“Is Canada the greatest country to live in?" By: Ramlah Shamsi

My Opinion

In my opinion, Canada is the greatest country to live in. I will support my opinion with four reasons: changing population and aboriginals, interactions with the physical environment, managing Canada's resources and industries, and livable communities. Canada's population went up from 32 million in 2005 to 36 million plus currently.

CHANGING POPULATION AND ABORIGINALS

immigration and population growth

Canada is known for the diversity of immigrants they receive from different parts of the world. They are either refugees or immigrants who are in search of a job or better education for their kids. However, it still has a low population growth rate with an area of 9.985 million km². Having a low population density means that there would be less harm to the environment because fewer amount of people are living in the country to produce harmful pollutants. For example in 2008, China has produced around 30 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emissions, as for Canada has about 1/60th of China's amount, with around 500, 000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emissions. If we looked at from an economic point of view it is easier to manage the finances and resources in Canada. There is less wastage of natural resources, which makes things easier for all. One only needs to take a look at the example of countries such as Australia and Canada to see how well the government has been able to manage resources – both natural and financial – and bring about wide-ranging development. Also allowing more and more immigrants can make our job choices wider some might want to start a business of what they specialize in or continue a family business otherwise they can open a store of imported items that are not available everywhere.

aboriginals

Canada is known for having such diverse communities in each province allowing different races, religions, etc. and giving them the same right as a regular Canadian no injustice. Canada has more than 60% people from Asia and 20% from Africa which shows the multiculturalism we have here in Canada. But with these immigrants we also have our natives in Canada, those who discovered Canada before the Europeans and other explorers, it was there home first. However, we treated these indigenous natives to Canada terribly in the past, but we have now provided them reserves with resources and today we live on there sacred land when long time ago they had made their homes here.

interactions with physical environment

natural disasters

Well in Canada earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, wild fires, hailing and winter storms do occur but are not as bad as other places except for winter storms they are dangerous but mostly for drivers and pedestrians outside during the winter storm. But other major natural disaster does not leave a huge destruction of our surroundings as earthquakes and tsunamis in other countries such as Japan. For safety the Canadian disaster data base has provided us safety plans. Like disasters in Japan are more devastating than Canada because Japan has 3 plate boundaries and Canada only contains one.Canada is the greatest country to live in partially because natural disasters do not occur at a high rate, especially compared to other countries with high natural disaster rate like Japan.

oil sands

Oil sands are a mixture of sand, water, clay and bitumen. The oil sands are a powerful source of Canadian energy. Helping pay for public services. Energy from the oil sands happens because of the human energy and innovation that goes into it. People trying their best to do better while working to reduce impact on the environment. Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada's oil sands through collaborative action and innovation. To date, COSIA member companies have shared 814 distinct technologies and innovations that cost more than $1.2 billion to develop. COSIA takes innovation and environmental performance in the oil sands to the next level through a continued focus on collaboration and transparent exchange. This shows how Canada is trying to make its largest energy source and environmentally friendly source so it could keep the country non-polluted.

vegetation

Canada's vegetation is vary because of diversity in its land form regions and its climate. Canada has many land form regions they are Canadian Shield, Great Lakes/ St Lawrence lowlands, interior plains, Hudson's bay/ arctic lowlands, Appalachian region, Innuitian mountains. Each of these land form region has its own different soil, vegetation and rocks. The Canadian Shield covers all most all of eastern Canada, it is made of igneous and metamorphic rock. It is one of the oldest regions on earth. The Great Lakes/ St Lawrence lowlands are located near southern Ontario and southern Quebec, its has both deciduous and coniferous trees. It is the smallest land form in Canada. The Hudson's bay/ arctic lowlands are located in northern Canada. This region is mostly made of sedimentary rock. Some parts of it are cold tundra and some parts are wet and swampy. The Appalachian region is located in eastern Canada. It has many hill and valley areas. The Innuitian mountains are located in northern Canada, it is a range of mountains in Nunavut. It also has mostly sedimentary rock and has a layer of humus. Canada has many different climates depending on which part of Canada. every region in Canada has different amounts of rainfall and soil quality so every part in Canada has a different type of vegetation growing and supplied to other provinces and outside countries.

managing canada's resources and industries

canada's industries

Canada's primary industries make it a better country beacause it provides so many advantage, which makes Canada the greatest country to live in. Canada's primary industries provide 10% of jobs around 80'000 jobs. Canada's primary industries include agriculture, oil and gas extraction, logging and forestry, mining, fishing, and trapping.Together, agriculture and the extraction of oil and gas contributed 3.5% to Canada’s total economic output in 2004, while the remaining primary industries delivered 2.6%. Primary industries also play a big role of Canada’s trade with other countries, provide raw materials for manufacturing and heavy industries, and furnish an economic base for rural and isolated communities. Secondary industries in Canada are the industries that manufacture products with the primary industry's outcome after clear cutting, mining, oil extraction, fishing and vegetation some of these products are shipped to other countries and most is used by the country itself. Canada is known to be one the countries that is still relying on its primary resources and using them wisely without creating any destruction or environmental issues. As you can see Canada is very concerned about the environment and pollution so each one of their industries have a plan of how to keep the environment clean and non-polluted. Unlike the amounts of pollution such as in china.

nafta

Definition:The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico designed to remove tariff barriers between the three countries.

With NAFTA Canada has lower prices on items you buy since this agreement has removed tariffs on imports to mexico and the U.S. The tax free agreement is very beneficial to Canada since agriculture is cheaper to canada from mexico and imports from U.S too. This is also beneficial to Canada because if t has any arguments with another country it will not lead to a war because the links with mexico and U.S can help resolve the problem and allow no war to occur.

livable communities

agriculture and sustainable energy

Renewable energy is very important and a big advantage to every country. With renewable energy comes sustainability which provides a cleaner environment, more jobs and healthier environment. Agriculture is a big sector that provides us food,job opportunities and amny products such as air bags from corn starch. It is known to the 5th largest agriculture producing country. It produces almost 85% of maple syrup and exports 67.6 million around the world. Also known to be the worlds largest exporter of durum wheat and flax wheat.Forests are very important to Canada, as their advantages are endless.

We know, with out trees we would not be alive because they create the Oxygen we need to breathe.They say "Trees are like natural air providers and water pumps" . Why? Well trees help cool temperature because they act like a natural shade and they moderate the earth's rainfall. Trees also absorb a lot of water from the soil, and that water is then evaporated from them, providing us with a lot of clean and non-polluted water known as ground water too. Trees have also provided lumber to produce various high-quality materials that we use in our everyday lives, like paper, desks, doors, flooring, etc.

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