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Canadian Flavour

I have a question for those of you who are Canadian, or not!! Actually, I would love to hear what others have to say. If you were writing a story, and part of the prompt said it had to include “Canadian flavor”, how would you identify that? What would that mean to you?

This came from a mail I received, asking me the same question. As most of you know I have lived in Canada for thirty-five years, and yes, I am Canadian, but I am from Scotland, so my perception, may not be the same as those of you who were born and raised here.

To me, we are a friendly, courteous people. We tend not to be the most outspoken, but relatively laid back. In relation to world politics, we tend to the left of center.

I think one of the strengths Canada has, is the unique cultural differences each Province brings to it. Add to that the fact that cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, have such multicultural populations, which though they have their problems, for the most part, work well.

I hasten to say that this has been my experience, both while living in the east, and here in the west. But I still have a hard time defining “Canadian Flavour.” Looking forward to hearing what you all have to say.

For the present, I am going to leave this post open, I doubt it will be a problem, if it is I will lock it.



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Nov. 7th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
I think, and I could be wrong, as I'm not sure of the context, but to me, it sounds like it is calling for a stereotype of Canadianisms. Like the moose walking through the center of town in the old Northern Exposure series and people saying "eh" in every other sentence.
Now, I as a resident of a certain East Coast state, I hate when they have people say "fuhgidaboutit" --and those cable reality show clowns have not helped matters.

I'd go for genuine over the "flavor" if I were writing. At least, I would try.

Arwen, who loves Canada too and thinks it is so much richer than mere flavoring can denote
Nov. 7th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
I thought about that, the Mountie in a canoe, beaver swimming at the side, with snow capped mountains in the distance!!

I can't be sure, as I am not the one doing the writing, but I sensed there was something more he was looking for. The wording came from an email re a call for submissions.

While I don't mind some good satire, the stereotyping in some "comedy" shows is not my cup of tea.

You brought back a memory. My son went through a stage in his early teens where "fuggedaboutit" was a popular saying...we added it to the banned word list at home.:))

Nov. 7th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
I got a package from Canada it had maple syrup and maple butter in it. Sweet ;)
Nov. 7th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
;p haha and so has the next one ;p oh and a toque! It's red with a maple leaf.
Nov. 7th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
;D I think you're trying to bribe me into sending more spunk..
Nov. 7th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
There is no doubt that anything with maple in it is Canadian!

And I have too admit the syrup with some pancakes...lovely.:))

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Nov. 7th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
I think the vastness and beauty of the land is one of the things which come to mind when people think of Canada.

Yet each province has its own unique culture, its own distinct way of life and traditions, those all play a part in what it is to be Canadian.

Nov. 7th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Tim Horton's coffee? You can't go two blocks with out passing a Tim's drive through. They even opened a Tim's in Afghanistan for the Canadian troops. Watch this!

Nov. 7th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing that video.

Tim Hortons, would definitely give a story Canadian flavour, one most people would recognize.

Thanks for thinking of it.:))
Nov. 8th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
And the snow, don't forget the snow! *grins* Well, at least for five months out of the year. Oh, and our use of the word "eh". There's also Back Bacon, hockey, and beer. *g*
Nov. 9th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
LOL. Will never forget the snow after spending a winter in New Brunswick!! and the one we had here 2008...

Hockey...with my hockey mad family not likely to be allowed to forget that one.:))
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