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Canada Day , July 1st: Time to Toot Our Horn Again

Credit: an artistic canadian flag

July 1st, as Canada Day celebrates its 147th birthday, I celebrate Canada’s triumphs. Next to the United States we might seem insignificant but remember: looks are deceiving.

Maclean's Magazine just published a Canada vs. America issue proclaiming "99 Reasons Why it's Better to Be Canadian:We're happier, fitter and richer and our kids are smarter too." You can read all the statistics in the July 8, 2013 edition of Maclean's.

Of course I read this issue with glee. I am not competitive in my personal life, choosing to also praise and exhort others, but I have an ingrained, historically rooted compulsion to out rank the powerful country to the south of me. Perhaps it is a David and Goliath syndrome. Here is a list of why I love Canada, a handful of the stats do come from Maclean's.

Lyrics O Canada (English version)

I live in south - eastern ontario
O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

  1. We are more popular; wearing a maple leaf on your backpack means people treat you well in other countries
  2. We say eh? a word reaching out in agreement and not huh? which just sounds like the speaker is dumb
  3. One square kilometre of land for every three people
  4. We are funnier- Wayne and Schuster, Lorne Michaels, John Candy, Mike Myers,Jim Carrey, Catherine O'Hara, Seth Rogen Jay Baruchel,Michael Cera....
  5. Our banks are better- 4 of the top ten in the world are Canadian, the top U.s. bank ranked 9th-Citigroup
  6. For our population we break more Guinness world records
  7. Our government does not kill people; capital punishment was abolished in 1776 and no one has been executed since 1961. The States has 3,125 prisoners on death row.
  8. maple syrup
  9. We are more fit. 35.9 Americans are obese and only 24.5 OF Canadians are overweight.
  10. We live longer- an average of 3 years longer than American
  11. Americans always make fun of us because we are polite; we always say. "I'm sorry" but researchers at the University of Waterloo say it is boosts happiness. Apologizing to the police for speeding results in an average drop of $51 in fines
  12. The wilderness -- we still have lots of it
  13. Our lobster tastes better
  14. Our roads are safer
  15. Fewer homicides per person and mass murders are rare
  16. Our national animal, the beaver, is industrious and rugged
  17. The salmon run
  18. We lead in quantum computing
  19. Our judges are appointed not voted in
  20. We can read the cereal box and road signs in two different languages
  21. A whole T.V. channel dedicated to politicians bickering
  22. Place Names that come from Aboriginal languagesWe have better skiing with more ski trails, longer runs and more snow on Canada's Whistler Mountain compared to America's Vail
  23. We dominate hockey; it is Canada's game
  24. We get more paid holidays. 23% of Americans get no paid time off. ALL Canadian workers get at least 2 weeks paid vacation + 9 paid public holidays
  25. Newfies - I love their accent and sense of humour. They are the salt of the earth
  26. The north is a land of untouched beauty
  27. Driving for miles across the flat prairies. We spotted a farmhouse that was 60 kilometres away!
  28. Easy geography classes: we only have ten provinces and three territories
  29. Excellent education system ; our 15 year-olds score in the top 10 of 65 countries. American kids are #17.
  31. Lots of immigrants -- this is the place people from all over the world want to come to!
  32. Our Government apologizes for past mistakes!
  33. We get Visits from the Queen and other Royals
  34. Our corporate taxes are lower
  35. An almost peaceful history
  36. Intelligent population
  37. When spring comes, we appreciate it
  38. We know how to make good, strong, HOT tea
  39. The weather is a legitimate topic of conversation and we ALWAYS talk about the weather
  40. Toques
  41. Coffee Crisp ... Only available in Canada!
  42. Affordable university tuition
  43. Lots of fresh water!
  44. We're less pushy than some other countries
  45. We let everyone come here, and do their thing. Even if they wouldn't do the same for us.
  46. Ketchup chips ... Only here.
  47. Moose,Elk, Deer
  48. Brown Bears,Polar Bears
  49. So many rivers and lakes- we live in the land of a thousand islands
  50. Great fishing, especially in fly in camps up north
  51. Majestic mountains
  52. Coasts on three oceans
  53. Second largest country in the world
  54. Largest prosperous country in the world
  55. Freedom
  56. Peacekeepers
  57. Aboriginal people who have fought in all the wars, with an astounding war record
  58. Official recognition of rights of Aboriginal Nations embedded in our national constitution
  59. No one ever won between the French and the English: we just compromised!
  60. Every landscape imaginable, all in one magnificent country
  61. Enormous National Parks
  62. Anne of Green Gables
  63. Lots of hockey rinks, great outdoor skating rinks in almost every village, town and city. We even have one and our population isn't even posted
  64. Car heaters that plug-in when it's cold. Even store parking lots provide plug-ins
  65. Icicles- some are 3-4 feet long from our roof
  66. Skating and hot chocolate
  67. Beaver Tails
  68. The longest skating rink in the world on Ottawa's canal
  69. Sound of crickets
  70. The sound of Canada Geese flying back from their holiday in the South
  71. We spell colour and neighbourhood the right way
  72. We are proud of our British roots
  73. Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis
  74. We love to make fun of ourselves
  75. We love to make fun of people who don't know anything about us, especially Americans
  76. Terry Fox was one of us
  77. Gordon Lightfoot
  78. Lenard Cohen
  79. Arctic Rangers
  80. The change of seasons
  81. Incredible beauty
  82. The tundra
  83. Best opera house in North America is Toronto's Four seasons Centre built by Jack Diamond who built Mariinsky 11 theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia by invitation of Valery Geriev
  84. by request TIM HORTENS

