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Is Canada the Best Place to Live??

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Shreya S.

on 18 January 2014

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Is Canada the Best Place to Live??

What really defines a place are the people that live there. Canadians are people who have accepted diversity and multiculturalism for a long time ( in 1971, Canada adapted multiculturalism as a national policy- it was the first country to do so). Since the country is made up of immigrants (even the very first aboriginals were immigrants who crossed over during the Ice Age), there is an acceptance in every community. Perhaps this is what really makes a country stand out and above- the fact that the people there are a good bunch.
Canada is a country that values its communities and strives to make them better, whether that be through strict building codes or to make them more sustainable for the future generations by using the land wisely and controlling the impacts and effects of Urban sprawl.
The sustainability of Human systems is achieved by controlling the many factors in a community that make it vulnerable to things like uncontrolled urban sprawl and destroying the environment inside and outside city bounds. Often times, controlling urban sprawl and sustainable practices go hand in hand because they directly impact one another. If people in a community are already implementing sustainable practices as an everyday routine than uncontrolled urban sprawl is unlikely (in a situation where the majority of the citizens use public transportation for travel-a sustainable practice- continoued development of that community-building of suburbs- will most likely include ways to reach that form of transportation effectively, thus proving the statement above). This practice also helps the environment because it reduces the use of cars, making it a sustainable practice.
There are many ways that land can be used in a given space (for development, agriculture, residential areas, transportation, etc.). Each land use has a specific benefit and disadvantage. To balance everything out, the land is put to use in such a way that it does minimal damage to the sorrounding eosystem and suits the needs of the sorrounding area (a gas stop and diner would be put on a highway because it is needed for the passing cars).
This is what Canadian communities are like, with a lot of them becoming more and more aware and realizing the importance of self-sustainability and the importance of the ecosystems around them. Just one more reason Canada is a great country

Canada is situated in the Northern hemisphere and sits on the middle of the North American plate, far away from any plate boundaries. This means that it is mostly safe from many natural disasters that occur due to the tension caused by the friction between two different plates on the surface of the Earth (like volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes). These disasters are not a common occurrence in Canada but the rare aftershock or a small tsunami can be felt in parts of the country. For ex. tsunamis are only possible near the coasts and the epicenter of a large magnitude earthquake being situated on Canadian boundaries is very unlikely.
Note that natural disasters caused by climatic changes and plate tectonics are two very different things.
On that note, there is the occassionnal tropical storm in Canada with our fair share of hurricanes that are created out at sea due to temperature and density differences in the air and eventually make their way inland. There have also been many tornadoes, mostly found in the southern parts of the country. Tornadoes are formed because fo much of the same reasons and causes as hurricanes but are formed on land and not on sea.

