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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

Ontario Resident that got speeding ticket in NY State

I'm a Canadian that got clocked doing 81 in a 65 in upper NY state a few days ago. I'm trying to figure out my options. [more inside]
posted by hylaride on May 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Passport nightmare,, stranded at SEATAC

Can anybody help some Canadians fix this passport debacle? Need some help ASAP [more inside]
posted by wats on Jan 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Pennies from heaven? No, coins from Canada

I am in Portland, OR. I have >$50 face value of Canadian coins. I need to get rid of them fast. (Obtained legally!) Hope me? Details after the cut. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Nov 9, 2013 - 14 answers

A very Canadian question.

Our mobile phone contract is up with Bell and we'd like to not renew with them again. Admittedly Canadians get the short end of the stick no matter what mobile provider there is, but is there at least a more decent end of the stick? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Nov 9, 2013 - 16 answers

Good reads about Canadian politics.

What are some good reads about Canadian political history? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Oct 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Understanding political party accomplishments without spin

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]
posted by Naib on Oct 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Canadian contributions to meteorology?

What are some contributions that Canadians have made to meteorology as a science? I'm looking for technologies, theories, whatever you can come up with. Even Canadians that were involved in the development of something to do with a technology or meteorological finding. I've spent most of my evening on Google with little success, yet I'm required to teach this to my students.
posted by sarae on Oct 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Severance package settlement confusion: Difficulty – Canadian taxes

I need some advice on how to best manage a severance package cheque I’ll be receiving in a week or so. I have room to contribute, approx. $15k or so into my RRSP (this may be understated, going from memory) Details I want to stay reasonably liquid, I’m not sure how long it will take me to find a new position and I will be living off of this settlement in the interim Is there tax benefit to contributing to my RRSP now, and withdrawing in the New Year? If I just take it all, I’m thinking I’ll get a decent tax return when I file – true/false? Is there any benefit to asking for 2 cheques, one now, one after January 1st? Total severance will be around $70k or so, gross Thanks for your help!
posted by walkinginsunshine on Sep 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Lost at the Canadian Border?

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]
posted by doomtop on Aug 13, 2013 - 30 answers

How does one go about getting welfare?

I'm clueless as to how one goes about getting welfare. What can I expect? Is it easy to get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Canadian grants for immigrant tech workers?

Are there any grants available to Canadian businesses that would fund them bringing in a worker outside the country (From the US) to work in Canada? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Jul 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Seeking long lines...

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]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2013 - 17 answers

What podcasts can I listen to over the entire week?

I like podcasts. I have ones that I listen to on Friday, Sunday, and Monday but not for the other days of the week. Do you have any recommendations for ones to fill those days? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Feb 23, 2013 - 29 answers

One of these citizenships is not like the other...

My friend, a dual Canadian/American citizen living in the UK, is discussing the terms of a trust with her (US) father. By the time she inherits, she may have given up US citizenship. Does this need to be mentioned so they can account for it now? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Sandwiches on restaurant menus - only in Canada, you say? Pity.

Is it unusual to see sandwiches and burgers on restaurant menus outside the US and Canada? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 23, 2012 - 24 answers

US bank recommendation for Canadians recently moved to the Bay Area?

US bank recommendation for Canadians recently moved to the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by Chaotic Bedlam on Nov 13, 2012 - 6 answers

How to travel between USA/Canada as a dual citizen

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?
posted by kjl291 on Sep 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Legit or fake Canadian consumer survey?

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]
posted by Hawk V on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Does (Canadian) campus/community radio airplay earn royalties via SOCAN?

If I release a new album to CANADIAN campus/community radio stations for airplay, and it is played, can I potentially earn royalties if the album is registered with SOCAN? [more inside]
posted by CarrotAdventure on Aug 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Juggling Passports

As a dual citizen, can I travel to places on a Canadian passport that I can't go to (or is difficult or expensive to get visas for) on an American passport? Can I actually pick-and-choose what passport to use to get the best benefit? [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Jul 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Given that x = Asian style cooking and y = a type of cheese, find y given that x + y = tasty

CookingFilter: I've been making a bunch of Asian fusion dishes lately and I don't think I've ever been satisfied with a component crucial to my understanding of food: the cheese! [more inside]
posted by dubusadus on Jul 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Navigating the Trans Canadian Highway between Spanish, Ontario to Blind River, Ontario on bicycles.

Bicycle touring logistics: Navigating the Trans Canadian Highway between Spanish, Ontario to Blind River, Ontario on bicycles. Crazy? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Jun 15, 2012 - 8 answers

USA-based phone solutions for non-residents?

Non-American who occasionally travels to America wants a Southern California phone number (Los Angeles area) that has data and that my friends can text to. My phone works on all USA carriers. What's the cheapest permanent solution? A web-based (or other non-cell) solution is also welcome as long as people can text to the number. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on May 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for Canadian Adult Crisis Lines

I am looking for online only web chat crisis lines for adult Canadians. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Mar 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Robotic Accountant Options?

I'm tired of doing my own taxes, and afraid of hiring another accountant. What is the best/cheapest tax software for a Canadian living in Quebec? I just can't deal with another accountant. I'm tired of being told something will cost 150$ and then get charged 500$ as if they didn't know what they needed to do. I want a tax software that is going to do the weird stuff for me. I don't depend or trust what the box says either! I have some rental income, some contract income, and some salary income. I also have a second (gf) who has simple income.
posted by Napierzaza on Feb 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Can I obtain a Tier 2 visa after doing a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa in the UK?

