Focus on Toronto
Text by Crai S. Bower | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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@ christine yergeau Toronto is so diverse and tolerant of different cultures that embracing their differences is key to everything there. That said I haven't yet seen what this amazing city has to offer first hand but I do have a cousin who made Toronto his home after growing up in Montreal. I was in Ottawa once because I had the pleasure of staying at The Chateau Montebello before the Fairmont Group bought it but never had the time to enjoy the Provonce. I am from VT and my people came from Quebec to the states a few generations ago. I was fortunate enough to spend a month every summer with relatives in Montreal since I was around 12 years old. I witnessed the Quebecois battling for French domination from the late sixties into the early seventies. After four years of French in High School and that month every summer growing up I was almost fluent in French. As a young man I returned many times when I lived less than 3 hours away in Burlington VT for obvious reasons. Just as you did not refer to all Americans as haters... I will not refer to all Canadians as lovely people .
This is not directed at the citizens of Toronto . The Quebecois can be rude and downright insulting to the Americans spending money in their quite beautiful city of Montreal . I used to find it amusing since they were mainly bi-lingual and when I would listen to them trash my friends and myself in French ,to reply to them in French ,especially local slang to let them know that some Americans can speak French. The looks on their faces were priceless . However I do not paint all French speaking Montreal citizens with the same brush . To me French is a beautiful language and they are proud of their heritage as they should be. I feel lucky to grow up in two worlds but when the "Language Police " started measuring signs and would fine business owners" if the English signs were too large compared to the mandatory French ratio of being bigger is just silly. Also this talk of seceding from Canada is crazy . Even the recent victory for the Quebecois which I applaud the first lady ever to be elected to her position and her election victory albeit bittersweet when the shooter tainted it they are a minority party and have said themselves there will be no talk of seceding from Canada for years to come but...
Any country or sizable group numbers wise is going to have the same percentages of deviants, criminals , and so on.
I still love Canada and comparing them with Americans I must say at a glance they are a polite society but not perfect.
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