We often take where we live for granted. 

I'm reminded of that more and more lately with all the violence that’s happening around the world, from Orlando to Turkey; to the frustrations coming out of the UK as a result of Brexit; and let’s not forget the craziness that is the US Presidential Election which will be decided by its voters come this November. 

I’m seeing a scary trend on Facebook lately - many of my friends are truly worried about the current state of the world. We seem to have plunged into chaos and don’t know how to get out of it. One of my girlfriends said it’s time to move away and be a hermit somewhere, away from the noise and violence. She’s not the only one saying this - on a regular basis.

‘How to move to Canada’ is an increasingly popular Google search phrase and I often forget that I am fortunate enough to live in this gorgeous country. We actually have a Prime Minister who puts his money where his mouth is and is well respected among world leaders. Our PM is changing the narrative and proving that Canada can influence and lead on the world stage towards a more inclusive model of society - that opening our doors to those in need (in this case, refugees) is the right thing to do. To refuse to live in fear but instead live with openness and kindness will make a society richer.

Canada is not perfect, but it’s perfect enough for me. And today is July 1st where we celebrate Canada Day, where I’ve never been prouder as a Canadian.