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Global domination? Whoa, Canada!

 

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There is a place on earth that most Americans never think about—a vast, strange land where the days can be cold, but the people are friendly and the health care is free. We remember this place exists only occasionally: when we find out our favorite comedian was born there, or when someone we know decides to move there for college. For the most part, though, it hardly enters into our conception of the world. Canada is there, and it isn’t.

 

- But there is a new and unfamiliar wind blowing in the North—one of national ambition and passionate, even aggressive, patriotism. Its proponents seek to transform Canada from the polite and accommodating country it’s been for most of its history into a major, muscular force on the world stage. The Canada they envision will be powerful, rich, and influential. It will never again be ignored, or dismissed sneeringly as “America’s hat.” Adherents of the new Canadian nationalism point to their country’s range of advantages, starting with its massive size and abundance of natural resources like timber, water, gold, and oil. They note the stability of their government and the strength of the Canadian economy—the Canadian loonie is currently worth more than the American dollar, and according to the International Monetary Fund, its gross domestic product outpaced that of the United States by more than $2,000 per capita in 2011.

 

- Then there’s global warming, which promises, strangely enough, to benefit Canada by melting the ice in the Arctic Circle, thus opening it up for drilling and lucrative new trade routes to Asia. “There is a growing consensus in a certain part of the Canadian population that we have been underachievers and boy scouts, internationally, for far too long,” said Matthew Fisher, an international affairs columnist for Postmedia, a Canadian publishing company based in Toronto. When Fisher started his column last January, he argued that Canada, for the first time, “intends to live up to what has until recently been largely a fantasy—that it is an important world player,” and pledged to use his position to trace “Canada’s growing reach and rising stature.”

 

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http://bostonglobe.com/ideas/2012/11/03/global-domination-whoa-canada/gJ37RiRzIg3zqe8T4ZibTO/story.html


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As I continue to shop for housing in Canada.... I came across this article from last month about what has been lambasted in the USA as a lurch toward socialist:

 

Ontario to offer grants to cover college tuition for low-income students

SIMONA CHIOSE

Toronto — The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 4:19PM EST

Last updated Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 7:54AM EST

 

Changes in student aid unveiled in the Ontario budget are the most radical shift in decades in how the province delivers loans and grants to college and university students, and show the government wants to get more low-income people into postsecondary education.

 

The government said in the budget on Thursday that most college students whose family income is less than $50,000 a year will receive grants large enough to cover their whole tuition. Grants for university students, who pay higher tuition, may not offset the entire amount.

 

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/low-income-ontario-students-to-get-free-postsecondary-education/article28916789/


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It's a great time to buy Canadian real estate, before oil prices go up much more.


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Canada Receives Over 10 Million US Immigrant Applications

 

As of November 9th, 2016 Donald Trump has officially been elected the 45th President of the United States of America. For some this is considered a great triumph, and for others, a great disappointment. Ever since the live streaming of the polls, millions of tweets and Facebook posts have been flooding the internet regarding the election; some of which have to do with the crashing of the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website.

 

Justin Trudeau made a shocking announcement this morning saying that the Canadian government so far has received about 11.5 million immigration applications from American residents wishing to move into the cold north (we’re sure you can guess why). He then proceeded to say that ‘although Canada as a nation sadly will not be able to accept all applications, we will most likely ease our immigration rules to assist our fellow Americans’.

 

Read More at theglobalsun.com/canada-receives-over-10-million-us-immigrant-applications/

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The Canadian Government Introduces a Bill To Make Immigration Easier

 

A new day has come with Donald Trump still the leader of the free world and people are still going berserk. From social media standoffs to rioting all over America, millions are claiming that Donald Trump is “#NotMyPresident”. Celebrities all over twitter are reacting too, as many are saying this is the fall of the United States of America. Twitter’s most followed account Katy Perry joined what many are calling ‘the twitter blackout’, making her profile and background all black.

