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Which neighbourhood in St. John's Newfoundland should we live in?

My partner and I are moving to St. John's to start PhD programs this month. Where is the best part of town to rent a house with trees, access to hiking trails, but with a maximum 30-40 minute walk to MUN? [more inside]
posted by jardinier on Aug 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Origion of the Edmonton/Norther Alberta drawl

Does anyone know the origins and evolution of the northern Alberta drawl? Does it originate with Texas oil people that moved north, or is it a local evolution? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Aug 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Can I register a car in NY and drive it into Canada right away? How?

I'm leaving NYC on Friday and driving to Canada for 12 days. I have a rental booked, but also just bought a car out of state and had it delivered to a mechanic. They did a safety inspection and some minor work that will not be completed until Friday, the same day I need to leave. The car does not have temporary out of state tags or license plates but I have an appointment with the DMV on Thursday. If possible, I'd like to drive this vehicle to Canada but am very skeptical of the timeline. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Kelowna to Vancouver - which route to take?

We're planning to drive from Kelowna to Vancouver in the middle of September, and we'd like to take a scenic route and perhaps stay overnight somewhere in the middle. Problem: we're getting conflicting advice about which "scenic" route to take! [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jul 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Healthcare for visitors in Toronto?

My cousin is visiting from the US and her joints are hurting a lot. Since she is a visitor she has no OHIP or health insurance here. For someone who is medically uninsured, I need more information on (1) x-ray centers and (2) medical labs (for blood work) in the Toronto-Mississauga area. Also, I would appreciate your advice on any (3) good, inexpensive health insurance plans you know about. If you can help me with any of these it would be a great help.
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Careers in communications / social justice

I'm going back to school for communications in the fall. I'd like to start gathering career ideas now so I know what to look for when I graduate and also so that I pick the right courses for my career path. When I went in to my undergrad in 2007, I had no idea of what I would do upon graduation. So, I'd like to gather some ideas now and tailor my course selection towards potential career options. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 22, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I serve papers in Canada?

My friend has an uncomplicated divorce (no assets, no kids, no shared debt, filing taxes singly.) The ex lives in Canada and is a Canadian citizen, my friend who is filing for divorce is in California and a United States citizen. She has free legal help-- they got the papers filled out properly and explained the general process, but didn't explain serving papers. Paying to speak to a lawyer is out of the question. How do we serve papers internationally, to a known address? What if she refuses delivery or can't be found?
posted by blnkfrnk on Jul 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Negotiating a salary without comparative data points

I'm renegotiating my salary next week in a consulting startup but don't have much to go on in terms of being able to compare to similar jobs because the industry is rather niche and growing fast. How would you go about calculating a fair request with very little information? [more inside]
posted by mireille on Jul 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Cell phone for visiting Canada

I have a Virgin Mobile USA phone, which is useless outside the US. I'll be in Canada (Nova Scotia and Ontario) for two weeks, and while the idea of taking a break from little electronic devices is tempting, it actually would be kind of helpful to have a phone. What's my best (ie, cheapest) option? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Jul 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Traveling to Vancouver. Pre-paid mobile data plans?

I'll be in Vancouver and the surrounding area next week. What's the best way for me to get data on my cellphone? Something like a prepaid mobile SIM card tied to a data plan. Just relying on wifi isn't an option as half of the time I won't be in the city. [more inside]
posted by destrius on Jul 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Searching for Remote Trading Posts that are still Active.

Does anyone know of any remote, off the grid (USA or Canada) trading post(s) that are still operational?
posted by mm-ut on Jul 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Clothes to pack for late summer trip to Montreal/Ontario lakehouse?

What stylish but versatile mix and match clothing articles and accessories should I pack for three July nights in Montreal and four nights in a cabin off Lake Beverly in Ontario? How do I keep them looking "fresh" despite heat, humidity, and my own unforgiving sweat? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Northern Nova Scotia/ Cape Breton vacation tips?

