Canada's culture is about more than just TV

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Canada doesn’t have culture to celebrate”
Jan. 17, 2007

To the editor:
To those whose chests don’t swell at the sight of Canadian flag, it seems you lack an understanding of the very word ‘culture.’

It takes more than brand names, television shows and a conversation with a stranger while waiting in line to define the true meaning of culture. It is ignorant of those claiming to be Canadians to insult its vibrant culture and question its long-standing commitment to peace and stability in the world.

Culture includes: friendly people who, despite different ethnic backgrounds, learn to live in a cohesive community and benefit one another; values, such as believing in universal healthcare and upholding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the environment, which comprises a vast and varying landscape, and one where you feel you belong; and an endless list of scholars and entertainers.

To develop a bond with fellow Canadians requires being “in Canada” and perhaps taking initiative and starting a conversation with that stranger who looks down timidly on the bus.

And by the way, do not judge other countries such as Pakistan based on information from the monopolistic and profit-oriented mass media or a few negative facts you may have heard.

It is hypocritical to say on one hand you are “thankful to live here,” but on the other you don’t have “any patriotic love.” You should be ashamed and are most welcome to move south of the border. One less whiner in Canada!
"M.A. Kahn
Health Science

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