Proudly Canadian – No Name

“No Name” is a Canadian food brand under Loblaw umbrella. It is well known in Canada, and it is one of those things which can be found only in Canadian stores (No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, Super-Valu, Maxi, Atlantic Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart and others). Proudly Canadian “No Name” became an internet meme because of its simplistic design and affordable low price.

Proudly Canadian - No Name / Image, Drawing, Picture / MapleDude.Ca
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Those are products that get straight to the point as BuzzFeed called them. For example there is a No Name wine, which doesn’t even says “wine” on its bottle, just “White Blank”. They have an “apple beverage”, which doesn’t try to pretend it is a high quality juice. They are not trying to increase brand value by writing lies on a package as other companies do, their only selling point is the price.

All Canadian products required by law to write everything in two official Canadian languages (English and French), but because of No Name’s minimalist design, it is also a thing. You can learn basic french in Canadian provinces with less than 5% of French speaking population by walking around stores and checking big No Name labels.

The brand was launched on March 21, 1978 by Loblaw company with 16 generic products. This company has a very strong positions on Canadian retail market and they cover all groups of buyers, from rich and middle class to less financially fortunate individuals. To compete with Walmart’s cheap goods Lablaw developed a strategy which concentrates only on low prices. They don’t invest in branding and packaging much, it is all the same for all products with yellow label.

Their website has a fun design too.

Of course No Name’s products have not the best quality, but food is food. Many people who want to save on their groceries need simple things like bread, milk and other stuff, there are many people who don’t want to overpay for fancy products and No Name fits their needs. Whet it comes to products which are very hard to fake, for example beans or peanuts, even middle class sometimes choose this brand.

The font they use called “Helvetica”, it was created by a Swiss designer (Helvetia is an old Latin name of Switzerland when it was a Roman province). This is not very popular font, but No Name uses it anyway.

also they never use capital letters…

Now they have more than 2900 different products and famous not only in Canada, but in the U.S. and other countries.

Canadian Scam Messages

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Tired of scam texts and messages from Canadian banks and CRA (Canada Revenue Agency), so here is the picture to remember this beautiful time when you can feel popular, because you are getting fraud emails and messages everyday from scammers.

p.s. Don’t reply to them and do not click on those links.

Learn more and report it here (if you are in Ontario):

Cannabis and Marijuana in Canada

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Mowing that grass

Good news everyone, travel destination #3 in North America just moved to the top as marijuana is now 100% legal in Canada

October 17, 2018 was a big day for the country, on that day The Cannabis Act which made Canada one of very few countries (along with Georgia, South Africa and Uruguay) where smoking pot for personal, medical and recreation purposes is not illegal.

There are other places on the globe with limited rights to use the herb, but only small number of countries with full legalization.

Government of Canada points out that there are 3 main reasons to legalize it:

  • Keep it out of the hands of youth;
  • Keep profits out of the pockets of criminals;
  • Protect public health and safety by allowing adults access to legal cannabis.

There are already ads on YouTube with official messages from government, for example in Ontario the ad says that you actually can’t buy weed anywhere and from anyone, you have to buy it from a special governmental store. There are still some reasonable restrictions on where you can vape or smoke it, for instance you can’t use it in indoor common areas, enclosed public places and enclosed work places.

Of course you can’t use it close (<20 m.) to schools and places where children gather. Hospitals, hospices and care homes are also no smoking zones. Plus, it is illegal and dangerous to smoke while you drive.

You can official and legally buy Cannabis in Canada online here:

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How Canada Got Its Name?

How Does Canada Got Its Name

How should we name this country?

So, how Canada got its name? What is “Canada”?

Elders gathered together, they threw all the letters of the alphabet in a jar and called them out as they got them out:

“C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?”

There you go!

All jokes aside, “Canada” is a word in Iroquoian language (a native north american tribe, one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas). This word (kanata) simply means a “settlement”, “village” or “land”. Canada called liked that since 16th sentry, when French establish their first colony there.

As you might know a lot of North American places (cities, towns, villages, provinces, states) called like they are because First Nations called these lands accordingly or because a specific Indian tribe lived there.

Why Are Canadians Afraid Of The Dark?

Why are Canadians afraid of the dark

A light bulb will save ya, brother

So why are Canadians afraid of the darkness?

Are they afraid of it though?

This is a common joke and a stereotype about Canadians spread by certain TV shows and sitcoms like “How I Met Your Mother“.

The joke goes something like that:

  • How many Canadians does it take to change a light bulb?
  • None, they don’t change light bulbs. They accept them the way they are.

There are no reasonable evidence or explanations of such fear, the only source of it is “How I Met Your Mother” show where Robin and Canadians in a bar were trolled by Americans.

With all that in mind people keep asking such questions and spreading this stereotype even further, some even came up with the answer.

For instance it is sometimes explained by geography. Canada is a northern country, therefore the day length is shorter that in other places (longer night time). So… So this doesn’t make any sense if you think about it. If this was a factor, it should be the opposite, Canadians should feel comfortable to live in darkness with almost no sunlight. Also if this was true, other cold countries like Sweden, Norway or Finland should have the same thing among their people, but they don’t.

In general many people all around the world are afraid of night and darkness, this is natural. We all prefer sun because sun gives life, sun was a god in many ancient religions, moon and darkness were an evil force.

Even if you recall Game Of Thrones you can think of a quote:

The night is dark and full of terrors

Which just shows the same old way to feel about night and day in many cultures and countries. It is not a Canadian thing, it is universal. In conclusion, there is no special connection between Canadians and darkness.

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