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Please help me sue someone's ass.

I'm beginning to fill out the paperwork to initiate Ontario Small Claims Court proceedings against my former tenant, and I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jul 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Would you buy a cottage on a cliff? Would I?

I'm hoping to get some thoughts from the green about the possibility of getting a cottage located on a cliff. The question is about fears, rational risk assessment, and Ontario Geology. [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jul 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Former epileptic getting her license back in Ontario; insurance?

My wife, clean from seizures for about two years, is getting her license back soon and I need to know if there's any pitfalls regarding insurance. [more inside]
posted by the dief on Jul 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Specific day hikes +/- swimming in southern-central Ontario?

Hi all, the girlfriend and I are planning a trip for the August long weekend, and we'd like to go somewhere where we can do a moderately exertional day hike (i.e. 5-6 hrs or so). We were thinking about heading to the Bruce peninsula, but despite our combined Google-fu, we're having trouble locating specific hikes (as in, "Start at point x, see nice things y, finish at point z") that meet our criteria. We're going to be getting the reference guide to the Bruce from the library, but I was wondering if anyone had specific ideas about good, scenic day hikes that would be feasibly within a 3-4 hour drive of Toronto. Areas other than the Bruce also considered! Bonus points for access to a beach in the area (e.g. on Georgian Bay or a lake). [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jun 29, 2014 - 7 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

Horseback Riding - Toronto

I want to take my girlfriend out for a day of horseback riding. I've never done it. She's ridden a horse once or twice as a child and that's it. We live in Toronto and it's going to be a day trip so no more than an hour and a half or so of driving in either direction. Can anyone suggest a farm or stable or whatever it's called where we can do this? [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Apr 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Tell me your experiences in trade school

I'm considering going back to school to become an electrician. Tell me why I should/shouldn't. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Apr 22, 2014 - 24 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

[Toronto filter] Realities of BSL and Pit Bulls?

What does Ontario's breed specific legislation look like in reality for (non-grandfathered) 'pit bull' owners? How strict is this law? Please tell me your real-life experiences here. [more inside]
posted by tamarack on Feb 10, 2014 - 3 answers

How big would a snowman have to be to survive the summer?

(This is from my 11 year old son, purely because he's curious and because we have 11' snowbanks this year). How big would a snowman have to be for at least some snow to survive to the next winter? [more inside]
posted by sweet mister on Feb 6, 2014 - 23 answers

Looking for advice on taking a tenant to Small Claims Court in Ontario

I may need to take my tenant to Small Claims Court, and I would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jan 29, 2014 - 7 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's a pretty winter vacation spot between Toronto and Chicago?

We're in Toronto. Our friends are in Chicago. We'd like to meet up roughly halfway between our cities over the Christmas break (i.e. in Michigan or Ontario), and rent a house or cottage somewhere quiet with some natural scenery. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 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

i need better resources for dealing with debt in ontario.

I have some bad consumer debt from a period when I was un- and under- employed. I contacted two different professionals for help in sorting it out, and as far as I can tell, they both gave me terrible advice. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Aug 20, 2013 - 3 answers

What iPhone plan should a frequent Canada-US traveler get?

I currently live in Toronto. From September to April, I'll live in Boston, with regular short trips back to Canada during that period. After that I'll come back to Canada. I am, alas, a total iPhone newb and I'm looking for advice on what someone in my position should do. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jul 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Bike camping gear in northern Ontario

Help me prep for a 7-day, 700k bike trip through low-populated terrain! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on May 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Is a photocopy of the green car ownership paper legal? ON edition

I have a question about whether having a photocopy of your green Ontario car ownership document is accepted by the police if you ever get stopped. Also have conflicting info about where to keep your ownership / insurance. In the car? In your wallet? What if two of you use the car? Small snow bank inside [more inside]
posted by MeatheadBrokeMyChair on Apr 9, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I get rid of a used car in Toronto, Ontario?

