All about Canada!

By: Yuri Park

What about Canada?

Have you ever wondered, "Why do Canadians live in certain area for reason?" Or, "What are some environmental issues Canada?" Maybe even, "What kind of government does Canada have?" Well, we are here to answer those questions.

Where do Canadians live and why?

Canada is the second largest country in the world, following Russia. Canada's population is thirty-three million people. Even though that might seem like a lot, the USA's population is nine times bigger than Canada's population. 90% of the Canadian population lives within 100 miles of the USA-Canada border because of a couple of reasons. 87.2% of Canada's exports go to America. The climate in the south is so much warmer compared to the rest of Canada, with warm to hot summers, and chilly and cold winters. In the northern part of Canada, the temperatures can read below freezing! Also a lot of their natural resources are found in that area.

What are some environmental issues of Canada?

The four main things that cause environmental issues is acid rain, pollution of the great lakes, the extraction of resources in the Canadian Shield, and the timber industry. Cars and factories pollute the air, so when it rains all the pollution comes down with it, causing acid rain problems. Factories used to use the Great Lakes to dump their waste in, making the lakes deeply polluted, and on top of that, there is acid raining into the lakes. The Canadian shield has a lot of minerals, but when miners blast out the area the damage the surrounding ecosystem. Lastly, cities are worried that the timber industry is going to cut down all the forests.

Canada's Government

Canada is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy with a federal system. If you are a constitutional monarchy, that means that the power goes to the king or queen, but it is limited. They have a parliamentary democracy meaning that the decision making is in the cabinet, made up of people from the from the legislature. A federal system is when the power is divided from the head government to smaller ones. Citizens must be 18 years and up to vote, but it is not required. They vote for people to represent their ideas. (People do not vote directly for what they want.)