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

Friday, March 5, 2010

Michael J. Fox at The Closing Ceremonies of Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Michael J Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox in Edmonton, Alberta on June 9, 1961. He is an Emmy Award winning Canadian actor best known for his roles as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy (1985 - 1990), Alex P. Keeton in Family Ties (1982 - 1989) winning three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award and Michael Flaherty in Spin City (1996 - 2000) winning three Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Michael J Fox is also an author and voice over artist including voice of Stewart Little in the Stewart Little trilogy.
Michael J Fox married Tracy Pollan in 1988. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991. He disclosed his condition to the public in 1998 and worsened went into semi-retired from acting in 2000 due to worsening symptoms He has become an advocate for Parkinson's research toward finding a cure establishing The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in May 2000. The foundation is the largest private funder in the US for Parkinson's research. More than $159 million in research has been funded through the foundation directly or through partnerships.
It is always a great pleasure to see Michael J Fox in front of an audience and still active in various smaller roles such as commercials. He is simply delightful and an inspiration not only to those suffering from Parkinson's but to anyone suffering from any disease or disorder. As a Canadian he is definitely one of the best! Here is a short video of him performing at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics game on February 28, 2010.


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