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PJSV

Elaine,

You should sequence your forecasts like these guys http://www.leap2020.eu , GEAB nº18.

Another tip: Why doesn't you setup a service like leap2020.eu or apply for a job there ? It would be bad for us, that read your texts for free, but it would be great for you.

Neuro Artist

Yes, the internet is a great thing for uncovering the true history of our rulers. Makes you wonder when it will go? Pretty soon I guess, probably a good idea to print out the facts, so that they are not forgotten to future generations. Still there are great many people who are in the know now (though there are even more who choose to ignore of course) about the crimes of the rulers, and that knowledge isn't going to go away with the future ban of the internet free flow of information, this is good for the future. Might even spread more to a wider population with a ban and trashing of liberties, even though the quality of the information will deteriorate with oral passing on.

Nice biker babe, where does she keep the sword while bicycling?

xnr

Elaine, thanks for all the wonderful pieces. Minor remark: on graph F217, the Q207 REIT number reads -29.9 rather than 129.9 (pdf is vector based, Acrobat Reader will let you zoom in). Seems to make more sense too.

Canuck

Wow, nice er.. bike

Argentina isn’t in a borrowing cycle at the moment, immanent bankruptcy unlikely.

*Snip*
"It's going to boom because it has no debt…and it is a major producer of food. And not only that, it's already made almost every mistake you can make. It's had socialism, hyper-inflation, price controls, debt, coups d'etat, military governments - you name it."

We have bought a little property in Argentina because it is cheap - and we like the place. Even if Doug is wrong about the cycle, we won't be unhappy. We bought value. We're tempted to buy more. Argentina's economy is growing nearly three times as fast as the United States. It is coming off a major depression, when GDP growth went negative for a year and a half…when the local currency lost two-thirds of its value…and in which the economy actually shrank as much as 16% in a single quarter.
*Unsnip*

http://www.dailyreckoning.com/

$4 for a loaf of bread! Are you serious! Your not talking about a Costco multipak here are you? Or some fancy reciepe at a higher end store. $4 for a standard loaf? That’s more than I paid in the Artic two weeks ago and it’s flown in every day on a 2.75 hour flight from Yellowknife, that’s after a 14-16 hour truck ride from Edmonton. This is also likely the cheaper bread, which comes from Winnipeg another 16 hours away. Std bread here is 1.29 and walk down the isle and there’s still a 99 cent rack nearby.

Try this weeks specials at www.safeway.ca Postal Code T6B 2L9 The Canadian dollar is slightly over par currently

Walmart dead/dying? Ouch. Walmart.ca plans to open 14 supercenters in Canada in 2007 3 of which are going in the Edmonton area. One is apparently open already. At the closest Walmart during the busy weekend period I would expect to wait 4-8 minutes to get through the line to pay even with 4 self scan terminals. Home Depot takes even longer, I strenuously avoid buying building materials during peak weekend periods, it can take 10-15 minutes to get through the till at the bulk materials area. Lineups down the isles. You’ll wait much longer for a forklift.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal-Mart_Canada

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Three_Walmart_
superstores_open_in_select_cities_in_Canada

Pre-owned homes sales are slowing though, prices have dipped slightly. speculators are profit taking and there’s lots of new inventory. No evidence of discounting or sweetening offers from builders yet. No evidence of lack of demand for trades, still through the roof.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

XNR: thanks for the possible correction. It is VERY hard, reading their stupid PDX file! I squinted at it, used glasses, magnified it, put it in photoshop and tried to sharpen the image. Very difficult. I really wish they used a bigger pixel format.

Canuck, you are in a place where the economy is shooting up. So stores in your region are probably booming right now. But not here in New York. Oil up=good for Canada, bad for New York.

The biker babe: an old poster in France back when ladies were supposed to not show their ankles. The French used naked ladies all over the place to sell stuff. I find this most funny.

Katya

Hey Canuck! We are in TX and have been seriously considering moving your way. Visited Vancouver but willing to consider Toronto or even Hallifax. My DH is an IT manager. Any tips?

And, yeah, here it is about $3.69 for a loaf of wheat bread. Sale price on the less expensive stuff runs 2/$4 or 2/$5.

Canuck

I can offer plenty of tips but you have to offer a rational why you want to be here. The different regions of the country offer most benefits to a degree but they aren’t even close to being equivalent in application.

