The Best of What Canada Has To Offer Mohammed Shaikh CGC1D0-G

Sports: Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team, found in 1917 and currently play in the Atlantic Division of the National Hockey League (NHL). Hockey is a Canadian sport in which games are played in three 20 minute periods. The purpose of the sport is to score as many goals in the opposition’s net. Before the Toronto Maple Leafs played in the NHL, they played in the Ontario Hockey Association in the early 1890’s. After expanded to the NHL they became part of the “Original Six” teams and played their first professional game on December 28th, 1906. The name of the team was the Toronto Professional Hockey Club, also known as the Torontos. Moving on, the teams colours are blue and white, and the logo is a maple leaf. The Leafs have had a lot of success in the NHL as they have won a total of 13 Stanley Cups (championship trophy). Furthermore, Leafs Nation is one of the most loyal fan base in the sports world, as almost all of their home games in the Air Canada Centre are sold out (Williams).

Some of their star players include Tim Horton (Defenceman), Mats Sundin (Centre men), and Johnny Bower (Goaltender) (legendsrow).

Sports: Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team, found in 1995 and currently play in the Atlantic Division of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Basketball is a Canadian sport in which games are played in four quarters of 12 minutes each. The goal of the sport is to score as many points in the oppositions basket. Moving on, the Raptors are currently the only Canadian franchise in the NBA after Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. Before entering the NBA, the Raptors were known as the Huskies and played their first game on November 1st, 1946. The Raptors venue was Skydome from 1995 to 99, until moving to the Air Canada Centre. Furthermore, the colours of this franchise are red, black, gold, purple, and white. In 1994 Toronto fans were given the opportunity to vote for the name of the franchise. The options were Beavers, Bobcats, Dragons, Tarantulas, T-Rex and many others, but the one that really stood out was Raptors which was revealed in May of 1994.

Over the years the Raptors have won four division titles and have made the playoffs eight times. Most of the Raptors success had come when Vince Carter played on this team. In Carter’s rookie year, he was for the first time in Raptor history, named the rookie of the month twice and the player of the week once. He was also the first ever Raptor to be featured in the 1999-2000 All Star game. Other players that brought great success for the Raptors include Chris Bosh and Hakim Olajuwon. In addition, the support of the Raptors fan base also helped them gain confidence and success in the NBA. In 2014 the slogan “We The North” was created by the fans and it has become very popular around the NBA, not only for the fans but for many of the players as well. The campaign was supported by rapper Drake, who has now become Raptors Global Ambassador (Francis).

Sports: Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team who currently play in the east division of the American League (AL) in Major League Baseball (MLB). In baseball, each team plays a total of nine innings in which they have to score as many runs as possible before getting out three times. The inning switches after each team gets out three times at batting. Anyways, the Jays are the only Canadian team that play in the MLB after the Montreal Expos went to Washington in 2004. They were found in 1977 after the MLB decided to expand to Toronto in 1976. At the time, Toronto still didn’t decide on a name. One popular suggestion that came up was “blues”, but the Board of Directors decided “Blue Jays” was better. Moving on, the Jays originally were based in Exhibition Stadium, but from 1989 they moved to Skydome, which is now known as Rogers Centre. Their first home game in Exhibition Stadium was on April 7th, 1977.

The Jays have also had a lot of success in the MLB as they have made in deep into the playoffs many times. Not only that, but they have also won two, back to back world series championships (MLB champions) in 1992 and 1993. They were the only team to do that after New York Yankees did in 1977 and 1978. Some of the Blue Jays best players include George Bell, Josh Donaldson and hall of famer Roberto Alomar (Humber).

Sports: Connection

Sports are a big part of my life, especially when it comes to playing and being able to support the teams I truly love. Ever since I was a little child, I loved watching the three teams I stated above. The reason being is because when I first started watching these sports, those were the teams that really stood out to me from each sport. Another reason why I love these teams and they’re so important to me is because of the fact that they are my home teams. Even though I live in Brampton, the closest city is Toronto, which means they are and should be my home teams. In addition, the last reason why they are very important to me is because every time I get the opportunity to watch them play, it always brings me happiness and puts a big smile on my face. Sometimes I can never wait until the game starts because of how excited I am to watch. Those are the reasons why I love these three sports.

In my opinion Canadians should value these three teams, because first of all, they are Canadian teams, which means they are from where we all live our lives. Unlike the Leafs, the Raptors and Blue Jays are the only Canadian teams in their sports. This is significant because these teams are the only ones that represent Canada in their leagues. If these teams didn’t exist, we would have no connection to the sports, because we would not have a good team to cheer on and go for. These are the reasons why Canadians need to continue showing respect and valuing these teams.

