Monday, July 1, 2013
Happy Canada Day
What do I love about Canada?
I love the space - even our cities are spacious. You are never far from wilderness, and the wilderness is huge. There is lots of room for wildlife and people. The natural resources are incredibly abundant : water, forests, wild animals, fish, birds.
I love our health care system. We all pay into it through our taxes and we are guaranteed access to health care 24/7 . I so appreciate not having to worry about whether or not I can afford a trip to the doctor's or a stay in the hospital. Sometimes we have to wait for treatments, but the system is pretty good to triage patients and urgent ones do get quicker service.
I like our education system that allows a child from a small town or a poor district in the city to go to the local public school and be sufficiently prepared to go to college or one of our very good universities when they graduate.
Case in point: Mark Carney, now Governor of the Bank of England, who grew up in Northern Canada.
I like our social conscience. On the whole, we believe we are our brother's keeper and are willing to pay higher taxes so that no one is left destitute. It makes for a happier environment for everyone when we help each other.
And finally, I like WINTER! Yes, that cold, blowy, snowy season of storms and bulky clothes.
So on today, and every day, I say,"Hip Hip Hooray" for Canada. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.