Canadian citizenship is only 70 years old

Until 1947, Canadians were still considered British subjects, albeit living in an independent, self-governing country

Canadian citizenship is only 70 years oldIt may come as a surprise but Canadian citizenship is just 70 years old. After passing Parliament on June 27, 1946, the Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect on Jan. 1, 1947. The first citizenship ceremony, during which 26 individuals received their certificates, took place in Ottawa two days later. Although the concept of a…

Anthem debate ignores larger civics concern

Promoting engaged and informed citizenship is a battle all political parties should be fighting

Anthem debate ignores larger civics concernControversy arose this month in Ontario when it was revealed the Ministry of Education was considering making civics an optional course for students. Many Ontarians and residents of other provinces decried the proposed change as a move away from civic and citizenship literacy. Promoting engaged and informed citizenship is a battle Canadian conservatives should be fighting.…

Are ‘citizens of the world’ simply ideological vagabonds?

Declaring yourself a citizen of the world can be construed as outward-looking but it can also be seen as simply being a tad rootless

Are ‘citizens of the world’ simply ideological vagabonds?Theresa May isn’t impressed by those who profess to be “citizens of the world.” As the new British prime minister recently put it: “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means.” Unsurprisingly, this ruffled some feathers, including those of Prof.…

Niqabs, millennials symbols of the age of entitlement

2 recent op-eds in the National Post bear little resemblance to the real world

Niqabs, millennials symbols of the age of entitlementThe National Post’s op-ed pages had an interesting day recently, sporting several pieces that stuck in my mind. This column is about two of them. The first one felt like the Post’s umpteenth brief against the Harper government’s prohibition of niqabs at citizenship oath-taking ceremonies. The paper certainly hasn’t been shy about expressing its disapproval…