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Hello my name is: Icicle Audacity. All I see are ghxsts. I'm the misguided stride for self improvement - a sadistic, futuristic machine. A hollow cold emitted through vibrant lights, it’s a warm as wool winter but I’ve got a chill I can’t shake. This is what I am & I think I’m fine in my own misguidance. My bones are frozen, my marrow has turned to ice - my body is just a body, a corpse without a head. I'm just a vessel & my brain has long been dead.

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Canadian

If you’re a Canadian, who are you? I know who I am, but I’m looking to get past the obvious.

What are some truly Canadian things, which are universal across the country? Before you answer this question, remember that Beavers aren’t a part of many people’s lives today, a lot of NHL teams are American, and there are other countries in the world that make beer. So what makes the 33-million of us all Canadians, eh? If you have an answer to that question I would love to hear it, because I don’t. And I mean the whole enchilada, all 33 million of us, not just people living in Vancouver, Calgary, [insert prairie city here] and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. What keeps us Canadians? And here’s a scary one; what holds this country together?

Successful countries need glue. Lots of glue. So much glue that you could make a line of sticky glue from here to the East Coast, splitting us from the United States. (When tourists come here, they would never want to leave!) Canada is a country made of ten provinces and three territories with a really small amount of glue. Sure, the prairies are stuck nicely to one another, and the Maritimes float in a sea of glue, but nation-wide we’re split up. Quebec is even threatening to rip off from the country it was stingily glued to.

Naturally, to start my quest for good old Canadian glue I looked at what makes other countries stick together. Just try it yourself. You have an American friend? Ask them to name something American. Then try and get them to stop. Stars, stripes, baseball, American football, apple pie, jazz, life, liberty, and of course, the pursuit of happiness. I collected all those myself just now – I’m a Canadian who knows more American things than those of my own country. The only national symbols I have left to rebut those with are a queen who lives across the Atlantic, and a leaf of a tree that usually piles up outside my home.

A ton of Canada lives in Ontario. The Prairies are unlike any other area in the country, for better and for worse. Quebec is distinctive to the extreme, the First People in the north are unique to that region, and the Atlantic provinces aren’t like the rest of Canada either. It’s hard to think of yourself as being in exactly the same boat as, say, the Inuit peoples, or that Vancouverites and Torontonians *gasp* might have something in common. In fact, we do all have something in common; we’re all just as commonly Canadian as each other.

It looks to me like our huge diversity is threatening to make baby countries out of Canada. So my country lacks glue – what else is holding it together right now if that mythical substance isn’t there? Not much at all. Something needs to make the connection for us if we want to feel like a solid country.

Now I’d like my fellow Canadians – actually, anyone, in any country – to try something. Think about the nation you’re in, think about why you came there, or why you stay there. Also, what makes you proud of where you live? Now connect to other people you know who live in your country. Why do they stay here? What makes them proud of where you/they live? Clearly they must have great reasons too. Are any of them the same as yours?

Congratulations. You’ve made some glue.
Now all we need over here in Canada is more of it.

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