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What Does It Mean to Be Canadian?

What Does It Mean to Be Canadian?

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

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A Canada 150 sign sits in front of the Assiniboine Park’s Pavilion in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — What does it mean to be Canadian? As the country celebrates its 150th birthday, many people, myself included, are asking this question. I was born in this country, as were my parents, you would think I would know what it means to be Canadian, but I don’t.

It’s easy to think about what Canada is — a cold and peaceful country, full of pristine wilderness and polite, friendly people. This may not be the Canada most people experience, but the stereotype remains and it’s one, I think, most Canadians cling to. But what does it mean to be Canadian? Summer or winter, Canadians like to complain about the weather, but we can hardly say that’s what it means to be Canadian!

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Canada 150: The Evolution of Multiculturalism

Canada 150: The Evolution of Multiculturalism

Canada’s identity has been shaped by its people, from its original Indigenous inhabitants, to its earliest settlers, to the immigrants who have arrived from all over the planet — now representing more than 250 ethnic origins, from Afghan to Zulu — to build a new life in Canada. They brought elements of their cultures with them, through their food, their dress, their prayers and language, contributing to the identity of Canada as it evolved into the diverse society it is today. It is a story that, by virtue of our history and geography, is uniquely Canadian. It is a story that allows the four children of Sen. Paul Yuzyk and his wife, Mary, to celebrate their Ukrainian heritage and yet be proudly, unquestionably Canadian. It was not always written that way.

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Canada Day Street Closures in Effect Starting Tonight

Canada Day Street Closures in Effect Starting Tonight

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Canada 150 merchandise is shown for sale in Ottawa on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

As the party gets started on Canada’s 150th birthday this weekend, there are several street closures you should note to make sure your festivities on Saturday run as smoothly as possible.

The City of Winnipeg is closing a number of streets to make way for celebrations.

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Expect Traffic Delays at The Forks on Canada Day: Police

Expect Traffic Delays at The Forks on Canada Day: Police

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The Forks (FILE)

WINNIPEG — With the largest Canada Day celebrations in the city happening at The Forks on Saturday, Winnipeg police suggest those attending leave their vehicles at home.

“Parking will be at a premium in and around The Forks. Consider car-pooling with friends or family, walking or cycling, or taking public transit to help reduce congestion and delays,” police said in a release on Thursday.

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What’s Open and Closed on Canada Day in Winnipeg

What’s Open and Closed on Canada Day in Winnipeg

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As Canada parties hard to ring in its 150th birthday on July 1, some changes to operating hours are in effect this long weekend in Winnipeg. Looking for something fun to do? We’ve rounded up a list of events happening across the city and province.

Shopping Centres
Kildonan Place — Closed
St. Vital Centre — Closed
Cadillac Fairview — Closed
Grant Park — Closed
Outlet Collection — Closed

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Canada Day 2017: Where to Celebrate #Canada150 in Winnipeg

Canada Day 2017: Where to Celebrate #Canada150 in Winnipeg

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(Maple leaf image via Milleflore Images / Shutterstock)

Canada’s 150th birthday is being celebrated far and wide this year, including locally in Winnipeg across Manitoba. Here’s what’s happening to ring in our country’s special day on Saturday, July 1.

The Forks
Canada Day’s biggest celebration in Winnipeg will be at The Forks, as Canada 150 festivities take over the city’s busiest tourist spot. Whitehorse headlines the main stage, with over 50 local acts booked to perform on five stages.

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Southern Manitoba Border Crossings Expecting Influx of Travellers

Southern Manitoba Border Crossings Expecting Influx of Travellers

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Canadian border guards are silhouetted as they replace each other at an inspection booth at the Douglas border crossing on the Canada-USA border in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday August 20, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

The Canada Border Services Agency expects border crossings in southern Manitoba to be busier than usual this long weekend.

The CBSA has some tips for travellers entering the country to help speed up the process.

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Canada’s Largest Living Flag to Form at Portage and Main

Canada’s Largest Living Flag to Form at Portage and Main

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Thousands gather at Shaw Park to form the Canada Day living flag on Friday, July 1, 2016. (DAN HARPER PHOTO)

How does the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ out-do themselves every July 1? Well, for starters, they could bring their annual Canada Day living flag to the city’s most iconic intersection.

Thousands of Winnipeggers will gather at Portage and Main this year for the seventh anniversary of the yearly event to form a maple leaf.

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