That's Life - June 24, 2020

Canada Day comes but once a year on July 1. This is a very unusual year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of our beloved community celebrations, in and around Kneehill County have been cancelled in order to comply with social distancing. It’s hard to have a parade when we usually pack the roadside, with young and old alike. The kids collect all the candy they can carry and let’s not forget the ball tournaments, kid’s activities and community barbeques. Not this year. Ain’t gonna happen.

But that shouldn’t stop us from flying our Canadian flags and maybe signing our National Anthem, even though some folks keep changing the words.

Canada Day was originally called Dominion Day. The Dominion of Canada was formed by the British Parliament on July 1, 1867. Overtime, Canada gradually became independent from Britain and Dominion Day was officially changed to Canada Day in 1982.

Back in 1976 I became engaged to my sweetheart, Terry. We thought July 1, 1977 would be the ideal day to get married. I mean, come on, there’s parades, fireworks and loads of fun. What more could you want to celebrate your special day. Well, here we are 43 wonderful years later. Do you have any idea how many restaurants close on Canada Day? It’s a tall order to go out for dinner on Canada Day. And if you think you’re going to go to a tourist town like Banff, you’d best book a room six months in advance, or more.

Now, in a normal year owning a newspaper and, being the Mayor usually has me riding in parades, throwing candy and taking pictures of others having fun, as my wife waits at home, during our wedding anniversary, time and time again.

So you see, this is a big year for us. We’re not even going to work. We’re going to eat and sleep. That’s exactly what we did on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I can’t wait. Happy Anniversary/ Canada Day dear.

That’s Life.