You’re Not Alone in Feeling Alone

A spreading health problem: loneliness.
Rahman Mohamed

In the UK Prime Minister Theresa May created the “Minister of Loneliness”.  Studies suggest that loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  Loneliness can be not being with another person.  For some loneliness is a way of life, working from an apartment and living without a roommate.

Others experience loneliness because of isolation – cut off from other people.  Some who is around or with other people but is separated and feels loneliness.  It can be physical isolation, not having anyone to be with because of where you are.  Even though you’re in a packed office you’re cut off from everyone because you’re in a cubicle.  Because the bathrooms are private the only place you talk to co-workers is at the water fountain or while you’re in line for the bathroom.  When commuting anywhere you’re on public transit and not with someone you know.

Isolation loneliness is also experienced because of exclusion, not with others because they don’t want you with them, aka the high school popularity effect that leaves you alone to suffer loneliness.  Someone who lives in Canada but doesn’t drink and know how to play hockey is left out of the weekly Saturday bar night when people talk about their week, plans, and themselves, not just Nazim Kadri and how he’s playing against Montreal. Continue reading

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How Old is Canada?

When was Canada’s first birthday?
Rahman Mohamed

Happy Birthd'eh.pngThis year Canadians are celebrating 150 years.  Unknown to many its 150 years of confederation.  That’s 150 years as a self-governing nation, signing a treaty that brought 4 British ruled colonies together.

The Great White North has been in existence for billions of years.  The Albertosaurus and the oil fields are proof.  It has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, home of the Indigenous North Americans, victims of colonialism.  Canada though has only been a self-governing nation recognized by the world for 150 years.  Is July 1, 1867 really when Canada was born or has it forged its birth certificate? Continue reading

Canada: A Nation Overseas?

A nation that might possibly increase its Atlantic and Pacific coastline
Rahman Mohamed

After the American election there were immediate reports of California proposing to leave the United States in response to the Presidency of Donald Trump.  There were propositions of California becoming its own nation or joining Canada with other Western Democratic states.  In terms of California Canada has seen movement in business; some have moved North while others have moved south.  #Calexit is still strong on Twitter.

Prior to this a new account advertising and supporting the California referendum (@YesCalafornia) has appeared and has been verified by Twitter.

Recently a suggestion appeared for Canada’s 11th province, one that sits across the Atlantic: Scotland. Continue reading