Did you ever stop and
wonder how much we take the place we live for granted? If
you were to take the time, you would discover how diverse
are Canada\'s history, geography, climate, economy, cultures
and government. Did you know it is the largest country in the
world now that U.S.S.R broke up. Specifically, Canada is
9,922,330 square km. Did you know that Canada used to
be named "Kanata"? Yes, Kanata is an Indian word meaning
village. It was not until July 1,1867 that Kanata was
renamed Canada. Canada was originally discovered by
Jacques Cartier an explorer from France who sailed down
the St.Lawrence in 1534. Cartier we believe was the first to
set foot on Canadian soil. He marked his presence with a
flag claiming it his land. Over the years, Canada has
developed into the home of the largest free-standing
structure in the world. Canada,(a great tourist attraction)is
also home of the largest water fall in the world. Our farmland
unlike a lot of others has a variety of climate. The warmer
summer climate ranges from +10 - +30 and the cooler
climate ranges from anywhere to -10 - -30. Despite the
changes in temperature, Canada\'s precipitation is very light.
Our home is enclosed by the United States of America,
south, the Pacific ocean and Alaska on the west side, the
Atlantic ocean on the east side and the Arctic up north. One
of the dominant reasons Canada is so well populated is due
to the fact of our financial status. At this present time, the
economy is not doing too well, but who\'s is? Canada is
highly industrialised by manufacturing Automobiles, food,
liquor and tobacco. We as a Unified country accept other
cultures and religions. Canada has about every nationality
possible and together they form a great home. Despite the
many cultures, Canada\'s main languages are english and
french. Canada is a democracy. This means the government
is elected by all the people. It is responsible for managing the
country, forcing laws, building roads and helping the country
run smoothly. Canada has three main levels of government:
Federal, Provincial and Municipal. The house of commons
lies in Ottawa, Ontario. While the Queen is not present, her
representative, the Governor General is in charge. He ranks
higher than the Prime Minister. In conclusion, I hope I have
raised your awareness of Canada\'s varied history,
geography, economy, climate, cultures and government. This
is great country that we live in. I am truly proud to be a
Canadian. Extras Canada in it\'s history to date has had five
flags. "The First, was a white flag with three gold
fleurs-de-lys. This flag was used by Cartier in his voyage up
the St. Lawrence and by Champlain in his explorations of
eastern Canada. It was under this flag that the French lived
until the fall of Quebec in 1759. The flag was used by the
English from around 1700 was the Union Flag which
contained two crosses-the cross of St. George and the cross
of St. Andrew and St. Patrick was introduced. This flag is
still used in Canada for special occasions. The Red Ensign
was approved in 1945 for use by Canadians overseas and
on certain occasions in Canada. The flag was used until
1965. The Royal Canadian flag was authorized by Royal
Proclamation on February 15, 1965, following approval by
Canadian House of Commons and Senate in December
1965. The Canadian flag is red. In its centre is a white
square the width of the flag, with a single Red Maple Leaf in
the centre. The flag must always be twice as long as it is
wide so that it makes a square when folded in two. The
colours white and red were given to Canada by King
George V, on November 21, 1921, when he granted arms
to Canada on the recommendation of the canadian
government. The Maple Leaf has always been an emblem of
Canada. There is no significance to the eleven points of the
leaf. It is stylized or conventional in form, as is common
when things found in nature are used as flags, banners or
arms. Note- When hoisting the flag or descending, never let
it touch the ground. This shows a lack of respect toward
your country and your people.

Category: History