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26 one-word things you love about Canada: An A-to-Z list

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26 one-word things you love about Canada: An A-to-Z list

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With Canada Day just two days away, l took a moment to cut through all the words that swim around in my mind daily to focus on a single word. Using just one word, what do you love most about Canada? I posted that question on Canadian Living's Facebook page and on Twitter, too. To my delight, an instant stream of single-word responses flowed in. Your answers inspired me to write the 26-item list you'll find below; but I'm a couple of letters short. Can you help me to finish my list today, please? I need a j word and an x word. 26 one-word things we love about Canada: An A-to-Z list Acceptance Beauty (and butter tarts, but that's two words, cheaters!;)) Canadians! (Well said, Eric from Twitter.) Diversity Equality Freedoms Great Lakes. Hey, that's two words! Healthcare. Quick! Someone go distract the copy editors while I turn "health care" into one word for this little game! OK, fine, then. Hockey…and Judith (via Facebook,) if I can't turn health care into one word without offending Canadian Press style guidelines, "hockey players," punctuated with a "rawr!" just won't do either;) Good try, though! Individuality J Kanata (that's the lovely name the First Nations people gave this fine country, meaning "settlement" or "village".) Love Maple syrup (Oops! Wordy, wordy, folks.) Nature Opportunity Peace Queen Elizabeth II's face on my $20 bills. Always pleased to see you, your Majesty! Rights. As in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, perhaps. Seasons. All four. Yes, winter too. Tolerance. (That's my word. Read more on that below.) Unity Variety (of seasons, of people, and of choices.) Water (and fresh seafood from the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans.) X Yummy poutine (let's embrace the two words thing, shall we?) Zed. That's how we say "z." My one-word thing I love most about Canada When I first challenged my mind to focus on one word that says what I love most about Canada, my brain cooperated and delivered a word I feel good about. My word is: tolerance I don't mean tolerance as in something's pestering you but you'll tolerate it anyway. I mean tolerance as a way of accepting differences but being free to retain your own preferences, customs or beliefs. Or as Merriam-Webster defines it here: "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own." Born, raised, and still living in one of Canada's most multicultural cities, I'm ever impressed by the beauty that comes when humans from various backgrounds and life experiences unite with mutual respect as a common bond. It gives me chills just thinking about it. This Canadian girl loves Canada and the loving folks around me that make me so proud to call this great nation home. Happy Canada Day to you and yours! Now how 'bout that j or x- word?
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