This is NOT the Canada I grew up in. The only time we were aware of the military was usually when the Snowbirds would give us a breathtaking display of their skills; certainly we were more concerned with peace that militarization of our people.
By Robert Hackett
That's like wishing for the return of cannibalismso that we can test our new dentures.
Have you ever wondered why recent official Canada Day celebrations are festooned with tanks and military equipment on which young people are invited to play?Why the government is promoting the War of 1812 as a symbol of Canadian identity?Why professional hockey teams have special games honouring the military?Why the bombastic jingoistic hockey commentator Don Cherry was recently offered an honorary degree by Royal Military College? (Or for that matter, why he is on television in the first place?)
"War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy, and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to meet it. All other trials are substitutes, which never really put men into the position where they have to make the great decision ~ the alternatives of life or death."
Let’s wake up and smell the coffee. One need not be a pacifist ~ I am not ~ to recognize that there is a well-oiled campaign to lower the threshold at which war becomes a thinkable option. That campaign needs a counter-campaign in the terrain of culture ~ from exposing the economic and political interests behind militarism, to celebrating the courage and sacrifices of Canadian civilians who have worked for a more peaceful world.
Clearly, we can't count on the Rex Murphys and Don Cherrys of the airwaves to do it for us.We also need a campaign to revitalize Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC. As its advocates recognized 80 years ago, Canada needs a public broadcaster as part of a balanced media system; it serves democratic needs that commercial broadcasters alone generally do not. But CBC insiders, speaking off the record, confirm that the Mother Corp's management has become "left-phobic," terrified of upsetting the sensibilities of the Harper government. And that hampers the ability of CBC journalists to achieve their mandate of offering balanced opportunities for the expression of differing views on matters of public concern.