Where’s the Canadian stuff? 5


Blue Sue and Terri? Click off this page right now! Everyone else can read though …

Sue? What are you still doing here? Go on … go read Wylie’s page, or Amy’s, or Christine d’Abo’s or Red Garnier’s or even Drunk Writer Talk … that’s a girl…

 

Have they gone?

Anyway, for everyone else – I have been looking for something Canadian to take down to Dallas with me that’s made in Canada – not China, not Thailand, not India. Except it’s almost impossible to find anything made in Canada. Oh, yes, I could take maple syrup, but how stereotypical. And quite frankly, the Americans have great maple syrup from Vermont. Plus I’m a little worried that it might leak in my luggage.

I’ve come up with some ideas for my friends – they’d better not STILL be reading this – but I’d like to give Sue’s and Terri’s children something Canadian. Sue’s got two teenage boys, so I’m totally lost on ideas for them, but Terri – well, she’s got a lovely little daughter who looks like she’s a real girly-girl. I figured (okay, yes, this is stereotypical too) but she’d probably like a stuffed teddy or a doll or something. So there must be a bear dressed as a mountie – I know I’ve seen them as bears (black, brown and polar) and even moose dressed in Mountie outfits. But when you check their labels they’re all made in China. I went into the Hudson’s Bay the other day and yup, even the oldest store in North America only had ‘Canadian’ stuffed teddies made in China. Today I was in an Ontario Government building that had a ministry store in it that had teddies – bears, beavers, moose – all wearing Canadian outfits. And yup, “China”. I’ve been in craft marketplaces but they didn’t have anything. Well, ok, I found one stall but the teddies were made of real fur and cost $300. I don’t think I’ll go for those, thanks very much. I don’t care what they’re dressed in so much right now, just that they’re from Canada. And I can’t find anything.

What happened to Canadian products? Have we farmed EVERYTHING away?

So you Canucks out there – got any ideas of something I could give my friends to the south that says ‘Canada’?

(Oh, and today’s lesson for Dallas – when you pack up your laptop, remember to pack the power cord. I forgot! Oops! Remember to add that to your packing list, Leah… you’ll be totally screwed in Dallas without it.)


5 thoughts on “Where’s the Canadian stuff?

  • Wylie Kinson

    Leah – I completely sympathize. Other than Ice Wine, you’re screwed!
    I once picked up something rather fun at the airport on my way out of the country — Moose Droppings. My friends loved them! They’re really chocolate covered almonds.

    You could bring them DVD’s of Bon Cop Bad Cop šŸ™‚

  • Leah Braemel

    Sue! You bad bad girl! You had to scroll down through that post to leave your message, so don’t think you fooled me for a minute!

  • Amy Ruttan

    Roots, Roots and more Roots.

    Of course I saw on the loop about Indian Art and that’s a great idea. There’s a great First Nations Artisan’s store in St. Jacob’s where you can get beautiful things.

  • Christine d'Abo

    I second getting things from St. Jacob’s. That’s one of the main things I miss from living in Waterloo.

    And Roots is always a good option.

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