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Opinion: George Brown, the futurist
July 1, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | by MOIRA DANN, SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL.

Memories of the people present for Canada’s beginnings can teach us a great deal. Sometimes looking back helps you reconsider and reframe the present, so you can see different possibilities for the future.....George Brown often gets short shrift as a Father of Confederation.....know he was the founder of The Globe, let alone a founder of the country.....Brown wasn’t the charismatic lightning rod his confrère and rival John A. Macdonald was, nor was he as ready to dance and sing and flirt and play his own compositions on the piano, as was his Quebec frenemy, George-Étienne Cartier..... he was the most forward-looking of the lot......Brown came to Toronto from Scotland in 1843 via a short, five-year sojourn in New York working in dry goods and publishing.......It wasn’t long before Brown, defending the principle of the government’s responsibility to Parliament, was haranguing Governor-General Charles Metcalfe about public-service appointments made without the approval of the elected representatives. Brown soon enough made the leap from journalism to politics. ...... he was back wearing his journalist’s hat in 1867, writing a 9,000-word front-page editorial for The Globe’s July 1 edition when Canada’s Confederation became a political reality......While still publishing and writing for political-reform-minded Presbyterian church publication The Banner, Brown had foreseen a market trend: He anticipated the desire for (and the money-making potential of) a good newspaper directed less toward partisan believers and more at a general reader, a paper with a strong point of view and attempting a national perspective. He started The Globe on March 5, 1844.......After Brown started The Globe – it merged, in 1936, with the Mail and Empire, to become the newspaper that you are reading today – he was able to print and distribute it widely to extol Confederation because of some forethought: He had started investing in new technology. Just two months after starting The Globe using a hand press that printed 200 copies an hour, he went to New York and purchased a Hoe rotary press that could produce 1,250 copies an hour. His was the first one used in Upper Canada. He also made a deal with a rival publication, the British Colonist, to share the cost of using the telegraph to bring news from New York and Montreal......One thing Brown never allowed to lapse was his dedication to religious liberty, civil rights and the abolition of slavery. .....Brown was also a vocal advocate of prison reform...... the work he most loved: being husband to Anne and father to Margaret (Maggie), Catherine Edith (Oda) and George.
abolitionists  ahead_of_the_curve  Confederation  forethought  futurists  George_Brown  George-Étienne_Cartier  Globe_&_Mail  history  journalists  nation_builders  newspapers  politicians  prison_reform  Sir_John_A._MacDonald  technology 
july 2019 by jerryking
In 1967, the birth of modern Canada - The Globe and Mail

1967 is the hinge upon which modern Canadian history turns and, in certain respects, the key to understanding the challenges of the next half-century.

Today, we live in the country shaped by the decisions and transformations of 1967, far more than by the events of 1867.

Let me make the case, then, that 1967 was Canada’s first good year. We should spend this year celebrating not the 150 th year of Confederation, but the 50th birthday of the new Canada.

But let me also make the case that our conventional story about the birth of second-century Canada is largely wrong. We like to believe that starting in the late 1960s, a series of political decisions, parliamentary votes, court rulings and royal commissions descended upon an innocent, paternalistic, resource-economy Canada and forced upon it an awkward jumble of novelties: non-white immigration, bilingualism, multiculturalism, refugees, indigenous nationhood, liberation of women and gays, the seeds of free trade, individual rights, religious diversity.

But the explosions of official novelty that were launched in and around 1967 weren’t a cause; they were an effect of profound changes that had taken place in Canadians themselves during the two decades after the war, in their thinking and their composition and their attitude toward their country, in Quebec and English Canada and in indigenous communities.

There is a solid line leading from the events of 1967 to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982: It was impossible to have a Canada of multiple peoples, as we discovered was necessary in the late 1960s, without having a Canada of individual people and their rights.

