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mark a rayner: Happy Canada Day

Northern Reflections: Building A Country

When Barack Obama addressed Parliament two days ago, he recalled what the other Prime Minister Trudeau said about building a country:A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and leave standing there to defy e… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Building A Country

Bill Longstaff: "Canada has an American president …"

For the occasion of Canada Day, CBC News, aided by the International Council for Canadian Studies, surveyed 7,000 or so academics outside Canada who teach courses about our country. They printed the responses of 15 of them in the recent online article “How Canada is perceived around the world.”

The comments were generally flattering although . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: "Canada has an American president …"

Alberta Politics: Happy Canada Day: Alberta has an extra billion, which was good luck for the NDP

PHOTOS: Finance Minister Joe Ceci at yesterday’s news conference, in a government of Alberta photo, imparting the happy news that former premier Jim Prentice’s Tories left $1.1 billion lying around and didn’t bother to tell anyone about it. Below: Opposition Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt and PC Leader Ric McIver. Presumably it will be a Happy . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Happy Canada Day: Alberta has an extra billion, which was good luck for the NDP

Northern Reflections: Canada Day 2015

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Yesterday, Greece defaulted on its creditors. We are in yet another financial crisis. Jim Stanford writes:

No one can predict how the European drama will unfold next. Or how other after-effects of the 2008-2009 . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Canada Day 2015

Dead Wild Roses: Canada Day – Something To Be Proud Of.

“Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Canada Day – Something To Be Proud Of.

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Canada politics news roundup: Harper Conservatives’ lack of good governance

The Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Harper Conservatives’ cancellation of refugee health care tops the list of my favorite Canada politics news headlines this week.

The post Canada politics news roundup: Harper Conservatives’ lack of good governance appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

In This Corner: Dear Canada: It’s time to upgrade our greatests lists.

Happy 147th birthday, my fellow Canadians. I hope you’re enjoying the day by spending time with the family, maybe going to the lake, attending various Canada Day celebrations, etc. Me? I’m going to work. One way for millions to celebrate the birth of the dominion is to go shopping, and SOMEBODY has to be behind . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Dear Canada: It’s time to upgrade our greatests lists.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Shocker: Conservatives win Alberta by-elections

TweetConservative candidates were elected in two federal by-elections yesterday in Alberta. This is an event which would normally not be a source for much commentary, but there are some interesting points to be made from the outcome of these two by-elections. Conservatives hold, but support shrinks In Fort McMurray-Athabasca, Conservative David Yurdiga was elected with . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Shocker: Conservatives win Alberta by-elections

Politics and its Discontents: Happy Canada Day

I was originally going to take the day off from blogging, but then, after reading the editorial in today’s Star along with some letters reflecting what people would wish for Canada, I decided to briefly add my own thoughts.

Certainly, there are a number of challenges we face both as a country and as . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Happy Canada Day

Northern Reflections: Canada’s Veterans On Canada Day

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As we celebrate our good fortune today, we would do . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Canada’s Veterans On Canada Day

Alberta Diary: Happy Canada Day from the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Alberta, channeled by Perfesser Dave

Oooooh! Happy Canada Day, Canadians. Enjoy yourselves. Prime Minister Steve Harper and Premier Dave Hancock wish they could be here with you and Perfesser Dave. Below: Mr. Hancock and Mr. Harper … Happy-Happy!

Happy Canada Day!

Perfesser Dave, here, the political predictions guy, speaking on behalf of my friends Stephen Harper and David . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Happy Canada Day from the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Alberta, channeled by Perfesser Dave

Eh Types: Canada’s Birthday, the World’s Gift

My parents immigrated here from Scotland in the mid 70′s. I have wondered what being born there instead would have been like. I imagine I would have enjoyed living closer to the distilleries of Speyside than I do, and will testify a kilt is only slightly behind sweatpants in terms of comfort. Scotch and skirts . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Canada’s Birthday, the World’s Gift

Cowichan Conversations: Attempted Terrorist Attack at BC’s Victoria Legislative Buildings Foiled.

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RCMP foiled an attempt to detonate pressure cooker bombs that were about to be set off at the BC Legislature. The attempt could well have resulted in fatal results as it was set to explode while large crowds were attending Canada Day celebrations..

Two Surrey residents, John Stewart Nuttall and . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Attempted Terrorist Attack at BC’s Victoria Legislative Buildings Foiled.

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor Debunks TWO Autism Myths Eh!

Yesterday was Canada Day and Conor sported his Team Canada shirt to celebrate.  He also debunked not one but TWO autism myths.  Conor has received ABA based intervention at school for 8 years.  Yet, contrary to the myth that ABA causes discomfort and harm to persons with autism disorders,  Conor shows his terrific smiles . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor Debunks TWO Autism Myths Eh!

