Pride and Prejudice: Canada's International Legacy
By: SortaCanadian, eh!
My pessimistic attitude is, as my loyal followers would know, my best trait; I find the bad in everything. And Canada day, my lovelies, is no exception. I had originally planned to make my Monday Madness blog about 6 things that made me ashamed to be Canadian. However, since it is, the most important day of the year for my nation (and my friends told me it was over the top and all around b****y), I'll be a bit lenient, and balance it out. So, here you have it: 6 of Canada's best and worst moment's of the 20th century:
As a purely Canadian girl, I of course, know a lot about Canadian history and culture and could easily single out 3 of my favorite Canadian moments of the 20th century...just kidding! As most people know, Canadian culture is almost non-existing and is very watered down, however, after doing some research, I found out that Canada has accomplished a lot, and it was veeeeeery hard for me to narrow it down to 3. But, after careful consideration, I managed to, and here they are:
Canada's greatest moments of the 20th Century
3. Resolution of the Suez-Canal Crisis
In 1956, Egyptian President Nasser seized control of a British-French built canal through the middle east, the Suez Canal, and nationalized it. This created a delay in European trade, and in retaliation, they supported Israel when they declared war on Egypt, for unrelated reasons. The European involvement in the Middle Eastern war quickly made the issue global, and Canadian Lester B. Pearson, who later became the Prime Minister, stepped in and organized the first ever United Nations Emergency Peace Force. This established Canada's role as a peacemaker, and we've continued to be active in all peace-making endeavors by the UN. Job well done, Canada.
2. The 56K Modem
Who would have thought, am I right? The 56K modem, which was later developed into today's internet modem, was invented by Canadian Brent Townshend, in 1996. Of course, when first developed, the modem could only work when attached to land lines, and therefore could only work when no one was on the phone. However, the modem was later developed, around 2004 into modern WiFi, which is now used worldwide, and you are probably using to access this website. Thank God because, I don't know what I would do without a strong internet connection.
As most people know, insulin, was invented by Canadian researcher Frederick Banting, in Ontario's very own U of T (University of Toronto)! For years, doctors knew of diabetes, and that it originated from a dysfunctional pancreas, but had no idea what to do about it. After reading an article about the pancreas, Banting developed an interest in diabetes, and after bringing his ideas of the origins of diabetes, he was granted a small lab with minimal equipment and only one assistant. With it, he created an artificial hormone, which he later called insulin. This has prolonged the lives of diabetics everywhere, and is, in my opinion (which always the right one), Canada's crowning achievement. And not just because it allowed a certain Jonas brother to lead a normal, attractive, muscular, mysterious....um..life.
Canada's Most embarrassing moments of the 20th Century
It was very hard for me to find things that I liked, and was proud of, period. But, after my extensive research, I managed to find 3 things that Canada has done exceptionally well. Now, back to what I'm good at. I also managed to choose 3 moments when Canada was...not at its best. Leggo!
3. Front de libération du Québec
In the early 1960's, a group of radical terrorists was founded, and was called the "Front de libération du Québec", or FLQ. The FLQ demanded that Quebec be turned to its own country, with a communist government, and threatened that they would commit dangerous crimes, even murder, to get what the wanted. When the group first emerged, they were not taken seriously by government officials and were dismissed as "amateurs" by the police. Big mistake. Between 1963 and 1970, the FLQ became responsible for over 160 violent crimes, including bombings and kidnapping governments officials, killing eight and injuring thousands, and were one of the most dangerous terrorists in Canadian history. The group disbanded in 1970, but are still a dark page in Canada's footnote. Next time, let's take the group of insane radicals more seriously, okay?
2. Oh frack no
Fracking, is the process in which fluid is injected at high pressure into the ground in order to fracture shale rocks and release natural gas. The fluid used to penetrate the rock, is water, mixed with an array of highly concentrated chemicals. After using this mixture, water is so contaminated that it cannot be cleaned, and must be disposed of. Originally, the concoction was left in large tub-like containers outdoors, in an attempt to have the water evaporate and then dispose of the leftover chemicals. However, these basins were placed everywhere, some in close proximity to parks and schools, and led to children nearby getting stomach flues and severe nosebleeds, most families going as far as moving away from regions where fracking was happening. After health issues came to the public eye, most fracking operations in the US were shut down, and returned to conventional methods of extracting oil. Canada, however, was raking in millions on the oil it received from fracking, and was unwilling to cease the operations. It was later discovered that the aboriginal peoples of Canada were drinking and using frack-water as a resource, and that it was making them sick, but still, Canada kept fracking. This reflects badly on the nation, and I suggest that Canada do better...smh.
1. Nuclear Disaster
During the Cold War, Nuclear Warfare became quite popular, and nations began to build Nuclear Weapons, however, the issue was kept at bay because most nations simply did not know how to make nuclear weapons. In the 1970's however, Canada began to give different states nuclear reactors, known as CANDU reactors, to different states (countries). States began to tamper with the reactors , and eventually began transforming them into nuclear weapons. In fact, in 1974, India underwent its first successful testing of an atomic bomb. Today, their are almost thirty of these reactors, with more than half being outside of Canada. I'm definitely one to judge, so I'll be the one to say it; great job Canada.
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Canadian Geographic - Canadian Geographic Magazine. "CANDU: A Canadian Success Story - Canadian Geographic." Accessed July 25, 2014. http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/magazine/jun14/c...
Dangers of Fracking. Accessed July 25, 2014. http://www.dangersoffracking.com/.
If you disagree (and you shouldn't, I'm always right), leave your top 3 best and worst Canadian moments of the 20th century in the comment section, and my favorite commentator will win a "Sorta Canadian" t-shirt. Alright, guys. Until Sadderday, stay angry!