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Inexpensive cell phone for a month in Canada.

So I'm going to be spending about a month in Edmonton, AB this December and need to find an inexpensive cell phone and plan. I don't need data, only text & voice. I've seen other similar questions but they seemed to all have the option of bringing in a mobile phone from abroad whereas I want to buy something cheap and not too crappy.
posted by flyingfox on Nov 23, 2015 - 8 answers

What's my best upgrade option for a teetering iPhone 4?

My wee, sturdy iPhone 4 is reaching the end of its unnatural lifespan. I plan to get a new phone in January and cannot decide from these options: 5s, 6, and [unknown Android capable of seducing me]. Difficulty level: Canadian; have a decent month-to-month phone plan now and don't want to settle for less; smallish hands. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Nov 19, 2015 - 18 answers

Best online photo printing options in Canada?

Question for my fellow Canuck photographers - do you have a preferred option for online photo printing and delivery? [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Nov 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Experience as a veterinary technician in Canada?

My fiancee is considering a career change and is looking at options in the vet tech field. It seems like there are plenty of job opportunities where we live (Toronto) but not a lot of reliable information about salary, working conditions, etc. compared to info from the US. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Nov 14, 2015 - 4 answers

How hard is it to be a US expat in Ottawa?

I have been offered an opportunity at a promising company in Ottawa, Canada. However, I'm a US citizen who has never lived outside of the US. Have any Metafites done this before? Do you regret it? Is this just a Bad Idea (TM)? [more inside]
posted by msladygrey on Nov 13, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I pay a pardon service to handle my Canadian record suspension?

Decades ago, I got into some trouble with the law in Canada. I now have a record that shows a single summary conviction and a suspended sentence. This has not mattered until recently, when I was unable to pass a criminal background check. Should I apply for record suspension myself and eschew a "pardon" service (as suggested by the Parole Board of Canada, who warn of fraudulent services) or pay to have someone else take care of _some_ of the headache? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2015 - 3 answers

help! should I drop out of my MFA writing program?

I started a MFA writing program in Vancouver this fall. I wasn't sure about whether I should go or not to begin with, and now, I'm still second-guess and worrying I made a big mistake. I'm unhappy, often, and I'm worried that if I stay it will be for the wrong reasons: a big, heavy sunken cost fallacy. Can you help, please? Long complicated backstory inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 19 answers

Half a Sunday in Toronto

I will have an afternoon free in Toronto tomorrow (Sunday). What should I do? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Nov 7, 2015 - 17 answers

Uniquely Canadian things to send my penpal?

I wish to send my dear Finnish penpal a bunch of cool things you can only buy in Canada (and maybe also stuff that may be sold elsewhere but is only really popular in Canada). What to send, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 5, 2015 - 19 answers

Debit-taking mobile payments in Toronto? Alternatives to Square?

I'm opening up a popup shop in November. The building is not wired for internet and the landlord doesn't want to wire it as such due to the short-term lease. I know about mobile payment systems like Square, but none that I can determine can take Debit in Canada (they're credit card only). This does not work for me. Are there non-Square alternatives that do take debit in Canada? Thanks.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Oct 16, 2015 - 5 answers

How has Harper been corrupt? Help me count the ways. With sources.

Canadian politics filter: because I have a strange compulsion to waste my time arguing politics with people who believe Harper has been unfairly maligned by the “liberal media”, I’d like to collect a list of ways our current government has been deliberately corrupt: cold hard facts, with citations, from sources as unbiased as possible. [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Oct 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Shipping personal effects from UK to Canada, which company?

I have 7 boxes (each 65cm x 40cm x 35cm) that weigh a total of 125kgs I need shipping from Liverpool, UK to Toronto, Canada as part of my Permanent Residence application. I've never done this before and I need company recommendations.
posted by asharchist on Oct 5, 2015 - 4 answers

EPDM roofing in Canada?

We are creating a new roof on a small 100 sq ft house addition with a slight slope, almost flat but not quite. Should we go for an EPDM roof? [more inside]
posted by ovvl on Oct 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Advance voting in the Canadian election while unregistered

For the upcoming Canadian election on Oct. 19, I would like to vote in advance. However, I am not registered to vote, and cannot register through the online system as I do not have an Ontario driver's license. Is it possible for me to vote in advance if I'm not registered?
posted by tickingclock on Oct 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Canadian tax accountant recommendations

Past-aurynn left me in a a situation where I need to file back taxes in Canada, and I'd like professional support in order to get this sorted correctly. Wrinkle: I'm now a Canadian expat living in New Zealand. Does anyone have good recommendations for Alberta-knowledgable tax accountants, who are responsive to email, that could help me out?
posted by aurynn on Sep 21, 2015 - 1 answer

