email from Equality PAC, 6/30/17:

While Trump REFUSES to even acknowledge Pride Month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stepped up as a fearless leader for the LGBT community.

Canada Day
Is July 1st

DLTK Canada Day Activities
Canada Day for Kids
Canada Day Checklist
Happy Canada Day!

1841: A Census of Prince Edward Island for those interested in genealogy, history, and the geography of the colony of Prince Edward Island in the mid-19th century
Aboriginal Canada a portal to Canadian Aboriginal Internet resources, contacts, information, and government programs and services
Aboriginal Canada "your single window to Canadian Aboriginal on-line resources, contacts, information, and government programs and services" - available in French or English
Agriculture in Canada
Animals - Hinterland Who's Who Canadian Wildlife Service
Arctic Science and Technology Information System "database contains over 47,000 records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada"
Area Code Map
Arts Canada "rich media portal to the best of Canadian Arts on-line"
Atlas Online, Canadian
Briar Patch Saskatchewan's independant news magazine - politics, labor, and international events
Broken Pencil "The guide to alternative culture in Canada" - reviews the best zines, books, Websites, videos and art from the underground
Cable Parliamentary Affairs Channel watch the Parliament in session live with RealPlayer
Canada Natural Resources Statistics
Canada Science and Technology Museum exhibits, gallery
Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database
Canadian Area Code Map
Canadian Dimension (CD) independent hard news and analysis from a left-wing perspective. Multiple winner of Project Censored's Canada award
Canadian Encyclopedia
Canadian Geographic adventure, travel, great pictures
Canadian Heritage Gallery images - "most extensive collection of historical Canadiana on the Internet"
Canadian Information by Subject - Library of Canada, National
Canadian Institute of International Affairs international relations
Canadian Newspaper Association
Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides
Canadian Politics on the Web
Canadian Social Research Links a major gateway to social science resources on the Web
Canadian Studies - Guide to Sources
Canadian Studies - Web Resources
The Canadian West pictures and records of early settlement of Western Canada
Canada's Digital Collections "showcases over 400 Web sites celebrating Canada's history, geography, science, technology and culture"
City Lights: Vancouver's Neon Heritage explores the art and science of neon lights
CBC Radio One from Toronto (CBC = Canadian Broadcasting Corp.)
Council of Canadians has Maude Below, the "Ralph Nader of Canada" - "Canada's pre-eminent citizens' watchdog organization"
Directory of Special Collections National Library of Canada
Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network Canadian frog watch, worm watch, ice watch, many other interesting topics; available in English and French
Encyclopedia of Music in Canada complete reference to Canadian music
Eskimos and Native People of the North
Expo 67 1967 World's Fair
Festival Seeker Canadian events
Framing Canada: A Photographic Memory photographic collection from 1843 to mid-twentieth century
G8 Information Center
Ghosts of the North West Coast history of British Columbia
Global Research an independent media group, in Canada, committed to curbing the tide of globalization
Government Information, Canadian
Historical Statistics of Canada
Historical Text Archive: Canada articles, links
History - Veterans Affairs Canada WWI, WWII, Korean War, more
The Humanist in Canada explores contemporary issues from a humanistic viewpoint
Images Canada more than 75,000 images from Canadian museums, archives and libraries
Industrial Hamilton: A Trail to the Future the Birmingham of Canada
LEARNING - Community Learning Network (British Columbia)
Library of Canada, National - Canadian Information by Subject
LITERATURE - Online Guide to Writing in Canada
Maine Folklife Center "collection of folklore, oral history, traditional music, and photographs of Maine and Eastern Canada"
Map of Canada
Maps 101 basic information about Canadian topographic maps
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
National Atlas of Canada Online quick maps, Canadian communities, facts about Canada, teaching resources
National Earthquake Database
NEWS - CBC Newsworld news from Canada and the world
Novia Scotia, About
Novia Scotia Facts [pdf]
Now Toronto independent weekly
Ocean Link from the Vancouver (Canada) Aquarium - includes a glossary, ocean facts, an intertidal field guide, and much more
Online Resources for Canadian Heritage "focuses on Internet resources pertinent to Canadian heritage in the disciplines covered by the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation: archaeology, ethnology, history (including military history and postal history), and folk culture"
Ontario's Sunset Country
Ottawa Cheapest city to live in
Our Times Canada's Independent Labour Magazine
Parks Canada see the photo galleries
Pathfinders & Passageways nice overview of the exploration of the country, especially the early explorers
Peopling North America: Population Movements and Migration covers early migrations, European migrations, African migrations, Asian & African labour, migrations after WWII
Political Science: A Net Station lots of links
Politics Watch "Canada's Political Portal"
Quebec government portal; in French, English, Spanish
Royal Tyrrell Museum Canadian dinosaurs
Ryerson Review of Journalism progressive journalistic review from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Canada
Saskatchewan, About
Saskatchewan Stories stories for young people about work, from the early First Nations until today
Schoolnet, Canada's
Species at Risk in Canada from Environment Canada
SPORTS - CBC Sports sports in Canada
Statistics Canada
Statistical Profile of Canadian Communities
Statistics Canada "From publications to electronic data, census to survey information, is THE official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products"
Story of the Missouri Coteau Region lower portion of the Saskatchewan
Summit of the Americas Information Network
Teaching and Learning About Canada "Resources For Teachers and Students"
THIS Magazine one of Canada's longest-publishing alternative journals; focuses on Canadian politics, literature and culture
Trains Across Canada
Transatlantic Cable Comunications chronicles the role played in worldwide communications by the Nova Scotian town of Canso and the nearby community of Hazel Hill as home to one end of the transatlantic cable linking Britain and North America (From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.
Travel Canada Tourism Commission
Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings
Virtual Museum of Canada discover many of the stories and treasures held in trust by Canada's museums - a gateway to a rich and diverse heritage
Virtual Museum of New France French involvement in the New World in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries
Volcanoes of Canada Canada has examples of almost every type of volcano. Although none are erupting now, at least 3 did in the last few hundred years and numerous others have the potential to erupt in the near future

