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Old Aug 11th 2013, 2:45 pm
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Hi all,

Been a while since I last posted on here.

We have had non-stop work which has been fantastic, but sometimes wish we didn't have to spend quite so much time in the office......

Also, we have just bought our first house here! It's a couple of blocks away from our rental, but it means we are committed to life here

I will be applying for citizenship shortly as have clocked up the minimum 1095 days required presence in Canada.

What has been difficult is dealing with M-I-L's crappy attitude towards us being here. We were given hell for months after we visited her last Christmas. One horrible email after another - hey ho.

Life here has been gradually coming together and we have had it easier than a lot of people.
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Glad it is all coming together.

Good luck on the citizenship
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Old Aug 13th 2013, 2:44 am
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Thanks MJ!

We are still lacking a social circle, but can expect that'll take many more years to happen.....

I do think we have had a relatively easy time compared to a lot of people if the most we have to complain about are the long working hours.
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Thanks MJ!

We are still lacking a social circle, but can expect that'll take many more years to happen.....

I do think we have had a relatively easy time compared to a lot of people if the most we have to complain about are the long working hours.
Define long working hours The standard Govt working week is 37.5 hours.
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we are working 10 hr days.....
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we are working 10 hr days.....
Does that include your lunch I work 10.5 hr days including a 30 min lunch.
The 4 days off makes up for it though
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I don't usually stop for lunch....most people work straight through.
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I don't usually stop for lunch....most people work straight through.
In Calgary? You need to find a new employer
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ah ha! got a second interview on Fri! I think its down to the type of work I do though...seems to be the case no matter where I've worked in Calgary. Long hrs.
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In Calgary? You need to find a new employer
im in my office from 6am - 4.30pm..never stop for lunch even though i am entitled to an hour.
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It doesn't mean that people are productive though when made to work those hours.
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Originally Posted by cheeky_monkey
im in my office from 6am - 4.30pm..never stop for lunch even though i am entitled to an hour.
So is that a statement of pride or shame, because you can't/won't do anything about it?
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It doesn't mean that people are productive though when made to work those hours.
Im a Govt worker so Im never productive Working through lunch means OT in my world if I choose to claim it.
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Originally Posted by cheeky_monkey
im in my office from 6am - 4.30pm..never stop for lunch even though i am entitled to an hour.
Are those your contracted hours or what you choose to work? Why don't you stop for lunch, are you trying to lose weight?

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Congratulations on the three year milestone. I am looking forward to that sort of timespan, as I think I too will feel quite settled by then. I know from another thread that you are thinking of changing your job, how are you going on that front?

Well done on your new home! Ignore your MIL...you will never win whatever you do, my MIL was one of the main reasons I didn't want to live in Canada, being on the same continent is a trial..I only thank heaven that Canada is 'quite' large! Very best of luck for the next bit!
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