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Oh, Canada. This is your week to shine, dear neighbor to the north. You gave us Strange Brew, Bryan Adams, Michael J. Fox and Phil Hartman. We share a border, our economies are dependent upon each other to a certain degree and you have polar bears—and they kinda rock. Because of all these things, and because you have a bacon named for you and you allow your favorite sport to get a little bit agro if the audience seems to be losing interest, we salute you.

The Boise State Canadian Studies Program is hosting a week-long celebration of all things Canada, with events ranging from Canadian trivia contests to lectures on the economy, judicial system and environmental concerns by experts in their respective fields.

Tonight's knuckle-whitening lecture features a debate on the Canadian judicial system. Some have questioned Canada's method of appointing judges as opposed to electing them as we do in the good ol' United States. A panel comprised of the Dean of Concordia University and former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Cathy Silak, Associate Professor of Political Science from Pittsburgh University Chris Bonneau and Associate Professor of Political Science at Boise State, Lori Hausegger, will debate the merits of both methods based on their experiences. The lecture is at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Barnwell Room at Boise State and is FREE.

In the meantime, here's a little something to get you in the mood. Take off, eh.