Tuesday 1 July 2008

News: Canada Day

July 1st is Canada Day. The celebration stems from an 1868 "proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck" which "called upon all Her Majesty's loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st" (via Canadian Heritage). After a spell as "Dominion Day", "Canada Day" was finally established formally in 1982. To mark the day, a series of links:
  • Canada.com hosts a Canada Day quiz.
  • Earfarm.com has compiled a Canada Day musical mini-mix.
  • Chasing Ray celebrates "Literary Canada in General and Pierre Breton in Particular."
  • Serious Eats talks about Canada Day food.
  • Wired.com profiles "a few Canadians who have helped contribute to those things that Geeks hold dear."
  • The Calgary Herald ponders, and laments, the symbols of Canada's national identity: "Oh, Canada. You're 141 years old and the best descriptor we have for you is hockey? Or the beaver? Ouch."
  • And finally, a cultural icon of whom all Canadians should be proud - Stompin' Tom Connors, here singing "Cross Canada":

If you're an AMS student currently enjoying Canada Day, why not let us know how you're marking the occasion?

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