It's a super weird time to be Canadian. Toronto's crack-smoking mayor seems to have single-handedly reshaped the world's concept of our country and undermined the point of stitching Canadian flags on our backpacks.

Prepare for unsolicited Rob Ford crack chat, travellers.

Canucks, we can't let the circus of bad (albeit sometimes hilarious) press surrounding this troublemaker define our Canadian-ness and sully our country's good name.

There was a time when it was unfathomable that an elected official — let alone the mayor of Canada's largest city — would talk into a hot mic about cunnilingus. Those days are gone.

Our moment of redemption — the 2014 winter games — is months away, and in the meantime we need a few reminders of Canada's greatness that no crack-smoking mayor can torch.

Let's get one thing straight...

  • Rob Ford..
    The last threads of our wholesome Canadian reputation that is. But let's take a step back and put things into perspective and remember...
  • 1. WE ARE A NATION THAT DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE CHOCOLATE TREATS
    America, you do. Because Kinder Surprise toys outrank guns on the scale of all things dangerous.
  • 2. NEIL YOUNG. 'NUFF SAID
    "Some get stoned, some get strange, but sooner or later it all gets real." Listen to Neil Young, Rob Ford. He is wise.
  • 3. THIS PHOTO OF LEONARD COHEN AND JONI MITCHELL
    So much Canadian pride right now. Remember that feeling? Here's a another patriot to be proud of...
  • 4. THIS MAN AND ALL THE CANADIAN INTEREST HE SPARKED IN THE WORLD (THE GOOD KIND)
    Chris Hadfield, everyone. Canada's gentleman in space. First class officer in epic Canadian moustaches.
  • 5. OUR RICH HERITAGE OF CANADIAN COMEDY
    Red Green > Rob Ford. We are a nation that perfected self-deprecating humour: "The Red Green Show," "SCTV," "Kids In The Hall." We're also a country with reputable marijuana to inspire Seth Rogen and these guys...
  • 9. "TRAILER PARK BOYS." NEW SEASON COMING
    APPRECIATE.
  • 6. ALSO, THIS GUY IS MAYOR OF CALGARY
  • 7. OUR CANADIAN PRAGMATISM
    Science! (For the most part)
  • 8. WE DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS GUY
    HOORAY!
  • 10. OUR BEER ROCKS. Y'HEAR THAT AMERICA?
    Because when you build your beerputation relying on sexy people to sell your brew, it’s probably crap.
  • 11. THIS VANCOUVER 2010 MOMENT
    Zi-Ann Lum
    This ephemeral patriotic moment was brought by Team Canada's gold medal game. Everyone high-fiving everyone. So many smiles. So many maple leafs and gold-themed meal deals. It marked the goddamn height of our Canadian pride in our recent history. Which brings us to...
  • 12. THIS

It's also Movember, so let's pay homage to some epic Canadian moustaches:

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  • The Trebek

    Alex Trebek

  • The 'I'm Definitely Going To Space'

    Chris Hadfield

  • The 'I Told You'

    Chris Hadfield

  • The Barely Bieber

    Justin Bieber

  • Can You Spot The Stache?

  • Maybe Stick To This

  • The Legend

    Lanny McDonald

  • The Moustache That Keeps On Giving

    Lanny McDonald

  • The Gosling - The Grunge Years

    Ryan Gosling

  • The Gosling - The Blue Period

  • The Gosling - The Golden Age

  • The I Invented The Telephone And I Don't Care What You Say

    Alexander Graham Bell

  • The Boss

    Pat Burns

  • The 'Try Harder'

    Michael Cera

  • The Talker

    Peter Gzowski

  • The 9.79*

    Ben Johnson

  • The Fail

    Stephen Harper

  • The Ridiculously Distinguished Gentleman

    Christopher Plummer

  • The Body Break

    Hal Johnson

  • The Inventor

    James Naismith

  • The Save The World

    David Suzuki

  • The Artful Communist

    Norman Bethune

  • The Tragically Hip

    Rob Baker

  • The Hero

    Lincoln Alexander

  • The Lightfoot

    Gordon Lightfoot

  • The Don't Even Think About It

    Bill McCreary

  • The Eyebrow Stache

    Eugene Levy

  • The Revolutionary Rogue

    Louis Riel

  • The 'On The Road Again'

    Wayne Rostad

  • The Literary Legend

    Farley Mowat

  • The Professor

    Robertson Davies

  • Just Jack

    Jack Layton

  • And The Early Years

    Jack Layton

  • The Anti-Imperialist

    Henri Bourassa

  • The Funny Guy

    John Candy

  • The Uncle Louis

    Louis St. Laurent

  • The General

    Romeo Dallaire

  • The Nobel Laureate

    Bertram Brockhouse

  • The Captain

    Wendel Clark

  • The Guess Who

    The Guess Who

  • The War Leader

    Robert Borden

  • The Honorary Canadian

    <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Goulet" target="_blank">Robert Goulet</a> (a 'lost' Canadian)

  • The Glad It's Temporary

    Justin Trudeau, with Scott Simms

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  • Freddie Mercury

  • Jude Law

  • James Franco

  • George Clooney

  • Orlando Bloom

  • Zac Efron

  • Eddie Murphy


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