I Love You, Ontario

“The equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world …  these principles have been confirmed in Ontario.1

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Your borders don’t define you.
Your people do.

We swim in your great lakes.
We camp in your parks.

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Snowmen line the yards.
While wet mittens sit on the radiators.

Anishinabe, Missassauga, Mohawk, Algonquin, Cree, Ojibway.
India, Brazil, Sudan, Ghana, Greece, Poland.

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Refugees and survivors.
A place to build a home.

From John Sandfield to Kathleen.
Banting and Best, Cuddy and Keelor.

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French and English.
Cantonese and Farsi.

We sit amongst the trilliums,
while seeking shade under the maples.

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Dancing in your clubs.
Skating in your rinks.

Driving on the 401.
Riding the 501.

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A road trip to Ottawa or Thornbury.
Staring up at the stars from a dock on a lake.

Eating pho and schnitzel, or
Bagels and injera.

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In our cities with skyscrapers and
our LCBO in the centre of our small towns.

We drink and play.
We kiss and dance.

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We strive to be greater
than the sum of our parts.

We define ourselves by what we’re not,
and often miss who we are.

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                                                            It’s ours to discover.

  1. Human Rights Code, http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90h19_e.htm []

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