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Welcome to Canada

So President Obama won so you”re planning to move to Canada.  Welcome to our country.  If you’re a citizen of the United States of America and that’s your plan there’s a few things you should know.  This isn’t USA north, in fact there are a few significant differences that you’ll need to consider.  Here’s a short list for your consideration.

1. We have a parliamentary system of government – it’s not a republic.  We can call an election, have a campaign and elect a new government in 7 weeks!  So please pick up the pace.
2. We use Celsius to measure temperature not Fahrenheit – thus 32 is hot not freezing.
3. You won’t find any one dollar bills but in its place we have the very nice looney.
4. You’ll need to learn to spell correctly – it’s colour not color.
5. Lacrosse is our national sport not baseball but you’ll discover we’re most passionate about hockey.
6. You’ll need to leave your guns at home – it is no longer your right to bear arms.
7. Health care is for everyone so you’ll be covered – in time.
8. Canada doesn’t make it a habit of attacking other countries – nor are we anxious to brawl in the parking lot so try not to start any fights.
9. If you’re from the south you might like to know that the warmest parts of Canada are in southern Ontario and southern BC.
10. Finally – most of your famous Americans are actually Canadians…from Lorne Green to Justin Bieber!

So if you’re coming – gird your loins and come along!  Oh – and get ready to pay taxes!

Lessons from the road

We are settled into the new house…and slowly it  is beginning to look like home.  But I should fill in the gap since our last post.

boxes – our new decorative motif

Friday morning we awoke in Madison Wisconsin, and the plan was to be in Gary Indiana by lunch and have supper just before crossing the border.  That would give us the chance of being into Toronto in late evening.  However, we didn’t count on a heavy thunderstorm, considerable construction into, through and beyond Chicago, nor did we think that we would end up in such heavy traffic on the east side of Illinois.  At any rate by Friday at midnight we were pulling into the outskirts of Toronto and soon after were collapsed in sleep in the new house.

Observations on 4 days of travel…

1. It’s wind and weather that slow you down, not terrain

Coming up to Chicago

2. Large US cities in the east love to charge tolls to drive their highways

Lunch at Cracker Barrel
Crossing the Border
It was closed – why aren’t they in Canada?

3. Those same cities don’t appear to spend the collected cash on highway upkeep
4. US cities have many great restaurants…they also seem to have an equal number of fireworks stores
5. I love Camping World and wish they would come to Canada
6. The price of fuel is still a bargain in the USA…compared to Canada at least 25% cheaper…compared to the rest of the world it’s cheap
7. I’m still amazed how many people own RV’s!