Desi in DC

July 1, 2017

O Canada

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 3:51 pm

Canada Celebrates its 150 years today.

All I can say is thank you! Being a global citizen having lived in multiple countries and cities it has been tough to find a place that fits the good values of multiple places. Canada does- except for the weather:)

It has become the home away from home for many. When immigrants move to Canada, they encounter the first winter and say they will leave in 3 to 4 years after fulfilling their requirements, the standing joke though is by the time it’s time to leave you realize Canada has become home and you’re not going anywhere.  With their easy acceptance of immigrants, their encouragement and appreciation of diversity and their inclusiveness the immigrants appreciate and come to love this land. When patriotism is not shoved down your throat and practicing your own culture and religion  is not considered strange you start appreciating this land.

No one is saying it’s all rosy in Canada, there are cases of racism but compared to what is happening in most of the western world it is a refreshing change.

My top 10 favorites:

The land of the beautiful sunsets

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The welcoming signs in school hallways in multiple languages including Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, German, Farsi and Romanian to name just a few

Having an international aisle in most grocery stores that are so well stocked that at times you can even avoid a trip to the ethnic grocery stores for long stretches.

Publicly funded language classes in the public schools on the weekends and in the summer. Where else would we find Mandarin, Arabic, German, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Dutch, Romanian, Russian offered by the public schools.

Peanut free schools. My kids thankfully don’t have allergies, but I know enough kids who do and appreciate the stance that all children have the right to be safe in their schools. It may be a little problematic for the parents to pack lunches, but the snack industry has evolved to cater to the requirements.

The easy access to traditional food options. I do realize this is because of the GTA and will be more sparse in different parts of the country.

A Prime Minister who is inclusive and a self declared feminist.

A publicly funded healthcare system.

A country with a live and let live attitude. This is still a work in progress but it was interesting to see that the fate of elections were not dependent on abortion views.

The snow cleanup system. The weather maybe horrible but the Canadians have embraced it.

The world does need more Canada.

Happy Canada Day!

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