Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day!

144 years ago, Canada officially became a country. Well, sort of. In my books, we're not officially our own country until we throw off the shackles of monarchy, but, considering the fact that the poster couple for orthodontic services has timed their visit to Canada for right now, that may not happen in my lifetime. But I digress.

Canada freaking rocks. We are consistently on the top of the United Nations lists of best places to live, best places to be a woman (yeah, well, Harper has a majority now, so that's about to change), best places to emigrate.

Legally, we don't care if you're gay and want to marry your partner. Go ahead! Socially, most of us don't care if you smoke a little weed in the privacy of your own home. Spark it! Emotionally, we do care if we get mistaken for americans when overseas. Hence plastering ourselves with our beautiful flag.

We have some of the most respected social activists in the world. Craig Kielburger, Stephen Lewis, David Suzuki, Maude Barlow.

Hollywood is filled with our kind. William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Nathan Fillion, I could go on forever.

We make damn fine beer (I'm told) and bloody good wine (I attest). Our cheese wins first prizes all around the world.

Our internationally known knitters include The Yarn Harlot, Kate Gilbert and SpillyJane, to name a few.

And I haven't even gotten to our writers, poets, musicians and artists. I could do a whole post on them alone!

But the simple fact is, our Canada is the best. This is OUR day. Take it. Enjoy it. Remember. We. Are. Canadian.

And if you want a good laugh, click on my twitter button on the left for a Cage Fight to the Death between Sir John A MacDonald & Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Srsly.