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Editorial: True North

If you think that a vacation to Canada might be an escape from the heat, you’re wrong. It was pretty humid in Quebec province last week, also. Since Canada is a cold weather nation, the businessmen keep hotel pools well heated year-round. They are at least as hot as the weather. In Canada, the Summer Olympics were an important event. Each medal winner, even in obscure sports such as synchronized swimming, is a front-page story, complete with four-column color photos, a cause for great national pride. This year, 2012, is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. This, too, is an important event in Canada. In fact, a Canadian studio has produced a full-length movie on the war. A promotional advertisement displayed both European settlers and Native Americans coming together to repel an invasion from the United States. The youngsters we were with wanted to know if this was true: Did the United States invade Canada? In that brief conflict, the U.S. was at war with Great Britain. Canada was British territory. So it did make sense for the U.S. to take the battle deep into enemy territory.                            

— J.S.