On guard

A boom truck showed up in Kingston on Friday and hoisted away the statue of Canada’s first PM, Sir John.. Then workers chiseled off the commemorative plaque. So the city where the founding Father of Confederation lived, died and is buried doesn’t want him anymore. The statue’s gone into hiding. It might emerge later at the Cataraqui Cemetery, where the old guy’s bones lie. Or maybe not.

Kingston’s city council caved in to cancel culture. So did the local leaders in Victoria. And Penticton. And Charlottetown, birthplace of the nation. As mentioned here recently, the Toronto cops did nothing when the statue of 19th Century educator Egerton Ryerson (who brought free schooling to Canada) was felled and beheaded. His bronze noggin ended up atop a pike on native land. Stunning. Ryerson University, by the way, also did ziltch, even when its property and buildings were vandalized. It will probably change its name, too. More cancelling.

In fact #cancelCanadaDay is a big social media thing. The radical Indigenous group Idle No More is gaining traction with its move to trash, disrupt and discredit celebrations of the country’s birthday next week. Days ago Toronto announced it will mark July 1st with a virtual event. The protest group immediately said it will try to prevent that. Federal Tory leader Erin O’Toole gained some rare media attention by speaking out against the movement.

Meanwhile in the US, Joe Biden last week created a new national holiday, Juneteenth, to mark the end of slavery. It’s interesting that George Washington, the first president, owned slaves. In fact slaves helped build the White House in every stage of its construction starting in 1792. After the British (Canadians, too) torched the place during the War of 1812, slaves were involved in its reconstruction.

Enslaved blacks were owned by and worked for at least 12 US presidents (including Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant). At the White House slaves served as chefs, butlers, maids, valets and stable hands.

It’s a fair assumption that the forced importation then slavery of millions of people for over a century in America – its original sin – was akin (or maybe worse) than the attendance of 150,000 native kids in Canada at schools, some residential and some day institutions. We can’t judge. We weren’t there. It was all reprehensible. It was wrong. We know better now, and have a different moral code.

But it’s interesting nobody is attacking the White House, tearing down statues of Washington and Jefferson or actively trying to erase the 4th of July. Yes, cancel culture is alive and kicking in the States, too. (Trump fought the renaming of military bases after Confederate heroes, for example.) Society in America is in the grips of dealing with its own soiled past. But Juneteenth seems to be a turning point. And on the 4th we’ll likely see a spectacular display of post-pandemic patriotism.

In Ottawa there will be some Zoom thing. No Parliament Hill crowd, no F18s screaming overhead, no big concert or fireworks above the river. This week a couple of federal cabinet ministers (Carolyn Bennett and Marc Miller) said they had ‘mixed feelings’ about Canada Day. Bennett added that she refuses to wear red on July 1st, and will don an orange shirt instead, to stand with the Indigenous people. Interesting words from national leaders. When those at the top refuse to salute, what are the troops to think?

Well, here’s a small story for you. Against all reason I decided to host a Canada Day event outside the wee bank next week. A free concert. My personal gift. (East Coast music royalty Heather Rankin and her band instantly agreed.) Within five days my naiveté was on full display. The staging company demanded a 100% premium because, “the pandemic has decimated the industry.” The municipality refused to close the street outside for two hours without a $2 million insurance policy, a building permit, a third-party traffic plan approved by engineering and the hiring of a contractor-road safety company to staff the area. Plus council approval. And a provincially-sanctioned Covid protocol.

To everyone, Canada Day seemed irrelevant. Here was a chance for people to profit, or flex their Lilliputian powers. And thus, it ain’t happening.

Oh, the big Peace Tower flag will still be erected. The sky will still light up. And my fire will not be extinguished.

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252 comments ↓

#1 Millennial Investor on 06.24.21 at 11:09 am

We love you, Garth. And what you (try to) do.

#2 zxcvbnm on 06.24.21 at 11:10 am

Fly’em high and Fly’em proud, people! Don’t let the dumdums demoralize you.

#3 Freedumb on 06.24.21 at 11:12 am

It’s a fair assumption that the forced importation then slavery of millions of people for over a century in America – its original sin – was akin (or maybe worse) than the attendance of 150,000 native kids in Canada at schools, some residential and some day institutions. We can’t judge.

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I think the evaluation shouldn’t be Slavery vs. Residential Schools. US vs. Canada. Ranking atrocities, etc.

This all start with conquer of the land from Indigenous people of this continent. That is the first domino in this whole situation.

Isn’t it interesting that these two “Free nations” with freedoms to citizens were built upon trampling on the freedoms of those who were trying to enjoy that very freedom here before others arrived to bring their brand of freedom? Took away their freedom with their laws, language and weapons?

Actually, it’s interesting that the government declares our freedoms and human rights in the first place. Who gave them the right? Did you? Did I?

#4 JRT on 06.24.21 at 11:15 am

Socialists, whether National (Nutsi) or Communist will erase history gradually in their grab for power.
They do not want anyone to know how much more freedom they had in the past. I live in Penticton and the mayor came from Greece and his family owns a lot of property in town. I guess he doesn’t care for what Canada done for him. Happy Canada Day. If this offends anyone, North Korea, or Venezuela and California await you.

#5 Sail Away on 06.24.21 at 11:20 am

“My daughter took this pic of Roxy, our 6 yr old Rhodesian Ridge Back/ Poodle blend. Accidental mating at the doggy day care and she has been an incredible friend and family member.”

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Can’t believe the doggy daycare let that happen. Where did you and your husband find the privacy? Good origin story for your daughter…

#6 Immigrant man on 06.24.21 at 11:21 am

I am really saddened by all this cancel Canada Day business and removal of statues. I think it constitutes treason.

#7 hwy_str on 06.24.21 at 11:23 am

Canada is actively losing its national identity. If it continues like this, what will bind country together?
The cultural glue is paramount to keep separatist movements and local power players under control.

#8 TheDood on 06.24.21 at 11:24 am

Well, here’s a small story for you. Against all reason I decided to host a Canada Day event outside the wee bank next week. A free concert. My personal gift. (East Coast music royalty Heather Rankin and her band instantly agreed.) Within five days my naiveté was on full display. The staging company demanded a 100% premium because, “the pandemic has decimated the industry.” The municipality refused to close the street outside for two hours without a $2 million insurance policy, a building permit, a third-party traffic plan approved by engineering and the hiring of a contractor-road safety company to staff the area. Plus council approval. And a provincially-sanctioned Covid protocol.
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Canada on full display. No wonder this country has no culture to speak of. Our ‘culture’ is tied to how intrusive we’ve allowed our government to become.

#9 Habitt on 06.24.21 at 11:24 am

Great post sir and thank you. There was a reason for Trump. Sad days ahead. Go HABS lol

#10 Summertime on 06.24.21 at 11:27 am

Idle No More – do they have a claim on all land, including under all expensive multi-million dollar shacks in the big cities? Would eviction of the ‘illegal intruders’ start any time soon? It certainly seems so:

https://idlenomore.ca/cancelcanadaday/

WE WILL NOT CELEBRATE STOLEN INDIGENOUS LAND AND STOLEN INDIGENOUS LIVES. #CANCELCANADADAY

#11 Dogman01 on 06.24.21 at 11:27 am

Garth a foreign set of values are being imposed on Canada by a vocal group with the support of out established elite. When I look at the value system being imposed, I recognize it is at odds with my basic outlook and perception of reality.
They are bringing back racism to sow division, encouraging the destruction of our prosperity and eroding the freedoms and rights we have. They are attacking the founding myths in order to remake it into something more malleable.

I am not sure of the end game, but a post national state controlled by emotional manipulation and division with a “grey-goo” population of precariat dependent consumers rather than free citizens.

#NotmyCanada…..

#12 Aftred on 06.24.21 at 11:27 am

Its quite funny that Left-wing Canada haters and Right-wing Canada haters can unite behind one idea of mocking Canada and trashing Canada Day.

Shared hatred of Canada, and what either side believes it stands for. Makes a weaker nation, a weaker people, a weaker culture. Ready for exploitation by its enemies, foreign and domestic.

#13 I ...just .... don't ....care! on 06.24.21 at 11:31 am

Personally, I find apathy to be a great character trait in times like this. Let the cancel culture run wild … cancel Canada Day everywhere……give the indigenous billions MORE in federal aid to make amends for things that happened before I was born … tear down a few more statues. Have at ‘er. It’s your future, millenials and social justice warriors.

I’ve never voted in my life. I don’t have a stake in the future so I really don’t care.

Try it Garth … you’ll like it!

#14 Cici on 06.24.21 at 11:31 am

It’s not and shouldn’t be a question of what is worse. You are 100% right when you said:

“It was all reprehensible. It was wrong. We know better now, and have a different moral code.”

That said, the “cancel culture” movement is full of fascist zealots, many of whom don’t even know the full history of whatever or whoever they are so violently trying to erase.

In any case, today is St. Jean Baptiste Day in Québec. So I will wear blue.

And on Canada Day, I will wear both red and orange, to support both cultures and populations, and the leaders behind them who do not rally on behalf of violence, ignorance and destruction.

Peace out, gotta get off the Internet!

#15 Lee on 06.24.21 at 11:34 am

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

#16 baloney Sandwitch on 06.24.21 at 11:35 am

Good post. I really don’t understand what Canada day has to do with Native Children abuse. The latter was a bad policy (similar to leeching, female circumcision, child marriages, agent orange etc.) despite good intentions and no way comparable to slavery (a unmitigated evil). Products of an ignorant time. Canada remains a noble enterprise and is a shining city on the hill (far more than you know who).

#17 Doug t on 06.24.21 at 11:37 am

sad little Canada – so full of guilt it can’t help itself – wear an orange tshirt and you feel better about yourself for a day – tear stuff down so it looks like your unburdening some inner demon (even though you personally did nothing) – say some Hail Mary’s and SORRY a million times over to anyone who will lend an ear (or not) – force your guilt on others to make sure this sad little country can’t move forward in a logical and meaningful way – OPTICS is after all what really matters right? – lets just continue to slowly slide into a pool of quicksand that drags all of us down, laden with self loathing and so much self imposed guilt – someone somewhere in the past once said “We use to be Great” = not anymore

#18 mike from mtl on 06.24.21 at 11:40 am

Sad, but this is what the post-national state is moving towards. I agree with the points above, Canada barely has (had!) an identity or specific culture, now the communists are hard working to erase even that.

DONT VOTE BACK IN THE LIBS.

#19 Doug t on 06.24.21 at 11:40 am

oh forgot – LIGHT EM UP GARTH AND PARTY ON DUDE

#20 Inequity on 06.24.21 at 11:41 am

Good for you Garth.
I too plan to wear red with pride on Canada day.

To hell with all those crying about the past when looking at it with current values, instead focusing their energies on building a better future.
Its interesting how they try to ignore WHY many of those things were done that way.

#21 deaner on 06.24.21 at 11:46 am

Don’t worry about the fact that the kids are being taught that they live on unceded land on Turtle island. Not a pending problem at all.

#22 Sail Away on 06.24.21 at 11:46 am

Faron, here’s a brief review of your predictions/suggestions from the last few months. Data, you know:

1. Early March, Tesla dropped to 604. You insulted Elon and predicted doom. +14% since then.
2. May 6, ARKK dropped to 108. You insulted Cathy and predicted doom. +17% since then.
3. On June 2, you insulted meme-driven stocks and recommended taking Blackberry profit. It gained 80% the next day.
4. On June 20, you predicted this would be a down week for some random reason. Major US markets have gained +2.5% this week so far.

A similar narrative continues further back from this recent 4 month sampling.

It is important for you to recognize the danger in what you’re doing here. Imagine if people risk their hard-earned money on your recommendation!

Giving recommendations carries responsibility. If you continue with this poor behaviour, you may want to preface it with something like… “full disclosure: my recommendations are wrong nearly all the time”

#23 Classical Liberal Millennial on 06.24.21 at 11:50 am

Twitter reactions and trending topics (it doesn’t take many hash tags to start trending) should be treated like the irrelevant noise that they are.

#24 willworkforpickles on 06.24.21 at 11:50 am

Projections by Canada days to come.
Try these three:
1 to 2 years out: unmatched in history before debt driven inflation will rocket upwards. Gold will see heights of $2300.00 US to $2800.00 US per ounce.
3 to 4 years out: Historical normalized interest rates will be set putting down inflation…appeasing foreign holders of national debt but resulting in a cooling off of gold prices then.
5 to 6 years out: Digital for cash currency replacement…and a devolving monetary shift to eventual negative interest rates,…to… pandemonium.

#25 Geppetto on 06.24.21 at 11:54 am

To paraphrase Pierre Trudeau (the original Trudeau, the one with the backbone and the wherewithal to say enough with the nonsense): we can’t live in the present with an eye to historical might-have-beens. Get over it.

#26 Immigrant on 06.24.21 at 11:59 am

#10 Summertime

The claim of Indigenous people to the land is certainly valid. They were forced into signing agreements in foreign languages, under foreign laws and under coercion and threat.

Such a contract would not be upheld as valid and binding in any court of law. Thus crumbles the foundation upon which the house of cards is built.

Their (Indigenous people or specifically this Idle No More) challenge of course is that they are a minority in this situation. Most immigrants who have come to this land are not for their cause because the Indigenous claim to this land is not in their interest. In fact it is in direct conflict with the land leaseholders and illusion of land ownership upon the homes of 70% RE owning Canadians have. No homeowner actually owns the land upon which their house stands – interestingly. This could prove to be a very interesting contractual loophole that eventually proves its reason for existence in the first place. We will see.

As a minority, Indigenous claims stand little chance of being recognized, even if they are valid. This is one of those cases where this minority status matters very much. As such, notice how Idle No More is forced into employing a strategy of calling upon various other groups into their cause to increase their numbers.

But is the movement wrong? Is it wrong legally? Is it wrong ethically? Is it wrong morally? That is the real question, isn’t it?

#27 The West on 06.24.21 at 12:01 pm

I remember when we you and I went back and forth regarding the Capitol Hill riots earlier this year. We talked about Europe in the 1930’s being gripped by crippling economic depression and social stagnation. At that time you told me that you thought the “alt-right” were the Nazis of North America trying a “White House Putsch” – well, can we agree that society has dangerously polarized itself? The banks have centralized control of the governments and all that is left is the deluge. Anyone who tries to destroy history is trying to build an authoritarian regime on top of society. Mao’s Redmen, Lenin’s Bolsheviks, Hitler’s Brown Shirts, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge etc etc etc….. Do you really think that some indigenous chiefs are calling the shots here? (Really delve into the history of the English Establishment against indigenous populations anywhere their navy took them). Seems to me they are being used – just as the plight of African Americans is being used to further an agenda in the US. There is a lot (like, A LOT) of really bad history throughout our entire species. The guilt of the European Empires during their world conquest tour of the industrial age is no different. Are European descended Canadian citizens simply guilty, en masse, for it? Who, living right now, is responsible for what happened? Please remember that as you go about your lives. You are not guilty for the past.

I have been on record on these boards for the last year trying to sound the alarm. Canada Day is being cancelled everywhere, even where I live. (Churchill was not a great leader but dousing his statue in paint is an inexcusable action) I know these words are speaking to the wealthiest class of Canadians who believe they are above “political outcomes”. Remember, it is the “middle class” who engineers social directions that wind up benefiting populations. When left to the ultra rich, or their minions, the poor – the outcome is never positive.

Didn’t Garth say very recently “History is something we need to learn from”?

Better speak up – I am aware that C-10 passed this week.

I condone your fireworks Garth, I am not proud of this country right now – we are collectively asleep at the wheel. But I am proud of the people who refuse to be cowed by an ominous force that seeks to remove our heritage and replace it with oppression.

#28 Barry on 06.24.21 at 12:06 pm

No one is blameless. Here on the West Coast First Nations raided each other for slaves and decimated villages for what would be a minor indiscretion (such as stealing a mask, a capital offense for the Bella Coola Nation). A Peace Potlach after this 1856 event was celebrated in 2011, http://www.nuxalk.net/html/peace.htm

#29 Shaggy!!! on 06.24.21 at 12:06 pm

“Good post. I really don’t understand what Canada day has to do with Native Children abuse. The latter was a bad policy (similar to leeching, female circumcision, child marriages, agent orange etc.) despite good intentions and no way comparable to slavery (a unmitigated evil). Products of an ignorant time.”

