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Old Jun 13th 2008, 1:40 pm
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Originally Posted by dbd33 View Post
I find the high cost and difficulty of obtaining booze to be a pain in the arse but I think it's just a symptom of a bigger problem; the Canadian fixation with legislation, regulation and conformity. I think there's a real split between the born-in-Canada-to-Canadians people, the unhyphenated, who are largely employed regulating and fussing and the general public who are largely engaged in evading, subverting and getting on with life. I was saddened by the bust of a west end grocery store last week for selling home made wine, as I am when I hear of traders run in for selling Marlboro..
I guess the liquor restrictions are a pain especially if you're an alky. Otherwise their livable especially since they do seem to control the number of drunks

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Still, for all the petty regulations (Cancon anyone?), the constant struggle to find ways to pretend not to be different from Americans is a worse aspect of the people and the climate is the single worst aspect of, at least, Ontario.
Duh!
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Old Jun 13th 2008, 1:46 pm
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I guess the liquor restrictions are a pain especially if you're an alky. Otherwise their livable especially since they do seem to control the number of drunks
Oh please, I'm neither. I'd just like to be able to have a wider choice of beverages, at competitive prices. As Steve said, when something's cheaper in Hawaii you know you're being ripped off
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I guess the liquor restrictions are a pain especially if you're an alky. Otherwise their livable especially since they do seem to control the number of drunks
I don't think either feeble assertion holds.

For example last Sunday while toiling in the fields I had the idea that margeritas would be nice. Since it was four o'clock and that's when the local LCBO closes I had to drive 20 miles each way to one that's open until five in order to get Tequila and Cointreau. In a civilized country I could have gone to the gas station and paid a premium or to No Frills and bought store brands. If I had been motivated by simple alcoholism I could have drunk one of the many beverages on hand.

The streets and parks of Toronto and of Guelph, two places I know well, are jammed with homeless alcoholic, meth and crack addicted bums. The queues of people at the Beer Store at 11:00 on Sunday morning clutching their collection of cans for recycling and begged quarters are a common and unseemly sight. Drunk driving is usual in our county, drinking while driving is common as evidenced by the whisky and beer bottles that line the sides of roads (and incidentally by the bullet holes in the road signs).

The LCBO serves to generate lots of tax revenue and to make alcohol purchases prissly inconvenient; it's a religious thing, not a useful one.
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Oh please, I'm neither. I'd just like to be able to have a wider choice of beverages, at competitive prices. As Steve said, when something's cheaper in Hawaii you know you're being ripped off
Yep two stops while shopping was a right pain up the 'arris.

Also the blank look and, "Thats hilarious" after you've told them a funny joke or a funny story.

Just laugh then!
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This has had me in stitches... maybe if we fail to get in I will just print off all the good reasons why we didn't make it!!!! Thanks guys
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It could be worse.. you could be still trying to get there despite all these bad things Tell you what, I'll do a house swap with any of you in Calgary area!!!
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Originally Posted by Londonuck View Post
Yep two stops while shopping was a right pain up the 'arris.
It was always three stops for me - buy the food, then go to booze shop. Realise you don't have necessary mixers/limes/whatever for booze, go back to supermarket and purchase Now I just do a one-stop shop in the US
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'Chips' and 'Crisps'? WTF!

If I have to physically point at another rack of crisps (yes CRISPS damn you all) and mouth C-R-I-S-P-S in a slightly demented, slack-jaw yokel stylee, then I will go in a major huffy.
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....people using cell phones whilst driving.


I must see every forth driver using their cell. It seems that every European nation has banned it but Canada seems to be 20 years behind on it.

My SIL when she was 7 months pregnant was on the phone to the wife for over 30 mins and then told her she had to go because she has just arrived home at driving through the snow. And she is a nurse and her other half is a doctor.

I have seen someone driving whilst smoking and using a cellphone, a father driving his minivan with all the family in it and texting at the same time.

There seems to be all this coverage about wanting to ban smoking parents from smoking in their vehicles when their kids are there. This is a great idea but i think that someone nattering away on their cellphone is more likely to cause the death or serious injury of their kid.
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Originally Posted by Madmac View Post
'Chips' and 'Crisps'? WTF!

If I have to physically point at another rack of crisps (yes CRISPS damn you all) and mouth C-R-I-S-P-S in a slightly demented, slack-jaw yokel stylee, then I will go in a major huffy.
So why are you so frustrated, it is not the person behind the counters fault it is yours.

They call them chips here get used to it. It is really not that big a deal and would be quite easy for you to change your vocabulary.

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Originally Posted by Davey Dan Oli View Post
I have seen someone driving whilst smoking and using a cellphone
I used to do that routinely. Now I drink coffee, phone and floss my teeth.
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Old Jun 13th 2008, 3:12 pm
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So why are frustrated, it is not the person behind the counters fault it is yours.

They call them chips here get used to it. it is really not that big a deal and would be quite easy for you to change your vocabulary.
I've got to agree with you Steve, I don't see why you would get so hung up on a word there's no right or wrong it's just different

(No doubt when i move back to Northern Ireland I'll get the piss taken out of me for using "canadian" words.)
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There seems to be all this coverage about wanting to ban smoking parents from smoking in their vehicles when their kids are there. This is a great idea but i think that someone nattering away on their cellphone is more likely to cause the death or serious injury of their kid.
These are fines examples of areas where new legislation is just busy-bodying. Civil liberties could be better preserved by a policy requiring that the passage of a new law should require the repeal of an old one so, for example, banning smoking while driving would be balanced by the repeal of the seat belt laws. Banning cell phones in cars would be offset by the elimination of the highway speed limit.
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So why are you so frustrated, it is not the person behind the counters fault it is yours.

They call them chips here get used to it. It is really not that big a deal and would be quite easy for you to change your vocabulary.
Integrate! Heaven forbid that I 'go native'. Lol

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I've got to agree with you Steve, I don't see why you would get so hung up on a word there's no right or wrong it's just different

(No doubt when i move back to Northern Ireland I'll get the piss taken out of me for using "canadian" words.)
Sarcasm and Irony - two other cultural differences I miss.
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Integrate! Heaven forbid that I 'go native'. Lol
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