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Not surprising, my Canada is made up of the pop culture of CBC and CTV from the mid 70s to the mid 80s. I grew up without cable TV. Not because I am too old, or that my parents we poor, but because they had different priorities. They are now enjoying a comfortable and exciting retirement, while all I have is memories of a cold and empty childhood.
So, observations, what did I discover on my first trip to central canada. Well Central Canadians are not that much different than Calgarians, now that could be because most Calgarians are from Toronto. Ottawa is a beautiful place, so is kingston. However, it is really different in Central Canada. Most notable is the amount of history. Central Canada is a hell of a lot older that Alberta. Not the people, the buildings. This is because just like Cleveland is the birthplace of civilization, Central Canada is the birthplace of Canada. It was explained to me that the amazing Canal system in and around Ottawa was a result of the English deciding that we needed a safer route for transporting goods. Not only is Calgary younger than pretty much anywhere in Ontario, but we are also developmentally delayed. What I mean is that, and I have touched on this before, Calgary is the junior high students of Canada, we haven’t even hit puberty. The city did not even start to grow until the 50s. We were a small city on a river until after the 2and world war. There were a few buildings hotels and such, but no row house or really much to preserve. Note, I am not trying to devalue that pre 50s history, because it is there and what is left is worth preserving, but it is not on the same level, I mean an old RCMP fort, is cool, but it doesn’t hold a candle to a canal system built for national security.
As I said my pop culture memories are from the mid 70s through the mid 80s, and they are also from the CBC and CTV which came from Central Canada. My friends have memories of Saturday night live and school house rock. I have memories of Peter puck and Terry David Muligan. Something were a bit different out west. For example, do you remember that clown, that hobo clown that would show up on children’s daytime programing. I finally had that mystery solved. I could never figure out his point. Turns out, he was teaching french. You see, in alberta the just dubbed in english. Remember, Alberta was the province with a picture of Rene Levesque with a big X on it at the border in the 70s.
I am glad I finally had a change to meet Canada this weekend, I am sorry it took so long. I guess my next adventure need to involve Quebec. You listeners can look forward to more of this because I am going to continue this journey to discover canada. Watch out quebec, you might be next.
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