Not sure that I agree. The last residential school was closed in 1996. 1996. Let that sink in. Did we not know in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that ripping kids from their families and trying to change who they are and their belief systems was wrong? And which of you parents out there would be ok with them not coming home and not knowing what happened to them?

Garth, I love what you do but I think that you’re lacking a little sensitivity here. Sure, cancel culture is wrong but unfortunately it takes horrible events to get a society to really reassess their values and, more importantly, what they’re going to do about it. George Floyd seems to have been the tipping point in the US, the discovery of unmarked graves may very well be the tipping point here.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to remove memory of our founding fathers, but if people want to over react and use this as a catalyst, I welcome that over continued apathy. And if it means that we take a break from celebrating our wonderful country to reflect and change, I’m ok with it.

#30 LCBO on 06.24.21 at 12:13 pm

Stay inside, Turner, and don’t light any fireworks on July 1.

DO YOU HEAR US!!!???

If we see you outside trying to celebrate Canada Day next week…..

NO DONAIRS FOR YOU EVER AGAIN!!

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LCBO

(Lunenburg Covidiot Bureau of Oppression)

#31 SunShowers on 06.24.21 at 12:15 pm

The moral relativism argument is a sham and a fraud, bandied about by those who would prefer the sins of the past forgotten because they are too humiliating to countenance.

Some things (residential schooling, slavery, etc) have always been morally reprehensible in and of themselves, and everyone, even those at the time, knew it. Claiming they didn’t because “it was a different time” is laughably and demonstrably false.

Ask any parent (White, Black, or First Nations) in the days of slavery or residential schooling whether you would be acting ethically if you took their child from them against their will in a deliberate attempt to destroy their culture, occasionally beat, raped, or even killed the child, or simply sold them into slavery. I imagine every parent you asked would think you’re a monster.

You see, the people responsible for running the residential schools in the 1860s and the architects of slavery south of the border KNEW that these things were unethical in and of themselves, but what is unethical can change depending on the subject. That’s why it’s wrong to kill a person, but it’s not wrong to kill a cockroach.

That’s all this moral relativism nonsense boils down to. The question is not “should we ‘cancel’ powerful people from the past for having different ethics from us” because they don’t, they have the same ethics as we do. The question is “should we ‘cancel’ powerful people from the past because they thought ethics didn’t apply to certain groups of less powerful, downtrodden people, whom they believed were subhuman?”

And the answer is quite obviously yes.
The place for these kinds of people are in museums, not on display in public places for veneration.

#32 Chuckie Cheese on 06.24.21 at 12:17 pm

“It’s a fair assumption that the forced importation then slavery of millions of people for over a century in America…”

Look up the actual number while you’re at it.

In 1860 there were 3.953 million enslaved American residents – Garth

#33 DrPlant on 06.24.21 at 12:18 pm

This is a long and very good read about the conflicting social outlooks in current-day America, which can be readily extrapolated (mostly) to Canadian culture. It has a great section about what the author calls “Just America” that outlines the rise of SJWs and cancel culture.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/george-packer-four-americas/619012/

Full disclosure: I’m pretty socially lefty (but centrist when it comes to monetary policy and economics). I agree that we must help out our indigenous communities because they _were_ wronged in the past. However, I don’t support removing these statutes and the history behind them. At best we should add plaques that outline how the norms of the past don’t equate to the social norms of today, and describe why some of these historical figures would be monsters in today’s culture. Ya know, education.

This country does have a very shady past that we must come to terms with. In doing so we’ll be a better country in the end. Imagine what we could be like with healthy indigenous communities helping to shape the future of this country! Let’s get them there.

#34 Return Policy on 06.24.21 at 12:19 pm

You know how the British Royals returned Hong Kong back to China after the lease was up?

Could the Royals be forced or pressured into returning their ill got Australia and Canada back to the natives?

Seems like if they “chose to” do so, it wouldn’t be much of an issue.

#35 VGRO and chill on 06.24.21 at 12:22 pm

Maybe they can put up the statue of a great Canadian who does not have a past tarnished with racist, genocidal policies. There are plenty of them.

#36 Bonne Fete National on 06.24.21 at 12:23 pm

A tous mes amis.

#37 Chris L. on 06.24.21 at 12:24 pm

It’s over Garth. Canada stands for nothing. It’s been sold, and will be replaced. Nothing identifies Canada, it has no identity. The destruction of history is only the first step. Next, it will be replaced. It’s been bought. By whom will be revealed with time, slowly but methodically. Enjoy what freedoms you’re given, and keep quiet.

#38 Prince Polo on 06.24.21 at 12:26 pm

#Cancel_CancelCulture

My eyes are completed obliterated with all the eye-rolling as of late, thanks to my dodobrain’d Millennial cohort demanding all things be cancelled. May I please wake up one day soon and see the wokest of us cancelled too? Oh what a cosmic serving of irony that would be.

People make mistakes! Let’s try to minimize our own and progress society for the next batch. This rear view judging is so unwoke.

#39 TurnerNation on 06.24.21 at 12:27 pm

Happy UN Day everyone! Dispense with your supremist national pride. Post-nationalism is here to stay per the T2 ruling junta.

…………..

Don’t call it a reset. The next Industrial Revolution?

https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2021/06/toronto-cafe-robots-drinks-will-be-free/
Like the Yorkville location, the newest Robo Cafe is an autonomous, contactless machine that serves lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, cortatos and Americanos.

– Pitney Bowes Inc….today announced plans to deploy AmbiSort robots, the automated parcel sorting systems from Ambi Robotics, in ecommerce hubs within the US over the next five years. The AmbiSort AI-powered systems will help Pitney Bowes speed parcel sortation to last-mile delivery providers on behalf of its ecommerce clients… https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210624005375/en/



February 2020 what was going on in Kanada? Railway track blockades. And not a finger was lifted; law enforcement was ordered to Stand Down – for our colour revolution.
But when the little people get up and protest watch how fast.

.RCMP move in, make arrests to end New Brunswick-Nova Scotia highway blockade (thestar.com)



#17 Don Guillermo on 06.23.21 at 2:34 pm – Yup every radio station here seems to be ordered to blast that propaganda non stop. The DJs too. Every other ad mentions it too. Most of the highway electronic sign-boards are displaying this propaganda too. No fun allowed in Kanada. We are at war you know – this WW3 is for our MINDS.

I read that in the US, in California which has one of the most totalitarian dictators (a recall motion was put forth) that their life is totally back to normal. Free minds.

.CANADA: COVID-19 measures still needed as vaccines not ‘absolutely perfect,’ Tam warns (globalnews.ca)

#40 Madcat on 06.24.21 at 12:27 pm

bu·reau·crat·ic

/ˌbyo͝orəˈkradik/

overly concerned with procedure at the expense of efficiency or common sense.
“the plan is overly bureaucratic and complex”

#41 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 06.24.21 at 12:30 pm

Happy upcoming Canada Day
me hope’s & thinks the majority of Canadians see most cancel culture thingies as a few people voicing their views and opinions… right to free speech
it is what the Canadian gopher shooters helped them to achieve on Juno Beach in 1944

#42 morrey on 06.24.21 at 12:31 pm

“… the big Peace Tower flag will still be erected. The sky will still light up. And my fire will not be extinguished.”

Good on Ya! Happy Canada Day

#43 Comrade on 06.24.21 at 12:32 pm

this is starting to remind me of my old country Yugoslavia, once celebrated, loved and cheered. Then quickly forgotten, torn apart and taken over by low live profiteers/thugs who claimed higher moral values as disguise for pushing their personal interests.

Nothing good can come out of this division, radicalism and extremism. as we learned the hard way. Once when it takes hold it is hard to undo it. I hope reason prevails, but we are not on a good path here in Canada.

#44 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 12:33 pm

It’s a fair assumption that the forced importation then slavery of millions of people for over a century in America – its original sin – was akin (or maybe worse) than the attendance of 150,000 native kids in Canada at schools, some residential and some day institutions.

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Comparing the residential schools to slavery or the holocaust is ridiculous, yet we see people doing this all the time. It weakens their argument and turns otherwise reasonable people away from supporting change.
It’s the left’s version of Trumpism: Taking a problem and turning it into an extremist position doesn’t help solve the problem. In the end it simply buries it under a mountain of BS that no normal person can support.

#45 Kaiser on 06.24.21 at 12:34 pm

>It was all reprehensible. It was wrong.

Really? So what would Garth Turner have done? Leave them to starve on the reserve? Leave them in the woods as hunter gatherers dressed in animal skins? Turn the boats around and send everyone back to Europe? Difficult questions. So safer to just slap the “all reprehensible” label on it and cater to the mob. So you are caving to the historical revisionism and cancel culture with one side of your mouth, but saying “hey not so fast!” with the other side.

The correct statement is that the people of the time did the best they could under the circumstances, knowledge, and views of the time. Were wrongs and injustices done? Certainly. But to call it “all reprehensible” is to be part of the problem.

If it’s “all reprehensible,” then it is in fact ALSO reprehensible to celebrate it, and therefore those that call for the cancellation of Canada Day are correct.

Those few that want to fight for Canada are all on the right of the political spectrum. People who are regularly demonized and mocked by this very blog for their lack of “wokeness.” And the ones on the right who ARE “woke” just go along with the cancel culture for the most part, leading to the same end result, maybe just slightly slower.

So no Garth, I have zero sympathy for your plight. You are literally reaping what you have sown. Canada is post-national now. It’s woke. It’s progressive. It’s what you helped create. Enjoy it. Get yourself a rainbow flag and fly that instead of a Maple Leaf. Pop your fireworks for “Juneteeth,” not Canada Day. Celebrate the “correct” things and abandon your outdated notions, and all will be well.

#46 Live Free or Die on 06.24.21 at 12:36 pm

#20 Inequity

Good for you Garth.
I too plan to wear red with pride on Canada day.

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What does that red stand for in this case?

Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that freedom is a responsibility and privilege. The responsibility part really in a civilized world is that your freedom, my freedom, anyone’s freedom should not come at the expense of another person’s freedom.

So I ask you again, what does this red you will wear represent? Be honest. It’s a valid question.

Don’t overlook anything, conveniently. Don’t just help yourself to what suits you in the “Reasons Buffet”. Be sure to take a moment to look at some of those other reasons in this buffet.

#47 Prince Polo on 06.24.21 at 12:37 pm

#22 Sail Away on 06.24.21 at 11:46 am
Giving recommendations carries responsibility. If you continue with this poor behaviour, you may want to preface it with something like… “full disclosure: my recommendations are wrong nearly all the time”

LOL! Too funny, Mr Sail Away!!

Would this Disclaimer pass your smell test?

#89 Prince Polo on 06.24.21 at 8:31 am
DISCLAIMER: if you lose money on this extremely unprofessional advice, it’s your own fault.

#48 Joseph R. on 06.24.21 at 12:40 pm

#21 deaner on 06.24.21 at 11:46 am
Don’t worry about the fact that the kids are being taught that they live on unceded land on Turtle island. Not a pending problem at all.

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Who is teaching our kids that we live on Turtle Island? Which school do you send your kids?

#49 SlantySemi on 06.24.21 at 12:45 pm

Garth, time and again in you posts, I’ve seen you encourage people to put history in history’s context. To view history through the lens of the day.

Your posts really scream of an unwritten subtext – that we should excuse Egerton Ryerson for essentially doing a consulting gig for the feds and penning a white paper with a proposal for a plan for residential schools. And John A. MacDonald, for being part of the implementation.
After all…. these were acceptable things in their day.

I say that’s a load of BS. They were a bunch of racists then, and they didn’t know it. No one could see it. Most white people were, and that’s where the power was.

We hope to know better now…and that starts with acknowledging that we had a shitty, racist, first Prime Minister.

And pulling down some statues, and un-naming some buildings once named after them doesn’t cancel history. It carves a new history.

Such an action says that Canadians once revered these people, but later in time we decided that reverence was misguided. So we stop celebrating shitty racist people through public statuary.

If nothing is named after Sir John A. or Egerton Ryerson, they are still in history. One remains the first prime minister, and the other remains an education consultant to the feds. Just without statues to honour them.

The cancellation applies only to the reverence of them, not the history itself.

To make amends with our rotten history we have to do these things, and more.

Eliminating the Catholic School Board and the entire Canadian Crown are other good things on the list to too book-end, and park in their own historic chapter. To be studied and understood, and never forgotten.

#50 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.24.21 at 12:47 pm

Garth.
Your first mistake was asking permission.
You should have hired a boat .
Parked it in the outer harbor, away from anything combustible, and let er rip.

Your second mistake was assuming the local govt cares about doing something nice for the local voters…

I’m putting my Canada Flag in my window July 1st and putting a small flag on my truck antennae.

I dont own an orange tshirt.
More feelgood Pablum for the sheeple.

I’ll wear a black one instead to mourn Canada’s demise.

#51 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 12:51 pm

Another thing rarely mentioned when talking about the residential school deaths is that the global youth mortality rate in the 1950’s was much higher than it is today. (27% in 1950 vs 4.6% in 2017)

https://ourworldindata.org/child-mortality-in-the-past

#52 Hunger Pains on 06.24.21 at 12:51 pm

You are all going to starve soon. Keep laughing and say it is all a conspiracy theories.

#53 My Body My Choice on 06.24.21 at 1:02 pm

The social cohesion that holds this country together is dangling by a thread.

We Canadians have to decide whether we want to stay as a unified country or Balkanize, divide everything up, and live in self-imposed apartheids.

I’m not hopeful.

#54 Dr V on 06.24.21 at 1:03 pm

Party on, Garth!

#55 Father's Daughter on 06.24.21 at 1:05 pm

#51 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 12:51 pm
Another thing rarely mentioned when talking about the residential school deaths is that the global youth mortality rate in the 1950’s was much higher than it is today. (27% in 1950 vs 4.6% in 2017)

https://ourworldindata.org/child-mortality-in-the-past

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Sure, but there’s no question that the child mortality rate would have been much higher in these schools than in the general population. There was also no closure for families – child was taken, never returned. We see this today when a child goes missing. The parents cannot move on. There is no closure. Some families could have lost multiple children.

I do not believe in cancelling Canada’s Day. We have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for. We need national pride to move forward. That being said, acknowledging our past and working on reconciling and improving conditions and relations with indigenous people today should be on all of our minds.

#56 Millennial 1%er on 06.24.21 at 1:07 pm

Don’t worry garth, the Media isn’t reality. No one really gives a shit.

I’ll be wearing red on Canada day, even though I hate this country and what it has become

#57 Don Guillermo on 06.24.21 at 1:14 pm

A big shoutout to Victoria for spearheading the cancel Canada Day movement! Now that it’s gained momentum I believe they have some more important work to do:

1. Victoria, named after Queen Victoria who ruled the oppressive British Empire where the sun never set. Offensive.
2. British Columbia, “The controversial history behind how British Columbia got its name”. Even more offensive.

https://604now.com/naming-british-columbia-history/

3. Victoria’s popular newspaper The Times Colonist. Come on you’re kidding right?

I’m sure Captain Vancouver had a dodgy past, maybe they’ll look into that next.

Chop, chop. Don’t slow down now ladies!

#58 Ju-uhh-uhh-uhh-stin Blackface on 06.24.21 at 1:19 pm

We should all wear Liberal Red on Canada Day!

(If you hate me, feel free to wear a Conservative Erin O’Toole flag as a diaper)

#59 saskatoon on 06.24.21 at 1:23 pm

communist strategy empowers the most marginalized groups–that otherwise would have no real power.

this is how the tentacles grow.

#60 Dogman01 on 06.24.21 at 1:24 pm

Why do the Bloc, NDP & Liberals all support censorship bill C-10?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sez1xPNPmlc

As I was pointing out, there is a fundamental rift in values and I do not think it is reconcilable. The gap is becoming too wide.

