I walked out of my hotel room this morning carrying a plastic bottle of water and by the time I was at the front desk it was empty. I handed it to the concierge and asked if he could throw it out. Before I could correct myself a hotel manager did it for me. Recycle! From what I can tell, Canada is an enlightened country. There are as many recycle bins as trash cans. Cops ride bicycles. Gay people can marry. Citizens care about the homeless and even accomodate them. There is universal health care. And most impressive, Canadians seem very proud of their diversity. Vancouver is a city full of languages and color. I ride the bus with a man from Mozambique. A Sikh guards the gate. The city is full of Asians and French speakers. Foreign accents are everywhere. I’ve always been impressed with the way Canadians embrace their diversity. People intermarry. Not a big deal. My cousin from the Czech Republic married a black woman from the Caribbean. Just like America, this is a nation of immigrants, but Canadians are not caught up in discussions of race. That is so yesterday. Canada is a true melting pot and it’s moving forward in an enlightened way.
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