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  #41  
October 14th, 2009, 03:01 PM
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WHere did you go in Canada??
That was my thought too! Heck, I've been 300km south of the arctic circle in June, and we only had one cold day! I'm guessing that "very very very cold" is subjective

like someone else said, summer days where I live can get into the 90s easily.
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October 14th, 2009, 07:55 PM
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I didnt realize poutine was so strange to Americans!!! oh so delicious.
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October 14th, 2009, 08:50 PM
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One thing I notice, is that the US is more into celebrities than we are here. I mean, I can't speak because I read horrible celebrity blogs all the time, but the paparazzi isn't really an issue here. I guess that could be because I don't live where there are ever celebrities, but still.

Donairs. Definitely donairs. Can you get donairs in the US? Because, Ontario and west suck for not having good ones, or for not having them at all.

Canadians tend to know more about the US then the US knows about Canada. This Hour Has 22 Minutes used to showcase that quite well. When Harvard professors don't know who our Prime Minister is we have a problem.

Another big one is that the Queen is still our head of state, which I didn't actually realize until I was in grade 11 or so... oops.
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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.
Oh man, you ARE an easterner!!! Donair, blech!!! My two friends from Nova Scotia think they've died and gone to heaven when they go home and can get a donair. The sauce is so icky, lol!!!

As for "Byes", I always thought that was a NL term that was originally "Boys", like "Isn't that a pretty skiff there, boys" and over time, the Newfoundlander accent turned it into Byes? I have NO idea, that was just what I always thought it was...
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October 14th, 2009, 09:00 PM
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Newfoundlanders do tend to say "b'y", which is short for boy. But, they just have strange sayings there. And misplace their h's when they speak.
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And hosehead is the treasurer (kidding of course).
I loved your whole post! I have to say though ^that statement usually is a given, no matter if we're talking federally, provincially or at a municipal level ~ LOL!

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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
Really? Oh weird!! I do love Rockets so that would be cool to get them year round.. but really don't have real Smarties? That's awful!

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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!
This had me wiping away tears!! That was awesome!! I refuse to tell StaceyC the downsides of socialized health care as it is but that just left me in stitches! BAHAHA!!

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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.
One of our buddies here is black. He really did open my eyes to the racism here. (I know Alberta may have a stereotype of being redneck and back woods but I feel that just crap to make the east feel better.) As a part native with my mom being native, I can tell you some awful stories about racism here. I think that is Canada's other black eye for sure. I mean just look at the state of some of our reserves.

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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 that's why I can't ever cheer for the US in hockey ~ even if it's against the Russians.


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Newfoundlanders do tend to say "b'y", which is short for boy. But, they just have strange sayings there. And misplace their h's when they speak.
My favorite Canadians are Newfoundlanders and we LOTS of them here!

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October 15th, 2009, 11:08 AM
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Late to the party on this thread....

I'm a Canadian (Toronto/Halifax) living in the US (Pacific Northwest) in what's often heralded by its citizens as a super progressive, liberal place to live. Here's the thing though - it's really segregated, it's weird.

Don't get me wrong, I love living where I live and the opportunities here, but I've definitely noticed the underlying tensions and issues that come along with race, both hidden and public, seem to run deeper and in a much different way than they do in Canada.

I'm not saying race isn't an issue in Canada, that would be naive, I just think the dynamics are different.

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And who said that culturally we're basically the same? Spend a day watching some Canadian-produced TV shows or movies and it'll be real clear real fast that there are a lot of differences.

Anyone ever compare the new U.S. version of the British/Aus/Cdn show Dragon's Den (they call it Shark Tank) to the Canadian counterpart? Two of the same Canadian dudes are even on the U.S. version and yet, it's a *completely* different show. Why? Because it needed to be reconfigured to appeal to the U.S. market....which is different.
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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.
I have been working hard to learn the Canadian language so that you can understand me better! I try to drink before I call you and I say "aboot" and I end every sentence in "eh" and I just, randomly, throw in the word "hockey" into my sentences.

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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.
That argument, though, really doesn't hold water because of EMTALA. Being opposed to the structure, function and method of socialized healthcare systems does not equate to opposing universal access to healthcare. The fact that I do not agree with the socialized healthcare structure being proposed does not mean that I do not agree that major reforms are necessary in our current system. I just think it is going in the wrong direction. I guess that is a whole other debate, so I digress.

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This had me wiping away tears!! That was awesome!! I refuse to tell StaceyC the downsides of socialized health care as it is but that just left me in stitches! BAHAHA!!


Too late!! I got a couple of crumbs of information today! I will get you to admit the whole truth! I will!!

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Okay - so are the Canadian smarties & American Smarties the same candy marketed differently or different candy?
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oh my gosh, you just made every canadian scream when you asked that Beck

What you have labelled as smarties are labelled rockets here - but EXACT same packaging, font, etc.

Smarties are sorta like m&m's but much better. And they have a song. I would now like all the Canadian mommies to stand up and sing:

When you eat your Smarties,
Do you eat the red ones last?
Do you suck them very slowly,
Or crunch them very fast?
Eat that candy-coated chocolate,
But tell me when I ask,
When you eat your Smarties,
Do you eat the red ones last?

