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I put the question to the crew.
What questions do you have about Canada.
Join me and Amanda as we walk through Blogging the Alphabet “Q”, me with your questions and seeing what Amanda comes up. 🙂
How does one pronounce Iqaluit
How about special holidays and celebrations there? My son got curious about that when he found out people in Canada don’t have
Thanksgiving in November like we do in America.
Canadians have thanksgiving at a reasonable time…not rushing Christmas! 🙂 Check out Kym’s post.
We also have Canada Day (July 1st) and various other statutory holidays.
Holidays we do in Ontario: Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Family Day (February) not a mandatory day off though, Good Friday and Easter, Easter Monday. Civic Holiday in August, Labour Day and Thanksgiving (October), and Remembrance Day (November).
No president, we elect a prime minister. We have three main parties, the Conservatives, the Liberals and the New Democratic Party. Currently the Liberals are in power (don’t ask me what I think about that!). 🙂 Currently some localities are testing a ranked ballot system for the next elections, this system only kicks in when the winner of an election wins by less than a certain percentage (can’t recall what that is right now). It then takes into account the popular vote. We do not vote on a regular schedule, there is a time limit to when the current government MUST call a vote, but there is no set schedule in place for when they can choose to call it. As long a party is in power…more power to them. Sucks at times but hey.. there it is. For more information on how our government works check out this site.
How much of Canada is inhabitable?
This site is REALLY helpful in seeing the population densities of Canada. I do hope you will go and look. The image below comes from that page. Current population of Canada (as of the 2015 Census) is 35.85 million.
Can we learn more about Quebecois music?
Honestly… haven’t a clue! 🙂 BUT I did find this video on Youtube.
Does pokemon go have any special pokemon you can only get in Canada?
How about you explain the whole president thing.. TRUMP…. REALLY?????
What part of Canada do you live in?
South Western Ontario, near London (not in England).
Do wives all over Canada not take their husband’s last name or is that just QC?
Personal choices, and they vary by region.
Are there any foods unique to Canada?
Nanaimo bars…many people love them, me.. meh Too sweet UNLESS they are frozen, then YUM!!!
Tourtiere (meat pie)
Maple syrup. 🙂
What are some Canadian traditions?
Canada Day (Dominion Day) celebrated on July 1st. Parades, picnics, fireworks.
Thanksgiving at the proper time in October (Americans are so mixed up). 🙂
Family Day is kinda new and makes people ask questions. It’s a fun day though filled with tons of family activities in almost every part of Ontario.
I dunno though… we are quite similar to Americans but we LOVE snow (for the most part) and do a lot of winter activities, and if you don’t like hockey there’s something wrong with you. (not really, we are pretty laid back and we’ll apologize if we’ve offended you (or think that we have). 🙂
What type of animals are indigenous to Canada that aren’t in the US?
Polar bears. Seriously LARGE bears. Don’t want to mess with them.
Canada Goose (though I know you see those down south as they migrate)
There’s a tiny black and red snake found up north but I can’t recall it’s name.
Here’s a video on the loon.
Do you have tea time, like the British, or do you do three meals a day
like most Americans…or do you do something totally different?
Three meals a day plus snacks. 🙂 At least in Ontario and travelling west. Quebec… might be more French in it’s outlook but I’ve never been there. French people don’t snack.
The relationship between Canada and the UK. What power does the Queen
have in Canada? What power does the UK have in Canada? (so maybe you
could explain the Lieutenant General to our American friends. And why we
pronounce “Lieutenant” and other words the British way. LOL)
Oh heavens, I hardly know where to to begin. I think perhaps I should do a whole separate series on Canada eh? 🙂 A BRIEF explanation.
Each province as a lieutenant general who is the nominal head of state for the province and acts as the go between. We also have a federal lieutentant general who is the president of the senate and resides over the chamber. Here he/she handles debate and how legislation moves through the chamber.
The queen is the official head of state, and comes to visit and honestly.. has nothing really to do with the running of our country. We love her (really we do as our Queen and there remains a strong interest in the goings on of her family) but our day to day lives are unaffected by her. 🙂
The British pronunciation of the French word “lieutenant” (as “lef-tenant”) is used by the Canadian Armed Forces, but the American pronunciation of “loo-tenant” (which is closer to the original French pronunciation) is sometimes heard as well. But really to be proper it’s lef-tenant.
My daughter would
like to know if you still call the police force in Canada constables.
Yes, we call them constable… what do you call your police officers??
We also have mounties…but not in my area. We have a regular police force since we live in Ontario. But for instance we’d say “Constable Stewart” not officer .. though they do respond equally well to officer. 🙂 For more about the RCMP (the mounties) see here. If you ever have a chance to see the mounties in action you should do so. Seriously cool to see their mounted musical rides. Saw them one year but can’t find a picture right now.
How Yellowknife, Northwest Territory got its name.
The name Yellowknife comes from a Dene band, the Yellowknives, now long
gone, who once lived on the islands in the East Arm of Great Slave Lake
and carried knives with yellow copper blades. Cool eh? 🙂
people really call Prince Edward Island PEI, like in the Anne books?
I call it PEI, as does everyone else I know. The folks I know from out east call it that too, so I don’t see why your children shouldn’t. 🙂 Call it as you will.. I hope to visit it one day. I’ve been through the west, someday I’ll go through the east. My mom and sister went out last year and they said it was simply marvellous.
If I missed anyone’s questions.. SORRY, not intentional, just how life happens eh?
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