43 years today !

Old Mar 14th 2012, 6:00 am
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On Saturday, March 14, 1969 I landed at Montreal, in transit to Halifax, N.S. I had one small suitcase and $183 !
Fortunately there was someone who urgently needed my skills and I started work the following Monday.
I have never looked back, felt homesick or had any desire to return to the UK to live even though I have visited there on holidays many times.
Canada isn't perfect by any means but it has been very good to me and I don't regret a day of it.
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Congratulations Simon.

Im guessing Canada is a lot more agreeable if you can overwinter in Arizona
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Old Mar 14th 2012, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by iaink
Congratulations Simon.

Im guessing Canada is a lot more agreeable if you can overwinter in Arizona
True, it is. But in a couple of weeks I'll be heading back to Nova Scotia for the summer and in time to file my Income Tax return.
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Congratulations. Only been here 6 1/2 months so far but no regrets. I really hope that we feel the same in 42 years (if I live that long!!)
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Before man had even landed on the moon or Woodstock had taken place and the Beatles were still a group (just).....


..congratulations on the 43 years and Nova Scotia (and the CRA) is looking forward to your return
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Congratulations Simon to you and yours......
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Originally Posted by jimmydean
Before man had even landed on the moon or Woodstock had taken place and the Beatles were still a group (just).....


Goodness me, how to make a fellow feel old!!!

Originally Posted by Simon Legree
On Saturday, March 14, 1969 I landed at Montreal, in transit to Halifax, N.S. I had one small suitcase and $183 !
Fortunately there was someone who urgently needed my skills and I started work the following Monday.
I have never looked back, felt homesick or had any desire to return to the UK to live even though I have visited there on holidays many times.
Canada isn't perfect by any means but it has been very good to me and I don't regret a day of it.
Congratulations to you and may you have many more years in the same happy situation.
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Congratulations! Wow 43 years; there's hope for the rest of us yet!
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Congrats - always nice to hear from the happy fellas!
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Congrats - always nice to hear from the happy fellas!
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Congratulations. Like you, I have been here for 43 years, soon to be 44. No regrets at all. We have a wonderful life here. First in Montreal for 6 years and now in Nova Scotia.
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Originally Posted by sandylns
Congratulations. Like you, I have been here for 43 years, soon to be 44. No regrets at all. We have a wonderful life here. First in Montreal for 6 years and now in Nova Scotia.
I am just turned 43, so you and the OP have been in Canada since the year I was born.
Well done to you as well on a happy and productive immigration and integration.
Long may it continue and hope we do as well.
(I am not yet 6 months up, so nothing for me to compare with you)
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Belated congratulations

What was immigration like back then - did you just turn up and they let you in? Genuinely curious
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Old Mar 22nd 2012, 4:38 am
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Belated congratulations

What was immigration like back then - did you just turn up and they let you in? Genuinely curious
No, you didn't "just turn up".
I, as a very young man, had a particular skill which someone in Canada wanted badly. The process was started by them on my behalf in mid November 1968. The whole thing took only about 16 weeks and I landed on March 14, 1969. I have no idea what "stream" I was admitted under. I landed in Montreal and a yellow "Landed Immigrant" card was stapled into my passport. That was it.
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Originally Posted by Simon Legree
No, you didn't "just turn up".
I, as a very young man, had a particular skill which someone in Canada wanted badly. The process was started by them on my behalf in mid November 1968. The whole thing took only about 16 weeks and I landed on March 14, 1969. I have no idea what "stream" I was admitted under. I landed in Montreal and a yellow "Landed Immigrant" card was stapled into my passport. That was it.
Thank you for the explanation.

I apologise for any disrespect there may have been in my phrasing of the question - I was genuinely curious and didn't mean any.
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