The Maple Leaf Forever

July 1, 2010

Today, July 1, is Canada Day (or as it used to be known, Dominion Day). And as a Canadian living in America it is hard to maintain some Canadian-ness, especially so close to the 4th of July. And me here without a copy of Strange Brew to watch!

As many of you know, Canada’s national anthem is O Canada. But many of you might not know that previous to O Canada there was a song that was considered a national anthem. Written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906) in 1867, the year of Canada’s Confederation, The Maple Leaf Forever highlights historical moments in the early life of Canada including James Wolfe capturing Quebec in 1759 during the Seven Years War and the Battle of Queenston Heights and Battle of Lundy’s Lane during the War of 1812. So for your Canadian pleasure this day, here are the lyrics to The Maple Leaf Forever.

In days of yore, from Britain’s shore,
Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came
And planted firm Britannia’s flag
On Canada’s fair domain.
Here may it wave, our boast and pride
And, joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus:
The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,
The Maple Leaf forever!
God save our Queen and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever!

At Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane,
Our brave fathers, side by side,
For freedom, homes and loved ones dear,
Firmly stood and nobly died;
And those dear rights which they maintained,
We swear to yield them never!
Our watchword evermore shall be
“The Maple Leaf forever!”

Chorus

Our fair Dominion now extends
From Cape Race to Nootka Sound;
May peace forever be our lot,
And plenteous store abound:
And may those ties of love be ours
Which discord cannot sever,
And flourish green o’er freedom’s home
The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus

On merry England’s far famed land
May kind heaven sweetly smile,
God bless old Scotland evermore
and Ireland’s Em’rald Isle!
And swell the song both loud and long
Till rocks and forest quiver!
God save our Queen and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus

You can hear it sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir here.


Canadian Baptist Historical Society Meeting – 2010

November 5, 2009

Canadian Baptist Historical Society Annual Meeting

Saturday March 6, 2010

at

McMaster Divinity College
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S4K1

The Canadian Baptist Historical Society (CBHS) traces its origins back to the nineteenth century when Baptists passionate about their heritage began a process of preserving critical documents and studying the Baptist presence in Ontario and Quebec. Its primary focus is on the history of all Baptists in the Canadian context, but the study of Baptists around the globe is also a part of its mandate. Scholars, pastors, students and those interested in Baptist history are all warmly invited to attend meetings of the society. The CBHS is always interested in paper proposals for its meetings, and if you have a proposal for next year’s meeting please send it to Gord Heath.

The CBHS has also recently started to publish a series of books on Baptist history. Volume one will be Baptists and Public Life in Canada (anticipated publication in 2010). Two other volumes are anticipated in 2011 and 2012.

Future locations will be Tyndale Seminary (2011), Toronto Baptist Seminary (2012) and Heritage Seminary (2013).

Schedule

9:30-10:00am

Business

10:00-11:00

Paper: Kirk Wellum, “The Life and Times of Caleb Evans (1737-1791)”

11:00-11:15

Break

11:15-12:15

Paper: Sharon Bowler, “Answering A Call to Keep Them Up: Jonathan Woolverton (1811-1883), A Physician and Educator in Upper Canada”

12:15

Lunch (at a local restaurant)

CBHS Executive:

President: Michael Haykin
Vice President: Mark Steinacher
Treasurer: Paul Wilson
Secretary: Gord Heath

For further information on the annual meeting, please contact:

Gord Heath
McMaster Divinity College
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1
Tel. 905-525-9140 ext.26409
Fax. 905-577-4782
gheath@mcmaster.ca




Don’t Forget the Canadian Baptist Historical Society Meeting This Saturday!

March 3, 2009

You don’t want to miss the upcoming Canadian Baptist Historical Society meeting Saturday March 7, 2009. The event will be held at Heritage College and Seminary (175 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge, ON).

Don’t miss Dr. Gord Heath (McMaster) on “Ontario Baptists and the War of 1812” and Dr. Stan Fowler (Heritage) on “Theory and Practice of Associations in Early Baptist Life.”

It begins at 9:30 AM and will run until 12:15 PM. Lunch will be followed (for those interested) at Kelsey’s in Cambridge.

The Canadian Baptist Historical Society (CBHS) traces its origins back to the nineteenth century when Baptists passionate about their heritage began a process of preserving critical documents and studying the Baptist presence in Ontario and Quebec. Its primary focus is on the history of all Baptists in the Canadian context, but the study of Baptists around the globe is also a part of its mandate. Scholars, pastors, students and those interested in Baptist history are all warmly invited to attend meetings of the society. The CBHS is always interested in paper proposals for its meetings, and if you have a proposal for next year’s meeting please send it to Gord Heath.

The CBHS has also recently started to publish a series of books on Baptist history. Volume One will be on Canadian Baptists and Public Life (anticipated publication in 2009). Two other volumes are anticipated in 2010 and 2011.

Future locations will be McMaster Divinity College (2010) and Tyndale Seminary (2011).


Decision 2008 Results

October 15, 2008

In typical fashion I stayed up too late to watch the “talking heads” and the election results from last night’s 40th general election in Canada. I am very excited to say the least! As a devout Conservative supporter (and member!) I was encouraged by the final count of 143 seats for Harper and the Conservatives. While this is not the 155 needed to form a majority government, this is a strong mandate from Canadians that they approve of the Conservative approach to leadership and policy. The Conservatives at dissolution held 127 seats. The increase of 16 seats and the fact that the Conservatives won 37.6% of the popular vote shows that Canadians were not willing to embrace Dion and the Liberal platform at this time. The Liberals actually lost 19 seats in the 2008 election and actually sunk to the lowest level of popular support since 1867! What facinates me is that in the United States they are bracing to elect one of the most liberal governments ever, while here in Canada we have elected a Conservative “muscular minority” (Bruce Cheadle, “Tories with Muscular Minority,” The Canadian Press [October 14, 2008]).

I continue to think that Harper is the man to lead. Strong experience and education with a track record of consistent level-headed governing. But, what I am most encouraged about is in two particular Ontario ridings.

First, my old electoral riding of Essex, where I grew up, had been a Liberal and NDP stronghold since at least the 1960’s. But in the 2004 election, Conservative candidate Jeff Watson had ousted long-standing Liberal Susan Whelan, daughter of former MP and Senator Eugen Whelan by only 829 votes. Whelan had thought it too close and ran again in the 2006 election figuring the people would rally back to the Liberals. Instead, Watson won again by an even greater margin of 3617 votes! And yet again, Whelan ran in the 2008 election and lost to Watson for a third time with Watson receiving a hefty 5634 votes over Whelan. Encouraging times for my old home area as they consistently move more and more Conservative even though it so closely borders Windsor which is traditionally NDP.

But, even more encouraging were the results in my new home electoral district of Brant. It too had been a Liberal and NDP stronghold since the 1960’s. But in the last election of 2006, the Liberal candidate, Lloyd St. Amand, only won over Conservative canadidate, Phil McColeman by 582 votes. In the 2008 election, voters, dissatisfied with the Liberals, voted in Conservative McColeman by 4789 votes! This is an incredible leap over the last election. People connected with McColeman and the Conservatives in our area especially over issues of jobs, agriculture, and Native issues.

I am greatly encouraged by the progress we are seeing in Canada to a more and more Conservative government. Lord willing, in the next election, we will see a Conservative majority! For now, please support your MP, and as Christians pray for them and the Harper government that the Lord would use them to further His Kingdom here in Canada and all over the world.

For more on Phil Coleman click on the picture below of Phil and his family.