Saturday, July 1, 2017

First Day

It's our 150 celebration day in Canada.  The listing of fireworks is so long that it is in alphabetical order - noise started last night at midnight. Here are a few ways to distinguish us:

You Might Be Canadian If:

Your municipality buys a Zamboni before a bus.

You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.

You bring a portable TV on a camping trip so that you don't miss Hockey Night.
You can repeat the entire Molson's Canadian 'The Rant'.

You know all the words to "If I had a million dollars" by The Barenaked Ladies, including the inter-stanza banter between Steven and Ed.

You dismiss all beers under 6% as "for children and the elderly." You remember when Alanis Morrissette was "Too Hot To Hold".

You watch MuchMusic constantly, in the hopes of occasional fleeting glimpses of The Tragically Hip.

You can sing "O' Canada" in French and actually know what the words mean. You think Peter Mansbridge is sexy.

You killed your best friend for Another Roadside Attraction tickets.

You think Great Big Sea isn't Atlantic-centric enough. You know the names of all the guys in Sloan.

You know more than 3 guys named Gordon.


Martin Regg Cohn's article in the Toronto Star seems to sum our our perspective now.

"Nothing puts Canada’s tensions in perspective quite like witnessing other people’s conflicts abroad, as I did while at the Toronto Star’s bureau in Jerusalem in the late 1990s."

Regg says: "As a country we are far more rounded, grounded and grown-up. We have reinvented multiculturalism, and begun a belated journey of reconciliation ... Canada has always been light on jingoism, chauvinism and patriotism. But do not mistake the muted enthusiasm of today for a lack of idealism about tomorrow ... At 150, Canada is a far better place, in a far better space than ever before..."

Happy Canada Day @150!

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