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Old 11-18-2010, 12:36 AM
 
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I am a student from sweden and I have a assignment here, I have to ask some questions to a Canadian person. Here they are:


If I would move to Canada, where should I settle down and start my new life? Can you recommend any fine place that I just have to visit or live in? Maybe there is a part of Canada where many of my nationality live? When I arrive I want a pretty decent school where I can learn more about IT/computers, do you know any IT school for me as a 17 year old student? About the school, here in Sweden we don’t need to wear school uniforms, how does the clothing work in the Canadian schools? I have some goals with my school but I am not so sure how easy it is to get a job in Canada, do you need to go to university to actually get a job, or is a high school education just enough for me to success? If the competition is hard, is that due to the economy, how is the economy is Canada? Do you think the politicians do a good job? How does the politics work in Canada?

How does a normal day look like for you, or for a normal citizen today? What holidays do Canadians celebrate? In Sweden we don’t celebrate thanksgiving for example, but I know that the US does, do the Canadians?

I want to explore Canada. Can you give me some tips? Like, where can I go skiing, have a party, relax and meet new friends? I am very interested in ice hockey and we all know that pretty much everyone in Canada enjoys it, but are there any other sports in Canada that is popular as well? But back to ice hockey, how big was it for Canada to beat USA in the Olympic final? The US and Canada have always been like “enemies” from what I have heard. Why is that? Why are the Americans always making fun out of the Canadians and the other way around?
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:55 AM
 
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I am a student from sweden and I have a assignment here, I have to ask some questions to a Canadian person. Here they are:


If I would move to Canada, where should I settle down and start my new life?
Can you recommend any fine place that I just have to visit or live in?
Maybe there is a part of Canada where many of my nationality live?
When I arrive I want a pretty decent school where I can learn more about IT/computers,
do you know any IT school for me as a 17 year old student?

, how does the clothing work in the Canadian schools?
do you need to go to university to actually get a job, or is a high school education just enough ?
If the competition is hard, is that due to the economy,
how is the economy is Canada?
Do you think the politicians do a good job?
How does the politics work in Canada?

How does a normal day look like for you, or for a normal citizen today? What holidays do Canadians celebrate?
In Sweden we don’t celebrate thanksgiving for example, but I know that the US does, do the Canadians?

I want to explore Canada. Can you give me some tips?
Like, where can I go skiing, have a party, relax and meet new friends?
are there any other sports in Canada that is popular as well?
But back to ice hockey, how big was it for Canada to beat USA in the Olympic final?
The US and Canada have always been like “enemies” from what I have heard. Why is that?
Why are the Americans always making fun out of the Canadians and the other way around?
Lots of questions eh!, I'll try to answer a few.
Where to settle Down? As Toronto has many tech colleges you might start there.
No school uniform in Canadian colleges.
These days you wont get far without a college degree.
People arent obsessive compulsive about politics and dont talk that much about it.
Besides hockey we enjoy most sports including Lacrosse and curling.
how big was it for Canada to beat USA in the Olympic final? We are still talking about it
The USA is not our enemy and most Canadians enjoy visiting or vacationing in the USA but when their pompous "we know whats best for the world" attitude starts calling Canadians a Socialist Nanny State merely because we have universal healthcare we get a little irritated.

If you want to explore Canada? buy a car and take a month or so and drive from coast to coast.
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PS Some info on Swedes in Canadahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Canadian
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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An excellent exposition of the fierce conflicts between Canada and the US is presented in the semi-documentary movie "Canadian Bacon". See Canadian Bacon (1995) - IMDb Perhaps your class can obtain this movie.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:38 AM
 
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If I would move to Canada, where should I settle down and start my new life? You would probably be better off in one of the bigger cities.

Can you recommend any fine place that I just have to visit or live in?
Personally, I would reccomend Ottawa. It is a very nice city with great public transport.
Maybe there is a part of Canada where many of my nationality live?
Again, You would possibly find more people of your nationality in the bigger cities. I am not aware of any large grouping Swedish people, though.
When I arrive I want a pretty decent school where I can learn more about IT/computers,
do you know any IT school for me as a 17 year old student?

I am not sure, but I would assume most major canadian Univerisities and colleges offer some IT programs.
how does the clothing work in the Canadian schools?
It is usually Casual. I am not aware of any Universities or Colleges that have uniforms.
do you need to go to university to actually get a job, or is a high school education just enough ?
It depends. If you were interested in something involving manual labour, I would say high school should be enough. Colleges are usually more technical, involving practical careers such as nursing, while Universities are more theoretical with careers such as a Lawyer.
If the competition is hard, is that due to the economy,
how is the economy is Canada?
The Canadian economy is quite fine, It is nowhere near as bad as in the US. I would say Job competition can be somewhat of a difficulty, but not too bad.

Do you think the politicians do a good job?
Mostly, yes. However many people feel they are taxed too much.
How does the politics work in Canada?
Canada has three levels of government, Federal, Provincial, and Municipal. Federal is the entire country, Provincial is for each province, and Municipal is the cities and towns. We have an election every 4 or 5 years.
How does a normal day look like for you, or for a normal citizen today? What holidays do Canadians celebrate?
I would say it would be similar to your daily life, such as going to work/school, coming home for dinner, etc. In Canada, our major holidays are Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. We celebrate them similarily to the US.
In Sweden we don’t celebrate thanksgiving for example, but I know that the US does, do the Canadians?
In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, rather than in November as in the US. Other than that it is the same.
I want to explore Canada. Can you give me some tips?
Most people are friendly, so if you need help ask someone. This is especially true in smaller towns. There is a lot to do here, so find something such as boating, camping, fising, etc. and enjoy it.
Like, where can I go skiing, have a party, relax and meet new friends?
Skiing is best out west in the Rocky Mountains, and there is good nightlife in most major cities where you can meet new people.
are there any other sports in Canada that is popular as well?
Football is popular, Canadians don't pay much attention to things such as Soccer or Rugby.
But back to ice hockey, how big was it for Canada to beat USA in the Olympic final?
It was quite big, but I think many Canadians expected it though. Nonetheless it was quite special.
The US and Canada have always been like “enemies” from what I have heard. Why is that? Not at all. Canada and the US are great friends, however many Canadians feel their culture is being absorbed by US Culture.

Why are the Americans always making fun out of the Canadians and the other way around?
It is like a Sibling rivalry, and nothing is serious. Many Canadians make fun of Americans for being loud, and Americans make fun of us for being nice and quiet.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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awesome! thanks for taking you time to answer all those questions
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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awesome! thanks for taking you time to answer all those questions
There are large groups of people in Manitoba in the Interlake region who are Icelandic, Finnish, Swedish, etc. Check out Gimli, Manitoba for example (which is Icelandic) or Fisher Branch. Parts of Saskatchewan also have large communities of Nordic peoples (Langenburg, Saskatchewan) for example. I am not talking about thousands of people in these areas, just a few hundred people..but they are concentrated. My mom's family is Finnish (Tuna) and also from Sundsvall, Sweden. Hope this helps you some. (Also large groups of these folks in Minnesota, USA).

Have fun with your project.
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