"When things get bad in the United States it is reassuring to turn to Canada, a country with a high standard of living, a small military, and a national healthcare plan. Canada always seemed to be, if a bit duller than America, also a bit saner.

"But this is changing. The new Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, inspired by the neocons to the south, appears determined to visit the worst excesses of George Bush's presidency on his own country. He plans to pull Canada out of the Kyoto Protocol and expand military spending. He defended Israel's massive bombing of southern Lebanon, even as Israeli warplanes bombed a clearly marked UN observation post, killing a Canadian peacekeeper. He was the first world leader to cut off funding after Hamas took over the Palestinian Authority...

"And he sneers at Canada's long tradition of antimilitarism and generous social services, once calling Canada "a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its... social services to mask its second-rate status"...

"But that is not the worst of it. The prime minister, who has begun, in a very un-Canadian fashion, to close his speeches with the words "God bless Canada," is also a born-again Christian. And Harper is rapidly building an alliance with the worst elements of the US Christian right...

"...believes in the literal word of the Bible, faith-healing and the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Women cannot be ordained in his church, homosexuality is a sin and abortion is murder... methodically knitting a coalition of social conservatives and evangelicals that looks ominously similar to the American model...

"Harper's combination of bellicosity, slash-and-burn attitude toward Canadian social programs and religious fervor makes many Canadians nervous. Unfortunately for Canada, Harper has a lot of American help. James Dobson has set upa Canadian branch of his Focus on the Family three blocks from the Parliament buildings in Ottawa...

"Harper's hold on power, like that of George Bush, is shaky" (Chris Hedges. "Letter From Canada: The New Christian Right." The Nation, Nov. 27, 2006: 20-23.)

"Canada has not been a member of the Coalition of the Willing, or the "Coalition of the Idiots," as Carolyn Parrish, a Toronto-area Member of Parliament recently called it. Canadians have no troops in Iraq and reportedly are much more hostile to the United States since the start of the Iraq war. At a Montreal Canadiens game just after the invasion in March 2003, Montreal fans loudly booed the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner"" ("Letters." The Nation, Oct. 4, 2004: 2).

"Coming to Ottawa might also expose you to a parliamentary system that has a thing called question period every day, where those in the executive are held accountable by an opposition for their actions, and where demands for public debate on important topics such as missile defense can be made openly...

"Your boss [Bush] did not avail himself of a similar opportunity to visit our House of Commons during his visit, fearing, it seems, that there might be some signs of dissent. He preferred to issue his diktat on missile defense in front of a highly controlled, preselected audience.

"Such control-freak antics may work in the virtual one-party state that now prevails in Washington. But in Canada we have a residual belief that politicians should be subject to a few checks and balances, an idea that your country once espoused before the days of empire" (Lloyd Axworthy. "Open Letter to Condoleezza Rice." The Progressive, June 2005: 30-31).

"A beautiful and inexpensive place in North America where oceanfront and lakeside lots can be had for as little as $10,000 (or a charming 3-bedroom home on several acres can be yours for under $50,000). Sound like a dream? It's not. This slice of Heaven does exist. Nestled in the North Atlantic on Canada's east coast, Nova Scotia is a little-known paradise steeped in Scottish, Irish and English history. For the potential expatriate or retiree, Nova Scotia has a lot to offer...inexpensive real estate, a low cost of living, unspoiled natural environment, friendly people and lifestyle opportunities to suit virtually every taste" (, 6-29-05).