 

Fortunately though, a message for the Americans looking to run away from the madness and switch to the Canadian side: your prayers have been answered. The Canadian government introduced a bill that will it easier to immigrate up north, and everybody’s freaking out.

 

Read More at theglobalsun.com/the-canadian-government-introduces-a-bill-to-make-immigration-easier/


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I'm sure these people will all be very upset when they look at housing prices. I find myself in Canada about once a month (for the last few years) and the homes in most cities there go for ~4 times the price of similar homes in even the nicest parts of Ohio. Little shacks in Winnipeg are twice the price of move-in ready homes on Cincinnati's west side. They'll be doubly upset when they find out they still have to pay taxes to Trump's America, and the rich(ish) celebrities who have all pledges to leave will probably change their minds completely when their accountants tell them what expatriation tax is.

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I'm sure these people will all be very upset when they look at housing prices. I find myself in Canada about once a month (for the last few years) and the homes in most cities there go for ~4 times the price of similar homes in even the nicest parts of Ohio. Little shacks in Winnipeg are twice the price of move-in ready homes on Cincinnati's west side. They'll be doubly upset when they find out they still have to pay taxes to Trump's America, and the rich(ish) celebrities who have all pledges to leave will probably change their minds completely when their accountants tell them what expatriation tax is.

 

Yeah, the housing prices are so high because no one wants to live there....

 

What you pay in housing prices, you save in lower real estate taxes. And health care premiums and direct care costs. And lower cost universities. And better transportation choices. And less crime. And a smaller military. And fewer religious a-holes.... BTW, the housing is expensive in the biggest cities, which isn't too different from the USA. Except the exchange rate makes a $200,000 house a $150,000 house.

 

And the best part? I don't have that piece of sh!t Trump as my f&cking "leader." I'd give my left nut for that.


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Just when you thought it was safe to flee to Canada....

 

In Canada, an Ontario judge showed up in his court wearing a pro-Trump MAKE AMERICA GREAT hat https://t.co/66kIQwpPVm


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And the best part? I don't have that piece of sh!t Trump as my f&cking "leader." I'd give my left nut for that.

 

And the best part of a Trump President. I don't have that piece of crap Obama as my "leader" anymore. Oh wait, Obama never lead in the first place. I'd give my right nut for that, but thankfully I don't have too now.

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I'm sure these people will all be very upset when they look at housing prices. I find myself in Canada about once a month (for the last few years) and the homes in most cities there go for ~4 times the price of similar homes in even the nicest parts of Ohio. Little shacks in Winnipeg are twice the price of move-in ready homes on Cincinnati's west side. They'll be doubly upset when they find out they still have to pay taxes to Trump's America, and the rich(ish) celebrities who have all pledges to leave will probably change their minds completely when their accountants tell them what expatriation tax is.

 

Yeah, the housing prices are so high because no one wants to live there....

 

What you pay in housing prices, you save in lower real estate taxes. And health care premiums and direct care costs. And lower cost universities. And better transportation choices. And less crime. And a smaller military. And fewer religious a-holes.... BTW, the housing is expensive in the biggest cities, which isn't too different from the USA. Except the exchange rate makes a $200,000 house a $150,000 house.

 

And the best part? I don't have that piece of sh!t Trump as my f&cking "leader." I'd give my left nut for that.

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=cleveland+to+toronto+amtrack&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=cleveland+to+toronto+amtrak

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Ontario is investing $50 billion over 20 years into rail projects. On a per capita basis, that would be like Ohio investing nearly $40 billion. Instead Ohio is spending $4 million dollars per year. So yes, one province Canada is beating the pants off one state in America of similar population in infrastructure investment. That's my field of employment, and would be reason enough for me to move to Canada. Oh by the way...

 

Canada's quality of life, education, average wage, low crime rate, health care, lifespan all rate higher than the USA's. Oh, and they actually have a functioning government.

 

Was there some other metric that we should use to determine whether a nation is worth living in?


