Contact is the continent’s biggest photography festival. Montreal’s Jazz Festival is still the largest, with the most free concerts, the largest purpose-built downtown outdoor concert space and the most audacious programming. While 65 per cent of Canadians hold a valid passport, only 35 per cent of Americans do. (Football doesn’t count since it’s just a mutated form of rugby).
Next year Alaska will reintroduce wood bison, North America’s largest living land mammals, into the wilderness. In Canada, not only is Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne openly gay, but her sexual orientation barely factors into coverage of Ontario politics.As Canada celebrates its 146th birthday we dig into the numbers to find some of the many ways Canada is better off–from sports and sex to politics and entertainment. We live longer: Canadians born today will live an average of three years longer than Americans (81 years in Canada versus 78.7 south of the border). Saying “Sorry” is good for you: Canadians are mocked for always apologizing, but it’s not a character flaw.Not only that, the gap between life expectancy in the two countries is widening with each passing decade—it was less than a year in the late 1970s. We’re more satisfied with our lives: According to the Better Life Index, an international quality of life comparison by the OECD each year, Canadians enjoy a higher level of life satisfaction than Americans, scoring 7.4 out of 10, versus 7.0 in the U. Saying sorry has been found to boost happiness and strengthen relationships. Canada has greater economic freedom: So says the U.(43) We know our art: When museums want to tour their blockbuster exhibits, they know to stop here first.From the Picasso show at the AGO to Sebastião Salgado’s work at the ROM, Canada is the stop for top-tier North American premieres.