So most of you know that Max and I went on a week vacation to Toronto, mainly to be at Karson's wedding (Karson is an old friend from the Australia days- we used to work at Nortel together).
Canada is a lot like the US - in that the people there speak a very similar language (mainly English), watch a lot of the same TV, and each much of the same food. However... some would say that Canada is a much more open minded country (getting ready for some flaming !!!!). Check out this link called the Canadian Alternative... it's a site to entice "forward thinking" Americans to emigrate to Canada, and is basically an information service desk for those US citizens feeling frustrated at their current country's foreign policy, supposed disregard for the rest of the world from an environmental stand point, etc. etc.
I am by no means an advocate of this kind of rhetoric - however, I thought it interesting given our recent trip to mention this link... as it expresses some of the frustration I have seen in a lot progressive Americans (and there's a lot of those in the bay area).
Link: Canadian Alternative.