Happy Canada Day / by Leslie


To celebrate Canada Day I'd like to share with you the coolest coin ever. This is the third of the "seasonal" colourized Maple Leaf $5 pure silver coins. I found it on the All Nations Stamp and Coin site, they have neat stuff there if you are interested in the design of stamps and coins.

I also wanted to share a little history with all my American friends who asked me what Canada Day celebrated. A conference was held in London, England, in December 1866 chaired by Sir John A. Macdonald and attended by some of the leading Fathers of Confederation. In London, Confederation was given its final form and the name "Dominion of Canada" was chosen for the new nation. The British North America Act received Royal Assent March 29, 1867. It was to come into effect on July 1.

On June 20, 1868, a proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck, called upon all Her Majesty's loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st. The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day, which was renamed Canada Day in 1982.

Like the cliche, distance makes the heart grows fonder, I love Canada more than when I lived there. People tease me about Canada all the time down here, but it truly is an amazing place. Things are more balanced and more beautiful and Canadians seem to appreciate so much more than material objects, social status, politics and fear. I dare anyone to take a hike in the Rocky Mountains and tell me they didn't feel calmer, more at peace and in awe of nature.

I'm (still) proud to be Canadian.