At the end of the month, my girlfriend and I are heading to Nova Scotia. We'll be staying with a friend in Pictou for a few days, then renting a car out of New Glasgow and heading off on our own. We have four days (three nights) before we fly out of Halifax...and no plans at all. Where should we go? Recommendations for nature/odd attractions/good food wanted. Particularly lovely towns? Good routes? Places to stay?
posted by neroli on Jul 9, 2014 - 17 answers

What can I bring from California to my Canadian relatives?

I will be visiting my Canadian relatives and want to bring them some goodies from California. What can I bring that they can't already get there? [more inside]
posted by biscuits on Jul 2, 2014 - 22 answers

How can I increase my chances of getting a job in Vancouver, BC?

As a U.S. citizen with no family ties to Canada, what proactive steps should I take to make myself more employable in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by mrbeebz on Jul 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Road trip to Canada in three parts

The short of it: (1) Do you have any personal experience getting into Canada and re-entering the US with only a driver's license and birth certificate? (2) What is the drive like between Toronto and Ogdensburg for someone who has really only spent time in cities and driving on major highways up and down the East and West coasts? (3) What should we do in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jun 27, 2014 - 37 answers

Toronto Doctor for Someone Scared of Doctors

I’m looking for a General Practitioner in the Downtown/Western Toronto area who is both accepting new patients and sensitive to issues of medical anxiety. Much much more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Taking my iPhone to Canada -- how to not get burned by fees

I am confused about my options for using voice/data/texting on my Verizon iPhone 5 while on a trip to Canada. [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Jun 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Women's socks. Difficulty level: Canada.

A lot of my socks (plain black, mid-rise/crew, breathable) are getting thin or holey. I looked at previous women's socks questions on AskMe, and they recommended brands that don't ship to Canada (Uniqlo, Gold Toe, Smartwool, etc.) and can't be found in my city (Ottawa). What are the best women's appropriate-for-office-work socks I can get in Canada? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Tell me where to go!

I want to go take pictures of mountains in Alberta, but so far, no luck. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Jun 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Is there a housing safety net for a severely disabled person in Canada?

A 69 yr old wheelchair bound man, in SK, Canada, may end up homeless in the very near future. I need to know our options so that he continues to be cared for. In short, all the other safety nets have had holes in them, and we are being threatened with eviction. He relies on me (caregiver/wife) to bathe him, dress him, attend to personal hygiene/bathroom needs. He cannot walk at all, can stand with help, has use of one arm/hand. Living on the streets isn't going to work. Where do I turn now? More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Can I drive a car with temporary documentation into Canada?

Last week, I bought a new car. Can I drive in and out of Canada with a temporary license plate, registration, and insurance card? [more inside]
posted by ddbeck on Jun 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Leaving from Canada for a work trip?

I am a US citizen working for a US company who is being sent to Europe later this year on a temporary (~1 month) work assignment. My ability to work in the destination country is not an issue. My flight to get to and return from the destination leaves from Canada. I have a NEXUS card but won't be arriving in Canada via a NEXUS lane, so I'll do regular land-based Canadian immigration. How do I tell them the purpose of my visit? If I say "flying to Europe," is "for work" an acceptable answer if they ask why, or will CBSA even ask why? I'll have copies of my air tickets away from and back to Canada, along with proof of ties to the US. Am I over thinking this?
posted by fireoyster on Jun 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Seat swapping: a solution to vote splitting in Canadian politics?

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]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Jun 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Canadian Permanent Residency and photo requirements

Applying for permanent residency in Canada. Struggling with obtaining important documents/photos of older children who are living in the US and not applying with us ("Not accompanying"). [more inside]
posted by routergirl on May 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Travelling to Vancouver from UK on very short notice - tips needed

Due to winning a very late announcing scholarship, I'll be travelling to Vancouver in just over a week's time to attend a library conference. I would appreciate any tips you might have/things I may have forgotten to look into as I've not travelled to Canada before and certainly never travelled at such short notice! [more inside]
posted by halcyonday on May 29, 2014 - 12 answers

English-language song with the same tune as Les Plaisirs de la Table?

