By Peter H. Aykroyd
Whether it's birthdays, marriage ceremony anniversaries, Thanksgiving dinners or New Year's celebrations, we people reveal a unusual compulsion to have fun the ongoing cycle of the recurrent calendar dates that mark our lives.
Public occasions of an identical style evoke a fair extra mentioned reaction. The Anniversary Compulsion makes a speciality of Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967 as an instance of the way a vintage mega-anniversary might be effectively prepared and staged.
With wit and knowledge, Peter Aykroyd describes what percentage of the major parts of Centennial 12 months will surely be found in the staging of what's certain to be an extraordinary all over the world celebratory outburst - the appearance of the twenty first century, the 3rd Millennium.
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Reinforcement of identity is number one in The Anniversary Axiomatique for a reason. Because it is the most important. If Canada as a country could speak with one voice, it would say "I am... " All components would be included: what it has accomplished, what it believes, what it possesses, what it hopes for. In the chapters to come, you will see how sometimes overtly, sometimes subtly, the "I am" components were reinforced in Canada in 1967. C. Douglas had been elected as first leader of the New Democratic Party at its founding convention in Ottawa.
The government-funded station also provided all-Canadian entertainment in the form of the "Tommy Hunter Show," Wayne and Shuster specials and telecasts of National Hockey League games. Was the literary and broadcasting community successful in solidifying Canadian identity? More or less. But American sit-coms and public affairs shows kept streaming through, with no respect of boundaries — an inevitable and not entirely regrettable state of affairs, but one that did not necessarily give Canadians a more sophisticated sense of identity.
The YMCA, the YWCA, the Canadian Conference of Christians and Jews, the Canadian Citizenship Council and the Canadian Amateur Sports Federation were typical of organizations that started writing to the federal government urging some kind of action. Some, like the Citizenship Council, had pure citizenbuilding motives in mind. Others, like the Canadian Conference of Christians and Jews, had student exchange programs underway and saw that if these could be enlarged in scope, this aspect of citizenship could be aggrandized.
Anniversary Compulsion by Peter H. Aykroyd