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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Canada (01/29/09)

TITLE: A Cosmopolitan Conglomerate
By ALAN ROBERTS
02/04/09


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English and French are the officiaL languages of Canada. Sometimes you can walk the down-town streets of the main cities and be lost in a maze of 'foreign' languages.

Stretching across different time zones Canadians can boast of being able to travel from sea to sea to sea. The longest international boundary seperates Canada from the United States of America.
Visitors find fascinating attractions in each and every Province. The remains of Viking villages in Newfoundland prompt the imagination to work overtime. They were the first European visitors, hundreds of years before Columbus. In the Maritime Provinces vacationers are drawn to picturesgue bays and photogenic lighthouses, which their camera captures to take home and share with friends. Quebec has its unique culture depicting their French heritage. The tallest free-standing building in Toronto is the place to visit and 'climb' to the observations decks. On a clear day Rochester, New York can be seen on the skyline; facing the opposite direction it is possible to view the curve of the earth. No one can visit Ontario without travelling to see the great Wonder of the World. The Niagara Falls can be viewed from several advantage points. From up close on the 'Maid Of The Mist', and be drenched with spray. Going behind the 'Falls' enables you to hear the mighty rumbling and see the cascading torent a few feet infront of you. Multiple lakes and forests are desireable spots for hikers and for vacationing picnicers. The Prairies offer their own variety of beauty. The blue glacial lakes are tranquil and peaceful amidst the mountains of The Rockies in Alberta. British Coumbia offers a climate ideal for winter sports. In Vancouver is the attraction of spectacular gardens.

Canada has an international attraction. Large sections of the cities reflect languages and cultures of various nations. Little Italy, Little Greece, Chinatown are just three specific locations in Toronto. There are more Tamils in Toronto than anywhere else outside of Sri Lanka.
The youth from ethnic background homes often face confusion and turmoil when involved in activites that emphasise predominantly Canadian formats. Social and emotional differences are hard to reconcile when desiring to become truly Canadian. Even though they are proud to be Canadian, they find it an almost impossibility to reject the family traditions that are a contradiction of the norm for acceptability.
Sometime ethnic dress codes can clash with uniform requirements. Then comes the tussle, does traditional religion win over local expectations and by-laws?

Canada can be home for anyone.


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Laury Hubrich 02/09/09
This reminds me of a travel brochure. :) Where do I buy my tickets? So ready!