You’ll have to weigh your qualifiers;

Quality of life (commuting, local recreation opportunities, climate)
Monetary gain
Societal support (healthcare, etc.)
Career advancement
Housing affordability
Education opportunities

I can offer a quick and dirty insight, Calgary has more ex-pat Americans of any city in the world outside of the US. It would also be the most familiar to an American culture wise. In extension Alberta and Texas bear many similarities in outlook but you won’t find such a conspicuous display of regional identity.

Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will have the most cosmopolitan city character. All other major Canadian cities will primarily be characterized by their primary business/industry makeup. If there’s something in particular that a city must provide for you you’ll have to be sure to identify it. If you want to be away from hustle and bustle or cheaper housing that’s no problem but bear in mind that if you also want the advantages of a cosmo center at the same time you’ll pay for it in the same manner as in the States, Heavy commute.

Vancouver is a gem, if the housing costs haven’t scared you off. Overall I’d say its Canada’s most livable city. Any major center in Canada would likely have opportunities for an experience IT manager, you’d have to identify a center before I could tell you if any local conditions would preclude that.

Workopolis and Monster.ca will give you a good idea of opportunities. One income doesn’t cut it in Canada any more than the States, be sure to factor in both your requirements.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Every time I get married. I move further north. Started next to Mexico, am now on near the border of Canada. Had a Canadian boyfriend, an author, once.

So I figure, no need to divorce, eh? Canada is even colder than here on my mountain and it gets really cold and then comes the MUD season. Spring has springs that pop up in the road up the mountain and our 4 WD vehicles struggle. I love it but people in Texas better remember this: it is COLD up here!


When I came east, further south, I had to wear gloves when it was 50 degrees. I thought I would freeze to death. The first time it went below zero, I thought I would just up and die.

Now I chop firewood and go hunting when it is below zero. The air is clear and hard as a polished mirror and the animals that are out and about make the hard snow crack under hoof or if they leap from tree to tree, the wood complains loudly.

Besides, the snow sparkles like diamonds, brilliant and flashy as Elizabeth Taylor's 6th wedding ring.

Katya

Canuck,

I don't know if you will get back on this thread but thanks for your well thought out reply. I'm a SAHM right now. My experience is executive admin (VP mostly). It's tight on one salary but childcare is so high ($12K a year) that it isn't that much tighter.

I've never lived in a cold climate but the short dark days worry me more than the cold. Here we hibernate in the summer when we have triple digits on a regular basis.

My sense of Vancouver (at least what we saw) was that it was a little too urban for me. Suburb might work. Even considered a houseboat. :) I've always thought that a mid sized college town within an hour drive or so of a major city with an airport would be good. Traffic congestion gets me down so good public transport might make a big difference.

First priority is getting in right now. I hate to move away from family but I feel like this country is on the wrong track in so many ways. Now that we have a kid I want to do what I can to give her a better future. Universal health care and an affordable education would make a good start.

We like Vancouver for climate. Considering Toronto for easy travel to WI where my DH has family. Nova Scotia is just lovely. Someday, if the funds came my way, I would like a little orchard/family farm that produced enough for us and sell the extra locally. There were Missouri farmers on my Dad's side...apples, strawberries...mmm.

Canuck

Here we go…

Vancouver/Victoria area is the only area in Canada where you won’t usually get hit with some pretty damn cold weather during the course of the winter. This is due to the major air mass influences. The west coast of Canada is dominated by maritime polar air mass. There’s a lot of latent energy there that keeps the west coast quite pleasant in the winter. But wet, wet, wet.

http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter/geog101/
uwsp_lectures/lecture_fronts.html

Anywhere else in Canada can be generalized in these terms. Your going to get 2 – 6 weeks of (what we consider) hot weather >+30C and 2 - 6 weeks of damn cold weather <-30C. The farther north you go the less hot weather you’ll see and the more cold weather. The Atlantic coast will see higher snowfall rates outside of mountainous areas due to maritime polar airmass. In poor conditions this means that cars can get buried and disappear from sight. Central Canada which Ontario and Quebec are termed see a combination of lake effect snow from the Great Lakes and mP airmass to see potential for quite a bit of snow as well in certain areas. Why is snow an issue? Most areas have bylaws requiring you to clear your sidewalk and if you don’t clear where you park or drive your vehicle on your property soon enough you won’t have anywhere to park. This can entail considerable effort unless of course you don’t require a property with a yard.

