Hey girl hey. And boy.
Two months ago, I asked you if you had any questions about life in Canada and today I’ll be answering all 23 of them! These were so much fun to answer and happilyhedy might be answering these questions over at her blog from an Albertan perspective so stay tuned for her post.
Also life update: I’m taking antibiotics for my illness and it’s starting to get better. I still can’t take deep breaths but I’m actually sleeping which is good. Hopefully I can get to enjoy the second half of winter breakkk. 😂 Anyways short intro today so let’s just get starteddd.
- Is it always cold?
No. 😂 Summers are actually crazy hot in my city but maybe that’s because we’re close to the border. You might get a different answer from Hedy who lives in Alberta but yeah it’s definitely just cold when it’s supposed to be cold.
- Are people always so nice?
Honestly most people are. Everyone is automatically nice to strangers and oml when I volunteer with kids, their parents would always be like “say please” and “say thank you”. It’s so cute! 😂
- How is your education system?
I was having a conversation with my cousin about this the other day and I don’t think the Canadian curriculum sets students up for university workload. Like the steps from elementary to high school are huge and the steps between high school and university are SUPER huge. I spent the first 4 years of education in UAE and when I came here, 2nd graders were tracing the alphabet and colouring. I was so confused because they made us read chapter books and go through exams starting grade 1 but here they treat you like a baby until you turn 12. 😂
I think children have the potential to learn way more than what is taught and that optimal range of time that could have been used to teach harder things is wasted on really slow and easy teaching. My cousin came from UAE to here to start high school and she’s taking grade 11 classes just for fun because she already learned everything they take in grade 9 when she was younger. I personally love the education here, the teachers are all amazing and I appreciate the lighter workload that allows for volunteering and a LIFE outside of school.
Buuut I do wish that Canadian students lived like Europeans for the first few years of education and then switched to Canadian education. It’ll make learning so much easier in the long run. I think I interpreted this question much differently than intended oops but yeah the environment is overall really collaborative and un-prison-like if that makes sense. 😂
Oh and KG starts at 4 years old and you graduate grade 8 at 13 years old. And then high school is 4 years until you’re 18. There are no middle schools in Ontario.
- What’s something in Canada you can’t find anywhere else?
I had to look at an article to answer this lol. But bagged milk, ruffles and maple syrup are the top three. 😉
- What’s one Canadian stereotype that is true and one that isn’t?
I made a post with Natalie on stereotypes last year and let’s just say moose DON’T just wander around in our backyards. I will say that people are crazy nice and that everyone loves plaid.
- Is there much of a divide between different people groups in Canada or are people relatively united?
I say we’re relatively united? Wait…people groups? It’s a very diverse country and people mix with each other but I will say that you find cliques and stuff like you would find in every high school. But in terms of life, people collaborate despite race, religion, gender …etc. In terms of provinces and cities, we’re not too connected but we’d get along if we met. Like it would never be like “oh you’re from Calgary? mm we don’t talk” sort of thing. 😂 Did that even answer the question?
- What are some of the main social problems in Canada?
Ooh lemme list some off some
- lack of jobs (this just might be where I live though)
- indigenous rights
- immigration overload
- student debt
- What’s the sailing like in Canada???? (you know me, gotta know allllll about the sailing 😂)
SIS I GOTCHU 😂😂 To be quite honest, I don’t know of much sailing in Canada. Like I know there’s canoeing and taking ships across lakes for fun but hm I found a sailing team? I know it’s something an average teen would do here though. 😂
- What’s a Canadian word that no one else in the world would use?
I had to search up some Canadian words and here are some of the main ones
- freezies (freeze pops)
- anything tim hortons related
- tap (faucet)
- loonie and toonie (for one and two dollars)
- Is Canada a socialist country?
Honestly it depends on the political party ruling but it’s for the most part, a democracy. It has socialist mindsets like taking taxes from the rich to give services to the poor and middle class. But most of those services go towards everyone. The richer you are, the more taxes Canada will take so I think in that way you can call out some socialism but other than that, it’s not full on socialist.
- What’s one thing you’ve learned from living in Canada?
Hmm this is a hard one. ONE thing? I don’t know if there was one main takeaway. I asked some of my family members and here were their answers.
Big bro: The variety of beliefs in this country makes one reflect on their own values – essentially now I need to develop a clear understanding on who I am and what I believe in whereas in other countries I would just go with the flow.
That’s honestly facts. Here, you develop an identity crisis lool. It’s a good thing though because no one tells you who you need to be, you need to decide that. Whereas in other countries it’s like “oh you’re mexican and you’re catholic and you belong to this prestigious family and this is your role”. Here there’s not really any of that and it’s up to you to own up to your beliefs and background.
Ugh I don’t know if there’s one thing I learned. I think I’ve just become more open-minded to other peoples’ views. And I’ve become stronger in my own beliefs. But yes I think the biggest thing is just being your own person.
- Would you let your children grow up in Canada?
Yep! I don’t see them growing up anywhere else to be honest. Actually….wait…it depends on what Canada looks like by then because if there’s too much corruption, then sis is gonna have to pack her bags. But for the most part it’s really nice here.
Do you have a high crime rate like in America?
Are refugees accepted?
Oui. There’s a process but a large amount is taken in every year.
- Would you ever visit the US?
I have, actually. We got to Detroit sometimes to have dinner at this one dope restaurant and security called us out once like “so you’re telling me that you crossed the border for dinner” – oops! The miles Arabs will go for food I’m telling you. But yes, I would like to visit. I just don’t have a reason to at the moment. Unless we’re doing a blog meetup which we need to doooo.
- Who are the people most discriminated in Canada?
Oop I just saw a blog post that said Muslims and Aboriginals. I mean I personally haven’t been discriminated against but I know there are areas in Quebec where rights to wearing a hijab are violated. Which is stupid because Quebec has a catholic history and they literally wore headscarves a few generations ago so. But I do know that indegenous people get discriminated against all the time and it needs to stop.
What stores do you’ll have? For example, we’ve got Walmart, and Safeway, and ETC. what do y’all have?
Ah there’s so many. We don’t have Safeway what is thattt. Ooohh they got sold to Sobeyes! Well I mean there’s Canadian Tire, JYSK, Payless, H&M, Ardene, Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama, Metro (supermarket), Freshco, Costco – I don’t know y’all there’s a looooot.
- How long does it take for immigrants/refugees to become citizens of the country?
Is anyone deported from there?
I-. I’ve never seen anyone get deported but it happens? Stay safe kids.
- What’s the mental health system like?
Everyone is depressedddd. It’s actually really interesting how first world countries has the least happiest people. But it is talked about and different schools have clubs and mental wellness days and all that jazz. And there’s lots of resources for people to go to. People are more aware of it here than in other countries that’s for sure.
Is it true that Braille is on your bills? Braille is how blind people read In case if you didn’t know.
This is sooo interesting I didn’t even know that. But I just checked a 5 dollar bill and yes they do!
- What makes Canadian people unique from people of other nationalities?
Oop. I always get an existential crisis when people say ‘canadian’. Because you usually think of the blonde Europeans but then it’s like wait indigenous people and then immigrants who have received their citizenship. So in a way, what nationality is Canada? And I guess what makes Canada unique is that Canadians come from all walks of life. Canadians come in different ethnicities and religions. Canadians are you. A part of every nation can be found in Canada so it’s unique because Canada is everyone. Canada’s nationality is just human. We got a bit poetic there but yay for diversity.
- Do u have bagged milk???
Anddd that’s all for today.
Did you learn anything new?
Have you been to Canada?
Answer one of the questions for your country!
I’ll see you in my next post.