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July 1 is Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada), a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of July 1, 1867, the effective date of the British North America Act, which united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Look up how tiny NS and NB are compared to the rest of the country! think Rhode Island in the states or Luxembourg in Europe, then make it Canada proportions.

Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), The name “Canada” likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” In 1535, two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about the route to kanata; they were actually referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the present-day City of Québec.

Canadians tend not to be rah rah patriotic, or smugly satisfied, but we are grateful to live here, and aware how lucky we are compared to many places in the world, and how imperfect we are, and how we might share and strive to make the world and ourselves better. Our education system and media, while imperfect, do give us a fairly global (though in my memory, a heavily Anglo / Western approach) and slightly left of centre view of the world.

The second largest country in the world by total area, Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world. It is bordered by three Oceans and one country. It is comprised of ten provinces and three territories. Hence "sea to shining sea to shining sea", and more than one continental divide. All but two of those provinces and territories have an ocean coastline.

A recent court case set the precedent that saying "I'm sorry" to someone after an accident (like a car accident) is not an admission of guilt / responsibility for said accident. It might sound funny but would have saved me a lot of money and heartache if this had been passed 20 years ago, when I was in a not at-fault car accident and ran out to see the people were OK and said "Are you ok? I'm so sorry!"

We even have a great board game from the 30's called Sorry! but it was designed in England and manufactured in the States. Dunno if any of my US friends have ever heard of it though.

So. Mostly Canada Day is about being grateful and happy (though my First Nations friends feel differently about it, and I respect that and understand why).

I sort of doubt we'd make much of a deal of it if that Constitution with the BNA happened on, say, January 28 1867. Though we do love our winter sports and outings.

Happy Monday July 1 to everyone, whether you are here or not. Say "sorry" or even reply to thank you with "you're welcome" and see if it makes you feel a little Canadian.

Whatever you do this Monday, have a wonderful day!
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Rainrider1214

@sillychick With the our nation is going, it may not be long before history is not only removed in the form of stachue's. They will remove it from school as well. Oh they will teach it, it just won't look anything like we know today.
@Mazy I just hope I don't mess it up bad. LOL I will look it up, so I can learn a bit more, then I can get something in Wood for you.

Mazy

thank you, RR.

strange, sillychick, any country I've lived in I try to learn their culture and history a little.

sillychick

You would be surprised how many people living in our Country do NOT know what the 4th of July stands for. I have met a lot of students @ my daughter's University in Florida from Countries I have not only not heard about , but can't pronounce either that not only do NOT know what the 4th of July stands for, but also do not know what a lot of other Holidays we celebrate are either, yet they speak excellent English. If you ask an assortment of students around our Country, their 1st response is usually: fireworks, going to the park, parades (that they do not know what mean), party, party, party, Then maybe they will say America's Freedom (but they won't know from whom). I know I have tried this little experiment. So sad :(

Rainrider1214

Great way to show your flag, loved it. In my little world we will give glory to HaShem and ask that He bless your day with joy. Thanks for fillling me, in. Next year will look for a way to bring it to the front along with you.

iceng

Happy Canada Day Mazy :-))

Mazy

Thanks Ly, hugs. And as always ear scritches for Fergus and Boru.

Lyricist

I played Sorry too when i was little - it was a lot of fun. I'd forgotten all about it. Happy Canada Day, dear Mazy!

Mazy

LOL sillychick! Fun story. We loved Sorry! and it was never a chore :)

I heartily endorse acting like a lunatic at all times. And don't worry, everyone everywhere knows what July 4 is!!

sillychick

I am an American, yet I really enjoyed the History lesson. Yes, I have not only heard of the game Sorry I have played it. That game was played by my children growing up when they were fighting or being disrespectful to each other or anyone else. That was their penance. If they were still miffed @ the end of the game they had to pick another game to play until I heard genuine laughter. My son would bribe his sisters into playing Chess a lot. So Happy Canada Day 2 U :) & I will act like a lunatic on your behalf as I will on our 4th Of July (our Independence Day)

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