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Was there some other metric that we should use to determine whether a nation is worth living in?

 

Well, one that didn't elect an Orange Madman as president would be enough.


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Canada is extremely well-positioned for long term success. Look at Ontario in these two climate models. Today, all of Ontario's population and agriculture is packed into the southern great lakes peninsula. In 2100, the entire province becomes the American Midwest, based on a "middle of the road" climate model.

 

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Canada is extremely well-positioned for long term success. Look at Ontario in these two climate models. Today, all of Ontario's population and agriculture is packed into the southern great lakes peninsula. In 2100, the entire province becomes the American Midwest, based on a "middle of the road" climate model.

 

I've spent several summers up near the northern boreal tree-line area in central Quebec. The biome change from Warm Broadleaf to Mixed-leaf to Boreal has never changed on my drive up. Yet in 85 years, just over three generations, this model claims central Quebec forests will resemble those in central Virginia. Climatologists might want to let the trees see the map so they know where to move cause they need to hurry up.

 

It's fun to play with Reanalyzer though, I do it too.

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And the best part? I don't have that piece of sh!t Trump as my f&cking "leader." I'd give my left nut for that.

 

And the best part of a Trump President Presidency. I don't have that piece of crap Obama as my "leader" anymore. Oh wait, Obama never lead led in the first place. I'd give my right nut for that, but thankfully I don't have too to now.

 

'Murca!!!

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Canada is extremely well-positioned for long term success. Look at Ontario in these two climate models. Today, all of Ontario's population and agriculture is packed into the southern great lakes peninsula. In 2100, the entire province becomes the American Midwest, based on a "middle of the road" climate model.

 

I've spent several summers up near the northern boreal tree-line area in central Quebec. The biome change from Warm Broadleaf to Mixed-leaf to Boreal has never changed on my drive up. Yet in 85 years, just over three generations, this model claims central Quebec forests will resemble those in central Virginia. Climatologists might want to let the trees see the map so they know where to move cause they need to hurry up.

 

It's fun to play with Reanalyzer though, I do it too.

 

Why would one expect the biome to change in the recent past if climate in the recent past has been stable?

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Canada is extremely well-positioned for long term success. Look at Ontario in these two climate models. Today, all of Ontario's population and agriculture is packed into the southern great lakes peninsula. In 2100, the entire province becomes the American Midwest, based on a "middle of the road" climate model.

 

I've spent several summers up near the northern boreal tree-line area in central Quebec. The biome change from Warm Broadleaf to Mixed-leaf to Boreal has never changed on my drive up. Yet in 85 years, just over three generations, this model claims central Quebec forests will resemble those in central Virginia. Climatologists might want to let the trees see the map so they know where to move cause they need to hurry up.

 

It's fun to play with Reanalyzer though, I do it too.

 

Why would one expect the biome to change in the recent past if climate in the recent past has been stable?

 

Yeah, I'm not going to convert the fundamentalists today. Believe what you want. I know what I see up there.

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America Junior will not become a global power. They don't have the population and they don't have the resources that all the United States to prosper like it does. Yes, it is a good mining country and has a lot of oil, but it does not offer the same growing seasons for food, and other inherent elements that the Climate in the states can offer. That is why it is, well America Junior.

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America Junior will not become a global power. They don't have the population and they don't have the resources that all the United States to prosper like it does. Yes, it is a good mining country and has a lot of oil, but it does not offer the same growing seasons for food, and other inherent elements that the Climate in the states can offer. That is why it is, well America Junior.

 

Also, the whole French language thing is a big distraction.  They have people coming from all over the world to Toronto and Vancouver who willingly learn English but half of the native population of Quebec refuses to.  Montreal is not growing and is gradually descending into a curiosity like New Orleans, left behind as the rest of the country embraces reality.  I was surprised when I visited the city in 2002 to experience a lot of people who don't know how to speak almost any English. 

