Cherry Saturday 7-1-2017

Today is Canada Day.

Canada has maple syrup and Justin Trudeau and many Argh people.  

We love you, Canada.  You’re so . . . sane.  

Also: HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY!  You don’t look a day over 100.


24 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday 7-1-2017

  1. My in-laws were Canadian until hard times sent their families to Boston. My father-in-law often told the story of when he was a toddler in Halifax N.S. munitions blew up in Halifax Harbor and every window was blown out in the house. His mother said that if any of children or an adult was near a window they wouldn’t have survived. The people of Boston were among one of the first responders and to this day Halifax sends a Christmas tree to Boston.
    I would like to know if maple syrup from Canada tastes like the real thing or is it version of its former self that we’re subject to? Justin Trudeau, yes!


    1. It is the real thing. One must buy 100% Canadian maple syrup. The price is high but worth it.


      1. It’s the real thing. And if you have contacts to someone with a sugar bush, or check out farmers markets in spring, it’s not so pricey. (Don’t buy it in small cute containers or in gift shops.)

        And then there are butter tarts. They’re real too.


  2. This is intriguing to me. Despite Canada’s equally awful (to USA) record of treatment of Indigenous people’s and Trudeau’s government’s actions against the environment, there’s a rosy perception of Canada.

    Did they get healthcare right so most everything else is shrugged off? Or is it that they’re not seen as a player/meddler in world politics so we don’t scrutinise them as much?

    Really curious.


    1. Canada has a rightful reputation of being steady and polite. The biggest crime I know of in Canada is that big maple syrup theft. The biggest one in the US is . . . oh, pick a mass shooting.

      As for Trudeau, have you heard about our President? Plus Trudeau’s doing some really good things, too. There’s never going to be a world leader who gets it all right; you have to go for the good and not expect the perfect. Even Merkel voted against gay marriage after she made it possible that it would pass. Trudeau, Merkel, Macron . . . none of them are perfect. But they sure as hell aren’t Donald Trump who just established a voting suppression commission that most of the states here have so far refused to cooperate with; Mississippi, usually not my fave state, just told the Kobach, the latest evil in Washington, to go jump in the Gulf. That was their sec’y of state’s official reply. We’re in hell here; Trudeau and Canada are pretty much It when it comes to being optimistic about North America.


      1. Ah yes. This reminds me of the old ad “My name is Joe and I’m a Canadian” where all the stereotypes were rebutted.


    2. I see your point, @Sure Thing, since I just researched Canada’s residential schools (

      Still, I was very excited that Jenny featured Canada on Cherry Saturday! No one’s saying this country is perfect, but when I look around the world, I’m proud to live in a peaceful democracy with priorities like education and multiculturalism.

      Yes, I worry about the environment too. We had over 5000 trees planted on our land this spring, which was partly subsidized, but cost double because I asked for mowing instead of Roundup.

      We have real maple syrup all the time. My son even went to a birthday party where they helped tap the trees. 🙂

      And if you want to check out off the chain Canadian authors, ChiZine Press is offering all its Canadian books for free! (I’m not published by them, I just admire them. I was laughing over some of their book descriptions, and oohing and aahing over a film associated with one of their books:

      Happy birthday, Canada! To sanity and good manners.


      1. Free books! Best way to celebrate.

        I guess the perception of politeness is the frame through which every thing else is viewed.

        Also, ENVY at a syrup-tapping birthday party for children! That sounds like the best balance of fun and learning.


      2. Carla Doolin wrote a really good contemporary romantic novel, Spitfire, that takes place in Newfoundland about a divorcee who moves to Newfoundland after her children start college. I was surprised that watching icebergs is a tourist attraction but also a danger to fisherman. These are things I don’t think of on a daily basis. With adult children you know that she is mature and has the guts to move away from family and start over again. On the road to find her next forever she stops in a pub and meets a cantankerous Newfie (from Ireland) and we’re off. This book is free on Amazon, I haven’t read it in a while but is in my summer pile of books to reread. I wish she would write more or maybe her books aren’t available in the US.


