Originally Posted by SquirrellyCakes
I lived in a small mining city in Northern Ontario, in the 70's. The cable television hookup was done on an experimental basis, other larger cities had access to it for years. But Sudbury presented challenges because of the huge iron ore deposits and the geological challenges they produced to run lines and hookups to services and the interference they caused. I lived in a much smaller city, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the early 80's, because of the close proximity to the Soo Michigan, we had more television stations, access to American products sooner than some of the larger cities in Canada that were not close to an American border.
Now I live in Canada's capital city, the city from which the rest of the country is governed federally. And yet because of the population size, much smaller than the city of Toronto, we have access to far less things when it comes to decorating tools.
Squirrelly... I hear ya! I grew up in a little town where the Soo was the big city, and Sudbury was the edge of "southern Ontario" (at least to me!)
I now live south of Toronto, and the culture shock was something else! In White River, we had 4 TV channels WITH cable (1 was French, 1 was CBC, and I don't remember the other 2) and 2 radio stations (CBC and a station from the next town up the highway) The nearest high school and hospital were over 60 miles away in the next town.
My DH still (after 16 years in the south) laughs at me... I don't "get" many of the cultural references (many of them American) that he takes for granted.
As for MS... I don't have to like her personally (I don't KNOW her personally, so how could I?) but I LOVE the information and design know-how that she is responsible for making available to me, and everyone else! To have that much creative skill (even if she only thinks up 1/1000 of what gets put out under her name) and the business acumen to run that empire makes her an amazing woman!