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October 12th, 2009, 09:44 PM
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We do have Ketchup chips and they are disgusting? Oh we don't put gravy on our french fries. Some states have Tims but all of the cool places have Dunkin Donuts! Oh and I'm not even going to touch the hockey thing. I'm afraid you might beat me with a hockey stick!

Till you've had poutine you don't know what your missing.. not to mention Coffee Crisp and Smarties

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I'm not saying you have to eat Ketchup chips all the time!


You know, Canadians DO focus quite a bit on weather! DH just was chatting me up on it.


A huge black eye even though our government gave an apology. (How do you really apologize for that, YKWIM?)

Thats because most people are more focused on how we treated the natives. The reform schools and such, where my family is decended from.

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Thats so true. I was just shocked the first time I found out that people in US couldn't get medical care when they needed no matter what. Still don't get it.

Blows my mind

Everything else is "socialised" why not medicine? thats the one thing I can't get my head around is "capatalist" medicine.
The US and its citizens are very hypocritical and obviously confused on this issue. The same people who argue against euthanasia in all cases, the people who demand that the plug never be pulled whether the family of the person on the ventilator can afforit or not are the same ones who I GUESS want injured and dying people to be turned away at the ER because they don't have health insurance. Unless we are willing to let people die because they don't have money, the capitalist version of healthcare will remain broken. The basic premise of "if you can't afford it, therefore you don't have it" doesn't sork because while most people either don't want to pay for the universal health care or are afraid of universal healthcare, they also aren't willing to just let people die. You can't have your cake and eat it too. Either we start letting people die (and I mean really die) because they don't have coverage, or we give everyone governemtn coverage.

My dad is against the healthcare reform and I always have the same arguement with him. I'm like ok, I understand that you worked hard to ahve healthcare and you don't want to pay for poor people to have healthcare, right? "Right" Ok dad so if a poor pregnant woman walks into a hospital and shes hemmorraging to death and doesn't have health insurance you are saying that they should just let her bleed to death right there, right? "No I didn't say that". But yes really... he did. So I'm for the change, I'm jsut worried about how it will affect my health insurance. I worked very hard to get a good job with an excellent health insurance plan, I really don't want it to change for me.

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I don't know.. you guys don't even have Ketchup chips, your drinks need more alcohol, you don't have a Tims on every corner (with the knowledge that's not enough) and not everyone has a favorite hockey team... I don't know if you even know who Bob and Doug Mackenzie are, eh?

All kidding aside, two of my closest mom buddies are beck12 and StaceyC from these debates. We'll chat on the phone and every so often we are speaking completely different languages even though we are speaking English, albeit American.
Well I grew up near buffalo so I can say that yes some parts of the country do have ketchup chips, agree on the more alcohol, there is a tims on every corner in some areas (buffalo and columbus oh are RIPE with the timmy hos) and personally, I love the Sabres. And bob and doug mackenzie are the co- presidents of canada, right? And hosehead is the treasurer (kidding of course).
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October 13th, 2009, 08:25 AM
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I don't know.. you guys don't even have Ketchup chips, your drinks need more alcohol, you don't have a Tims on every corner (with the knowledge that's not enough) and not everyone has a favorite hockey team... I don't know if you even know who Bob and Doug Mackenzie are, eh?

All kidding aside, two of my closest mom buddies are beck12 and StaceyC from these debates. We'll chat on the phone and every so often we are speaking completely different languages even though we are speaking English, albeit American.
Are you sure you aren't talking about Michigan!? Haha, kidding, but we DO have Timmys all over (which is great, because they have the world's greatest coffee, donuts and muffins...I work at a different coffee shop and have to stop at Timmys on my way to work in the mornings ). And everyone I know has a favorite hockey team (clearly, the Red Wings) and my friends and I all played hockey growing up and lacrosse. And, I never knew eh was a Canadian thing until I got to college, I always thought it was a Northern Michigan/Yooper thing! Point being...maybe Canadians aren't as different as we think! Well...I still can't buy gas in Canada, I have to fill up in Port Huron before I go over the bridge because no way am I going to figure out how many liters are in a gallon!
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This thread made me

I don't think we're too different but can be in some major ways. I've spent a fair share of time in the US as my father lives in Arizona and used to live in Texas. I remember my step mother always calling me a "silly Canadian" for some of the things I did.

