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    The administrators walk around the school alomst nonstop. There not like prison guards or anything but they just want to make sure you don't leave school and go home during the school day or do anything against the rules.
    At my high school, we do have hall monitors but they don't walk around as much. The teachers usually rely on the cameras in every hallway and they usually have people walking around at lunch...

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    A school may or may not have students as hall monitors, but there will always be someone wandering the hall looking for students. This might be a teacher, a para, a security guard, and sometimes even real police officers.

    My old school actually had a cop who would wander the halls looking for people. Badge, gun, and everything else. In the last week of my junior year, my entire lunch hour got to watch him taser a kid and then arrest him for having drugs in his locker. Oh...that was entertaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OliveOil_Med
    My old school actually had a cop who would wander the halls looking for people. Bag, gun, and everything else. In the last week of my junior year, my entire lunch hour got to watch him taser a kid and then arrest him for having drugs in his locker. Oh...that was entertaining.
    Oh, wow! I've never heard of actual cops being in schools before! I'd think that that wouldn't happen too often though.


    I don't know if I should ask this here or on the Canadian thread, but what are some sterio types of Canadians that a lot of people know in America?

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    The only stereotype I can think of is ending all their sentences with "eh". ("Nice weather, eh?", etc.)

    There's a cop at my high school too. (I don't know if they've ever had arrest some one there.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neville's Girl
    The only stereotype I can think of is ending all their sentences with "eh". ("Nice weather, eh?", etc.)

    There's a cop at my high school too. (I don't know if they've ever had arrest some one there.)
    Ah, yes, "eh?" is very typical when stereotyping a canadian.

    If you want a quick list of canadian stereotypes, listen to the song Canadian Idiot by 'Weird Al' Yancovic.

    Canadian stereoptypes:
    ice hockey lovers
    beer is their alcoholic beverage of choice
    they are into curling
    very polite

    Stuff like that.

    We have a "resource officer". Basically a police officer who is on hand in case anything gets out of hand... which it never does.

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    OK, that's what I thought. But all of those are true, exept for the "eh?" one. I use that word about once a week, if that.

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    Another one I can think of is that Canada never does anything to heavily influence the world. For example, the idea that Canada will ever instigate a war with another country is seen as pretty humerous in the United States. Also that Canadians in general are wusses. Sorry if I offended anyone, these are just the things that all come to my mind.

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    We are only 'wusses' OFF the ice

    Lets see, as a Canadian living in the USA, Canadians are seen as nice people, polite and helpful. The country is thought of as uniformly beautiful - ALL of it looks like the Rockies or the Laurentians, and everyone speaks both French and English. As soon as you cross the boarder the temperature drops 40 degrees. Most Americans think that Canada is not really a distinctive country, that the culture is almost the same as the USA.

    They don't think much of our military, although Canada is involved in UN Peacekeeping around the world and regularly has joint training with the US military. Back in the 1980s and 1990s more Canadian military saw action than US military - all in the name of "Peacekeeping" though. Now of course the picture is very different.

    And the biggest thing is the "eh". Beyond a doubt.

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    My friend's mother went down to the southern US and someone actually asked her if she lived in an igloo!

    I live in Ontario so I go down to Michigan quite a bit to shop. My mother passed by a store in a mall in Port Huron with a sign portraying 50% off. There was an example underneath. People actually needed an example of how much 50% was. She went and asked the guy if people honestly didn't know this. His reply: "You're not from around here, are you?"

    But I will give the US this: They have WAY better service than we do. People are way more polite in stores, restaurants, etc.

    Wow, went a bit off topic, didn't I?
    Anyway, Canadian stereotypes:
    Eh?
    Eating blubber
    Winter is all the time
    Beer
    Hockey
    riding polar bears to school, etc, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo_mouse
    We are only 'wusses' OFF the ice

    Lets see, as a Canadian living in the USA, Canadians are seen as nice people, polite and helpful. The country is thought of as uniformly beautiful - ALL of it looks like the Rockies or the Laurentians, and everyone speaks both French and English. As soon as you cross the boarder the temperature drops 40 degrees. Most Americans think that Canada is not really a distinctive country, that the culture is almost the same as the USA.

    They don't think much of our military, although Canada is involved in UN Peacekeeping around the world and regularly has joint training with the US military. Back in the 1980s and 1990s more Canadian military saw action than US military - all in the name of "Peacekeeping" though. Now of course the picture is very different.

    And the biggest thing is the "eh". Beyond a doubt.
    I would agree that Canada is thought of as uniformly beautiful, because the places people visit- like Stratford, where I just visited- ARE beautiful. The houses are so cute! It wasn't cold either, except the day it rained.

    I think it's believe the US also counts on a military alliance- like if we wanted to go to war with someone, Canada would probably help us out.

    Quote Originally Posted by FireAndIce
    I live in Ontario so I go down to Michigan quite a bit to shop. My mother passed by a store in a mall in Port Huron with a sign portraying 50% off. There was an example underneath. People actually needed an example of how much 50% was. She went and asked the guy if people honestly didn't know this. His reply: "You're not from around here, are you?"

    But I will give the US this: They have WAY better service than we do. People are way more polite in stores, restaurants, etc.
    Yes, you will quite frequently see a full of price changes in US. I think that's because a lot of people either can't do the math (especially when it's really weird stuff like 27% off) or are too lazy.

    I'd have to agree with that. Pretty much every restaurant I went to in Stratford didn't have very good service. They were nice enough, it was just very slow.

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