Canada is a North American country with ten provinces and three
territories, bordering three oceans. The world’s second-largest country
by total area, it is sparsely populated and highly urbanized. One-third
of its people live in the Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver metropolitan
areas, and most of the rest live in other urban areas, including in
Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and the capital,
Ottawa. The British North America Act of July 1, 1867 (now celebrated as
Canada Day) united the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova
Scotia in the semi-autonomous federal Dominion of Canada, which became
largely independent with the Statute of Westminster 1931. Bilingual in
English and French at the federal level, Canada is one of the world’s
most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-
scale immigration from many countries. Its advanced economy is the tenth
largest in the world. It ranks among the highest in international
measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of
life, economic freedom, and education.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
The Westminster Assembly of Divines, assembled to restructure
the Church of England, held its first meeting in Westminster Abbey,
As per the British North America Act, the Province of Canada,
New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia joined into confederation to create the
modern nation of Canada.
Seven of the sixteen American railroad labor organizations in
existence at the time staged a nationwide strike that lasted two months.
Ghana became a republic with Kwame Nkrumah as its first
Rioting erupted in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in response to
allegations of fraud surrounding the recent legislative elections.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(US, idiomatic, humorous) A catch phrase for shifting attention away
from a problem or serious social issue by humorously laying
responsibility on Canada.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and
free! From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee.
–Robert Stanley Weir
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