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Canada is a great country to live in, there's no denying this. We're the second largest country in the world, we're the world's most educated country with over half of our residents having post secondary educations, we have 20% of the world's fresh water and we're home to the world's longest coastline.

These are some pretty amazing feats that all Canadians should use to boast about the amazing country that they live in. We already know that the rest of the world is kind of clueless when it comes to what's going on in our great country, but it turns out that Canadians are also kind of clueless about Canada.

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Whoever I am talking to, saying that I am vegan always creates a situation of discomfort. Apparently non-vegan people (even vegetarian) find it troublesome to meet someone who does not eat any dairy or animal products. The funniest part is that people tend to picture vegans either as arrogant people or diet extremists.

Among the kind of reaction that I get mostly, there is the judgmental "oh...really?" that makes me wonder if I offended someone by choosing to eat the diet that I want. There is also the "it's amazing, I could never do that", as if saying I'm vegan implies you have to eat the same way. For those who wonder, it's just something I care about and want to share. It's exactly the same as if you were talking about favourite brands of clothing.

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