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As Canadian as...well...bacon!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Yes, I am geek enough to photograph bacon frying on a Sunday morning, for the sole purpose of a blog post.

I was listening to CBC Radio One recently and the topic of "what defines a Canadian" was being discussed. The people doing the talking were having a hard go of it, but what everyone seemed to agree on was more around the theme of "what we are not". As in...not American (no hard feelings, American friends).

Things have been feeling a lot more Republicanesque north of your border, however. And we don't even call our Conservatives by that name. Stephen Harper, our "new" Prime Minister, has started using Bush-like sayings, including my favourite..."make no mistake...". Love that one.

I rarely hear positive things about our new government. But that might be the circles I find myself in. I hope not. Polls are showing that Canadians place the environment as their leading concern, above health care and traditional issues that take the forefront. I am hoping that this isn't a fleeting concern as el Nino has caused our temperatures to be temporarily unusualy mild, and people watched DVDs of "An Inconvenient Truth" over Christmas. The truth is just that; inconvenient. Let's hope we don't push these issues aside.

What I really wanted to tell you about, however, is our "new" governments' insistence on being referred to as "Canada's NEW Goevernment". No longer are they just the "Government of Canada". A British Columbia man by the name of Andrew Okulitch worked for 35 years as a scientist at the Geological Suvey of Canada. In recent years he was working, without pay, as a retired scientist emeritus. Commanded to use "Canada's New Government" in all departmental correspondence, and to "note that the initial letters of all three words are capitalized", he fired off this snappy retort:

"Why do newly elected officials think everything begins with them taking office? They are merely stewards for as long as the public allows. They are the Government of Canada. Nothing more. I shall use Geological Survey of Canada on my departmental correspondence to avoid any connection with New Government. The GSC, steward to Canada's earth resources for 164 years, is an institution worthy of my loyalty, as opposed to idiotic buzzwords coined by political hacks."

You can read the full story here.

Andrew Okulitch is my Canada.

  1. Blogger Trundling Grunt said:

    Andrew Okulitch could be my new hero. True politicians - people of conviction and vision - realise that they are part of a historical continuum. Unfortunately the world seems devoid of them and we are left with the egotistical dregs who believe that the sun rises and sets with their administrations.

    Make no mistake about that.

  1. Blogger Rositta said:

    Cathy, I have to disagree with you. My main concern is health care, not the environment. I'm not convinced yet about global warming and I absolutely don't believe Kyoto is the way to go. That's just giving our money to other countries to do nothing. If we want to solve the global warming issue, then we must all, and I mean you and me, stop being consumers, stop driving cars, and stop flying on trips whenever the mood strikes. But even that's not going to be enough. Time to stop population growth everywhere, every country on earth and kill those "sacred cows" in India. That's a start.ciao :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Two votes for Okulitch!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Global warming is one of, if not THE greatest concern facing humanity. And I only feel that I have the ability to say this with conviction because I have a PhD on the topic. Seriously.
    I totally respect what you ahve to say about what we must do; you are right...these are things that must be confronted. There is no easy solution. But we must confront it.
    Ciao too!

  1. Blogger Rositta said:

    You are right, there are no easy answers and I respect your opinion, I don't have your curiculum vitae. I do think most people acknowledge the problem just not that Kyoto is the solution. If we stopped being such huge consumers of oil, and I know in a country as large and cold as Canada (where I live) it is hardly possible. The one ton challenge was a joke when the average person uses 19 tons a year. Problem is, us aging baby boomers need medical care, you know, knees and hips and cataracts and if we have to wait two years for a hip (as I did) then health takes precedence over environment. Okay, I'm not going to ramble any more, I don't think we can change the world much as would like to, ciao, and thanks for answering.

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    And you're one of my favourite Canadians to own ;) My grandfather took a course in Canadian history many years ago. We asked him if he was going to Canada? No, he said, I just realised how little I know about Canadian history.

    I think I might enrol such a class too.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Sounds like a very wise man, too wise to be a politician!

  1. Blogger Pat Paulk said:

    I think he maybe my new hero too. I love the attitude. I think it's time politicians, left, right, centrist, or just plain dull and stupid get put in their place. Good post!! I'll take 3 slices, eggs over east, and wheat toast with blackberry jam, please.

  1. Blogger [eric] said:

    Ha ha! Excellent.

    In a way, I kind of agree with Rositta. Make no mistake, I do believe that global warming is real and that we can and should do something about it. I try to be mindful of that in how I live day to day as much as I can.

    However, even if say, America, Canada and Europe alone do everything Al Gore suggests to curb the problem, will it really change anything with a rapid industrialization of India, China and other third world nations? One day, they could surpass us in being the top polluters, and I doubt their economic desires will stand against anything Gore can show them to inspire change.

    I fear how bad it will truly become before all of us, not just the West, actually will recognize how much of a threat it is.

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Ughh..."make no mistake" that is really...awful :P
    I'm noticing a new awareness for the environment around the world, I also hope it lasts and it's not just a trend...
    Truth is inconvenient and politicians are masters at hiding it, I'm afraid.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Cathy, to be honest I really don't pay to much attention to the Canadian gov..mumbo jumbo..I can understand more of whats going on coming here :)

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    I have no idea why but the term "New Goverment" is a bit freaky to me.

    That bacon looks so good. LOL.

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    To tell you the truth, I dislike any politician, no matter who's in office, they will screw up the country! I know that sounds jaded but that's all I've ever seen. As for my main concern, though, it's hard for me to say one thing is more important than the other...they all need to be taken better care of!

  1. Blogger sophie said:

    does toful bacon count?


    i am sheepish but finally sent off
    your package today -

    and put something cute in for you...


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  1. Anonymous Cathy said:

    Hello friends!
    I am having a busy week and had an "everything that could go wrong did" kind of day. I hope yours was better!

    Sophie; No need to be sheepish! You have a life to live!
    Hugs to you
    (and I started your green Irish faery:)

  1. Blogger LZ Blogger said:

    Cathy ~ When I think of Canadian Bacon... I only have two thoughts:

    1st ~ ROUND SLICES &
    2nd ~ EGGS BENEDICT!
    ~ jb///

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Mmmmmm, I can almost smell that bacon sizzling in the pan.
    Hope your weekend is going well.
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    Kind of Big Brother-ish, isn't it? And why does Mr. Okulitch have to write an apology for expressing his opinion.

    If you look at Farley Mowat, Rex Murphy or even Don Cherry, Canadians are often 'less than diplomatic' when expressing their opinons. And those are the best opinions to read, because they are honest.

    Too many people tiptoeing around the truth, that's the biggest problem with anything going on today.

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