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u/SunRaAndHisArkestra · 3 pointsr/canada

>Get rid of the charter or rights or create a charter of rights and responsibilities.

>Get rid of hyphenated Canadians. In or your out, choose.

>Solve the native problem, either return canada to them and leave, or they become the same as everyone else, no special rights.

>Canadian and Canadian Citizenship should be synonymous but isn't right now.

>Get rid of multi-culturalism as a vision, no nation has ever been successful like that, instead teach tolerance and to value different perspectives.

While I see your point here, I would disagree with you. In my mind and the minds of some of our greatest thinkers this fact has been our greatest strength. You mentioned "Become a truly bilingual country", but perhaps the fact that we hold bilinugalism so dear is that we realize that we are a State made of many Nations. Quebec and the Quebequois are one.

As to your hyphenation point, I'd argue we are all hyphenated, except for the Natives and it is a shame we don't give two shits about them. The fact that you can be a hypenated Canadian is the top reason (in my limited experience) why immigrates appreciate coming here. They understand that in Canada you can be Canadian and you can be Indian, Chinese etc. My partner is Vietnamese, born in Paris, and calls herself Canadian, French, and Vietnamese depending on the context. Infuriating when having an argument with her, yes, but that doesn't mean it's invalid.

As a final point, your idea that we should be a melting pot and not a mosaic is premised on flawed ideas of nationhood based on the European and US models. John Ralson Saul's recent book on this topic, A Fair Country clarified greatly my thoughts in this area. If you don't want to read it his lecture is online both from CBC Ideas and TVO Big Ideas and highly recommended.

Canada, since before first contact and after, has always been (in its ideals, granted) a conversation between parties. And I think that the fact that Europe and the US are having problems with their immigrant populations while we accept more immigrates that any other nation in the world speaks to the success we have made of our model.

The above does not white-wash the negative aspects. It is admittedly a normative claim.

u/mushcloths · 46 pointsr/canada

This is United Front in action - China's self-described "magic weapon", a special unit of it's government working to influence Western perception.
The Financial Times had a great article on it, here.

>This has given a boost to United Front efforts to woo overseas Chinese. Even though more than 80 per cent of around 60m overseas Chinese have taken on the citizenship of more than 180 host countries, they are still regarded as fertile ground by Beijing. “The unity of Chinese at home requires the unity of the sons and daughters of Chinese abroad,” says the teaching manual.

>It recommends a number of ways in which United Front operatives should win support from overseas Chinese. Some are emotional, stressing “flesh and blood” ties to the motherland. Others are ideological, focusing on a common participation in the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese people”. But mainly they are material, providing funding or other resources to selected overseas Chinese groups and individuals deemed valuable to Beijing’s cause.

There's also a new book all about China's attempts to influence Canada, called Claws of the Panda.

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u/somewhathungry333 · 3 pointsr/canada

>Who could approve of such a "project" with a 6 million price tag?

Time to learn how politics works in the real world - rich and corporations get state subsidies (are protected by the nanny state, get whatever they want) you get the harsh cold hand of the "Free market".

Energy subsidies

Interference in other states when the rich/corporations dont get their way

Manufacturing consent (book)

Protectionism for the rich and big business by state intervention, radical market interference.

u/mrcandyman · 1 pointr/canada

Go to the Rocky Mountains. This book is pretty good about letting you know about good hiking spots, though a lot of the good ones became more popular because of the book.

u/The1stCitizenOfTheIn · 2 pointsr/canada

You asked about Harper, I gave you the answers and your reply only relates to 8 of the 23 things I mentioned, you have anything to say about the 15 other things?

> This is literally something I have only heard on reddit. I believed it back then, but now I am a lot smarter to just trust random redditors and get my opinions from them

There was a book about it as well

u/kolwrath · 64 pointsr/canada

Sorry but you are very wrong. Canadians and Americans are very differnet.


  • Walk into a American house and ... oh wait they lock all thier doors. Ok knock on an American's door and ask them who is the head of the house. They will more than likely tell you its the father or eldest male.

  • Walk into a Canadian house and ask who the head of the house hold is and they will look at you, then each other, and shurg their shoulders.

