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 ...

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 ...

Trashy's World: Happy Canada Day to all!

Happy CANADA DAY! And it’s NOT Dominion Day, as some regressives continue to call it! I’ll wager that the ReformCons will introduce a bill before the year is out to revert to the outdated name. It would follow the pattern, wouldn’t it? Here is the interesting account of how exactly our national day of celebration ...

Pample the Moose: Happy 30th Birthday, Canada Day!

Sunday, July 1st, 2012 will officially be the 30th Canada Day.  How is this possible, you ask, my gentle readers, when 2012 is the 145th anniversary of Confederation?  Is it because it’s the 30th Canada Day since the passage of the revised constitution in 1982, along with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?  It’s not ...

Pample the Moose: Happy 30th Birthday, Canada Day!

Sunday, July 1st, 2012 will officially be the 30th Canada Day.  How is this possible, you ask, my gentle readers, when 2012 is the 145th anniversary of Confederation?  Is it because it’s the 30th Canada Day since the passage of the revised constitution in 1982, along with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?  It’s not ...

Pample the Moose: Canada Day and the War of 1812

In a story in today’s Toronto Star and CBC from Canadian Press, the federal government has hired a consultant to inject a War of 1812 theme into the noonday and evening Canada Day shows on Parliament Hill. The article implies that this might represent a major shift in crafting politicized Canada Day celebrations, and that ...