This week’s Weekly Ten, Why Canada Deserves Silver, stirred up quite the controversy yesterday. Seriously, I didn’t see this much hate on CollegeCandy since one writer expressed her disdain for Taylor Swift. And rightfully so. Yes it was meant to be a joke, but we in Canada aren’t entirely laughing with you. While we know for a fact CollegeCandy loves their Canadian readers, and even has a few Canadian writers (myself included), this post pissed a lot of people off.
But instead of get angry and insult the intelligence of the writer, editor or Americans in general, I decided to take the high road and just show why Canada deserves more than just a gold medal in Olympic hockey. So here is my condensed version (there are way too many reasons for one post!) of all the reasons Canada rocks that they forgot to teach you in high school.
Education – Education (university included) receives higher subsidies from the government in Canada, meaning it’s cheaper for us to attend post-secondary school. Also, did you know that Toronto, Canada’s largely city (where I happen to attend school), has more people with university degrees than ANY other large city in the world? Yeah, take that and deep fry it!
Health Care – Okay, so maybe you’ve heard about this recently with Obama pushing for health care reform and all, but it’s true – we have universal health care in Canada, thanks to this pretty awesome guy named Tommy Douglas. We also have a higher life expectancy rate and lower infant mortality rate than the United States.
Good Music – I agree with you, America: Avril Lavigne isn’t the greatest, but Canada has some other pretty fantastic musicians. Arcade Fire, Metric, Stars, Feist, and The Weakerthans are just a few of my personal faves.
Tim Hortons – As I write this, I’m rolling up the rim to win on my Tim Horton’s coffee cup.
Inventions – I’m sure you’re enjoying some Canadian inventions as you read these post. Have a light on? Used the telephone? Wearing jeans (with a zipper… not Pajama Jeans)? Played or watched hockey or basketball? Used your CrackBerry? Taken out the garbage? Eaten peanut butter? Yeah all these things were made possible by Canadians or on Canadian soil.
Multiculturalism – Canada is a mosaic of multiculturalism. When people come to Canada we don’t expect them to give up their own identity – instead we embrace our differences. We have two official languages in Canada – French and English – as well as two national anthems. “Thy history is an epic of the most brilliant exploits” is a snippet of the English translation of the French version. Yeah, we’re pretty epic.
Nationalism – We have a pretty inoffensive nationalism in Canada, except when it comes to hockey. The street parties that ensued following Sid the Kid’s gold medal winning goal were truly Canadian – according to CTV 16.6 million people saw this goal, making it the most watched broadcast in Canadian history.
Space/Landscape – As Molson Canadian (makers of the fine Canadian beer) puts it, “we have more square feet of awesomness per person than any other nation on Earth.” We have the fourth lowest population density in the world and our country is full of diverse landscapes. This was captured by the Group of Seven, a group of Canadian painters from the 1920s that developed a new school of truly Canadian art.
Definition of Marriage – Canada was the fourth country in the world, and first in the Americas, to legalize same-sex marriage. Much like our belief in the mosaic of multiculturalism, this shows our commitment to equality.
[photo courtesy of Max Mertens]