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I was going through some old threads and thought some of you might enjoy this one..

http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f4...-cultures.html (US and Candian Cultures)
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Beckie:

Your Smarties:


Our Smarties:


I believe our Smarties would be known as chocolate buttons in the UK.. but in the US they're like regular M&M's. Or Reeses Peices with chocolate instead of peanut butter.

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Huuuuuuuge picture. Haha.

I think that another big difference is how we perceive each other. I mean honestly, do Americans think that we all live in igloos covered in snow 365 days a year? I sometimes wonder about that...
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I have seen a text book from a Maine Jr. High that was printed in 1996 that pretty much thinks that Gwen... the girls brought it back from a b-ball trip. The girls there actually asked what they thought of the electric lights and running water.. and they weren't joking! I don't think that there is that much of a difference between here and Maine!

Sigh. lol.
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Huuuuuuuge picture. Haha.

I think that another big difference is how we perceive each other. I mean honestly, do Americans think that we all live in igloos covered in snow 365 days a year? I sometimes wonder about that...
I don't. But I also have dealt with that type of crap too - apparently, a lot of people from the East Coast and the South think that Denver is snow-covered and cold/cloudy most of the year (we actually get like 300 days of sunshine each year) and that Denver is actually IN the mountains and that you can ski right in. We went to NYC one year and someone actually told me that after he heard I was from Denver. I just wanted to ask him if he failed U.S. Geography, and that he had obviously never been TO Denver. But anyway, I know that Canada's climate is regionally different - just like it is here. I do know people who think Canada is cold all the time though. Sigh...
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I love our free health care. Its not ALL free. We have to pay to see the eye doctor, dentist, chiropractor,etc. If we need to see a specialist depending on what/where it is, it can be months and months before we get an appt. The ER waits are super long because we have a major shortage of doctors. 6hrs at the ER is short. But we dont pay for it. Prescriptions we pay for unless we get benefits at work.

I used to work in a call center for Tmobile for an outsource company. We dont have Tmobile up here. Or your amazing rate plans. I felt like smacking people that complained about nationwide coverage, NO LONG DISTANCE, 600mins, free nights and weekends, caller ID, voicemail and call waiting for $39.99/mth. Up here, with tax, something like that can be $80 or more a month. For X amount of long distance is an extra $30/mth. Telus anyways. Stop whining (prices could've gone up, that was 7yrs ago) For landlines, we dont have local, local toll and long distance calling. I learned that at another call center. I've also noticed a big difference in peoples personalities from different states. I always LOVED getting a customer from Texas, I just love Texans (at least cell phone cust's ) cause they are so friendly. Some of the questions I got about Canada were the typical, how do you live in an igloo, do you speak french, you DONT have snow all year long? stuff like that. And every single time whoever called in was always ecstatic that it was a Canadian that they got because every single one said that Canadians are so much more friendly, then would apologize to their country *shrug*

I've met people IRL that totally agree that Canadians are more friendly and considerate than Americans. I havent been to the States since I was 6 so I cant say anything other than hearsay, I have no personal experience there. What really shocked me was in my former DDC a lot of the ladies complained about people not holding/opening doors for them at the mall 8months pregnant. Really?? If you DONT hold the door for someone you are a total *******.

Oh and those arent Smarties, those are Rockets And OMG YOU HAVE TO TRY POUTINE holy crap I never knew that Americans didnt know what it was. Ketchup chips are to DIE for. Lays, the other kinds are crap. I want to try the American kind now, Im curious. I dont put ketchup on KD, I think thats just a kid thing. Yuck.

I judge people on who they are, not where they're from. I could always get my passport and go to Port Huron or even Detroit, but I would assume that the personalities wouldnt be that different being so close to each other? If I did ever go to the states for a vacation I would definantly go to Texas. I would sweat my butt off I imagine

Im also curious about where summer in Canada is cold cold cold cause you have to go waaaaaaaaaaay up north for it to be super cold.

That was longer than I intended.
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I believe our Smarties would be known as chocolate buttons in the UK.. but in the US they're like regular M&M's. Or Reeses Peices with chocolate instead of peanut butter.

eta.. sorry if the pic is HUGE
I was trying to figure this out & I think they might be sixlets here.... they are little creamier in coating than M&M's and they are bit meltier...but those only come in chocolate. I also ONLY see them typically around Halloween & they come in different kinds of packages, sometimes small boxed like Lemon Heads, other time sin little clear bags & then other times in along clear bag where they are all lined upside by side, almost like a tube.
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I love our free health care. Its not ALL free. We have to pay to see the eye doctor, dentist, chiropractor,etc. If we need to see a specialist depending on what/where it is, it can be months and months before we get an appt. The ER waits are super long because we have a major shortage of doctors. 6hrs at the ER is short. But we dont pay for it. Prescriptions we pay for unless we get benefits at work.
Six hours at an ER is short here, too, but it's because ERs use a triage system (I'm sure they do there, too.) So if you go in with a broken arm, you can expect to wait several hours while they work their way through the more urgent cases. Our ERs are also insanely expensive, and a lot of insurance companies will deny the claim if they deem the reason for going non-emergent.
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Beckie not quite... they really are more like m&m's. Do you have any Canadian friends who could mail a box to you? LOL. I'm sure Jonah would LOVE them.

Smarties are milk chocolate ufo shaped pieces coated in colored chocolate candy. They actually will stain your fingers if you hold on to them (unlike an m&m or reeses's pieces).
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