My knowledge of Canadian history is not that great. So, instead, I will celebrate Canada by listing 150 great things about this place that is now home to me, Mrs. Spew and sometimes College Spew (Maclean's list is here)--and in no particular order.
- That polite thing is not entirely a stereotype. We have found Canadians to be friendly even when our ability to speak one of the two official languages ain't great.
- Great skiing!
- The center of the political system is decidedly to the left of the American center.
- Same sex marriage before everyone else.
- While I used to tease my Quebec friends that my health care was better in Texas than in Quebec (it was) due to good insurance, I realize that even lousy provincial health care (tis a myth that it is a national program here) is better than the mess in the US these days.
- Such warm and vibrant ultimate frisbee communities!
- Sharp students!
- Ottawa!!! Five years and counting of a great place to live and to do International Relations.
- Generous funding for research (even if it is not as easy as it once was and even as bigger grants are tougher)
- Not so much populism or xenophobia (although I think Canada also got lucky with timing)
- Wide and deep immigrant community which not only helps to serve as a brake on xenophobia but also means great food.
- Great beer!
- A very engaging military--I have pretty much talked to damn near every officer I sought out, and nearly all of those conversations were very candid.
- A nearly as engaging foreign affairs department that changes its name almost as often as Japan changes defense ministers. Ok, not that often.
- Great comedy: Just For Laughs, all those comedians exported to the US, etc.
- Rush! I am most un-Canadian in that this is the Canadian band I like the most.
- The others also rock: Bryan Adams, Triumph, Barenaked Ladies, Arcade Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Sum 41, Marianas Trench, and, of course, Neil Young.
- Kids in the Hall
- Meatballs (the movie)
- Maple anything (except the cartel)
- Orphan Black.
- Trudeau is so pretty
- Astronaut Chris Hadfield
- Granville Island and that city around it.
- Shwarma & shish taouk
- Maple covered snow on a stick
- Beaver tail (the snack)
- Wacky drive-thru animal safari place where you feed the beasts from your open windows. We haf no lawsuits ici!
- NPSIA: Today is the fifth anniversary of my start there! Woot!
- Canadian Tuxedo.
- Juno and Vimy and poppies
- That amazing thing where the Dutch remember the Canadian role in liberating the Netherlands every year, even seventy plus years later.
- Kingston and Queens, which used to be my Canadian home away from Canadian home.
- Quebec's game-y cuisine.
- A Tim Hortons in Kandahar!
- One of these days I will see the aurora borealis.
- The first Captain of the Enterprise
- The Canadian media: I have had heaps of great interactions with newspaper reporters, radio hosts, and tv folks. They get heaps of abuse, but they work really hard.
- The whole Dominion of Canada thing resonates for fans of Deep Space Nine.
- The Canada as home to refugees thing might get overplayed, but still Canada's welcoming of the Syrian refugees last year was both smart and good.
- The Canadian government is chock full of smart and interesting people--I know because many of my friends are these people.
- Robin Sparkles
- Canada has provided me with two great jobs.
- Good Cop, Bon Cop
- Another 100 things I am currently forgetting.
Happy Canada 150 Day, folks!
I am very glad to be a Canadian for two years,
a resident for 15, and a fan for life.
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