Canada's Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is an amusement park located in Vaughan, Ontario. Construction for the park first started in April of 1979, and it opened on May 23rd, 1981. It is under rule of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. since June 30th, 2006. Wonderland is approximately 379 acres big, with 300 acres already been developed. The park consists of many thrill rides, such as roller coasters, and on top of that they also have Splash Works. Splash Works is a waterpark in Wonderland which is 20 acres big and has the largest wave pool in Canada. It also contains 18 speed slides and many other waterpark features.

Wonderland has introduced some of North America’s most popular attractions such as Drop Tower, Skyrider, Vortex, Behemoth, etc. They also introduced one of the fastest and tallest roller coasters in the world, Leviathan. Leviathan measures 306 feet tall with an 80-degree drop, reaching top speeds of 148km/h. Furthermore, the park has 200 attractions, 69 rides, Splash Works, live shows and many more, but that’s not all. Wonderland opens new attractions every year of operation. For 2017 they are introducing two attractions. These include a new water slide and new one of a kind thrill ride as well (Park History).

Canada's Wonderland: Connection

Canada’s Wonderland is one of the biggest amusement parks in the world. It is the one of the most exciting and amazing place to be. Every time I go to Canada’s Wonderland, I have the time of my life and I look forward to going every year. Going on all the roller coasters, thrill rides and the waterpark makes it the most perfect place to be. Anyways, Wonderland is very important to me because it’s not only about going on the roller coasters and rides, but it’s also about the people around you. Every time I go, I am always with my family, my cousins and also friends, and it just makes the experience 10 times better. There’s nothing better than being somewhere you love, with the people you love as well.

Moving on, Canadians should value Canada’s Wonderland because it’s a diverse place to be. When people go to Wonderland, it gives them the chance to see and explore cultures and religions from all over the world. What I mean by this is there isn’t only one type of culture or religion. There are a variety of different ones. You see Caucasians, Blacks, Indians, Chinese, Sri Lankan and many others. They also make these people’s experience a lot better. For example, because I am a Muslim I need to pray and I am able to do that because they provide us with a room to pray. Little things like this make Wonderland a great place to be. Another reason why people should value Wonderland is because it’s one of the biggest theme parks and the fact that it’s in Canada is amazing. Even though it’s internationally known, many people think theme parks are located in Disney Land. They are clearly wrong because we have a way bigger one, and a very convenient one too. These are the reason why I think Canada’s Wonderland should be valued by all Canadians.

Canada's Wonderland

New Comers/Immigrants

Canada, for a very long period of time, have welcomed many new comers and immigrants from all over the world. Since confederation in 1867 over 17 million immigrants have come to Canada (150 Years of Immigration in Canada). Between 2006 to 2011, 1, 162, 900 people immigrated to Canada and in 2011 Canada had a population of 6, 775, 800 foreign people living here. This is approximately 20.6% of the total population. The highest number of immigrants was in 1913 when more than 400,000 immigrants came all at once. Most immigrants currently living in the country came from Asia (including the Middle East) in the last five years. Some people also come from places such as Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America. Moving on the largest visible minority groups in Canada are South Asians, Chinese and Blacks, making up 65.1% of the total minority population in 2011. The rest of the population are Filipinos, Latin Americans, Arabs, Southeast Asians, West Asians, Koreans and Japanese.

Welcoming all of these immigrants from all over the world makes Canada a very multicultural place. Canada consist of many different cultures and religions. A study in 2011 shows that 22.1 million people said they were connected to a Christian religion. One million people where Muslim, representing 3.2% of the total population, Hindus were 1.5%, Buddhist 1.1% and finally Jewish 1.0% (Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada).

Newcomers/Immigrants: Connection

One of the main reasons why I love Canada is because it welcomes many people from all over the world. Because of this Canada has become a very multicultural country. The reason why this is important to me is because a lot of the friends I currently have come from all around the world such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and even Guyana. If these people weren’t welcomed here, I wouldn’t be able to be friends with them and I would never get the chance to know them. This would also affect me too. The reason being is because my parents are also immigrants who have come from India. If my parents weren’t welcomed, I would have had a totally different life. I would be living in India just like the rest of my cousins and family would be. This is why welcoming newcomers and immigrants is very important to me.

The main reason why Canadians should value the fact that Canada welcomes new people and immigrants is because it makes us a diverse country. As Canadians, we are very lucky to be living in a country like this compared to other countries and places who strictly allow only certain religions and cultures. Another reason why Canadians should value this is because Canada is known worldwide as a free and welcoming country. This is something we need to take pride in and live up to. The last reason this should be important to Canadians is because in some way, shape or form this connects back to them, whether it’s through their parents, grandparents or any other relation. If you think about it, if Canada didn’t accept foreign people, many of the people already living here would be here. Canada’s population would be very low and the cultures and religions would all be the same. These are the reasons why Canadians need to be grateful and need to value the acceptance of newcomers and immigrants.


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