#61 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.24.21 at 1:28 pm

55 Father’s Daughter on 06.24.21 at 1:05 pm
#51 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 12:51 pm
Another thing rarely mentioned when talking about the residential school deaths is that the global youth mortality rate in the 1950’s was much higher than it is today. (27% in 1950 vs 4.6% in 2017)

https://ourworldindata.org/child-mortality-in-the-past

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Sure, but there’s no question that the child mortality rate would have been much higher in these schools than in the general population. There was also no closure for families – child was taken, never returned. We see this today when a child goes missing. The parents cannot move on. There is no closure. Some families could have lost multiple children.

I do not believe in cancelling Canada’s Day. We have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for. We need national pride to move forward. That being said, acknowledging our past and working on reconciling and improving conditions and relations with indigenous people today should be on all of our minds.
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I’m with you my friend.
Seems the decent thing to do.
As the saying goes: “A country is only as good as its treatment of its minorities”.

#62 Bguy1 on 06.24.21 at 1:29 pm

“All has turned to vain ambition” – Gandalf

#63 Slava on 06.24.21 at 1:35 pm

I wonder why all these cancel people continue to live in Canada. I mean, if they believe in their cause, they should realize they are the occupants here. They should pack up and go…

#64 Immigrant man on 06.24.21 at 1:38 pm

It amuses me to see that sooo many people think that if not for the British imperialists the aboriginal population of the land currently known as Canada would live happily ever after! I wonder what the child mortality was before the white man (obviously racist) came? 50%? What about life expectancy? Do residential schools (with their cultural genocide and some beatings) even compare in this regard? Yet colonial outcome is now presented exclusively in the negative light! Moreover, if you even try to suggest that something good was brought to this land – immediately cancelled.

Or slice it another way. Is there any part of the world inhabited by people with primitive nomadic culture that has not been colonized? … sorry, sorry, not saying that the people that were holding it were lesser human beings, just saying that culture was to loose in a boxing match with any other. So anyways, any aboriginal culture left out there unconquered? I can think of only one example, that tiny island in the Indian Ocean where the locals speared a guy (rightfully so) that tried to convert them to Jesus-religion.

If it wasn’t the British it would have been the Russians. Where would you rather live, hmmm?

#65 Duffy on 06.24.21 at 1:42 pm

There seems to be a very, very strong correlation between the crayon eaters taking power in Ottawa and the down hill slide of what used to be a great country. This failed political experiment cannot be allowed to continue to stage 2.

#66 Billy Buoy on 06.24.21 at 1:42 pm

I’m most amazed that anyone on the East Coast would make it hard for any Rankin family member to perform.

Well the touchy feely crowd has got the attention now don’t they?

Revolt, speak your peace and prepare for the backlash.

The lemmings are in control and reason is lost.

Amplify the fireworks just because..we will pay the fine through a gofundme page.

#67 My Body My Choice on 06.24.21 at 1:43 pm

Regarding “Stolen Land”

The vast majority of native bands have been given back their core lands and they are currently living on them (reserves). These reserves can hold a few hundred or thousand residents and be a hundred acres or more. But many of these native bands are laying claim to tens or hundreds of thousands of acres!!!! So if a hundred years ago, someone from a tribe went hunting or berry gathering fifty miles away, the band now say they OWN all that land!!! That can amount to a thousand acres for every person in that band. Anyone who thinks they are entitled to a thousand acres or more is greedy.

Regarding “Genocide”

I’m still waiting for the forensic analysis of the unmarked graves to determine true cause of death. I’m guessing the majority perished by disease (Spanish Flu, smallpox, dysentry, cholera, pneumonia, TB or a hundred other pathogens running rampant at the time). Calling it mass murder is irresponsible.
Calling our founding fathers genociders is slander and nonsense. They had the best intentions using standards of their time, which was to try and integrate the natives. If our founding fathers had left the natives alone, didn’t educate and kept them with primitive lifestyles, natives would have suffered terribly. The founding fathers would have been condemned as not treating them equally. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Regarding Tearing Down Statues and “Colonialism”

Hey, if you’re so offended by these statues, don’t go to urban areas, stay in your traditional lands and build your own statues. If you’re so offended by colonialism, then unplug from everything that so-called colonialism and the modern world has brought us. Unplug your electricty, don’t drive on a road, don’t use a phone, don’t shop at the grocery store, stop using the English and French languages, don’t use money or banks, don’t ever go to a hospital …. just go back to the way your ancestors lived, stay on your own traditional territories and leave us the hell alone.

#68 Dogman01 on 06.24.21 at 1:43 pm

Bike riding in Calgary yesterday, a very long Train passes by heading south filled with endless Oil by Rail Cars.
Heading over the Bow River into the core of the City.

Obviously it is cheaper to transport in a pipeline
Obviously a pipeline is much much safer
Obviously there is huge world demand for Oil (Going to $100 soon) and will be for decades to come.
Obviously energy generates a huge revenue for Governments to pay down the debt or do good works.

One day there will be an accident hopeful not in the core of Calgary…but we will know whom to blame.

In the meantime invest in Enbridge, IPL TCP – they aren’t making any more.

#69 Polozified on 06.24.21 at 1:46 pm

I’m all for scouring the grounds of every residential school for bodies (which will be found in all of them), and don’t blame anyone for feeling a bit crappy about it. There’s definitely a huge blind spot in Canada’s understanding of history which needs to be filled.

Does that mean that Canada is no longer a great nation? Hardly; it’s now just like every other great nation. If that’s the only thing that’s learned it’s enough.

#70 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 1:47 pm

RE:#55 Father’s Daughter on 06.24.21 at 1:05 pm
Sure, but there’s no question that the child mortality rate would have been much higher in these schools than in the general population.

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These children were not removed from the general population. They were removed from reserves. What was the youth mortality rate on the reserves vs the schools in the 1900s? I’ll bet it was MUCH higher on the reserves than the schools.
BTW, Canada’s Youth mortality rate in 1950 was 5.6% for the general population. That would mean that, out of 150,000 children born, 8400 would die before they reached 15 years old.

RE: There was also no closure for families – child was taken, never returned.

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On this I agree 100%. Bad record keeping, combined with the remoteness of the reserves, most parents were illiterate, poor postal service, etc, would mean that many parents were never informed. It’s a sad legacy.

#71 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.24.21 at 1:48 pm

@#49 Slanted View
“And pulling down some statues, and un-naming some buildings once named after them doesn’t cancel history. It carves a new history.”

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Is that what were calling the erasure of history now?
A “new” history.

The Ministry of Truth needs sheeple like you now more than ever.

#72 Historical Realist on 06.24.21 at 1:58 pm

All peoples throughout history who had the power to claim land and wealth from weaker neighbours, inflict damage on smaller competing populations who could not be peacefully absorbed, and raid them for wives and slaves, did so, without any compunction, and enjoyed doing it. Our values are a bit different today. Get over it.

#73 Jen on 06.24.21 at 2:00 pm

Long time listener, first time commenter. I have to take issue with your statement that “We know better now, and have a different moral code.”

Do we? Really?

The last residential school closed just 25 years ago – a tiny slice of history ago. It takes much longer than that for attitudes and structures to change. There are many MANY recent examples demonstrating that systemic racism remains rampant in Canada.

I, for one, think that Canada Day this year should be a moment to pause and reflect on the (often harsh) realities of the foundation this country was built upon. We may not be able to change the past, and we may not have personally been involved in what occurred in the past, but we do have the power to change the future.

To dismiss these events as “cancel culture” is to dismiss the lived and past experiences of Indigenous peoples, and is itself an example of your privilege. I implore you to reflect upon this and educate yourself further. The University of Alberta has an excellent FREE course called “Indigenous Canada” (link here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada).

#74 Barb on 06.24.21 at 2:13 pm

It appears municipalities are just as idiotic–not to mention money-grubbing, paperwork-entrenched imbeciles–whether on the left or right side of the country.

Makes your rooftop display all the more important, Garth.
Light ’em up high and loud, Mr. T.

I hope someone posts a link to the celebration OF and FOR a country we’re fortunate to call home.

#75 Soviet Capitalist on 06.24.21 at 2:15 pm

It seems to me people owned slaves in the past not because they were evil, but because it was legal and common. Apparently, there were many black people who owned slaves too. It was a thing of the times. It appears to me only the statues of those who were violent towards their slaves should be demolished. Slavery is bad, but judging people outside the context of their times is also incorrect.

#76 Adam Smith on 06.24.21 at 2:16 pm

#3 Freedumb on 06.24.21 at 11:12 am

“This all start with conquer of the land from Indigenous people of this continent. That is the first domino in this whole situation.

This has been human nature; slavery, conquest and genocide have been human universals until quite recently (and remain so in many places today).

Indigenous people did it to each other as well. Pushing each other off their land when they could was quite normal. The Coastal Salish were slavers prior to the arrival of Europeans because the societal economics made sense. This is what humans have traditionally done and no one is immune because everyone is human. Pretending otherwise is literally dehumanizing.

This was a game everyone was playing and Europeans won out for reasons mostly having to do with geography and domesticable animals, not because they were better or worse people.
Now, that means we need to acknowledge the people who most recently lost the game and are in tough situations because of it.

Indigenous people were put through the ringer and need our compassion and support because they were in a losing spot when the traditional game of violent human lineage competition ended but self-flagellating for being on the winning side is not helpful either.

Canada is a good example of a culture that has evolved sufficiently to allow us to recognize that massacring people just because you can is wrong and that we can do better. Don’t hate on Canada for being made of humans who behaved liked humans did when that is how humans behaved.

#77 Alberta Ed on 06.24.21 at 2:18 pm

I doubt Marc Miller and Carolyn Bennett were sufficiently appalled to disavow their colonialist salaries. We’ll be celebrating Canada Day along with millions of other Canadians who found refuge in this great country and built a brighter future.

#78 Leichendiener on 06.24.21 at 2:23 pm

Yes, George Washington owned slaves but he never sold any. Download his will as it’s available online, and it’s in English. It completes story of who he was.

Dr. Ryerson did make a submission to the governing authorities in 1847 regarding the education of indigenous youth. And you can download it to read. Ryerson was deceased when the residential school system was established.

There are many modern narratives. It is always best to go to the original documents for a semblance of the truth.

#79 Immigrant man on 06.24.21 at 2:37 pm

#72 Historical Realist on 06.24.21 at 1:58 pm
All peoples throughout history who had the power to claim land and wealth from weaker neighbours, inflict damage on smaller competing populations who could not be peacefully absorbed, and raid them for wives and slaves, did so, without any compunction, and enjoyed doing it. Our values are a bit different today. Get over it.
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I would argue that is still true today in many parts of the word. Just cuz Canada is “over it” doesn’t mean other countries are.

#80 DrPlant on 06.24.21 at 2:41 pm

#64 Immigrant man on 06.24.21 at 1:38 pm
“Is there any part of the world inhabited by people with primitive nomadic culture that has not been colonized?”

Here’s the thing though. Pre-European contact, North American indigenous civilizations were neither primitive nor nomadic. They had built city-states and complex economies that were on-par with Europe. Hell, there was a city where St. Louis now is that had the same population as Lisbon at the time!

https://opentextbc.ca/preconfederation/chapter/2-4-the-millennia-before-contact/

#81 enthalpy on 06.24.21 at 2:42 pm

*Grumble grumble white privilege *


I can’t wait for this disease type thinking to come out of fashion.

#82 Barb on 06.24.21 at 2:45 pm

I could be wrong but maybe a good start to fixing all this crap is to turn off CBC tv and radio. For good.

Lest we discover we need a Canadian Trump.

#83 S.O on 06.24.21 at 2:51 pm

I guess were going to be celebrating Communism soon.

#84 mikeshouse on 06.24.21 at 2:53 pm

So I have a loose analogy here in that I want to say… if a woman was raped and she became pregnant with a child because of said wrong doing….
Do you Punish the child for the sin(s) of the father?
Would You? That said, in these modern times it seems that this hatred that has spewed forth from the pandoras box that has been opened is very much on display from the Original peoples. To punish every Canadian by trying to deny them there freedom to celebrate who we are… today, now. I don’t agree. There is lots to celebrate in our history as well and I will be honored as always to sing the Anthem for my country celebrate being a Canadian.

#85 Okotoksmatt on 06.24.21 at 2:56 pm

I could get into this “Canada is a racist, genocidal, patriarchal, evil country too”. Instead of pulling down statues we should quit paying federal tax.
Let us defund Canada. I suspect those who hate Canada the most are likely the most dependent on its largess. Maybe they would learn to love it better then.

#86 TurnerNation on 06.24.21 at 2:57 pm

Yup no fun allowed in Kanada. Will our Forum Host get fed up and retire (never!) outside of this country?
Quality of life is a serious issue under Communism, as we see. Tourism is banned, who would come here anyway?

– Ready for “Step 2” in Ontariowe during this reset guys ? Still too DANGEROUS to eat indoors. We are like filthy barn animals to our rulers, to be fed outside on the porch or patio only. This will be dragged on for years.
I half do not expect restaurants will be allowed inside dining before the winter flu season lockdowns begin.

https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2021/06/restrictions-easing-bar-restaurant-dining-ontario-step-2/
“At that time, the maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated together at one table will be upped from the current four to six people total, who can be from any household.”

Remember when the Consp. Theorists told us that the passports are coming, that you will need The Mark in order to transact commerce? BTW if your freedoms can be taken away they ain’t freedoms.

Manitoba: “restaurants and bars to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for indoors and 50 per cent for outdoor dining. For indoor dining, patrons seated together must be from the same household unless all patrons at the table are fully immunized. Patrons who are fully immunized and from different households may dine together. For outdoor dining, tables are limited to a maximum of 8 patrons and can be from different households regardless of immunization status;”

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— The government will continue to control every step, every breath you take. Many Kanadians love this.

.Risk-assessment tool for fully vaccinated people coming soon, Tam promises (ctvnews.ca)

#87 Statistics Matter on 06.24.21 at 3:12 pm

#70 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 1:47 pm

#51 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 12:51 pm
Another thing rarely mentioned when talking about the residential school deaths is that the global youth mortality rate in the 1950’s was much higher than it is today. (27% in 1950 vs 4.6% in 2017)

Kommykim, your characterization of the data are disqualifyingly incorrect. Look here:

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/91f0015m/2014011/b1-eng.htm

That vast majority of the deaths that make up your statistics occurred at the very youngest ages (most < 1 much lower rates 1-4). School age children in the 5-9 and 10-14 year groupings saw mortality rates at most of 2 to 3 per thousand or 0.2 to 0.3%. Your numbers are off by an order of magnitude in the general population.

Of 150,000 school age children in Canada, if taken at the worst possible rates of the era, 450 would have died. A more likely rate averaged over the period in question would have seen more like 1/3 of that or 150 deaths. 4100 and counting is an abhorrently large number that is ten times worse than the living conditions of Canadians at the time. It was the government's and the Catholic school's duty to achieve something much closer to the national standard at the time.

At best you are wrong and at worst you are dissembling.

#88 Palpatine on 06.24.21 at 3:13 pm

“It was all reprehensible. It was wrong.” We knew better then and did not listen. For example, in 1907, Dr Peter Bryce was hired by the feds to report on residential schools. He was silenced.

Today in Saskatchewan we have a news conference announcing the discovery of over 700 unmarked graves at a residential “school”. These dead children were cancelled. What harm is done by removing a tribute (statue) to a long dead founding father? What does it even mean to “cancel” John A? His legacy is documented in history books and by removing his statue from some public places we are not stopping anyone from understanding the impact (good and bad) that he had on Canada.

I for one am happy to take time right now to listen and reflect (rather than celebrate), so that Canada can improve going forward. Our children, all of them, deserve better and it is our duty to work towards a better Canada.

#89 Paul C Deck on 06.24.21 at 3:15 pm

I stand with you on the fight against extremism, whether economic or political. However some of these figure heads you mentioned do need to be judge differently. At no point was it part of anyone’s moral code to torture and murder children and adolescence. If they knew, they’re monsters. If they didn’t know, they should have.