Canadian passport photos in Seattle

I'd like to get my passport photos taken in Seattle. The complication is that they need to meet dimensions required for a Canadian passport. Camera shops are mostly out of business, and FedEx and UPS offices can only take pictures meeting US passport dimensions (they print out to 2" x 2", and are too small). Per instructions, I am not allowed to take them myself. Do I have any other reliable and inexpensive options available in the Seattle area?
posted by a lungful of dragon on Sep 21, 2015 - 17 answers

House Hunting Episode Set in Victoria, BC

A relative is insisting I watch an episode of a house hunting show he recently caught on HGTV Canada. The episode was set in Victoria, BC, and among the properties featured were a float home and an expensive condo, which was the winning property. He's fairly certain the show was part of the House Hunters franchise, but with the main show having over five hundred episodes, as well as some likely looking spin-offs (International, Million Dollar Homes, Houseboat Hunters, and Tiny House Hunters), I've had no luck finding the episode I'm looking for. Does this ring any bells?
posted by northernish on Sep 14, 2015 - 4 answers

What phone and plan do I want?

The iPhone (2010-2015, RIP) in my pocket has finally perished and I have to look for a replacement. I am in southern Ontario and have been dealing with Fido mostly problem-free for fifteen years, but I am open to other suggestions. I am all over Canada frequently for work so coverage, it is a thing. Data is less important - my current plan has the lowest possible amount and I think I have exceeded the cap two or three times in five years. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Toronto to Maritimes: Road Trip Routing

Your tips for a road trip from Toronto the East Coast of Canada, please! [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Sep 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Am I an Immigrant?

I grew up in the UK, but have been a dual UK-Canadian citizen since birth (both my parents were Canadian citizens). I now live in Canada. Am I an immigrant? [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor on Sep 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Summer outdoor destination in Quebec?

Where should I go in (or near) Quebec for some rural day hikes? Bonus constraint: driving from NYC. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Aug 22, 2015 - 7 answers

[Canada Filter] Boxes Across Canada

I'm seeking recommendations on how to move my worldly goods (not furniture, but maybe my bike) from Toronto to Vancouver. Specific questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on Aug 21, 2015 - 3 answers

How do taxes work for non-resident citizens?

How do (Canadian) taxes work for non-resident citizens, if they work for a short time in Canada? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Aug 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Canadian consultant (not employee) and working in the US (visa?)

I am a Canadian citizen and web developer / eLearning specialist who has been working remotely (in Canada) for several American clients. Some of my clients are interested in having me come down for short periods to work with them. I am not an employee of any American company, and from what I can see, I cannot be sponsored for a TN visa or an H1-B visa. Is there any way at all that a Canadian consultant can legally work in the US for short periods of time without being an employee? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Aug 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Finding the right temperature for a Betta fish in a 5 gallon aquarium

Need help finding the right temperature for a Betta fish in a 5 gallon aquarium [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Aug 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Car insurance for temporary move from Canada to US

I live in Montreal and am taking a 1-year sabbatical in the United States (North Carolina). My car will be coming with me. Can I insure the car in NC without importing it into the US? [more inside]
posted by googly on Jul 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Introducing honoured guests

I am responsible for introducing (in English) a number of honoured guests from Japan at an event in Canada. I am looking for the appropriate English honorifics (His Excellency, Her Honour, etc) for some specific government officials, as well as some general honorifics. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jul 21, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I find legal advice on the other side of the continent?

I am getting divorced and I need a family law lawyer. I live in Vancouver, but it seems that I need to find a Toronto-area lawyer and I'm not sure how best to find one. Friend-of-a-friend recommendations and websites aren't making me feel less nervous. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Jul 20, 2015 - 3 answers

What if the NDP were to win the Canadian general election?

Polls indicate a real opportunity for the New Democratic Party (NDP) to prevail in the upcoming Canadian federal general election. What major changes to the business environment would this portend, thinking not so much of the formal election program but what an NDP cabinet and Commons majority would actually enact? [more inside]
posted by MattD on Jul 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Vancouver my crew!

Just found out our client has approved a film shoot in Vancouver. Hooray! Now, where do a crew of 5 Brooklynites stay? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Jun 30, 2015 - 15 answers

Ottawa this weekend

Off to Ottawa this weekend to see the US play China! What else should we do there? [more inside]
posted by damayanti on Jun 23, 2015 - 8 answers

How to treat a foot for the temporarily uninsured

I injured my foot just before moving from Canada to NYC. Now I'm in worsening pain and walking is difficult. I won't have health insurance for at least another week, possibly more. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Jun 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Sales tax question: Buying a Mac in Canada

I live in Seattle. If I buy a Mac in Canada, can I get the sales tax refunded? Also, does this even make sense with the exchange rate? Does Apple just raise their prices in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jun 17, 2015 - 9 answers

How to build an investment portfolio for retirement?

