Because it’s Canada’s sesquicentennial, we thought we’d ask some of our faculty their thoughts on things you may not have known about the country. We got a variety of responses.
As a new country, people often struggle to identify Canadian foodways. But the answer is right in front of us: it’s our diverse tastes and choices.
Daniel Bender, History
Canada is perhaps the only country that has entrenched a commitment to multiculturalism within its constitution. We espouse not just a commitment to any specific cultural identities and minorities, but to the very idea that we are a multicultural country in our make-up. This is, of course, both celebrated and criticized.
Alison Braley-Rattai, Political Science
Insulin was discovered in Canada by two Canadian scientists. Part of downtown U of T’s heritage is based on Banting and Best.
Aarthi Ashok, Biological Sciences
Canada is the only country with a universal health care system that does not also have a universal plan for prescription medications. The absence of a universal pharmacare plan generates unacceptable inequities and inefficiencies, impeding access to needed medications for much of the population, and enabling pharmaceutical companies to profiteer at the expense of the public.
Anne-Emanuelle Birn, International Health and International Development Studies
Toronto is lucky to have a large green area that is now Canada’s newest national park and Canada’s only urban national park, Rouge Park.
Marc Cadotte, Biological Sciences