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We're set to sing on Canada Day

By KERRY DIOTTE - Edmonton Sun

SING WITH PRIDE: Remember how we Canadians had a boost of national pride when our hockey team won gold at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City? That day throughout the nation, people spontaneously broke into singing our national anthem.

Well, a 23-year-old education student at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia hopes to replicate that on Canada Day.

Dana Asher has launched a campaign to have all Canadians stand up July 1 at 1 p.m. Alberta time (noon Pacific) to sing our national anthem.

It's the second year she's promoted the idea and it has started to pick up steam.

"I used to listen to a talk show on the way to school and I just got tired of hearing people run down the country all the time. So I thought I could do my part to do something in tribute of the country," says Dana.

"We need more national pride. I figured this is a great way to show our pride to the world, or at least to each other - by coming together at one time and celebrating our country by singing our national anthem."

Dana's had a fair bit of media exposure on her notion and she's even got a Web site at for folks to view and give feedback.

"We all stop and have a moment of silence for Remembrance Day. What's a couple of minutes on our nation's birthday?"

Great idea Dana. Count us in!

If you're a good Canadian, you'll know O Canada was proclaimed Canada's national anthem on July 1, 1980, a century after it was first sung June 24, 1880.

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