Beehappy's Monday July 2nd, 2012
One of the things that was really nice about today was the large number of smiling faces. Everyone waved and shouted 'Happy Canada Day'. It was a day for everyone to enjoy. It happens every year (the involvement of a special monarchy event is not necessary). The older people and the younger people in particular seemed to be the most happy. The teenagers and young people and middle-aged were less sure of themselves. I think maybe the young and the old folks just enjoyed being out and socialising. I'm hoping the middle band are not representative or a more negative life view.
I think one of the differences here is a sense of community. People care about each other. This doesn't mean it's perfect. There are drug and alcohol problems, homelessness, unemployment and taxes. The Canadians moan about their government just like we do, but there's something else going on too. People care about where they live. They care about those around them. There's a sense of togetherness. They wouldn't drop litter because it's their 'home'. There's a sense of ownership and as such, a sense of responsibility. Why shit in your own backyard?
There was a notable lack of litter in the park after the parade today, and there must have been thousands of people out and about. We noticed this on the side of the road while waiting for the bus yesterday too, it was clean. There weren't any bins today either. People just carried their rubbish. I saw one official with a dustbin and a litter picker (handle on a stick for picking up garbage). His bin was empty and he was looking bored. It's a amazing that with all the food being consumed and all the people there was so little mess. It's also a sad reflection on England.