Advance View: Add a blessing to Canada Day

Today is Canada Day.

It’s Canada’s 147th birthday, and it is a day for celebration.

This is a day to celebrate everything that is good about this country – and that’s a lot to celebrate, because by anyone’s standards and regardless of the yardstick used, Canada is at or near the very top of any list of the very best countries in the world.

Like any birthday, this is also a good day to take positive note of things that we could improve as the clock ticks through our next year.

We’re not going to get into a lot of nitpicking here, but we’re going to make one suggestion for one improvement that could make an important difference throughout the world.

Really, it’s a follow-up to a suggestion made by Langley Advance reporter and columnist Matthew Claxton recently [Canada could eliminate cancer, June 19 Painful Truth, Langley Advance].

The headline of his column says it all: Canada could eliminate cancer.

It’s not a far-fetched idea.

As Claxton noted, it could be Canada’s equivalent to America’s moonshot of the 1960s.

Canada is already a world leader in cancer research and awareness, thanks in no small part to Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, which was aimed at raising just one dollar per Canadian at the time, but which has snowballed into world-wide Fox Runs that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars.

Canada could pick up the ball that cancer took from Terry’s hands in Thunder Bay in 1980, and run it past the finish line in a massive – but doable – effort.

Like the moonshot, the benefits and economic side-effects of such a shot aimed at the heart of cancer would far outweigh any cost of the attempt.

Canada Day is a great time to celebrate and to count our blessings – and overcoming cancer would be a great blessing to add to the list.

– B.G.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Stars offer four tickets to tonight’s Langley concert to $500 donors

From country music celebrities to NHL alumni, many famous faces hit the links at Redwoods today.

Langley animals feeling effects of smoky skies

Animal shelters are trying to keep their critters healthy through the smoggy days.

Medevac called to South Surrey business

‘Serious workplace incident’ reported to WorkSafeBC

Langley City in need of some Terry Fox Run helpers

People can help out on run day or be involved in preparations before then.

VIDEO: Mustang Roundup in Langley attracts car lovers from all over

A car show dedicated entirely to one model of Ford drew admirers and collectors to George Preston Recreation Centre.

Vehicle fire on the Coquihalla

Heavy congestion in north bound lanes

Prime minister greeted by B.C. premier as cabinet retreat begins

PM Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan meet in advance of federal cabinet meetings in Nanaimo

Are your kids anxious about going back to school?

BC Children’s Hospital offers tips to help your children be mindful and reduce stress

New trial ordered for James Oler in B.C. child bride case

Meanwhile, appeal court dismisses Emily Blackmore’s appeal of guilty verdict

This trash heap in Vancouver could be yours for $3.9 million

Sitting atop 6,000 square feet, the home was built in 1912, later destroyed by fire

Date rapist left victims with ‘long-lasting, emotional scars,’ judge says

Klifford Kenyon of Abbotsford sentenced to additional two years in prison

Fire in barn that housed therapy horses has been confirmed an arson

Abbotsford Police Department is now investigating and seeks witnesses

Team Canada’s next game postponed at Little League World Series

They’re back in action on Wednesday against Peurto Rico

Most Read