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Ahoy,

Several weeks ago, after more than several years of living in Halifax, I finally got around to exploring one of our local national historic sites – the Halifax Citadel. Along with some new friends from Boston and busload of history-savvy seniors, I went along for the full deal: the college students with egregious 18th century facial hair, the bagpiping, and, of course, the tour. About half-way into ours, at the bottom of a grassy trench, another couple of students gave our guide a break to give a special presentation about the War of 1812.

Celebrating 200 years of child soldiers – boy scouts play War of 1812.

Funny that. Was Halifax ever militarily engaged during the war? Weren’t the states of New England that shared our border overwhelming against that little imperial adventure? Don’t get me wrong – those students earned their tuition this year – but I left unsure as to why exactly they were showcasing this event here, in the Halifax Citadel, of all places, and to a busload of seniors, of all people. (more…)

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C’est quoi, là?

This is a blog about what it means to be Canadian in the 21st century. Not that I expect to arrive at any conclusions. 145 years in, that discovery appears to remain as elusive as the northern passage to the Orient.

You see, once upon a time a bunch of Europeans were trying to find China, but instead they ended up in places like Trois-Rivières and Miramichi. With no disrespect to those towns, it seems like the folks that followed Jacques Cartier got mired along the way – perhaps by a particularly nasty winter – and we are still working out where that leaves us today. What does it mean to be in this place? (more…)

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