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    Chris Howard says:

    Is that Jay?!

    Lezley says:

    Hahaha!! NO. It’s my boyfriend Keith and I projected into our senior years together!

    Victoria says:

    Also, I once read that like 30%-40% ( i can’t remember the exact number, it was a surprising number) of Canada (or was it toronto) population was first generation born in Canada. Meaning the parents are immigrants but their children were born here. It was weird thought since I am in that statistic.

    It was a while ago. i most likely got all my numbers and locations wrong.

    Lezley says:

    It’s funny how many people are surprised that I was born and raised in Toronto. Often, I’m the only person they’ve ever met; so many people come from ‘away’.

    Jules says:

    This is a great,GREAT strip! I love it. I love that this is Toronto. I’m proud that Canada is the place where this can happen and that we are a part of it. Such diversity, so many options, so awesomely INTERESTING! Lezley: keep telling the world about: patience, flexibility, tolerance & respect for differences. Toronto is not perfect & never will be but growing pains are to be expected and overcome. Yahoo Toronto!

    Carol says:

    Well said Lezley!! Excellent strip!

    Debbie Wagner says:

    Great strip, if all the rest of the world could be as peaceful and understanding of each other we would have no war or hate or poverty. It would be a wonderful world if everyone used Canada as an example.

    Lezley says:

    I think Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver embrace this multicultural diversity, but elsewhere Canada remains a predominantly white bread, red neck, conservative embarrassment.

    The prairies immediately come to mind. :B

    Brudda says:

    Not me…no dentures. LOL!!

    Sydney says:

    yeah…Toronto is great. One of my fav places to be and I often sing it’s praises.

    It is curious that I can make comments about how redneck the prairies are and yet, when someone from TO makes a comment like that I feel a little grumpy! It’s like someone picking on a family member – not okay, even though you might do it all the time. Maybe because they are talking about *me*. I am here…I live and work in the prairies. There are many progressive, awesome people in my city. Now, we may have our challenges out in the flatlands…but an embarrassment to the country? I take issue with that, cuz.

    …unless of course you are referring to Alberta. Then that’s allright.

    Lezley says:

    Oh Syd, I AM picking on my family members. I don’t have any other experiences with people from the prairie, except my family, and although many ARE progressive and awesome, there are equally as many who are exactly as described.

    I think I was 14 when I learned to NEVER talk about Natives. NEVER. Don’t. Just, walk away and don’t discuss the topic because it’s filled with judgmental ignorance topped with a heavy helping of white self righteousness. And the conversation always ended with me being told to essentially shut up, because I didn’t understand – I was from Toronto. What’s to understand when you hear your uncle refer to Natives as red niggers?

    Only amongst my family in the prairies do I encounter the cavalier use of the “C” word as a reference to Chinese, or the “N” word as a reference to blacks. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba? It’s all the same to me. 😛

    Sydney says:

    Sure, I get it Lezley, I too have run into that issue with some family members. But, rarely is that an issue for me in my day to day life, living and working in this province. So, my question is perhaps you are painting the whole province with too broad a stroke considering your experience is limited to connection with your family?

    I agree that our larger Canadian cities as you mentioned provide a multi-cultural milieu that is a breath of fresh air. And, certainly there are some serious issues here when it comes to race relations. But I do think it is unfair to single out the region as especially problematic.

    As always, I appreciate your work and how it sparks some good conversation! And it gives me a chance to pause and consider what I really think.


    Never in a million years did I ever consider you to be part of the red neck crew. And it’s not just the prairie’s, it’s wherever white people gather in their whiteness and aren’t required to change their perspectives, attitudes or enlarge their view to accept other cultures. It’s like that in pretty much the rest of Ontario – it was prevalent in Kingston when I lived there, and it’s common in northern Ontario.

    I’d be surprised given your work, education, belief systems and world views that you would attract or encounter many people in your daily life that don’t reflect that same enlarged and embracing world perspective. Family on the other hand aren’t always people you’d want to spend time with, if given a choice.

    I appreciate your honesty and willingness to speak out Syd. Keep it up; I’d expect nothing less.

    Gerry says:

    I agree with you Syd! I bristled at your remarks also Lezley. I’m not sure which uncle would make that reference but most of us who would never. Most of my family are in social work here – an educated awsome clan I’m proud of. I worked with many non-judgemental folk at Indian Health branch of Med. Services….. the redneck label just rubs the wrong way.

    In what reality would you ever think that I was speaking about you or yours???

    Jon says:

    Well – a prairie lurker’s latent response – the predominant cultural make up of Saskatchewan, regardless of the hard to find portals of progressive phun and intriguing cultural niche’s, is hardly worth defending as emergent, innovative, open or diverse: on the whole it is not. Sadly, a vast majority of our citizenry are easy targets for those wishing to make comparative statements to hoik up their communities’ purported cultural advances. The fringes of Saskatchewan culture are as equally vibrant as Toronto’s – just takes work ignoring the pin-heads, whether they are family or not. Good luck to us all! Cheers.

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