Oh and Ketchup chips are awesome and Tim's is the best. We also have smarties which are way better than M&Ms.
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October 13th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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As a Canadian living in the US, I need to say that the Canadian ketchup chips are WAY better than any I've had here

For the Canadians, the US also has Smarties but they are what we call Rockets... the little candies that look like pills rolled up and popular on Halloween. I learned that lesson the hard way

There are some distinct cultural differences in some ways but I also think that varies from state to state. We've lived in the south, the west, the north and spent some time in the east and each state has had its own quirks as much as I've noticed the differences between the US and Canada.
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October 13th, 2009, 11:18 AM
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Are you sure you aren't talking about Michigan!? Haha, kidding, but we DO have Timmys all over (which is great, because they have the world's greatest coffee, donuts and muffins...I work at a different coffee shop and have to stop at Timmys on my way to work in the mornings ). And everyone I know has a favorite hockey team (clearly, the Red Wings) and my friends and I all played hockey growing up and lacrosse. And, I never knew eh was a Canadian thing until I got to college, I always thought it was a Northern Michigan/Yooper thing! Point being...maybe Canadians aren't as different as we think! Well...I still can't buy gas in Canada, I have to fill up in Port Huron before I go over the bridge because no way am I going to figure out how many liters are in a gallon!
Ummmm I STILL don't know that hockey is a "Canadian" thing...I am pretty sure Detroit owns the game. LOL And we have a Tim's here too - not on EVERY corner, but there are only 8 corners in my town...LOL, so 1 out of 8 isn't bad... We don't have gravy on our fries.

I do want to know though - what do you guys call Canada Geese (besides a PITA - those mean buggers - and everyone I know calls them Canadian Geese, but I know that is wrong...so I am TRYING to look smart here) and what do you call Canadian Bacon? I mean I know we have American cheese.....so perhaps you call it the same?
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October 13th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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We call them both geese or Canadian geese, since they are different than farm geese. Have you ever seen the "mascot" of very far north Wawa?



Canadian bacon is called back bacon or peameal baconj here. We mostly eat the same bacon you guys do, back bacon is just a different cut and is sometimes rolled in cornmeal.

We call American cheese either the same or processed cheese.
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I love reading this....

As a norwegian whos lived in texas i can CLEARLY state all the differences from those two places, other places I'm not so known with
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you might have Timmy's some places, but it's only because it's part of the great Canadian plan to slowly take over America ..... soon you too will revert back to the proper spelling of colour and labour and all those good words so I can stop adding them to the dictionary of my danged american software

oh yeah, and the hypocrisy regarding "socialized" medicine drives me nuts. You are not going to become a commie just because you ensure everyone access to healthcare. It's no different than your taxes paying for fire or police or libraries or any of the other things that are already - gasp! - socialized!

ooh ooh! we don't sue everyone for everything up here, because we have laws that make it rather pointless and too risky - like if you sue someone and you lose the judge can order YOU to pay their legal bills if it was deemed frivolous, and you can only sue for real tangible losses, ie. lost wages, not some vague pain and suffering.

serving sizes. My goodness, no wonder America is getting fatter by the day (although we aren't totally innocent either). A medium Tim's coffee there is the same as our large here! DH and I always have to remember to order a size smaller than we would normally. Oh, and when we stopped at a Dunkin Donuts they looked at DH like he was nuts when he asked for double cream double sugar, because apparently the regular is already 2 cream and 2 sugar, so he was asking for 4 creams and 4 sugars???? again, no wonder people are getting fat, there's a gazillion calories hiding in their coffee alone!

On a serious note, something I've heard several Canadians remark on, and please don't make this a debate or this thread will get locked. Just an observation, that when we witness racism in the US it is far more blatant than anything we see up here. Sure, it exists here, but it's more subtle, and not something I see every day. It seems like everytime we're down there we witness something that makes us cringe.

