It was a hot Canada Day in Hamilton this year, but that didn’t stop people from celebrating the nation’s birthday.
Here’s a look at what people had to say.
Jim Watson, 29, Hamilton
“The thing I want to see Canada really focus on over the next few years is as far as the arts culture goes [that] includes film, television, music, I want us to really focus on separating ourselves from the American standard. We have an amazing culture on our own, and we don’t define our successes by what they state to be what is current. We have our own current.”
Jai King-Green, of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
“Justice for Indigenous people across the board. In Ontario it’s not as much as the other provinces. I feel like Ontario is a little bit more liberal in their approaches and their understanding of Indigenous people, but it still happens. Regardless it still happens. There’s so much more that needs to be addressed and needs to be understood, but I feel like Southern Ontario mostly is very understanding in terms of moving forward with the truth and reconciliation and a lot of the recommendations that came from that, but like I said, it’s still happening.”
Allan Stokes, 53, Toronto
“Reverse the legalized pot [law]. I don’t think it’s right.”
Alicia Sukhanan, 15, Hamilton
“Better environments because global warning is getting warmer and there’s more things that are changing in the environment.”
Jennifer Giavedoni, 54, Winona Ont.
“I would like to see a better education system put in place where children are not passed from grade to grade. If they have a problem it should be [taken care of]. Teaching aids should be called in and things should be addressed then and there and it shouldn’t just be passed on to the next teacher and the next grade.”
Howard Frayne, 62, Hamilton
“One change in the future for Canada. I would like the youth offenders act changed so that there’s a little bit more penalty for them because they seem not so fearful, breaking laws and that. It’s too lenient the justice system for them, so I’d like to see that changed.”
Amera Abdusalam, 13, Hamilton
“More celebrations and holidays here.”