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By Peter H. Aykroyd

Whether it truly is birthdays, marriage ceremony anniversaries, Thanksgiving dinners or New Year's celebrations, we people reveal a unusual compulsion to have a good time the continued cycle of the recurrent calendar dates that mark our lives.

Public occasions of a similar sort evoke an excellent extra suggested reaction. The Anniversary Compulsion makes a speciality of Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967 for example of ways a vintage mega-anniversary could be effectively geared up and staged.

With wit and knowledge, Peter Aykroyd describes what number of the main parts of Centennial 12 months will surely be found in the staging of what's absolute to be an unheard of all over the world celebratory outburst - the arrival of the twenty first century, the 3rd Millennium.

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S. air-defence forces. A mutually beneficial situation, but not without its hazards. When Diefenbaker's government announced in 1957 that two squadrons of the American antiaircraft missile Bomarc would be brought onto Canadian soil, no one objected. But when it became known that the missiles were to be fitted with nuclear warheads, Diefenbaker changed his mind, and relations with the United States soured. Then in 1963 Pearson reversed the decision and the warheads were delivered to Canada. The whole thing was a bungle — and evidence of how difficult it is for a small country like Canada to define its identity and desires, living next door to a superpower like the United States.

On July 1, 1871, British Columbia became a full-fledged province with responsible government and control of its public lands. And little Prince Edward Island, having held out for "better terms," joined in 1873. In 1905, Saskatchewan and Alberta were created, together with the Yukon and Northwest Territories, where commissioners were appointed, self-government to come to those territories later. Newfoundland, the easternmost 43,000-square-mile land mass of the North American continent, the island site of Viking ruins dating from 1000 AD, had been Britain's territory since 1497 and a colony since 1824.

In 1962, the Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau exhibited paintings at a Toronto art gallery and sold out on opening night. Inuit carvings and prints had been sold in the south since the late forties, but this commerce increased after Inuit co-operatives were established, beginning in the late fifties. By the early sixties, Canadian women were also becoming more aware of inequities that made them second-class citizens in a supposedly equitable society. Feminists had been aware of these injustices for decades, but as the Pill now allowed women to control their fertility, they had more freedom to work outside the home and establish careers, a phenomenon that brought women's issues into the public forum.

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