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Canadians as Expats - Read Their View

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Canadians as Expats - Read Their View

Post Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 2:09 am

Hi All,

(Ok, turning the tables a bit with this one...)

Although only very few Canadians leave Canada each year (only 15,000 in 2003), there are still a number of Canadian expats roaming the planet.




Came across the EXPAT FILES, from the CBC in Canada.

This is a collection of viewpoints and analysis, from Canadians living abroad, from the vantage points of their new location.

1. You can read along with the Canadian in the UK, Here.

2. Or how about Dubai? Here.

3. You can find the entire list of Expat Files and the countries they are reporting about, Here.


Hopefully browsing the above will give you the point of view of some Canadians abroad, and help to highlight our general outlook, as we explore the world.

If you have any questions at all, just let me know.

Best Regards,

Paul-F


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Re: Canadians as Expats - Read Their View

Post Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 11:45 am

Hi Paul

I read Bowmans story with interest. I do agree with his comments but the title states Britain but he only talks of the English! I say this without discrimination, I am the last person to be racist or discriminate against anyone!

He talks of the English folks and their dislike for Americans, I have heard this many times at home in Scotland and a friend from the states wouldnt come visit because of "Oh No the English dont like us Americans, they are very hateful towards us" I have no idea why but I do know that I have never heard this from anyone personally.

I do have to say that contrary to what he says about rasism, I have never heard so much racism in my life as I have heard in the last few weeks toward other cultures. I suppose then that this happens in most countries and I dont think everyone can be taught to love everyone Sad

He also talks about the vast amount of people on the sidewalks, this is funny because it is so so true! I remember JB putting a post on site somewhere about the amount of people per square km in Canada as to the uk and it was a massive difference.

I showed a little boy an internet site of some streets (cobbled) in my home town and the first thing he said when he saw the pictures of the rows of houses was "where's the grass and the driveway" Here he has house followed by grass, then sidewalk, more grass with a tree and then the road.

The street I showed him had house, 12" step down to sidewalk of 18" and the road, where it was almost impossible to pass two cars. Cars parked on road and not driveway, although many houses do have them nowadays! We are not in the dark ages in the Uk its just that some areas and towns have retained their beautiful natural looks of buildings built many years ago <g>

Space is one of the big things I see here in Canada.

Annette (now forgot what the original post was about)

 

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Re: Canadians as Expats - Read Their View

Post Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 9:33 pm

Hi

I agree with Annette regarding the space that Canada has to offer but then it is a vast country. I think I would miss this if I went back to the UK. I used to live in the suburbs but travel up to central London on a daily basis....and it did used to feel that the whole of the UK was on my train!!! The UK used to pride itself on it's immigration policies, but I am afraid that through mistakes made by past governments, it now realises that there are too many immigrants, both legal and illegal, that have come into the country and we do not have the infrastructure to cope with them.

The UK in comparison to the US and Canada is a small island....however I will always miss the heritage that the UK has... I don't think many countries outside of Europe have that.
I also agree with Annette about the racism....I was actually shocked by the comments I have heard. Apparently the area I live in is WASP country.......which basically means it is a white area. I suppose when you grow up in the UK you get used to seeing people from other ethnic backgrounds on a daily basis.

I have never personally heard of people in the UK not liking Americans...as the US is high on the destination for many British famillies. I think, like a lot of people around the world, that they are fed up with Mr Bush...but not the American people in general.

It was interesting to read what Mr Bowman had to say about the UK and I totally understand why the UK will never be home....your heart will always be where your roots are.

Mal


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