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Canada Day statement: This is stolen Native land

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Photo: Idle No More

Activists with No More Silence and Idle No More unveil surprise banner at Canada Day celebration in Toronto, call attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

July 1, 2013 – North York—At this evening’s Canada celebration at Mel Lastman Square, a group of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Canada Day statement: This is stolen Native land

LeDaro: Rob Ford and Mike Duffy celebrating Canada Day

Dead Wild Roses: Canada Day – We still have so far to go.

Canada needs to bring all of her peoples into the light. Respect and remember the past and try to fix the wrongs of our brief history since we now have the capacity to do so.

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Northern Reflections: Keep The Militarism Out Of It

It’s traditional to look back at our history on Canada Day. And on this Canada Day — our 146th — the Harper government has decided to review whether we teach our history the “right” way. Specifically, it feels that not enough emphasis is placed on our military prowess. Tom Walkom writes, in The Toronto . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Keep The Militarism Out Of It

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Happy Canada Day!

Canada flag photo by Harold L Doherty, very happy to be a Canadian,   living in Canada, despite the lack of progress on the national autism front   Today is Canada Day and I am very happy to be a Canadian living here in Canada.   We can still enjoy living in one of the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Happy Canada Day!

The Ranting Canadian: For Canada Day 2013.  Images from Facebook and elsewhere; text…

For Canada Day 2013. Images from Facebook and elsewhere; text from rabble.ca:

The National Stop Harper Campaign presents….”SAVE CANADA DAY.” Join us across the country as we proclaim our distrust in the Harper Government and band together to form a group of True Canadians who really care . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: For Canada Day 2013.  Images from Facebook and elsewhere; text…

Pample the Moose: Celebrating Canada: National Holidays, Commemoration and Identity Politics

With all of the hubbub surrounding the federal government’s history agenda, I thought it was worth noting that one of the things that has been occupying me lately is the early phases of an edited collection about the practice and politics of crafting national identity in Canada’s past.  If you’re an academic who reads this . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Celebrating Canada: National Holidays, Commemoration and Identity Politics

Pample the Moose: Celebrating Canada: National Holidays, Commemoration and Identity Politics

With all of the hubbub surrounding the federal government’s history agenda, I thought it was worth noting that one of the things that has been occupying me lately is the early phases of an edited collection about the practice and politics of crafting national identity in Canada’s past.  If you’re an academic who reads this blog, this collection might be of interest to you.

Call for Abstracts – Celebrating Canada: National Holidays, Commemoration and Identity Politics

With the 150th anniversary of Confederation coming up in 2017, it seems appropriate to reflect on the political, social and cultural forces which have shaped Canada over the course of its history.  National holidays and commemorative events provide an intriguing window into how these processes have affected, and continue to shape nationalism, culture and identity politics.  With this in mind, we invite interested authors to submit proposals for an edited collection that we are developing.  Tentatively entitled “Celebrating Canada: National Holidays, Commemoration and Identity Politics”, our objective is to pull together scholarship related to national holidays and major commemorative anniversaries in Canadian history.  While our launching point for this collection is the celebration and observance of Dominion Day / Canada Day, we are taking a broad approach to the book’s theme, and would like to include contributions that deal with major anniversary years like the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation, the Centennial of 1967, Canada 125 and other related – or competing! – national holidays such as Victoria Day, la Fête St-Jean-Baptiste/Fête Nationale, and Empire Day. We welcome contributions that situate Canadian holidays in a broader international context. 

We have already been in discussions with University of Toronto Press, where there is keen interest in this project. Interested authors are asked to submit proposals to Matthew Hayday [mhayday@uoguelph.ca] by 2 July 2013 (the day after the Canada Day holiday!) including a 250-500 word abstract and the author’s institutional affiliation and contact information.  Our planned schedule is to contact authors regarding their proposals by the end of July, and have first completed drafts due in late spring 2014.  We are planning to apply for a SSHRC Connection Grant, with an eye to having participants come together for a workshop in the summer of 2014 to discuss each other’s work.  This should provide ample time for revisions and the peer review process to allow the collection to be in print no later than 2017.

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Matthew Hayday
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Guelph
mhayday@uoguelph.ca

Raymond Blake
Professor, Department of History, University of Regina
Raymond.Blake@uregina.ca
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The Canadian Progressive: Black hockey players, aboriginals, gays nixed from Canada’s new bills

“The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes” By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 11, 2013: And so the Harper Conservative-inspired whitewashing of Canada continues. Last summer, we learned that the Bank of Canada had nixed the image of an . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Black hockey players, aboriginals, gays nixed from Canada’s new bills

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: POLL: What Exactly Did You Celebrate on Canada Day?

Opinion polls are a great and simple way for you to express your big opinion on the issues of the day. A few clicks, you’ve spoken! Our current poll on the question “What did you celebrate on Canada Day?” closes at midnight on Tuesday, July 17. Join hundreds of Canadians who are shaming the biased . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: POLL: What Exactly Did You Celebrate on Canada Day?