Friday, July 1, 2022

For Canada's 155th birthday

A few of my landscapes
celebrating my love of
The two on the
ends are Maritime landscapes,
and the one in the middle is the
school yard up the street.
Acrylic on canvas
Barbara Muir ©

This weekend Canada marks it's 155th anniversary of
Confederation. Compared with other countries on the
planet, we are a baby.  I have been thinking about this and
thought I'd write about why I love Canada. Loving Canada
has been sullied somewhat by the anti-vaxxer
truckers who descended on our capital this winter. So I won't
go waving the flag, but I will say why I love this country.

1.  The people -- Canadians come from all over the world.
My own ancestors, great, and great, great grandparents
came from Italy, Scotland, Ireland, and France.  My
husband is descended from Dutch and Indonesian
great grandparents.

2. My city.  Each time I come back to Toronto, after
visiting other countries, I notice how people are here.
At the bus stops all of us hang out together.  It feels
different from other cities in the world.

3. Our humour.  Canadians are self-critical -- and
that is the core of our humour.  And we're funny.
Our humour gets exported big time, especially to the
United States where so many of the top comedians, and
comic actors are Canadian.

4. We're boring.  We're allowed to be boring and
safe. We want good and happy lives, and it doesn't
matter if that means we live by routines.

5. No guns. (Or almost no guns).  We don't think
it's cool to use/have guns.  We don't have guns in
our houses, our cars.  Guns are not cool here.
Criminals and hunters use guns. The police have
guns, but the general public detests gun violence,
and thinks guns are scary, and worse -- stupid and

6. We say we're sorry.  You know you're in
Canada when you bump into someone's cart
 in the supermarket and the sorry fest goes on
for 10 minutes -- first you. "I'm sorry," then
the other person, "No I'm sorry" and that

7. Free health care.  When relatives of mine
have gone through treatments for cancer, or
had surgery, or babies, or any kind of reason
to need healthcare -- it's free.  Some doctors
charge a yearly fee -- maybe $200, but otherwise
healthcare is free.

8. We're a vast country.  I've traveled from one
side of the country almost to the other, and there
is still so much to see, so many places I haven't been.

9. Our art -- it's exciting being an artist in Canada.
Although we're a young country, our art has a
distinctive quality.  Canadian artists love this country,
and that comes out in so many forms -- in art, music and, 
10.  Our kindness.  It is in to be kind here. People from
other countries might find that boring, but we don't. 

Of course things go wrong. The country and its history
are far from perfect. We are dealing with righting the
terrible mistreatment of indigenous people at residential
schools. We are not free from disturbing and violent acts.
And we have been struggling with the pandemic too.  
But in Toronto, where I live, violence is not the norm.
Many neighbours from every culture were out at a
local park watching fireworks together tonight, and
wishing each other Happy Canada Day.

Have an enjoying what's good about your country day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I do agree with all❣️❣️ But we did put up a flag after all because a few of our neighbours did ( and we knew they aren’t trucker supporters) and we decided we should take back the flag��

Barbara Muir said...

Good for you. It was not going up here except by the rare household or apartment that agreed with the "freedom" people. Not taking it back until those people quit. A common sentiment here.


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