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Hey Dude,Having lived in Newfoundland and Labrador, and having spent a great deal of time in Quebec, I have a lot of experience with ugly ethnic nationalism (please do not misunderstand, I am not saying that all Newfoundlanderrs or Quebeckers are into ethnic nationalism).I can say that I am happy and proud to be Canadian. That said, it is not an ethnic nationalism or an ethnic patriotism. It is a pride (perhaps a patriotism) based on institutions. We are a country that has a delicate balancing act of provinces, regions, cities, linuistic groups, founding peoples and more recent immigrants. I am proud of things like standing up for what is right, for caring about minorities and for being a sober people. (Sober in thought, if not well, our alcohol consumption....)This whole country is mine. I feel like it too, wherever I go, and I have spent time in all but two provinces (SK and PEI). I teach students from all over Canada, and about 20 percent of our students are Annishnabek (Ojibwe).We are about compromise.I have BTW, thought we shoudl colonize Haiti for years.
Thanks for starting the ball rolling on this one again Dave - boy, that was fast! We seem to be in agreement on several ideas - including taking over Haiti. I too have a very strong, and proud, feeling that Canada is mine, no matter where I go.
Have I become so cynical and apathetic that, when asked what I would do if I were Prime Minister for a day, the first thing I think of is to put the current government on the Suspected Terrorists List and see how they like it?Sigh.The problem is, a day isn't long enough, and even if I were to manage to do some neat things, some pin-head politician would be back the next day to un-do it all.I'm with you, though, Dude, on the getting old and feeble thing. Some days, as the young folk might say, it blows and sucks both at the same time.And I really wish we could come to the film night -- "Linda, Linda, Linda" is on my list of films to see, but 6:30 on a Friday night isn't do-able from out of town, alas. But I hope you have a great turnout and a good evening.
Just curious - what street did you live on in Lachine?Aclif
48th Avenue. Just above where the tracks used to be, before they were torn out. From 1958, I think. But my friends were on 49th and 47th. And you?
Spooky! We lived on 48th too - just below Sherbrooke. I think my parents had the house from 68/69 to 85. Aclif
How about being a little less 'anonymous' and email me sometime: dicksnjane at gmail.com. I was back in Lachine for thr 76 Olympics, and again for the LHS Reunion in 2003. The Lakeshore is beautiful now!
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