Articles — Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day(8)

One Country

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day iStock New Articles

I have learned that no matter where we go in the world, Canadians are welcomed.   We have a good reputation of being kind, honest, and peace-loving.   In fact, there is a silly joke about how Canadians are so nice that we apologize even when it isn’t our fault! Unfortunately, I have noticed that the pandemic has created fear and confusion which frequently threatens our unity.  Family members are upset with each other when they don’t share the same opinions.   People out in the public are being stared at or shouted down by complete strangers.  Even our leaders and health officials...

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What Makes Canada Unique?

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day

It doesn't seem to matter where you go in the world, Canadians are welcomed. We somehow have developed a reputation as being kind, safe, friendly and helpful. But, unfortunately, not many people even in Canada understand how truly blessed we are to live in this unique country. Canada is:   Large - There are over 3.85 million square miles to visit. We have ten provinces and three territories with three sides that are bordered by water. Beautiful - It doesn't matter whether you like forests, lakes, plains or ice - we've got it all! From the large cities to the...

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Stand On Guard

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day iStock

When I was a child, we were taught about patriotism. Every morning at school we would stand erect facing the flag at the front of the room while singing O Canada and God Save the Queen, followed by recitation of the Lord's Prayer. Arms were to be at our sides and posture correct as the lyrics included the line "We stand on guard for Thee". Whenever there was a community event, we would all proudly sing O Canada together. Over the years I have noticed that our national anthem is not used as often as in the past. Frequently, a...

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O Canada

Dr. Linda Hancock 13. The Thirteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day

This year I will be celebrating Canada Day in the Maritimes. Air Canada had a wonderful Mother's Day Seat Sale and I just couldn't resist! Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is known as the birthplace of Canada. From September 1 to September 9, 1864 meetings were held to discuss the possibility of Confederation. Originally the only ones who were to participate were Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. These three were hoping to have more political and economic independence from England as well as military power considering the American Civil War. Newfoundland and the Province of Canada which consisted...

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Fads and Fashion

Dr. Linda Hancock 12. The Twelfth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day

Do any of you remember party lines or eight-tracks or home milk delivery by a horse and wagon? All those things were part of everyday life forty or fifty years ago. Times change. Even in the past five or ten years we have experienced significant changes in technology, travel and communication methods. Today I went to have my hair styled and some of the patrons were talking about the fact that perms are coming back into vogue. Some things disappear and then reappear again. Life is very different from the time when Canada became a nation one hundred and fifty...

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Proud Canadians

Dr. Linda Hancock 11. The Eleventh Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day iStock

It's easy to complain. Yes, we have a very young Prime Minister who is bound to make mistakes. Most of them do at times. But he's enthusiastic and after all we did vote him in. Or were you one of the citizens who didn't bother to go to the polls? Our economy isn't necessarily where we want it to be but there are jobs available. Perhaps they don't match your career or income goals. Maybe you should consider the educational opportunities we have at our doorstep or through the internet. Can't afford it? There are grants, bursaries and Student Loans...

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God Keep Our Land

Dr. Linda Hancock 10. The Tenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day iStock

Since childhood, I have been advised that it is safer to stay away from discussing politics or religion. There is therefore some risk in writing this one for Canada Day. When I grew up we began each school day with prayer. On the weekend we attended Sunday School and church. Mid-week activities were usually scheduled at or involving groups at the church. In our small Saskatchewan town everyone knew each other and we understood that some people were Catholic, some Protestant and others not interested in religion. We just accepted that! At the same time, we knew that we would...

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Canada Day - God Keep Our Land

Dr. Linda Hancock 05. The Fifth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Canada Day iStock

Recently I decided to visit my sister and her family who live about 800 kilometres from my home. I didn't have to get permission from anyone to make the trip. I was able to fill the tank of my car with gas using money that I had earned myself. My start time was one that I chose on my own. As I drove, I was able to enjoy the countryside that had not been ravaged by war or weather disturbances. In fact, the natural beauty was enhanced by the sight of farmers who were diligently planting the spring crops with...

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