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Delany's, Dundarave, West Vancouver, BC, Canada - 1 July 2014, Canada Day,

Fotoeins Friday: Canadian Flag at 52, for Nation at 150

February 15 marked an important anniversary to which many Canadians still remain unaware.

On 15 February 1965, the present version of the Canadian national flag was raised for the first time outside Parliament Building in Ottawa. At the half-century mark, the flag shows no sign of aging, remaining fresh, new, and relevant to all Canadians who proudly wear the badge around the world. Canada marks its 150th anniversary as a nation in 2017.

More about the “red, white, & maple leaf” here.

I made the photo above in Dundarave Village in West Vancouver, BC, as part of my 16-hour photographic marathon on Canada Day 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014,

Vancouver: “Komagata Maru” centenary (2014)

I wrote previously about the Komagata Maru incident and its importance to the South Asian community in Vancouver and Canada. The incident is one chapter in a long history of racism in the city, province, and country. One of the plaques presented to the Khalsa Diwan Society reads:

British Columbia – Motion of Apology –

On May 23rd, 2008 the Province of British Columbia introduced and endorsed a motion to formally apologize for the events of May 23rd, 1914, when 376 passengers of the Komagata Maru were denied entry to Canada.

Motion No. 62, The Honourable Michael de Jong moved: “Be it resolved that this legislature apologizes for the events of May 23, 1914, when 376 passengers of the Komagata Maru, stationed off Vancouver harbour, were denied entry by Canada. The House deeply regrets that the passengers, who sought refuge in our country and our province, were turned away without benefit of the fair and impartial treatment befitting a society where people of all cultures are welcomed and accepted.

Honourable Michael C. de Jong, Q.C., Minister (Finance), Member of the (B.C.) Legislative Assembly.

The photos show a number of people who attended the commemoration event. Their faces reveal (what I term as) “mixed burdens of survival, relief, and accomplishment” as well as “joy and gratitude”.

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Vancouver: Komagata Maru and echoes of racism in Canada

Years have come and gone, and Canada is a different country on a better course than was set out in 1867. And yet, the ghosts of prejudice still haunt us, right up until today.

(Duncan McCue is a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.)

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