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Cosway's Corner - Happy 150th Canada

 
 
Happy pending 150th birthday, Canada. Time to party
 
By John Cosway,
It will be 76 trombones and a big parade of proud Canadians when Canada begins its 150th year at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
 
While Canada doesn't officially mark its 150th birthday until July 1, the Canadian government says the national party will begin at midnight Dec. 31 with a fireworks display on Parliament Hill befitting the celebration of the birth of Confederation in 1867.
 
New Year's Eve celebrations will also be held in 18 other urban locations across Canada: St. John's, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto (Nathan Phillips Square), Iqaluit, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Yellowknife, Edmonton, Calgary, Whitehorse. Vancouver and Victoria.
 
No, we won't have the glitz of Expo '67, a six-month world event that attracted more than 50 million people to Man and His World in Montreal to mark Canada's 100th birthday in 1967. But hamlets, villages, towns, cities, provinces and the federal government have been planning events for months.
 
Not all is going smoothly. The official Canada 150 logo, created by Ariana Cuvin, a 19-year-old University of Waterloo student who pocketed $5,000 for the winning design contest entry, has been criticized by professional designers, who were excluded from the contest.
 
The federal government restricted the contest to students. Cuvin, who beat out 300 other entrants, told reporters her diamonds and colours do not represent anything in particular.
 
"I just wanted to go with something very simple," she told the Ottawa Citizen.
 
Meanwhile, the government countdown at canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1468262573081 is a good start for folks wondering about the how, when and where for Canada's sesquicentennial
 
A national website called 150*Alliance is hosting Canada's largest database of sesquicentennial projects and celebrations on every level across the country. Organizing an event? Register the event and your organization at 150alliance.ca
 
Communities across Ontario have set up websites to guide residents and tourists to events throughout 2017, including: Burlington: London: Ottawa: Stratford
 
The provincial government's Canada 150 website is up at ontario.ca/page/ontario150 but a spokesperson told the Wayback Times, "At Ontario 150, we have yet to roll out all of our plans so I would ask that you check back in the new year to get updated information."
 
As for July 1, plan on a coast-to-coast celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the day the first four provinces were signed into Confederation - Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
 
It is interesting to note The Weather Network says July 1, 1867, for Sir John A. Macdonald and his fellow fathers of Confederation, was apparently "perfect weather-wise."
 
David Phillips, a senior climatologist at Environment Canada, was quoted as saying: "It was described as being warm, sunny and cloudless with a slight breeze. In what was Canada back then, you couldn't have had a finer day."
 
It was a fine day, indeed - the start of a long and harmonious friendship headed by Macdonald at the helm as Canada's first prime minister.
 
Canada continued to grow in the next century or so, with Manitoba and the Northwest Territories joining in 1870, British Columbia in 1871, Prince Edward Island in 1873, Yukon Territory in 1898, Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905, Newfoundland and Labrador in 1949 and Nunavut in 1999.
Beginning Jan. 1, we will all be invited to a multitude of sesquicentennial events coast to coast.
 
The federal government says the Canada 150 main themes include diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, youth and environment.
 
And what would an anniversary be without a special coin set from the mint? It is called the 2017 Special Edition Pure Silver Proof Set - Canada 150, Our Home and Native Land. The little set with a big name is selling for $229.95.
 
Happy New Year, readers. It's celebration time.
 
Previous column: The 12 Days of Christmas for people living in the past
 
 
John Cosway can be reached at thecos@the-wire.com
 
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