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Forum: Canada
Dec 16th 2020, 7:12 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,053
Posted By bgpz

Re: 2020 Xmas Day Options- GTA

Agree with the others about staying at home being the best bet right now.
Do yourself a favour and get your xmas roast from Fenwood Farm (https://www.fenwoodfarm.com/) in Ancaster. They're great,...
Forum: Canada
May 11th 2020, 7:58 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,670
Posted By bgpz

Re: Looking for info on London, Ontario

Definitely shortlist Hamilton. Seriously.
The Fraunhofer Institute (https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/mcmaster-opens-33m-biomedical-engineering-and-advanced-manufacturing-research-centre/)...
Forum: Canada
May 7th 2020, 6:52 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,670
Posted By bgpz

Re: Looking for info on London, Ontario

Im not the librarian in our family (although I did some JISC/eLib stuff in a former working life), but we both moved from London (UK) nearly 12 years ago, and have worked at universities here. My...
Forum: Canada
Feb 4th 2020, 6:34 pm
Replies: 58
Views: 4,299
Posted By bgpz

Re: Social life in Canada vs other countries

Yep. All of that. Just to add there's also something of an after-hours scene. I'm pretty much well past all of that (except when I head back to UK/Europe, stay on "local time" and can enjoy a...
Forum: Canada
Dec 3rd 2019, 10:17 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,015
Posted By bgpz

Re: Nexus query

IIRC, you can reschedule your appointment online - lots of people do this, and typically slots open up as folk shuffle their appointments around (particularly if you're trying to get a set of...
Forum: Canada
Sep 9th 2019, 4:42 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,348
Posted By bgpz

Re: NEXUS - updating citizenship

It needs to. If it doesn't (which can happen due to data entry error - perhaps related to some NEXUS staff seemingly incapable of knowing what is actually required..?) you'll most likely end up with...
Aug 28th 2019, 1:55 pm
Replies: 77
Views: 5,669
Posted By bgpz

Re: Beer

Fairweather is probably my favourite these days (declaration of interest: they kindly let our home brew club brew on their premises when we did a brew for Cask Days - cripes, three years ago... time...
Forum: Canada
Aug 28th 2019, 1:40 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By bgpz

Re: Assistance for partially sighted traveller

Seconded re. Transat - my Mum needs some assistance these days, and we've found Transat and the ground staff at LGW/YYZ to be the best combination (AC/BA and LHR didn't seem to work as well for her,...
Aug 27th 2019, 5:24 pm
Replies: 77
Views: 5,669
Posted By bgpz

Re: Beer

The Winking Judge in Hamilton has Fullers on cask every 3-4 months or so (not just London Pride, I've seen others over the years).
Some of the best cask stuff I've had this year has been from...
Forum: Canada
Apr 24th 2019, 12:34 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,199
Posted By bgpz

Re: VoIP recommendations for Canadian number?

voip.ms and Zoiper works beautifully for me, been using it for a few years now (my canadian 'mobile' is a voip.ms number routing through to Zoiper, phone is data-only on a Fido $15/month plan (3Gb...
Forum: Canada
May 10th 2018, 2:20 pm
Replies: 155
Views: 28,457
Posted By bgpz

Re: Diary of our move to Canada

This is the doc I was talking about (which also does a great job explaining how the Beer Store came about, and why it's such a travesty):

Straight Up: The Issue of Alcohol in Ontario

It's a...
Forum: Canada
May 10th 2018, 1:12 pm
Replies: 155
Views: 28,457
Posted By bgpz

Re: Diary of our move to Canada

Until very recently, microbreweries in Ontario have had a bugger of a time getting in to the LCBO (beer store is a virtual non-starter - there's a very good documentary kicking around on Vimeo that...
Forum: Canada
Mar 26th 2018, 3:45 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,619
Posted By bgpz

Re: Nexus interview tips

When I got my NEXUS card updated after getting my Canadian passport, they didn't change the nationality field from "GBR" to "CAN" - even though my Canadian passport and (IIRC) another field stated...
Forum: Canada
Mar 6th 2018, 6:32 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,959
Posted By bgpz

Re: How did you find a job in Canada when still in the UK?

I applied for a job online while I was still in the UK, but we had a moving date set and everything - so mentioned that in the cover letter. Good thing I did, as they were interviewing that week, so...
Forum: Canada
Feb 23rd 2018, 7:11 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 4,855
Posted By bgpz

Re: Where in Canada 🇨🇦

That was my first thought, too. Several Canadian higher (and further) ed institutions are ramping up their indigenous angles in various ways, so it's certainly something that may be attracting...
Forum: Canada
Jan 25th 2018, 7:27 pm
Replies: 66
Views: 9,546
Posted By bgpz

Re: Do you lose all the money paid in NI (from UK)

Fair enough. That's your choice.

But the consensus is that Class 2 contributions are a steal in terms of the payback on investment (even if you only live long enough to get a year's worth out of...
Forum: Canada
Jan 23rd 2018, 6:25 pm
Replies: 110
Views: 13,248
Posted By bgpz

Re: Am I over-judging Canada?

you asked the OP this on another thread a while back (http://britishexpats.com/forum/canada-56/cost-living-where-live-toronto-904258/page2/#post12355900):)

(apparently $45k, after some...
Forum: Canada
Jan 23rd 2018, 6:19 pm
Replies: 110
Views: 13,248
Posted By bgpz

Re: Am I over-judging Canada?

I believe Presto cards users now benefit from a lower TTC rate when transferring to/from GO services. Also, if you're heading in to Toronto at weekends (assuming you go in Mon-Fri for work) on your...
Forum: Canada
Jan 23rd 2018, 4:28 pm
Replies: 66
Views: 9,546
Posted By bgpz

Re: Do you lose all the money paid in NI (from UK)

Instructions for paying via a non-UK bank:
https://www.gov.uk/pay-class-2-national-insurance/bank-details
Scroll down to "overseas payments"
Forum: Canada
Dec 13th 2017, 4:42 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 985
Posted By bgpz

Re: Applying for Nexus

I'm taking my mum across the border on Friday, so we'll need to get her I-94W sorted. Does anyone know if this saves much time? I recall that there can be a bit of a wait involved (but, IIRC, is more...
Forum: Canada
Dec 6th 2017, 7:57 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 672
Posted By bgpz

Re: 3 months in the UK - phone plan?

Giffgaff do great SIM-only deals. Think they'll only mail to a UK address, can't remember if you need a UK address and/or credit card to set it up, but I've still got mine (and they don't seem to...
Forum: Canada
Oct 27th 2017, 6:33 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 3,706
Posted By bgpz

Re: new to flying, could do with some help/advise

OP - isn't there any way that you can change your flight to one of the direct LGW-YVR flights?
It looks like there's a direct flight 4x/week... ...
Forum: Canada
Oct 19th 2017, 3:03 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,356
Posted By bgpz

Re: International mobile phone in Canada

I can't recall the exact tech details, but I think the issue with LTE speeds is that it's very good for fast download speeds, but upload speeds can be patchy (specifically - in my experience - they...
Forum: Canada
Oct 9th 2017, 12:35 am
Replies: 19
Views: 1,235
Posted By bgpz

Re: Ottawa transport early in the morning

Seconded re. BdT - it's a great spot.
Forum: Canada
Sep 22nd 2017, 5:47 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 2,685
Posted By bgpz

Re: Aside from language, what's the difference between Toronto and Montréal?

Added this to my reading list.

Great post, btw. Reminded me of several analogies that I feel exist vis-a-vis Barcelona and Montreal. I spent a summer living and working in the former (effectively...
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