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The BBC asks: What does it mean to be a Canadian?

May 17, 2012, 9:26 a.m.
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Consider this: Vastly more people speak Urdu and Hindi as a first language in the GVRD than speak French.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-18086952

"Bicycling is a healthy and manly pursuit with much to recommend it, and, unlike other foolish crazes, it has not died out."
- The Daily Telegraph (1877)

May 17, 2012, 9:54 a.m.
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I have only been here a short while but I know the answer - bacon!

May 17, 2012, 10:17 a.m.
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Beer,bacon and boobies

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May 17, 2012, 10:51 a.m.
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Not being American

May 17, 2012, 10:55 a.m.
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Being Canadian is like winning the birth lottery.

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May 17, 2012, 11:06 a.m.
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Being Canadian is like winning the birth lottery.

Yes it is. Its all about how you use your winnings though.

Canada is not just Montreal,Toronto or Vancouver.

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May 17, 2012, 11:09 a.m.
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Yeah but good luck convincing recent immigrants who want to live in Vancouver or Toronto that they should instead move to Moose Jaw and enjoy the lifestyle there…

"Bicycling is a healthy and manly pursuit with much to recommend it, and, unlike other foolish crazes, it has not died out."
- The Daily Telegraph (1877)

May 17, 2012, 11:09 a.m.
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Yes it is. Its all about how you use your winnings though.

Canada is not just Montreal,Toronto or Vancouver.

I'm using mine well.

My native English abilities and Canada's general good standing around the world is allowing me to make bank, despite the fact I haven't lived there for a while.

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May 17, 2012, 11:13 a.m.
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Any well groomed white person that owns a few business suits can do that in China…

"Bicycling is a healthy and manly pursuit with much to recommend it, and, unlike other foolish crazes, it has not died out."
- The Daily Telegraph (1877)

May 17, 2012, 11:24 a.m.
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Any well groomed white person that owns a few business suits can do that in China…

I manage a school. I'm the boss and it's one location out of an international English training franchise.

I work 50+ hours a week. On top of teaching a few different groups of students (ranging form 3 years old to 15) I give job interviews, train new teachers. I observe teachers and give feedback. I run workshops that improve the quality of teaching in the school. I meet with parents, managers of other schools and upper management from China's head office on a regular basis.

I have formulated new procedures and methods that have benefited not just my school but other schools in Tianjin.

And I walk into the school every day in shorts, a ragged t-shirt, tattoos and a messenger bag before changing into my suit.

So no..not just any well groomed white person can do my job and make the kind of money I make here but I will admit it can help you get your foot in the door. Fortunately, if you have no skills you'll never get asked to sign another contract. ;)

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May 17, 2012, 11:26 a.m.
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being canadain is about … what you are not

May 17, 2012, 11:34 a.m.
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Doing what the Brits thought was impossible with less resources.

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May 17, 2012, 11:39 a.m.
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Doing what the Brits thought was impossible with less resources.

Vimey ridge.

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May 17, 2012, 11:41 a.m.
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being canadian is all about the world's largest beaver:

"Bicycling is a healthy and manly pursuit with much to recommend it, and, unlike other foolish crazes, it has not died out."
- The Daily Telegraph (1877)

May 17, 2012, 11:48 a.m.
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Brian Williams, the news anchor for NBC, wrote a fantastic thank-you letter to all of Canada after the 2010 Olympics. I think a few of these points define what it is to be Canadian.

After tonight's broadcast and after looting our hotel mini-bars, we're going to try to brave the blizzard and fly east to home and hearth, and to do laundry well into next week. Before we leave this thoroughly polite country, the polite thing to do is leave behind a thank-you note.

Thank you, Canada: For being such good hosts. For your unfailing courtesy. For your (mostly) beautiful weather. For scheduling no more than 60 percent of your float plane departures at the exact moment when I was trying to say something on television. For not seeming to mind the occasional (or constant) good-natured mimicry of your accents. For your unique TV commercials - for companies like Tim Hortons - which made us laugh and cry. For securing this massive event without choking security, and without publicly displaying a single automatic weapon. For having the best garment design and logo-wear of the games - you've made wearing your name a cool thing to do. For the sportsmanship we saw most of your athletes display. For not honking your horns. I didn't hear one car horn in 15 days - which also means none of my fellow New Yorkers rented cars while visiting. For making us aware of how many of you have been watching NBC all these years. For having the good taste to have an anchorman named Brian Williams on your CTV network, who turns out to be such a nice guy. For the body scans at the airport which make pat-downs and cavity searches unnecessary. For designing those really cool LED Olympic rings in the harbor, which turned to gold when your athletes won one. For always saying nice things about the United States…when you know we're listening. For sharing Joannie Rochette with us. For reminding some of us we used to be a more civil society. Mostly, for welcoming the world with such ease and making lasting friends with all of us.

Made me proud to be Canadian.

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