Buffeted by the global economic crisis, the economy dropped into a sharp recession in the final months of 2008, and Ottawa posted its first fiscal deficit in 2009 after 12 years of surplus. Canada's major banks, however, emerged from the financial crisis of 2008-09 among the strongest in the world, owing to the country's tradition of conservative lending practices and strong capitalization.
In Canada, "hoser" is an insult; "homo" is not.
When people my age think of Canadian cultural icons, we think:
When people my daughter's age think of Canadian cultural icons, they think:
What can I say?
Update: Other bits of nostalgia leading to my generation's understanding of our neighbors to the north:
Savoir Fare is EVVVVVV-rey where!
One good thing Canada has given us here in Chicago? Poutine!