What's Different in Canada

A Beginner's Guide to the Differences Between the Two Most Similar Countries on Earth

Kinder Surprise

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Kinder Surprise is an egg-shaped chocolate candy that is banned in the United States. It comes wrapped in foil, then you eat the egg and reveal a pill-shaped plastic container. Inside the container could be all manner of little items: puzzles, dinky cars, toys you have to assemble using a tiny booklet, etc. There is still a ban in place on importing these into the United States because of the choking hazard posed to young children, and can cost you up to $2,500 per egg if you try to import them. A New Jersey-based company called Choco Treasure has tried to fill the gap and make a legal US version, but everybody knows they’ll never be as good.  

Canadian graffiti. 
(h/t Elliot)

Canadian graffiti. 

(h/t Elliot)

Pizza Cake May Soon Be A Thing In Canada

Big and empty, the way we like it.

Big and empty, the way we like it.

Fries Supreme

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Somebody at Taco Bell Canada (probably stoned) must have remarked: “Canadians love fries with lots of stuff on top!” That is the only explanation for this only-in-Canada Taco Bell menu item, a bastardization of the least-Mexican Mexican food and an obvious stab at making “poutine,” fake-Mexican style. If you’re wondering when Canada will get the Taco Bell breakfast menu, the CEO has officially declared, “When you take Justin Bieber back.” 

Shape up, Nunavut.

Shape up, Nunavut.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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The CBC is Canada’s version of the British Broadcasting Corporation; it is Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster, a publicly-funded crown corporation. The CBC’s radio stations began in 1936, and TV stations in 1952. Unlike its British counterpart, it does run some advertising in order to pay for its budget. CBC News is the largest newsgathering service in Canada, and its five radio stations (three in English, two in French) are the largest broadcasters of made-in-Canada content in the country.

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Popular radio shows include Definitely Not the Opera, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and As It Happens. Popular TV shows include George Stroumbouolopoulos Tonight (ending this year after a 10-year run) and Hockey Night in Canada. Like its American cousin NPR, the CBC has been accused by conservatives as having a liberal bias. This has led to a slow but steady chipping away at its budget by the Conservative Party of Canada, leading to layoffs and service reductions. Coupled with the recent loss of Hockey Night in Canada to Rogers, the CBC announced earlier today that it is laying off nearly 700 people to make up for its coming budget shortfall of over $100 million.