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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2020 9:21 p.m. PST

"Whatever rumors you've heard about Canada are probably true, including how nice the people are, that weed is legal, and that Justin Trudeau is a major hottie (oops, are we allowed to say that?) But aside from the land where the best pure maple syrup comes from, skiing is unbelievable, hockey is the national sport, and health care is actually free, if you are planning a visit to The Great White North, or the True North as it is also known, there are a few things about this great country that you need to know first…"
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Perris070727 Sep 2020 9:58 a.m. PST

The health care may be free, but my experience with it in a Thunder Bay hospital was like a trip back into the the 1920's. Free yes, but I watched a woman who came into the waiting room where I was sitting wait for HOURS to get her cut hand looked at. Her hand was bleeding, wrapped in a towel or sheet, and dripping all over the tiled floor (which was dirtier than the floor of the New York Subway). When I left several hours later, she was still sitting there dripping blood into the growing puddle on the floor. I would put "Use the public health system" on my list of things to never do in Canada

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2020 1:39 p.m. PST

They left out tease them about their version of "bacon", which of course REALLY isn't "bacon" at all, but ham but into thin-sliced circles.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2020 3:40 p.m. PST



von Schwartz27 Sep 2020 5:42 p.m. PST

Umm, but they ARE part of North America along with Mexico. The three countries that comprise North America are, Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Why is that wrong?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2020 8:32 p.m. PST

That should read "cut"…..

Stupid fingers.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Sep 2020 9:36 a.m. PST

but they ARE part of North America

Focus on form over substance.

In Mexico and South America, there is no such prejudice. In fact, tons of localities, business, and sports teams use "America" with no preconception that is refers specifically to the USA.

In fact, in Mexico, "Estados Unidos" or EU (long before some other group took that acronym) refers to the United States … of Mexico. EEUU a meaningless aggrandizement of the EU pattern, not a strict acronym is used for USA.

The biggest naming that acknowledges America as needing amplification is the Copa Sudamericana (or Copa Sui-americana) doesn't specify South America because it needs to be distinguished from the general America concept. It just announces that it is a CONEMEBOL tourney (the second-tier one), and CONCACAF (including ones actually in South America) teams aren't invited. Except when they are invited.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2020 4:08 p.m. PST

Interesting list – some quite right, some not so

You can certainly get a Starbucks in Canada – if you want to wait a long time for an over-priced cup of coffee, that's fine – but Tim's is better

French is one of Canada's official languages but is only widely used in two provinces – Quebec and New Brunswick – and even there you can usually find English speakers

It is certainly right about not complaining about the weather – just suck it up

As to the public health care system, there actually isn't another choice – for emergency care there only is a public system. I would have to agree that the ER waits are long in Canada; in part because of ER over-use by people who don't really need to be in ER and in part because we stopped building new ERs a long time time ago and the population had this ugly habit of getting larger

Old Wolfman29 Sep 2020 10:31 a.m. PST

I had a breakfast sandwich from a Timmie's near Newark,OH. Not bad.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2020 12:47 p.m. PST



von Schwartz29 Sep 2020 4:24 p.m. PST

You missed one, you should never ever say:
"Cold enough for ya?"

Of course that also applies to the denizens of New England, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2020 4:42 a.m. PST

Perhaps not mock Canadian football either, which I actually prefer due to the much wider field, giving the runners more room to make those nice long, sweeping jaunts, or end-around reverses.

Makes defending quite a bit harder.

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