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Canada: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture by Diane Lemieux

By Diane Lemieux

Canada is the second-largest state on the earth, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and spanning six time zones. From coast to coast lie gigantic forests, breathtaking mountains, flat, open plains, and millions of lakes and rivers. it's also the world’s second-most moderately populated state. The Canadian psyche is deeply encouraged through the dimensions of the territory and the extremes of its climate.
Canada’s brief heritage, and its really peaceable improvement, impacts the way in which the Canadians view the area and their position in it. they're one of many world’s wealthiest countries, with a top quality of existence to compare, and are happy with their optimistic overseas attractiveness.
Outsiders imagine that Canadians are culturally just like, if extra modest than, their American acquaintances. yet Canadian society is extra complicated than that. this is often some of the most multicultural societies on this planet, as a result of its excessive point of immigration. additionally, its small inhabitants, unfold thinly throughout an enormous landmass, impacts how Canadians speak with one another. for example, they determine extra quite simply with their province or local people than they do with their state. Politically and economically, the rustic is especially decentralized.
Culture clever! Canada supplies a wide evaluate of the geography, heritage, and politics of the land. It describes Canadian values and attitudes, how humans sit back of their spare time, and the way you may make buddies with them. there's a bankruptcy on company when you want to know what to anticipate within the company international. through getting ready you for the reactions, feelings, and occasions that you'll adventure in the course of your stopover at, it's going to deepen your knowing of the rustic. Canadians are open, pleasant, and secure hosts. they are going to welcome you much more warmly in the event you exhibit a few intensity of data in their tradition.

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With my best army friend, a Croat (let’s call him Ivo), I shared poetry — T. S. Elliott, Rilke . . He shared with me the love for Marina, I introduced him to Duineser Elegien and Sonette an Orpheus. We were looking for the poetic in the drab routines of army life. Now when I reflect, we were able to find it — the moments of real humaneness, of warmth... the simple enjoyments of life — a can of meat, a bit of vodka, smuggled into the barracks . . The stress was constant, as we were part of an elite unit — day and night ready to depart to combat.

Doc is the Ukrainian Natalya Vorozhbit, whose play, Maidan: Voices from the Uprising, had a three-day run at the Royal Court last year. It is based on interviews and set right in the middle of the fighting, beating, shooting, praying, burning, bleeding and dying of the revolution. Vorozhbit plucks out little stories: the soup kitchen girls who feed bums and revolutionaries on Maidan as the Berkut riot police approach, their hands trembling so much the soup spills; the teacher who cries every time he hears the national anthem; the girl trapped in the Writers’ Union, where “silver-haired” literary types try to fight the Berkut; the nurse who has to decide which wounded revolutionary will fly to Germany for treatment and which one will die.

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