I'm going up to Vancouver for the weekend soon and find myself with a bit of a clothing budget and a favorable exchange rate. I don't shop at the same stores as my woman friend up there due to differences in taste and size range, and my other woman friend there is off at a meditation retreat so I can't ask her. Given the preferences below the fold, where should I shop for clothes and shoes? [more inside]
I'm a Canadian in the Bay Area. I don't know if I will eventually return to Canada or remain here in the U.S., and I'm trying to make some fairly simple financial decisions. Who can I talk to about the tax implications of investing in a 401k, buying American index funds, etc? [more inside]
A good friend is moving to Vancouver (from the US) and I'd like to get him a Canadian board/card game or two as a going away gift. What games are popular in Canada? Or classically Canadian? Or have a Canadian version that is different enough from the US'ian to matter?
I am in the market for a new desktop, and would like an iMac. Wondering if there are other options (read more inside if interested). [more inside]
So, my cat is too big to fit in the small pet carrier that's allowed for Delta flights between nyc and montreal, so I can't take my cat as a carry-on. It doesn't look like I can take my cat with me via greyhound or amtrak, so, what are my alternatives?
For pretty terrible (and irrelevant) reasons, I haven't filed my taxes in (I think) 5 years. Now I really really need to do them, but I don't know how to start and I get panicky just thinking about the insurmountable piles of paperwork, potential money owing, and even criminal charges. I'm in QC, Canada. If anyone else has dealt with late filing or voluntary disclosure in Quebec, please help! [more inside]
A friend would like to send me some things from Canada, and I want to check up on the legality and potential hassles of doing so. Any input would be appreciated. [more inside]
I'm looking for a couple of laundry detergents that are fragrance, dye, and optical brightener-free. One for whites, one for colours is fine, but if someone can recommend one that's colour-safe and will clean both, that'd be great. Bonus difficulty: Available in Canada.
We rented our house for 5 weeks in July and early August, so we're outta here (here being White Mountains, New Hampshire). We've got two dogs and a hankering for adventure. Where in the U.S. or Canada should we live for a month or so this summer? [more inside]
We are planning a vacation in September of this year and noticed that the Canadian dollar is forecasted to drop as low as ~.55 USD. What is the best way to capitalize on the exchange rate favorably (as US citizens) and how long should we wait/watch the rates to get reservations? [more inside]
I'm a Canadian citizen, resident and working in the UK, but I also want to go home eventually and to work more in Canada. How do I plan for old age and retirement? [more inside]
I am a longtime AmEx customer (nothing fancy, just a charge card) who just moved to the US from Canada and who needs a new credit card. I love the customer service of AmEx--I trust them, especially, for travel and for dispute resolution. So far AmEx Canada has been iffy (reasons below). I'm happy to pay an annual fee. What's my best bet? [more inside]
I live/work in Toronto as a permanent resident. My queer SO is a US citizen through and through, and lives in Maryland. Long distance sucks, and we are hoping to move her here next academic year...but logistics are complicated. I need your ideas, expertise, experiences etc of moving North across the border! [more inside]
Ok, so I posted this question a while back. I got some great responses and insight, however, I still haven't decided if I should purchase an Apple TV. [more inside]
What's the best Canadian-available cell phone/plan for someone who will only use the phone very, very occasionally? [more inside]
I moved abroad and continued my employment remotely, with the support of my employer. Now my employer said they're paying more payroll taxes and it's a bit of a problem. But I don't understand why, since my residency status hasn't changed. [more inside]
My stepdaughter and infant granddaughter will be visiting us in Ontario from Manitoba for 2-3 weeks over Christmas. I'm getting conflicting information about whether they need supplementary travel health insurance over and above what their Manitoba Health Card covers with inter-provincial agreements. What is covered? What isn't? How much should I expect to pay for extra coverage?
My wife and I, both Americans, are considering the possibility of moving to Canada; her as a full time student and me as an accompanying spouse who would need to look for work. Looking for resources, experiences, etc on how easy or hard it would be, specifically for me to find a job. [more inside]
My 2.5 year old son can't seem to keep gloves on his hands. They fall off with the slightest touch, not to mention when I hold his hand to walk to preschool. Can you recommend any kid (and adult) friendly gloves or mittens for a 2.5 year old? The heartier the better, as we live in Toronto, 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.
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]
Question for my fellow Canuck photographers - do you have a preferred option for online photo printing and delivery? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I will have an afternoon free in Toronto tomorrow (Sunday). What should I do? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]
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?
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?
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?
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?
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]
Your tips for a road trip from Toronto the East Coast of Canada, please! [more inside]
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]
Where should I go in (or near) Quebec for some rural day hikes? Bonus constraint: driving from NYC. [more inside]
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]
How do (Canadian) taxes work for non-resident citizens, if they work for a short time in Canada? [more inside]
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]
Need help finding the right temperature for a Betta fish in a 5 gallon aquarium [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Just found out our client has approved a film shoot in Vancouver. Hooray! Now, where do a crew of 5 Brooklynites stay? [more inside]
Off to Ottawa this weekend to see the US play China! What else should we do there? [more inside]