Going Canadian -- All About Canada and Her Culture
By Brian Alan Burhoe
For many, going to Canada is a dream come true. How do you go about it? How do you find ALL the necessary information -- even the information that the official sites don't tell you?
"Canadian and American Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature has so joined together, let no man put asunder." -President John F Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1961.
"The grass in Canada is not stained with blood." -Sitting Bull
Canada is proud of its heritage. From the early days of the North-West Mounted Police -- the Mounties -- to today's technological society, we have it all.
American author James Oliver Curwood called Canada "God's Country" and used that phrase in several of his novels. The Mackenzie Brothers called us "The Great White North." Whether THE GREAT NORTHWOODS of sled dogs and eternal snows -- which still exists -- or the modern, clean, crime-free streets of today's cities -- Canada has become the Place to escape to!
Going Canadian, Eh? -- Our Comedians, Entertainers and Heroes:
Comedy is sacred to Canadians. Mack Sennet, born in Richmond, Ontario, was Hollywood's first King of Comedy -- he created the Keystone Cops (His American business partners said, "You can't make fun of policemen!" but he did anyway.) -- Slapstick comedy -- discovered Charlie Chaplin and many others. Modern times have seen Rich Little, SCTV, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, John Candy, Martin Short, Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Carrey and Mike Myers. The Royal Canadian Air Farce is a Canadian institution.
Perhaps Red Green (Steve Smith) states the Canadian Philosophy best when he says, "Remember -- I'm pullin' for you. We're all in this together."
Canada has produced many famous entertainers: Mary Pickford, "America's Sweetheart," was born in Toronto. She was followed by Fay Wray, Raymond Massey, Lorne Greene, Christopher Plummer, William Shatner, James Doohan("Scotty"), Donald Sutherland, Michael J Fox, Paul Gross, Bobby Curtola, Matthew Perry, Keanu Reeves -- Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, Hank Snow, Paul Anka, Robert Goulet, Anne Murray, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morriset, Avril Lavigne, Nickleback, K-OS...
Authors -- such as Lucy Maude Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), Sir Charles G D Roberts (creator of the realistic animal story), Mordecai Richler, Margaret Atwood, Farley Mowat and Alice Monroe...
Recently, millions of Canadians voted for the GREATEST CANADIAN. Among those nominated were Sir John A MacDonald, Father of Canadian Confederation -- Wayne Gretzky, the world's best hockey player -- Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone -- Dr Frederick Banting, discoverer of Insulin -- Prime Minister Lester B Pearson, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for creating the U.N. Peacekeeping Force -- Terry Fox, Marathon of Hope runner -- and others...
And the winner was... the Rev. Tommy Douglas, Father of Medicare!
MEDICARE -- The Canadian Universal Health Care Program:
Under Medicare, every Canadian citizen is entitled to free doctor's care, Outpatient and Hospital care, minor and major surgery, and much more. Canada's national health-insurance program is designed to ensure that every resident of Canada receives medical care and hospital treatment, the cost of which is paid through general taxes. The Atlantic province of New Brunswick has pioneered a "hospital without walls" program -- treatments that once required patients to be admitted to hospitals are provided in day-surgery units or out-patient clinics, reducing the need for hospital beds.
Canada's free Medicare System has been praised by the World Health Association as the best in the world.
On July 1, 1867, the provinces we now know as Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined together to create the new country: The Dominion of Canada. It was the passionate idea of a man named John A MacDonald, the "Father of Confederation." Confederation was made official by the British North America Act of 1867.
As time passed, other provinces and territories -- Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward island, and Newfoundland -- joined Confederation and became part of Canada. In 1873, Prime Minister John A MacDonald created the North-West Mounted Police to bring Law and Order to the lawless West and Yukon Territory. The Mounties were in place when Sitting Bull lead his Sioux into asylum in Canada, seeking refugee status for his people. The Mounties kept the peace. To bind the new Dominion together, MacDonald built the Canadian Pacific Railroad, which stretched from Nova Scotia on the Atlantic to British Columbia on the Pacific.
The Maple Leaf
The maple leaf is a popular symbol of Canada. It was used as an unofficial symbol of Canada as early as 1700. It is on the penny, our one-cent coin, where its design has hardly changed since 1937.
Since February 15, 1965, a red maple leaf has been on the official national flag of Canada (at that time the Maple Leaf Flag replaced the Union Jack). The Maple Leaf has become our most prominent symbol.
Each year on July 1, we celebrate Canada Day, formerly Dominion Day, the anniversary of Confederation.
The Canadian National Anthem:
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!
Throughout the world, Canada is recognized as one of the best countries to live in. Many jobs and business opportunities are available and more skilled workers and business people are required to meet the demand. The Canadian government accepts skilled workers and business people from every part of the world. Canada's economy is one of the richest and fastest-growing in the world! During the next few years, over 1 million immigrants will enter Canada, according to government official forecasts.
Brian Alan Burhoe is the author of many dog-related articles and short stories. His fiction includes the free online story WOLFBLOOD A Northwestern in the Tradition of Jack London. Many of his articles can be found at PUPPY DOGS INFO Dog Breeds Training Care Literature.
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