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Geographically Challenged

Postby jawbone » Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:56 am

What is it with some reporters in big cities today.

A story on page A18 in The Province today refers to the NDP MLA who lives in Quesnel. Yet the reporter says he's in NORTHERN BC!

So, is everything north of Vancouver, 'northern' BC?
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby yathink » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:12 am

Yes, I think so.
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby skyvalleyradio » Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:06 pm

here in the Goofy Islands, anything east of Galiano Island is called 'eastern Canada' :wink:
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby Dan Sys » Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:38 pm

here in the Goofy Islands, anything east of Galiano Island is called 'eastern Canada'

I heard that there were a few carloads of Alberta cowboys, Conservative MP's, and other various redneck vigilantes sitting in the ferry lineup to Salt Spring Island this afternoon. Now I know why.
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby jon » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:03 pm

Growing up in Burnaby, under the benevolent dictatorship of W.A.C Bennett and his vice-dictator, the Flying Phil Bert, it was pretty easy to swallow his view that British Columbia* WAS Western Canada (and would be better off as a separate country, but that is another story). Saskatchewan was Central Canada. And Manitoba was the start of Eastern Canada.

Alberta wasn't really a province, but simply a supplier of Crude Oil for B.C. refineries. They could burn off their natural gas as B.C. had enough of its own.

*in the late 1960s, he actually tried to outlaw the use of "B.C.".


I actually had to live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, for 3 months in 1987 before I truly realized that the Maritime Provinces are Eastern Canada. From the locals' point of view, it does make some sense:
  • The four Maritime provinces make up Eastern Canada
  • The four Western provinces make up Western Canada
  • In between lie Ontario and Quebec, which make up Central Canada
  • And the Territories are Northern Canada
On paper, it sounds so symmetrical when you don't have the relative sizes (Area even more so than Population) staring you in the face, as they are on a map of Canada.


Back to the original topic, as a Burnaby kid, the Okanagan was "The Interior". Prince George was certainly Northern B.C., perhaps even Golden was, too. I'm not sure about Kamloops. It certainly wasn't the Okanagan. And it was "past" the Fraser Canyon. It would be tempting to say so, but, No, I never thought of Squamish as Northern B.C., but, Yes to Ocean Falls (my father went there on business a lot in those years).
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby Jack Bennest » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:26 pm

Quesnel is not in Northern BC

Quesnel is in the central interior
Quesnel is in the Caribou
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby Howaboutthat » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:31 pm

Jack Bennest wrote:Quesnel is in the Caribou


Not only that, its in the Cariboo.

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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby slowhand » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:49 pm

Jack Bennest wrote:Quesnel is in the Caribou

I didn't know it was THAT small.

I can't wait for JB to dredge up a Welcome to Quesnel highway sign to prove himself true: "Population: 1 Leprechaun"
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby Jack Bennest » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:00 am

Howaboutthat wrote: collegues


cariboo colleagues?
or
caribou collegues?


u r so funny Howaboutyourmoose
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby yathink » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:33 am

Oh boy, a spelling bee.
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby Howaboutthat » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:00 am

Jack Bennest wrote:
Howaboutthat wrote: collegues


cariboo colleagues?
or
caribou collegues?


u r so funny Howaboutyourmoose



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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby crs » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:55 am

Being a former resident of Quesnel back in my early radio days, locals refer to it as the Central Interior, however any BCIT students coming up to the Cariboo for their practicum always figured anything east of the Pt Mann was the North!!!

I'm sure even a trek to Chilliwack was (and likely still IS) considered "up country" for the Metro Vancouver crowd.
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby Russ_Byth » Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:17 am

crs wrote:I'm sure even a trek to Chilliwack was (and likely still IS) considered "up country" for the Metro Vancouver crowd.


Are you kidding?? THAT'S Eastern Canada!! ;)
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby Jack Bennest » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:07 pm

This thread should be named - BEYOND HOPE

It constantly amazes me that when I attend a lunch in Vancouver or even dinner sometimes - people say
"Where are staying?" - I say "I will be sleeping in my bed tonight in Oliver, B.C."

It just takes a bit of time, with your mind in neutral, to be home and sleep safely and cheaply in your own sheets.

People who live at the coast sometimes get very ego-centric (is that is the word?) - that the whole world revolves around
their little space in the world - and even crossing the Port Mann can be an effort.
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Re: Geographically Challenged

Postby slowhand » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:22 pm

Jack Bennest wrote:People who live at the coast sometimes get very ego-centric (is that is the word?) - that the whole world revolves around their little space in the world - and even crossing the Port Mann can be an effort.

The only Left Coast attitude I've noticed is more like what the spoiled "poor little rich kids" everywhere seem to grow up like. Feeling that everywhere is a slum except in the richest neighbourhood in town, where they live. Only it is comes out more like Mountains and Ocean and above zero outdoor temperatures are minimum requirements for human habitation.

I've only seen the "Centre of the Universe" and "everybody everywhere else are a bunch of hicks" attitude in residents of Toronto and New York City.
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