Anniversary Compulsion by Peter H. Aykroyd

By Peter H. Aykroyd

Whether it truly is birthdays, marriage ceremony anniversaries, Thanksgiving dinners or New Year's celebrations, we people show a weird compulsion to have a good time the ongoing cycle of the recurrent calendar dates that mark our lives.

Public occasions of an analogous style evoke a good extra mentioned reaction. The Anniversary Compulsion makes a speciality of Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967 as an instance of the way a vintage mega-anniversary should be effectively geared up and staged.

With wit and knowledge, Peter Aykroyd describes what percentage of the most important components of Centennial 12 months will absolutely be found in the staging of what's guaranteed to be an unparalleled all over the world celebratory outburst - the arrival of the twenty first century, the 3rd Millennium.

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That is why they are fundamental to Canada's history. Of course, not much has been recorded about sex. Confederation happened in Victorian times, and it's generally acknowledged that there was a lot going on, but not much was written about it. Certainly not much about Confederationera politicians, despite the flesh-and-blood real live humans that they and their ladies were. The Confederation story is more. It's about war, assassination, racism. It's about economics and capitalism. And it's about statesmanship.

Incredibly, Canadians outside Quebec seemed to have little awareness that the effects of the Quiet Revolution meant greater demands on the rest of Canada. Few members of the general public realized the extent of Quebec's disenchantment and how indifferent Quebeckers were to the upcoming Centennial celebrations. Misperceptions and ignorance for which all of Canada was to pay. Two other important minority groups began to raise their voices in the sixties: native people and women. In 1963 the native infant mortality rate was 97 per 1,000 (four times the national average), and in 1965, a federal-provincial conference on poverty and opportunity condemned the Third World living conditions on most reserves.

The lyrics were an accurate reflection of the prevailing attitude in what was to become Canada's easternmost province. In 1864, resolutions were passed in the Maritime provinces favouring a conference on union. If it were to be held it had to be in Charlottetown, the consensus on the mainland being that no Prince Edward Island delegation would leave the island. That would be showing too much interest, academic or otherwise. In other words, although some governing bodies were far from committed to the idea of union, many recognized that major structural change was required.

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