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    Re: How many Canadians are there here?

    I grew up there and have a place to stay so I was hoping to score some tickets (not opening or closing...talk about expensive). I love speed skating! And forget the hockey tickets. I don't know who's getting them but it isn't Joe Average citizen

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    You can all come to Sask next year for the Juniors! Heh!

    Sadly, I'm not a huge fan of curling, nor beer... but I love me some hockey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tribal Speak;3273309;
    Isn't there anything else us Canadians can talk about besides weather? Like potholes. Ya,...potholes! We got lots a new ones here! Oh right...potholes are weather related. Next!
    We can't see the potholes until spring. Too much ice and snow.

    I love curling, don't watch hockey until the playoffs, only drink beer on a hot day, and plan to watch the Olympics on tv. It will be crazy to get any tickets, and tres expensive to go if you don't have a free place to stay while you are there, with a fridge full of food.

    After working the Winter Olympics in Calgary in '88, I can assure you that if you do have the opportunity to experience "the Games" live, it will be very memorable. If you can't, however, the tv coverage is always 2nd to none!

    Gosh, all those commercials are sure bringing back the old memories of '88. Did anyone notice that PetroCan is bringing back their Olympic Glass Collection! I had a full set, but have since sold many in garage sales to collectors. I may have 4 old fashioneds left. Because I worked at the Olympics, the memorabilia I had reminded me of all the work, long nights, weekends, politics, stress and frustration. It's a different experience working at one, than volunteering, or going as a visitor.

    I do have some fabulous memories still! It wasn't all bad. I met my sweetie back then.
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    Re: How many Canadians are there here?

    Well, with all the bad economic news I was slightly less depressed after reading this article about the Canadian economy:

    Zakaria: The Canadian Solution | Newsweek Voices - Fareed Zakaria | Newsweek.com

    Worthwhile Canadian Initiative

    Canadian banks are typically leveraged at 18 to 1--compared with U.S. banks at 26 to 1.
    Fareed Zakaria
    NEWSWEEK
    From the magazine issue dated Feb 16, 2009

    The legendary editor of The New Republic, Michael Kinsley, once held a "Boring Headline Contest" and decided that the winner was "Worthwhile Canadian Initiative." Twenty-two years later, the magazine was rescued from its economic troubles by a Canadian media company, which should have taught us Americans to be a bit more humble. Now there is even more striking evidence of Canada's virtues. Guess which country, alone in the industrialized world, has not faced a single bank failure, calls for bailouts or government intervention in the financial or mortgage sectors. Yup, it's Canada. In 2008, the World Economic Forum ranked Canada's banking system the healthiest in the world. America's ranked 40th, Britain's 44th.

    Canada has done more than survive this financial crisis. The country is positively thriving in it. Canadian banks are well capitalized and poised to take advantage of opportunities that American and European banks cannot seize. The Toronto Dominion Bank, for example, was the 15th-largest bank in North America one year ago. Now it is the fifth-largest. It hasn't grown in size; the others have all shrunk.

    So what accounts for the genius of the Canadians? Common sense. Over the past 15 years, as the United States and Europe loosened regulations on their financial industries, the Canadians refused to follow suit, seeing the old rules as useful shock absorbers. Canadian banks are typically leveraged at 18 to 1—compared with U.S. banks at 26 to 1 and European banks at a frightening 61 to 1. Partly this reflects Canada's more risk-averse business culture, but it is also a product of old-fashioned rules on banking.

    Canada has also been shielded from the worst aspects of this crisis because its housing prices have not fluctuated as wildly as those in the United States. Home prices are down 25 percent in the United States, but only half as much in Canada. Why? Well, the Canadian tax code does not provide the massive incentive for overconsumption that the U.S. code does: interest on your mortgage isn't deductible up north. In addition, home loans in the United States are "non-recourse," which basically means that if you go belly up on a bad mortgage, it's mostly the bank's problem. In Canada, it's yours. Ah, but you've heard American politicians wax eloquent on the need for these expensive programs—interest deductibility alone costs the federal government $100 billion a year—because they allow the average Joe to fulfill the American Dream of owning a home. Sixty-eight percent of Americans own their own homes. And the rate of Canadian homeownership? It's 68.4 percent.

    Canada has been remarkably responsible over the past decade or so. It has had 12 years of budget surpluses, and can now spend money to fuel a recovery from a strong position. The government has restructured the national pension system, placing it on a firm fiscal footing, unlike our own insolvent Social Security. Its health-care system is cheaper than America's by far (accounting for 9.7 percent of GDP, versus 15.2 percent here), and yet does better on all major indexes. Life expectancy in Canada is 81 years, versus 78 in the United States; "healthy life expectancy" is 72 years, versus 69. American car companies have moved so many jobs to Canada to take advantage of lower health-care costs that since 2004, Ontario and not Michigan has been North America's largest car-producing region.

    I could go on. The U.S. currently has a brain-dead immigration system. We issue a small number of work visas and green cards, turning away from our shores thousands of talented students who want to stay and work here. Canada, by contrast, has no limit on the number of skilled migrants who can move to the country. They can apply on their own for a Canadian Skilled Worker Visa, which allows them to become perfectly legal "permanent residents" in Canada—no need for a sponsoring employer, or even a job. Visas are awarded based on education level, work experience, age and language abilities. If a prospective immigrant earns 67 points out of 100 total (holding a Ph.D. is worth 25 points, for instance), he or she can become a full-time, legal resident of Canada.

