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Juan's Story

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0:00 – 0:44 We came here from Mexico in 1977 and settled in Coaldale, Alberta. My parents had just moved to Belize. My girlfriend’s parents were going to move to Canada and… So that meant that we were going to be separated. Now there was one way that she could stay in Mexico, and that is -if we got married. Which we did. And like I said, it was a very short time to plan all of that, but we did get married three days before we moved to Canada.
0:45 – 1:26 One of the things that I find very interesting is that we lived in a city, in Mexico, in [inaudible] and as… In Mexico, your house is right to the sidewalk. And it’s all stone or concrete or [inaudible] always that kind of buildings. When we got to Canada, one thing that I found totally interesting, and I couldn’t believe it, is when we got to my wife’s sister place, in Coaldale, Alberta, they had a wooden house.
1:27 – 2:06 And they had a bigger lot than the house. So they had this bog lot and this little house, what seemed like a little wooden house. So my first impression was that they obviously can’t afford a real house, because it’s just made out of wood. And at night, the stars… We live 9,000 feet above sea level, so you look up at the stars at night in Alberta, and most of them are missing. Or so it seems. So that was a bit different.
2:06 – 2:50 When I started looking for a job more in my field, welding and industry, because I have a hand missing, that was a difficult thing. Nobody wanted to hire me at that time. Eventually, I offered this one company that I would work for free for two weeks and if after that, they thought I couldn’t do the job, they didn’t owe me anything and I would leave. But it’s where I worked for the next four years or so.
2:50 – 3:25 One thing that is definitely easier here is… You know, making a living is much easier. The other thing that is definitely a positive in Canada is… First of all, it’s a peaceful land, we never have to go to bed and be afraid that there would be bullets flying through our house. We live in a very prosperous and peaceful land, so I… You know, when you look at the world, I just don’t think you can find any better than Canada.