latest projects and his Canadian roots. Greenwood also talks about Star Trek.


Bill Shatner – Canada’s greatest gift to Star Trek

Of course, the most notable Canadian in Trek would be William Shatner, in the video below the original Captain Kirk shows he is a proud Canadian

More Canadians in Trek

Some of Trek’s Canadians

And of course, one of the greatest Canadians of all. Stephen McHattie, who impersonates TrekMovie’s own resident expert, Senator Vreenak

McHattie, Romulan and Canadian

Canadian Trek Triva

So to all all our friends north of the border, Happy Canada Day



1. Bucky - July 1, 2010

This almost makes me forget that on Canada Day that we’re getting a all-new tax in Ontario. Almost. Happy holidays from the taxman!

2. Andy Patterson - July 1, 2010

Yes, Canada Day and the birthday of my Grandmother and someone I used to know.

3. Crusade2267 - July 1, 2010

I love the Shatner Canadian video. Makes me smile every time I see it

4. Sotirios Moshonas - July 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Canada. I am still Canadian living the state of Florida. And still proud to be a Canadian (or Canucks to the neighbours south of Canada). In another seven years, Canada will celebrate 150 years of existence. That is Sesquicentennial to the neighbours south of Canada. Appréciez votre fin de semaine longue, chacun. Soyez la vie sûre et longue.

5. Darkwing - July 1, 2010


It’s not just Ontario, goes up to 15% here in NS

6. NX-17000 - July 1, 2010

Yeah. It’s great eh? More taxes. Definitely the thing I want. Anyways though, great list. Never realised Doohan was Canadian. Sweet

7. DonDonP1 - July 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Canada! May our north-of-the-border friends live long and prosper!

8. Adam Shepherdson - July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day, hope there are plenty more to come..
not taxes just Canada Days…

HST sucks.

9. Daoud - July 1, 2010

Or as it used to be called, Happy *DOMINION* Day. Now there’s a Trek connection! :)

@6 Yep, he lost his finger from incoming gunfire while flying with the RCAF. Quite the gentleman in so many ways! I’m sure Chris might want to comment on his dad and Canada when he gets a chance. :)

10. S. John Ross - July 1, 2010

Is it awkward for the Queen to be touring Canada on Canada Day, I wonder?

11. EM - July 1, 2010

Star Trek is only one of many ways in which us Canadians are insinuating ourselves into the American cultural juggernaut. We will, one day, rule all of Hollywood!!!!

Darkwing – Sales tax here in NS was 15% about a year ago. So no big change, really. And before HST our combined sales tax was 18.75% when PST was 11% and the 7% GST was charged on that tax as well as whatever good or service for which you were paying.

12. Bradley1701 - July 1, 2010


Canada is a constituational monarchy/parliamentary democracy and Elizabeth II is as much Queen of Canada as she is Queen of England. She is our Queen as well. When she is in the UK, she is represented here by the Governor General. The Royal Family has a long history and strong connection to Canada and she has visited Canada more than any other country in the world, so no, it isn’t awkward for her to be here on Canada Day at all…she has been our Head of State for almost half of our country’s existence.

13. Harry Ballz - July 1, 2010

A big “thank you” from Toronto for all your good wishes!

14. CmdrR - July 1, 2010

So…. Harry, are you supposed to kneel in front of Sir Patrick?

Kidzerizin’. Happy Bacon = Ham Day, Canada!

15. S. John Ross - July 1, 2010

#12: “Canada is a constituational monarchy/parliamentary democracy and Elizabeth II is as much Queen of Canada as she is Queen of England. She is our Queen as well. When she is in the UK, she is represented here by the Governor General. The Royal Family has a long history and strong connection to Canada and she has visited Canada more than any other country in the world”

Yes, I know. I’m married to a Canadian, and they do tend to go on about such things (when they’re not busy pointing out Canadian singers, actors, etc) :)

16. Bucky - July 1, 2010

Actually, fun Canadian fact (if overly simplified): our Prime minister is technically the 3rd most powerful person in the country. It goes Queen > Governor General (who is touring China today) then > Prime Minister.

17. British Naval Dude - July 1, 2010

I recalls whens I lived near Detroit we hads a joint celebration on tha’ river between tha’ two North American nations wit’ fireworks fur’ both tha’ 4th O’ July (when bloody rebels stole me King’s land) and Canada Day (when bloody but rather polite rebels kind o’ took o’er me Queen’s land)…

Last time I wuz’ in Canada I ever so quietly mentioned that thar’ beer sucks…
Woke up wit’ hockey pucks shoved all in me three goals… and rather nice notes stapled ta’ me askin’ me ta’ please excuse them fur’ thar’ hateful hat trick… then a moose… uhhhhhhh… ne’er mind aboot’ tha’ moose…

But, no matter, Happy Canada Day!
Maybe Shatner cans runs fur’ tha’ “Kirk Prime” Minister position?