I'm pretty sure I have previously heard a song sung in English that has the same tune as this French-Canadian folk song. It may have been an Irish folk song. Does anyone recognize it?
posted by capricorn on May 18, 2014 - 4 answers

...b/c GOMAD is actually kind of gross.

After a couple of years away from supplements, I'm looking for a whey protein powder that's close to what I used and liked in England. The catch is that I'm in Canada now. [more inside]
posted by Kreiger on May 15, 2014 - 3 answers

PAL to NTSC for retrocomputing

What would it take to get a (composite video modified) PAL ZX Spectrum to display something coherent on a monitor or TV in Canada? [more inside]
posted by scruss on May 4, 2014 - 1 answer

Third party liability insurance in Canada!

My girlfriend (who is from the US) is going to Canada to do a mural in a hotel and they require her to have 3rd party insurance/liability insurance. She is only going to be there for a week and she's only making $1000 for the project so she doesn't want to spend all her money on insurance. Do any of you know of a cheap and quick way to get temporarily insured in Canada? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Apr 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Moving to Canada from the US - question about renting an apartment

I am finishing my Ph.D this month and will be moving to Canada for a post-doc position. The town where I will be moving to has a VERY tight rental market and from what I have heard, apartments rent within hours of being posted on the local rental websites. My husband is flying out about a month before we officially move up to secure a place for us to rent, but we are worried about trying to pay for a place without a Canadian bank account. We don't want to give cash to the landlord because it is untraceable and we are pretty sure no one will accept a check from a US bank. Has anyone had to deal with this before? Any advice would be most welcome. Thanks!
posted by source.decay on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Canadian entry records?

I am a permanent resident of Canada, and have been since 2010. Between 2010-2012 I lived in New York attending school, but moved back to Toronto in 2012 and have lived here full time. For most of my departures and entries into the country there are stamps in my passport to show. However, last October and November I took 2 trips to the US entirely by land, both trips were only a few days. I just now realized that upon re-entering I never got a stamp from either trip. I'm worried that there will be no proof of me coming back to Canada and the last 6 months of my residence won't count. Does the Canadian border keep a record of the permanent residents they let back in? Where can I find this information?
posted by atetrachordofthree on Apr 3, 2014 - 8 answers

non-standard question about move from nyc to montreal

I currently work in NYC for a large multinational financial services company. I'm in a contract position here, which is due to be renewed in August (which possibly might not be). They've internally offered me a full-time position in Montreal, and I don't know if I should take the offer (which is flat on salary. 110k/yr). I can probably find a similar position in NYC, but it'd be a contract position, and I really like the culture of the company I work for and I guess I'd rather have the job security of a full time position right now... huge snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Apr 2, 2014 - 12 answers

How to study in Canada with an arrest on your record?

My partner and I are moving to Canada to get our PhDs and so we have to apply for study permits (we're US citizens). The application asks if you've been arrested, and my partner has been once. How do we explain the arrest on the application, how do we ensure his study permit isn't denied because of this? Is there anything special we should include? [more inside]
posted by jardinier on Mar 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Canadian taxes: Do I need to keep paper receipts for all this?

Short version: As a Canadian Freelancer, if I track all my expenses carefully in mint, and pay for pretty much everything with credit/debit cards, do I still need to keep all those paper receipt? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Mar 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Going back to school for computer programming

Barring any unexpected dream jobs arising in the meantime, I will be heading back to school in September for a 2 year college diploma program in 'computer programming'. What are the job prospects for this qualification? I am in Canada. [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Mar 19, 2014 - 22 answers

Canadian freelancer here. What do I need to know about taxes?

I've just signed on with a couple of online firms that have a team of freelancers and then assign work to them. What do I need to know about taxes? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Southeastern British Columbia: Reveal Your Roadtrip Gems!

