The proud Canadian military

Pride soldiersI remember being very impressed last year when I saw a booth from the Canadian Armed Forces on Church Street during Pride celebrations. Where I come from, the military is the last place one would find support for gay rights. This year the Armed Forces took it one step further and allowed its members to march in uniform during the parade. The objective was to show that the Canadian Armed Forces was an equal-opportunities employer, where people can be “proud of who they are” as well as what they do. Good for them.

More info here.

I recommend reading the comments on the CBC website, linked above. A couple rednecks came out of the woodworks to share their disgust and it was interesting to see so many people – gay and straight; many members of the Armed Forces – defend the military’s effort to show their inclusiveness. One reader commented: “Makes me proud to be Canadian – how many other countries in the world are mature enough to accept this, and on top of that have so many people, both homosexual and heterosexual, posting positive reactions to it?”

¡Viva España!

I missed the parade this afternoon to check out the final of the Euro Cup; I simply could not miss it! I really wanted Spain to win, not only because it is Spain but because I really like the kind of football (aka soccer) they play and I really didn’t want a defensive team to win. They played really well the whole tournament, scoring 11 goals in 5 matches with only 3 goals against. Plus, Spain hadn’t won anything for decades and needed a bit of a boost in confidence.

And they got it! Germany 0 x 1 Spain in a match filled with opportunities for Spain and really tense towards the end (as any final should be). Enhorabuena España!!! As the Sport newspaper says, the “buen fútbol” won.

Canadian identity

A recent poll conducted across the country had Pierre Trudeau, Niagara Falls, Canada Day, and the maple leaf as the most defining Canadian icons. I was happy to see the results as I really admire Trudeau as one of the last great political visionaries. He was smart, coherent, and spoke his mind clearly. This interview in the midst of the October Crisis is an example:

His first resignation:

Pride Weekend and Canada Day

Pride 2007The weekend promises to be quite full of activities to choose from. It’s Pride celebrations in our neighbourhood all weekend, which, as I said before, is an occasion I really enjoy. Sunday is the final for the European Cup (Spain vs Germany!) and then on Tuesday is Canada Day, and event marked by fireworks and many festivities by the waterfront. On top of all of that, I need to do at least five hours of database entry at some point between Saturday and Sunday. Busy times indeed.

Some reasons to like Pride.

At the library

It’s a quiet morning at the library, not many people around, and a woman working at the other side of the room approaches me looking rather worried:

WW – “Do you hear a strange sound?”

Alex, looking slightly embarrassed – “Um, that’s me… I have the hiccups, sorry …” [they are REALLY loud and uncontrollable]

The good news is that the embarrassment cured the hiccups ;)

Back to Toronto

It’s been so busy since we got back to Toronto that I haven’t had time to post anything and there’s so much I want to talk about – coming back home, the new EU measures against illegal immigration, our new cleansing diet, work… – that I haven’t had the courage to sit down and just do it.

I’m impatient to get started on work so I can get a chapter out of the way but we have spent the past few days running errands, cleaning, socializing… But here’s a list of my objectives for the next few months:

  1. get the GHS newsletter out
  2. get in shape
  3. eat better (going through a one-month cleansing diet at the moment, should help)
  4. get the website for the Devil’s conference up
  5. write a chapter or two
  6. finish my Iter hours (I still got MANY to do!)

I’ve been working on items 1-4. So far, I have gone to the gym on Friday, Sunday, Monday, and twice today (half an hour run/walk this morning and 1 1/2 killer hour of Yoga this afternoon). I’ve also been walking and cycling around quite a bit. Tomorrow I need to go to the library early to work on item 6. Will try to get to item 4 & 5 in the afternoon. B-U-S-Y!