#90 CJohnC on 06.24.21 at 3:18 pm

#45 Kaiser:”woke is progressive….”

Get it right…….woke is not progressive. Woke is oppressive.

#91 WEXIT on 06.24.21 at 3:18 pm

Good comments Garth, and I think well balanced. As for these schools, we have to give respect for the FN, and share their pain. We are beating around the bush, when we compare our history to the USA. For Canadians this is disgraceful history and we deserve the dislike.

For Canada as a country, we all have different experiences. I loved Canada, grew up in Ontario. But after going through the NEP, that love for Canada died. Proud to be a Western Canadian, but not for Canada as a whole.

Enjoy the 1st Garth.

#92 Dolce Vita on 06.24.21 at 3:21 pm

Agree with you Garth. Incredulous at the obstacles put in your way to celebrate THE national holiday.

I hate to say this, but I will:

Glad I moved to Italia for all her foibles.

Canada no longer resembles the country I grew up in.

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Will still celebrate Canada Day here in Il Bel Paese on my own and give thanks to Canada for the life she has afforded me and continues to.

#93 kurt on 06.24.21 at 3:26 pm

#76 Adam Smith on 06.24.21 at 2:16 pm

You are, of course, correct. However, there are many people who wish to cast this whole situation in a way that gives them political advantage, and that involves ignoring the reality that you have described.

I had an aboriginal room mate for a time. She described how her ancestors wiped out a neighbouring tribe – 1200 men, women and children, all dead. I don’t think we should be committing further genocides, but I don’t feel the least bit guilty that my ancestors *may* have done some nasty stuff, though not quite to the point of total extirpation the way my roomie’s ancestors did. (I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be helping out the descendants of those who survived, only that I don’t feel the slightest bit of guilt.)

#94 AntMan on 06.24.21 at 3:27 pm

I remember when this was an investment blog. Energy stocks?

#95 earthboundmisfit on 06.24.21 at 3:28 pm

“On Guard” is more than apropos. A Prime Minister who defies the will of parliament. He needs to be taken out back of the woodshed by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

#96 SlantySemi on 06.24.21 at 3:30 pm

#81 enthalpy on 06.24.21 at 2:42 pm
*Grumble grumble white privilege *


I can’t wait for this disease type thinking to come out of fashion.

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Garth, I know you are generous with the red pen in not posting comments which are rude, not productive to dialogue, racist, etc.

Here is a great example where you need to exercise that editorial control.

By allowing this post to go forward, you are giving voice to the idea that those who call out that white privilege is a societal problem should be silenced. Or that it would be better if those people go away and be quiet. That calling out societal inequities tied to white privilege is ‘disease thinking’.

Garth, you benefit from white privilege. I am white, and also benefit from it. We benefit from societal systems that other white people who came a long time before us put in place. Those who are not white suffer from it.
Its not right. You know its not right.

Then why give this commenter any oxygen?

That oxygen sustains the problems.

#97 SOMETHINGS UP! on 06.24.21 at 3:32 pm

Canada Day….

A good-time for all the old, white, rich, snobby folk to think about the pain and suffering that so many people of color have went through giving their blood, sweat, and even children for this country to be where it is today.

#98 macduff on 06.24.21 at 3:35 pm

It would be interesting to know how many young Canadians would don a uniform if we ever had another conflict like WW1 or WW2. With the belief that we are a racist, colonial country it seems that few would be so motivated, making the ultimate sacrifice of many before us so indeed tragic.

#99 Hacker on 06.24.21 at 3:37 pm

Thank you for your obvious love of our Nation and your un-ending devotion to public service.
Edmund Burke once said the “evil triumphs when good men do nothing” I’m glad to know that people of good faith are still attempting to foster a love for our great Nation and refuse to bow to the small but noisy voices of cancel culture

#100 Moose on 06.24.21 at 3:38 pm

There is not a country in the world that doesn’t have some questionable past.
History is history. You can not cancel what happened.
Perhaps look up “Home Children” . I am sure some were treated well but others probably became “slaves”.
Where are those graves?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Children

#101 JacqueShellacque on 06.24.21 at 3:39 pm

Residential schools were an abysmal idea, and it’s true that it’s actions that matter and not intent, but this policy was carried out by a minority of progressivists when the citizenry had little use for or control over the government, and isn’t a reflection of the nation or society at large. As the great French political philosopher Raymond Aron said, these activist types are moralizing with regard to the present, but cynical in operation with an interpretation of the past solely intended to be a vehicle for controlling the future, and they give in to that which they denounce. The genuine trauma of survivors is being used in bad faith, and its having its intended effect, to strip the legitimacy off one of the world’s oldest, most peaceful, and most prosperous societies.

#102 Oh, Canada! on 06.24.21 at 3:40 pm

This cancel culture thing is tearing apart our social fabric! Reflection on one’s sins and repentance are hard on every red blood Canadian…

We need to pull our country together. We need to re-establish our moral high ground. We cannot let this glorious nation Canada drift into the abyss of guilty soul-searching…

It’s time to find an evil/enemy that can unite us in fighting against it. And luckily there is a readily available one.

Enter China…

China, genocide, forced labor, forced sterilization of minority women…

China, stealing our intellectual property, our jobs…

Feel better now?

Repeat after me, China, genocide, forced labor, forced sterilization of minority women… China, stealing our intellectual property, our jobs…

#103 NSNG on 06.24.21 at 3:40 pm

Meanwhile, 20,000 kids will starve to death TODAY.

Because ‘some’ lives matter.

#104 yvr_lurker on 06.24.21 at 3:46 pm

Tricky situation. Am sorry to hear that the logistics of your proposed Canada-day party proved unsurmountable. It would be nice to have brought some celebration after this year of lockdowns etc.

It is rather shocking that after so many years of hearing about the residential schools that only now (through better underground radar detection) are we seeing only the tip of the iceberg for all those children whose deaths were not marked or relayed to their families. No church records, and the secrecy is astounding. The grounds of all those schools will be dug up for many months to come. I hope that the Catholic church is further exposed for the atrocities that were committed.

However, in my view, there needs to be a strong pushback against the forces that seek to cancel out Canada day celebrations and to those who only look through a modern day perspective at those who were key in founding this country. Perhaps some detailed written description near the plaque that gives some balanced perspective, but a total removal of the monument is not appropriate in my view.

This situation is not unique to Canda: there are groups in the UK (many with heritage from South East Asia) who are adamant in tossing Winston Churchill’s monument into the Thames. Currently, his monument is encased so as to protect it from vandals and likely it will have to relocated into a museum for its long-term protection. Indeed Winston was a colonialist with regards to India, but tossing him into the Thames is complete utter disrespect to the vast majority of those in the UK who are thankful that he was such a key factor in staving off the Nazis in WW2 in 1940-1942 before Stalingrad and the US entered into the fray.

There needs to be pushback on those activist groups who advocate extreme measures to cancel everything.

#105 Kurt on 06.24.21 at 3:48 pm

#73 Jen on 06.24.21 at 2:00 pm

Canada Day is the day we celebrate our country! We can crap on it the other 364 days a year (one of the huge benefits of living in a democracy.) I accuse you of attempting to hijack an institution for your own political ends. I further challenge you to name 3 countries more worth celebrating than Canada, so I can list the horrors they have perpetrated. Will you pick up the gauntlet?

You *could* choose to celebrate living in a country where, when we discover unmarked children’s graves, we spend money to investigate the breadth of the phenomenon. Do you think the same would happen in any but a handful of European countries? Suppose you chose investigate such a thing in China, North Korea, Turkey, Syria, Russia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Vietnam, Myanmar, Pakistan, Venezuela, wow, that’s quite a list and I’m just getting started! In the USA it would be simply ignored; in the countries I listed you could be “disappeared” for simply talking about these things in public.

You can ignore Canada Day if you like; I will thank my lucky stars that I live here, and save my criticism on for July 2.

#106 Summertime on 06.24.21 at 3:51 pm

#26 Immigrant on 06.24.21 at 11:59 am

All of our ancestors came from Africa, though Europe/Asia/, does that give me the right to claim part of the land there?

How much of it?

All of this is nonsense. Living on a land with no formal government to protect it does not give your right to anything. Applying current laws to historical events makes no sense.

I recently read that Astrid Lindren is a racist apparently.

The land should be owned by the government + up to certain amount limit per individual, let’s say 10 acres with certain provisions/protection for farmland.

There is plenty of benefits including the right to establish for example tax free businesses including gambling and casinos on native land. What are the rest of the people, 2nd and 3rd category? This is direct attack on the modern democracy masked by guilt, assisted by very weak and incompetent’s politicians.

I feel no guilt and never will for any of my ancestor’s actions.

Happy Canada day.

#107 Josh in Calgary on 06.24.21 at 3:52 pm

Canada is a great country with much to be celebrated.
Canada is a country that committed genocide and other atrocities against its First Nations people.

Both statements are true.

Canadians can celebrate what makes Canada great and at the same time reconcile with the dark portions of our history. They are not mutually exclusive.

It’s not felt the same for all people. Some feel one side more strongly than the other. But what is certain is that if we insist on only celebrating, or only reconciling, it will not work.

#108 Squire on 06.24.21 at 3:57 pm

The Canada I remember is no more. It’s interesting to note the media says nothing about Pierre Trudeau.

Mark 3:25
A House Divided
…24If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand.

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” ― Winston Churchill

“A house divided against itself cannot stand…” – Abraham Lincoln

“‘‘There are shared values — openness, respect, compassion, willingness to work hard, to be there for each other, to search for equality and justice. Those qualities are what make us the first postnational state.’’ Just Trudeau

it’s obvious where Justin wants to take this

#109 Dolce Vita on 06.24.21 at 3:58 pm

Canada.

Can you sink any lower than this:

“A senior Chinese diplomat has urged Canada to immediately stop human rights violations against its indigenous people, and called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to keep following the human rights issues in Canada.”

https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/1407973945643388935

Hopefully +1 billion people did not watch this on their TV.

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A quid pro quo to Canada from China (RE: Uighur genocide vote in Parliament).

#110 Squire on 06.24.21 at 4:00 pm

If many Canadians understood how most of the rest of the world lives, they would appreciate Canada more and also be more patriotic.
There are many wrongs in the past and that applies to just about every country. We should celebrate Canada Day, at the very least for all the good things we do have.

#111 1-800-DOCTORB on 06.24.21 at 4:04 pm

Our society perseverates on the mistakes of the past at the expense of the future. Recognition and prevention is critical, but endless apology serves no logical purpose in a modern egalitarian society. Unfortunately this is such a political hot potato that rational conversation can no longer happen.

As cancel culture metastasizes across the western world, it mortally wounds the institutions we take for granted.

I’m not sure Canada can survive this in its current form. Someone has to lose the war.

#112 IHCTD9 on 06.24.21 at 4:06 pm

What a joke.

You’re a good Man Mr. T

#113 CL on 06.24.21 at 4:10 pm

Canada hasn’t had an identity for a long time other than a passive citizenry. I’ve travelled a lot, personally and professionally, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to be teased and asked if I wanted to “hug” it out if something was wrong on a project….and I was the BOSS!! hahaha.

I shouldn’t laugh though really because this is how we are seen. That is our *culture*. :)

Our identity is trying to be all things to all people and you can see clearly how that is working out. Emboldened self interest groups because of weak incompetent…and I hesitate to use this word…..*leaders* at every level of government right across the country. Good for these groups though, they organize and infiltrate then dominate while the majority of passive Canadians sit back and do zippo about it other than complain on the internet. Like I am doing now. LOL

#114 SoggyShorts on 06.24.21 at 4:17 pm

#93 Mean Guy on 06.24.21 at 9:10 am
#74 Cici and Soggy
“Your assertions that Canadians have benefited more from renting than buying a home over the past (pick any number of years ending today) is clearly nonsense, but I don’t care to waste more time arguing the obvious.”
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You’re moving the goalposts, and putting words in my mouth.
Some Canadians in some markets some of the time did better in RE, but not all.
This is the only assertion I have made, and a point you somehow still fail to grasp.

I even gave verifiable examples.
It’s not that hard to take your timeframe (5 years) and google “Average [province] house price in 2016/2021”
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#93 Mean Guy on 06.24.21 at 9:10 am
Oh, wait a second, my mortgage was paid off after 25 years, so about 10 years ago.

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Ok, boomer. I can’t say I’m shocked that someone who bought a house in the 80s for 2.5 years of wages thinks housing is the greatest investment of all time and always will be.
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#93 Mean Guy on 06.24.21 at 9:10 am
If only I could have been smart I’d still have to pay rent every month for the rest of my life. Oh well, live and learn.
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Interestingly I’ll never have to pay rent ever again either since my boring index investment portfolio pays it for me. I also will never owe property taxes or make repairs.

#115 Dave on 06.24.21 at 4:18 pm

‘The municipality refused to close the street outside for two hours without a $2 million insurance policy, a building permit, a third-party traffic plan approved by engineering and the hiring of a contractor-road safety company to staff the area. Plus council approval. And a provincially-sanctioned Covid protocol.’

I think we need more government

#116 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.24.21 at 4:18 pm

Disclaimer: I don’t relate the Holocaust to the Residential School tragedy.
But, this just for your info:
There are between 350k and 500k Holocaust survivors still alive. Correct numbers are hard to come by.
The Germans still pay reparation and pensions to those survivors.
No questions asked.
I can assure you that many Germans (mostly elderly) don’t agree with that.

#117 Puzzled in Mtl on 06.24.21 at 4:31 pm

Garth! You forgot to wish us Québécois une bonne Fête nationale! My crowd will be celebrating Canada Day too although we are sad to see where this country is heading.

#118 Stoph on 06.24.21 at 4:41 pm

#38 Prince Polo on 06.24.21 at 12:26 pm
#Cancel_CancelCulture

My eyes are completed obliterated with all the eye-rolling as of late, thanks to my dodobrain’d Millennial cohort demanding all things be cancelled. May I please wake up one day soon and see the wokest of us cancelled too? Oh what a cosmic serving of irony that would be.

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It’s already happening. A student climate activist group in NZ disbanded because it has been a racist, white-dominated space. The article didn’t present any specific instances or racism in the group – just that “SS4C AKL has avoided, ignored, and tokenised BIPOC voices and demands, especially those of Pasifika and Māori individuals in the climate activism space.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/15/climate-change-racism-strike-greta-auckland/

#119 cuke and tomato picker on 06.24.21 at 4:45 pm

I do not UNDERSTAND why people hate this wonderful
country Canada and why they would not celebrate on July1st. Before covid my neighbor always brings a band in
we all contribute with food, money, decorate our houses,
invite our families and friends its a wonderful party. We plan on doing something this year once everyone is doubled vaxed and we can have 50 plus people. I live in a bare land strata so we own the road street lights etc never a problem in the past. LIVING THE CHARMED LIFE.

#120 Guy in Calgary on 06.24.21 at 4:45 pm

Covid is basically done so need something else to fill the news with and keep people obedient and unhappy.

I have the pleasure of working with and dealing with individuals that moved to Canada from other, less well off countries. They understand how good we have it and are thankful.

Nowhere is perfect and although I fear the direction we are heading in, I love my country.

We provide salvation to millions, relatively non-violent, stable and safe.

Not perfect but these people that want to cancel Canada Day need to check their privilege. Let the flag fly and blast those fireworks while enjoying a Keiths.

#121 IHCTD9 on 06.24.21 at 4:47 pm

#85 Okotoksmatt on 06.24.21 at 2:56 pm
I could get into this “Canada is a racist, genocidal, patriarchal, evil country too”. Instead of pulling down statues we should quit paying federal tax.
Let us defund Canada. I suspect those who hate Canada the most are likely the most dependent on its largess. Maybe they would learn to love it better then.
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Been doing my best for years already. Everyone who sees what’s going on in this country should be too. The sooner the government is confronted with a major inability to spend, the sooner all this SJW garbage won’t matter anymore.

