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Monday, January 28, 2008

When travelling in Canada, watch yer ass!

Forbes and a few other publications have come out with a list of dangerous places to go to. Not the sort of places where holidays are recommended, or in some cases, even allowed!

They list places like Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, The Congo, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Palestine and Haiti.

If you look at the location of these places, all of them with the exception of Haiti are either in the Middle-East or Africa. That is until now!

Australia, P.O.'d at all the people who go to Canada for a holiday, (Not only Australians who come here, but other countries that go to Canada instead of Australia) has issued a world wide travel alert for people wanting to come here to Canuck-Land.

Their advertising and travel brochures now say that Canada is subject to;

1. Terrorists
2. Earthquakes (B.C.)
3. Avalanches (ski resorts)
4. Traffic congestion (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Halifax, Winnipeg, London, Victoria, Regina, Quebec City, etc. etc.)
5. Crime (Which they note is of a similar level to Australia..... low!)
6. Winter driving..... the wind chill factor(?!)
7. Tornadoes (Only between May and September, obviously),
8. Bush and forest fires which can occur "at any time." (They didn't go so far as to suggest that Australians would be in danger of tsunamis while visiting Canada, but they sure didn't rule it out.)
9. Mad Cow disease (Although there was only 1 mad cow and 3 that were slightly miffed!)
10. SARS - (Yes we have to admit that SARS decimated the Canadian population, killing six or seven people of our total of over 33 million!)

According to CTV News, William Fisher, the Australian High Commissioner to Canada, noted that; "Canada still ranks as the top 'dream destination' for Australian tourists," and that "More than a quarter million Australians visit Canada each year."

Hence the attempt to discourage travel to Canada and get Australians to stay home!

What is perhaps more galling to the average Canadian is the Toronto Star's report that the U.S. State Department also saw fit to warn its citizens that "Violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery and rape can occur throughout Canada," and that "While Canadian gun control laws are much more strict than those of the U.S., such laws have not prevented gun-related violence in certain areas of Toronto."

It is unclear whether after issuing the statement the U.S. State Department then choked on its own gigantic, hypocritical tongue.

We here at "Perspective" agree with Canada's decision not to respond in kind to Australia's and America's warnings to its own citizens. Mostly because we figured making a list of all the reasons not to go to these places would be really, really petty.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Anonymous Michelle C. said...

I'd love to travel to Canada someday with my man, if I get the opportunity or money. He has always wanted to travel to Canada or Italy. I heard though from my Uncle that it cost 10$ just for a hamburger, so I will have to save big bucks for such a travel from the high expenses in Canada. So disappointed. ;(

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:52:00 AM  
Blogger Allan said...

No my friend, stuff is cheap here, a hamburger is 2-3 bucks.
But, don't go to Europe, the money (Euro) is twice as much and treated the same as a buck here.
For example, my wife and I went to Scotland last year and breakfast at the hotel came to 50 bucks!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Ishbel R said...

I think it might be hyperbole for their Ambassador to describe a visit to Canada as THE top destination for Aussies.... I suspect their 'homelands' of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Eire might top as favoured destinations!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:54:00 AM  
Blogger Allan said...

Nah, come on, those places can't hold a candle to Can-a-duh!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Thomas Millington, said...

Michelle: a last name in French is spelled 'un nom de famille'.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:56:00 AM  
Blogger Allan said...

As a canadian "Anglo" my answer would be;'who gives a fuck?'

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:57:00 AM  
Blogger Fade said...

Who knew Canada was so dangerous? It is good to note that Canada (rightfully so) added the U.S. to its list of countries who might torture you if you are vacationing there.

Australia's pretty damn dangerous too. Gators, venomous snakes and those damn Koalas even get vicious sometimes..

Friday, February 01, 2008 2:19:00 PM  

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