I don’t particularly care for the hard cold, I work outdoors in those conditions and similar one’s in the Arctic. I’m properly attired for it at that time. Everyone gets around in those conditions. I’ll give you credit if your willing to wait for a bus in bad winter conditions, you won’t meet me there.

Canadians take a great big hit from environmentalists for energy use. Wait till your furnace stops working in winter and see how fast you scramble to get someone to fix it. This coupled with long distances between major centers Have most Canadians pretty much tune out neg hits from California baised environmentalists.

Prairie provinces will see the general terms for temperature, humidty is fairly low. Cold dry air can give you nosebleeds in the winter. Some prairie areas have more wind in winter than others. Wind is a major factor. Windchill is the wicked part of winter.

Due to the weather factors you’ll find people really taking advantage of the outdoors in summer, in winter most reasonably sized centers have indoor venues for events, cultural activities and sports. But here again outside of Toronto which has very well developed public transportation you’ll be dependant on your vehicle, to utilize these venues particularly for organized sports. They’re dispersed and you’ll be the only person at the bus stop with a hockey bag, your kid, in a foot and half of snow at -26C with a 13 km/h wind waiting for a bus. Trust me.

It’s not that the sun disappears in the winter, it only seems that way because the sun’s out when you’re at work. During the worst of it yes its pretty dark or barely light when you leave home and yes it’s definitely dark when you get home. When spring comes and you’re in the midst of summer you don’t even give it a thought.

Frankly, if you’re on a single income and plan to stay that way I would rule out major centers. Stick centers with 50-500 thousand people. You’ll have higher mobility and a better quality of life with a vehicle, cheaper housing and a short commute than trying to put it together in a major center with a young child, and an extended public transit commute to a core area that pays enough on a single income.

I find hour commutes pretty outlandish, unless you’ve got some real money behind you you’ll likely even see greater than that with public transit in Toronto or Vancouver. I’m 12 minutes to work, my wife is about 30 minutes deep into a downtown core.

You won’t escape the IRS moving to Canada, there are issues if you plan to cross the boarder back to the States. You’ll have to file. What this means financially I can’t tell you but I think I still can find a good contact if you need it.

Don’t get disillusioned but higher education is starting to get out of reach for some in Canada, depends on what type of education. Also universal healthcare comes out of the tax base. Taxes are higher but the Canadian government just had a 14.7 billion operating surplus this year. The contrast with the US is pretty stark.

If I was starting out, looking for a small city set to boom where I could get a decent reasonable house, maybe start a IT service business that would grow with the community. I’d move to Saskatoon. Then again I’m a westerner.

http://www.saskatoon.ca/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saskatoon

http://www.canada.com/cityguides/
saskatoon/index.html

www.mls.ca

Good luck with the apple grove, I haven’t got mine yet.

blues

I'm on a very small SSDI (SS)income. Any nice Indian reservations in Canada? I can teach math & grammar & stuff. I'm very good at that.

Canuck

There are some very low cost areas in Canada to live, usually rural, you will not experience a great amount of services in these areas. A prime example is that there is generally a dearth of medical personel and services, doctors in particular. People are shuttled to the major centers for treatment. If you have a serious or chronic condition requiring professional monitoring or attention, you’ll be in total conflict with your low cost living regime.

Talking about Indian reservations will always get a white guy in hot water but here goes. There are always exceptions, I'll admit in advance the following is generalities and based on observations not from living on a reservation.

1. Are you native? If you aren’t you may be welcomed at face value but you’ll never garner full acceptance. You could have a PHD in linguistics and a band member who got halfway through a community college program would be seen as preferable role model to you.

2. Are you married to a native? That would help but you’d still be in a position to prove yourself consistently and constantly.

3. Reservations do not and are not supportive of industry and commerce. Families stake claims in areas to build live and do something like business adventures but individuals cannot own the land that they are to prosper on. This often offers a great disincentive to success or organized services which success may hinge on.

4.The band holds all land. Bands are often run and controlled through family nepotism. The band has control of the government payments which often benefit the ruling family most. You as the outsider will be given the least consideration from band council.

5. Since reservations primarily have only one major funding method, federal government treaty obligations and welfare, no tax base because the band can’t tax itself it already owns the land, services as noted above can generally be typified as the lowest of the low.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

And lots of drug smuggling going on in American rez.

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