    The culture is very different ... in many ways. Having the same music and clothes dosen't mean squat. Read this book Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values

    Some other examples from the book: (yes it has the head of the house thing in it)

  • Only 20% of Canadians attend church weekly vs 42% for Americans
  • Only 18% of Canadians feel that the father must be Master of the house vs 49% for Americans
  • 71% of Canadians felt that a couple living together were family vs 49% for Americans
  • Only 25% of Canadians were prepared to take great risks vs 38% of Americans
  • Only 17% of Canadians feel a widely advertised product is probably good vs 44% of Americans
  • Americans are more likely to brag about the new car they just bought while Canadians are more likely to boast about the trips they have taken
u/Dilettante · 1 pointr/canada

If you don't mind a textbook, the Origins and Destinies pair of books is very readable, reasonably concise, and covers a lot of history your teachers never had the time to mention in class.

Since it's history, and a textbook, you can probably find a very cheap earlier edition without sacrificing quality.

Unfortunately, I've never found much in the way of good books covering Canadian history that weren't textbooks of some variety. There is, however, a good graphic novel called Louis Riel which tells the story of the Metis rebel leader in good detail and is available in many libraries. Worth reading.

u/mirror_cube · 1 pointr/canada

John Ralston Saul is a good place to start:

He is very good about pre-Canadian history. Realizes and strengthens the roles that First Nations played in early Canada while addressing the realities/atrocities of some of things we have done

u/lostmykeysonbroadway · 1 pointr/canada

I'm an American who moved to Canada 5 years ago for grad school and never looked back. Read this book... it will tell you everything you need to know and it's a hilarious and captivating read!

And if you're looking into Economics, look at Carleton University in Ottawa... it's a beautiful city and an excellent scene for attending school. I miss living there.

u/jtbc · 2 pointsr/canada

How about this one, then:

Excellent book full of actual history.

I am not peddling an opinion. I have studied some of this history formally, and some of it because I enjoy reading about history. I am telling you what actual historians believe to be true.

u/bike_trail · 1 pointr/canada

> Seems like there’s a western agenda going on here. if the Communist Party of China doesn't have its own agenda vis-a-vis "the west"..??

Just watched this insightful interview with foreign correspondent and author Jonathan Manthorpe, who authored “Claws of the Panda”.

Amazon review:
> Claws of the Panda tells the story of Canada’s failure to construct a workable policy towards the People’s Republic of China. In particular the book tells of Ottawa’s failure to recognize and confront the efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate and influence Canadian politics, academia, and media, and to exert control over Canadians of Chinese heritage.

> Claws of the Panda gives a detailed description of the CCP’s campaign to embed agents of influence in Canadian business, politics, media and academia. The party’s aims are to be able to turn Canadian public policy to China’s advantage, to acquire useful technology and intellectual property, to influence Canada’s international diplomacy, and, most important, to be able to monitor and intimidate Chinese Canadians and others it considers dissidents. The book traces the evolution of the Canada-China relationship over nearly 150 years.

> It shows how Canadian leaders have constantly misjudged the reality and potential of the relationship while the CCP and its agents have benefited from Canadian naivete.

u/BRBaraka · 2 pointsr/canada

thank you

let me watch that

this was my gateway:

one of the most amazing men who ever lived. truly a tragedy on many levels. shakespearean, mythic stuff. he needs a hollywood blockbuster treatment. more should know his name and his story

u/coldnever · 0 pointsr/canada

America in the Technetronic Age 1968

Page 21 "At the same time, the capacity to assert social and political control over the individual will vastly increase. As I have already noted, it will soon be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and to maintain up-to-date, complete files, containing even most personal information about the health or personal behaviour of the citizen, in addition to more customary data. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities."

"Moreover, the rapid pace of change will put a premium on anticipating events and planning for them. Power will gravitate into the hands of those who control the information, and can correlate it most rapidly."

