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Amer­ica’s “nice” neigh­bours are the movers and shak­ers we need now.

“Nice” – that’s the one word the world as­so­ciates with Canada. It’s of­ten just an­other way to say “dull” though, which is partly how Canucks are per­ceived, but quiet Canada is fast shed­ding its hoser (slang for un­so­phis­ti­cated) image, and start­ing to make some in­ter­na­tional noise.

While the coun­try has al­ways had its fair share of in­ter­est­ing mod­els (Linda Evan­ge­lista, Daria Wer­bowy), de­sign­ers, artists and celebs are now com­ing to the fore. The epit­ome of that? The “Dion­ais­sance” – the re­turn of Ce­line Dion, no longer the height of naff bland­ness.

So why is 150-year-old Canada fi­nally hav­ing a mo­ment? It helps that fem­i­nist and pho­to­genic Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is cooler than most in­ter­na­tional lead­ers (not dif­fi­cult). Toronto and Van­cou­ver have vi­brant tech and film in­dus­tries, and are at­tract­ing the right tal­ent. The coun­try’s rich in­dige­nous her­itage and huge im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tion also means unusual cul­tural mash-ups are be­ing pro­duced. Then, there’s the ev­ery­day mod­ern ap­proach to life – so­cially con­scious, eco-friendly and well­ness-fo­cused.

But per­haps it boils down to this: 2017 has been a year of un­cer­tainty and un­pleas­ant­ness, and we’ve had enough of bad boys. It’s time for the nice guy to get the glory. We need a hero for our times. We need more Cana­di­ans. We need... Ce­line Dion. By Aileen Lalor

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