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For Canadians and by Canadians, this book will delight and amuse Canadian readers with its 101 new stories about the great northern country. Full of inspirational, amusing, and encouraging stories, this collection will touch the heart of any Canadian readers. Stories include a wide range of topics written by Canadians, from daily life and family to Canadian holidays and history, along with tales from tourists and visitors.

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Five ways to Let Your Canadian Self Shine

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

Canadians are known for their patriotism, their warmth and hospitality, and their miles of natural wonderland. The contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada remind their countrymen, neighbors and the world how to be a proud Canadian.

1. Love hockey. For Daniella Porano, of Aurora, Ontario, and many other Canadians, hockey isn’t just a pastime. It’s a way of life. She recounts how hockey is in her DNA and how some of her first words were a tribute to the Leafs — Canada’s national team. When her mother made a misguided decision to purchase 6-year-old Daniella figure skates over hockey skates she insisted she wanted "the sticks," not the white ones. She was the stereotypical Canadian kid, with a world filled with countless hours of long practices, far away games, and "sleepover" tournaments. "This fascination with hockey is not just a childhood pastime for Canadians. It encompasses our nation. Hockey is our pride and joy," Daniella says.

2. Come home. For actress-inventor Laura Robinson, Los Angeles provided a seemingly wonderful life: the glitz of the entertainment business, a gorgeous Hollywood Hills home and the best private schools for her children. But when her dad’s health started to decline and the tug of home-sickness grew stronger, she and her husband decided to pack up the family and move closer to her parents. Laura misses many things about Los Angeles, but she says the simple charms of Canada, from running into neighbors at the supermarket to her children having friends in and out of the house, will keep her from truly leaving again. "It is real, it is genuine and the people are truly warm, welcoming and friendly," Laura says. "After all, it’s Canada. And it’s home."

3. Embrace your natural hospitality. Elizabeth Young routinely stopped by Tim Hortons on her way to work. When the lady at the drive-through commented on the country music playing from Elizabeth’s car radio they struck up a friendship. Every morning they’d have brief conversations about their common interest: country music. One morning their conversation turned to Randy Travis’s visit to the area. When Elizabeth learned her new friend was a single mom who lived in a small basement apartment with her young daughter and no transportation, she had an idea. Elizabeth bought two tickets and asked her drive-through friend to go with her and volunteered to drive, demonstrating the kind of consideration and hospitality common to the Canadian culture. They had a great time.

4. Be proud of the cultural mosaic. As an English as a second language teacher for adult Canadian newcomers, Harriet Cooper was often one of the first Canadians with whom her students had sustained contact. She saw her job as much larger than teaching grammar and vocabulary. She would start by teaching them about Canada and Canadians — starting with herself. Her students would ask her about where she’s from, her family and what types of foods are considered Canadian cuisine. She’d share traditional dishes during major holidays and give them the chance to know one Canadian before they left her class. "In comparing themselves to me, they learn about the similarities and differences between Canadian culture and many other cultures," says Harriet. "For these students, I am Canada — something I consider both an honour and a privilege."

5. Be true to your roots. When singer-songwriter Amy Sky started her music career the "experts" told her she needed to move to Los Angeles in order to be successful. But when she took that advice, moved to the U.S. and wrote songs based on their recommendations she found album after album shelved. After years in the United States, Amy and her singer-songwriter husband, Marc Jordan, moved back to Canada to start a family, and she began releasing the music her record producers back in L.A weren’t interested in. Thirteen years later, she discovered that people of Canada were interested in the music she wanted to write, and she found herself having the successful career she wanted, doing things the Canadian way.

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