Welcome!  Nice to have you stop by.  Now, before I explain this blog, I need to tell you this: if you’ve come here and you’re enraged by what you see, I want you to know that we can still work together.  How?  Well, I’ll get to that in a minute if you’ll just settle down.  If you’ve come here and you’re not enraged by what you see, simply curious, well that’s just dandy.  Really, I couldn’t be happier.  Stick around and I’ll explain just what all this is about.

Okay, so for starters, I live in Canada.  I was born and raised in Canada and aside from some trips abroad and living abroad for a few years, I’ve always lived in Canada.  The problem?  I hate living in Canada.  I really do.  In short, Canada and I just don’t jibe.  As a result of not liking the Canadian lifestyle, I’ve often been told that if I dislike Canada so much, why don’t I just leave?  And you know what?  Those people couldn’t be more correct: I should leave.  I should leave as soon as humanly possible.

But aha!  Therein lies the problem.  Leaving Canada is expensive, mainly due to one of the numerous things that I hate about Canada and will complain about at length at some point on this blog: flights from Canada to pretty much anywhere are ridiculously overpriced.  If you don’t believe me, then you obviously haven’t spent much time overseas.  I can fly all over Asia or Europe, for example, for a mere fraction of the price that I could if I were to buy my ticket in Canada.  And furthermore, the cost of living in Canada (particularly if you live in Vancouver, as I do) is highly unaffordable (the least affordable in the world, fyi).  And so, getting the money to leave is a very expensive pursuit (and hardly affordable for a writer who currently earns a very meagre living).

But enough of that.  What I have you here for is to tell you what I plan to do about it all and how you can help me.  Ready?  Okay.  So each week or so, I will list a new aspect about Canada that I intensely dislike, because I’m certain that you all want to know what exactly it is that I dislike so much about Canada.  Of course, that makes sense.  At the end of each one of these posts, you will see a PayPal button as well as a request to donate $1.  This is $1 Canadian (so really nothing at all, considering the Canadian dollar is more or less worthless on a global scale).  Wherever you may be from, you can donate the $1 Canadian dollar equivalent of your currency to me here at Not Lovin’ It, Leavin’ It.

Why in the hell would you give me a dollar to write horrible things about the country you love?  Good question.  Look at this way: I intend to do exactly what I say I’ll do with this money.  Yeah, I know, there are like, a billion shitty sites on the internet that ask for one dollar because the person running the site wants to be rich.  I’m not interested in being rich.  I will run this site until I amass enough donations to leave Canada once and for all.  Once I do that, I will discontinue the site.  I promise you that much.  So basically, by giving me a dollar, you are getting something in return: you are actually helping to get rid of someone who you don’t want in your country anyway.  What a great thing!  If you’ve ever said something along the lines of Love it or Leave it to someone who was complaining about Canada, well now is your chance to make that a reality for someone!  By donating a dollar to this site, you’ll actually be able to help to alter the type of person who makes up your country’s population!  Screw elections and politicians, vote with your one dollar!  It couldn’t be simpler.

Certainly you’ve given money to a panhandler at least once in your life while walking down the sidewalk or whatever.  I know that I have.  But what is your spare change doing for the people on the street?  I guarantee you that those people you gave spare change to a year ago are still on the street today.  A dollar in my pocket however, helps get me one step closer to leaving and makes you one step closer to clearing out an undesireable element such as myself from your country.

To those of you who aren’t Canadian but who stumble upon this site: of course I would love a one dollar donation from you as well.  Perhaps my weekly rants will be enough to cause you to cast pity on me and send a dollar my way.  It’s really only Canada that I feel this way about and I say that from experience because I’ve been to many countries around the world and for the most part, loved them all.

Lastly, I’m sure many of you are asking yourselves Well if he hates Canada so much, where does he plan to go to that’s better?  Well, I’m still trying to figure that out.  I have it pinned down to a few places in South East Asia and practically all of the countries found on this list.

Well that’s it for me.  I really hope we can work together to get me out of this place.  I know that a lot of people will say that I’m a very selfish person for complaining about living in Canada while so many people live in horrible places around the world and can’t leave.  And yes, that’s true that many people don’t have the luxury to do what I am doing.  But I’m sorry, this was how I was born and I can’t change that, just as someone can’t change the colour of their skin or their gender.  I’m genuinely not happy in Canada and I think it’s ridiculous that everyone should be automatically expected to love the country that they were born into unconditionally.  I’m very happy for people who love it in Canada and want to stay here forever.  I’m just not one of them.

Thank you for reading and please donate your $1 today!



One Response to “About”

  1. cbh1 July 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    so I assume you get a lot of angry responses from people who can’t figure out why you’d say such things about this great country. I do, however agree with one point you have made thus far, that the amount of flag waving has increased. I personally think it is great though, the reason I always hated the American flag waving was because I could never understand why we weren’t so patriotic.

    The “love it or leave it” statement is something I associate with Americans. I have never heard a Canadian say it, but I have never put myself in a situation to hear it. As a Canadian I would never say it as I believe you have the right to feel about this country any way you wish.

    As for hating Hockey, what can I say, except what i say to anyone that tells me they hate Hockey. “To each their own.” While I feel that 95% percent of people who don’t like the game haven’t been exposed to it. I don’t think this is the case with you, so like I said “To each their own.”

    I agree that Vancouver is a ridiculously expensive place to live, I live here also, the article you quoted was based on 6 counties not the entire world, but you the quote was from the articles title, so not your fault. All the studies I can find place Vancouver at 75th in the world, Toronto is 76th, that is a far cry from your number 1 claim.

    The weather complaint I feel is your only truly legit complaint. The fact we live in a northern country cant be ignored. The fact that you live in Vancouver does puzzle me though. Have you lived elsewhere in the country? I personally will put up with the mild winter temps and rain over the -30c in the rest of the country.

    Your argument that people that claim Canada is the most beautiful place on Earth are untraveled Rednecks is an ignorant statement. I can’t stand blanket statements like this. Did you ask everyone individually who ever said “Canada is the most beautiful place on Earth”, why they think that? While I find beauty everywhere, in both urban areas and in unpopulated natural places, the place I call home, where most of my memories and life experiences are, is why Canada is the most beautiful place I know.

    Now that i have writing all of this, I have decided this is your lame attempt at comedy. Its the asking for donations thing that makes it funny to me. I would rather see you suffer living here than give you money to leave. If you really want to leave get a better or a second job. Your attempt to make money by outraging people is hilarious.

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