Happy birthday Canada! Spank!
Today marks the 146th birthday of our fair neighbor to the north (if I'm doing my math correctly). On July 1st, 1867, the British Parliament established the Dominion of Canada under a unified constitution, fusing three otherwise separate colonies: Canada (East and West), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
Canada Day (formerly known as Dominion Day) DOES NOT, however, celebrate Canada's independence from Britain. The last traces of Canada's colonial status did not officially end until the British Parliament passed the Canada Act in 1982 (allowing Canada to issue changes to its constitution without parliamentary pre-approval). The name "Canada" (or kanata) simply means "settlement" in the language of the Iroquois people who once lived along the Saint-Lawrence river. For a fantastic map detailing the original etymological meanings behind all common place names across the United States and Canada, click HERE.
Strange to fathom for independence-minded Americans I know, but Canada remains a prominent member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. The Queen of England remains her official Head of State. The people of Canada are soooooooooooooooooooooooo incredibly nice, it almost makes me feel bad for spanking so many of them, so forcefully. But come-on! Your socialized health care is nice . . . but a monarch!? Happy birthday Canada! (kinda-sorta?)
birthday-bruise-free (for the moment)