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I am back from another shift, trying to recover from a re-caught cold and catch up on a ton of laundry from my trip. CBC is currently airing a public funeral service for 3 of the 6 men that were killed at the horrific attack on the mosque in Quebec by some racist psychopathic idiot. The funeral service looks very full and the capacity of the arena it is being held in is 5,000 people. I saw in the crowd faces of many ages, many ethnicities and costumes of different faiths. The prime minister spoke, municipal and provincial government leaders spoke and various community faith leaders spoke. I am very touched by the show of solidarity across the whole Canadian spectrum. This is what the world needs to move towards. There are so many different kinds of "us" here.
Really, this diversity and tolerance is one of the biggest things that comforts me about this country.
Even at the site up north that I work at, I encounter so many different people from so many backgrounds and we are all just trying to get through each day safely while being able to earn income for ourselves and our families. I have colleagues who celebrate Chinese New Year, colleagues who celebrate Diwali and colleagues who fast during Ramadan.
I used to get a bit affected at the mention of Canadians trying too hard to differentiate themselves from their American counterparts. I'm not even really quite sure why it made me uncomfortable. Maybe because I didn't think it was needed.
But with all the ridiculousness that is spewing out of the Trump administration, I look at this massive Canadian show of love and respect after these tragic murders and I can't help but think HELL YES we are different!