Canada Day 10 + 10


Tomorrow is Canada Day! (Yay).

Canada is a pretty cool place to live.

As Rick Mercer says:

There are almost seven billion people on this planet and we make up around 33 million of them. The odds of a random citizen on this earth being Canadian is about half of one per cent. It’s a long shot that delivers a hell of a jackpot. 

Being Canadian means we can worship whoever and however we want. Which is why when we meet a member of the worldwide church of the Raelians (who worship a holy trinity of UFOs, extraterrestrials, and tantric sex), we shrug and say each to their own. 

Being Canadian means we are each protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In Canada, Harold can marry Samantha, Carol can marry Johann and Ahmed can make an honest man out of Frank.

 But we’re not just a bunch of  laissez-faire socialist tree-huggers. We also do important stuff and creative stuff and interesting stuff.  For example, here are two lists of 10 interesting things about Canada

10 Important Things Invented by Canadians

  1. The Blackberry (sorry)
  2. Botox (really sorry)
  3. Bloody Caesars
  4. Superman
  5. The Zamboni
  6. The Zipper
  7. Pacemaker
  8. 5-pin bowling
  9. Plexiglass
  10. Velcro

 You could almost make a seedy pulp fiction story out of that list of items.

10 Amazing Facts About Canada

  1.  Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world – 243,042 kilometers (151,019 miles)
  2.  70% of the world’s maple syrup is produced in Quebec
  3.  Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese per capita than any other country in the world (Go KD)
  4.  The sun shines non-stop for the 3 summer months in parts of the Yukon and Nunavut Territories
  5.  5,231,500 Canadian adults speak both French and English fluently
  6.  Canada has one of the lowest population densities in the world – 3.2 people per square kilometer
  7.  There are 2.5 million acres of wheat growing in Canada at this very minute (Go Toast)
  8.  The West Edmonton Mall is the largest shopping center in North America and the 5th largest in the world. (It was the world’s largest mall until 2004) It covers 570,000 square meters. There are over 800 stores, parking for over 20,000 cars and employs more than 23,000 people. (Okay, this one is kind of embarassing)
  9.  The Rideau Canal, Ottawa becomes the world’s longest skateway during winter months – 7.8 kilometers (4.8 miles)
  10. Canada has the world’s the highest tertiary education enrolment (And still I had to look up what “tertiary education enrolment” meant)
Happy Canada Day!