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

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

National Hunger Awareness Week

Yesterday was the kick-off for National Hunger Awareness Week in Canada.  Canada is a very affluent country, rich in foods it produces and yet food insecurity is a growing concern.  The sad thing is hunger affects children the most and quite often it is hidden.  While an attentive educator can recognize the signs that a child is hungry, children are very good at hiding that they are hungry.  Part of that is shame to admit they are hungry where their peers will turn that against them.  Part of it is some parents warn their children not to tell and part of is just acceptance on the child's part.  Hunger is a personal problem and yet it is also a societal problem.

Across Canada for the next week, hundreds of thousands with the aid of various charitable organizations and service clubs will work diligently to help restock food bank shelves.  I volunteer three days a week at the school breakfast clubs.  This is a nutritional program open to any child who is hungry, no questions asked.  We really need more volunteers so if you have a bit of time in the mornings that you could spend on a very worthy cause, please check with your local schools.  It usually takes 30 to 45 minutes of time.  The pay is amazing - a smile for a child who was able to at least eat one meal that day.  Together as Canadians we can help stamp out hunger in our great nation!