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Ruling Czar

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  1. I find it absolutely strange that the queen is visiting Vancouver around the time of the Olympics. It would even be more strange if she did not open the games herself. I am personally convinced that the queen will not allow a black royal representative of hers to take such a dominant stage in a global event to the largest diamond of the Commonwealth. Whether we want to accept it or not, the British Monarcy, historically, is a racist institution. It has only tried to shake this in the last 40 perhaps 30 years of its near 1,000 year long history.

  2. ummmm.......I've been to canada more times than probably your age. Hey but don't get offensive because you have compared your country (quite accurately i might add) to a brick wall. And no, I am offended that you think I would take sides with Faux News. I appreciate what Canada has done in Afghanistan and Iraq and I think Faux represents the very worst of the greatest country on earth. I am immensely thankful and greatful to the canadians who were unfortunately killed in service during the war. May they rest in peace and may their families receive the honour that they so rightly deserve! Thank you Canada.

    Now getting back to my point, you still haven't really pointed out what is the mortar that holds the bricks together in the wall that is Canada.

  3. But you know.........that argument of "not having enough time to define yourself" is essentially crap! There are countries that are wayyyyyyy younger than Canada that have a profound sense of culture and identity. Try the Caribbean. Barbados is a phenomenal example of this. The culture there is an outstanding. I've been several times and it just amazes me how ppl who basically exist on a grain of sand are able to be so proud of their country. I think you have made a point in outlining canada's youth but it isn't THE POINT!

  4. Well, Kendegra, if canada is a country, it needs an identity. I don't think you are fully accurate in saying that culture is localized and not nationalized. sure, as you mentioned, a californian is different from a texan. BUT THERE IS AN ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN!

    That's why I'm very interested in hearing how you, in your analogy of likening Canada to a wall, will explain what exactly is this "mortar" that holds these bricks together. What is the "shared identity" in all this dynamic diversity? It must be an ideology that can be translated or embedded into distinctively Canadian things. what say you? For example. The fundamental ideology of american culture is change. This is celebrated in the dynamism of everything we do and everything we make. Remember, a lack of a shared identity is why Quebec wants independence! And they'll be at it again.

  5. I think it was absolutely reckless of the Intenational CWG Committee to have awarded these games to Delhi. It wasn't prctical at all. Isn't it strange that as the games get nearer and nearer we are seeing so much strife in that part of the world? A message is being sent and if anything happens to International athletes during these games, they or their families deserve full compensation from the International Commonwealth Games Commitee. Enough said

  6. yeah..... but that's just it. here in america, we all came from somewhere but the culture and identity we have forged here is dominant over the culture we brough with us. I can't say or see that for Canada. a significant part of American culture is what the land gave us. I don't know what the land called Canada has given to you guys, but it doesn't seem like much.

  7. No ken, I disagree. 4,500 performers doesn't say WOW! to me. I think that's where the Beijing ceremoniessorta fell down where impact was concerned! Don't get me wrong the ceremonies were stunning but not reaching the "peak" that so many ppl expected. There is something that is stunning about the volume of numbers especially in celebratory events. Check out Moscow 1980 is you doubt it.......maybe the 4, 500 number is a sneak peak that the opening ceremony may fall short of what people were expecting. Maybe the ceremonies themselves are casulties of the global financial crisis. Torino Handover on a larger scale? Hope not but it may turn out to be.

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