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, March 20, 2010

Canada to Switch to Plastic Bills

The Canadian federal government announced in eary March that Canada's paper-cotton banknotes would be replaced by newly designed plastic ones in 2011. The new plastic bills, made from a polymer material, are harder to counterfeit, recyclable, and two to three times more resistant to tearing according to the Bank of Canada said. Australia has used polymer banknotes since the 1990s and several other countries including New Zealand, Vietnam and Romania have also been using polymer banknotes. An Australian company will provide the material for Canada.

The new notes will be issued in about 18 months and will be in circulation until sometime in 2011. The Bank of Canada has not divulged what the new bills will look like. This prevents potential counterfeiters from starting to produce any counterfeits prior to the new notes circulation. In comparison to the classic cotton-paper Canadian bill the Australian banknote is soft and smooth which will get a bit of getting used to.


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