....Individual rights, Quebecois consciousness, indigenous shared-sovereignty status and cultural plurality weren’t the only inevitable outcomes of the 1967 moment. What Canada witnessed over the next two decades was a self-reinforcing spiral of events that often sprung directly from the centennial-era awakening of a postcolonial consciousness.
Doug_Saunders  anniversaries  1967  nostalgia  nationalism  '60s  turning_points  centenaries  pride  Pierre_Berton  Canada  Canada150  national_identity  aboriginals  postcolonial  symbolism  John_Diefenbaker  Lester_Pearson  multiculturalism  Quebecois  Quiet_Revolution  monoculturalism  land_claim_settlements  immigration  royal_commissions  sesquicentennial  Charter_of_Rights_and_Freedoms  Confederation  retrospectives 
january 2017 by jerryking
Israel-Palestine: Questioning a Confederal Solution | Political Violence @ a Glance
One question, then, is whether residents could have municipal rights, and thus municipal avenues for expressing their political needs, but not national rights in the country in which they were residing. This first concern about residency and citizenship leads to a second, related point in the context of settler opposition to the withdrawal of settlers in a standard two-state solution. Why can’t we stay, some settlers ask? Why must all Jews be removed, especially given that Israel would still have a substantial Palestinian population?

The answer may turn on the rules of the game. If settlers want to stay, do they want to stay and live under Palestinian rules? Scheindlin and Waxman mention that in a confederal resolution, settlers would be citizens of Israel but could live as residents of Palestine “under Palestinian law (they must, of course, be law-abiding residents of the Palestinian state).”

On the surface, that might seem like a fair resolution. Obey the law. But what if Palestinians start to want to move into settlements? How would the Jewish settlers, now legal residents of Palestine, react? The state, Palestine, would surely use its powers to support the opening up of the settlements to Palestinians. Or take it a step further. Palestinians whose land was taken by the State of Israel (during the occupation) could sue in Palestinian courts to get back their land. Palestinian courts would likely find that the land had been stolen and must be returned to its original, Palestinian owners. So despite the different starting point, there might be many evictions even without adopting a traditional two-state solution.
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may 2016 by elizrael
Will Britain Leave or Remain in the European Union? | Washington Examiner
Apr2016: Great for A/Review on EU, or UK's dynamic as a member of a confederation. Sovereignty & referendum are major themes for student analysis. Government institutions are mentioned that could be further elaborated on by student. PJC
EU  European  Union  referendum  Britain  UK  United  Kingdom  Brexit  confederation 
april 2016 by palscampbell
Confederation: Canada’s early lesson in tolerance - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

It wasn’t dissimilar in 1864 Quebec. Many of those top-hatted, suit-coated fellows could do little more than tolerate each other because of political differences and ancient slights. But they had gathered in Quebec a little more than a month after an initial meeting in Charlottetown that had sketched an outline of what a new Canada might look like. They were following up to colour it in.

John A. Macdonald and George Brown of Canada West (Ontario) and George-Étienne Cartier of Canada East (Quebec) were the primary instigators of the Confederation discussions; now they had to make sure all the goodwill flowing from September’s conference in Charlottetown would be shaped into a document. They had never been anything like friends but they had shelved their partisan, political and personal rancour when they took part in what’s known as the Great Coalition and then approached Maritime leaders about uniting British North America.
anniversaries  Canadian  Confederation  George_Brown  George-Étienne_Cartier  history  leaders  nation_builders  politicians  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  tolerance 
october 2015 by jerryking
graphic design marketplace connecting designers with customers
graphic  designers  marketplace  graphic-design  services  GraphicDesign  graphics  confederation  web  logo  design  services  online  official 
september 2015 by Mykl
A distinctly Canadian oath – I’ll swear to that - The Globe and Mail
ow can swearing allegiance to a little old lady on another continent mean that? Because, through the Royal Proclamation of 1763, the Quebec Act of 1774, Confederation and the Constitution Act, 1982, we progressively transformed the monarchy into a secular symbol of our democracy and respect for the rule of law. One can swear allegiance to the Queen (as a symbol) and argue for the abolition of the monarchy.
Konrad_Yakabuski  oaths  Canada  Canadian  constitutions  constitutional_monarchies  Confederation 
august 2014 by jerryking
Furious trading in spats, monocles greets birth of Confederation - The Globe and Mail
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Published Tuesday, Jul. 01 2014,
funnies  Boyd_Erman  Confederation 
july 2014 by jerryking
Confederation is a multi-disciplinary design studio, based in the heart of Bermondsey.
confederation  design  studio  digital  print  branding  identity  packaging  tactile  typography 
may 2013 by ravivasavan

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