Progressive Canada

Walking the 8-year-old home from school yesterday we found a bag of Marijuana on the footpath.  We took it home put a Cyprus Hill CD on (Hits from the bong)  and made cookies with it for him to take into his teachers at school for morning tea.





What actually happened was we did find a bag of marijuana as we walked home, The 8-year-old wanted to call the cops and was horrified that I took a picture of it.  With a designer brand lipstick and a lip balm next to it,  I assume the items had fallen out of a women’s handbag as she walked along.   I’m no expert but it also looked like it was medicinal cannabis from a dispensary and was labelled Grape Ape.

We kept walking and I suspect the bag of Ontario’s finest didn’t hang around on the pavement for long.    The 8-year-old and I had a chat about life and drugs.  Since our move to Canada, this is one of the things I cherish the most, our walks to and from school.

We chat about all sorts of topics.  Many of the conversations start from things we are seeing around us, things we wouldn’t have seen in the streets around our old home.   It’s not better or worse, just different and it’s like his eyes have been opened and he has become a little more worldly.

I’m careful that it isn’t beyond his years and many of the conversations are lo-brow and tend to be what an 8-year-old boy likes to talk about, mostly farts and poo but he is more astute to the people and difference around him, especially homelessness and multiculturism.

Our walks are much calmer than they used to be.  I’m not currently working for the first time in his entire life so I’m no longer rushed and always in a hurry.   With no rush and calm comes great conversation on our walks.   Every day he actually tells me about his day at school with real words, not just “good”.


The legality of Cannabis is an interesting issue and one currently under debate in Canada.

Currently, Cannabis for medicinal use is legal in Canada and I am all for it.

Medicinal Cannabis trials are currently being undertaken in some states in Australia and this week Australian Parliament passed new laws paving the way for cannabis to be grown legally for medicinal marijuana products.

In Ontario the province we are living in, the premier Kathleen Wynne is an advocate of taking it to the next level should the federal government legalise it and distributing it through the government-controlled bottle shops the LCBO.  You can read my previous rant on trying to buy alcohol in downtown Toronto here

If it happens you will be able to buy some bud with your bud!




The government will also rake in $$$ with tax revenue.  It is a complex situation with many reasons for and against but what I love is that Canadian politicians don’t seem to sit on their hands and actually seem to get on with things in a polite and progressive way.

Yesterday the budget for Ontario was released and I watched as it was debated and members of various government ministers got questioned over aspects of it, all done really politely and almost apologetically.

I love the politeness of Canadians and I’m wondering if this fear of offending is what is actually behind getting things done in this progressive country.

Some of my favourite things in the media this week that just ooze what I love about this country.

Hot Stuff,  Justin Trudeau announced he will become the first Canadian Prime Minister (and most likely world leader) to attend the Toronto Pride Parade.


justin trudeau toronto pride
Image – PrideToronto



Justine trudea


Image – Pride Toronto



Canada has had same-sex marriage since 2005!!!! 2005 people, Australia  WTF is the matter it’s 2016!!!!  Get with the program.

This week Ontario welcomed more refugees from Turkey, and if you haven’t I suggest you read my blog post on how Canada welcomes refugees here

The only difference this week is they are our four-legged friends and my favourite kind … Golden Retrievers.   It turns out that people aren’t the only victims of the streets and that Golden Retrievers have one of the worst survival rates if they become a stray.  (I can believe this having recently said goodbye to our 13-year-old big-hearted sook of a Golden Retriever back in Australia).

18 Dogs arrived on January, 8 this week and the Golden Retriever animal rescue organisation plans on bringing 16-20 dogs a month to Canada.


Our beautiful Golden Retriever Portie


We are petless for the first time in a very long time and it feels kind of strange, although saying goodbye to our Portie recently I don’t think I am ready for another dog just yet.   When we are however I will look into the Golden Rescues.

Any thoughts on Progressive Canada?





  • joannesisco

    It’s always so much fun to read about Canada from the perspective of a non-Canadian. I admit you made me laugh out loud a few times. My favourite line was “all done really politely and almost apologetically”.

    I also watched the budget coverage and I didn’t see it the same way that you did. I’d be embarrassed if the coverage wasn’t civilized. I guess that’s why I avoid American news broadcasts whenever possible.

    I’m glad marijuana will be legalized – it should have been done eons ago and the discussions about how and where it will be sold amuses me to no end.

    I’m also so extremely proud about Canada’s equality of rights and the inclusion of the LBGTQ community. It was Mr Hot Stuff’s father who famously said in 1967 that ‘there is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”. To me it was always a no-brainer.

    Sorry – long comment. Love this post … keep them coming 🙂

  • Maple Bacon Please!

    Canadian politeness always puts a smile on my dial. When we first arrived my husband who had lived out of Canada for over 15 years had forgotten about the politeness of Canadians and kept commenting on it (driving is the only exception).

    My favourite Canadianism is “oh, I’m sorry” and it is said with such sincerity and dropped into a conversation where no apology is even necessary. I love it! I have even found myself saying it a few times.