#122 Prairieboy43 on 06.24.21 at 4:47 pm

From Calgary Sun:

Subject: Calgary Sun

This Calgary Sun article tells some staggering truths and historical facts.
I hope you are open-minded enough to make an objective read.
I will add one interesting fact – since 1946 the Canadian Government has spent
$3,300,000,000.00 That is 3.3 TRILLION on Indian Affairs with NO RETURN on the
investment.
Should be reading material for ALL Canadians.
Some very interesting statistics for each individual to consider but anyone with a background knows this to be true already! The fact is that the bleeding hearts and vote mongering Politicians don’t want the general public to know this,,, so let’s spread it around!!

Chief Ronald Morin of the Enoch band west of Edmonton is paid $750,000.00 per year by the federal government (YOU). He spends winters at his winter home in Las Vegas, 4 car garage &swimming pool. Not all the people in his band live like kings.

Every Chief of an Indian Band in Canada makes more than our Prime Minister. Harper brought in the “Accountability Act” so that these Chiefs would have to tell their band members and the rest of us where the money was being spent. It is the taxpayers’ money and we have the right to know where all this money is going. One of Trudeau’s first acts as Prime Minister was to throw out the “Accountability Act”. If you were paying attention at all and did your research you would understand this tragedy, the real issues and what needs to be done to address them.

To be clear, there are some Chiefs and aboriginal communities in this country that are doing well, for various reasons, but much of it has to do with their leadership.
Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band is an excellent example of quality leadership, but no one (especially the media & government) ever talk about him and his people.
Here are the REAL issues:
1. Welfare. The billions of tax payer dollars that go to support aboriginal people, not only in living expenses but free education, free medical, no taxation, etc. has crippled them (as it has crippled many non-aboriginal Canadians for generations). I would venture to say many of them have not worked a day in their lives.
2. Corrupt leadership who have no idea how to lead, manage, inspire or teach their people …. who take for themselves and their families and friends and are not accountable to anyone (as evidenced most strongly by Chief Theresa Spence in Attawapiskat.) and blame, blame, blame the Canadian Government.
3. Alcohol and drug abuse, gang violence …. all contributing factors in the crime rate on reserves, lack of parenting, family violence and poverty.
4. A two-tiered justice system that gives aboriginal offenders lighter sentences, or no sentences at all, allowing them back into their communities to continue to abuse the same aboriginal women again and again …. often resulting in death (as evidenced by the 83% who were murdered by their husbands, a family member or an acquaintance). If you want a National enquiry …. it should be on this issue.Judging from an article in The Calgary Sun entitled “Enough is Enough”, a National Enquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women is NOT what needs to be done and Harper was right in not pursuing this time wasting expensive suggestion supported by both the NDP and Liberals.
The only way to fix this situation is to bring them into society as equals. Getting jobs and paying taxes like the rest of us because in reality, they are no more special than any of the other numerous cultures that now call Canada home.
According to the RCMP: Out of 6,420 missing persons in Canada 1,455 are
women, of those 164 are aboriginal. According to police statistics 88% of murders of aboriginal women have been solved by police 89% of murders of non-aboriginal women have been solved by police, 30% were murdered by an acquaintance.
When you say “It is inconceivable that we, as a country, allowed this situation to continue” …. and “We urgently need to acknowledge the systemic aspect of this crisis instead of ignoring or dismissing it.” What are your intended solutions? A National enquiry is not going to fix these problems!
Giving the aboriginals more of hard earned Canadian taxpayer dollars is NOT going to fix this problem! WHAT ARE YOUR REAL SOLUTIONS TO THE REAL ISSUES?
Let’s get this straight.

Are these people in trouble? Yes.
Do they need help? Yes.
Between 1980 and 2012 there were 20,313 murders in Canada.
6,551 of those victims were women and 1,017 of those were aboriginal women.
Almost 30% of the 1,017 aboriginal women were murdered by their husbands.
23% were murdered by another family member, 39% by acquaintencaes.
So, only about 8% of aboriginal women were murdered by strangers.
44% of the family members and acquaintances who kill aboriginal women were drunk.
74% of the murderers of aboriginal women are unemployed.
71% of the murderers of aboriginal women already had a criminal record.
53% had been convicted before of a violent crime;
62% had a history of violence with the specific murder victim herself.

This land does not belong to them and they never were a ‘Nation’. These people’s ancestors did not just appear in North America, magically out of thin air one day 40 or 50,000 years ago. They came in waves across the land/ice bridge from Asia. What’s more, these waves, in many cases, were not related groups of people. They came from various places around North Eastern Asia and were from different genetic strains. In other words, the “natives of North America ” are not a homogeneous group of people and more importantly…they are immigrants too. Like millions of immigrants today.

The idea that the “natives” were peaceful caretakers of the land or benevolent tenants couldn’t be further from the truth. The various tribes right across Canada warred on each other constantly. They were violent. Want proof? Ask the Hurons… oh, that’s right you can’t. The Iroquois’ wiped them out.

The idea that we “stole” this land from them is also ridiculous. A more technologically advanced and numerous culture invaded and conquered. This is exactly what has been happening since the dawn of humanity all around the globe. To say we “stole” their lands is just plain wrong. That is akin to saying the world should be re-ordered to address past issues.
Saxons should return England to the Angles. Or maybe we should launch a
campaign to have the Roman descendants give Italy back to the Etruscans. It is a nonsensical notion driven by the politically correct bleeding hearts, some intellectually deficient politicians and pressure on the Government from lobbying groups. Also by the Indian people. It will continue to cost this country needless and wasted trillions until we get some backbone and turn off the taps.
PB43

#123 Dolce Vita on 06.24.21 at 4:50 pm

Besides China thumbing its nose at Canada about Human Rights, the NY Times as scathing:

https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1408094773911638022

And not just once either:

https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1408135363726659585

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And the Americans are going to start searching for “remains” as well:

https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1408131573774532610

Making this into a continental phenom.

#124 Franco on 06.24.21 at 4:55 pm

I suspect that if it wasn’t for Covid all this hysteria would not have occurred.

#125 Sheila Morris on 06.24.21 at 4:57 pm

I do not agree with cancelling Canada Day. Nor will l forget our own history regarding the First Nations People nor, the black people who came to Canada before and after the Civil War of 1860 in the U.S.. They also where not treated with any respect. They were not murdered and that is about all. The old great Canadian families made their furtunes on the backs of the Blacks as did the U.S. I do not agree with the dismalting of statues. They are an excellent example to use as in educating Canadians as to our history with its pitfalls and its accomplishments and remember the time in which these events happened and NEVER happen again. We need to be asking why the Roman Catholic Church cannot apologize for the atrocities they practiced against the First Nations.

#126 TheDood on 06.24.21 at 4:59 pm

#104 yvr_lurker on 06.24.21 at 3:46 pm

There needs to be pushback on those activist groups who advocate extreme measures to cancel everything……

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You’re absolutely right. There needs to be. So who’s going to step up and push back?

ANSWER: No one! And that is precisely the problem – the amount of apathy. We stamp our feet and cuss and scream at all the wrongs taking place around us, and then forget about it tomorrow. Why? Because of the amount of effort it takes to stay employed, pay the bills, raise kids (properly!), save and invest, take the odd holiday, catch a game or two on the weekends, or go for a rip on the motorbike.

I would suggest these activist groups are filled with people who don’t have meaningful work, have crappy home life, no kids (and if they do have kids, wtf are you doing being an activist when your kid needs help with homework or needs you to teach them how to drive (properly!), or how to invest – properly!, or how to be a good human being?), and no direction. They use activism to give their lives meaning, they don’t really care about the cause, they just want to belong because outside of the cause, they’re lives are a mess.

#127 NOSTRADAMUS on 06.24.21 at 5:04 pm

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER!
” I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It’s a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s an evolution of the heart”. Sue Monk Kidd. That’s all I have to say on( that) for now.

#128 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.24.21 at 5:10 pm

Biden is celebrating a bi-partisan infrastructure deal worth 1.2 T.
Spread OVER 8 YEARS.
That’s a measly 150B a year.
That’s in a Country that has serious infrastructure deficiencies.
6 Billion a year for Public transport!
I have no numbers, but I guess China is spending at least 10x that much.
Remember the auto repair commercial:
“You can pay me now, or you can pay me (more) later”.

#129 Kate on 06.24.21 at 5:14 pm

It is very sad…

#130 cuke and tomato picker on 06.24.21 at 5:16 pm

Prairieboy 43thanks for mentioning Clarence Louie if you google him and read what he says you will easily be able to draw your own conclusions why he is never mentioned.

#131 Dogman01 on 06.24.21 at 5:16 pm

#85 Okotoksmatt on 06.24.21 at 2:56 pm

DEFUND CANADA!

Taken up by all the working backbone population will scare the crap out of them.

…our establishment is telling us we are founded on racism right? So is it morally right to provide such a corrupt institution resources….I think not…I think not.

Tax Revolt!

For those of you whom want to generate an effortless grievance try this:
https://www.pakin.org/complaint

#132 IHCTD9 on 06.24.21 at 5:20 pm

#126 TheDood on 06.24.21 at 4:59 pm

I would suggest these activist groups are filled with people who don’t have meaningful work, have crappy home life, no kids (and if they do have kids, wtf are you doing being an activist when your kid needs help with homework or needs you to teach them how to drive (properly!), or how to invest – properly!, or how to be a good human being?), and no direction. They use activism to give their lives meaning, they don’t really care about the cause, they just want to belong because outside of the cause, they’re lives are a mess.
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I will qualify this with “extremist” activists. but bang on the money. These folks smashing the heads off statues are losers, and stupid. It explains everything they say and do, they’re just not smart enough to do any better.

Google up some of the “revolutionary” activist “leaders” from the 60’s. Many of them got totally frigged up on drugs and took their own lives after fading from view later in life. Wreaking havoc was all they ever had.

#133 wait there on 06.24.21 at 5:20 pm

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-stark-reminder-of-how-the-us-forced-american-indians-into-a-new-way-of-life-3954109/

read the comment. then make sense of what we know and DON’T know

#134 Annek on 06.24.21 at 5:20 pm

VGRO and chill on 06.24.21 at 12:22 pm
Maybe they can put up the statue of a great Canadian who does not have a past tarnished with racist, genocidal policies. There are plenty of them.
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T2?
Lol

#135 DON on 06.24.21 at 5:21 pm

Mexico raised their rate ‘surprisingly today’.

Gart…like Crowded said…pack the crew up onto the tug boat and let the party rip outside of muni jurisdiction.

#136 Andrew on 06.24.21 at 5:22 pm

On the one hand, you have thousands of forgotten, dead, abused Indigenous kids who never made it back home. On the other, the people responsible for subjugating them. I don’t see why it should be the latter who are commemorated with statues and plaques.

#137 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 5:25 pm

RE: #87 Statistics Matter on 06.24.21 at 3:12 pm
#70 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 1:47 pm

#51 kommykim on 06.24.21 at 12:51 pm
Another thing rarely mentioned when talking about the residential school deaths is that the global youth mortality rate in the 1950’s was much higher than it is today. (27% in 1950 vs 4.6% in 2017)

Kommykim, your characterization of the data are disqualifyingly incorrect. Look here:

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/91f0015m/2014011/b1-eng.htm

That vast majority of the deaths that make up your statistics occurred at the very youngest ages (most < 1 much lower rates 1-4). School age children in the 5-9 and 10-14 year groupings saw mortality rates at most of 2 to 3 per thousand or 0.2 to 0.3%. Your numbers are off by an order of magnitude in the general population.

Of 150,000 school age children in Canada, if taken at the worst possible rates of the era, 450 would have died. A more likely rate averaged over the period in question would have seen more like 1/3 of that or 150 deaths. 4100 and counting is an abhorrently large number that is ten times worse than the living conditions of Canadians at the time. It was the government's and the Catholic school's duty to achieve something much closer to the national standard at the time.

At best you are wrong and at worst you are dissembling

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Those stats Canada numbers you are quoting are PER YEAR while the "4100 and counting" is an accumulation of almost a CENTURY of time…
So if 1000 non-natives spent 5 years in school from ages 5-9 starting in 1926:
1926: 2.3 deaths
1927: 2.6 deaths
1928: 2.4 deaths
1929: 2.6 deaths
1930: 2.3 deaths
Total: 12.2 deaths over 5 years leaving us with almost 988 students still alive by 1930
So if each of the 150,000 spent an average of 8 years in school, then numbers would be much higher than you are quoting…
But to make a fair comparison we would have to compare the child mortality rates on the reserves vs at the schools. I doubt that data is readily available.

#138 Yukon Elvis on 06.24.21 at 5:25 pm

#122 Prairieboy43 on 06.24.21 at 4:47 pm…
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Thank you sir for your post. Sincerely: have a great weekend and Happy Canada Day.

#139 Penny Henny on 06.24.21 at 5:26 pm

#15 Lee on 06.24.21 at 11:34 am
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
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“95% of short putts will not go in”

#140 willworkforpickles on 06.24.21 at 5:29 pm

Better keep an eye on the technological advances with regard to weaponry and military outside of North America as the ever rising debt time bomb knee caps our ability to keep up… lest our very sovereignty itself one day gets cancelled out by foreign invaders of superior military capability and might.

#141 When Will They Raise Rates? on 06.24.21 at 5:33 pm

How about we start a crowdfunded 100ft tall statue of Sir John A MacDonald, placed on private property right along the 401?

#142 IHCTD9 on 06.24.21 at 5:33 pm

#118 Stoph on 06.24.21 at 4:41 pm
#38 Prince Polo on 06.24.21 at 12:26 pm
#Cancel_CancelCulture

…May I please wake up one day soon and see the wokest of us cancelled too? Oh what a cosmic serving of irony that would be.

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It’s already happening…
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Yep, feminists and lesbian activists are getting it too, from the trans-activists.

Live by the sword…

#143 When Will They Raise Rates? on 06.24.21 at 5:35 pm

Along with Don Cherry, Ryerson and any other Canadian legends that have been cancelled?

#144 alexinvestor on 06.24.21 at 5:43 pm

Carolyn Bennett … just in time to be cancelled due to her racist text.

#145 Jason Reed on 06.24.21 at 5:43 pm

Garth,

I admire your courage and patriotism.

Happy Canada Day.

Jason

#146 Don Guillermo on 06.24.21 at 5:46 pm

#130 cuke and tomato picker on 06.24.21 at 5:16 pm
Prairieboy 43thanks for mentioning Clarence Louie if you google him and read what he says you will easily be able to draw your own conclusions why he is never mentioned.
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Just googled him. Very impressive.

#147 Annek on 06.24.21 at 5:50 pm

#122 Prairieboy43 on 06.24.21 at 4:47 pm
From Calgary Sun:
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Excellent points!

#148 Bezengy on 06.24.21 at 5:55 pm

To everyone, Canada Day seemed irrelevant. Here was a chance for people to profit, or flex their Lilliputian powers. And thus, it ain’t happening.

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Now if you rented your place you could just let er rip and let the landlord worry about the details.

#149 willworkforpickles on 06.24.21 at 5:56 pm

#128 Ponzius Pilatus
“Biden is celebrating a bi-partisan infrastructure deal worth 1.2 T.
Spread OVER 8 YEARS.”
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Biden wants to add another $8.2 trillion to the national debt overall between now and 2030.
If he’s around for a second term he will likely double that figure.

#150 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.24.21 at 6:00 pm

#138 Yukon Elvis on 06.24.21 at 5:25 pm
#122 Prairieboy43 on 06.24.21 at 4:47 pm…
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Thank you sir for your post. Sincerely: have a great weekend and Happy Canada Day.
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Scary!
That stereotyping crap I heard about 40 years ago, when I first set foot in Vancouver.
It was useless to reason with them then, and it’s useless to reason with them now.
So I won’t.
Waste of time and space.

#151 willworkforpickles on 06.24.21 at 6:03 pm

Biden will keep pushing until he gets his $8.2 trillion way in increments and then some afterwards.

