Fireworks

1 07 2011

It’s Canada Day today, which means that there are fireworks displays going on all through the city. I’m lucky: my balcony faces the lake, so I can get a good view of the Ashbridge’s Bay fireworks show just by sitting in my $19.95 plastic fake Adirondack chair that I got from Canadian Tire. (It’s part of their Gracious Living series!)

When I was a kid, I grew up in one of the last neighbourhoods in Toronto that had its own fireworks display every year – in Broadlands Park, just northeast of the Don Valley Parkway and Lawrence Avenue. Back in the 1960s and early 1970s, the safety laws weren’t as restricting, so fireworks operators were still allowed to set off fireworks that made loud BOOM sounds, or multi-stage fireworks that contained both colourful displays and loud BOOM sounds. Eventually, they figured out that the shell fragments from these fireworks posed too much of a risk to the crowd. (In fact, my next-door neighbour got a bit of shell in his eye – luckily, there was no permanent damage.) So the neighbourhood fireworks had to stop. Now, fireworks are only set off a long way away from crowds.

Here’s a Canadian song called, appropriately enough, “Fireworks”. This is probably the only song ever created that contains a reference to the Flexed Arm Hang portion of the Canada Fitness Test.

Happy Canada’s birthday, eh.

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