For this post, I thought I’d take the time to answer some questions about Canada from… well people who don’t live here ^^;; I posted on my Facebook and Twitter looking for questions from curious individuals and this is what I’ve got:
Victoria wrote: “Does Canada participate in daylight savings time? Do you have crazy long sunlight hours in the summer and crazy long night hours in the winter cuz you’re so far north?”
We do participate in daylight saving time. Well, most of us do. There are a few places that do not participate but those are in the minority. As for the sunlight hours, I live close to the US/Canada border so for myself it is not that bad. It would be pretty similar to what Seattle experiences I’d imagine. The long periods of sunlight/darkness are more likely to be experienced by those MUCH further up north in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Oh and Nunavut! We must not forget Nunavut, she’s new 😉
HOWEVER! Where I live is a desert climate so it means 95 F in the Summer and 10 F in the Winter are not that uncommon. Plus without having a large body of water, it is a dry cold/heat.
Maria (on Twitter) wrote: Mounties. I want to know about Mounties because in American TV they be hott… more … i also heard that Canadian tv is funded by the government, I liked Slings and Arrows – but it was only 3 seasons is this typical. Also thank you for Nathan Fillion.
We are also proud of our Nathan Fillion so thank you for joining us in our admiration of him 🙂 Anything originally aired by CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corp) will likely receive funding from the government. So TV shows like Little Mosque on the Prairie, Heartland, Republic of Doyle, and Cracked would fall under that category. We do have some Canadian specialty channels that show Canadian TV shows as well: so Continuum, Lost Girl, Rookie Blue, and your Slings and Arrows would fall under that category. The model would be more similar to how American TV series work in comparison to British programming as that renewal is based upon ratings and budget. Since Canada has a smaller market, networks have more reasonable expectations about performance. That being said, there is no typical length for a series. Canadian TV (public or private) does not get a lot of hype or PR in comparison to American TV due to the smaller market and the budget sizes companies have over here right off the bat. Getting renewed is always a good thing but being picked up by an American network for airing is a PLUS.
As for our Mounties (aka Royal Canadian Mounted Police), they’re our federal/national/municipal police force. They ONLY wear the red outfit for special occasions, so normally they look like this. Or that. The red suit is more commonly worn for photo ops, special events, or presentations. They also drive cars that look like this. So the sexy Mounties you see on TV look sexy for a reason 😉 Our cops can look as sexy or not sexy as your own. They are also known to make MASSIVE mistakes. Check out this article from just 2007. Lots of massively stupid things happened there that just makes us shake our head.
Thanks for the questions 🙂 It was fun to write this up. Maybe I’ll do it again. If you have any other questions about Canada, feel free to ask in the comments section and I’ll answer them.