Column: Celebrating Canada

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Celebrating Canada

Snippet: Unless you’re living under the proverbial rock or disconnected from all social activities, including social media, you know we are celebrating the 150th birthday of this great country called Canada. It has been a year-long build up to this special occasion with books and articles written, special presentations, unique signage and posters, and more than the usual events to mark the milestone.

For the past several months, Canadians have been asked, “What does Canada mean to you?” For me, the first thing I think of is our flag. The red and white flashes in my mind symbolizing our freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom to live our dreams. It also means living within our set of morals that keeps me and my neighbours safe and not adapting the ways of other nations or cultures that do not reflect the same standards. This includes rejecting philosophies of communism, dictatorship and ideologies that supress the freedom of the individual.

Canada means equal opportunity for both men and women, helping others who are misfortunate and supporting Canadians, so they can reach their maximum potential.

When I think of Canadians, I think of hard-working, hard-playing people who would stop and give their neighbour, stranger or not, a helping hand.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

Happy Canada Day!

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