7.01.2009

happy canada day

Happy Canada Day!

I was planning on watching fireworks tonight at one of several Mississauga locations, but an opportunity to support fellow workers with my IS friends was more compelling. So, Canada Day 2009 to do:

1. picket support

2. Red Sox day game [i.e. down-time]

3. blog

4. go to sleep early to wake up super early for big day tomorrow: Haliburton Wolf Centre

Canadian readers, I hope you all have a lovely mid-week holiday. More later!

7 comments:

John F said...

I've been thinking about Canada Day a lot lately. Are we celebrating the wrong day?

On July 1, 1867, the British North America Act came into effect, turning some small British colonies into...a larger British colony.

On April 17, 1982, the Canada Act was signed. This gave us the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the ability to change our own constitution (before this, any constitutional changes had to be ratified by the British parliament).

So, who's up for moving Canada Day to April 17? Maybe I'm just annoyed that July 1 falls on a Wednesday this year...

L-girl said...

Hmm. Interesting.

I vote for keeping July 1 as Canada Day, because that early form of Candada is a big chunk of Canada's history.

And I vote for adding April 17 as... Independence Day? Canada Freedom Day? Or, in keeping with modern sensibilities, Mid-April Long Weekend?

Kim_in_TO said...

Rather have two holidays than one! But if it comes to just one, I'd prefer one in July rather than April. It's a convenience thing - weather's better, and I'll bet there are a lot of people who can take advantage of seeing American family and vice versa because July 4th is so close.

These days, people often don't know exactly what a holiday commemorates (and I'm not just talking about North Americans). I think the fact that we do recognize and honour certain important events is more important than which specific date we choose - but maybe that's just me.

L-girl said...

"These days, people often don't know exactly what a holiday commemorates (and I'm not just talking about North Americans)."

Yes, it's true. Part of the creepy ahistorical perspective.

"I think the fact that we do recognize and honour certain important events is more important than which specific date we choose - but maybe that's just me."

That's a good way to look at it, especially since most holidays have been moved to make them more convenient for us!

Amy said...

The NYTimes op-ed page today had contributions from various Canadians living in the US, some famous, some not, writing about what they missed most about Canada. Some are humorous, some are touching. If you need a link, let me know.

JakeNCC said...

We, The Descendants...


We, the descendants of Canada’s Aboriginal, French and English founders, and of all others who later arrived to help build this nation,
stand in unity as witness to this pledge.


Remembering that Canada’s provinces and territories have been settled by peoples whose mother tongues, heritage and values differed, we pledge to one another:


To recognize, to respect, and to celebrate Canada’s diversity, lest a loss of identity suffers unto our descendants;


To embrace tolerance, equality, sharing and compassion as the moral cornerstones of our great nation;


To bond together as one in the pursuit of dignity, health, prosperity and happiness for all Canadians;


To forever preserve and promote this mission that we so proudly share.

HAPPY CANADA DAY.

L-girl said...

Thanks Amy, I saw it on Facebook and a few other places. If I didn't have something of my own going up, I would hae posted it. Maybe I'll post it next week anyway.

Thanks Jake!