how do you like vancouver?

Discussion in 'Community' started by jefhatfield, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. jefhatfield Retired

    jefhatfield

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    my wife and i are planning to visit soon, and may want to move there since it caters to her interest with film and art and to me with my techie skills in the PC arena and that city's close proximity to youknow who

    we may be among the record 1 million plus californians leaving this state and the general unhappiness with california is what led to the gubernatiorial recall that ousted the first california governor or leader in its entire 300+ year history under four different flags (us, mexico, spain, and california the independent nation)
     
  2. oldschool macrumors 65816

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    Hongcouver, as your blatantly racist senator called it, is a great place to live...if you don't mind rain or bad drivers. Upsides, canadian kindness, a low crime rate, and beaches and great skiing within fifteen minutes of eachother.

    The only problem as i can see it is an overly socialist medical system, moreso than the rest of canada, and a government intent on wasting money frivolously on the olympics, instead of healthcare and education.
     
  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....I'm not in Vancouver but I am close enough.....if you like big cities, it is one of the nicest. The rain is mostly in the winter months, Dec and Jan being the worst....summers are generally sunny of moderately warm...perfect....very little of the excess heat and humidity. Depending on what you are used to, it can be expensive too though....the real estate market is pretty hot at the moment. Culturally, most of the music tours make it there, artists both big and small....and the film fest is gaining a bit of momentum though it nowhere near rivals Toronto's yet. And the politics.....heheheh....it is a bloodsport here...no mercy for any of them, left or right......oh yeah!
     
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    real estate may be expensive depending on what you are used to, but outlying suburbs like coquitlam are great places to live, max twenty minutes from downtown, and are inexpensive.
     
  5. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....20 minutes from downtown? Coquitlam? Maybe by HeliJet......(but that aside, some of the suburbs are quite nice and if you do not mind the commute if your work is downtown...but heck, if you are coming from the L.A. area then the commute is a leisurely sunday drive...)....oh yeah!
     
  6. Chad macrumors member

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    my wifew was from North Van and we spent time there when we met
    I loved it very nice place for sure

    I grew up near Seattle Kitsap sidebut moved away some 15 years ago to Maui and dont miss the cold wet drizzly days
    but between Seattle and Vancouver I have to say Van has a neater feel to it for a city feel
     
  7. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

    jefhatfield

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    one reason i want to move to canada is perhaps the different medical system...it is downright broken in america and if you are over 40, you are screwed unless you are rich...only the most pristine of individual medical plans covers you, and any company plan or group based plan says they cover you, but they don't...i worked in medical insurance for three years in six different departsments and i got to be one of the badguys since i helped shovel the paperwork which almost always ended up in being used for a clever excuse not to cover anything or if the system did, the patients got a cheaper alternative which often was the wrong medical course of care, but was used because it was cheaper...it's an amazing racket this us medical system and the insurance industry

    my wife's nicely paid co-worker put it best this way, "at my age (over 40), if anything happens to me, even minor, then under the (bankrupt) system, i am a dead man"
     
  8. oldschool macrumors 65816

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    I guess Canadians complain about the medical system because we've had it too good for too long.

    I think its those hypochondriacs who have the worst time, because they never get the expensive procedures they think they need. however, if its serious, there are no waits to see specialists, and everything gets done very quickly.
     

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