Not just me

Restoring her pride in Canada

Last night I emailed a friend half-way across the world that I was becoming increasingly embarrassed to be a Canadian. I ranted a bit about the federal government and then went on about some of the antics of our mayor.

Tonight I read Nabeel Khan’s description of his “proudly Canadian” Chick-Felays restaurant where “We welcome everyone, customers and employees, with our arms open and our hearts open.”

Then, I read in another section of the paper that Canadian Tire has gifted Himy Syed with a new bicycle so that he can continue his “30 Majids” project for the month of Ramadan.

Thank you for reminding me why I am proud to be a Canadian.

Christine Gebel, Toronto

Funny thing: I was also struck by these same two articles this week in The Star and almost posted about them a few days ago.

For the past few years, I’ve taken to referring to Canada as “America without the bullshit.” I’m not naive enough to believe that our neighbor to the north is perfect. I do, however, believe that it’s a far better place than the US in many ways. Not all ways, maybe, but many…