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Old Aug 15th 2011, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Geordie Lass View Post
I see what you are saying and it's a bit of a gamble. However we aren't on the NOC list so we (well hubby) has to get a job before we go. We are sensible and know what we need to move over. We aren't going to go over for a job that pays half what his current one does for example. We aren't in a rush so will wait for the right job if need be. Prepared to work hard to get it.

And before I get jumped on we are well aware of how difficult it is to get a job with an LMO.
as you said the thread isnt bout you..maybe thats more directed at the OP..who from what i can see is near the top of the tree and in a job that they openly admit that they love..to then throw it all in for what pray tell??

plus i prefer the fells to the rockies anyday of the week
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YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary


Personally I would think very long and hard about giving up a decent job in the UK in search of something as elusive as the canadian dream, especially if kids are in tow. Ten years ago when the exchange rate was 2.50 there could be a decent argument, but now its a gamble at best.

Lifestyle is something you create for yourself, and means different things to different people. If you are thinking of moving 3000 miles to find it, then it has to be worth thinking about moving 300 miles instead. Ultimately I think mostly it comes down to money, and that comes down to jobs.

As Ive said many many times here, "a happily employed immigrant is a happy immigrant". For most people it pays to play the odds realistically about whether the job they are going to be doing 2 or 3 years from now will be as satisying as what they do now, or a 4000 sq ft house and 2 SUVs will not stop that dissatisfaction with those 8 hours a day 5 days a week from eating you up from the inside.

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Originally Posted by cheeky_monkey View Post
as you said the thread isnt bout you..maybe thats more directed at the OP..who from what i can see is near the top of the tree and in a job that they openly admit that they love..to then throw it all in for what pray tell??

plus i prefer the fells to the rockies anyday of the week
I was trying to show that I understood his reasoning for wanting to consider such a move... he says "But I don't want to regret not ever knowing" which I completely understand.

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Personally I would think very long and hard about giving up a decent job in the UK in search of something as elusive as the canadian dream, especially if kids are in tow. Ten years ago when the exchange rate was 2.50 there could be a decent argument, but now its a gamble at best.

Lifestyle is something you create for yourself, and means different things to different people. If you are thinking of moving 3000 miles to find it, then it has to be worth thinking about moving 300 miles instead. Ultimatley I think mostly it comes down to money, and that comes down to jobs.

As Ive said many many times here, "a happily employed immigrant is a happy immigrant". For most people it pays to play the odds realistically about whether the job they are going to be doing 2 or 3 years from now will be as satisying as what they do now, or a 4000 sq ft house and 2 SUVs will not stop that dissatisfaction with those 8 hours a day 5 days a week from eating you up from the inside.
I agree with everything you say... and am sure the Des and Chris do too. It's good to get different people's opinions. Hope this is helping them.
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Originally Posted by iaink View Post
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YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
Really?! There's an official meaning for YMMV? I never knew what people were on about so I just invented Your Move My View instead, for my own purposes.

This day has not been a waste.

Carry on then.....
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Old Aug 15th 2011, 8:17 pm
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Default Re: If not a teacher, then what?

Originally Posted by Geordie Lass View Post
I was trying to show that I understood his reasoning for wanting to consider such a move... he says "But I don't want to regret not ever knowing" which I completely understand.


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then again you can have even bigger regrets about knowing what you threw away
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Space is something of a paradox in Canada. Lots of space here in Canada , but public access is so much easier in the UK with footpath rights of way and the like.
No really an issue in BC. Sure, there is private land in the cities and the Fraser Valley. However, the vast, vast majority of of the province is Crown Land.
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People generally focus on what they do, not what they dont do...


The 7 P's are what are important, and if the prep and planning stage lead you to think you should stick with what you have, then there is no shame in that.
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Originally Posted by JonboyE View Post
No really an issue in BC. Sure, there is private land in the cities and the Fraser Valley. However, the vast, vast majority of of the province is Crown Land.
So is the vast majority of Ontario, but its either hard to get to, or some logging company has the rights and you cant go there. Its not like the UK.
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To Des and Chris,

It sounds as if you do have an itch that needs scratching. As, I presume, a person of some seniority in your local education circle, would it be possible for them to agree a years sabbatical? That might be enough for you to make on-the-ground investigations in Canada, and may help you make your mind up as to where you want to live for many years to come.

I'm not usually this helpful, but I can tell you that I've lived and worked in many places around the world; the only thing they all have in common is an initial flush of enthusiasm - "yeah, I could live here!" - followed by a longer, slower period of the gloss wearing off - "Gah, why would anyone want to live here?!"

After 4 years in Canada, I could get PR no problem if I wanted to, but I have no intention of doing so. I am very, very glad we came and experienced it, but there is no way I would burn bridges at home to live anywhere in the world.

Finally, nobody has commented on your other point on the other thread thus far... the gay-friendly factor. I'm not gay so can't give any first-hand advice, except to say that on the whole, Canadians are pretty mellow people, though of course there are plenty of exceptions. However, Calgary doesn't strike me as gay-friendly (in terms of pubs, clubs) as a million+ city perhaps could be. I'd imagine that Toronto and Vancouver win hands down on that front.
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Originally Posted by JonboyE View Post
No really an issue in BC. Sure, there is private land in the cities and the Fraser Valley. However, the vast, vast majority of of the province is Crown Land.
It may be crown land but that doesn't give you any right of acccess to it.

A lot of it is rented out..
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Originally Posted by Geordie Lass View Post
"But I don't want to regret not ever knowing" which I completely understand.
I don't really get this. I've said it before but this goes both ways.
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It may be crown land but that doesn't give you any right of acccess to it.

A lot of it is rented out..
In the UK I always lived rurally with access to green lanes, bridleways and footpaths. It doesn't come anywhere near close to comparison with land I can access here. I've hundreds of thousands of acres to ride, walk, cycle, ATV or hike across within seconds from home. Even leased grazing land still permits public access.
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Lots of land near us that we can just walk in - many 1000's of acres of it. Problem is that it's infested with bears.
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Originally Posted by el_richo View Post
I don't really get this. I've said it before but this goes both ways.
I don't get what there isn't to get... yes it goes both ways but I'm not rising to the bait.
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Originally Posted by Geordie Lass View Post
I don't get what there isn't to get... yes it goes both ways but I'm not rising to the bait.
Oh no bait at all. I just don't really get that mindset is all.
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