After reading a bit about efficient market theory and the benefits of lowering your costs via investments such as ETFs (especially over 20+ years), I closed my account with my adviser and sold my existing high MER mutual funds. Now what? [more inside]
posted by gumpstump on Jun 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Random car search - how thorough was it?

I got chosen for a random car search yesterday at the US/Canada border, and I have a few questions about it. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on May 31, 2015 - 11 answers

How can I tell teachers in Ontario (Canada) about a cool program?

I want a cheap/free way to do outreach to high school teachers in Ontario. I want to promote an alternative university program where they can steer students with potential but not great grades. [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on May 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Canadian volunteering for a year in the US for a religious nonprofit

My girlfriend and I will be volunteering at a mountain retreat center/camp in the US for a year. This retreat center is a religious nonprofit affiliated with a mainline protestant denomination and has existed since the '60s (and I have visited it many times before, as a member of that denomination). We will be paid a stipend of $550 a month each and have benefits like room & board, health and dental insurance...or at least I, as a US citizen, will get them. What does my girlfriend, as a Canadian citizen, need to provide to US immigration (specifically DHS at the border) to have the greatest chance of receiving that stipend and/or benefits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me choose an American bank

I'm a Canadian who got a job in the US and is moving to New York. I need to open an account at an American bank. What's a good American bank? Any to avoid? Is there a difference or are they all the same? (Alas, for those tempted to say TD, it actually confers no advantages to those from Toronto OR the Dominion.)
posted by bicyclefish on May 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Travel tips and itinerary ideas for Quebec?

I'm driving through Quebec on vacation the first week of June, and would love some general travel tips, ideas, and itinerary advice in exploring the Eastern Townships, Quebec City, and Montreal, for someone who's never been 'round those parts. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on May 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Dual Citizenship Dilemma

My Mom was born in Portugal. I was born in Canada. I can get my Portuguese Citizenship. But will that keep me from getting a job in Astronomy? [more inside]
posted by Liger on May 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Flying w/ equipment into the US - Duties, Brokers and Customs, oh my.

I am flying a contractor to Montreal today to pick up some very important, time-sensitive packages for my business, and then flying him back to the US tomorrow with the parcels. I'm really out of my element here and it's super critical that the delivery go off without a hitch. Please help walk me through the process of retrieval, customs, dealing with agents and brokers, paying duties, etc. [more inside]
posted by atreyu on May 15, 2015 - 1 answer

How Do You Work For A Canadian Company?

Are there any Mefites that have worked in the US (as a US citizen) for a Canadian company? How does it work with taxes, benefits, etc? This is going to become a very relevant issue for my wife tomorrow, and Google has not been a lot of help in finding authoritative information. [more inside]
posted by COD on May 3, 2015 - 5 answers

CTV News Television Ratings?

How many people watched CTV News Channel from 20:00-21:00 ET on Friday, April 24? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Apr 27, 2015 - 3 answers

No guns for Ventrue!

Ridiculous Canadian Law Question For Fictional RPG Scenario: The year is 1998, the province Quebec. A loyal tycoon is manufacturing high powered weaponry and travels around with a multi-man security detail armed to the teeth. How illegal is this and what would be the best way to disarm him through legal means? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Apr 27, 2015 - 12 answers

Is it safe giving my accountant my full bank statement?

I want to file for taxes (Ontario, Canada) and my accountant asked that I can send him my bank statement so that he knows the different payments instead of having me send him all the receipts. Is this safe or advisable?
posted by cyrusw8 on Apr 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Can an Ontario driver with a G2 license rent a car in ON or BC?

Soon I'll have a G2 license, and I've got some questions about renting cars in Ontario, British Columbia, as well as potentially driving into Washington, Oregon, and California. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

How useful are the wage reports at JobBank.gc.ca?

I was poking around the wage reports for various occupations provided by the government of Canada. I was wondering how useful the figures are for someone who is, say, negotiating a salary or trying to come up with a salary range to post a position. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 13, 2015 - 3 answers

How to make a call that originates in different province?

I would like to make a call that appears to originate in Halifax. I'm in BC. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Apr 13, 2015 - 2 answers

A few questions about French immersion schooling in Canada.

I'm trying to decide whether or not to put my daughter into French immersion. I have two main questions: Can she catch up if I enroll her in grade 1 instead of in primary/kindergarten? And is it important enough that I should overcome all obstacles to do it? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Answer-only (dumb) cell-phone for USA and Canada

I'm a US resident, looking for a cell-phone I can use both in the USA and Canada to receive phone calls. Any outgoing calls would be a case of a very serious emergency, and I don't particularly care what they cost. Minimal if any texting. No smartphone. Minimal minutes. I'm looking for a way to have a phone on which a few select people can reach me if they need to, and which will work across the widest area possible. Long standby battery life a plus. Suggestions for phone and plan appreciated. [more inside]
posted by DaveP on Apr 7, 2015 - 11 answers

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