How Has Canada Became So Hip?

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    Jan 16, 2016 4:13 PM GMT
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    NYT: Led by a handsome prime minister and artists like Drake, the Weeknd and Sarah Polley, Canada is shaking off its polite image.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/15/style/canada-justin-trudeau-cool.html?
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    Jan 17, 2016 4:31 AM GMT
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    we pretty much run the place you know....
    swing a cat and you hit one down there.
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  • leanandclean

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    Jan 17, 2016 2:03 PM GMT
    I grew up in Michigan and the first word anyone would use to describe Canada / Canadians was nice. We could get the Canadian kids' shows like "The Friendly Giant" and "Mr. Dress Up", and I was touched by how gentle they were.

    Maybe Canada is cool now because at the moment the public discourse here in the U.S. is not so nice?
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    Jan 17, 2016 4:19 PM GMT
    woodsmen said
    Led by a handsome prime minister and artists like Drake, the Weeknd and Sarah Polley, Canada is shaking off its polite image.

    Hip and polite are by no means mutually exclusive, but I'll take the latter over the former any day. And, I'll continue to visit Canada at least once a year, even if I do think its new PM is a flash in the pan.
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    Jan 17, 2016 4:37 PM GMT
    Canada is filling the moral & cultural vacuum that has developed in the US. As we descend into a gun-crazy Christian theocracy, that's attempting to achieve 1-party rule and wants to export wars to the rest of the world, the peaceful, accepting and friendly Canada to the north, run by reasonable adults and not unhinged angry fanatics, looks very attractive.
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    Jan 17, 2016 4:44 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidCanada is filling the moral & cultural vacuum that has developed in the US. As we descend into a gun-crazy Christian theocracy, that's attempting to achieve 1-party rule that wants to export wars to the rest of the world, peaceful, accepting and friendly Canada, run by reasonable adults and not crazed angry fanatics, looks very attractive.

    Then move there, I'd say - if I wouldn't wish you upon Canada, or anyone else, for the world, or subscribe to the silly "America, Love it or Leave It" doctrine. Your mischaracterizations of both the US and Canada are as absurd as they are consistent w/ your usual mindless blathering. Pour yourself another Bloody Mary and try to put some sense into what you write.
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    Jan 17, 2016 5:04 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidCanada is filling the moral & cultural vacuum that has developed in the US. As we descend into a gun-crazy Christian theocracy, that's attempting to achieve 1-party rule that wants to export wars to the rest of the world, peaceful, accepting and friendly Canada, run by reasonable adults and not crazed angry fanatics, looks very attractive.

    Then move there, I'd say - if I wouldn't wish you upon Canada, or anyone else, for the world, or subscribe to the silly "America, Love it or Leave It" doctrine. Your mischaracterizations of both the US and Canada are as absurd as they are consistent w/ your usual mindless blathering. Pour yourself another Bloody Mary and try to put some sense into what you write.

    I see you subscribe to the southbeach school of debate. When I say something you don't like, falsely blame it on my imaginary drinking, and you think you've discredited me and won the argument.

    I suppose I could say your own idiocy is due to your fat face squeezing away what little brains you were born with. But that wouldn't be gentlemanly, and stooping to your own level of discourse.

    But my point remains, that Canada looks more & more attractive compared to the increasingly radicalized and bellicose US. Many people don't like living in a polarized society with a wacko government, and much of the rest of the world rates the US as the greatest threat to international peace.

    Well, if you only watch Fox news and listen to conservative radio programs, you wouldn't know that. Repeat after me: "We're number one! We're number one!" Repeat that often enough, as you evidently have, and you begin to actually believe it.

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    Jan 17, 2016 6:50 PM GMT
    Canada has given me so many wonderful things: Sarah McLachlan, the various Stargate series, The X-Files (for the early part of its run, anyway) . . . I can overlook Nickelback. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 17, 2016 7:00 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
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    Many people don't like living in a polarized society with a wacko government, and much of the rest of the world rates the US as the greatest threat to international peace.

    . . .


    You've described life in the US under Regime Obama for the past 7 years perfectly. Now, go mix that Mary; you've earned it.
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    Jan 17, 2016 7:20 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidCanada is filling the moral & cultural vacuum that has developed in the US. As we descend into a gun-crazy Christian theocracy, that's attempting to achieve 1-party rule that wants to export wars to the rest of the world, peaceful, accepting and friendly Canada, run by reasonable adults and not crazed angry fanatics, looks very attractive.

    Then move there, I'd say - if I wouldn't wish you upon Canada, or anyone else, for the world, or subscribe to the silly "America, Love it or Leave It" doctrine. Your mischaracterizations of both the US and Canada are as absurd as they are consistent w/ your usual mindless blathering. Pour yourself another Bloody Mary and try to put some sense into what you write.


    What's it like being such a vicious venom-filled person? If folk like you are typical in the US I can't say I disagree with the former statement much.

    Outsiders perspective and undoubtedly from a place of semi-ignorance but America does not seem an attractive place to be these days.I've visited a few times and it's fine to visit but I'd pick Canada over it every time. Canada seems to have the best bits of a North American lifestyle but with a slightly more European flavour that balances out the crazy.
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    Jan 17, 2016 7:34 PM GMT
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    MGINSD said
    Art_Deco saidCanada is filling the moral & cultural vacuum that has developed in the US. As we descend into a gun-crazy Christian theocracy, that's attempting to achieve 1-party rule that wants to export wars to the rest of the world, peaceful, accepting and friendly Canada, run by reasonable adults and not crazed angry fanatics, looks very attractive.

