Making more progress and
learning all the time. So this is what has happened through to 23rd
I opened my Scotiabank
accounts which was quite an experience as the woman that I'd
made an appointment with was tied up and so I waited a fair time at the
reception desk by the door of the bank. Eventually the man at the
desk decided he would try to deal with things for me.
So I got my accounts but no
credit card. Seems that if your SIN card number starts with a 9 you
have no hope of getting a credit card even if you are willing to put down
a deposit. A 9 indicates you are only here temporarily so am not
sure that getting a SIN card was useful from this perspective. I was told
that I could easily pick up a credit card from folk like Sears or The Bay
so I might just try one of these to see if this information is correct.
I purchased a mobile phone
also this week so am a bit better off communications wise. The main three
mobile operators are
Telus. I decided to go with Rogers although all of them seem to offer
much the same offerings. The one thing I found very peculiar is that each
mobile operator charges you for use of the 911 service and the facility to
use it. Considering this is an emergency number I have to confess I
find that difficult to accept that a company can make money from an
I am still house hunting.
Whenever I find a great house I find I can't get Internet access with
broadband. This is getting highly irritating I have to confess. I am of
course looking for a decent sized house and want to be rural rather than
live in a town but seems this means I'm stuffed when it comes to getting
decent Internet access. It is true you can get satellite but uploads
speeds are worse than a dial-up line although downloads are no problem.
Of course with me having to publish to the web site this is not good news.
So far the only place I have found where I can get rural and cable
internet is way up in Northern Ontario at a place like
Just as a matter of
interest here is the information I got on the guaranteed hi-speed
satellite service and it did take me a very long time to find this
Contact Phone Numbers
760 471 8045 - Speak to David
760 471 8047 - Speak to Matt
Monthly subscription costs (in US$) (download/upload)
I am told that you get at least 80% of the upload speed as this is
dedicated bandwith that you are buying and not shared with other users.
* Hardware cost 128k US$3995.00
Hardware cost 256k+ US$4795.00
For the faster speeds you
require a larger dish. Once installed you can simply request more
bandwidth if you need it as it's a software upgrade you get.
Installation cost of the hardware is around $600.00
I am told it is possible to
add a TV satellite service to the dish.
Web Site: www.essvsat.com
I have also got my company
registered in Canada - Electric Scotland Inc. I am not quite sure how or
when I'll start doing business in Canada as it does mean some changes and
getting customers to stop their current payments and creating new ones for
the Canadian company. Probably best if I have some time to think
about this. I might add that just like the UK I can still operate an
American company but have to pay tax for that in America. Having
done that I would also need to pay tax in Canada but they do put the tax
you've paid in America against what you are due here but at least you are
not paying twice.
One thing I have noticed is
that with my bank in the US, as I am personally known to the Bank Manager, I
can phone her and she will do a wire transfer for me. Here in Canada
you can't do that and need to complete a form and sign it.
I have spent considerable time looking for a
house and so having now settled that I simply can't get decent satellite
access I have focused on finding a house where I can get cable or DSL
hi-speed Internet. That has limited my choice of getting a great home at a
low cost so a wee bit of compromise needed. On Friday 26th I am
heading for the Sarnia area which is South West Ontario to look at a few
houses. Sean of ReMax will be picking me up at the railway station and
taking me around. The train trip is around 4 hours to get there but it is
near the US border. The following Monday I will be heading back to
Prince Edward County to have another look at that house I looked at
In the meantime I plan to
go back to my bank to order a check book as I wasn't able to do that until
I put funds in the account as they do charge for a check book. I
just hope it isn't a minimum of 500 checks as it is in the US as that will
last me a lifetime.