Canadian Myths Revealed
Based on my experiences traveling I have written this page on common myths that people have about Canada. Where possible I have also included the facts that compliment the question. If you have a question that you would liked answered by myself about Canada I would be more than happy to try and answer it.
Canada does not have winter for 11 months out of the year. Yes it is true that the weather in Canada is cold - sometimes REALLY COLD! (Coldest Temperature ever recorded in Canada was in the Yukon at -63 degrees C) However in many/most places Canadians enjoys 4 seasons and hot summers. In Southern Ontario the temperature in July often goes above 30 degrees C as with elsewhere in the country.
Canadians enjoy modern technology in their lives. We have TV's, radios, refrigerators, computers etc. (You would be surprised to find out how many people who didn't know we had those things.) We don't live in igloos (Snow houses) and the VAST MAJORITY of us do not use dog sleds - in fact most Canadians have not used a dog sled.
Canadians do not speak "Canadian". The two official languages are English and French. Many Canadians can speak both and other languages. However aside from a few pronunciations (ie: Americans say "Z" as "zee" and Canadians say it as "Zed"), and spelling (Americans "color", Canadians "colour") the English between the two countries are identical.
Some Canadians say "eh" a lot. Yes that is a given. Sometimes I say it myself. However I don't see what the big deal here is. I know a lot of Americans that say "y'all" with everything. Not every Canadian says "eh" either.
We are not a nation of "draft dodgers". Canada was one of the first countries to declare war in WWI, WWII etc. We even fought in the Gulf War along side many other countries. We are renowned the world for our peace-keeping forces. It just happens that we have a small army. Yes there were many people who came to Canada during Vietnam to avoid the draft but that was their personal choice - not ours.
Most Canadian Citizens are not Mounties. Yes we have the RCMP - but our police officers do not ride around like a pack of Dudley-Do-Rights in Red coats with ponies. This is just like the same way that American Sheriffs do not ride around like cowboys on horses. RCMP officers are hard working individuals who in some places are the police force. The only time that they perform the Musical Ride is for special occasions. (You can see them on Parliament Hill on Canada Day.)
Canada is not a state or a part of the United States. Many people in Europe or elsewhere think that we are Americans. I can see why many people would think that we are Americans as from afar we are similar. However, while Canada does have many ties to the United States, we are a separate country.
Canadians are not subjects. While Canada does acknowledge the Queen, (represented by the Governor General) and under law we need "royal assent' for our bills to become law - Canada is it's own country. We are a "Constitutional Monarchy" - that is we have our own constitution and we acknowledge the Queen as a figurehead - but that's where it ends. Canada makes it's own laws and it is in no way dependant on Britain for laws or governing the country.
Toronto is not the capital of Canada. Ottawa is the Capital. Toronto is however Canada's largest city and the Capital of the Province of Ontario.
DONOVAN BAILEY WAS THE FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD. Okay, things have changed a little...well some American now holds the title...I can accept this...but let's face it, he WAS the fastest man in the world before June 1999. That obviously counts for something. I am gladly acknowledging that another country beat us fair and square. This is what was here earlier:
I don't understand why the Americans can't accept this. We have proved that twice now. The world has always acknowledged the winner of the 100 m dash in the Olympics to be the fastest man in the world. End of story. We'll gladly acknowledge it when any other country beats us fair and square.
Not all Canadians talk slow. I have no idea how this one started. People tell me that I speak to quickly. Go figure.
All Canadians are on a bus going to the US to see a doctor. Have you seen the ads from www.busfromcanada.org? Geeze-louise! Talk about manipulation of the media! The reality is that most of us are, at the very least, within an hour of a good medical care center. Sure - everything isn't perfect with health care - but at least I know that I can have a heart attack in Canada without needing a second mortgage! Americans: please think twice before you believe those ads. This one was suggested by Ed Tokarchik - and I am with him all the way!
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