Can I obtain a Tier 2 visa after doing a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa in the UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Don't take my passport yet, please!

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]
posted by cgg on Oct 4, 2011 - 6 answers

This unAmerican Life, eh?

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.
posted by jeather on Oct 1, 2011 - 18 answers

Yes, I know they're actually worth slightly more at the moment, but bear with me.

What technologies, procedures, or incentives exist to ensure proper rolling of coins? [more inside]
posted by Nothlit on Sep 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Canadian Seeks DirecTV HD DVR

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]
posted by Peeekay on Aug 31, 2011 - 3 answers

The Sour Cream of My People, apparently?

What makes sour cream "Canadian-style"? [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Aug 29, 2011 - 26 answers

But they know so much about Wine and Chocolates!

In a few days I will be staying with friend's family in western France, at a house they own. I will be in the UK the next few days. Normally I would bring wine or chocolates as a thank you for the accommodation, but France does these much better and cheaper than the UK (I am told). I am Canadian. What could I bring that would still be a great gift, that I could find in London? It should be something like food or drink, and something of benefit to people on vacation. Price about $50. The friends I am visiting are French/Canadian and appreciate quality/luxury
posted by niccolo on Aug 3, 2011 - 14 answers

The book John Candy is reading in Planes, Trains & Automobiles?

In the film "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," Del Griffith (John Candy) is reading a book titled "The Canadian Mounted." Is this a real book or just a joke prop for the film? [more inside]
posted by beta male on Jul 27, 2011 - 4 answers

What SCTV sketch is this?

SCTV-filter: In which sketch did Richard Harris (Dave Thomas), after being asked to keep speaking in his loud voice rather than lapse into his insufficiently audible quiet voice [both demonstrated here], say, loudly, "I'll try! But I don't know if I can sustain it!" [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Good contest sites and Facebook contests that are open internationally (or just to Canadian residents)?

Good contest sites and Facebook contests that are open internationally (or just to Canadian residents)? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Studying Abroad vs. Working

Asking for my friend. My friend is finishing her associate's degree in a creative field in May, but is not sure of whether she should look for a job right away, or accept her admittance to a prestigious and high-profile exchange program at a foreign university. Oh, and she knows about the flipping-a-coin trick so that won't work. [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Apr 15, 2011 - 1 answer

This song that charmed my heart

[SongFilter] I want everything to do with this gorgeous, orphaned song. Unfortunately it's in French. [more inside]
posted by fix on Mar 17, 2011 - 8 answers

North of 49 Party Rockers, please

CANADIAN CONTENT FILTER: What are some recent (released in the last six months) cool kickass CANADIAN party rockers? (Music, that is) [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Feb 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

US domestic travel with cdn driver's license?

I know someone posted something similar about an expired passport, but I want to know if I can travel domestically within the US using only my Canadian driver's license. (I am here on an H-1B visa) Extended version: [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Jan 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Can you recommend legit paid survey sites open to Canadian residents?

Can you recommend legit paid survey sites open to Canadian residents? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 4, 2010 - 3 answers

Tall, blond and pretty Canadian citizen

[Canadian citizen vs non-resident status filter] Hi Metafilters! A good friend of mine, an immigrant who became a Canadian citizen few years ago, returned to her home country, got married there, got a child and wants to stay there for indefinite length of time. She wants to keep her Canadian citizenship though. What problems she will face here in Canada if she became non-resident? What are the ramifications if she does not? [more inside]
posted by ivanka on May 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Questions about a Canadian taking a Post-Doc in Orlando

I was offered a post-doc position in Orlando, Florida today (yay!). As the fantasy of employment after a PhD becomes a (potential) reality, I'm overwhelmed with figuring out what I would need to do and the associated expenses will be required for me take this position. Those who have tread before me, please help steer me in the right directions. [more inside]
posted by gavia on May 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Movie ID filter: a schoolgirl and her teacher have an affair and plan a murder.

Please help me identify this Canadian film about a schoolgirl having an affair with her teacher. [more inside]
posted by janekate on May 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Where to go for professional digital imaging services in Canada?

Professional photographers in Canada: looking for Canadian based digital imaging lab with services similar to White House Custom Color? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo on Mar 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Canadian navy records from 1943

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]
posted by feelinggood on Mar 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Traveling Across Canada by Train

We're planning a cross-Canada train trip (between Vancouver and Toronto) this fall. In addition to some questions about logistics, we would love some general advice to help make it the "trip of a lifetime" we're hoping for. [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Mar 4, 2010 - 17 answers

US Work Visa - What type should I be applying for?

I have a degree in computer networking and over five years experience developing code for websites and doing various web design things. I want to obtain employment in the US doing PR (Public Relations) - specifically Internet marketing. I live in Canada however. What kind of work visa should I get and what is the easiest way to do so? I plan to work for an employer for the first six months I arrive and operate my own business on the side eventually becoming entirely self-employed.
posted by audio on Feb 10, 2010 - 2 answers

What should I do with my Canadian iPhone during an extended stay in the US?

What should I do with my Canadian iPhone during an extended stay in the US? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Feb 1, 2010 - 18 answers

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