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Today is Canada Day

We don't sound very happy about Canada in a post published below, but that's because we don't like to see a great country losing its freedom of speech in an excess of politeness.



The Earl of Durham (also known as 'Radical Jack'), the brilliant Charles Buller, and Edward Gibbon Wakefield (who had written about land reform in Australia while languishing in Newgate prison, where he had been sent for eloping with an under-age heiress) wrote a blunt report for Parliament in 1839. Recommending a union of the colonies now known as Canada, they called for local self-government that gave people "real control over its own destinies."



Empires are not in the habit of willingly granting self-rule to their people, but in 1867 in the British North America Act, Britain did. Canadians have been creating their own destiny ever since. What once was Dominion Day is now Canada Day. Cheers!

Exploring Canada with Alexander Mackenzie is here. The St Lawrence Seaway is here. Making the invisible visible in Vancouver is here.


Canada's NEOSS space telescope

Update: In addition to monitoring the Sun's magnetic energy, Canada is building the world’s first space telescope designed to detect and track asteroids as well as satellites. Called NEOSSat (Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite), this spacecraft will provide a significant improvement in surveillance of asteroids that pose a collision hazard with Earth and innovative technologies for tracking satellites in orbit high above our planet. Weighing in at a mere 65-kilograms, this dual-use $12-million mission builds upon Canada’s expertise in compact “microsatellite” design."

So there is quite a bit going on.