Life in Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Sera Michele, May 8, 2004.

  1. Sera Michele

    Sera Michele Senior Member

    Please tell me about it. I grew up in Michigan about 30 mins away from Canada, and always loved it when i visited. So no i am considering moving there.

    So tell me, where are the best places to live in Canada? I have considered Montreal and Calgary, but I would love opinions.

    I don't think that American culture and society is a good oone to raise children in. What do you Canadians think about yours? Do you consider yourself similar to America? How do the people feel about their government?

    Sorry if these seem like dumb questions, it's just that you can read articles all day about one place or the other...but I always like to hear others opinions as well.
  2. nimh

    nimh ~foodie~

    honey, canada is just one step behind the usa

    we just passed our own version of homeland security.

    it's the same everywhere.

    ftaa is coming (our version of the eu)

    right now canada is being ruled by some fool that we didnt even elect. he was appointed. and he's doing everything the americans want him to do.

    if you want to escape the usa, i would suggest trying to get further away. i am seriously considering trying to move overseas to get away from canada.
  3. AppleScruff

    AppleScruff Member

    vancouver is nice.
  4. Juiceman3000

    Juiceman3000 Banned


    Just lost a brilliant reply that took over 10 minutes to write.


    My fault for not copying it first before losing it grrr.

    Well, I agreed with Nimh in principle and gave my picks for best cities.


    Had reservations on a few more


    Well.. Hope you come join us, we have always considered Michigan to be 'One of Us' so Im sure you will fit in just fine!

  5. chaos

    chaos Member

    bc has some nice communities... the kooteneys, gulf islands. etc
  6. We_All_Shine_On

    We_All_Shine_On Senior Member

    If you come to ontario, you can drive to the GTA while living in the middle of nowhere. BC has some fucked up geography man, a desert, a rainforst, it's like all the world in one province.
    the best things about living in canada:
    Hockey, better beer, shady pot laws, fucking funny shows.... And you're guaranteed to see something totally dumb,Yet not stupid at all.
    the best best part though:

    you're welcome in Canada :D
  7. Terelda

    Terelda Member

    Yup, Vancouver is the best in my opinion (I lived there for 6 years....I moved back to Ontario to have my baby;) )

    Ontario is okay, I don't suggest Calgary, Edmonton or Winnipeg but that's only cuz I'm a wimp and it gets COLD there....
  8. Juiceman3000

    Juiceman3000 Banned

    Vancouver definately has the natural surroundings and views, but I find its a rat-race and full of a lot of pretencious trendy and finicky people.

    I lived their for 10 years and thank God I finally managed to get out.
    There are many good aspects but the 'bad' aspects were beginning to take over the place.

    Namely, an incredibly high crime-rate.
    Property crime capitol of North American for a few years running and car thefts double that of nearby Seattle (a comparable size)

    The weather is fairly mild (by canadian standards) but you better enjoy rain because it rains 200 days a year ugh.

    I do miss summer days at White Rock before it became trendy and packed and nothing beats a day at Granville Island and scooting across on the little ferry boats.
  9. Danimal

    Danimal Member

    If it wasnt for health car i'd leave Canada and go to the US, but for now USA sucks for health care. Paying for surgery woudl be out of my mind.
  10. Pressed_Rat

    Pressed_Rat Do you even lift, bruh?

    Better beer??

    That's a myth. Then again, most people think the only beer that comes from the US is Bud, Coors and Busch. It doesn't prove that Canadian beer is better, it only proves how naive and uninformed many Canadians are when it comes to beer. Molson and Labatt (the two most consumed beers in Canada) are only SLIGHTLY better than most of the American macro beers. America has tons of phenomenal craft beers which you've probably never heard of. Generally, most Canadians drink swill like Molson and Labatt. I can think of a few good Canadian breweries; namely Unibroue of Quebec. But America has far more craft breweries than Canada. So really, if you look past all the mass-produced crap like Budweiser and Coors, America produces many more high quality beers than Canada does. I know because I am a beer expert.

    Canada is not much different from the US. Maybe some of the laws are a bit different, perhaps more lenient. But Canada is FAR from perfect. Anyone who thinks otherwise is naive. Don't think your government isn't corrupt, because it is. ALL governments are corrupt. Anyone in power is corrupt.

    Many Canadians are very complacent and overly trusting of their government, which is just scary. Talk about sheep!

    Personally, I think many Canadians are self-righteous. I hate their attitudes. I like Canada for it's northern, largely unpopulated landscape, but I hate the people.

    I would love to live in the Yukon or NWT. That region is the REAL Canada.
  11. nimh

    nimh ~foodie~

    ya wanna hear something funny?

    i've heard that a lot of the vastly unpopulated areas in canada's north are used by the usa army in training exercises. so, if the merkin's ever wanted to, they could claim that land as their own, cause they've been the only ones occupying vast tracts of land in the north for years and years. i dont know what the first nations peoples would say about that, but that's what i've heard.
  12. Juiceman3000

    Juiceman3000 Banned

    Well hopefully the 'beer expert' will be able to overcome his hostility and spend some time simply enjoying the microbrewery beers of Canada too.
    Its not all Labatts and Molson in Canada either.

