Tag: Canadian

23 Jan

Take a bow Canada

Ian Hull Estate & Trust, Estate Planning, Uncategorized Tags: , , 0 Comments

I think the coverage of George H.W. Bush’s recent funeral tweaked my interest in some of the things that make Canada unique. Once again, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was chosen to give a eulogy for a U.S. President (he spoke at the funerals for both Ronald and Nancy Reagan as well). And what a eulogy it was – personal, humorous at times and eloquent throughout.

The Globe and Mail described Mulroney as “emerging as something of the eulogist-in-chief for American commanders-in-chief.” That speaks very highly for Mr. Mulroney but also very highly for Canada. It’s clear that there was (perhaps still is?) a high level of respect for our country and the role we play in the world.

Aside from having a former Prime Minister who was clearly adept at fostering close international friendships, what else makes us unique? I think it starts with the country itself:

  • We have about 20% of the world’s fresh water
  • Almost one-third of the country is covered in trees – and we have 10% of the world’s forests
  • We have the world’s longest coastline
  • Along with the U.S., we share the longest demilitarized border in the world

We may not have the population size to match many other countries, but certainly have the physical size.

The quirky side

We also have character. Maybe that’s what the U.S. political elite love about us. Consider these:

  • We love comfort: We eat more mac ‘n cheese than any other country in the world (I have no idea who measures this stuff)
  • We’re sweet: One Canadian province (Quebec) makes more than 77% of the world’s maple syrup
  • We’re inventive: Hawaiian pizza was invented by an Ontario man, not by the Hawaiians
  • We’re procrastinators: We didn’t get our own flag until our country was nearly 100 years old
  • We’re talkers: The famous Canadian interjection “eh”is listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word. Who knew?

You’ll find these and a few other interesting facts in this 30 weird facts article and in the Reader’s Digest.

 

Thanks for reading!
Ian Hull

07 Mar

5 reasons why it’s good to live in Canada

Suzana Popovic-Montag Estate & Trust, Estate Planning, Health / Medical Tags: , 0 Comments

There’s no shortage of bad news, and 2018 is starting off much the same. So how about focusing on some of the positives? There’s a lot of research showing that a focus on the things we’re grateful for is a key to greater happiness. Even the Harvard Medical School agrees.

So, let’s focus on the big picture, as Canadians. What are we grateful for? Here are five things you may want to ponder – and I’m sure there are many more:

  1. Democracy: We have to put this as number one. We are not beholden to a dictator or total state control. We vote in fair elections and we choose our leaders and lawmakers. Millions of people don’t enjoy this privilege. Whatever your political leanings, let’s be grateful for the ability to express our views freely.
  2. Water and energy: We have some droughts and some floods, and there are many legitimate environmental concerns, but we can drink from our taps and plug in our devices, and know that both water and energy are plentiful. So many in the world can’t say the same.
  3. Health care: It’s not a perfect system, but Canada delivers high quality, affordable health care to all. Good health is key to a good life. Our health care system helps deliver it, to rich and poor alike.
  4. Proximity to the United States: Yeah, I know, a bit of a controversial topic right now. But it’s kind of nice living beside the world’s largest and most innovative economy. Don’t let the political climate blind you to the fact that we benefit a huge amount by our trading relationship with our neighbour. Of course, it’s actual “weather” climate helps too – January in Palm Springs or Miami is awfully nice for those who can travel there.
  5. No inheritance tax: Hey, this is an estates blog after all. Okay, this may not be a “top 5” gratitude item, but as estates professionals, this is one we’re grateful for. You can discuss the political merits of inheriting wealth, but inheritance taxes only serve to promote aggressive planning to avoid them. Our efforts are better spent building wealth rather than finding ways to protect it. Pay some capital gains taxes, fair game. But let’s pass on the wealth and put it to good use!

And if you want a slightly more light-hearted look at the benefits of being Canadian, CNN has 10 that you may want to consider.

Thank you for reading … have a great day,
Suzana Popovic-Montag

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