Overall, the northern states are definitely the most like the US, so it makes sense that Beck wouldn't see a lot of difference between michigan and canada!
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Yeah there may very well be a bigger difference between Michigan and Florida than Michigan and Canada, or the other northern states for that matter. We have Dunkin' Donuts down here but they aren't on every corner. Do they put crack in the donuts at Tim Horton's? Starbucks are the likely coffee shop you can't get away from, but they sell overpriced pastries instead of donuts.

I'm definitely intrigued by the poutine. It sounds semi-delicious and semi-disgusting.

Interesting fun fact (well not really ha!) my mom was born in Ontario and I think may still be considered a citizen, although my grandparents' moved to the states when she was about 3.
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I hate to admit it but every now and then I love me a good poutine. But the REAL French kind with poutine sauce gravy (St. Hubert's) and cheese curds. And the fries can't be too thick or too thin!
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October 13th, 2009, 07:23 PM
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One thing I learned from the debates is that it seems like all the Canadians take their shoes off inside lol
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^^that's cause there's always snow on em, eh?
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October 13th, 2009, 07:35 PM
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Well for atleast 5 months here that is the truth! And the other times they might be muddy!
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October 13th, 2009, 08:59 PM
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I also know that gun control is much better in Canada then the US. most people don't have guns in their homes, no one I know can use one.

I grew up on a farm and my dad had a registered shot gun in case of rabid animals, he tried to teach me to use it, I wouldn't do it. So some farms have them, and hunters, but they have to be registered and locked in a gun cabnet and I believe some provences say the ammunition can't be in the same gun case.

We have less accidental deaths due to children finding guns.
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This thread is a great mix of hilarious things and actually serious and debatable things.

I think there are some very large differences between us, but in other ways we are very similar. But I also think that there are HUGE differences between areas in the US ... I'm not sure that the difference between Canada and the US is any greater than the difference between, say, New Hampshire and Mississippi, ya know?

The big ones that stand out to me:
-health care and the social net (ie. adequate maternity leave programs) ... wow, couldn't be more different! And I think it's a fundamental core thing that people look at this in two different ways. I find most Canadians look at these things as "programs that support individuals and families are positive for the economy, for the country, for the social fabric of our culture, and saves money in the long run, therefore it is worth our tax dollars to invest them in these things" ... and in America, I find the attitude is much more "I take care of mine, and you take care of yours, and it's not my responsibility to provide supports for someone else's kids." That's a general statement and not applicable universally of course. But generally, yeah, I definitely see that line.

-food sizes - yes, silly but true! When we were on our honeymoon in Florida, we were in a food fair type place and I asked for a small soda. When he handed it to me, it was ENORMOUS and I was like, um, no, I don't want the large. He informed me it WAS the small! We actually took a photo of it because it was SO freaking big! Meals in restaurants are bigger, fast food servings are bigger. And there's way more choices in the grocery store - like 50 kinds of cookies or ice cream.

-TV - I think we watch a lot less TV in Canada. I could be wrong, but I find a lot more people on JM who are from the US say that they have the tv on almost all the time for "background noise". I don't know hardly anyone IRL here that does that?

-politics... ours are kind of boring, lol. On the upside, we've never had to wonder if our country's leader really got elected or whether there was some problem with voting machines...

-more conservative in terms of alcohol and sex when it comes to young people, in the US. The drinking age in most places here is 19, but in the US it's 21. That seems really old to be allowing someone to drink for the first time

- very different views on military involvement in other countries

-and the big one: again, not ALL, but generally speaking, I find that Canadians tend to know a bit more about what's going on in other parts of the world because we get some of our news from American stations, some from Canadian stations, and some from BBC in the UK, so we get a broader selection of news I think.


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Our health care systems are worlds apart. I think overall Canada has less crime. Ummm... Vancouver has a really nice aquarium that is better than anything I've seen here. You guys have Degrassi and Hockey Night, but I think our TV might be better.
LOL, it is pretty cool! (Though it does have its share of controversy locally, thanks to keeping the animals in captivity.)

And yes, Degrassi... ahhhh. The original though: Wheels, Caitlin, Joey Jeremiah... good times.