Nova Scotia has long been a favorite escape for savvy Canadians and Europeans, yet few Americans live or retire in this secretive outpost. Why? Well, perhaps it's because Nova Scotia isn't a destination you stumble across by accident. Almost completely surrounded by water, it lies hidden between the Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Fundy, the Northumberland Strait, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

"Nova Scotia has long been a favorite escape for savvy Canadians and Europeans, yet few Americans live or retire in this secretive outpost. Why? Well, perhaps it's because Nova Scotia isn't a destination you stumble across by accident. Almost completely surrounded by water, it lies hidden between the Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Fundy, the Northumberland Strait, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

"Canada’s second-smallest province (21,425 square miles), Nova Scotia is about half the size of Pennsylvania with a population of just under 1 million people. Its craggy 4,600-mile coastline is dotted with quaint fishing villages, lighthouses and working seaports. Over 3,800 islands lie off its shores (some are for sale); the largest being Cape Breton, which is nearly a quarter size of mainland Nova Scotia. Most of Nova Scotia’s population is concentrated along the coast. The largest city is the capital, Halifax, in which about 40% of the province’s population lives (much of the interior is heavily forested and sparsely populated). The area's most famous part-time residents are Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Roger Moore, and Alan Arkin, all of whom have summer homes here." (

"Canada is trading drugs for American levels of violence... the green islands that speckle the US-Canada border here. Welcome to the front line of a vicious multi-billion-dollar drug war...

"...marijuana... industrial quantities of a potent strain known as BC Bud, named after the Canadian province where much of it is grown, British Columbia...

"BC Bud is so well thought of on the west coast that it has been known to trade at the same price as cocaine, more than $3,000 a pound. In fact it is commonly bartered for cocaine and guns, which travel in the opposite direction, north into Canada, making it a less safe and predictable place--and more like America.

"Drive-by shootings are on the rise in the Vancouver area, as are house invasions, by which one gange seeks to take over another's marijuana crop without the bother of lights and hydroponic cultivation.

"Last month four officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were shot dead when they stumbled on a BC Bud-growing operation--the most Mounties lost in one day since the middle of the 19th century. The killings shocked Canada and have challenged itss generally tolerant attitude towards drug offenses...

"A lot of the smugglers caught on the border are from ethnic Indian and Pakistani gangs in Canada. Many of the 50,000 grow-ops thought to be hidden across British Columbia are run by Vietnamese clans. But police say some of the biggest organizations coordinating the trade are chapters of the Canadian Hell's Angels" (Julian Borger. "Canada is trading drugs for American levels of violence." Guardian Weekly, April 8, 2005: 8).

"...leaving the US for Canada is done with no enormous regret. Behind you lies the weight of American touchiness and hysteria, the radio shock jocks, the twerpish, bow-tied TV pundits, the religious nuts who deny evolution with the phrase "intelligent design." and the madness that descants on the ills of passive smoking, yet allows a tax break on SUVs. This is to say little of a president who seems only confident when he is standing at a podium as commander-in-chief with bristling military types behind him talking about "Amraaaka".

"But one must not exaggerate. America is not in some proto-fascist statte and, actually, there is much I still love about the place, but the country is in a very weird mood. So much of its decency, cordiality, wit and thoughfulness is drowned out by strident chaps wearing flags in their lapels and the babbling hatred that pours from the Fox Network. When you get to Canada, the clamour stops. Suddenly you find yourself in the place that America should be and once was, though it would offend every American to think that Canada has anything the US should want.

"Canada is the lame, slow-talking cousin up north where people say "golly", "cripes" and "geeezzz". The origin of the name is held to be significant: it is commonly thought to derive from a Spanish cartographer who wrote on an early map "Aca-Nada", or "nothing here".

"If only on the grounds of Canada's economic success, Americans should take more notice. Last month the Liberal government announced that it would cut C$30bn ($26bn) out of the budget because of the enormous fiscal surplus, running at about C$13.4bn a year. Just over C$5bn is to be given back to Canadians on taxes collected this year. And in future some of the surplus will be spent on training the settling of immigrants and student grants...

"The main point, which you never hear in Britain or the US, is that Canada alone among G7 countries is balancing its budget. When you compare its performance with the Bush Administration's (the US trade deficit is $706bn), it's a wonder Canadians aren't a bit more cocky" (Henry Porter. "It's Great Up North." Guardian Weekly, Jan 13, 2006: 22).

Please send comments to: Colby Glass, MLIS