I've just finished doing my Canadian taxes using Turbotax. The net income calculated by inputting my T4 is higher than what I actually netted (calculated using excel + mint) by about $8000. [more inside]
Recently poutine came up in a convo I had with a foreigner. After they told me they visited Canada and while here made sure to try poutine, I explained to them that I was familiar with poutine before most Canadians knew what the hell it was and that in the not-too-distant past poutine wasn't well-known outside of Quebec. I estimated that it only started becoming popular outside of Quebec in maybe the late 90s. Am I off in this estimate, MeFi? [more inside]
The Canadian Conservative Party is currently at 30.2% in nationwide polls but, due to factors such as vote splitting and regionalized support, is currently projected to form a minority government with 131 out of 308 seats in Parliament. That's undemocratic. Idea: what if opposition parties agreed not to run candidates in specific ridings so as to create two party races (Conservative-Liberal in some ridings, Conservative-NDP in others). Would that be lawful? [more inside]
What are some good reads about Canadian political history? [more inside]
I live in Canada. Every now and again I try to understand what's happening in federal or provincial politics. Every time I look I only seem to find information on the current scandals or vote-grabbing hot-button issues. Is there somewhere I can understand more without the rhetoric and spin? [more inside]
My friend's daughter was travelling to Canada over the weekend. Apparently she was stopped at the border due to some health insurance related issue. She didn't make it to the hostel she was supposed to stay at the first night, or the volunteer program she was destined for. She called those places when she knew she wouldn't make it, but she hasn't called home at all, as far as we can tell. And we have no idea where she is right now. What can we do? [more inside]
I'm clueless as to how one goes about getting welfare. What can I expect? Is it easy to get? [more inside]
Do you know some long-wait presents? I am planning an anniversary gift, and I would like to show that I want to be with this person for a long time. I am interested in signing up for some long wait tours, experiences or gifts. I am thinking of things like the Canadian flag at parliament hill - a 25 year wait list, but anything >1 year is good. [more inside]
Is it unusual to see sandwiches and burgers on restaurant menus outside the US and Canada? [more inside]
DualCitizenshipFilter: I was born an American citizen, the son of a Canadian mother. A few years ago I applied for and received my Canadian citizenship, and was provided with my Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. I have never applied for and do not have a Canadian passport. If I were to enter Canada now (by air or land) what do I say, what do I tell them? Can I just show them my canadian card and be done with it? What about coming back to the U.S.A.? Can it be done both ways without either passport?
Canadian filter: Consumer Research Centre survey from 2012 Consumer Product Survey of British Columbia, from Diane Simon, offering a possible $2,500 from answering a 16-page survey. Legit or fake? [more inside]
Canadian Passport Renewal: If I go down to the Passport Canada office and renew my passport in person, will they take away my old (still valid) passport, leaving me passport-less until the new one arrives? [more inside]
I love Planet Money and This American Life. I am looking for similar podcasts which are either Canadian or just less America-only/mostly. I do not like The Vinyl Cafe, I do like Wiretap. English or French only, please.
I'm a Canadian who currently has a DirectTV subscription with a non-HD receiver. I want to be able to purchase an HD DVR and wanted to make sure I know everything before hand. [more inside]
Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
Genealogy and local history filter: Canadian army circa 1943: Where can I find information about my Dad? The family story goes that in 1942/43 my Dad learned that he was about to be drafted (into the army). So he joined the navy. Then I was born (October 1944). Then he was sent to Montreal and my mother and I followed him. Then we returned to Toronto. Is there anywhere in Canadian army records that I can confirm this information? [more inside]
When a Canadian mutual fund ends in the word class, eg the AGF Canadian Stock Class, how is that fund different to ones that end in fund, such as the AGF Canadian Stock Fund? Are they different funds? Acuity Short Term Income Class is an example of a "class" fund where there isn't also a "fund" fund offered.
So, apparently I need glasses. Where can this Canadian get the best deal on some designer frames? [more inside]
Canadian (you are not my) lawyers: is there a deadline for filing a proof of claim in personal bankruptcies? [more inside]
Canadian Libel Lawfilter: How do I send a cease & desist for libel made on the internet? [more inside]
I need help finding the best deal on a Canadian credit card. [more inside]
What are some super awesome and reliable Canadian email hosting companies. [more inside]
Canadian Military Reserve: Can any current or past reservists (Army, Navy, Air) give me a rundown of what it's like from joining, training, to practicing ? Is the reserve the place for me ? [more inside]
I'm working on a book of international curses and insults and I'm supposed to write a section on the U.S. and Canada. Now, I have no problem finding examples of invective by Yanks, but (like a typical Yank) I'm completely at a loss when it comes to the Great White North. I'd appreciate any pointers to good use of wicked language by Canadians (doesn't have to be obscene; cf. Twain's "Harte is a liar, a thief, a swindler, a snob, a sot, a sponge, a coward..."), old or new, online or off. Thanks!
Where can I get an API that allows lookup of (Canadian) Member of Parliament via postal code? [more inside]
I am a canadian citizen applying for a canadian passport, but I don't personally know any person eligible to serve as a guarantor, unless "personally" is legally defined more loosely than I imagine. Have you had any experience applying for a canadian passport with a "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor", and was the process complicated and delayed by the lack of guarantor?
I need advice on getting a visitor visa, Temporary Resident Visa(TRV) for a Cambodian to come visit Canada. [more inside]
Recent Canadian Lit. Recommendations? [more inside]
On my sister's behalf: What is the best chance for my husband (and therefore me) to immigrate to B.C.? He is 53 (not good according to the Canadian point system), and has a great offer of work from a friend in Victoria who is a designer/builder of homes. My husband would be hired as a foreman, as he's a highly skilled and experienced carpenter, and is capable of managing and training crews. His formal education doesn't go beyond high school, his English language skills are good (but not his French), he has no criminal record, and he's in very good health. [more inside]
I'm looking for bars or restaurants in the United States that serve Canadian food. [more inside]
Are there any agencies or organizations that hire Canadians to do IT work in Antarctica?
Calling all Canadians! My limited free and work time is being sucked up by really trivial purchasing problems. How does one efficiently shop online in Canada? More importantly, where? [more inside]
I may have my citizenship revoked, or perhaps I will lose my google priveleges, but...please help if you can, fellow mefites. I am looking for an image of A.Y. Jackson's proposed image for the Canadian flag. A wee bit more in the ol' inside... [more inside]
CanadianSlangFilter: What is a "tucker"? [more inside]