We are tentatively planning a road trip this summer which would take us north to Vancouver Island, then we are thinking of working our way over to Nelson. (Then down, hopefully, to see some of the Channeled Scablands on the way back to Oregon. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Canadian GST/HST error

From about 2008 to 2012, I was self employed as a private tutor in Canada. My income ranged from about 25k - 40k. During that time, I didn't collect GST/HST from my students because I didn't realize I was required to. I received a letter on Friday from Canada Revenue saying that I've been registered for an HST number and asking to submit GST/HST for 2010-2011. I'm a bit scared now, and wondering if anyone can give me an idea of what the penalties might be? I plan to talk to an accountant in the next week, but I'm just hoping to get an idea of what I might be in for.
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2014 - 3 answers

Who owns the rights to Arc Records these days?

How would I go about finding out who owns the rights to albums and songs released by a long-defunct music company? Specifically, a Canadian label named Arc Records. The article I linked to states that Arc came under the control of Ahed Music Corp Ltd in 1969 and that both companies ceased operations in 1986, but I haven't been able to track down any information beyond that.
posted by The Card Cheat on Feb 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Tour Eastern Canada recommendations

My in-laws are flying in from India to Boston. They've never been to Canada and are curious to see the Eastern part including Toronto, Ottawa, Quebuc, Montreal. Do you have any recommendations on guiding tour companies which they may enjoy. (Please note, they aren't open to renting a car, so I'm researching guided tour options). Thanks in advance, -Z
posted by quiverandquill on Feb 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Recommend some cool kids' mittens (for a 5 year old)!!!

MITTENFILTER: I'm buying some mittens (requested) for a friend's kid, a 5 year old boy who is extremely enthusiastic about transportation vehicles of all kinds (though especially those related to space exploration). They live in snowbound articky Montreal (I live in sunny Southern California). The mittens should be very warm and of the variety which have long arm gaiters so they can be sealed up with the kid's winter coat's sleeves. What mittens would you recommend? Are there cool kid novelty ones, perhaps in the shape of transportation vehicles of all kinds or something similar? are there astronaut mittens for kids even? Thanks for all your tips!
posted by zresearch on Feb 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Toronto represent!

I need to put together a small gift that represents my home region: Toronto, Canada. Help me come up with ideas. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jan 22, 2014 - 24 answers

Tell Me About Newfoundland

I am considering taking a week's vacation in Newfoundland in late May and I have questions about it. [more inside]
posted by something something on Jan 16, 2014 - 19 answers

Makeshift room in a condo for rent - is it legal?

Recently went for a viewing of a 2 bedroom condo for rent and the landlord has created a third makeshift room in the living room which is also available for rent. Is this legal in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Danniman on Jan 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Registering a Canadian Domain via a Trustee Service

I need to register a Canadian domain name (.ca). I do not currently meet the requirements in order to do that. I found a domain name registrar that offers to do this using a trustee service. I have questions about that. [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Jan 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Budget clarinet repair near Toronto

We found ms scruss' clarinet in a recent house clearout, and we'd like to get it playable again. It's probably not worth too much, and we're on a budget anyway. Suggestions for what to do with it are welcomed. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jan 6, 2014 - 2 answers

What should I know about doing my incorporated business taxes in Canada?

I started what is effectively a software consulting business this year. It's incorporated and I'm the only employee/owner/president/whatever. I'm filing the company's taxes for the first time now and my filing should be pretty simple. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jan 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Life after Teaching?

I have surpassed the statistical average and have taught (Mathematics) in NYC public schools for over 10 years. I have an MA in Psychology and a need for a change. Any suggestions Mefites? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Dec 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Integrating receipt scanner with Sage 50, Canadian edition

My husband and I have a small consulting business. I would like to scan all our receipts and then download them into Sage 50 so as to save time when doing our monthly accounting. Do you have any experience doing this? What hardware/software did you use? Did you have to do anything special to be compliant with the CRA? [more inside]
posted by angiep on Dec 28, 2013 - 3 answers

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