But you do want to be noticed for having the correct Jordache jeans, the highest mark in calculus, and the latest Texas Instrument calculator in its faux denim vinyl case (I did much better on these indicators).
Canada has had its share of being singled out and embarrassed on the global stage. We’ve been picked on by our international peers for our inaction on carbon reduction, for supply management programs in agriculture, and even for poor results in sports. In 2010, Canada was humiliated by being denied a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Most hurtful of all, we are too often not noticed at all by the other kids in the hall. Invisible. Irrelevant.
But 2012 might mark a turn-around for Canada—at least as far as grabbing some well-deserved positive attention. Consider three recent events that put us solidly at the cool kids table.