Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On Buying Canadian

Canada day is in a couple of days, and I received this email (below) from a friend that I thought I'd share. We've all reads lots about buying local food; I've written about it myself. But to take that one step further and buy Canadian products when possible really only requires a little more effort- just read the label. We can all do that I think. Happy Canada Day fellow Canadians!

A couple of Made In Canada resources I found:

*July is Canadian Products Month at Beauty Geeks
*One man's challenge to eat, watch, use only Canadian products for a year: One Year One Canadian  

And now the email that inspired this post:

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students: that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good Canadian:

Shopping in Lowe's the other day for some reason and just for the fun of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China . The next day I was in Home Hardware and just for the fun of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in Canada! Start looking........
In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else – even their job.

A quote from a grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more. My favourite toothpaste, Colgate, is made in Mexico now. I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Wal-Mart. I needed 60W light bulbs. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labelled, "Everyday Value". I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in – get ready for this - Canada at a company in Ontario. Their Equate products are also made in Canada, and are very good.

Just to add my own experience on buying Made In Canada, I was looking for canned mushrooms that were made in Canada and could never find any, so I would buy fresh. But a miracle happened, when in our Foodland store I found Ravine mushrooms - made in Canada with a little red maple leaf on can. A
little more money but when I opened the can I looked at mushrooms that look like real mushrooms, not a mushroom that looks like it was cleaned in bleach. So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here.
My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in Canada. The job you save may be your own or your neighbour's! (Your children & grandchildren, also)

If you accept this challenge, pass it on to so we can all start buying Canadian, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies! (We should have awakened two decades ago.) Let's get with the program. Help our fellow Canadians keep their jobs and create more jobs here in Canada.

If President Obama insists on a 'Made in America ' policy, which is commendable of him, to support
American workers, we should do likewise. BUY CANADIAN! Read the labels. Support Canadian jobs.

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