Monday Moose Roundup: May 23

Six of the best Canada-related links turning our heads and occupying our minds over the last week.

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The North and The Playoffs

Raptors forward Patrick Patterson reflects on the team’s work ethic, strength through diversity, and that special feeling that comes from having the basketball hopes of a whole country resting on your shoulders.

It’s Victoria Day!

The official start of summer, and a celebration of this Moose’s favourite nineteenth century multilingual monarch, Victoria Day is enjoyed around the country in late May. But how much do we know about the Queen herself? Here are five interesting facts about her early form of feminism, her crazy royal bloodwork, and living dangerously.

Only in Canada…do arcane rules about House procedure cause international scandals

In what’s become known as “elbowgate,” the PM caused headlines around the world (yet again) this week by knocking over a member of the opposition while trying to clear the aisles of the House of Commons before a vote on the proposed doctor-assisted dying legislation. Additional childish behaviour on both sides of the aisle, profuse apologies, and a twitterstorm ensued…#becauseits2016.

Praise for the culture of safety in Fort Mac

Garth Rowan explores the culture of safety and emergency preparedness that helped prevent the evacuation of Fort McMurray from becoming a panicked free-for-all and an even greater tragedy, thanks to the city’s main industry itself, widespread education, and a supporting infrastructure focused on calm response to disaster.

Books about expats and early Canada

Iu 12The Economist magazine’s latest “What to Read” feature includes not just one but two selections relevant to this Roundup: The Mandibles, the latest from Lionel Shriver, touching on expat living in the US in increasingly dire times, and Anne Proulx’s new novel about 17th century Quebec and “a tribute to the world’s boreal forests,” called Barkskins.

“Canadians are better than other people”

That’s the title of an article in the Walrus this weekend offering a series of global comparisons about scourges of democracy, and how Canada has (largely) managed to escape electing a leader with Trump-style dictatorial tendencies. Bonus points for excellent deployment of the term Schadenfreude.