My Home and Adopted Land

Canada is celebrated around the world for its tolerance and acceptance of people who are different. In fact, Canadians wear its multiculturalism as a badge of honour. although there are times when the multi-varied fabric gets frayed at the edges. From its early history Canada has been all about “inclusion.” It hasn’t always been easy: There continues to be an uneasy relationship with Canada’s First Nations people, the growing challenges of accommodating the many differences of new immigrants and of course Quebec. Canada demonstrates that “diversity “is easy, “inclusion”, making the mix of all those differences work together is much harder. This blog by writer Cynthia Reyes captures nicely the anxiety many Canadians experience each time the “Quebec question” rears its head.

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If you’re not Canadian – and even if you are – you might wonder why some people are fretting about the potential break-up of our  country – yet again.

You may be surprised to learn that some of the Canadians most concerned about this are immigrants.  People like me.

I came here in the 1970’s.   Went to university, launched an award-winning career, married a great guy, bought our first house and raised our children together — here, in Canada.    I’ve worked in every province — and the Northwest Territories – of Canada.  I have relatives and friends here.

Canada is home.

Most of the places and people I write about in my book, A Good Home, are right here in Canada.

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Even now, when the winter has finally driven me crazy and I’ve been making up silly poems beginning with lines such as: “No ifs, ands or buts, This…

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