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Why I Love Canada

There are many myths and stereotypes concerning Canada. Canada is a land of snow, hockey, maple trees, Mounties, wildlife, Molson Beer, Time Horton’s, universal health care, agreeable, reserved people, the home of Jim Carey, Mike Myers, Jason Priestly, Gordon Howe, “Rocket” Maurice Richard, Wayne Gretzky, Kurt Browning, Shania Twain, the Guess Who, Joe Shuster & Alex Trebeck . It is our bilingual and multicultural county that characterizes our greatest asset.

Canada is the strong, the true, the free and Canada is THE place to live. We have an open democracy, a Charter of Rights and nice flag to boot! We have cool beer commercials, and we often see our flag on clothing. It’s all great, but still it doesn’t tell us what it means to the average individual to be Canadian.

So what does it mean to be Canadian anyway? Being CANADIAN means to be happy, to be proud, to be FREE, to VOICE your own opinion.

From the Canadian bill of rights, July 1st 1960 “I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand up for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This is a heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” 

 To keep this amazing outlook on Canada that so many people share, we must strive to find what makes us as a nation proud. Then we must try our hardest to keep those traits breathing. What makes you proud to be a Canadian?


I was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada in 1957. I traveled with my aunt & uncle across the ocean on a 10 day voyage. What an experience! Great entertainment, dancing nightly and wonderful food. Two days out of St. Johns icebergs appeared - visions of the "Titanic" momentarily crossed my mind, but soon forgotten, after all I was 18 years old and on a great adventure. My first day in Toronto was spent obtaining my social insurance number and seeking gainful employment. I was independent and must fend for myself. I was assured by Cdn. Immigration in Ireland that the T.Eaton Co. would employ me as  “Timothy Eaton was from Ireland.” I started work the next day. I was amazed at the size of Toronto.
I met my husband Bob. 1 month after my arrival, however, I longed for Ireland and could not wait to visit my homeland.  A year later, I had saved enough money to return to Ireland. After 2 days in Ireland I couldn't wait to return to Canada. Since that time I have never regretted immigrating to Canada. Canada is a country of great opportunity if one wishes to pursue one's goal and follow it.



Dr. Wagdy Rayes came to Canada in 1969 from Egypt, during the rein of Nasser. The Christians were being persecuted and he was no longer safe in his own country. He applied for immigrant status in Australian but was turned down because of a colour ban. Their prejudicial policy was to their loss and our gain as he is our beloved Doctor. 

This is what he has to say about being a Canadian .”I left my country in search of freedom, opportunity and a good life. I have been blessed with all that and more such as family, friends and pets. People here in Canada show how much they care through numerous organizations such as service clubs and churches. Thank you Lord. Thank you Canada.”


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Other Pages in The Apsley Voice for July, 2003 ...

Page 1: Three Local Views on Why I Love Canada
Page 2: Directory & Masthead
Page 3: Health, Walkers + Ideas
Page 4: Legion News
Page 5: Parks & Recreation
Page 6: Scouting News
Page 7: Lions Club + Community Care
Page 8: Community Bike Rodeo
Page 9: OPP Police News
Page 10: Classified Advertisements + Church News
Page 11: Library
Page 12: Letters to the Editor, ABC Seniors + Glen Alda Diners
Page 13: County Awards of Recognition + Historical Society
Page 14: Opinion by Janice Griffith