A Brief Canada Day Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted June 30th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Oh Canada, where do we go from here?
This Canada Day, I find myself in the body of people who do not want to cancel Canada Day completely, but is in agreement with those who wish to use it as a day of reflection on where we are now and where do we go from here.
We certainly need to confront a history of racism and cruel and unfortunately even some of the murderous acts committed against peoples who are Indigenous, Muslim, Jewish, Black, Brown and others who don’t fit in with what our country’s federal Conservative government does not embrace as an “old stock Canadian.”
We also might want to consider why we were never taught almost anything in our public schools about residential schools, the interments of Japanese Canadians and Italian Canadians during the Second World War and other injustices of that nature.
As for where do we go from here, that is one heavy plate.
Let me start though with the need to hopefully move out of this devastating pandemic with a full-out determination to address a climate challenge that could make life a nightmare for our children and grandchildren.
On that one, I say what I will continue to stress over and over again in the months to come leading up to federal, provincial and municipal elections that will all happen sometime within the next 15 months.
We need to make a collective pledge as citizens to only vote for candidates in these elections who care about protecting and preserving what is left of the precious natural resources on this amazing planet of ours, and to fire out of office those who support special interests in the development industry who want to go on paving over what is left of our green lands and use our rivers and lakes, and our atmosphere as garbage dumps.
That is my Canada Day message to all of you. Sorry it could not be more celebratory.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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It can easily be a day for both celebration and reflection, as well as continuing to shine a light on all the things that have been hidden away. It’s time they came out of the dark, time to raise our awareness for the better.