“All of these things make up Canada in many ways. We’re a nation of immigration and for the most part, I think we all value the strength that diversity has given us. We also have a massive land mass with very little population, which allows for a lot of wild nature and wildlife.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a blog to some of the different things this magnificent country is famed for.
Nature, wildlife and beautiful landscapes
Canada is full of incredible outdoor wonders and is famed for its natural beauty. Its varied coastlines are one source of its enviable natural beauty. Canada is home to the world’s largest coastline (202,080 km long to be precise) stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
Canada also has more lakes than all other countries in the world combined. It is therefore unsurprising that these lakes are world-famous and the likes of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are some of the most photographed places on earth.
As our wildlife in Canada article explains, the country is home to a number of spectacular animals. So if you’ve dreamt of seeing polar bears, grizzly bears and killer whales all in one holiday, then Canada is the place to visit.
Canada is famous for protecting its natural places with 40 national parks across the country and countless more provincial parks. These parks offer the best wildlife viewing opportunities and activities from hiking and kayaking to mountain biking and zip lining.
Canada’s greatest national parks are full of beautiful natural sights that showcase the stunning environment that’s on offer to you on your holiday. Some of the most visited and popular national parks in the country are Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and Thousand Island National Park to name just a few.
In some parts of the world it’s not very easy to get an apology, but in Canada apologies will fly in from all directions.
Canadians will even apologise if they are not at fault! This politeness doesn’t just represent one province in Canada; it transcends boundaries and is evident across the whole country.
If you have booked flights to Calgary, Toronto or Vancouver you will notice that everyone is unerringly polite. It makes travel in Canada that much easier, as you know you’ll be welcomed as a tourist and will never need to feel embarrassed or worried to ask for help and directions.
Maple syrup is most definitely something Canada is famous for, with around 80 per cent of the world’s maple syrup produced in Canada. Quebec is by far the largest producer thanks to its abundance of maple trees. The tree sap is collected and reduced to produce the syrup, in a process that was first discovered by Canada’s indigenous peoples and has been refined over the centuries.
Ice hockey in Canada is like football in the UK: it’s huge.
It is Canada’s official national winter sport and the country is regarded as the birthplace of ice hockey, with the first game believed to have been played in Montreal in the 1870s. Canadians look at the sport as their own and over the last century, innumerable men, women and children will have played hockey at varying levels or watched the sport.
Canada has lots of vast untouched wilderness areas that are perfect for seeing the greatest light show on earth: the northern lights, or aurora borealis as they are also known.
Although countries like Iceland, Finland and Norway receive a lot of attention for being great places to spot the lights, Canada is actually an excellent choice. Much of the country’s northern reaches are close to the Arctic Circle and fall within the auroral oval (the zones around the poles where the lights are visible).
The northern lights attract people from all over the world on holidays to Canada to catch a glimpse of those vibrant purples, greens, reds and yellows dancing in the sky.
Rugged and vast, Canada is a road-tripper’s dream.
There are so many drives to pick from and you can hire a car and travel at your own pace to drink in the scenery along the way.
There’s mountains, beaches, coastlines, rainforests, cities and lots more that you can take in during a drive through the country.
Canada’s Top Doctor Suggests To Wear A Mask While Having Sex
Canada’s chief medical officer suggests the masses to skip kissing and wear masks while having sex to protect themselves from catching the virus. She also suggested that going solo is considered to be the lowest risk-related sexual option in a pandemic like this.
The doctor went on stating that there is little risk that COVID could be transferred by vaginal fluids or semen. However, indulging in sexual activity can be extremely problematic if a person indulges in kissing and other acts of touch. COVID is easily transferable by acts involving closeness, however, there are a lot of activities that you can indulge in by minimizing the adverse effects of it.
One ought to avoid face-kissing and other acts of touch and proximity that could be problematic to the couple. However, the lowest risk involved during sexual activity is when you’re the only partner involved, a solo act.
Sexual health is definitely an intrinsic part of the overall health of a person and Canadians should indulge in such acts of pleasure while safeguarding the progress that the country has made with regards to the pandemic. Canada has reported 129,425 cases of COVID-19 and 9,132 deaths, as of Sept 1.
4 Reasons to Invest in Stocks
The stock exchange market is a public and internationally recognized market that brings together buyers and sellers of shares which may represent assets that are linked to the ownership of companies that are either publicly or privately owned. This market exists solely for the purpose of creating a platform for buyers and sellers of stock to trade either through centralized exchanges or over the counter.
Based on historical reports, the stock has proven to provide the highest return amongst numerous assets in a short period of time. This success is attributed to the highly regulated system by which it operates. It is a tested and trusted platform to invest your money. A well-calculated investment will provide huge returns. There are numerous reasons to invest in the stock exchange market but here are a few of them.
Wealth and Investment.
The stock exchange market is a platform for tangible investment, capital gains, and accumulation of long term wealth. Investing in a stock market has proven to provide the highest return within a relatively short period of time with an added advantage over tax irrespective of the market economy and the financial value of your investments. There is also security against possible inflation in the future which can cut down your finances.
Avenue for diversification of income and portfolio
The stock exchange market offers several financial instruments such as bonds, shares, and derivatives owned by public or private bodies. This provides investors with a wide range of options to invest their money. It also comprises of several national and international companies selling shares to the public. This composition provides investors with multiple choices to invest in and easily optimize their income rather than committing all their resources into one.