    Companies are noticing. In 2007 Microsoft, frustrated by its inability to hire foreign graduate students in the United States, decided to open a research center in Vancouver. The company's announcement noted that it would staff the center with "highly skilled people affected by immigration issues in the U.S." So the brightest Chinese and Indian software engineers are attracted to the United States, trained by American universities, then thrown out of the country and picked up by Canada—where most of them will work, innovate and pay taxes for the rest of their lives.

    If President Obama is looking for smart government, there is much he, and all of us, could learn from our quiet—OK, sometimes boring—neighbor to the north. Meanwhile, in the councils of the financial world, Canada is pushing for new rules for financial institutions that would reflect its approach. This strikes me as, well, a worthwhile Canadian initiative.

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    Re: How many Canadians are there here?

    Quote Originally Posted by canuckinchile;3328511;
    Well, with all the bad economic news I was slightly less depressed after reading this article about the Canadian economy:

    Zakaria: The Canadian Solution | Newsweek Voices - Fareed Zakaria | Newsweek.com
    And this is all thanks to that "socialist" insistence on government mandated responsibility (chartered banks) that so horrifies a certain number of our south of the border friends. All I can say is, right on socialism.
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    Re: How many Canadians are there here?

    The three fallen Canadians are coming home tomorrow from Afghanistan for people wanting to show support on the "highway of heroes". I think they'll update on the news tonight about the specifics of the times. Just from reading, I know it means a lot to the families to see the support from people, and the flags on the overpasses as they travel by with their loved ones. So sad
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    Just wanted to thank my fellow Canadians for the lovely whiteout blizzard I returned home to. The snow shovelling I need to do today will certainly help me get into shape after all those margueritas I drank in the last 7 days. Oh, and it was especially special to see my plane get de-iced before we left. Cool. Looks like orange Crush being sprayed all over us!
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    Re: How many Canadians are there here?

    Quote Originally Posted by canuckinchile;3369494;
    The three fallen Canadians are coming home tomorrow from Afghanistan for people wanting to show support on the "highway of heroes". I think they'll update on the news tonight about the specifics of the times. Just from reading, I know it means a lot to the families to see the support from people, and the flags on the overpasses as they travel by with their loved ones. So sad
    one of the fallen soliders is from a neighbouring city...st catharines ontario...the city of st catharines is planning their own "hwy of hero's" when he returns from toronto...to st catharines....i'm so glad i can be part of it...the hwy of hero's is approx 2 hours from where i live so this will give me a chance to be part of the closer one... so

    if anyone wants to know the history behind "highway of hero's" ..just search and you will see pictures and articles on what exactly it is...its heartwarming to see it....
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    Re: How many Canadians are there here?

    Quote Originally Posted by canuckinchile;3328511;
    Well, with all the bad economic news I was slightly less depressed after reading this article about the Canadian economy:

    Zakaria: The Canadian Solution | Newsweek Voices - Fareed Zakaria | Newsweek.com
    thanks for sharing this article canuckinchile...i'm a mortgage agent working in a real estate office...i need as much positive information i can get in this type of market condition!!

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    Re: How many Canadians are there here?

    HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

    25 Things Canadians Have To Be Proud Of...

    1. Smarties

    2. Crispy Crunch & Coffee Crisp

    3. The size of our footballs fields, one less down, and bigger balls.

    4. Baseball is Canadian - First game June 4, 1838 - Ingersoll , ON

    5. Lacrosse is Canadian

    6. Hockey is Canadian

    7. Basketball is Canadian

    8. Apple pie is Canadian

    9. Mr. Dress-up

    10. Tim Hortons

    11. In the war of 1812, started by America , Canadians pushed the Americans back...Past their 'White House'. Then we burned it...and most of Washington .. We got bored.. Because they ran away, so we came home and partied...Go figure.

    12. Canada has the largest French population that never surrendered to Germany.

    13. We have the largest English population that never ever surrendered or withdrew during any war to anyone, anywhere. EVER.

    14. Our civil war was fought in a bar and it lasted a little over an hour.

    15. The only person who was arrested in our civil war was an American mercenary,who slept in and missed the whole thing...but showed up just in time to get caught.

    16. A Canadian invented Standard Time.

    17. The Hudsons Bay Company once owned over 10% of the earth's surface and is still around as the world's oldest company.

    18. The average dog sled team can kill and devour a full grown human in under 3 minutes.

    19. We still know what to do with all the parts of a buffalo.

    20. We don't marry our kin-folk.

    21. We invented ski-doos, jet-skis, Velcro, zippers, insulin, penicillin, zambonis, the telephone. And, short wave radios that save countless lives each year.

    22. We ALL have frozen our tongues to something metal and lived to tell about it.

    23. A Canadian invented Superman.

    24. We have coloured money.

    25. Our beer advertisements kick ass


    BUT MOST IMPORTANT!

    25a. The handles on our beer cases are big enough to fit your hands with mitts on!!

    25b Bob and Doug MacKenzie!

    *I*AM*CANADIAN *
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