Oh dear! Where to begin? Firstly, John, your brother is absolutely correct—this is one of the best places to live and it is absolutely beautiful. We lived on Vancouver Island for many years, and when we would go sailing amongst the gulf islands in the summer, it was a slice of heaven. If the weather were better here, no one would ever leave… it’s not very cold here on the west coast, just very very cloudy and rainy. It grinds you down for months at a time, and although the summer is usually glorious it is very short.
There wasn’t enough room to say that most Americans seem to be very good people who bear us no ill will. Newfoundlanders?? I’m puzzled why you would bring them into this. I was asked a specific question about the Americans. I haven’t heard anyone even mentioning Newfoundlanders for years... and that person was from Toronto. No one around here belittles them continually, it's just not an issue. You are forgetting that this country is not monolithic, the distances between us are too great, and not just physically. And by the way, they ARE still part of Canada the last time I looked. We are brothers and sisters, and like any family I’m sure we will snipe at eachother from time to time. It tends to be different when someone who is not in the family does it!
Oh, and the comment about it being easier to buy heroin than cigarettes in Vancouver is a pretty good example of what I’m saying….. in some parts of the city, it may well be, but it sounds like one of those broad-brush comments that we are used to hearing from our compatriots (especially if they live in beautiful Victoria). Vancouver certainly has a huge problem, and I wish heroin were the least of it. But frankly, I’m very glad that at least, most people have stopped smoking here. I can’t imagine why the schools would want to tell students anything positive about such a debilitating habit. I’m always surprised by how much smoking is done in Europe, it hits you very hard when you come from here.
When we move to Greece, thankfully we will do so with open eyes. We have been there many times and so I think have reasonable expectations. We just prefer the lifestyle there, quite simply. Even if it includes cigarette smoke! That’s not anti-Canadian, it’s just our preference.
My apologies to others on this board for this long off-topic post!