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Old 08-29-2015, 09:35 AM
 
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I've often wondered why the Upper Peninsula doesn't vie for the Winter Olympics.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:38 AM
 
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Has anyone else noticed leaves already turning and in some cases even dropping? Gads, where did traditional length seasons go.....?
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Old 08-29-2015, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Has anyone else noticed leaves already turning and in some cases even dropping? Gads, where did traditional length seasons go.....?
We are in a drought in Vancouver. The trees have been losing leaves for weeks because of lack of water.
It actually looked like autumn in July.
Rain is forecasted and we did get some yesterday...but not enough. Today it's suppose to rain but it's just really really windy. A huge tree just split open and fell behind where I live.
I don't ever remember a year where we got only four days with precipitation in four months.
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Old 08-29-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Getting kinda brutal to change Canadian money into American money, on a recent weekend trip it cost me $406Cdn to buy $300US. As a consequence our family Xmas trip to Fla. has been cancelled.
Any one else changing plans due to the exchange rate? Is this exchange rate motivating any Americans to pay a visit to Canada?
In planning our little weekend trips this year, we are not looking at the US. We usually fit in a weekend to Seattle but it's just not worth it.

The dollar seems fine against other currencies, but this year we are planning to stay in BC for our " winter getaway " Cabin, hot tub, fireplace, on a lake or ocean , kind of place.
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Old 08-29-2015, 03:11 PM
 
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Yes. As a Canadian working in the US, with $44k in student loans, I am sending back as much money as I can while it stays this cheap.

*ducks*
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:21 PM
 
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Yes. As a Canadian working in the US, with $44k in student loans, I am sending back as much money as I can while it stays this cheap.

*ducks*
There Ya go. Making the most of an opportunity can come in a variety.
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Any one else changing plans due to the exchange rate? Is this exchange rate motivating any Americans to pay a visit to Canada?
I'm going on a road trip to Canada later in the Fall if that comforts you. I appreciate the current exchange rate and hope it stays the same by the time I go but no, I'd visit Canada anyhow regardless of the exchange rate. Because of the high taxes, it's not really that much of a discount than a road trip within the US but Canada is a fun country to visit with its slight differences to the US.

Just leave another roll of Canadian pennies for me to collect that's all . I can't explain why but after the Royal Canadian Mint stopped issuing them in 2013, I've got the crazy urge to collect them each time I visit and will probably do so until the banks simply don't have anymore to hand out.

Oh yes and 50 cent pieces too. They're still in circulation but I heard they're hard to obtain as well.
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:57 PM
 
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Oh yes and 50 cent pieces too. They're still in circulation but I heard they're hard to obtain as well.
Coins in Canada below a dollar were changed in 2000 to be 92% - 95% steel. As a result they are avoiding the American problem where nickels aren't worth producing. Pennies have been produced at a loss for some time in both countries. Production figures are below.

Canadian Penny
2000 - 902,506,000
2001 - 928,434,000
2002 - 830,040,000
2003 - 748,123,000
2004 - 842,486,000
2005 - 767,425,000
2006 - 1,261,883,000
2007 - 846,420,000
2008 - 787,625,000
2009 - 455,680,000
2010 - 486,200,000
2011 - 662,750,000
2012 - 199,347,000

Canadian 5 cent piece
2000 - 108,514,000
2001 - 166,686,000
2002 - 135,960,000
2003 - 101,793,000
2004 - 123,925,000
2005 - 148,082,000
2006 - 184,874,000
2007 - 221,472,000
2008 - 278,530,000
2009 - 266,448,000
2010 - 126,800,000
2011 - 230,328,000
2012 - 202,944,000

Canadian dime
2000 - 195,117,000
2001 - 272,465,000
2002 - 252,563,000
2003 - 164,617,000
2004 - 213,025,000
2005 - 211,350,000
2006 - 331,647,000
2007 - 304,110,000
2008 - 467,495,000
2009 - 370,700,000
2010 - 252,500,000
2011 - 292,325,000
2012 - 334,675,000

Canadian quarter
2000 - 415,894,000
2001 - 62,227,000
2002 - 187,992,000
2003 - 100,638,000
2004 - 210,047,000
2005 - 269,586,000
2006 - 629,018,000
2007 - 386,763,000
2008 - 387,222,000
2009 - 266,766,000
2010 - 167,500,000
2011 - 212,970,000
2012 - 178,450,000

Canadian 50 cent piece
2000 - 559,000
2001 - 403,000
2002 - 14,440,000
2003 - 0
2004 - 0
2005 - 200,000
2006 - 98,000
2007 - 250,000
2008 - 211,000
2009 - 150,000
2010 - 150,000
2011 - 0
2012 - 250,000

In the USA pennies are over half the coins minted. The government employees are careful to protect their jobs by not minting all the pennies in one mint, but inevitably if they stop the penny someone will suggest closing one of the mints. Many people don't realize the US mint loses as much money on nickels as they do on pennies.

2014 USA Coin Shipments by numbers of coins (loss in production in shipment) total value in millions of coins produced
One-Cent 7,920,000,000 (loss of 67%) $79.20
Five-Cent 1,211,000,000 (loss of 62%) $60.55
Dime 2,223,000,000 (gain of 61%) $222.30
Quarter-Dollar 1,683,000,000 (gain of 64%) $420.75

The mint has not made a half dollar coin since 2006 when they produced 2 million of them. It's an utterly useless coin, and if they had any sense they wouldn't make any more.

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Old 08-29-2015, 07:58 PM
 
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there are so many interesting countries in the world. Why keep going to the US? Personally there is little there that attract me any more.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Has anyone else noticed leaves already turning and in some cases even dropping? Gads, where did traditional length seasons go.....?
Yes!!!

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there are so many interesting countries in the world. Why keep going to the US? Personally there is little there that attract me any more.

Why not? This is a big continent, botti. Lots to see, lots to do.
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