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5 hours ago, cybercoma said:

That is nothing like St Louis, Kansas City, or any other US centre of BBQ culture, but yeah. I could go for some smoked salmon.

Agreed. 

I had no idea until I saw Parts Unknown season 3 episode 6 about the Mississippi and then an episode of No Reservations on Kansas City: http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/anthony-bourdain/episodes/kansas-city 

There is no way we do BBQ on the west coast like that.  

Altough that may be a difference: we don't go over the top into excess like the Americans do? 

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2 minutes ago, msj said:

Agreed. 

I had no idea until I saw Parts Unknown season 3 episode 6 about the Mississippi and then an episode of No Reservations on Kansas City: http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/anthony-bourdain/episodes/kansas-city 

There is no way we do BBQ on the west coast like that.  

Altough that may be a difference: we don't go over the top into excess like the Americans do? 

I'll be sure to check out that episode of No Reservations. I used to watch that show all the time. Bourdain is a god damned rock star.

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Marine fisheries management. The two management styles stem from both our constitutions. The U.S. mode is vastly superior because each state is responsible for managing their own fisheries. In Canada, Ottawa is in charge. The closer the mangers are to the fishery and the people who depend on it the greater the accountability and transparency.

Ottawa is 1500 miles from the nearest ocean and it shows.

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I actually get asked this question a fair bit when working abroad.  For expedience sake, I have a couple of canned answers:

1. When asked about a good purchase, and American will beam with pride at having got 3 of something for the price of one.   A European will explain that it cost a lot more than what he had budgeted and took forever, but he got the best one he could find.  Canadians are somewhere in  between.

2. When an American comes to your country, he will immediately assume you should want to be just like him, and expect you to sign a contract so he can get along to make the next dollar.  A Canadian will hang around long enough to get to know you and understand your culture, then try to come to an agreement you can both live with.

3. An American briefly in your country to sign a contract will mistake your good manners for as a sign of affection.  A Canadian is more likely to become someone YOU would call a good friend.

4. Every American company will tell you that they are the best in the world (and a few percent of them actually are), but a Canadian company will be surprised to find that you know and value their product or service and maybe one in three who you encounter actually work at an internationally recognized level of great competence.

5.  In academia (and other fields) a Canadian will follow the rules, and American will follow the money.

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Here is a quick guide to the difference between the US and Canada

US                                           Canada

football                                     hockey

Duncan Doughnuts                  Tim Horton's

kah                                            car

huh                                            ay (eh)

zee                                            zed

Afro American                           Jamaican Canadian

Chinese                                     British Columbian

Irish                                           Newfoundlander

communist                                 liberal

NBA player                                tall Jamaican Canadian

Latinos                                      French

bowling                                      curling

surfing                                       kayaking

hunting                                      killing baby seals

George Washington                  John A. MacDonald

Hilary Clinton                             Kathleen Wynne

steroids                                      maple syrup

pussy cat                                    beaver tail

corn                                            wheat

stage coach                                canoe

cowboy                                       explorer

sheriff, marshall                         Mountie

loo-tenant                                    leff-tenant

American Bull Dog                       Nova Scotia Duck Toller

The Monkees                              Trailer Park Boys

Babe Ruth                                   Wayne Gretsky

Wayne Newton                            Celine Dionne

Snoop Dog                                   Pinball Clemens

gal                                                girl

boy                                              lad

Texan                                          Albertan

Alaskan                                       Inuit

the blues                                     seasonal affective disorder

transgendered                             Anne Murray

Elvis                                             KD Lang

lynch mob                                    jury

arms                                            guns

weapons                                     arms

push                                            wait in line

what the f k                                  pardon me  

independent woman                   Justin Trudeau

Donald Trump                            pig

bacon                                         back bacon

country music                            folk music

pick up                                       suv

Dodge                                       Toyota

Chevy                                        Honda

                 

 

 

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On 12/28/2016 at 7:39 PM, Rue said:

Here is a quick guide to the difference between the US and Canada

US                                           Canada

football                                     hockey

Duncan Doughnuts                  Tim Horton's

kah                                            car

huh                                            ay (eh)

zee                                            zedA

what the f k                                  pardon me  

independent woman                   Justin Trudeau

Donald Trump                            pig

bacon                                         back bacon

country music                            folk music

pick up                                       suv

Dodge                                       Toyota

Chevy                                        Honda

                 

 

 

You win the interwebs this year!!

 

Fantastic post.

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On 12/8/2016 at 7:59 PM, cannuck said:

I actually get asked this question a fair bit when working abroad.  For expedience sake, I have a couple of canned answers:

1. When asked about a good purchase, and American will beam with pride at having got 3 of something for the price of one.   A European will explain that it cost a lot more than what he had budgeted and took forever, but he got the best one he could find.  Canadians are somewhere in  between.

2. When an American comes to your country, he will immediately assume you should want to be just like him, and expect you to sign a contract so he can get along to make the next dollar.  A Canadian will hang around long enough to get to know you and understand your culture, then try to come to an agreement you can both live with.

3. An American briefly in your country to sign a contract will mistake your good manners for as a sign of affection.  A Canadian is more likely to become someone YOU would call a good friend.

4. Every American company will tell you that they are the best in the world (and a few percent of them actually are), but a Canadian company will be surprised to find that you know and value their product or service and maybe one in three who you encounter actually work at an internationally recognized level of great competence.

5.  In academia (and other fields) a Canadian will follow the rules, and American will follow the money.

Yeah, speaking of stereotypes.....

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32 minutes ago, JamesHackerMP said:

You're referring to the president of course.  Well yeah.

Curious: how exactly do Canadians view Americans in general? Not the US Government, but just Americans in general?

 

Some aspects of your question were discussed here:

http://www.mapleleafweb.com/forums/topic/17474-before-moving-to-canada/#comment-598993

 

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3 hours ago, JamesHackerMP said:

Curious: how exactly do Canadians view Americans in general? Not the US Government, but just Americans in general?

You are our neighbors, so of course we are going to have opinions. Just like we talk about those in other provinces, those living on the other side of town, or those right next door. We are going to bitch because you forgot to return that power tool you borrowed last week or that noisy your kid hangs out with in the driveway playing basketball, but you're also a close friend and we wouldn't hesitate to look after the house/kids when you get that emergency call that your mother was rushed to the hospital. Yes, we are nosy neighbors and are going to comment on what you do and even get into the occasional spat when you leave your trashcan in our driveway, but don't move away because we will miss you.

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