History Prof Discusses Giant Rubber Duck, Canada Day Celebrations with Ontario Today

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Matthew Hayday

Prof. Matthew Hayday, History, was interviewed June 6 by CBC Radio’s Ontario Today (interview begins at 25-minute mark). The interview came amid discussion of news that the Ontario government is helping to pay for a giant rubber duck as a tourist attraction for Canada Day. Hayday discussed the historical context of fun and seemingly frivolous elements of past national celebrations, including deeper issues underpinning these events and why people get so worked up over them. He studies Canada Day celebrations and national identity.