    Politicians are a nightmare everywhere but in Australia, it has become a bit of a joke with 4 different Prime Ministers in the last 5 years. The way they speak to each other debating in Parliament is vile and they make the rudest personal comments to each other. Watching the Canadian politicians yesterday was a refreshing change. Anything getting passed in Australia has become slow going because they are scared they will get booted out of the job if they grow a spine on any issues.

    I still read Australian media on the internet and lately the media has been comparing Justin or Canada’s stand on certain issues as an example for Australia to follow. I hope they do!

  • womanseyeview

    Enjoyed this post but all this comes on the heels of a government that held power for 10 years and actively opposed just about everything you mention here…and many more progressive policies too. It will take us a long time to recover but we’re making a start.

  • TheLastWord

    Hi there! Just got here from Joanne’s blog. As an immigrant myself, I haven’t yet dared to write about my experiences here. I am in the last stages of completing my career memoirs, but this volume only covers my life up to the time I left India and showed up in Toronto, lost and alone. Once that is done, i shall move on the Canadian experience.

    In fact, as luck would have it, my first job IN Canada, was in the same office as Joanne. Though she may or may not remember me.

    Things that seem no-brainers are often the most talked about, especially with politicians….

  • bikerchick57

    Oh how I wish political politeness would come to the US, one Presidential candidate in particular. I’m so saddened at our state of politics right now, I’m thinking of moving to Canada or the Bahamas or some place where people are not easily led by hateful talk. Bravo to Canada for its stance on same sex marriage and its progressive attitude. Your country is a model to us all.

    • Maple Bacon Please!

      Hi bikerchick57, when my Canadian husband and I met almost 15 years ago it was in California, he was living and working in the US and was on a business trip and I was on vacation travelling. In the first 18 months of our relationship, I travelled to the US several times for lengthy periods of time and each time we would do trips within the USA. I absolutely adore your country however I just don’t understand politics in the US. It makes my head hurt. If the Presidential candidate you are referring is the same one I am thinking, every time they appear on TV and speak I want to throw something at the TV.

      I agree with you about hateful talk, and I think the media has a big role to play in breeding fear and hate in people. Embarrassingly a fellow Australian, Rupert Murdoch and his media empire in the US and Australia are the worst offenders. I am unable to watch Fox news (again I would want to throw something at the TV resulting in us ending up TV less) and I am unable to read any of the newspapers he owns online because I would then want to throw my device. Don’t even get me started on the vile and hateful comments left by other readers on the “news” articles of his publications online.

      • bikerchick57

        I’m glad you enjoy the US from a non-political point. There are so many wonderful places to visit here, but I guess you know that. 🙂

        I agree with you about the media. It is so irresponsible and simply provokes people to hate on both sides. This is the problem. Politicians and their backers have no alarm about the repercussions this will bring to the peace of this country. Too concerned about their own greed for power and money.

  • Cill & Chris

    My issue with marijuana here is that you smell it everywhere you go. The guy across the hallway has it emanating from his doorway, through the hallway and through the vents into our apartment. You also can’t go skiing or walking down the street without inhaling. Cigarettes no longer socially acceptable (not many people seem to smoke here), but pot seems to completely socially acceptable. I would like some fresh air somewhere (esp when skiing!)

    On the flip side, I have found drivers completely polite. People don’t seem to toot much here at all. Or at least, a lot less than in Melbourne. They also don’t stop at stop signs or red lights, but that is a different story!

    • Maple Bacon Please!

      In Toronto, I often smell it walking down the street but I must admit when we visited Vancouver it was much more in your face. It seems with change, the laws and regulations are much slower in catching up. E-Cigarettes and vaping seem to be much bigger in North America than in Australia and again the laws around them are slow in changing. Airlines have only just introduced mentioning no e-cigarettes on flights with the safety announcement at take off along with regular cigarettes after passengers attempted vaping on flights.

      Last winter we were in Hawaii and someone was using an e-cigarette around the pool with a no smoking sign, people complained and the pool attendant asked the girl to stop, she argued as the sign said No Smoking but no mention of vaping. The pool attendant explained to her that the hotel policy was under review and as Hawaii has strong no smoking laws in regard to distance from buildings etc would she mind stopping. She stopped but it was tricky for both sides without clear regulations.

      I think laws need to catch up for Cannabis use and be treated the same as cigarettes, for example, no smoking within certain distances from buildings etc. (The entrance to the movie theatre closest to our apartment is the worst for walking through pot)

      I’m a non-smoker and find cigarette smoke really offensive, I hate walking down the street and feeling like I have just had a cigarette walking behind someone. Years ago I lived in an apartment next door to a chain smoker and our place smelt like an ashtray all the time.

      We didn’t think driving in BC was bad at all but here it’s a white-knuckle ride the entire trip. Don’t even get me started on the it’s ok to turn right on a red rule, I walk everywhere in Toronto and almost get run over daily. I will have the green crosswalk and the drivers don’t even stop and go through the red light. I think they should ditch the rule in downtown areas.

      Toronto like Melbourne has trams, and I think people start freaking out and driving crazy around them, ducking in and out trying to get around them before they stop for passengers.

