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Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 9:10 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

I think the problem is more related to what I said earlier. I sort of expected Canadians to be similar to other Anglo Saxons, but they are not at all, much more like the Swiss.

Anyway, could flog...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 8:33 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Thanks for posting this. I was aware of the tax ins and outs, the more nuanced piece is deliberate deprivation should they need care. That can vary from one local authority to another.
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 8:28 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

So do I.

As for the first comment, could you be more patronising? Short of having a lobotomy, I have tried my best to fit in.
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 6:44 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Yes, if I had siblings it would never happen. I am lucky in one way, and unlucky in another...all the responsibility for my elderly parents falls on me. I feel very strongly I should be there for...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 6:19 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

The problem is the cost of property as you say. I have a deal with my parents that I can buy their village house for the same price as we sell our home here, which is enough for them to get a decent...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 6:14 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

And don't get me started about Tim Hortons. 6 years and I still can't stomach it. Seriously, I still laugh at the morons queuing for it.
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 6:11 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Barrie has changed a fair bit since then. Population has quadrupled for starters! However, it is an odd mix of rednecks, breading commuter types and well-healed middle class. It will improve as the...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 5:26 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

MarylandNed - thanks for your insights. One of my "problems" is that I come from a beautiful village in Sussex. The scenery is amazing, the weather is good for the UK, although still crap, the chavs...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 1:22 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Some wise words there. I agree with your analysis of the aggression on UK forums. I also will take your advise and keep an open mind.

In all honesty I would love to write a humble post in 9...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 1:17 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Prices are all over the place here. Up 40% year on year in March, down 20% since then, and Toronto is dropping too. Hoping things will settle down over the winter and then lift again next spring when...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 1:13 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Yep, first thing I'd do is fit heating. New Zealand homes are freezing in winter, and the weather is dreary from May through October, but I need more than a big warm house to be happy. Family and...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 1:08 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Good to hear your perspective. See everything there is to see here, done with trees and lakes. Because our family are in the UK and NZ I think Never may well apply once we are gone.

In some ways...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 1:03 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

I must admit, I think people out East, are more down to earth and genuinely friendly. I think Ontario is uniquely cold in its politeness. I've always had a good laugh in Quebec, but couldn't live...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 12:59 pm
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Thanks Skakyuk. Probably won't be leaving till next spring as we had a flood in May and we are still waiting for a contractor to refit our basement...all insured, just getting someone to do the work...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 4:17 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Before I go to bed, I kind of feel Trudeau sums Canada up perfectly. Looks good, seems nice, sporty, but ultimately a bit bland.
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 4:14 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

I hear you man...rock and a hard place. Also, yeah, I am generalizing, there are some fab Canadians, who I will always be friends with, just not anywhere within a hundred kms! My wife is very...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 4:08 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

You make a good point. But we lived in Toronto for a while. Way too expensive. I think we probably would have had a better social life there, mainly because of expats (not just Brits..we the friends...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 4:00 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

I live in the downtown, which is the best bit...the burbs are truly soulless, you are right. My job is amazing, where I live is beautiful...I look out my back window and it is like cottage country,...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 3:54 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

And by the way, using the phrase "just sayin" is totally wank.
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 3:52 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

Maybe it is us, but I've never had a problem elsewhere and lived in the US, OZ, New Zealand, Wales and of course England. Got friends all over the world, but not here really. We just feel incredibly...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 3:48 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

That may not have helped as they are all teetotal! However, our friends who have been here 30 years aren't church goers and have really struggled too. The culture here is very different...I listen to...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 3:31 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

You're probably right, but I'm screwed either way. We aren't happy here that's for sure...people are everything, and we just aren't connecting.
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 3:27 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Re: Six years and done

That's too funny quoting me from my first Christmas back. For a long time I felt that way, and England can truly be depressing, but I am not kidding when I say that I do most of my socializing back...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2017, 2:54 am
Replies: 231
Views: 23,751
Posted By TheBear

Six years and done

We moved to Canada 6 years ago. I have a very well paid job, we have a great home, and live in a nice area, but we are done with Canada...or more specifically Canadians. I've met people who moved...
Feb 4th 2016, 9:24 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 960
Posted By TheBear

Re: Travelling after citizenship ceremony without passport

Thanks. Yes, that is what we are doing. Takes two days for our status to change on the system, then have to go in and do expedited service. Should get them back at the end of the day before we fly....
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