Reason doesn't work the way we thought it does, someone can tell you the truth and you won't believe them:

The (mass surveillance) by the NSA and abuse by law enforcement is just more part and parcel of state suppression of dissent against corporate interests. They're worried that the more people are going to wake up and corporate centers like the US and canada may be among those who also awaken. See this vid with Zbigniew

Brzezinski, former United States National Security Advisor.

Brezinski at a press conference

The real news:

Look at the following graphs:

IMGUR link -

And then...

WIKILEAKS: U.S. Fought To Lower Minimum Wage In Haiti So Hanes And Levis Would Stay Cheap

Free markets?

Free trade?

"We now live in two Americas. One—now the minority—functions in a print-based, literate world that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The other—the majority—is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. To this majority—which crosses social class lines, though the poor are overwhelmingly affected—presidential debate and political rhetoric is pitched at a sixth-grade reading level. In this “other America,” serious film and theater, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins of society.

In the tradition of Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges navigates this culture—attending WWF contests, the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, and Ivy League graduation ceremonies—to expose an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion."

Important history:

u/MrG · 1 pointr/canada

All of these are good suggestions, but they are very popular and likely to be busy. (By Canadian standards anyways). Visit Moraine Lake or Lake Louise for a taste of the Classics.
However, if you want out of the way, do the 3 and 4 star hikes in Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies.

u/supa999 · 1 pointr/canada

> Unfortunately we don't really know what is being shared.

""The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. "
― Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era -- Zbigniew Brzezinski, formerly served as United States National Security Advisor.

u/cjbest · 2 pointsr/canada

I would suggest renting a car while you are in the Rockies. You won't see much on the train, plus it's really expensive. And there are bus tours but they cater to the elderly and those less interested in lacing up boots. You really need to get off transport and hit some trails. If you are the hiking type, the guide book you want is this one:

You don't need a car in Vancouver and you can bus it from Banff to Vancouver, so look into flying into Calgary and renting a car there for a week.

Also, make camping or hotel arrangements ASAP. They fill up fast. There are campgrounds you can drive into, they do tend to be a bit noisy, though. Smaller cabins or B and Bs are probably the nicest option. Expect up to $200 CA plus per night.

u/poubelle · 2 pointsr/canada

I suggest you (and anyone else interested) have a gander at the book "Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values". It's a fascinating portrait of social trends in both countries and how we differ.

u/vortexcubed · 2 pointsr/canada

> It's so offensive to imagine resources being squandered on luxury yachts and sports cars just so that rich people have something to continue spending more and more money on.

This is what you get when you support capitalism. You'd have to strictly limit how much any one individual could gain. Note that it's a matter of history and population size, not that these people "earned" their money. Not to mention our current societies are based on massive historical slaughters and injustices.

u/TVpresspass · 17 pointsr/canada

Actually archaeologists are now moving past the Bering land bridge theory, and tracking 5 distinct immigration events into the pre-Columbian Americas.

I wish I had more to back it up, but I just started reading this book this week. I'm hoping I'll have more to say about that when I'm finished.

u/omgsoironic · 2 pointsr/canada

If you're interested in Riel, I recommend this incredible "comic strip biography" of him.

u/roconnor · 2 pointsr/canada

> Maybe the laws of nature just don’t allow for industrial efficiency principles to be applied to living beings.

Or maybe nature has been evolving epidemics ever since the neolithic revolution.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/canada

> Canada is very diverse; it's really a conglomerate of several smaller nations

Kinda like thousands of years with very different native cultures living next to each other?

I think most people have forgotten that Canada is a Metis nation; a merging of European and Native values.

The early Canadian settlers said to the natives "Let our sons marry your daughters, and together we will build a country"

u/Kerguidou · 10 pointsr/canada

The book 1491
should give you a basic answer to your questions. And you are welcome to dig more.

u/dasiffy · 3 pointsr/canada

i also use which rates the trustworthiness of the reviews. (paid reviewers/trolls/company employees/etc)

u/jward · 1 pointr/canada

You can get a reasonably decent dual sim phone for eighty bucks if you want to carry a burner phone for international travel. Has the advantage of grabbing a disposable pay as you go local sim card to toss in while still being able to get calls/texts at your main number.

u/Canadian_Infidel · 1 pointr/canada

The fact white people took over was basically chance. You should read the book Guns, Germs and Steel.

u/Blacktivism · 5 pointsr/canada

You can just pick it up on DVD from Amazon.

