For all the talk of Canada as a northern country it is actually a country primarily of people in large cities, the rest of us are outliers. And we are declining. What does that mean?
I first read this piece by Denise Balkisoon on what it means to be Canadian when it came out over a month ago, and I’ve come back to it multiple times.
Melissa Martin investigates the Manitoban accent and its roots in Indigenous languages and waves of settlers: “Manitobans don’t think about this much. Our accents aren’t famous or a point of civic pride. Unlike English speakers in New Yawk or Bawwston, we don’t often see our ways of speaking presented in pop culture media. “So we […]
An excellent piece of reporting by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn in the New York Times following the experience of well-meaning Canadians and their Syrian sponsors as they move away from helping their charges through everything towards, hopefully, self-sufficiency. As expected, it’s complicated. “She and the other sponsors asked themselves: How could this be happening, […]
Is valuing diversity controversial?
They appeal to a nostalgia for a version of each country that was stronger, more respected, treated its people better. It’s a promise that things were better, once, and after this vote, they will be again- regardless of whether any of that is true.
For Canada Day, the story of Alex Cuba, a Cuban-Canadian musician living in Smithers who decided to learn some of the indigenous language of Wit’suwet’in so he could sing it when he was invited to perform on Parliament Hill.
The Tragically Hip taught me the difference between being from Canada, and *being Canadian*.
As Toronto becomes a global player in the hip-hop world, Vancouver no longer holds its status as the second centre of the Canadian scene.
I disagree with the premise that either you live in a city with an NHL team or you accept worse outcomes for you and your loved ones. I disagree with the premise that we should give up on any place that isn’t a major urban centre.
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