Changing Populations
At any given time, the world is changing. Along with it, the people residing in it must change too. Without this, we would never move forward and there would be no development. What we often don' t realize is that the populations and people in a given space are also changing. We expect the same type of people to live here for the next 50 years that live here now. But, the demographics are always changing.
Canada has a future projection that is very interesting. Mainly because it states that the country will rely on immigration as the only source of population growth once the natural increase rate becomes negative. Another expected change is that the origins of the immigrants will change, and there will be an increase in the native population of Canada
Industries and Developed Countries
Resources and Industries
With various primary (relating to resource extraction and working with raw materials) , secondary (manufacturing raw materials) and tertiary (service- based industries) industries across the country, Canada is very successful in the extraction, development and sale of its natural resources (ex. Forestry, Freshwater, Energy, Agriculture, Fishing Etc.).
These primary industries play a meaningful role in exports (in 2012, 52% of all exported goods were raw materials) and accounted for 30% of the total GDP- Gross Domestic Product . Although the amount of these industries is decreasing with more and more service industries popping up, primary industries are still an important part of the economy.
The secondary and tertiary industries also contribute much to the economy of Canada, accounting for 70% of the total GDP and 65.3% of the total workforce. These are often located EVERYWHERE (but mostly in cities) and tend to deal in things like finance, retail, education and social services, insurance, and often times, government jobs. Tertiary industries are what distinguish between the economies of Developed Countries and Developing Countries- countries that focus more on the primary industries are often known as developing countries and countries that have more of a focus on the tertiary and secondary sectors are seen as developed countries. Canada is classified as a developing country even though the primary industries play a critical role in the economy of the country, this is possible because there are many determining factors that classify a country into developing, developed and newly industrialized. Being a developed country means that it is socially, and economically well developed.
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"Canada Balance of Trade." TRADING ECONOMICS. N.p., Nov. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.
Allen, Shawn. "Canadian GDP by Industry and Canadian Imports and Exports." Canadian GDP by Industry and Canadian Imports and Exports. Investors Friend Inc., 7 Apr. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.
Canada is a country in North America with a multicultural environment, a steady growth, beautiful landscapes and a bright future . Economically, it is a stable country with much to contribute to the world in many fields of expertise . The beautiful landscape, ranging from the Rockies in the West to the beaches of the East offer breathtaking beauty in every part of the country. Communities are built keeping many things in mind and are sustainable and diverse; with people from all around the world. The future of Canada is one that is built on strong foundations and will see change through its' populations and very roots.
To conclude, Canada is a country with many ups and downs- just like any other place. It is just the fact that the ups outweigh the downs by sooo much more that it is seen as a great country all around the world and that is exactly why being a canadian citizen is such an honor in many countries. So, YES!! Canada is the greatest country to live in during this time.
Changing Populations Continoued
Canada's population is expected to change dramatically over the next 50 years.
Canada is already known as a very multicultural community and the amount of immigrants is exoected to continoue to grow. How will this affect the people?? I think that as there are still some minority groups in the immigration population, these will become larger as more people come into the country. Also, the mix of natives to this already multicultural environment will mean that there is more assimilation between the two groups.
It is not only Canada that is facing these problems for demographics, the whole of the world is facing them too. As the world population grows, there needs to be something that canadians can do to find the solution to this problem. As it is, Canada is helping in many ways by accepting refugees from these countries and educating people so that they have a better understanding of what will happen.
Plate Tectonics and Natural Disasters
The landform regions of Canada have a variety of ranges from the arctic tundras to the Western Cordillera to the plains of the West. All landform regions are home to different types of vegetation and have their own beauty.
The Arctic Lowlands are regions that are mainly tundra with vegetation like small shrubs and bushes that can survive in the cold. The main types of wildlife found here are animals like owls, foxs, hares, etc. Animals that have adapted to the cold and can survive through camaflouge (most of these animals will be white due to the white snow in the background and the camaflouge that this offers).
Resources found in Canada include oil, minerals, fish, lumber and more. All of these play an important role in the economy, directly affecting trade, the sustainablility of the environment around it and other things. There are two types of resources found all around the world; renewable and non-renewable. The renewable resources include hydro, wind and solar. These are resources that are an infinite amount. The non-renewable resources include things like lumber, fish, and oil.
The types of resources being extracted is an important calculation because it affects the environment around it, thus making the sustainability of the specific resource crucial. Canada is at a point in time where the sustainability of certain resources affects the poeple around it as well. The sustainable practices being put into use to insure the health of the environment and poeple are vast and numerous making this another reason why this is such a great country!!
By: Shambhavi Sole
Canada has the eleventh largest economy in the world, is one of the wealthiest nations in the world and has the highest levels of economic freedom in the world. It is a country that sees a stable growth in its' economic sector and has profitable trade (the officials declared a trade surplus in December- ending the year with a profit). This is mostly in result to it's partners through NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement including Canada, the USA and Mexico allowing the countries to trade without tarriffs- this is known as free trade).
The climate of Canada is one that is affected my many factors mainly the ones described in LOWERN (Latitude, Ocean Currents, Wind and Air Masses, Elevation, Relief and Nearness to Water).
Canada is located in the Northern hemisphere making it quite a distance from the Equator and is thus affected by the longitude because of the angle in which the sunlight hits it. Ocean currents shape the climate because when in closer proximity with the ocean, the climate becomes more moderated and some currents are warm while others are cold. Wind and air masses change the landscape in ways that affect the humidity . Finally, Elevation, Relief and Nearness to Water are all local climate factors which differ form city to city. For ex. B.C. has mountains on one side of the province, hills throughout the rest and is very close to water. Making its' climate one that is moderated my the nearby ocean, a little cool because it is on relatively higher than sea level and different sides of the mountain would experience different amounts of precipitation (windward side would receive considerably more and leeward side would receive considerably less.
Overall the climate of Canada is one that has harsh winters and warm summers. But this is what makes Canada, Canada.

Settlement Patterns
The most common settlement patterns found in Canada are ....
This is a pattern where the settlement is on the perimeter of a lake or larger town
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