Thanks for allowing me to join this forum. I am a Canadian whose ancestors have been roaming around up here for the last couple of hundred years. My appreciation for my homeland is profound but no less profound is my appreciation for our closest neighbour, the U.S.A. My love affair with American began, as it did for many of my fellow citizens, at an early age living in southern Ontario. For my brother, it was a trip to Buffalo to see a football game or just to have some fun; for the gals, it was shopping across the border at the wonderful warehouse outlets so prevalent in those days. The love affair continued as my husband and I spent vacations boating on Lake Ontario, down the St. Lawrence to Alexandria Bay in beautiful upper New York State. And now years later from our sanctuary on the west coast, we have the privilege of spending the winter months in the U.S. southwest, the realization of a long-held dream. We came from modest families but have lived the "North" American dream: we worked hard (and still do) and made a comfortable life for ourselves.
For the first time in my life I feel another type of profound feeling, something I thought would never be part of my life: FEAR; fear for my personal financial security and physical safety and, perhaps more importantly, fear for the future of our two great countries.
Thanks to this forum, I have become a prepper. I have also found the situational awareness threat an invaluable "head's up" for personal safety. On our road trips, our beloved big black Doberman sits prominently in the back seat. That's about the best we Canadians can do!
After lurking for a number of years and viewing this forum frequently throughout the day, I have become impressed by the quality of information provided and by the high standards maintained by the Administrators. It is a privilege to be a member, and I hope I can also make some meaningful contributions from a "northern" perspective. I would also be pleased to address any questions from other forum members wondering about where Canadians stand on certain issues. There are a lot of misconceptions in that regard perhaps generated by the more vocal few of my fellow citizens.
Again, many thanks for this opportunity.