#152 Trudi Woods on 06.24.21 at 6:13 pm

Guess this is why I’ve never voted for a Conservative …ever…maybe …just this once you could open your ears and realize fireworks are not only annoying to dogs but a huge number of people given the facts of unmarked graves

…Cancel culture my ass..listen to someone like Murray Sinclair who has no political agenda other then representing his people and their experience…sadly dogs don’t talk

#153 BillinBC on 06.24.21 at 6:17 pm

#101 Jacques
Residential schools were an abysmal idea, and it’s true that it’s actions that matter and not intent, but this policy was carried out by a minority of progressivists when the citizenry had little use for or control over the government, and isn’t a reflection of the nation or society at large. As the great French political philosopher Raymond Aron said, these activist types are moralizing with regard to the present, but cynical in operation with an interpretation of the past solely intended to be a vehicle for controlling the future, and they give in to that which they denounce. The genuine trauma of survivors is being used in bad faith, and its having its intended effect, to strip the legitimacy off one of the world’s oldest, most peaceful, and most prosperous societies.

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Well said Jacques

#154 willworkforpickles on 06.24.21 at 6:20 pm

Next on the block to get spending to the $8.2 trillion mark by a proposed 2031 timeline in increments comes … a separate bill/s to be passed using reconciliation which wouldn’t particularly require GOP support… that includes the Democratic priorities – health care, child care, climate change and education.

#155 Nonplused on 06.24.21 at 6:28 pm

Jeez, I’m from Alberta and even I’m not that down on Canada day. Yes, Alberta has issues with Ottawa, but remove Sir John’s statue? If it wasn’t for him everything west of Ontario would probably be US territory. Whatever flaws he had he was an important figure in the formation of our Country.

As for Ryerson, was he really responsible for what happened at the residential schools? Free education for everyone seems like a good idea. But sometimes the best of ideas go horribly wrong when implemented poorly.

#156 BillinBC on 06.24.21 at 6:29 pm

#122 Prairieboy43 on 06.24.21 at 4:47 pm
From Calgary Sun:
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Excellent points!
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I’d vote for you!

#157 Yukon Elvis on 06.24.21 at 6:32 pm

#150 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.24.21 at 6:00 pm
#138 Yukon Elvis on 06.24.21 at 5:25 pm
#122 Prairieboy43 on 06.24.21 at 4:47 pm…
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Thank you sir for your post. Sincerely: have a great weekend and Happy Canada Day.
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Scary!
That stereotyping crap I heard about 40 years ago, when I first set foot in Vancouver.
It was useless to reason with them then, and it’s useless to reason with them now.
So I won’t.
Waste of time and space.
.………………………………

Good. Cuz we are tired of your hoo-hoo victimhood crap.

#158 ogdoad on 06.24.21 at 6:32 pm

Privileged country with a growing laughable identity. Wimpy, wussy, sissy leaders – sorry socks. Russian girls like you though. This I know for a fact.

This should be one of the biggest, strongest C.Days ever. Alas, everyone is worried about getting their balls snipped (metoo me if you want). No direction. No leaders. Just give money to everyone and the problem is under the carpet for the time being. That’s worked well with the indigenous pop., hasn’t it.

Wannabe nation with a wannabe future.

I will celebrate C.Day with beers and friends. Reflect on our past as well as the f’d up past of every other nation that I’ve been privileged to experience. Then move on.

Light’em up, Garth! Lot of people are going to appreciate it, I’m sure.

Og

#159 Sail Away on 06.24.21 at 6:40 pm

I wish I could join in the steerage indignation more completely, but I’m too busy tying flies and am just too happy to be indignant about anything. 3 days of Gerrard strain trout fishing beckons:

https://wesportfish.com/our-sport-fishing/what-we-fish-for/gerrard-trout/

Weather looks fantastic, ferry is booked, trout are waiting.

#160 Toronto on 06.24.21 at 6:41 pm

#49 SlantySemi on 06.24.21 at 12:45 pm

Well said.

#161 Armpit on 06.24.21 at 6:43 pm

Residential Schools are not the only place where there are unmarked mass graves. There are plenty of Church run institutional orphanages where they are uncovering unmarked mass graves.

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/researchers-use-ground-penetrating-radar-to-find-unmarked-graves-of-n-b-orphans-1.4696008

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/09/11/400-children-from-scottish-orphanage-of-horrors-believed-buried-in-mass-grave-media-report-says/

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Slavery…. According to Toronto Sun Columnist Mark Bonokoski – Chief Joseph Brant – had Slaves.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/bonokoski-the-enslaving-history-of-mohawk-icon-joseph-brant

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This is not to be proud of, but it did happen.

And I wasn’t there to stop it.

#162 Nonplused on 06.24.21 at 6:44 pm

“It’s a fair assumption that the forced importation then slavery of millions of people for over a century in America – its original sin – was akin (or maybe worse) than the attendance of 150,000 native kids in Canada at schools, some residential and some day institutions. We can’t judge.”

Slavery has been more common than not throughout human history and still goes on in parts of the world where the light doesn’t shine. The United States should be given credit for being one of the first countries that had the problem to recognize the immorality of it and ban it.

The history should not be forgotten, but there are no Americans alive to day that ever owned or were a slave.

The Canadian experience with the natives also was deplorable, but many steps have been taken including self-governance being a big one. If the natives had self-governance when the residential schools went down they probably would have said “no thanks” if they were being polite and something more colorful if they weren’t. Lessons learned. But is it a reason to cancel present day Canada?

We aren’t finished yet with reconciliation, so let’s remember the past but move forward.

#163 [email protected] on 06.24.21 at 6:58 pm

It’s a pandemic year. It’s almost a thousand kids buried from a time when genocide in Canada was easy and that those responsible are not stepping up to explain how this happened is sad. Cancelling big gatherings just this year on July 1 in mourning is not a big deal. Party hard next year when the pain isn’t raw for Aboriginal people around the world. FYI on the US – they’ve gone on the offensive to bury history https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/05/gops-critical-race-theory-fixation-explained/618828/

#164 wallflower on 06.24.21 at 7:02 pm

That temporary road closure stuff: it’s why virtually nothing civic happens anymore anywhere across Canada. It is unspeakably expensive and requires a coordinator with a tonne of free time and many logistics gateways to navigate.

I was BIA facilitator for a wee town in Ontariowe and lordy, it was crazy… it became virtually impossible for any joy.
Joyless Canada.
It is why my young son and I are always talking about how the rules here have hijacked living and lifestyle.
(And, it seems to be something the immigrants I speak with never even considered; it is why some of them are returning, “So, I can have a chicken in my yard.”)

The rules here are category killers.

#165 cuke and tomato picker on 06.24.21 at 7:03 pm

Don Guillermo thanks for looking up Clarence Louie and now you understand his comments are a bit interesting.
I grow up in Osoyoos B.C. and did my working life in Penticton B.C. and followed the reserves success story
under Clarence Louie’s guidance.
.

#166 the Jaguar on 06.24.21 at 7:05 pm

Ingrates is how I see it. Garth wants to show some spirit and pride on Canada Day, never mind contributing personally and financially to the effort, and even in quaint little Lunenburg by the sea the gougers, grifters, and small minded guardians of the temple of bureaucratic entanglement appear like dots on a dalmatian. The term ‘Party Pooper’ is too good for them.

And that post today! You know the one to which I refer…. Spontaneous combustion! My hair suddenly burst into flames. F/S has been scarce these past couple of days given he has checked himself into the Spa of Quiet Contemplation and Soul Searching, but if he gets a look at that post they’ll have to break out the bed restraints! Maybe bolt your doors and windows just to be on the safe side…

Just as an aside, ….given how this vilification of historical figures and statues associated with bad or less than moral ideas from a bygone age has been growing, now with a couple of churches burnt down, etc. What’s next? What happens if they start pulling down the religious statues? The ones of ‘you know who’ , etc.? It could be like when they took out Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914. They mistook the poor guy for Ponzi, was the rumour I heard.

Whoa Nelly, is all I can say. And of course ‘Mercy’.

#167 wallflower on 06.24.21 at 7:13 pm

#82 Barb on 06.24.21 at 2:45 pm
I could be wrong but maybe a good start to fixing all this crap is to turn off CBC tv and radio. For good.

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Interesting comment.
I recently did just that. Turned off CBC Radio after 40 years. Cannot listen anymore.

#168 Don Guillermo on 06.24.21 at 7:18 pm

#165 cuke and tomato picker on 06.24.21 at 7:03 pm
Don Guillermo thanks for looking up Clarence Louie and now you understand his comments are a bit interesting.
I grow up in Osoyoos B.C. and did my working life in Penticton B.C. and followed the reserves success story
under Clarence Louie’s guidance.
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Thank you. It’s a great story.

#169 Nonplused on 06.24.21 at 7:22 pm

#26 Immigrant on 06.24.21 at 11:59 am
#10 Summertime

“But is the movement wrong? Is it wrong legally? Is it wrong ethically? Is it wrong morally? That is the real question, isn’t it?”

It may not be any of those things, but it is delusional. There is no path back to the days before the British stole the land fair and square. And would it really benefit the indigenous people if everyone else got up and left? (Assuming there was somewhere for us to go.)

#170 Vito Tessola on 06.24.21 at 7:29 pm

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Democrats will be a laying duck government in 2022 because 2024 they will be out of there for sure.

#171 Yuus bin Haad on 06.24.21 at 7:33 pm

Uh-Oh! Mayor Paterson just learned that George III was pro-slave and he’s trying to keep it on the QT. So, please, don’t tell anyone lest they have to revert back to Cataraqui.

#172 Flop... on 06.24.21 at 7:40 pm

As a newly minted government worker, next Thursday will be the first time in a long time, if ever, after slugging it out in the private sector, that I get paid to stay home for the day.

It will be the best Canada Day ever in my mind.

Don’t have any fireworks, so I will light up a dozen European beers.

Might have to take next Friday off too…

M47BC

P.S I love and miss you, Uncle WULLY.

#173 CalgaryCarGuy on 06.24.21 at 7:47 pm

Re #122 by Prairieboy43

THANKYOU for such a tremendous post and the guts to post it. Truth…you can beat it, bend it, burn it, ignore it, rail against it, and deny it…but in the end, there it is.

#174 Steven Rowlandson on 06.24.21 at 7:48 pm

After the vaxxed especially the left have met their maker perhaps Sir John A. MacDonald’s statue can be put back where it belongs.

#175 Nonplused on 06.24.21 at 7:49 pm

#34 Return Policy on 06.24.21 at 12:19 pm
You know how the British Royals returned Hong Kong back to China after the lease was up?

Could the Royals be forced or pressured into returning their ill got Australia and Canada back to the natives?

Seems like if they “chose to” do so, it wouldn’t be much of an issue.

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How can you compare those two things? Hong Kong was a lease, originally established to support British trade in the area, agreed to with a sovereign state government.

And the citizens of Hong Kong do not seem to be particularly happy about how things are going under their new masters. The CCP tolerates no dissent.

And how would it work? There are 634 First Nations in Canada all with competing land claims. They don’t, and never did have, anything resembling a Canada-wide governing body.

Reconciliation will have to be based on moving forward to a more fair and inclusive deal. The past can’t be undone.

It also should be noted that the indigenous people were never (legally, practical reality was something different) denied any of the rights of Canadian citizenship. They could own land, work any job, and pay taxes just like the rest of us. The reserve system and treaties granted additional rights the rest of us don’t have. The reserves allow them to largely opt-out of the system. They don’t pay taxes, they can hunt and fish without being subject to laws applied to other citizens, etc. This is why they like building casinos and selling smokes. They make their own laws regarding such. In the rest of Canada casinos have to notionally have a charity component. On the reserve it is pure profit. Tax free profit.

#176 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.24.21 at 7:56 pm

#165 cuke and tomato picker on 06.24.21 at 7:03 pm
Don Guillermo thanks for looking up Clarence Louie and now you understand his comments are a bit interesting.
I grow up in Osoyoos B.C. and did my working life in Penticton B.C. and followed the reserves success story
under Clarence Louie’s guidance.
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Clarence should put his money where his mouth is and spent time in one of the remote reserves up north.
I give him 1month tops, and then he’s back in his cushy Osoyoos post.

#177 Flop... on 06.24.21 at 7:59 pm

So gas in Vancouver is basically at 1.70 a litre, and apparently next week it is supposed to go up another 7 cents.

I’ve got a 30 odd year old gas guzzler, here’s my plan for the rest of the summer.

Drive it to work, walk home.

Next day, walk to work, drive it home.

Yeah, sure, I could take the bus, but I believe my plan to be superior.

At least I will get to work on time every second day…

M47BC

#178 Nonplused on 06.24.21 at 8:04 pm

#97 SOMETHINGS UP! on 06.24.21 at 3:32 pm
Canada Day….

A good-time for all the old, white, rich, snobby folk to think about the pain and suffering that so many people of color have went through giving their blood, sweat, and even children for this country to be where it is today.

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Umm, you mean First Nations, right? All the other people of color came here by choice looking for a better life than what they had in their country of origin. Most found it, some did not.

Or perhaps you are considering Canadian immigrants to be the same thing as US slaves were?

My how muddled the mind can become.

#179 fishman on 06.24.21 at 8:08 pm

One question asked of Putin in his recent 4 hour marathon citizen press conference was to clarify his earlier remarks on Lenin. Putin elaborated: Lenin was a revolutionary, not a statesman. Lenin took a nation with a 1000 year history & formed a “confederation”. A confederation of ethnicities. Loyalty was owed to the party. Therefore when the party collapsed so did the nation.
Ring a bell fellow canuckleheads. First “post modern nation”. Lil potato lied. First post modern “confederation”. Divided by ethnicities & identity politics but held together by “shared values”. Whose values? The Liberal Party’s values of course. Before 1917 all bad. Wipe out a 1000 years of history. Before lil potato all bad. The hard drive’s infected, beyond saving. Delete. Everything all new, all better, soon perfection. Everyone happy happy. Till the Party collapses. And our great nation with it.

#180 Yorkville renter on 06.24.21 at 8:09 pm

I don’t think these things are issues with anyone I deal with and I interact with all kinds of people.

The fact this story has legs is because we live in a click-bait news world

#181 Drinking on 06.24.21 at 8:10 pm

Good on you Garth; nothing will stop me from enjoying CANADA DAY. What a farce this has all become, blame weak and I mean weak leaders and the CBC. Never seen a news organization propped up by tax payers that has done so much harm to this country. They need to be abolished, they have lost there ways for a secure paycheques by the tax payers.

Look forward to seeing pics of your light show!!

#182 meslippery on 06.24.21 at 8:11 pm

The municipality refused to close the street outside for two hours without a $2 million insurance policy, a building permit, a third-party traffic plan approved by engineering and the hiring of a contractor-road safety company to staff the area. Plus council approval. And a provincially-sanctioned Covid protocol.
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You dont need $2 million insurance to protest in the streets. On Canada Day protest the stick in the mud municipality while celebrating Canada Day bring your guitar.

#183 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.24.21 at 8:21 pm

@#153 Lost iin the Woods

“…..just this once you could open your ears and realize fireworks are not only annoying to dogs but a huge number of people given the facts of unmarked graves…”

+++

Thats quite a segway.
Equating fireworks on a country’s birthday to unmarked graves…

I posted the other day about the Natives on a Reserve on Vancouver Island blasting off fireworks for National Indigenous Day.

Apparently three weeks of grieving for the Kamloops “Forgotten” seemed to be enough time for them….

#184 Drinking on 06.24.21 at 8:22 pm

#97 SOMETHINGS UP!

Right, and they all migrated to the so called rich, white, snobby, countries that developed them for what?? A better life perhaps???? Away from persecutions, indoor plumbing, electricity, better medical services, water, education, internet, mobile phones, so called democracy, satellites, gas and oil?? Nothing is ever perfect, especially dating back hundreds of years but it is what it is; get the eff over it!

Light them up Garth!!!

#185 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.24.21 at 8:23 pm

@#177 Floppie

I expect gas to hit $1.95 by August.

I used to ride my bike to work one day and drive the next.
Kept my flatulence to a dull roar.

