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Archive for April, 2018


By Bonnie Buxton

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I am a 77-year-old writer, former travel editor of  Chatelaine magazine and Food Editor of Flare.  I was also Travel Editor of Star Weekly many years ago. I wrote a book about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Damaged Angels, published by Random House of Canada in 2004, and in the U.S. by Avalon. I still receive royalties.

I began thinking about “tweaking” O Canada, a few years ago, when I saw our new, young Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcoming little children from war-torn Syria as they arrived at the airport. I had tears in my eyes as he gently dressed them in snowsuits, hats and mittens, as the children were welcomed by our country.  Canada is not their native land, but it’s a land that loves them!

It’s time to update the lyrics of O Canada. I was delighted when the sexist “All our sons command” was changed to “All of us command.”

My British ancestor John Townsend was a politician/actor who immigrated to Canada 200 years ago, in 1817, with his seven children, all actors. My mother’s father was an American cowboy, who immigrated to Canada with my grandmother around 1900. My many cousins and I consider ourselves “native Canadians.”  Some even have skin and hair coloring indicating that they may have been descended from North American natives!

  1. We need to get rid of the expression, “our home and native land.” A lot of Canadian land has originally belonged to our Indigenous people. Also, our many immigrants are not native to Canada.
  2. I‘ve reduced the number of “stand on guards.”
  3. Let’s take God out of this.  Many of us – including our brilliant Governor-General — don’t believe in a supernatural being! WE’LL keep our land, glorious and free!

    I have sent my final version to Hon. Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and hope to meet with her at the Liberal Convention, April 19-21/18.

O CANADA, 2018

O Canada, our home and wondrous land,

True patriot love, in all of us command.

With glowing hearts, we see Thee rise,

The true North strong and free

And welcome those who dream of us,

Wherever they may be.

We’ll keep our land, glorious and free,

Like our bright-red Maple Leaf, which waves for Thee!

O Canada, we stand on guard for Thee!


©Bonnie Buxton , 2018


From Wikipedia:

O Canada” (FrenchÔ Canada) is the national anthem of Canada. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Théodore Robitaille for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony; Calixa Lavallée composed the music, after which, words were written by the poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were originally in French; an English version was created in 1906.[1] Robert Stanley Weirwrote in 1908 another English version, which is the official and most popular version, one that is not a literal translation of the French. Weir’s lyrics have been revised three times, most recently when An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender) was enacted in 2018,[2] but the French lyrics remain unaltered. “O Canada” had served as a de facto national anthem since 1939, officially becoming Canada’s national anthem in 1980 when the Act of Parliament making it so received royal assent and became effective on July 1 as part of that year’s Dominion Day (now known as Canada Day) celebrations.[1][3]






O Canada: Best New Version!

Since we downsized from our house to the beautiful environs of Masaryk Park here in Scarborough Village, Bonnie has been going through the boxes filled with tearsheets and journals of items published or simply written about her thoughts and adventures over the last six decades. Rereading many of these items myself, I’ve been reminded of the fact that she is a very smooth, fluid and dynamic writer. Because she edits everything I write, whatever I produce is much the better for her skilled guidance. Then, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand to welcome the Syrian refugees with their children to our country, she was inspired to take a serious look at the lyrics to our national anthem. While I recognize that not everyone wants to move on from the traditional words in O Canada, there are many reasons why the anthem should become more contemporary. After all, even the current wording is not the original version. And this is the 21st Century.

Here’s what I proudly think is the definitive version that all of us should adopt:

O Canada (2018)

O Canada,

Our home and wondrous land,

True patriot love,

In all of us command.

With glowing hearts,

We see Thee rise,

The true North strong and free

And welcome those

Who dream of us,

Wherever they may be.

We’ll keep our land,

Glorious and free,

Like our bright-red Maple Leaf,

Which waves for Thee!

O Canada,

We stand on guard for Thee!


Copyright: Bonnie Buxton, Toronto. Canada 2018


Top Ten Rules for Dieting When You Are on the Road

Bonnie & I are heading for the Maritimes to visit friends and family on the way there and back. The following rules have kept us in fine spirits and guilt free on previous trips so we’re looking forward to our next culinary adventure.

  1. When you travel, the calories you ingest stay in the city where you ate them.
  2. Vinegar on French fries neutralizes the fat so they become virtually fat-free.
  3. When you eat standing up the calories go straight to your feet — and stay there!
  4. Double-chocolate carrot cake has no calories if shared with a companion.
  5. Anything stir-fried has no fat in it.
  6. Beer dissolves and washes away fat from pub food.
  7. Always remember to include all four basic food groups in your daily meal plan: sugar; salt; fat; and chocolate.
  8. Food prepared by anyone outside your family is calorie-free.
  9. Anything eaten in front of the fridge with one hand on the door, the calories stay inside the fridge.
  10. Cookie crumbs have no calories and, if mixed with ice cream, the calories there are also neutralized.

Keep these rules with you at all times on the road. Bon voyage!