| The Moment Canada 150 went over with a bang
The (hesitant) case for a year of self-congratulation
By Canadian standards, 2017 has been a pretty un-Canadian year, packed with all manner of patriotic chest-pounding that would normally offend our self-effacing sensibilities: maple leaf– shaped hamburgers, sesquicentennial Snapchat filters and a ghastly creation called the poutine doughnut that Tim Hortons forced upon our American neighbours. It’s a bit much, but it makes sense. More than ever before, the unstable world seems to be enamoured with our country, our diversity and our prime minister’s socks—and we know it. So forgive our brief fit of narcissism, our childish obsession with a giant rubber duck and our unbridled celebration of, well, us. Modesty can wait till 2018.