What I Love About Canada! By:Prabhleen nar

FRESH WATER

Canada is known for it's abundance of fresh water throughout the country. It's home to thousands of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands which provide water to drink, grow crops, power homes, and support the environment. ( “Freshwater | WWF-Canada Conservation.”) Canada has 7% of the world's renewable freshwater and 1/5 of the worlds freshwater. Almost 9% or 891, 163 kilometres, of Canada’s total area is covered by freshwater which is quite a lot. ("Home.") Fresh and safe drinking water is accessible to all Canadians through their homes. Tap water is continuously regulated by Health Canada, provinces and territories. Municipalities test their water sources regularly to ensure they follow guidelines for Canadian drinking water quality. For example, city of Ottawa conducts more than 125, 000 water tests a year and Toronto tests water samples every four to six hours. (Stastna, Kazi) Canadians are very fortunate as they have access to drinking water which is also of really high quality.

Canadians are extremely lucky because they've got access to fresh water whenever they need it. Our lives revolve around water as humans can only live about 3 days without water. We need water to survive, and it being fresh is the biggest blessing we can get compared to the world. We also take our water for granted and don't value it as much. In countries throughout the world, people are suffering and dying due to lack of fresh water or even clean water resources. Us canadians throw garbage in our water, leave the taps running when not in use or even pollute it in many other ways. We are damaging our own water and aren't even aware about it. Water is essential to Earth and all living things, us Canadians need to start preserving it and using it in smarter ways to continue having freshwater for our future generations.

MAPLE SYRUP

Discovery of maple syrup was made from The First Nations people in Eastern Canada. There are many stories but it's said that a a bucket was left under a broken maple tree branch and the sap boiled into syrup while cooking, or a knife/axe was thrown into a maple tree and sap started dripping out. (“ The History of Maple Syrup.”) Maple syrup was used as a sweetener, medicine, or an item of trade. Today, maple syrup is made in a more advanced way than in history. Maple syrup producers drill holes in the trees, insert small plastic spouts which connect to the maze of tubing, and directs the sap into tanks. Then with more technology like vacuum systems, sap is collected as much as possible, reverse osmosis filters, which remove water, before sap is boiled. (“ The History of Maple Syrup.”) Pure Canadian maple syrup is used in many dishes, desserts, and baked goods. Maple syrup is 100% pure and natural, and Canada produces 71% of the world's pure maple syrup which 91% of it is produced in Quebec. There are over 8,600 maple syrup businesses in Canada and Canadian maple syrup is exported to around 50 countries today. (“Facts About Maple Syrup.”)

I am personally a huge fan of maple syrup and I love eating it with pancakes, waffles, ice cream, french toast and cakes/ pies. We Canadians are extremely lucky we have so much available in our own country which comes from our trees. Maple leaves are a huge representation of Canada as we have one on our flag. Maple syrup comes from maple trees and it's been a part of canadian history as the first nations have discovered it and it's actually been one of the greatest discoveries. Maple syrup is so delicious and sweet and tastes great with so many things. I believe Canadians should be proud of having so much maple syrup in their own country as other countries don't have that much of it around unless they buy it exported from Canada.

EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS

Canada is a free country where every individual has his/her rights. In Canada, human rights are protected by federal, provincial, and territorial laws. (“How are human rights protected in Canada?”) The Canadian charter of rights and freedom of 1982 is a part of Canada's constitution and protects every single canadians right to be treated equally and fairly under the law. The Charter has given everyone the ability to participate in society, and guarantees values of respect, tolerance, and fairness. It protects fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, and language rights. (“ Rights and freedoms in Canada.”) Equality rights are also important to Canada as women have been through unequal treatment. Legal instruments like the Charter of rights and freedom and the Canadian Human Rights Act also protect equality for women. Today women are able to do whatever a man can. They've been given right to vote, own property, earn a fair wage and be recognized as individuals under the law. (“Canadian History of Women’s Rights.”)

Canada is an amazing country. Every citizen has freedom, rights, and all are respected and valued. There is equality between men and women. This is one of the bigger ones because countries in Asia, women have little to no rights. I am extremely grateful for living in a country such as Canada where I as a girl, soon to be women have the same rights as a man. I am able to speak up, do what I like, and be who I want to be. I don't have to be controlled by anyone or be forced into doing anything as a child as well. This country is full of opportunities and having these basic human rights to survive really makes me realize and appreciate all I have and all I can do in this world. Canadians should be thankful each and everyday where they get to live a life they chose to have. Everyone is free and as long as you obey the law, you're able to do what you want.

Thanks Canada For Everything :)

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Created with images by tpsdave - "canada lake reflections" • clondike7 - "Water" • edwinp99 - "splash water blue" • 955169 - "shower shower head water" • missbossy - "Mennonite Maple Syrup Stall" • Michel_Rathwell - "Maple Sap Water Pails" • Ano Lobb. @healthyrx - "Maple syrup glass light leaf" • wisegie - "Canadian flag" • Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view - "Parliament Building" • dherrera_96 - "Peace Arch International Park" • tpsdave - "canada lake reflections"

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