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Old 11-20-2015, 10:06 PM
 
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It's a little-known fact that Canada is not cold all year round and we do not live in igloos or drive dog sleds to the border to visit the US. We have 4 seasons not just one. It just depends on where you live like the comparison between Buffalo and North Carolina. It is not uncommon for Canadian summer temperatures to reach 100f and more anywhere in the country. It's November and there is no snow here yet. The fall is mild. Spring takes a while to warm up but it is nevertheless welcome to see green grass again.
Toronto Ontario has a humid climate from its proximity to the Great Lakes therefore weather there is felt colder to the bone in winter and sweltering in the summer.
I am over 60 and have never had to wait for essential services such as hospital (same day and free), ambulance (5 minutes), seeing my doctor (average 1 week and free), or referral to specialists (average 2 weeks and free). I don't pay sales tax because I live in the province of Alberta and I don't pay for healthcare either except for my prescription plan. I have nurses coming in 3X per day as part of Alberta health care. I am not even 65 so strictly speaking I am not yet classified as a senior so I get all those services outside of senior's benefits.
I'd say things are pretty good in Canada financially and otherwise.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It's a little-known fact that Canada is not cold all year round and we do not live in igloos or drive dog sleds to the border to visit the US. We have 4 seasons not just one. It just depends on where you live like the comparison between Buffalo and North Carolina. It is not uncommon for Canadian summer temperatures to reach 100f and more anywhere in the country. It's November and there is no snow here yet. The fall is mild. Spring takes a while to warm up but it is nevertheless welcome to see green grass again.
Toronto Ontario has a humid climate from its proximity to the Great Lakes therefore weather there is felt colder to the bone in winter and sweltering in the summer.
I am over 60 and have never had to wait for essential services such as hospital (same day and free), ambulance (5 minutes), seeing my doctor (average 1 week and free), or referral to specialists (average 2 weeks and free). I don't pay sales tax because I live in the province of Alberta and I don't pay for healthcare either except for my prescription plan. I have nurses coming in 3X per day as part of Alberta health care. I am not even 65 so strictly speaking I am not yet classified as a senior so I get all those services outside of senior's benefits.
I'd say things are pretty good in Canada financially and otherwise.
I think you mean you don't pay provincial sales tax. You still have the federal GST.
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:01 AM
 
Location: PVB
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I believe the people that are satisfied with Canadian healthcare are more likely to post on here. Healthcare in Canada is what it is, great for some, not so great for others. If you live in a large affluent city you will have better care than those not living there.
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:23 AM
 
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Canada is stupid cold though. I'm amazed how people can't come to grips with that. Most of the usa doesn't get our winters so obviously they think it's cold. And it's cold right now. Toronto is warmer than usual but the rest of canada is basically under ice. The weather here sucks and obviously they need good health care and education for the majority otherwise no ONE would immigrate here. If it wasn't for health care and education thus would be a frozen wasteland.
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I believe the people that are satisfied with Canadian healthcare are more likely to post on here. Healthcare in Canada is what it is, great for some, not so great for others. If you live in a large affluent city you will have better care than those not living there.
That depends. In some cases it's easier to access care outside the major cities as there is less crowding in hospitals and clinics. Then you may get referred by them to places with more specialized services in the larger cities. Which aren't usually a problem once you're ''in''.

Also, even though some or even many Canadians may not be satisfied with their health care system, very very few of them would trade it for the American one.
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Old 11-21-2015, 08:59 AM
 
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A typical 'more rural' happenstance:

http://www.gmch.ca/sites/default/fil...FQ%20FINAL.pdf

That's just one hospital of a group of them that have served the area for decades.
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Old 11-21-2015, 09:09 AM
 
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People need to understand that specialist practitioners like orthopedic surgeons are not limited to one hospital any more than in the U.S. so if there is a scheduling conflict for a needed procedure due to operating theater booking or bed availability of one hospital, a mere 15 mile drive to another to have the procedure performed by the same specialist is a frequent occurrence.

Many times the specialist simply asks you your preference as to which hospital you'd prefer to go through your procedure. then you both sit down to discuss time lines and available openings.

Kinda like; "I'm in Palmerston performing a couple of surgeries next Tuesday and you live in Tiviotdale; how's that work for you?"
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:52 AM
 
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I'm fully aware that I'm the odd one for saying so, but I can't really understand why so many people dislike cold weather. Maybe it's all the shovelling or endless layers of clothing.

It's warm weather I can't stand. I get lazy and sweaty and sticky and my bloody nose bleeds a lot (sorry for that). Very irritable, as well. I'd take Canada's climate over anywhere within 40º from the Equator any day.
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Old 11-26-2015, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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French & English bilingualism
Metric system


Why do Canadians express weight and height, produce and meat prices, and office space in imperial units for the most part if metric is so great? Just curious why a few big things are still done in imperial units.
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Old 11-27-2015, 02:30 AM
 
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Why do Canadians express weight and height, produce and meat prices, and office space in imperial units for the most part if metric is so great? Just curious why a few big things are still done in imperial units.
Could be the older generation retaining the measurement system they grew up with.
My two daughters have no clue what measurements i'm referring to when i use imperial measurements as they were brought up with the metric system.
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