    The Yukon, NWT, Nunavut areas are pretty nice in their own ways.
    I dont know why they would be 'the real Canada' but they certainly have a unique Northerner attitude.

    There are some good size American military bases up North but not as many as you have characterised.
    Not as if there are just US soldiers everywhere and no one else.

    The Yanks have a good sized on at Cold Lake (recently made famousish by the X-Men movies) and I believe there is a testing facility somewhere in the NWT that specialises in 'Long Range Missiles'.

    No, they can not (and would not) ever lay claim to the land of their hosts. This is silly.
    The Natives would probably not appreciate an attempt either lol!
  13. nimh

    nimh ~foodie~

    i wish it was silly

    it really looks like this peak oil thing might be happening. There are huge oil sands in northern canada. it would take a LOT of processing to extract oil from the oil sands, but if someone was determined enough, they might decide that they want it. Canada has been america's bitch for long enough that we probably wouldnt put up a fight if they wanted that oil, but if we did say nope you cant have it, the merkins would be all over us. I think that before they start a war, that they would take claim of the land that they have been occupying all along.
  14. dreama

    dreama Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Personally, I love living in Canada, and I feel more for this country each time I leave it...just got back from travelling through Central America, and in stark contrast like that, I can see all the things I love about this name a few:
    - good health care
    - no malaria ;)
    - decent highway system
    - Canadian Food Inspection Agency (damn, I got some nasty food while away!)
    - wages here are not as bad as there, even though I often think they are
    - our McDonald's don't require an armed guard
    - our tourists don't require an armed guard (they have Tourist Police in Guatemala)
    - recognition of the mosaic of ethnic backgrounds of Canadians

    What I do know is that many people feel a certain loyalty about their own country, which is wonderful. If I had to pick a city to live in, it would be Halifax, where I intend on moving next year once I finish up here.

  15. Megara

    Megara Banned

    america wouldnt ever start a war with canada...why woudl we? and why would you ever refuse to trade with us? we buy the overwhelming majority of all your goods(86% of your exports i believe)...why you'd ever just turn round and say "sorry, we kinda like this oil" would be..urm..dumb...American and canadian friendship is too close(despite the bush chretien rift)
  16. Pressed_Rat

    Pressed_Rat Do you even lift, bruh?

    I never said it was all Molson and Labatt. Did I? I said that's all that MOST Canadians drink (most Canadians are as uneducated when it comes to beer as Americans). And it's usually the people who drink only these two beers that have the notion that Canadian beer is somehow better (and stronger) than American beer. Personally, I think Labatt and Molson are almost just as bad as the American mega-swills like Budweiser and Coors.

    Both countries have a lot of great micro and craft breweries that most mainstream beer drinkers have probably never heard of. It annoys me when people judge American beer based only on the American beer they know of, which is crap.

    If you judge American beer based on Budweiser, Coors, Busch, Old Milwaukee, PBR, etc., then your knowledge of beer is clearly feeble. That's not the only beer that comes from the US, just like Molson and Labatt isn't the only beer which comes from Canada.

    I am simply trying to dispell a myth.
  17. Juiceman3000

    Juiceman3000 Banned

    Im not a beer drinker myself so I cant say Im any kind of 'expert'.
    I just remember drinking a lot of 'Mickey Gillis' beer in the States one weekend and it was just terrible beer-flavoured water lol.

    Oil is being extracted from the sands now. Its pretty much Canadians working up there - but - the fact is, all these operations are run by huge multi-national global companies with names like 'Globo-chem' (just made that up).

    And that is the reason there is no need for anyone to 'take over' anything.
    Basically, the real profit and wealth is already going to big international (and often American) stockholders.

    Its not really like Canada is necessarily gaining mass wealth and power.
    Although.. yes, its a lot of jobs for Canadian Oil riggers and truckers.

    It would probably be far too expensive to try and retrain thousands of imported Americans and send them up North.
    And again - why?
    American shareholders in 'Globo-Chem' are already making their fortunes ;)
  18. nimh

    nimh ~foodie~

    true enough
  19. Juiceman3000

    Juiceman3000 Banned

    You know... Ive always been curious - Just 'who' exactly makes the billions off of Oil and Gas?

    I mean... somewhere there is a board and somewhere there are these huge stockholders.
    Not just the average guy with some stocks, but people owning massive chunks.

    I will not be surprised that ultimately, the big winner is a world bank and a handful of internationalist bankers?

    PS... And it wouldnt surprise me if the same goes for BEER! American and Canadian!!
  20. Mari

    Mari Member

    I believe that the oil fields are managed by the Alberta Government, and some of the province's revenue comes from the sale and development of oil and it's products. So much in fact that Albertans don't have a provincial tax.

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