I am contemplating getting rid of my car, as it is expensive to insure and there is car sharing available in my building, and I mostly use public transit these days anyway. But I don't really know how to actually do that. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Mar 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Fight a Mandatory Arbitration clause in new employment contract?

Looking to start a new job that looks otherwise awesome. But the employment contract has an arbitration clause in it and I'm hesitant. Ontario. [more inside]
posted by Imperfect on Feb 25, 2013 - 13 answers

(When) should I buy a house, Hamilton, Ontario edition

I'm in the very early stages of house-hunting in the Hamilton, Ontario area, but I'm not sure how fast I should be going. [more inside]
posted by the dief on Jan 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Working from home

Dear Hivemind: Please help me become qualified to work from home. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me make sense of my EI entitlements

Can someone explain the EI benefits period to me? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Oct 17, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I sell My Car between Canadian Provinces?

How do I sell a car between provinces? I live in Montreal, QC and my friend in Toronto, ON. She wants to buy my car. What do I have to do to sell it to her? [more inside]
posted by foxinsocks on Sep 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Cut off.

I gave two weeks' notice at my work last Friday after over two years of committed service. The next day I received a phone call from my boss telling me I wouldn't be needed. I am paid by the hour and had these two coming weeks factored into my budget. I need the income to pay my bills. I live in Ontario and I wonder what I'm owed, if anything. [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Sep 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Legal requirements for firing someone from a retail job in Ontario...

I run a retail business in Toronto, Canada. It's an independently owned business--like a mom and pop store. I need to fire someone because he's incompetent and his presence actually makes more work for the other staff. I have emailed and texted with this staff member (who has worked with us for 13 months) regarding his considerable transgressions but we do not have "paperwork" or "forms" in the traditional sense. His work never improves. What exactly do I have to do to fire him without worrying about legal issues? Two weeks pay? Three? Does the firing need to be written in addition to verbal or is just verbal fine? What's the best way for me to cover my ass? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Tell me why I should or should not incorporate in Ontario, Canada

I'm a web developer in Toronto who is currently operating as a sole proprietor. A prospective new client would really like to hire me for a major new project, but they can only deal with incorporated companies and cannot hire a sole prop. I'm looking for advice on incorporating from a) people in Canada and especially Ontario, but also from b) anyone who has any relevant advice about the experience of becoming an Inc., even if you are not Canadian. Yes, I will be engaging an accountant or lawyer for specific advice if I do decide to move forward, so I'm not worried that some specific advice may not be appropriate for my jurisdiction: I'm just trying to get a broad picture of what it's like (and some recommendations for lawyers/accountants). [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Aug 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me grow delicious produce!

I am in Guelph, Ontario. My partner and I just bought a house, so I have a yard of my own for the first time ever. Point me to some resources for a gardening novice in this part of the world to dig into (no pun intended) over the cold months! [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Aug 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Road trip routing

When driving a roadtrip from Toronto / Buffalo to Newfoundland should I go through Canada or the US? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Aug 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Strange Fruit

What is this fruit-bearing bush in the yard of my new house, and can I eat the fruit on it (when it ripens)? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jul 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for a last-minute place to camp in Ontario near Toronto or Kingston or between

We're looking for a place to camp in Ontario either near Toronto, or near Kingston or inbetween the two - last minute (aka tomorrow or the day after), probably car-camping. [more inside]
posted by Dreadnought on Jul 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Chino or Ontario? Which is better? Or less bad?

One month work assignment, need a place to stay: Chino or Ontario, CA? [more inside]
posted by skewed on Jul 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Where's the best nature in upstate New York and Ontario?

