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Monday, July 1, 2013
HAPPY CANADA DAY, FELLOW CANUCKS!!!
Myths about Canada:
- Hockey is our national sport. WRONG. LACROSSE is our national sport. Nobody I know plays lacrosse or watches it, but that's the truth, eh?
- Saskatchewan is the capital of Canada. WRONG. Saskatchewan is a prairie province located between Alberta and Manitoba. The city of OTTAWA, in the province of ONTARIO, is the capital of Canada. Stephen Harper lives there.
- There are no trees or cities in Canada. WRONG. These are seriously questions I was asked on my recent holiday to Michigan by otherwise quite bright people. Softwood lumber is one of our major exports to the USA. I myself live in a city of approximately half a million people (EDMONTON, Alberta), which is the capital of the province of Alberta. I live in a highrise apartment and have never seen a polar bear.
- Our money looks funny. WRONG. Our bills are different colors to make it easy to differentiate them. I heard a story from a woman in the USA recently that she had mistakenly left a waitress an American $100 bill as a tip. They all look the same. The fives are a slightly different shade of blue-green in the USA. Big deal. Our money has neat pictures on it and it doesn't have the all-seeing eye...
- Canadians are called non-resident aliens by the American government and some Americans. I seriously read this on a US government form. I was called an alien on numerous occasions while visiting the USA with a valid and quite recent Canadian passport. I am not an alien. ET is an alien. ALIEN is an alien. I am a Canadian and proud of it and happy to be a Canadian. In my country Americans are not called aliens. Please respect that.
- These are all myths about Canada.I'm just sorry I live in a country that is being rapidly eroded by American values and American debts.
Let's watch the fireworks on July 1 (Canada Day) and join in the celebrations. I always walk down to the Promenade a block away and watch the fireworks at eleven p.m.
- GOOGLE has our Parliament Buildings featured. Check it out; my 5 myths are really only a fraction of the myths about Canada, but perhaps Google will straighten you out and inform the uninformed, eh? Or maybe not.
|This is me at a baseball game in July 2011|