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide
Oops… afore’ tha’ face-off I gotta’ pee…


18. DJT - July 1, 2010

Don’t forget ‘Canadian Bacon’.

Now that was a good movie. ;)

19. British Naval Dude - July 1, 2010

I didn’t forget, DJT. That’s why I said thar’ beer sucks.

Harry- I watched a lotta’ hockey in me day- always thought it wuz’ a “face-off” when they dropped tha’ puck. Or is that just too dirty ta’ think o’…. face-off whilst dropping tha’ puck…

Oh, now I am really gunna’ take a Maple Leaf beatin’ ’till saps spills from me trunk…

Oh, I kidz cuz I luvs… mooses.

Happy Canook Day, ones ands all! I’ll probably moves thar’ once the states become more intolerables…

Oh, Canada…
So many Starry Trek stars
Where would we be
Without the Great White North?
And their Cuban cigars?
And cheap prescription medicine sold in Windsor bars?


20. Harry Ballz - July 1, 2010

14 “Ham Day”

They’ve named a day after William Shatner? :>)

21. Dr. Image - July 1, 2010

And here’s to Toronto Trek/Polaris for the continuing mission of putting on one of the greatest conventions anywhere!

22. Harry Ballz - July 1, 2010


you can only move to Canada if you pledge to love beaver.

23. Rabelais - July 1, 2010

# 9 a minor correction.

You write: “Yep, he lost his finger from incoming gunfire while flying with the RCAF.”

He actually lost it on D-Day, or shortly thereafter, as a Canadian soldier who landed on Juno Beach.

As his military life was quite amazing, allow me to quote Wiki at length:

At the beginning of the Second World War, Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Artillery. He was commissioned a lieutenant in the 13th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Doohan went to the United Kingdom in 1940 for training. His first combat was the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach on D-Day. Shooting two snipers, Doohan led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 11:30 that night, Doohan was hit by six rounds fired from a Bren gun by a nervous Canadian sentry:[3] four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his right middle finger. The bullet to his chest was stopped by a silver cigarette case. His right middle finger had to be amputated, something he would conceal during his career as an actor.[4]

Doohan trained as a pilot (graduating from Air Observation Pilot Course 40 with 11 other Canadian artillery officers)[5], and flew Taylorcraft Auster Mark V aircraft for 666 (AOP) Squadron, RCAF, as a Royal Canadian Artillery officer in support of #1 Canadian AGRA (Army Groups Royal Artillery). All three Canadian (AOP) RCAF Squadrons were manned by Artillery Officer-pilots and accompanied by enlisted RCA and RCAF personnel serving as observers.[6][7]

Though he was never actually a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, he was once labeled the “craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces.” A story from his flying years tells of Doohan slaloming a plane — variously cited as a Hurricane or a jet trainer — between mountainside telegraph poles to prove it could be done, which earned him a serious reprimand. (The actual feat was also performed in a Mark IV Auster on the Salisbury Plain north of RAF Andover, in the late spring of 1945).[8]

24. Christopher Doohan - July 1, 2010

Canadians Rule!!!


Rabelais did a great job summing it up. The finger was actually hanging on by just a bit of flesh. They probably could have re-attached it had it not been D-day. Amputation was the best, quickest option to ward off infection.


25. Harry Ballz - July 1, 2010

Chris, as a fellow Canadian I just want to say that your father was one of the very best! He is sorely missed!

26. Captain Hackett - July 1, 2010

Thank you very much for your great article!

Like Obama, our Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a Trekkie, too. :)

I wish my fellow Canadian Trekkies from Newfoundland & Labrador (where I was born and grew up) to British Columbia,, Happy Canada Day!

27. CmdrR - July 1, 2010

Check on that sentiment Mr. Ballz offered. Jimmy was a great actor.

28. Harry Ballz - July 1, 2010

It’s great to see how big a contribution Canada made to Star Trek! Makes us proud!

29. Cosmo kid - July 1, 2010

Happy B-day Canada!!!

30. Reed Farrington - July 1, 2010

Your list of Canadian actors in Star Trek is the most extensive that I’ve ever seen. It seems pretty comprehensive. I’m wondering how the list was compiled.

I wanted to mention Canada’s 14th prime minister, Lester B. Pearson, who played an important part in the creation of the United Nations and NATO, forerunners of the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet, respectively. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for his creation of the United Nations peacekeeping force, which continues to keep the peace in many parts of the world.

31. Red Dead Ryan - July 1, 2010


It’s nice to read your posts, Harry! I hope you are having a great Canada Day! Actually, this year we kind of had two Canada Days. Once today, and once back in February when the men’s hockey team won gold at the Vancouver Winter Olympics! :-)

Our sales tax went up as well in B.C. However, books stayed at the 5% tax rate. I ended up buying 4 Trek books, “Star Trek Enterprise: Kobayashi Maru”, “The Romulan War: Beneath The Raptor’s Wing”, “Star Trek Mirror Universe: Glass Empires” and John Byrne’s “Romulans: Pawns Of War” trade paper back comic.

