Rick Mercer's 'Talking to Americans' on the CBC may actually have some relevance today... the best- at 5minutes his discussion with University students about how Canada leaves senior citizens on ice flows to perish. Oh and Saskatchewan is a province in Canada).
Despite our consumption of mostly American media, there are definite differences. Here are a few of my favs:
2. Taking off your shoes in the house. I know I've talked about this before, but after living in four different provinces across the country and having friends from all provinces and territories across Canada, 90% of Canadians consider it rude to leave your shoes on in the house. Taking your shoes off is cool and environmentally friendly. :)
3. We have a slightly softer accent. I know it's tricky for non North Americans to hear, but from a Canadian perspective I can pick out an American accent with about 90% accuracy. Seriously, even if you're from Chicago or Seattle. Canadians, for the most part, have a softer sounding accent. I think it's our stronger British attachment and influence.
4. University vs College. In Canada College= community college, University= university...
5. Celsius vs Fahrenheit. Canadians use Celsius... mostly because it's more accurate. :)
7. Equal marriage rights. Yep, I am so proud that my country supports same sex marriage. Woot!
8. More relaxed alcohol ages and regulations. I'm not sure why this really matters, but I've always found it puzzling how in the states drinking age is such a big deal. In all provinces (except Quebec and Alberta where the legal drinking age is 18), your 19th birthday is a fun time.
9. It's MUCH easier to figure out how much money you have in your wallet. From a quick look and colour count you can easily see if you have 5 or 20 dollars. Five bills in Canada means at least 25$ whereas in the states it could only be 5$... and you have to actually physically check each bill. Also, checking your coin section could reveal another 10$ in loonies and twonies. WOOT!
10. Canadians are more polite. Ok, although this isn't 100% true, I do think that the British influence has had an effect here. Also, I feel that this also applies a bit to Atlantic Canadians more so... that and the fact that it was commented on for the three years I bartended that I said "pardon me?" instead of "what?".
Incidentally, this is all on top of being a fan of our public health care system (although, there is room for improvements, I cannot imaging dealing with cancer drug costs without a health care insurance plan), culturally inclusive culture (relatively), dual official languages (woot le français!) and awesome beer.
Oh... and I found it really weird that while I was in New York everyone said "GOD bless you" when someone sneezed. It was so different I was consciously jolted every time I heard it. Ten years of living across Canada (and 20 years living in Atlantic Canada) and never once a person said the "God" in the "Bless you".
Of course, I'm well aware that there are definite fun parts of living in the USA, just like every other country :) Since I'm Canadian though, sometimes it's fun to share parts I enjoy about living here!
Canadians (or non-Canadians!), what do YOU find particular about Canadian culture? (and please don't say 'aboot'... no one actually talks that way).
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