 

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America Junior will not become a global power. They don't have the population and they don't have the resources that all the United States to prosper like it does. Yes, it is a good mining country and has a lot of oil, but it does not offer the same growing seasons for food, and other inherent elements that the Climate in the states can offer. That is why it is, well America Junior.

 

Canada is a net food exporter, though of course that's in part because of enormous physical size relative to population.  A warming climate will expand the amount of arable land in Canada; almost no other country will benefit as much from a warmer world, save Russia.  Canada's mineral wealth is astounding, from fossil fuels and timber all the way down to rare earth metals.  The one thing Canada genuinely does lack is human resources (a.k.a. population), but its immigration policy is by all accounts saner than ours and its stability and natural resource wealth will at least let it punch above its weight class for a long time to come.

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America Junior will not become a global power. They don't have the population and they don't have the resources that all the United States to prosper like it does. Yes, it is a good mining country and has a lot of oil, but it does not offer the same growing seasons for food, and other inherent elements that the Climate in the states can offer. That is why it is, well America Junior.

 

Who cares? I'm not looking for the country with the biggest dick or biggest muscles, but the biggest heart and brain -- and healthy ones at that.


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Also, the whole French language thing is a big distraction.  They have people coming from all over the world to Toronto and Vancouver who willingly learn English but half of the native population of Quebec refuses to.  Montreal is not growing and is gradually descending into a curiosity like New Orleans, left behind as the rest of the country embraces reality.  I was surprised when I visited the city in 2002 to experience a lot of people who don't know how to speak almost any English. 

 

 

I've heard that if they find out you're an American rather than an English Canadian they all of a sudden can speak English.

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America Junior will not become a global power. They don't have the population and they don't have the resources that all the United States to prosper like it does. Yes, it is a good mining country and has a lot of oil, but it does not offer the same growing seasons for food, and other inherent elements that the Climate in the states can offer. That is why it is, well America Junior.

 

Also, the whole French language thing is a big distraction.  They have people coming from all over the world to Toronto and Vancouver who willingly learn English but half of the native population of Quebec refuses to.  Montreal is not growing and is gradually descending into a curiosity like New Orleans, left behind as the rest of the country embraces reality.  I was surprised when I visited the city in 2002 to experience a lot of people who don't know how to speak almost any English. 

 

I spent almost a month in Montreal last year and was also surprised by this. Conducting business there as a non-French speaker was extremely difficult. Every other province in Canada has signs, documents, etc. in both French and English, which is odd since most people outside of Montreal speak English, but in Montreal they are often only available in French. At one point near Montreal, even all of the highway signs (which are in both French and English everywhere else in Canada) switch over to only French. Even Asian countries I've been to have more English signage than Montreal.

 

As an architect it's also bizarre because all of our drawings have to be in translated into French (and done in metrics) to get permits, but all the contractors want them in English and imperial units because they use subcontractors from all over and products like lumber and drywall still come as 2x4s and 4' by 8' sheets.

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Also, the whole French language thing is a big distraction.  They have people coming from all over the world to Toronto and Vancouver who willingly learn English but half of the native population of Quebec refuses to.  Montreal is not growing and is gradually descending into a curiosity like New Orleans, left behind as the rest of the country embraces reality.  I was surprised when I visited the city in 2002 to experience a lot of people who don't know how to speak almost any English. 

 

 

I've heard that if they find out you're an American rather than an English Canadian they all of a sudden can speak English.

 

We deal with two companies in Quebec where almost nobody can speak English on the phone or write an English-language email.  Also, when I visited Montreal, some dude asked me for directions (I think) in French.  I kind of stared blankly at him and we realized simultaneously that I didn't know French and he didn't know English.

 

 

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Also, the whole French language thing is a big distraction.  They have people coming from all over the world to Toronto and Vancouver who willingly learn English but half of the native population of Quebec refuses to.  Montreal is not growing and is gradually descending into a curiosity like New Orleans, left behind as the rest of the country embraces reality.  I was surprised when I visited the city in 2002 to experience a lot of people who don't know how to speak almost any English. 

