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Sea change coming for our motto
Description: MONTREAL -- They're two short words that would usher in a sea change in the way Canadians view their nation. If boosters get their way, Canada would amend its "From sea to sea" motto by tacking on a reference to the Arctic Ocean. In a country defi
Date: 10 July 2006
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Source: The Globe and Mail
MONTREAL -- They're two short words that would usher in a sea change in the way Canadians view their nation.

If boosters get their way, Canada would amend its "From sea to sea" motto by tacking on a reference to the Arctic Ocean. In a country defined by its geography, engraving "sea to sea to sea" into the official motto would give the overlooked North its due, they say.


More than symbolism, as climate change melts the North's ice and exposes its shorelines, the newly minted motto would help Canada assert its sovereignty over the Arctic, advocates say...


Some academics say the move would add ballast to Canada's claims on the Arctic at a time when erstwhile frozen waterways such as the Northwest Passage are opening up to non-Canadian navigation.

Michael Byers, an expert on international law at the University of British Columbia, said a new motto makes sense "when you factor in the dramatic increases in northern shipping that will almost certainly result from climate change...


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