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Forum: Canada
Aug 10th 2012, 7:13 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,796
Posted By agr

Re: First Car Experiences?

Your $3k budget, sad to say, is not compatible with aspirations for reliability (although you might get lucky). We arrived in 2009, bought a 4-year-old Jetta wagon (=estate) for $20,000. It has...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2012, 7:16 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Posted By agr

Re: Dempster Highway

^^ this.
Most of the traffic we saw on the Dempster was associated with maintenance of the Dempster. The surface material is drawn from quarries along the way, so varies widely. In some places it's...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2012, 5:21 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,003
Posted By agr

Re: Anyone know about the new home buyer rule

I just made it up.
Sadly, north Americans would prefer "unincented" I think.
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2012, 5:18 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Posted By agr

Re: Dempster Highway

The scenery on the Dempster is stunning. The only place I have been that was anything like it was Iceland. Sections of the Alaska Highway are also outstanding, especially between Fort Nelson and...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2012, 5:03 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 5,796
Posted By agr

Re: Decent salary for UK Chartered Mechanical Engineer

Regarding the qualifications, as far as I know the professional association in your destination province will do its own assessment - I don't think they take anyone else's word for it. If you have...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2012, 4:53 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 5,796
Posted By agr

Re: Decent salary for UK Chartered Mechanical Engineer

I'm a CEng MIMechE and a PEng in Alberta. The professional associations that protect the profession, err, sorry "protect the public", conduct salary surveys each year. In Alberta it's APEGA. Not sure...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2012, 4:36 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Posted By agr

Re: Dempster Highway

We were concerned about this but a lot depends on the quality of the gravel. We used regular tyres that are at least 70,000km old and had no problems. Where the surface was smooth we did 80 or 90...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2012, 4:13 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Posted By agr

Re: Dempster Highway

It was a 10-day round trip from Edmonton totalling 6700km. It would take longer if one observed speed limits. The Dempster itself is 734km each way, of which less than 15km are paved. We had two rest...
Forum: Canada
Aug 4th 2012, 5:23 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Posted By agr

Dempster Highway

Way back in 1999 we did an Alaska Highway road trip and thought it would be good to come back some day and drive the Dempster Highway all the way to Inuvik. This year we finally managed it. What an...
Forum: Canada
Aug 3rd 2012, 10:36 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,003
Posted By agr

Re: Anyone know about the new home buyer rule

They talk to HMRC. At least, it's always safest to assume they do.
Forum: Canada
Aug 3rd 2012, 10:08 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,003
Posted By agr

Re: Anyone know about the new home buyer rule

If you follow the first link you'll see that you are eligible if you haven't lived in a home you owned either this year or in any of the four preceding years. There are no geographical terms, so I...
Forum: Canada
Aug 3rd 2012, 9:16 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,003
Posted By agr

Re: Anyone know about the new home buyer rule

The Federal government seems to still have a First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) tax credit, with its own eligibility rules (preceding four years):

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/bdgt/2009/fqhbtc-eng.html...
Forum: Canada
Aug 3rd 2012, 8:56 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,003
Posted By agr

Re: Anyone know about the new home buyer rule

We are buying in BC right now. It seems quite clear that the BC government's $10k grant only applies if you have never owned a house anywhere in the world before, whereas the HST rebates (federal and...
Forum: Canada
Aug 3rd 2012, 12:25 am
Replies: 31
Views: 3,003
Posted By agr

Re: Anyone know about the new home buyer rule

As one who has experienced negative equity in the past, may I say that you have a market outlook that is either rosy or long-term.
Forum: Canada
Aug 1st 2012, 11:58 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 4,773
Posted By agr

Re: Anyone stuck because their house won't sell?

What feedback have your agents relayed from the 100 viewers? One thing that living in North America has taught me is that in UK you pay less and get less. Realtors here ask only " how high?" when you...
Forum: Canada
Aug 1st 2012, 10:25 pm
Replies: 127
Views: 9,143
Posted By agr

Re: Are helmets obligatory on a cycle?

Interesting perspective. Much of the pro-helmet fervour rests on a fatalistic assumption that one can't influence the probability of a crash happening in the first place. Or worse, that people can't...
Forum: Canada
Aug 1st 2012, 4:38 pm
Replies: 127
Views: 9,143
Posted By agr

Re: Are helmets obligatory on a cycle?

Isn't it great to be able to make your own decisions like that?
Forum: Canada
Jul 7th 2012, 7:36 am
Replies: 80
Views: 8,533
Posted By agr

Re: Vancouver- unexpected turn of events

Might be feasible by float plane though: 20 mins / $65 each way, IF you lived close to the float plane base at one end and worked near the other.

We're moving to Vancouver very soon and...
Forum: Canada
Jul 4th 2012, 5:03 pm
Replies: 63
Views: 12,725
Posted By agr

Re: Physically giveup GB licence for BC drivers licence???

Ok, I see what you were saying.

I think UK insurance companies may differ in their licensing requirements. My wife drove her father's car on a Canadian licence while visiting - his insurer just...
Forum: Canada
Jul 4th 2012, 4:50 pm
Replies: 63
Views: 12,725
Posted By agr

Re: Physically giveup GB licence for BC drivers licence???

Will somebody please tell me which car rental company gives different prices depending on country of issue of driving licence? I have rented many cars around the world and never been asked upfront...
Forum: Canada
Jun 28th 2012, 5:59 pm
Replies: 63
Views: 12,725
Posted By agr

Re: Physically giveup GB licence for BC drivers licence???

I have never heard of a car rental company offering a deal based on where your licence is issued. How does this work? Online reservations don't even ask you about your licence - it's just assumed...
Forum: Canada
Jun 22nd 2012, 3:52 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 8,533
Posted By agr

Re: Vancouver- unexpected turn of events

The price gradient tells you how much fun the commute is!
We're moving to Vancouver this year. Rents don't look too bad, but I suspect this might be a bad time to buy.
Forum: Canada
Jun 19th 2012, 7:35 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By agr

Re: When am I a tax resident?

Your question is eerily similar to this recent one (http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=762104). There's a wiki link in that thread.
Forum: Canada
Jun 18th 2012, 6:49 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,121
Posted By agr

Re: ANY EX ARMY GUYS THAT CAN HELP REF LUMP SUM AND TAX

There's a wiki article on this, written by JonboyE. It summarises several years of debate on these pages!

Here it is: http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Tax-Free_Lump_Sum
Forum: Canada
Jun 18th 2012, 6:43 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 12,024
Posted By agr

Re: anyone had a UK pension tax free lump sum payment, is it tax free in canada as we

Not sure what special arrangement for military pensions you refer to. Many BE members are ex-military and the question of Canadian taxes on a gratuity that's free of UK tax has been discussed...
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