#186 Ponnaps on 06.24.21 at 8:25 pm

Next up…cancel all the catholic schools.. if they are really repentant for the actions of the Catholic Church unleashed on residential schools it’s highly hypocritical and perpetuates catholic privilege allowing these separate schools to run on the tax payers secular dollar

#187 Sydneysider on 06.24.21 at 8:27 pm

The white man was also used for slave labour by the Japanese and the Nazis in WWII.

#188 Geoff on 06.24.21 at 8:29 pm

Amen, brother. I’m all for mending old wounds and coming together but there’s a lot of ridiculousness going around these days. Keep doing what you’re doing, fighting the good fight and don’t let that fire get blown out by the winds of moral panic

#189 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.24.21 at 8:32 pm

@#167 Wallflower.
“I recently did just that. Turned off CBC Radio after 40 years. Cannot listen anymore.”

+++
Yep.
Once again CBC suffers from “Foot in Mouth Disease”.

Their progressive stance, Woke cheering, Political Correct pandering is appealing to who exactly?

All those young people that listen to radio?

Yep.
Govt sponsored and taxpayer funded CBC goes rogue and becomes the lecturing, morally superior, Communist Broadcasting Corp.

Peter Gzowski must be spinning in his grave.

The sooner all of the CBC’s dismal ratings funding is crushed….. the better.
And with the way Trudeau is burning through cash…the axe will swing far and wide in the next 5 years.

#190 Drinking on 06.24.21 at 8:45 pm

#97 SOMETHINGS UP!

Here is a story posted from Regina TWO, yes, TWO years back regarding an issue that has become so “IN THE NEWS” since Covid is taking a rest until fall, you know, flu and cold season along with Covid.

TWO YEARS AGO!

https://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/this-is-true-truth-and-reconciliation-70000-put-toward-cowessess-gravesite-upgrades

#191 FriedEggs on 06.24.21 at 8:47 pm

‘Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted,
every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped.’
-1984
.
Just erase everything – we are all guilty.

#192 Nonplused on 06.24.21 at 8:55 pm

#152 Trudi Woods on 06.24.21 at 6:13 pm
Guess this is why I’ve never voted for a Conservative …ever…maybe …just this once you could open your ears and realize fireworks are not only annoying to dogs but a huge number of people given the facts of unmarked graves

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Google is not helping me with my quest to determine whether it was a tradition for North American natives to mark their graves. The best I can determine is that way-back tradition was to conceal them away from the encampment. But more modern tradition is a combination of the old ways and Roman Catholic influence.

Me, I am going to be cremated. I’d like my ashes then buried out of pot in a hole under a tree.

#193 Hound Dog on 06.24.21 at 9:08 pm

This guy is good…
https://youtu.be/DUboDm8U6tY

#194 Captain Obvious on 06.24.21 at 9:18 pm

Whenever someone tells me to look over there (residential schools) I always wonder what they are distracting from. Surely it can’t be coincidence the timing of all this just before a fall election. Seems many are taking the bait.

That’s not to say residential schools isn’t a tough matter, but I think a degree of cynicism is warranted given the agendas at play

#195 I don't need much gas on 06.24.21 at 9:18 pm

Gas at $1.95 a liter is nothing. Try $2.95 by the Trudeau is done in the next few years. Good thing I only spend currently $500 a year in gas. By the way this means 6.5% mortgage rates too due to higher inflation.

#196 Sail Away on 06.24.21 at 9:27 pm

Re: CBC

I’m waiting for CBC’s sacrifice to the newest woke theme of the res cemeteries. They sacrificed Jian Ghomeshi (acquitted of all charges) to the MeToo parade and Wendy Mesley to BLM.

#197 Ifimay on 06.24.21 at 9:35 pm

I joke with the wife. “What are they going to do steal my birthday?” Turns out they can. Canada is in danger of losing her birthday.

#198 the Jaguar on 06.24.21 at 9:39 pm

@#179 fishman on 06.24.21 at 8:08 pm

Yes, it’s deja vu all over again, but this time on our own doorstep. Or as Dmitry Orlov said:

“Here is the key point: the USSR was not a normal empire at all. Instead of functioning as a wealth pump that pumped wealth from the periphery to the imperial center, it functioned as a revolutionary incubator, exploiting the resources of the core (Russia) and exporting them to the periphery to build socialism, with the further goal of fomenting global communist revolution. The various ethnic groups that were grossly overrepresented among the Bolsheviks were all from the periphery—the Jewish Pale, Byelorussia, the Ukraine, the Caucasus and the Baltics—and they thought nothing of sacrificing Mother Russia on the altar of world revolution.
Their revolutionary zeal was hindered by its utter lack of practical merit.”

#199 Con-tra-rian on 06.24.21 at 9:40 pm

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#200 Mr Canada on 06.24.21 at 9:55 pm

—————————————————————-This week a couple of federal cabinet ministers (Carolyn Bennett and Marc Miller) said they had ‘mixed feelings’ about Canada Day. Bennett added that she refuses to wear red on July 1st, and will don an orange shirt instead, to stand with the Indigenous people.

Oh yes, Minister Bennett ..the righteous/virtuous cabinet minister in charge of Crown-Indigenous relations publicly apolgized today to an Indigenous MP after suggesting Jody Wilson-Raybould’s concern over residential schools and Indigenous rights was really a ploy to secure a generous MP pension”…..who elects these idiots ?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bennett-jody-wilson-raybould-racist-1.6078596

#201 Quintilian on 06.24.21 at 10:03 pm

Let them tear down the statues. Most of the statutes are of glorified war lords.

A quick perusal of philosophical history would confirm that there was enough knowledge to drawn from to know what was right or wrong.

Greed, thirst for power, triumph and glory trumped morals.

#202 IHCTD9 on 06.24.21 at 10:08 pm

#189 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.24.21 at 8:32 pm
@#167 Wallflower.
“I recently did just that. Turned off CBC Radio after 40 years. Cannot listen anymore.”

+++
Yep.
Once again CBC suffers from “Foot in Mouth Disease”.

Their progressive stance, Woke cheering, Political Correct pandering is appealing to who exactly?
——

I wouldn’t miss ‘em, but they are a strong force in closing the progressive firing squad into a circle though, so I still check in to scan the headlines now and then. I hope they keep getting more extreme and divisive, at some point I may come back – for the comedy.

#203 VICTORIA TEA PARTY on 06.24.21 at 10:43 pm

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR YOU ANTI-CANADA (DAY) GOONS

Plans to cancel-culture your own country is an outrage with potentially catastrophic consequences for the rest of us.

Your rage is outrageous, because you don’t represent most of us, and the blowback on all COULD be huge, if you don’t all just quit now.

With federal pols chickening out and running from the charging mob, instead of standing and fighting back and protecting us, the still mostly-patriotic Canadians, gives fuel to the mob’s contention that its protests, against “White” everything, are entirely legitimate and WILL BE the only way to solve their problems, whatever they are…

What do you fools want? Justice? Another country? Which country? When? And who would be in charge? You?

Canada’s reputation as a fair, stable and good country is taking a drubbing and whose future seems worrying, at this point, while the goons run rampant.

Tearing down J.A.’s statues is a very bad Karmic blunder.

In 2018 Victoria city council secretly decided to remove the statue of our principal Founding Father. It is still hidden away and the mayor has stopped promising the issue will be openly discussed. Still waiting there, Lisa.

Meanwhile Karma has returned with a vengeance: downtown is going to hell in a handbasket with empty stores; garbage and human waste littering many streets; many more street people; the provincial government has spent, in the last year, more than $100-million tax dollars to house the street homeless who nevertheless still practice violence in the streets and amongst themselves. They get arrested, processed by police, then back onto the streets. Key city councillors seem blissfully unaware.

There are fewer parking spaces, more bike paths but not many more bikes. It’s disgusting. And tourism is in the tank for the second year running. Also, looks like no more cruise ships coming.

Every country has its own national shame. Canada’s historic abuse of our Indigenous is our’s.

But ripping our country apart by a brain-dead mob will only invite an eventual awful future over which we will have ZERO control.

Our new master: China or the US? Take your pick. Good luck with that.

IN GEOPOLITICS, THERE IS NEVER EVER A VACUUM. EVER. Learn that lesson now. While you still can.

#204 Matt on 06.24.21 at 10:52 pm

Insane. People that promote cancel Canada Day should have their citizenship revoked.

#205 Uncle Buck on 06.24.21 at 10:53 pm

Sometimes it’s better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.

#206 Doug Ford on 06.24.21 at 10:58 pm

Ontario has incridbly low little-bug cases yet why the cautiouos re-opening?

poor dougie, he quit and let alarmist docs take over. They getting paid handsonely

what a sham. Canadians….THE dumbest of the lot, no backbone

#207 on guard? on 06.24.21 at 11:03 pm

huh? USA is Canada’s protection, cmon now. Lukced out geographically. They also fuel or de-fuel our economy

u boyz need to take it easy on the weed :)

#208 DC on 06.24.21 at 11:07 pm

Agree with @Shaggy!!! despite this seeming like an unpopular opinion on here.
Garth, a little too soon for sanctimony after 700+ bodies announced today…

#209 Dirty Dan on 06.24.21 at 11:26 pm

Maybe we can vote on a new motto for Canada:

“Fuimus per Odium” – United by Hatred

Trudeau will unite us.

#210 AM in MN on 06.24.21 at 11:52 pm

These aren’t as trivial as most people who shrug them off think.

The cancel culture types won’t stop until they’ve inserted some kind of totalitarian government that they control. Not just in office, but with real power at all levels and at all institutions.

Once the legal system has fallen, the natives will soon find out that they have nothing unless they have the physical capabilities to fight for it (they don’t!). Right now, it is their old treaties with the Crown that give them the rights and land they have.

To anyone who owns property in Canada, it might be worth considering what you will do when the land is deeded back to the natives who will be able to impose taxes on you without your consent.

Will there be a stage when people who like individual rights, liberties and freedoms start to push back? Those who wish to keep their private property rights safe from the redistribution crowd?

Another big risk is that these folks learn from the Bolsheviks of 1917 and gain control of the Central Bank and print money into the ground funding their friends and the security state that they will need to expropriate your property, in the name of just reparations for your sins.

Time will tell….

#211 cramar on 06.25.21 at 12:00 am

Hear, hear! Your finest hour, Mr. Turner. It is easy to see why you could never be in political office again. The disfunctional electorate and political elite would never premit a sane guy in parliament. Methinks all this political pandering to the cancel culture is just trying to curry votes from everyone and anyone possible. Milk toast at is finest!

#212 NSNG on 06.25.21 at 12:12 am

This is shocking and shows how the CBs use people’s ignorance of inflation to do their dirty deeds.

If this is the US then Canada is orders of magnitude worse:

Real Interest Rates Are More Negative Now Than In the 2004-2007 Housing Boom

Fueled by negative real interest rates, the Fed has blown another housing bubble.

https://mishtalk.com/economics/real-interest-rates-are-more-negative-now-than-in-the-2004-2007-housing-boom

#213 Jon B on 06.25.21 at 12:58 am

Cancel culture; the modern social trend rooted in personal failings.

#214 Diharv on 06.25.21 at 1:06 am

You try to do something nice for your community and look what happens. Roadblocks. Sounds like our grad this year. Why bother?

#215 No Left Turn on 06.25.21 at 1:21 am

Absurdity everywhere. It‘s how you know you‘ve already lost. Socialist Marxists live in absurdity, Love the absurdity, beat you with absurdity. Eventually you too will love the absurdity; but, most importantly, you will love the purveyors of the absurdity. You WILL love.

Keep right ahead.

#216 Keith on 06.25.21 at 1:45 am

@#122 Prairieboy43

So sad that you believe such ridiculous claims, just because they cater to your prejudice.

“I will add one interesting fact – since 1946 the Canadian Government has spent
$3,300,000,000.00 That is 3.3 TRILLION on Indian Affairs with NO RETURN on the
investment.”

3.3 trillion, divided by 74 years comes out to 44 billion per year. The entire federal budget did not exceed 44 billion in spending until 1978. Sadly, there are far too many like yourself, accepting ridiculous claims without doing the most basic tests of their accuracy.

#217 BillyBob on 06.25.21 at 2:04 am

#22 Sail Away on 06.24.21 at 11:46 am

Giving recommendations carries responsibility. If you continue with this poor behaviour, you may want to preface it with something like… “full disclosure: my recommendations are wrong nearly all the time”

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To be fair, confusing being educated with being smart is a fairly common mistake.

As to the cancel culture and the current political climate which I watch alternating between impassiveness and bemusement, I find my South American sister-in-law’s observations most entertaining. (She’s a full Canadian citizen of 5 years now.)

She comes from a country whose abuses of indigenous populations go far beyond the scale of Canada both in time and scope, starting centuries before Canada was a twinkle in John A’s eye. And she has zero patience with the current Canadian cult of victimhood, and expresses her opinions openly and loudly. As she says, “her” people have so much more to complain about, and yet they’ve moved on and adapted. And she really wishes people would stop complaining about how hard done-by they are all the time.

As I remind her, she is a woman, and of colour, and as such, ticking two boxes of such extreme victimhood and oppression she can express such awful and unprogressive opinions more freely. Alas, as a privileged white male I cannot, toxic masculinity and all that being what they are.

But it’s fun to watch. One of our society’s “victims” telling others to quit being such victims. It’s a competition now to decide who’s the most oppressed and marginalized and etc etc etc ZZZZzzzzz.

Stick a fork in it, Canada is done.

#218 Diamond Dog on 06.25.21 at 2:10 am

#29 Shaggy!!! on 06.24.21 at 12:06 pm

Did we not know in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that ripping kids from their families and trying to change who they are and their belief systems was wrong? – Shaggy

Ah, but why do, say, social services rip children away from their parents to this day…?

Ripping kids from healthy adults doesn’t happen in functional families since healthy adults recognize education as a major and necessary opportunity to improve their children’s future and so healthy parents and healthy systems do what they can to help; but for those parents who aren’t in their right minds, usually from drugs and alcohol, their kids get taken away. Until said parents get healthy again, is there another choice? Anyone?

If non native parents decide to keep their kids home permanently with no plans for school, guess what, they typically lose their kids. Said parents usually lose their children as a result of extreme poverty and child neglect relating from drug and alcohol related abuse. In Canada, and it happens more often than we think, it doesn’t matter what color our skin is, this is nothing new or unexpected no matter what our stripe.

Our entire systems of education, government, laws and the rule of law, justice, trade, religion and on and on depend on our nation’s people being literate. Are we to suddenly question the legitimacy of literacy because hypocrite anarchists that can spell with a spray can don’t like it? (ah, to be young) I think not.

“And which of you parents out there would be ok with them not coming home and not knowing what happened to them?” – Shaggy

The parents that are dead broke or dead, incarcerated, drunk and/or stoned come quick to mind.

By the way, to be rhetorical, where were the parents of residential kids. Why did they allow their children allowed to be buried in so many unmarked graves? (and not just the knocked up nuns with their unwanted pregnancies) I will once again brutally remind, the levels of alcohol and substance abuse among adults on the rez back in the day, was sky high. Accompanying adult abuses in native communities was high incarceration, disease, poor economic opportunity etc., where were the parents?

Canadians in general need to ask the all too difficult and embarrassing question including indigenous communities specifically, “if a dismal percentage of the parents of residential children were too unfit to look after their kids”… then why! Is the reservation model itself broken? That would be my first guess, but I haven’t given the subject the time it deserves. Is it multi generational normalized drug and alcohol abuse and what could the government have done at any given time to stop it? (big hint: ideologically, free and compulsory school is part of the solution, not part of the problem)

And if, by no small surprise we come to learn that the parents were more often than not too unfit to raise their children, and uncover all of the answers related to why including drug and alcohol abuse, poor economic opportunity, poor education, health, housing etc. into the larger issues of multi generational systemic racism and ask the more pertinent question “is it still going on to this day” and if so, how can we end it over realistic timelines instead of continue to normalize it…

No amount of guilt money and cashing in on victimization is going to make a difference if we don’t ask why.