        1. They are, and Spitfire is still a free Kindle book. Just downloading now, thanks!


  3. To celebrate Canada Day, Tim Hortons is offering a poutine doughnut, but it’s only available in the U.S. 🙂


  4. Just an update, it is our (Canada’s) 150 Birthday today, and most of us will be wearing red and white, we will have parties and sing Oh Canada. This year our tshirts will say Canada 150. Sorry I can’t send you pictures as I am not sure how to do that. Thanks for the article about the P. M.


  5. Happy birthday, Canada! I wish I was there! (Also, Justin Trudeau isn’t perfect–he’s for the pipeline, but he is mostly sane, seems kind, and let’s face it, YUM.)


  6. Thank you. Still lots of things to get right, but Justin is working on it. It’s my Dad’s birthday too. I blow a kiss to the sky and raise a glass.


    1. There are some real atrocities particularly concerning Indigenous people and other peoples. Justin and his team seem to be working on it. Not happy about how much money we are now in debt as a country.

      As for health care. We all get it, we all pay according to our level of income, there are some tests and things we pay for now, and if I need a test, I get it, if I need an operation (touch wood, never had to so far), I get it. Although there have been some, well, depending on the operation, wait lists. Or we can pay to have things done privately. If you are under a certain level of income, everything is available to you.

      I’m not proud of the fact that there are still some communities without good drinking water, many are isolated, lots of problems, and in BC the politics is crazy.

      Justin seems to be giving the Indigenous issues fair consideration and moving forward instead of stalling. It all started 150 years ago today, so, hopefully things will improve in many areas and for many peoples.

      Just another country with lots of good and bad.


  7. Lol re the maple syrup heist, Jenny. A very Canadian escapade for sure–one I may or may not have touched on in one of my books:)

    Thing is maple syrup is a very important & valuable commodity. And we really do have a “secret” stash of it in case of world shortage since we’re the largest suppliers.

    As for the Canadian reputation–thanks for your kind words. In my experience being Canadian is not so much about comparing ourselves to anyone but about caring for everyone. Our social programs come out of that idea because as a collective, cooperative sort it was recognized early on that the wellbeing of each of us depends on the well-being of us all.

    So while we may not have reached all our ideals, I think most of us (& our current PM) try to move things in better directions. Plus, we’ve got that fab maple syrup;)


  8. One of my favorite bits of Kathleen Gilles Seidel’s book “Again”

    “How could anyone call him difficult? He was Canadian. The world’s longest unprotected border and all that. Canadians didn’t know how to be difficult.”

    As a Michigander, Canadians always feel like cousins to me.


  9. I first became a fan of Canada when I was living in a tiny apartment with no cable. One of the VHS channels carried Much Music, which was ever-so-much-cooler than MTV, and I fell in love with the country and started to realize how much music and comedy the country has contributed to US Culture.

    Did you know that every Canadian child of a certain generation knows about House Hippos? How can you not love a country that believes in House Hippos? (Especially since House Hippos were invented to teach kids not to believe everything they see on TV, according to my Canadian informant.) That’s so Canadian.

    The Canadian ex-pats I know are so much fun, and so are the Canadian internet friends. They can be a tiny bit smug about their health insurance, but since we live in Japan, all I have to do is whisper (they don’t cover dental), and they become sufferable again. (As opposed to insufferable, LOL. Insufferable is a very difficult state for a Canadian to maintain, in my experience.)

    (-: So let’s watch Ghostbusters and raise a glass and a forkful of maple-syrup-drenched pancakes to the Canadians! And tomorrow, let’s explode a lot of shit in honor of the US of A! (LOL, the Barrayaran cultural propensity for things that go BOOM really resonates in my American soul.) All the holidays!


  10. Thanks Jenny. Yes, I don’t feel a day over 100 because I’m still thinking about when I was 17 and we had a HUGE year-long party and Expo 67 and all. Seems like just last year. (Wasn’t it?)


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