Canada and Its History

Created by Kaitlyn Nelson

Canada's Map

Below is a map of Canada's ten provinces( and three territories).
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Why do people live where they do in Canada?

Ninety percent of people in Canada live within 100 miles of the U.S.- Canada border. Why?

One of the many reasons people live in this specific spot is that it is much easier to trade with the U.S., who is their number one trading partner( eighty percent of exports from Canada go to the U.S.). Canada and the U.S. share over 3,000 miles on their border, so trade is relatively easy. In Canada, there are many natural resources, including; coal, oil, natural gas, iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, and from their rivers, fish, fresh water and hydroelectric power. Also, the southeastern and Pacific regions of Canada are very warm and are great for planting. In the northern parts, Canada is just miserable.

Below is a picture of Northern Canada, which is beautiful, but freezing.

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Canada's Environmental Issues

Canada has many environmental issues, including acid rain in the Great Lakes, mining in the Canadian Shield and over extraction of timber. Acid Rain comes from trucks, cars and factories(coal burning ones, especially) because acid rain is created by releasing gases into the air and when those gases mix with clouds they create acid rain. This kills fish and ruins fresh water. In the Canadian Shield, large amounts of ore is found right underneath their feet. This is why the Canadian Shield is mining the earth there. Although they get a lot of profit from this, it ruins the area. Trees are chopped down; animals flee to find new homes. Even though people try to restore the land, it takes a lot of money and time to fully restore the ecosystem. Timber is one of the biggest industries in Canada. With almost half the land covered in forests, Canada is one of the biggest exporters of wood products. The downside is, chopping down trees not only reduces the air quality, but heavy machinery destroys the ground and makes it hard to replant trees.
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Quebec Independence Movement

When Great Britain took over Canada, Quebec was left alone with its French cultures. However, as more time passed, the culture began to disappear. The Quebecois, as they called themselves, were outraged. Quebec wants to gain independence from Canada, but when they tried to vote, it was 49.4 to 50.6, the winning team being the people not in support of Quebec being independent. Quebec has grown economically powerful because they're trying to gain enough power to be independent. Though the government has tried to satisfy the separatists, or people who want Quebec to be its own country, the future holds a long time of controversy between Canada and Quebec.