Edit: BAM!

u/Abe_Vigoda · 1 pointr/canada

I've been reading through this book that someone pointed me to last week.

Basically, polls do mean something but for the most part, the polling data can be interpretated in a whole number of ways to achieve an outcome favourable to the poll sponsor.

u/KlugerHans · 1 pointr/canada

In case you want to balance out the social agendas being pushed in history classes in the schoolroom.

u/dacian420 · 5 pointsr/canada

This book was the optional reading for my first year stats class. Should have been required.

u/FrostyTheSasquatch · 2 pointsr/canada

This! So much this!

Edit: You're not Will Ferguson, are you?

u/nice_guy_bot_ · 3 pointsr/canada

closer to 30 years. Sikhs were making documentaries about this stuff in the 80s since the rapey newcomers (read: Pakistanis) moved into their neighborhoods when they first started migrating into Britain.

u/pg2441 · 1 pointr/canada

So, all the stores in my area are selling the regular Switch for $400.

According to, I can buy one there for US$300 (which is about CAN$385 at today's rate).

A whole $15 savings... Woooo.

u/wycks · 1 pointr/canada

Again with the personal attacks....the common unrest of an oppressed people is a rather simplified outlook is it not?

I can easily point you in a direction to further your viewpoint and form and actual solid argument, perhaps ex-Canadian Brzezinski's book the Grand Chessboard,

Or maybe formar NATO commender, general, Rhodes Scholar and presidential Candidate Wesley Clark,

Saying I'm a nut job is hardly respectful, would you also say the same about Allende in Chile, Iran-Contra, Gulf of Tonkin, Venezuelan coup of 2002,

oh right the following is all a conspiracy for nuts...

u/ToMendAndDefend · 2 pointsr/canada

The definitive edition (all 4 seasons) can be purchased directly through amazon. I think in the end it's $5 more than the cost directly from Shout! factory, but amazon will give you free shipping where Shout! will charge you $20.

Unfortunately the masters that Rainmaker sent to Shout! for production weren't the best copies available and some of the episodes suffer from major audio issues, and some jagging on the visuals.

u/UberMonkey21 · 6 pointsr/canada

Robert Fulford, Bob, Bobby, can I call you Bobby? You must not have read this book. any Canadian who is beset with views of intolerance of Americans, should read this book. They can then say "no I am not Anti-American. On Mass I am more tolerant. It is just that our views are much different then yours (and growing more different!). I am sorry that you feel discriminated for judgments of your Nations policies, aforementioned Dubya, but I speak out against such policies. and some people, like our friend Bobby, confuse the attack against the policy with an attack against the people."
If we are universally tolerant, Americans are the exception to the rule. I could bring up examples why we got this way,, but you would ignore it or say that does not represent America. True, but on mass...

u/beeftaster333 · 2 pointsr/canada

The following is necessary to understand the politics of the modern world. These links will take a while to digest, but if you want to understand what's going on in the world, you owe it to yourself to become informed about the true state of the world.

Our brains are much worse at reality and thinking than thought. Science on reasoning:

Education as ignorance

Overthrowing other peoples governments

Wikileaks on TTIP/TPP/ETC

Energy subsidies

Interference in other states when the rich/corporations dont get their way

Manufacturing consent (book)

Protectionism for the rich and big business by state intervention, radical market interference.

Manufacturing consent:

Testing theories of representative government

Democracy Inc

From war is a racket:

"I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil intersts in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested."[p. 10]

"War is a racket. ...It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives." [p. 23]

"The general public shoulders the bill [for war]. This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations." [p. 24]

General Butler is especially trenchant when he looks at post-war casualties. He writes with great emotion about the thousands of traumatized soldiers, many of who lose their minds and are penned like animals until they die, and he notes that in his time, returning veterans are three times more likely to die prematurely than those who stayed home.


US distribution of wealth

The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Some history on US imperialism by us corporations.

The real news