Graffiti have always been a popular means of expression for people from different social strata in ancient as well as modern societies.
They constitute a rich source of information on both the daily life and religious activities of the people who created them.
Last time around, in 2009, we were sixth, just behind Singapore and ahead of New Zealand. S.), (7) and our health care costs per person are much lower (US,445 per capita in Canada, versus ,233 in the U. (8) New parents who work are better off (maternity-parental leave in Canada is 50 weeks, versus just 12 unpaid weeks in the U. (9) More of our marriages last: For every 1,000 population in the U. We’re richer: Canada’s average household net worth of 3,000 is higher than America’s, at 0,000. We accept homosexuality: 80 per cent of Canadians say society should accept gays and lesbians, versus 60 per cent in the U. S takes fourth place, behind only Chile, Mexico and Turkey. S., but while the overall gap is narrowing, young workers here are more likely to find work. We have more social mobility: If you want to live the American Dream, move to Canada.
S., 3.6 marriages end in divorce annually, compared to 2.1 in Canada. We have more sex: According to a survey by condom-maker Durex, 59 per cent of Canadians say they have sex weekly, versus 53 per cent of Americans. We drink less: Our alcohol consumption is 8.2 litres a year, compared to 8.7 in the U. Canada’s youth unemployment rate is 13.5 per cent, compared to 16.8 per cent in the States. Our banks are better: Earlier this year Bloomberg ranked the world’s strongest banks. Social mobility, measured by intergenerational changes in income between sons and their fathers, is twice as high in Canada as in the U. In other words, a son born to a poor father in the U. is twice as likely to remain poor throughout his life than had he been born in Canada. The money in your wallet is safer: Canadian currency once had a terrible reputation for being easy to counterfeit, but new polymer bills introduced by the Bank of Canada have hi-tech features that make them almost impossible to reproduce.
But that doesn’t mean the United States is best at everything.
As Canada celebrates its 146th birthday we dig into the numbers to find some of the many ways Canada is better off–from sports and sex to politics and entertainment. We live longer: Canadians born today will live an average of three years longer than Americans (81 years in Canada versus 78.7 south of the border). Saying “Sorry” is good for you: Canadians are mocked for always apologizing, but it’s not a character flaw.
Not only that, the gap between life expectancy in the two countries is widening with each passing decade—it was less than a year in the late 1970s. We’re more satisfied with our lives: According to the Better Life Index, an international quality of life comparison by the OECD each year, Canadians enjoy a higher level of life satisfaction than Americans, scoring 7.4 out of 10, versus 7.0 in the U. Saying sorry has been found to boost happiness and strengthen relationships. Canada has greater economic freedom: So says the U.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo even found apologizing to a cop when pulled over for speeding can get fines reduced an average of . We live in bigger houses: We have 2.6 rooms per person in Canada, versus 2.3 in the U. S.-based Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom. We have less income disparity: While the gap between rich and poor has become more marked in both countries, it’s more like a canyon in the U. Between 19, the average inflation-adjusted income of the bottom 90 per cent of American workers grew by a negligible .
(43) We know our art: When museums want to tour their blockbuster exhibits, they know to stop here first.He has been working as an archaeologist in Central America for more than 10 years.Since 2006 he has been co-directing a regional project (Nakum Archaeological Project) in the Maya site of Nakum, located in north-eastern Guatemala.(31) More women work here: For most of the past 40 years more American women have been in the labour market than in Canada, but after 2000 that changed—62 per cent of Canadian women are in the labour market, compared to 57 per cent in the U. (32) More of our immigrants strike it rich: In both the U. and Canada the majority of millionaires are self-made, but a larger number in Canada are immigrants, according to a BMO study—in Canada nearly half of millionaires are immigrants or second-generation residents, compared to just one-third in America. The biggest summer movies of 2013 have Canadian DNA: Aside from the Canadian-packed comedy would be just a glimmer in J. Abrams’s eye if it weren’t for William Shatner, native of Côte Saint-Luc, Que. Our opera house is tops: There’s no city in North America with an opera house to compare to the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. The best small-screen sci-fi is secretly Canadian: are all capturing both record ratings and critics’ notoriously fickle hearts—and all are filmed here, funded by our networks and starring a host of talented Canadian actors (albeit some of whom are masked in layers of monster makeup). Our broadcast TV doesn’t have to treat adults like children: Maybe it’s because Americans are such sensitive folk, or it’s our ill-defined role as cultural bridge between the U. and Europe, but Canadian TV regularly gets away with showing things broadcast networks south of the border can’t: nipples, F-bombs and the like.Jack Diamond, who built it, was promptly handpicked by Valery Gergiev to build the new Mariinsky II theatre in St. When aired unedited on CTV, executive producer David Chase said that could never happen on U. network TV: “It’s just not possible, we have rules against that.” 37.
We’re funnier: Hollywood and American network television have known it for decades. Not content with ripping off their own ideas, Hollywood is now so desperate for fresh-ish material that it’s turning to the biggest and brightest Quebec auteurs for help. There’s more: (40) Canadian musicians rule the charts: Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen—and those are just the mildly tolerable pop stars Canada has produced recently.