We average just 60 reports of actual tornadoes per year compared with the 1,200 confirmed tornado strikes in the U. Only five per cent of our storms reach the EF-3 category of intensity, the level where winds of more than 220 km/h start tearing up buildings and trees. In 1995, dozens of grey wolves were captured in Alberta and shipped south to be let free in Yellowstone National Park, 72 years after the park’s last wolf den was destroyed under a federal extermination plan. There’s more: (61) We have more beautiful coast to enjoy: 243,000 km of shoreline compared to 153,000 km in the U. (62) According to the OECD Better Life Index our air is cleaner (16 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic metre here compared to 18 in the U. In the United States, a staggering 44 politicians have been assassinated, including four sitting presidents. We’re fine with gay politicians: While former New Jersey governor Jim Mc Greevey might be called the first (and only) “openly gay” governor in American history, it doesn’t really count if you resign as soon as you come out of the closet.Next year Alaska will reintroduce wood bison, North America’s largest living land mammals, into the wilderness. In Canada, not only is Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne openly gay, but her sexual orientation barely factors into coverage of Ontario politics.
The animals come from a captive herd started with Canadian animals. With all the scandals to beset Queen’s Park, the premier’s personal life is the least shocking thing about Ontario’s government. ratio is as high as 65 to 1 since many lobbyists don’t register. (73) You don’t have to be rich to run for the highest office in the land: U. presidential elections cost an estimated billion to mount, while Canada’s top five parties were allowed to spend a combined million, thanks to Elections Canada spending limits. We have the “most social astronaut”: Eight North Americans have commanded the International Space Station over the last four years, but only Canada’s Chris Hadfield became a household name worldwide. Holy crap, we’re discovering a miracle cure: Canada is a leader in fecal transplant therapy (it’s exactly what it sounds like).There’s more: (70) We attract more immigrants: Canada gets 5.65 per 1,000 people, compared to the U. (71) We have fewer lobbyists: We’ve seen an explosion in lobbying, but in Canada the ratio of lobbyists to senators and MPs is still 12 to 1, while in the U. the ratio of lobbyists to members of Congress is 23 to 1. (72) We mandate a time for holding the government’s feet to the fire: Sure, question period has degenerated in recent years, but nothing like it exists in the U. His photos, duets from space and that cover of helped catapult @Cmdr_Hadfield to one million Twitter followers. By transferring healthy bacteria from a donor’s stool into patients suffering from potentially fatal gut infections like , doctors believe it could one day cure all sorts of ailments, maybe even obesity and allergies. We lead in quantum computing: What’s that, you ask? C.-based D-Wave said one of its quantum computers, the only such machines commercially available, will be installed at the new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, a collaboration between Google, the Universities Space Research Association and NASA. We’re wiring the oceans like no one else: Canada’s NEPTUNE and VENUS projects off the coast of B. have installed fibre-optic cables that transmit data from the bottom of the ocean.Vancouver slacker Seth Rogen has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable comedians, along with Brampton, Ont.’s Michael Cera and Montreal’s Jay Baruchel (all three star in this summer’s apocalyptic comedy ). We’re better at special effects: While demand for blockbuster visual effects in movies skyrockets, California’s special effects industry is collapsing. They can’t keep up with Canada (or Britain or Asia or New Zealand, but that’s beside the point). Canadian movies are wilder and weirder–necrophilia in , David Cronenberg’s car-crash fetishism and twin gynecologists, and Atom Egoyan’s films about father-daughter incest, a schoolgirl stripper, and a wife who hires a young hooker to test her husband.In Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Winnipeg, visual effects artists have been taking over the design of explosions, gore and CGI monsters as our technical schools pump out skilled graduates, and movie studios outsource to take advantage of Canada’s generous tax breaks. (42) Our filmmakers are more worldly, too: Unlike Americans, who wait for the rest of the world to learn English, Canadians get Oscar nominations for foreign-language films, and not just ones in French—Deepa Mehta’s Hindi-language was nominated in 2007.Jack Diamond, who built it, was promptly handpicked by Valery Gergiev to build the new Mariinsky II theatre in St. When aired unedited on CTV, executive producer David Chase said that could never happen on U. network TV: “It’s just not possible, we have rules against that.” 37.
We’re funnier: Hollywood and American network television have known it for decades. Not content with ripping off their own ideas, Hollywood is now so desperate for fresh-ish material that it’s turning to the biggest and brightest Quebec auteurs for help. There’s more: (40) Canadian musicians rule the charts: Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen—and those are just the mildly tolerable pop stars Canada has produced recently.
(43) We know our art: When museums want to tour their blockbuster exhibits, they know to stop here first.
From the Picasso show at the AGO to Sebastião Salgado’s work at the ROM, Canada is the stop for top-tier North American premieres.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo even found apologizing to a cop when pulled over for speeding can get fines reduced an average of . We live in bigger houses: We have 2.6 rooms per person in Canada, versus 2.3 in the U. S.-based Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom. We have less income disparity: While the gap between rich and poor has become more marked in both countries, it’s more like a canyon in the U. Between 19, the average inflation-adjusted income of the bottom 90 per cent of American workers grew by a negligible .
True, scientists did recently claim that refusing to apologize for your actions leads to a sense of empowerment, but such short-sighted thinking would only appeal to self-centred Americans. Our kids are all right: Canada’s schools take heat from all sides, but they must be doing something right. There’s more: (5) We have a lower rate of suicide (11.1 per 100,000 people, versus 12 in the U. We have better work-life balance: More than 11 per cent of U. employees regularly clock 50-hour workweeks, compared to 3.9 per cent here. We brave the cold better: Our climate is colder and our population smaller, but relatively fewer of us succumb to the cold. Canada scores 6th place, while America comes in 10th. Meanwhile, the income of the top 10 per cent of workers soared by 6,071.
(89) We’re less likely to get robbed: Canada’s robbery rate is 86 per 100,000, far below America’s rate of 114. We’re more popular: Backpackers knew it for years, but studies confirm the Maple Leaf really is beloved around the world. Our taste in chocolate is better: Everyone knows we have loads of chocolate candy varieties you can’t get in the U. Instead it’s peameal bacon, a Toronto creation of pickle-brine-cured pork loin rolled in cornmeal.