Canada may not win a lot of international competitions, but when it comes to a sense of freedom within citizens, the nation beats the entire world. Most Canadians could have told you that already, but now we have some official data giving credence to our title as "the true north strong and free."
According to the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, created by the Legatum Institute, an international think tank, Canada is "now the freest country in the world." The findings were part of the report's Personal Freedom sub-index, in which Canada jumped from the fifth to first place this year.
To give you some tangible numbers, 94% of Canadians believe "that they have the freedom to choose the course of their own lives," though we only got 5th in the world for this specific section of the Personal Freedom sub-index.
Overall, Norway ranked number one in the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, largely because of the nation's fantastic health care system. In comparison, Canada ranked sixth in the world, just behind Sweden, and way ahead of the United States, who only got 11th in the world.
Canada beat out America even more when it came to personal freedom. Like we've already told you, Canada ranked number one in the world for freedom, whereas the U.S. got the far-off 15th in the world spot.
Adding to the awesomeness that is Canada is our acceptance of newcomers, in which Canada also ranked number one in the world. Legatum found that 92% of Canadians believe the nation is "a good place for immigrants."
But the nation's acceptance of immigrants may not extend to Quebec, at least when it comes to religion. An unpublished report from the Quebec Human Rights Commission, as referenced by The Gazette, found that 43% of Quebecers who responded are suspicious of anyone who openly practices a religion. 48.9% openly stated they were "bothered" by a female attendee wearing a hijab.
Ouf, Quebec, you got some work to do, especially when the rest of Canada is apparently so tolerant and accepting.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.