Etiquette shouldn’t be a bunch of outdated rules from past generations. It should be an evolving set of conventions that we decide as a community about everyday things that might be a nuisance. Phone-etiquette, vaping-etiquette, online-etiquette, drive-thru etiquette, gaming-etiquette. The list goes on.
Islanders need to talk about what’s cool or not so cool in modern life.
Perhaps our list of holidays each year is missing something. It might seem a bit unorthodox at first, but why don't we have some sort of "Ancestor Appreciation Day"? In some parts of the world, that's a holiday that already exists, but it's not so much a thing in Western society. On an island that adores its heritage so much, perhaps we're missing something.
Freedom isn't free! Living in the shadow of the United States, we're inundated with their patriotic messaging. Although Islanders, too, can be quick to use freedom to justify our properity and national pride, freedom means different things to different people.
The Tignish Royal Canadian Legion made international news when two Sikh men were discriminated against by staff and local patrons. Jason MacGregor, a long-serving member of the armed forces explains that the fallout of that event also highlights ignorance of military culture in Canada today.
For living in a place that takes so much pride in joy beaches, winter gives Islanders withdrawals that other North Americans may not understand. But an old airship hangar in Germany offers a solution.