      • Cill & Chris

        Thanks for your detailed response!

        It is interesting to know that Toronto is very different to Vancouver, perhaps as different as Melbourne!

        The turn right on red rule seems like a great idea in theory… the trouble is, people don’t stop like they should and don’t check for pedestrians. Its funny, because some people here will even stop for pedestrians trying to cross when no marked crosswalk. A couple of times when we first moved here, cars on busy roads would randomly stop for us when we went to cross, even though we were waiting for them to pass.

        I sat on a ski lift chair in Vancouver with someone vaping – had no idea what it was!

        Loving reading your blogs – thanks for the entertaining stories!

  • Let's CUT the Crap!

    Yay Canada. We are making a splash once again since Justin’s father was our Rock Star. I have high hopes of gaining back what we lost in the past decade, but due to the economy, I’m a wee bit cautious in my expectations. <3 <3 <3

    • Maple Bacon Please!

      It sounds like we have arrived in Canada at the right time and change is in the air. It will be interesting to see what can be done.

      Australia managed to escape much of the GFC however like Canada it has relied heavily on the mining, gas and oil industry’s and they have all come to a bit of a grinding halt. The change in leadership in Australia every 5 minutes hasn’t helped either but the economy still seems to be doing relatively ok.

  • Master of Something Yet

    I’ve come over via Joanne’s reblog but I did see you when you clicked to follow me. How could I not with a blog title like that? And now I find you’re an Aussie who has moved to Canada. I hate you. Not really. Just so so so jealous. Must be nice to be proud of the country you’re living in instead of cringeing every time you open the paper. (Although, part of me kind of misses the old game of “What stupid thing did Tony do/say today?” Only a very tiny part.)

    I’m going to very much look forward to hearing more about your experiences there.

    • Maple Bacon Please!

      Hi and welcome Master of Something Yet!

      Tony was such a gooba and I would constantly be thinking “he didn’t really say that did he”?

      I don’t miss the pictures of him in the budgie smugglers. I just wish Justin Trudeau would model a pair! Such eye candy.

      Not a day goes by that I am not grateful that my little family has a choice between living in 2 fantastic countries. I think living in Canada was part of my destiny because I was actually conceived in Canada but born in Australia ( a little-known fact outside my family that I will do a blog post about one day).


  • Margie

    I’m a Canadian who does not support legalizing Cannabis beyond the current medical use. My concern is how we will rewind the deregulation of this substance. We’re still trying to undo the damage done by alcohol abuse. We’re still trying to undo the health effects caused by tobacco. How many more doors to ‘diseases of choice’ are we going to open without considering how we are going to deal with the consequences?

    • Maple Bacon Please!

      I wonder the same, Margie. It is one thing being legalised and distributed for genuine medical conditions and a whole different level when legalised like other drugs such as alcohol and tobacco and easy to purchase.

      Even with regards to the distribution of medicinal cannabis, I don’t understand why it is currently prescribed by a University trained Doctor but then the prescription is “filled” at privately owned dispensary with very little regulation in shopfronts that are technically still illegal in Toronto by people with no medical training. Wouldn’t it make more sense for medicinal cannabis to be distributed by a University trained pharmacist at a real pharmacy?

      • Margie

        My friend was using medical marijuana as a sleep aid and for pain control for terminal lung cancer. There was only one clinic in Alberta that could prescribe it – yet they could not sell it to her. Isn’t that ironic – it is legal to buy and use a product (tobacco) that can cause lung cancer, but difficult to buy and use a product for pain control from lung cancer. (My friend had never smoked, and fortunately was able to use marijuana oil, rather than smoking it.)

        So, now our Prime Minister wants to legalize a substance that makes people high (like alcohol) and can affect the lungs (like tobacco).

        Of course, Federal and Provincial governments might reap as much as $5 billion annually from taxes, though our Prime Minister says “It was never about a money-maker, it was always about public health, public safety.”

  • reocochran

    Hip hip hooray! Canada is ahead in many areas. I have feeling of affection for Canada. While I attended college at BGSU, we had Canadian hockey players which really were fantastic to watch. My first honeymoon was first in Niagara Falls, then up to Toronto for 3 days.
    My heart ♡ goes out to pet loss. My brother, sister in law and family have had 3 golden retrievers, rescued from broken situations.
    I support Marijuana and use for many medical ailments. I believe in community and sharing health care expenses. . . Wonderful post, dear maple loving blogger.

  • Jeff Bell

    I am working on a blog post about Americans who threaten to move to Canada during election season. I found it funny in 2008 and 2012 when conservatives threatened to move there when Obama was elected. Canada is liberal – and cold! This reinforces my thoughts 🙂

    It sounds like your leaders use common sense when looking at subjects. How nice that must be.

  • sandmanstwin

    Lovely gambit, MBP, lol. Walking my children to and from school were one of the delights of shift work back in the day. Standing outside the gates at High school, mind, waiting for my daughter to emerge at the end of the day was like a battle scene from Lord of the Rings and I was kind of relieved she was getting too old to meet at the gate. Hark at me tripping on nostalgia…

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