What Do You Love About Canada? (And What Don't You Love?)


countryboy
#1
We all live in this big, wonderful, and sometimes confusing country called Canada, and we all have different likes and dislikes (things we'd like to change) about it.

This 2 part poll is simple - 1. What is the BEST thing about living in Canada?
2. What is the WORST thing about living in Canada?

You could do it like this:
Best: blah, blah...
Worst: blah, blah...

Let's see how we really feel about our great country! (And have some fun too!)
 
Cliffy
#2
Best: we can express our opinions.
Worst: someone asking for our opinion (couldn't resist)
 
countryboy
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Best: we can express our opinions.
Worst: someone asking for our opinion (couldn't resist)


Ha, ha...How about this?...

Best: We can express our opinions
Worst: Nobody cares about them
 
VanIsle
#4
Freedom! Mountains. Oceans, Lots of lakes for recreaction. In BC we have pretty good weather nearly all year round. Health care is pretty good but could be improved to levels of about 15 or more years ago.
I'm okay with the Federal gov't. I hate the BC gov't. I hate that we give in to immigrants who want us to change for them when they should live as Canadians always have. On the other hand, I love that we are a multi-cultural country. I wish we were a unilingual country rather than a bilingual country.
Most of all - I love Canada because - it's home.
 
Mowich
#5
Best: Canadians.
Worst: CBC News. LOL!
 
countryboy
#6
Best: Lots of different cultures (and foods)
Worst: Too much "factory food"
 
SirJosephPorter
#7
I remember in one episode of Married With Children, Al Bundy said

“There have been only a few really good scams in the history of mankind. Lock Ness Monster, Canada.”

There is some truth in what he said. Canada is an unlikely collection of provinces, territories, which really have no reason to be together. But now that they are together, they have formed a common identity, a common narrative. And it works, Canada is one of the best (if not the best) countries in the world. And I write it as someone who has traveled over a wide patch of the world and has lived in USA and Britain (a few years each).

Good: one of the highest standard of living in the world, multiculturalism, tolerance, respect for minority right, wide open spaces, plenty of nature.

Bad: I really cannot think of any.
 
SirJosephPorter
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by VanIsle View Post

Most of all - I love Canada because - it's home.

VanIsle, I also love Canada because it is home. But I like it because it is a great place to live. If my home country was say, Saudi Arabia or Zimbabwe, I would still love it because it would be my home, but I wouldnít like it.
 
countryboy
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter View Post

I remember in one episode of Married With Children, Al Bundy said

ďThere have been only a few really good scams in the history of mankind. Lock Ness Monster, Canada.Ē

There is some truth in what he said. Canada is an unlikely collection of provinces, territories, which really have no reason to be together. But now that they are together, they have formed a common identity, a common narrative. And it works, Canada is one of the best (if not the best) countries in the world. And I write it as someone who has traveled over a wide patch of the world and has lived in USA and Britain (a few years each).

Good: one of the highest standard of living in the world, multiculturalism, tolerance, respect for minority right, wide open spaces, plenty of nature.

Bad: I really cannot think of any.

Canada has a "common identity?" Quick please...tell me what it is! I thought that was one of our biggest weaknesses.
 
AnnaG
#10
I posted this in another thread (called Canadian Identity: Un-American):

Quote:

If I believed in countries and stuff I'd say my Canadian identity is that I was born here. My education has been a Canadian one. No other country is like Canada. Right down to the variety of people shown in the demographics, Canada is distinct. We are generally a peaceful people for one thing. That alone distinguishes us from other countries like England, China, Japan, USA, Russia, Israel, Viet Nam, etc. We are a relatively northern people. That narrows the field down even more. We are fairly technologically advanced - the field narrows further. We are slightly on the liberal side of center. We are good samaritans and help people in need. And so on. We are what we are, which is a combination of all the factors I have mentioned and more. We are a specific type of mutt. No other people have that combination of factors. Perhaps we are mediocre, perhaps not. Do we excel in some things? I think so. We've produced some pretty fine poets, scientists, medicine people, etc. and we still have people becoming prominent.
Superficial? Hardly. Superficial would be branding us as a mixed bag of colors with nothing to distinguish one of our cultures from another. Only someone that cannot think would not be able to say what we are.

and I'd like to know what this "common" identity is, too. Is there something besides that we are bipeds living in the northernmost country in North Am?
 
