We have nothing to be ashamed of on Canada Day

We should be proud of our country, warts and all

We have nothing to be ashamed of on Canada DaySome Canada Day organizers have been spooked by last summer’s hysteria over 215 Indigenous children murdered and secretly buried at Kamloops. News of the alleged murders led to churches being set on fire, statues being toppled, and a panicked Prime Minister lowering Canadian flags across the country. In many places, Canada Day celebrations were called…

Why Canada should be celebrated, not trashed

Don’t let utopian perfectionists stop you from celebrating a tremendous accomplishment: Canada

Why Canada should be celebrated, not trashedTo understand why it’s popular among the chattering classes to trash Canada at this time of year, it helps to understand the power of utopian thinking. In past centuries, utopian movements sprang from religious impulses and secular imitations of the same nature. Religious examples include communes which, in extreme forms, separated themselves from what they…

Why I chose to celebrate Canada Day

Let’s fix what needs fixing but appreciate what we have

Why I chose to celebrate Canada DayI celebrated Canada Day. I took the day off from work. I wore red and white. I enjoyed a barbecue with friends. I’m very glad I live in Canada. Sad, tragic things have happened in Canada. A catastrophic event has been defined as one where little children die and we’re uncovering evidence of such catastrophes…

We can celebrate Canada without worshiping or denouncing it

Let us celebrate gratitude for the good, humility for the bad, and thankfulness that failures were not worse

We can celebrate Canada without worshiping or denouncing itCelebration of anything or anyone requires one of two mindsets. The first mindset is make-believe. We pretend something is what it is not. We sing, dance, and light fireworks in false celebration. Eulogies about abusive drunks being great family men call us to false celebration. We pretend the bad did not exist, and we focus…

Canada’s landscapes a source of inspiration

These are the great vistas that I consider spiritually charged, that speak about transcendence, that imbue a sense of the sacred, that stir the receptive soul

Canada’s landscapes a source of inspirationI spent Canada Day on a plane traversing the nation. On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it seemed appropriate to fly from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The aerial views provided an opportunity to enjoy the vast and diverse Canadian landscape in one fell swoop. Our day began at 4:30 a.m. Atlantic time. The weather was…

My Canada does not include Alberta – Trudeau

Forgetting to include Alberta may have been an oversight on Trudeau's part but it's now a permanent part of our 150th birthday celebration. And that's not fake news, folks

My Canada does not include Alberta – TrudeauI never thought I would live to see the day when a Canadian prime minister forgot to mention one of our provinces at a public event. Yet that's exactly what happened to Justin Trudeau. During his Canada Day speech in Ottawa, the PM said that Canadians are “of every colour and creed, from every corner…

Trudeau Liberals missing in action on Canada Day

Unless you live in the Ottawa region, you can be forgiven for wondering what the federal government did with your tax dollars on July 1, 2017

Trudeau Liberals missing in action on Canada DayCanada’s 150th birthday has come and gone. Notice anything missing? Like, say, a federal presence. If you live outside of Ottawa, you sure didn’t see much of that. In Ottawa, despite the many terrific Canadian acts available, the big moment at the big show was a song performed by a couple members of U2 – a…

Canada’s next 150 years

In the face of changes and challenges, we can ensure a great future by using the hardiness, bravery and creativity that we have displayed throughout our history

Canada’s next 150 yearsThe world needs more Canada, because of what we have accomplished over the last 150 years and all that we are capable of accomplishing over the next 150 years. Over the coming years we should put aside our usual apologetic Canadian modesty and agree that the world would be a better place if more countries…

Canada 150 a time for reflection and renewed commitment

We have much to be proud of: a multilingual and cosmopolitan democracy, strong international friendships and a generous view of others. But challenges await

Canada 150 a time for reflection and renewed commitmentOn its 150th birthday this weekend, Canadians celebrate their peaceful and prosperous country. It’s also special occasion for those of us who were born elsewhere and have adopted Canada as our home. We especially know the gifts of Canada in contrast to less stable places. Canada 150 is a time to appreciate our accomplishments: the…

Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?

No question Canada has much to answer for in its treatment of indigenous people. But we also have a great deal to be proud about

Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?Those of us who were around for Canada’s 100th birthday can’t help but be struck by the very different mood this year, as we mark the country’s sesquicentennial. How, we wonder, did this national milestone turn into such a bummer? To understand just how much the national mood has shifted, let me point out some of…