O Canada!

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  1. Arbitrator

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    Hey Ivan - you still living in downtown?? or are you commuting to new west daily? Where abouts are ya working - in the shopping center?
     
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    He's been busy hanging around nude beaches...

    I've got a spare ticket to AFL Grand Final screening at Mahony's Irish pub UBC on Friday if anyone is keen. footy, aussie beers and bundy rum.
     
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    Jesus man, you need to get out more.. how hard is it to go up to someone and say "hi!"
     
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    I still have that ticket....up for grabs..free if anyone wants it.
     
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    anyone know a website I can stream the afl grand final from either for free or pay?
     
  6. Alchemist

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    +1
    i think its all going to be online pay sites etc

    dam Quebec and no ESPN2
     
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    http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.php/20100928141758404

    This is where I went last week. It was $10/pp but it is free this week as seen below.
    Where: Sports Centre Café, 49 St Clair Ave West, Toronto, Canada
    Nearest Subway: St Clair Station (Yonge line) – just 3 stops north of Yonge/Bloor station
    When: Friday, Oct 1st, 2010 at 9pm
    Admission: for this special event will be FREE!!!
     
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    I had a plan to work over in Canada way back when I was still wet behind the ears... Its still a goal but getting older I'm running out of time to do it on the holiday visa.. I dont think I'll be doing it anytime soon.

    How hard is it to get the skilled migrants visa? I have a bit of cash behind me (close to 100k), but I don't have a degree, just TAFE certs.. I've been working desktop support (IT) for about 8 years.. Also I don't know French.

    From reading this thread, it seems professional work seems to be based in Toronto and from my knowledge on the country thats over on the predominately french speaking side of the country. So how hard would I find it? I've only been to Canada once when I was 12 and from what I can remember tho, the country is bi-lingual in all parts (all signs being in english and french). So I guess not knowing French shouldn't be a bother in working life?

    Anyway how hard have people found it to find say work in the IT sector over there? Or is it crap as its just like here in Oz, unless you are a specialised or have a crapload of industry certs?
     
  9. Shadey

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    YAY So moving week is here, I have most my stuff already at my bfs place, and he is excited to have me come down, saves the 2 hours commute all the time.

    We are heading to Victoria for 3 days and then after Thanksgiving we are doing a roadtrip to Banff and Jasper... does anyone know what the weather there will be like mid October... will there be snowing on the roads and stuff?? or will it still be ok? we are planning to just look at the forecast online the day before we head off... decide then whether its there or do a Calgary trip instead.

    I am going to be job hunting when we get back :) yay a couple weeks off!! Oh Arb we will have to catch up for a brew or something at somestage hey :)
     
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    Incorrect. Toronto is firmly in an English speaking part of Canada (Ontario). Only Quebec is fully french and their only city of consequence is Montreal. You don't need french in any part of Canada except Quebec and only in the rural bits or Quebec City. In Montreal, nearly everyone speaks English. All of Canada outside Quebec is bilingual in name only and English Canadians have the uncanny ability of taking French in school for 12 years then being unable to speak a word of it outside of words used in ice hockey broadcasts or pubs.

    IT in Toronto is like IT here. Lots of jobs at the high end, there is a huge financial sector there as well as big utilities like Bell Canada or Rogers Cable, but not many at the low end. Like most western cities, there are not many low-mid end IT jobs (farmed out to other countries).
     
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    Working Visa/Job

    So sometime around April next year I'll be moving to Canada (Vancouver) for a gap year with the girlfriend. I am only in the early stages of research but so far I've found that I need $4,000 to get myself a working visa.

    Not going to be overly concerned about visas/passports just yet, but I just want to secure full time employment before I get over there. I'll be 19 and out of Year 12, so have no qualifications except for a Year 12 certificate which will mean nothing over there.

    So how would I go about teeing up a job? Haven't done a lot of Googling just yet. But my first thought would be go to a travel agent and see what sort of things they may have in place?

    Any advice would be sooooo good!
     
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    Read this thread, there is tonnes of good advice.

    IMO: A travel agent will be next to useless in helping you.
    Getting a job here is 100 fold easier than trying to secure one before you go.

    Turn up with into letter
    Get visa at immigration when you arrive
    Go to hostel
    1st day: Get SIN and bank account and prepaid phone
    Find some shared accommodation
    Start applying for jobs. (Craigslist is best)
     
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    Agreed! That is the easiest way to go... I did that in Whistler, and within a couple days I had it all... my job came with accomodation... they had a staff house...
     
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    Over in Calgary at the moment and the weather can change in hours - didn't see the sun at all last week and its nothing but blue sky this week. Even within a day it can be shorts and T shirts in the morning and evening with drizzle during the day.

    Highway 1 will be fine though
     
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    hoping someone whos been to whistler can help me with this.

    I'm going over in late jan till early feb for about 18 nights and im looking to get this season pass;



    I'm sure its not a problem but are these available to overseas visitors? I've gone through the checkout bit and it doesnt seem to have any problems but thought i'd better check first.

    Oh and does anyone know if they send it overseas or if you need to go in there to pick it up on the first day you arrive, or if they send out the card nubmer to you by email or anything?

    and the last question is going off this link
    http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/tickets/seasonpass/index.htm
    it reads that if i get that pass that i'm intitled to all those benefits...yeah? reason is i'm looking to go heli-boarding and the $100 discount would be quite nice
     
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    You have to collect you card at guest relations..they take photo for it. I haven't had one but I don't see it as a problem for overseas people to get one.

    Its only the edge card that you need to be a resident of BC.

    Just give them a call, they will be able to clarify the details for you.

    +1604 904 8134
     
  17. quickshot84

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    ah fantastic, ill try give them a call later today.. if i get the time at work :<
     
  18. Joe91

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    Thanks mate.

    So they will let me into the country with a working visa without a job?
     
  19. Smoothie

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    Of course.. you don't need to be employed when you get there.. you just need to have the right gear to be legally able to land a job.. + have enough money to support yourself till you do so.
     
  20. Joe91

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    Ahh ok. That makes it a bit easier. Thanks guys.
     

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