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Old 06-24-2015, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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OK, why should a Vancouverite know ten things about Nova Scotia?

For that matter, why should a New Yorker know ten things about Kentucky? Or a New South Welshman know ten things about Western Australia? Or a Muscovite know ten things about Vladivostok?

It would be nice if we learned more about our giant, huge country of Canada; but we don't. We think of the parts we don't live in, in very general (if not always accurate) terms: Nova Scotia is on the Atlantic and they fish, and they used to do coal mining. Saskatchewan grows wheat. Ontario is Toronto, mostly; and has very conservative liquor laws. Quebec speaks French and has very liberal liquor laws. British Columbia grows great weed and skis at Whistler. And so on.

Similarly, I'd suggest the same occurs in every large (by geographic area) country in the world. If you don't need to know about a place a few time zones away in the same country, then you don't concern yourself with it.
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Old 06-24-2015, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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OK, why should a Vancouverite know ten things about Nova Scotia?

For that matter, why should a New Yorker know ten things about Kentucky? Or a New South Welshman know ten things about Western Australia? Or a Muscovite know ten things about Vladivostok?

It would be nice if we learned more about our giant, huge country of Canada; but we don't. We think of the parts we don't live in, in very general (if not always accurate) terms: Nova Scotia is on the Atlantic and they fish, and they used to do coal mining. Saskatchewan grows wheat. Ontario is Toronto, mostly; and has very conservative liquor laws. Quebec speaks French and has very liberal liquor laws. British Columbia grows great weed and skis at Whistler. And so on.

Similarly, I'd suggest the same occurs in every large (by geographic area) country in the world. If you don't need to know about a place a few time zones away in the same country, then you don't concern yourself with it.
Always put things into the right context....Hey Chevy - if I had 10 million in the bank and didn't have to work - i'd love to get to know the entire world very well
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:19 AM
 
Location: In transition
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OK, why should a Vancouverite know ten things about Nova Scotia?

For that matter, why should a New Yorker know ten things about Kentucky? Or a New South Welshman know ten things about Western Australia? Or a Muscovite know ten things about Vladivostok?

It would be nice if we learned more about our giant, huge country of Canada; but we don't. We think of the parts we don't live in, in very general (if not always accurate) terms: Nova Scotia is on the Atlantic and they fish, and they used to do coal mining. Saskatchewan grows wheat. Ontario is Toronto, mostly; and has very conservative liquor laws. Quebec speaks French and has very liberal liquor laws. British Columbia grows great weed and skis at Whistler. And so on.

Similarly, I'd suggest the same occurs in every large (by geographic area) country in the world. If you don't need to know about a place a few time zones away in the same country, then you don't concern yourself with it.
But why shouldn't they know? Don't you think it's sad Canadians and others don't know more about the countries they live in? It seems like our education system has failed us in this regard..
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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How do you know that's what really happens? Most people I've talked to in western canada know little about the maritimes and haven't been there
I haven't been, but I know many who have. I also know people who have moved here from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. People I know have a fairly good idea what the Maritimes are like.

One of the reasons many haven't gone is the cost. It's cheaper and easier to get to Tokyo or London etc than it is to fly to Halifax. So when time and money are tight, other places just seem a bit more exotic.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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But why shouldn't they know? Don't you think it's sad Canadians and others don't know more about the countries they live in? It seems like our education system has failed us in this regard..
I haven't been in school for years so perhaps someone with children currently in the system can enlighten us, but when I attended, we were taught all about Canada. From before Confederation. A bit about our local First Nation tribes and names. The Battle on the Plains of Abraham. Confederation, all the provinces and territories and their capitals, and their main industries. Louis Riel etc.
We always had a huge map of the country in the room AND each had a Canadian Atlas.
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Old 06-24-2015, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Windsor Ontario/Colchester Ontario
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But why shouldn't they know? Don't you think it's sad Canadians and others don't know more about the countries they live in? It seems like our education system has failed us in this regard..
I think people who want to know more about other parts of Canada, will do so and become more informed on their own, and some people who could care less about other places, will continue to live in ignorance and be fine with that.
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I haven't been in school for years so perhaps someone with children currently in the system can enlighten us, but when I attended, we were taught all about Canada. From before Confederation. A bit about our local First Nation tribes and names. The Battle on the Plains of Abraham. Confederation, all the provinces and territories and their capitals, and their main industries. Louis Riel etc.
We always had a huge map of the country in the room AND each had a Canadian Atlas.
It's possible to learn things in school, only to forget it over time, especially if the person never had much of an interest in the subject to begin with. Like me and math for example.... It was always a hate-hate relationship.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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Why wouldn't people want to learn about their own country though?
What level of knowledge should the ordinary Ontarian or any other Canadian for that matter have of British Columbia to placate your need that they know the details of British Columbia to the point where you feel you are not being slighted by their lack of knowledge ?
Should all this info be committed to the memory of every Canadian?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia
And should we commit to memory an equal amount of Data for each and every province lest we be accused in a negative way of not being interested in our country?
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:38 AM
 
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Is there really a lot you need to know about the provines? I don't even know a lot about my own province. I know all the provinces and territories and their capitals and major cities and I can name what oceans and lakes they're on. I also know quite a bit about Canadian history in general. But besides that, what else is there to know about other provinces?
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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As a general comment, I'd say that based on what I've been told incessantly on this forum, Canadians apparently know their country and its various regions extremely well.

So the entire premise of the last bunch of posts on this thread seems bizarre.

Since Canadians who are ignorant about the other end of the country should be very few and far between.

Right, guys?
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