In my column this week for the National Post, I explain some of Canada's outstanding military achievements:
You could learn a lot about Canada’s national psyche from the country’s enduring fascination with the battle of Vimy Ridge, fought 95 years ago this past week.
Canadians fought dozens of major battles during the First World War. Yes, Vimy was the most tactically spectacular: One of the best-planned, best-executed Allied operations of the whole war. Vimy fully deserves the honour it carries in the national memory.
But the exclusive attention to Vimy obscures other Canadian achievements even more deserving of honour.
Who remembers now the Battle of Amiens in August, 1918? Yet it was this battle that broke the spirit of the German Army in the West. German troops broke and ran before a Canadian and Australian-led assault: the first German rout of the war. Between August and November, Canadians spearheaded a sequence of attacks that destroyed the German army’s will to fight.
2nd Place: Karen Fralich
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
"A Picture Comes to Life"
3rd Place: Guy-Olivier Deveau
Quebec City, Quebec
"Ravishing and Ravenous"
The excessive politeness covers a very frugal way of life, which pisses off Floridians trying to make a dollar.
Talking to a couple from Ontario, (I think it's part of Michigan), they said their political nature is conservative. I brought up the legalization of marijuana and acceptance of gays and said those would be extremely progressive issues in the U.S.
Seemed to confuse them, like it happened somewhere far away.
I will know more soon, Panama City Beach has been infiltrated by a very large army of Canadians from many eastern providences. There's some interesting language accents that makes them easy to identify. If I can get them to use the word "about," it's a cinch. If I can't all I have to do is wait to see when they eat dinner. If it's around four, it's happy hour everywhere and my frugal friends are crowding every eating establishment.
I will figure them out. There's such a large contingent that they've been arguing with americans for years about using their money at bingo. By the sign posted in the elevator, bingo night has new management that will accept canadian coin; grudgingly. The new management will also accept krugerrands and spanish doubloons now, at half value.
Canada’s information commissioner, Suzanne Legault, will investigate complaints that the government restricts or prevents its scientists from sharing and discussing their research openly with the media and the public.
The investigation, prompted by a report penned by the Environmental Law Clinic of the University of Victoria and advocacy group Democracy Watch, will look into allegations that Canadian government communications policies impeded the legal right of access to information. Institutions under Legault’s scrutiny will include the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, the Department of the Environment and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Sounds like what the U.S. did under Bush.
Sorry. And now I’m sorry about saying sorry. Sorry.posted on May 14, 2013 at 2:12pm EDT