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Old 02-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #197
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Everything cost 25% more there!
But for many jobs, the pay is 25% higher too, so it is all relative. I have talked to other folks that own renovation and home building companies like me, and I pay a good carpenter at least 25% more than they would. I believe this is true with many other trades too. I do know that this is not true in the medical professions, that many can make more in the US.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:15 AM   #198
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Cross border shopping has always been common.
Does the mood improve as distance from the border increases?

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Does the mood improve as distance from the border increases?

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If anything it is even worse. Since those of us who are over 3 hrs from the border don't have the option of going south to shop, we are even more frustrated by the prices we find on the internet, which we don't have access to.
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The ones close to the border understand because the fear goes away the moment they get into the US and yet they regurn to Canada,
LOL you do realize that means most Canadians understand. 90% of us live within a hundred miles of the border. For many cross border shopping is a weekly thing. We get the best of both countries.


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I've always thought it was the climate that kept Canadians massed near the border...now I come to find out it's just their appetite for Cheap American Goods!

Sorta like U.S. Americans' appetite for Cheap Chinese Goods, but without the ocean in between.

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I've always thought it was the climate that kept Canadians massed near the border...now I come to find out it's just their appetite for Cheap American Goods!
We like to think of our cross border shopping as supporting the US economy in troubled times as the neighbourly thing to do.
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We like to think of our cross border shopping as supporting the US economy in troubled times as the neighbourly thing to do.
Hey!

That's the very same thing we say about China!

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Hey!

That's the very same thing we say about China!

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Only difference being your not direct neighbours with China and dont counting on them for a good deal of your oil and water, as well as the high rate of economic return on the tourism you have come to expecting from Canada yearly.
In my travels its pretty clear there are a number of border towns in the US that would have been boarded up long ago if not for the cross border shopping traffic - dont think the same could be said for the China/USA trade.
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In my travels its pretty clear there are a number of border towns in the US that would have been boarded up long ago if not for the cross border shopping traffic - dont think the same could be said for the China/USA trade.
Yah- what was I thinking? Who needs all that traffic at the shipyards at those sleepy border towns like San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, and etc....

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Yes the traffic at the major US ports does provide a big chunk of employment and I am aware from working at most of the major terminals a couple of weeks a month that folks working there are paid well. But that as I said doesn't help the guy running the corner store in a border town in Wyoming. :-)

Not to mention that spending a day at the Port of Long Beach/LA or Newark for example could result in a real eye opener as to where many of the ships unloading there have come from (even though many of them may have a China or Panama register on them) and what they may be carrying. LOL Do you know for example how many ship loads of bananas come in from Latin America or steel from Europe arrive in the port of Long Beach each year? Did you know that many of the big power generators keeping the lights on in California came from Europe & a number of their rapid transit rail cars came from Spain?

One of the reasons the ships from China are the most often photographed is due to their impressive size - they dont need to go through the Panama canal so are not restricted to building ships to what we call panamax size as most other ship owners are. It still takes my breath away even when standing on the bridge of a panamax ship when a big container vessel from China comes along side to berth.

It may also come as a bit of surprise to some that most of the containers loaded onto ships to China from the US and Canada are actually empty. Sad but true. Actually in 2011 the trade imbalance between China and the USA was to the tune of $295 billion. The imbalance between China and Canada isnt any better. :-( While the US exports more goods to Canada than any other country it trades with.

Some might call the relationship between Canada and the US a lot like friends with benefits not so sure the same can be said to the same extent with with USA and China or Canada and China for that matter.

Now can we get back to the humour of bashing Canada and putting the fear into everyone who dares travel here ????
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Now can we get back to the humour of bashing Canada and putting the fear into everyone who dares travel here ????
I'm just trying to be matey while waiting for answers to my "Dress code" question...

I'm anxious to hear because my Husband thinks plaid makes him look fat.... are there other choices?

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I'm anxious to hear because my Husband thinks plaid makes him look fat.... are there other choices?
Yup!
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Did anyone mention that visitors to Canada should be very scared of our Moose yet?
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Yup!
Well, I s'pose he could wear my hockey getup (below) on alternate days...

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