A recent study found
the average Canadian walks
about 900 miles a year.
Another study found
22 gallons of beer a year. That means,
Canadians get about 41 miles to the gallon.
Kind Of Makes You Proud To Be Canadian,
Note: Measurements are Imperial Measures (because the the studies were done by Americans!)
- miles (statute) is equal to
- gallons (US) is equal to
- miles (statute) is equal to
- 17.5 km/litres
Happy Canada Day
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Canada is the greatest nation in this country.
Former Toronto mayor Allan Lamport
QUOTES FOR CANADA DAY
It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.
When I’m in Canada, I feel this is what the world should be like. ~ Jane Fonda
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. What unites us is far greater than what divides us. ~John F. Kennedy, 1961
There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people. ~ Winston Churchill
I guess Canada is a nice country. I’ve never thought much about it.- Anon. Cal-State student
The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us experience for the attack of Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent.
A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe.
On Obama’s first visit to Canada, this is what Jon Stewart had to say:
“Canada has world leaders sign their guest book?? Are you a country or a Bed and Breakfast?!”
He also said:
“I don’t trust any country that looks around a continent and says, ‘Hey, I’ll take the frozen part.’”
Stephen Colbert said this on his March 30, 2009 show about Americans and narcissism:
“Thinking that other people might be better than you is what makes you Canadian, not American.”
And Canada’s own satirist, Rick Mercer from the Rick Mercer Report, said this:
“The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend… and sometimes we’d like to give them such a smack!”
“God Bless America, but God help Canada to put up with them!”
We Are More, by Shane Koyczan ~ Vancouver Winter Olympics
When defining Canada, you might list some statistics. You might mention our tallest building or biggest lake. You might shake a tree in the fall, and call a red leaf Canada.
You might rattle off some celebrities might mention Buffy Sainte-Marie, might even mention the fact that we’ve got a few Barenaked Ladies, or that we made these crazy things like zippers, electric cars and washing machines.
When defining Canada, it seems the world’s anthem has been “been there done that,” and maybe that’s where we used to be at, it’s true. We’ve done and we’ve been, we’ve seen all the great themes get swallowed up by the machine and turned into theme parks.
But when defining Canada, don’t forget to mention that we have set sparks, we are not just fishing stories about the one that got away. We do more than sit around and say “eh?”.
And yes, we are the home of the Rocket and the Great One, who inspired little number nines and little number ninety-nines, but we’re more than just hockey and fishing lines off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes.
And some say what defines us is something as simple as please and thank you. And as for you’re welcome – well, we say that too.
But we are more than genteel or civilized. We are an idea in the process of being realized. We are young, we are cultures strung together, then woven into a tapestry. And the design is what makes us more than the sum total of our history.
We are an experiment going right for a change, with influences that range from a to zed. And yes – we say zed instead of zee.
We are the colours of Chinatown and the coffee of Little Italy. We dream so big that there are those who would call our ambition an industry, because we are more than sticky maple syrup and clean snow. We do more than grow wheat and brew beer. We are vineyards of good year after good year. We reforest what we clear, because we believe in generations beyond our own.
Knowing now that so many of us have grown past what used to be, we can stand here today filled with all the hope people have when they say things like “someday” – someday we’ll be great. Someday we’ll be this or that. Someday we’ll be at a point when someday was yesterday, and all of our aspirations will pave the way for those who on that day look towards tomorrow. And still they say someday we will reach the goals we set, and we will get interest on our inspiration.
Because we are more than a nation of whale watchers and lumberjacks, more than backpacks and hiking trails. We are hammers and nails building bridges towards those who are willing to walk across. We are the lost-and-found for all those who might find themselves at a loss. We are not the see-through gloss or glamour of those who clamour for the failings of others. We are fathers, brothers, sisters, and mothers, uncles and nephews, aunts and nieces, we are cousins, we are found missing puzzle pieces. We are families with room at the table for newcomers.
We are more than summers and winters, more than on and off seasons. We are the reasons people have for wanting to stay, because we are more than what we say or do. We live to get past what we go through and learn who we are.
We are students, students who study the studiousness of studying so we know what, as well as why we don’t have all the answers. But we try, and the effort is what makes us more. We don’t all know what it is in life we’re looking for – so keep exploring, go far and wide, or go inside. But go deep. Go deep, as if James Cameron was filming a sequel to The Abyss, and suddenly there was this location scout trying to figure some way out to get inside you because you’ve been through hell and high water, and you went deep.
Keep exploring, because we are more than a laundry list of things to do and places to see. We are more than hills to ski or countryside ponds to skate. We are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can’t wait. We are first-rate greasy-spoon diners and healthy-living cafes, a country that is all the ways you choose to live. A land that can give you variety, because we are choices.
We are millions upon millions of voices shouting “Keep exploring”.
We are more.
We are the surprise the world has in store for you, it’s true. Canada is the “what” in “what’s new?”
So don’t say “been there done that,” unless you’ve sat on the sidewalk while chalk artists draw still lifes on the concrete, of a kid in the street, beatboxing to Neil Young for fun. Don’t say you’ve been there done that unless you’ve been here doing it. Let this country be your first-aid kit for all the times you get sick of the same old same old. Let us be the story told to your friends, and when that story ends, leave chapters for the next time you’ll come back. Next time pack for all the things you didn’t pack for the first time, but don’t let your luggage define your travels. Each life unravels differently, and experiences are what make up the colours of our tapestry.
We are the true north strong and free. And what’s more is that we didn’t just say it. We made it be.
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