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National Symbols

Approximately 20 per cent of Canadians cannot sing the words to "O Canada" without being hypocrites. They are atheists; "O Canada"'s words are theist in both languages. The words to "O Canada" need updating in both languages. This should not be difficult if we accept the notion of separation of church and state.
My choice for a national symbol 30 years ago -- and remains so today -- is the Canada Goose. Critics fret that Canada Geese are a nuisance in parks, that they are messy, and take over areas, like grubby Wall Street occupiers. But the Canada goose has a curious nobility.
In honour of Canada Day, we've pulled together some of the nation's most treasured symbols. If you had to pick a national
An industrious, semi-aquatic mammal with excellent engineering skills. A furry, monogamous creature that smacks its tail