 

 

I've heard that if they find out you're an American rather than an English Canadian they all of a sudden can speak English.

 

We deal with two companies in Quebec where almost nobody can speak English on the phone or write an English-language email.  Also, when I visited Montreal, some dude asked me for directions (I think) in French.  I kind of stared blankly at him and we realized simultaneously that I didn't know French and he didn't know English.

 

 

 

Every time i've gone to montreal, I attempt to speak French (i know a little- enough to order food and directions) and the people usually switch to english (i didn't say my french was good, lol). Once someone asked me question in french and i answered him in Spanish.

 

I have friends up there that tell me that slowly montreal is changing- particularly the west island and Longueuil.

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Montreal is at risk of going from the country's #1 city to its #3 in just 50 years.  Toronto is of course on fire but Vancover and BC could surpass Montreal and Quebec by 2050, mostly due to immigration from Asia.  So Canada will have a pretty wild demographic differences from one area to another. 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-population-could-grow-by-more-than-2-million-statistics-canada-1.2769193

 

Meanwhile, the white population that has been in British Columbia for 100+ years is being priced out and moving to Edmonton and Calgary.  So there is definitely potential for some real tension in the national culture as multigenerational citizens are outnumbered and out-$'d by immigrant newcomers. 

 

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Golly, that's far to have to move -- not like being priced out of OTR and moving 2 miles up the hill to Avondale.

 

Yes, it's on the opposite side of a huge mountain range and in a totally different climate zone.  Vancouver is Canada's San Diego. 

 

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I have friends in Vancouver too. They tell me stories of people losing their jobs and not having enough to live on past a month- and having to leave the island. The asian immigration has made the island super cool and modern and diverse, but pricing for homes and condos is out of this world.

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I have friends in Vancouver too. They tell me stories of people losing their jobs and not having enough to live on past a month- and having to leave the island. The asian immigration has made the island super cool and modern and diverse, but pricing for homes and condos is out of this world.

 

it's worse than you think

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/world/americas/canada-vancouver-chinese-immigrant-wealth.html?_r=0

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America Junior will not become a global power. They don't have the population and they don't have the resources that all the United States to prosper like it does. Yes, it is a good mining country and has a lot of oil, but it does not offer the same growing seasons for food, and other inherent elements that the Climate in the states can offer. That is why it is, well America Junior.

 

Who cares? I'm not looking for the country with the biggest dick or biggest muscles, but the biggest heart and brain -- and healthy ones at that.

 

Biggest Brain and Heart would definitely be the US too, at least if you look at statistics.

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I have friends in Vancouver too. They tell me stories of people losing their jobs and not having enough to live on past a month- and having to leave the island. The asian immigration has made the island super cool and modern and diverse, but pricing for homes and condos is out of this world.

 

it's worse than you think

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/world/americas/canada-vancouver-chinese-immigrant-wealth.html?_r=0

 

The money coming into Canada from China, like the money from Russia, is all dirty money.  So these kids are the kids of scumbags. 

 

 

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^Wow. First world problems! The first part of that article made me want to puke. Poor babies have to share a Lamborghini with their sibling. Probably because it's actually really hard to get a hold of a brand new one. They only make so many each year and you have to pre-order them. They recently came here and already have spoiled white girl names? "Loretta" "Chelsea" "Diana" while their last names are blatantly Chinese. Ha.

 

Clearly Vancouver is dealing with a communism backlash. A generation of young Chinese obsessed with material things and socio-economic status. I'd be p!ssed if that sudden influx caused me to have to leave the city I've lived in my whole life.

 

I know Canada already has three political parties but perhaps they need to institute the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.

 

 

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You do realize I don't read any of the stories or videos I post? So forgive me if I don't read what others share. Sorry.


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