Well, Canada Day, the 2020 version has arrived.
Unfortunately, the Canada Day 2020 rendition is likely one not to be soon forgotten.
Without stating the obvious, the massive elephant in the “Canada Day celebration room” so to speak is the whole COVID_19 thing.
All of what might be considered normal Canada Day outdoor and indoor celebrations such as concerts, picnics, firework displays and such are either cancelled or reformatted for the most part.
Much of it has gone to some sort of virtual format. Even virtual fireworks.
Have to see how that works.
But, all is not lost. I have read in the news over the past few days of some outdoor events occuring in places across Canada, where social distancing measures can be implemented. That sounds excellent!
But, the overall resounding good news is this.
Regardless of whether we have to party and celebrate in our own backyards as compared to a huge “blow-out” along a waterfront, it doesn’t change who we are and that we’re still Canadian(s). And being Canadian, we have much to celebrate and be thankful for because of it.
So, let’s stop our whining and pull up our “big boy underwear” and not dwell on things that we have no real control over.
Just because there might not be a party and day long concert on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, doesn’t mean that “the party is pooped.”
Of course not – being Canadian we’ll just come up with a boatload of weird and wacky alternatives.
Now, for those of you who unfortunately ARE NOT CANADIAN doesn’t mean we’ll leave you out.
We’re a pretty inclusive bunch here. Just don’t “dis” hockey, Tim Hortons, poutine or universal free health care and all will be good. Oh, and beer as well.
The first Canada Day was celebrated on July 1, 1867, when Canada officially became….well, Canada.
Back then it was called “Dominion Day”(how very British of us) and continued to be called that until 1982 when the name was changed to “Canada Day.”
Exceedingly Unique Things About Canada
- Canada consumes more mac and cheese than any other country in the world. In fact, if you say “having KD for dinner”, most Canadians and all university students would know what you’re having
- Around 90% of Canada is uninhabited…..
- Largely because, up to 30% of Canada is covered in trees and thick forest
- Over the years, Canada has been invaded twice by Americans – in 1775 and again in 1812 – they lost both times. Interestingly, after spanking the American’s in the War of 1812, we marched down and burned the White House. We told them that if you attacked the city of York(now Toronto), we would be pissed. They never listen.
- Our national symbol is the beaver – really??
- Although the beaver is our national symbol, you can order what is known as a “beavertail.” A “deep-fried flattened dough thing,” usually smothered in chocolate sauce, icing sugar or both. You can usually feel your arteries hardening as you consume one
- When it gets close to Christmas, you can write a letter in any language and send it to the North Pole, H0H 0H0 Canada and you will receive a letter back from Santa – yup it’s true!!
- Speaking of Santa, Santa was declared a Canadian citizen back in 2012 by then Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Hence, that’s why Santa wears a red and white suit
- Churchill, Manitoba is the polar bear capital of the world. Residents who live there leave their cars and homes unlocked in case they or a visitor need a quick escape from a wandering polar bear
- Canadians love to talk about the weather more than anyone else in the world. A study showed that in comparison to the averages of 160 countries, Canadian media ran 229% more weather stories than anywhere else. Well, at least it’s a cheap hobby
- Toronto is the most multicultural and diverse city in the world. It boasts 200 ethnic groups with over 140 languages spoken. And also features dozens of international neighborhoods to check out and explore. Pretty cool – right?
- Our money can be confusing
- First, of all the “bills” are colourful, to say the least.
- Our $1 coin is known as a “loonie.” Don’t ask to borrow a dollar coin. No one here will have any idea what you’re talking about.
- Our $2 coin is referred to as a “toonie.” Which is simply a “loonie” multiplied by two.
- Hockey is our NATIONAL SPORT. We often shut the country down if there is an important game being played.
- We have universal free health care – so there! (We can thank actor Keifer Sutherland’s grandfather(Tommy Douglas) who was the architect for universal free healthcare in Canada – yes — Keifer Sutherland is Canadian)
- Big on maple syrup – approximately 71% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada, and of that 91% comes from Quebec alone
- “Eh” is recognized as a word in the Oxford English Dictionary. Canadian’s like to finish most sentences with the word “eh”
- 35 to 50 percent of music broadcast in Canada, must be Canadian.
- A 2-4 (two-four) is a case of beer that has 24 cans or bottles. If you just say, “heading out to pick-up a 2-4 for the game tonight”, we know what it means. We don’t need any further detail.
- Although we measure distances in kilometres(we went metric back in the 1970s), we never would say 85 kilometres. What we will say is, “It’s 85 klicks to the “Big Smoke”(Toronto).”
- Having said the point above, we always refer to weight in pounds. We would never say, “Went to the Doctor, I weigh 68 kilograms.” What we would say is, “Went to the Doctor, I weigh 150 pounds.”
- What could be considered Canada’s national dish, might vary from one part of the country to another, but Poutine, originally from the Province of Quebec is certainly near the top of the list. A mixture of French Fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Again, another artery hardener.
- the list goes on and on…….
Yup, this year Canada Day will be a bit different for sure
But, notwithstanding that, we are still all of those things noted above and so much more.
Although we have our problems and issues just like any other place, we tend to be a pretty diverse, inclusive and decent bunch of folks.
COVID_19 certainly rocked and continues to shake Canada much like other spots around the world.
On a sad note, there will be many today in this fine country, who have lost a loved one(s) to this terrible catastrophe. As well, many may have a loved one(s) who are still hospitalized with the virus or who are at home and suffering the after effects of it.
In addition, there will be many(including Lynn and I) who simply cannot get together with loved ones today because of travel restrictions or other issues that stem out of the COVID_19 crisis.
We need to remember, think and pray for each and all of those(and regardless of where you live) that COVID_19 has slammed into.
But, Canadians are a resilient bunch. We’ll make it through and be stronger because of it.
So, Happy Canada Day to all.
Even if you live on the other side of the world and aren’t Canadian, feel free to don some “red and white” and consider yourself “honorary Canadians” for the day. Now that your “one of us,” get your ass out there and celebrate.
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