Canada: Is it the Best Country Ever
Created By Yusuf Azam
The biggest push factors for why people would want to come to Canada is for its ethnically diverse population, many economic opportunities, free advanced health care system, and a particularly low crime rate. Though the biggest pull factors for living in Canada are high taxes, extreme cold climate in winter, and a bad economy.
In 2014, the birth rate in Canada 10.29/1000, the death rate was 8.42/1000, and natural increase was 1.87/1000.
In December 2015, over 10 000 Syrian refugees came to Canada thanks to the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. This can be great for our economy, since Syrians can find jobs, though there is a chance that this can raise our taxes.
Overall, I feel that the population in Canada is growing, which is great for people that think of moving to our country, and great for our economy.
Interactions in the Physical Environment
Regions located in the north of Canada such as Innuitian Mountains usually have an extreme cold climate, this makes it impossible to plant crops or farm animals. Though regions located primarily in the south of our country such as the St. Lawrence Lowlands have climate that is great for planting fruits and vegetables. There are also 5 more regions located in the country such as the Canadian Shield, which spreads to the north of the United States, Interior Plains, Hudson Bay Lowlands, Western Cordillera, and the Appalachian Mountains.
Canada has never had a major natural disaster since "Hurricane Hazel", which occurred in 1954. The costliest disaster in Canada was the 2013 Alberta floodings, which caused $5 billion CAD in damage and leaving 5 people dead.
Overall, Canada isn't exactly known for having many major natural disasters occur in a couple of decades. In my opinion, people shouldn't really worry about any natural disasters happening, but they also shouldn't keep that off their mind.
Resources & Industries
Canada has many resources that they export such as wheat, maple syrup, coal, crude petroleum, fuel oils, iron ores, and gravel. The primary industries that are in Canada are agriculture, oil and gas extraction, forestry, mining, and fishing.
Oil and gas extraction is by far the biggest primary industry in the country. The 3rd largest oil reserves in the world is in Alberta, in the form of oil sands. This particular industry is worth $1.4 trillion. The largest buyer of oil in Canada is the United States. The Alberta oil sands is very important in the Canadian and global economy. This industry contributes a solid and dependable source of energy in the world. The process of taking the oil out of the oil sands consumes lots of fresh water, and causes many health risks and environmental issues.
Although these resources are helping Canada's decline in economy, the extraction process can hurt the natural environment and the health of people who live near the extraction process lands.
Studies show that our country ranks high in sustainable development. Canada ranks 11th out 34 from the studies shown in the world's richer countries. Based on a report by Bertelsmann Stifung, Canada does very well in "making its education policies" and "making its cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable". Even though our country is ranked high in such an important report, Canada is still facing problems with domestic material consumption and greenhouse gas secretions.
Urban sprawl is also spreading to Canada, which means that farmland is being taken over by more urbanized construction. Not only does this affect farmers and habitats of the wild, this affects us as humans as urban sprawl can cause many environmental issues. I have always thought that instead of building urbanized properties on farmland, the government should create urbanized boundaries between rural areas and urban areas so that corporations can build within the city. This way, isolated locations such as abandoned factories or unfinished building projects can be improved on or created into something completely new.
Overall, I feel that there are sustainable communities in Canada, but there are also some areas that can be improved on such as urban sprawl or maintaining pollution.
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