The stock exchange market is a secured and well-informed platform to invest because its activities are transparent and regulated by a legally authorized and recognized body that ensures that the rights of people trading in the market are protected. They also reduce the risk of fraudulent activities of some companies. There are techniques put in place to monitor the activities of the market. There are also market observers that provide credible explanations for the historical performance of the market and its stock.
Leverage to Ownership
Buying a company’s (or companies) shares signifies an implied partnership or ownership of a business. This means that the investor enjoys certain privileges such as first-hand updates on the company’s data, the profit of the company and contributing to the strategic development of the company. This is actually based on the percentage of his shares. It is also an avenue to be a partner with top and upcoming businesses that are either national or international owned.
Investing in the stock exchange market is a smart investment opportunity that is secured and reliable. It hold a wide range of financial instruments that if properly invested in, can provide a larger return. Although, amongst all the financial instruments being traded in the stock exchange market, investing in shares have proven to be the asset with higher returns. The stock exchange market is also an opportunity to invest globally and be part of a country’s national prosperity. Although it comes with its own risks, a well calculated investment is worth engaging in.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
Coronavirus has quite suggestively brought down the world to its knees. Major countries across the globe are trying their level best to protect their citizens from catching the infection. While the situation in Italy, France, Iran, China, and other widely infected countries can be very heartbreaking, they have caused also caused a wide-scale panic among people. With entire nations locked down, there is absolutely no global, or intranational mobility, and the people across the world have compulsorily locked themselves up in their homes to stay safe and prevent the spread of this pandemic. Since very little was initially known about the virus, and the global collective efforts are aimed at containing the pandemic as opposed to researching about the virus in detail, there is a lot of misinformation about the disease, the virus, it’s, symptoms, prevention methods, etc. which has contributed to widespread mass hysteria.
In light of the recent events, it is not only absolutely necessary to quarantine yourself and your family but also to check the credibility of the information that you come across. This article is a comprehensive capsule of all the information that you might need to understand the disease better and to subsequently prevent it.
WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS:
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. This virus belongs to the family of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) viruses and is the second type of coronavirus under this family. A previous coronavirus had emerged in the early 2000s but was neither as fatal nor as widespread as this. The virus that causes COVID-19 and the one that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 are related to each other genetically, but the diseases they cause are quite different. SARS was more deadly but much less infectious than COVID-19. There have been no outbreaks of SARS anywhere in the world since 2003.
The virus has been named as the SARS-COV2, and the disease caused by it is called the COVID-19, or the Coronavirus Disease of 2019. The virus is supposed to have emerged in the wet markets of Wuhan, China, and according to experts, it has been around for a while. The virus started causing trouble in around November last year, and the outbreak in China began in December 2019 (hence naming the virus after the year in which it surfaced.)
HOW DOES IT SPREAD:
Unlike measles, the coronavirus is not known to be airborne. It primarily spreads through contact between the infected person and another healthy person. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, the particles of his saliva transmit the virus. This is the reason why respiratory etiquette, ie, covering the mouth while coughing or sneezing is being so stressed upon. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19:
There is widespread ambiguity about the symptoms of the coronavirus. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. While the virus has shown to be life-threatening among the elderly, people of all age groups are susceptible to contact the disease, although in younger people, the virus causes mostly mild infection. Persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. The incubation period is estimated to be around 1-14 days, with 5 days being the most common However, there have been a few isolated cases where symptoms started to show after as many as 27 days.
The most common symptoms include:
- Dry cough
Certain rare symptoms include:
- Aches and pains
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
IS THERE ANY AVAILABLE TREATMENT?
While the global effort is aimed at finding a quick cure to the disease, and the first shot of the test vaccine has been administered to a volunteer in America, there is still no definitive cure for the disease known to medical science. Doctors all over the world are trying medicines to manly contain and cure the symptoms, which has proven fruitful in a number of cases so far. People are largely relying on traditional and home remedies to alleviate the symptoms as well. As of now, there is no evidence that a present medicine or set of medicines is a definitive cure. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.
Due to the lack of information about the cure, and the ease of transmission of the disease, all tested and suspected patients are hospitalized and kept in isolation, where they are monitored, and treatment is provided to them.
HOW TO PREVENT CATCHING THE VIRUS:
Since the virus is known to transmit through contact, it is best to stay away from crowded places, or where you may come in contact with a large gathering of people. With the recent lockdowns and widespread self-quarantine, the majority of public places have been shut down. It is still very important to practice social distancing from neighbors, even family members if they start showing symptoms. If you have come in recent contact with someone who has returned from one of the infected countries or places, it is highly advised to practice self-isolation and get yourself checked immediately in case you show symptoms.
To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain at least 1-metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
While the lack of more information is the main reason for the global alarm and confusion, we know enough to keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy. These times have taken a toll on the mental well-being of many people as well, and people are reporting depression and anxiety caused due to the situation. It is therefore of utmost importance to filter the information that reaches us and use it to educate ourselves instead of creating fear. It is only through high levels of personal hygienes, self-care, co-operation with the government and health care specialists that we can battle this virus successfully.
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