Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Saturday, April 25, 2009

CANADA PENSION - Only in Canada .

[From my email files.]

animated writer at computer

Do not apply for your old age pension...Apply to be a refugee. It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 and each can get an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00.

This compares very well to a single pensioner who, after contributing to the growth and development of Canada for 40 or 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement. Furthermore if you had the wisdom to have a RRSP and made other income generating investments you may have earned the right to receive nothing from the Federal Government as they claw your Old Age Pension back because in their opinion you do not need it!!!!!

Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!

Let's send this thought to as many Canadians as we can and maybe we can get the refugees cut back to $1,012.00 and the pensioners up to $2,470.00, so they can enjoy the money they were forced to submit to the Canadian government for those 40 to 50 years.

---author unknown

[Note: This was not written by me, it was received by email with author unknown.]

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day 2009 Canada!

Today millions of Canadians join their fellow earthlings to celebrate Earth Day 2009. This is a world wide celebration to bring awareness to the plight of planet earth and what we as individual residents can do to help her. Throughout Canada there are specially planned events to quiet observance. There are tree planting events and students are learning more about earth friendly aka eco-friendly things they can do as individuals.

Ontario is currently the second greenest province in Canada, British Columbia is the greenest and Prince Edward is the brownest (here). Ontario continues to strive towards eco-friendly living. In some areas of the GTA even kitchen waste is recycled. Today the further banning of cosmetic pesticide first announced a year ago on Earth Day was strengthened today (more here) making the Ontario ban the toughest in Canada. Quebec is the only other province with a similar pesticide ban. Loblaws have announced the end to free grocery bags Canada wide. They will now charge 5¢ per bag in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic bags going into Canadian landfills. Toronto announced that city wide beginning in June all retailers must charge 5¢ per plastic bag also in an attempt to reduce the amount of plastics going into landfills. With this ruling it will only be a matter of time before this decision spreads across Ontario.

Please comment on this post as to what you did to celebrate Earth Day as well as any highlights that your province did for Earth Day.

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ron James on Tim Hortons

Most people south of the 49th parallel do not understand the Canadian fixation for Tim Hortons® one of Canada's national icons. For those who do not know Tim Hortons® is a national chain restaurant that specializes in doughnuts and coffee although they are now serving lunch time foods as well. Most of them have drive throughs. However, Tim Hortons® is not just about the coffee and food. It is a social experience! It is the way many Canadians start their day. Timmy's is where the senior citizens meander to to meet up with their friends to while away the morning hours. It is where you go if you want to catch up on the current gossip. It's where hockey Moms and Dads get their double double to keep their eyes open and hands warm during those early morning practices. Timmy's is the meeting spot as in "I'll meet you at Timmy's". It is the focal point for directions as in "You know where Timmy's is" [as if anyone wouldn't know where Timmy's was] followed by "Turn left just past Timmy's". It is so much more than just coffee and food! Now you understand a bit better what Timmy's means you will have a greater appreciation for Ron James on Tim Hortons®. I hope you enjoy the video and it gives you a chuckle.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

By now many communities have held their Easter egg hunts and parades. Today millions of Christian Canadians across Canada celebrate Easter Sunday through church services. Later there will be the coming together of families to enjoy Easter dinner most likely featuring ham. The Lions Club Easter Parade in Toronto begins at 2:00 PM.

Happy Easter,