    Then move there, I'd say - if I wouldn't wish you upon Canada, or anyone else, for the world, or subscribe to the silly "America, Love it or Leave It" doctrine. Your mischaracterizations of both the US and Canada are as absurd as they are consistent w/ your usual mindless blathering. Pour yourself another Bloody Mary and try to put some sense into what you write.


    What's it like being such a vicious venom-filled person? If folk like you are typical in the US I can't say I disagree with the former statement much.

    Outsiders perspective and undoubtedly from a place of semi-ignorance but America does not seem an attractive place to be these days. I've visited a few times and it's fine to visit but I'd pick Canada over it every time. Canada seems to have the best bits of a North American lifestyle but with a slightly more European flavour that balances out the crazy.


    It's kind of fun, especially when I'm [mis]perceived that way, mais chacun a son gout. Just what is it that you find unattractive about America today? Let it all hang out, don't be held back by the constraints of political rectitude. Otherwise, we'll never know what needs correcting.
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    Jan 18, 2016 12:12 AM GMT
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    You people (and I use the word in its broadest sense) can't even keep a topic about Canada of all places in a forum named entertainment of all spaces on the lighter side of conversation?

    Here, have some pizza...

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    Jan 18, 2016 5:59 AM GMT
    "Outsiders perspective and undoubtedly from a place of semi-ignorance but America does not seem an attractive place to be these days.I've visited a few times and it's fine to visit but I'd pick Canada over it every time. Canada seems to have the best bits of a North American lifestyle but with a slightly more European flavour that balances out the crazy."

    +1

    I always enjoy the time I spend in Canada with my family, and people are much more friendly and open. It gives me a sense of being home in the UK at times.

    Cheers,

    Sean
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    Jan 18, 2016 9:31 AM GMT
    MGINSD saidJust what is it that you find unattractive about America today? Let it all hang out, don't be held back by the constraints of political rectitude. Otherwise, we'll never know what needs correcting.


    1. Gun control (lack of)

    2. Crazy politicians (yes we have some idiots too but some of the ones in the US are, from what I've seen, legitimately insane)

    3. Crazy religious fundamentalists (again we have some too but the amount and severity that seems endemic in the US is plain scary)

    4. Terrible healthcare - while no country is perfect I just can't imagine ever living in the US system

    5. Racism - again, racism is everywhere but race seems like a HUGE deal in the US for some reason

    6. Conservatism. Seems like outside of states like California and New York there is so many uptight attitudes, it always amuses me when American guests on British chat shows ask "Am I allowed to swear!?"

    Just a few off the top of my head, anyway.
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    Jan 18, 2016 2:14 PM GMT
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    You people (and I use the word in its broadest sense) can't even keep a topic about Canada of all places in a forum named entertainment of all spaces on the lighter side of conversation?

    Here, have some pizza...

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    Jan 18, 2016 4:09 PM GMT
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    I suppose when I tell a Republican who's being a douche to fuck off, I could add please as in "please fuck off". But that doesn't sound right. Seems unnecessarily wordy. I like to think that when I tell a Republican to fuck off that the please is understood. It's a silent please, there but unpronounced, nor seen, nor even thought for that matter.

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    Jan 18, 2016 7:51 PM GMT
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    MGINSD saidJust what is it that you find unattractive about America today? Let it all hang out, don't be held back by the constraints of political rectitude. Otherwise, we'll never know what needs correcting.


    1. Gun control (lack of)

    2. Crazy politicians (yes we have some idiots too but some of the ones in the US are, from what I've seen, legitimately insane)

    3. Crazy religious fundamentalists (again we have some too but the amount and severity that seems endemic in the US is plain scary)

    4. Terrible healthcare - while no country is perfect I just can't imagine ever living in the US system

    5. Racism - again, racism is everywhere but race seems like a HUGE deal in the US for some reason

    6. Conservatism. Seems like outside of states like California and New York there is so many uptight attitudes, it always amuses me when American guests on British chat shows ask "Am I allowed to swear!?"

    Just a few off the top of my head, anyway.

    Thanks for your response, to which I'd only reply that you're entitled to your opinion of our politics, which is mostly what your complaints address - and some of which your own society seems to share. Except for gun control, which for fundamental historical reasons we do not embrace to the extent other nations do. Just remember: it takes a person to pull a trigger, and the problem to a large extent is that the wrong people find it too easy to get guns, not the weapons themselves.
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    Jan 19, 2016 2:18 AM GMT
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    MGINSD saidJust what is it that you find unattractive about America today? Let it all hang out, don't be held back by the constraints of political rectitude. Otherwise, we'll never know what needs correcting.


    1. Gun control (lack of)

    2. Crazy politicians (yes we have some idiots too but some of the ones in the US are, from what I've seen, legitimately insane)

    3. Crazy religious fundamentalists (again we have some too but the amount and severity that seems endemic in the US is plain scary)

    4. Terrible healthcare - while no country is perfect I just can't imagine ever living in the US system

    5. Racism - again, racism is everywhere but race seems like a HUGE deal in the US for some reason

    6. Conservatism. Seems like outside of states like California and New York there is so many uptight attitudes, it always amuses me when American guests on British chat shows ask "Am I allowed to swear!?"

    Just a few off the top of my head, anyway.




    How are the 'regular' workplace(s) in Canada as far as being openly gay? I would imagine much better in the big provinces like Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto?

    If our conservative American politics and religious nut jobs take over, I will be looking at other countries to seek asylum. I am just not a fan of the cold weather but if that is what it takes to live my life as a gay man, trouble free, than ok, I must do, what I must do.
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