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, October 7, 2011

I'm Canadian

A few days ago I talked about some of the differences between Canadian and American telemarketers.  Now being a polite Canadian who spends a portion of her time in the US at our vacation home I get to deal with American telemarketers.  I have got one of the best comebacks for them ever!  See they go into their sales pitch without giving you time to even understand what they are saying.  Now, we just recently moved (Sep 1 to 14) and quite frankly I'm tired so if anyone goes into a sales pitch I'm likely to drift off into a bit of cat nap.  When I awake from the cat nap I simply say I'm Canadian to get a resounding click indicating the telemarketer is no longer interested in talking to me.  I have no idea why since I was polite and the whole bit.  Heck, I hope they call again so I can have another cat nap :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jim Carrey on Canada

We are Canadians spending about three months of the year in the sunny south mainly in Florida where our vacation home is but we also make an annual trip to Las Vegas.  Now officially we are not snowbird but more like somewhat snow birds.  Our trips to Florida are spread out over May, September and December for two to five weeks at a time.  Oh good gosh, I can so relate to Jim Carrey being a Canadian in the United States!  During our recent visit to our vacation home where it was a balmy 90°F (yep they use degrees F not degrees C but quite frankly I prefer degrees K) even though folks at home were turning on their furnaces, I was once again accused of having a Canadian accent.  According to my husband who is first generation Canadian born on his paternal side I do have an accent.  Anyway, I don't.  And for the record I proudly showed our new American friends our Loonie and Twonie too while describing how polar bears frolic in our backyard and beavers build dams in our swimming pool - just kidding!  I did introduce them to peameal bacon, a southwestern Ontario delicacy and rye.  They never had rye as they call it whiskey down here.  Oh yes, and I did show them Canada's newest national drink, the Caesar.  Good gosh, they were mesmerized!  And then I got out my collection of Canadian music - Corb Lund, Celion, Quartette - you know all the goodies.  It was a great time but I'm telling you it would be so easy to pull a Jim Carrey!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Canadian verses American Telemarketers

I honestly detest telemarketers.  For the most part I put them on call block or if one gets through depending on my mood I may have a little fun at their expense.  We live in beautiful Ontario, Canada and recently moved.  I kid you not two days after the phone was connected we got a call from a telemarketer!  Now see this is kind of slow because when our vacation home phone in sunny Florida was connected we got a telemarketing call about 3 minutes later.  So I'm feeling a bit slighted at having to wait two days for my first telemarketer on our brand new phone number.  Canadian telemarkets are slow on the draw likely because they had to wait for Emily from Bell Canada to phone them with our updated info.  They likely had to press all the buttons, sit on hold and twiddle their thumbs until Emily finally gave them our new phone number.  American telemarketers obviously have a direct feed as to when a new phone number goes live.  The last digit comes down and they are in dial mode, connected directly to greet you to your new phone number within seconds.  I can't believe how efficient they are!

Another vivid contrast is in, how shall I say the forcefulness of the sales pitch.  If I had a choice between telemarketers I would choose a Canadian one any day!  They are for the most part polite and know the meaning of no.  While they will promise to take you off their call list that might not happen but they are still polite.  American telemarketers are blunt, to the point of being rude bordering on obnoxious.  They do not comprehend no or I'm not interested and can become quite insulting even abrasive if you use either of these terms.

Speaking as a Canadian who has had experience with dealing with both Canadian and American telemarketers, the Americans could stand to learn a lesson from their Canadian counterparts!