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

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!

1 comment:

  1. Too bad it's just a day, it should be an Earth Week. That would be amazing because so many good things are done during that one day. Earth deserves more days like these. Not just once a year.

    Take care, Elli