Canadian English

Canadian English contains major elements of both British and American English, as well as some uniquely Canadian characteristics. Spelling in Canadian English varies regionally and within social groups, yet general trends are as follows:

  •  The letter u is retained in words such as colour and odour,
  • ‘re’ is used rather than ‘er’ ending in words such as metre (length of measure), and centre,
  • the consonant “l’ is doubled when adding suffixes to words even when the final syllable (before the suffix) is not stressed, for example, travelled, counselling, and marvellous,
  • the British spellings of defence and offence are used,
  • Nouns are spelled with -ice while matching verbs take -ise – for example, practice and licence are nouns while practise and license are the corresponding verbs.
  • Canadian English uses curb, tire, and aluminum, which in British English are spelled kerb, tyre, and aluminium.

Language is an important feature of culture, and culture is an important factor in national identity. Canadians should try to use Canadian English as much as possible.

Canadians often do not use Canadian English in correspondence and reports as the default setting is American English in many word-processing software packages. Generally, this is easy to correct by changing language preferences. So, change your language settings today (if necessary) and keep your computer and work Canadian!

Revisionist History

Revisionist history is alteration of the historical record to downplay individuals or events that are in drastic disagreement with the historical record and/or a (socio-) political view or agenda. Of course, the sins of slavery and racial injustice done in the past should be condemned, but be careful not to overlook the accomplishments of the past and of individuals who lived in earlier centuries. Therefore, modern society needs to be avoid tearing down or removing statues of persons who in the context of today’s morals and sensitivities are deemed to have acted inappropriately. We should be careful not to judge others and this applies to historical persons. This is especially true considering that we do not live in their time periods or face the challenges and (or) hardships they endured. Furthermore, our history needs to be preserved, as part of our national identity and as potential lessons for the future.

Foreign Influence

Foreign governments exist which are human-right abusers or which threaten Canada’s citizens, territorial sovereignty, national unity, and system of government. Canada’s foreign policy and security apparatus should recognize this problem. Canadians cannot take an idealistic view that every country and every person is a friend to Canada.

Canada should expel foreign agencies which have the purpose of spreading propaganda in Canada that intentionally undermines Canada or misinforms Canadians about international events. Of course, diplomatic missions can express their political messages on behalf of the governments of their countries, but agencies that purport to be news agencies and cultural-exchange institutions should not have this right.

Canada should create a special agency to investigate adverse foreign influence on politics, politicians, and the electoral process in Canada. Corrective action should be taken to lessen or remove the power and impact of Canadian business and political leaders, who are under the influence or control (through blackmail, intimidation, or financial enticement) to adversarial foreign governments.

It may also be worthwhile for the Canadian government to establish a judicial inquiry or public hearings about foreign influence on Canadian business and politics. This may result in new information being brought forward to investigators, and raise the level of concern among the Canadian public. Of course, care must be taken not to create racial or ethnic tensions or to curtail the legitimate and worthwhile cultural exchanges that benefit Canadians.

Canada Could Have Handled the COVID-19 Pandemic Better

Canada could have handled the COVID-19 pandemic better. Initially, it seems that Canadian political leaders saw the outbreak of the coronavirus in China as regional epidemic and failed to realize the threat to Canada. When it became clear that the epidemic was spreading and becoming more widespread, the Canadian government began flying Canadians home. During the initial period, the majority of returning Canadians were not tested, asked some general questions, and simply told to stay home if they felt unwell. Contrast this to Asian airports where passengers regularly undergo temperature checks to ascertain if they have a fever. It was late in the process that returning Canadians were told to stay at home and self-isolate for two weeks, and the land border between Canada and the United States closed. Hindsight has the benefit of recent experience, but some warning signs could have been heeded earlier. It would have been better for our country if our political leaders had acted sooner.

Canada should have the resources to sustain itself during a crisis. A benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a recognition by our political leaders that Canada should manufacture its own prescription drugs, medical gowns, facemasks, and medical equipment. Canadian governments, at the federal and provincial levels, should ensure national and regional food self-sufficiency, and do more to promote the agricultural, aquaculture, and food processing industries in Canada. Hopefully, a future Canada will be more self-sufficient, and less willing to have many of its goods produced offshore.

Many Canadians will die from the virus. Take care and protect yourself and others. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or covering when in public. Practice social distancing.