#219 Jane24 on 06.25.21 at 2:21 am

This is ridiculous. Canada wake up and be proud of your history. People thought differently in Victorian times because it as 150 years ago! If you follow this line of thought then here in England we should blame the Norman French for taking us over in 1066 and return the land to the Saxons but wait the Saxons got it from the Romans who got it from the Celts. Maybe we should all have DNA tests and anyone with Celt blood should receive reparations from the current govt 2000 years later. Crazy. When does it all end?

And Canada is a democracy which means the majority and not small interest groups rule. Why are the majority rolling over for this?

We didn’t have forced residential schools here but we had workhouses from the 1600s to the early 1900s for those with no way to support themselves. The death rates here especially for young children and babies housed away from their mothers were horrendous. Whole families died and were buried unknown somewhere in the grounds but that was history. You don’t repeat it, you learn from it.

#220 Jane24 on 06.25.21 at 2:30 am

With so many Royal events it is traditional to have street parties here in England. The local councils do encourage you to let them know if you are closing a road to party and offer free road closed signs and orange cones but it is up to the road if they want to do this or not. It is our road. Traffic just goes around somehow. A few years back local councils did try the insurance thing but got slapped down by central govt.

For the record I deeply regret the street party I organized for the wedding of Prince Harry and Rachel Meagan Markles.

For the record i deeply regret

#221 Hairhead on 06.25.21 at 2:44 am

I have been working in the employment counselling/immigrant assistance field for over 30 years.

In 1992, I took my Job Finding Club Leadership Training. One of the immigrant trainees there, originally from Indonesia, proclaimed that she had been taught in her “citizenship” courses that “There is no such thing as a Canadian.” She said this to my face when I replied to her question about my nationality.

Needless to say, I was insulted.

I replied that, “Yes, there is such a thing as a Canadian,” then named ten Canadian writers and ten Canadian historical figures.” And then I was told to shut up and ostracized during the rest of the training.

This has been going on for a long time.

#222 Karma on 06.25.21 at 3:02 am

Agreed, Garth. The hyperbole on part of those extreme left is not helping the situation.

#223 Karma on 06.25.21 at 3:59 am

#96 SlantySemi on 06.24.21 at 3:30 pm
#81 enthalpy on 06.24.21 at 2:42 pm
“*Grumble grumble white privilege *


I can’t wait for this disease type thinking to come out of fashion.

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Garth, I know you are generous with the red pen in not posting comments which are rude, not productive to dialogue, racist, etc.

Here is a great example where you need to exercise that editorial control.

By allowing this post to go forward, you are giving voice to the idea that those who call out that white privilege is a societal problem should be silenced. Or that it would be better if those people go away and be quiet. That calling out societal inequities tied to white privilege is ‘disease thinking’.

Garth, you benefit from white privilege. I am white, and also benefit from it. We benefit from societal systems that other white people who came a long time before us put in place. Those who are not white suffer from it.
Its not right. You know its not right.”

White people who claim to have white privilege just reinforce their own white supremacist leanings. The difference is that their intentions aren’t to dominate other groups, but rather that they think because they are white, they are magically “privileged”. Guess what, you’re not.

I’m not white, and I am certainly privileged relative to 98% of society based on what my parents have achieved.

#224 Wrk.dover on 06.25.21 at 5:50 am

News Item; Carpetbagger from Upper Canada tries to out promote old boys network in Historic Old Town Lunenburg….could easily have pulled it off in the likes of Tatamagouche, Shelburne, Inverness, Canso or Weymouth is my guess.

Need co-sponsors like volunteer fire dept. to pull anything off in the gated community of Nova Scotia.

Bottom line, Parks Canada towns are over governed anyhow.

#225 No Left Turn on 06.25.21 at 6:47 am

#223 Karma on 06.25.21 at 3:59 am

You‘re absurdism is part of the problem. Not the solution.

Race charlatan.

#226 Truth and Reconcilliation on 06.25.21 at 7:41 am

Shameful Trudeau calls Canada racist after learning that thousands of indigenous children died of natural causes and common diseases on reservations and government sites over 250 years. Trudeau has painted every death as a deliberate Sunday Massacre by nuns with machetes.

#227 Ballingsford on 06.25.21 at 8:05 am

Let ‘er rip Garth! We should learn from history so we don’t repeat it. Celebrate Canada Day and be proud of all the great things Canada is about!

#228 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.25.21 at 8:15 am

@#223 Karma
” I am white, and also benefit from it. We benefit from societal systems that other white people who came a long time before us put in place. ”

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So.
On your planet.
White toilet paper is a racist conspiracy?

#229 Dharma Bum on 06.25.21 at 8:27 am

Obsessing about the evils of the past by eliminating images of their participants is an exercise in futility.

Denigrating a current society and disrespecting the country in which one resides because of the misguided atrocities of our forbearers is ignorant.

We must acknowledge the errors committed during the centuries and decades past, and learn from those mistakes while improving ourselves in the present and appreciating the largely enlightened state we currently enjoy.

Surely this progress is something to celebrate.

Do not let the rabble rousers – the indigenous pseudo activists and such – detract from the milestones achieved in terms of human rights and equality that is enjoyed today. It’s a political ruse. They are bad people.

I, for one, will celebrate Canada Day. Even if it’s in my own head.

To hell with cancel culture.

#230 Barb on 06.25.21 at 8:43 am

Day One of NO CBC radio or TV.
Bloody refreshing, this freedom.
Easier on my eyebrows too.

#231 Dharma Bum on 06.25.21 at 9:12 am

#185 Crowdy

Kept my flatulence to a dull roar.
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I recently had to visit the emerge at a local hospital (long story), anyhoooooo….there was a dude in the waiting area emitting continuous fart streams.

It was simultaneously disgusting and hilarious. A few patients were giving him the “well I NEVER” and “do you MIND” treatment. I could hardly contain my laughter. I even secretly recorded him and sent the videos to friends and family (note: turn sound up loud).

Then I was tempted to lean into him and say: ‘Fartzy? Is that YOU? It’s ME….Dharma BUM!”

That fantasy ended quickly.

#232 McSteve on 06.25.21 at 9:12 am

If we start pulling down statues, may as well pull every one down. There isn’t a single notable person in history in any country who didn’t have some type of moral stain. Not one. Sometimes flawed people accomplished notable things.

Churchill is a great case study. A deeply flawed man who was clever and bold enough to stand up and save his people when it really counted. I think that is worthy of remembrance.

#233 VladTor on 06.25.21 at 9:14 am

Garth …. In fact #cancelCanadaDay is a big social media thing. The radical Indigenous group Idle No More is gaining traction with its move to trash, disrupt and discredit celebrations of the country’s birthday next week.
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In reality, there are only a few people behind this so-called large group of people. They are easy to find with our security system and should be arrested. They need to be charged with organizing riots and vandalism. Then the prison. All they want is more money. They are not at all interested in Canada day or monuments. Prvocators! Should be arrested and after trial and presentation of charges – prison. As soon as these provocateurs are arrested and punished, everything will subside the next day. But this is not possible now. The politicians are very weak. Panties – all as one. They don’t think about Canada, but about how they will be re-elected. Not a single real Canadian. They do not understand that society is against all this disgrace. All communities are against. Place of the scoundrels destroying Canada in prison.

#234 VladTor on 06.25.21 at 9:23 am

Garth… Kingston’s city council caved in to cancel culture. So did the local leaders in Victoria. And Penticton. And Charlottetown, birthplace of the nation.

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It is difficult for a normal person to believe this. This is an incredible shame for the politicians in these cities. In the next election, none of them should be re-elected! No one! More – all politicians in these cities must be re-elected once he allowed this chaos Canada needs a new party – a party of Canadians and patriots. Emigrants who came to Canada from other countries often chose Canada because they fled from the same outrage in their countries and took an oath to respect the laws and history of Canada when obtaining citizenship. And what they see now is that native Canadians are destroying their own history and creating chaos. It looks like it’s time to go back soon.

Canada definitely need new political party!

#235 Ballingsford on 06.25.21 at 9:40 am

#228 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.25.21 at 8:15 am
@#223 Karma
” I am white, and also benefit from it. We benefit from societal systems that other white people who came a long time before us put in place. ”

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So.
On your planet.
White toilet paper is a racist conspiracy?
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Fartz, dont give the wacko nutjobs out there an idea for another movement to start. All toilet paper packages must contain all the colors of the rainbow and brown and black.
#WeTheToilet

#236 jess on 06.25.21 at 9:43 am

Perhaps with statutes going down …. on Canada Day we could erect new statues

https://archive.org/details/storyofnationalc00brycuoft/page/n5/mode/2up

Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce was appointed Canada’s first chief officer of medical health in 1904. He toured residential schools and exposed them as disease incubators and super spreaders Nations can deny history, ignore history, minimize history, postpone history and even rewrite history.But they can’t grow up without facing history for a simple reason. “Knowing the before lets you create a different after.”

Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce
‘The Story of a National Crime’
A century ago, Dr. Peter Bryce demonstrated that residential schools were designed to kill. Canada’s government ignored him.
Andrew Nikiforuk 2 Jun 2021 | TheTyee.ca

#237 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.25.21 at 10:03 am

@#231 Dharma karma

“….there was a dude in the waiting area emitting continuous fart streams.”

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My legacy will live on long after I’m gone.
No matter what country you live in when you hop into a rancid elevator.

Think of me and start humming this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgnClrx8N2k

#238 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.25.21 at 10:12 am

@#236 jessie
“Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce was appointed Canada’s first chief officer of medical health in 1904. He toured residential schools and exposed them as disease incubators and super spreaders”

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Wow!
A Dr. that spotted “super spreader” events in 1904 before they invented the grandfather of antibiotics ….penicillin….. in 1928..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penicillin

Pull down the statues and then rewrite history .
Impressive. Implausible but impressive.

#239 Sail Away on 06.25.21 at 10:19 am

The TFSA is essentially the same as the US Roth IRA. Everybody should definitely do this with their TFSA:

https://www.propublica.org/article/lord-of-the-roths-how-tech-mogul-peter-thiel-turned-a-retirement-account-for-the-middle-class-into-a-5-billion-dollar-tax-free-piggy-bank?utm_source=morning_brew

#240 Angry White Male on 06.25.21 at 10:19 am

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#241 Don Guillermo on 06.25.21 at 10:44 am

#226 Truth and Reconcilliation on 06.25.21 at 7:41 am
Shameful Trudeau calls Canada racist after learning that thousands of indigenous children died of natural causes and common diseases on reservations and government sites over 250 years. Trudeau has painted every death as a deliberate Sunday Massacre by nuns with machetes.
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The destruction of this once fine country will soon accelerate.
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/trudeau-eyes-summer-election-to-strengthen-his-grip-on-power-1.1621714

#242 Don Guillermo on 06.25.21 at 11:00 am

#176 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.24.21 at 7:56 pm
#165 cuke and tomato picker on 06.24.21 at 7:03 pm
Don Guillermo thanks for looking up Clarence Louie and now you understand his comments are a bit interesting.
I grow up in Osoyoos B.C. and did my working life in Penticton B.C. and followed the reserves success story
under Clarence Louie’s guidance.
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Clarence should put his money where his mouth is and spent time in one of the remote reserves up north.
I give him 1month tops, and then he’s back in his cushy Osoyoos post
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OK, so only the reserves up north count. Clarence is useless because he made his cushy southern reserve successful. Got it. At what parallel do we draw the line? Do we let Trudeau decide? Or maybe mayor Lisa from Victoria? The lefty rules are so complicated.

#243 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.25.21 at 11:04 am

@#239 Sail Away
“The TFSA is essentially the same as the US Roth IRA. Everybody should definitely do this with their TFSA:”

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Interesting but Rev Can has cracked down on TFSA “super investors” before and denied their tax free status.

http://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/personal-investor-cra-cracking-down-on-tfsa-winners-1.785024

It would be nice but the CRA will be on you like the stink in an elevator at a Burrito Bake off.

#244 ImGonnaBeSick on 06.25.21 at 11:08 am

#239 Sail Away on 06.25.21 at 10:19 am
The TFSA is essentially the same as the US Roth IRA. Everybody should definitely do this with their TFSA:

https://www.propublica.org/article/lord-of-the-roths-how-tech-mogul-peter-thiel-turned-a-retirement-account-for-the-middle-class-into-a-5-billion-dollar-tax-free-piggy-bank?utm_source=morning_brew

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This is quite a genius method. Too bad the tone of the article is that he’s done something wrong rather than promote everything he did right. People should look up to Peter Thiel and try to imitate this. However, tearing success down is the zeitgeist I suppose…

#245 Don Guillermo on 06.25.21 at 11:24 am

#243 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.25.21 at 11:04 am

It would be nice but the CRA will be on you like the stink in an elevator at a Burrito Bake off.
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Careful, some white lady in Victoria might take that as a racist comment and lose it on you.

#246 Overheardyou on 06.25.21 at 11:43 am

There are two sides to every coin, perhaps this will cause the other side to be more vocal. So sad to see common sense go out the window in Canada

#247 Sail Away on 06.25.21 at 12:44 pm

#243 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.25.21 at 11:04 am

Rev Can has cracked down on TFSA “super investors” before and denied their tax free status.

http://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/personal-investor-cra-cracking-down-on-tfsa-winners-1.785024

It would be nice but the CRA will be on you like the stink in an elevator at a Burrito Bake off.

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My kids at 20 and 21 are both over $50k in TFSA and not a peep from CRA. Maybe not ‘super-investors’, but they’re getting decent advice :-)

As with everything Sail Away, we’ll keep pushing until something breaks…

#248 IHCTD9 on 06.25.21 at 1:06 pm

#223 Karma on 06.25.21 at 3:59 am

White people who claim to have white privilege just reinforce their own white supremacist leanings. The difference is that their intentions aren’t to dominate other groups, but rather that they think because they are white, they are magically “privileged”. Guess what, you’re not.

I’m not white, and I am certainly privileged relative to 98% of society based on what my parents have achieved.
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Exactly, and not only do these progressive white lefties assume they got it made in the shade compared to every bipoc in the country, they also love to preach down from their high horse to other whites who believe non-whites get by just fine without someone holding their hand to help them up.

Folks like SlantySemi feel they’re just better than… everyone.

#249 My Canada includes what I can see from my porch on 06.25.21 at 2:52 pm

Canada is actively losing its national identity. If it continues like this, what will bind country together?
The cultural glue is paramount to keep separatist movements and local power players under control.
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Why are we so interested in keeping this country together and local power players under control? Other than we’ve been doing it so long we feel kind of pot committed now?

Let the Albertans go be a landlocked petro-state. Let the Quebecois… do whatever French thing they’re into. Make Toronto North America’s Singapore. Let New Brunswick become greater Maine. Give most of the country back to the First Nations.

Who cares? We’re too big with too few people across too much land, much of which is stolen, we don’t like each other, never have, and have nothing in common. Our big thing is just not being American. Why is Canada splitting up treated like it would be some great tragedy? It would be the break-up of a marriage that was a bad idea in the first place and has gone on too long.

#250 ts on 06.25.21 at 3:14 pm

#233 VladTor on 06.25.21 at 9:14 am

As soon as these provocateurs are arrested and punished, everything will subside the next day. But this is not possible now. The politicians are very weak. Panties – all as one. They don’t think about Canada, but about how they will be re-elected.

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The politicians may appear weak but they know exactly what they are doing. They want the country to be divided and destroyed so they “can build back better”; question is, better for whom.

#251 Diamond Dog on 06.25.21 at 4:45 pm

#223 Karma on 06.25.21 at 3:59 am

Have to differ with you on that one. It’s not white privilege, its majority rule. If you look at most if not all other nations world wide with different cultural backgrounds in the same nations, majority rules under most circumstances other than nations in Africa where Apartheid pervaded with colonialism but even there now in our present day, majority rules. I can’t think of an exception to this. It could be there, but doesn’t come to mind.

#252 Zen Investor on 06.26.21 at 9:11 am

#247 Sail. Re: Cra and superinvestors. I buy hold never sell and don’t trade and yet with only buying super stocks I am many multiples of the tfsa max. Likely cra has perused my acct but without trading they have no case. What I do is what anybody can do…buy the best and watch them explode. Now is a generational opp to increase holdings.