Not sure what part of Canada you're in, but I have to ask someone: what is the national attitude in Canada (or specifically Alberta) regarding Enbridge expanding capacity through the Great Lakes region? I never know if it's just the US that has a few powerful oil mongers, or if I'm not alone in hating what these few powerful imbeciles are doing to my country.
Alberta is generally for expanding pipelines because oil makes that province super rich.
I’m from BC and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway is strongly opposed here. I know there are plans in the works for an ‘energy east’ pipeline which would go from Alberta all the way through Ontario to the coast. But its not heavily known because its still in the theoretical/planning stage. Some groups have come out to oppose it this early, though.
Canada has a HUGE oil lobbying scene in Alberta’s oilsands. The government is in deep pockets with the industry and big oil companies from other countries have put huge investments into the oil in Canada, despite how energy intensive, difficulty of transport and dirty this oil can be.
In the summer at least:
*Checks the well water level*
4.5 inches (11.4cm)
Welp. I can’t shower until the water table feeds into the well enough to raise the water level or it rains a hell of a lot (which in the summer here is really unlikely).
How does the unemployment system in Canada work?
If you’ve worked at least _____ # of hours a year you can be eligible for employment insurance (EI). Which is a lump sum payment every 2 weeks while you’re unemployed. The amount and how long it lasts depends upon how many hours you worked in the previous year and how much you made. You need to report any income earned during this entire period and any change in employment every 2 weeks. I’ve been on EI while job searching this past 1+ years.
There is also income assistance for low income canadians (basically welfare in the US) but I’ve never been on it.
Healthcare is provided for everything medically necessary regardless of employment. If you have a job and get extra medical coverage stuff like the dentist/prescriptions/etc will cost less or almost nothing (because I have no extra coverage dentist bills can now cost me dozens to hundreds of dollars depending but medically everything else is covered).
If you have any other questions, let me know. Your ask was vague so I listed everything I could think of.
Just because I was bored and decided to look up some canada crime statistics, I came across the page on Canadians who have firearms licenses. I’ve always wondered just how many canadians owned guns because I’ve rarely known people who have said they own one and Canadians have a reputation of not owning/carrying firearms vs the US.
Essentially ~5% of Canadians own a gun. Or ~2,000,000 people out of ~35,000,000 population of Canada.
Now you know. :P
Generally. Are there a lot of conservative people? How's the weather? Is it generally nice? :)
Canada is currently governed by Neoconservatives (The conservative party is Canada’s equivalent to the republicans). They’re in power with only about 39% of the vote, but they got into power because of vote splitting amongst left leaning parties and general political apathy. 2/3 of the country did not vote for the conservatives but because of archaic voting laws we’re stuck with them and have been for the past 8 years. Most canadians are left leaning (and more left leaning than the democrats in the US).
Weather depends where you live. Where I live it gets around -5 at the coldest in the winter and at the hottest 35 degrees. This is in Celsius by the way. Other parts of the country get -30 winters, and cooler summers. Generally most places are 20-35 degrees in the summer.
Its a beautiful place and the people are nice and friendly for the most part. I like it a lot. I’m just annoyed with the way the government is transforming the country.
Sweet Sagan, man. I thought Canada was a pretty swell place with it's free healthcare and college and whatnot. How did we americans get such a warped and distorted view of you?
Stereotypes and lack of media coverage of canada and canadian issues is my best guess. Most Americans don’t know a lot about what goes in Canada, but most Canadians are informed of American affairs, sometimes even more so than our own.
But this is mostly a recent problem. Its only in the past decade or so that things have really started to go downhill (though we also have had many problematic things in the 20th century as well). We’ve had Stephen Harper and his neoconservative party in power for the past 8 years; which is basically the closest thing Canada has to the Republican party. They also have what’s called a majority government, which essentially allows them to pass whatever bills or policies they want because they have enough members of parliament and don’t need to convince other parties to support their legislation. Basically if they want a law passed almost nothing but public outrage can stop them.
specialk2010 replied to your post “Hi, I hope you’re having a nice day. It has been very interesting to learn some more about Canada through your blog. Everyone says that it’s a wonderful place, and I’ve studied some really good stuff about your law and police systems, but I had never heard of the racism there.”Hi, from Gary in Ottawa. Re: Canada, racism, first nations, etc. Remember where your followers are. Canada IS a utopia. Even if some are from the U.S., people need hope, and a multi-cultural nation that works
I’m sorry I’m not going to apologize or retract any statements.
This is the definition of utopia:nounan imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More.Canada is not a utopia in any sense of the word and when you make statements like that you subsequently erase the negative experiences of first nations and other poc living in Canada that are not treated well or fairly not to mention all the dystopian shit this government does. Canada was a much better country in my youth. It is falling from its graces; I’m trying to do all I can to make people aware of exactly what is going on and why I’m upset.I’m sorry but I’m not going to lie to my followers and preach a fantasy that doesn’t exist.I’ve said it before. Canada does a lot of good, but its problems NEED to be recognized. I don’t care who follows me or where they’re from; it shouldn’t matter.