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Forum: Canada
Sep 28th 2019, 4:02 am
Replies: 12
Views: 2,347
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Calgary salaries, cost of living, childcare and general help!

If your child is in school full time (Grade 1 up) then before and after care comes in around $470-$500 a month (I know a few people who pay around this amount including myself). This also includes...
Forum: Canada
Jul 30th 2018, 4:37 am
Replies: 32
Views: 3,600
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: UK Police Officer with PR Looking for Jobs

If looking at Calgary in particular then maybe check out the City of Calgary careers website. They advertise 'civilian' jobs with the police on there e.g. fingerprint technician, FOIP, training,...
Forum: Canada
May 31st 2018, 3:52 am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,606
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: How Bad is Air Canada Rouge?

We flew on a Rouge 767 from YYZ down to Orlando in February and I was actually pleasantly surprised. Basic no frills (you have to buy food etc) but actual legroom was perfectly acceptable. It was...
Apr 12th 2018, 1:47 am
Replies: 60
Views: 3,804
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Westjet, Air Canada or BA

Kayak is also a good one - if you are flexible with dates you can select +/- 3 days either side and it shows you a matrix of prices and you can slice and dice by airline, airports, flight times,...
Feb 28th 2018, 1:35 am
Replies: 19
Views: 886
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Air Canada website issues?

I remember reading recently that when people call AC with IT glitches they sometimes recommend using Google Chrome as the browser - maybe worth a try if you haven't already?
Feb 13th 2018, 2:02 am
Replies: 38
Views: 1,757
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Banff - things to do for non-skiers

The Moose is a nice hotel - close to the main strip of shops, bars, restaurants and supermarket so you don't have to walk too far for supplies. At that hotel they give you a free pass for Banff's...
Feb 13th 2018, 1:57 am
Replies: 27
Views: 1,648
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: west Jet to Gatwick

Another WJ customer here! We aren't ones for plane food anyway and used the M&S at Gatwick and had an on board M&S picnic (yum!).

Tip: Try and book the first row of economy seats immediately...
Forum: Canada
Nov 15th 2017, 3:41 am
Replies: 38
Views: 4,824
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Possible move to Calgary in Jan 18

Other 'reasonable' commute routes from NW over to the airport are:

W to E along Country Hills Boulevard
W to E along John Laurie/McKnight Boulevard

I did both routes to work in the NE up near...
Forum: Canada
Nov 12th 2017, 10:22 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 4,824
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Possible move to Calgary in Jan 18

There's basically every type of neighbourhood choice within the city limits - urban/trendy moving out to inner suburbs, moving out to outer suburbs. Very generally the age of houses gets newer as...
Forum: Canada
Sep 18th 2017, 2:17 pm
Replies: 59
Views: 5,016
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Road trip, advice needed :)

Just throwing it out there but if you have the $$$ what about the Rocky Mountaineer train from Banff to Vancouver. Takes two days with an overnight stop (I think in Kamloops) but you can relax and...
Forum: Canada
Sep 17th 2017, 6:47 pm
Replies: 59
Views: 5,016
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Road trip, advice needed :)

Why not give us your dates, the absolute must see/do places, and see what we can all come up with!
Forum: Canada
Sep 17th 2017, 6:46 pm
Replies: 59
Views: 5,016
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Road trip, advice needed :)

I also think you could book all this separately yourself and save a lot of $$$$$ :)
Forum: Canada
Sep 17th 2017, 6:44 pm
Replies: 59
Views: 5,016
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Road trip, advice needed :)

Elk & Avenue Hotel in Banff was newly refurbished in the last year. Haven't stayed myself yet but its getting pretty good reviews. it used to be called the International. Its a really good...
Forum: Canada
Sep 17th 2017, 6:40 pm
Replies: 59
Views: 5,016
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Road trip, advice needed :)

Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary seems a weird choice to me. Its in the NE fairly close to the airport. Would you not prefer something downtown at all? You could at least then walk to the tower,...
Forum: Canada
Aug 9th 2017, 3:57 am
Replies: 8
Views: 941
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Which credit card - RBC Westjet or BMO Airmiles?

Also the Amex Gold Rewards is currently doing a first year free. The membership reward points are transferable to a few different airlines and hotels so its quite flexible. 25k sign up bonus too.
Forum: Canada
Jun 30th 2017, 12:06 am
Replies: 52
Views: 7,613
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Calgary Suburbs/Living

For Calgary if you are within the City limits then you will probably be able to access all the things you mentioned to some extent within a reasonable distance/time.

It will boil down to where...
Forum: Canada
Jun 25th 2017, 12:17 am
Replies: 58
Views: 3,594
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: The big move

For school info check out (for Calgary area):

Calgary Board of Education:http://www.cbe.ab.ca/Pages/default.aspx
(there's a calculator to work out when kids are eligible for kindergarten)
...
Jun 24th 2017, 4:22 am
Replies: 32
Views: 1,692
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: London fire victims rehousing

Here's a pretty accurate summary of how the social housing provision is secured as part of a planning permission:
Is the Government really providing luxury Kensington flats for the survivors of the...
Jun 23rd 2017, 12:06 am
Replies: 32
Views: 1,692
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: London fire victims rehousing

I read that a proportion of the flats were already earmarked for social housing anyway, as they often are nowadays (either the developer 'donates' a % of flats for social housing or puts a % of money...
Forum: Canada
Jun 18th 2017, 5:07 am
Replies: 55
Views: 4,157
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: trip imminent: what line to go in at LGW?

We are 2 x Canadian and 2 x UK passports. We asked the person who stands at the queue entrance which line we should go in. At Heathrow they told us to use the EU line. At Gatwick, the (very)...
Forum: Canada
Jun 17th 2017, 10:38 pm
Replies: 204
Views: 15,795
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Life in Alberta?

Here are your Calgary crime stats:
http://www.calgary.ca/cps/Pages/Statistics/Calgary-Police-statistical-reports.aspx

I feel pretty safe here in Calgary. Yes, there are crimes and break-ins and...
Forum: Canada
Jun 17th 2017, 10:32 pm
Replies: 204
Views: 15,795
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Life in Alberta?

I just checked with my kid what a lockdown practice involves - she said they just practice being quiet and lock the classrooms up - she is not fazed by it at all (she is 7) and treats it just like...
Forum: Canada
Jun 17th 2017, 4:38 am
Replies: 204
Views: 15,795
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Life in Alberta?

You should be aware that we do have 'lockdown' drills at school here - my kid's elementary has had two or three this year.
Forum: Canada
Jun 17th 2017, 4:30 am
Replies: 204
Views: 15,795
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Life in Alberta?

Hi - just a heads up that urban vs rural in Alberta is quite different to urban vs rural in the UK. As others have said it is good if you can visit to see it for yourself. I don't see the same kind...
Forum: Canada
Apr 20th 2017, 3:52 am
Replies: 51
Views: 3,895
Posted By Flossie and Jim

Re: Advice on Alberta...

Last year's effort here (bottom right of pic)
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