You’re an adult now Canada, it’s time to make a choice!

Weights & Measures

So, we touched on this briefly in one of our very early posts but I thought I would expand a bit on what must be one of the quirkier quirks we’ve had to get used to in Canada. I am, of course, referring to the exciting topic of weights and measures and Canadians’ seeming inability to make up their minds on whether to join the modern metric world or stick with the imperial system preferred by their ironically anti-imperial neighbour to the south (and west, I haven’t forgotten about you Alaska!).

For the record, Canada officially adopted the metric system in the 1970s for most everyday uses but, for whatever reason, the locals just don’t want to let the old ways go. Is it because they want the Americans to still think they’re cool or is this just Canada’s world renowned politeness coming into play, not wanting to impose on peoples’ ways of life.

Generally this doesn’t bother me too much as I’m pretty conversant in most things imperial and, thankfully, the one measurement that I can never really get a grip on (Fahrenheit) doesn’t seem to be commonly used, except in the kitchen. The lack of a uniform pattern of usage is, for the most part, a fairly harmless oddity and a mild annoyance but in some situations it just seems downright inefficient. Here are just a few examples that I’ve come across over the last 11 and a bit months: Continue reading

Lost in Translation

When we decided to move to Canada, we started looking forward to meeting what we understood to be the stereotypical Canadian – someone obsessed with hockey, eating everything with a side of maple syrup, saying ‘aboot‘ all the time, and ending every sentence with ‘eh‘.  We are yet to meet that type of Canadian, although optimistic it could still happen!

Anyway, the point is, sure, we expected to have to adjust to this semi-metric, semi-imperial country, which doesn’t appear to have any national standard for describing the date, but we never anticipated that moving from one English speaking country to another, would still include ‘lost in translation’ moments!

What follows are a few of our notable anecdotes.

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