06/30/2013 01:11 EDT | Updated 08/31/2013 05:12 EDT

Advice for a Country on Its Birthday

This week, HuffPost bloggers counted down to Canada Day with a series of short pieces about what they'd like to change about their home and native land. As you might imagine, the suggestions and wishes covered a wide range of territory -- from singer Jully Black's passionate plea that we support and celebrate the country's R&B soul artists, to chef Vikram Vij's wish for more experimenting with ethnic cuisines -- and food in general (he cites his own braised shortrib curry with jelly beans as an example). Meanwhile, Craig and Marc Kielburger argued for compulsory volunteer hours for Canadian school kids, and National Ballet of Canada Artistic DirectorKaren Kain made the case for more emphasis on studying the arts. As you ease on into your holiday weekend, I hope you'll sit back, put on some tunes, and take a few moments to check out all the ideas HuffPost contributors shared for keeping Canada strong and free.

What I Would Change About Canada