Being CanadianThis is a vast land, full of contrasts and contradictions. Sometimes it is hard to define what it is to be Canadian, although I think most of us are proud that we are. Even moreso, we are proud of what we are not.
There are a lot of upsides to living in Canada. Here, our freedom from persecution based on race, sex, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. We can express ourselves openly without fear of police or government reprisal. We have universal health care, and high quality public education.
There are downsides to living here too. In most Canadian places, it's cold for more than half of the year. We pay some serious taxes too.
Overall, I love being Canadian. I love to travel to other places, but I'm always glad to come home.