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I spent almost all of last summer in Canada camping. It is very, very, very COLD. That was my single most overwhelming impression. There are lots of things that I like about Canada, but I could never live there simply on the basis of the weather alone.

Also, an interesting fact that I learned last summer was that in Canada they had internment camps for the Japanese during WWII as well. I had always thought that it was just the U.S. that did this.
Really? Where were you camping? Here it was topping 35 in the summer (that'd be like 95 F I guess?)

And yes, the interment is a very sad period in our history. As our the residential schools (I also had family back in my family tree that lived in the residential schools, and it's a lasting scar.)

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Obviously we governmental differences but I think as people we're fairly similar.

The main difference I see here (on JM) is those crazy Canadians spell things funny! What's up with adding an extra "u" to words like favorite and color? LOL!
But, but, but.... that's the RIGHT way to spell!!!

LOL, I sometimes wonder when I'm typing those words if people are thinking "Gawd, why does she ALWAYS spell those words wrong!"

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I think we are worlds different & it only comes out when certain topics get broached. I think it seems to me as an outsider that Canadians tend to think things like healthcare are a human right, whereas it seem many (if not most American) think it's a privilege you earn on some merit.
Yep, I see that division too.

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Ummmm I STILL don't know that hockey is a "Canadian" thing...I am pretty sure Detroit owns the game. LOL And we have a Tim's here too - not on EVERY corner, but there are only 8 corners in my town...LOL, so 1 out of 8 isn't bad... We don't have gravy on our fries.

I do want to know though - what do you guys call Canada Geese (besides a PITA - those mean buggers - and everyone I know calls them Canadian Geese, but I know that is wrong...so I am TRYING to look smart here) and what do you call Canadian Bacon? I mean I know we have American cheese.....so perhaps you call it the same?
You're going to give the Canadians coronaries if you keep saying it's not a Canadian thing Hockey IS canadian!

We call them Canada Geese, I'm not sure what Canadian bacon is (we have bacon, back bacon, maple bacon... but I guess it's all canadian?).

And no, we don't call it american cheese. I only figured out a couple years ago what "american cheese" is ... here we call it "processed cheese" or "kraft slices". It's like "fake" cheese, lol. I always thought that when someone referred to american cheese they were talking about Colby or something, until I read this book about food inventions of the 20th century.

Finally, POUTINE: fries, gravy, cheese curds. If you don't eat this once in your life, preferably from a chip truck in Quebec, you're missing out big time!
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Well...I still can't buy gas in Canada, I have to fill up in Port Huron before I go over the bridge because no way am I going to figure out how many liters are in a gallon!

3.79L in a gallon for gas. I looked it up after Hurricane Katrina to convince some ppl on another board that their gas prices were NOTHING compared to what we were paying (over $6 a gallon for four months)

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I hate to admit it but every now and then I love me a good poutine. But the REAL French kind with poutine sauce gravy (St. Hubert's) and cheese curds. And the fries can't be too thick or too thin!
Mmm.. now I want to go back to Ottawa and eat at the little poutine place in the open market! My nanny made me extra gravy so my roommate and I are having poutine on Sunday... I have to water down her gravy tho, she likes it super thick.. yech!

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One thing I learned from the debates is that it seems like all the Canadians take their shoes off inside lol
Not this chickie! At least not in my own house. LOL.. I'm always tromping all over with my shoes on... I'd hate to have a germ test done on my floor!

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-TV - I think we watch a lot less TV in Canada. I could be wrong, but I find a lot more people on JM who are from the US say that they have the tv on almost all the time for "background noise". I don't know hardly anyone IRL here that does that?
My TV is always on. Even if it's muted it's on. I have NO idea why I do this though. Maybe it's a comfort thing.. it's even on, muted, while i listen to music on the computer. Maybe it's because power is included in my rent, I'm sure I'd have something else to say about it if I paid the power bill.

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-politics... ours are kind of boring, lol. On the upside, we've never had to wonder if our country's leader really got elected or whether there was some problem with voting machines...
I know NOTHING about our politics. I can tell you half of what's going on in the US, but little about what happens in my own backyard!