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6 comments on Canada Day , July 1st: Time to Toot Our Horn Again

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By riginal on July 02, 2014 at 09:36 am

1.We have stuffed animals with long tales and they bounce all over the country at election time. We end up stuffed after we vote them in.

2. This is a well known fact reported in the survey by G Heavens signed by God. God created Canada in the likeness of Australia. Realizing his mistake he said and i quote..."Good heavens, pardon the French?"

3. We are a bunch of descendant criminals with a proud British history of descending into criminals and we were and are proud of our British links...and rusted chains.

4. We Australians speak in one tongue. 19 million of us with one tongue. No one can understand us...we don't understand us.

5. You have snow...we have ice,bags of it.

6. We stick to our guns, then they unstuck our sticky guns and took them away.

7. Only one person a year gets drunk in Australia. They just keep inviting me every year.

8. Only one person a year gets assaulted. Then peppered with pepper spray. They invited me!

9. Fly bi s or straight flys we don't discriminate.

10. Our fish are so fresh and friendly they walk in off the street and batter themselves. Fry doing that.Can you do batter?

11. You can drive backwards in Australia and no one blinks an eyelid...specially the ones you back over.

12. We have mountains...of debt.

13. The banks here leave their tills open...after they've been robbed.

14.We have rangers waiting in the bush. For the Bushrangers.We don't have to call the Canadian Mounties. Their horses are lousy swimmers and Australia is a tad too far anyway,pardon the French.

15. We have a health system that looks after you even after you die. As long as you don't mind waiting a bit longer for your cup of tea. If you're dead lucky you'll get a straw with it.

16. We have the best maple syrup. We import it from Canada.

17. We have no natural disasters like a President. Just a Prime Minister some say needs to be fired up or upon,or set alight...or sent to Canada via satellite. But we have no guns so if you'll send us a Maple Leaf with some drawing pins in it we could stick it to him?

18. We have bare rooted trees from England. English Elm etc. Apparently the bears in Canada in mating season will try to do the same to people hiding behind trees in Canada eating chicken legs with their bear hands and why wouldn't you let the bear get his hands on your chicken leg? Gives you a chance to run back to the chicken coop so your hubby can lock you in Melanie!

19. We have millions of wide open spaces. They call them parking bays.

20. I've been told you have a wonderful country Melanie and one day i'm coming over i don't care if i have to bear all to get there as long as it's not during mating season because i have chicken legs. You take care girl and give my regards to those people eating you out of house and home.

21. Cheers...

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By melanie jean juneau on July 02, 2014 at 01:18 pm

ah...jeepers, your list is funnier than mine!!

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By riginal on July 02, 2014 at 08:19 pm

...and you're cute Melanie, seems the majority of women in Canada appear to be. Must be the water? And you are proud of your country. Can't beat that girl! We are still a young country. Just need a decent leader to change its nappies. Come to think of it! You're a dab hand at that. And don't tell me you're like Barb...too busy. You girls are so so lucky!

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By melanie jean juneau on July 02, 2014 at 08:25 pm

laughing...time for a melanie rant.. I was a cute little kid (the grade 6 girls carted around like a doll when i was in knidergaten becuase I was under 30 lb) , a cute little mother and now my kid's friends think i am cute. because I weigh around 104lb.. I will be a cute little old bird lady.. doomed to be forever cute

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By riginal on July 02, 2014 at 08:59 pm

cute is cute girl and age doesn't diminish. The only thing you have to weigh up in this world is what you present as so i have rounded you off to the nearest decimal cute...then sum.You have a great day,and be nice to your hubby. Remember him Melanie? The shadow behind your laptop handing you a cup of tea laced with ginkgo biloba in the vain attempt you may at least remember or acknowledge him?

Women! how lucky they are to have a man to lean on...or as in your case,to trip over! This is only a guesstimate mind you! I'm sure if a raging black bear burst in your front door your husband would make it a cup of tea just to get some attention.Then he'd probably turn around and ask the bear politely if it would mind trying to get you off the laptop.Men, they're always grizzly...or asking something else to be?

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By melanie jean juneau on July 02, 2014 at 09:14 pm

yes.. you guessed it... I sometimes get too obsorbed in writing and I will remember him- thanks... darn it a raccoon is smashing around in the summer kitchen again.. mad that I moved anything edible

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