SirJosephPorter
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by countryboy View Post

Canada has a "common identity?" Quick please...tell me what it is! I thought that was one of our biggest weaknesses.

That is easy, countryboy. We are not Americans, we pride ourselves for not being Americans.
 
countryboy
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter View Post

That is easy, countryboy. We are not Americans, we pride ourselves for not being Americans.

And there's that smug, anti-American attitude coming through, loud and clear. It certainly seems to be part our national identity (America-bashing), but it's not something of which I'm particularly proud.
 
Ron in Regina
#13
Generally I love the weather in Canada from May through September with
the long days and hot summers (usually) and Prairie Thunderstorms like
few places on the planet.





Canadian Winters I like less & less every year.




 
countryboy
#14
Best: Our tolerance for others (For everyone except Americans)
Worst: Our intolerance for others (Americans)
 
AnnaG
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter View Post

That is easy, countryboy. We are not Americans, we pride ourselves for not being Americans.

Whooopee. That sure makes being Canadian praiseworthy.
"Whatta maroon" - B. Bunny
 
karrie
#16
What I love the most is that we are a highly diplomatic, peacekeeping country.

What I like the least is our lack of ability to define an even slightly cohesive identity.
 
SirJosephPorter
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

Generally I love the weather in Canada from May through September with
the long days and hot summers (usually) and Prairie Thunderstorms like
few places on the planet.

Canadian Winters I like less & less every year.

Maybe where you live, Ron. Here in Southern Ontario, weather is quite acceptable ten months of the year. January and February are the two months of snow, when we get plenty of it. We may get an odd snow storm in December and march, but that is about it.

So far we havenít had any snow, and none is forecast for the next week.
 
countryboy
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter View Post

Maybe where you live, Ron. Here in Southern Ontario, weather is quite acceptable ten months of the year. January and February are the two months of snow, when we get plenty of it. We may get an odd snow storm in December and march, but that is about it.

So far we havenít had any snow, and none is forecast for the next week.

So you call humidity that would rot your socks off in the middle of summer "quite acceptable?" Must be a different part of southern Ontario that I used to live in.(Mississauga/Oakville)
 
SirJosephPorter
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

What I love the most is that we are a highly diplomatic, peacekeeping country.

What I like the least is our lack of ability to define an even slightly cohesive identity.

But that is how we Canadians like it, Karrie. In USA their model is the melting pot, they want everybody to blend into one cultural identity, into one American identity.

Our model is not the melting pot, but the mosaic. We encourage immigrants to keep their individual culture, their individual identity, rather than blend everything into one national identity.

As long as they donít like America, we are OK with them (just kidding).
 
AnnaG
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

What I love the most is that we are a highly diplomatic, peacekeeping country.

What I like the least is our lack of ability to define an even slightly cohesive identity.

We are all antis.
 
countryboy
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

What I love the most is that we are a highly diplomatic, peacekeeping country.

What I like the least is our lack of ability to define an even slightly cohesive identity.

...And here I thought I was the only one who thought we might have an identity problem!
 
lone wolf
#22
Acceptable by whom? If I want jungle humidity, I'll go to a jungle.

Good ... our tolerance and acceptance of others
Bad ... the lengths we'll go to avoid hurting feelings.
 
karrie
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

We are all antis.

Quote: Originally Posted by countryboy View Post

...And here I thought I was the only one who thought we might have an identity problem!


nope, not the only one country boy, and yes Anna... too many Canadians fall back on the sad attempts to define us merely by what we're not.

Well, I have something in my hand that's not a coffee cup.... that doesn't really help you to know what it IS though, does it?
 
countryboy
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

We are all antis.

OK, I'll bite - what's an "antis?" Seriously, I live out in the woods so I'm not the sharpest tack in the box...I really don't know what that means.
 
SirJosephPorter
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by countryboy View Post

So you call humidity that would rot your socks off in the middle of summer "quite acceptable?" Must be a different part of southern Ontario that I used to live in.(Mississauga/Oakville)

But most houses here have air conditioning, countryboy. Cars have air conditioning as well. So if somebody does not like humidity, he doesn't have to be subject to it.
 
lone wolf
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter View Post

But most houses here have air conditioning, countryboy. Cars have air conditioning as well. So if somebody does not like humidity, he doesn't have to be subject to it.

I like B Bunny....
 