Where should we go for a nature-filled long weekend within 4 hours of Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat on Jul 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Northeast US and Atlantic Canada roadtrip suggestions

Road trip from Toronto - Vermont - New Hampshire - Maine - New Brunswick - Prince Edward Island - Quebec in late July/early August. Goal is to have fun and lots of it - help us out! [more inside]
posted by sinical on Jul 14, 2012 - 8 answers

A city filled with infinite possibilities

Will be flying into Toronto this Saturday for a conference until Wednesday. I will be in the Front St. area. I like to walk, transit and wander, so tell me where to go. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jul 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Searching for an old drive in and motel in southern Ontario.

Looking for 2 film-shoot locations anywhere in southern Ontario: an old (ideally, abandoned) drive-in theater and a small shabby motel.
posted by davebush on Jun 27, 2012 - 10 answers

What sort of plant is this?

Please help me identify this Northern Ontario plant. [more inside]
posted by stealthy_hippo on Jun 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Hey there. What are you?

Entomology filter: I've lived in Southern Ontario most of my life and I can't recall ever seeing this guy before. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 14, 2012 - 9 answers

tech start up concerns

What should I look for in an employment contract for new startup? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet on Jun 4, 2012 - 6 answers

What level of car isurance benefits?

Are these levels of car insurance benefits common these days? Our car insurance is up for renewal and out agent is suggesting "Enhanced benefits" (in the GTA area in Ontario). [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on May 29, 2012 - 2 answers

What essentials do I need for spring camping in Ontario?

I'm going camping in Algonquin Park in the first week in May. It's going to be cold. What do I need to bring to stay warm? [more inside]
posted by iona on Apr 11, 2012 - 11 answers

landlord and tenant dispute

It's 7:30 on a Sunday night and my landlord has contractors varnishing the floors of the downstairs apartment. It is filling the house with a noxious odour and loud banging noises. I live on the top floor of a house with two other apartments below in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We were not informed that there would be workmen in the building. Is he within his rights to have contractors doing work at this hour?
posted by dazed_one on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

1995 (Canadian?) kids' show name

I'm trying to remember the name of a children's TV show broadcast on (I think) YTV around 1995, I think it was in the slot after Camp Cariboo. It was probably Canadian, and it had a mailbox puppet that said "YOOOOOOU BET!" when asked if there was any mail, and one of the men on the show used to dress up like a bee, which I remember terrifying me as a child. It may have been broadcast on TVO, but I'm fairly certain it was YTV. [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Mar 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Small time event insurance

What can you tell me about event insurance requirements for a small-scale one-off theatre production in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by transient on Feb 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Can you help with this Canadian GST/HST dilemma?

Canadian tax question: I quoted a client for a job, and neglected to specify whether GST/HST is included. They think the price should be understood as including GST/HST. I think it should be understood as excluding GST/HST. Is there some external standard to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jan 27, 2012 - 23 answers

How many overpasses are there on the Highway of Heroes?

How many overpasses are there on the Highway of Heroes? Do you happen to know, or can you help me figure out a GIS workflow that will help me out? [more inside]
posted by avocet on Nov 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Is EI too shameful?

Work is ending next week, nothing lined up to follow. Should I go on EI or is that too shameful/irresponsible for someone of an upper middle class background? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Surprise! I have to take some time off...

When should I tell my [part-time, food-service] employer that I'll be needing three months off because my husband will be away on work? I have to stay home and care for our toddler. Difficultiy: still on trainee-probation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 - 15 answers

All I want is a humble cabin in the woods and a five-star chef

Looking for a nice accessible vacation spot in Quebec or Ontario - forest, lake, canoes. Must be a hotel or at least have locked doors and food nearby on foot. Most important: I have to be able to get there without a car! [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit on Jul 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Advice for a university drop-out

I'm stuck at a sort of quarter-life crisis/crossroads here. I was kicked out of an Ontarian university almost 2 years ago, and after two (failed) attempts to get re-admitted, learnt that my chances to get in are kinda slim. Since my withdrawal, I've been thinking about some very tough questions but am unable to solve them or come to a conclusion. [more inside]
posted by raintree on Jul 11, 2011 - 9 answers

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