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-more conservative in terms of alcohol and sex when it comes to young people, in the US. The drinking age in most places here is 19, but in the US it's 21. That seems really old to be allowing someone to drink for the first time
I've always thought 21 was too old.... seems rather pointless to me. You've been legally an adult for 3 years before you're allowed to drink? It's bad enough we have the 1 year gap that I don't understand. I'm certain ours is only to ensure that 99% of kids have graduated from Highschool before they can legally drink.



I have a lot of US friends, and it never ceases to amaze me how much we differ on things. The health care one is the biggest, but seems like the stupidest arguement. Yup, you make money, you can afford it.. but if you run out of your wife and don't pay child support, you don't want her to have coverage for your kids? (as an example). It just doesn't make any sense to me. For me, my 2 month wait for my CT (which wasn't an emergency, just routine and preventative) is a lot more pleasurable than knowing I'd never be able to afford it with out my UHC. Waiting vs Never seems to be a no brainer.

Not all Canadians can get my favorite "Canadian" food... Donair! Mmm.. spicy meat, onions, tomatoes, covered in a creamy sweet sauce and wrapped in a pita! TASTY!

Another thing I absolutely love about some Americans is that even when I say a word correctly they hear it wrong. I can repeat it 100x and they will never hear it right. The word ABOUT is the best example. The word is "A Baout" not "A boat" or "A boot" and you will NEVER hear me say it any other way. If we said "A boot" a bough (like a tree) would be a "bow" and it's totally not! Yup, we say eh, more so to annoy or amuse the people we talk to I'm starting to think. I'm part newfie, and I will says "Byes" to make people laugh (I don't know what the meaning of it is.. you just sling it on the end of a sentence).. but it's not part of my every day wording.
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I had never heard of Poutine until I came to JM. And it still sounds disgusting.

Honestly, I think that regional differences can be bigger than between Canada and the US as a whole. I can tell you right now that the South is like an alien planet compared to where I live. And honestly, the same goes for the East Coast (honking is reserved ONLY for when people actually do something, not just because you're pissy! Yes, I'm talking to you, New York City, with your frequent honking at all hours of the night and day!). Then again, there are some things about Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West (that does NOT mean the West Coast!) that are very different compared with the rest of the U.S. but is a lot like some areas in Canada. So.... eh. And yes, I say "eh" quite frequently.

Everytime I hear "a-boot" I think of South Park. LOL
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You're going to give the Canadians coronaries if you keep saying it's not a Canadian thing Hockey IS canadian!
Okay - I will give you that it rose up from Canada but I believe it was invented by BRITS staying in Canada..... The first professional league was American (NHL) BUT the way I mean it when I say "not Canadian" is that it isn't as if Hockey isn't American too - I pretty much think of it as a sport played by all cold climate countries....so I never think of Hockey as being American or Canadian & I would bet there are a LOT of Americans that have had hockey be just as influential in their lives as it has been for some Canadians...that is what I mean.


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And no, we don't call it american cheese. I only figured out a couple years ago what "american cheese" is ... here we call it "processed cheese" or "kraft slices". It's like "fake" cheese, lol. I always thought that when someone referred to american cheese they were talking about Colby or something, until I read this book about food inventions of the 20th century.

Finally, POUTINE: fries, gravy, cheese curds. If you don't eat this once in your life, preferably from a chip truck in Quebec, you're missing out big time!
Firstly I love poutine. You can even get it in a few places here close enough to the border....but not close enough to me. But it's yummy - although I don't think it sounds good.

And if there are other "American" things I am not aware of them carrying the "American" name as such like American cheese...so figures the ONE product I can think of is TOTALLY processed & not all the good for you & makes the best grilled cheese sandwich. Sounds American to me.
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You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb
Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~Erich Fromm
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. - Harold Hulbert
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. ~Jewish Proverb
The best conversations with mothers always take place in silence, when only the heart speaks. ~Carrie Latet




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October 14th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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I spent almost all of last summer in Canada camping. It is very, very, very COLD. That was my single most overwhelming impression. There are lots of things that I like about Canada, but I could never live there simply on the basis of the weather alone.
WHere did you go in Canada??
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