32. Harry Ballz - July 1, 2010

Thanks, Ryan! Happy Canada Day to you, too!

33. Chasco - July 1, 2010

#23 You make it sound like Jimmy Doohan was an officer from the beginning of the war. He wasn’t. He joined the Royal Canadian Artillery as a gunner, got promoted through Bombardier, Corporal and Lance Sergeant, THEN got recommended for officer training in 1942 (at Alton Towers, not a Theme Park back then).
After VE Day he transferred to San Diego to train on flying Aircraft Carrier planes, and was promoted to Captain.

#24 Chris – In his book, your dad said his finger was amputated at the Military Hospital in Basingstoke. Not ‘in situ’.
Also, he makes no mention of any “nervous sentry with a Bren gun” as cited by #23 – he wrote “if the GERMANS had been marginally better shots, I wouldn’t have seen 25″. So which is right? (I tend to believe the written word over un-named sources on the internet, so at the moment I’m assuming your dad was right!)

34. Lousy Canadian - July 1, 2010

It’s five minutes till midnight here in Alberta, so I still have my say. Ha!

Happy Canada Day to all you Puck Slapping Maple Suckers out there, from one Lousy Canadian to another! ;)

35. Phobos - July 1, 2010

Happy Canada day! Woohoo!

Now.. if we could only get a ST convention to come to Montreal even once.

36. rogue_alice - July 2, 2010

Canada. Could you take Sarah off our hands?

37. www.chrisfawkes.com - July 2, 2010

I love Canadians. They are just like little Americans.

Kidding guys, just kidding.

38. Montreal_Paul - July 2, 2010

•One of DS9’s shuttles (The Yukon) was named for a river in Canada

Actually it was named for one of the Canadian Territories. The one that borders Alaska.

39. Harry Ballz - July 2, 2010


we love you guys, but…..uh…..NO!!!!

40. Canadian Shane - July 2, 2010

I don’t think you can find to countries that are so emeshed into each others cultures as Canada and the US. Although we are very aware of how they influence us but Americans are less aware of how we influence them. But we are good friends.

41. www.chrisfawkes.com - July 2, 2010

They gave you star bucks.
You gave them good looking women, a sense of humor and a good reason for other countries not to send nukes over.

Ok i’m just messing again. I love both countries and their people but one thing i will say. It is true that Canada has an incredibly high percentage of extremely good looking women.

I travel all over the world with work but the hot girl factor in Canada is just insane.

Would love to get an explanation for that.

42. Red Dead Ryan - July 2, 2010


No, there is a river that is named “Yukon” as well. Danube-class runabouts were named after Earth rivers, hence “Yukon”. The river also flows through Alaska, I believe.

43. Harry Ballz - July 2, 2010


Chris, that’s nice to hear, but it’s funny how it’s all subjective. Two years ago I was in Amsterdam for a week and was quite dazzled by the fresh-faced beauties I encountered there!

…..and, no, not the ones waving from the windows! They were a little skanky!

44. Chris Doohan - July 2, 2010

33 Chasco

He also said that I was a “Cat Scan Tech”… I’m not. His memory wasn’t all that great when he wrote that book. I’m going with the story I heard when I was a young boy.

45. Khan Midnightien Yellh - July 2, 2010

In 2365, Toronto City Hall appeared in the Iconian gateway found on the planet Iconia. (TNG: “Contagion”)

During the 24th century, Calgary remained a tourism destination, particularly for Starfleet Academy cadets who enjoyed skiing. (TNG: “The First Duty”)

In the late 20th century, the Canadian Space Agency was founded in cooperation with NASA for the training of astronauts in the latter’s Space shuttle program. One of the first graduates of this program was Marc Garneau of STS-41G. (ENT: “First Flight”)

Sam Lavelle’s grandfather was originally from Canada. In an attempt at small talk, Lavelle pointed out to the Alaska-born William T. Riker that both Canada and Alaska “get a lot of snow”, which Riker concedes. (TNG: “Lower Decks”)

46. Red Dead Ryan - July 2, 2010

Let’s not forget Michael Eddington’s “lucky loonie”!

47. janice - July 3, 2010

YAY—–Bruce Greenwood is Canadian!!
Love the videos–great interview on Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

I want PIKE in the Star Trek sequel.

48. Andy - July 4, 2010

41. I travel all over the world with work but the hot girl factor in Canada is just insane.

Would love to get an explanation for that.

It’s the Maple Syrup ;)

49. John in Canada, eh? - July 4, 2010

In real life, the grain tritocale was developed at Ottawa’s Experimental Farm – not far from where I grew up. So it ain’t just fiction…


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