Quote: Originally Posted by Ariadne
Canadian culture is the way of life that you enjoy every day. If you lived in Iran, you would live in a different culture, and would adapt to a different way of life. In some parts of Europe, you would adapt to having afternoon naps simply because everything shuts down in the early afternoon. Canadian culture is no more defined by contemporary music and television than Iraq.
US lifestyle is dependent upon superiority and subjugation, not Canada. Spoon fed people are most likely not well educated. Coca Cola exploited santa claus with a simple Adobe Illustrator red coke bottle, but it didn't work. Charlie Brown's Christmas cannot be outdone.
And lifestyles are quite different even across Canada. How many British Columbians go to the maple shak each end of winder? How many Edmontonians skate the Rideau Canal to work on some days of the year? While it's not so common even in Ottawa, some do. How many Torontonians are familiar with the Quebec Carnival, and how many Vancouverites with the Montreal Jazz Festival each year? How many Ottawans go hunting Inuit-style in Winter, and how many residents of Iqaluit go to major festivals? And how many Ottawans pedal to work in Winter compared to Victorians and Vancouverites? Yet how many Victorians are into cross-country skiing?
And that just reflects mostly climate and botany. Now if we go into culture, what about rodeos out west, St. Jean Baptiste Celebrations out east, Hallow'een in English-Canada, Pow-wows in some First-Nations' communities?
So really, immigrant culture is not that significant when we consider that a Quebecer would integrate more easily in France than in Toronto unless he's familiar with the culture, just as a Torontonian would integrate more easily in London England than Quebec City. Not so much because of geography, but rather language, culture, music, religion, holidays, festivals, Royal Anthems (Few Quebecers know the Royal Anthem even in French), etc.
If a Quebecer burst out one day singing Gens du Pays, a bunch of strangers from Quebec could easily join in, but you'd likely be standing there totally lost.As for daily life, they don't even speak the same language on TV, radio, newspaper, magazines, restaurants, shops, buses, taxis, government, etc. etc. etc. Some would struggle asking for directions even if sharing a common nationality.
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny
I don't have my Christmas lights up yet, because I've been busy. Can I blame that on smelly ungrateful immigrants, too?
Quite honestly, if the god fearing, white, christian residents of Taber don't have Christmas lights up, I cannot fathom how fear of a few immigrants would be the cause. Unless Alberta is full of *****s who have no faith in their own professed religion.
I don't have my lights up because, well... I don't profess the Christian Faith. Can I blame that on immigrants too?
Quote: Originally Posted by petros
It's not our way of life that they come here for.
Oh Petros, be clear please. Whose way of life? French Canadians'? English-Canadians'? Algonquis'? Come on, be a little more specific, will you.
Quote: Originally Posted by mayety
This thread just reminded me of when I did volunteer work for the school system, Canada, in the mid-'90s, with the primary Grades.
The teachers reminded me each Christmas to not use the word "Christmas" because of the variety of children in the classrooms, and the right of some of them to not have it shoved down their throat. (...my words, not those of the teachers')
Now that's silly. If a Christian wants to call it Christmas, let him. Likewise if a Muslim wants to talk about 'Id or a Jew Hanukkah, let them too. As long as it's equal for all, I see no issue here. Besides, it opens up children's horizons to different cultures. Why are we censoring educaiton now?