February 2019 - This Month in Audio Clip History

Here are some historical audio clips and soundbites that are making news this month:

[ Feb. 2 ]  This is the second Groundhog Day since Wiarton Willie III's death, at age 13.

How's the cold weather so far? If you're tired of the winter season, you better hope a groundhog sees their shadow on February 2nd. Wiarton Willie III from Wiarton, Ontario was a friendly albino groundhog and a famous weather forecaster for 13 years, until his death in 2017. Willie III will be remembered for drawing huge crowds and his light-hearted energy. February 2, 2019 marks the second Groundhog Day since his death.

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[ Feb. 4 ]  It has been six years since the Mint stopped distributing pennies in Canada. Do you miss them?

Pennies are still worth at least one cent, but can you still find them in circulation? It's been six years since the Royal Canadian Mint stopped distributing pennies in Canada. In this February 4, 2013 clip, Shelly Glover, the parliamentary secretary to the Finance Minister told Canadians that pennies would never lose their value.

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[ Feb. 6 ]  Doctor-assisted suicide has now been legal in Canada for four years.

On February 5, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on doctor-assisted suicide. This was a huge victory for human rights, and compassion at the end of one's life.

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[ Feb. 13 ]  "A very outstanding trade relationship". What a difference two years makes.

February 13, 2017 marked a high point in Canada's on-again off-again relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, and saw the first face-to-face meeting between the President and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Was the President's unconditional praise of Canada a harbinger of trade conflicts to come?

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[ Feb. 14 ]  Remembering Nagano 1998, and a historic one-two Olympic finish by Canadian women.

What's better than one Canadian win at a Winter Olympics event? Try two Canadian wins at the same event! Back in 1998, Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon and Susan Auch of Winnipeg finished one-two in the women's 500 meters at the Nagano Olympics. These two women were the first in Canadian history to have won gold and silver at the same event at the Winter Games.

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[ Feb. 14 ]  The first NBA All-Star game is played in Canada

Former-Rapters basketball player DeMar DeRozan acknowledged the energy he witnessed at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. This was the first time the game was played outside of the United States.

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[ Feb. 20 ]  Myles showed support for O'Connor's Grammy boycott

After Sinead O'Connor's boycott of the 1991 Grammys, Award-winning Canadian musician Alannah Myles voiced her support for O'Connor.

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