[Image: A fallen red maple leaf sits alone on a concrete background, reminiscent of the Canadian flag.]
Today is Canada Day. I will celebrate the birthday of my adopted home in true Canadian fashion, with a hike in the woods and a trip to my city’s festival in the park. This particular Canada Day is a bittersweet one for many Canadians, I think–as the police misconduct and brutality of the G20 protests is still quite fresh, and Torontoans pick up the pieces of their aftermath.
Still, there is reason to celebrate the good in our home as we speak out against the bad. But because I am still new to Canada–and because, as living here has taught me, I am thoroughly USAmerican in my assumptions and knowledge–I’ll direct you to others who have done a much better job at this than I could: Pilgrim Soul from The Pursuit of Harpyness and Renee at Womanist Musings (though, as awesome as she is, I can’t get on board with the Tim Horton’s love–sorry, Renee! What’s the deal with the automatic cream-and-sugar anyway??).
Much love, Canada! Thanks for the health care.