Why it's the best time EVER to be a Canadian!

From thriving immigrants and great baseball players to delicious ice wine and the coolest robots - Maclean's finds 10 reasons why Canada is the best place on earth to live

Also in this issue, on newsstands now:

  • How all eyes will be on Kate Middleton, style icon, this week
  • Nationalists prepare for the Royal visit to Quebec

TORONTO, June 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Our cheeses make the French jealous; Our real estate is red hot; We work less than in the U.S., but have roomier houses—and play more golf!

In honour of Canada's 144th birthday, Maclean's is painting the town red and white with the top reasons we stand out among all other nations in health, delicious food and—robots that rock. Read on. Our Canada Day gift to you is a gentle reminder that by many global measures we are a blessed bastion of privilege, peace, freedom—and big roomy houses.

Highlights
According to recent studies:

  • Canada ranks third for how it grants equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities to immigrants (and we attract the brightest newcomers)
  • Canadian food is gaining recognition in international culinary circles for being sustainable, innovative and delicious. (Think Quebec's apple ice wine and New Brunswick's Breviro caviar.)
  • Canada is leading the way in medical research with one of the highest concentrations of stem-cell researches anywhere.

PLUS: We build the coolest robots in the universe; have the highest golf participation in the world; are a hotbed of entrepreneurship; and produce fantastic baseball players.

Young, royal and a style icon
Since her royal engagement, Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, has become a style icon in her own right. Choosing to wear clothes that are simple and affordable instead of overpriced haute couture has propelled Catherine from "Waity Katie" to newsworthy fashion favourite. As the country prepares for the royal visit, London-based writer Leah McLaren takes a look at some of Catherine's most memorable outfits and what we can expect once she steps off the jet in Ottawa this week.

Quebec visit: A royal pain or PR coup?
As part of their Canadian tour, the royal couple will be visiting the province of Quebec. While many are looking forward to seeing the newlyweds, Quebec nationalist are preparing to protest. With a strong opposition to the monarchy, Montreal bureau chief Martin Patriquin looks to what could be gained by the duke and duchess's visit.

About Maclean's:

Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.4 million readers with strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.


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