Ron in Regina
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter View Post

Maybe where you live, Ron. Here in Southern Ontario, weather is quite acceptable ten months of the year. January and February are the two months of snow, when we get plenty of it. We may get an odd snow storm in December and march, but that is about it.

So far we havenít had any snow, and none is forecast for the next week.


This is coming our way once Alberta is done with it. We've had about 5" so far this week.

Weather Watches & Warnings: Watches & Warnings - The Weather Network
 
countryboy
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter View Post

But most houses here have air conditioning, countryboy. Cars have air conditioning as well. So if somebody does not like humidity, he doesn't have to be subject to it.

Really? Do you have them new-fangled 'lectric lights too? I guess it's great to have A/C if you don't mind staying sequestered indoors, safely away from all the weather threats and other assorted bits of nastiness out there. Or escape to cottage country on the weekends...oh, oh..too many bugs, right?

Don't kid yourself, SirJP...Ontario has lots of ugly weather, just like most other parts of Canada. Even tornadoes down in "tornado alley" around London. The humidity in Windsor is rather legendary too. And up on the 401 on the way to Montreal (Ontario side), I've seen some pretty nasty whiteouts and snowstorms. Oops, getting away from your "southern" Ontario area there.

Are any of those A/C systems computer-controlled? Oh, oh...could be a problem.
 
countryboy
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter View Post

But that is how we Canadians like it, Karrie. In USA their model is the melting pot, they want everybody to blend into one cultural identity, into one American identity.

Our model is not the melting pot, but the mosaic. We encourage immigrants to keep their individual culture, their individual identity, rather than blend everything into one national identity.

As long as they donít like America, we are OK with them (just kidding).

And aren't we just the picture of outstanding social health? Gawd, I love being a perfect Canadian. I love it so much I sometimes have trouble keeping my lunch down when another perfect Canadian starts telling me just how perfect we really are. Gotta' quit watching CBC so much...it'll put bad ideas in your head.

Didn't you mention somewhere that you lived in the U.S. for a while? If so, which part? I'm not familiar with this melting pot you're talking about. I don't think I've seen it in Arizona, Texas, or California...where there is some of the best Mexican food anywhere, prepared and served up by jen-yew-wine Hispanic families - 3 generations in the one in Sand City, CA - and they didn't look the least bit "melted" to me. In fact, they even spoke Spanish right there in public! The nerve! Mind you, I've only ever been to 46 of the 50 states so perhaps I missed something there.

You might be confusing this melting pot thing with our obsession for too much government up here in peace-lovin' Canada. We seem to have to crank up the legislative machinery every time some well-intentioned do-gooder thinks someone is being trod upon because there isn't a law in place to accommodate his or her particular and unique need at the time.

You would have been fascinated by how the communities of Winnipeg used to deal with "ethnic" issues. The short answer is, they didn't. They just let people be people and the variety of ethnic communities in that city was (and maybe still is) nothing short of staggering. They had their own social clubs that used to "hop" with people having a great time. Hell, their annual Folklorama celebration is a sight to behold. Nowadays, we have lots more government involvement, laws, regulations, enforced political correctness, and a host of other wonderful things to enhance and nurture the lifestyles of all. I guess that's why we're not a "melting pot", like those nasty and rough ol' Americans down there! Sheesh...
 
SirJosephPorter
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by countryboy View Post

Don't kid yourself, SirJP...Ontario has lots of ugly weather, just like most other parts of Canada. Even tornadoes down in "tornado alley" around London. The humidity in Windsor is rather legendary too. And up on the 401 on the way to Montreal (Ontario side), I've seen some pretty nasty whiteouts and snowstorms. Oops, getting away from your "southern" Ontario area there.

Are any of those A/C systems computer-controlled? Oh, oh...could be a problem.


When you go to Montreal, you are getting far away form Southern Ontario, you are near Ottawa there (winters are tougher in Ottawa as well).

And ‘tornado alley’? Really? We haven’t had too many tornadoes for a long time now. What we usually get is the aftermath of the tornadoes after they devastate the Southern coasts of USA. Thus we got aftermaths of hurricanes Andrew, Hugo etc (all we got was a bit of rain).

Ontario may have plenty of ugly weather, Southern Ontario has very little.

And yes, in summer we do have the choice, stay inside the air conditioned house, or escape to the cottage country to the north.

In fact we know at least four doctors who came to Ontario from Saskatchewan, the main reason they gave was the weather (and maybe they make more money in Ontario, I don't know).
 

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