Archive for July 2011

The “strong republican streak among Canadians” today will still be there when William and Catherine go home!

Jul 4th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

As the Ottawa Citizen has just noted, “opinion surveys have long uncovered a strong republican streak among Canadians.” So what are those of us who do not at all care for the British monarchy in Canada to make of the great flood of commentary on the monarchy’s Canadian future, induced by the current North American […]

Happy birthday Canada 2011 .. no relics of the 19th century can stop you now

Jul 1st, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

The “pattern of Canada,” the preface to the much-praised 1987 first volume of the Historical Atlas of Canada tells us, “has been taking shape for almost 500 years and by New World standards is old.” Just a few pages later, Plate 1 on “The Last Ice Sheets, 18,000–10,000 BC” can prompt the thought that our […]