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Old 07-23-2008, 09:11 AM   #16
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Wow, it's weird to come here and read so many weird stereotypes of my home and native land.

Yoyizit, Canada is not all boreal forest and tundra, the entire southern portion of the country from sea to shining sea is the most densly populated. There are large cities with millions of people and there are charming small towns and villages, just like anywhere else in the world.

True, British Columbia has the most temperate climate of all the provinces, so if you like a mild winter and warm summers (and lots of rain) then BC is a wonderful place. Every province and territory has its strong points.

As for guns, healthcare, cigarettes, alcohol and Canadian Football as originally mentioned by Nestor_Kelebay.

Guns-It's only hard to acquire a handgun legally, if you're a hunter and you register your firearm you're OK. We also don't have alot of gun related murders like the US because every Joe Blow on the street doesn't own a gun.

Healthcare-It's free, what can I say. You won't wait in line till you die, they system is actually quite expedient. And we don't have to fight to get insurance money to pay our healthcare bills. Yeah I saw Sicko. I wouldn't want my healthcare any other way.

Cigarettes and Alcohol- Easy, high cost is a deterrant. Goes hand in hand with our free healthcare, high cost of what causes cancer and other disease means less people are buying which means less people are getting these diseases and less burden on the healthcare system. Anyways, it's your own fault if you want to drink and smoke yourself into an early grave.
Canadian beer has more alcohol content and tastes less watery than American beer (sorry, but it's true).

Canadian Football-I don't know much about football, but I've heard that our game has more downs and the fields are longer, I guess that means it's a more manly game up here.

All in all, Yoyizit, you'd be better off up here.

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All in all, Yoyizit, you'd be better off up here.
I have a cousin over in Anchorage Alaska that tells me they are voting on the mosquito as the state bird soon. Any problem with them things in your area? I understand Anchorage is pretty wet in the summer so that would tend to encourage them buggers. Not familiar with Canada.


What's the weather and jobs like over in Alberta with the tar sands projects? With oil turning into gold, I hear they are going like gangbusters digging that stuff.
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Canadian beer has more alcohol content and tastes less watery than American beer (sorry, but it's true).
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As soon as I persuade the wife. . .she still thinks there is hope for the US.
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United Nations list of best places to live in the world are:

l. Norway
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. USA

No offense to our buddies south of the border, but us Canadians, eh.....rate higher.
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United Nations list of best places to live in the world are:

l. Norway
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. USA

No offense to our buddies south of the border, but us Canadians, eh.....rate higher.
and you believe anything the UN says?


we have learned that their opinion is often suspect.
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and you believe anything the UN says?


we have learned that their opinion is often suspect.

I don't know about that. They were pretty accurate about the lack of WMD in Iraq.
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we have learned that their opinion is often suspect.
You are correct about the United Nations, but Canada has always rated higher than the USA in best places to live in the world even when rated by other organizations.

Just our Health Care alone......
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I don't know about that. They were pretty accurate about the lack of WMD in Iraq.
Oh, come on. Didn't you hear all the, "we found precursers" and "the only reason they would have this stash of gas masks is becuase they were planning on using WMD's of some sort".

Isn't that enough for you?

It wasn't enough for me either.

You do have to admit this find definately makes you wonder what else could be under the sand though. I'm thinking that is where the real Iraq Army is still hiding and waiting for just the right time to attack.


Oh, what's that? Ran out of air years ago?


I guess the former Iraqi Army is under the sand somewhere.:

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You are correct about the United Nations, but Canada has always rated higher than the USA in best places to live in the world even when rated by other organizations.

Just our Health Care alone......
I am not familiar with your socialized health care system but to date, I can;t say I have had any problems with mine (specifically mine) here in the states. Not sure what you system could offer me over mine.

As to most anything else; both countries are huge, even in terms of world comparison. Due to that and the proximity to the equator, both oceans, and a multitude of other natural conditions, I am sure there are great places in both countries and horrible places in each country.

Truthfully, I have to admit that Americans are some of the most ignorant people of the world when it comes to life outside the US. I am in that group I would classify as ignorant but a good portion of that is because I have had no need to seek anything outside of the US. There has been everything I have needed or wanted right here at home.

Curious question; concerning your med system, do you have any idea what a "DaVinci Surgical System" is and is it common, or even used in Canada?
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Oh, come on. Didn't you hear all the, "we found precursers" and "the only reason they would have this stash of gas masks is becuase they were planning on using WMD's of some sort".

Isn't that enough for you?

It wasn't enough for me either.

You do have to admit this find definately makes you wonder what else could be under the sand though. I'm thinking that is where the real Iraq Army is still hiding and waiting for just the right time to attack.


Oh, what's that? Ran out of air years ago?


I guess the former Iraqi Army is under the sand somewhere.:

What are the chances that little piece of equipment is American made?

It appears, after a short google search, that the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is used across Canada with world class pioneering surgeries being performed at London Health Sciences Centre in London Ontario.

You'd probably have more problems with your healthcare system if you happened to be interested in travelling beyond your borders to discover that every other country in the G8 has a superior system to the US.

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I guess leafyme answered your question.

You must know that our Health Care is free to all Canadians. Rich or Poor.

I must agree with you when you say that Americans are ignorant of a lot of places in the world. And because of the media, we Canadians have become very knowledgeable of the USA.

And yes, we both share very beautiful places and some places not so nice.

We also pay high taxes.
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leafyme;142340]What are the chances that little piece of equipment is American made?
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It appears, after a short google search, that the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is used across Canada with world class pioneering surgeries being performed at London Health Sciences Centre in London Ontario.
Good to hear. I had the opportunity to see it from the bottom side. A marvel in itself. You do realize it was invented here in the states, right?
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You'd probably have more problems with your healthcare system if you happened to be interested in travelling beyond your borders to discover that every other country in the G8 has a superior system to the US.
What praytell do you believe makes those systems superior? (seriously).
here is one article that attempts to explain that question:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/op...ewanted=1&_r=1

I guess I must be one of the lucky few to never had to deal with all the downsides that are spoken of. As a matter of fact, I know of very few that have had any of the problems noted.

by this ranking, Canada doesn;t fair much better than the US:http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html

Granted, we have our problems but overall, if things were as bad as many would lead you to believe, there would be a mortuary built right behind every hospital back door.

Maybe if I had experinced health care in any of those superior countries, I would feel different but honestly, I have had very little problem with our system. Maybe because I am probably one of the most proactive patients any of my doctors has seen.

but there is one thing you have that we don't:

all of our draft dodgers from the Vietnam War era.

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