Vladimir Putin

Ignatieff, Nicholas

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An outline of the two major problems which confront both the youth and the educationalist in Canada. A discussion of Canada's natural resources and how they are being developed. Conflicts between Canada's official statistics and the actual situation with regard to the amount of land suitable for agriculture. Divided opinion as to the new-found mineral wealth. The question of establishing an approximately true picture of Canada's resources; its importance to Canada's youth and their education. The boom psychology of the promoter casting a false light on the whole Canadian scene and in a measure responsible for the difficulties Canada is now facing. The speaker's belief that Canada's future depends entirely on those qualities of character which Canadians will choose to cultivate and develop. Examples of the qualities of Canadians used to conquer a hard environment and achieve spectacular triumphs where the expert and the arm-chair economist would have prophesied nothing but failure. The role of education to awaken Canada's youth to the challenge and inspire them to meet it; to roll up their sleeves and go to work less the West and the North become abandoned wastes. The second problem facing Canada's youth the challenge of ideas and systems which are directly opposed to the ideals and principles embodied in British democratic institutions. The menace of Fascism and to a lesser extent, Communism. A brief outline of an experiment started at Upper Canada College in education for citizenship having regard to those particular factors which affect Canadian youth, and which led to the formation of the Schools Exploration Society. Plans for the Society to foster an interest in Canada's past and make the study of Canadian history more inspiring.