What Canada Means To Me
July 3 2011
Happy Canada Day to all, Yesterday I took many pictures around the harbour trying to capture who and what Canada Canada is to me. I will try to explain under each image. The written word not being my forte, ergo the images:
The Mallard with her Brood reminds me how lucky I am to live in Canada. Due to Rheumatoid Arthritis and all the Diseases that follow have made my health poor. One third of these baby ducks will not make-it, yet they sure put up a fight trying to survive, as will I
Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st across the country. July 1st marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada – that’s the technical explanation, but Canada Day also means fireworks and the year’s biggest national party. The Canada Day holiday is akin to the U.S. July 4th celebration but on a more Canadian scale.
Canada Day, for those who don’t know, celebrates the passage of the British North America Act of 1867, later retconned to be known as the 1867 Constitution Act. This act amalgamated the previously freestanding colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada into a single federation. It also re-split Upper Canada and Lower Canada into separate provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Ironically, though the confederation talks were held in Prince Edward Island, the island wound up not liking the terms and stayed aloof from Canada for several years after the foundation of the country.
One of the main ideas of confederation, as I understand it, was fear that the United States would try to conquer the area. We forget it today, but America tried to conquer Canada during the Revolution and again during the War of 1812, and various related schemes were tossed around throughout the first half of the 19th century. The Civil War demonstrated the ability of the United States to forge a powerful central government and deploy its industrial might for military purposes, making confederation seem more urgent. Obviously, such conquest never occurred. Thank you Canada
Today, Canada Day is celebrated with fireworks, concerts, cookouts, and sports games. Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario, hosts the most holiday activities. There are countless events, activities, and festivals to be found throughout the city in the city streets, parks,and museums. Fireworks are launched from Parliament Hill to conclude a day of patriotic festivities. For more information about Canada Day’s history, Thank you Canada
Canada Day took decades to catch on due to the fact that many early Canadians identified themselves as British. It was not until Canada’s “golden” anniversary in 1917 (50 years), that an official celebration was recorded. The next set of Canada Day festivities did not occur until ten years later, in 1927. The government’s first recognition of the holiday occurred in 1958 with a trooping of the color on Parliament Hill. The first country-wide celebration was in 1967, Canada’s 100th anniversary. From that point on, Canada Day grew and evolved to become the widespread commercial holiday it is today. Thank you Canada
Thank you Canada, Being able to get to this Bridge, enjoying the company of all around me and make it home safely is all I wanted on Canada Day. Thank you for our natural
beauty, The people and the opportunities you offer those who try.
" they say an echo in the woods returns your own call, and so I started speaking sweetly to everyone...and my sweet voice getting all over me, like sunlight." Anne Lamott
Doug Worrall Photography