Saturday, January 31, 2009

Decision to omit O Canada hits patriotic nerve

From Saturday's Globe and Mail — The clot of angry e-mails plugging Zoe Watson's inbox is growing by the hour.

They arrive by the hundreds from every corner of the country, all with a singular message: Bring back the anthem.

“I can't keep up with them,” said Ms. Watson, school superintendent of the New Brunswick district that includes Belleisle Elementary in Springfield, where a decision to cancel daily renditions of O Canada has touched off a patriotic uproar.

In a Saint John Telegraph-Journal article last week, Erik Millett, Belleisle's principal, hinted that he pulled the anthem in 2007 because two parents complained on religious grounds – an explanation that has stirred up a coast-to-coast fury of patriotic indignation.

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