Thursday, 1 July 2010

An Ode to Canada on its Birthday

They used to say that 40 is the new 30, but what if you're turning 143? I'd like to think that Canada is still quite young, pristine if you will. The Great White North is still ballin' out just 14 decades (and some change) after its birth. Sure, we don't have the fantastic founding fathers to worship as a demagogues as they do across the border. We'll settle for a quaint but innocuous John A. Macdonald. We cannot conjure up an elegant liberté, egalité, fraternité, but we do stand on guard for thee. In fact on this day, July 1, 2010  - Canada  Day - there is a lot to be proud of. 

Firstly, our copious copulating population pushed past 34 million. This was due both to huddling during the long cold winter, as well as to welcoming new arrivals. This year has also marked finally a successful hosting of an Olympics on our home soil. While Montreal in 1976 and Calgary in 1988 were grand in their ambitions, it was only in Vancouver this year that we finally won a gold medal while also playing host. In fact, Canada won 14 gold medals - the most ever by any country at a Winter Olympics. Sure, a Canadian team did not win the Stanley Cup Playoffs (a wait still ongoing since 1993), and our basketball brother Stevie Nashty was once again knocked out of the Western Conference Finals. Yet, all-in-all 2010 is turning out to be quite a year for Canadian sports. 

It's not all brawn, as Canadians have some beat too. Recently we have been producing young female singers (see Nelly Furtado, Alanis Morisette, Sarah McLaughlin, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and the list goes on). However, this year we get to see the launch into World Cup stardom for Somali-Canadian K'naan, with his song Wavin' Flag. Add some coolness with the emergence of Drake, whose album debuted atop Billboard's charts, and it ain't bad at all. Across the artist pond, once again James Cameron was single-handedly pacing the North American economy with a feature film, this time in 3-D. 

In the first half of 2010, hosting an Olympics was not enough for our country, and this past weekend we invited the G-8 and G-20 to visit, and gave a traditional welcome of smashing cars. Didn't expect that from Canada did you?  

Temporary violence aside, Canada is going strong. Vancouver's real estate bubble is going a little too strong, but that's another story. So, today, as a Canadian, go out there and celebrate. Celebrate our accomplishments, our passport that is so good that all the spy agencies want to use it, our double-doubles, our food-court style diversity (and beyond), our secret vociferous patriotism underneath our polite exterior, and our beautiful geography from where we can also see Russia. And to all the non-Canadians reading out there...Bask in our glory for one day ;). 


  1. Here's a further link on vancouver's real estate bubble, a simulated roller coaster ride of the ups and downs to scale (

  2. Thanks for the link Jamil -- hopefully the fall won't be as steep in vancouver!