Or as some of us who remember earlier decades like to call it: Dominion Day. On this day, 148 years ago, the British colonies in North America formally banded together in a Confederation that gave birth to Canada. Although we Canadians aren’t as jingoistic as some of our cousins, we can still feel a swelling of pride at our nation’s accomplishments over the years. As an island of calm in a tumultuous world, we’re indeed fortunate and that’s something to celebrate. Mrs Thomson and I will be enjoying nature and a good barbeque, liberally toasting the occasion with some good red wine from the Niagara peninsula.

Now if we could just field an NHL team that can bring the Stanley Cup back to this side of our border with the US of A.