1ft and 4th of July

A visual contrast was how refugees were greeted and treated in Canada when its Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau met Syrian refugees with new and gently used warm clothing to help them through their first cold winter in this northern most part of North America. However, it’s not all warm and cozy for some as some aboriginal activists today, who had set up a demonstration protest teepee on Parliament Hill ahead of this Canada Day, 1st July, with more celebrations and protests scheduled for tomorrow. Like most countries that have been settled by new comers it’s the celebratory question of old vs. new, those that have lived and cultivated a land for centuries versus those that came later from across the sea then claimed that land for king and country, very much like the celebrations every year on the 4th of July in the United States.

In Canada, July 1 commemorates the 1867 formation of the Dominion of Canada, when the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Canada united and became a “kingdom in its own right.” This was an important step toward the eventual passing of the 1982 Constitution Act, making Canada a fully fledged nation independent from Britain.
The U.S. holiday was a large step toward independence from Britain. Pretty decisive, in fact. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress at the Pennsylvania State House in the midst of the Revolutionary War. It wasn’t until 1783 that the colonies won true independence from Britain, and arguably it took until the end of the War of 1812 before the two countries could be allies. Excerpted from The Seattle Times, Josie Hollingsworth, associate news producer…

So, this weekend, in north America two celebrations of independence from the same mother country, each thankful in their own special way for the special gift of the English tongue, that have displaced its various indigenous people’s tongues, a people that I’m sure would much rather have been left alone for all the suffering administrated during their immediate acquisition. And yet, thankful again for the special gift of what came to be known as English law, the common law legal system, its codification that is made by judges sitting in courts applying statutes for some not all but for most, for which they and we are all thankful for indeed…

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