U of G Historian Makes Headlines on Canada Day Celebrations


Prof. Matthew Hayday

Prof. Matthew Hayday, Department of History, spoke to several media outlets about how this Canada Day has been different from recent previous ones but not altogether unique.

Hayday explained to the Vancouver Sun that Canada has a “rich history of ‘distanced celebrations’” and that radio, TV and now online broadcasts have often brought us together. Even in a pandemic, the need for engagement in a community continues, he added.

He discussed similar themes with CTV Kitchener.

Hayday also spoke with the Toronto Star about why Canada Day has not always been a day of celebration for everyone in the country. And he appeared on CBC Radio’s The Morning Edition.

Hayday studies the political and cultural history of post-war Canada and has published about the history and evolution of Canada Day as well as other national and provincial holidays.