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, January 30, 2015

New Anti-terrorism Laws

Like many Canadians, I was shocked and saddened at the acts of terrorism resulting in the loss of life on Canadian soil.  It concerns me to hear of Canadian citizens leaving or attempting to leave Canada with the intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism.  It concerns me more that Canadians are actively being recruited by terrorists to join their cause.  I listened with excitement to Prime Minister Stephen Harper announce the Federal Government's new anti-terrorist laws.

The much need new anti-terrorism bill gives CSIS more anti-terror powers, including power to thwart a suspected extremist's travel plans. Those who are trying to leave Canada  with intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism can be detained.  These individuals can be denied entry reentry amd  they can be have their Canadian citizenship revoked.   CSIS will now have greater authority to take down any Canadian-based website promoting jihadist terrorism and I suspect any other type of terrorism.  This ability in itself, should help lower the recruitment of Canadians by overseas terrorists.   PM Stephen Harper admitted that some of the online activities of terrorists will be hard to detect but the new legislation will help keep Canadians safer.  He stressed that the new laws would ensure Canadian rights and freedoms.   He said the Canadian government will move ahead and modified as new terrorist threats evolve.  There will be judicial warrants required for certain procedures.  The solutions are not perfect but they will be able to intercept more people heading out of Canada with the intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism.  There will be a greater sharing of information between governmental departments especially immigration and law-enforcement.  It's important to note that these measures are designed to go after terrorists and potential terrorists, not just regular Canadian citizens so these are people that have been identified as posing a threat or a potential threat and they are going to nip it in the bud before they have a chance

I agree with the new anti-terrorism laws that will essentially close loop holes that some terrorists were utilizing.  These measures will prevent terrorists from using Canada as a haven for protecting their violent ideals.  These new laws are very much needed and welcomed!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Canada World Jr Champs

What a game!  What a win!  Final score 5/4 for Team Canada.  So proud to be Canadian...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Canadian Fish Coating

Canadian fish coating
Canadian Fish Coating

My husband and I enjoy local fresh fish, mainly perch and pickerel but also bass and whitefish when we can.  Fishing has played a role in our lives and while my husband does not fish, I felt it was an important life skill to teach our kids.  We spent many a summer morning doing a bit of fishing and quite often we did a bit of fishing while camping.  Bass fishing is popular in our area.  There is nothing like walking around a campground with folks frying up their catch in huge fry pans, always ready to share. 

I don't fish as often as I once did but still enjoy doing so occasionally.  One of our friends is an avid fisherman so keeps us supplied with perch and pickerel plus we frequent the many local charity fish fries during the winter months.  The fish fries are common fund raiser social events in smaller communities in southern Ontario.  They are usually held each Friday starting in October and ending with Good Friday in April.   Fishing is so popular in our area that Canadian fish coating is available at the grocery stores, Home Hardware and Canadian Tire.  This light coating is perfect for perch and pickerel!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

How Canadian Are You, eh?

How Canadian Are You, eh? app
Loading Page of App
image by: Garden Gnome
graphics by: Citizenship and Immigration Canada

It has long been said that Canadian know more about Americans than they know about themselves.  There is an element of truth in that assertion.  Before patting ourselves too hard on the back though, it is a good idea to take a step back to assess how much we know about ourselves.  Citizenship and Immigration Canada has made available a wonderful little app called, How Canadian Are You, eh?  This nicely designed app is presented in quiz form.  There are twenty multiple choice questions.  At the end of the questions your score is tallied.  The higher the score, the more Canadian you are.  Well, that's the underlying premise anyway.  This app is a great way to brush up on your Canadian facts.  It can be downloaded in the App Store (Apple). 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Like many Canadians we enjoy spending time in the sunny south so we bought a vacation home in Florida where we spend a little over three months of the year broke into two main blocks of time, one month in the spring and two in the fall.  This past fall we were there for four weeks, home for three then back for five.  Let me tell you, that five weeks grated on my nerves to no ends.  One of our neighbours there apparently doesn't know how to use Google so is quite insistent on pestering us with "Does Canada have [item du jour]?"  And, his questioning is nothing more than ignorance at best.  He was quite surprised to find out that Canada does indeed have paved streets!  Trust me, my natural Canadian politeness was tested to the nth degree.  I did play with his ignorance a little just because I could.  However, the neighbour was benign in comparison to the rest of the general mood we encountered down south.

Despite nearing the holiday season, there was a downright somber atmosphere.  The police brutality and race relations protests were clearly having an impact.  The more I heard about them and the closer they got, my desire to return home became stronger.  Then there were the tragic deaths in Ottawa and just general increasing violence.  Clearly we live in trying times! 

For this Canadian, there is no place like home sweet home...Canada!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! Welcome 2015

Wishing each and everyone of you a very Happy New Year!  Welcome 2015...